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John C. Reilly

Big-budget sequels like 'Jurassic World' gobble up indies

Dinosaurs running amok are the focus of summer's biggest blockbuster, and the center of the movie industry. In director Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World," a corporate-backed theme park markets genetic copies of fossils, most notably the man-eating hybrid monster Indominus rex. Similar recycled relics in movie form are the main attraction of Hollywood these days bringing old franchises back in pursuit of audience eyeballs and profit. Early in "Jurassic World," a business-minded park manager played by Bryce Dallas Howard explains its giant hybrids: "No one's impressed by a dinosaur anymore," she says with a shrug. "Consumers want them bigger,...