April 16, 2015

My favorite animal is steak
Fran Lebowitz

"Yes, you squashed cabbage leaf, you disgrace to the noble architecture of these columns, you incarnate insult to the English language, I could pass you off as the Queen of Sheba!"
— Prof. Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard), Pygmalion (1938)

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
Charles G. Dawes

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 27 of 53)
  • To showcase the film's sound design, Steven Spielberg invested in the creation of DTS, a company specializing in digital surround sound formats, so it would allow audiences to "really hear the movie the way it was intended to be heard". George Lucas supervised the sound crew while Spielberg was in Poland working on Schindler's List (1993). The work was finished by the end of April. Sound designer Gary Rydstrom considered it a fun process, given the film had all kinds of noises: animal sounds; rain; gunshots; car crashes; scenes without music, etc. Spielberg took the weekends to fly from Poland to Paris, where he would meet Rydstrom to see the sound progress.
  • After directing Hook (1991), Steven Spielberg wanted to film Schindler's List (1993). Sid Sheinberg greenlit the film, on the condition that Spielberg make Jurassic Park first.
  • In anticipation of its Blu-Ray release, Jurassic Park had a digital print released into UK cinemas on September 23rd, 2011. It wound up grossing £245,422 from 276 theaters finishing at 11th on the weekend box-office.
  • The Dilophosaurus never walks because it was difficult to get the weight shifting and the movement right. A trench was cut into the floor of the set for the puppeteers but Steven Spielberg elected to have it just appear instead to make the scene more ominous and surprising. He also wanted more water for the scene coming down the hillside with every fire hydrant going in the studio until they ran out. Michael Lantieri joked every now and then "just splash him with something so he feels there's more water". To this day, Spielberg still feels that scene needed more water. Wayne Knight thought it a miserable scene to shoot, sliding down things, covered in mud, soaking wet, he was 327lbs and he could barely walk, but he loved watching it.
  • A large photo of J. Robert Oppenheimer (one of the scientists who created the atomic bomb) is displayed on Dennis Nedry's workstation.
  • Director Steven Spielberg and author Michael Crichton first met over two decades earlier, when Spielberg gave Crichton a tour of Universal Studios during the production of The Andromeda Strain (1971).

  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • Liberace Museum has a mirror-plated Rolls Royce; jewel-encrusted capes, and the largest rhinestone in the world, weighing 59 pounds and almost a foot in diameter.
  • Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.
  • Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.

  • Give me an x, I'll stand to face you. Give me a cross, I'll turn my back on you. What am I?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “The Sun never repents of the good he does, nor does he ever demand a recompense”

    “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”

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