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Jim Carrey Almost Landed Lead Role in ‘Jurassic Park’

Actor Jim Carrey was originally tapped to play the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Parkin 1992, but he lost the part to Jeff Goldblum.

The funnyman was called in to audition for the role of mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in 1992, when producers were readying the dinosaur classic – however Carrey failed to win over the casting director, Janet Hirshenon.

In celebration of Jurassic Park’s 20th anniversary, the cast and crew of the film sat down for a special interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which Hirshenon says, “I read the book and I thought of Jeff Goldblum right away. There were several other people we taped for the part, though. Jim Carrey had come in and he was terrific, too, but I think pretty quickly we all loved the idea of Jeff.”

Actress Laura Dern also spoke about her casting process during the interview, revealing she only signed onto the project after appealing to her former co-star Nicolas Cage for advice.

She adds, “I was talking with Nicolas Cage, and we had just done Wild at Hearttogether, and I said to him, ‘Nic, they want to put me on the phone with Steven Spielberg, but they want to talk to me about a dinosaur movie… And he was like, ‘You are doing a dinosaur movie! No one can ever say no to a dinosaur movie!’ I was like, ‘Really?’ And he’s like, ‘Are you kidding? It’s a dream of my life to do a movie with dinosaurs!’ So he was such an ­influence on me.”

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Director Named For New ‘Jurassic Park’ Film

Hollywood newcomer Colin Trevorrow has been unveiled as the director of the new Jurassic Park movie.

Rumors have been swirling about who would oversee the fourth installment in the popular sci-fi adventure franchise, ever since Steven Spielberg announced it was in the works in 2011.

Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the series, has already signed up as an executive producer for the 3D project. On Thursday it was announced that Trevorrow will take charge of the long-awaited follow-up to 2001’s Jurassic Park III.

Trevorrow is best known for directing 2012 independent movie Safety Not Guaranteed.

2013 Oscars: Complete List of Nominations, Lincoln Leads With 12

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln dominates the Oscars nominations this year with nods in 12 categories, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Spielberg picked up a Best Director nomination, while Daniel Day Lewis earned a Best Actor nod for his turn as the 16th president. Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones also scored Best Supporting nominations.

In second place with a total of 11 nominations is Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The film is up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Visual Effects among others. With 8 nominations apiece, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook tie in third. Both are up for Best Picture.

Complete list of the 2013 Academy Awards nominations:

Best Picture:

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Amour

Django Unchained

Argo

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting Actor:

Alan Arkin, Argo

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director:

Michael Haneke, Amour

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay:

Zero Dark Thirty

Django Unchained

Moonrise Kingdom

Amour

Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Argo

Life of Pi

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature:

Frankenweenie

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph

Paranorman

Brave

Best Foreign Feature:

Amour

A Royal Affair

Kon-Tiki

No

War Witch

Best Visual Effects:

Life of Pi

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Avengers

Prometheus

Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography:

Skyfall

Anna Karenina

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Best Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Les Miserables

Lincoln

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature:

Searching for Sugar Man

How to Survive a Plague

The Gatekeepers

5 Broken Cameras

The Invisible War

Best Documentary Short:

Open Heart

Inocente

Redemption

Kings Point

Mondays at Racine

Best Film Editing:

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Life of Pi

Argo

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Hitchcock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Miserables

Best Music (Original Score):

Anna Karenina

Argo

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

Best Music (Original Song):

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted

“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi

“Skyfall” from Skyfall

“Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Best Production Design:

Anna Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Best Short Film, Animated:

Adam and Dog

Fresh Guacamole

Head over Heels

Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’

Paperman

Best Short Film, Live Action:

Asad

Buzkashi Boys

Curfew

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Henry

Best Sound Editing:

Argo

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Skyfall

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing:

Argo

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

The Oscars will be held on February 24.

Breaking Dawn 2 Beats Our Bond at Box Office

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 continued its reign at the top after raking in $43.1 million.

The final movie of the hugely popular vampire franchise, which stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, held off competition from Daniel Craig’s Skyfall for the second week in a row to retain the number one spot.

The Bond film remained at two with takings of $36 million.

Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln clung onto third place with earnings of $25 million, while fantasy film Rise of the Guardians entered in fourth place with $24 million and adventure movie Life of Pi premiered at five, taking $22 million.

Oz Ruby Slippers Find Their Way Home: Major Acquisition for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired a pair of the 
iconic ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actor 
Leonardo DiCaprio led a group of “angel donors” whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled 
the purchase. In addition to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a component fund of CCF 
Environmental and Humanitarian Causes, donations came from producer-director Steven 
Spielberg and Terry Semel, co-chair of LACMA and the former chairman and CEO of Warner 
Bros. and Yahoo!, along with other donors. 
“The ruby slippers occupy an extraordinary place in the hearts of movie audiences the world 
over,” said Bob Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Co. and chair of the capital campaign 
for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “This is a transformative acquisition for our 
collection.” 
“Leo’s passionate leadership has helped us bring home this legendary piece of movie history,” 
added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “It’s a wonderful gift to the Academy museum project, and a 
perfect representation of the work we do year-round to preserve and share our film heritage.” 
These slippers, known as the “Witch’s Shoes,” are in the most pristine condition of the four pairs 
of ruby slippers known to exist. It is widely believed that these are the slippers Judy Garland wore 
in close-ups and insert shots, most famously when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return 
to Kansas. They are called the “Witch’s Shoes” because they are likely the pair seen on the feet 
of the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy’s house falls on the witch. 
After production of the film ended in 1939, the ruby slippers were stored on MGM’s Culver City lot 
for the next three decades. Several pairs of slippers were discovered in 1970 by costumer Kent 
Warner while he was preparing for that year’s historic auction of MGM costumes, props and other 
production-related items. One pair of slippers was sold at the auction and was donated 
anonymously to the Smithsonian in 1979. 
Warner kept the finest pair – the “Witch’s Shoes” – in his private collection for more than a decade 
before selling them at auction in 1981. They were sold again in 1988 to another private collector, 
and have been displayed publicly only a handful of times in the years since, most notably at the 
National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress. The 2012 sale to the Academy was handled 
by auction house Profiles in History. 
Last October, the Academy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced plans to 
establish the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures inside the historic May Company building, 
currently known as LACMA West. The building has been a Los Angeles landmark since its 
opening in 1939, the same year “The Wizard of Oz” premiered. 

Royals William and Kate Attend Gala War Horse London Premiere

After attending a gala film premiere Sunday night, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of the public gaze on Monday to celebrate her 30th birthday in private. (Jan 8).
The former Kate Middleton turned heads – and dominated Britain’s Monday morning front pages – by attending the London opening of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” wearing a full-length lacy evening gown by Alice Temperley. Her husband, Prince William, used an umbrella to shield her from the rain.
Photos:Courtesy Walt Disney Films

The NYC World Premiere of DreamWorks War Horse

On The Red Carpet in NYC


The cast of Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic War Horse converged on NYC for a star-studded red carpet premiere. The film stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell. Opens in theaters December 25.

All Photos: Disney/Dreamworks

Steven Spielberg – Super 8 Train Crash Brings Back Happy Spielberg Memories

Scenes of a train crash in Steven Spielberg ‘s new film Super 8 are of extreme significance in the movie mogul’s life – because the first thing he shot on camera was his model trains colliding.
The filmmaker acts as producer on the movie and he admits it was a caboose collision that first got him interested in the art of making movies as a kid.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, “I was denied a chance to break my trains for the 20th time. My dad said, ‘You break your trains one more time, I’m taking the set away.’ “So I took my dad’s moviecamera and staged the final train wreck… I shot one train going left to right, and the other train going right to left, and then shot both running into each other.
“After that, I was able to enjoy watching the trains collide without having to risk breaking them.”

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