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<p>Sam Neill and Ariana Richards in an iconic shot from &quot;Jurassic Park&quot;</p>

Sam Neill and Ariana Richards in an iconic shot from "Jurassic Park"

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20 years on 'Jurassic Park' is still quintessential Spielberg spectacle

The film's upcoming 3D release reminds why it is one of his greatest achievements

To tell you the truth, I wasn't all that interested in seeing "Jurassic Park" in the summer of 1993. The movie that had me riled? "Last Action Hero." No, seriously. (And I'm a pretty big apologist for that Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner to this very day.) So I didn't even see Steven Spielberg's dinosaur spectacle in the theater when it was released.

Of course awareness was high. You couldn't escape it. TV commercials, toy stores, fast food tie-ins, it was everywhere. And in short order, it became the second-highest grossing film of all time, behind "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," giving Spielberg the one-two punch atop the domestic chart. This was before "Star Wars" saw a re-release four years later, which would take George Lucas' space epic past both Spielberg films, before "Titanic" would come along later and blow everything out of the water.

But back to "Jurassic Park," I caught up with it on VHS. And of course, I fell in love with it. For those in my generation, it was a pretty undeniable element. For my part, I gave that tape a workout, watching it countless times over the years. And when a chance came to see it projected on 35mm in film school, I leapt at the opportunity.

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<p>Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal."

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Review: NBC's 'Hannibal' a riveting 'Silence of the Lambs' prequel

Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne shine in Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter

Earlier this year, as we welcomed FOX's "The Following" and A&E's "Bates Motel" to a blood-soaked TV landscape that already included "Criminal Minds," "Dexter," "Luther"  and other shows that at least dabble in the serial killer arts, I wondered if perhaps I was simply tired of the whole genre. We were a couple of decades removed from "Silence of the Lambs," and it seemed like every single trope of serial killer fiction had been explored, made into cliche, and  rendered unpleasant.

Then I watched NBC's creepy, haunting, smart, utterly gorgeous new series "Hannibal" — yet another Hannibal Lecter project, no less — and realized that it's not the genre that had gotten tired, but the execution of it. I went into "Hannibal" (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) dreading it and came away five episodes later thrilled by it.

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<p>Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are both back and together in Asgard in some of the first footage from 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark World'</p>

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are both back and together in Asgard in some of the first footage from 'Thor: The Dark World'

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Marvel unleashes a flood of concept art and new footage with 'Phase Two' featurette

Want to see shots from 'Thor 2,' 'Ant-Man' test footage, and some new 'Guardians' designs?

When I wrote about my always-evolving feelings towards spoilers last week, I got several e-mails from people asking if that means I'll never write about a movie during production again.

Of course not.

It just means that I am trying to be more conscious of what I say about something while it's being made, and I want to try to safeguard your experience with a film. I don't want to be the reason someone has to scrap an idea again, and I've put my foot in it enough times that I'm trying to figure out how to do my job better.

Now, when a studio decides to release a big sneak peek like Marvel did with the Phase One box set they put out, I consider that fair game. I would still warn that if you don't want to know anything, don't look at the gallery we've attached below, but if you don't mind being teased a bit, I think this is a great job of showing us enough to get fans talking but not enough to ruin anything they've got coming between now and "The Avengers 2."

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15 films we might consider seeing in 3D

15 films we might consider seeing in 3D

With 'Jurassic Park 3D' on the way, we wade into sacrilegious waters

Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is getting the 3D treatment this weekend on the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary. We'll circle back later this week with some thoughts on the film and the conversion, but with it in mind, the HitFix team started pondering what other films we might consider seeing converted to 3D.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver and Erica Tazel in the &quot;Decoy&quot;&nbsp;episode of &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver and Erica Tazel in the "Decoy" episode of "Justified."

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'Justified' producer Graham Yost looks back on the mysteries of season 4

Who was Drew Thompson originally going to be? What happened to Johnny?

Graham Yost and the team from "Justified" just concluded a season unlike any of the three previous ones. (My finale review is here.) Season 4 was built around a mystery, dealt more than ever before with Raylan's background as a son of Harlan, beefed up the role of several supporting characters and had several notable changes of direction as it was being made.

I talked with Yost about the Drew Thompson mystery, why we never got to see Adam Arkin reprise his role as Detroit mob boss Theo Tonin, why everybody loved "Decoy" so much, and a lot more.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as&nbsp;Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Ghosts'

Nicky Augustine threatens Winona, and Boyd and Ava race to move Delroy's body

"Justified" just wrapped up its fourth season. I interviewed Graham Yost about the season, and I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as this beard makes me Santa...

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<p>Tim Burton</p>

Tim Burton

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Tim Burton and Harvey Weinstein come together for 'Big Eyes' with Waltz and Adams

Script was penned by 'Ed Wood' writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have apparently been trying to get their project, "Big Eyes," about feuding artist couple Walter and Margaret Keane for years. They've finally secured a progressive track, reports Deadline, with Tim Burton set to direct and The Weinstein Company closing a deal to fund and distribute. Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, fresh off awards attention in the Weinstein-distributed "Django Unchained" and "The Master," will star.

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<p>Whatever the Academy is set to discuss, it's under wraps at the moment.</p>

Whatever the Academy is set to discuss, it's under wraps at the moment.

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The Academy's membership meeting: Is one-term president Hawk Koch just making waves?

And should we expect anything major to come out of it?

Over the weekend, The New York Times broke the news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited its 6,000-strong membership to a May 4 session to be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to discuss…something. "Please join us for a special event: The future of the Academy," the invite read, somewhat mysteriously.

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Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

Flaming Lips drop bonkers 'Ashes in the Air,' push 'Terror' album release date

'The Terror' out in two weeks

Breaking news alert: Flaming Lips include nudity in new music video.

Just kidding, that's what they've always done. "Ashes in the Air" features bits, plus a baby, a meat-grinder and all the corners of your imagination you loathe.

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<p>Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam &amp;&nbsp;Friends'</p>

Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam & Friends'

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We celebrate the life of Jane Henson, the unsung hero of the Muppets

Jim Henson's wife was a huge part of helping to found the beloved characters

Jane Henson may not have been the same sort of household name that her husband, the late Jim Henson, was, but her contributions to the work that Henson did were essential, and without her, who knows if we would have ever enjoyed the genius and the humanity of Henson's various creations?

She met Jim in the early days, when they were both still students, and when he worked on his first major television project, a show called "Sam and Friends," she was one of the Muppet performers, right there alongside her husband. It has been said that she was the one who first proposed the system that allowed them to see monitors as they performed, so they had some sense of how their work was playing.

It wasn't until the late '50s that the two of them began a personal relationship away from work, and they had a total of five children together, including Brian and Lisa, who both followed their parents into the family business. When Jane stopped performing, it was Frank Oz who was hired to take her place, and she's the one who trained him and got him ready to perform. Even once she was not officially a Muppet performer, she would frequently jump in for big scenes where there needed to be a lot of Muppets at the same time.

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<p>Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.</p>

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discuss making the jump to directing with 'This Is The End'

They promise gleeful gore and ball-busting galore

You want to see what I look like when my brain shuts down for no good reason right in the middle of an interview? Well, today's your lucky day.

I've spoken with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg dozens of times over the years, and I always enjoy seeing them and talking about what they're doing. Yet for some reason, as I'm making the introduction in this piece, you'll see me completely blank on Evan's name. It's just a few seconds, but internally, it was a full-system reboot, one of those "what did I just do?!" moments.

Thankfully, Evan and Seth laughed it off and we had a great chat about their first film as co-directors, "This Is The End," which arrives in theaters later this year. On the 16th of this month, I'll be publishing some observations and interviews from my time on the set of the film in Louisiana last year, and we'll have longer interviews with both Craig Robinson and Danny McBride this week that we did at WonderCon. That's the long way of saying, "We've got a lot to share with you."

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Beyonce and Andre 3000 to record 'Back to Black' for 'The Great Gatsby'

Pair will remake the Amy Winehouse tune for Jay-Z-produced soundtrack

The Great Gatsby” is turning into a family affair. Jay-Z, who is producing the soundtrack to the film, has recruited his wife, Beyonce, to record a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the film.

Beyonce will collaborate with Outkast’s Andre 3000 on the remake, according to E! News Daily.  The pair previously worked together on Beyonce tune, “Party.”

The Baz-Luhrmann-directed “The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mullligan. It will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.

The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” will come out on Interscope. Jay-Z is also scoring the film, as we previously reported.

And because the mogul is clearly not busy enough, Jay-Z has now launched Roc Nation Sports with Creative Artists Agency. Their first client is New York Yankee Robinson Cano.


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