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Everyone loves Bb-8, right? It was always a tall order to fill in for legendary bleeping trash can R2-D2, but his symbolic progeny won the hearts of audiences from the second we saw him roll into action in the first trailer for The Force Awakens, and his many funny (and extremely gif-able) moments in the final film went a long way to capturing that classic Star Wars aura.
Thankfully, the little droid that could will be back for more in The Last Jedi and earlier today during a panel at Celebration, director Rian Johnson compared him to none other than slapstick legend Buster Keaton.
“The best advice I had was from [J.J. Abrams’] editors who said you can’t get enough of Bb-8. He’s the Buster Keaton of [The Last Jedi].”
- David James
Sean Wilson Jan 16, 2017
Few characters have enjoyed as much reinvention as Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth Sherlock Holmes, an enduring icon who is as much bound up with the history of cinema (and indeed stage, TV and radio) as he is with literature. Indeed, adaptations of Holmes stories stretch right the way back to the earliest days of film at the start of the 20th century. Fittingly enough given Holmes' penchant for a violin serenade, the musical scores to his adventures are as richly varied as the outcomes to his mysteries are unexpected. Here are Holmes' musical highlights, from Buster Keaton through to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Before CGI and computer graphics, Hollywood had to get creative to make special effects work. A lot of the stunts in early films look downright dangerous, especially when you can’t imagine how they were pulled off, like this scene starring Buster Keaton in Sherlock, Jr.
— Silent Movie Gifs (@silentmoviegifs) January 7, 2017
Nothing was as dangerous as it looked, however. There were several tricks that cinematographers created to give the illusion of realistic danger without hurting stars like Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. The fascinating Twitter account Silent Movie Gifs shows behind-the-scenes footage on how they pulled these off.
For example, the above stunt was pulled off by doing this:
By placing a plate of glass partially painted black in front of the camera, Keaton on the motorcycle was filmed separately ...
- Stephanie Weber
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