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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

17 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jack Huston cast in ‘Ben-Hur’ remake? ‘Boardwalk Empire’ actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn’t an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale of the Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur, »

- Andre Soares

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Marvel 'Star Wars' Comics Will Bridge 'A New Hope' and 'Empire Strikes Back'

28 July 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson. Take a look at the artwork for each of the new comics below, then read on for more details.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of »

- MovieWeb

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Check Out Rare Art from the 'Forbidden Planet' Remake That Never Came to Be

8 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

With the sheer number of remakes and reboots Hollywood churns out on an annual basis, it’s hard to imagine there’s ever a proposed reimagining that doesn’t get the green light. It happens, though – and as proof, we submit Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner’s 1995 attempt to launch a remake of the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.   For whatever reason (apparently the script was terrible), Kershner couldn’t get the project off the ground, but that didn’t stop him from commissioning some elaborate concept art for the film from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie, Syd Mead and others. Some of that concept art is now available thanks to Ain’t It Cool News, which released it as part of an effort to help fund a book...

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- Mike Bracken

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'Star Wars' Gets a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Style Trailer

23 June 2014 2:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Whether you loved it or hated it, the first trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy released in February certainly had an impact on comic book fans around the world, set to the Blue Swede classic tune "Hooked on a Feeling." YouTube user The Usual Suspect has managed to cut together footage from the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) into a new trailer that captures the same tone and plot points from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Some fans may consider Guardians of the Galaxy to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Star Wars, since it is essentially set in a "galaxy far, far away" from the previous Marvel movies and follows a similar group of "rebels" trying to restore balance to the galaxy. »

- MovieWeb

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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' will be directed by 'Looper's' Rian Johnson

20 June 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been yet another tremor in the force.  After Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII" hits theaters in 2015, J.J. Abrams will hand the reins to Rian Johnson ("Looper"), who will reportedly write and direct "Episode VIII."  The reports of Johnson's involvement are clouded (by the darkside?), with Deadline reporting that Johnson will write and direct both "VIII" and "IX," and The Wrap stating that he'll only be writing the treatment for "IX." We'll likely know more soon.  Many fans presumed that Abrams would direct all three films in the trilogy, but he only signed on for "Episode VII." The original "Star Wars" trilogy was spilt between three directors (George Lucas, Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand), while Lucas wrote and directed all three of the prequels himself, starting with 1999's "Phantom Menace."  Johnson previously directed the low budget indies "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom," as well as several key episodes of "Breaking Bad. »

- Dave Lewis

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'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' Voted Greatest Movie of All Time

30 May 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Empire Magazine has polled over 250,000 obsessive movie fans to come up with the 301 greatest movies ever made, a list that is led by the 1980 classic Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. This same poll was conducted back in 2008, which, at the time, found The Godfather taking top honors. It has now slipped into second place.

Here is a list of the top 20 movies to make the list in 2015.

1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. The Godfather

3. The Dark Knight

4. The Shawshank Redemption

5. Pulp Fiction

6. Star Wars

7. Fellowship of the Ring

8. Jaws

9. Raiders of the Lost Ark

10. Inception

11. Blade Runner

12. The Return of The King

13. Goodfellas

14. Fight Club

15. The Godfather: Part II

16. Marvel's The Avengers

17. Back to The Future

18. Jurassic Park

19. Aliens

20. Apocalypse Now

To see the full list of 301 movies: clickHere

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, »

- MovieWeb

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On 'Star Wars' Day, a look at the franchise's Oscar history

4 May 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." Get It??? There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production. To mark today's occasion, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan offered up a video howdy, which you can watch below if these movies are your thing. In case it's not readily evident, they're certainly not my thing, but I can't very well be »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Veteran Bergman Star, Coen Bros' Cast Members to Star in Sw: Episode VII

29 April 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »

- Zac Gille

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Raymond Wagner, TV Producer, Exec, Dies at 85

16 April 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Raymond Wagner, a producer of films including “Petulia” and, later, “Turner and Hooch” and formerly a top executive at Universal Studios and MGM, died of natural causes March 12 in Westwood, Calif. He was 85.

Wagner oversaw TV pilots for Universal during the 1960s and produced an early movie of the week, 1964′s “The Hanged Man.” He began his feature producing career with director Richard Lester’s 1968 film “Petulia,” starring Julie Christie and George C. Scott, followed by Irvin Kershner’s “Loving,” starring George Segal and Eva Marie Saint, in 1970.

As VP of production at MGM during the 1970s, Wagner oversaw the production of films including “Network,” “Fame,” “The Champ,” “The Passenger,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Coma” and “Logan’s Run.”

As an independent producer, he later produced Tom Hanks comedy “Turner and Hooch” as well as “Code of Silence,” “Rent-a-Cop,” “Run” and “Snow Day.” And Wagner’s creative efforts were not limited »

- Carmel Dagan

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Raymond Wagner, TV Producer, Exec, Dies at 85

16 April 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Raymond Wagner, a producer of films including “Petulia” and, later, “Turner and Hooch” and formerly a top executive at Universal Studios and MGM, died of natural causes March 12 in Westwood, Calif. He was 85.

Wagner oversaw TV pilots for Universal during the 1960s and produced an early movie of the week, 1964′s “The Hanged Man.” He began his feature producing career with director Richard Lester’s 1968 film “Petulia,” starring Julie Christie and George C. Scott, followed by Irvin Kershner’s “Loving,” starring George Segal and Eva Marie Saint, in 1970.

As VP of production at MGM during the 1970s, Wagner oversaw the production of films including “Network,” “Fame,” “The Champ,” “The Passenger,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Coma” and “Logan’s Run.”

As an independent producer, he later produced Tom Hanks comedy “Turner and Hooch” as well as “Code of Silence,” “Rent-a-Cop,” “Run” and “Snow Day.” And Wagner’s creative efforts were not limited »

- Carmel Dagan

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Robocop: For The Love Of OmniCorp, Please Don't Give Us A Sequel

17 February 2014 2:40 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A long time ago, there was a Robocop 2. Director Paul Verhoeven would not return from the first film, nor would screenwriters Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, and gone with them was a sense of satire, intelligence, or purpose. To follow Robocop, director Irvin Kershner and writers Frank Miller (yes, that Frank Miller) and Walon Green side-stepped a chance to build upon that landmark first film with an evolution of themes and instead doubled down on the misanthropy and violence. What resulted was a mean, borderline toxic stew of outlandish science fiction and belligerent 90.s .tude that killed the heart of the first picture by finding new ways to be aggressively anti-Alex Murphy. In other words, they tried following up Robocop before, and it just didn.t work. To think they might try again, with Sony.s latest upgrade of the source boggles the mind. They barely made it out »

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RoboCop in video: From the silver screen to Sega Mega Drive

5 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Detroit's silver-plated cop returns to the big screen this week rebooted with a sleek black suit and The Killing's Joel Kinnaman on leading man duties. Though Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original is the most well-known incarnation of the character, he stretches far beyond movies into TV, video games and comic books.

Digital Spy takes a look back through the RoboCop video archives below...

RoboCop (1987)

With a B-movie premise, a relatively tight budget and a director in Paul Verhoeven who'd never made a movie in Hollywood before, the odds were stacked against the original RoboCop from the start. However, Verhoeven and writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner managed to inject the film with great action, memorable one-liners and a cutting satirical edge that commented on American culture. We'd buy that for a dollar!

RoboCop: The Animated Series (1988)

Let's face it, RoboCop is a seriously cool character that appeals to a »

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Chewbacca Tweets Loads of Old Star Wars Photos

11 January 2014 3:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Peter Mayhew, the man who played Chewbacca in every single Star Wars movie, has been tweeting old behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the famed movies, from his own personal stash. He has included images from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, which feature all of his co-stars, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels. Peter Mayhew started the captivating look back at his career earlier in the week. We've embedded the best &#8207Tweets for you to enjoy.

#nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight. Like this 1 of Harrison, Anthony, Carrie & I sharing a laugh... pic.twitter.com/FblggUaU5e

Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 8, 2014

Ok, you lot really like pics of a certain princess! Here's one of Carrie and her stunt double. You're Welcome. »

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Explore Chewbacca's Behind-the-Scenes Photos

10 January 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over the past few days, Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars, has shared a host of behind-the-scenes images from his days on the set of the iconic film franchise. "#nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight," Mayhew tweeted on Wednesday along with a picture of himself, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher "sharing a laugh." This kick-started a captivating Twitter spree that lasted until the early morning hours on Friday.

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