10 items from 2015
With Star Wars Celebration happening all weekend long, we thought it would be a good time to revisit a hidden gem in the franchise's canon, the 1983 TV documentary From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. The entire 65-minute film was split up into nine segments on the official Star Wars YouTube page last May, but in case you missed it last year, you can watch it all right here. The documentary, which aired on PBS in December 1983, was written by Richard Schickel, who previously wrote the TV documentaries The Making of Star Wars (1977) and Sp FX: The Empire Strikes Back.
Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of »
If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.
These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »
- Justin Chang
No, we haven’t time-travelled back to 1980 but yes, The Empire Strikes Back is back in the box office top ten in the United Kingdom. The reason? Secret Cinema kicked off their latest event, centered on the classic Star Wars sequel, earlier this week. With a Thursday to Sunday gross of $470,000, the Irvin Kershner-directed film […]
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- Germain Lussier
Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »
- Donna Dickens
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...
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Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
With the most vivid, fully imagined universe in all of science fiction, Star Wars is one of the most beloved, storied franchises in cinematic history. This is thanks in no small part to a wildly original cast of characters, at once instantly understandable and delightfully alien.
The range of actors found in the series is nothing but impressive. You can find dozens of actors who got their start in the films, working right alongside established stars like Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing (and later Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson). Some of your favourites you may not even recognise out of character, but, even if they performed under masks and make-up, they were essential to bringing Star Wars to life.
Of course, when talking about a franchise with such incredible longevity, you’re bound to lose a few friends along the way. That’s certainly the case with Star Wars, »
- Jay Anderson
One of the best lines from the original Star Wars trilogy was Han Solo's totally boss response to Princess Leia's "I love you" in The Empire Strikes Back. The original scene had Harrison Ford saying "I love you too," but as I'm sure most of you know, the actor and director Irvin Kershner didn't like it, so Ford changed the line to "I know," forever cementing Han Solo as one of the coolest cool-guy characters »
- Jesse Giroux
10 items from 2015
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