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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
London Film Convention
The 80th Anniversary of Hammer!
Saturday November the 8th ( 10am – 6pm )
Venue : Central Hall Westminster.
Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh
Celebrates in a one-off special event one of the worlds longest running film production companies Hammer’s 80th anniversary.
Founded by William Hindes and James Carerras in November 1934!
The company very much dominated the world market from the 1950’s to the 1970’s in comedies but above all their now classic horror films.
Now very much back in production with several successful films over the past years.
With a sequel to their film version of the play “ Woman In Black “ that starred Daniel Radcliff due for release in 2015 “ Woman In Black : Angel Of Death “ .
The show is also a celebration of the British film industry and of the past and present creative film making in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Last week it was announced that James Earl Jones is to reprise the voice of Darth Vader for a cameo in the repeat broadcast of Star Wars Rebels’ series premiere Spark of Rebellion, and now Dave Prowse has tweeted out the first look at the Dark Lord of the Sith (albeit in hologram form) from the new animated series…
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, »
- Gary Collinson
We reported last week that a new Darth Vader scene is being added to the Star Wars Rebels TV movie Spark of Rebellion, which will be shown for the first time during a special airing of the one-hour special Sunday, October 26 at 7 Pm Et on ABC. Take a look at the image below, then read on for more details.
— Dave Prowse (@isDARTHVADER) October 16, 2014
James Earl Jones is once again providing the voice for the villainous Darth Vader, who will appear at the end of the episode in a scene with the show's primary villain, The Inquisitor, voiced by Jason Isaacs.
The show is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith »
Lucasfilm and Disney's Star Wars Rebels is going strong, and so far I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It was recently revealed that James Earl Jones would reprise his role of Darth Vader and provide the voice in an alternate version of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, which is set to show on ABC on October 26th. Today we have our first look at Vader in the series thanks to David Prowse, who is the actor that actually played Vader in the costume in the original trilogy.
The photo features the character talking to The Inquisitor, who is taking orders from Vader as he hunts down the remaining Jedi to kill them. In an interview with /Film, producer Dave Filoni talked about the working relationship between Vader and the Inquisitor, explaining,
Looking at a galaxy, there were 10,000 Jedi in The Clone Wars. That number’s been diminished. How do you find them? »
- Joey Paur
There.s always been a strong English presence in the Star Wars franchise. Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels and David Prowse have each played pivotal roles in making the series so popular. And it.s now been confirmed that Star Wars. English connection is only set to grow after producer Kathleen Kennedy announced the opening of Industrial Light & Magic.s London base. Kennedy, who also confirmed that Stars Wars: Episode VII is just three weeks away from completion, officially opened the studio on Wednesday evening at its Soho location. During her speech at the event, Kennedy confirmed that there is no end in sight to Star Wars. English connection too, and she even hinted that further instalments to the franchise will also be shot in the city. This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976, and to know »
As we know, when the critically acclaimed Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion airs on ABC on Sunday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. Et/Pt) it'll include an extra scene featuring once of the most iconic villains in film history, Darth Vader. The scene is expected to depict Vader (once again voiced by James Earl Jones) conversing with the big bad of the animated series, The Inquisitor, and sure enough that appears to be what's going on in the image below. #StarsWarsRebels pic.twitter.com/k4H6DiV4Xs — Dave Prowse (@isDARTHVADER) October 16, 2014 Set between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV, the Star Wars Rebels story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, »
It’s less than one week until the North’s biggest and most exciting game expo begins. With so much packed into Manchester’s EventCity this year, can you afford to miss this year’s Play Expo? We’ll be there for the first time, bringing you all the coverage we can from the front line. But if you haven’t made planes to attend this year let us try and convince you with a quick preview of some of the things happening at this year’s show:
Huge indie zone with over 25 studios such as Team 17, Cinemaware, Curve Digital and Dalala Studios exhibiting their latest games. Titles include Gang Beasts, Overruled, Flockers, Wulverblade, Mutiny, Beyond Flesh & Blood, Iron Fisticle and 30 more. The UK’s largest arcade with over 250 arcade machines and pinball tables all set to free play. Afterburner, Gauntlet, Operation Wolf, Pacman, Street Fighter 2, Donkey Kong, Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, »
- Phil Wheat
As episode twelve concludes we are within sight of the finishing line. Season finales, cliff hangers and pivotal plot points loom like spectres in the night. Past and present coalesce in a Grimm fable of East European origin. A place where old wife’s tales are passed down through generations, whispered round camp fires warning of an ancient evil lurking out there in the dark. Best bolt your doors and windows; because something wicked this way comes…..
When I was child like many of my generation there was no internet, barely anything computerised while mobile phones were a pipedream laughably inconceivable. We were raised on books, books and more books, with the occasional game of Monopoly or Risk thrown in. The point is simple; we had nothing more than our imaginations to depend on for entertainment. Now although those days are well behind me, »
- Gary Collinson
Are we entering a new golden age of wrestlers-turned-movie stars? Specifically in blockbuster sci-fi films? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (as is his proper title) has long since swapped the ring for the silver screen, and he’s been joined by Batista as muscle-bound Drax The Destroyer in new Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. Word on the street is that the WWE’s own Sheamus could soon be making his own cinematic debut, playing Darth Vader in the new Star Wars film. And the evidence to support that is starting to pile up.
We already saw the tabloid story suggesting a link between the Irish grappler’s jaunt to his home country and the location where director Jj Abrams is currently shooting the long-awaited follow up to the space opera series. It would, indeed, be a huge coincidence for Sheamus and the production to be in the same place at the same time, »
- Tom Baker
The Irish Mirror has published a story linking WWE Superstar Sheamus with the Darth Vader role in the new Star Wars film. The wrestler is currently in Ireland, not far from where the movie is shooting and this led to several rumours that he’s there to portray perhaps the most iconic villain in the history of cinema.
A friend of the wrestler told the Irish Mirror that “It would be a big coincidence for him to be here at the same time as the crew.”
The wrestler is 6 foot 4 inches, almost identical to the 6’5 of former Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse. Another interesting point is that Sheamus, whose real name Stephen Farelly, has previously portrayed Vader in Star Wars promotional tours.
The 36 year old former WWE Champion responded to the rumour on Twitter:
“I cant confirm that i wont not be reprising role of Darth Vader in #StarWars … I »
- Grahame Herbert
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson. Take a look at the artwork for each of the new comics below, then read on for more details.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of »
Fifteen years have passed since Stanley Kubrick’s death, but the legendary and reclusive director remains a source of continuing interest for fans of cinema. In fact, this year alone we’ve had nearly a dozen posts on the late filmmaker and since we never tire of hearing stories about Kubrick, here’s another one for the archives. The fine folks over at Dangerous Minds have tipped us off to the ongoing “Stanley & Us” project on YouTube which originally began filming interviews back in 1997 with some of Kubrick’s family, friends and collaborators. The filmmakers – Mauro di Flaviano, Federico Greco and Stefano Landini – have been uploading excerpts from their interviews with the late critic Alexander Walker, Kubrick’s daughter Katharina, his wife Christiane and Darth Vader himself, David Prowse, who appeared in “A Clockwork Orange,” among many others. We’ve embedded quite a few of the excerpts below, but if you’re. »
- Cain Rodriguez
The pair will be at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore from 6-7pm to celebrate their Titan Comics book.
Hayley Campbell will be launching her new book The Art of Neil Gaiman at Gosh! Comics on Friday, July 11 from 7-9pm.
The Ilex Press book explores the Sandman creator's career with never before seen sketches and material from Gaiman's personal collection.
The London Film & Comic Con will be held from July 11-13 at Earls Court 2.
Whether you loved it or hated it, the first trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy released in February certainly had an impact on comic book fans around the world, set to the Blue Swede classic tune "Hooked on a Feeling." YouTube user The Usual Suspect has managed to cut together footage from the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) into a new trailer that captures the same tone and plot points from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Some fans may consider Guardians of the Galaxy to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Star Wars, since it is essentially set in a "galaxy far, far away" from the previous Marvel movies and follows a similar group of "rebels" trying to restore balance to the galaxy. »
Empire Magazine has polled over 250,000 obsessive movie fans to come up with the 301 greatest movies ever made, a list that is led by the 1980 classic Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. This same poll was conducted back in 2008, which, at the time, found The Godfather taking top honors. It has now slipped into second place.
Here is a list of the top 20 movies to make the list in 2015.
2. The Godfather
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Star Wars
7. Fellowship of the Ring
11. Blade Runner
14. Fight Club
18. Jurassic Park
20. Apocalypse Now
To see the full list of 301 movies: clickHere
A Star Wars Extravaganza event is to be staged in Leicester next month.
The 501st UK Garrison and The National Space Centre have teamed up for the special celebration of the sci-fi movie series.
There will also be a host of Stormtroopers, bounty hunters, Jedi and droids to entertain the crowds.
A full-size Landspeeder will be on display, along with a Pod Racer from The Phantom Menace.
Fans will also get to see a full exhibition of props, costumes, prosthetics and weapons from the series, and will get to try on helmets and pick up a Lightsaber.
In addition, a group of Stormtroopers will attempt to build a Biker Scout in just one weekend. »
Even the most casual Star Wars fans are familiar with the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (all part of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII), but only the hardcore know those who helped bring characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett to life. You might know that James Earl Jones provided the voice for Luke Skywalker's Sith father, but do you know an actor named David Prowse put on the mask to play the character on set? Or do you know the actor behind the mask of Han Solo's bounty hunter nemesis Boba Fett? A new documentary called Elstreet 1976 focuses on those actors and more, but they need help. Here's a trailer for Elstreet 1976, which is asking for help for post-production on Kickstarter: Film School Rejects called our attention to this interesting documentary from Jon Spira (Anyone Can Play a Guitar), who became interested in »
- Ethan Anderton
I think it was Andy Warhol who said that everyone associated with Star Wars will be world-famous for 15 trillion minutes. Maybe I made that up, and maybe I have a personal reason for knowing it’s not necessarily true of everyone associated with George Lucas’s game-changing movie, but it does at least seem that Star Wars mania allows for anyone involved in the first or any subsequent installment to be an icon of sorts for the millions of fans out there. Even Jake Lloyd and Ahmed Best are embraced by many at conventions. And according to a new documentary in the works, plenty of extras can show up to events and have a line of people waiting to get their autograph. Of course, almost every extra appearing on screen in the original Star Wars movie plays a character with a name and maybe even an action figure. Very few are recognizable by name and most aren »
- Christopher Campbell
The biggest headline of the week, without question, was the casting announcement that officially confirmed original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker were returning for Star Wars: Episode VII. To celebrate the news, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has dug deep into their vaults to share the original casting announcements for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which date all the way back to 1975 with small blurbs in the La Times, Variety and Box Office Magazine.
Things kick off with an announcement of the movie, followed by the casting of the main leads. There is even a photo of a movie ticket from an advanced screening, which you can check out here:
Villordsutch chats with actor and writer Paul Darrow…
I was given the chance to interview Paul Darrow, very much a childhood hero of mine, last week and I jumped at it. The day it was supposed to happen I fell ill and him being the gentlemen agreed to put it back to the following morning. I’d set out with seven questions expecting it to take no more than ten minutes tops and instead I came off the phone after forty minutes wishing I had the entire day to carry on speaking with him.
After the introductions and Paul’s enquires about my health, I was rather in awe that I was speaking with quite possibly the epitome of cool when I was a child watching television (and quite possible still is); whilst not attempting to babble at Paul, he asks if he can get a cigarette as it helps »
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