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Recently blasting Hollywood studios by saying "they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent,” George Lucas might be advised to look in his own rearview mirror, particularly at the years spanning 1999 and 2005. That was when he released his "Star Wars" prequels, a digitally cumbersome, narratively dull disappointment that found the filmmaker taking his rich, imaginative universe to the dullest places possible. Fans, including the likes of Topher Grace, have all tried their hands at recuts, and now one more has arrived for your viewing pleasure (probably until the wrath of Disney and Lucasfilm legal departments take it down). And so, here's "Turn To The Darkside: Episode 3.1" from Double Digit, which takes all three prequels and tries to whittle it down to the essentials, cutting out the crap about trade embargoes and focusing more on the central relationship between Anakin and Padmé. Here's the statement of intent from the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home filmmaker Mark Duplass will return to South by Southwest to keynote the 2015 edition of the annual Austin film conference, organizers announced today. Like 2014’s popular keynote speaker Lena Dunham, Duplass is making a homecoming of sorts to SXSW where he launched his career in 2005 by winning the SXSW Audience Award with brother Jay for The Puffy Chair. Last year at SXSW he and director/co-writer/co-star Patrick Brice debuted their microbudget horror Creep which Radius-twc and Blumhouse Tilt jointly acquired.
Also stopping by the Austin fest held from March 13-21, 2015 will be Bollywood actor and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, The Four Feathers), who will lead a Conversation session. Over 150 keynotes, conversations, panels, and mentor sessions are in the works for the annual confab, which has yet to announce its full lineup.
As for film panels, I’ll be talking shop at “So You »
- Jen Yamato
Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. 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. »
- Brad Brevet
Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat. Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars […]
- Germain Lussier
Now that George Lucas is no longer part of the movie-making business, he shared some of his thoughts on Hollywood Studios and why he believes they cannot produce good movies. "You're selling creativity. Raw creativity from talented people," he started. "Now, the problem has always been the studios. Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that. Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business." He continued: "The studios went back to saying, Well we don't trust you people and we think we know how to make movies.' The studios change everything all the time. And, unfortunately, they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent." Lucas went on to explain that the only reason he was »
It’s rare that a film-to-video game transition actually ends up being given better treatment in its latter form – but thanks to how incredibly dividing and looked down-upon the latter Star Wars films have been, in contrast the games turned out surprisingly solid.
Custom-built to be the world-enslaving franchise it’s now regarded as, there’s something so quintessentially alluring about things like that blaster sound the pistols make, or the varying limitations on what it means to become ‘one with the Force’. Or just the low hum of a lightsaber – the wielding of which exudes those indistinguishable “Zzunn” noises we all know and love.
Presumably down to the majority of development being done by LucasArts on a great many of them, production budgets have remained pretty high throughout. And there’s a few standout titles given the occasional look-in from George ‘frog-throat’ Lucas himself that have enamoured themselves »
- Scott Tailford
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The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar was extremely evocative. The story itself and the spectacular visuals play a large part in that, obviously, but Thomas Bergersen’s stirring track “Final Frontier,” which is used heavily throughout the trailer, deserves much of the credit as well. You could pretty much cut anything to that song and make grown men shed a tear or two. The Unusual Suspect does just that with this Interstellar-style trailer for Space Balls. It makes Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1987 Star Wars parody look like an exceptionally epic space adventure. Essentially it’s the exact opposite strategy George Lucas took with the actual Star Wars films when making the prequels.
The Unusual Suspect is the same guy that brought us Harry Potter (Scott Pilgrim Style), which is a much watch mashup if you haven’t already seen it.
H/T: Dorkly »
- Eli Reyes
James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. No, James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron, and although the Avatar director finds himself prepping for simultaneous production on three sequels to his Pandora-set box office juggernaut, he took a quick second to step away from that world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, which turned into a critical and box office success, launching his career and allowing him to continually raise the bar the way we know him to do. As with pretty much all popular franchises, save for Back to the Future, The Terminator is being rebooted, and with that comes speculation as to how franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger will fit into the new movie given he's not exactly a spring chicken anymore. Although Cameron isn't actively involved in the production of Terminator: Genisys, he explained to Deadline »
- Jordan Benesh
Prior to selling his Lucasfilm to Disney for over $4 billion, before crafting Star Wars, and in advance of making his feature debut with Thx 1138, George Lucas studied and made films at the University of Southern California where he aspired to tell stories and perhaps make a name for himself. One of his earlier works was the 15-minute science-fiction short Electronic Labyrinth […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Rarely do I read a news story and audibly laugh at the ridiculous nature of it. George Lucas, the man who has exploited his Star Wars franchise (which I am not a fan of... even the first three) for decades, believes it is the studios and the corporations who are the root of the creative problems in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas expressed his distaste with the corporate structure: The studios change everything all the time. And, unfortunately, they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent. The reason I find this funny is it is coming from a man who willingly went back to change his films (in order to sell extra editions of them). Take into account the amount of licensed property from the series and, of course, the unnecessary, creature-filled prequels, and hearing that studios are to blame from this man is rather humorous. »
- Mike Shutt
George Lucas has slammed the studio system.
The Star Wars creator claimed that the studios lack "talent" and "imagination".
"Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that.
"Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business.
"The studios went back to saying, 'Well we don't trust you people and we think we know how to make movies'," Lucas continued. "The studios change everything all the time. And, unfortunately, they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent."
He did, however, go on to acknowledge that some talent continues to be nurtured by the studio system, as he was in his own early career. »
Star Wars: Episode VII represents the first film in George Lucas' iconic saga to be financed and created by a major studio. Prior to this film, the six preceding movies were basically the world's biggest independent films with Lucas funding their creation and 20th Century Fox handling distribution. Now that Lucas is out of the movie-making business, he has no problem sharing some harsh words regarding how he sees the current state of the industry. Sitting down with Charlie Rose during an »
- Alex Maidy
For a guy who has made millions upon millions of dollars thanks to the support of Hollywood studios, the constant axe George Lucas has to grind with the system is a bit baffling. Last year, he and pal Steven Spielberg warned that an "implosion" was on the horizon, and raised concerned that their epics "Lincoln" and "Red Tails" had trouble getting made on the studio dime. Meanwhile, Lucas has also warned film students about being lured by the magic and endless possibilities of digital technology, while urging them to stay focused on "the art of the movies." And according to Lucas—the guy who found homes and financing for mega-franchises "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" at 20th Century Fox and Paramount—the big studios are basically the worst. "...the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning." "Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas thinks the biggest problem in the movie business today is the corporations that are running it. “You're selling creativity. Raw creativity from talented people. Now, the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told CBS anchor Charlie Rose during an interview at Chicago Ideas Week. ”Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who ran the studios were sort of creative guys. They would just take books and turn them into movies and do things like that. Suddenly all these corporations were coming in. They didn't know anything about the movie business.” Also read: In »
- Greg Gilman
Halloween is here and to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite horror films of all time. And to kick off our 13 Days of Horror, we've got some fun and freaky facts from the set of Brian De Palma's 1967 classic "Carrie."toofab's Brian Particelli recently reached out to one of the original film's mean girls, scream queen P.J. Soles -- where she talked about her nasty on-set injury, her interesting casting call and reveals if she was asked to cameo in the 2013 remake.The actress, now 64, couldn't have been friendlier!Check out fun facts we learned from P.J. about "Carrie" -- and click the gallery above to see what the entire cast looks like now.1.) The casting call was Ridiculous Directors Brian De Palma and George Lucas held a joint casting call for their movies at the time -- De Palma for "Carrie" and »
- tooFab Staff
George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San Francisco. It was his wife's idea. The "Star Wars" creator told the Chicago Ideas Week forum on Friday that wife Mellody Hobson, a Chicago native and prominent businesswoman, had enough after four years of what he described as "doodling around" by San Francisco. "Don't worry. I'll talk to the mayor. I'm sure he'll love it," she told him, according to Lucas. See more Meet the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast And
- the Associated Press
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
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There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production (and only a few weeks from wrapping), rumors have been flying fast and furious over the last few months. This has caused a flurry of finger-pointing, naysaying, and even hostility between fans over some of the claims...but this is nothing new. The Prequel trilogy were surrounded by rumors as well, so today, I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane to remember some of the craziest reports that had us all buzzing.
Some of these are just bizarre, and many of the original sites reporting on these things are no longer in action, but some of you life-long fans, like me, will likely remembering hearing about these. I’ve purposefully stayed away from Super Shadow reports (though some of these may have been influenced by him), because he was a known fraud and I wanted to »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Industrial Light & Magic, the in-house effects company established by George Lucas in 1975, is still one of the leading forces in the industry and is responsible for working on some of the biggest movies over the past five decades. They are currently working on director Joss Whedon's superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron and will begin working on Star Wars: Episode VII in just a few short weeks as principal photography wraps on J.J. Abrams sci-fi epic. Both movies are expected to push boundaries and break new ground at Ilm.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm means Ilm will be working on more Disney movies, including all of those Marvel sequels and spin-offs that are planned throughout the rest of this decade. To celebrate, and for work purposes, the company has launched a new studio in London, and held a grand opening this past week. President Lynwen Brennan was there to speak with IGN, »
Sky Deutschland, the German pay-tv group, is giving Star Wars geeks the ultimate Christmas present. From Dec. 1-14, the broadcaster is turning its Sky Hits digital channel into Sky Star Wars HD, programming all six Star Wars films, as well as Star Wars-themed featurettes and documentaries, on a 24-hour loop. All Sky subscribers in Germany and Austria will have access to the round-the-clock Lucas-palooza. "We all know that for Star Wars fans it is too long to wait till Dec. 18, 2015 (for the launch of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII),"
- Scott Roxborough
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