Heads up everyone-- George Lucas is off the Skywalker Ranch again and running his mouth about childhood favorites he plans to ruin. This time he's not only talking about the never-ending plans to make a fifth Indiana Jones movie, but how he plans to continue tinkering with Star Wars until his own personal Death Star takes him away. First up in his conversation with Coming Soon, who caught him at the American Cinematheque's tribute to Samuel L. Jackson, was Indy; luckily, he seems no closer to getting the fifth movie made. "We're looking for a "MacGuffin," which is an object that he goes after. They're very hard to come by!" Perhaps so difficult that you'll let this idea die once and for all? As for Star Wars, he's still denying that he wants to make new ones, but now wants to re-release the old ones-- again!-- in 3D. "The »
Blade Runner has been named the best sci-fi movie of all time in a new online poll.
The futuristic film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, tops a list compiled by editors at Moviefone.com - beating all the Star Wars, Alien, and Terminator movies hands down.
Moviefone editors explain their choice, "A box office dud at the time of its release, this movie has undergone more facelifts than Joan Rivers. Regardless, it's a dark future with film noir elements dripping from every pore."
The poll also throws down the gauntlet for movie makers to create a new contender - none of the top 25 was made in the 21st Century.
The top ten is as follows:
Blade Runner, 1982
Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977
The Matrix, 1999
The Thing, 1982
Forbidden Planet, 1956. »
The CG Society challenged its members to create computer models of Steampunk versions of classic Star Wars characters, creatures and vehicles. Looking at all this cool art makes you wonder why George Lucas spent millions on The Clone Wars animated series and not something more artistic like this. Check out more designs over on the CGSociety forums. Cool Stuff is a daily feature of slashfilm.com. Know of any geekarific creations or cool products which should be featured on Cool Stuff? E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. via: io9 Related Stories Votd: Star Wars vs. Star Trek Votd: Muppets’ Mahna Mahna / Star Wars Mash-up Cool Stuff: Junk Food’s Star Wars Characters T-Shirt Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Lol: Pvp’s “Trek [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
Coming Soon got a chance to speak with George Lucas as he hit the town to present the American Cinematheque's 23rd annual award to Samuel L. Jackson and they obviously squeezed in a couple of Indiana Jones and Star Wars related questions. Earlier this week I prepped an article talking about how the latest Indy flick was considered by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a comedy/musical when it came to Golden Globe consideration, it was going to be a snarky little article, but I abandoned it just because it felt mean spirited rather than newsworthy, but my feelings on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull remains - it was just plain bad. So, when Lucas says he is still considering a fifth film it baffles me just a smidge. Then again, I guess we can all learn from our mistakes, but then you have to »
- Brad Brevet
Samuel L. Jackson was honoured by a host of fellow Hollywood stars as he was handed the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Award on Tuesday night.
An array of stars, including Justin Timberlake and Sharon Stone, turned up at the event to heap praise on Jackson, whose movies have grossed more money in box office sales than any other actor in movie history.
After the ceremony, Jackson told Hollywood Reporter, "I felt a bond with everyone in that theatre. (It was) a kinship that opened up a whole new world."
Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's original Battlestar Galactica artwork has gone online and you can see it by hitting the gallery to your right. The painted pictures are a mix of stuff that made it into the show - Colonial Vipers, blokes with beards sitting around a bar - and some stuff that didn't (we love the black Cylons). But all of it's gorgeous. Hit the gallery to your right to pick your favourite pics / spot the shots that appear to be traces from old Star Wars art McQuarrie must have had lying around the... .
Third spot was taken by Heath Ledger's The Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight, while Star Wars' Han Solo came fourth, and serial killer Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs was in fifth place.
DreamWorks' excellent "Kung Fu Panda" lead the 2008 Annie Award nominees with a total of seventeen nominations which included Best Feature, Best Feature Writing, Best Directing, Best Animated Effects, Best Character Animation as well as Best Animated Video Game. (See featured store items at the bottom of the page) Disney/Pixar's heart-warming "Wall-e" ended second best with a total of eight nominations. Also faring well was another Disney pic in the recent "Bolt" voiced by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus. The adventure comedy scored five nominations. DreamWorks, which also released "Kung Fu Panda" companion piece "Secrets of the Furious Five" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," landed a grand total of 27 nominations. As listed, here are the 2008 Annie Award Nominations by CategoryPRODUCTION CATEGORIESBest Animated Feature Bolt – Walt Disney Animation Studios Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation $9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Films Wall•E – Pixar Animation Studios Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D’ici, »
Photo: DreamWorks Animation The International Animated Film Society announced the nominees for the 2008 Annie Awards and Kung Fu Panda is leading the way with 17 nominations followed by Disney's Bolt with 9 and the Disney/Pixar feature Wall-e earning 8. Panda picked up a healthy amount of noms in categories such as Character Animation, Character Design, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Writing. In each of those categories it was either nominated while Bolt and Wall-e were not or secured multiple nominations giving it the outright nomination lead by 8. Could this be a sign of a Panda-over-wall-e Oscar upset? The nominees are listed below and you can check out the official award site here. Best Animated Feature Bolt (Walt Disney Animation Studios) Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation) $9.99 (Sherman Pictures/Lama Films) Wall-e (Pixar Animation Studios) Waltz With Bashir (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films) Best Animated Home Entertainment »
- Brad Brevet
DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" fought off stiff competition to earn 16 nominations -- the most for a feature -- for the International Animated Film Society's 36th Annual Annie Awards.
That includes a nomination for best-animated feature, a category that includes Pixar Animation Studios "Wall-e"-considered the frontrunner for the Oscar-which earned seven nominations. "Panda" and "Wall-e" also earned one additional nomination each in the best video game competition.
The top category is rounded out by nominations for Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Bolt," a 3-D release that earned five nominations; Sony Pictures Classics' "Waltz With Bashir," Israel's award-winning documentary, which took four nominations; and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films "$9.99," a stop-motion title that earned two nominations.
Blue Sky Studios' "Dr. Suess' Horton Hear as Who," a Fox release, also had a strong showing with five nominations.
All of these features are short listed by AMPAS for this season's animated feature competition.
Dwa earned a total of 27 nominations. »
- By Carolyn Giardina
Actress Carrie Fisher had a string of embarrassing run-ins with her parents when she was younger - because her family called in their celebrity friends to help in her battle with drugs.
Fisher has publicly spoken of her long-running struggle with a variety of addictions and has now revealed that her parents used their famous pals to keep an eye on her.
Fisher's father, Eddie, was so sure she was taking narcotics he convinced the late Cary Grant to give her some advice.
Fisher calls the experience "completely humiliating" in her new book, Wishful Drinking.
And the actress' mother, Debbie Reynolds, also spent many years worrying about her daughter - Fisher recalls one incident when she was in London and Reynolds panicked after being unable to reach her on the phone.
Here's what you need to know: Sandy Collora, director of the uber popular fan film Batman: Dead End, is making a feature length movie with Nick Damon called Hunter Prey. It's an epic, yet intimate, scifi war film set on a alien world, and it looks crazy good.
Our pals at io9 scored a sit down with Collora to discuss the ins and outs of his experience making the film that's still in production. Below are a couple of Collora's quotes about the project:
"The film centers around a crew of special forces commandos who must recapture an alien prisoner that has escaped after the military transport ship carrying it crashes on a desolate and hostile planet."
"I love the Science Fiction and Fantasy films of the seventies and eighties. They were all very inspirational to me when I was a kid, and responsible to a large degree, for influencing »
In ancticipation of Tuesday's release of Wall-e on DVD, Disney Home VIdeo has provided us with an interview with Ben Burtt, the legendary sound effects maestro.
Question: You had just finished a stint on Star Wars when you were offered Wall-e and I imagine the last thing you wanted to work on was robots?
Ben Burtt: That is absolutely true. Creating the illusion of voices is the hardest task. It is hard to fool voices. When Andrew pitched this idea and I realized it was all robot voices at first I thought I am sure I have anything left in me – have I got a new idea, But fortunately it was a very different set of characters. Nevertheless I am sure I approached the same, as I always would have because of my past experience. The idea always is to create the sense of a soul with the character with sound. »
- Robert Greenberger
Jsyn’S Ten Favorite Special Makeup Effects Movies:
Robg asked me to compile a list of a few of my favorite movies featuring some of the most jaw-dropping special makeup effects around. Please keep in mind that not all of these will be horror movies per se, but if you dig the craftsmanship of transformation through makeup, this list is a good place to start.
I am aware that I’m omitting some very important and well know work by some very important and well know makeup artists, but these are just some of my personal favorites that sparked my interest and influenced my pursuit of special makeup effects. There really are too many talented artists and great films to mention in one list, and I’ll try to cover as many as I can later in another list (or three).
Also, I want to stress that for »
The Academy has ripped a potential award from The Dark Knight. The score is being disqualified by the music branch, citing five names were listed as composers on the music cue sheet.
The Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture music branch will not include The Dark Knight’s score for any award. The film has listed five composers on the music cue sheet so the entire music team is financially covered, but that is more than the Academy allows.
Composers for the film are listed as Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, but also music editor Alex Gibson, ambient music designer Mel Wesson and composer Lorne Balfe. Variety has reported the latter three individuals have signed an affidavit stating the score is primarily Howard and Zimmer’s work. But the Academy has cited documentation stating some 30%-40% was not the work of Zimmer or Howard. Batman Begins was »
- Carl Lee
Described by Wall-e producer Lindsey Collins as "your seventh grade science teacher," the kind of guy who truly enjoys showing you how anything and everything works, sound designer Ben Burtt is truly a living legend. He is the Academy Award winning sound designer behind the entire Star Wars and Indiana »
- Neil Miller
Sound designer and sound editor Ben Burtt, who created the voice of R2D2 in "Star Wars" and that of the title character in "Wall-e," will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 56th annual Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
- By Carolina Giardina
It’s official, folks! Marvel Studios has put out a production update stating a director has been tapped to helm the upcoming corner-piece to Marvel’s Avengers puzzle, The First Avenger: Captain America. So, without further ado, the man bringing us the adventures of the Star-Spangled Avenger will be none other than:
Joe Johnston (???).
For those not familiar, Johnston’s resume includes family adventure films such as Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Jumanji, inspirational films such as October Sky, a couple of popcorn-clunkers such as Hidalgo and Jurassic Park III, and the upcoming creature-feature reboot, The Wolf Man.
Yes, this is the man Marvel is hanging their hopes on to turn The First Avenger: Captain America into a box office smash. But with a resume as varied as Johnston’s, what kind of Cap movie are we to expect?
Before we tear into him, it should be noted that »
- Kofi Outlaw
Joe Johnston may be your favorite filmmaker you've never heard of. As a director he's brought to life the fantastical worlds of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Jumanji, and as an art director he created the special effects of all three Star Wars movies. Now he's landed one of the most coveted jobs in Hollywood: He'll direct Marvel's Captain America movie, to be titled First Avenger: Captain America. Marvel apparently brought Johnston in for a meeting two years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and his early conversations with producer Kevin Feige and others apparently helped determine what the new project would look like. So basically they've wanted Johnston to direct the movie all along, before Iron Man was even a hit, and just haven't told us yet for whatever reason. Johnston's most recent movies, Hidalgo and Jurassic Park III, weren't exactly the strongest they could be, but we »
Joe Johnston will be directing First Avenger: Captain America for Marvel Studios. The director has signed a deal according to The Hollywood Reporter for the film which will open May 6, 2011 setting up the final pieces prior to that July’s Avengers film.
There is no casting as yet nor is there a screenwriter.
Johnston made his name as a special effects designer for George Lucas on the original Star Wars films prior to shifting to directing and his credits include genre fare such as the underrated The Rocketeer and next year’s Wolfman film with Benicio del Toro. Johnston met with Marvel Studio execs two years ago and hit it off so this is the culmination of that relationship.
Kevin Feige told the trade, "This is a guy who designed the vehicles for Star Wars, who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for Raiders of the Lost Ark. From Rocketeer to October Sky to The Wolfman, »
- Robert Greenberger
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