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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 »
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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
Sweet Painting Lady: Ciara McAvoy Resurrects the Art of the Movie Poster
By Alex Simon
“Art is not just a part of my life. It Is my life. It gives me breath. We are eternally entwined.” This is the mantra of Scottish artist Ciara McAvoy, a painter renowned for her stunning oil work, which the Glasgow-born artist has used to create some of the most iconic movie posters in modern times. Inspired by her French grandfather, a pre-ww II portraitist who gained fame at Montmartre, McAvoy’s interest in drawing and painting film-related subjects began after her first viewing of Star Wars as a child.
“I started drawing at eight and painted and sold my first oil, entitled Cops, when I was only twelve years old, so I guess I can say that I was born to be an artist," McAvoy recalled in a 2014 interview with David Bateman of Stv Glasgow. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The dust has settled after Disney Interactive's big Disney Infinity 3.0 announcement a couple weeks ago. The Star Wars tie-in cat escaped the bag and Game Informer has been dripping out a nice selection of details about the upcoming third entry in the Toys to Life franchise.
At this early stage in the publicity campaign there's a lot of disparate Disney Infinity 3.0 imagery and information floating around out there. Part of that has to do with Game Informer's big June cover story that has given them exclusive access to just about everything for the time being, save for a couple small media events and some family bloggers/YouTubers getting early access to select figures.
Since Disney Interactive has yet to release a single official high resolution image of a figure or Play Set outside of the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, I've cobbled together the following Disney Infinity 3.0 characters list and Play »
Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be synonymous with quality. It developed that reputation in the 80s by nabbing films such as Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Rocky III, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but overall it’s actually a pretty awful weekend when it comes to quality films. For every Themla and Louise there’s a Hudson Hawk, Crocodile Dundee II, and Super Mario Bros. Nevertheless, studios bank on the long weekend to boost box office on blockbusters, and it’s been that way for decades. With that in mind, I’ve gone over the last 10 years and ranked the weekend’s highest grossing movie from worst to best. I’d say to prepare for some painful memories if most of these flicks weren’t so forgettable. [All box office data via Box Office Mojo]
The post Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked appeared first on Collider. »
- Matt Goldberg
First and foremost, we here at /Film are passionate fans of movies. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure we don’t post any spoilers without fair warning so as not to ruin the movie-going experience for anyone else. This is especially true when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, […]
The post One ‘Star Wars’ Fan Has Compiled All ‘The Force Awakens’ Rumors into a Detailed Plot Synopsis appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Before I was a professional comic book writer, I was a fan. I still am. I was going to comic cons long before I turned pro. Some are good, some are not so good, and some are the San Diego Comic Con which is too large to fit into any category. For me these days, cons are mostly working weekends where I meet with fans and fellow pros, sign some autographs, maybe sell a few of my trade paperbacks.
Last weekend, I and My Mary were at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan, and we had a great time. It’s close enough to where we live so that we could just drive there and the Con gave us a hotel room so we didn’t have to drive back and forth. The cats weren’t pleased that we were gone but they survived and, once we fed them, »
- John Ostrander
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