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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
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
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
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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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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
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 »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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”).
- Leo Barraclough
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