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It’s not everyday that Darth Vader can get into some poetry. In honor of what would have been American poetry icon Walt Whitman’s 196th birthday yesterday, we bring you this dramatic reading of his work for New York community center 92Y. Actor and national treasure James Earl Jones reads selections from Whitman’s seminal work Leaves of Grass. For […]
- Ross Perkel
It goes without saying the Star Wars franchise has been undergoing a renaissance with the upcoming release of The Force Awakens. Excitement has just been mounting more and more with each trailer, press release and interview that has surfaced. Lately the Star Wars franchise has really expanded beyond the big screen and onto television with the much-loved animated series The Clone Wars and, more recently, Star Wars Rebels, a series that takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
When Rebels was first announced, many fans feared it would be a “Disneyfied” version of Star Wars now that Disney owns Lucasfilm (many were also sore over Clone Wars’ cancellation). There’s also the fact the word ‘prequel’ still causes any Star Wars fan to sweat with anxiety. Over time Rebels proved to »
- Gary Collinson
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.
10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given
- Shane Ramirez
Followers of Crom, rejoice! “Legend of Conan,” the follow-up to early Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Conan the Barbarian,” will bring back “at least three” characters from the original film, writer and producer Chris Morgan has revealed. While Schwarzenegger is already confirmed for the film, there is no word yet on who the other returning characters might be. Perhaps it will be Subotai, Conan’s archer companion from the original film played by Gerry Lopez, or even Thulsa Doom, the evil sorcerer played by James Earl Jones. See photos: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Big Screen Morgan also said the film. »
- Joe Otterson
Happy Memorial Day! As we take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives while serving our country in the armed forces, we wanted to see which stars have lent their services to the military, too. Actor/director Clint Eastwood served two years in the Army as a swimming instructor ... the incredibly talented Morgan Freeman earned the rank of "Airman First Class" while giving four years of his life as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman in the military ... and "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner worked for two years as a military journalist. These men have lived some very full and fulfilling lives -- but they aren't the only big Hollywood names who have served. Click "Launch Gallery" to find out what Chuck Noris, Drew Carey, James Earl Jones, Tony Bennet, Willie Nelson, Ice-t, and more have done for our country. Which stars were you the most surprised about to see have served? »
- tooFab Staff
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
Last month during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim we got a trailer for the second season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels [watch it here], and it seems we won’t have too long to wait before we see the crew of the Ghost back on our TV screens.
Lucasfilm has announced that season two will get underway on June 20th at 9pm with a special hour-long episode entitled ‘The Siege of Lothal’, although subsequent episodes won’t start airing until “the fall.”
Season two of Rebels will see Ashley Eckstein and Dee Bradley Baker reprising their roles as Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, Wolffe and Gregor, while Darth Vader will also feature prominently as James Earl Jones once again lends his voice to the Dark Lord of the Sith.
- Gary Collinson
Lucasfilm and Disney Xd have announced that the second season of "Star Wars" is set to debut on Saturday, June 20th at 9pm. That's considerably earlier than expected.
The new season commences with the one-hour episode "The Siege of Lothal" which screened at Star Wars Celebration the other weekend. The downside? The remaining episodes of the second season though won't start airing until this Fall.
Source: IGN »
- Garth Franklin
While stars Helen Mirren (Peter Morgan's "The Audience"), Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivolo and Patricia Clarkson (revival "The Elephant Man"), Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan (revival "Skylight"), Elisabeth Moss (revival "The Heidi Chronicles"), Ruth Wilson ("Constellation") and Ken Watanabe (musical revival "The King and I") all scored Tony nominations, others were snubbed. Not adored by awards voters were Harvey Weinstein's much-publicized movie-to-play "Finding Neverland" and Movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal (“Constellations"), Mia Farrow ("Love Letters"), Glenn Close and Bob Balaban ("A Delicate Balance") and James Earl Jones ("You Can’t Take It With You"). “Doctor Zhivago" and "Honeymoon in Vegas" starring Tony Danza also came up empty-handed, while "Gigi" got one nod, but not best musical revival. Director Bill »
- Anne Thompson
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
Fathom Events, in partnership with Broadway Near You, presents “Driving Miss Daisy” in select U.S. cinemas on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Shot during the play’s Australian tour, after sold out seasons on Broadway and London’s West End, the “Driving Miss Daisy” event offers fans the chance to see the stage production in advance of this year’s Tony Award season. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry stars two iconic Broadway and Hollywood veterans, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. Tickets for “Driving Miss Daisy” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Of this »
- Tambay A. Obenson
James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson will be getting back together on Broadway this fall. The two Tony winners will share a Broadway stage for the first time in nearly fifty years in a new staging of D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Gin Game, directed by Leonard Foglia. The production is set to begin previews Sept. 21 before its Oct. 13 opening at the John Golden Theatre, the same venue where the play originally opened in 1977. Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, that production ran for more than a year, winning Tandy her
- Ashley Lee
I haven't been to a Broadway show in a few years, but this is one that I'd definitely pay the high ticket fee to see. Via a tweet from New York theater journalist/critic Jonathan Mandell, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson will be sharing the same Broadway stage, starring in a revival of D.L. Coburn's "The Gin Game," at the Golden Theatre, with previews set to begin on September 21. Directed by Leonard Foglia, the production will officially open October 13. In the play, an elderly man and woman play repeated games of gin in their retirement home, as they slowly come to grips with what is left of their lives, in their old age, Jones and Tyson last shared a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hello and welcome to the Tuesday episode of the RopeofSilicon Radio Show, today we spend a little time talking about the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, we chat a little about the latest episode of "Game of Thrones", look at the new DVD and Blu-rays that are out, play some games and offer an update to the Box Office Challenge as we prepare for the Summer Draft this coming Friday! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those »
- Brad Brevet
Despite being part of canon, there's not a huge interest in the animated "Star Wars Rebels" series.
It's surprising really - reviews for the show were quite good, and the show's ratings are fairly solid, but the show hasn't been discussed in the zeitgeist the way you would think it would. Those involved though are getting another chance to hook you in with the Disney Xd show's second season.
He also says the new season is bigger and with higher stakes. He tells Collider: "The story gets bigger, the stakes get higher as it should. I feel like we’re moving into our 'Empire Strikes Back' era for the characters - where they’re really challenged. The first year was 'A New Hope'. »
- Garth Franklin
Here’s your first chance to get a glimpse at Star Wars: Rebels season 2, in this very action-packed trailer, featuring familiar faces…
At the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim over the weekend, fans were treated to an early screening of the premiere episode of Star Wars: Rebels season 2. Us folk at home will have to settle for the trailer, though.
Thankfully, it’s fairly epic as promo materials go, bringing the crew of The Ghost into direct contact with some more familiar faces from The Clone Wars and the chosen one himself, Darth Vader (voiced once more by James Earl Jones).
Have a look for yourself here…
More news on Star Wars: Rebels as we hear it. Hopefully we'll have a release date soon.
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The ‘shared universe’ looms large over the Star Wars franchise. The concept that everything is interconnected, that everything is a part of the same far away galaxy -- all these varied stories taking place in one singular setting, building off one another... Case in point: Star Wars Rebels, in many ways a direct sequel to Clone Wars, fills in the gap between between the new and old film trilogies. The first season of Rebels successfully introduced a bevy of new players into the expanding Star Wars universe (Hera, Kanan, Ezra...). Now in its second season, creators/executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg hope to introduce these newfound characters to some perennial favorites -- from Clone Wars (Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex) & from the trilogies (Darth Vader himself). It’s another notch in the synergetic belt of Star Wars. At the press conference for the second season of Star Wars Rebels, »
- Tommy Cook
Since replacing Star Wars: Clone Wars on small screens, Star Wars Rebels has ploughed its own successful furrow into the sprawling galaxy far, far away. The show is returning for a second season and a new trailer was unveiled at a panel for the show at Star Wars Celebration. Take a look...Set in the years between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope (yes, yes, we know, it’s just Star Wars to so many of us), the show features the adventures of a rag-tag group of rebels – some young, some veterans – who work as Robin Hood types to undercut the growing Empire and help the needy in their home system.Their actions have not gone unnoticed and now the Emperor has decided to put his gloved fist down, dispatching the one and only Darth Vader (voiced, as is law, by James Earl Jones) to take them out. »
Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels will not only feature James Earl Jones returning to voice Vader and Ashley Eckstein reprising the role of Ashoka, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself Sarah Michelle Geller joining the cast as a mysterious character many believe will turn out to be a young Princess Leia. Plus, as you'll see from the brilliant trailer below, we'll be seeing some more familiar faces from the Clone Wars such as Captain Rex. Though Ahsoka will play a "significant role" in the series moving forward, don't expect her to pop up every week. Like Vader, the character will be used sparingly to maintain some mystery and excitement for the episodes in which they are featured. Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, "Star Wars Rebels" unfolds between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever »
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