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Merry Happy End 2010, everyone. There's something about the end of the year, probably having much to do with the annual trek back to the suburb where I grew up, that brings everything into a sharp, marzipan-tinged relief. Choices I made throughout the year were good or bad, people I love and people I'm thankful for are the most important, and my year in media condenses drastically as I have free time to take in the many end-of-the-year lists. I'm not one for end-of-the-year lists. I like lists, and as someone who has worked on the internet for almost a full decade, I know the value of content that can be skimmed first and read second. However, the end of the year is such an arbitrary time to make these lists. It's commercialism that's the motivator, like it always is. Everyone gets time off at the end of the year, time »
Here's some interesting concept art and story details from an unproduced Star Trek film from 1976-1977 called Planet of the Titans. This version was written by Chris Bryant and Allan G. Scott. As you know we ended up with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but before that there was Star Trek: Phase II, and before that there was this Planet of the Titans. The script was well received by the studio at first, but things lost momentum when Philip Kaufman was hired to direct the movie. He and Gene Roddenberry had conflicting ideas on the story and plot. Ultimately they couldn't develop a script that satisfied everyone so the writers left the project in the hands of Kaufman who explained,
It has been far, far too long since we last heard from Mr. Plinkett and Red Letter Media. For those that don't remember, Plinkett is the online critic who broke out onto the scene this time last year with a 70-minute review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In addition to being incredibly in depth and informative, taking the viewer both through the film minute-by-minute and behind the production, the video was also screamingly hilarious, if not totally fucked up (Plinkett also happens to be a psychotic serial killer who keeps women locked in his basement). Since his Phantom Menace review, he's taken extended looks at Avatar, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones, Baby's Day Out, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Now we have the video that we've all been waiting for: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This time clocking in at »
Family Guy: It’s a Trap!
Directed by Peter Shin.
Return of the Jedi gets the Family Guy treatment as Han Solo (Peter), Chewbacca (Brian), Princess Leia (Lois) and Luke Skywalker (Chris) continue their battle against Darth Vader (Stewie) and the Evil Empire.
Back in 2007 Seth MacFarlane and his Family Guy team earned rave reviews (not to mention an Emmy Award nomination) for Blue Harvest, their hilarious parody of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope that saw characters from the hit animated show recast into roles from a galaxy far, far away. Two years later it was the turn of The Empire Strikes Back with the sequel Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, and now the circle is complete with this latest offering, It’s a Trap! »
Last December, Red Letter Media delivered a scathing 70-minute review of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The epic review, which at times veered into odd obsessions over pizza rolls and dead hookers but mostly made astute and intelligent points about the reviled prequel, was greeted with cheers. This past April, Rlm delivered a 90-minute dissertation on the many failings of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Now, on the last day of 2010, Rlm has a whopping 110 minute review of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but if the previous installments are any indication of quality, I'm in for a hilarious and insightful review that's almost as long as the movie it's reviewing. Hit the jump to check out the epic review. Via Red Letter Media. --- --- --- »
- Matt Goldberg
Red Letter Media, who are known around the net for their in-depth and scathing video reviews of the first two Star Wars prequels, have finally unleashed their breakdown of Anakin Skywalker's turn to the Dark Side. Red Letter Media is a movie production company created by Milwaukee-based independent filmmaker Mike Stoklasa. The filmmaker attracted significant attention in 2009 through a seventy-minute video review of the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The review was presented by his character "Mr. Plinkett" who has since released a massively popular review for the subsequent Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Stoklasa has received considerable media attention for both the insights provided by the reviews and the manner of the review style. Now, Stoklasa's »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here’s a brand new game trailer for the upcoming Mmorpg “Star Wars The Old Republic” coming soon to PC. Game Description: Play Star Wars: The Old Republic and forge your own Star Wars saga in a story-driven massively-multiplayer online game from BioWare and LucasArts. Explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Choose to be a Jedi, a Sith, or from a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, and make decisions which define your personal story and determine your path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way you will [...] »
A planned TV special on a UK Discovery channel that re-enacts Michael Jackson's autopsy has been criticized by his estate as being "in shockingly bad taste" and a "blind desire to exploit Michael's death." A print ad for the show depicted a corpse on a steel table covered by a sheet, with a hand sticking out revealing Michael's signature white glove. Whether it works as an ad or not I don't know, but I do know that it continues a long tradition of insensitive media exploitation -- much of which Michael certainly brought on himself. But, so as not to dwell on the negative at year's end, and fresh off his first real posthumous release, here's a look at the best of what the King of Pop did while he was still alive. I'll leave out the obvious, moonwalk, which I encourage you to do immediately after reading this list. »
- Brandon Kim
Academy Award-winning special effects artist Grant McCune has died, losing his battle with cancer at age 67.
Long known as a visual effects leader, McCune was chief model maker for George Lucas' sci-fi touchstone Star Wars and took home an Oscar in 1978 for Best Visual Effects for his efforts. As a specialist in miniatures and models, he worked on more than 200 projects, among them genre favorites such as Jaws, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Speed, Child’s Play and Batman Forever. Through his company Grant McCune Design, he was involved with many classic flicks, including X-Men 2, Long Kiss Goodnight, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Serenity.
McCune is survived by his wife, his two children and his sister. In a contemporary Hollywood sorely lacking in innovation and originality, he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, sir.
Legend Of The Guardians:the Owls Of Ga' Hoole – (3D Blu-ray)Warner Home Entertainment2010/Rated PG/Running Time 97 minsList Price $44.98 – Now AvailableWhat would possess Zack Snyder to make a kiddie film about owls? I remember asking myself this question many months back when I first caught the trailer for the 300 director's latest, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Had Snyder licked one too many Tootsie Roll pops or was he trying to show Warner Bros., the studio which had produced his last two films, that he could be a versatile director? Perhaps making a sure fire hit children's film was the only way the studio would back a radical idea like his bizarre looking epic Sucker Punch? Whatever the reason, I don't really care, because Lotg not only marks Snyder's best film, but proves he can handle stories of substance over style. Not that any of Snyder's familiar style is missing from Lotg, »
It's a sad day for the Rebel Alliance. Grant McCune, the artist who brought such iconic characters as R2-D2 to life for 1977's Star Wars has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 67. McCune, who also appeared in the film as a Death Star gunner, won an Oscar for his work as part of George Lucas' visual effects team, an acheivement that sparked a decades-long career as one of Hollywood's top visual effects designers. He earned a second Academy Award nomination for his work on 1980's Star Trek: The Motion Picture and went on to handle the visuals for blockbusters like Speed, Batman Forever and Spider-Man. Check out the video above for a sampling of McCune's »
It is about time that Space: 1999 has been released, not only on Blu-ray, but also as one complete season. This release gives you the entire first season packaged together in a seven-disc set, where it had previously been offered on DVD in numerous volumes. I mean, who has that much shelf space that they can devote a yard and half of storage to Space: 1999 episodes? Now you can have the entire Season One of Space 1999, occupying but a mere inch of valuable shelf real estate. My review of the Season One Blu-ray, after the jump. Space: 1999 was produced in the UK by Gerry Anderson, who gave the world the gift of “supermarionation” (marionette puppets with a flashy name) that were used to produce children’s sci-fi themed shows Thunderbirds (1965) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions (1967). Space: 1999 ran for only two seasons: 1975-1977, just in time to »
- Rob Klein
Visual Effects Artist Grant McCune, who is best known for the models and miniatures he made for Star Wars (1977), passed away on Monday, December 27th. McCune died at his home in Hidden Hills, California from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
- Travis Keune
The Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in its entirety only once, and has never been released on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray (although it isn't hard to find bootleg copies online and at local comic book conventions). For those who haven't seen the special, here is a short description from wikipedia : In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca's family: his father Attichitcuk, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpawarrump. During the special, scenes also take place in outer space and in spacecraft including the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer. The variety-show segments and cartoon introduce a few other locales, such as a »
- Peter Sciretta
Last November I dedicated my ‘Not Available on DVD’ column to the “infamously harebrained but entertaining-as-hell” 1978 Italian Star Wars knockoff Starcrash. It was released on the Orion VHS label in the mid-80′s (and on a cheap label under the title Female Space Invader) but had yet to appear as a domestic DVD release. At the time I wrote “Leave it to the wacky Italians, always quick to exploit a popular trend, to rip off George Lucas’s cash cow resulting in a film so spectacularly cheesy that over 30 years later it has actually aged better than the film it emulates.”. (read the entire column Here) I wrote this half in jest as a way to tweak my Star Wars-worshipping friends, but after watching the new Blu-Ray release from Shout! Factory, I’m starting to think I may have been on to something after all.
Shout Factory has done »
- Tom Stockman
Visual-effects artist Grant McCune (above, with R2-D2), whose most notable effort was probably George Lucas's Star Wars (1977), died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hidden Hills, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. McCune was 67. McCune won an Oscar for Star Wars, which he shared with visual-effects specialists John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Robert Blalack. Two years later, McCune was nominated for another Oscar for Robert Wise's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Along with Bill Shourt, McCune also designed a giant white shark model for Jaws, though neither man was credited on the Spielberg film. Other efforts include Die Hard, Speed, Batman Forever, and Spider-Man. About his work with miniatures, McCune told Popular Mechanics in 2008: "I’ve always told people to get a good background in photography first. The most important thing is what you see with your eye. … All the best people who ever »
- Anna Robinson
Lately he's been known for portraying Mace Windu in Star Wars, and Nick Fury for Marvel Studios; but Sam Jackson has a favorite word he can't use in either of those PG-13 franchises. Taking clips from Jackie Brown, Shaft, Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane, this video blogger wanted to prove the veteran actor just can't stop saying 'motherf*cker.' »
- Pietro Filipponi
Renowned special effects artist Grant McCune has died from cancer, aged 67. The artist passed away at his home in California on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, reports WENN. McCune was one of the men behind the shark model created for Jaws in 1975 before working on the original 1977 Star Wars movie, which won him the Academy Award for 'Best Effects, Visual Effects'. He would gain another Oscar (more) »
- By Paul Delamore
Oscar-winning special effects artist Grant McCune, one of the original members of George Lucas' F/X team, has passed away at 67 from complications from cancer. Chances are that McCune played a major role in your childhood and adult life with his work on Star Wars, Star Trek: The Motion Picture or maybe Spaceballs. In remembrance of McCune and the model-work he helped pioneer, here's a making of video of some more recent miniatures work his special effects company did on Spider-Man. After that, take a look at clip from Star Wars: A New Hope which showcases the work which won McCune an Oscar. Rest in peace. »
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Did the internet shut down this week? I’m having a hard time finding anything that’s not a best of list. Speaking of, Best of Cat Videos courtesy of Gawker. Patton Oswalt brings a call of arms for geek culture. I’m not sure I agree that Geek culture is dead (I think he just aged and what he liked as a kid became more mainstream) but it’s still good reading. Well, fine. If no one wants to make new, funny videos this week, I’ll have to find some old stuff to show. Here’s The Lemonheads video for “Luka” featuring a young, attractive, Evan Dando.
Finally, I have a new obsession. »
- Megan Lehar
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