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13 items from 2014

Sequels abandoned after the film before them struggled

7 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Green Lantern 2 and Terminator: Salvation 2, to a Cat In The Hat sequel and Batman Triumphant: sequels killed by the earlier film...

Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).

There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »

- sarahd

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'Star Wars Rebels' Lightsaber Legacy Featurette and 2 Clips

18 October 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars Rebels returns this Monday with the all-new episode Fighter Flight. If you're eagerly awaiting the latest adventures of Disney Xd's newest hit animates series, Lucasfilm has launched four videos to tide you over.

First up, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni and CG supervisor Joel Aron discuss how they created lightsabers that match the look of Jedi weapons from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. As the time period for Star Wars Rebels is close to A New Hope, the show's creators wanted to match the visuals accordingly. For Aron, this was especially important with the look of the lightsaber. Through extensive research, including conversations with original lightsaber creator Roger Christian, Aron figured out how the Jedi weapon was originally created. As a result, Kanan's lighstaber blade closely resembles those found in the original Star Wars, from glow to a slight vibration.

In an interview featurette with Freddie Prinze Jr., »

- MovieWeb

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How Star Wars Rebels Is Recapturing the “Shock Factor” of Lightsabers

3 October 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Star Wars Rebels one-hour TV movie premieres tonight at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Disney Channel. This will lead into the series that will air on Disney Xd starting on Monday, October 13th, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. Yesterday, Disney announced that the show has already been renewed for a second season. The fact that Rebels will be priming audiences and laying the groundwork for what to expect in the new trilogy is likely a more important factor in the decision than the early buzz, which has been very positive. Producer Simon Kinberg said in a previous interview,

"There are characters, vehicles, imagery that are introduced in the show before we've ever seen them in the movies, possibly including VII."

Like J.J. Abrams with Episode VII, the team behind Rebels is aiming to recapture the magic of the classic trilogy, and they’ve gone to painstaking lengths in their attempt to do so. »

- Eli Reyes

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John Travolta defends Battlefield Earth

16 September 2014 11:35 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John Travolta admits he has no regrets over Battlefield Earth, and would do it all again...

The knives were firmly out for John Travolta's long-cherished passion project, Battlefield Earth, when it landed in cinemas in 1999. Eyed as the first in a multiple-part adaptation of the source material, with Roger Christian directing, the project attracted negative attention from the off for being an adaptation of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard's book. It would be fair to say that, while it has merits, the end movie probably didn't help either.

In an interesting new interview over at The Daily Beast, however, Travolta has stood by the film. When asked if he regretted it, he adamantly replied "no way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?"

He continued, saying that "I had the power to do whatever I wanted and I chose to do a book that I thought was »

- simonbrew

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Alien – Ridley Scott’s Masterpiece Released 35 Years Ago Today: May 25, 1979

25 May 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Avco Center Cinemas, Westwood, CA

On Friday, director Ridley Scott arrived in Sydney, Australia, reportedly to scout for locations for Prometheus 2.

Prometheus (2012) starred Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, was well received by critics and subsequently a box office hit. The sequel is scheduled for a release in March 2016.

I’ll bet Scott never thought in a million years that he’d be scouting locations for another Alien movie almost 35 years to the day after the original hit theaters.

Jump back to opening weekend… May 25, 1979. “In space no one can hear you scream”

I was a 12 year girl when my mother, after much pleading, took me to the Showcase Cinemas in East Hartford, Ct on that Friday night. These were the days prior to the words “spoilers” and “internet” when audiences went into a film blind and when parents didn’t take their children to R rated movies. »

- Michelle McCue

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Hey, Toronto! Win A Double Pass To Catch A Rare Screening Of Roger Christian's Black Angel On The Big Screen With In-Person Q&A!

9 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Okay, Toronto, here's a rare treat!Back in 1980 famed Star Wars art director Roger Christian made the move to the director's chair with a 25 minute short film titled Black Angel. George Lucas was enough of a fan of the film that he tied it to the release of The Empire Strikes Back in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia but despite the famous backing it was never released on any home video format and, in fact, was believed to be lost entirely until a 35mm print turned up in December of 2011.Well, it's getting a release now. Canadian outfit Juice Distribution will be making Black Angel available on iTunes and other VOD platforms around the world on May 20th and to celebrate they've got Christian...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]


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Lost 'Star Wars' Short Film 'Black Angel' to Be Released Soon

6 March 2014 8:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While everyone eagerly awaits Star Wars: Episode VII, fans have a new reason to get excited. Roger Christian's long lost fantasy short film Black Angel will become available for the first time ever this year, possibly through iTunes or Netflix and may be part of a DVD re-release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

What's so special about this particular short? While it doesn't tie directly into the Star Wars mythology, the 1980 film was shown in theaters with the original May 21, 1980 release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in select localations. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian and was thought to have disappeared forever, until the film was rediscovered in December 2011.

George Lucas himself commissioned the short as a companion piece, which served as an introduction to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. »

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Glasgow hits 40,000 admissions

3 March 2014 3:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tenth anniversary of festival hits landmark for first time; Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin receives its Scottish premiere as the closing film.

Closing with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Glasgow Film Festival has confirmed that its tenth edition saw it hit 40,000 admissions.

With final box office figures unavailable at the time of writing, the festival (which ran Feb 20-March 2) has hit the 40,000 mark for the first time with a programme of 369 screenings, panel discussions, live performances and pop-up cinema events.

Speaking at the closing gala, festival co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner thanked the festival’s sponsors - Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Event Scotland, Creative Scotland and the BFI. Gardner added: “We’ve had a truly wonderful time with the festival: great films, fabulous guests and the warmest audiences. Thank you very much for the support and a huge thanks to the massive team that’s worked so hard across a huge »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Star Wars companion short to screen again in UK after 34 years

7 February 2014 5:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Black Angel, commissioned by George Lucas and shown with The Empire Strikes Back, to feature at Glasgow film festival

A long-lost short that was screened ahead of the original run of Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be shown in the UK for the first time in more than three decades, according to the BBC.

Fantasy story Black Angel was specially commissioned by Star Wars creator George Lucas to be screened with his 1980 blockbuster in European cinemas. Shot on location on the tidal island of Eilean Donan in the western Highlands of Scotland, it is described as an Arthurian tale of a knight who rescues a princess on his way home from the Crusades.

The original prints went missing after Empire's run in cinemas, but turned up in the archives of Universal Studios in the Us two years ago. Now the film, directed by Oscar-winning Star Wars »

- Ben Child

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Dreyfuss, Gilliam to attend Glasgow

5 February 2014 3:51 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tenth edition of Glasgow Film Festival, running Feb 20-March 2 announces guest lineup.

Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and film-maker Terry Gilliam are among the guests set to attend the upcoming Glasgow Film Festival.

Dreyfuss will be attending the UK premiere of Cas & Dylan on Feb 22, where he will also be accompanied by the film’s director, Beverly Hills 90210’s Jason Priestley.

Gilliam will be in attendance at the screening of The Zero Theorem on Feb 27.

Other guests confirmed include Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer and star Paul Brannigan for the festival’s closing gala on March 2; director David Mackenzie for Starred Up; magician Rickey Jay for the UK premiere of new documentary Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay; Mary Queen of Scots director Thomas Imbach; and Brontis Jodorowsky to talk about his father’s latest film The Dance of Reality.

Guests previously announced for this year’s tenth edition include The Double director [link=nm »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Glasgow Film Festival Checks into ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

22 January 2014 3:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.

The festival will also host the first U.K. public screening of “A Long Way Down,” which is based on Nick Hornby’s novel and stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan.

The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out »

- Leo Barraclough

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Grand Budapest to open Glasgow

21 January 2014 11:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tenth edition of the Glasgow Film Festival to host a record 60 UK premieres; Under the Skin to receive Scottish premiere as closing film.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel will receive its UK premiere as the opening film of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) on Feb 20.

With the festival celebrating its tenth edition this year, its opening gala recalls their first-ever closing gala, Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which will also receive a screening during the festival on Glasgow’s Tall Ship.

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, which was partly shot in Glasgow and stars Scarlett Johansson as a predatory alien seductress, will receive its Scottish premiere as the closing film on March 2.


This year’s edition (supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Creative Scotland) will feature a record 60 UK premieres, including Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo; Sandra Nettelbeck’s Mr. Morgan’s [link »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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10th Glasgow Film Festival launched

21 January 2014 10:59 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This year's Glasgow Film Festival was officially launched tonight with the news that Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be its opening gala. Other UK premières screening there will include Mr Morgan's Last Love and agnès b's My Name is Hmmm…. The popular Frightfest weekender will return in all its gory glory and there's a new strand dedicated to the very best new cinema from Chile.

Guests at this year's festival will include George Sluizer, introducing his recently completed film Dark Blood, which stars River Phoenix. Richard Ayoade will present his new film, The Double, and there will be a chance to meet legendary set designer Roger Christian, who gave us Star Wars and Alien.

"In the decade since the Festival began, it’s grown almost beyond recognition," said co-director Allan Hunter. "One thing remains essential, though – Gff is and will always be an access-all-areas event, »

- Jennie Kermode

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