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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Gareth Edwards. name currently is associated with Star Wars, and once he delivers on his standalone spinoff movie -- Rogue One -- in 2016, it.s likely his moniker will be linked to that galaxy far, far away for the immediate future. But before he climbed aboard an X-Wing fighter and jetted off to George Lucas. universe, Edwards dabbled in monster movies . specifically the indie hit Monsters (in 2010) and the mega-smash Godzilla reboot in 2014. It was his large-scale but character-driven work on the summer-movie extravaganza that likely earned him a gig on Team Star Wars. But his ending to Godzilla ensured that he.d be back with the King of Monsters. some day. Now that Godzilla is making its way to HBO, we want to break down what happened at the end of the movie, and discuss what the events might mean for the future of this healthy-again franchise. Let.s »
Gareth Edwards. name currently is associated with Star Wars, and once he delivers on his standalone spinoff movie -- Rogue One -- in 2016, it.s likely his moniker will be linked to that galaxy far, far away for the immediate future. But before he climbed aboard an X-Wing fighter and jetted off to George Lucas. universe, Edwards dabbled in monster movies . specifically the indie hit Monsters (in 2010) and the mega-smash Godzilla reboot in 2014. It was his large-scale but character-driven work on the summer-movie extravaganza that likely earned him a gig on Team Star Wars. But his ending to Godzilla ensured that he.d be back with the King of Monsters. some day. Now that Godzilla is making its way to HBO, we wanted to break down what happened at the end of the movie, and what the events might mean for the future of this healthy-again franchise. Let.s look »
How much money do you think Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to make? Do you think it will exceed The Avengers? Or Titanic? How about Avatar? If you ask the experts, they are all predicting that J.J. Abrams' film could break the records in multiple categories. Specifically, many are predicting a global opening weekend north of $500 million for the sequel to George Lucas' saga. The Hollywood Reporter cites several industry analysts who have looked at the returns for »
- Alex Maidy
The Star Wars universe has provided fans with myriad of incredible tales, characters and memories. The stories are indelibly entrenched in the minds of the ravenous audience, who pour over every available source in order to satisfy both their curiosity and their desire to know more.
And yet, there are still so many questions…
With the impending release of arguably the most anticipated movie since The Phantom Menace, the fever pitch is at an all time high from fans clamoring for both a return of the franchise to its glory days and also for new adventures. But there is also a New Hope, if you will, that some of the questions left over from the first two series will be answered and light will be shed on many of the mysteries that linger in the minds of the audience.
With a clean slate bereft of the trappings of a pre-ordained back story to fill, »
- Scott Barstead
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
For many Star Wars fans, the release of a new trailer for The Force Awakens was an event of biblical proportions. However, it clearly meant more to this guy than most.
Father Roderick posted this brilliant clip online of him watching the trailer for the first time, and he really can't handle his excitement.
"Holy cow!! Oh my gosh! Oh wow!!" he proclaims during the video, before really losing his cool when Chewbacca turns up at the end.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens unveiled a new trailer online last week ahead of the film's release this December 18.
We’ve got more Star Wars Celebration round-up items, as well as some cool Force Awakens info, in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read the following: Force Awakens star John Boyega is back on Twitter, and walked around Celebration in disguise. Disney is recreating the Millennium Falcon cockpit on their cruise ship. George Lucas […]
- Germain Lussier
A long time ago, in a rock ‘n roll era far, far away, a band paid musical tribute to George Lucas’ 1977 blockbuster, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” in the form of a 34-minute studio album. That band was Dan Whitley's Rebel Force Band. The album was Living in These Star Warz, and it is available on YouTube in its entirety for all of your listening pleasure. (If you’re wondering about the misspelling of ‘Wars’ in the title, it’s due to copyright infringement laws, which precluded Whitley and his fellow crooners from appropriating the correct name of Lucas’ sci-fi masterpiece.) Who among us could turn the radio off during such tracks as “Living in These star Wars,” which gets deep, real deep, man. It tells of life “Living in these Star Wars/Dying in these Star Wars.” For isn’t death a part of life, man? »
- Zach Hollwedel
Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to film preservation, and Nolan joins a roster that looks like the Justice League of America, if its members were superhero filmmakers. Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg are also on the… »
April showers bring May flowers, and May will also bring more than 30 new movies and a ton of spring TV finales to Amazon Prime Instant Video (Piv) and Amazon Instant Video (Aiv). Here's Amazon's complete list of what's being added in May 2015.
Piv: New in May - Available for Streaming on Prime
Ghoulies: Ghoulies Go To College
Men in Black II
The Big Empty (2003)
The People vs. George Lucas
What's The Worst That Could Happen
The Professional (1994)
Let's Kill Ward's Wife [Exclusive]
Art And Craft [Exclusive]
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Slugterra- Slug Fu Showdown
Defiance - S2
The Prince (2014)
Suits - S4
Aiv: New in May - Available for Purchase
- Gina Carbone
The Jedi tenets are very clear. Adherents are not to form attachments, they must be as close to zen-like as possible. This means no marriages, no children, and barely leaves wiggle room for friendship. Without these stringent guidelines, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala wouldn’t have had to hide their love and perhaps* Vader never would’ve turned to the Dark Side. So what’s a little boy that wants to be Jedi but also one day hopes to get married supposed to do? Write to George Lucas himself in the hope of changing the rules. Via GeekDad.com Young Colin’s plea did not fall on deaf ears. In a shocking reversal, Lucasfilm struck down a millennia of terrible religious doctrine with a new interpretation of Jedi Law. It would seem that love doesn’t turn people evil after all. Via GeekDad.com Now the question becomes, was this »
- Donna Dickens
What.s a Jedi to do when he or she falls in love? Suppress those feelings, apparently. After all, if they are to abide by the Jedi code, love and personal attachments can lead one to the dark side of the Force. This didn.t sit well with one young Star Wars fan, so he did what any hopeful Padawan would do, he wrote a persuasive letter to George Lucas to rectify the situation. According to Geek Dad, that.s exactly what a young boy named Colin did. Although, to call it persuasive would be a drastic overstatement. The letter is comprised of 36 words and is fairly blunt. I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule. None of us want to end up like the Jedi Knight Hayden Christensen became, with his crazy eyes and over-exaggerations. Did getting married to Padme do that to him? »
The stand-alone films in the Star Wars Universe will be framed by the title Star Wars Anthology. The first of the movies to be announced and receive a teaser trailer and showcase concept art is Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which centers on a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Now is the perfect time for someone high up in the ranks of Lucasfilm to pitch the idea of a Death Troopers film to the powers-that-be.
For those unfamiliar with Death Troopers, it is a horror / science fiction book written by Joe Schreiber and published by Del Rey in 2009. The tale begins when the Imperial prison barge Purge—temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves—breaks down in a distant part of space. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Nerd demigod and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't mess around when it comes to science or sci-fi ... which is why there's one clear winner for him in the 'Stars Wars' vs. 'Star Trek' debate. Tyson was leaving 30 Rock when we asked him if he was excited about the recently released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. He admits he's never been a big supporter of the Jedi due to scientific inaccuracies -- but says there »
- TMZ Staff
Kind of. During a recent conversation at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival between Stephen Colbert and George Lucas, an audience member asked the Star Wars creator whether he's seen the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that premiered online late last week. Lucas's response: "I've seen the first one [that was released in December]. I just saw what was on CBS, but I'm going to try to look at it. I want to see it on the big screen. I hope it's successful. I hope they do a good job." Lucas's reaction is similar to the one he had after watching the first teaser, in that he's sort of aloof about it all. There were multiple times during his chat with Colbert where he mentioned that J.J. Abrams and co. decided not to go with his original...
- Erik Davis
The Colbeard still exists! George Lucas and Stephen Colbert attended the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival together this past weekend, sporting similar white beards on the red carpet of the Tribeca Talks: Director Series. Colbert, 50, interviewed the director (whom he’s previously referred to as his childhood idol) during an hour-long conversation about Star Wars and the upcoming J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot. While on the red carpet, Colbert gleefully put one arm around Lucas, 70, and pointed at the filmmaker with an excited expression. The late-night host's beard, which first [...] »
Over the weekend the internet just about exploded thanks to Disney and WB (Batman Vs Superman!). It was of course Star Wars Celebration and with it came a bigger reveal of the upcoming movie (Star Wars The Force Awakens) and, for us gamers, Battlefront from EA. The game is what I was most excited to cover because I expected a lot to be shown off, but overall I still remain on the fence about getting too excited. Find out why after the jump!
First let me set up the scenario for you. A lot of us were excited to see new Star Wars news, and some of you were probably even lucky enough to be upfront and in the middle of the chaos at the event. Right before the reveal of Battlefront we just saw the new trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens and overall we were on edge about what could come next. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
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