People: A 3-D dinosaur? That’s triceratops

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008

Brendan Fraser is looking to unearth another blockbuster with this summer’s third installment of “The Mummy” franchise.

But first, he’s digging a bit deeper underground with “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D,” a take on the Jules Verne science fiction classic updated with the latest in digital three-dimensional film technology.

The result is a thrill ride that has Fraser and his co-stars fighting carnivorous fish, sailing across an underground ocean and racing from a hungry dinosaur – with the images floating off the screen and dangling right in front of viewers’ eyes.

“It adds a level of hyper-reality,” Fraser said. “To see it play with audiences full of little kids reaching out in the air to try and grab a floating pocket knife is just hilarious.

“And hey, there’s an albino dinosaur. Did you know there’s an albino dinosaur at the center of the earth? I did not know that.”

“Journey 3-D” debuts July 11, three weeks before “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” the third installment in Fraser’s franchise about an archaeologist battling resurrected corpses.

Toeing the lines

Britney Spears is reportedly relishing her new role on “How I Met Your Mother.”

Spears is wrapping up filming on her much-hyped cameo for the March 24 episode of the CBS sitcom, in which she plays a receptionist in a dermatologist’s office who crushes on Ted (Josh Radnor).

“On the first day of the shoot, Britney knew her lines better than I knew mine,” says Radnor. “She’s been great to work with.”

Hey, Meester, have you heard …

Leighton Meester, who stars in the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” makes her first magazine cover apperance with the spring issue of Teen.

Asked how she deals with gossip in real life, the 21-year-old actress says: “If people say negative things, I could care less. But I let it give me a boost of confidence if they’re saying nice things.”

She’ll be busy for a spell

Former “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” star Melissa Joan Hart conjured up another child.

The 31-year-old actress and her husband, rock musician Mark Wilkerson, welcomed their second son on Wednesday.

Braydon Hart Wilkerson, at 7 pounds, 3 ounces, joins 2-year-old brother Mason.

Neverland forever?

Michael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction, his attorney says.

“Neverland and MJ are fine,” says lawyer L. Londell McMillan.

An auction date had been set for March 19 because of $24.5 million the singer owed on the 2,500-acre spread northwest of Santa Barbara.

Jackson has not lived there since his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005.

The birthday bunch

Actor Michael Caine is 75. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 75. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey is 63. Actor Steve Kanaly (“Dallas”) is 62. Comedian Billy Crystal is 60. Actress Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 49. Singer Kristian Bush (Sugarland) is 38. Actor Chris Klein is 29. Musician Taylor Hanson (Hanson) is 25.


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