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Once the lucrative deal was made between Lucasfilm and Disney for the ownership of a galaxy far, far away, it’s fair to say that the studio have made plans to reinvigorate the IP for a modern audience by introducing a Star Wars spin-off film intermittently between the confirmed trilogy of VII, VIII and IX.
Although, exactly which characters these projects will feature remains shrouded in mystery, with reports suggesting that the planned Boba Fett spin-off encountered problems purely because of its villainous and wholly ambiguous lead. Now, it seems the latest character to be in contention for their own spin-off is Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
At least, that’s the latest mooted rumour making the rounds today, courtesy of Making Star Wars.
“For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity »
- Michael Briers
Art by Ashley Clapperton
Lucasfilm and Disney have plans to pump out a lot of Star Wars movies. On top of the new trilogy, they are also developing standalone films set in the Star Wars universe. We'll eventually be seeing at least two Star Wars movies released a year. None of the titles of the standalone films have officially been announced yet, but we've heard that they might involve Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda. It makes sense that those characters would get their own films. You know what other character makes sense? Obi-Wan Kenobi. I just assumed one day that character would get his own flick, and now, according to a source from Making Star Wars, the movie is in development. Here's what they say:
"Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies »
- Joey Paur
Obi-wan Kenobi is unquestionably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars canon. Whether it's the Alec Guiness version from the original trilogy or Ewan McGregor from the prequels, the mentor Jedi knight has been around for generations to welcome new audiences into Jedi-hood. But will that popularity translate to the hero getting his own solo film? Apparently it will - if you can believe new rumors. This story comes from an unnamed source over at the fansite Making Star Wars, so treat it with an appropriately sized grain of salt. If the report can be believed, then a recent surge of Obi-wan fans has led to producers deciding to move forward with an Obi-wan Kenobi solo/spinoff film. The source adds that the studio has been trying to shy away from Jedi and Sith characters in solo movies, but that the popularity of Obi-wan is too big »
Over the past few days we’ve been graced with some genuinely exciting photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII which included the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing and a group of extras. We also got the news that an old pal of J.J. Abrams, Greg Grunberg, will also be joining the fray in a small role. Now more rumours have resurfaced surrounding the slate of spin-offs that is to follow each movie in the new trilogy. Originally the rumours were heavily pointing towards Han Solo, Boba Fett and a Red 5 all being the main focus of spin-off but according to the guys over at MakingStarWars, it looks like old favourite Obi Wan Kenobi is still in line for his own movie.
“I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going »
- Gavin Logan
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production, fans will have to wait another year and three months to see this highly-anticipated sequel in theaters. However, if you're craving some new footage from a galaxy far, far away, then you're in luck. Trailer Addict has posted what they call the "official unedited Cantina scene" from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope that featured never-before-seen footage, including Han Solo (Harrison Ford) getting close with a female companion before meeting Luke (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness).
However, the footage is rather raw, with some bits of sound missing, including the infamous Cantina Band tune, along with sound effects, and the footage has not been color corrected. Still, it's well worth watching to see some of the creatures in the Cantina that weren't in the final cut, along with alternate dialogue in the Han/Greedo confrontation and Han praising Obi-Wan's handiwork with the light saber. »
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn’t mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
For the first two or three years of the now six-year-old Governors Awards, I regularly wrote a column “suggesting” who I considered to be a deserving choice for Honorary Oscars, people who have been overlooked in their fields over the years.
Related: Big Names, Deserving Recipients For 2013 Governors Awards
On every one of those lists, three names would appear: Angela Lansbury, Maureen O’Hara and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere. Last year, thankfully, the Academy finally got around to recognizing Lansbury with an Honorary Oscar, and now with today’s earlier announcement the AMPAS Board Of Governors has wisely chosen Carriere and O’Hara along with the great (but already Oscar-winning) Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki and Harry Belafonte, the way-overdue Jean Hersholt Humanitarian honoree this year. This is an excellent list for an award that is given for an entire career. Some might quibble about Miyazaki because he actually won an »
- Pete Hammond
Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture “Gandhi” but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.
The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.
While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute. In the late ’70s, »
- Carmel Dagan
Darth Vader: “The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”
With the nostalgia of the strong resemblance to Alec Guiness in the photo, Star Wars geeks across the Galaxy anxiously await the arrival of the first official teaser and photo of Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in costume.
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Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, »
- Melissa Thompson
The series "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong" opens tomorrow at New York's Museum of the Moving Image and runs through August 24. Wong Kar-wai is an admirer of Lung's, notes Nick Pinkerton in Artforum, while Andrew Chan argues that Lung's "directorial career (which stands alongside his long filmography as an actor) remains a powerful example of how sociopolitical agendas, commercial impulses, and aesthetic ambitions can serve one another." A few quick notes on events on the other coast: An Alec Guiness series, a 15th anniversary screening of Mike Judge's Office Space and a weekend with Alain Resnais's Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968). » - David Hudson »
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Tom Hanks steps into Alec Guinness's shoes as the fiendish Professor Dorr in the Coen Brothers hellzapoppin' revamp of the classic Ealing comedy. The location switches from smoggy London to sultry Mississippi with Hanks as the criminal mastermind who plans an audacious robbery from the home of an elderly lady. Posing as musicians while they tunnel into a bank vault, Dorr and his gang think they've got ol' Mrs Munson (Irma P Hall) duped. »
“Fat noses have no place in the Hindi film industry,” Om Puri is fond of saying. “But it is not so in the West — otherwise Anthony Quinn would have never been an actor.” Puri certainly nose — make that knows — of what he speaks. When he was starting out as a film actor in the 1970s, his own mighty, bulbous proboscis seemed as sure an impediment to stardom as the pockmarked face that surrounded it, the vestige of a childhood bout of smallpox that nearly killed him (as it did six of his seven siblings). Yet that very face — weathered and wise, a face of experience — has gone on to become one of the most recognizable in Indian cinema and a familiar presence on movie screens around the world, too.
Now it is front and center in the new Disney/DreamWorks movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” in which Puri stars as Papa, »
- Scott Foundas
Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.
You’ve come to the right place with this, Jennifer. Not unlike C-3Po himself, I am fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication, including (but not limited to) geek, nerd, dork, dweeb, and wannabe Jedi. This offense is not as grievous—or General Grievous, »
- Dalton Ross
At age 11 in New York City, Martin Scorsese’s imagination was already deeply entrenched in the cinema. The future director suffered from asthma and was unable to play sports or run around like the rest of the children in his neighborhood. Instead, he spent countless hours at his local movie theater with his family, where he developed an abiding love for film. It was during this time that Scorsese developed an epic Roman film called The Eternal City, which he imagined would star Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness and others. Scorsese even drew a series of storyboards for the drama, which Open Culture describes as a “Cecil B. Demille-like production.” The filmmaker called it “a fictitious story of Royalty in Ancient...
- Alison Nastasi
Today we all know Martin Scorsese as the director of acclaimed films like Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and the Best Picture winning The Departed. But at a young age, Scorsese had a taste for Roman epics, and he actually drew some incredible storyboards to illustrate what his film would look like. These drawings popped up in David Thompson's incredible book Scorsese on Scorsese, but now they've been posted in great quality online. These are super impressive for an 11-year old kid, and what's even more awesome is that at this young age, Scorsese already knew who he wanted to star. Here's 11-year old Martin Scorsese's storyboards from Cinephila and Beyond (via The Playlist): As you can see, the film is called The Eternal City, and the young Scorsese described it as "a fictitious story of royalty in Ancient Rome." And »
- Ethan Anderton
"...dealing with Howard Hughes at this point in his life, his flaw, the curse so to speak, is the curse for all of us in terms of a nation, a country that acquires wealth like empires," Martin Scorsese told Film4 circa "The Aviator." "I love studying ancient history and seeing how empires rise and fall. They sow the seeds of their own destruction and I think that's what fascinated me. Ultimately the story asks, is that the wave of the future for everyone?" And it would seem that's been an area the director has been fascinated with since childhood. As if you needed any more reason to be in awe of Scorsese, here he is at 11 years-old, making storyboards for a Roman epic titled "The Eternal City." For the imagined movie, the young Scorsese dreamcasted Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo and Alec Guinness, for what was described as “a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson. Take a look at the artwork for each of the new comics below, then read on for more details.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of »
War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspired filmmakers and drawn audiences. We’ll be celebrating the Great War films On August 5th at The Way Out Club with Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War!
We’ll be showing six films in the condensed (average length: 15 minutes) Super-8 sound film format projected on The Way Out’s big screen that tells heroic stories of World War Two. They are: William Holden and Alec Guinness in The Bridge On The River Kwai, Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen, Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan’S Express, Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw in Force Ten From Navarone, and John Wayne and an all-star cast in The Longest Day.
Movie that we’ll be »
- Tom Stockman
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