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Film producer and financier John Heyman, who founded influential British agency International Artists and the World Group Companies, died Friday in New York, his family told Variety via statement. He was 84.
“John Heyman passed away in his sleep today, Friday the 9th of June,” the statement read.
John Heyman produced films including “The Go-Between” (1971), family sci-fi film “D.A.R.Y.L.” (1985) and “The Jesus Film” (1979). He was also an uncredited executive producer on David Lean’s 1984 E.M. Forster adaptation “A Passage to India.”
Over the course of his career he arranged financing of more than $3 billion to co-finance films including “Awakenings” and “The Odessa File” (at Columbia), “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Fox), “Victor/Victoria” and »
- Carmel Dagan
Now, after eight films, one animated series, and countless other canon entries, the original 1977 cast has found themselves as popular as ever in 2017 thanks, in part, to the recent releases of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One.”
Some of the “New Hope” stars are still working today. Harrison Ford is gearing up for the “Bladerunner” sequel, while Mark Hamill can be heard as most iterations of the Joker in the DC Comics universe. Perhaps the cast member whose presence has been felt most over the past year is Carrie Fisher, who died from cardiac arrest in late 2016. Her final film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released Dec. »
- JD Knapp
May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsMay the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsKurt Anthony5/25/2017 9:30:00 Am
A long time ago in a decade far, far away…
Star Wars blasted into theatres! Later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, George Lucas’s epic space opera was released on May 25, 1977 and has since become one of the most successful media franchises in the galaxy.
Originally set to a budget of $8M (later increased to $11M), Star Wars was met with lightspeed success. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film’s groundbreaking, out-of-this-world special effects and production design helped to make the sci-fi fantasy a universal phenomenon. A New Hope has since earned over $775M worldwide, proving the Force is still strong with this one.
Strap yourselves in and make the jump to hyperspace with »
- Kurt Anthony
It seems that every successful actor has a near-miss story when it comes to auditions, and they can often provide an amusing glimpse into not only what might have been, but also the decision-making processes used to cast important roles. Infamous examples include the time that George Clooney tried for the role of J.D in Thelma And Louise – which ultimately went to Brad Pitt – and Joe Manganiello reaching the final stage of casting for the role of Superman in Man Of Steel. The most recent revelation in this arena comes from Joseph Fiennes, and it concerns Star Wars.
Speaking to The Wrap about his new television show The Handmaid’s Tale, Fiennes explained what happened when he tried to become a Jedi.
“I auditioned for a great director. It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with. »
- Sarah Myles
Directed by George Lucas.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child. »
While nothing has been confirmed, there has been talk over the past few years that LucasFilm may be bringing back Ewan McGregor to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Star Wars spin-off. Some fans were hoping this might be confirmed during Star Wars Celebration last month, but that wasn't the case, as fans keep holding out hope for a stand-alone movie about the iconic Jedi knight. Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where he was asked yet again if he would love to return for a Star Wars spin-off. Here's what he had to say below, joking about how many times he's been asked about an Obi-Wan spin-off.
"It's got to the point where I've been asked, and I don't mean any offense, I've been asked this question so many times, and I answer the questions when I'm asked them, because I was brought up like that, »
Poor Ewan McGregor can’t seem to shake the press these days. I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve become an integral aspect of one of the longest-running film franchises in existence. While the movies he was in may not have been the best out there, there’s no denying that he did an admirable job of following in Alec Guinness’ footsteps as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ever since it was announced that Disney would be tackling other standalone stories set within the Star Wars universe, rumors spread that Disney was working on an Obi-Wan standalone film. In the time since then, we’ve heard word that they’ve taken tons of meetings with people pitching their ideas on what a film like this could contain. As of this writing, nothing has fully materialized, but that hasn’t stopped folks from asking McGregor about the movie.
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live, »
- Joseph Medina
On March 24, 1976, Variety reported that George Lucas had begun filming “Star Wars,” an $8 million film for Fox, in Tunisia. Alec Guinness would play “a bearded old desert rat who was once a leading general in galactic wars.” The article continued that the three younger leads hadn’t yet been revealed, but a few weeks later, Mark Hamill was announced as Luke Starkiller — yes, that was his name then — in “the outer-space comedy-adventure.”
After the movie’s May 25, 1977, opening, our front page proclaimed “Star Wars Best Start Since Jaws,” citing the nearly $2.6 million at 43 locations (an average of almost $60,000 per theater). On June 10, Variety reported “The direct cost of the film was about $10 million. Fox has 60% of the profits, Lucas 40% (from which he dealt out points to others). Break-even is estimated in the neighborhood of $22 million-$25 million.”
In 2017, it’s shocking to think anyone even speculated about whether “Star Wars” would break even. »
- Tim Gray
Jimmy Fallon celebrated Star Wars' unofficial "May the Fourth" holiday a day early. During Wednesday's episode of The Tonight Show, at a fan's request, the host re-edited clips from the first eight films in the franchise. "I love Star Wars," the fan's note read. "I also love the song 'All Star' by Smash Mouth." It didn't take long for Fallon to decide to mash them together. The surprisingly cohesive video featured a number of creatures and droids, as well as characters like Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness/Ewan McGregor) Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark »
Blackfilm.com is reporting that Leslie Uggams is set to return as Blind Al in Deadpool 2. For an afterparty set for the film The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, she was asked whether fans could expect to see her return to the film which she confirmed. The Deadpool sequel is set to start filming later this spring with Josh Brolin joining the cast as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.
Leslie Uggams has had a long career in film, television, and the theater. The role that led her to national prominence was Kizzy in Roots. She starred in a variety show on ABC called The Leslie Uggams Show in 1983 which nabbed her an Emmy. She's also starred in films like Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes.
While her role in Deadpool wasn't that big, she certainly made her presence felt. It's great when an actor of her caliber takes on »
- Tim Jousma
Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger made some interesting comments about the highly-anticipated Han Solo spin-off, revealing that fans will learn how Han meets his Wookie partner Chewbacca, and that it will follow Han between the years of 18 and 24. The Disney head also dropped quite a big bombshell that has had fans up in arms ever since, revealing that Han Solo isn't actually this smuggler's real name. Thankfully, during Star Wars Celebration this past week, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that Han Solo's name will not change.
Ever since Bob Iger made this revelation in late March, some fans have theorized that this Han Solo movie will reveal his real name to be Han Ren, which would explain why his son Ben changed his name to Kylo Ren when he turned to the Dark Side before the events of The Force Awakens. This fan theory has yet to be confirmed, »
[[tmz:video id="0_a22x8625"]] 'The Last Jedi' trailer should do more than pump you up for the movie -- 'Star Wars' faithful should also get ready for the Oscars ... or at least that's the way Kevin Smith sees it. Superfan Kev was still amped about the trailer debut when we saw him Friday in Bev Hills. He gave us a 30 second review, and then moved on to even bigger matters: Mark Hamill and the elusive little gold dude. Our »
- TMZ Staff
The first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ends with a very heavy note. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) says over images of darkness and shadow, “I only know one truth: It’s time for the Jedi to end.” After decades of “Star Wars” movies focused on the conflict of the Jedi, guardians of the Light Side of the Force, and the darkness-dwelling Sith — that’s a powerful statement to make. The films have always been predicated on the idea of the Jedi as protectors: “The guardians of peace in the galaxy,” as Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness) put it in the. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Containing multitudes is a time-honored cinematic tradition.
Sure, featuring a single actor as more than one character in your movie smells a bit like a gimmick—but at the end of the day, it’s an efficient and often effective means of showcasing the versatility of a performer. And that can hardly be faulted. We caught a whiff of it with Split this year, though McAvoy might be disqualified for being a Legion of One rather than a cast with a shared face. Personally, I had no idea the trend cast such a wide-reaching historical net — I’d stupidly assumed it was something made possible by the advent of modern makeup and digital tech. Again, stupidly.
Be it gimmick or something more nuanced (or both!) — it’s particularly fascinating that it has such a long standing history as a marketing device. Film quality aside, the main draw is often the performative tour-de-force itself. Some »
- Meg Shields
There is no question that LucasFilm's first two Star Wars movies under the Disney regime, 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were massive hits, with both movies taking in just over $3 billion worldwide combined. This means that Disney has already earned back three-fourths of the $4 billion it spent to acquire LucasFilm back in 2012, and while both movies are certainly critically-acclaimed, there are still many fans who feel both films are just re-hashes of the original Star Wars trilogy. It seems that the Honest Trailers team feels this way, and with the release of the Rogue One Blu-ray and DVD last week, they decided to tear this Star Wars spin-off a new one.
Screen Junkies debuted this new Honest Trailer today, which does contain plenty of Spoilers if you still haven't seen Rogue One quite yet. This new six-minute video kicks »
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In an unearthed interview from the BBC's Parkinson Talk Show, the late actor said he received some "very strange" letters after playing Obi-Wan Kenobi.
"My wife and I've got problems, would you mind coming over and living with us for a few months?" Guinness said one of the letters read.
The actor also noted he'd only seen the movie once at that point, but the experience had a profound effect on him, which he noticed just after leaving the theater.
"There's a sort of wonderful freshness about »
- Ryan Parker
A Star Wars Story.
One of the quirks of my cinephile upbringing was that, despite Star Wars coming out the year before I was born, I didn’t see it until I was eighteen. At the time I was preparing to major in film at a program focused specifically on non-narrative experimental filmmaking, and we were actively scorned for caring about popular films or indeed any popular art. (I only lasted a year before they gave me the heave-ho, partially for liking Led Zeppelin, although that was a symptom, not the disease; it was thus that I became a literal film school reject.) The desire to fit in didn’t supersede my personal taste, but strictly in terms of the kind of movies I was seeing at the time, and not having grown up with Star Wars like everyone else my age, watching the original trilogy for the first time on VHS, in »
- Danny Bowes
Now before we get started, I’m foregoing the ‘no spoilers’ rule on this review. This is an extremely rare occurrence for me, but there is no possible way I can talk about Twins Suns without touching upon what happens within it.
As it’s been a few days since the episode aired I’ve had time to see varied reactions. It’s also given me more time than usual to figure out my own. There are a couple of big questions that we can answer straight away.
Is this the best episode of Star Wars Rebels? No. Its ultimate focus is on two characters who aren’t crew of the Ghost so however good it is, it almost doesn’t count.
Did I feel slightly let down at first? Yes. Too much time on Ezra and the final confrontation not »
- Chris Cooper
Speaking to Business Insider recently while promoting his new film Trainspotting 2, Ewan McGregor was asked whether we may see an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin off movie. Talking about whether he had an interest of starring in such a movie, he said...
"Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I'm sort of touting for work,” said McGregor. “I’ve been very open to say I'd be happy to do it, if they want to do it"
The key phrase in the quote is "If they want to do it." While the Star Wars Prequel Movies were not everyone's cup of tea, as the Mr. Plinkett Reviews from Red Letter Media would tell you, there certainly were some bright spots in those films. The biggest of course was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. While his version of the character got »
- Tim Jousma
It’s Obi-Wan versus Fidel! Well, not really. The pre-Bond espionage genre lights up with cool intrigues and comic absurdities, as a Brit vacuum salesman in Havana is recruited to spy for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The filmmakers and stars are all top caliber, and the location is legendary: Castro’s Cuba, immediately after the revolution.
1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Music Score: Frank and Laurence Deniz
Art Direction: John Box
Film Editor: Bert Bates
Written by Graham Greene from his novel
Produced and Directed by Carol Reed
One of the best pre-James Bond spy pictures is this brilliant, yet lumpy adventure with an historically unique setting — it was filmed in Castro’s Cuba, »
- Glenn Erickson
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