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Founded on the iffy premise, raised here by Nicolas Winding Refn, that the combination of a cult book plus a cult director would have equaled a bigger-than-“Star Wars” worldwide sci-fi sensation, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” indulges one of film history’s more entertaining “what if” stories. Before David Lynch spectacularly botched a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s shaman of psychedelia, had a spectacular go at the job. Nearly 40 years later, first-time director Frank Pavich attempts to re-create that vision (in our imaginations, at least). Expect fanboys to flip and minds to be blown over the highly entertaining result.
The year was 1974. After almost singlehandedly inventing the midnight-movie phenomenon with “El Topo,” Jodorowsky had scored a second hit — in France, at least — with his massive head trip, “The Holy Mountain,” prompting producer Michel Seydoux to encourage whatever project the director might want to do next. »
- Peter Debruge
It’s hard to watch Star Trek Into Darkness and not think about Star Wars. Yes, J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII and so we have that knowledge on the brain going into this. Maybe we’re even on the lookout for clues hinting at what we should expect from his take on that galaxy. This isn’t the first time the Trek franchise has had to try and prove itself in the shadow of George Lucas’s own series. Even though it originated with a TV show in the 1960s, Trek‘s cinematic resurrection a decade later was in part allowed by and somewhat influenced by the success and quality of the first Star Wars. But even regardless of the fact that Abrams is following the latest Trek with the next Wars, I often otherwise felt like I was watching one of the latter while sitting through Into Darkness. Before »
- Christopher Campbell
Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,668 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. (Addendum: Barring an unexpected Saturday and Sunday surge, “disappointing” is the word for Star Trek Into Darkness’ domestic box-office debut.) For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, »
- Zac Gille
Computer Effects have always been a staple of cinema. In the 60s, several independent films gave a shot at producing realistic monsters and effects. When Star Wars came about in the 70s people were spellbound by the Lasers and Lightsabers and all the other goodies George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic brought us. Since then CGI has taken cinema to new worlds and shown us new events that we could only dream of.
Perhaps the greatest advancement in the world of film in recent years has been the improvements made to Computer Generated Images. Michael Bay has stood atop the box office with a money net almost entirely on the basis that he can bring an extravaganza of special effects to his films. James Cameron gave grace and nightmarish detail to the sinking of the Titanic and lush and spellbinding beauty to the world of Pandora in Avatar. George Lucas »
- Jordan Wicks
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
• Watch this crazy time-lapse video of the construction of the set ship for 'Titanic'. [YouTube]
• These are the 10 best deaths from all the 'Star Trek' movies. [Film.com]
• Here's six things you didn't know about Benedict Cumberbatch. [MTV Movies Blog]
• Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website is selling a shot glass for $950. Yup. [Videogum]
• These movie sets took on a life of their own after filming ended. [TopTenz]
• 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is better than any of these movies that are based on old television shows. [Popdose] »
- NextMovie Staff
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird recently opened up about the prospect of directing a sequel to his 2004 animated hit The Incredibles. While he addressed the possibility of a follow-up back in December 2011, the filmmaker seems more keen on making the sequel now.
"I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get 'em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I'm looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I'm comfortable »
Forget critics -- apparently, everyone's a consultant. J.J. Abrams, who's directing the next installment of the "Star Wars" film series, dropped in on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night. And, while he was on hand to direct his most recent movie, "Star Trek Into Darkness," the resurrection of George Lucas' space saga was also a topic of conversation. And there was no shortage of voices happy to weigh in with advice for Abrams. Also read: 'Star Trek' Actor Karl Urban Joins J.J. Abrams' Android-Cop Pilot Chief among them: Actor and beloved Colt 45 »
- Tim Kenneally
Ever since "Star Wars" was released, fans wanted to know every single thing about the franchise. In a recent interview, Steven Spielberg told a bizarre story about his agreement with George Lucas, something most fans have probably never heard of. Spielberg explained: "George came back from 'Star Wars' a nervous wreck. He didn't feel 'Star Wars' came up to the vision he initially had. He felt he had just made this little kids movie. He came to Mobile, Alabama where I was shooting 'Close Encounters [of the Third Kind]' on this humongous set, and hung out with me for a couple of days." "[Lucas] said, 'Oh my God, your movie is going to be so much more successful than 'Star Wars.' This is gonna be the biggest hit of all time.' He said, 'You want to trade some points? I'll give you 2.5% of 'Star Wars' if you give me 2.5% of 'Close Encounters. »
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
We all know George Lucas was stressing out about Star Wars while he was making it, and how he thought it was going to fail. What we didn't know is that fear led to a bet between he and Steven Spielberg. A bet that Spielberg has made millions of dollars off of over the years, and he's still collecting on it! I wish I would have been able to get in on that action! It all started when Lucas took a break from the post-production work on Star Wars to visit Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Here’s Spielberg’s account of how it all went down...
- Joey Paur
The Hollywood Reporter: What was the first time you realized that people wrote stuff? Damon Lindelof: I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of The Empire Strikes Back. My dad and I were buying Starlog and going through that; and there’s this guy with a beard who’s in these pictures with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill pointing at stuff, and I’m like: "Who is he? What character is he in the movie?" My dad goes, "No, this is George Lucas. Star Wars was his idea." Directors, screenwriters and producers are totally lost on 8-year-old me. That this
- Marc Bernardin
Kids these days.
D.J., cue up that cringe-worthy Vitamin C song because it's graduation time again! Right now hundreds of thousands of 22-year-olds are currently being degreed up and sent off into the real world ... job market issues and excessive student loan interest rates notwithstanding, of course.
Thing is, class, this isn't your grandpa's Bachelor of Arts program anymore. Nowadays even the most esteemed colleges are catering their coursework offerings — in title, if nothing else — to pique the interest of their student pools.
Oh, you don't want that fifteenth Psych 101 session to get cut? Well give it some pizzazz already, teach!
Lo and behold, the movie world has been an academic boon in making that happen, and now students are traipsing across the stage with some pretty bizarre classes on their transcripts ... including these nine, very strange film-related ones. Consider us jeal of anyone who actually, like, legitimately for real got credit for these, »
- Amanda Bell
There is an unwritten law in the black community: support black projects in the arts, especially film and television ventures. The thinking is if we don’t support them then it will be that much harder to get another project made with black stories as the draw.
It’s hard as shit to get a black project green lit in Hollywood unless your last name is Perry. I’ve seen one Tyler Perry film and have no desire to see any others. It’s just not my thing. Nothing but respect for the man and his work but it’s just not for me. His films are the thing for an awful lot of black people and that is the audience he and his partners at Lion’s Gate pursue.
Now, a film like Red Tails was my thing. I’m a sucker for anything WWII and the story of »
- Michael Davis
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Tomorrow the early fan sneak peeks of Star Trek Into Darkness hit the big screen at 8pm, and then the anticipated sequel from director J.J. Abrams hits theaters everywhere on Thursday, May 16th. That means the director is making the publicity rounds, and last night Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. And since the host of the show is a true geek and longtime Star Wars fan, there's a great debate between the two personalities about George Lucas' iconic saga versus the longer running Star Trek legacy. Plus, the bonus part of the interview that didn't air on TV is great for fans of sci-fi, films and just good fun. Here are both parts of 'The Daily Show" interview with Jon Stewart and J.J. Abrams via Comedy Central: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of »
- Ethan Anderton
If you thought Anakin Skywalker's home planet was located in a galaxy far, far away, guess again. The vast lands of Tatooine are actually located in the middle of the Tunisian desert, a fact brought to our attention by Rä di Martino.
The visual artist and filmmaker recently ventured to North Africa to explore the ruins of abandoned film sets, capturing startling snapshots of Star Wars settings years after filming shut down. Showcasing the aging yet familiar architecture of George Lucas's universe, Martino's photographs strike at the heartstrings of any nostalgic sci-fi fan.
"I think is very interesting the amazing poetic potential of those ruins, being ruins of something that was the future in our imagination," Martino explained in an email to The Huffington Post. "It's bewildering to see the biological decay of those cheap materials, which once built perfect images of our past and future."
Martino first decided »
- Katherine Brooks
"It's not one of my great wishes to be in Star Wars," Pegg told Industria magazine. "I'd love to go to the cinema and just watch it."
He went on to express relief that George Lucas will be involved with the new films only as a creative consultant.
Pegg recently suggested that Abrams will save the Star Wars franchise by "bringing the fun back" to it.
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Side by Side (2012), the excellent documentary from Christopher Kenneally, arrives at a crucial time for the ever-evolving medium of cinema. Featuring stellar interviews with some of the most important directors working today, including Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle and Chris Nolan, the film charts the history and processes of celluloid filmmaking and the rapid rise of digital as a cheaper alternative. It's an intelligently level-headed film which manages to be both hugely informative and thoroughly entertaining. CineVue's Craig Williams spoke with the director Kenneally, and delved into some of the issues raised in the film, and about the future of cinema as a whole.
Craig Williams: How did the film come about? Were all the directors and cinematographers happy to talk about the subject?
Christopher Kenneally: Almost everyone we reached out to in order to try and set up an interview were excited to talk »
- CineVue UK
The Great Gatsby didn’t take down Iron Man 3 at the box office, but its $51.1 opening weekend was significantly higher than analysts predicted. Audiences — heavily adult and female — were likely drawn to Baz Luhrmann’s surrealistic re-imagination of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and the film’s hip anachronistic soundtrack, but it’s no secret what really sold this movie: “Three little letters,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “L-e-o.”
Gatsby’s strong debut was a reminder that Leonardo DiCaprio is a Hollywood superhero — even if he’s never played one on the silver screen. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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