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Sunday - July 1, 2001
- Jurassic Park 3 Prepares to Roar into Theaters
- A.I. Scores Victory in Weekend Box Office
- New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Actors Potential Strike Update

Jurassic Park 3 Prepares to Roar into Theaters
Jurassic Park 3(by Jurassic Park 3 is getting set to roar into theaters on Wednesday, July 18, 2001. This third installment in the Jurassic Park trilogy is the first to not be adapted by a Michael Crichton book and it is the first not directed by Steven Spielberg (Joe Johnston is the director). In addition, while John Williams is credited with the Jurassic Park 3 soundtrack, it was actually Don Davis who did the music, with original themes by John Williams.

There's a new dinosaur character in Jurassic Park 3 called the Spinosaurus (Spino for short). It is a 16 foot dinosaur whereas the T-Rex was a 14.5 foot dinosaur.

"The looks of these dinosaurs, the way their skin and muscles move, and how they behave in their environment, is far more detailed and explicit than in the first films," says Visual Effects Supervisor Jim Mitchell who works at Industrial Light & Magic. "The Spinosaurus dives into a lake. He has to act in water. Some of the most dramatic real life images are the Spinosaurus in the water."

Jurassic Park 3 is said to contain more visual effects than the first two films and will be quite different, and even darker, with a new director and crew. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

There are already plans for a Jurassic Park 4.

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A.I. Scores Victory in Weekend Box Office
(by Weekend estimates are in and A.I. easily achieved a weekend box office victory with an estimated $30.1 million - a nice take, but much lower than analyst predictions of $40 - $50 million. While critics gave the movie mixed, but mostly positive reviews, exit polls are showing mixed reviews leaning towards negative. Many are complaining about the movies disjointed ending.

Other visual effects and animated movies in the top 10 include:

Dr. Doolittle 2 - $15.4 Million
Tomb Raider - $9.8 Million
Atlantis - $7.8 Million
Shrek - $7.1 Million

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by A new edition of the Digital Media FX Newsletter will be delivered tomorrow via email to those subscribed. Each free issue of the dFX Animation and Visual Effects Newsletter is delivered via email and contains news stories and features not found in regular Digital Media FX updates.

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News Link of the Day - Actors Potential Strike Update

According to CNN:

"Negotiators for Hollywood actors and producers were meeting Saturday in an eleventh-hour effort to reach a new contract and avert what could be a crippling walkout for the TV and movie industry. Talks began Saturday morning and were expected to continue into the night…"

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