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Hasbro offering new Black Series figures at Star Wars Celebration and Comic-Con

2 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hasbro is set to expand its Black Series collectible action figure range this month with two new figures, which will be available during Star Wars Celebration Europe and the San Diego Comic-Con International.

First up is Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which comes complete with First Order banner, crossguard lightsaber and Darth Vader’s scorched mask:

The Kylo Ren figure will be available from the Forbidden Planet booth at Star Wars Celebration, priced $34.99.

Next up is Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, with the Jedi Master joined by a hologram of Princess Leia, as well as his own lightsaber and that of Anakin Skywalker.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi figure will be on sale for $44.99 and can be picked up from the Hasbro booth at Sdcc.

Via: Entertainment Weekly

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Hasbro's Star Wars The Black Series Convention Exclusives Announced

1 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con 2016 happen in just a couple weeks so everyone is showing us the stuff they're bringing to this huge event. Hasbro has now revealed their upcoming Star Wars exclusives through Entertainment Weekly, revealing a pair of highly anticipated figures.  Come inside to learn more! 

Obi-Wan Kenobi, as depicted by Alec Guinness will finally see a release in all his plastic glory. Since they want to make this a special release he also comes with small table with a light up feature for a small hologram figure of Princess Leia, and two lightsabers one his and the Anakin lightsaber which he passed on to Luke. If you don’t get this exclusive guys don’t worry as I’m sure he’ll see a general line release with fewer bonuses. You can get it at the Hasbro booth for $44.99 July 21 – 24.

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Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Convention Exclusives Announced

1 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

San Diego Comic Con 2016 happens in just a few weeks so you know everyone is going to be showing us all the stuff they are bringing to this huge event. Well one that hits very close to my heart/toy collection is the Hasbro Sdcc exclusives. Entertainment Weekly has shown us images for the 6 inch Star Wars the Black Series line we’re getting a figure that has long been requested. Obi Wan Kenobi as depicted by Alec Guinness will finally see a release in all his plastic glory. 

Now since they want to make this a special release he also comes with small table with a light up feature for a small hologram figure of Princess Leia. And two lightsabers one his and the Anakin lightsaber which he passed on to Luke. If you don’t get this exclusive guys don’t worry as I’m sure he’ll see a general line release. »

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Ewan McGregor doesn't understand the fanaticism over 'Star Wars'

24 June 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Star Wars prequel actor Hayden Christensen recently spoke about his willingness to return to the film series, and while Ewan McGregor has also said he'd be happy to reprise his role as Obi-Wan, he wants to make one thing clear - he's not begging for work. Also, he's not sure why folks get so excited about the franchise. Parade Magazine spoke with McGregor about his latest film Our Kind of Traitor and, of course, brought up Star Wars and how fans are always asking him if he's going to come back to play Obi-Wan. "I like the films that I made with George Lucas and I’m happy to be part of the legend of it all, but that’s it with me. I don’t really understand the fanaticism about it," he told them. "I’m asked by everybody all the time, 'Would you do another one?' and I’ve said, »

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Dr. Strangelove

10 June 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Criterion's special edition of Stanley Kubrick's doomsday comedy is more powerful than ever in a 4K remaster; and it even comes with a top-secret mission profile package and a partial-contents survival kit. A Kubrick fan can have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 821 1964 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed Cinematography Gilbert Taylor Production Designer Ken Adam Art Direction Peter Murton Film Editor Anthony Harvey Original Music Laurie Johnson Written by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George from his book Red Alert Produced by Stanley Kubrick, Leon Minoff Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I heard that Criterion was putting out a Blu-ray of Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb I thought that there already was a disc out there from The Collection. Nope, Sony released a Blu-ray in 2009, and back around 2000, a DVD. I was thinking of a deluxe laserdisc from Criterion sometime in the early 1990s. I remember being impressed by its extras, which included documentary materials about the Bomb in the Cold War years. Potential new fans of Kubrick's wickedly funny movie are being born every year, which leaves those of us for whom Strangelove was an important part of growing up having to remind ourselves just how good it still is. I remember recording the soundtrack off TV in high school and memorizing all of the dialogue; this has to be the most quotable movie of its decade. I also can remember my father's reaction when we watched it together on network TV, ABC, I think. An Air Force lifer who wouldn't discuss politics (or much of anything), the Old Sarge had little use for 'defeatist' movies like On the Beach. But he thought the premise of Seven Days in May wasn't really farfetched, having worked with Hap Arnold and Curtis LeMay. He shook his head after seeing Dr. Strangelove but I could tell that he found it very funny. It's too bad the two of us couldn't have gotten our senses of humor more in sync -- as soon as I wore my hair long, I think he stopped trusting me. I believe that Dr. Strangelove is one of few movies that 'made a difference' in that it redirected American public opinion about a major life issue. From that point forward only the ignorant and Shoot First fanatics talked about nuclear war as win-able, at least not until the neo-con Millennium. 1963 audiences had little use for suspect 'pacifist' movies that ended in masochistic doom, like On the Beach. The nuclear crisis was such a hot topic that that the low-key English science fiction film The Day the Earth Caught Fire was a surprise hit. Strangelove is more realistic than the straight atom nightmare movies. We're told that when Ronald Reagan was briefed at the start of his first term in office, he asked where the White House elevator to the War Room was. He figured it was there because he saw it in the movie. The decision to opt for broad comedy was Kubrick's inspired stroke. Dr. Strangelove may be the first hit film that was a bona-fide black comedy; I don't recall anybody even using the expression before it came out. It's not a crazy comedy where anything funny is okay. The backbone of the story remains 100% serious, while the jokes relentlessly demolish the death-cult logic of our Nuclear Deterrent. Kubrick and Terry Southern populate Peter George's credible cold-sweat crisis with insane caricatures given ridiculous names. The scary part is that, no matter how stupid they behave, none are really that exaggerated. Peter Sellers serves triple duty in a trio of characterizations, effectively outdoing previous champion film chameleon Alec Guinness. George C. Scott steals the show as an infantile Air Force General who acts like a Looney Tunes cartoon character. And the rest of the inspired cast nails their highly original quasi-comic characters. Every joke is a gallows joke; we're never allowed to forget that we all have an atomic noose around our necks. I almost envy the dead viewers still unfamiliar with Dr. Strangelove, as seeing it for the first time was a mind-opening experience. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), the commander of Burpelson Air Force Base, orders a flight of B-52s to attack Russia. He then seals off Burpelson to prevent a recall of the planes. Exchange officer Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) tries to talk him into divulging the recall code. Holding court in the War Room, President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) is horrified to discover that such a Snafu is even possible. He orders General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) to take Burpelson Air Base by force and recall the planes, and gets on the hotline with the Soviet Premier. Up in the lead B-52, Major 'King' Kong (Slim Pickens) receives Ripper's orders, coded 'Wing Attack Plan R.' He urges his crew to avoid Russian defenses and reach their primary target, while Turgidson tries to talk Muffley into launching an all-out attack. Advising in the War Room is ex-Nazi scientist Dr. Strangelove, a grinning theoretician already fantasizing about the sexual recreation for the ruling elite in the VIP bomb shelters, where America's chosen high officials will be living for the next 93 years. Dr. Strangelove divides its time between three main locations, each with its own deadly serious function and each overlaid with a different comedic tone. In his locked executive office in the Alaskan Air Force Base, the sexually obsessed American General Ripper faces off with a veddy proper English officer in a farcical one-act. Beady-eyed and intense in his anti-Communist convictions, Sterling Hayden contrasts beautifully with Seller's genial Group Captain, who can't fathom the depth of his commanding officer's madness. The action in the B-52 is a throwback to those gung-ho WW2 action films in which a racially and ethnically diverse attack team uses brains and guts to barrel through their suicide mission. Even though their pilot is a cowboy clown (Slim Pickens doing his only characterization, Slim Pickens) they're an admirable bunch, seemingly the only humans capable of doing anything without red tape or Coca-Cola machines getting in their way. The horror is that our heroes' mission is totally against every moral precept ever imagined. The docu feeling in the B-52 is further amplified by the gritty newsreel-like footage of the taking of Burpelson Afb, with American troops fighting American troops. In 1964 these were traumatic, subversive scenes. U.S. troops on film are supposed to fight for freedom and righteousness, not kill each other. Kubrick has the audacity to place in the middle of it all a big sign that reads, 'Peace is our Profession.' The grainy authenticity of these scenes would come back to haunt us when similar footage started being seen nightly on television, fresh from Vietnam. The center of activities is the War Room, a Camelot-like round table of Death located in the basement of the White House. The rational President Merkin Muffley trips over an ideological roadblock in the form of Buck Turgidson, a gum-chewing military nutcase itching to go to war and overjoyed that Jack Ripper has 'exceeded his authority.' The President is hardly in charge of foreign policy, and none of fifty advisors come to his aid with any original thinking. An amateur among experts, Muffley must be shepherded through protocol by an assistant. Here's where Southern and Kubrick make their biggest points, basically asserting that a showdown with the Russkies is inevitable because the American stance is a military one -- Sac just wants the peacenik in the Oval Office to get out of their way. The comedy is all over the place, and it's a miracle that it works. The stand-up humor on the hot line to Moscow is very much like a Bob Newhart routine. At Burpelson, it's the Goon Show all over again. Sellers' Mandrake cannot sway General Ripper, and the moronic Major Bat Guano (Keenan Wynn) suspects the Raf officer of being a 'deviated prevert.' Up in the bomber, Mad Magazine craziness is grafted onto combat realism. Previous looks at the Air Force's flying deterrent were enlistment booster films like Strategic Air Command. Kubrick drove his English craftsmen to fake the entire bomber interior right down to the switches and gauges. The aerial combat is more realistic than that in escapist films, even with inadequate models used for exteriors of the jet bomber in flight. Dr. Strangelove maintains a nervous tension between absurd comedy and morbid unease. Kubrick's main career themes -- sexual madness, treacherous technology and the folly of human planning -- come into strong relief. We're motivated to root for the fliers that are going to destroy the world. Then we fret over the President's pitiful lack of control. Dour, glowering Russian Ambassador De Sadesky (Peter Bull) informs the War Room about his country's solution to the costly Arms Race, the dreaded Doomsday Machine. Security advisor Dr. Strangelove enters the film in the last act to serve as sort of an angel of Death. Based loosely on Rand-corporation experts that calculated eventualities in nuclear war scenarios, Sellers' vision of Strangelove is a throwback to German Expressionism. A Mabuse in a wheelchair, he's black-gloved like the brilliant but mad Rotwang of Metropolis. Strangelove enters like the specter of Death itself; his grin looks like a skull. Contemplating 'megadeaths' gives him sexual pleasure. The detonation of the first bomb seems to liberate Strangelove, and he finds he can walk again. The character is straight from the Siegfried Kracauer playbook. The evil of nuclear war has restored the representative of apocalyptic Nazi vengeance to full power. Twenty years after his death, we all get to join Hitler in his suicide bunker. First-time viewers are usually floored by the audacious Dr. Strangelove. Only the truly uninformed will not recognize baritone James Earl Jones as one of Major Kong's flight crew. Those going back for a repeated peek will derive added enjoyment from Kubrick's deft juggling of his several visual styles and his avoidance of anything that might deflate tension: we hear about the recall code being issued but are spared any view of the responsible military personnel that must have sent it. Some of the best fun is finding details in designer Ken Adam's impressive War Room, such as the pies already laid out in preparation for the aborted pie-fight finale. Even better is watching the War room extras as they strain to maintain straight faces no matter how funny Sellers and Scott get; that contrast is what makes the comedy so brilliant. Watch Peter Bull carefully. In one extended take he starts to smile at Sellers, more than once. He catches himself and then is clearly on the verge of cracking up, forcing Kubrick to cut away. The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray of Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is the expected sterling transfer of this Kubrick classic, a 4K digital transfer. I put it up against Sony's old Blu-ray and the difference is not so great as to recommend that a trade-up is necessary. However, it looks extremely good. The Kubrick faithful out there will be thinking, 'I must not allow a disc shelf gap.' The HD picture makes quite a bit of difference in understanding Kubrick's photographic strategy. Not only do the hand-held Burpelson combat sequences approximate the look of documentary footage, a more contrasty and grainy film stock has been used. Switching "film looks" later became a fad for directors looking to be viewed as artists. The idea perhaps reached its zenith in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Back in 1964 the effect of imitating a news film look was quite stunning -- audiences reacted to the combat scenes as if they were real. I'm glad that we're finally beyond the frustrating early DVD years, when someone (at Warner Home Video?) claimed that Stanley Kubrick insisted that his films be shown at the old 1:33 aspect ratio for TV and disc. Even if they wangled a note from Kubrick to that effect, I still believe that the aspect ratio games were played because Kubrick was too busy to oversee new masters of his films, and Whv wanted to market them in a hurry at a minimum of cost. That's all old news now, but there was also the interesting aspect ratio question concerning Strangelove. At least one disc iteration -- Criterion's laserdisc, I'm fairly sure -- was released in a completely un-original dual-ratio scan. Kubrick apparently said that he preferred to see the War Room scenes at a full-frame 1:37, and so this one transfer of the film popped back and forth between ratios. I've never heard of anything like this before or after. Criterion's British 1:66 framing for this disc is correct, even though the film was probably screened at 1:85 for many of its American play dates. Criterion's new extras begin with interview featurettes with well-chosen spokespeople, like scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill. Kubrick archivist Richard Daniels' piece is quite good, as is an examination of the film's visuals by two of the original camera crew. The son of author Peter George gives an excellent account of his father's life and the adaptation of his novel Red Alert. George reportedly liked the notion of turning his story into a black comedy, especially when his original narrative was changed very little. The stroke of genius was deciding that the entire subject could best be approached as a sick joke. Other extras are repeated from Sony's DVD disc of 2004. A making-of docu interviews several surviving technicians and actors, and a primer on the Cold War atom standoff goes deep into detail. The featurettes have input from Robert McNamara, Spike Lee and Bob Woodward. Critics Roger Ebert and Alexander Walker are also represented. Docu pieces on Peter Sellers and Kubrick appear to suffer from legal restraints disallowing the use of clips from non-Columbia sources. The Peter Sellers show features several choice film clips from the 'fifties, including Sellers' almost perfect take on a William Conrad-like hired killer. We're shown some stills from the legendary The Goon Show, which is not mentioned by name. A Stanley Kubrick career piece that uses UA, MGM and Universal trailers covers a lot of territory a bit too quickly. It does have some nice interview input from Kubrick's partner James B. Harris. Harris has since given terrific interviews on Criterion discs for Kubrick's The Killing and Paths of Glory. Criterion's Curtis Tsui produced those discs as well as this one. An entertaining extra is a pair of vintage 'split screen' fake interviews with Sellers and Scott intended for publicity use. Each actor projects his chosen PR image. They're charming, especially when Sellers takes us on a lightning tour of regional English accents. I wonder if those distinctions have faded, 52 years later? As a pleasant surprise, Curtis Tsui has overseen the creation of a collectable, highly amusing substitute for a standard disc insert booklet. Inside an authentic-looking 'Wing Attack Plan R' envelope, David Bromwich's insert essay is printed in the form of classified orders on two sheets of loose-leaf paper. Terry Southern's hilariously profane 1994 essay on the movie comes in the form of a Playboy parody, illustrated with photos of Tracy Reed as 'Miss Foreign Affairs.' Finally, the disc credits and details are printed in a genuine miniature Russian Phrase Book and Holy Bible, a little bigger than one-inch square. It indeed offers some phrases that I'll have to try on my multi-lingual daughter, like "Where is the toilet?" But the cover Lies, as there's no Bible in there that I could find. Also, no nine packs of chewing gum and no issue of prophylactics. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, Dr. Strangelove Blu-ray rates: Movie: Excellent Video: Excellent Sound: Excellent uncompressed monaural + alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-hd Master Audio Supplements: (from Criterion stats): New interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill; archivist Richard Daniels; cinematographer and camera innovator Joe Dunton; camera operator Kelvin Pike; and David George, son of Peter George, on whose novel Red Alert the film is based. Excerpts from a 1966 audio interview with Kubrick, conducted by physicist and author Jeremy Bernstein; Four short documentaries about the making of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick. Promotional interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott; excerpt from a 1980 interview with Sellers from NBC's Today show; Trailers; insert essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1994 article by screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film. Deaf and Hearing-impaired Friendly? Yes; Subtitles: English Packaging: Keep case Reviewed: June 7, 2016 (5136love)

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10 Famous People You Probably Didn’t Know Were In Star Wars

2 June 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).

This has only continued over the decades as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. This came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contains more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at.

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Alternatively, the series has been lucky enough to cast some future stars before they got famous. The most commonly known example of this is Keira Knightley, who appeared in The Phantom Menace at the age of 12 as the decoy of Queen Amidala.

There are plenty more where Keira came from, though, and here »

- Christian Bone

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Today is Peter Cushing’s 103rd Birthday! Here Are His Ten Best Roles

26 May 2016 5:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range.  He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.

Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:

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During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films.  While »

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[Review] Elstree 1976

17 May 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Everybody knows Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas and announced they’d be producing a new Star Wars trilogy and spin-off features, everyone knew those three would be back in the fold. Even guys like Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker were known commodities to consult if not star underneath the costumes they made famous. But what of the other actors — the nameless, sometimes faceless, and almost always uncredited performers who were a part of something so universally revered? Does their being extras mean they weren’t as important to the legend? Fans lining up for autographs don’t think so. Anyone on set and immortalized in one of history’s greatest cinematic franchises is an unequivocal hero.

To people like me who love the series but never rendered it into a cornerstone of daily life, however, these smaller, hidden roles prove an intriguing curio. »

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Tom Hardy Set To Have Cameo Role In Star Wars: Episode VIII

10 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before The Force Awakens graced screens, ardent Star Wars fans poured over each and every nugget of information to surface from the set of J.J. Abrams’ franchise revival to not only pick apart potential plot details, but also in an effort to identity the host of cameos included in the film.

As it turns out, the likes of Simon Pegg, Alec Guinness and Daniel Craig all featured at various points of Abrams’ sci-fi adventure, and it looks as though Rian Johnson will be keeping that spirit alive long into Star Wars: Episode VIII by littering cameos and easter eggs across the sequel.

Pegged to arrive in December 0f 2017, there’s still plenty of time before Johnson’s follow-up lands in theaters, but Making Star Wars has confirmed reports that Tom Hardy will be making a brief appearance in Episode VIII.

Spoilers to follow….

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When You’re Older, Dear Adam & Berlin Around the Corner

25 April 2016 9:42 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Film directors trying to express themselves in East Germany had a tough row to hoe, yet quite a few of them dared to stray beyond the confines of social realism. The Defa Film Library has two new releases from 1966 that were banned and shelved before they could be finished -- and weren't seen until they were patched together in 1990. When You're Older, Dear Adam DVD Defa Film Library 1966-1990 / Color / 2:35 / 74 min. / Wenn du groß bist, lieber Adam / Street Date April, 2016 / Available from the Defa Umass Film Library / 29.95 (separate release) Starring: Stephan Jahnke, Gerry Wolff, Manfred Krug, Daisy Granados, Rolf Römer, Hanns Anselm Perten, Wolfgang Greese, Günther Simon. Cinematography Helmut Grewald Film Editor Monika Schindler Original Music Kurt Zander Written by Egon Günther, Helga Schütz Produced by Defa Directed by Egon Günther Berlin Around the Corner DVD Defa Film Library 1966-90 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 83 min. / Berlin um die ecke / Street Date April, »

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'Star Wars' Buzz: See How Obi-Wan Almost Survived 'Star Wars'; J.J. Abrams Talks Luke Skywalker's Role

18 April 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on home video, it's a good time to look back at where the series has been and also to look ahead at where future episodes might be going. Fans are well versed about the first film in the series, originally known simply as Star Wars before it was retitled Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In recent months, however, we've gotten a new look at the movie thanks to Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca. Via social media, the actor has been sharing pages from his copies of the original and revised screenplay, written by George Lucas. In the movie as we know it, Ben, aka Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), duels with Darth Vader as he and his fellow rebels are seeking to escape from the Death Star. The fight comes to a shocking...

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William Holden: The Golden Boy of Vintage Hollywood

17 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Sunday marks the birthday of William Holden, who was born April 17, 1918. The actor ranked No. 25 on AFI’s list of all-time great leading men. Since he had classic good looks, an expressive voice, and was an excellent actor who starred in some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies, why wasn’t he even higher on the list? Maybe because Holden had a special talent for always making his co-stars look so good.

He starred in many hit films opposite actors who had flashier roles: Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard,” Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday,” Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina,” Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in “The Country Girl,” Alec Guinness in “Bridge on the River Kwai,” and Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch in “Network.” Significantly, many of these actors won Oscars for their work. They gave great, showy performances, but Holden was the anchor of the films. It’s hard »

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Original 'Star Wars' Script Let Obi-Wan Kenobi Live

16 April 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Had Obi-Wan Kenobi lived through his climactic lightsaber duel with Darth Vader in A New Hope, we might be looking at a completely different franchise. And that was the idea in George Lucas's original draft for Star Wars. Eventually, this would change, and the death of Kenobi would become a pivotal turning point for Luke Skywalker. But that wasn't always the fate and destiny laid out for these iconic characters.

We learn this in the latest script pages shared by Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew on Twitter. For the past couple of months, Mayhew has been sharing the first draft of George Lucas' seminal screenplay, which is quite a bit different from what actually made it to the screen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. And letting Obi-Wan Kenobi live is one of the biggest changes of all. You can read the three script pages below in their entirety. »

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Star Wars: J.J. Abrams discusses Rey's parents during Tribeca talk

16 April 2016 3:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director dropped hints during a Tribeca talk with actor-comedian Chris Rock; both men revelead the actors they would most like to work with.

Director J.J Abrams dropped a hint as to the identity of Rey (Daisy Ridley)’s parents - one of the key questions to emerge from the latest Star Wars installment A Force Awakens - during a Tribeca talk in New York.

Taking part in a Q&A with comedian Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival, Abrams told the audience: “Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII. So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something Rey thinks about too.”

The admission that her parents didn’t feature in A Force Awakens seemed to rule out a number of likely suspects including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Princess Leia.

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‘The Night Manager’s’ David Farr on Writing a Hit Series, Whether There Will Be a Sequel

16 April 2016 12:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Although he cut his teeth as a successful playwright and theatre director, 46-year-old David Farr is forging an equally interesting career in film and television. After his teenage assassin story “Hanna” was turned into an action-packed fairytale by Joe Wright in 2011, Farr went behind the camera for last year’s word-of-mouth festival hit “The Ones Below,” a Hitchcockian thriller in which the lives of a young mother-to-be and her partner are turned upside down after a mysterious couple move into the apartment downstairs.

Almost immediately, Farr’s profile was raised by the airing of the BBC/AMC series “The Night Manager,” directed by Danish Oscar winner Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston in the title role. Based on the 1993 novel by John Le Carré, whose espionage stories have successfully been adapted in such award-winning productions as “The Constant Gardener” (2005) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011), “The Night Manager” debuted in the U. »

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Rey's Parents Aren't in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'?

15 April 2016 8:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams almost set the internet on fire. During the first Tribeca Talks event at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Friday night, Abrams responded to an audience member's question, "Who are Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents?" His answer surprised everyone. While not confirming her lineage, his shocking response put to rest many of the prevailing fan theories up to this point. Except one major one. Here's what he said to the crowd.

"Rey's parents are not in Episode 7. So I can't possibly tell you who they are at this moment. it may sound like an autosave. But all I will say is that this is something that Rey thinks about, too."

Shortly after J.J. Abrams made this bold statement, he recanted some of what he said. His statement might not be entirely true. He claims he misspoke, and tells EW a different story. He explains himself, »

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Peter Mayhew Reveals Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Original Fate

15 April 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read if you haven’t had a chance to see the original “Star Wars” movie in the nearly four decades since its release.) Here’s something to roar about. “Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Wookiee Chewbacca in the epic space opera, has revealed that the fate of Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally quite different in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.” In a Twitter post this week, Mayhew revealed that Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Alec Guinness in “A New Hope,” originally survived his light-saber fight with Darth Vader. “#chewscript 027 Obi-wan lives through his fight with Vader. »

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'Star Wars' shocker: Obi-Wan wasn't supposed to die in Vader duel

15 April 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Star Wars, something comes along and changes everything. Obi-Wan was supposed to survive his duel with Darth Vader. Huh?! That’s right. In the 1977 classic, the high-stakes lightsaber fight between Kenobi and Vader was originally going to have a very different ending. Peter Mayhew, the man who plays Chewbaca, revealed this fact when he recently posted earlier script pages on Twitter.  The version that never was features a grand escape by the character played by Alec Guinness aided by Luke Skywalker. “Ben charges into the [stormtroopers], cutting them down as he goes,” George Lucas originally wrote. “Luke is forced to stop firing and runs to the old man’s aid with his laser sword drawn…Luke struggles to help the old man [Kenobi] to the ship under the constant fire of the Imperial troops.” The hatch door closes on the »

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‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Returning to Theaters

13 April 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the first three “Star Wars” movies to more than 20 cities in August with its “Return of the Trilogy” roadshow program.

The distributor noted that the films — “Episode IV – A New Hope,” “Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” and “Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” — have long been out of release. Most of the showings will screen back-to-back-to-back as a single triple feature.

“It’s always been a dream to show the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy again — somehow, someway,” said Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of Special Events Henri Mazza. “Seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun. When the films became available to book for screenings like these, we jumped at the chance to do something big.”

All three of the films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format. Tickets for »

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One Celebrity Who Turned Down A Stormtrooper Cameo In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

4 April 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured performances from a number of famous people, and not just in front of the camera. From Simon Pegg as junk dealer Unkar Plutt to Ewan McGregor briefly voicing Obi-Wan Kenobi again (though they also snuck in some cleverly-edited archive dialogue from McGregor.s predecessor, Sir Alec Guinness), the seventh live action Star Wars installment brought various celebrities in to make small appearances. However, in Jon Stewart.s case, he turned the opportunity to play a stormtrooper because it wasn.t the role he had in mind. While going over Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes secrets with some of the movie.s creative team, Empire revealed that the former Daily Show host wanted to cameo as a good guy in the movie. However, with stormtroopers left as the only roles to fill, Stewart decided to pass on appearing. Fortunately, there were still plenty of »

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