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A Violent Delight: Reviewing Michael Crichton’s ‘Westworld’ (1973)
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Recently, we started a new podcast here at Geeks Of Doom called Violent Delights. It follows HBO’s reboot of Westworld, which began airing and streaming on October 2nd, and takes a deep look into the themes and storytelling that take place on the show. We couldn’t possibly hope to understand what Westworld 2016 could become without taking a look back at the original Westworld (1973). Here’s how this 43-year-old iconic film stands up to the scrutiny of fall 2016.

Anyone who’s ever delved into a DC or Marvel comic has noticed that, for the most part, while the world those stories take place in may be nearly identical to our own, it’s just slightly…better. The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers both took place in New York in 2012, but both stories employ superior technology and characters with the goodwill to use them well — to take their power, however gained, and employ it in opposition of the selfish, the greedy, and the grim for the embetterment of all those who are too weak to stand up and face those threats themselves. We call these people heroes.

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Honest Trailers: ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’
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Honest Trailers Lost World Jurassic Park

The new trend in Honest Trailers is to preview the big release of the upcoming weekend. After Pitch Perfect and Entourage the last two weeks, the Screen Junkies guys debut this afternoon The Lost World: Jurassic Park trailer, mocking Steven Spielberg’s 1997 sequel to the legendary 1993 hit Jurassic Park. In fact the sequel thing is the first thing they poke fun, relating Lost World to one of the unnecessary Jaws sequels. Narrator Jon Bailey also asks a question I always pondered:

“Why isn’t the title Jurassic Park 2: Lost World?”

Be sure to check out the video below.

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‘Jurassic Park’ Actor Confirmed For ‘Jurassic World’
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Dr. Henry Wu (Right) In Jurassic Park

One of the first things that came to mind when hearing about the next Jurassic Park movie, titled Jurassic World, was whether or not any familiar actors/characters from previous installments would be finding themselves surrounded by genetically engineered dinosaurs once again. The answer to this question is yes, at least one familiar face will be returning…though probably not someone you’d expect.

In Michael Crichton’s original novel the character Dr. Henry Wu, the rock star geneticist brought in by John Hammond and tasked with bringing dinosaurs back to life, is an important one. In Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie adaptation, his role was much, much smaller. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Wu, played by the same actor who played him in the ’93 movie, BD Wong, will be back.

You can read why Trevorrow is bringing back Wu and why you shouldn’t expect to see any of the big actors from previous movies below.

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Recreate ‘Jurassic Park’ Hacking Scene With Jurassic Systems
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Jurassic Park

Remember that scene from Steven Spielberg‘s original Jurassic Park where Newman sabotages the park’s high-tech security measures in order to steal some dinosaur embryos and Samuel L. Muthaf***in’ Jackson! tries briefly to restore order before telling the Oscar-winning director of Gandhi that he can’t get the park back online? I’m pretty sure it was in the trailer.

Jurassic Systems is an interactive HMTL5/Javascript site created by programmer Tully Robinson that allows you to recreate this scene. When you visit the site, will be taken to the main page where the Jurassic Park scene is available to watch as a YouTube embed. It’s advised that you watch this scene before proceeding to the fun part because you will need to know the three commands Jackson’s character enters before that annoying little animation of Newman’s sweaty, bulbous noggin on a cartoon Elvis body (never noticed that part before) wagging his finger and saying, “Ah-ah-ah, you didn’t say the magic word!” Enter the three commands in the correct phrasing and order and….well, you know what happens next. The system also accepts these five basic commands: “access,” “system,” “ls,” “display,” and “help.”

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Exclusive Excerpt: Michael Crichton’s ‘Easy Go’
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Michael Crichton's Easy Go

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Titan Books is set to publish four novels by Michael Crichton, which were written under the pen name John Lange between 1966 and 1972 while he was at Harvard Medical School. Now, the books are back in print for the first time in decades, and we have an exclusive excerpt from one of these titles, Easy Go, which you can check out right here below.

Take a read from the book and let us know what you think!

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$2 eBook Deal: Jaws, Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight Rises, Man Of Steel & more!
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Movie books The Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Rim, Jaws, Man Of Steel

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is a sale on Popular Cinematic Kindle Books for only $1.99 each.

Here’s a few titles that are included in this sale:

The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Novelization by Greg Cox

Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton

Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alexander Irvine

JAWS by Peter Benchley

Visit the main sale page to view all the ebooks discounted to $1.99.

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Saturday, October 19, 2013 til 11:59pm.

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Steven Spielberg Developing Discovered Michael Crichton Book ‘Pirate Latitudes’
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Pirate Latitudes

It’s been almost a year since renowned author Michael Crichton passed away. In that time frame, his family discovered the completed, but never published 300+ page book called Pirate Latitudes. Before the book is even released on November 24, 2009, it’s naturally already being developed into a movie, and who better to develop the work of Crichton than a one Steven Spielberg and writer David Koepp.

Spielberg and Crichton worked together on multiple projects, such as creating E.R. and the movie Twister. Of the work they did together, nothing stands out more than the Crichton book that Koepp adapted to script form and Spielberg directed that went on to change movies forever: Jurassic Park. Fittingly enough, as it turns out, Mr. Spielberg had always wanted to do a pirate movie, and now there’s one here looking at him.

At this moment, Spielberg is only developing and producing the project, but there is the chance that he’ll direct it, as well. Considering the material, the fallen friend, the story behind it all, it doesn’t sound like something he might direct…it sounds like a project that he simply HAS to direct. Only time will tell for sure.

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Author Michael Crichton Dies At 66
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CrichtonIt’s a very sad day today, as author Michael Crichton has passed away at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer.

This comes as a surprise to everyone because no one knew he was sick, but apparently it’s also a surprise to those who knew because he was supposedly making a lot of good progress in his battle.

Crichton is best known for his books, penning classics such as The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, and Jurassic Park among many others. On top of writing these books, he also directed some little-known films in the 70s and early 80s and then went on to help write the screenplays for Jurassic Park and Twister and co-create mega-show ER.

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