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I was reminded recently that one needn't rely exclusively on George Lucas' recent rash of franchise mangling to have their attitude inch methodically toward the idea that perhaps he's really just an idiot who got very lucky. Many a Star Wars fan reacted with disgust when the prequels began hitting screens, and with good reason. The sad excuses for milking more money out of a 30-ish year franchise managed to only slightly disguise the fact that they were feature-length video game trailers. They were purposeless in a sense rarely seen in film, mainly because no one presenting such ludicrous scripts to anyone could ever get them turned into a movie. There was a more subtle reaction to the latest Indiana Jones movie »
- Marc Eastman
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there began a perilous adventure involving Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Han Solo…and Bea Arthur and Bruce Vilanch? That's right, this year is the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special, the notorious television event in which Chewbacca's family celebrated Life Day, Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia serenaded her Wookiee friends, and the future Golden Girl Arthur entertained the cantankerous cantina crowd. Even Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were on hand, if perhaps not entirely willingly. Star Wars creator George Lucas, it's been said, is not a big fan. (He reportedly called it a "travesty," and the special, broadcast on CBS »
Star Wars purists, you might want to plug your ears, step away from the computer, and hibernate for the next little while. The marketing train that gave us The Clone Wars has actually expanded beyond the screen. The theater needs to brace itself; Star Wars is on its way. E! Online is reporting that Star Wars: A Musical Journey will be entertaining/terrorizing London theatergoers starting next year, featuring "a Stormtrooper kick line and singing Wookiees [with] John Williams' Oscar-winning score." I'm not even a particular Star Wars fan, and even I know this is a terrible idea. Who would pay money to see this? Actually, scratch that-- The Clone Wars made $35 million, so clearly there are still some suckers out there. »
I'm probably going to stand alone here, but I'm a bit disappointed with the idea of taking existing movies and converting them or updating/upgrading them just to appeal to a new audience. Take Star Wars for example. The first three movies (by which I mean the original trio which were produced first, not the prequels which chronologically take place first) were excellent films. There was no need to alter them to bring them in line with some all-powerful vision. Lucas has also talked about transforming the movies into 3-D, and I'm uninterested in that as well. I loved the movies as they were originally produced, flaws and all. The same holds true for the original Night of the Living Dead, a movie that has already been altered and adjusted more times than necessary (not to mention being remade as well). The original black and white version is terrifying just »
A long time from now, in a galaxy far, far away...the Star Wars money machine will still be cranking. Not content with seven feature films or myriad TV spinoffs ranging from the current Clone Wars cartoon series to the dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special, the Jedi masterminds are readying a stage show. George Lucas has signed off on Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a two-hour live musical event featuring a Stormtrooper kick line and singing Wookiees John Williams' Oscar-winning score. Premiering next year in London's O2 arena, the production will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in synch with movie clips from the six live-action films. The show will play in chronological order, »
Poster Wire an animated poster for Terminator: Salvation. oh god please let this marketing technique take off. We loves it
Awards Daily "a tale of two Nixons" -damn, I wish I'd thought of that
The Big Picture The Wrestler takes a hit from the La Times. Right in time for Oscar season. Ouch, that'll sting
Ontd Seventeen describes the sexual appeal of Robert Pattison. Dear god he's like a Frankenstein monster of celebs
Modern Tonic has a Best of TV 2008 list...
Are You There, Blog? Carrie Fisher hawking her new book. She's so damn funny
Deadline Hollywood Luhrmann to take on The Great Gatsby next. Damn but Baz likes a challenge. That thing (brilliant) has to be considered unfilmable, right?
The Carpetbagger alerts us to the annual Oscar short films showing
Multiple Personality Cruise visits Letterman "they have this thing called the internet and they have these things called blogs »
- NATHANIEL R
I have a four year old son that has seen the first Star Wars trilogy 5 times. Yes, he is junkie and the "Force" is the smack. Yesterday on Santa's Lap, he went into a didactic analysis of how Lando Calrissian is both a good guy and a bad guy before asking the bug eyed, red nosed jolly old elf for Jabba's Barge And a Sarlacc Pit.
Over Thanksgiving dinner his Mother and I tried to explain to our son that there was actually a Star Wars X-mas special cenetered on a Very loose story line about Chewbacca trying to get back to his Wookie Tribe in time to celebrate "Light Day" which was basically a non-denominational Christmas rip-off. Being as it came out approximately thirty years ago, and a lot of damage has been inflicted to my gray matter, I somewhat recalled it not only featured members of the original cast appear, »
Mark Hamill has signed on to voice The Joker in Eidos and Warner Bros’ video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, provided the voice to the sadistic clown in the 1990’s Batman and Superman animated television shows, and more recently in Justice League. Fanboy favorite Kevin Conroy has also returned to voice the caped crusader. I’ll take Conroy’s Batman voice over Bale’s Clint Eastwood imitation any-day.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Video Game »
- Peter Sciretta
A collection of Hollywood memorabilia has broken a world record by raising $7.8 million (GBP5.1 million) in a four-day auction marathon.
The Profiles in History sale began on Thursday, selling off 3,000,000 scripts, costumes and collectors items which were accumulated following the liquidation of the Collectors Book Store in Hollywood.
Items included a guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, the axe wielded by Jack Nicholson in 1980 movie The Shining and a model spacecraft from the first Star Wars film, which fetched $406,000 (GBP265,255) - more than double its expected price.
The auction broke the record previously held by a 2006 Star Trek memorabilia auction through Christie's which took in $7.1 million (GBP4.6 million) in 2006.
The next Profiles in History auction is scheduled for Spring 2009. »
Carrie Fisher has said that she used electrotherapy in an effort to cure her depression. The Star Wars actress revealed that she turned to the process because she suffered severe bouts of depression after years of being being addicted to alcohol and drugs. "I didn't want to do it for years. They wanted me to do it before, because I was in a depression, which (more) »
- By Michael Thornton
Haven’t done one of these in a while so I thought I’d keep it simple. But then again is here anything simple about Collecting DVDs? Does any movie not get a special box set deluxe multi disc release, rerelease, rererelease at this time of year? I waded through as much of it as I could get my hands on and present it here to you faithful fellow traveller toward Christmas morning geek heaven. The only thing that killed me was not being able to get that spiffy Man from U.N.C.L.E. briefcase 41 disc set. These are all standard Us releases that you should be able to get in time for the holidays if you let your fingers do the walking soon. The portrait of yours truly btw is a work in progress by noted artist Jason Seiler who is not only a great artist but a great guy. »
George Lucas's Star Wars: A Musical Journey will premiere at the O2 arena in London next year. The show will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing a live score while clips from the six films in the sci-fi franchise play on a cinema screen. Lucas organised the project with composer John Williams. The musical will tour Europe following its British premiere in April. "Star Wars holds memories for practically everyone," (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Epic space movie franchise Star Wars is to be turned into a spectacular London stage show.
Creator of the cult movies, George Lucas, has announced plans for the production - titled Star Wars: A Musical Journey - which will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing a live score as excerpts from the six films are shown on a cinema screen.
The show will feature live narrators, and is set to premiere at the O2 Arena in London in April before touring Europe. »
A lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies has sold for more than £130,000 at auction. The prop, which was sold by Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, was snapped up by a fan at an auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia in Los Angeles. Actor Mark Hamill used the lightsaber, which is made from an old photography (more) »
- By Lara Martin
On July 2nd, 2008, I was lucky enough to visit the set of McG’s Terminator Salvation. Is this James Cameron’s Terminator? No. And it isn’t trying to be. Terminator Salvation is very different animal, far different from the traditional Terminator chase story. In a sense it is a futuristic war film. When I think of Terminator Salvation, I am reminded of the line in Star Wars - A New Hope when Obi-wan tells Luke about how he served beside his father in the clone wars. Star Wars fans obsessed over that one throw away line for over two decades before George Lucas finally decided to bring The Clone Wars to the [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth has announced that he will be going Sci-Fi. Roth has a “terrific idea” for a “Big Space movie” for Warner Bros starting next year. Roth pitched his original concept to Collider as “somewhere between the intelligence of 2001 and the mythology of Star Wars”. The idea is not “so intellectual that it’s confounding” and also not “the kind of wonderful fantasy that [George] Lucas” use to do. Wow, that’s all I can say. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Roth is the screenwriter of such films as Forrest Gump, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ali and The Insider. Any hack can [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
This two part examination of James Bond looks at how Ian Fleming’s character has remained popular for over 50 years.
Since Dr No was released in 1962, James Bond has captivated the cinema going public and delivered a character that is synonymous with Britain and sophistication. Originally from the pen of author Ian Fleming, Bond was immortalized by Sean Connery, who delivered what many to believe the best portrayal of Fleming’s fictional killer.
The Bond films have been incredibly successful, with allegedly one third of the world’s population having viewed at least one of the spy’s exploits over the years.
When the first James Bond film was released, the world was a very different place: The cold war was in full swing, Beatlemania hadn’t yet exploded on the music scene and the thought of exotic locations was a pipe dream for many. In the 1960’s the life »
- Niall Browne
Mr. Beaks over at Aint It Cool is a smart guy. He's very clever and has a range of knowledge that puts schmohawks like me in their place. He recently used that cleverness and knowledge to tease out a major scoop from David Hare, screenwriter of the upcoming "The Reader". Beaks remembered that Hare had directed an episode of The Young Indiana Jones television show and decided to inquire if Hare had done any rewrites on the prequel trilogy a la Tom Stoppard. Instead, Hare revealed that he was almost brought on board to co-direct "Star Wars IV". At one point, whether it would be a sequel or a prequel trilogy, George Lucas wanted Hare to handle the direction of the actors so Lucas could focus on the more technical side of the production. I can only imagine young Jake Lloyd not getting Lucas' only acting direction, "Faster, more »
The latest is the seemingly endless string of irresistible DVD collections comes from the good folks at Timeless Video, who have distinguished themselves with some first-class releases of vintage TV series. The latest is their most impressive yet: the 1950s crime series M Squad which helped groom Lee Marvin from supporting actor to leading man presence. Marvin is the stalwart Lt. Frank Ballinger, a Chicago cop who is so unrelentingly serious that he makes Jack Webb look like Richard Simmons. The series was part of the wave of crime shows that flooded the networks during this era, and M Squad was one of the best. The show ran three seasons and was compromised only by the half-hour time running time which made for some abbreviated storylines. The series is a gem in terms of the kinds of cornball cliches that have become part of our pop culture. I always assumed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Of the actor, who played Mace Windu in the most recent trilogy, he commented, “To be honest, he's the only one who asked, actually. He didn't really lobby for it. He was on a talk show and someone asked him what movie he would've liked to be in or that he would like to be in that he hadn't been in and he said ‘Star Wars.’ So I called him up and said ‘Is that true? Do you really want to be in Star Wars?’ He said ‘Yeah - as long as I'm a Jedi,’ and I said ‘Well, I have a little tiny role, but it grows if you're willing to do the three movies.’ He said ‘I'm in.’ It was just like that. »
- Robert Greenberger
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