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On December 7 there will be a rare big screen showing of producer Samuel Bronston's 1964 epic "The Fall of the Roman Empire" starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness and Christopher Plummer. The film's failure ended Bronston's career but it remains an impressive, thinking-man's spectacle. The movie will be shown at Concordia University and will be presented in Ib Tech! For details click here
(Thanks to reader King-Wei Chu for the head's up!) »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
There is little point in Clothes on Film delving too deeply into the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens, mainly because it is just so much speculation at the moment, which of course is part of the fun, but also because there are far smarter (or more interested) minds on the Internet who will do a better job.
That said how can you watch that trailer and not have an opinion? So here are ours, and with no contribution whatsoever from Star Wars VII costume designer Michael Kaplan. If he told us anything at this stage he would be thrown in the Sarlacc pit with us soon after him. Rest assured though, when we can talk to Mr Kaplan about The Force Awakens, we Will.
Perhaps the best compliment we can pay to what’s revealed in this trailer is just how retro it looks. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams have finally unleashed the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Even after watching it 500 times (watch it again at the top of the page), fans still have questions about what they saw in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." With that in mind, it's time to turn back the clock to re-visit the ever-evolving teasers released in advance of all six films, to compare them to the new "Episode VII" teaser. It's a list a billion of years in the making. "Star Wars" (1977) It's hard to imagine a time before "Star Wars," when 20th Century Fox had to figure out how to sell George Lucas' space odyssey to the public, but they did something right. Sure, »
- Dave Lewis
After the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV… After all the college and NFL football games are played out… After the plates are cleaned of the last turkey drumstick and final piece of pumpkin pie… what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving!
In honor of the holiday and before you head out the door to catch all the Black Friday sales, check out Wamg’s list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.
Wizard Of Oz
For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on CBS). Families would gather around the tube for a chance to visit that magical enchanted land (just think of »
- Movie Geeks
Sixty-four years ago today, one of Alec Guinness’ best films hit U.S. screens – Henry Cass’ darkly comedic Last Holiday. Guinness plays George Bird, a boring bachelor in a boring job who goes for a routine check-up and finds out he has a deadly and incurable disease. Upon his doctor’s advice he decides to clear out his savings and make the most of his final days, checking into a luxurious hotel. It is a choice that paints his remaining time with the most wicked irony. Having a moment to stop and live rather than work and worry, George earns all the fortune his life had been missing – friendship, love and professional success that he can’t act upon. Except, this is a wildly dark comedy with enough cruel life twists that make George’s experience anything but simple. Though its wickedness is irresistible, the film has been tragically forgotten, its »
- Monika Bartyzel
Thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar, two Oscar winners are making the leap into space. Both Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are following their golden roles by tackling sci-fi. And they’re not the first A-List actors to dip their toes into the genre.
Many performers have taken the sci-fi jump, to varying degrees of success. For some, it’s a flat performance that gets lost in the stars, and for others, it’s brought on even more accolades. Because the world of sci-fi is so deep and so vast, we’re focusing on roles that involve some sort of space travel — whether it be to the Moon or through a wormhole. Find out how Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, and other Oscar winners did at traveling through space.
Oscar-winning Role: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
As Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness became »
- Stacy Lambe
Jaws from James Bond
One movie character who scared me as a child was Jaws, the shiny-toothed James Bond villain. Those silver teeth freaked me out, big time – I remember the early sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me was particularly chilling: Jaws lures a defenceless older man into a trap, and proceeds to bite into his neck, killing him. While we're shown no violence, the whole scene terrified me: the way Jaws walked slowly towards the man in a knowing, menacing way, and the idea of him simply biting the man to death (though at least he had the courtesy to stun the victim first).
Being bitten by Jaws isn't like being bitten by a vampire – he drinks no blood. Instead, he just seems to sink those artificial teeth into flesh and tear a hole big enough to cause fatal bleeding. Whenever I'd watch that scene, it made me deeply uncomfortable, »
'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman — both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly educated »
- Andre Soares
Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered. Well, McGregor has a response to those "fans"—though he calls them by another name. In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn't have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
There.s always been a strong English presence in the Star Wars franchise. Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels and David Prowse have each played pivotal roles in making the series so popular. And it.s now been confirmed that Star Wars. English connection is only set to grow after producer Kathleen Kennedy announced the opening of Industrial Light & Magic.s London base. Kennedy, who also confirmed that Stars Wars: Episode VII is just three weeks away from completion, officially opened the studio on Wednesday evening at its Soho location. During her speech at the event, Kennedy confirmed that there is no end in sight to Star Wars. English connection too, and she even hinted that further instalments to the franchise will also be shot in the city. This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976, and to know »
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
When Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion nearly two years ago, that allowed Disney to develop Star Wars: Episode VII and the sequels and spin-offs that will follow it, but the original Star Wars trilogy that started it all is still owned by 20th Century Fox. There are many fans who are hoping that Disney's LucasFilm purchase would lead the studio to re-release the original, non-Special Edition versions of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. If a new ad for an Italian Disney website is to be believed, that may be happening.
FilmDivider came across an ad for Disney.it that boasts fans can watch content from Disney films on their laptops and mobile devices, which includes footage from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones »
In a 1983 video, Mark Hamill talks about a new Star Wars trilogy. In it he says that it would be shot in approximately 2011 and have Luke Skywalker handing the torch to the next generation in the same way Obi-Wan Kenobi did in A New Hope.
Source: Galaxy of Toys via Reddit
- Free Reyes
Poor old Alec Guinness. While it.s no secret that his performances as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy netted him a rather hefty paycheck thanks to an agreement he.d signed before taking the part, it turns out he would have earned even more money had the producers kept a verbal agreement supposedly struck between Guinness and director George Lucas. That's right. Guinness was allegedly screwed out of .25% of the film's earnings. While that doesn.t sound like a lot, the fact that the Star Wars films have gone on to gross billions upon billions of dollars at the box office alone, that ends up being a whole heap of change. Especially when you start to add the revenue generated from merchandise and toys to the mix! My wallet is crying just thinking of the sum he missed out on! Anyway, when Guinness originally made the deal, »
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
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