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News Briefs : February 7, 2014

Chris Pratt talks “Jurassic World”, Robert Redford gets a “Captain America” poster, Don Johnson “From Dusk” pic, “Raid 2” at Sundance, and more

He’s said previously that he did the film because he was a fan of the original, but what else drew Chris Pratt to “Jurassic World”? “What I liked about it is that it answers the question of, ‘Why would they do that? How do you suspend disbelief to be like, ‘Oh, yes! Let’s make this mistake again! We haven’t learned our lesson about dinosaurs. We should definitely live with them and see how that works out!” After three tries, they answer the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it and justifying it. Kind of, in his own way, having fun with that so that anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused the way I was.” Pratt says his character is a mixture of Sam Neill’s and Jeff Goldblum’s from the original series. “He’s got a little of both [characters],” Pratt explains. “He’s got a little bit of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement at the wonder and the biology of it all.” (MTV News)

Robert Redford gets his own “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” poster

Paul Walker’s film “Brick Mansions” has been scheduled for release on April 25.

A new pic of Don Johnson from TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series”.

Is a “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel coming May, 2016? If so, it would be the shortest gap between a Marvel movie and it’s follow-up (JoBlo)

Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”), Phoebe Tonkin (“The Originals”) and Sebastian Koch (“A Good Day to Die Hard”) are in talks to star in Jim Gillespie’s young adult thriller “Take Down”. The movie follows the spoiled offspring of international billionaires, sent to a tough-love school in the remote wilderness by their parents in the hope of shaping them up. When they are taken hostage and held for a billion dollar ransom by a group of clever and well-armed kidnappers, the kids are forced to try to save themselves. Director Jim Gillespie added: “The qualities every director searches for in their actors are talent, charisma and commitment. I’ve been lucky enough to find all three in Jeremy and Phoebe. Mark my words, these are the stars of tomorrow.”

Universal has put in a successful bid for “Red Rising”, Marc Forster’s big-screen adaptation of the Pierce Brown novel (Deadline)

Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) is set to star in the ballet comedy “Prima”. The film centers around twelve-year-old Jesse Urchin who shocks everyone when she is accepted into the prestigious Battleboro School for Dancers. While Jesse learns that to get to the top, she must kill or be killed, her mother Corinne struggles to acclimate to her posh stomping grounds.

Open Road Films has picked up “Rock the Kasbah”, the all-star comedy based around a USO tour of Afghanistan, while IFC has nabbed “Camp X-Ray” starring Kristen Stewart (The Hollywood Reporter)

Lifetime has picked up Marti Noxon’s comedy pilot “Un-Real”, starring Shiri Appleby, to series (Deadline).

Martin Sheen will star in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”, Andre Øvredal¹s anticipated follow-up to ”Troll Hunter”. It tells of a “small-town mortician who receives a mysterious homicide victim ­ a beautiful young “Jane Doe”, with no apparent cause of death.” (Screen Daily)

Here’s a video package from Sundance where the gang behind “The Raid 2” pimped their action-clad blockbuster.

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