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Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons


Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows.

While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend.


The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Jurassic Park'

More than two decades later, and we still can’t look at a cup of water the same.

Just as the rippling water in that now iconic scene signaled the T. rex’s grand entrance, so did Jurassic Park usher in a new era of cinematic innovation. Making a reality of so many childhood dreams, it marries moviemaking wizardry and emotional complexity to electrifying effect. Park also straddles a number of genres (action-adventure, family, thriller, and sci-fi, to name a few) on top of its ready-made merchandising and theme-park ride potential, ultimately offering something for everyone. But the leaps and bounds made by director Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning special affects artist Stan Winston aren’t solely accountable for the film becoming a global phenomenon.

At its core, Spielberg told EW’s Tim Stack and Keith Staskiewicz, Park is also “a helluva yarn.” Screenwriter David Koepp improved on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel about the foolhardy hubris of eccentric mogul John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), who built a theme park after recreating dinosaurs from DNA extracted from an amber-preserved mosquito. During the first — and last — tour of Jurassic Park, a bit of corporate espionage by a crusty computer programmer (Seinfeld‘s Wayne Knight) causes the power to go out, which allows the prehistoric predators to run amok and terrorize the park’s inaugural guests: child-averse paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his paleobotanist girlfriend Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), snarky- yet-stylish math wonk Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and Hammond’s grandkids Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello).

Without further ado, let’s continue EW’s Summer Blockbuster Month with a start-to-finish thrill ride and an undeniable game-changer. Open the gates to the utterly dino-mite (sorry, couldn’t resist) Jurassic Park!


Bid on a piece of 'Jurassic Park' history on eBay right now

Every self-respecting Jurassic Park fan knows intimately the 1993 classic’s opening scene, in which a foolhardy man in a safari outfit who underestimates the power of velociraptors gets an employee eaten by a dinosaur. Some of you may even still wake up in the middle of the night shouting “Shoot her! Shoooot herrrr!” a la actor Bob Peck.

Well, here’s some good news, JP junkies: the raptor cage from that iconic Steven Spielberg movie is currently up for grabs on eBay, and it can be yours for the low, low price of $99,900 (and counting).


Researchers discover fossilized blood-filled mosquito: Is this the key to 'Jurassic Park'?

The good news: Researchers have found the first fossilized mosquito still engorged with blood.

Don’t rejoice just yet, Jurassic Park fans. (In other words, hold on to your butts.) The bad news? The tiny insect has no traces of dino DNA.

Dale Greenwalt, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution, discovered the fossil — the first of its kind– which has been preserved in a piece of shale in Montana for 46 million years. But because of its age, the fossil is unlikely to contain anything relating to dinosaurs. (Remember: the park was an adventure 65 million years in the making.) Plus, DNA doesn’t survive this long, and the researchers have no idea from where the blood came.


Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Hacker scenes are all the same

Hollywood loves hackers. They’re an easy plot fix. Need some passwords? Get the hacker! Want an eye in the sky? Get the hacker! Gotta diffuse a bomb? GET. THE. HACKER.

Look, I get it. When the hero inevitably runs into a dead end, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that a fictional hacker can solve everything. But it’s not 1995 anymore; computers are not relatively new inventions (and not everything you need is in them), so over time, these hacker scenes have only become more tedious than revolutionary. READ FULL STORY

From 'Jurassic Park' to 'Back to the Future': Movies meant to be seen on the big screen

Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.

King of the world – or at least the box office – James Cameron has said that watching movies like Avatar on an iPhone “is dumb.” While I won’t totally discount the value of being able to consume entertainment on the go on a portable device, I do agree a massive screen and a quality sound system – not to mention viewing with an audience – is key to the full experience of epic blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.

So as Jurassic Park heads back to theaters for its 20th anniversary this weekend (with an added dimension), let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of the movies built for a big screen and a big audience, starting with the 1993 dinosaur epic now playing in 3-D.


'Jurassic Park': A drinking game 65 million beers in the making


There was a period of my life when I was watching Jurassic Park on practically a weekly basis. It was the year after graduating from college, and my friends and I had a tradition of popping in the DVD whenever we couldn’t think of anything else to do — which was admittedly often. At one point, we managed to watch the movie more than a dozen times in the course of a single month and it got to the level that we were quoting the entire movie along with it like some crazed cult. Naturally, we also developed a drinking game to go with the film, because what goes better together than dinosaurs and alcohol? (Had the park actually made it to opening day, I’m sure they would have sold $15 beers in giant souvenir tricera-cups.)

With Jurassic Park’s 3-D re-release now in theaters, I thought I’d share the rules. So hold onto your Buds… (Unless you’re under 21, of course. Remember to drink responsibly, and stay away from the velociraptor paddock.)

PopWatch Planner: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' premiere, 'New Girl' features a special date, and 'Jurassic Park' returns to theaters

Early April is one of entertainment’s awkwardly quiet down times, in which the summer blockbusters aren’t out yet, television shows are winding down but not quite at their finales, and most new albums are awaiting a  release. But that doesn’t mean that your week has to be boring. You still have some great options. Unless, of course, you don’t think that the premiere of Game of Thrones, the return of New Kids on the Block, and  the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3-D are great …

Colin Trevorrow is directing the next 'Jurassic Park.' What other indie directors should get blockbuster jobs?

Colin Trevorrow’s first feature film, Safety Not Guaranteed, was a tiny indie dramedy that reportedly cost less than $1 million to make. His next movie might very well cost the equivalent of 200 Safety Not Guaranteeds: Last week, Trevorrow officially signed on to direct Jurassic Park IV. READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic Park IV' concept art features human-dinosaur hybrid warriors

Have you ever wondered what Jurassic Park IV might have looked like? Well, now that concept art from an abandoned version of the film has surfaced online, you can see for yourself.

Jurassic Park IV has been stuck in development hell for over a decade. A script is in the process of being written by married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but it is only the latest in a long line of attempts to bring a fourth installment of the dinosaur franchise to the screen. Pre-production on an earlier version of the sequel was halted in 2007 after Ain’t It Cool News posted a review of the screenplay, which included human-dinosaur hybrids and a team of five commando super dinos known as Achilles, Hector, Perseus, Orestes, and Spartacus. There’s no word on whether the hybrids will make an appearance in the new Jurassic Park movie — which Steven Spielberg bless at Comic-Con 2011 — but this concept art can give you an idea of what we would have been dealing with.

I’m not even sure I find these pictures scary. What was so terrifying about the dinosaurs in the first three Jurassic Parks is that they were dinosaurs – huge creatures hellbent on eating you. A human with clunky claw hands and a toothy mouth? Not so much. What do you think of the concept art?

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