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London Film Convention: Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston Reports

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"Thunderball" co-stars Martine Beswick and Luciana Paluzzi.

Hammer and "Live and Let Die" actress Madeleine Smith.

By Mark Mawston

The London Film Convention, organized by Thomas Bowington was quite literally a Who’s Who of heroes and villains from the small and silver screen. The actual Who came in the shape of a Dr. himself in the guise of Sylvester McCoy, along with Who assistants Katy Manning who played Jo and Bernard Cribbins from both the Amicus film version and the TV version. There was also a rare appearance from Garial Woolf. The other key cult British film genres-the Carry On films, James Bond and Hammer horror- were all represented too, with many of the star guests appearing in all three: from the Carry On Films we had Fenella Fielding, Anita Harris and Amanda Barrie, from Hammer and Bond we had Maddie Smith, Valerie Leon, Martine Beswick, Eunice Gayson, John Wyman,
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Review: "Elstree 1976" (2015), A Look At The "Star Wars" Phenomenon; Blu-ray Special Director's Edition

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By Bill Duelly

We’ve seen them at sci-fi or collectibles conventions shows; some more so in England than the Us. They man tables with stacks of photos, offering autographs or pictures for a fee. In many cases their faces aren’t familiar, as their characters wore heavy makeup or masks in their appearance in the original “Star Wars” film. Still, even as you approach them face-to-face some of these people still don’t ring a bell. Maybe it’s because their scenes were deleted or they were an extra amongst many. Others, you discover are a familiar masked character and you are happy to chat for a few moments with them, as that movie, and its two sequels (I am only referring to the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher), had such a lasting impact on your childhood.

Elstree 1976” is a recent documentary that follows ten such actors who,
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‘Star Wars’ Producer Robert Watts Unveils New Films

‘Star Wars’ Producer Robert Watts Unveils New Films
British producer Robert Watts, who worked on the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” trilogies, is developing a pair of movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

Watts is teaming with Italian songwriter Mauro Repetto and French writer Typhanie Soulat on the live-action/animated romantic comedy “Miranda” and psychological thriller “5, 6, 7, 8.” Real Big Hits is the exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agent.

“Miranda” centers on an unborn baby who — with the help of angels — battles witches to ensure that her future parents find each other, fall in love and bring her to life. The film blends traditional animation, computer animation and live action. Repetto, founder of the pop group 883, is writing the script with Soulat. The duo is also writing the soundtrack.

“5, 6, 7, 8” centers on a sociable marketing executive who’s leading a double life as a kidnapper of young women to create a human keyboard that will perform the titular song with a dance routine.
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Yoda: The Empire Strikes Back's big gamble

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In 1980, the idea of having a puppet as a supporting actor was still untested. Ryan looks back at The Empire Strikes Back's big gamble...

"You will go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi master who instructed me..."

George Lucas may have had a wider saga planned out in his head, but he couldn't have predicted just how much hunger there would be for more space adventures in the wake of Star Wars. But as audiences flocked to watch and rewatch the film through the summer of 1977, Lucas was already putting the groundwork in place for a sequel, with its title, The Empire Strikes Back, firmly in place by November that year.

Exhausted by the process of making Star Wars, Lucas decided to step back from the role of writer and director for its follow-up, assigning his old mentor Irvin Kershner
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Win Tickets to See an Uncut Screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom + Attend a Unique Charity Gala Auction

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Our friends at Vue Entertainment are providing HeyUGuys readers with the chance to win one of 4 pairs of tickets to attend an Indiana Jones themed charity gala event this Sunday. An exclusive opportunity to see this uncut version of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom as its meant to be seen – on the big screen. Also in attendance will be the films producer Robert Watts who also worked on the Star Wars movies and is an absolute legend in film making.

During November, Vue is bringing iconic movie legend Indiana Jones back to UK cinemas – with one-off screenings of the classic 80s film trilogy over three successive weeks. Sunday’s charity gala event at London’s Vue West End in Leicester Square will raise money for MediCinema, which works in UK hospitals and places of care to build state-of-the-art cinemas – bringing the latest movie blockbusters to patients, their carers
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Robert Watts on producing Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more

Interview Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:19

We talk to producer Robert Watts about his remarkable career in movies, which includes the Star Wars trilogy, Roger Rabbit and more...

With a career stretching back to the 1960s, British film producer Robert Watts played a key role in making some of the most influential films of the 1970s. Just a quick glance over his credits as a producer reveals an extraordinary career, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and its sequels, the first three Indiana Jones films, and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Those films are but the tip of the iceberg; before Star Wars, he worked on two James Bond films - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice - collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, in films such as Man In The Middle, Darling and Papillon, worked with such legendary actors as Robert Mitchum,
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George Lucas Adds CGI Yoda on Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

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Two weeks ago, we got to go to the Blu-ray trailer luanch of the brand new blu-ray box set for George LucasStar Wars: The Complete Saga. Those present were Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) Producer Robert Watts, and Nick Gillard and later in the day, Ilm Digital Artist John Goodson and Visual Effects Supervisor Bill George.

During the panels, we asked about further changes to the Blu-ray and if we’d see any changes in the movie and never got a definitive answer. Well it turns out that there has already been one big change spotted by the chaps over at Cbm who have found new footage from the Blu-ray which shoes a CGI Yoda where a puppet used to be in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I just think it’s hilarious how Lucas can’t leave it alone!

I’ll let
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Interview: Robert Watts, Producer of Star Wars & Indiana Jones!

It’s 30 years since Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ extraordinary archaeologist creation Indiana Jones first cracked his whip and swung on to the screen in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). The character and the series of films that followed created a cinematic hero that virtually everybody loves: a character and a franchise that remain as popular today as they did upon release.

At a recent special screening that filled the small Picture House cinema that housed the event to celebrate the 30th anniversary, I had the pleasure of meeting the producer behind the series, Robert Watts. Watts is a prolific British producer who has been involved in everything from the Star Wars franchise, to the James Bond films and other notable productions such as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).

Follow the jump to read the full interview, where we talk all things Indy and Star Wars,
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