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Fans are getting very psyched up as the seventh Star Wars film comes closer and closer to its release date. But many of us get nervous thinking about the prequels and Jar Jar Binks. Can the new films avoid the mistakes of the prequels? Here are 7 things that the new Star Wars films need to remember.
Despite the recent tweet from Anthony Daniels where he says that the next Star Wars film will be the best one ever, even surpassing the series standard bearer Star Wars-Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, it’s hard to get the taste of the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones out of our collective mouths. No doubt many people are currently thinking, ‘I hope these new films don’t end up anything like those pitiful prequels’. Here are 7 things that the new Disney-owned series needs to do—or not do—in order »
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Yesterday, we learned that the rumours linking Ewan McGregor to playing Doctor Strange for Marvel weren't, ultimately, true (Benedict Cumberbatch has the role). But McGregor is a busy man anyway, having recently made his Broadway debut.
In a chat with Details, McGregor was asked in particular about his Star Wars work. In particular: does he agree with people who believe that The Phantom Menace is 'a piece of crap'? "I watched it once, at the premiere", McGregor said. "So I'm not in a good position to judge".
He did add that "they had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time". He »
Of the three movies in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, it's Episode I: The Phantom Menace that tends to attract the bulk of the criticism from die-hard fans of the original films. From Jar Jar Binks to the less-than-stellar performance by Jake Lloyd, the first of the series has a number of easy targets that audiences have been laughing at for the last 15 years. As much hatred as the feature has gotten, however, star Ewan McGregor has no negative memories of making the film and really just takes all of the complaints in stride. During an interview with Details magazine, the Scottish actor was asked how he felt about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace regularly being called the worst of the Star Wars movies, and he revealed that he doesn't actually have a ton of connection with the finished product. That being said, he also has an explanation »
Director: Danny Cannon
Writer: Bruno Heller
Synopsis: A new recruit in Captain Sarah Essen’s Gotham City Police Department, Detective James Gordon is paired with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham’s highest-profile cases: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Verdict: After 75 years worth of Comic Books, 10 different animated shows, 8 big screen movies and 5 faces of Batman…it’s fair to say that Gotham had it’s fair share of anticipation. When it was first announced that a live action television series chronicling the early years of Gotham City was in development, the news was met with an equal amount of criticism and curiosity. After the CW’s Smallville took 10 years to put a cape on Tom Welling’s Clark Kent, »
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I think it was Andy Warhol who said that everyone associated with Star Wars will be world-famous for 15 trillion minutes. Maybe I made that up, and maybe I have a personal reason for knowing it’s not necessarily true of everyone associated with George Lucas’s game-changing movie, but it does at least seem that Star Wars mania allows for anyone involved in the first or any subsequent installment to be an icon of sorts for the millions of fans out there. Even Jake Lloyd and Ahmed Best are embraced by many at conventions. And according to a new documentary in the works, plenty of extras can show up to events and have a line of people waiting to get their autograph. Of course, almost every extra appearing on screen in the original Star Wars movie plays a character with a name and maybe even an action figure. Very few are recognizable by name and most aren »
- Christopher Campbell
With almost 40 years of history - encompassing films, TV, comic books, video games and novels - there's a wealth of interesting facts and information about the vast universe hatched by George Lucas.
Here are ten fast facts we've discovered from a galaxy far, far away…
1. Inspired by the swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures that began in the '30s, a young George Lucas initially wanted to bring that serial to the big screen, but found the rights to the character difficult to untangle. From there he began to fashion his own space epic - a project that would eventually become the Star Wars we know and love.
However, things could have been a lot different as Lucas's first draft script was »
That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why »
YouTube isn't just a great place to find cat videos and people making fools of themselves. It's also a great place to reminisce. Here are five auditions by children who made their marks in film. Jake Lloyd - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) Jake Lloyd was about 7 years old when he went out for the role of young Anakin Skywalker in the prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. He won the multi-country audition process that spanned 3 years and involved more than 3,000 children. Although Lloyd had previously worked on other films, most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All the Way (1996), the role of the boy Vader seemingly so defined him (and, unfortunately, led to a lot of harsh childhood teasing) that he...
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A sequel to the greatest Christmas film of all time is finally being made, without its original star.
It's Turbo Time again. But not the Turbo Time you remember. That Turbo Time is gone forever, like a a fart from Ted the Reindeer in the winter wind. Admit it: Jingle All the Way is a guilty pleasure that is best consumed in secret every holiday, like cheap boxed wine. Even now, the classic lines from that film are running through your head with a bad Austrian accent tied to it.
If you felt a great disturbance in the Force today, it was because millions of Jingle All the Way fans screamed out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. It came as news broke that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios (yeah, there's a movie studio for a fake sport) were teaming up on a Jingle All the Way sequel. It »
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Fox is quickly moving forward with casting its eagerly anticipated series Gotham. This weekend, The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie landed the role of James Gordon, prompting numerous jokes of a young Commissioner pushing off baddies by yelling, “Welcome to the G.C., bitch!” Now, four more (and relatively unknown) actors are joining the series’ principal cast. Most notably, Sean Pertwee (pictured above) is on board as Alfred, the trusted Wayne family butler, and Robin Lord Taylor will fill the shoes of Oswald Cobblepot, better known as The Penguin.
Sean Pertwee has quite a history, touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the 1980s before turning in work as a gruff character actor in sci-fi flicks like Event Horizon, Soldier and Equilibrium. Recently, Pertwee lent his voice to video games Killzone, Fable II and their respective sequels. According to Variety, Pertwee’s Alfred Pennyworth will be “fiercely protective »
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