Jurassic Park is a 1993 science fiction film directed by Steven
Spielberg, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton.
The film centers on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, where
scientists have created an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs. John
Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invites a group of scientists, played
by Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, to visit the park.
Sabotage sets the dinosaurs on the loose, and technicians and visitors
attempt to escape the island. Spielberg acquired the rights to the
novel before its publication in 1990, and Crichton was hired to adapt
his novel. David Koepp wrote the final draft, which left out much of
the novel's exposition and violence, and also made numerous changes to
the characters. Spielberg hired Stan Winston Studios to create
animatronics to portray the dinosaurs, shots of which were mixed with
newly developed computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light and
Magic. Jurassic Park is regarded as a landmark in the usage of CGI
effects and received positive reviews from critics, who praised the
effects (though reaction to other elements of the picture, such as
character development, was mixed). Jurassic Park spawned a franchise
of films and other media, and was followed by The Lost World: Jurassic
Park in 1997 and by Jurassic Park III in 2001, with Jurassic Park IV
currently in development.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide after he was deposed by the
Italian artist Duccio's Maestà with Twenty Angels and Nineteen
Saints, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, was
unveiled and installed in Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.
In an act of defiance against the Navigation Acts, American patriots
led by Abraham Whipple attacked and burned the British schooner HMS
Mormon pioneers began leaving Iowa City, Iowa and headed west for
Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled
Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew landed their
Southern Cross aircraft in Brisbane, completing the first ever
trans-Pacific flight from the United States mainland to Australia.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
perforce: By force; of necessity; at any rate.
Wikiquote of the day:
Be a clown, be a clown, All the world loves a clown. Act the fool,
play the calf, And you'll always have the last laugh.
-- Cole Porter