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I have to admit that growing up in the '80s we had some pretty badass toys. They don't make toys like this anymore. I loved playing with action figures growing up, what kid didn't!? I have a lot of fond memories of those days and the hours upon hours I would spend playing with my action figures. I just unleashed my imagination. I wish I still had some of these toys from when I was kid, but I don't. Some of them have literally been shot and buried. Damn my kid self for not taking better care of these things! It was always fun to mix and match the toys while playing out my ridiculous crossover storylines.
You can check out my twelve selections below, and I've included a vintage '80s toy commercial for each one. If I left out one of your favorites, please let me know in the comment section below! »
- Joey Paur
Jim Gianopulos, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 20th Century Fox, will deliver the commencement speech for the 2014 graduates at USC's School of Cinematic Arts (Sca). Also, Marvel President and USC alum, Kevin Feige, will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award. “We are so honored to have Jim Gianopulos and Kevin Feige join us for our graduation ceremony,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Few in the film world can rival Jim's experience and leadership skills and we are deeply grateful for his support and vital involvement in the Sca community.” Also read: George Lucas Endows Three Chairs in USC's School of. »
- Michael Balderston
With Episode VII around the corner, and the production to the Original Trilogy (less so the Prequels) spun into filmmaking folklore, Star Wars has never been more potent in popular culture.
While the world waits on the official appointment of Messrs. Hamill, Fisher and Ford to complete the proverbial circle there are many others whose presence ensured the cinematic legacy. We take a look at some of those people who are an essential part of why we love that galaxy far, far away.
George Lucas may have conjured up the world of Star Wars in his mind, but it was the late conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie who would take those ideas and thoughts and offer a visual representation of what filmmaker was reaching for, with a number of his images ultimately going on to as a blueprint for the film’s creative departments.
Impressed with McQuarrie »
- Adam Lowes
After original Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones made a brief appearance in the 2012 comedy Ted, many fans hoped it could revive the gestating Flash Gordon reboot that has been stuck in development hell for several years. Although nothing has been confirmed at this time, FilmDivider is reporting that Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are currently working on the script, with producer Jon Davis currently seeking a studio deal for the project.
This is the first we're hearing about the writers working on Flash Gordon, but a Mormon Artist interview with J.D. Payne also mentions the project briefly, although there are no quotes attributed to the screenwriter regarding Flash Gordon.
(Cbr) A generation of "Star Wars" fans rattled by successive revelations that Darth Vader was Luke’s father and Luke and Leia were brother and sister could take comfort in at least one constant: that Han Solo shot first in his standoff with Greedo. But that too changed with the 1997 re-release of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope", which depicted the Rodian bounty hunter getting off the first shot in the Mos Eisley’s cantina, yet somehow missing from point-blank range; it’s only then that Han returns fire, killing Greedo. Some 17 years later, that scene is still a point of contention among many die-hards, despite George Lucas’ recent insistence that Greedo always shot first, and that fans were merely confused by the editing. “I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first,” he clarified to The Hollywood Reporter »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
The May issue of Game Informer magazine contains an in-depth article regarding a video game that Red Fly Studio was developing for the sinister Sith Lord, Darth Maul. The character, who was played by martial artist turned actor Ray Park, made his first, brief appearance in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Although he didn't have much screen time he did have the most memorable scene, as he battled Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn(Liam Neeson) and Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor). To this day, Darth Maul has remained a popular character among fans and it should come as no surprise that a video game was being developed to cash in out that interest. Sadly, the game was abandoned while it was still in its infancy. Check out a video below that contains gameplay footage, concept art and more information as to why the game never »
I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.
I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »
- Kristy Jett
Ask Harrison Ford anything — except his feelings on the long-debated question: Who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
The question comes from an ongoing mystery among Star Wars fans: In the original 1977 Star Wars IV: New Hope, Solo shoots Greedo, who’s trying to capture Solo for boss Jabba the Hutt, to escape a sticky situation. But in the 1997 remastered version, Greedo shoots Solo first, misses, and then Solo shoots back — so essentially, Solo goes from being a straight-up killer in the 1977 version to simply acting out of self defense in the updated version. Which Lucas did intentionally… maybe.
- Ariana Bacle
"Han shot first!" is what any "Star Wars" fan will rightly insist really happened in the original release release of "Star Wars." In case you somehow missed out, when George Lucas first released "Star Wars" in 1977, Han Solo found himself face-to-face with Greedo in Mos Eisley's cantina, with the alien looking to collect a debt Han owed to Jabba The Hut, and threatening the pilot's life with a blaster. But Han quickly dispatched Greedo, shooting him with a gun he kept hidden under the table. It was pretty cool. But for the 1997 theatrical release, George Lucas altered the scene, adding in footage that now had Greedo shooting first and missing, before Han fires back, killing him. Naturally, fans were incensed and to date, this is the only version of the scene available on DVD, and of the many tweaks Lucas made to his original trilogy after the fact, this is one of the most controversial. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The iconic Harrison Ford held a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything) online chat Sunday afternoon, to help promote the new documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which airs on Showtime beginning this week. The series explores climate change, and while Ford did discuss the series and his motivations for participating, fans took the opportunity to ask him about everything from Star Wars to Indiana Jones and even Blade Runner and The Expendables 3.
Of note is his recount of the famous "shooting the swordsman" scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and his willingness to revisit Blade Runner. While he did answer some questions about the original Star Wars trilogy, he did not answer questions about Episode VII. However, his response to the question of who shot first makes up for the lack of Episode VII info. It is classic Ford.
You might also notice that the picture Ford posted »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
We've been hearing Benedict Cumberbatch's name mentioned in connection to Star Wars: Episode VII since casting rumors began last year. The British star had his first chance to work with director J.J. Abrams playing Khan in last year's Star Trek Into Darkness, and since last September he's been considered a frontrunner for an unspecified part in the next chapter of George Lucas' epic sci-fi saga. Exciting as the prospect of having Cumberbatch be in a Star Wars movie is, however, it would seem that it's not meant to be. The Sherlock star recently took part in a Q&A as part of Oz Comic-Con in Australia, and according to Tweets from the news site The Iris (via The Playlist) the actor confirmed to the crowd that he will not be in Star Wars: Episode VII. Said the actor, I would've liked a part in Jj's new »
Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises. Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels. Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit Ama in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously. In the lengthy Ama, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, »
- Adam Chitwood
There is so much that I love about this illustration by artist James Hance. It just oozes awesomeness. The piece features two of George Lucas' universes colliding with Indiana Jones flirting with Princess Leia. It's called "A Princess & A Guy Like Me?" Hance has a talent for imagining greatness like this. You can check out a lot more of his art that we've posted by clicking here. »
- Joey Paur
(Cbr) Actors Ashley Bell and Clint Howard stopped by the Cbr Speakeasy in Los Angeles to discuss noir superhero film "Sparks," directed by Christopher Folino and based on the graphic novel of the same name. It's very possible fans will know Bell and Howard from their work in other films and television shows -- Bell plays Nell Sweetzer in "The Last Exorcism" series and portrayed Karina in webisodes for "The Walking Dead," while Howard's lengthy career in film and television includes credits in everything from "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon" to "Star Trek" and Disney's "The Jungle Book." In "Sparks," Bell took on the role of Lady Heavenly, the vigilante romantic interest of Sparks, while Howard plays Gordon Eldridge, the head of the newspaper. During their interview with Cbr Executive Producer Jonah Weiland, Bell and Howard discussed the draw of "Sparks" and the challenge of bringing superheroes to life on a budget. »
- Jonah Weiland, Comic Book Resources
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The idea of keeping up with the Joneses thrives in the celebrity world. Hence the outlandish cars, jewels and homes stars snatch up to keep themselves looking fresh. And when it comes to creating a personalized gallery or museum in the comfort of their own home, Madonna, Swizz Beatz, Victoria Beckham and more understand that money is no object. Art is priceless, after all.
Well, priceless and subjective. It’s difficult to judge the value of one celebrity’s collection over another, which is why we must take into account how integrated said celebs are with the art world. Super successful and super rich directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are both avid Norman Rockwell collectors, and each donate their pieces to traveling exhibits at museums around the world. Posh Spice counts English artist Damien Hirst as a friend, which comes in handy when she needs new »
- Emily Exton
Jawas, Tusken Raiders, Hutts, Mos Eisley, Toshi Station, you know, Tatooine.
Looks like the first installment in the latter trilogy, Jj Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is going to movie production to Abu Dhabi. The Capitol of the United Arab Emirates, because it’s better than just building a green screen only as tall as Liam Neeson, George Lucas.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in and around the city-state, which is part of the United Arab Emirates, beginning mid-May. Sources also say it would be a four-week shoot.
It’s hard to drum up an opinion about a location, but I suppose it’s nice to feel some symmetry to the new installment, considering going to Tatooine is more a tradition in these films than a chance. Empire is the only one without it.
Wait…The Empire Strikes Back is awesome. »
Following yesterday's report that Star Wars: Episode VII will utilize locations in Morocco to recreate Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine, The Hollywood Reporter is now confirming that the shoot will actually take place in the United Arab Emirates city-state of Abu Dhabi.
The production begins in mid-May, and will last for four weeks. Our original report from last week claimed shooting would only last for two weeks, but it seems that the cast and crew will need to spend additional time on the desert planet. The sequel will also be shot at Pinewood Studios in London.
George Lucas used the country of Tunisia for the Tatooine locations, but sources claim that the political climate there is now too dangerous to host a big-budget Hollywood movie. Tatooine was the home to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker in the original and prequel trilogies, along with the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope »
Your (almost) daily dose of Star Wars semi-news is ready. A few weeks ago, a report surfaced that director J.J. Abrams was looking to kick off filming on Star Wars: Episode VII in Morocco and Tunisia, which served as the stand-ins for Tatooine in George Lucas’ previous Star Wars films. However, it appears that a new city will actually serve as the stand-in for Tatooine this time around, as a four-week shoot is being planned in Abu Dhabi. Hit the jump for more on the latest development regarding Star Wars: Episode VII. Though this has been one of the most secretive and tight-lipped productions in recent memory, the folks at THR are hearing that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in and around Abu Dhabi beginning in mid-May. The production will indeed be recreating the planet of Tatooine, which of course was the home of both Luke and Anakin Skywalker. »
- Adam Chitwood
I'm sick and tired of hearing things/From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth/I've had enough of reading things/By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth. – John Lennon
Albert and David Maysles are generally regarded as the fathers of the modern American documentary film. Beginning in the early 1960s, their pioneering work with contemporaries such as Robert Drew, Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker helped launch the “Direct Cinema” movement, devoted to capturing real life as closely as possible, in all its unscripted reality. Today, filmmakers like Michael Moore, reality TV and every news magazine on the air and on the web can trace their linage back to the Maysles brothers.
Their three defining features: Salesman (1968), a sobering and often hilarious look at the lives »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
We’ve been following George Lucas’ quest to build his Cultural Arts Museum for quite some time. The plan for the museum is to hold and display his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, which includes a phenomenal art collection and no shortage of props from Star Wars and plenty of other Lucasfilm and Ilm projects. Including a scale model of the Millennium Falcon. From comic books to digital animation, the plans for what the museum would include are immense and fantastic. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing hard for the museum and has been pursuing the project for quite some time now. He is expected to create a task force of community leaders to identify sites that may be suitable. Apparently Chicago will present a proposal to the Star Wars creator in the coming months. Lucas himself recently married Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson and they live part time in the city. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
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