8 items from 2012
It’s hard to believe that less than a week has gone by since we learned George Lucas was selling Star Wars to Disney, and that more Star Wars movies will be made. Until that announcement I had figured that, one day a decade or two from now, we would see Star Wars Episode VII get made. If you had asked me one week ago if we would be planning on watching Episode VII in theaters by 2015, I would have called you crazy.
I’m one of the original old school fans of Star Wars. When I first watched the original Star Wars – and back when it came out in May 1977, there wasn’t any “Episode IV” title in the opening crawl – I was just a seven-year-old kid. True, a seven-year-old boy that was obsessed with everything to do with sci-fi movies and outer space, so watching that first Star Wars »
- Patrick Sauriol
A n Open Forum was held on the 4th day of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival to discuss film preservation and restoration. On the panel were Schawn Belston, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Film Preservation, Twentieth Century Fox; Margaret Bodde, Executive Director, The Film Foundation; Michael Pogorzelski, Director, Academy Film Archive; Kimball Thurston Reliance Media Works, La, Shivendra Dungarpur, Filmmaker and David Pozzi, Cineteca Bologna.
The discussion was moderated by Ian Birnie, a noted film historian. Amid discussions on the best way to go about preserving and restoring the films from the past and present, the forum was replete with the screening of clippings from the films that have been restored.
Filmmaker Dev Benegal and P.K. Nair, founder-director of National Film Archive of India, Pune were also present for the forum.
- Anita Thomas
14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) has announced its complete lineup. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.
Actor Waheeda Rehman will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the festival. Read about it here.
International Jury will be headed by American director Andy Tennant. »
Other members of India Gold Jury are:-
Christian Jeune, Head, Film Department at Cannes Film Festival
Celebrate Age Jury
The ‘Celebrate Age’ competition section jury will be presided by author and columnist Shobhaa De. Other members of the jury are:-
Bhavna Talwar, director
Sachin Kundalkar, Producer and director
Petrina D’Rozario, Founder-President, Wift Mumbai chapter
Ranvir Shorey, actor
Dimensions Mumbai Jury
Marathi Director Umesh Kulkarni is the president of the ‘Dimension Mumbai’ jury. Other members of the jury are
Sanjay Suri, »
Today is a very special day at The Comlink. It is the birth anniversary of the man who changed our lives, mostly for the better, by sharing with us his dreams and visions. He’s the man who forever altered the fabric of popular culture, the man without whom this column would not exist.
Of course I’m talking about The Creator, George Lucas.
Is there any filmmaker alive today who’s had such a profound effect on his audience? Is there any filmmaker who has inspired such vehement worship -- as well as hostility? I think not. We love him and we loathe him, because of what he gave us and what he took away.
If you’re reading this column you’re more than casually familiar with his filmography. And if you’ve not seen the fascinating documentary called “The People vs. George Lucas,” I urge you to do so. »
- Tami Katzoff
In the fourth of the new Shadowlocked podcasts, we chat with our old friend Roger Christian - Oscar winning inventor of the look of Star Wars and Alien, and subsequently a director in his own right (he also helped out old friend and colleague George Lucas by being 2nd Ad on The Phantom Menace).
Additionally Alien art director Christian holds many of the secrets of Ridley Scott's much anticipated Prometheus 'Alien prequel', and he and I did at least get to discuss the recent trailers, the potential of a trilogy that goes off in an unexpected direction, and how Ridley Scott might be reliving the executive-strewn nightmare of 1978 in far happier circumstances, with a great deal more experience and power.
As usual, I'm moaning about the lack of xenomorphs.
Additionally the ever-busy Christian has just finished zombie movie 13 Eerie, and among a slate of financed projects he is »
There was once a time when nobody knew what a Wookiee was.
Before the first Star Wars movie exploded onto the public’s consciousness in May 1977 it was a completely different time for fans of movies and sci-fi. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had only been released the year before and had unexpectedly become the first modern age box office hit. Hollywood hadn’t yet realized that it was about to enter the era of the summer blockbuster and didn’t yet know audiences were craving imaginative cinematic experiences to distant galaxies and high adventure.
Back then, Star Wars was an unproven concept. Science fiction films didn’t make big money and were considered risky gambles for studios to take. And for a 32-year-old filmmaker named George Lucas who had a vision of Jedi Knights, dark Sith Lords, droids and princesses in peril, selling a major movie studio on making Star Wars »
- Patrick Sauriol
It’s likely you’ve heard-of but never seen this early seventies road movie, which features nameless wanderers in a nominal cross-country race. It follows closely the tracks laid down a couple of years earlier by Easy Rider. But this is a more cerebral film than Hopper’s ramshackle classic, and less dated. The years when we couldn’t see Two-Lane Blacktop have been kind to it and now we can, we really should! Two-Lane Blacktop is available on Blu-Ray from January 23rd.
So, why was it unavailable for so long? Blame the lawyers! When films are made, pieces of music used on the soundtrack are licensed for that use but, back in the days before home video, these rights did not include ‘any other medium not invented yet’. So, if a film is to be released on DVD or Blu-Ray, the music has to be licensed all over again. »
- John Ashbrook
8 items from 2012
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