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The most honest magicians never use the word “magic” – they’re illusionists; they make believable that which can’t possibly be, and that’s what Harryhausen was: a master illusionist who made us believe that his table-top constructions of fabric and clay and metal were massive, mighty creatures out of legend, out of fantasy, out of our nightmares. He was a master of stop-motion animation; moving his creations a fraction of an inch per frame to create the illusion of flying saucers toppling the Washington Monument (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 1956), a tremendous octopus threatening the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea, 1955), or an impossible prehistory of cave men battling dinosaurs (One Million Years B.C., 1966). When he passed, a generation of filmmakers who’d grown up watching his work at movie house matinees and Saturday night monster movie TV slots saluted him, acknowledging how his work had inspired them. »
- Bill Mesce
What would Star Wars: The Force Awakens' inevitable home video release look like if it appeared during the heyday of 80's VHS? Likely something similar to what you see here, courtesy of The Playback Collective, a design group dedicated to all things retro and awesome.
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
Recommended Release: Star Wars Blu-ray Collection
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As well as her celebrated Return of the Jedi costume, a miniature of Leia’s spaceship fetches $450,000
The gold bikini worn by Carrie Fisher in 1983 Star Wars sequel The Return of the Jedi has sold for $96,000 (£63,000) at auction, reports CNN. The auction also included a miniature model of Leia’s “Blockade Runner”, the first spaceship seen in 1977’s Star Wars, which sold for $450,000 (£300,000) – more than twice its $200,000 opening bid.
The “slave” costume, which also included a collar and several chain links, was worn by Fisher in a scene at Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the desert planet of Tatooine. A letter of authenticity from designer Richard Miller, of the Star Wars creator George Lucas’s special effects firm Industrial Light and Magic, was included in the sale to an anonymous bidder by the Hollywood auctioneer Profiles in History on 2 October.
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- Ben Child
It’s already somewhat wrong to call Marvel’s slate of projects the McU if you’re taking “cinematic” to mean of the cinema. Daredevil, Agent Carter and Agents Of Shield are both linked entirely to the main movie timeline, so they’re legitimately part of that banner. And it would seem that Marvel intend to further boost their small screen presence.
The latest revelation states that ABC – who house both Agent Carter and Shield – are developing a show based on Damage Control.
It’s a particularly pertinent decision right now, since everything in the McU seems to be shaped by the idea of collateral damage, rather than normal people thanking superheroes for not allowing them to be killed horribly. Apparently, the tax bills and human cost of saving them is so great that they want regulation and accountability.
Because nothing says excitement like legislation and bureaucracy, as Prequel »
- Simon Gallagher
As Bridge of Spies premieres, three-time Oscar-winner backtracks after suggesting two years ago that a few blockbuster box-office failures could cause the film industry to collapse
Spielberg’s suggestion that a succession of box-office failures could radically change the shape of the film industry, and lead to dramatically hiked ticket prices for blockbuster films, made headlines around the world in June 2013. But the three-time Oscar-winner appeared to backtrack at a press conference for his new cold war espionage drama Bridge of Spies.
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- Ben Child
Now in his fifth decade of movie-making, you might assume that Robert Zemeckis’ stature as a director would make it easy to attract funding for a new project. Not so. His latest feature, The Walk, took a decade to get to cinemas, a decade during which multiple investors passed on a film they didn’t see as slotting in to a tried and tested category. Based on the true story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, you can see their point. Part salute to the ineffable act of artistic creation, part theme park attraction, The Walk doesn’t pigeonhole easily. But then, Zemeckis’ films rarely do.
The enforced wait turned out to be fortuitous. In that ten years, digital and 3D technology »
In just a couple of months’ time, one of the most beloved franchises in film history will return to either elevate the series back to past glories or inspire nerd-rage the likes of which has never been seen. I am of course referring to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which, as well as bringing in some fresh-faced protagonists, will force us to confront our own fragile mortality by wheeling out the ageing cast of the original trilogy.
George Lucas’ sci-fi behemoth undoubtedly defined careers (while taking others out back with a shotgun) and sometimes it’s hard to reconcile roles taken on by the series’ actors since without it jading your view of their original performance. Nostalgia desperately clings to your image of the cast as smooth talking space pirates and kickass warrior princesses but alas, as is often the case with Hollywood; things turned sad, weird or just plain dull. »
- Johno Patterson
Replay Events have announced another special guest who shall be appearing for both Saturday and Sunday dates – 10th & 11th October – at Play Expo. The Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader, otherwise known as Dave Prowse will be in attendance.
Feeling your presence.
Other than playing the famous Sith Lord, Dave Prowse is also known for his roles in Clockwork Orange, Up Pompeii and several Hammer House of Horror films, not forgetting the Green Cross Code Man. Away from acting, Prowse is also a known figure in the fitness world. From his early career in body-building, where he began his lifelong friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger to training Christopher Reeve for his role as Superman and becoming a personal trainer for celebrities.
Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.
Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
People of a certain age (i.e. “Old”) will remember when in the early days of HBO, a weird ,wild animated film called Twice Upon a Time made the rounds. Many paid it heed because it was executive produced by George Lucas, currently in the process of imprinting our childhoods with a new mythology. But except for a laserdisc and VHS release, the film rather fell off the table, save for dedicated maniacs who remembered it fondly.
Warner Archives, print-on-demand masters of unearthing lost bits of cinema and making them available to the masses, have achieved the impossible and presented the world with a brand new release of the film, unearthing both audio tracks, and getting many of the animators together for a commentary track, including Henry Selick, who has gone on to great things like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, and in that order. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Ridley Scott's post-Gladiator output has been a decidedly mixed bag. The prolific director knows how to get audiences into cinemas, but many of his recent films have left fans grumbling - Prometheus, we're looking at you.
Fortunately it looks like Scott is back on form with The Martian, his Matt Damon-gets-stranded-on-the-Red-Planet sci-fi based on Andy Weir's best-selling book. Here's an overview of the critical consensus for this week's big blockbuster release.
Digital Spy - Ali Plumb
"The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story."
Empire - Ian Freer
"It isn't perfect. The supporting cast feel under-served, the idea that Watney's plight draws crowds of people in Trafalgar Square waiting for the outcome feels forced, »
No big deal, just three iconic film directors hangin' out takin' selfies. Not the droids you're looking for. Move along. Except it is kind of awesome to see "Star Wars" king George Lucas, the "Godfather" himself, Francis Ford Coppola, and Opie, aka Ron Howard, in one very casual-looking photo. Maybe they just gather every so often in a director's version of Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club. (Spielberg was probably in the bathroom.)
The "Apollo 13" director shared the photo in question when tweeting images from a recent "Weekend with Charlie Rose" conference in Aspen. Here's Ron Howard, so excited to share the moment that he misspelled George Lucas's name:
#GrorgeLucas #FrancisCoppola & selfie-taker at just before our panel @charlierose weeknd. Fun pic.twitter.com/CuOa91vgXL
- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 27, 2015
- Gina Carbone
Is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull really the worst Indiana Jones movie out there? We dive into the beloved franchise to see and make the argument that Temple of Doom is as bad—or worse—than Crystal Skull is.
Ever since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls came out 7 years ago, it’s gotten the (much deserved) reputation as an absolute atrocity and a desecration to the reputation of a much-loved franchise. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls has been commonly divorced from the original trilogy as a separate and inferior entity. Most fans lump the earlier trio into one group, praising them all as masterpieces, unlike the disastrous 2008 sequel. However, that may not be the whole truth. The second film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was also a mess of a film with plenty of flaws, silly scenes, tonal problems, rip-off moments and bad characters. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
George Lucas executive produces the animated delight Twice Upon a Time from directors John Korty and Charles Swenson. In its once-upon-a-time world, our heroes are Ralph, the all-purpose animal, and his constant companion, Mumford, who only talks in sound effects. Their mission is nothing short of saving the cosmos from the dastardly plot of Synonamess Botch, who wants to unleash a barrage of nightmare bombs to ensure nonstop bad dreams. They cross paths with a colorful army of characters, including their Fgm (a fairy godmother from the Bronx), the musclebound – and pea-brained – Rod Rescueman and Scuzzbopper, Botch’s scheming court jester and screamwriter. The off-the-wall characters and story are portrayed with an innovative animation technique, lumage, which gives depth, texture and translucent color to every scene. »
- Ryan Gallagher
Industrial Light & Magic will celebrate its 40th anniversary by presenting two special sessions at the 2015 View Conference in Turin, Italy.
Visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Tim Alexander and Ilm Modelshop supervisor Lorne Peterson will take part in a presentation called Ilm — 40 Years of Creating the Impossible, charting the history of the company that was founded by George Lucas in 1975 when he started production on “Star Wars.” The session will be held on Oct. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Alexander will join animation supervisor Glen McIntosh on Oct. 23 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. to talk specifically about the company’s work on the summer blockbuster “Jurassic World.” The session, titled The Park Is Open: Journey to “Jurassic World” With Industrial Light & Magic, will chart the evolution of Ilm’s work throughout the franchise.
“It’s so exciting that Ilm will be marking their 40th anniversary with View this year, »
- Terry Flores
Topping the list for the 22nd straight year is Microsoft’s Bill Gates, whose net work stands at a cool $76 billion. He’s actually down $5 billion from last year. Following him is Warren Buffett at $62 billion.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos made number four on the ranking and had the highest increase of anyone on the list, $16.5 billion, to put him at $47 billion. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg skated into the top 10 at number seven with $40.3 billion.
In the entertainment industry, former Tele-Communications executive officer Malone is number 68 with $7.2 billion, record firm creator Geffen came in at number 70 with $6.9 billion and “Star Wars” creator Lucas and media magnate Redstone both landed at 94 with $5 billion.
See the full list at Forbes.
- Jacob Bryant
One of the most anticipated movies over the next few months, or the next few years, is easily Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh Episode in the epic space opera has fans frothing at the mouth, and even after the letdown that was George Lucas. prequel trilogy, anticipation and expectations are through the roof for this one. How high are expectations? Well, a new report in Variety states that, according to a recent survey, 63% of Star Wars fans polled expect The Force Awakens to be the best film in the saga. That.s a bold prediction, but those who expect this to be the greatest Star Wars movie ever have their reasons, so we decided to run through them. Take a look at let us know what you think. More Advanced CGI The original Star Wars trilogy is definitely a product of its time, and the special effects »
The first six Star Wars flicks aren’t scintillating paradigms of virtuoso screenwriting. There’s no labyrinthine Mamet-style plotting, no idiosyncratic flair a la the Coen brothers, none of the twisting, thought-provoking narrative you’d get from a Christopher Nolan movie.
These are fairly standard adventure stories for a family audience – good, clean, uncomplicated fun, and the majority are written by one George Walton Lucas Jnr., a man not known for his way with words. He’s a canny builder of worlds, like J.R.R. Tolkien, and he’s clearly invested a huge amount of time and energy in the creation of this fabulous, chaotic sci-fi setting a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… but he’s a born producer, not a writer. He’s always found the craft of writing a slog (hence farming out The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi), and it shows. »
- Ben Cooke
Before the title is even shown, two directors/producers are shown arguing over how many types of films can be made. The average between the two is somewhere between 30-37. There’s a formula to film. Well, at least if you were working in the Turkish film industry between the early 1960’s to the late 1970’s. Films were practically released on an assembly line, one after another. Actors are interviewed stating how many films they performed in. Some say 200, others tout how they starred in 1,000. It becomes clear very quickly that the type of cinema that was being turned-out during this time period was a product. Remake, Remix, Rip-off delves deep into this product. It is an informative document of a period of time that is often overlooked in world cinema. Although, I prefer to think of cinema as more than just a formula or a product, this well-intentioned documentary »
- Michael Haffner
Although he chose not to start at the beginning, George Lucas got it right with the original Star Wars Trilogy. With those movies, he not only amazed and captivated people with a fantastic world, great storytelling and impressive special effects, but also delivered three incredibly memorable films. Whether you prefer Empire over Jedi, or happen to be someone who thinks that A New Hope is the best Star Wars movie out there, there’s no denying the quality of all three.
I regularly think back to the days when I introduced myself to Star Wars, by renting all three masterpieces on VHS. I was in grade five at the time, and would continually check them out from the local video store up until the day when I was able to purchase the boxed set myself. Those days and nights spent watching the Original Trilogy left a major impression on me »
- Chad Goodmurphy
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