Jurassic Park needs no introduction. The early 90s movie ushered the era of CGI in movies. It was wildly successful and has become a classic. For example, when the movie premiered on network television in 1995, 68 MILLION people tuned in, a 36% of all available viewers that night.
The Jurassic Park Ride begun development a few years before the movie was even released, in November of 1990. Development of the ride took 6 years, as it opened on June 15, 1996. The ride cost $110 million, almost twice as much as the movie it was based on!
The ride first opened at Universal Studios Hollywood. The ride actually is considered part of the movie plot. John Hammond was contracted to rebuild the part inside a theme park. Universal would later build a whole mini-theme park dedicated to Jurassic Park in their Islands of Adventure property in Orlando.
A German prince will open the gates of an enclosure on his 30,000 acre property and let loose a small herd of European bison, marking the first time that the animal will roam free in Europe for about 300 years.
The bison, called wisents are similar to their American counterpart. Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg will work with a group of scientists to track the herd and try to make sure they don’t cause damage to farms or local cows.
The small herd consists of a bull, five cows and two claves. Their hope is that the herd will expand and split in two.
About a year go, we told you that the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos had funded a mission that had located the 5 Apollo 11 engines at the bottom of the ocean floor. At the time, it wasn’t known what the condition of the engines was and whether they’d be able to successfully retrieve them.
Well, a year later, Bezos announced on his website that they had been able to recover 2 of the engines and they’re in the process of being restored for display. Bezos wrote: We’ve seen an underwater wonderland—an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program.”
The engines are still the property of NASA. Beezos hopes that one of them will go to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space museum and that the other go to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, which is near Amazon’s headquarters.
George Lucas paid for The Empire Strikes Back all by himself, making it one of the most successful independent movies of all time!
The original Star Wars was a wild success beyond what anyone imagined. George Lucas became rich and a household name thanks to the movie. He also kept merchandising rights for the film, something that had never been a big factor for movies, but turned out to be an extremely lucrative venture for him.
When it came time for the sequel, Lucas decided he wanted to become independent from the Hollywood film industry. He took out loans and put up money from Episode IV to finance the $33 million that The Empire Strikes Back cost.
Lucas recovered the $33m within 3 months and the film went on to gross over $500 million worldwide. Read more about the movie at the source
A new report tells of a curious story of the time that then-Princess Diana wore an army jacket and a black cap in a gay bar. Apparently Lady Di, Freddy Mercury and a couple of other friends were sitting around watching the Golden Girls when they had the idea to hit up a gay bar in South London.
She went disguised with dark shades, an army jacket and a black hat. They were afraid she was gonna be discovered instantly, however, most people didn’t even pay much attention to her. She even ordered a round of drinks herself at the bar!