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Friday’s episode, the first one directed by Boy Meets World star Rider Strong, involves Cory giving his class a “living-history assignment that takes the four friends [including Riley, not pictured] back to New York City in 1961.”
Strong is slated to reprise his BMW character — in front of the camera this time — in a future episode of the Disney Channel series.
Among the photos below, »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. arm will honor the starry bunch during an October 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, hosted once again by comedian Rob Brydon. The show will then air Sunday, November 2 on BBC America. This historic award season ramp-up event will dole out its five discrete prizes as follows: Robert Downey Jr. will receive the storied Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, whose prior recipients include Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Denzel Washington and Steven Spielberg. In October, Downey Jr. can be seen in his Oscar hopeful "The Judge," a drama he also produced. The Britannia Humanitarian Award goes to Mark Ruffalo for his work with nonprofit Water Defense, which the Emmy-winning "Normal Heart" star cofounded to raise water resource awareness. Emma Watson will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »
- Matt Patches
(Cbr) Anthony Daniels fully embraces his role as C-3Po. He not only played the character in all six feature films to date — and in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming "Episode VII" — but also in animated series ranging from "Droids" to "Star Wars Rebels," and in assorted live-action television appearances. Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd spoke at length the actor about his nearly four-decade history with Threepio, covering everything from his initial disinterest in the part to his initial phone call with Abrams about reprising the role. On Auditioning For the Part: “I wasn’t interested in the slightest. In fact, I was being polite by going to meet George Lucas. Can you imagine that? I was polite in the room, but it wasn’t a very interesting conversation because he was collapsing from having met pretty much every actor in England. I wandered in, and I think it was a refreshing »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Walt Disney Studios is quick to admit it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” But it also knows the future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.
“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment conference.
But with a new animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” debuting on Disney Xd, an expanded merchandise program, and the first live action film to debut in theaters in 10 years next year, »
- Marc Graser
Returning once again to play C-3P0 in Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is Anthony Daniels. Since he first took on the role back in the original Star Wars, he's appeared in both of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogies. And now, Abrams has him back on set again.
But it wasn't always so. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniels revealed that he initially turned a return to the role. down. "When Jj Abrams rang to ask me about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was - and that didn't take long - but then he said 'would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice? »
In a new and lengthy interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniels says he shot that idea down quickly. In fact he never wants the character to be represented in CG again following some rather dodgy shots of him as such in the prequels:
"I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Star Wars: Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was - and that didn't take long - but he then said, 'Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?' I said, 'No,' and he said, 'Right!'
He knew I'd say that. »
- Garth Franklin
Anthony Daniels is a staple in the Star Wars universe. He's the man that brought C-3Po to life, and he's reprising the iconic robotic role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. In a recent interview with EW, the actor talked about coming back for the role and how it all came about. He also discussed the new and improved suit that he will be wearing in the movie. Don't worry! They haven't changed the look of the droid, they just made a costume that was more comfortable for him to wear. He talks about all of this stuff in the following quote:
"I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, 'Would you be interested »
- Joey Paur
If you were wondering whether the new C3PO will be CGI, or if Anthony Daniels is crawling back into that metallic suit on set, the man himself has provided the answer. He will be putting on the iconic costume once again, this time for director J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: Episode VII.
When J.J. Abrams called the actor to return for the movie, it was originally for a voice role only. Anthony Daniels explains how that transpired into what he is currently shooting, describing the new C3PO suit along the way, and why it's important that C3PO never be CGI again in a movie:
"I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Star Wars: Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was - and that didn't take long - but he then said, »
He is the Star Wars constant: Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all six Star Wars films, and next year he will return in a hugely anticipated seventh. As the voice and body of the faithful and fearful C-3Po, the 68-year-old has embodied this character — a role he initially didn’t even want — across TV shows, radio plays, concert tours, and theme park rides.
Below, Daniels talks about the iconic droid’s next appearance in Disney Xd’s fall animated series Star Wars Rebels, which chronicles the formation of the Rebel Alliance leading up to 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope. »
- James Hibberd
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Lynch as director.
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Unlike the other people who have been featured in this column in the past, David Lynch is less a director and more an artist. He is a writer, a visual artist, an actor, and a musician in addition to being a director. Above all, he is an interesting personality. His style is best described as surreal, and is not for the faint of heart. His films are typically sparse in action (but frequently violent), heavy in drama, and dwell in the bizarre. As such, despite being so well-renowned for his unique perspective, his films don’t have a lot of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
We're about to head into Oscar movie season, and with eight months of movies behind us, it's time to take stock. Here are the best reviewed movies of the year so far, according to Vulture's movie critics David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri. Big-Budget Extravagances Dawn of the Planet of the Apes “The latest Apes picture, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is an excellent interspecies bromance between an ape and a man who’d like to live in peace but are surrounded by warmongering assholes.” Guardians of the Galaxy "Director James Gunn ... has a rare talent, one that George Lucas also had but few filmmakers working in this genre do: He can effortlessly cut between evocative worlds we’ve never seen before without losing sight of the action and the pace of his narrative."Edge of Tomorrow“The twisty, entertaining Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog Day »
- Vulture Editors
Compared to other entertainment mediums like film and television, gaming is a mere infant. Despite this it has made huge progress in its forty plus years of existence. In the time it takes from a baby to grow into a man-sized baby and then a slightly wrinkly, greying man-baby, gaming has leapt from two dimensions to three, from arcades to living rooms and from living rooms to our pockets. It’s got to the point where people can play Doom on an Atm and printers can play Mario music. Quite simply, games are everywhere.
Gaming has changed for sure, but there is one rule that has been present ever since the beginning: in every console generation there are a handful of games that shock the industry with ground-breaking, innovative features that are then shamelessly copied by developers hundreds of times over.
The following 20 games are so important and innovative that »
- Philip Haynes
In his book Teenage, Jon Savage pinpoints the exact era when the idea of mopey, angry, hormone-filled adolescents finally took root in popular culture. Before 1945, there was no such thing as a teenager, no hinterland between childhood and adulthood. You finished school, then you were a grown up. No time to tread water or get used to things, just thrown in at the deep end. It’s only in the 20th century that the “liminal state of development that is temporally finite, cut short by the onslaught of responsibility and exhilaration of adulthood” reared its ugly head. Which coincides, rather handily, with the invention of the teen movie.
The fifties saw the rise of the rebellious biker picture, all rebels without causes and wild ones. The seventies was the time for George Lucas’ nostalgic American Graffiti to take the young folks’ minds off the draft. The eighties was presided over by John Hughes, »
- Tom Baker
To begin with, I'd like to announce that my nine-year-old son Toshi McWeeny has been appointed "Senior Junior 'Star Wars' Correspondent" for HitFix. After all, he was the one who attended the "Phantom Menace 3D" press day with me and conducted all of the interviews, and one of the things that defined Film Nerd 2.0 was our series of "Star Wars" articles. At this point, Toshi is far more immersed in "Star Wars" than I am on a daily basis. He has books he reads, comics he looks at, and a constant stream of revisits of the different films and TV shows that are already part of the overall franchise. It is something that is an active part of his inner life and his ongoing play with his little brother. It is safe to say that there is not a day that goes by that "Star Wars" is not part of their conversation to some extent, »
- Drew McWeeny, Toshi McWeeny
One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.
It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Death of Adulthood and the Rise of Pleasure, or Why Seth Rogen is More Serious Than Woody Allen” — Adam Sternbergh’s response to A.O. Scott’s thought-catalyst on maturity, pointing out the age-old element of these discussions and the kernel at their core. “Cultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness. These essays read as modern analogues to the mid-20th-century jeremiads about middlebrow, which were, similarly, taking people to task for not being sophisticated (i.e., adult) enough in their cultural tastes.” “The Darkness of Kristen Wiig” — Noah Gittell at Esquire finds seriousness in the funny woman’s latest films (and in her earlier funnier ones). “How Julia Roberts became an icon by playing the Girl Next Door” — Matt Singer »
- Scott Beggs
"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love. One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, »
- Drew McWeeny
It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.
All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. This time, more spoilers than speculation.
This Week: Apple Watch Ain’T Got Nothing On Me. Exclusive photos of the badassest X-Wing to get the movie treatment, plus some details about X-Wings in Episode VII.
So, this thing got pooped out by official Bad Robot social media:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) September 9, 2014
Much like other coy responses from Jj Abrams as he films Episode VII, this image has a bit of a hint in it, namely the Death Star (or general Imperial) lighting that’s reflected in the sleek black conference table.
“Da7e,” you might be saying, “it’s ridiculous to think the Death Star or anything resembling a Death Star is in Episode VII. We’ve been there and done that.”
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