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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 »
Just last week, we highlighted a new edit of Close Encounters of the Third Kind that Topher Grace screened for a small audience, including Peter Sciretta at SlashFilm. However, the first time Grace chose to re-edit a well-known piece of sci-fi pop culture, our own Alex Billington was in attendance. That event had Grace showing off an edit of the Star Wars prequels that he touted as Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. After the response to his Close Encounters remix last week, the actor has released the trailer he sent as an invite to his Star Wars screening. It's a very cool tease for the much shorter Darth Vader origin story. Teaser for Star Wars Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back from Cereal Prize (via SlashFilm): The use of Obi-Wan Kenobi's voiceover is extremely effective, and this makes me desperate to see how Grace cut down »
- Ethan Anderton
Topher Grace‘s Star Wars Prequel Re-edit has become the stuff of Internet legend. Fans went crazy a few years back when news broke the That 70′s Show actor edited George Lucas‘ three Star Wars prequels into one movie. On the surface, the idea made lots of sense, but many were outraged both that Grace would […]
- Germain Lussier
About two years ago, I wrote about a very cool screening I got to attend: an 85-minute version of the three Star Wars prequels that was cut together by Topher Grace. As I said at the time, "while you may think there is no way to make the three films work as one coherent movie, Grace accomplished it with only a few minor flaws. His combined prequel trilogy moves quickly and omits huge chucks of story in favor of action and streamlining the narrative events of the prequels. Gone are the politics, General Grievous, Jar Jar Binks (except for one shot), the clone army, and about 99% of the first movie." When I first wrote about it, the one question everyone kept asking was, "how can I see it?" The unfortunate answer was never. At the time, Grace said it was a one-time screening and he sounded very adamant about his decision. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jessica Alba and Topher Grace were on hand to celebrate one of their godson's special moments. The duo rang in the blessing of Jaime King's son James Knight Thursday, with the Hart of Dixie actress sharing a shot on Instagram that gave a glimpse into the celebration. "Life is a constant gift. Our baby blessing this evening for our son #JamesKnightNewman with our beloved godparents @tophergrace and @jessicaalba with daddy @Kyle_newman - we love you!," King wrote, posting a shot of Grace, Alba, her hubby Kyle Newman and herself, cuddling her 4-month old baby boy. King revealed that she had chosen Alba and Grace for her little one's godparents back in December when she wrote on Instagram, »
What a lucky boy! Jaime King's son James Knight was in good company as his famous mom celebrated his blessing alongside godparents Jessica Alba and Topher Grace. The Hart of Dixie actress shared a sweet photo from the special day via Instagram on Friday, Feb. 21. "Life is a constant gift," King, 34, captioned. "Our baby blessing this evening for our son #JamesKnightNewman with our beloved godparents @tophergrace and @jessicaalba with daddy @Kyle_newman – we love you!" In the snapshot, the former model stood behind the Dear [...] »
When Topher Grace has time on his hands, he likes to tinker with his favorite movies in the editing room and then screens the results with friends. The former That '70s Show star made headlines in 2012 with his clever cut of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, whittled down to one slam-bang 85-minute movie, and on Thursday night he assembled a small group of pals and a few journalists in a private screening room to debut his remix of Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, for one time only. I guess working on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar got those creative juices flowing...
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Some readers might remember back in March of 2012, our own Alex Billington was lucky enough to attend a fun little event hosted by Topher Grace where he screened something called Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. Grace was anxious to learn the tricks of being an editor, and as some fun practice, edited together all three of the Star Wars prequels into one, short 85-minute movie, focusing mostly on Anakin's path to the Dark Side. Now he's done it again with a film from George Lucas' good pal and collaborator Steven Spielberg, sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And there's a trailer to watch! Click to watch the trailer for Topher Grace's Close Encounters of the Third Kind edit (via SlashFilm): SlashFilm notes that Grace didn't do this because he felt the need to fix Close Encounters of the Third Kind (that wasn't even »
- Ethan Anderton
2014 is upon us and film geeks around the world are eagerly anticipating the release of a whole slew of big-budget sci-fi and fantasy extravaganzas, all made with the aim of blowing your mind and renewing your faith in the awesome power of cinema. While some may say this isn’t really different from any other year, we’d beg to differ.
Sci-fi in particular is coming back in a big way. Like heavy metal, it seems to come and go in cycles, but this year is set to be particularly massive, with Gravity likely to get a lot of love at the Oscars 2014. Here are three films we're really looking forward to:
The most famous kaiju of all is to return in a new update, directed by Gareth Edwards, who shot to fame for his ultra low-budget, but critically acclaimed, sci-fi film about aliens invading Mexico, Monsters. Forget Roland Emmerich’s disastrous, »
- Gary Collinson
Blumhouse Productions returns to haunted house territory with Home, which has just signed on a new resident. Read on for the latest casting details!
Adam Alleca penned the script that centers on a man (Grace), recently released from a mental institution, who inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.
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- John Squires
After deftly handling supporting roles in action fare like Man on a Ledge and The Last Stand, actress Genesis Rodriguez is set to make her mark as a scream queen in the upcoming Blumhouse thriller Home.
The actress will star alongside Topher Grace in the thriller, which centers on a man (Grace) who inherits a creepy old mansion from his parents and begins to believe that it is haunted. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that he’s right, and lots of horrifying supernatural events ensue. It has not been confirmed which character Rodriguez will be playing in Home, though I imagine that she’ll be taking on the role of the love interest of Grace’s protagonist.
- Isaac Feldberg
If you count "Kid," tonight's casting report features a great group of first names. Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin. Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left). More on each project after the jump. The adaptation of Deborah Moggach's novel, Tulilp Fever, is set in 17th century Amsterdam. The Wrap reports Grainger will play a married woman in an affair with an artist in Tulip Fever: "The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together." This is a passion project for Alison Owen »
- Brendan Bettinger
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
• Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in Mean Moms, an upcoming New Line pic based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book about parenting. TV-vet Beth McCarthy-Miller, who recently directed The Sound of Music Live, is set to direct the comedy, which is reportedly scripted in the vein of Mean Girls (also based on one of Wiseman’s books). The story follows a mother who moves to a fancy suburb from a small town and is suddenly pitted against an army of hypercompetitive parents. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson are set to join the Sarah Gavron's "Suffragette". Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Meryl Streep also star in the film which begins shooting this coming Monday in the UK.
Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the early feminist movement who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. [Source: Screen]
Mortensen plays an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
“Identity Thief” actress Genesis Rodriguez has signed on to join Topher Grace in Blumhouse Productions’ supernatural thriller “Home,” which will Universal will distribute under its first-look deal with Jason Blum’s production company, TheWrap has learned. Dennis Iliadis (the 2009 “Last House on the Left” remake) will direct from a script by Adam Alleca. Grace will play a man who inherits a mansion from his deceased parents and starts to suspect it is haunted after a series of disturbing events. Also read: Topher Grace Premieres Re-Cut of ‘Boogie Nights’ on New Website (Exclusive Video) Patricia Clarkson is currently in negotiations to co-star in the film, »
- Jeff Sneider
Man on a Ledge and Identity Thief star Genesis Rodriguez is, according to TheWrap , set to join the recently-announced Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson for Home , Blumhouse Productions' upcoming haunted mansion thriller. Grace stars as a young man who, recently released from a mental institution, moves into a newly-inherited mansion. Unfortunately for him, he soon begins to believe that the building is haunted by a mysterious supernatural force. Dennis Iliadis, the director behind the recent The Last House on the Left remake, will helm Home , directing from a script by Adam Alleca. Jason Blum will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Graham King (the three of whom were originally developing the property through their Appian Way). Universal »
Matthew McConaughey's career has enjoyed a huge resurgence over the past few years, and could culminate with an Academy Award next month for his acclaimed role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. And the actor is showing little signs of slowing down; along with the hit HBO series True Detective, his next film will see him venturing to the far reaches of space as part of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar. During an interview with Variety, McConaughey has spoken about the upcoming film, stating that it's Nolan's "most ambitious" project to date - no small feat when you consider his past films include the likes of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.
"Here’s what I can tell you," states McConaughey. "It's the most ambitious thing [Nolan] has ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff. He came up to me and said, ‘Mud. »
- Gary Collinson
The McConaissance is well underway and shows no signs of slowing down. Arguably, Matthew McConaughey is one of the most in demand actors currently working in Hollywood and with his seemingly unstoppable hot streak looking to continue into the foreseeable future, things are only going to get bigger and brighter for him.
In a recent interview with McConaughey, which we highly recommend that you check out as it’s a very good read, Variety managed to sneak in a question about one of the actor’s upcoming films, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Of course, he wouldn’t reveal much, but McConaughey did tell them that it’s the most ambitious thing that Nolan has ever done, which is certainly saying a lot.
“Here’s what I can tell you, It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff. … There’s no fucking around on set. »
- Matt Joseph
Who is Topher Grace? We.re sixteen years removed from the origins of That 70.s Show, and it.s hard to say how he.s distinguished himself. He.s played quite a few smarmy boyfriends in stuff like Traffic and Mona Lisa Smile, but practically vanished from the screen as a leading man in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and In Good Company. He.s not good, and quite distracting, when he pops up in big genre films like Predators and Spider-Man 3, but that hasn.t stopped casting agents: he.ll be seen in this year.s Interstellar. And yet, the question remains: who is Topher Grace? Or, considering his new multimedia project, what is Topher Grace? An. (shrug) editor? A couple of years ago, Grace picked up editing and tried an 85 minute supercut of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Claiming the trilogy "only had one good movie »
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