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Doctor Zhivago, 1965.
Directed by David Lean.
Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel of the same name, this is a love story between poet and doctor Yuri Zhivago and young nurse, Lara. Set between World War I and the Russian Revolution, they are pulled away from each other, desperate to see each other again.
When The Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012, Sight & Sound ‘weighed up’ the film and balanced 20% of the film as Doctor Zhivago (18% Star Wars, 15% Metropolis, etc). The idea that the new Batman film is similar to a David Lean classic, starring Omar Sharif, seemed a fascinating prospect. Single-handedly directing me to Doctor Zhivago, and lifting my own expectations for The Dark Knight Rises, I can confirm it is indeed a contributing influence. Zhivago is a glorious sprawling epic, portraying the entire life of Dr »
- Simon Columb
Ahead of its home entertainment release this March, a new preview clip has arrived online from Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, entitled ‘Never Do That Again’. Check it out here…
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is out on DVD on March 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Daisy Ridley made her first feature film three years ago, a project by the film-maker Peter Hearn and his students at Andover College, where he is a lecturer. Ridley, like the handful of other professionals working with the students, was paid expenses for her role as a comic book drawing come to life, but that was about it.
Daisy Ridley’s second feature film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh in the multibillion-dollar series. And if internet rumours are anything to go by (they’re not normally, of course, but Star Wars fans tend to be an obsessively analytical and keen-eyed bunch), Ridley’s character Rey, a staff-wielding scavenger picking through the wreckage of battles, is the film’s lead. “She’s not a superhero,” the British actor has said. “She’s »
- Emine Saner
One of the most promising things about the promos for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" so far have been how spare it is. There's much more of a reliance on practical than most modern blockbusters, and the style certainly harkens back to the classic trilogy in more ways than the prequels did.
In a new feature piece for Empire (via Sw News Net), director J.J. Abrams said he looked at John Ford westerns, several Terrence Malick works, and Akira Kurosawa's classic "High and Low" to try and adopt specific qualities for the film - confidence, stillness, and choreography and composition respectively. The aim was for a spare visual style, a less-is-more quality partly seen in the original trilogy (before the Special Editions).
One of the other changes is that of the lightsaber battles. Gone is the overly choreographed dance routines of the prequel fights, instead Abrams wanted something much more down, »
- Garth Franklin
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Parody of the Day: Not so much a parody of a movie as an American custom, here's a video that turns Mad Max: Fury Road into a story about the insanity of Black Friday (via Live for Films): Movie Mashup of the Day: "Bridge of Spies Like Us" imagines a Cold War drama directed by Steven Spielberg starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd (via One Perfect Shot): Movie-Inspired Cartoon of the Day: Alien meets the Smurfs in this cute mashup from illustrator Ed Harrington (via Popped Culture): Movie Takedown of the Day: Star Wars fan Kevin Smith joins CinemaSins to point out everything wrong with the original movie: Vintage Image...
- Christopher Campbell
Over the course of the build up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has taken great pains to set the new film apart from George Lucas. prequels. There will be no mention of midi-chlorians, no Jar Jar Binks, and instead of ubiquitous green screen, they used practical special effects whenever possible. Another way he set his movie apart was by staging the lightsaber battles differently than in Episodes I, II, and III. It wouldn.t be a Star Wars movie without at least one badass lightsaber duel, and we.ve seen footage of Finn (John Boyega) about to throw down with the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). In Abrams. opinion, the duels in the first three Episodes were highly stylized, choreographed almost like a dance. He wanted something else when it came to the Finn/Kylo Ren fight, and looked to the original trilogy for inspiration, »
Christmas jumpers are now compulsory – required for National Christmas Jumper Day (enforced by law), Christmas jumper-themed parties (enforced by social pressure) and to celebrate the saviour of the world, Father Christmas. Thankfully, they’re also no longer naff, with a whole host of movie and comic book-themed designs to confuse elderly relatives at family get-togethers.
Here are five picks from the Flickering Myth Store, which has a hefty discount all weekend for Black Friday. Click on any of the jumpers below to take you right there where you can digitally hand over your money in exchange for clothing. We live in a magical time. Especially for the super discounted price of $27 a jumper (until 5am GMT, Saturday)…
Harry Potter jumper
- Oli Davis
Whether you’re a huge horror fan, Marvel maniac, Star Wars savant, Disney expert, or some sort of weird hybrid of them all, you can now wear your favorite Pop! characters on Pop! Tees. For those of us who fall in… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Now that everyone is recovering from their Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday madness, let’s make sure you caught the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. The best moments from the new trailer are now captured in perfect little GIFs. From Storm Troopers, droids, Sith, and tie fighters to all the Explosions. We even have Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo emerging from what might be a crashed ship with Chewbacca in tow and Harrison blasting away from his laser gun. Also Read: 'Star Wars' Set to Match 'Avatar's' Historic Box Office Feat Any “Star Wars” fan can »
- Andrew Curry
Landing the chance to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens must have been the opportunity of a lifetime for J.J. Abrams. Like many of us, he.s a big old Star Wars nerd and a lifelong devotee of that far, far away galaxy. But beyond that, he.s also a fan of cinema of all varieties, and his influences are wide, varied, and apparent in many of his films, traits that we will see on display in a few weeks. As The Force Awakens creeps ever closer, the coverage is getting thick and deep. The latest edition of Empire is all over the Star Wars beat, and when they talked to Abrams, he revealed a trio of big, yet unexpected influences on his upcoming addition to the beloved space opera. They may not be the inspiration you normally expect to find in an epic space adventure, but they.re »
Considering we’re past the two year mark on the new consoles and Microsoft have upped their game considerably with the Xbox One, it’s about time Sony started making some headway in proving why they deserve such a substantial lead in sales.
You need only look to 2016 for a pretty shocking release schedule too, as apart from Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted 4 there’s… The Last Guardian and…erm… Final Fantasy VII’s remake? Honestly, it’s such a bare slate of titles, that when you look to Microsoft’s solid rollout of Gears of War 4, Crackdown 3, Quantum Break and Scalebound, really makes you question just where Sony’s money is going.
Thing is, the PS4 is an objectively fantastic piece of kit – both consoles are in 2015, in all seriousness – but simply because Sony and Microsoft have released machines with such similar specs under the hood, it only »
- Scott Tailford
If the soundtrack details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens released earlier today didn't give you that Star Wars fix you so desperately need, then you're in luck. Earlier today, IGN released three retro posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which don't feature any of the characters from this highly-anticipated adventure, but they will certainly seem familiar to any longtime fan of the franchise. These one-sheets are actually throwbacks to promotional posters for the one that started it all, 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
With just three weeks left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, new tidbits of information are revealed almost every day. We learned earlier this week that the MPAA has given this adventure a PG-13 rating for "sci-fi action and violence," which will help ensure that the widest audience possible will get to see the movie when it arrives December »
As if it wasn’t tough enough to create one great game, doing so multiple times takes something truly special, the end result creating incredible products that continue to entrench themselves across the global gaming community, all the while establishing an identity for the developers in the process.
While memorable games are a prerequisite for a studio to attain greatness, the ethos by which they approach this is also important. Have they sought to redefine gaming genres or the entire medium in some way? Have they taken a stand against dodgy industry practices and shown that games can achieve success in ways that challenge the norm?
Here we commend those developers who have helped shape the games industry and drive it forward, with both their end products and approaches towards game-making overall. Some of them no longer exist, others have long since passed their golden years but still deserve »
- Robert Zak
Flickering Myth’s writing team are counting down to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by discussing their most memorable Star Wars moments. Next up is Tai Freligh with the Darth Maul/Obi-Wan fight from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace…
I fancy myself somewhat of a Star Wars originals snob. Love, love, loved IV, V, and VI and hate, hate, hated the prequels! Unleashing Jar Jar Binks on us was cruel and unusual punishment and then to further irritate us, they tossed in Hayden Christensen as the uber annoying Anakin Skywalker. We not only had to put up with him as the young Anakin, pod-racing and acting like a know-it-all kid, but we then had to endure teenage Anakin who has ultimate power, but still suffers from #teenprobs. I will find the scriptwriter and hunt them down for that scene between Obi Wan and Anakin where he drops this stink bomb… »
- Tai Freligh
Those watching NFL football on Thursday, especially during the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game, caught the brand new, minute-long TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans on Facebook were the first to see the new spot on Thanksgiving morning.
J.J. Abrams has a special video message for you: for only $10, Star Wars fans have the chance of attending the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the fourth campaign that J.J. has done in partnership with Omaze, and this time the proceeds are benefiting 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.
“With the film premiere just weeks away,” says Abrams in the brand new video. “I just want to take a minute to thank you, the Star Wars community, for supporting the mission of Star Wars: Force for Change.” There will be two lucky campaign winners who get to bring three friends »
- Michelle McCue
See Also: Track listing for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score gives clues to the plot
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
Strap in and make sure your hyperdrive is up to snuff as we venture through the Star Wars Universe in the span of a minute (more or less)! Here we'll discuss, celebrate, and poke fun at the latest and greatest news in a galaxy far, far away. You'll be all caught up before you can say, "Han shot first!", so sit back and enjoy this week's Star Wars highlights! In this... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Marvel’s Vader Down crossover continues this coming Wednesday in the pages of Star Wars #13, and we have a preview of the issue for you here; click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
Part Three Of Vader Down! Bringing together the smash-hit Star Wars and Darth Vader series! Leia comes face to face with true evil!
Star Wars #13 is out on December 2nd, priced $3.99.
- Amie Cranswick
Apparently, Prometheus is being considered a one-off movie. And perhaps we shouldn't view Alien: Covenant as its sequel. Instead, director Ridley Scott says that Alien: Covenant is the first in a planned trilogy that will directly link to his 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. Though, it will still share ties with Prometheus as well, bringing back star of that movie Michael Fassbender, who will reprise his role as the android David.
Ridley Scott is currently in Australia, where he has begun pre-production on Alien: Covenant. He has shared a few more new details about the movie, confirming that there will be two more prequels to follow. The final of which will meet up with the beginning of Alien, taking a page out of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes playbook. Alien: Covenant is going to play out as an 'origin' story that answers some of the basic questions posed in Alien. »
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