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There are few pieces of movie music as immediately identifiable as John Williams' "Star Wars (Main Theme)." Used throughout the series to date, it would be easy to forgot the composer has also written key themes for the major characters and moments in the six movies so far as well. Some you might not know as well, but they are all part of the texture of the "Star Wars" universe and you'll likely be hearing them again. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Williams discusses his work on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and reveals that previous motifs will be referenced again, which perhaps isn't surprising given that Han, Luke, and Leia are all back in action. "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," he said. "It’s something »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon will premiere the first season of Rob Delaney’s unexpected pregnancy comedy “Catastrophe” on June 19, the streaming service announced on Tuesday. The series, consisting of six half-hour episodes, was written by Delaney, who plays an American man struggling to start a relationship with an Irish woman after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. Sharon Horgan (“Pulling”) plays Delaney’s love interest, while Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”) co-stars as an unpleasant friend, and Carrie Fisher (“Star Wars”) plays Delaney’s eccentric Bostonian mother. “Catastrophe” is an Avalon Television production with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman. Executive producers include Richard Allen-Turner (“Workaholics”), Kara Baker (“Iliza Shlezinger:. »
- Greg Gilman
It is hard to imagine that there would be a place in this World where a Star Wars film has not screened but other than imagining something archaic like, "Oh, I bet it hasn't been shown in the deepest Congo!" So color me surprised to find out that none of the original six Star Wars films have never screened in China. But then culturally that would make sense. You do not want a series of films about a band of rebels rising up against an oppressing Empire giving anyone any strange ideas. But the winds of change have blown over China and THR reported earlier today that both Star Wars sagas, Episodes I through VI, will screen at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival...
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Craig Drake‘s work can stop you in your tracks. Drake uses what feels like a bare minimum of elements to perfectly represent his subject in a striking and distinctive way. You might call it “minimalist,” but that would be a discredit to the energy contained in each piece. In 2014, Drake had a very-well received solo show at the Hero […]
- Germain Lussier
EA and Dice have given us a new look at November’s hotly-anticipated multiplayer shooter Star Wars Battlefront featuring two Imperial Star Destroyers…
See Also: Watch the reveal trailer for Star Wars Battlefront here
“Fight in epic Star Wars battles on iconic planets and rise through the ranks playing as the heroic Rebellion or the evil galactic Empire. In 2004, the original Star Wars Battlefront came onto the scene and took gamers – and Star Wars fans – by surprise. It was an ambitious action shooter that gave players the opportunity to step into the shoes of their favorite Star Wars characters, pilot quintessential Star Wars vehicles, and relive classic Star Wars battles. Fast forward nearly 10 years and gamers still have many of those same Star Wars gaming fantasies – but now they wish to experience those larger-than-life battles in magnificent high definition, with all of the amazing special effects, vehicle physics and gameplay »
- Gary Collinson
We.re just going to start this one out with a big ol. Spoiler Warning for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Granted, what follows is all speculation and hearsay based on rumors and innuendo, but there.s a chance some of it is real and hence, potential Spoilers abound beyond this point. Here.s the deal: one hardcore Star Wars fan from Making Star Wars took all the rumors and leaks and spoilers that have been floating around and, using that as a road map, along with a dose of common sense, has compiled a possible outline of The Force Awakens. We.ll have no idea if it.s accurate or not until the movie opens in December, but this certainly is detailed. If you.re not spoiler-phobic, click Here to read the whole thing, but another warning, we.re going to talk highlights below. And also, make sure »
Cinema Retro issue #32 has now shipped worldwide to subscribers. Subscribe or renew your subscription today and help support the world's most unique film magazine!
Highlights Of Issue #32 Include:
Ray Morton looks at the revivals of King Kong beginning in the 1960s, with special emphasis on his two-part report on the making of the 1976 big budget remake. Howard Hughes takes an in-depth look at the making of 100 Rifles starring Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds. Matthew Field interviews iconic producer Anthony Waye about his work on the Star Wars and James Bond series.
Ernie Magnotta goes overboard and analyzes the merits of Orca, The Killer Whale Tim Greaves goes undercover to examine the Charles Vine spy films of the 1960s and talks with star Tom Adams. Adrian Smith interviews screen sex siren Caron Gardner and reviews Our Man in Marrakesh (aka Bang! Bang! You're Dead!) Raymond Benson's Top Ten »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As Star Wars – the original film, A New Hope – turns 38 this year (it opened May 25th, 1977), it's hard to imagine a time when Star Wars wasn't an ingrained part of our pop culture. For a second, just imagine a world where lightsabers aren't a thing and the Millennium Falcon is just a figment of George Lucas's imagination. There's no denying Star Wars has infiltrated almost every aspect of our culture and as we prepare to embrace a whole new chapter of the Star Wars legacy with this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's take a look and see how Star Wars has changed movies – and pop culture – permanently. Back in the summer of 1977, going to the movies was a much different experience than it is today. For example, there are the obvious differences – back in 1977 there was no internet and we weren't inundated with set photos galore, »
- Dan Marcus
Two of the best experiences I've ever had walking out of a theater were when I first saw The Dark Knight during the summer of 2008 and when I saw The Hangover in the summer of 2009. Although those two films are extremely disparate in story and in tone, for me they share a common thread: as I walked into both of them I had very little knowledge of what I was about to see on screen. That made me even more excited as I sat in my seat waiting for those movies to start, because when you know nothing, anything can happen. Now don't get me wrong, trailers and marketing aren't necessarily evil. In fact, I'll happily tell you I thought the marketing campaign for The Dark Knight impressive, primarily because it highlighted certain aspects of the film, such as its characters and the world of Christopher Nolan's Gotham City, »
- Jordan Benesh
“Tomorrowland’s” middling debut points to a nagging problem in Hollywood. As much as people claim they love fresh and unique movies, they’re more likely to shell out money for sequels and reboots.
Despite the combined star power of George Clooney and “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, audiences weren’t sure what to make of this fantasy adventure. The film opened to $41.7 million, and with a production budget of $180 million, plus millions more in promotion and distribution expenses, “Tomorrowland” looks like a money loser for Disney.
“‘Tomorrowland’ is an original movie and that’s more of a challenge in this marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We feel it’s incredibly important for us as a company and as an industry to keep telling original stories.”
Hollis is right that if Hollywood wants to replenish the franchise cupboard it will need to continue signing big checks in »
- Brent Lang
Chinese moviegoers will be getting a treat when the Star Wars saga is screened in its entirety next month.
Shanghai International Film Festival will be showing the series' six films to promote the latest sequel in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers
The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival runs from June 13-21.
One of the marquee titles at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles will no doubt be Star Wars Battlefront, and EA’s long-awaited title is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of 2015, piggybacking off the hype brought about by J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens. At its core, though, Dice’s take on the beloved series very much represents a reboot, and the studio’s General Manager Patrick Bach spoke to Official PlayStation Magazine about the decision to take Battlefront back to its roots.
I think what we did was instead of trying to build upon the old games, we went back and said let’s start over. Let’s analyse the good and the bad, like we did with old games, but it’s more about going back to the core idea that Battlefront stands for, and then building on that. Because otherwise you will create »
- Michael Briers
It's hard not to feel some measure of sympathy for Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank. His name has been dragged through the mud following his firing off the Star Wars spin-off and now a new rumor making the rounds suggests X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn recently shot a round of reshoots. Trank remained quiet while the first round of accusations flew, probably the best decision if he doesn't want to stir the Hollywood pot too much, but he did take to Twitter to deny the Vaughn rumors stating he's never met Vaughn in person and that there's only ever been one director on Fantastic Four, himself. He also denies reports of poor test screenings that resulted in the rumored Vaughn-shot reshoots. "Next time you read an article, whether it's Hollywood Reporter or SuperheroNews," Trank added in one final tweet. "If they aren't naming sources: it's probably bullsh*t. »
- Brad Brevet
You probably heard the rumors about the tumultuous making-of process of Fantastic Four; director Josh Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg were said to have butted heads on numerous ocassions, which reportedly influenced Trank leaving his Star Wars standalone film. But just how bad did things get? New rumors hit the airwaves recently suggesting that another director was brought in to handle the reshoots of the film, though Trank almost immediately denounced them. The rumors, originating from Superhero News and agreggated by Comic Book Movie, suggested that Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) was brought in to oversee the Fantastic Four reshoots instead of the actual director. Trank, however, went on Twitter to directly address these allegations with the outlets. @Josh_Wilding Hey Josh, not true. While Mv has been very supportive, he's never been to our set. There's only been 1 director of FF2015. Me. . Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) May 24, 2015 Superhero »
A new Fantastic Four international trailer has gone online, and it contains some flashes of fresh footage. Although the trailer is largely similar to the most recent U.S. one, there are some flashes of the emotional side of the story, which is Reed Richards’ (Miles Teller) desire to “fix his friends”. There will probably be another trailer in about a month or so that delves deep into the plot, but at this point, I think they’ve struck the right balance with teasing out the story but not giving away too much. Meanwhile, director Josh Trank is trying to do a bit of damage control. His career recently took a hit when he left the second Star Wars spinoff because word was he couldn’t hack it on the set of Fantastic Four. Now word has leaked that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has been hired to do reshoots last month, »
- Matt Goldberg
The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff) Organizing Committee and Walt Disney Pictures today announced that all six Star Wars films will screen at the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The intention is to whet the appetite of Chinese moviegoers for the Jj Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18. Siff runs June 13-21. So that means Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars Epis… »
At this point, Josh Trank probably feels like he just wants "Fantastic Four" to get released so he can go and hide for a bit. It hasn't been the easiest ride for the filmmaker on his first blockbuster studio movie. The project has been plagued with reports of production troubles, and earlier this month, it was reported that he was fired from the "Star Wars" spinoff movie slated for 2018 due to his erratic behavior on "Fantastic Four" (Simon Kinberg is a producer on both pictures). The latest rumor to make the rounds is that Matthew Vaughn stepped in to helm the latest batch of reshoots last month and that Fox had ditched a 3D release of the movie to put their resources toward that new round of filming. Not so. Josh Trank himself took to Twitter to reveal that he's never met Matthew Vaughn (though the the filmmaker has been »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We're at a weird place in Hollywood history, one where an original idea, executed by some of the industry's most successful writers and directors, and starring an A-list leading man, is considered an almost foolish risk -- especially in a summer season marked by blockbuster sequels that are considered safe by comparison. So it is with "Tomorrowland," Disney's big question mark of a Memorial Day weekend movie.
It was actually easier to predict how the reboot of a 33-year-old horror franchise ("Poltergeist") would open this weekend, or the sequel to a franchise whose last installment came out 30 years ago ("Mad Max: Fury Road") would open last weekend, than to guess how "Tomorrowland" would do. Indeed, predictions for "Fury Road" and "Poltergeist" (which opened this weekend with an estimated $23.0 million) were almost exactly on target. "Tomorrowland," however, opened on the low end of expectations, with an estimated $32.2 million through Sunday and »
- Gary Susman
Star Wars' Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance are getting ready for the first-ever screening of the complete saga in China ahead of the debut of the franchise’s latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens worldwide on Dec. 18. [readmore:752390] Chinese moviegoers will finally get to watch all six movies in the Star Wars saga so far on the big screen at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival, organizers and Walt Disney Pictures said Monday. The 18th edition of the Siff will mark the first theatrical screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New
- Clifford Coonan
To celebrate the release of the intense psychological thriller Ex_Machina available on Digital Download from 18th May and Blu-ray™ and DVD from 1st June, we’re giving X lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray!
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars 7), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken, About Time) lead the incredible cast of Ex_Machina, which is the directorial debut of acclaimed popular culture writer – Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach).
24 year old coder Caleb (Gleeson), who works at the world’s largest internet company, can hardly believe his luck when he wins a competition through work to spend a week at a private mountain retreat with his CEO Nathan (Isaac). Caleb arrives at the remote location and is eerily forced to sign an Nda to take part in the week-long project with the reclusive Nathan. »
- Dan Bullock
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