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Jurassic World Has One Last Spielberg Raptor Tribute



Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ season 5 finale has a fitting tribute to Steven Spielberg’s famous ‘Raptors in the Kitchen’ scene in Jurassic Park.

Warning: SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 5 Finale – “The Nublar Six”

Steven Spielberg’s most famous Velociraptor scene in Jurassic Park got one last tribute in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous‘ season 5 finale. In Camp Cretaceous season 5, the teenage heroes dubbed “The Nublar Six” fight to save the dinosaurs of Mantah Corp Island from the insidious plans of Daniel Kon (Andrew Kushino), Mantah Corp’s President and the father of Kenji (Ryan Potter). Mr. Kon sold his company’s technology to remotely control dinosaurs to BioSyn’s CEO, Dr. Lewis Dodgson (voiced by Andrew Harrington). Kon also used his mind-controlled dinosaurs, including the Carnotaurus, the Spinosaurus, and the Velociraptors to try to kill Kenji’s friends.


The Velociraptors were the uber villains of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Although the T-Rex was also a powerful and fearsome menace to Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and the others who were trapped in Jurassic Park when the dinosaurs got loose, the Velociraptors were even more dangerous. Roughly human-sized and extremely intelligent, coordinated pack hunters, the raptors could enter spaces a super predator like the T-Rex could not. Velociraptors were also problem-solvers and could open doors. Jurassic Park‘s ‘Raptors in the Kitchen’ scene is one of the best moments in the film; in the pulse-poundingly tense sequence, raptors stalked Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards) throughout the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center kitchen. Along with the T-Rex’s initial attack, ‘Raptors in the Kitchen’ is one of the most beloved and influential scenes in Jurassic Park.

Camp Cretaceous season 5 couldn’t end Netflix’s animated series without one last tribute to Steven Spielberg and the season 5 finale, “The Nublar Six,” contains its own version of ‘Raptors in the Kitchen.’ After the Nublar Six destroy Mr. Kon’s controllers to free the dinos from his mind control, the kids split up and agree to meet at the boat to escape Mantah Corp Island. Yasmina, Sammy, and Ben flee into a warehouse and are followed by Velociraptors as well as Kon’s mercenaries. In a sequence that seamlessly echoes ‘Raptors in the Kitchen,’ the Campers manage to evade the Velociraptors in the warehouse and get away. So much of Camp Cretaceous‘ action, suspense, and characters contain the classic Spielberg touches, and the finale’s ‘Raptors in the Warehouse’ was a perfect last homage.

Camp Cretaceous Fixed Jurassic World’s Hero Velociraptor Failure

After Jurassic Park, the Velociraptors were deemphasized in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. In Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow tried a different tactic and turned the Velociraptors into heroic characters. Trained by Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the Velociraptors named Blue, Echo, Delta, and Charlie remained deadly but still worked alongside Owen. In Jurassic World Dominion, Blue was set up as a sympathetic character whose daughter, Beta, had to be rescued from BioSyn by Owen. Yet Jurassic World‘s attempt to make Blue heroic never quite worked since, in the end, Blue is a Velociraptor and the Jurassic franchise has firmly established since the beginning that raptors are the most dangerous killer dinosaurs of all.

Camp Cretaceous wisely didn’t make Velociraptors, not even Blue, sympathetic. Instead, the raptors remained the most dangerous of the carnivorous dinosaurs and the Campers avoided them as much as possible. Ben’s relationship with Bumpy the ankylosaurus was more logical than Owen’s bizarre connection with Blue. Otherwise, when the Nublar Six ran across Velociraptors, they properly feared and escaped being killed by them. The Velociraptors in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous behaved more like how Steven Spielberg intended in Jurassic Park, which is one of many reasons Camp Cretaceous is such a satisfying Jurassic story.

All episodes of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous are available to stream on Netflix.

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‘Deal or No Deal’ Reboot Set at ITV, ITVX With Stephen Mulhern as Host



Popular game show format “Deal or No Deal” is making a comeback on U.K. broadcaster ITV and streamer ITVX.

In the show, a contestant is confronted with 22 sealed boxes, each one hiding a different amount of money. Without knowing what each one contains, the contestant must eliminate the boxes, which are opened one at a time, and the amount of money inside is revealed. Pressure mounts as the player is tempted by the Banker to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what might be inside their box. As long as the larger cash prizes remain unchosen, the Banker’s offers will get higher. But that can all change in an instant if a big cash prize is unveiled.

The show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern (“In for a Penny”) and produced by Banijay U.K.’s Remarkable Entertainment.

Channel 4 was home to the show from 2005-2016 with Noel Edmonds as host. It is based on a 2002 Netherlands format that has been commissioned in over 80 territories worldwide with more than 350 productions.

Mulhern said: “Wow what an opportunity, I’m beyond excited to be hosting the brand-new series. I’ve always been such a huge fan of the show, so much so, I’ve been practising at home with small cereal boxes. It looks so simple but it’s an incredibly compelling game for both those playing and the viewers watching at home. It’s one of the greatest shows of all time and to be the new host is an honor. I can’t wait to get started.”

Tamara Gilder, joint managing director at Remarkable Entertainment, added: “We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Deal or No Deal’ back. It’s an iconic format – but now on a new channel with a new, fantastic host. We also have a new Banker, but I’m afraid they’re even more awful than the last one.”

“Deal or No Deal” is commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment commissioning and Joe Mace, commissioning editor, entertainment, ITV. Executive producers are Tamara Gilder and Cat Lawson, joint MDs of Remarkable Entertainment.

Rawcliffe said: “’Deal or No Deal’ is such an iconic format and we are delighted that it will be joining the ITV family. Stephen’s infectious warmth and wit mixed with his natural rapport with members of the public is the perfect combination for this much-loved TV series.”

Casting is now open.

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Grey’s Anatomy Star Describes Filming Without Ellen Pompeo



Kim Raver describes what filming Grey’s Anatomy has been like without Ellen Pompeo. After the star’s exit in season 19, other characters have taken on larger roles, including Raver’s Teddy Altman. First appearing on the show in 2009, Teddy has dealt with personal and professional hurdles, and her relationship with Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) remains an important storyline. By focusing on Teddy, the new surgical interns, and others, Grey’s Anatomy has a future beyond Meredith, though Pompeo’s absence will likely still be felt.

In a recent interview with Extra, Raver discusses filming the medical drama since Pompeo’s departure. She shares that Pompeo is still very much a part of Grey’s Anatomy on set. Read Raver’s comments about her former co-star below:

I really still feel her presence there, especially when I was directing, when I was editing. You know, her voice over is there. Just the other day, I saw her, she was biking from her trailer — I guess to go do ADR — so she is very much there, and I think she really paved the way for me, for example, having the opportunity to direct and this wonderful… We are such an ensemble show.”

How Grey’s Anatomy Can Continue Without Meredith

Now that Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed, questions surrounding Pompeo’s future have been brought up. Meredith is still mentioned by other characters, and is expected to make an appearance during the season 19 finale. Beyond that, it remains to be seen how much of her story will be featured. Grey’s Anatomy has introduced a number of new faces though, including Simone (Alexis Floyd), Lucas (Niko Terho), Mika (Midori Francis), and Benson (Harry Shum Jr.), and is already tracking their journeys through Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Teddy, who has taken over as chief of surgery, is still adjusting to her new position, and the most recent Grey’s Anatomy episode, titled “Training Day,” brought several challenges for her to work through. Seeing her and others carry out different roles suggests there is a plan moving forward. Meredith’s absence could provide more room for characters to develop, and by exploring their stories, Grey’s Anatomy might be able to continue past season 20.

Despite the additional exit of Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), other longtime cast members, including Raver, help balance out the newcomers. Since Pompeo remains the series’ narrator, there is also the possibility that she could return after season 19. Grey’s Anatomy largely revolved around Pompeo’s character and while many miss her, they will enjoy knowing that she is still involved in some way.

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Jonathan Majors U.S. Army Commercials Pulled After Actor’s Arrest for Alleged Assault



The U.S. Army has paused its advertising campaign featuring Jonathan Majors in response to the actor’s arrest Saturday for an alleged assault.

The two “Be All You Can Be” commercials featuring Majors as an on-screen narrator were pulled Sunday. The U.S. Army plans to continue running other ads in the campaign, maintaining a digital presence as well as a prominent position in broadcasts of the NCAA March Madness tournament. Advertisements featuring Majors were still running during the NCAA broadcasts on Saturday evening.

“The U.S. Army is aware of the arrest of Jonathan Majors and we are deeply concerned by the allegations surrounding his arrest,” Army Enterprise Marketing Office public affairs chief Laura DeFrancisco confirmed in a statement. “We recently released two ads in which Mr. Majors appears. While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”

The multi-million dollar “Be All You Can Be” campaign was widely seen as a renewed effort for the U.S. Army to rebound after its worst recruiting year in recent history. In 2022, the organization enlisted roughly 45,000 individuals, falling 25% short of its goals.

Centering the ad campaign on a celebrity like Majors reflected an effort to renew enthusiasm for the military among young Americans. Majors, who has enjoyed the reputation of a rising star in Hollywood, is the star of recent blockbuster releases “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and “Creed III” and the buzzy Sundance drama “Magazine Dreams.”

Majors was arrested on Saturday in New York on domestic violence allegations after a dispute with a 30-year old woman, who was taken to the hospital with “minor injuries to her head and neck,” according to authorities.

Majors’ legal representation has argued that the actor is “completely innocent.”

“We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently,” criminal defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry said Sunday morning.

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