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The blaster used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi sold at auction this past Saturday, with the winning bidder taking home the coveted prop for only $200,000.
This screen used blaster was sold through auction house Profiles in History, which had the prop listed as 'invaluable', meaning no price could be put on such a rich piece of cinematic history (that obviously wasn't the case). The Dl-44 Blaster is modeled after the World War II German Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol without its shoulder stock. This particular laser pistol replaced the one used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It is not known where the screen used A New Hope pistol is, but many believe it was lost after production.
The winning bidder has not come forward at this time. »
Lucasfilm has launched the official Star Wars Instagram account, which in the coming months and years ahead leading up to the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, will be used to share photos from deep inside the production. From props, to wardrobe, to the SFX team, to the actors on set, Star Wars Instagram promises to deliver front door service. But first, since pre-production is still starting up and director J.J. Abrams is just now finding his sea legs in bringing the next thrilling chapter in this sci-fi saga to the big screen, we get Darth Vader sharing his first ever Selfie as he storms Tantive IV in search of stolen Death Star plans. Other photos so far include a behind-the-scenes shot from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and David Prowse as Darth Vader during their epic light saber battle. »
In among the hundreds of movie books published throughout the year we keep you abreast of the best new releases with Ian Gilchrist’s Reel Ink columns but as we approach Christmas we’re rounding up the best of the year’s books, guaranteed to make the movie fan in your life very happy come Christmas morning.
There are books relating to specific films, with a plethora of contemporary accounts, interviews and photos as well as analysis with the benefit of hindsight. There are a number of books dedicated to directors and their process, their inspirations as well as some intriguing peeks into their creative warehouses.
We’ll be looking at the best boxsets, movie-related clothing as well as the strangest movie items to buy this year, so keep an eye out for those on HeyUGuys in the coming weeks.
For now here are our favourite film books released this year, »
- Jon Lyus
Martine Beswick (One Million Years B.C., Slave Girls and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde), Caroline Munro (Captain Kronos and Dracula A.D.72), Kate O'Mara (Horror of Frankenstein and The Vampire Lovers) and Maddie Smith (Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the and Monster from Hell). (Photo: copyright Mark Mawston, all rights reserved.)
Saturday 9th November 2013
Report by Adrian Smith
On Saturday in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, amidst the power-hungry elite of Whitehall and Downing Street, gathered an even more sinister and corrupting influence. Darth Vader rubbed shoulders with evil twins, corrupted children, vampires, zombies and even Jack the Ripper. Overseeing this evil conclave were directors whose films were so depraved that sometimes sick bags were supplied to the audience.
Horror film buffs were of course overjoyed at the fantastic selection of stars at this Hammer and Horror Film event. Representing the Bond girls were Caroline Munro, Caron Gardner, Martine Beswick and Madeline Smith. »
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Return Of The Jedi - In a final battle for the freedom of the galaxy, Luke must come face to face with the dark side in order to turn and save Darth Vader while Han, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca lead an alliance of rebels and ewoks. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was directed by Richard Marquand, from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. The cast included: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Anthony Daniels as C-3Po, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca,David Prowse as Darth Vader, Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Sebastian Shaw as Anakin Skywalker, and Frank Oz performing Yoda. »
Synopsis - Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was written and directed by George Lucas. The cast included: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, David Prowse as Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones), Anthony Daniels as C-3Po, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. »
Last week, LucasFilm dug into its archives and re-released the original teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, shortly after a report that a major announcement is coming regarding Star Wars: Episode VII in the form of a trailer. Today, one week later, the studio has released the original Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back trailer, which, oddly enough, did not show any actual footage from the movie, a tactic that director J.J. Abrams would surely love to employ in the years leading up to Episode VII's 2015 release. The trailer does include concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie depicting the Rebel base on Hoth, Cloud City and Luke Skywalker's final duel with Darth Vader.
After two weeks in a row of nostalgic and, frankly, laughable footage from the late 1970s, what does this all mean? It stands to reason that the original Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi »
Hammer and Horror Film Day!
Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )
Central Hall Westminster.
Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh
UK’s longest running film fair and convention.
Now in it’s 40th year!
The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,
Canada and South America.
Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.
Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!
With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.
Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.
From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.
Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Filmmaker Joss Whedon has more than enough on his plate at the moment, as he gears up to start shooting The Avengers: Age of Ultron soon, and he has the new ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuting next month.
Regardless, the director took time out of his schedule to reveal that he isn't a fan of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back's ending, where Luke Skywalker is revealed to be the son of Darth Vader, and Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.
"Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea. Well, it's not an ending. It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end »
With J.J. Abrams currently cooking up something for "Star Wars: Episode VII" nerdy minds the world over just can't help but linger in a galaxy far, far away all the live-long day. But it wasn't too long ago that the George Lucas faithful experienced this exact same sense of revival, as the Force creator himself wrote and helmed three new installments to his space franchise at the turn of millennium, answering once and for all what the what happened before "Episode IV" (a.k.a. the first one).
Lucas' prequels didn't resonate with his audience quite the same way the first trilogy did, however, so the fanfare surrounding his prequelogy died down quite a bit over the years. In fact, it's kinda bandwagon-y now to hate on the second round of "Star Wars," and one guy who's jumped right on board with that opinion is the original Darth Vader actor himself. »
- Amanda Bell
The top-line on the big film news stories for Monday 19 August 2013 – plus a preview of what's coming up on the site
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- Royal decree: Diana "gave permission" for Naomi Watts to play the princess in an upcoming biopic, according to the actor.
- Strange brew: Director/musician/kook David Lynch adds barista to his resume as his coffee blends go on sale.
- Poor service: Two Reagan biographers have attacked The Butler's suggestion that the former president was racially insensitive.
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- Henry Barnes
So it appears rumors of the release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7" are now floating and it may possibly maybe hit theaters in December 2015. This has caused no small amount of consternation among some fans insisting that "Star Wars" movies must be released in the summer (you can't camp out in the snow!) with thinkpieces already in place about what it could all mean. We'll just wait for Disney to unveil the actual date whenever they feel like it, but until then, here's a bracing reminder that J.J. Abrams and company have a lot to make up for. Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse recently let loose on his feelings about George Lucas' prequels and like many of us, he was kinda bummed out when he saw them. "I didn't like 'Star Wars' I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Star Wars: Episode VII was first announced last October, Walt Disney Pictures revealed they will release this highly-anticipated sequel in 2015. Since every Star Wars movie to date has been released in May, many assumed a May 2015 release would happen, but that may not be the case. Insiders are claiming that Disney is eyeing a mid-December release, possibly December 15, 2015, for Star Wars: Episode VII.
While the move would certainly break a longstanding tradition, it may be a wise choice given how populated the summer of 2015 already is, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Man of Steel 2, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and many more slated for release that summer.
In related news, actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, revealed in »
The British actor who played the original Darth Vader in Star Wars has dismissed the more recent prequel trilogy as a series of "really bad movies".
Dave Prowse, who portrayed the deadly Sith Lord onscreen for Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), said he was unimpressed by creator George Lucas's oft-maligned attempts to tell the story of how Jedi Anakin Skywalker was turned to the dark side.
Prowse, whose voice was dubbed over with that of James Earl Jones in post-production, told the Hull Daily Mail: "I didn't like Star Wars I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies." He added: "There's no comparison with the original movies. They had a much more believable story. »
- Ben Child
Feature Juliette Harrisson 8 Aug 2013 - 07:00
In her penultimate Farscape look-back, Juliette revisits two-part mini series, The Peacekeeper Wars...
This feature contains Farscape spoilers.
When Farscape was cancelled shortly before filming completed on season four in 2003, writers David Prowse and creator Rockne O’Bannon and director Andrew Prowse had a decision to make. Thinking they would get a fifth season, they’d ended season four on a cliff-hanger; should they do a quick re-write, or air the episode as written and let it stand as the show’s abbreviated finale? They decided not only to continue with the episode as originally conceived, but to end the show on the words, ‘To Be Continued…’
Unsurprisingly, fan reaction to the show’s cancellation, particularly in light of the cliff-hanger ending, was not positive. Following an enthusiastic fan campaign, the Sci-Fi channel commissioned a two-part mini-series to resolve the cliff-hanger and give Farscape »
Manchester, Tenn. -- Memories are a jumble walking out of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Days blend together, sound memories clash and surface. Hipster moustaches made from pink glow sticks haunt your dreams. And that smell. The horror.
A few things really stuck out this year, though, as we reviewed things following Tom Petty's rain-drenched, festival-closing 2 1/2-hour set. Here's a look at five:
Rock `n' roll will never die: Those who think rock `n' roll is irrelevant or even dead need to pay a visit to the farm. It may be showing its age – eternally rocking Paul McCartney and Petty and The Heartbreakers were the two most prominent headliners – and electronica and hip-hop are elbowing their way in – witness start turns by Macklemore, Kendrick Lewis and A$AP Rocky, who brought more than 20,000 fans to a tent designed to hold 5,000. But it's really still rock `n' roo.
Just ask Derek Vincent Smith, »
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
"One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality." — Penn Jillette
Greetings from the apocalypse! We managed to hold off the Antichrist by electing a pope from South America who looks just like Jonathan Pryce. That's pretty good work. I say Rome, the Americas and all the rest of us deserve an honest weekend off, and what more auspicious time to do that than a Catholic drinking holiday?
Friday, March 15
We're gonna kick things off at the appropriate time to christen any weekend: 4:20 p.m., since that's when "Curly Sue" is on Encore. I know what you're thinking, "Man, that's, like, John Hughes' worst movie," and you're not wrong, but this ersatz comedy about a father-daughter con artist team who sleaze their way into some rich folks' hearts has a little »
- Max Evry
The 82-year-old star, who famously provided the voice of the dark lord in the original trilogy, has said that he would love to reprise his role as Luke's dad in the upcoming movies.
"I'd love to be a part of that, David Prowse would return in the costume and I would do the voice," he said.
- Shiva Prakash
We’re excited to feature none other than Lori Cardille, the inimitable Sarah from George A. Romero’s 1985 horror masterpiece Day Of The Dead. Cardille’s strong, single minded and yet still vulnerable lead in Romero’s beloved third “Dead” film is inarguably one of the most important female characters in horror and the woman who played her is a delight. Lori is looking forward to hanging out in the romantic and garish Niagara Falls setting and meeting some of her devoted fanbase.
Also joining the roster is David Prowse, the man known best as Darth Vader who is beloved by horror fans for his double-shot turns as the Frankenstein Monster in Hammer’s Evil Of Frankenstein and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell as well as Vampire Circus.
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