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'The Matrix' Anniversary: 7 Pre-Bullet Time VFX Effects That Blew Our Minds

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2014 12:07 PM
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15 years ago this week, a pair of siblings with only a modest cult indie movie under their belt, to that point, released a film you might have heard of: “The Matrix," a heady and immediately classic mashup of sci-fi, cyberpunk, Baudrillardian philosophy (or a distortion thereof) and anime, all wrapped up in an immensely compelling Messiah-myth story. On a macro level, the Wachowskis' film was such a successful fusion of all its various influences that it felt like something new, raked in just shy of half a billion dollars worldwide, and spawned a franchise (which we won’t talk about any further here for fear of spoiling the celebratory atmosphere). But on a micro level “The Matrix” was revolutionary too, delivering, in amongst some terrifically stylish set and costume design and spectacular action setpieces, one of the most jaw-dropping effects we’d ever seen to that point in a film: Bullet Time.

5 Versions Of ‘Jurassic Park’ You Never Saw

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2013 12:04 PM
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This week marks the 20th (!) anniversary of "Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Crichton best-seller that would go on to become (at the time) the highest grossing movie of all time and a true technological breakthrough that would influence the way movies are made and exhibited to this very day (it was the first movie with a fully digital theatrical soundtrack). The movie is so ingrained in the hearts and minds of a certain generation that the 3D rerelease felt redundant – there are some of us who could easily act out every moment from the movie from memory. It's hard to even imagine but there were several, wildly different variations on "Jurassic Park" that almost made it to the screen, and we're here to dig those up like a long forgotten mosquito inside chunk of amber, dust them off, use the blood from inside the mosquito, and resurrect these versions of "Jurassic Park." Welcome to the "Jurassic Park" you've never seen.

Weekend Box Office: 'Evil Dead' Screams Into Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 7, 2013 12:26 PM
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Did any horror movie buffs think we would ever get to this moment? That a Sam Raimi-produced remake of “The Evil Dead” (known as just “Evil Dead”; the Deadite is in the details) would hit number one? With ease, this latest version of “Evil Dead” has outgrossed all previous entries of the series, continuing a box office trend where horror remakes frontload their earnings, guaranteeing both a return on their modest investments, but also a precipitous fall down the chart in the coming weeks.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Evil Dead' Probably Won't Be 'The Company You Keep;' Fall Into A 'Trance' With 'Upstream Color'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 5, 2013 5:04 PM
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Looking for an adrenaline fix this weekend? Perhaps you're thinking about extreme sporting, a long run, or riding roller coasters. All good choices, and we'd like to suggest another. Head over to your local multiplex, where an assortment of shocking, dynamic, unearthly films are sure to get your pulse racing and breathing shallow. From the blood-spattered horror of the "Evil Dead" reboot to the chase sequences in Robert Redford's newest political conspiracy picture to a demonic possession tale and a story about cannibalism, this slate of releases guarantees your heart will be beating as hard and fast as your brain. Oh, and then there's the naked Norwegian chick with a lion's tale (who probably has sinister intentions).

Compare & Contrast: 'Jurassic Park 3D' Trailer Versus The Original Theatrical Version

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 1:10 PM
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How times have changed. The summer blockbusters of 1993? "Jurassic Park," "Last Action Hero" (sad trumpet), "Sleepless In Seattle," "In the Line of Fire" and "The Fugitive." Not too shabby. The blockbusters of 2013 when "Jurassic Park 3D" stomps into theaters? "Iron Man 3," "The Hangover Part III," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Fast & Furious 6" -- those are all coming within a month of the Steven Spielberg hit. Food for thought.

James Cameron Says He Wanted To Direct 'Jurassic Park,' Would've Been Like 'Aliens'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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While we all not-so-anxiously await James Cameron to make his "Avatar" sequels that are becoming less anticipated with each passing moment, the director continues to a seemingly never ending press run. Whether it's chatting about "Titanic" or whatever latest adventure or cause he's taking on, it's never too long before another interview the king of the world director surfaces. But thankfully, his latest little soundbyte has nothing to do with Pandora, but instead about another film helmed by his pal Steven Spielberg.

'47 Ronin' Moved Again To Christmas Day 2013; 'Kick-Ass 2,' '2 Guns' & More Get Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 11:32 AM
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So, if Universal initially moving "47 Ronin" from November 21st to February 8, 2013 was a sign that they lacked faith in the flick, is this next manuever an indication they now, in fact, have big plans for it? You don't hand out holiday dates to just anything, and the studio has now moved the Keanu Reeves-led film to Christmas Day 2013.

A Fan Of ‘Tree of Life’ & ‘Jurassic Park?’ Then You’ll Love ‘After Earth’ Says M. Night Shyamalan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2012 8:39 AM
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While Twitter remains a vital tool for filmmakers to reach out to audiences worldwide, there are some public figures for which the medium just seems ill-fitted. Directors like Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright have their sensibilities precisely tuned to the format, but on the other end of the spectrum, M. Night Shyamalan, who quietly casts out filmmaking advice and shout-outs to followers, just seems peculiarly distant after maintaining a veil of secrecy for so long. Still, updates on his latest film, “After Earth,” have offered a compelling view from his perspective, the latest of which finds the director making some bold proclamations in addition to ruminating on his ambitions in the filmmaking realm.

Discuss: Are 3D Re-Releases For 'Titanic' & 'Jurassic Park' Just The Tip Of The Nostalgia Iceberg?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2012 1:04 PM
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Yesterday, Universal announced that they'd shifted their hopeful Tom Cruise blockbuster "Oblivion" into April, to make way for a prime, heart-of summer slot for a movie that will be twenty years old in 2013 -- a 3D re-jig of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," the one-time biggest hits of all time. And it's one of a wave of these stereo-ized re-releases, from last fall's surprise hit "The Lion King" and February's "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" (with the sequels planned to hit over the next five years) to next month's "Titanic 3D."

'Jurassic Park' Comes For Your Modern 3D Dollars In Re-Release Set For July 19, 2013; 'Oblivion' Arrives April 26, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 6:56 PM
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Well, if his buddies James Cameron and George Lucas are doing it, why not Steven Spielberg? It's an easy cash grab, nerds will eat it up thought they'll pretend to complain about it, and the studio doesn't really have to do anything except spend some coin on conversion and some cursory marketing. And hell, Universal is so confident about this movie, they're giving it a prime real estate summer release date.

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