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It seems whenever Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress is mentioned it is invariably linked to George Lucas and Star Wars. The connection has been discussed for many years, perhaps best kept alive by an interview with Lucas discussing the film and its influence, which has first released on the 2001 Criterion DVD release. The interview is included once again on this new Blu-ray re-release of the film in which Lucas says the main influence Hidden Fortress had on Star Wars was the decision to tell the story from the perspective of the narrative's two lowliest characters. In the case of Star Wars that would be C-3Po and R2-D2, in Hidden Fortress it's a pair of bumbling and greedy peasants who stumble upon a general (Toshiro Mifune) and a princess (Misa Uehara) attempting to smuggle royal treasure across enemy lines. You could point to the use of long lenses, wipes »
- Brad Brevet
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** Do you remember where you were when Star Wars: Episode I was announced? Do you remember how excited you got knowing that the man who shepherded a »
- Alex Maidy
As of this writing, the Netflix Instant catalog boasts more than 10,000 titles available for online streaming -- a number that, as per the official Netflix rhetoric, seems colossal. But the landscape of this digital paradise may not be quite so idyllic. As classic film enthusiast Jaime Christley reminds us, "If you're one of those crackpots who needs ready access to the wide, wonderful world of movies made before Star Wars, color television, or even pictures that talk, Netflix isn't much to look at." Consider how the numbers break down. Unsurprisingly, a little over a third of Netflix's streaming titles are seasons of television. Even less surprisingly, more than 5,500 of the remaining 6,706 movies were made over the last 200 years. The site currently offers only 3 »
This Friday, Veronica Mars returns in her first big screen adventure, reuniting the entire cast of the popular TV series for the first time in ten years. And it's all because of the fans. Creator Rob Thomas and stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring set out with a modest Kickstarter campaign that turned into a phenomenon, and now, we finally get to see the results.
The story follows former high school detective Veronica as she returns to Neptune for her 10-year reunion. While there, she gets embroiled in an all-new mystery and reconnects with former boyfriend Logan Echolls, who may or may not be a suspect. To celebrate the film's final arrival in theaters and on VOD, we caught up with Jason to chat about his journey from Kickstarter to the box office, and to find out what the future holds for Veronica and Logan.
Here is our conversation:
The Star Wars fan club out of Tunisia made a great little dancing video set to the music of Pharrell Williams' "Happy". The costumes are great, and it's a fun video for any fan of the music or Star Wars. For those that don't know, many of the huts used to show Tatooine are still standing in their filming locations in Tunisia! There is also a city actually called Tataouine in Tunisia which served as the inspiration for Luke Skywalker's home planet, and was featured at the ending of the X Files movie.
- Mick Joest
The Internet and digital filmmaking tools have opened up new possibilities of crowdsourcing material–Life in a Day, Declaration of Interdependence, One Day on Earth, even the interactive Star Wars Uncut–and given new life to the omnibus/anthology film format. The latest project to adopt the form is 50 Kisses, a film created by the London-based Chris Jones and hundreds of collaborators from around the world. The film, which includes 50 scenes built around a Valentine’s Day and a kiss, premiered on February 13–the day before Valentine’s–at the Genesis Cinema in London’s East End. Further distribution is now rolling out. Jones, a filmmaker […] »
- Randy Astle
The actor told E! Online that he would "100%" do a fourth movie in the franchise, despite taking on more serious roles in recent years.
"We're all thinking about it," he said. "I continue to see all the guys from High School.
"Every time we do... there's just this look between us. It's so cool because we never forget a single moment of that experience."
Efron confirmed in early February that he was in talks to star in Star Wars Episode VII. »
Inside Llewyn Davis Inside Llewyn Davis was a hair away from being my #1 Movie of 2013 so, yeah, it's the highest recommendation of the week by a long shot. Here's a snippet from my Top Ten of 2013 write-up: The storytelling in this movie is just so lovely, soft and subtle. It's a film guided by characters that turn left when in most films the story would demand they turn right. As a result they go off on tangents that many will believe unnecessary such as the biggest complaint with this film, the John Goodman sequence. But these are the moments that make up our lives, these are the moments people want to hear about. Our lives aren't made up merely of milestones, but the little things in-between are just as responsible for making us who we are.
Out of The Furnace This isn't a great film, but it's a fascinating one if you look deep enough. »
- Brad Brevet
It’s hard to make a comeback in Hollywood — unless you’re swine.
In which case, the industry may embrace you. Just ask Miss Piggy. Nearly 40 years after she made her showbiz debut, the diva has never been more in demand. She recently appeared on the final episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” singing a melancholy song with her Muppets pals; dished about her love life on “The Bachelor”; and sipped Lipton tea in an Oscars ad. The weekend of the ceremony, she popped up on an E! fashion segment, dressed in a frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, and attended a pre-Academy Awards QVC party, where she entered via cabana lifted by four shirtless hunks. Then the situation got a little sticky. According to tabloid reports, Piggy shoved Joan Rivers into a cake backstage, and Rivers emerged at the party with frosting in her hair.
Like any shrewd publicity-seeking celeb, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!
British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as »
- Phil Wheat
Exclusive merchandise, essential Star Wars stories and Episode VII what-ifs. Read about it all in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Check out the limited Star Wars merchandise available during Disney’s Star Wars Weekends. Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will continue later this year. Rumor has it digital versions of the full Star Wars saga will […]
- Germain Lussier
The 26 year-old American actor, who played jockey Troy Bolton in all three films, told E! News that they are all thinking about it and none of them have forgotten a single moment of that experience, Metro.co.uk reported.
- Rahul Kapoor
Talking to MTV at SxSW, Iron Man director Jon Favreau says he would've been down to helm Star Wars: Episode VII had he been formally approached. He also stated that he didn't chase after the gig either. The farthest his Star Wars courtship progressed were inquires about his availability. Back in 2012, Favreau, J.J. Abrams and Matthew Vaughn were the three frontrunners for the gig and as we all know, Abrams scored the coveted gig. "I didn't go after it," Favreau told MTV, "but it's one of those things that, as people would say they weren't going to do it, and as there were questions coming my way as to my availability... I was really scared of the idea that nobody was gonna [do it], and so if they had come to me, I don't know how you say no to that thing." You can watch »
The director of Gravity + the mastermind behind Lost, Star Trek, Fringe and, now, Star Wars = must-see TV? That's what we're asking you now that you've finally seen Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams' Believe, which finally premiered on Monday night. The Oscar-winning director's foray into TV is an ambitious drama for NBC, which centers on a very special 10-year-old girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), who is being pursued by various groups looking to protect (or exploit) her supernatural powers. After checking out NBC's special preview of Believe, which makes its time-slot debut on Sunday at 9 p.m.), we're curious to know if you'll be returning next week to see »
For the record, we think Star Wars should have ended with Return of the Jedi. And not chronologically. We mean cinematically. 1983 should have been the end of the trilogy. What can we say? We're Star Wars purists. That being said, we are skeptically interested in J.J. Abrams take on Star Wars, so we are more than willing to give him a chance. Now all that being said, this version of Star Wars is cuter than anything ol' J.J. could come up with, so he should just go ahead and start taking notes. Sure, there's no action, dialogue or special effects. However, there is a dachshund dressed up as Chewbacca and two kids dressed as Han Solo and Darth Vader! So, it's got that going for it. Cast whoever »
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
“Believe” is a great villain away from being a show I'd keep watching. Expectations couldn't be much higher for the NBC drama, premiering tonight. It comes from Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron, the brilliant mind behind “Gravity,” and J.J. Abrams, who co-created “Lost” and now rules both the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” universes. Also read: J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron on Their Garbage First Drafts You know why people like “Star Wars” more than “Star Trek”? Because of Darth Vader. He was so ruthless, so composed, that you couldn't help but root for anyone going up against him. When the prequels made Vader. »
- Tim Molloy
In an effort to cut off the head and put a stake in the heart of the awards season for a few months, last week saw us running down a few of the Best Picture possibilities for the 2014/2015 Oscars. Namely, the movies that are likely to dominate discussions in the back six of the next twelve months. Having ticked that off our list, we're continuing with our annual premature awards predictions, with Best Actor. Last year, we managed to call three of the five early (Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate" came to naught, and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher" wasn't released in time to qualify), which we feel isn't a bad guess for 51 weeks in advance. You can see our predictions for this year's line-up below. Suggest your own in the comments section, and come back tomorrow for the Best Actress line-up. The Top 5 Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") If you haven't »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Brock Baker, The Man of a Kajillion Voices, doing recaps of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and the 2014 Academy Awards; a Daredevil fan film by writer/director Jonas Stolpe; and some Red Queen cosplay. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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The Oscars (Brock’s Dub)
Brock Baker, The Man of a Kajillion Voices, does a recap of the 2014 Academy Awards.
Daredevil Fan Film by writer/director Jonas Stolpe.
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- Justin Vactor
The Lego Star Wars line just revealed its next monster set: The Jawa Sandcrawler. A 3,296 brick set will be available in May and features seven minifigures including Luke Skywalker, Uncle Owen, C-3Po, R2-D2 and several other droids. It’s a massive, beautiful, detailed Lego Star Wars set and you can check out a bunch of […]
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- Germain Lussier
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