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The first ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ trailer teases an action-packed dinosaur rescue mission

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Life finds a way! Following a plethora of teasers and behind the scenes footage this past week, Universal debuted the first trailer for their highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Cast and crew preached during production that this installment of the Jurassic franchise would feature more suspense, dinosaurs and practical effects than any of its predecessors—and they really were not kidding.

In the new trailer, we are first greeted by Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) in a desolate bar as they become reacquainted. It is revealed that Isla Sorna and all the prehistoric creatures that inhabit the once thriving island are in peril as volcanic activity threatens their extinction once again. Claire urges Owen to accompany her on a mission to evacuate the island of the dinosaurs. (What could go wrong?)

This is the only true dialogue we get from the trailer that reveals any sort of plot details. What follows is a showcase of colossal-sized action and suspense; explosions echo across the island landscape, characters new and old navigate through scenes of destruction, and, of course, plenty of dinosaur action.

As promised, we are shown an incredible amount of dinosaur footage with species we are familiar with as well as some new to the franchise. The infamous Velociraptor, Blue, makes her return as she reunites with Owen. Many new dinosaur antagonists make their on-screen debut, including Baryonyx, which director J.A. Bayona first teased a while back. The most notable and cheer-worthy moment from the trailer comes when Pratt and crew come face to face with another new species known as Carnotaurus. Just as the beast takes a lunge at our heroes, the Tyrannosaurus from the previous films towers in and snaps the creatures neck, letting out a victorious roar. Oh, and did we mention we get our first look at Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm?

And, if you’re one of the many who were worried about the trailer revealing perhaps a little too much, have no fear. Executive producer Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter to assure fans that everything in the Fallen Kingdom trailer “is from the first 57 minutes” of the film. All that action in just the first half of the film? As a massive fan of the Jurassic franchise, I am thrilled to see what Bayona has in store for this installment.

If this trailer is any indication of what’s to come we are in for perhaps the grittiest Jurassic film yet. At the very least, with Fallen Kingdom, we’re assured visually breathtaking sequences of both CGI and practical effects as they appear to be a dramatic upgrade from Jurassic World, while it also appears Bayona is bringing some of his horror roots back to his latest project.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, and James Cromwell, and will open in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, a high school drama set in the 1970s, will begin shooting next year

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled next project — a high school movie set in the 1970s — is expected to begin shooting in the director’s hometown of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles early next year, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Anderson is writing and directing the film, which centers on a high school student who is also a successful child actor and “features a multitude of roles and could be ensemble in nature or have intersecting storylines,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The director is currently in the process of casting the film’s lead ahead of a scheduled February 2020 production start. The project is one of 13 films that were selected to receive the latest round of tax credits from the California Film Commission this month.

Anderson, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, has shot three of his films in the Los Angeles County region, including 1997’s Boogie Nights, 1999’s Magnolia, and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love.

Anderson’s last film, Phantom Thread starring Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps, was lauded as one of the best films of 2017, earning several Oscar nominations and winning for Best Costume Design.

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Phoenix: Sony Pictures invites you to a screening of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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Sony Pictures will release A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, on November 15 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood happening Wednesday, November 13 at Harkins Camelview at 7:00 p.m.

(Those who attend tomorrow evening’s screening are encouraged to bring with them a sweater or coat to donate as the studio will be hosting a coat drive on-site). 

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper

Opens: Friday, November 22

Rating: PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language

Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

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Brad Pitt, Emma Stone in talks to join ‘Babylon’ as Damien Chazelle’s latest lands at Paramount

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After months-long negotiations, Paramount has finally reached a deal to acquire Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, the Oscar-winning La La Land director’s eagerly awaited new project set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

While specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, sources tell Silver Screen Beat that the film is a Roaring Twenties-era drama that examines Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and features characters both fictional and not.

Emma Stone — who has been attached to the project ever since Chazelle began shopping it to studios this past summer — is expected to play iconic Hollywood “It” girl Clara Bow in the film, while Brad Pitt is in talks to join as a fictional character said to be inspired by silent film star John Gilbert.

Despite quickly garnering attention upon arriving on the market, studios were hesitant to move on Babylon due to the film’s rather lengthy 180-page script and estimated $80-$100 million budget.

However, sources say Paramount execs were able to convince Chazelle to rework and cut more than 30 pages of the script, which significantly reduced the budget of the project and made it feel like a less risky investment for the studio.

Babylon is scheduled for a December 25, 2021 limited release and will expand wide January 7, 2022.

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