Screen Junkies » universal studios http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Jay Leno Gets His Own Street At Universal Studios http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jay-leno-gets-his-own-street-at-universal-studios/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jay-leno-gets-his-own-street-at-universal-studios/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 12:37:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261378 "Did ya see this? Did ya hear about this?" *Eubanks chuckles*

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In case you were wondering what has happened to Jay Leno since the Tonight Show was sent to New York and Jimmy Fallon, you can breathe easy knowing that he’s still in California, getting alleys in amusement parks named after him for no particular reason.

But we have some bad news: He’s not in denim.

I know, I know. We don’t know what happened either? Maybe he’s gone preppy on us? Or normcore? Yeah, Leno’s gone normcore. That’s the most simple explanation.

Anyway, feel to take a stroll down Jay Leno Lane at Universal Studios when you’re in Hollywood. It’s bustling with dancing Itos, headlines featuring typographical errors, and midwestern aunts laughing uproariously.

As is the rest of Universal Studios, for that matter.

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From The Dept. Of Good Taste: Universal Studios To Create ‘Fast And Furious’ Ride http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/from-the-dept-of-good-taste-universal-studios-to-create-fast-and-furious-ride/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/from-the-dept-of-good-taste-universal-studios-to-create-fast-and-furious-ride/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:14:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260971 Vin Diesel narration. I WANT VIN DIESEL NARRATION!

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Because there’s nothing even remotely off-putting about the idea, Universal Studios has announced plans for a new ride called “Fast and Furious – Supercharged: The Ride.”

Whoa. An em dash AND a colon. These guys aren’t f*cking around.

The experience will be a “movie-thrill ride hybrid in which occupants of Universal’s famed back-lot trams will be encircled by 400-foot-long movie screens.”

The back lot trams that move about five miles an hour? Not to worry. The ride will be set up so that the participants feel as though they’re traveling over 100 mph. Again, with no chance of dire repercussions. Before you book your ticket to LA, bear in mind that this ride is just in development, and given the time-to-market of the rides for Back to the Future, Bill and Ted, and Waterworld, we can expect this thing sometime in 2071, when cars will be a distant memory.

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Universal Studios (Orlando) Adds A Duff Beer Garden And Lard Lad Donuts To Its Roster Of ‘Simpsons’ Eateries http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/universal-studios-orlando-adds-a-duff-beer-garden-and-lard-lad-donuts-to-its-roster-of-simpsons-eateries/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/universal-studios-orlando-adds-a-duff-beer-garden-and-lard-lad-donuts-to-its-roster-of-simpsons-eateries/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:25:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256310 The best thing in Florida since Limp Bizkit left.

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In case Luigi’s Pizza, Krusty Burger, and Moe’s Tavern aren’t enough to satisfy your whimsical, fictional tastes while trolling around with the masses in Orlando, you can now open your refined palate to donuts and beer.

Like a Rockefeller.

The collection of eateries/drinkeries is known as Simpson Fast Food Boulevard, and it’s a place I’m dying to see, and would undoubtedly be a place I would be dying to leave after about four minutes.

Take a look!

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The Unwanted Side Effects Of The Universal Logo http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-unwanted-side-effects-of-the-universal-logo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-unwanted-side-effects-of-the-universal-logo/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:54:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255816 No one thinks of the collateral damage when designing an awesome logo.

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No one thinks of the collateral damage when designing an awesome logo.

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You Soon Can Visit ‘The Cabin In The Woods’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-soon-can-visit-the-cabin-in-the-woods/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-soon-can-visit-the-cabin-in-the-woods/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:16:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255563 Choose wisely.

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Have you had it with so-called haunted houses that fail to give thrills or chills? To borrow the words of Nathan Fielder, most amusement park haunted houses are “where pussies go to relax.” This October, all that could change. Universal Orlando is building a recreation of the genre-mashing cabin featured in The Cabin in the Woods. And yes, it will have merman.

Universal Orlando’s Michael Aiello explains what to expect for Halloween Horror Nights 23:

We are building the cabin completely. You’re going to walk through a forest to get there. You’re going into the cabin. You’re going to go into the cube cells. We’re literally taking everything we can in the film and giving you a kind of best-of montage of the film with this kind of linking story. You’re going to be in the control room when merman attacks.

Halloween Horror Nights runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 so if the bosses here at Break want to send me to Florida in order to review, I’d be open to that. And if they also pick up my meal and alcohol bills, I’ll gladly review those as well. (Zap2It)

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‘Hostel’: The Ride? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hostel-the-ride/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hostel-the-ride/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:16:54 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222773 Can't wait for the ride based on 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu'.

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Eli Roth‘s horror movie/torture porn Hostel might not seem like an ideal candidate for an amusement park attraction. Or it might not seem that way if you’re not familiar with “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Around Halloween every year, the theme park transforms into a theme-park-sized haunted house every night, and people who like to pretend someone is chasing them with a chainsaw pay between 50 and 100 dollars to get in. This year, one of the mazes in the park will be based on Hostel – and not only that, director Eli Roth is designing the maze himself. Here’s Roth on the project:

“Creating a maze for Halloween Horror Nights is a horror fan’s dream come true. I’ve been visiting Halloween Horror Nights for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time.”

New 'Hobo with a Shotgun' Red Band Trailer Features a Hobo, Shotgun

Alrighty! Presumably “Hostel: Hunting Season” will involve visitors checking into the titular hostel only to find they’re being used as fodder for psycho torturers, like the movie. Or maybe it will have visitors in the role of the torturers, being hunted by their former prisoners. That’d be kind of neat. Does anybody have Eli Roth’s phone number? (Guardian)

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Cameron Criticizes ‘Battleship’ Story, Obviously Hasn’t Seen ‘Avatar’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cameron-criticizes-battleship-story-obviously-hasnt-seen-avatar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cameron-criticizes-battleship-story-obviously-hasnt-seen-avatar/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:54:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15094 James Cameron, the only guy with any original ideas in Hollywood, has thrown the proposed Battleship movie under the bus in a recent German interview.

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James Cameron, the only guy with any original ideas in Hollywood, has thrown the proposed Battleship movie under the bus in a recent German interview, coming to us from Moviefone. In a brief rant, he chides Universal and their $200 million Battleship plans for essentially being derivative and awful. Of course, it’s possible that Universal wasn’t willing to exercise Cameron-like patience and wait around for 12 years between projects, because that’s not always a viable business model.

He stopped short of predicting it would be a nightmarish mash-up of special effects and thin plots, ’cause, you know, glass houses and whatnot, but he does go on about how Hollywood puts too much of a premium on established brands and not enough on creating new ones. He seems to (consciously or not) overlook the fact that respected helmer Peter Berg is running the Battleship circus, which throws a little more credibility behind the production of a big-budget feature based on a simplistic board game. (The fact that Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker are also on board is another story altogether.) His words may have had more gravity if he had cited a Michael Bay movie, but Transformers movies only come out every nine months or so, and Cameron didn’t want to wait that long to let his feelings be known.

Cameron summed up his point nicely, saying, “They want to make the Battleship game into a film… This is pure desperation.” Says the gentleman whose next two projects are Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.

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‘King Kong’ Returns to Broadway…For Real This Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-kong-returns-to-broadway-for-real-this-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-kong-returns-to-broadway-for-real-this-time/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 King Kong, the world’s most iconic ape, is climbing off the silver screen and onto the Great White Way. Global Creatures, an Australian company currently producing "Walking With Dinosaurs," is working on a stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film complete with a “20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation” of Kong. Unlike the ending to the classic film, the proposed robot Kong will most likely not break free of its chains and run amok in downtown New York. However, the state-of-the-art special effects may not be enough to carry the play. “Lennon,” a 2005 musical based on the life of the iconic Beatle, failed to draw an audience despite having a 15-foot-tall laser-wielding Ringo Star. (Variety)

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King Kong, the world’s most iconic ape, is climbing off the silver screen and onto the Great White Way. Global Creatures, an Australian company currently producing "Walking With Dinosaurs," is working on a stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film complete with a “20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation” of Kong.

Unlike the ending to the classic film, the proposed robot Kong will most likely no break free of its chains and run amok in downtown New York. However, the state-of-the-art special effects may not be enough to carry the play. “Lennon,” a 2005 musical based on the life of the iconic Beatle, failed to draw an audience despite having a 15-foot-tall laser-wielding Ringo Star. (Variety)

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Fred Rides King Kong 360 3D http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fred-rides-king-kong-360-3d/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fred-rides-king-kong-360-3d/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I remember my dad taking me on the original King Kong ride at Universal Studios Florida. It wasn’t a big deal, just a monsterous hydraulic monkey shaking your tram around. The cool part about it was it transported you to a world only seen on the screen, or at least someone made their best effort to put you there. Then you could bond with your dad over movies he was too old for and you were too young for. When a fire on the Universal backlot destroyed the California equivalent of that ride, it became a mixed blessing. The new, revamped, bigger, badder King Kong 360 3-D was designed by Peter Jackson, based on his 2005 remake of the movie. Universal Studios premiered the ride, which opens this summer, with a Kong themed party on the backlot. There were snakes and monkeys and tigers from the Wildlife Waystation, tribal drummers and free trams through the new attraction.

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I remember my dad taking me on the original King Kong ride at Universal Studios Florida. It wasn’t a big deal, just a monsterous hydraulic monkey shaking your tram around. The cool part about it was it transported you to a world only seen on the screen, or at least someone made their best effort to put you there. Then you could bond with your dad over movies he was too old for and you were too young for.

When a fire on the Universal backlot destroyed the California equivalent of that ride, it became a mixed blessing. The new, revamped, bigger, badder King Kong 360 3-D was designed by Peter Jackson, based on his 2005 remake of the movie. Universal Studios premiered the ride, which opens this summer, with a Kong themed party on the backlot. There were snakes and monkeys and tigers from the Wildlife Waystation, tribal drummers and free trams through the new attraction.

King Kong 360 3-D is part of the tram tour that takes you through the Universal backlot. They give you some 3-D glasses and drop some early foreboding ambiance like a Kong crushed tram car outside the tunnel.

Once the tram drives through the dark tunnel, Peter Jackson comes on a monitor to tell you to put your glasses on. You continue through and there are screens on each side showing life on Skull island. You see dinosaurs munching on vines in a setting basically as realistic as Jackson’s film. You’re way up close to it since the screen is only a few feet away, and shot from passenger’s eye level. Maybe the 3-D makes it a tiny bit less lifelike but you’ll definitely suspend disbelief.

Then Kong shows up. They basically do the awesome T-rex fight from the film, down to the same gags with the jaw and swinging vines. It’s great to see a brand new Peter Jackson action scene. I don’t think it’s quite the original set piece that James Cameron’s T-2: 3-D is, but it is noticeably an A-list director doing a theme park ride.

They didn’t allow pictures, but it’s like you’re inside this.

Kong jumps from one side of the tram to the other, and he rolls on top of you with the dinosaur. The tram shakes for effect and sprays you with T-rex saliva and monkey breath. The cool part is there’s so much going on on all sides, you could ride it several times and keep looking at different things. The gag directly involving the tram is brilliant and I won’t spoil it for you.

It’s only about a minute or so of Kong. Maybe it was two and it just flew by, but it’s a brief component of the overall tram tour. Afterwards, they take you through the rebuilt New York façade which looks the same as ever, perhaps more brand spanking new than the previous backlot that stood for decades.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll want to see how they repaired the landmark, and if you’re new to Universal, you’ll be glad they fixed up their back lot so you can take your kids on a movie studio tram tour. This time, you’ll also get to drive through an Oscar-winning director’s playground for a few minutes.

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