Jeff Goldblum Joins 'Jurassic World' Sequel

Author: V-Raptor | Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:22 am
Jeff Goldblum is reportedly reprising his role as Dr. Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

I don't want to overreact but this is going to be the greatest film ever. Bayona, you beautiful man. ... uel-997569

Jeff Goldblum is returning to the land of dinosaurs.
The actor, who co-starred in 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, will appear in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next Jurassic World film.
Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the know-it-all mathematician who came to the park as an insurance consultant — and somehow survived both the original film and the sequel.

James Cromwell: Bayona Was Reacting Against The Executives

Author: Kovu | Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:05 pm
Actor James Cromwell was recently interviewed by Collider, revealing his experiences from working with director J.A. Bayona on Jurassic World 2. The most interesting part is where he's saying that Bayona has been fighting for his artistic freedom against the film's executives:

Collider wrote:What’s it like to go from something like this to doing something like the Jurassic World sequel? Is it just impossible to pass up a film where your co-stars are dinosaurs?

CROMWELL: It’s out of the sublime and into the absurd. It’s just such a different world. There was Terry, making a very expensive film, but competing with Doctor Zhivago, which was made over 120 days, where he got 70 days. And they had to cut the budget in half, in order to have $50 million to push the film, because they’re advertising it like nobody’s business. He’s a good writer and he did his homework, and he cares about it. He’s trying to balance these two dynamics of the reality and the fiction. And then, you go in to this fantasy world and nobody has done anything. Well, that’s not really true. The prop people have made wonderful things. The set people have made wonderful things. There’s just so much money and so much power and so much prestige. It’s Jurassic Park. It’s unreal. And then, you do your work and, instead of doing it in a room, you’re doing it in a football field sized set with real recreations of dinosaurs. We had three full-sized dinosaur bone replicas that came from a museum in America, and five other heads. Money is no object. You take your time and do whatever you need to do. The director, bless his heart, was trying to fight off all of the executives. I probably shouldn’t say that.

How was it to work and collaborate with J.A. Bayona? What did you enjoy about him, as a director?

CROMWELL: He’s wonderful. I liked him a lot. He does some very strange things. At one point, my character is supposed to care about this thing, and I was doing my caring bit. He came over to me and said, “If you want to break down and cry, you can do that.” I thought, “Oh, really? Thanks! What am I crying about?” And Geraldine Chaplin, who has made three or four pictures with him, said, “Did he ask you to cry? He always asks you to cry!” He evidently has a little recipe book of things to do to heighten an actor.

Last week, YouTube-user Leyla Richardson posted a video of the BELL-HUEY-helicopter that was leaked to the internet earlier this year:

The video shows the filming of a rainy scene on the helicopter, which kind of confirms the darker tone of the film compared to Jurassic World 1. Such rain-shower scenes have been completely absent from Jurassic World, even though they've been in all previous Jurassic movies.

Further, producer Frank Marshall posted the following on Twitter:

The picture shows something like Metriacanthosaurus or Acrocanthosaurus as a model behind glass reflecting the surrounding environment.

Set Building in Hawaii has Begun

Author: Kovu | Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Reel News Hawaii, who already provided the fan community with pictures from the set construction for Jurassic World, posted the first photos of a Jurassic World 2 set being built at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii:

JW2 set at Kualoa Ranch

What exactly they're building there isn't clear yet. To me it looks like a JP-style entry point of an enclosure or building.

A New Species of Daspletosaurus Reveals Lip-Less Face of Tyrannosaurids

Author: Kovu | Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:18 pm
© Thomas D. Carr et al / CC BY 4.0

A newly discovered species of Daspletosaurus, named in honor of paleontologist and Jurassic Park's advisor Jack Horner (Daspletosaurus horneri), indicates that members of Tyrannosauridae might indeed share more features with crocodylians than we used to believe until now: Daspletosaurus horneri's skull sports a lip-less face and a sensory system comparable to crocs. Although the idea of a lip-less face in these animals has existed since the late 90ies, most illustrations have used the classic JP-style reconstruction. wrote:“Daspletosaurus horneri was the youngest, and last, of its lineage that lived after its closest relative, Daspletosaurus torosus, which is found in Alberta, Canada,” said Dr. Thomas Carr, a paleontologist at Carthage College and lead author of a report published this week on Daspletosaurus horneri in the journal Scientific Reports.

“The close evolutionary relationship between the species taken with their geographic proximity and their sequential occurrence suggests that together they represent a single lineage that changed over geological time, where D. torosus has morphed into D. horneri.”

“It’s about 75 million-years-old, so this animal lived about 9 million years before the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs,” added co-author Dr. Eric Roberts, from James Cook University.

“In geological terms, the beast was the youngest of the Daspletosaurus clan.”

The animal, which measured 9 m in length and 2.2 m in height, had a wide snout, small orbital horns and slit-like pneumatic opening on the inside of the lacrimal bone. The large horn behind the eye is elevated beyond the side of the head, indicating a covering of keratin. wrote:“It turns out that tyrannosaurs are identical to crocodylians in that the bones of their snouts and jaws are rough, except for a narrow band of smooth bone along the tooth row,” Dr. Carr said.

“In crocodylians, the rough texture occurs deep to large flat scales; given the identical texture, tyrannosaurs had the same covering. We did not find any evidence for lips in tyrannosaurs, the rough texture covered by scales extends nearly to the tooth row, providing no space for lips.”

“However, we did find evidence for other types of skin on the face, including areas of extremely coarse bone that supported armor-like skin on the snout and on the sides of the lower jaws. The armor-like skin would have protected tyrannosaurs from abrasions, perhaps sustained when hunting and feeding.”

The authors found that, like in crocodylians, the snout and jaws of the tyrannosaurs are penetrated by numerous small nerve openings, allowing hundreds of branches of nerves to innervate the skin, producing a sensitivity similar to that of human fingertips.

“This sensitivity is part of a bigger evolutionary story,” said co-author Prof. Jayc Sedlmayr, from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

“The trigeminal nerve has an extraordinary evolutionary history of developing into wildly different ‘sixth senses’ in different vertebrates, such as sensing magnetic fields for bird migration, electroreception for predation in the platypus bill or the whisker pits of dolphins, sensing infrared in pit vipers to identify prey, guiding movements in mammals through the use of whiskers, sensing vibrations through the water by alligators and turning the elephant trunk into a sensitive ‘hand’ similar to what has been done to the entire face of tyrannosaurs.”


Dinosaur Family Tree Redrawn

Author: Kovu | Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:39 pm
© Markus Fumagalli 'Kovu' / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Paleontologists from the University of Cambridge and the Natural History Museum London propose radical changes to the dinosaur family tree, based on new analysis of dozens of fossil skeletons and tens of thousands of anatomical characters.

Back in 1887, paleontologist Harry Seeley changed the dinosaur world when he began dividing the group into two broad categories based on their hip structure. Saurischian dinosaurs show pelvic structures similar to modern day lizards and include theropods (bipedal carnivores) and sauropodomorphs (classic quadrupedal, long necked dinosaurs like diplodocus) whereas ornithischians have pelvic structures similar to modern birds. This is what we all have learned and lived with for the past century.

However, the new analysis now concludes that ornithischians need to be grouped with the theropods, excluding the sauropodomorphs. It has long been known that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs (with lizard-like hips instead of the bird-like hips). But the suggested re-grouping of dinosaurs emphasizes that both ornithischians and theropods had the potential to evolve a bird-like hip arrangement - they just did so at different times in their history. wrote:Lead author, Matthew Baron, says:

"When we started our analysis, we puzzled as to why some ancient ornithischians appeared anatomically similar to theropods. Our fresh study suggested that these two groups were indeed part of the same clade. This conclusion came as quite a shock since it ran counter to everything we'd learned."

"The carnivorous theropods were more closely related to the herbivorous ornithischians and, what's more, some animals, such as Diplodocus, would fall outside the traditional grouping that we called dinosaurs. This meant we would have to change the definition of the 'dinosaur' to make sure that, in the future, Diplodocus and its near relatives could still be classed as dinosaurs."

The revised grouping of Ornithischia and Theropoda has been named the Ornithoscelida, which revives a name originally coined by evolutionary biologist Thomas Henry Huxley in 1870. wrote:Co-author, Dr David Norman, of the University of Cambridge, says:

"The repercussions of this research are both surprising and profound. The bird-hipped dinosaurs, so often considered paradoxically named because they appeared to have nothing to do with bird origins, are now firmly attached to the ancestry of living birds."

For 130 years palaeontologists have considered the phylogeny of the dinosaurs in a certain way. Our research indicates they need to look again at the creatures' evolutionary history. This is simply science in action. You draw conclusions from one body of evidence and then new data or theories present themselves and you have to suddenly reconsider and adapt your thinking. All the major textbooks covering the topic of the evolution of the vertebrates will need to be re-written if our suggestion survives academic scrutiny."

While analysing the dinosaur family trees the team arrived at another unexpected conclusion. For many years, it was thought that dinosaurs originated in the southern hemisphere on the ancient continent known as Gondwana. The oldest dinosaur fossils have been recovered from South America suggesting the earliest dinosaurs originated there. But as a result of a re-examination of key taxa it's now thought they could just as easily have originated on the northern landmass known as Laurasia, though it must be remembered that the continents were much closer together at this time.

Co-author, Prof Paul Barrett, of the Natural History Museum, says:

"This study radically redraws the dinosaur family tree, providing a new framework for unravelling the evolution of their key features, biology and distribution through time. If we're correct, it explains away many prior inconsistencies in our knowledge of dinosaur anatomy and relationships and it also highlights several new questions relating to the pace and geographical setting of dinosaur origins".


New Set Photos Confirm Return to Isla Nublar

Author: Kovu | Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:12 pm
The folks at Jurassic Outpost discovered new photos of the sets that are being built in England right now. The pictures from the Pyestock jet engine test site confirm that Jurassic World 2 will return to Isla Nublar for a considerable portion of the movie. To be more precise, it's the IMAX theatre of Jurassic World's main street along with the lagoon (where the Mosasaur resided in) that are being rebuilt there.

The photographer (TREVBISH) also took pictures at the Hawley Woods location, which seems to be a set of an all new place not yet seen in the films. It could be a manor, probably the outdoor set for the fossil display previously shared by Bayona?


First Official Picture From Jurassic World 2!

Author: Kovu | Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:17 pm
Ladies and gentleman... Hold on to your butts!

Director J.A. Bayona provides us with a first look at the Jurassic sequel via Twitter:


Geraldine Chaplin Joins The Cast

Author: Kovu | Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:43 pm
J.A. Bayona revealed via Twitter that Geraldine Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's daughter, joins the cast of Jurassic World 2.

While her role in the movie is unknown yet, it's not much of a surprise she's acting in a movie directed by Bayona. Chaplin appeared in a wide variety of critically recognised Spanish and French films and can be seen in several of Bayona's works, including "The Orphanage", "The Impossible" and "A Monster Calls".

© Agência Brasil / CC BY 3.0 BR

Further, there's rumors coming up about JW2's actual title. According to a tweet by @matthewjn, the Universal Pictures website accidentally unveiled the title of Jurassic World 2. @matthewjn's screenshot reveals "Jurassic World: Epoch", but the title must either have been removed by Universal or be fake, because the website now shows "Jurassic World sequel" as placeholder.

Paleontologists Discover First Evidence For Live Birth in Archosauromorphs

Author: Kovu | Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:54 pm
© Nobu Tamura / CC BY-SA 3.0

An international team of paleontologists from China, USA, Australia and UK discovered the first evidence for viviparity in an archosauromorph. Previously it was assumed that Archosauromorpha, the group that is represented today by birds and crocodilians, only laid eggs. However, a new specimen of Dinocephalosaurus, which lived in shallow seas of South China in the Middle Triassic (245 mya), shows now first evidence for live birth: there's an embryo inside the mother's rib cage, and it faces forward. wrote:“Live birth (viviparity) is well known in mammals, where the mother has a placenta to nourish the developing embryo,” said University of Queensland Professor Jonathan Aitchison, senior author of a paper on the discovery published Feb. 14 in the journal Nature Communications.

“Live birth is also very common among lizards and snakes, where the babies sometimes hatch inside their mother and emerge without a shelled egg.”


“Indeed, egg-laying is the primitive state, seen at the base of reptiles, and in their ancestors such as amphibians and fishes,” Prof. Aitchison noted.


“We report the discovery of a pregnant long-necked marine reptile (Dinocephalosaurus) from the Middle Triassic of southwest China showing live birth in archosauromorphs,” Prof. Aitchison and co-authors said.


“Our discovery pushes back evidence of reproductive biology in the clade by roughly 50 million years, and shows that there is no fundamental reason that archosauromorphs could not achieve live birth,” they said.

Professor Chris Organ from Montana State University, co-author of the study, said evolutionary analysis showed that this instance of live birth was also associated with genetic sex determination.

“Some reptiles today, such as crocodiles, determine the sex of their offspring by the temperature inside the nest,” he explained.

“We identified that Dinocephalosaurus, a distant ancestor of crocodiles, determined the sex of its babies genetically, like mammals and birds.”

“This combination of live birth and genotypic sex determination seems to have been necessary for animals such as Dinocephalosaurus to become aquatic,” said University of Bristol Professor Mike Benton, co-author of the study.

“This new specimen from China rewrites our understanding of the evolution of reproductive systems,” Prof. Organ added.


JW2 Begins Filming This Thursday, February 23rd

Author: Kovu | Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:11 pm
Jurassic Outpost reports that Jurassic World 2 (working title "Ancient Futures") will begin filming this week, February 23rd, in Slough (Berkshire, England)!

Apparently, local residents received letters from the production, preparing them for the upcoming filming (and the potential disturbances in the city). According to the letter, filming is to be for 1 day only. 11 more days are planned in the same location though. Further, the letter confirms filming will continue into June.

And another news from Jurassic Outpost points out a new filming location - one where JW2-sets already seem to be built: Minley, Surrey.

We recently heard a rumor that added another filming location (Harrow, London) to the list, and now we have received some substantial information that puts the area of Minley, Surrey in the spotlight. The location is roughly an hour’s drive from Pinewood Studios, and permits for filming and set building have been awarded to the production.

We first received an email with some information on sets being constructed on “Army Training grounds” in Minley, leading us to this location, which has been used previously for films such as The Avengers, Stardust, and Die Another Day. While we’ve learned Jurassic World 2 won’t be filming at the Manor itself, after receiving more information and corroborating filming/construction permits we were able to determine that the film will be utilizing the surrounding area of Hawley Common, and the former Pyestock Jet Engine test site.

Does all the filming in Britain also mean that we'll finally see some new landscapes in the Jurassic franchise? It's not unlikely, because Trevorrow wants to expand the story to the rest of the world. However, Jurassic World's main street scenes also weren't filmed in Hawaii but in New Orleans, where they simply replaced the surrounding area with "Isla Nublar".