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As part of BFI's sci-fi festival "Days of Fear and Wonder", this exhibition of rare behind-the-scenes snaps from Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope are on display at the Atrium of the British Film Institute's Southbank location, and will be running through Jan. 4. The photos are from the personal collection of the continuity supervisor on the film, Ann Skinner. As you can see theer are some very nice shots, including actors David Prowse and Paul Blake (as Darth Vader and Greedo repetitively) without their masks. There's also pics of Anthony Forrest as Laze Loneozner, Koo Stark as Camie, and Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter from the deleted Toshe Station scene. »
Various Star Wars movies, games and TV shows have been canned over the years. The Force was not strong with these...
The Star Wars universe is a dangerous place. For example, ‘man walks into a bar’ gags in Mos Eisley tend to end with unwarranted threats, droid racism, limbs being chopped off, impromptu deaths or – worst of all – rigorous re-editing.
Until the recent Disney buy-out, the world created by George Lucas was just as treacherous for seemingly-exciting projects. Lucasfilm/LucasArts, for a time, became notorious for the number of cancellations under its belt, with films, TV shows and game ideas constantly being chucked out at various stages of their development.
But when did the term ‘countless’ ever stop us trying to count things? Never, that’s when. So we donned a pointy-hooded robe and scoured the desert wilderness of the internet to bring you what we hope is a complete »
In the Star Wars films, David Prowse provided the body for Darth Vader, but he didn't get to give the character his iconic voice. I believe Prowse's contribution shouldn't be underestimated as Vader's body language is just as important as James Earl Jones' deep, threatening bass. However, when they were filming Star Wars: A New Hope (and yes, I know "A New Hope" wasn't part of the title at the time), the filmmakers had no idea how they would handle the voice. Eventually, they landed on Jones, but Prowse was the one who did line readings on set, and it's pretty funny to hear his voice coming from Darth Vader. This video is a little old, but in case you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth your time. Hit the jump to check out Prowse providing the voice for Vader. Via Cool Material. And as entertaining as I find this video, »
- Matt Goldberg
When George Lucas started shooting Star Wars, no one knew exactly what Darth Vader was going to sound like. While shooting the film, the guy in the Darth Vader costume, David Prowse, was the guy delivering all of the the lines from the script, and it's pretty hilarious listening to him. There was nothing menacing or threatening about his west country English accent at all.
There are clips of the actor delivering his lines while shooting the film that were part of a Star Wars documentary that you may or may not have already seen. Either way, this video is still worth watching as a reminder of what the actors of this movie had to work with.
It is kind of sad that Prowse didn't know his voice would be replaced at the time, but let's face it... it was for the greater good.
Via: Gizmodo »
- Joey Paur
Yes, we're all very excited about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but let's take a minute to go a little bit further back to the galaxy slight farther away, when George Lucas was just a kid with a dream called "Star Wars." Back then, while shooting the movie, he had the actor who physically inhabited the body of Darth Vader, a British actor named David Prowse whose stature and prowess as a bodybuilder earned him intimidating roles in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" and a pair of Hammer horror movies (where he essayed the role of Frankenstein's hellish creation). But, as the behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from some forgotten documentary by Gizmodo shows, his intimidation was limited to his physicality, because his voice is pretty wimpy.
In the behind the scenes footage (which you can watch below), Prowse sounds very much like a nasally British guy trying to be threatening. »
- Drew Taylor
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
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. »
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