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Filmism.net Dispatch November 10, 2008

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It's a big and sad goodbye to my favourite author, Michael Crichton, who died last week. Crichton was the literary equivalent of Steven Spielberg, a storyteller who knew how to blend hard, dispassionate science with pop thrills and get the maximum effect out of both, a man who knew his audience.

Trying to list his achievements in film, TV and literature would take more space that this website allows, but he'll be sorely missed.

Also news recently of a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the one set in 1991 (released in 1972, where 1991 seemed like the far future) where Cornelius and Zira's son Caeser (Roddy McDowall) leads a popular uprising by the apes against their human oppressors.

Word is the remake is going to be set in a contemporary time and setting and if they don't botch it as badly as Burton did his 'reimagining' it could be something special.

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