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It's an elegant weapon for a more civilized age — and it went for a lot of coin.
The lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back sold recently for nearly half a million dollars to the Ripley company, which is based in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The lightsaber was part of the collection owned by producer Gary Kurtz and may be on display at one of the Believe It or Not locations around the country, but the company hasn't specified which one yet, the newspaper reported.
- Ryan Parker
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is to introduce an award for Asian film excellence as part of its annual prize ceremony.
Aacta’s Asian engagement program was unveiled at a banquet event Wednesday on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Actors Sam Neill and Rachel Griffiths were on hand to introduce the new award. Films from 17 countries will be eligible.
The final prize will be decided by a jury, headed by Russel Crowe. It also includes Chinese director Lu Chuan, Korean writer, director and producer Kim Ki-Duk, Indian actor Anupam Kher Indian actress Shabana Azmi, Chinese actor Liu Ye, American producer Gary Kurtz, British producer and distributor Adam Torel and veteran Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz.
The Aacta awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on Dec. 6, 2017 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
“We want to encourage more co-production and more co-operation,” said Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella. “As the Asian screen industry continues to grow and the traditional borders to content distribution are breaking down, audiences across the world are discovering what other regions have to offer.”
Aacta will also develop a range of film forums in Australia and regionally as part of the Asia engagement program.
China and Australia have had an official film co-production treaty for the past ten years. This year will see the release of the largest Australia-China co-production to date, the Kimble Rendall-directed “Guardians of the Tomb,” starring Li Bingbing.
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- Patrick Frater
If you're a Star Wars collector with some very deep pockets, you may want to head out to Los Angeles at the end of this month, because you could take home the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber. This historic item is just one of three Star Wars pieces that will be sold off at the Profiles in History auction, which will take place between Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28. Here's the official description of the lightsaber, revealing where it came from.
"Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill's screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is »
Alright, it's the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and we are going to celebrate with a little bit of controversy. Last week we reported that comedian Jamie Stangroom was on a quest to find the actor who portrayed the clumsy Stormtrooper from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and is responsible for one of the most legendary movie bloopers of all time. The scene in question has a battalion of Stormtroopers entering a room, with one of them hitting their head as he enters. Stangroom's documentary, The Empire Strikes Door is attempting to tackle the issue of there being three actors taking credit for the blooper over the years. And now one of them, Laurie Goode is making the rounds claiming that he is indeed the Stormtrooper ahead of the release of Stangroom's mini-documentary.
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Most movies have a long journey to movie theaters, but “5-25-77” has a longer one than most. As the title might suggest, it’s a coming-of-age picture about the release of the original “Star Wars,” based in part on the experiences of writer-director Patrick Read Johnson, who was one of the first people outside the creators to see “Star Wars,” before going on to write or direct movies including “Dragonheart,” “Baby’s Day Out” and “Angus.”
Johnson began developing the project in 1999 after teaming up with original “Star Wars” producer Gary Kurtz, and began shooting the low-budget project, about an aspiring filmmaker in the run up to the release of George Lucas’ film, in 2004, with production continuing on-and-off until 2006 (though pick-ups have been done more recently too).
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- Oliver Lyttelton
Considerable production power (courtesy of Star Wars’ producer Gary Kurtz) was brought to bear on this 1982 fantasy epic from Jim Henson in what is essentially a 93 minute Muppet Show episode made on a grand scale and with a far grimmer atmosphere. Henson’s dream project was impeccably conceived with the help of English fantasy artist Brian Froud and a huge crew of wizardly animatronics experts. Though it faced considerable box office opposition at its release (in the form of E.T. and Tootsie), Henson’s labor of love still managed to find its audience.
- TFH Team
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