Gaming companies come and go. But few downfalls come as much of a shock to fans as learning on the demise of Telltale Games. With big name titles under their belt, more titles announced for the next year, and hiring as recent as a month ago, fans and employees alike were caught off guard by the announcement that Telltale would be closing its doors. The downfall of Telltale is a cautionary warning to those who work in the gaming industry and a sign that the way the industry does business needs to change. What led to Telltale’s closing, what does it mean for its employees and future games? As fans and industry pros let it all sink in, here’s a list of 5 games you probably didn’t know Telltale created.
If not for its $1.6 billion in box office takings, Jurassic World can be remembered for 3 things: 1) Bryce Dallas Howard’s ridiculous running around in high heels, 2) its strong sense of nostalgia (that Jurassic Park music, such feels!), and 3) a severe lack of Jeff Goldblum.
Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a know-it-all mathematician who specializes in a branch of mathematics known as “Chaos Theory.” Goldblum brought a unique quirk and charm to that role, what with his fine-tuned vocal delivery, mannerisms, and that distinct “Hahahrawrrahaha” laugh.The Jurassic Park franchise is always better with a little Golblum in it.
Now, 20 years later, this national treasure is heading back to the franchise that made him famous. (more…)
Director J.A. Boyona has recently released a new photo teasing the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. Boyona is known for his work on A Monster Calls and The Impossible. Not much is known about the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, aside from the fact that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will both be returning. Other cast have signed on, but the only other returning cast member will be BD Wong who plays the (seemingly ageless) lab scientist Henry Wu, also appearing in the original Jurassic Park film. (more…)
Only one cast member from the original Jurassic Park turned up in last year’s Jurassic World, and that’s B.D. Wong, who played the suddenly Machiavellian Dr. Henry Wu. Wong’s screen time in the first Jurassic checked out at about two-minutes near the beginning of the film, but what happened to all those other characters 20 years later? What happened to chaos enthusiast Ian Malcolm, or legacy kids Lex and Tim? How about Dr. Alan Grant, how is he coping in the Jurassic World world? While the production of Jurassic World 2 would probably love getting any one of the old cast in the sequel, the man that played Alan Grant has a grim perspective on where his character would be today. (more…)
When Jurassic World was released last year, there was a mixture of anticipation along with trepidation, would the movie live up to the original Jurassic Park or be more like Jurassic Park III? This was a franchise that reached legendary status almost instantly after the first film. The original film’s visual effects still stand the test of time, twenty-three years after its original release. By all measures Jurassic Park was a perfect movie, loved by a very wide demographic of people. So there was a lot of pressure on any follow-up to the exceptional standard. Fortunately, Jurassic World was everything fans had hoped for from a sequel/reboot of the franchise. The movie was filled with nostalgia, comedy, action and more deadly dinosaurs than you could shake a stick at. (more…)
Westworld is one of those science fiction TV shows that have become development hell teases, almost on par with Preacher and Arrested Development. Over the years, the series has gone through considerable rewrites, production issues and delays starting all the way back in 2013, when HBO first ordered a pilot episode and the production of a complete season in 2014, only for it to be halted halfway through 2015, just when it was about to hit the small screen. HBO went ahead to attempt to make amends for the delay, promising that the series would finally air in early 2016.
But now, with 2016 well underway, it looks like we might have to curb our expectations…
Jurassic World ranked in at the Box Office, becoming the the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time – just behind Titanic and Avatar. Naturally, Universal Pictures wants to piggy back off the success of Jurassic World and make a sequel. Which makes for an opportune time to quote Jeff Goldblum’s line from the first film “were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should”.
The question now becomes, where do they go from here? Well, much like Life, Hollywood finds a way. (more…)
Man, that’s a long title! But I’ve got a lot to share with you fine Bastards today. Following on the heels of my review of the film last week, movie-goers around the world turned out in record numbers to check out a sequel 22 years in the making. The film crushed worldwide opening-weekend expectations, its star is ready and contractually willing to make another film, and your deep, burning question of how much a theme park like this would actually cost is all addressed below – so without further ado, let’s get to it!
“Being a ‘monster’ is relative. To the canary, a cat is a monster. Trouble is, we are used to being the cat.” –Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), Jurassic World
While there have been some big movies that have already opened during this summer season, only one film promises as much mid-1990s, father-of-the-modern-special-effects-blockbuster nostalgia as you can handle. Getting to see the film on Thursday, June 11, the weight of the fact that I’m seeing Jurassic World exactly 22 years to the day that the first Jurassic Park was unleashed upon the public is definitely not lost on me. Much like the first film of the franchise, this new movie is high on spectacle and will leave audiences wowed at the amount of prehistoric-turned-modern eye candy they are getting. Unlike the original, however, this new installment lacks much of the wonder ingrained into the tale, and the characterization of the human portion of the story leaves much to be desired.
Colin Trevorrow hit the jackpot. He directed one very well-received, low-budget indie movie, and he was rewarded with the chance to helm the next chapter in one of the most popular film franchises of the last 20 years. How do you cope? How do top what’s come before and offer something new and enticing for the future, especially when you’re following in the footsteps of none other than Steven Spielberg? Such was the plight of Trevorrow, and this weekend we’ll finally be able to see if it was all worthwhile as Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere. In a recent interview, Trevorrow offered insight into how he shaped Jurassic World, why he won’t be back for a sequel and why it’s good to have Spielberg in your corner. (more…)