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News Archive - May 2011
We are now Recruiting for staff positions!
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 17:53 (Eastern) Author:Chaos_Theory
So you have dreams of helping JPL out, want to be a moderator or research staff will look no further. We are looking for a few good names to help us around the forums and around the site to make it better than ever before! How can you help?
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:27 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Still want one of these shirts? You can still get one!
For the first time ever, Project: Dryptosaurus is doing a community-wide outreach contest to include the world. We want to hear from you! Can you write a story involving Dryptosaurus? Can you draw a Dryptosaurus? Can you sculpt a Dryptosaurus? Can you make even a short film about Dryptosaurus? For the talented people out there if you can do this then this contest is for you! Show us your creativity with what you can do to promote Dryptosaurus to the world. The original contest ended on May 23rd 2011 - but we extended it until July 18th, 2011. With all contests there's a catch and you're helping a good cause with this. You must "LIKE" the Facebook fan page in order to be eligible to place your entry into the contest! You can like Project Dryptosaurus by clicking here! Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 23:23 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Sir Attenborough's Health Concerns
Been a bit since we've reported anything on Jurassic Park IV. Oviraptor, a co-founder to JPL, and now recently returned to staff has reported some really tragic news for Sir Richard Attenborough's health concerns as of late.
The legendary Richard Attenborough’s film career has likely come to a close according to his brother, David Attenborough, who commented on the actor/director’s health to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, saying:
"Richard is not as well as he might be. He is not in great shape. He is in a wheelchair. When he fell down the stairs, he damaged his brain. He won't be making any more films. He will be 88 in August. He can converse and he does watch television This news comes after Lord Richard’s fall in 2008, which forced him into a wheelchair and to pull out of Ironclad, a historical biopic. The Jurassic Park actor may very well be nearing the end of his life, if the above statement from his brother is any indication. He hasn't worked as an actor since 2004 when he did voice work in Within the Way Without . But in 2002 he appeared in Puckoon. Really though, he's been in semi-retirement since The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1998.
The emphasis on his ability to converse and watch television speaks volumes about his overall health. Hopefully Attenborough is comfortable at least; the man is an icon, and while the end of his career is saddening, it can be looked back at fondly - from creating dinosaurs to directing Gandhi.
Source. Our thoughts are with Sir Attenborough and his family through another difficult time.
Sam Neill says "No More JPIV"
More or less what the approach is at this point. This article hails again from Oviraptor and his awesome ability to track down news for the site.
For a generation of cinephiles Sam Neill may always be "Jurassic Park's" biggest skeptic: paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, the dino-expert who is not sure that the idea of a theme park featuring dinosaurs made from DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes is such a good idea.
Neill famously played the character in both the first (and the best) and the last (and not as best) "Jurassic Park" movies, leaving nearly a decade since he got into dino-hunting mode... and if we're being honest, there's still a part of us hoping that someday we might hit up our local Cineplex to catch another film in the franchise with Neill in the lead role.
Well, we might feel that way, but it turns out Neill doesn't. MTV News spoke with the actor on Monday at the Fox Upfront presentation, where he and "Lost" alum Jorge Garcia were promoting their new J.J. Abrams show, "Alcatraz" -- and the occasional paleontologist was pretty quick to kill all our childhood hopes and dreams with all the ruthless efficiency of a velociraptor (which he does an excellent impression of in the video above at the 55 second mark).
"I think we've told the story. I think it's done," he said, laughing that we here at MTV are the only ones interested in seeing him back in "Jurassic Park" mode. (We seriously doubt that's true.) But there's a deeper reason for why Neill wouldn't want to go back into that world: "[Legendary effects expert] Stan Winston who made those beautiful dinosaurs died. So, no Stan, no 'Jurassic Park' really … [and author Michael] Crichton died too."
However, Neill's "Alcatraz" co-star helped him come up with a very Hurley-esque idea for how "Jurassic Park 4" might come to life. Neill explained: "I'll tell you what. If Michael Crichton time travels, writes the book [and] Stan time travels, [and] reanimates dinosaurs, then absolutely."
Source. Part of the biggest problem with JPIV has been the long delays and the fact there is no clear care-taker of the franchise as pointed out in an interview I took part in at the Love In The Time of Chasmosaurus blog ran by David Orr. Honestly be sure to read my interview for my thoughts on the direction of the franchise (or lack thereof).
TLW celebrates 14 years
May the Twenty-Third also went unfortunately unnoticed this week due to me working on a new project for JPL (Behind the Scences). So we would like to wish The Lost World: Jurassic Park a Happy Belated Anniversary. The Lost World: Jurassic Park debuted to the public on May 23rd, 1997 and celebrates fourteen years as being the second (and best in my opinion) sequel to Jurassic Park. So why was this missed? As teased upon in that above interview at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus we're hard at work on the new encyclopedia program and how that's going to work into the site. Presently we're re-evaluating all the research we have placed on here for favor of more accurate information to be presented. I'm in the middle of a new comprehensive analysis on the Velociraptors seen in Jurassic Park. Needless to say we're cutting some flubbing that took place in the research underneath my nose by some former staff. We are hoping to launch the new system on June 11th.
Stay tuned this week for our Paleontology Weekends return as we get some new updates together for it.
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 15:58 (Eastern) Author:Veritas
IDW has yet another Jurassic Park graphic novel set for release later this summer: Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games. Official plot synopsis: ‘It is eleven years after the events of the Jurassic Park movies and CIA agent Daniel Espinoza is working undercover to infiltrate infamously brutal Nicaraguan drug lord Gabriel Cazares' drug ring. Cazares and his henchmen have taken over Isla Nubar and converted the main facility into a walled fortress and pleasure palace in the center of a primeval jungle filled with savage monsters. When his deep cover is blown, Espinoza finds himself lost and alone on the dangerous island, hunted by both armed thugs and prehistoric monstrosities. And there's someone else watching him, too - a mysterious figure in the shadows who could be Espinoza's only hope for survival... or the bringer of his ultimate doom!’