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The success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie didn’t just reinvigorate that Marvel franchise. It’s about to resuscitate an underground Marvel character George Lucas all but killed in the Eighties. Marvel Comics has announced it about to start publication of a new Howard the Duck comic book. On March 4, Howard the Duck #1 by […]
The post New Howard the Duck Comic Book Announced; See First Images appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
A madcap fairytale inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Strange Magic is a musical misadventure where elves, fairies, goblins and imps battle it out to possess a powerful love potion.
A number of cinematic and theatrical actors lend their voices to this quietly slated film including Alan Cumming (Broadway’s Cabaret, CBS’ The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (Charlie Countryman), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, Bridesmaids), and Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s Wicked, Rio 2).
Check out the first trailer below!
Strange Magic is set for release in UK theatres on 11 February 2015. »
- Sacha Hall
It.s a well-known fact among Star Wars fans that the opening crawl of the original 1977 film was actually co-written by George Lucas and famed director Brian De Palma, but have you ever found yourself wondering what the text said before the Scarface filmmaker got a crack at it? Thanks to the magic of the internet, the answer to that rather random question has been uncovered. A user on the image gathering website Imgur has posted a collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos and script images from the original Star Wars, and scans of the screenplay owned by Continuity Supervisor Ann Skinner have revealed what the original crawl was going to say while the film was still in development. You can see the first page in its entirety over at the source, but you can read the early draft of the crawl below: It is a period of civil wars in »
Sneak Peek the first footage from director Gary Rydstrom's upcoming animated feature, "Strange Magic". based on a story by George Lucas, starring Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare, opening January 23, 2015:
"...'Strange Magic' is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.
"Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Strange Magic"...
- Michael Stevens
You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years. Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them. The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online. The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening »
- Matt Goldberg
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back may have come out 34 years ago, but that doesn't mean we're done seeing trailers for it. Case in point is this new fan cut, which advertises the film as though it were coming out in theaters today. Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about (or worried about, depending on who you ask) these days with premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens getting closer every day. With a rumor circulating that a trailer for The Force Awakens will hit select theaters this weekend, it might be easy for some to forget about the awesomeness that is the original Star Wars trilogy. If that is you, and you.ve actually managed to forget how amazing George Lucas. original three Star Wars films were, this trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, made by a fan named Cameron Arrigoni, will certainly remind you. »
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:
“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”
Read Gunn’s full comments here.
It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »
- Simon Columb
A couple of weeks ago, the world at large learned of the existence of Strange Magic, an animated adventure based on an idea by George Lucas that had quietly been developing at his Lucasfilm company under the aegis of director Gary Rydstrom. With the movie arriving in the Us in a couple of months, the trailer has now appeared. Strange Magic is set in a world where the kingdoms of the magical and the mysterious are linked but never meet. Then an interloper crosses the border and all manner of chaos breaks out, mostly to do with a powerful potion that both sides wish control over. Loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the film is powered along by pop songs that apparently help tell the story, even if it all seems a little basic in terms of plot. The cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, »
One thing that a handful of studio development executives and some very hardcore Marvel fanboys have in common these days is an adamant belief that a "shared universe" is the only way to go with adapting certain material.
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly lent weight to the argument, but in its case it had decades of comic book source material, years of planning and plenty of careful world building across individual works before fully unveiling its wider ambitions.
Others who're attempting to jump on the bandwagon don't seem to be anywhere near as organised or patient with the process. "Guardians of the Galaxy" filmmaker James Gunn has now weighed in on his Facebook page with his thoughts on the topic, and hopes studios will become more concerned about making a good base product than concentrating on wild plans to spin it off before audiences have had »
- Garth Franklin
After the success of "Iron Man," Marvel moved forward with lots of other movies based on its superheroes. These superheroes eventually became part of a bigger cinematic universe with a shared storyline that gave the studio the ability to use Iron Man (for example) in a "Captain America" film. Today, we have Universal Pictures attempting to build a shared universe with its classic monsters, despite the fact that "Dracula Untold" wasn't much of a hit. And Sony, meanwhile, is trying to replicate Marvel's model using Spider-Man characters, even though the last two "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments were the lowest-grossing out of the last five films. James Gunn, the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," has now updated his Facebook page with a few words about shared cinematic universes and how he believes studios are making big mistakes. He wrote: "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. »
These days studios seem to be falling over themselves to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. all looking to develop their own “shared” superhero universes, and even Universal Pictures getting in on the act with its iconic Monsters. Taking to Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared some concerns over the business model, accusing studios of trying to “grow trees without a strong seed.” Here’s what he had to say:
“Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from – or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney and LucasFilms released the first trailer for the animated feature, Strange Magic, which was written by Lucas. The film is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Tale and features the voice work of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.
While taking a little from Shakespeare, the film follows goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a musical adventure in hopes of getting a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is opening in theaters on January 23, 2015.
- Zach Dennis
Lucasfilm has released the first trailer for their upcoming animated film “Strange Magic” via Yahoo! and it’s as magical as expected.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the story from George Lucas revolves around two worlds: a kingdom of fairies, elves and other fantastical critters and a forest of goblins and other villains.
The two universes collide over a powerful love potion made from flowers that grow along the border.
Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph lend their voices to the animated musical, singing hits from the last several decades, including Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” Heart’s “Straight On” and Deep Purple’s “Mistreated.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Lucasfilm has officially unveiled the trailer for its upcoming animated film "Strange Magic," which has a story by George Lucas and a voice cast comprised of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and Peter Stormare. Check it out below. "Strange Magic" is a fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The new movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted" and is set to hit theaters on January 23rd, 2015. Trailer: »
A couple of weeks ago it was revealed that Lucasfilm has been quietly working on a new animated musical Strange Magic, based upon a story by George Lucas himself, and now we have our first look at the film with Disney debuting a trailer and stills ahead of its release in January.
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein »
- Gary Collinson
While no Star Wars Episode 7 trailer arrived this week, there still was some decent movie news and trailers flying around, and in case you missed any, here’s a rundown of what went….um…down. Ahead of it’s trailer premiere next week, the first poster for Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart arrived A George Lucas move that has nothing to do with lightsabers? That’ll be the first trailer for Strange Magic Meryl Streep is pretty damn awesome, especially in this new featurette for Into The Woods If anyone can, Tom can! The Cruise machine is wanted for a Highlander reboot Mike Nichols, a true Hollywood legend passed away this week Fancy working with Christopher Nolan? He needs your help JLaw talks hungry games or something Pitch up Pitches etc. The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 looks pretty damn good! Get biblical with a new »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
On November 11, 2014 the world got its first look at Strange Magic, a new animated movie conceived and produced by George Lucas. Normally a new Lucasfilm entry would be cause for celebration, but this reveal was odd because it was the first exposure for a movie coming out barely two months later on January 23, 2015. That's usually not a very good sign, but we lovers of Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Willow kept hope that maybe this would be another Lucas gem. Well today the first trailer for Strange Magic hit and now the very delayed reveal makes a bit more sense. It's not that this looks outright bad, it just looks like it's all over the map. Is it a hidden-fantasy-world action movie like Epic? Is it a pop-culture-filled comedy with musical numbers like Shrek? Who...
- Peter Hall
Marketed as “from the mind of George Lucas” comes an animated tale of what happens when two worlds collide. The barrier between the realms of Magic and Mystery have fallen, flinging goblins and fairies together…which can only mean war, duh. Played for laughs, “Strange Magic” might be less standard high fantasy trope of good vs. evil, and more a kid-friendly exploration about what happens when you make snap assumptions about a foreign “other.” Oh, and it’s a musical? Maybe? [Via Yahoo] Lucasfilm's "Strange Magic" stars the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Stormare. It arrives in theaters across the country on January 23, 2015. »
- Donna Dickens
Some more rumors have surfaced regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The following news contain potential Spoilers. It comes from Making Star Wars, who claim to know an awful lot about the movie. That have leaked a ton of news in the past, and they're back with some more. So let's get started.
First of all, lets start out with some pirates that seem to have a Mad Max look and feel to them and dwell in a place referred to as “Pirate’s Cove.” The site claims to have seen some concept art of six of these characters which may have been lifted from George Lucas' original Star Wars script which included what he called the "Legions of Lettow," which was the name of the entire Sith order. This group of people were Force-sensitive individuals who abandoned the teachings of the Jedi Order. The report says, "These »
- Joey Paur
Considering George Lucas' name is attached, it is a surprise that Strange Magic was able to sneak under everybody's radar, but sneak it did, with the animated fairy tale hitting the big screen next year. Lucas provides the story, while Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic (who were the minds behind Rango) deliver some extremely pretty visuals for this magical tale, inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', that makes great use of popular songs from the last six decades. Check out the trailer below. Featuring the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Peter Stormare, and Alfred Molina, Strange Magic reaches the U.S. on January 23rd, and Ireland and the U.K. on February 11th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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