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Days after the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped, the Internet is still busy picking up the pieces. The first-look footage sent legions of comic-book and blockbuster-movie fans in a scurry to scour every frame of film, analyzing the clues that director Joss Whedon decided to include in the sneak peek at his 2015 tentpole thriller. And all I could think of as I sat back and watched the Marvel-fuelled insanity was, "What will it be like when J.J. Abrams finally unleashes his first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII?" After all, Joss Whedon.s first Avengers movie only came out two-and-a-half years ago. Plus, there have been four spectacular Marvel moves released into theaters since that film. The audience.s appetite for Marvel movies should have been satiated. Star Wars fans, on the flip side, have been starving . metaphorically . for years. The prequels disappointed, and they are Dying to »
While Lucasfilm and Disney have been incredibly tight-lipped with regards to director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the studios have unveiled essentially nothing about the other Star Wars films in the works. We know that starting next year, there are plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year, and we also know that the first film after Episode VII will be a “standalone” Star Wars feature directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. After that we have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and then Josh Trank’s “standalone” feature, so the studios certainly have a pretty deep bench and no doubt have a master plan of sorts. With Edwards on deck, he’s started to put together his crew in anticipation of starting production on his secretive Star Wars project in London next year, and the first major addition is a rather exciting one: cinematographer Greig Fraser. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (More on that later.) Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, »
- EW staff
I've known Greig Fraser for a few years now and have been positively stoked to see him rise through the ranks and become, truly, one of the great DPs of his generation. He's gone from making a big splash with painterly work in Jane Campion's "Bright Star" to taking on major projects from Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"). Oh, and now he's lined up a "Star Wars" movie. But don't expect any details on that one here. Naturally, I tried, but Fraser is mum on just what Gareth Edwards' standalone feature is after recently being tapped to shoot it, and can you blame him? In the meantime, it's not like there isn't plenty to chew on. He's behind the camera on two completely different films this year — "Foxcatcher" and Rupert Wyatt's remake of "The Gambler" — both with striking looks and, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. »
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A couple summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, Phineas and Ferb are happily basking in the glow of Tatooine's twin suns - until plans for the Death »
Wow. By far the best we’ve seen yet in this fledgling series, Rise of the Old Masters has everything I could want and warmed the heart of this Star Wars geek.
Not only does someone finally use one of the adjustment switches on their lightsaber….but this episode mentions lightsaber forms!!!! I can’t tell you how excited that made me. That’s not all though. I’m straining not to spoil the rest for you, but if you know your stuff you’re going to freak out.
Surrounded by everything from famous quotes to lighting that reminded of The Empire Strikes Back, things take a big step forward here which will please those who felt the last episode (read my review here) was treading water.
I’ve been thinking about something since the start of this series, »
- Chris Cooper
Tokyo — Invited to speak in Tokyo as part of the ‘Cool Japan’ cultural promotion drive, animator John Lasseter delivered a heart-felt and deeply personal tribute to Japan, Japanese film culture, and fellow animation icon Hayao Miyazaki.
“Thank you, Japan for making me who I am,” he said by way of conclusion in front of a packed theatre at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
The speech was carefully written and enthusiastically presented by a Lasseter who clearly intended to educate as much as he was there to promote. Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studio, and DisneyToon Studios.
He included early photographs of himself and fellow student animators at California Institute of the Arts, showed a clip of Miyazaki’s “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro,” which he described as “clever and economical” animation, but with depth. And then described how »
- Patrick Frater
For a long time Star Wars deleted scenes were as hard to come across as someone who doesn’t love Boba Fett. There were a lot of rumoured moments allegedly left on the cutting room floor, such as the sandstorm following the destruction of Jabba’s Sail Barge in Return Of The Jedi, but aside from the odd on-set photo there was little evidence of these sequences that almost happened in that galaxy far, far away.
Now, thanks to the release of The Complete Saga Blu-Ray and the general sharing of theories on the internet, we can see the moments from all six films that didn’t quite make the finished cut. And boy are there some doozies in there.
Some deleted scenes have found their way into the films in some form over the various re-releases – Episode I on DVD has a longer podrace second lap and the »
- Alex Leadbeater
When asked by Norton whether he will be appearing in the film, Cumberbatch didn't rule it out, replying: "No comment."
Cumberbatch, who previously collaborated with Star Wars Episode VII director Jj Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness, did admit that he had visited the set of Star Wars, although he appeared to regret making that revelation.
"I went to the set. It was incredible," said Cumberbatch.
"I probably shouldn't be saying these things."
If Star Wars was looking for someone to play a Wookie, they may have found the right man.
Thanks to the birth of CGI, most films these days create their elaborate visual magic with the use of computers. However, before technology gave us powerful PCs, visual effects in films had to be created by hand – with skilled artists and technicians spending hours painstakingly painting matte backgrounds or building elaborate models and sets. These rare behind-the-scenes photos from the original Star Wars trilogy demonstrate just how much craftsmanship went into creating things found only in a galaxy far, far away. There are 140 photos on display in this Imgur album from user Joinyouinthesun, and they give us a rare peek into a world many of us have never seen – a world where movie magic is created. It’s astonishing to look at some of these creations; the level...
- Mike Bracken
Lots of jokes out there about Ultron rocking two blue-tooth pieces. Stand-alone Star Wars movie script writer Gary Whitta apparently had some notes for Joss Whedon to make the robotic menace ever more "douchey". Disappointed that my note to @josswhedon to give Ultron a popped collar to make him seem like more of a super dick apparently was ignored. — Scary Whitta (@garywhitta) October 23, 2014 Josh Costella of Modern Myth Media raises an interesting point on similarities between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Are Marvel repeating villainous motivations in wanting to make the world safe through excessive force? So...Stark's motivation for creating Ultron is basically the same motivation Shield had for Project Insight minus the intended murder. — Josh Costella (@JoshCostella) October 23, 2014 Editor/writer/director Robert Meyer Burnett has a suggestion for how WB can take down Marvel at the superhero box office. Warners should put Ultron »
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: Sloth Wars t-shirt The […]
- Peter Sciretta
Harsher viewers would pop the third episode of Rebels, ‘Fighter Flight’, into the ‘filler’ category. It doesn’t move the overall story on at all, but it was enjoyable with some cool set pieces. Making use of the classic ‘pair up the two squabbling characters and watch them bond’ trope, Ezra and Zeb are packed off the Ghost on a supply run when their arguing manages to hack off everything on-board.
You know how that part of the episode will work out already, with Ezra and Zeb coming to understand each other and appreciate their very different strengths.
How they get there is the interesting part, and here you’ll be entertained. We’ve got shoot outs, force abilites, and most importantly some Tie Fighter action! I love how standard pieces of the original trilogy are being fleshed »
- Chris Cooper
Beer and parties are two of the things in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Yes, for real. There’s also Episode VII speculation and all of the following: Star Trek star Brent Spiner has joined Star Wars Rebels. Read a rumor of how performance capture is being used in Star Wars Episode VII. Footage from the cancelled […]
- Germain Lussier
Racial tension in the Obama era is given a sharp analysis in the satire Dear White People, a microcosm of modern America that takes place on a college campus, following the lives of four different students. Elements of identity and power vividly come into play, as black students confront racism at its most ridiculous and grotesque. For example: Troy (Brandon P Bell) is looking to fit in with the leaders of a satire magazine, but has to conform his ideals to do so; Coco (Teyonha Parris) wants to use what she considers to be her black identity to get a reality show contract. Writer/director Justin Simien’s film is a hilarious reflection of a society that still needs to get itself together, regardless of a black president living in the White House.
This film marks the feature debut of Simien, who has previous experience with an online series called “Inst Msgs, »
- Nick Allen
This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. He's the artist who gave Rambo his gigantic gun (and sensitive gaze) in the poster for First Blood. He made Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia look like timeless movie icons with his poster for Star Wars. He turned Harrison Ford's face into a canvas all its own with his artwork for Indiana Jones. His name may not be familiar in every household, but his work is. Over the course of his four-decade career, Drew Struzan, 67, has painted more than 200 film posters, always in
- Tim Appelo
For fans of Star Wars, there are few comedies that bring as much joy as Mel Brooks' classic spoof Spaceballs. From Rick Moranis' great turn as the villain Dark Helmet to the late Joan Rivers as a scratchy voiced, lady C-3Po named Dot Matrix, there's just so much to love about this movie. And while Brooks is a master of comedy (he even planned a joke that will last forever with his Hollywood Walk of Fame handprint this year), YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has decided to give Spaceballs a dramatic makeover by giving the film a trailer in the style of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it's pretty cool. Here's the Interstellar style trailer for Mel Brooks' Spaceballs from YouTube (via Live For Films): For more on Interstellar see: fan-art posters, five new TV spots, third official trailer and the official website. Interstellar is »
- Ethan Anderton
Movies have always been able to control our emotions, our thoughts, and our reactions. Certain movies have withstood the test of time because of the impression they have left on us through a great story, unique characters, or a shared experience. People who consider themselves “movie buffs” (which means you, since you’re reading this article) will oftentimes want to know the behind-the-scenes stories of their favorite movies and seek out production information, trivia, and actor experiences.
Thanks to the Internet, movie fans have been able to find never-before-seen photographs from their favorite movies and get a glimpse of what it takes to create an iconic moment in movie history.
Unfortunately, these looks behind the scenes can actually ruin moments in certain movies. For example, if the scene being filmed was a particularly dramatic death scene, seeing an actor goofing around backstage with his supposed murderer might change »
- Mike Shannon
Iif you can't roll with "Spaceballs," we don't know if we can hang with you. The 1987 Mel Brooks comedy, featuring Yogurt, Barf, Dark Helmet, Lone Starr, Princess Vespa, Dot Matrix, and John Hurt is a fantastic send up of the "Star Wars" series and sci-fi movies in general, and thus ripe for a trailer mashup. And so The Usual Suspect (via Live For Films) has pulled together paired clips from "Spaceballs" with the music and structure of the "Interstellar" trailer, and it makes us want to discover the Schwartz all over again. As for Nolan's movie, according to star Matthew McConaughey, its themes of science, humanity and the spirit of adventure which fueled humanity's greatest accomplishments are the basis of "Interstellar." "Those parts of the film are very relevant today. If you’re looking at Nasa, literally. This film challenges mankind, but at the same time has faith in it, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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