Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking masterpiece Jurassic Park in 3D. With the 20th anniversary of one of Universal Pictures’ most enduring hits approaching, the studio decided to reissue the film in theaters across the world, approaching theater owners with the idea of a 3D post-conversion for one of Universal’s favorite adventures, stunningly restored in 4K.
As technology shifts and changes the manner in which filmmakers are able to tell stories, 3D has provided the ability to bring audiences into the Jurassic Park that STEVEN SPIELBERG was subconsciously shooting. This type of design not only allows for an unexpected, nostalgic journey for those who embraced the film in 1993.
Although an entire generation has watched on the small screen while Lex and Tim outsmart cunning Velociraptors and stared in awe as Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant stumble upon the herd of graceful Brachiosaurs, they’ve been unable to wholly immerse in the sights and sounds of the lush and deadly Isla Nublar.
It was critical to all to ensure that Jurassic Park continue to be enjoyed through the ages. Truly, when it’s done well, 3D completely brings the movie into the theater. The audience shouldn’t head home saying, “That scene had a great 3D effect!” Rather, you deserve an experience that envelops your mind in powerful visuals, soaring music and surround sound. To ensure this happened with the translation, the filmmakers led with one question: What does it feel like to sit in the middle of an orchestra?
As Spielberg collaborated with STEREO D, the team who designed the 3D conversion for Titanic, they went shot by shot through Jurassic Park to figure out how to evolve the movie and expand your senses within a new dimension. Now, when you hear the footfall of T. rex and see the glass of water tremble, wait for the baby raptor to hatch and vault with the Explorer off the barrier, you will feel as if you’re entering Jurassic Park for the first time.
Audiences enjoy Jurassic Park in 3D as much as the 700-plus-member team did painstakingly recalibrating it. As adventure seekers and honorary paleontologists, we share in the wonder of dinosaurs roaming the Earth once again…and in the awe of Man being there to greet them.
Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton.
“Jurassic Park in 3-D“ is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.
In Stand Up Guys, Al Pacino stars as Val, a freshly minted ex-con who reunites with longtime friends and aging associates Doc (Christopher Walken) and Hirsch (Alan Arkin) for a final, epic night on the town. But as their quixotic-comedic adventure ensues – launching our veteran wise guys into more mayhem than most mortals will experience in a myriad of lifetimes– they are also offered a chance to reflect on their looming mortality,the glories of youth and their unshakable bond of loyalty;the code of honor which has made them the men they are today.
Born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, New York, Al Pacino is one of the movies’ true living legends. Having first made his mark as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Pacino is an eight-time Academy Award nominee whose films include: And Justice For All, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Glengarry Glen Rossand Scarface. Pacino finally won his Oscar for a starring turn in Scent of a Woman (1992) and has appeared in such recent hits asOcean’s Thirteenand HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack (as euthanasia activist, Jack Kevorkian), for which he received both Emmy and Golden Globe awardsfor Best Actor in 2010/2011.
A familiar presence on the New York stage (Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Salome), Pacino has also worked as a producer and film director (Looking for Richard, 1996; Wilde Salome, 2011).
Stand Up Guys marks Pacino’s first prominent pairing with Christopher Walken, his second with Alan Arkin (with whom he costarred on screen in Glengarry Glen Ross in 1992) and his first film with veteran character actor and up-and-coming director, Fisher Stevens (producer of the 2010 Oscar winning documentary, The Cove). Dressed in a black leather blazer, a cotton jerseyand jeans, Pacino met with the international press at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.
What attracted you to Stand Up Guys?
I thought it was an interesting script. I liked these characters. They were sort of unusual, kind of exotic. It was a small film, but it had a certain touch to it, a certain lightness to it. And, you know, Chris Walken was involved and I love Chris. So part of it was that. And then part of it was that Fisher (director, Fisher Stevens) told me he was directing. I really like the guy and always have; he’s a very special kind of person. He’s a wonderful actor and he really knows how to direct. Anyway, he told me he had this picture and I knew they were going to do it here (in Los Angeles), so I’d be close my young kids. So I thought:“Ok, let’s do it.”
I understand Fisher Stevens was part of your inner circle when you lived in New York. He used to play poker with you?
He did, many years ago.
What kind of a player was he?
He wasn’t very good. But the good thing about Fisher is he thought he was. So we liked to encourage him. And if he reads this I’m(laughs)… What I like about poker more than anything else are the guys that we get, the group. A lot of them are old friends and people I’ve known my whole life – even as a teenager I knew some of these people. I like that gathering. There’s something comforting about it. It’s for very low stakes, so there’s a friendliness and people confer… People talk.
What was it like working with Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin?
It wasn’t as hard as movies usually are because we’re all friends. I’ve worked with Alan Arkin before (Glengarry Glen Ross). I’ve known Chris all his life practically. We almost did Hamlet together once for Joe Papp (at the New York Public Theater). We almost did a lot of things, you know. So here was an opportunity to really work with him and I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Every day, to be with a guy like that.
You still perform regularly both on stage and on screen. After all these years, do you still prefer the theater?
Yes, maybe because I started in the theater. I feel freer there. I feel closer to that environment and ultimately it gives me more pleasure in expression. I’ve always felt that. It’s a little more taxing in some ways because no matter what, even if it’s just at night that you perform, your day is sort of occupied. You’re thinking about it all the time.
What is it about acting that’s held your interest all these years? Do you still enjoy it?
Every time I get the urge to act, I lie down till it passes (laughs)… That’s Oscar Wilde, who says that about exercise (laughs)… I mean, I love it when I’m in the environment that makes it possible. But mostly it just varies from project to project. You know, sometimes I wonder, why am I doing this? It’s like anything else.
Have you ever considered retiring?
Oh, no, I don’t even know what that means, really. Retiring to what? I think it’s all about understanding what you’re capable of doing. If a role interests me, excites me or challenges me, then I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t try it. If the roles become far and fewer between, then that’s ok too, because then I’ll find other things to do.
Do you get a sense of accomplishment from directing?
None whatsoever. Sometimes when I do a movie and I’m sitting there to see a [test screening] of the movie – you know, you do that just to get a sense of what the audience thinks. And I’m sitting there and I’m thinking…“I hope somebody grabs hold of that film right now and re-cuts it and makes it good!” (Laughs)… That’s my fantasy. I do enjoy it, though, I have to say. I don’t know that I have a sense of “accomplishment.” But I enjoy doing it, and when it’s done it isn’t the worst feeling in the world if it’s pretty entertaining and an audience responds to it. But it’s not what I… I look at the world as an actor. That’s my, for want of a better word, that’s where I find my expression. Through that.
Are you an easier to direct as a result?
Is Fisher Stevens around? (Laughs)… I think that when I was younger, I was much more difficult. If I’ve learned anything from directing, I’ve learned what directors go through with actors. A certain amount of empathy is gotten out of that by doing it yourself. I understand directors a little more…
Do you think you’re a better actor now that you’re older?
Well, there’s no doubt that I’ve gotten easier to work with. There’s no doubt. I mean they tell me that! But I do think so. You start to understand things. When I was younger, it was tougher.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
It depends. I hear about things all the time, but I don’t… The thing is, once it’s done, it’s done. I don’t mind people giving notes while we’re working. That’s one thing. But when something is completed, what’s the point? You just say, “Excuse me, there’s nothing I can do about it now, I’m sorry. See you next year!” I tend to keep a politic distance.
Have you ever had a stand up guy in your life? Either now or in the past, someone who’s there for you, in your corner, who you knew you could always rely on?
Well I have what I think is, yes, a couple of people. But when I was growing up… I come from the South Bronx. So when I was growing up, I had people around me who I could really depend on. I felt that closeness. I think that’s one of the things that I wish my kids had more of. These friendships that develop early on in life that I had. We were out in the streets and that’s where I learned all my… My social education came from having to deal with that, my peers. And I’m so eternally grateful for that. Without that, there’s no ‘me’ here at this table, that’s for sure.
Can you tell us more about them?
Well, there’s my great friend (the acting coach) Charlie Laughton, who’s unfortunately afflicted with MS and is completely paralyzed. I’d write him every day practically when I was in New York – he’s out here. And several others. Maybe a couple of guys that I play cards with too. In movies and plays, you find people you gravitate to, but what we do is so all over the place that it’s hard to maintain those kinds of friendships.
Are you a stand up guy?
I like to think I am, yeah… The thing is you like to think you are, but it’s all about the moment it comes, you know. We like to think certain things and then we’re surprised, one way or the other, when the moment comes.
Is that what attracted you to this film – the idea that the concept of loyalty is something which is disappearing from today’s world?
That, I couldn’t speak to – whether it’s disappearing or not. I really don’t know; it’s all relative. But it was one of the things that drew me to it because I felt, in a way, I understood it. I’ve been through it, you know. I’ve had very close friends in my life, two or three, that were as important to me as anybody else [now]. I met them early on in my life and they died of course. But my relationship with them was… It was vivid. I can look back at it now and it’s still vivid. This all happened before I was sixteen…I [still] have a lot of friends. I have some wonderful… I have friends who are, you know, people that Icould have been married to that now are very close friends of mine. They may be the closest of my friends, believe it or not. “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove” (Shakespeare; Sonnet 116). Love is there. It’s always there, right?
I notice you have two books in your pockets.
Well this is Othello, Shakespeare.
And the other?
This is an Edward G. Robinson biography (laughs)…I like biographies. I’m also reading Richard Burton’s diaries now, which I’m enjoying. Robinson too;he was a great actor and a great guy. But Burton – I had the joy of meeting him, and it’s a funny story with him. Like Marlon Brando, he was one of the people I really admired. Anyway, I saw him do Camelot when he was older and I got to meet him. “Oh, oh, oh… good to see you,” he says. And I said, “Mr. Burton you were really wonderful up there.” And he says, “Yes, I was thinking maybe we could get together. Can I have your number?” Anyway, I was so nervous that instead of my number I wrote: “Best Wishes, Al Pacino.” That had to be what, thirty, forty years ago (laughs)… And reading his diaries now – well, very interesting stuff. Yeah, I’m always reading something.
What about your autobiography? Would you like to write one?
Yeah, but you know, as long as I can express things in my work and whatever…I do give [talks] occasionally… I do readings, and then I do question and answer stuff. I find that as you do that, you remember things. I mean, it’s a long time I’ve been doing this. So the stories do come… The stories do come.
“Stand Up Guys” is released and distributed by Crystalsky Multimedia.
Showing on May 15, 2013. Nationwide!
A one-time top level American football player and former WWE star, Dwayne Johnson broke into film with The Mummy Returns, which led to his first starring role, in The Scorpion King in 2002. The success of that film led to subsequent leading roles in The Rundown, Walking Tall and Gridiron Gang. He also gave a strong performance in the ensemble hit Be Cool, lent his voice to Planet 51 as astronaut Captain Charles Baker and returned to big family comedy with his starring role in Tooth Fairy and Race to Witch Mountain. Other credits include Faster and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. He joined the Fast and Furious franchise in 2011’s Fast Five, playing hard lawman Luke Hobbs. He returns in Fast & Furious 6…
What’s new for your character, Hobbs, in this movie?
In the Hobbs world and in the Hobbs fashion world there is another mission. There is another bad guy to get and in order to catch wolves you need to get wolves, so Hobbs has to enlist the help of Dom and his crew to help catch this other group of bad guys. Essentially, I am just giving you the rough overview of it, but in the spirit of Don Corleone they make him ‘an offer that he can’t refuse.’ There is a reason why he has to help; he has no choice but I am never on their side. They are bad guys and they broke the law and I still think they are pieces of sh*t, excuse my language! There is a bigger picture involved and there are bigger fish to get. Once we get this big fish I am then going to take care of Dom and his crew because there is still unfinished business. That creates a wonderful conflict dynamic and palpable energy and intensity.
What do you like about playing this guy?
I like that he is very myopic in his approach and there is no grey area. It is either black or white. In his constitution and in his make up and his wiring he is all about getting the job done, all about finding whomever that person or group is, hunting them down and bringing them in. That’s what he does. Along the way he has access to some of the greatest automobiles in the world that the government supplies. He is not about small and fast in terms of cars. He is about big and powerful. It is the same with the weapons, too. It is a fun, fun character and it is great as an actor to come on board with an incredible franchise that really has, against the odds, been incredibly successful and continues to ascend in this success. The character is fun.
To what do you attribute the success of the Fast and Furious franchise?
I think what drives the success of the franchise is the studio. You have individuals at Universal who have been around for a very long time and with Universal, they are like family to me. They were the ones who broke me into the business with The Mummy Returns and they saw potential in me and then gave me my break with The Scorpion King and a lot of those individuals are still there. So I know that they are consistently in the sphere of, ‘How can we be better?’ They are very protective of their franchise and it is important not only to make a movie that’s better in many ways than the last one, but also in two, three, four movies down the road and whether they do ten more without me, who knows, but that spirit drives them. And then there’s Vin, who cares deeply about the franchise and he really helps to drive it.
In this movie there’s no major showdown with Hobbs and Dom, but you do fight one guy who’s even bigger than you, right?
Right. Since there is not a Dom and Hobbs showdown in this one the idea was to get individuals who were viable bad guys, not only psychologically to have the advantage over the good guys but also physically as well.
Have you ever fought an actor who is bigger than you?
No. I haven’t.
Are you looking forward to it?
I am looking forward to it because I win! If I was going to lose on the other hand…
How do you think the sixth movie will top what’s come before?
The last one was great, I enjoyed it, I loved the script and I think we are making a hell of a movie. I think we have a great shot at making a movie that is just as exciting as the last one, possibly more so, in different ways. We are introducing a lot more characters in this one, which is a great challenge for Justin [Lin, the director]. He has done a great job at balancing that and making sure that everyone has a moment to shine, characters old and new. The action is ramped up. Generally, it is hard to compare. You just kind of put together the best movie you can and have confidence in what you deliver. I think we are making a great movie.
Can you talk a little about the aeroplane sequence at the end of the movie?
I started shooting a little bit of that a couple of days ago. The Antonov is a massive Russian plane, a massive plane, and it is an incredibly massive final sequence to the movie. I will put it up there and challenge any ending action sequence in the history of Hollywood in comparison. We have thrown everything we had at this final action sequence. It will be however high-up in the air and there will be the Antonov and every character in the movie will be on that plane. And without giving too much away, the plane’s going down!
How have you enjoyed the experience of shooting in London?
I love London, I do, and we have had a lot of challenges with the city. The number one challenge was the Olympics, which was interesting because we had knew that the Olympics were here! There have been challenges that you just deal with. I give a lot of credit to Justin Lin. It is a very, very big movie, a very big franchise and he has a lot to balance and he wears a multitude of hats every day. And all the challenges we talked about he deals with in a very calm, smart way. He has a wonderful energy to him, very focused, but personally I have enjoyed London. The city is very film-friendly regardless of the challenges that we have had. The city is great so I have a continued love affair with London. I love it.
Does it feel like coming back to visit old friends when you return to a franchise like this?
Every actor has their own processes and some of the processes make sense to a lot of people. Some of it seems crazy. It worked out very well for me, personally, coming into this franchise. They are already a family, a group that has been together for many, many years on screen and off screen. For me, my character didn’t know the other characters, personally, and it worked out very nicely because I was able to keep my distance on the last movie and on this one too. I come on and it is an intense shoot. I am intense. I like to have fun but I don’t like to mess around necessarily with the other actors because there is still a palpable energy that is important that we maintain.
Do you plan to do some more diverse movies or will you be sticking to action roles?
I would love to do more diverse movies. My goal when I went into acting was to have a diverse career. Twelve years ago when I started with The Mummy Returns I wanted to be able to sit here all these years later today saying that I had been able to work in all different genres and hopefully have success in them. But if not, okay. Doing something like Southland Tales was very exciting to me and working with a director like Richard Kelly, a writer-director, was very unique. And there is a big movie I am doing called Pain and Gain, myself and Mark Wahlberg, directed by Michael Bay, and there’s another small movie I have coming out called Snitch. So those are different movies that hit a sensibility for me and I welcome them and love that. Those movies are not the first ones that come across my desk. And when a studio has a script it is ‘Okay, we have here a main character who has multiple personal disorders, suicidal tendencies and all these things.’ The Rock isn’t really the person who comes to mind! I do get that and for me generally it is through a director who wants to shake things up and wants to shock the world — that’s how I get more interesting material.
Do you have any thoughts on women in action films?
I think it is great when you can find women in action films and you certainly find it in spades in this movie because you have two women who are viable, believable, bankable and are good at kicking ass! And they can do it legitimately. I think that is played out on screen so I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing them.
How was it working with Gina Carano?
I spend a lot of time with Gina. I love Gina. I have followed her career for a very, very long time and I admire her too, in so many ways. It is not easy to break into Hollywood and it is not easy to make it in Hollywood and yet she has done both very well. She surrounds herself with good people and she has a great head on her shoulders. She was very successful in MMA, a male dominated world, which is very admirable and then to make that transition, seemingly seamless by the way, is very impressive. She has a big, bright future in that business if she wants it.
Will Samoa ever beat the Wallabies at rugby again and do you wish you were on the national side?
I have faith in my homeland. Do I ever wish I were playing? No. I will tell you why. I used to live in New Zealand for some time. I went to school there and I played rugby. I have been very lucky to have played American Football and American professional wrestling for a very long time and have my fair share of action in Hollywood. But there is no tougher sport than rugby and those who have played it and understand the game know what I am talking about. Those who don’t, well I have this argument all the time with my American buddies who are great football players and I tell them, ‘As amazing as you are at football, I want you to take all your pads off, including your helmet and then go play the game. See how long you last.’ But no, I don’t wish I were playing.
“FAST AND FURIOUS 6”is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.
Showing May 24.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has tweeted a great photo of Jennifer Lawrence in her Mystique costume.
The movie will open in cinemas July 17, 2014.