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Anything and everything Star Wars is, understandably, all the rage at the moment, but a new Star Wars product is about to hit the market that is…limited in its reach. Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. is poised to release a home version of the arcade game Star Wars: Battle Pod, which is an aerial battle game featuring a fully immersive Dome Screen where players pilot famous star fighters from the films. If that’s a home version of the arcade game isn't enough, Bandai Namco Entertainment is also offering a “Premium Edition” of the game, which will be made to order and equipped with leather seats, with two different designs of your choosing: Rebel Alliance or Darth Vader. So how much will these games cost you? The home version of Star Wars: Battle Pod has an Msrp of $35,000, while the Premium Edition will run a cool $100,000. It’s »
- Adam Chitwood
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic, the most revered special effects company in the world. It was famously created by George Lucas in 1975 to help make his movie, Star Wars, and has since gone on to basically create almost every single big special effects movie or moment you can remember […]
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- Germain Lussier
It goes without saying the Star Wars franchise has been undergoing a renaissance with the upcoming release of The Force Awakens. Excitement has just been mounting more and more with each trailer, press release and interview that has surfaced. Lately the Star Wars franchise has really expanded beyond the big screen and onto television with the much-loved animated series The Clone Wars and, more recently, Star Wars Rebels, a series that takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
When Rebels was first announced, many fans feared it would be a “Disneyfied” version of Star Wars now that Disney owns Lucasfilm (many were also sore over Clone Wars’ cancellation). There’s also the fact the word ‘prequel’ still causes any Star Wars fan to sweat with anxiety. Over time Rebels proved to »
- Gary Collinson
Available to order from June 18, a premium edition is also in the works and is equipped with leather seats that move and react to the action of the game.
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers
Priced at £65,000 ($100,000), the premium version will be available in two different designs inspired by the images of the Rebel Alliance and Darth Vader.
It also includes the owner's name and a product serial number engraved plate, along with a specially-bound owner's manual and exclusive carpeting.
Owners of the premium edition will also have their name added to the game's end credits.
Anghus Houvouras on our insatiable appetite for more…
Like any good column, I was hoping to create a discussion on the topic of our collective box office obsession. Something that has seeped into the groundwater of film fanaticism and poisoned the well. It’s not enough for our movies to be great anymore. They must also be seen as a financial success in order to justify their existence. It was said many different ways in many different forums, but the universal response to the question ‘Why does box office matter?‘ was met with this answer:
‘Because we want sequels.’
There it is. The plain, in-your-face answer that seems so obvious. Financial success means we’ll get more. It’s part of our wonderful world of entitlement. We can no longer be happy with the movie we just watched. Our appetites were just satisfied and already we’re demanding more.
Movies have become chinese food. »
- Anghus Houvouras
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Amma Asante (who most recently directed Belle) is set to direct her third feature film A United Kingdom, with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in talks to star. The film will depict the true story of one of the members of the royal family of Botswana. Here’s the synopsis:
Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
The film will be financed by Pathe International, who will also be one of the companies producing the feature. Along with hopefully starring in the film, David Oyelowo will also serve as one of the producers alongside Rick McCallum (producer of the Star Wars prequels) and folks from Pathe International. With Oyelowo and Pike just coming off there acclaimed performances in 2014 (Oyelowo with Selma and Pike with Gone Girl), it will certainly be »
Just recently, it was reported that The Theory of Everything Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was in talks for the lead role of Newt Scamander in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and now an intriguing shortlist has emerged of actors and actresses contending for the other main roles. According to separate reports by TheWrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll, a bevy of talented thespians, along with some unusual choices, are up for the two female leads and the part of Newt’s male rival.
Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are all in consideration for the role of a character named Queenie, while Katherine Waterston, Elizabeth Debicki and Kate Upton are being looked at to play Queenie’s older sister Tina. Meanwhile, Steve Zissis, Zack Pearlman and Dan Fogler are apparently testing for the role of Jacob, Newt’s main rival in the field of magizoology. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Coming back to the Star Wars mythology for the seventh time, you.d think that iconic composer John Williams might be showing even the slightest signs of Jedi ennui. However, the 83 year-old maestro is still going strong, scoring the anxiously-awaited Star Wars: Episode: The Force Awakens. In fact, he plans a nuanced approach utilizing associated memories in an evocative way. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the legend dishes some details regarding his approach to his current work on The Force Awakens score. Being a Star Wars film, there will obviously be some indelible pieces that will be returning. However, Williams plans to emphasize the impact of some scenes with familiar musical numbers for a new effect that mines our memories. As Williams explains: There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven.t done it yet, but we.re planning to do it. »
Things are moving right along on Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A couple of weeks after Eddie Redmayne entered final negotiations for the male lead role in the film, a shortlist has surfaced of the actresses that are being eyed for the two female leads. Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in the pic, which takes place in New York about 70 years before the events of the first Harry Potter installment. J.K. Rowling penned the script based on her own book, and the big twist here is that aside from Redmayne, the film’s other four leads—two boys and two girls—will be Americans, marking a major departure from the Brit-filled Potter franchise. Per The Wrap, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons (Banshee), and Alison Sudol (Transparent) are up for the role of Tina, while Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), and Kate Upton (Wtf? »
- Adam Chitwood
When it comes to entertainment, the internet – great as it is – is a huge and mostly insane frenzy of speculation, rumour and endless tidbits; a movie or TV show cannot be made nowadays without people pondering what will occur in the following film or episode.
But this is the age that people live in: everybody is eager to know what happens “next.” You can follow a film or TV show for months, or years, before it’s released, waiting like a dog under a table for just a scrap of information that could potentially unveil a secret plot point.
Which brings us to this article, the intention of which is to bring you up to date with the most exciting news stories to have emerged online over the course of the past week; those little clues or subtle revelations that offer up interesting hints (“spoilers,” really) regarding film »
- Sam Hill
There may be a different studio and director behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but when Episode VII opens in cinemas this December one thing that will be very familiar is the music of John Williams. The composer, who has scored all six previous movies in the Star Wars saga, has been talking to Vanity Fair on his work on the hotly-anticipated film, revealing whether he intends to revisit his iconic themes from the Original Trilogy.
“There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much »
- Gary Collinson
The dome-screened arcade machine, Star Wars Battle Pod, has been in various locations for a little while now, but Bandai Namco has now announced new versions of the arcade for you to bring home! If you have plenty of spare cash lying around. Come inside to learn more.
The Star Wars Battle Pods are really cool, and if you've seen them at your local arcades, you've got to try it out. It's a very immersive fighting game, making you feel like you're flying these iconic ships through various missions. But if heading to the arcades aren't your thing, then you're in luck, as Bandai has now revealed home versions of the game for you to enjoy. If you've got $35,000 lying around, then you can order your very own Battle Pod starting June 18th.
But that's not all! Say you don't want the "basic" Battle Pod, and want something to show »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.
10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given
- Shane Ramirez
While most horror fans have grown tired of countless Pov/Found Footage genre films, it’s always a refreshing and entertaining time to come across horror films that utilize the Pov approach in new and interesting ways. Directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods have done just that, with their excitingly original and completely enthralling horror thriller Nightlight. Bypassing the “We have a camera, let’s document everryyyyyything” approach in favor of the film being completely from the point of view of a flashlight, the film about a group of friends playing one dark and ultimately deadly game, just feels like so much fun and is a Really solid entry.
Beck and & Woods spoke to Icons of Fright about the film, its inspiration, the challenges of making the film the way they did, and what’s in store for the filmmaking duo next, so Read On!!
Nightlight felt very original and refreshing, »
- Jerry Smith
Disney Interactive has unleashed a flurry of new assets and information for the Disney Infinity 3.0 Twilight of the Republic Play Set, the same Play Set packed in with the Star Wars-themed Starter Pack.
Twilight of the Republic is one of three Star Wars Play Sets that will be available to purchase before year's end. Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire, set during the Original Trilogy of films, is widely expected to be available at the game's launch. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is estimated to be available in either November or early December at the latest.
Here's your first official synopsis of what to expect from Twilight of the Republic, set during the Prequel Trilogy of films and starring characters featured prominently in the Clone Wars animated series.
"Set during the latter years of the Clone Wars, players will travel to four locations and explore open worlds of Tatooine and Coruscant, »
Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »
- Donna Dickens
The slow but steady integration of Star Wars into the world of Disney continues. Television was first with Star Wars Rebels, movies are on the way like The Force Awakens, theme parks will be later and video games are next. The first new Star Wars console game is an integration into Disney’s already popular Disney Infinity […]
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- Germain Lussier
It seems pretty safe to say that Mad Max: Fury Road is a bona fide success at this point. The new installment of director George Miller's post-apocalyptic wasteland saga is earning near-universal praise from critics while raking in box-office revenue, and yet the most impressive aspect of Fury Road's success just might be the fact that it's the follow-up to a film released more than 30 years ago. This year's movie slate also features sequels for the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises that pick up where Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi left off 32 years ago and Jurassic Park III concluded a mere 14 years ago, respectively. If nothing else, it's proof that it doesn't take a reboot to make everything old feel new again. Given all of this...
- Rick Marshall
Star Wars' masterful score, one of the most iconic to ever play from a theater speaker, is just another notch in composer John Williams' sterling resume. Williams is now 83 and works far less than he did in his heyday, but that isn't stopping him from returning to a galaxy far, far away as he'll provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. In an interview with "Vanity Fair," the composer revealed he will be borrowing a few familiar notes for the upcoming score, taking some of the notable character themes for big names like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia and fusing them together with his new music. "There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces," Williams said. "We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural »
- Cory Woodroof
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Mondo’s Tom Whalen Solo […]
- Peter Sciretta
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