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Video of the Day: Visual Symmetry of Star Wars

10 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In a 2005 interview with Vanity Fair in 2005, George Lucas said, “The interesting thing about Star Wars—and I didn’t ever really push this very far, because it’s not really that important—but there’s a lot going on there that most people haven’t come to grips with yet. But when they do, they will find it’s a much more intricately made clock than most people would imagine.” Lucas has mentioned many times since, that he has always envisioned the visual language of Star Wars as akin to a silent film, in other words, if you were to turn the sound off, you could still follow along with the story. George Miller recently stated he took a similar approach when making Mad Max: Fury Road, and although this approach seems better suited for that film, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any poetry to the »

- Ricky

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Stephen Colbert, J.J. Abrams to Hold a Nerd-Off at Montclair Film Festival

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Montclair Film Festival has lined up noted nerds Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams for a fundraiser event this fall that will see the duo hold a public discussion on their influences and work.

Set for late November, “Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams: Celebrity Nerd-Off!” will take place just as the hype for Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” reaches it peak ahead of the film’s Dec. 18 release. Colbert, meanwhile, will be fresh off the publicity push for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which launches Sept. 8.

The “nerd-off” will be the second opportunity this year for New York area fans to catch Colbert do a live interview with a “Star Wars” filmmaker, after he emceed a public discussion with George Lucas as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Colbert has been associated with the Montclair Film Festival for a few years now; he »

- Gordon Cox

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Watch: Supercut Highlights The Visual Symmetry In The First 6 'Star Wars' Films

13 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens this Christmas, it will undoubtedly be a surreal experience for George Lucas. It will be the first live-action “Star Wars” film released without Lucas at the helm. As we wait to see what J.J. Abrams does with the first installment of the franchise's new era this December, let’s look backwards and marvel at what Lucas was able to accomplish. Read More: Watch: Compare the Changes Made To The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy In This 1 Hour Video Series   Beginning with a clip of Lucas telling his collaborators “You see the echo of where it all is gonna go. It’s like poetry, they rhyme,” Pablo Fernández Eyre’s “Star Wars Poetry” replays clips from both the original trilogy and the much derided prequel trilogy directly on top of each other, revealing echoes, similarities and symmetries between the two. Shots, actual »

- Cain Rodriguez

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The Force Awakens: A Marketing Masterpiece

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In a world where the internet is hit with information dumps, whether they be interviews, convention panels or six-minute trailers, on a regular basis, we have become used to knowing vast chunks, if not the entirety of plots before ever seeing the most hotly anticipated blockbusters. Avengers: Age of Ultron made more sense in the multiple trailers I saw on YouTube than it did in theaters.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, we have been given very little. What trailers we have seen show mere snapshots, with almost nothing that allows the audience to tether them together. Any information we have has been carefully selected and told to us. Recently we saw a few seconds of new footage showcasing John Boyega wielding a light saber. Everybody went insane. Meanwhile, we learned the “lineup” of the upcoming Marvel Civil War, and nobody could care less. Disney has us on »

- Jason Kwasnicki

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15 Worst Ever Star Wars Tattoo Fails

22 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When you’re getting a tattoo, finding an artist who can do it properly is just as important as deciding what you want and where you want it. So don’t go for the cheaper option because you’re going to get a poor quality tattoo inked onto your body for the rest of your life, and George Lucas deserves more than that.

So if you’re a Star Wars fan, then you should probably avoid following in the footsteps of these guys…


15. A Bad Tattoo And It’s On His Face. Ouch! »

- Sara Weir

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50 Greatest Comic Book Movie Adaptations

1 September 2015 7:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

40. Road to Perdition

One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from »

- Staff

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50 Greatest Comic Book Movie Adaptations

1 September 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!


55. The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »

- Staff

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Collecting Gems: Star Wars The Expanded Universe

1 September 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Every Star Wars collector has a niche focus they track down more than others.  It’s a great practice and something I encourage collectors to do when they’re getting started.  To help enterprising collectors, I’m taking a look at some of the most interesting pieces to track down in these specific areas, and today, I’m talking Star Wars’ Expanded Universe.

With a slew of new Star Wars figures about to explode on the market this Friday, bringing with it a new generation of collectors, I've been thinking more and more about some of the coolest toy collectibles out there.  Today, however, I wanted to talk more specifically about one of my favorite 'genres' to collect from, the Star Wars Expanded Universe (which are all Legends now). While Star Wars villains has long been my primary focus for collecting, but another area I have to continually track down items deal with the EU. »

- (Jordan Maison)

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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

1 September 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

The Festival will screen a »

- John

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10 Most Pointless Changes To The Star Wars Movies You Never Even Noticed

1 September 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Who doesn’t love Star Wars? Towering giants of blockbuster cinema, the Original Trilogy revolutionised the entire industry and has gone on to define the childhoods of multiple generations. But beyond that, they’re just great movies. Epic is scale and a hell of a lot of fun, few other films can compete on sheer entertainment factor. Heck, the franchise is so strong that everyone can look past the prequels to get excited for the imminent release of The Force Awakens. Yeah, everyone loves Star Wars

And yet most people haven’t actually seen Star Wars. Well, at least not in its original, medium redefining form (and those who have probably haven’t in decades). Since as early as 1980, George Lucas was tampering with his movies set in that galaxy far, far away, adding subtitles, swapping out lines of dialogue and coating his practical masterpieces with a good dose of CGI. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Thx in Pact With China’s Cinema Quality Inspectors

1 September 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinema technology company, Thx has pacted with a Chinese government testing institute to develop standards and services for China’s booming theatrical exhibition sector.

The deal sees Thx work with the Film Technology and Quality Inspection Center, a unit of the media regulator State Administration for Press Publication Radio Film & Television (Sapprft). They will set up a lab that provides testing, evaluation and certification services for audio-visual professional products and relevant cinema equipment.

The companies also aim to create specialized training courses for cinema technicians, calibrators and projectionists for the technical installation, adjustment, operation and maintenance of Chinese cinemas.

“The feverish pace of construction has outpaced the education of cinema design, installation and maintenance professionals – often resulting in poor architectural and acoustic design as well as underperforming audio and video systems,” said Thx in a statement.

Though it may now be slowing, China’s film exhibition sector has grown at unprecedented rates. »

- Patrick Frater

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6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year

31 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.

As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial  — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.

Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Video of the Day: Watch how shots from the two ‘Star Wars’ trilogies mirror each other

31 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Star Wars franchise has, over the course of its run, grown into one of the most popular franchises in cinema history, spawning not only numerous films, but a number of tv shows, video games, and comics as well, with its fans stretching across generations and many accomplished performers finding some of their most famous roles in the series. The success of the first trilogy, which was released in 1977, 1980, and 1983, caused the franchise mastermind George Lucas to revisit the universe in the last decade, exploring the origins of numerous characters and watching how the events unfolded to lead to the state they did in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

Now vimeo user whoispablo has put together a compilation of shots and scenes from both trilogies to show how they mirror each other, as was Lucas’ intent. Titled Star Wars Poetry, the video is set to Experience by Ludovico Einaudi, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'Star Wars 7' Star Destroyer Gets a Menacing Name

29 August 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director J.J. Abrams and his team have had a lot of fun slowly dolling out the names of each new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which, including John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey, haven't even been fully revealed yet. But the humans, aliens and ball droids in this latest sequel aren't the only mysteries to be cracked. Each vehicle and domicile seen on screen seems to be getting a unique new name, too. We learned that Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux resides on a space station known as the Starkiller Base, a direct nod to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first draft of George Lucas's Star Wars screenplay. Now, we get to learn the name of the foreboding new Star Destroyer.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thirty years have passed since the events seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi »

- MovieWeb

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8 great films cursed by bad endings: Did Kingsman really need that anal sex joke?

29 August 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.

Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.

1. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.

What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »

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In Real World, 'Compton' Not (Anytime Soon) to Break Record as Highest-Grossing Domestic Hit Directed by Black Filmmaker

28 August 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »

- Zac Gille

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Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing

28 August 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: It might not be too much of a stretch to say that Bert Fields has played a role in almost every great Hollywood legal battle of the last 30 years. The Cardinal Richelieu of Tinseltown attorneys, Fields counts among his accomplishments successfully taking on Disney and Michael Eisner to the tune of a $250 million payout for Jeffrey Katzenberg back in the late 1990s. He repped Star Wars creator George Lucas in negotiations with the House of Mouse as well. The… »

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Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing

28 August 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: It might not be too much of a stretch to say that Bert Fields has played a role in almost every great Hollywood legal battle of the last 30 years. The Cardinal Richelieu of Tinseltown attorneys, Fields counts among his accomplishments successfully taking on Disney and Michael Eisner to the tune of a $250 million payout for Jeffrey Katzenberg back in the late 1990s. He repped Star Wars creator George Lucas in negotiations with the House of Mouse as well. The… »

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Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers

28 August 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...

John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith

A video posted by Digital Spy (@digitalspy) on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:55am Pdt

A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.

Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »

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Barely Lethal review: “Mean Girls meets Kingsman, but not as good”

28 August 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Barely Lethal review: Despite it’s very different twist, Barely Lethal turns out to be just another teen movie. Barely Lethal review

Barely Lethal is the brand new movie from director Kyle Newman, who you may remember brought us that really rather good Fanboys a few years back – the film about the young guys that want to break into George Lucas’ home to screen The Phantom Menace? I really liked that. Following on from Fanboys, Newman worked on The Crazies TV show, and another couple of shorts projects before landing the gig to direct Barely Lethal, which can only be described as a cross between Mean Girls, Spy Kids, and well, Kingsman.

Scripted by John D’Arco, the film revolves around the character of Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld), an orphaned teenager who was brought up by Samuel L. Jackson‘s Hardman, a mysterious figure who runs an organisation called the Prescott School for Girls, »

- Paul Heath

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