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Chicago – Moving up the rankings like greased lightning, the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts cracked the Top 20 of all film schools in the U.S. in 2014, after building a program that didn’t exist 20 years ago. A couple reasons why are School Director Matt Irvine and Screenwriting Professor Kristyn Jo Benedyk.
One of the more successful programs in the school is “Project Blue Light,” an interactive course that places students in typical jobs on a movie set, to create short films that eventually will be festival eligible. This is done through a partnership with Cinespace, a studio facility on Chicago’s west side, where DePaul University has a substantial presence. The philosophy of the school is “hands-on,” to allow the next generation of film creatives to flex their skills and find their niche.
HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to interview Kristyn Jo Benedyk and Matt Irvine, to get a »
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Ausiello: Extending its love affair with all things Stars and Warsy, the CBS smash will be sending Leonard and Sheldon on a road trip in early April to Marin, Calif., home of the sprawling and heavily fortified Skywalker Ranch. Their goal? To pay its owner, George Lucas, a house call. In related news, Ep Bill Prady just tweeted a first look at their trip.
Question: Anything cool coming up on Arrow? »
When it comes to House of Cards, there’s a hierarchy of power that starts with Frank Underwood and trickles down like a grand pyramid scheme. While each season has seen different players enter the mix--Jackie Sharp has proven to be the most cunning and enduring of the bunch--the people that continue to be the most powerless are those in the media.
From Zoe Barnes to Kate Baldwin, these are the sad few that continue to extract but never actually exert any power in Netflix’s hit series.
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Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer)
Reporter, The Washington Herald
Talking about running scared, Janine was the first ditch D.C. when things got too complicated and the threat of murder was a real one. Despite being on the verge of the truth about Frank’s involvement in Rep. Peter Russo’s death, she wasn’t mentally strong enough to follow through.
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The new limited series (not to be confused with 1985's Star Wars: Droids) will consist of 5 x 22-minute episodes and see C-3Po recounting tales from the iconic droids’ past after the Return Of The Jedi-closing Battle Of Endor. As this reminiscing unfolds, some kidnapping will apparently take the droids on a new adventure, while also squeezing in a retelling of the entire saga from The Phantom Menace through to Return Of The Jedi. »
It must be obvious that you shouldn't read these reviews if you're Amazon-Priming Angel for the first time; but if you are, you really shouldn't read this one.
For the first few minutes, Hero looks set to be something of a light-hearted romp. We fade up on an imaginary advert in which Cordelia pictures a great promotion for Angel Investigations – complete with Angel looking straight into the camera, announcing: “You can count on me – I'm the Dark Avenger!” It's pure comedy silliness, only exaggerated by Doyle recoiling at the thought of his boss dressing up in a superhero costume.
The daftness continues as Cordy elects to opt for the 'common man' approach. Armed with only a camcorder and hastily rigged cue cards, Cordy's chosen her representative for Angel Investigations. Doyle's stumbling, fluffed attempts at enticing punters to Angel's business isn't exactly award-winning material. What with the low rats and the weasel factor, »
‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015
The dark unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the St. Lawrence river provide the backdrop to Les Loups, a beautifully crafted melodrama. Set in a small island Quebec town during the spring thaw, a stranger arrives during the height of the controversial seal hunts. Vibrant and mysterious, many suspect that Elie, the young woman from Montreal, is not who she says and is likely a reporter or an activist bent on portraying the townsfolk in a bad light… read the full article.
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing »
Actor Leonard Nimoy will always be known for creating the mixed race alien and human outsider Spock on "Star Trek"--the three-year TV series launched in 1966 that many Baby Boomers watched in syndication, as well as five feature films. At age 83, Nimoy died February 27 of complications from pulmonary disease, decades after he gave up smoking. But Nimoy's Spock will never be forgotten. He has entered the culture in countless ways, from his split-fingered Vulcan salute, a gesture Nimoy created from arcane Jewish rituals, to his signature Vulcan motto "Live Long and Prosper," which he used as a sign-off on Twitter (Llap). Read: The Washington Post obit. Yes, I am a Trekkie. Like George Lucas, who was inspired by "Star Trek" when he created "Star Wars," I loved the bromance between William Shatner's volatile Captain Kirk and Spock, his stalwart and logical first mate. Nimoy understood his »
- Anne Thompson
Actor Leonard Nimoy will always be known for creating the mixed race alien and human outsider Spock on "Star Trek"--the three-year TV series launched in 1966 that many Baby Boomers watched in syndication, as well as five feature films. At age 83, Nimoy died February 27 of complications from pulmonary disease, decades after he gave up smoking. But Nimoy's Spock will never be forgotten. He has entered the culture in countless ways, from his split-fingered Vulcan salute, a gesture Nimoy created from arcane Jewish rituals, to his signature Vulcan motto "Live Long and Prosper," which he used as a sign-off on Twitter (Llap). Read: The Washington Post obit. Yes, I am a Trekkie. Like George Lucas, who was inspired by "Star Trek" when he created "Star Wars," I loved the bromance between William Shatner's volatile Captain Kirk and Spock, his stalwart and logical first mate. Nimoy understood his...
- Anne Thompson
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing the first Star Wars movie in 16 years. Yes, it was difficult to fathom, but the legion of Star Wars fans the world over had waited over a decade for a new film. Not since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, which concluded what is today commonly known as the ‘Original Trilogy’, had they rejoiced in a new cinematic adventure. This new endeavor was to not to be a sequel, but rather a backstory that would relate how Anakin Skywalker, once a proud Jedi Knight and defender of justice, was encouraged to renounce his altruistic ways, embrace the dark side of the Force, and become Darth Vader, »
- Edgar Chaput
Edited by Adam Cook
The lineup for this year's New Directors/New Films, "presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art," has been announced. "For the Birds": Richard Brody picks on the Academy Awards. There's an intriguing new film journal on the scene: "The Completist," authored by Rumsey Taylor. Head over to the site to read his "Statement of Intentions". Described as being "roughly quarterly", we're looking forward to future instalments. In Film Comment, Tanner Tafelski writes on the films of John Korty:
"Carroll Ballard, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, and Michael Ritchie all are, or were, San Francisco–based filmmakers. Yet none of these people seem to be Bay Area filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, or Spike Lee are New York filmmakers. Avant-garde cinema, on the other hand, has a rich history with the West Coast in general, »
Think you've seen "V/H/S: Viral"? Not all of it, as it turns out. Though the theatrical and VOD release of the third chapter in Magnet's horror anthology series featured segments by directors Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, fans who buy the DVD or Blu-ray will be treated to a surprise sixth segment directed by Todd Lincoln ("The Apparition"). Titled "Gorgeous Vortex," the visually-dazzling short was inspired by "avante-garde video artists, fashion photography, old Italian Horror movies, George Lucas’s early experimental films, and the writings of J.G. Ballard and Jean Baudrillard" -- quite a mashup of influences! Lincoln spoke with HitFix recently about the film, which journeys into a cryptic, sensual world of murder, the occult and, yes, fashion models. Curious? Here's a teaser: In addition to an in-depth discussion of the short, Lincoln also provided more insight into his 2012 feature film "The Apparition, »
- Chris Eggertsen
There's still more rumour than fact when it comes to the next Indiana Jones film, but those rumours are certainly getting more interesting. The one thing we know for certain is that Disney went to the trouble of acquiring the Indy rights it didn't get when it bought Lucasfilm, snapping them up in a deal with Paramount Pictures a year or so back. So it's presumably keen to make new Indiana Jones films.
Whilst Harrison Ford has remained interested in reprising the role for Indiana Jones 5 though, age is not really on his side there, particularly as there have been precious few signs of the new film coming together (Ford is 73 this year). Thus, while it was a rumour seemingly out of nowhere, the revelation that Chris Pratt was being »
About a month ago, it was reported that Disney is very interested in developing a new "Indiana Jones" installment, but instead of bringing back Harrison Ford or let Shia Labeouf take over the franchise, the studio was eyeing Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) to play the lead role. Deadline is now reporting that Steven Spielberg, who directed all four "Indiana Jones" installments, is interested in directing "Indiana Jones 5." In fact, it was Spielberg who selected Pratt to star in "Jurassic World." There is currently no script in place for the new "Indiana Jones" movie, but when Disney acquired the property, George Lucas claimed that he figured out what Indy will be searching for. »
As I understand it, Disney’s plans to reboot Indiana Jones are incredibly basic. All they’ve absolutely decided on so far is “Let’s reboot Indiana Jones, someday.”
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some experimentation going on, some daydreaming and chatting. Deadline capitalised on this a few weeks back by saying that the studio would like Chris Pratt to take the lead role and replace Harrison Ford. I’m sure they would, but there’s a lot to be done before Pratt would have a real offer to consider.
In their follow-up report, Deadline say that Steven Spielberg would like to direct the film. It’s no surprise – he’s proud of the series, and does feel some ownership. Moreso than, say, Jurassic Park, which was an adaptation of the novel by Michael Crichton.
It bears repeating that there’s an awful lot of work done »
- Brendon Connelly
Who is thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Vocativ tallied the numbers, and Steven Spielberg came out on top with 42 mentions. This makes sense if you stop to think about how his films produce a high yield in the technical categories. In fact, the rest of the top ten followed a similar suit with directors and producers of effects-heavy films tending to do well, like George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh. Here's the full list: 1. Steven Spielberg (42) 2. Harvey Weinstein (34) 3. James Cameron (28) 4. George Lucas (23) 5. Peter Jackson (22) 6. God (19) 7. Fran Walsh (18) 8. Sheila Nevins (17) 9. Francis Ford Coppola, Barrie Osborne (16) 10. Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz (15) »
- E. Alex Jung
Warner Bros/Coca Cola
When George Lucas figured out how to make a killing by exploiting the merchandising and licensing market for Star Wars, he probably didn’t actually appreciate what an enormous impact he would make on the movie business.
For today’s blockbuster properties the licensing and merchandising strategies are as important as the properties themselves – and in many cases they are actually more so. Hundreds of millions of dollars can be made by taking an iconic character out of their original universe, and placing into our everyday consumer reality.
Quite frankly the process is cynical, it is frustrating, and at times it is utterly devastating. For pop culture aficionados the world over, the sight of their favourite characters and entertainment icons slumming it in the real world can be incredibly depressing – even if the end results can actually be admittedly pretty funny.
These commercials are twelve of the worst offenders. »
- Bevan Morgan
Steven Spielberg is reportedly working on the reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise.
The legendary director hopes to direct the film with Chris Pratt starring in the titular role, reports Deadline.
Disney is said to be developing the reboot, which is in its very early stages and has no script yet.
Spielberg directed the first four Indiana Jones films while George Lucas, who conceived the character, produced them.
2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the last instalment of the franchise and saw Ford reprise his role as Jones and star alongside Shia Labeouf and Cate Blanchett.
Earlier this month, Pratt denied rumours that he is starring in the Indiana Jones reboot but stated it would be an "awesome opportunity" to play the iconic role. »
Sorry, God: You’re No. 6 on the list of individuals historically thanked in Oscars acceptance speeches — apparently you just can’t complete with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Steven Spielberg, among other Hollywood heavy-hitters. Spielberg is the most-thanked person ever during Academy Award podium time — the “Saving Private Ryan” director has been acknowledged a whopping 42 times, according to a study by Vocativ. Weinstein — who produced “Shakespeare in Love” — is the runner-up, scoring 34 of his own “Thank Yous.” In third place historically is “Titanic” director James Cameron, with 28 thanks. “Star Wars” visionary George Lucas is fourth with 23, »
- Tony Maglio
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably seen the movies more times than you’d like to admit. You can recite all six opening crawls word-for-word, know the where the end-lines of every matte painting/CGI backdrop are and can even immediately point out that shot in Jabba’s Palace where Boba Fett’s sticky-up bit (seriously, what’s that for?) is on the wrong side due to shot mirroring.
And, when watching the prequels, you can pick out every moment that contradicts the world set up in the Original Trilogy. Because while you’ve watched Star Wars to point of being able to replay the movies in your head shot-for-shot (where no Special Editions can ruin them), their creator certainly hasn’t. In interviews George Lucas time-and-again makes simple factual slip ups that would make any serious fan cringe. Does he even know what a Star Destroyer is? »
- Alex Leadbeater
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
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