1-20 of 72 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
Written and directed by Ishirô Honda
Ishiro Honda’s grim, black-and-white post-Hiroshima nightmare stands the test of time. This allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb is quite simply a powerful statement about mankind’s insistence to continue to destroy everyone and everything the surrounds us. With just one shot (a single pan across the ruins of Tokyo), Honda manages to express the devastation that Godzilla represents. Since its debut, Godzilla has become a worldwide cultural icon, but very little is said about actor Takashi Shimura, who adds great depth as Dr. Yamane; his performance is stunning. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted to use classic stop-motion animation to portray Godzilla, but time and budget limitations forced him to dress actors up in monster suits. Despite this minor setback, Tsuburaya’s scale sets of Tokyo are crafted with such great attention to detail, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Scream favorites Vincent Price and Christopher Lee become tangled in an African curse, grave robbing, a premature burial and a clutch of throat-slashings -- yet the two stars have no real scenes together. Steve Haberman's well-researched and insightful commentary tells the story of Gordon Hessler's first production for the English arm of American-International Pictures, a movie planned to be directed by the mysterious Michael Reeves. The Oblong Box Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date October 20, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Uta Levka, Sally Geeson, Alister Williamson, Peter Arne. Cinematography John Coquillon Original Music Harry Robertson Written by Lawrence Huntington, Christopher Wicking Produced by Gordon Hessler, Louis M. Heyward Directed by Gordon Hessler
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I've been doing my best to warm up to the filmic output of producer-director Gordon Hessler. I agree that Hessler's three major A. »
- Glenn Erickson
In a career that spanned 7 decades, Vincent Price played every character from The Invisible Man to Sir Walter Raleigh, he worked with directors such as Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Mario Bava, was good friends with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Boris Karloff and even, courtesy of Thames Television, hosted his own cookery show. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Price is one of Hollywood’s genuine legends, a bona fide movie star with an immediately recognisable voice, and as with most legends, he was looked down upon by the Establishment before finding acceptance within the horror community. From The Invisible Man Returns (1940) to Edward Scissorhands (1990), he created a gallery of characters that deserve to be the envy of most “mainstream” performers.
At a time when voicing cartoon characters was considered at odds with “serious” acting, Price proved you could do both, voicing the villainous Professor Ratigan »
- Ian Watson
One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from »
In this packed edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got new footage from The Force Awakens, details on new characters, some Rogue One rumours and more…
Kicking things off this week (as we usually do) with The Force Awakens and we were treated to some new footage for the movie via a teaser trailer. The footage even includes Finn carrying a lightsaber, which is pretty interesting. And for a bit of fun, here’s a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back done in the style of The Force Awakens…
…We’ve also got a some behind the scenes photo and the Bb-8 Empire cover, along with a new image of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, while director J.J. Abrams has been talking about the character, the First Order and Supreme Leader Snoke…
…We also found out this week that The Force Awakens will be taking over IMAX screens for an entire month. »
- Luke Owen
With filming well underway on Disney and Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars spinoff movie, Donnie Yen has taken to Instagram to reveal three Stormtrooper helments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He’s since deleted his post, but you can see the helmets here, one of which is the traditional Original Trilogy-era design, along with two new alternatives…
See Also: Cast photo and new logo for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler »
- Gary Collinson
We're at the dawn of a new age. It is, to be blunt, a very creepy new age. If you saw "Ant-Man," you got a glimpse of it in the opening scene where '80s-era Michael Douglas shows up, and for the first time, it felt like they could stage actual dramatic scenes involving actors who have been aged backwards or, in the most extreme possible cases, brought back from the dead. For years, there's been a script in La that has been an example of someone's ambition exceeding the ability of the town's FX artists. "The Gemini Man" was supposed to pit a mysterious serial killer against an older police detective, only to reveal that the killer was a decades-younger clone of the detective, allowing "Unforgiven"-era Clint Eastwood to go head to head with "Dirty Harry"-era Eastwood. That's just an example of who they could cast, of course. »
- Drew McWeeny
Now that production is under way on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, new rumors about the plot and the cast of characters are starting to come forth, hinting at the anthology movie's connection to the original Star Wars trilogy. We reported earlier this month that Felicity Jones' character may be the daughter of bounty hunter Boba Fett, while another report claimed that Diego Luna's character may be fighter pilot Biggs Darklighter. Today we have another rumor from The Daily Mail, which claims a major character from the original Star Wars trilogy maybe included. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
This unconfirmed report reveals that the late Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, will be digitally re-created to reprise his role in Rogue One. The character reportedly has an important role in the story, »
It’s been a Star Wars kind of day here on HeyUGuys, kicking off the Monday morning blues with the news that Peter Cushing might be back in Star Wars: Rogue One via the morbid magic of CGI, now we have some other images to further tantilise and excite. First up we have an instagram picture
- Jon Lyus
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already fairly jam-packed with characters, and we may be able to add a very familiar face from the original trilogy to the roster - albeit, a digital version of it. The Daily Mail Online is reporting that the late great Peter Cushing's character from A New Hope, Grand Moff Tarkin, will be back for Gareth Edwards' movie, which revolves around a group of Rebels attempting to steal the plans for the first Death Star. Tarkin was instrumental in building that technological terror, so it does make sense that he'd factor into this story - but even though completely recreating a deceased actor using CGI has been done before (Oliver Reed in Gladiator, Paul Walker in the recent Fast Furious movie, and even Tarkin himself can be glimpsed briefly at the end of Revenge Of The Sith), this would be the first »
Cushing, who died of prostate cancer in 1994, played Grand Moff Tarkin in the original "Star Wars," the chief villain of the piece who was in control of the Death Star. 'Rogue One' deals with a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans for said Death Star.
As Tarkin is a key character in the creation of the Death Star, his involvement sounds reasonable. A source tells the paper that this is "one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever."
One complication - Cushing was shot from the knees up throughout the film as he wore slippers rather than the ill-fitting leather riding boots the other Galactic Imperial officer actors had to wear. As a result, »
- Garth Franklin
Digitally enhanced performances have an increased prevalence in Hollywood today, but resurrecting a deceased actor completely remains rare practice. The most famed case is probably Oliver Reed in Gladiator, but that could change with news that Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin might have a part to play in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One.
Rogue One follows the Rebellion’s efforts to steal Death Star schematics, which positions it firmly before A New Hope in the franchise’s narrative. As a result, it makes sense for Tarkin to be there, but is it a good idea to recreate Cushing rather than recast the part?
Cushing died in 1994, leaving behind him a legacy of great performances. Not least among them was his turn as Tarkin, who for the opening hour at least, vies directly with Darth Vader for the position of A New Hope’s chief antagonist.
- Daniel Kelly
It’s a strange sign of the times that we’ve now reached so far beyond the ubiquity of CGI in entertainment that the grey-area of bringing back an actor from the dead amounts to a question of credulity rather than morality. According to reports over the weekend Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One is now rumoured to not
- Jon Lyus
Late English actor’s villainous Grand Moff Tarkin set to appear again in the spin-off, although actor’s footwear habits mean no Star Wars footage exists of his feet
Continue reading »
- Ben Child
If reports are correct, a major Star Wars character could be making a return in 2016's spin-off, Rogue One...
Nb: This piece contains a potential spoiler for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
As we already know, Rogue One will be set before the events of 1977's A New Hope, and will detail how the Rebels managed to swipe those precious Death Star plans from the evil Empire. Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is at the helm, with the recently-confirmed cast comprising Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen, to name a few.
That's quite a cast. But if a recent report is true, then a particularly famous »
Might we see Grand Moff Tarkin return to a galaxy far, far away? We just may, if the Daily Mail Online is correct. According to them, Peter Cushing will indeed return as the ruthless Grand Moff Tarkin for Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Yes, the legendary actor passed away back in 1994 at the age of 81, but death clearly isn’t quite the handicap it used to be in Hollywood.
Apparently, the plan is to recreate the character with Cushing’s likeness using the latest computer-generated wizardry. “This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever,” a source told the site. “Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole backstory that will come out.”
More News From The Web
We’ve already heard that Vader will make an appearance in the film, so »
- Mark Cassidy
Star Wars fans will forever remember Peter Cushing for his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in George Lucas' 1977 classic - and while the actor may have passed away back in 1994, apparently that may not stop him from reprising the part. That's because a new rumor is going saying that director Gareth Edwards is planning to create an entirely CGI version of the character for his upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One. This story comes to us from the folks over at The Daily Mail (and should probably be taken with a grain of salt). According to an anonymous source, Grand Moff Tarkin will reportedly play a significant part in the plot of Star Wars: Rogue One, and that the process is one of the "most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever." No explicit details are given about how exactly the character will fit into the plot, but the »
The British actor, who died in 1994, played Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin in the original 1977 film.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars movie Rogue One
Now, his appearance will be painstakingly recreated using digital CGI for the Star Wars spin-off, The Mail on Sunday reports.
Star Wars: Rogue One is due for release on December 16, 2016.
Fresh from the rumour that Disney is looking to cast a “strong young female” lead for Star Wars: Episode VIII comes a report from The Daily Mail suggesting that Lucasfilm and Ilm are set to digitally recreate Peter Cushing for a return as Grand Moff Tarkin in the 2016 spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
According to a ‘source’ for the newspaper, “This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. They are going through hours and hours of old footage from the horror movies to recreate his legs and feet to produce realistic movements. It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen.”
See Also: Cast photo and new logo for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
It should be noted that the same ‘source’ goes on to state that “Cushing is a pivotal plot »
- Gary Collinson
The Riverside Drive-In Theatre presents its annual Monster-rama film festival with all 35mm presentations of horror classics. The two-night event takes place September 11-12. The fiendish agenda for this year's festival includes some irresistible flicks:
Three Vincent Price classics: "Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tomb of Ligeia". Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in "Horror of Dracula" Vincent Price in "The Haunted Palace" Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers" Christopher Lee in "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" "Son of Dracula" with Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr
Plus vintage shorts, trailers and intermission classics!
For details click here.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
1-20 of 72 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners