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One of the reasons for the enduring appeal of "Star Wars" is that different people can take wildly different meanings from the films, depending on which character or characters they feel most drawn to. Case in point? David Fincher, currently promoting "Gone Girl," gave an interview in which he presented an interesting read on the first two films in the ongoing space opera saga. I'm sure some fans are going to accuse Fincher of overthinking this, but I think he's got a valid point about the "Star Wars" universe, one that I've thought about a fair amount as I've gotten older and as I see the films from a fresh perspective. George Lucas spoke early on about how he considered R2-D2 and C-3Po to be the leads in the entire series, and I remember him saying they would be the only characters to show up in all of the movies. »
- Drew McWeeny
Star Wars: Episode VII star Oscar Isaac seems to feel the same way about George Lucas' Star Wars changes as the rest of us, and he wishes that the director would have never messed with the original films. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he was asked how he felt about the updates to the rereleased films, and this is what he said:
"Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of it and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever. But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, »
- Joey Paur
The actor, who will play an as-yet unnamed character in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, told the Huffington Post that he prefers an "old-school" approach to filmmaking.
"I'm most excited and, I know this seems nerdy, but I love the fact that Jj Abrams is shooting it on film," he said. "And that's not just from an aesthetic standpoint but it's about how a movie is filmed. It changes so many things.
"I mean, I've had to do things over again because there was a hair in the gate, which is so old school. But it just feels better, and movies are all about feeling, so I think that's something that I'm so very excited about."
He went on to say that he appreciates the fact that Lucas, as »
Perhaps the “Star Wars” franchise’s worst-kept secret during the second-trilogy era is that its best screen depictions have come via TV animation. Inaugurating the Disney-synergy juggernaut before director J.J. Abrams can get there, “Star Wars Rebels” continues this trend, offering a sly, stylish offshoot — introducing a new lineup of characters very much in the “Clone Wars” tradition — with scads of action, beautiful animation and fidelity to the original’s spirit. Premiering on Disney Channel with a one-hour launch subtitled “Spark of Rebellion” before settling in as a series on boy-oriented Disney Xd, the Force is indeed strong with this one.
Set during the period after “Revenge of the Sith” and prior to the original “Star Wars” (a.k.a. “A New Hope”), “Rebels” essentially reboots the first movie, albeit with a new small band of rebels leading an incipient fight against Imperial forces. That begins with their introduction to »
- Brian Lowry
The late Robin Williams was celebrated by friends and family for bringing “so much happiness and light” in a private tribute held Saturday in San Francisco. Among the hundreds who attended the Curran Theatre event, hosted by Billy Crystal, were his widow Susan Schneider Williams and his children Zak, 31, Zelda, 25 and Cody, 22, according to People.com. Also read: Billy Crystal Tells Sweet Stories of His Friendship With Robin Williams (Video) George Lucas, Bette Midler, Jeff Bridges, Ben Stiller, Penny Marshall, Sarah Michelle Gellar and his “Mork and Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber were among the industry figures in attendance. “The ceremony was such. »
- Todd Cunningham
A bunch of "Star Wars: Episode VII" updates today. First up, a report at Total Geeks suggests the upcoming film sports a woodland battle sequence featuring thousands of extras.
The slightly over a week-long shoot took place in the Forest of Dean in Wales with many of the key cast shuttled to a location known as 'Puzzlewood'. Producer Kathleen Kennedy reportedly visited the set a number of times, and some of the crew was overheard talking about the shoot at their hotel.
The shoot is said to have included a "pivotal fight scene amongst some of the new main characters," and the tone of all the new "Star Wars" films are aiming to be more "unified, cohesive" than Marvel or Pixar's various efforts.
- Garth Franklin
The 1977 version of Star Wars grossed $307.2 million at the domestic box office and scored 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. However, as fans of the galaxy far, far away know all to well, that original theatrical cut isn’t the only edition of the movie that exists.
Going back to 1981 (when George Lucas added the A New Hope subtitle to the text crawl), the creator of the iconic sci-fi franchise has constantly been going back and making alterations to certain scenes, allegedly so the trilogy plays more in line with his original vision. He celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first film by releasing the “special editions” in 1997, ...
- Chris Agar
Hundreds of celebrities, friends, and family members gathered at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco for a memorial for Robin Williams on Saturday. The late actor's family, including his wife, Susan, and three children, Cody, Zelda, and Zak, all spoke, as did friends such as Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, and others. Other attendees included George Lucas, Danny De Vito, Gus Van Sant, Marlo Thomas, and Bette Midler. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zelda was responsible for organizing most of the event. »
- E. Alex Jung
Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") is doing some press for his new movie "Two Faces Of January." While answering questions about it and his December film, ; "A Most Violent Year," with Jessica Chastain, he answered a few about Star Wars: Episode VII. Below, is an excerpt from an interview Huffington Post conducted with the actor. The most interesting bits are his views of movie spoilers and George Lucas tinkering with the original Star Wars saga. Hp: Okay, here's a nostalgia-based question that you'll be allowed to answer: How do you feel about the "updates" George Lucas has made to the films? Oscar Isaac: Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really »
Oscar Isaac appears to feel the same way that a lot of other fans do about George Lucas' recent Star Wars tweaks. Isaac, who recently starred in Inside Llewyn Davis and has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, told the Huffington Post that Lucas should have left the original Star Wars alone instead of going back and updating it. "To go back and kind of tweak it with new stuff, it doesn’t make it more interesting for me as a watcher," Isaac said, adding that the changes even made the film "less interesting." Read more 'Star Wars:
- Ryan Gajewski
Saturday afternoon, hundreds of industry friends and colleagues arrived at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre to celebrate Robin Williams’ life in a private memorial, EW confirms.
According to People, the actor was celebrated with remembrances by Billy Crystal, who hosted the tribute, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, and his longtime personal assistant and friend Rebecca Erwin Spencer. Other attendees included Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Bette Midler, Penny Marshall, Ben Stiller, Marlo Thomas, and Eddie Izzard.
Stevie Wonder led a musical tribute with San Francisco’s Glide Ensemble and Change Band, as video tributes of »
- Teresa Jue
Family and friends of Robin Williams said their final goodbyes to the late star on Saturday.
The group gathered for a private tribute to the comedian at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the hundreds of guests were some very famous faces, including Bette Midler, Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor, George Lucas, Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman, Minnie Driver, Gus Van Sant and more, THR reported.
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A ceremony to celebrate Robin Williams and honor "his love for his family and community, his brilliance and humor and his generous spirit," according to a source close to his family, was held in San Francisco's Curran Theatre on Saturday afternoon, People confirms. Williams, who died Aug. 11 at 63, was celebrated by his widow Susan Schneider Williams and his children Zak, 31, Zelda, 25 and Cody, 22, who shared in the touching tribute with hundreds of family and friends, including his Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber, George Lucas, Bette Midler, Jeff Bridges, Ben Stiller, Penny Marshall, Sarah Michelle Gellar and others, including Williams's former wife Marsha Garces. »
- Alicia C. Dennis, @aliciacdennis
Robin William's famous friends and family gathered for a private memorial Saturday in San Francisco ... and Billy Crystal was in tears during the emotional tribute.The event was reportedly held at the Curan Theatre and featured speeches from Billy, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle, Williams’ three children and his wife, Susan.Stevie Wonder handled the tribute's music ... and the event was attended by Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, »
- TMZ Staff
Friends and family gathered for a private memorial for Robin Williams this afternoon.
Friends and family remembered Robin Williams in a private memorial in San Francisco today. A source tells Et that it happened at the Snh Currant Theater at 1 pm today.
Billy Crystal gave a touching tribute to the late actor at the 2014 Emmys. At the time, he said, "It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy."
News: Billy, Robin, Whoopi: Behind The Closest Friendship in Hollywood
A legend remembered. Robin Williams' memorial was held at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 27, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. Hundreds of guests joined together to remember the late Mrs. Doubtfire actor, including Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Joel McHale, Josh Groban, Governor Jerry Brown, and Nancy Pelosi. Williams' longtime friend Billy Crystal, who paid tribute to the actor during the Emmy Awards last month, opened the memorial. "He was in tears," an insider tells Us. Goldberg [...] »
It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.
Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.
"At the time I was working as a freelance »
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: After stopping in to check on the sure hand of the Lucasfilm Story Group (and the history of Darth Maul), we get to some speculation and some spoilery photos from round the net...Ok, from Indie Revolver.
Posted up on StarWars.com was a new video about the “Legacy” of the Clone Wars, described like so:
The Clone Wars Legacy
Learn about the lasting effects of The Clone Wars television series on the Star Wars saga and the future stories yet to be told.
Fair enough, I thought, I’d bite.
The 7-minute video covers three stories that were conceptualized for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series but never completed. One exists as a series of animatic right now, one features Darth Maul and was made by »
When Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit theaters and underwhelmed audiences everywhere, most didn't expect much from the show when it would eventually find its home on Cartoon Network. Thankfully, the writers really hit their stride and the show became a welcome part of the Star Wars canon. They took prequel characters and fleshed them out to a degree unseen in Episodes I, II and III. Unfortunately, The Clone Wars was also one of the first to go once Disney acquired the rights from George Lucas. »
- Sean Wist
Ah, Star Wars. Where would movie fans be without George Lucas' iconic and incredibly impactful film series? Changing the landscape of how movies were made and looked by harkening back to the olden days of pulp serials and adventures, Star Wars will forever be regarded as one of (if not the most) powerful film series of all time. Everyone has their favorite Star Wars movie, scene, moment, and character. But, which one is the best? After thinking long and hard about the dozens upon dozens of »
- Alex Maidy
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