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We’ve got some new concept art and leaked images from The Force Awakens, a possible new villain for Episode VIII and The King of Pop as the most annoying character in the saga in this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars…
Kicking things off with news from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and some new concept art found its way online which showed off a new character that we’ve not seen yet. The character goes by the name of Bullhead and is an X-Wing pilot, most likely from Jakku. The source of the images claimed that Bullhead would be not be a CGI character and would instead be a man in make-up, and those rumours were confirmed when this image of him on set leaked online…
…They may have shown a behind-the-scenes video at San Diego Comic-Con, but perhaps Disney and Lucasfilm can show »
- Luke Owen
We can't get enough of tales of what might have been. Earlier this week, we shared the story of how Ian McKellen nearly wasn't Magneto nor Gandalf. Now, here's one of how Ahmed Best nearly didn't play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels. Instead, none other than Michael Jackson could have played the comic-relief character. But it would have been done much differently. At least visually. Best revealed the bombshell in a new interview with Vice. Here are the details, as quoted by the site: That's what George [Lucas] told me. Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids—we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as...
- Christopher Campbell
Michael Jackson, like most fans, wanted to be in a "Star Wars" movie. The King of Pop campaigned for a role in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace"; he hoped to play Jar Jar Binks, an unfortunate choice for several reasons, one being that George Lucas didn't want to go in that direction. Mj may have found Lucas's lack of faith disturbing, but -- in hindsight -- *not* playing Jar Jar Binks is something we should all feature on our resumés. So who really won in this deal?
Ahmed Best was the guy who ended up playing the much-derided character and he recently talked to Vice about meeting the late pop star who wanted his job.
In a Reddit interview, you mentioned that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play the role of Jar Jar Binks. Was that a joke?
That's what George told me. Me, Natalie Portman, »
- Gina Carbone
Well, here's a weird piece of trivia. Those of you more knowledgeable "Star Wars" heads may already know this anecdote/factoid, but for those of you who thought the prequels could've have much been worse—you were right! Ahmed Best has been the voice of much maligned character Jar Jar Binks from the prequels and beyond, more recently playing the character in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out." However, as he tells Vice, things could've gone quite differently — the role could've been played by Michael Jackson. "That's what George [Lucas] told me," Best said. "Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids—we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as Jar Jar and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. Ok. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If the "Star Wars" franchise has a nadir, it would have to be Jar Jar Binks. The reviled floppy eared character first appeared in "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" and quickly came to represent all that is wrong with the prequels. Sidelined in the subsequent two instalments, there's no plans to bring him back for the moment.
The man who voiced the character, actor Ahmed Best, spoke with Vice this month - a full sixteen years after he first voiced the character. Surprisingly, Best revealed that George Lucas had told him that Michael Jackson was originally keen on the part and wanted to do it in prosthetics and make up:
"Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids - we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop." But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise's 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson's interest in an interview with Vice.
Michael Jackson wanted to star as Jar Jar Binks in the 'Star Wars' prequels. The legendary pop star - who passed away in June 2009, aged 50 - wanted to appear in the 1999 movie 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace', but was ultimately beaten to the part by Ahmed Best. Ahmed explained: ''That's what George [Lucas] told me. ''Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids - we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. ''There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. Ok.' I thought, 'What is going on?' ''After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I'm having a drink with George and I said, 'Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar? »
Jar Jar Binks is generally considered to be one of the most annoying characters in the history of film, but would he have been any better if played by Michael Jackson?
In the strangest news you're likely to hear all week, the 'Thriller' star was in talks with George Lucas to play the role in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but ultimately lost out to Ahmed Best.
Recalling meeting Jackson, Best wrote in Vice: "Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids - we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird'. Michael was like, 'Oh. Ok.' I thought, 'What is going on?'
"After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big after-party. I'm having »
Well, that was a headline I never thought I would write.
While it does sound like something you would read in a trashy tabloid, this is a story that has come from the mouth of Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In an interview with Vice, the actor revealed about some comments he made on a Reddit Ama last year about the King of Pop being in line for the role of the hated Star Wars character.
“That’s what George told me,” the actor said of Michael Jackson’s proposed casting. “Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids – we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as Jar Jar and I was like, ‘That’s kind of weird’. Michael was like, »
- Luke Owen
One month from now, Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival will take over the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois and they've announced killer lineup that includes Tales of Halloween, a screening of Fright Night with a Q&A from Tom Holland, and Eli Roth introducing Cannibal Holocaust:
"Chicago, July 22, 2015 – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.
“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
“With this program we »
- Jonathan James
Directed by Ted Geoghegan
Written by Ted Geoghegan
Taking cues from late ’70’s /early ’80s horror (primarily director Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery and John Carpenter’s The Fog), writer/director Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut We Are Still Here doesn’t break new ground, but serves as a suspenseful and well-crafted old-fashioned ghost story.
Geoghegan’s concept is pretty straightforward; a period piece set in 1979 about a married couple Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) who relocate to a new home in rural New England after a car accident takes the life of their only son Bobby. The pair has hopes that a fresh start will bring them some closure only Anne feels a strange presence in the house and believes that her child’s spirit is following them. When spooky occurrences originate from the basement, and neighbor Dave (Monte Markham »
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
Reviewed by Jason Lees
Directed by Ted Geoghegan
I'm old. I admit this. I sit back and look at Amazon for used DVDs and Blurays, knowing full well that I'm a dinosaur completely missing the streaming bus. I know full well that physical media is about as cutting edge as 8 track players, and that I'm the last person around who appreciates the art of the well worded outgoing answering machine message. I'm old. I already said that.
Part of accepting this is coming to terms with losing out on what I love most about those silly silly discs: the special features. I love the commentaries. I love the interviews. Hell, I even love the deleted scenes, even if I usually skip them. »
Dark Sky Films has released a new trailer for horror We Are Still Here, which marks the directorial debut of Ted Geoghegan and stars Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the New England countryside to try to start a new life. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to overcome their sorrow and fight back against both the living and dead as the malicious ghosts threaten to pull their souls – and the soul of their lost son – into hell with them. From the producers of The House Of The Devil and Cheap Thrills, »
- Gary Collinson
The dead rise again in a creepy trailer for the upcoming horror movie We Are Still Here.
The couple try to put their lives back together by moving to a rural New England home, only to find themselves haunted by the spirit of their son and other vengeful souls.
This is the latest directorial project from ABCs of Death 2 producer Ted J Geoghegan.
We Are Still Here is now playing in the Us. »
Written & Directed by Ted Geoghegan
If your real estate agent ever describes a house as a “unique fixer-upper, unoccupied for 30 years,” for the love of God… don’t buy it! It’s a lesson that no one seems to learn in horror movies. Luckily, Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut takes the haunted house thriller to new and exciting places while still honoring the genre conventions that we love. We Are Still Here is an unsettling affair that smolders a long time before finally bursting into flame. Easily one of 2015’s best horror films so far.
Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) are an aging married couple on the run. Not from the law, but from their own grief. Two months ago, their son Bobby was killed in a tragic car accident. Anne is inconsolable and Paul is busy crawling into the bottom of a bottle. »
- J.R. Kinnard
We Are Still Here has been garnering enthusiastic reviews from its premiere at SXSW and subsequent screenings at Boston Underground Film Festival and the Stanley Film Festival, with other festival screenings to come. The film is currently playing a limited theatre run, and will be available on VOD on June 5th. You can read Peter Martin's original SXSW review here. If you've missed the trailer, you can watch it below.[Photo above, L-r: Andrew Sensenig, Ted Geoghegan, Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Travis Stevens, Lisa Marie, Karim Hussain. Set photos by Stacy Buchanan / Wicked Bird Media.]I was able to visit the set in freezing upstate New York in February 2014 and speak to cast members Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie, and Andrew Sensenig. TwitchFilm: Larry, how...
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From its chilly opening sequences and impressive title unveil, Ted Geoghegan’s slim yet sturdy debut We Are Still Here belongs to a contemporary tradition of filmmakers directly referencing vintage masters from the annals of horror cinema. Unlike the hybridization occurring in the works of recent indie filmmakers like Ti West or Adam Wingard, Geoghegan denies his film the same sense of increasing self-awareness, though a sense of the ludicrous certainly remains intact. Fashioning the film after giallo master Lucio Fulci’s 1981 classic The House by the Cemetery, Geoghegan assembles an impressive cast of notables. But those unfamiliar with either the source inspiration or the reputation of the principal players may find the narrative too routine, dressed up as it is with a title befitting of a Joyce Carol Oates saga.
- Nicholas Bell
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