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Following a load of leaked images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week, we got a new promotional banner for the movie which features Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and some Imperial Stormtroopers. Check out the promo banner here…
…Sticking with The Force Awakens for a moment as one of its stars Greg Grunberg (who we got our first look at last week) has been speaking about his experiences working on the movie – and even dropped some hints at the themes we can expect from J.J. Abrams’ new adventure into a galaxy far, far away. “I can only say »
- Luke Owen
Star Wars prequel bashing has become something of its own sub genre over the years. While the blame for the less than stellar series has been laid at the feet of many a person (or gungan), one actor who has stayed remarkably clean is Ewan McGregor. His portrayal of the young Obi-Wan Kenobi is viewed by many (us included) as one of the highlights of the series. So when he says he.d be interested in returning to the role in future films, we.re hoping his phone is already ringing. In an interview with the U.K..s Daily Record McGregor isn.t even coy when asked about returning to the role of Obi-Wan for films that take place between the two trilogies, he wants it: I'd be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts. This isn.t just a »
Ewan McGregor says he'd be very happy to return to the "Star Wars" franchise and is excited about J.J. Abrams upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Appearing at the Edinburgh film Fest at the Lyceum Theatre (via The Daily Record), McGregor says:
"I'm excited as everyone else and am looking forward it seeing it. It's not a fanatical thing. I'm really pleased I'm part of the legacy of it and happy to see it and I've seen the trailer and it looks like they've absolutely nailed it."
With at least one of the anthology spin-off films looking to explore the period of events between the prequel and original trilogy, the possibility is there for McGregor to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in some capacity. It's a possibility that McGregor is open to:
"I'd be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts. »
- Garth Franklin
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
There were some rumours earlier this month that Disney and LucasFilm were not only planning a new movie based around Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, but an entire trilogy. While we’ve got no official confirmation on these rumours (though they seem unlikely), McGregor at least seems open to the idea.
“I’d be happy to do the story from episode three where I finish up and Alec Guinness started,” he said at the Edinburgh International Film Festival while promoting his new film The Last Days In The Desert. “It’s not a fanatical thing”, he added. “I’m really pleased I’m part of the legacy of it and happy to see it, and I’ve seen the trailer [for Star Wars: The Force Awakens] and it looks like they’ve absolutely nailed it”.
See Also: The Week in Star Wars – Loads of leaked images from The Force Awakens, plot details for Rogue One, clips »
- Luke Owen
Rumours were swirling around a few weeks ago that Ewan McGregor may be lured back to the Star Wars saga, to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor played the role in George Lucas' prequel trilogy of movies, and given that Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (due in 2016) is set to set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, there had been talk of crossing some actors over.
Chatting at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, McGregor said that "I'd be happy to do the story from episode three where I finish up and Alec Guinness started".
"It's not a fanatical thing", he said. "I'm really pleased I'm part of the legacy of it and happy to see it, and I've seen the trailer »
Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »
- Andre Soares
Actor best known for playing Fagin in Lionel Bart’s film and stage musical Oliver!
Ron Moody, who has died aged 91, saw himself not as a great comic actor – above all as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s Oliver! on stage and screen – but as a writer and as a composer of musicals. Most of the world could never quite be persuaded to agree. He wrote more than a dozen (mostly unperformed) musicals and a clutch of (mostly published) novels, and could be an explosively funny after-dinner speaker for theatre charities. To everything he did, he brought a questioning anarchic flair.
When the possibility of creating the role of Dickens’s miserly mentor of child pickpockets arose, he was wary: “At first I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist so I went to see the Alec Guinness film [Oliver Twist, 1948], which I found to »
- Dennis Barker
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
'A Hatful of Rain' with Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Franciosa and Don Murray 'A Hatful of Rain' script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters – in this case, the evils of drug addiction – into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York City locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work (and the pointless use of CinemaScope), this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers – with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. 'A Hatful of Rain' synopsis Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm,* also about drug addiction, »
- Andre Soares
'Nicholas and Alexandra': Movie starred Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. The elaborate sets and costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the perfect period atmosphere for this historical epic. Missing, however, is a screenplay that offers dialogue instead of speeches, and a directorial hand that brings out emotional truth instead of soapy melodrama. Nicholas and Alexandra begins when, after several unsuccessful attempts, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) finally becomes the father of a boy. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife, the German-born Empress Alexandra (Janet Suzman), have their happiness crushed when they discover that their infant son is a hemophiliac. In addition to his familial turmoil, the Tsar must also deal with popular »
- Andre Soares
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Hello and welcome to the Tuesday episode of the RopeofSilicon Radio Show, today we spend a little time talking about the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, we chat a little about the latest episode of "Game of Thrones", look at the new DVD and Blu-rays that are out, play some games and offer an update to the Box Office Challenge as we prepare for the Summer Draft this coming Friday! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those »
- Brad Brevet
Though we’ve now seen two incredible trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we know little more about that film’s plot than we did a few months ago. But at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this past weekend, fans got a taste of what the first Star Wars spinoff movie would entail.
Rogue One, as directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendehlson, was confirmed during a panel discussion to be the story of how the Rebels, without the help of any Jedi Knights, stole the plans to the Death Star, placing this film right before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Kind of makes me suspect Jones is playing Princess Leia.
Edwards said to the panel via Deadline that Rogue One is about the ordinary men and women, “that don’t have magic powers, that have »
- Brian Welk
Gareth Edwards appeared at Star Wars Celebration on its final day to reveal the details for his standalone movie, which is now officially known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. The film, to be released in December 2016 will, according to the official plot summary, feature a story in which “a rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans".Edwards, who doesn’t begin shooting until summer, nonetheless brought something to show fans, having had the boffins at Ilm put together a short teaser to lay out the film’s agenda.The footage began with a deep rumble, before showing the verdant trees of a lush forest planet not dissimilar to Yavin IV. Birds fly above the canopy as the camera pans up to look out over the tree line. Over it all we hear Alec Guinness intone his lines from Star Wars. »
The "Conversations with Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards" panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is currently in full swing (though Trank actually pulled out!), and the Godzilla director just provided plenty of new details on his spin-off movie, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Apparently the story will actually be set before A New Hope, around the same time as the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Edwards confirms that it will be a heist movie, and even provided an official logline: "A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One." A brief teaser was also shown featuring a Tie Fighter flying over a jungle landscape, before the camera pans up to reveal the Death Star. The voiceover is Alec Guinness as Obi Wan Kenobi: "The Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, »
The upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film, “Rogue One,” will follow a group trying to steal the Death Star plans, it was revealed at Sunday’s Star Wars Celebration, which also showed a special teaser for the upcoming spinoff.
The news was revealed at a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm Svp of development Kiri Hart and “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards. Josh Trank was scheduled to appear at the panel, but didn’t show, with moderator Pablo Hidalgo saying he was “under the weather.”
- Alex Stedman
On the Ealing Studios lot, which once played host to Alec Guinness and the Ealing Comedies — and is now the residence of Downton Abbey — Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen have been shooting BBC/Starz's upcoming The Dresser. This is the adaptation of Ronald Harwood's classic play that's produced by Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment. It's the first time in many years that a play has been adapted in such a way for television. And it joins the two veteran stars… »
Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice
“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.
Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.
Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an »
- Christopher Saunders
We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.
Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?
In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as mentors to »
- Frank Ochieng
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