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20 items from 2002

British Critics Vote 'Apocalypse Now' Number One

8 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now has been named the greatest film of the past 25 years by a panel of 50 British critics and film writers. Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 classic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, beat next best Raging Bull, and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander came in third place. The survey was conducted by Sight and Sound magazine, and was open to all films dating from January 1978 - excluding many favorite movies, including Star Wars. Nick James, editor of Sight and Sound, says, "As film history now spans over 100 years it's almost impossible to compile a list of top films. In this new poll we wanted to free people up from choosing the established classics like Citizen Kane and let them concentrate on recent cinema." A Sight and Sound poll to find the best film of all time in August this year was dominated by films from the first half of the century, with Kane topping the list.

Sight and Sound's greatest films of the past 25 years: 1. Apocalypse Now (1979); .2 Raging Bull (1980); 3. Fanny and Alexander (1982); 4. GoodFellas (1990); 5. Blue Velvet (1986); 6. Do the Right Thing (1989); 7. Blade Runner (1982); 8. Chungking Express (1994); 9. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988); 10. (tie) Once Upon a Time in America (1983), Yi Yi (A One and a Two...) (1999). »

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Zagat Guide Names 'The Godfather' Number One

23 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The first Movie Guide compiled by America's top restaurant survey tip book Zagat has named The Godfather as the best film of all time. The 1971 Francis Ford Coppola gangster epic beat Casablanca and Star Wars in the new book, which lists the best 1,000 movies - as rated by over 5,000 polled moviegoers. The movie's sequel also features in the definitive top 10. The book also lists moviegoers' most annoying cinema peeves, with people talking during films and high ticket prices topping the list. The top 10 films in the new Zagat guide are: 1. The Godfather; 2. Casablanca; 3. Star Wars; 4. Gone With The Wind; 5. The Shawshank Redemption; 6. Braveheart; 7. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring; 8. Citizen Kane; 9. Godfather Part II; 10. Raiders Of The Lost Ark. »

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'Lord of the Rings' Has Best Score Ever

28 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie fans have crowned the music from The Lord Of The Rings the best ever film soundtrack. The epic fantasy flick beat sci-fi classic Star Wars into second place, ahead of two other John Williams-penned scores, Schindler's List (3) and The Empire Strikes Back (4). Howard Shore - who wrote the score to last year's hit film - says, "I'm as thrilled as can be. It's great to translate Tolkien's work into music." Others in the list voted for by 52,000 listeners of UK radio station Classic FM include Gladiator, Titanic, Doctor Zhivago and 2001: A Space Odyssey . »

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Lucas and Coppola's Fantastic Journey

24 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie makers George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola went on a mammoth trip this summer - a 2,719 mile train ride across Canada. Lucas, the maker of the Star Wars saga, and Coppola, director of The Godfather series and Apocalypse Now, rented a vintage train for the six- day vacation which cost the heavyweight pair upwards of $600,000. The duo, friends for more than 30 years, left Toronto on August 13 with their families on the chartered Royal Canadian Pacific train for the week-long trip to Vancouver. The train features three luxury cars with four bedrooms and three members of staff per passenger. »

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Harrison Wants To Be Father to Calista's Child

20 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harrison Ford wants to become a father again at 60, according to US gossip magazine The National Enquirer. The Star Wars legend is currently dating Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, and wants to become the legal dad of her adopted son Liam. But, the tabloid claims, Flockhart is caught in a dilemma over whether to agree in case the relationship doesn't work out in the long term. A source says, "On one hand, Calista would love for Liam to call Harry 'daddy'. But what if their romance doesn't work out in the long run? Liam would suffer, and that's the last thing she would ever want to happen." The pair, who began dating in January, have been talking about marriage since April. The source adds, "Calista has never been happier. She loves how much attention Harrison has been giving Liam. Harrison would be the perfect dad, probably because he's had so much experience." Ford has two sons - Ben, 35, and Will, 33 - by first wife Mary Marquardt, and a son Malcolm, 15, and daughter Georgia, 12, by second wife Melissa Mathison. He would need to finalize his divorce from Mathison before embarking on any marriage plans with Flockhart. »

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Law Left in the Dark by Lopez Power Bid

16 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher got a nasty shock when interviewing Jude Law for her TV series - all the lights suddenly went out thanks to Jennifer Lopez. The chat with the British actor, for her Conversations From The Edge series, was taking place in New York's Waldorf hotel, where Lopez and Ralph Fiennes were also filming scenes for their film The Chambermaid on the same floor. So when Lopez and co needed more power they simply unplugged the Fisher set, leaving interviewer and interviewee in darkness for half an hour. »

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Samuel L. Has Fun at the ESPYs

12 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Samuel L. Jackson took over the home of the Oscars last night to host the 10th annual ESPY Awards in Hollywood. But in addition to paying homage to the past year's American sporting achievements, the Pulp Fiction star was out to have some fun. The movie star recreated his most famous roles from Star Wars, Pulp Fiction and Shaft in a series of hilarious short films where he pretended his characters had once been sporting coaches to future legends like Derek Jeter and Shaquille O'Neal. Jackson also popped up in clips from a handful of great sporting films, including Jerry Maguire, Rocky, Chariots of Fire and Raging Bull, in which he beat up Robert De Niro with a baseball bat. The actor rounded off his night by dueting with Snoop Dogg on a rousing version of P-Funk's "We Got The Funk." Elsewhere in the show, Dennis Quaid's The Rookie beat Ali to claim the first ever Best Sports Movie award; Tiger Woods claimed the Best Male Athlete award and Venus Williams claimed the Best Female Athlete prize. The Los Angeles Lakers claimed the Best Team honor. »

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Spielberg: Lucas Won't Let Me Direct Star Wars

26 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Steven Spielberg thinks his "best friend" George Lucas has refused to let him direct a Star Wars movie because he's so competitive. The legendary film-maker first asked Lucas, who created the extraordinarily successful sci-fi franchise, if he could make a Star Wars movie in the eighties, but despite their great friendship, Spielberg's requests have fallen on deaf ears - and the 55-year-old believes it's because Lucas doesn't want to share his success. He says, "I wanted to do one 15 years ago and he didn't want me to do it. I understand why - Star Wars is George's baby. "George is my best friend and I believe I am his, but we are all competitive. "I believe that this is George's franchise. It's his cottage industry and it's his fingerprints. "He knows I've got Jurassic Park and Raiders.... But George has Star Wars and I don't think he feels inclined to share any of it with me." »

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Stay-at-Home Hayden Is Nothing Like Villainous Vader

20 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wannabe Darth Vader Hayden Christensen is a secret mama's boy who stays grounded by mowing the lawn and taking out the trash. The 21-year-old Canadian, who plays Anakin Skywalker in Attack Of The Clones, will turn to the dark side as Darth Vader in the final Star Wars installment - but at home, where he lives with is parents, he's a nice guy. He confesses, "My mom cooks breakfast for me and folds the laundry, but my folks make me take out the garbage. I'm in the same bedroom I've been in since I was five and I have a toy frog collection. I stay out of trouble and try to do everything to be a good son. I love my mother so much - I'm really a mama's boy." »

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Jedis Can Have Sex, Says Lucas

16 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jedi Knights have sex after all, according to George Lucas, creator of the characters' hit sci-fi series Star Wars. Speculation that the lightsaber-wielding warriors were supposed to live a monk-like existence has been rife since details of Attack Of The Clones began to leak out. In the new flick Jedi Anakin Skywalker's character shares forbidden love with Queen Amidala, but Lucas says it's romance, rather than hanky panky, which is banned by the Jedi code. He says, "Jedi Knights aren't celibate - the thing that is forbidden is attachments - and possessive relationships." No Jedi Knight has yet been seen with a partner in any of the five Star Wars movies. »

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Christensen Unsure If He'll Get To Wear Vader Costume

15 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hayden Christensen is still waiting to hear if he'll get to wear Darth Vader's famous black costume in the third Star Wars film. The Canadian actor plays Anakin Skywalker in Attack Of The Clones, which offers glimmers of the character's eventual transformation into the villainous Vader. But Christensen says creator George Lucas has not told him how far the transformation will go in Episode III. He says, "I nag him every now and then about whether or not I'll get to wear the Darth Vader outfit, and he gives me a little wink- wink, nudge-nudge, that maybe I will." The actor has managed to try on Vader's helmet, just for fun, at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Christensen, 21, reveals, "Last time I was here, I went up to the archives and got shown around, and there was the dark helm. I asked if I could put it on and get a picture, which is pretty funny, because I'm wearing this gray track suit and had this enormous helmet on which is just completely disproportionate." Christensen has tried to pry more details about the next film out of Lucas, who begins shooting the third and final prequel next summer for release in 2005. »

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George Lucas: 'I Don't Have To Listen... Star Wars Is Mine'

14 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas is so confident about his abilities as a filmmaker, he refuses to listen to movie-goers. The movies in the Star Wars series have attracted a massive worldwide audience, but Lucas insists he never listens to what fans say about his films. The 57-year-old director says, "I'm able to tell the story the way it's meant to be told, and I don't have to listen to what (studio) market research does. They would be listening to the fans - and these people think you should be doing this, and these people think you should have that character in there. These (stories) are not put together by a marketing department. They're purely sort of a creative act that was created to tell a great story." »

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Christensen Loves His Mom

11 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Hayden Christensen has a very special woman in his life - his mother. The actor is set for massive fame after his star turn as Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming two Star Wars films - but he's not worried about female fans' devotion, because his mother keeps him humble. He says, "I love my mother Ali so much. I'm a momma's boy. I just have a very cool mom. It's not as though I had any say in the matter. I'm just really fortunate. She's the most kind, loving, giving woman, She loves her children an enormous amount so it's hard not to show the same in return. I try to do everything to be a good son. I come home for dinner when I'm in town and keep out of trouble. Not that I find myself in situations where I look like I'm getting into trouble." He adds, "My parents aren't concerned that I'll go off the deep end after Star Wars. They know I have my feet on the ground and that I'm a cautious boy. They worry about the intrusion into my private life, but not me suddenly getting a whole new set of wants and needs that aren't really a reflection of my upbringing." »

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Ewan Disappointed By Phantom Menace

8 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Ewan McGregor has admitted he was disappointed by the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace - which he describes as "flat". McGregor has already said he found filming with meticulous director George Lucas "boring". Ewan says, "One of the things about Episode One I was slightly disappointed by was, I thought it was very kind of flat. I think there's much more humor and there's much more color in Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. I think it's more reminiscent of the original three Star Wars films than Episode I was." »

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Jackson Reveals Jedi Fate

28 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Samuel L. Jackson has revealed the fate of the Jedi in the third Star Wars prequel. All the Jedi, Jackson claims, will die in Episode 3, including himself. Jackson, who plays Mace Windu, says, "All the Jedi die in Episode 3 during the Clone Wars. I told George Lucas I didn't mind dying, I just didn't want to go out like some punk." The 53-year-old continues, "George said that was fine and he'd see what he could do about a fitting death scene for Mace." »

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McGregor: Star Wars 2 'Really Good' - But Title 'Not Good'

7 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ewan McGregor is happy with the new instalment of the Star Wars series, Attack Of The Clones - apart from the title. The Scottish actor believes the upcoming film, the second in a trilogy of prequel movies, due for release around most of the world this May, will better 1999's The Phantom Menace - even though he admits the title is "not good." He says, "Star Wars 2 is looking really, really good. I saw a lot of my stuff while we were doing the looping and it looks really full-on. The title's not a good title but there we are. He keeps that completely to himself, George." And McGregor reveals, not only does he dislike the movie's name, the surprise title has managed to embarrass him already. "No one ever knows what it's going to be called and then one day it's just announced and he George Lucas) doesn't let anybody know," he says. "When I initially heard about it I was doing a press line up in America and somebody went, 'What do you think of Attack of The Clones?, ' and I said, 'I didn't see it'! So they said 'No, what do you think of that?' And they hadn't even told me! So I said, 'I think it sounds terrible, because it does sound like a sort of 'Flash Gordon in A-t-t-a-c-k O-f T-h-e C- l-o-n-e-s!' But I suppose in a way it is a kind of serialized Science Fiction thing so maybe that's just the way it should be." »

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Fisher And Reynolds Sell Off Family Memorabilia

31 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher and her movie veteran mom Debbie Reynolds are offering fans the chance to buy their family memorabilia. The pair have teamed up with online auction site Sothebys.Com to sell off items which were clogging up their closets. Fisher is selling off jewellery given to her by her ex-husband, music star Paul Simon, including a pearl necklace and a diamond watch, as well as sought after Star Wars memorabilia. Her mom is giving away her wedding ring from her marriage to Eddie Fisher, who left her for Elizabeth Taylor. She says, "I had the ring for all these years and I was thinking, 'Why do I have that?' That's just silly. Someone else will enjoy that." Proceeds from the auction, which ends on February 7 will benefit Hollywood's Motion Picture Museum. »

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Lucas Shows Fisher Star Wars Screen Test For First Time

29 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Lucas showed Carrie Fisher her Star Wars screen test for the first time - when he appeared as a guest on her new TV talk show. The creator of the massively succesful sci-fi film series shocked the actress with the never-before-seen footage - which helped Fisher land the lead female role of Princess Leia. But Lucas revealed Fisher only just got the part that turned her into a movie legend - Berlin singer Terri Nunn was a close second choice. Neal Kendall, the executive producer of Fisher's new show Conversations From The Edge, which airs Wednesday on the Oxygen cable channel, says, "George Lucas doesn't like doing interviews all that much, but he's extremely comfortable with Carrie. They have remained friends." »

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Carrie Lures Friends To New Chat Show

24 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has landed her own talk show in America - and plans to invite her friends to help boost ratings. Fisher will reunite with Star Wars creator George Lucas, and interview Ben Affleck on the first Conversations From The Edge on America's Oxygen network next week - and she plans to include friends like Meg Ryan and Ewan McGregor on future shows. She says, "I have cyberfriends like Salman Rushdie and Ewan McGregor, and Hugh Grant is funny." But she's particularly happy with her first catch - Ben Affleck, with whom she has been romantically linked. She says, "I think of him as one-stop shopping. I mean, he's off-the-charts sexy, and the thing that's most sexy is that he's so smart." »

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Star Wars' C-3PO Finally Shows His Face

11 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels is finally showing his face in the hit sci-fi films series - after playing droid C-3PO since 1977. The British actor has appeared in the past four Star Wars movies behind the mask of the gold robot - and has been allowed to cameo in new instalment Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones as a non-speaking fighter pilot Lieutenant Faytonni. He says, "I finally wanted to show my face." »

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