Who doesn't feel like a kid again when they see dinosaurs running around on the big screen?
The latest chapter in Universal Pictures' "Jurassic Park" franchise released it's trailer two days early. The preview was originally slated to debut on Thanksgiving day during football. A 15 second teaser was released over the weekend.
We've been following this project for quite some time now, after rumor and speculation that a fourth installment was on the way several years ago, and then the project scrapped and shelved.
Finally, likely after several revisions of the project, the public gets to see the next evolution of the movie that changed hollywood special effects 21 years ago.
Wow, did we say 21 years?
At first glance, there are several very notable homages to the classic 1993 picture. The opening gates, low camera angles to reveal graceful dinosaurs, stampeding herds, you get the idea. There area also several new elements in this movie, as we're sure the producers have cooked up some amazing surprises.
The film stars Chris Pratt (Star Lord, man!) and Bryce Dallas Howard and premieres June 12th, 2015. That is unless Universal decides to keep continuity and release it sooner like they did this trailer. We wouldn't mind!
MODESTO - The 15th annual Modesto Area Music Association Awards are scheduled to be held October 14th 2014 at The State Theater.
The awards celebrate local music talent in the region, with 20 different categories this year. They range from bands, to venues and promoters. The first ceremony held in 2000 had only 6 categories and has grown since then.
Voting takes place online at the MAMA website at the following link:
MODESTO - The 28th annual Edible Extravaganza benefitting Center for Human Services was held Thursday evening at the Modesto Center Plaza.
The event, one of two large fundraisers for the organization, saw over 1200 people attend according to Kate Trompetter. The event offered a variety of goods by local and regional vendors such as restaurants, breweries, producers, and bakers.
"It's an event that everyone can come and enjoy," Trompetter said. "The tickets are $40, not $150 like other events."
A variety of attendees sampled food, beverages, desserts and baked goods. One of the more popular booths was Frost Bakery, who first joined the event last year.
"We built a really good relationship with Center for Human Services," said Jesse Apodaca of Frost Bakery. "This year we had a lot of people return. It makes you feel good to help underpriviledged kids."
"We're really grateful that the community continues to support this event," Trompetter added.
Center for Human Services provides mental health, addiction recovery, youth and family resources as well as a variety of other services to the community.
STOCKTON - Fred Arollo is an orc. Well, at least this weekend he was.
Arrollo and his family attended StocktonCon this weekend dressed as their favorite World of Warcraft characters at the Stockton Arena. The event is the city's very own comic book convention.
Their efforts did not go unnoticed. They were a crowd favorite and won a cool $500 first place cash prize in the costume contest Saturday afternoon.
Well deserved with their authentic costumes, from turkey claw earrings to furs and skins, to even the dental impressions used to make their tusks. Arrollo's daughter and adorable granddaughter were also dressed in the part.
"It's really interesting to see who comes out and how they dress as their heroes and their villains," Arrollo said. "It's a really neat atmosphere that comes together."
StocktonCon held it's first event in 2012 in the Spanos Center at UOP. The convention is an outlet and venue for collectors and artists to showcase their artwork and collections. Everything from original pieces of art, comics, toys and video games were on hand.
Actors such as Danny Glover, Nicholas Brendon and Denise Crosby were also in attendance for photos and autographs. Wrestling entertainers 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and Mick Foley had greeting booths as well.
The event has seen increased attendance almost doubling from 4,200 to 7,500 since it moved to the Stockton Arena last year. This year is the first year it extends to a two day event.
The event also raises funds for charities like United Way and St. Mary's Dining Room.
MODESTO - Raceday has arrived in downtown Modesto!
Pro tour practices are free all day Friday beginning at 2pm. Saturday and Sunday admission is $15, ages 10 and under are free.
For a schedule and map, click here.
BANTA - The Chill Seekers paranormal investigation group recently documented their experience at the Banta Inn.
"We head over to the small town of Banta, CA. to investigate the Banta Inn. This bar and restaurant is a very well known haunted location and has even been featured on the show "Sightings". Some consider it one of the most haunted places in California. Our team investigates and captures amazing Evidence."
For more about the team, visit www.chillseekers.com