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BFI Check out the Sight & Sound poll for 2015. Not pleased that The Assassin topped the immeasurably finer twofer of Carol & Mad Max Fury Road but it is what it is. Perennial critical darling peculiarities abound like Blackhat placing about Ex Machina. Oh please. I didn't hate the former like some but one must assume that's solely on Michael Mann's reputation, the way some filmmakers get a competition spot at Cannes simply because they directed something.
The Guardian on a Carol gift-wrapping promotion - it breaks my heart that people keep thinking this is a watch it on DVD film. It's So breathtakingly cinematic. Go To The Theater.
/Film Gremlins may take a page from Jurassic World/Creed and continue the story decades later
Coming Soon latest Star Wars The Force Awakens news & rumors if »
- NATHANIEL R
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is 21 days away from release. And as we get closer and closer to the big day, it's becoming nearly impossibly to avoid spoilers. The stars of the movie, both old and new, are starting to make the press rounds. And you can't pass a magazine rack in the grocery story without seeing a familiar face from that galaxy far, far away. Today, we have some new intel into the making of the movie direct from J.J. Abrams himself. He offers some surprising films and directors that helped inspire the look and feel of his sequel. And he opens up about why the lighsaber battles seen on screen in Star Wars 7 are different than what has come before it.
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has waded into the controversy over the upcoming film “Gods of Egypt,” after director Alex Proyas and studio Lionsgate issued apologies for the casting. DuVernay took to Twitter on Saturday to call the apology an “unusual occurrence worth noting.” “This kind of apology never happens — for something that happens all the time. An unusual occurrence worth noting,” DuVernay wrote. Also Read: 'Gods of Egypt' Director, Studio Apologize for Mostly White Cast: 'We Failed to Live Up to Our Own Standards' She also tweeted, “Gods Of Egypt makes me value Abrams’ Star Wars choices more. »
- Tim Kenneally
The fate of Luke Skywalker has been the subject of much fevered discussion among “Star Wars” fans as the release of “The Force Awakens” looms. While Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have been prominently featured in the promotion of the new film, Mark Hamill has been conspicuously absent.
In a new interview with Empire (via SlashFilm), Hamill remained relatively tight-lipped about Skywalker’s role in the latest chapter.
“Obviously you’re seeing him in a very different time in his life,” Hamill said of Skywalker. “There are lots of surprises in this movie. You’re going to love it.”
He went on to suggest that he spent time filming solo scenes. “It reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats,” Hamill said. “If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon, you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, »
- Variety Staff
While the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy offered up a number of memorable lightsaber duels, they have come in for criticism due to their heavily choreographed and elaborate nature, and it seems that hasn’t been lost on J.J. Abrams, with the director telling Empire that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see a return to the more “primitive” style of the Original Trilogy.
“When you look at Star Wars and Empire, they are very different lightsaber battles, but for me they felt more powerful because they were not quite as slick,” states Abrams. “I was hoping to go for something much more primitive, aggressive and rougher, a throwback to the kind of heart-stopping lightsaber fights I remembered being so enthralled by as a kid.”
See Also: ‘Rey’s Adventure’ featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the »
- Gary Collinson
Curtis Harrington took an assignment nobody else would and fashioned a gem of low-budget Sci-Fi. A Russian space epic provides expensive-looking special effects scenes for a new horror show about a deadly alien rescued from a crash landing on Mars. The extras include excellent interviews with Roger Corman and effects specialist / historian Robert Skotak.
Queen of Blood Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date December 1, 2015 / 29.95 Starring John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Florence Marly, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, Robert Boon, Don Eitner, Forrest J Ackerman. Cinematography Vilis Lapenieks Film Editor Leo Shreve Original Music Ronald Stein Written by Curtis Harrington from the Soviet film Mechte navstrechu Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, George Edwards Directed by Curtis Harrington
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A.I.P. released some tacky movies in its day but none were less respected than those cobbled together from foreign imports spiked with new filmed-in-Hollywood storylines. »
- Glenn Erickson
With less than a month until Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally brings the beloved franchise back to the silver screen, it.s safe to say that Star Wars fever has a firm Force chokehold on the entire world. From gigantic house decorations to fan edits of the original films, people have done anything and everything to express their love for the iconic sci-fi saga. Now it seems even Internet giant Google is getting in on the action. Ifl Science! has revealed that Google has hidden some pretty awesome Easter eggs within some of the basic programs of their site. One such Easter egg simply requires users to type the iconic words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" into the Google search bar. Doing this will cause the Google search page to turn into the legendary yellow and black opening exposition crawl that precedes the events »
Among other things, including Saturday afternoon serials, the influence of the films of Akira Kurosawa (particularly "The Hidden Fortress") and John Ford on George Lucas' "Star Wars" saga is well established. And it looks like in preparing for his own venture to a galaxy far, far away, director J.J. Abrams looked up some of the very same kinds of pictures that inspired Lucas those many decades ago. Read More: Watch New TV Spot For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus Soundtrack Details In the latest print edition of Empire (via Star Wars News Net), the director reveals the heavyweight filmmakers whose worked he watched as he started on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Here's the excerpt from the magazine: Before he started The Force Awakens, Abrams watched some movies. No, not those ones, Other ones. He looked at “the confidence” of John Ford Westerns. He took in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just turned in the official first draft of Lego Movie 2. Hello, Thanksgiving.
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) November 25, 2015
Miller is writing the follow-up to the 2014 smash hit with his regular collaborator Phil Lord, although the duo have passed over directing duties to Rob Schrab (Community) owing to their hectic schedule, which includes the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie.
The Lego Movie Sequel is one of several Lego projects in the works at Warner Bros., and will be joined by The Lego Batman Movie, Lego Ninjago and The Billion Brick Race. It is set for release on May 18th 2018.
- Gary Collinson
Gerard Way is awesome. Whether he’s writing the absolutely brilliant Umbrella Academy comic books series, sharing his gorgeous artwork online or touring the world with a pink, fluffy mascot named Lola, he’s inspired millions of young people to follow their dreams and pursue their aspirations.
“I feel like my mission is to be honest with myself. My mission is to share my truth – share, not give. I think that’s what an artist is supposed to do: I think they share.”
The man is charismatic, mysterious and above all else, just…nice. You’ve only to follow his Twitter account for a few days to get a sense of Way’s uniqueness, from posting surreal photos to inadvertently creating a cult-following behind a throwaway character called Fudge Lord. Not only that, but he’s completely obsessed with Star Wars, too, which makes him instantly relatable.
But Gerard »
- Brian Wilson
Disney Xd has released a promo of this Wednesday’s eighth episode of Star Wars Rebels season 2, entitled ‘The Future of the Force’. Check it out here…
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The rebels learn that the Inquisitors are seeking out Force-sensitive children, and they work together to protect the young ones from the Inquisitors’ pursuit.
Star Wars Rebels airs on Disney Xd on Wednesday nights.
- Gary Collinson
As we get closer to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s hard not to be concerned that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to ruin the movie by revealing a little too much in an upcoming TV spot or poster.
Thankfully, that’s not the case with these retro posters, which are based on the ones released for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope way back in 1977. The excitement surrounding this latest instalment in the franchise makes these posters feel very appropriate, especially as it’s widely believed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make up for the disappointing prequels.
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With a Drew Struzan one-sheet, an ensemble piece inspired by his earlier work, and a series of character posters, these are likely the last pieces of artwork we’ll see for the movie, but they definitely do it justice.
Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, »
- Josh Wilding
Last week, The http://movieweb.com/star-wars-7-force-awakens-preview-general-hux/Disney Channel and Disney Xd released two Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes previews which offered a better look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Today, we get another behind-the-scenes preview from the Disney networks. This time, the main focus is on Daisy Ridley's Rey. We get to see her plight as a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku. But coolest of all is, we finally get a look at the alien played by Simon Pegg.
We don't get to learn the background of this Alien. And we don't really find out his place in the story. We don't even learn his name. But it appears he is on Jakku with Rey. And he seems to be an alley. This latest Star Wars 7 preview also offers up never-before-seen footage of both Rey and John Boyega's Finn. We get to »
Hallmark has some nifty Christmas ornaments for Star Wars lovers out there, but if you want more traditional looking baubles for your tree, you can't go wrong with Merchoid's new series of official Star Wars ornaments. Come inside to check them out!
I love Christmas, and I love Star Wars, so I'm always happy this time of year to combine them together. I have a slew of Star Wars Christmas decorations already in the house (for the last couple years), including ornaments, a Yoda tree topper, nut crackers, and snow globes. I'm always on the look out for more, however, and Merchoid's new line of baubles certainly caught my eye. Pulling from the original trilogy films, these look like they'd fit nicely on just about any tree:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.
The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Lightsaber battles have always played a key role in Star Wars, starting with that first nail-biting confrontation between Obi-Wan & Darth Vader in A New Hope, and getting more and more elaborate with each new installment. The fight scenes in the prequel trilogy offered some of the most visually stunning sequences of the entire saga. Relentless and beautifully choreographed, they ushered in a new wave of young fans (like myself) who embraced them with glee. However, there's a case that they were almost too perfectly choreographed, and in being so, lost all meaning or sense of internal struggle they once had. The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams seems to share this point of view. Speaking to Empire (via ScreenRant), he promised a return to the raw, "heart-stopping" lightsaber battles of old this December: “When you look at Star Wars and Empire, they are very different lightsaber battles, but for me they »
See Also: Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets three retro posters
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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), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost »
- Gary Collinson
Hello. My name is Marc Alan Fishman, and I am … a collector. I’ve attempted many times to stop. I thought getting married, having a mortgage, and a kid would get in the way. It didn’t. I even have another kid on the way, and yet, I can’t shake off my problem. Shiny toys, gadgets, and brick-a-brak litter my life like dumbass xenophobic one liners litter Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. I’d heard once that the first step to overcoming a bad habit was to admit you had a problem. Well, I’ll be honest: I don’t actually have a problem collecting stuff. But I do have a budding problem with the crate culture that’s being cultivated out and about in this age of the Interwebs.
For those still living in a cave, let me bring you up to speed. The Internet is a large »
- Marc Alan Fishman
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
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