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2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic, the most revered special effects company in the world. It was famously created by George Lucas in 1975 to help make his movie, Star Wars, and has since gone on to basically create almost every single big special effects movie or moment you can remember […]
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- Germain Lussier
There may be a different studio and director behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but when Episode VII opens in cinemas this December one thing that will be very familiar is the music of John Williams. The composer, who has scored all six previous movies in the Star Wars saga, has been talking to Vanity Fair on his work on the hotly-anticipated film, revealing whether he intends to revisit his iconic themes from the Original Trilogy.
“There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much »
- Gary Collinson
Following a fifteen-year creative hiatus and another fifteen years stranded in development hell, director George Miller’s iconic outback creation, Max Rockatansky, returned to theatres this month to a rapturous reception. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “good things come to those who wait” aren’t reliable rules of thumb for filmmaking, let alone in a studio system, but Mad Max: Fury Road demonstrated the value of such back-to-basics thinking: focused storytelling, practical effects and a freedom from franchise baggage combined to make Fury Road the critical high-water mark for 2015 blockbusters. That it also performed well at the box office made Miller’s $150 million return to both the wasteland and action filmmaking a double-barreled coup d’état.
If anything, the extensive gap between Fury Road and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Rockatansky’s last adventure, afforded Miller’s fourth go-round with the character a certain clemency from the “franchise »
- Sam Woolf
More Star Wars Bits! This one even goes back to the prequels, and you can read about all these items below: Damon Lindelof would like to write a Lobot movie. George Lucas was scared of the Yoda/Dooku fight in Attack of the Clones. Disneyland has a Han Solo in Carbonite lunch combo. Read Vanity Fair interviews […]
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- Germain Lussier
Founded 40 years ago by George Lucas when he started production on the original Star Wars, Industrial Light & Magic is probably the leading visual effects company in the industry today. Over the last 40 years Industrial Light & Magic worked on over 317 movies, from aliens to spaceships, superheroes to completely new worlds, they […]
Read Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Movies Industrial Light & Magic Worked On on Filmonic.
If I have to say nice things about the Star Wars prequels, I can point to John Williams’ scores. His work remains top-notch and I love “Duel of the Fates” and “Confrontation with Count Dooku”. He knew how to create a rousing Star Wars world that George Lucas forgot, and I hope that Williams’ has still got it when it comes to the Star Wars sequels, or at least, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is currently the only one he’s signed on to do. Speaking to Vanity Fair, William said that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score will make some references to earlier pieces, although he wouldn’t specify which ones: There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem »
- Matt Goldberg
As Star Wars – the original film, A New Hope – turns 38 this year (it opened May 25th, 1977), it's hard to imagine a time when Star Wars wasn't an ingrained part of our pop culture. For a second, just imagine a world where lightsabers aren't a thing and the Millennium Falcon is just a figment of George Lucas's imagination. There's no denying Star Wars has infiltrated almost every aspect of our culture and as we prepare to embrace a whole new chapter of the Star Wars legacy with this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's take a look and see how Star Wars has changed movies – and pop culture – permanently. Back in the summer of 1977, going to the movies was a much different experience than it is today. For example, there are the obvious differences – back in 1977 there was no internet and we weren't inundated with set photos galore, »
- Dan Marcus
Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Open Road paid »
The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.
With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:
The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.
As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.
Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »
This December, costume designer Michael Kaplan is set to add b to an impressive CV that includes the likes of Blade Runner, Se7en, Fight Club, Star Trek and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and during an in depth interview with Vanity Fair, the BAFTA Award winner has spoken about his work on December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I went up to George Lucas’s archives—huge building—and just spent a day going through sketches and looking just to get the tone of the movie, you know, in my guts and veins so that when I went to London I felt equipped and inspired, which I certainly did,” states Kaplan when asked how he went about updating the look of the Original Trilogy costumes. “The old stormtroopers uniforms would not be usable. Audiences of today have become so sophisticated that a lot of things you could get away with in the past, »
- Gary Collinson
When George Lucas launched Star Wars back in 1977, the film had an authentic, lived-in look and feel that went a long way towards selling the world he created. Updating that for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the challenges was to maintain that well-worn vibe, but also account for 30 years of fashion evolution. According to costume designer Michael Kaplan, he drew inspiration for the new stormtroopers from two very different sources to accomplish this: Apple computers and Nazi Germany. Vanity Fair has been all over The Force Awakens, and when talking to Kaplan, who has worked on tons of legendary movies, from Blade Runner and Flashdance to Fight Club and Star Trek, they went into great depth about his process for updating the Star Wars wardrobe. We.ve caught glimpses of the new stormtroopers, and while they.re easily recognizable as such, they have a new, streamlined look that, »
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
One man has painstakingly put together a high quality Star Wars cut - but with the special edition edits removed...
You don't need us to tell you that George Lucas' continued tinkering with his Star Wars films hasn't won him too many added friends amongst fans of the series. It's now impossible to buy discs of the original Star Wars trilogy in their original forms (outside of the likes of eBay), following a cheap (in quality sense) DVD release in 2008.
Back in 2010, George Lucas said that "it's a very, very expensive process" when asked about bringing the original cuts of Star Wars to Blu-ray. That, and the fact that he considers the altered versions his definitive ones has left - in spite of rumours - the special editions as the ones on shop shelves.
Yet one man, Petr Harmy (Harmacek) has been on a mission. He's spent the last »
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...
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Celebrating 40 Years of Creating the Impossible! If you are a movie lover, you know Ilm. Also known as Industrial Light & Magic, Ilm was originally created by George Lucas as an effects house for the original Star Wars, and lead the industry for decades in special effects. They were the first to introduce computer-generated FX into movies in Young Sherlock Holmes (and The Abyss), and have since revolutionized (and blazed trails in) the CGI VFX industry. Ilm is not only preparing for a new Star Wars franchise, but they're also the VFX house behind the new Warcraft movie as well as Michael Bay's Transformers and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. So, to celebrate, Wired has published a fascinating, extensive look at Ilm's history. To kick things off, the cover of the latest Wired features a third of this fantastic, epic Ilm photo. Seen in the photo is the entirety of Ilm history, »
- Alex Billington
George Lucas admitted that he never actually believed he.d be able to make the Star Wars prequels because he didn.t think that the technology to create the films he wanted would ever exist. However, Lucas was finally convinced that such sensational special effects had finally caught up with his vision thanks to the good people over at Ilm. George Lucas made this admission while talking to Wired for an in-depth and extensive piece on Industrial Light & Magic. Lucas explained: I never thought I.d do the Star Wars prequels, because there was no real way I could get Yoda to fight. There was no way I could go over Coruscant, this giant city-planet. But once you had digital, there was no end to what you could do. So it turns out that we.ve got Ilm to blame for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star »
This article contains a big spoiler for Chinatown.
Ah, the mighty Brad Bird. If he'd downed tools after he made the peerless The Iron Giant and never made another film again, we'd still be sending him Christmas cards every year. But then he went and made The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as well. Gah. Now we have to send chocolates as well.
Bird's latest film, Tomorrowland, arrives in cinemas this week, and we caught up with him to find out more about it. Here's how the chat went...
If we boil down the movies that many of us grew up loving in the 1980s, there's relatable stakes at the heart of them. So, for instance, Back To The Future is at its centre someone trying to get his parents back together. »
George Lucas had a tough time making Star Wars happen. Not only did none of the studios have any interest in making a space epic but, on top of that, Lucas himself considered the project impossible because the technology needed to make it didn’t exist. However, after scoring $25,000 to finish the script and a green light to go into production from 20th Century Fox, Lucas had to make it happen. Fox didn’t have a special effects department, so it was up to Lucas to solve the technology issue and to do that, he created Industrial Light & Magic. Forty years later, Ilm has worked on 317 movies, hit it big at the box office and earned numerous accolades for their achievements. In honor of the milestone, Ilm has shared a video montage of their work and Wired shared a piece called “The UntoldStory of Ilm, a Titan That Forever Changed »
- Perri Nemiroff
Star Wars Bits is back with a good hodgepodge of the past, present and future. Below, read about the following: The Star Wars Episode VIII script makes the cover of Wired, along with George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. See a new photo of Oscar Isaac dressed as Poe Dameron. Hasbro officially announced […]
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- Germain Lussier
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