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10 items from 2015

Have Jurassic Dinosaurs Truly Kicked Marvel Superheroes Butt at Worldwide Box Office?

25 July 2015 9:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »

- Zac Gille

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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Entertainment world pays tribute to acting icon

11 June 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The world of entertainment has been paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.

The prolific British actor was best-known for his work with Hammer Horror as well as The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many stars and fans have paid tribute to the star on Twitter today (June 10).

It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015

I'm saddened by the deaths of Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody. Both starred in films that are treasured by millions.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015

The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.

Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015

An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, »

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Star Wars convention ‘For the Love of the Force’ heading to Manchester this December

30 May 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just two weeks before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, UK fans will be able to celebrate the epic space saga with ‘For the Love of the Force’, a Star Wars convention held at Bowlers Exhibition Centre between December 4th and December 6th.

In addition to guests such as Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse, the convention will play host to several recreations of iconic sets such as the Mos Eisley Cantina, Yoda’s home on Dagobah, the Ewok village on Endor and Jabba’s Palace, complete with a full scale Jabba the Hutt prop. Also on show will be a full-size At-st Walker, the only one of its kind in the UK.

Star Wars is the biggest movie franchise of all time and has legions of fans of all ages,” states organiser Carl Whiteley. “This convention is for the fans and gives them the opportunity to meet their heroes face to face. »

- Gary Collinson

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

- Shane Ramirez

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206 days until Star Wars: Mark Hamill gushed about the prequels way back in 1980

26 May 2015 3:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »

- Donna Dickens

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Star Wars Digital Edition Hitting April 10th Loaded With Additional Bonuses

7 April 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.

They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.

Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »

- Marc Eastman

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The London Film Convention Celebrates 80 Years of Hammer in the Shadow of Big Ben

4 March 2015 11:10 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Iconic Hammer actresses Martine Beswick, Veronica Carlson and Caroline Munro. (All photos copyright Adrian Smith. All rights reserved.)

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(The following article was originally run in November, 2014)  

By Adrian Smith 

With around sixty special guests in attendance, the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday the 7th of November was packed to its domed roof with excited Hammer film fans.

Familiar faces including Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Madeline Smith and Martine Beswick were providing some glamour, but the organisers managed to make the event extra-memorable by securing the presence of Edina Ronay, George Cole, Freddie Jones and others who had not signed autographs at a fan event before. At times queues to meet them ran out of the building and down the street! Other rare UK appearances were made from Veronica Carlson and Linda Hayden, flown in from the Us to meet their fans. It was »

- (Cinema Retro)

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(Real) George Lucas Shares (Fake) Lost Darth Vader Auditions

5 February 2015 10:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I was going to say that George Lucas doesn’t show his humorous side so often but he’s so utterly deadpan in this video that maybe I’ve misread the man and he’s actually taking the mickey all of the time. That would certainly explain a few things.

Explain, but not exactly excuse.

Now, this clip, which comes from Vulture, was apparently screened as part of the New York Drama League’s feteing of James Earl Jones. What better way to celebrate that fine actor that than demonstrate how completely preposterous the Darth Vader dialogue sounds coming out of anybody else’s mouth.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will do well to find a villainous presence one half as commanding as the Jones-Dave Prowse combo. Lucas might have gotten a lot of things wrong, but the pairing of the Green Cross Code man and Lt. Lothar »

- Brendon Connelly

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Star Wars doc 'Elstree 1976' heads to The Works

30 January 2015 1:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Efm: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.

Directed by Jon Spira, whose previous documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar was named one of the top 10 music films of 2011 by the NME, and produced by Hank Starrs (Dust), the film features Star Wars actors and extras from Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) to Derek Lyons (Massassi Temple Guard) and Pam Rose (Leesub Sirlin).

The film will explore ten actors’ lives and explore the eccentric community they have formed.

The Works will be screening a promo of the film, currently in post-production, during the Efm in Berlin.

The Kickstarter-funded project is due to be released ahead of J.J Abrams’  Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Director Jon Spira said: “I’ve always been interested in those »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlin: The Works Acquires ‘Elstree 1976′ — Docu about ‘Star Wars’ Actors, Extras

29 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Works Intl. has acquired exclusive worldwide sales rights for “Elstree 1976,” a documentary about the effect “Star Wars” had on the lives of some of actors and extras involved in making the film. Sales will commence in Berlin where The Works is screening a promo.

The film is in post-production, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and will be ready for delivery at the end of the year, in advance of the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.”

The pic is directed by Jon Spira, whose previous documentary “Anyone Can Play Guitar” was named one of the top 10 music films of 2011 by the NME. “Elstree 1976” was produced by Hank Starrs (“Dust,” “Anyone Can Play Guitar”).

Pic features “Star Wars” actors and extras from Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) to Derek Lyons (Massassi Temple Guard) and Pam Rose (Leesub Sirlin).

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- Leo Barraclough

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