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<p>'Wait... are you serious? That's seriously what Jurassic Park 4 is about? Don't make me eat you, little man.'</p>

'Wait... are you serious? That's seriously what Jurassic Park 4 is about? Don't make me eat you, little man.'

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Universal sends 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' writers to 'Jurassic Park'

Will the studio finally get the fourth film in the franchise off the ground?

Every couple of weeks, I get an e-mail asking me if I can send someone a copy of the "Jurassic Park 4" script that was co-written by John Sayles and William Monahan, and every time, I have to write back to explain to the person that I never had a digital copy of it.  Sure, Sayles accused me in print of hacking Steven Spielberg's personal computer to steal the file, but that just suggests to me that Sayles has little or no idea just how many people have their hands on a script over the course of the development process.

One of the reasons so many people remain so curious about that proposed version of the sequel is because of just how crazy it sounded.  I still wish Universal had gone ahead and made it, because even if it turned out to be completely insane, it would have been the sort of insane that you can't stop watching, sort of like this summer's "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter."  There are some films that you can't believe exist, even after you see them, and I think it's safe to assume that "Jurassic Park 4" had the potential to be one of those films.

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<p>O (Blake Lively) is in trouble in 'Savages,' and it's up to Ben (Aaron Johnson)&nbsp;and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) to save her.</p>

O (Blake Lively) is in trouble in 'Savages,' and it's up to Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) to save her.

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Source Material: 'Savages' seems like perfect pulp for the Oliver Stone mill

The novel's author is part of the screenwriting team, so this one could be close

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we look at Don Winslow's "Savages," a crime novel that is the inspiration for Oliver Stone's new film.


Chon and Ben are friends.  They grow marijuana.  No, scratch that.  They grow the very best marijuana.  They have a successful distribution network that has made them both very comfortable.  Ben travels the world doing philanthropic work that makes him feel good about how he earns his money.  Chon stays at home and tends to the nastier details of their trade.  It's a pretty great arrangement.

And then there's O.  She's the girl who loves them both.  They share her in every way.  Sometimes in explicit detail.

When the Baja Cartel decides to expand its reach into Southern California, they put pressure on Chon and Ben to join them and allow them to take over operations.  All they want is for the guys to keep growing.  Ben and Chon try to quit the business, at which point the Baja Cartel kidnaps O.

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<p>FOX says this is a picture from Wednesday's &quot;So You Think You Can Dance&quot;</p>

FOX says this is a picture from Wednesday's "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Vegas Callbacks

The auditions are over and now it's off to Sin City

I haven't been to Las Vegas for a long time.

But you know who is in Las Vegas? The "So You Think You Can Dance" hoofers.

It's time for the most intense Vegas Week ever. Or what I assume will be the most intense Vegas Week ever. Because reality TV shows rarely pimp episodes by saying, "Next week... Our most exciting Vegas Week in a couple years... since at least Season 4 or something."

Pity that. Click through for my recap of the toughest cuts of all...

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<p>Paul Verhoeven must be itching for a fight, because there's no other way to explain his ongoing urge to make a movie about Jesus, which Roger Avary has been hired to write.</p>

Paul Verhoeven must be itching for a fight, because there's no other way to explain his ongoing urge to make a movie about Jesus, which Roger Avary has been hired to write.

Credit: AP Photo/Allessandro della Valle

Roger Avary set to write 'Jesus' for controversial director Paul Verhoeven

If any film could set the world on fire, this could be the one to do it

Paul Verhoeven is determined to make a film about Jesus Christ.

In related news, Paul Verhoeven is determined to get himself shot by someone who can't handle any discussion of Jesus as anything less than the literal Son Of God.

While I love "Robocop" dearly, I am convinced that Paul Verhoeven ruined his career by making that film.  Before that, he was an interesting, provocative European director whose sensibilities were resolutely art-house.  Anyone who has ever spoken to Verhoeven can testify to his keen intellect and his almost innate desire to push buttons.  I think that's the way he attacks any subject.  He loves to ask questions because he is fascinated by human behavior, particularly at the polar extremes of good and bad.

His Hollywood career has seemed like one long misuse of his talents, and it's been painful watching him try to turn garbage like "Basic Instinct" or "The Hollow Man" into something worth his time and his skill.  At least with "Black Book," it seemed like he was working on material with some weight to it again.  It was a huge step in the right direction.

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<p>The cast of ABC Family's &quot;Baby Daddy&quot;</p>

The cast of ABC Family's "Baby Daddy"

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TV Review: ABC Family's 'Baby Daddy' births few laughs

It's 'Raising Hope,' minus the things that make 'Raising Hope' good
If the late English actor Edmund Kean had worked as a 21st Century programming executive, his last words may well have been, "Dying is easy... Developing comedies for young women is hard."
Oh, it's easy enough to do comedies for teen and tween female viewers. Disney Channel has been doing it with wild amounts of success for years, launching the careers of starlets like Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. 
But what happens when those viewers get a little older? Do they stop wanting to laugh? 
That might be a logical supposition if you look at the comedy slates of the two networks that target women 18-34.
The CW has surrendered entirely on comedy. When The WB (which also had comedy issues) merged with UPN, a slew of sitcoms stuck around as part of the latter network's commitment to African-American viewers. As soon as The CW's demographic focus shifted, those comedies were pushed out the door. You think The CW might want those 7-ish million viewers who watch "The Game" now on BET? Sure, but that was never going to happen on The CW. It's been years since The CW last aired a half-hour comedy series.
ABC Family, in contrast, keeps trying and trying and trying to do comedy, without any real success. "Melissa & Joey" does reasonably well allegedly, but calling it "generic" would be almost unsustainable hyperbole. "10 Things I Hate About You" was on-brand and well-received by some critics, but it was cancelled after a season. "State of Georgia" had a solid pedigree with Jennifer Weiner creating and Raven-Symone starring, but it also barely rose to the level of mediocre and was cancelled after a season. 
It's notable that ABC Family can't do comedy, because the network does drama reasonably well by several standards. It has populist successes like "Secret Life of the American Teenager," young-skewing social media "buzz" hits like "Pretty Little Liars" and with "Switched at Birth" and "Bunheads," it even has a few shows that critics say nice things about.
But comedy.
So difficult. 
ABC Family's latest comedic whimper is "Baby Daddy," which premieres at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday (June 20) night and will be forgotten by 9:15. And maybe ABC Family views that as progress, because the pilot for "State of Georgia" was bad enough that it took well over 15 minutes to forget. 
"Baby Daddy" has no real point of view, no real comedic voice and one very cute infant. Somebody at ABC Family probably, in fact, views that as a net gain.
A few more thoughts, somewhat more specific than "Meh-minus," after the break...
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<p>Usher and Rick Ross in &quot;Touch 'N You&quot;</p>

Usher and Rick Ross in "Touch 'N You"

Watch: Usher and Rick Ross in a mood in 'Touch 'N You' music video

Careful, ladies: the rapper's good at chess

Rick Ross has love on the mind -- and some mysterious gentlemen -- for the music video to "Touch 'N You," his collaboration with Usher.

The singer and rapper both star in the clip, which also features Rozay's pretty girlfriend who is partial to the high-heels-and-swimsuit look, because such a trend is incredibly practical and easy to pull off sport. It's a very romantic scene, even circa 2:14, when his lady love perceives an inevitable loss at a chess game. (Three of her pieces have been taken by Rozay, and it appears he pulled his queen out early and claimed a pawn and rook in quick succession, though why would he pull the queen back? And no that's not a euphamism, but I digress.)

Near the end, there's a mysterious meeting of men and the girlfriend walking in and looking pissed. I don't understand this, and perhaps it will be more fully explained in the "Touch 'N You" sequel, "Touch 'N Two." Wake me when it's here.

Ross and Usher's "Touch 'N You" -- which I actually really like -- is off of the rapper's forthcoming, long-awaited "God Forgives I Don't," due on July 31.

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<p>Jonah Hill,&nbsp;Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade get comfortable in an early scene from the new science-fiction comedy 'The Watch'</p>

Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade get comfortable in an early scene from the new science-fiction comedy 'The Watch'

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International trailer for 'The Watch' shows more about Stiller, Vaughn, and Hill

This Indian trailer gives a much clearer picture of who everyone is playing

There's a new trailer for "The Watch" online today, and it appears to have originated from India. 

So far, the domestic campaign for the film has mainly emphasized a certain attitude, setting up Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade as suburban guys who seem to be taking an unreasonable degree of pleasure from working as part of a neighborhood watch.  In the second trailer, Fox finally revealed the science-fiction elements on the film's premise, but it's still more about attitude than what actually happens.

The international trailer is much more focused in selling the film and the characters.  Ben Stiller is Evan, the guy who is waaaaaaaaaaaaay too involved in community activities, and he's the one who organizes the Neighborhood Watch in the first place.  The other three are all volunteers, and they don't start the film as close friends. 

Vince Vaughn appears to have found a perfect vehicle for his particular brand of motor-mouthed eccentricity as Bob.  Jonah Hill's Franklin is a guy who wanted to join the police department but failed the qualifications in pretty much every way possible.  Ayoade's Jamarcus seems to be hoping that Neighborhood Watch work will lead directly to a letter from Penthouse Forum.  Just knowing that much about the three of them already gives me a better idea of what to expect from the four of them bouncing off of each other.

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<p>The late, great Fatty Arbuckle was part of CBS' fantastic &quot;Dancing on the Stars&quot;&nbsp;press release.</p>

The late, great Fatty Arbuckle was part of CBS' fantastic "Dancing on the Stars" press release.

Outstanding Achievement in Fake Press Releases: CBS announces 'Dancing on the Stars'

The network lost the legal battle over ABC's 'Glass House,' but it won the comedy war

I've been largely ignoring the legal battle between CBS and ABC over the premiere of the latter network's reality show "The Glass House," which the former network insists is a complete rip-off of "Big Brother," and sued to keep it off the air. After all, every successful TV show that's ever existed has been cloned a half dozen times over, and why should we get up in arms over "Big Brother," of all the shows being imitated? 

CBS lost the legal battle, but won the war when "Glass House" tanked in its Monday premiere, and now they've won the battle for the last — and certainly best — word with this press release, a marvel of snark and cattiness. Many press releases are easy to laugh at; this is one of the few I've ever seen that I heartily laughed with: 

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<p>Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley in &quot;Anna Karenina&quot;</p>

Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley in "Anna Karenina"

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First trailer for 'Anna Karenina' paints Keira Knightley against a lavish period backdrop

Will Focus Features have a huge Oscar player on its hands?

One of the films we certainly have our eye on in the upcoming film awards season is Joe Wright's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," with Keira Knightley in the titular role. If nothing else, we can assume the crafts on display will be lush and exceptional (given the talent involved), and indeed, the first trailer for the film indicates just that.

There is no shortage of lavish period pieces this year, actually. In addition to Wright's film there's Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," to say nothing of subtler period accents in films like "Argo" and "The Master."

Guy was a bit down on the film in the fields he was charged with predicting in our recent update, but I beg to differ. I don't think there's anything on the outside that indicates -- yet -- that there's much to worry about. Still, "sure things" are cast away in Oscar season after Oscar season. We'll have to wait and see how this one turns out.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' definitely tops the Billboard Hot 100 again

Pop princess extends her reign to two weeks as Katy Perry flies north

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spends its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as the tune, remarkably, continues to pick up steam.

The song grows 8% in all-format audience, according to Billboard, up to 126 million. It only drops 1% in downloads, registering additional sales of 292,000 this week, on top of its already-sold 3.3 million copies. (Listen to Jepsen's new duet with Owl City, "Good Time," here).

Just as “Maybe” hangs out at No. 1, Goyte’s smash, “Somebody That I Used To Know” holds at No. 2 and Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa remains at No. 3.

As Billboard points out, the trifecta of three new artists capturing the No. 1 spot consecutively--as have fun., Gotye, and Jepsen, has not happened since 1977.  One has to go back to 1967 for the last time four new acts followed each other into the Top spot.

No new songs enter the Top 10 as the remaining spots merely rearrange the seats.

Katy Perry sees her hot streak continue as “Wide Awake” soars 9-4.  The song is featured in Perry’s upcoming 3-D doc/concert film, “Part of Me,” which opens July 5.  Perry’s forward momentum pushes Fun.’s  “We Are Young” down one spot to No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10, One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” drops 5-6, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” falls 6-7, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays at No. 8, Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia slips 7-9 and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” holds at No. 10.

With Bieber’s “Believe” a cinch to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1 next week, his pre-release campaign of rolling out an iTunes single a week for several weeks seems to have worked: his track “As Long As you Love Me” featuring Big Sean enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 21, making it the third consecutive week that a new Bieber track has entered in the Top 40.

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<p>Bruce Campbell from &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Bruce Campbell from "Burn Notice."

Credit: USA

HitFix First Look: Bruce Campbell meets John C. McGinley on 'Burn Notice'

How will Sam Axe and Dr. Cox get along?

I'm not doing weekly coverage of "Burn Noticethis season, but I'm still watching and enjoying the show, and particularly still enjoying the interplay between the actors. With Fi off in prison for now that puts even more of an emphasis on Bruce Campbell and how Sam and Mike (and Sam and Jesse) get along, so what better man to introduce a clip from tomorrow night's episode than Campbell himself? 

Of particular interest to me was the appearance of guest star John C. McGinley, playing Michael's new CIA handler. I haven't seen much of McGinley since "Scrubs" ended — outside of a couple of State Farm commercials that I assume he did to pay the bills — and I'm glad to have the former Dr. Cox back on my TV and interacting with the likes of Campbell and Donovan. 

As usual, "Burn Notice" airs Thursday night at 9 on USA.

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<p>Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

Listen: Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen are looking for nothing but a 'Good Time'

Is it too adorable for words?

Carly Rae Jepsen already owned the first part of the summer with “Call Me Maybe.” With “Good Time,” a new track from Owl City featuring Jepsen, she could claim the second half.

The track, which Adam Young (Owl City’s real name) debuted via SoundCloud today, sounds like “California Gurls Pt. 2.” Not only does Jepsen sound like Katy Perry, the song has the same “Whoa-oh-oh” sing-along-chorus.  Just try not to clap or sing along. It’s a shame this didn’t come out a few weeks earlier to totally take advantage of the full summer, but Jepsen’s folks undoubtedly didn’t want it to steal any of “Call Me Maybe’s” if anything could.

[More after the jump...]

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