15 items from 2009
Actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in "Star Wars," was interrupted by police officers during the filming of his new action thriller. According to Metro, the officers responded to a report that a porn film was being shot, but ended up walking into a scene that included dramatic dialogue and a bunch of fully-clothed actors. Apparently neighbors jumped to the wrong conclusion after seeing a camera and lighting equipment being taken into the bungalow home that was being used as a set. One film crew member said: "It was hilarious to see a bunch of policemen enter the bungalow expecting to see a porn film carrying on. When the officers saw two dressed actors talking, they looked quite disappointed. The curtain twitchers certainly have a vivid imagination." The movie is called "The Kindness of Strangers" and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next year. »
Darth Vader in a porno? No way! Seriously, no way. According to the U.K..s Metro, David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars films had a run-in with the police while working on another film. Neighbors were under the impression that a porn film was being made in a Newhall, Staffordshire bungalow after seeing camera and lighting equipment being brought into the home. The police addressed their concerns and raided the home as the cast filmed a dramatic scene of Deborah Hadfield.s The Kindness of Strangers, which is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next year. An unnamed crew member said "It was hilarious to see a bunch of policemen enter the bungalow expecting to see a porn film carrying on. When the officers saw two dressed actors talking, they looked quite disappointed." The police may be calling the »
The set for a new film starring Star Wars actor David Prowse was reportedly raided by police after it was alleged that a pornographic film was being shot on the premises. The bungalow in Newhall, Staffordshire was being used to film scenes for The Kindness Of Strangers, which is being directed by Deborah Hadfield, OriginalBristol reports. One crew member said: "It was hilarious to see a bunch of policemen enter the bungalow expecting to see a porn film carrying on. "When the officers saw two dressed actors talking, they looked quite disappointed. The curtain-twitchers certainly (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Even as we speak, fannish folk are gathering together at Dragon*Con, the insanely popular Sf/Fantasy/Horror/Film/Gaming extravaganza. It's almost as well known as ComicCon and has a bit more of a "pure" rep, given that it's organized and run by fans for fans. The Big Boys still show up, but it's focused on Regular Folk instead of the needs of Big Studios.
Guests this year include:
• Tobe Hooper • Eric Basaldua • David Prowse • Edmund Schubert • Paul Dini • Sharon Morgan • Flynn's Folly • Bradley H Sinor • Edward James Olmos • Misty Lee • Jason Yungbluth • Robert Duncan McNeill • Kaza Kingsley • George Romero • Eric Wight • Sean H Shaw
But the operative word is include. There's a huge listing of everyone showing up on the site. And there are all sorts of tracks, interest groupings, to suit damn well near every need, from gaming to How-To.
Best of all? doorQ.com is there. »
By Jett Wells
Saturday's Siren Music Festival at New York City's Coney Island easily could have been a downer. The heat, the inevitable closure of the neighborhood's iconic theme park and the smaller-than-usual lineup should've derailed what is normally one of the premiere free music events of the summer. But if there was any malaise, you would never have known it thanks to inspired sets from bands like Japandroids and Tiny Masters of Today.
At 1 p.m., the long day of indie rock started with the pint-sized-garage group Tiny Masters of Today. At the ages of 13, 15 and 19, the band pounded through a solid set filled with mean power chords, wicked drum solos and bratty lyrics. The crowd was just dumbfounded how small and young these kids were but better yet, how well they could thrash a guitar.
"We're pretty careful to only play on school holidays," Ada told MTV News later. »
- MTV News
Chord by chord, ’90s distortion seems to be oozing back into guitar rock. And for those jonesing for that sort of tar and fuzz, Vancouver’s Japandroids come bearing gifts. The duo’s debut full-length, Post Nothing, is a starry-eyed blast of Clinton-era crunch, each of its eight songs a sweaty salve for quarter-life miseries, or better yet, girl problems. That lyrical lean doesn’t let up, with the g-word popping up most effectively in the existential yeller “Young Hearts Spark Fire” and the stunning “Wet Hair,” when singer-guitarist Brian King and singer-drummer David Prowse wail in unison: “We run »
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse has revealed that he was not invited to the Star Wars musical at the O2 arena Prowse, who played the villain in the original movies, claimed that he was snubbed by the producers of Star Wars: A Musical Journey. "I've known about Star Wars the musical for ages and ages but I have never even had one enquiry about the possibility of me going there," he told Absolute Radio. "I've been completely ignored." Speaking (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
He can choke the life out of an unbelieving Imperial officer with a single hand gesture, he can make whole armies tremble with fear, he can command the power of the Dark Side but Sith Lord Darth Vader apparently still can't get residuals on Return Of The Jedi. Well, at least his alter ego David Prowse can't. It seems that Mr. Prowse, who's entitled to residuals for his appearance in both Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, is getting played by grand daddy George Lucas »
- Omar Aviles
Ok, so David Prowse didn't create the iconic Darth Vader voice, but he did spend a lot of time walking around in that giant suit, and that deserves some credit, right? And regardless of how much you want to defend James Earl Jones, the guy who was the physical body of Darth Vader obviously deserves some profits from Return of the Jedi, a movie that has grossed over $500 million since its reelase in 1983. But not so fast, Prowse! According to Times Online, Lucasfilm has been telling the actor for the last 24 years that Jedi has yet to turn a profit. "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you." Film Drunk lays out just how this is possible, mostly thanks to a rotten deal Hollywod signs some actors »
David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" film, told Equity magazine that he is entitled to a small percentage of box office receipts for two of the three original films - "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." But he has yet to receive any residual payments for "Return of the Jedi," because producers told him that it has not made a profit. "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that 'we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you'." said Prowse. "Now here we're talking about one of the biggest releases of all time." In real terms, "Return of the Jedi" is the fifth highest grossing film so far made. It made $572 million in theaters worldwide, including an estimated $88 million when it was re-released as a "special edition »
Apparently, the Dark Side of the Force doesn't help evade the details of fine print. The London Times overheard David Prowse (a.k.a. "The Man Inside Darth Vader") reveal a rather shocking fact to Equity magazine -- he's never received any residuals from The Return of the Jedi because the film never made a profit.
Says Prowse: "In the last 30 years you can count the number of times [The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi] have been in the cinema on one hand, and it never returned much money. I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you. Now here we're talking about one of the biggest releases of all time."
His friends say that the letter informing him that Rotj hadn't made a profit actually referred to the Special Edition re-release and DVD, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
The 73-year-old, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, revealed he was battling prostate cancer earlier this week.
And he has hailed British reality TV star Goody - who is dying from cervical cancer - for helping to raise awareness of the disease.
He says, "I now know what it's like to go through this treatment, and I have sympathy for anyone in the same position. Jade should be commended for her achievements, and should be thoroughly proud of raising the awareness of cervical cancer.
"She has done more than anyone else in memory to convince women to go for regular tests. If I can do the same for prostate cancer in men, then I will be happy." »
Some items from the past few days:
Sad news: Natasha Richardson, scion of the famous Redgrave acting family and star of the film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale, has died from injuries suffered in a skiing accident. Our condolences go out to her husband Liam Neeson, their two boys, and the rest of their family.
Family Guy has won its lawsuit against a music publisher that claimed that the allegedly anti-Semitic lyrics of “I Need a Jew” damaged the reputation of their song, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney film Pinocchio. The song and the episode in which it appears, “Once Upon a Weinstein,” have faced accusations of anti-Semitism before. Fox refused to show the episode when »
- Amy Goldschlager
Star Wars actor David Prowse has spoken out about his battle with prostate cancer. The actor, who played masked villain Darth Vader, told Absolute Radio that he had almost finished a two-month course of radiotherapy treatment at London's Royal Marsden Hospital. "I’m undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, would you believe. I’m having my very last treatment this morning," the Daily Mail quotes him as saying. "I feel fantastic, (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The 73-year-old, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, revealed he was battling the disease during an interview with U.K. radio host Christian O’Connell.
He said: "I’m undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, would you believe. I’m having my very last treatment this morning. I’ve had two months of radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden (in London), it’s the most fantastic hospital. I feel fantastic, no problems whatsoever.
"The only thing I’ve had is hot flushes. I’ve also lost some of my hair on my legs and the hair on my chest has all got very fine. But other than that I’ve had no after effects."
Although Prowse portrayed Vader in the movies, the legendary baddie's voice was added by American actor James Earl Jones.
The Brit is also well known in the U.K. for being the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero invented to promote a British road safety campaign for children in 1975. »
15 items from 2009
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