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Star Wars is a movie that we often show to children because it is a swashbuckling classic full of heroes and villains, action and comedy, and all sorts of other good things that we look for in an appropriate film. But, my god, there is so much death in Star Wars. In fact, we probably all overlook just how many people died in the Original Trilogy aside from the main characters we cared so much about. Digg compiled a supercut of every on-screen death in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, »
- Alex Maidy
Don't mess with Lucasfilm. Your cheeky puns of brews and hoppery will not appease its Dark Side. Which is to say that Lucasfilm is suing a New York based brewery for copyright infringement. THR reports Syracuse.s Empire Brewing Co. has been issued a a notice of opposition from Lucasfilm because of the name of one their bock lagers, "Strikes Bock." Yup. Empire's Strikes Bock. Formerly a draft, Empire's Strikes Bock was moving ahead to trademarking the name for bottling and distribution outside of their flagship bar, and that's when they caught the notice of Lucasfilm. The Disney subsidiary insists that the name is too similar to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The opposition notice insists that this would cause customer confusion. Customer confusion is a term we've seen sited in lawsuits before, but normally in the instances of mockbusters. For instance, Disney sued in the »
Wow. By far the best we’ve seen yet in this fledgling series, Rise of the Old Masters has everything I could want and warmed the heart of this Star Wars geek.
Not only does someone finally use one of the adjustment switches on their lightsaber….but this episode mentions lightsaber forms!!!! I can’t tell you how excited that made me. That’s not all though. I’m straining not to spoil the rest for you, but if you know your stuff you’re going to freak out.
Surrounded by everything from famous quotes to lighting that reminded of The Empire Strikes Back, things take a big step forward here which will please those who felt the last episode (read my review here) was treading water.
I’ve been thinking about something since the start of this series, »
- Chris Cooper
The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was reportedly leaked on the internet, in poor quality, resulting in Marvel Studios releasing the official version early. It was originally scheduled to debut with Marvel's Agents of Shield, which would have been obvious brand synergy, as well as casting a spotlight on the awesomeness of that show. (Bad Rising Tide! Pop culture reference, sorry.)
But the official trailer is here now, and it's stunning in its melancholy beauty. This is somewhat atypical for a superhero blockbuster, though increasingly common in recent years (c.f. Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight trilogy). With the trailer for The Avengers, director Joss Whedon seemed to be taking after the epitome of blockbuster bombast, Michael Bay (Transformers); whereas with the trailer for the follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems to be taking after the master of visual and emotional film-making poetry, Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers »
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer hit last night, and everyone is still talking about just how good it was. With promises of an epic scope, as well as a premise that looks like it mixes The Empire Strikes Back with Frankenstein, it's hard not to keep thinking about just what's at stake in the first look to next year's most anticipated blockbuster. James Spader's portrayal of Ultron is, in no small part, responsible for the infatuation. With a cool, steely demeanor -- and tons of hatred for humanity to spare -- we're just starting to get a look at how much of a fanatic Ultron really is. If Total Film's interview with Spader himself is any indication, we're going to see a lot more craziness from Ultron as the gap between now and release day closes. Perhaps the best indicator of just how dangerously unhinged Ultron really is »
From the sinister Ultron to the amazing Hulkbuster armor, this 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' trailer is incredibly revealing.
In a move that is likely to set a bad precedent, Marvel Studios released their extended teaser/trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron a whole week earlier than planned after a low-res version leaked online early Wednesday.
According to Deadline, acting quickly, and wanting their fans to get a good, solid look at the film's massive explosions, Marvel released this incredibly exciting sneak peek.
Video: Robert Downey Jr. and Avengers Cast Unleash Age of Ultron Details and Big Laughs at Comic-Con
Oh wow, this movie looks amazing. Dark, somewhat bleak and a little nihilistic, but amazing.
In this harrowing sequel, Sheild has been destroyed and the Avengers are getting worn out from all this "constantly saving the whole world" business. So, in a stroke of genius, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) restarts an old peacekeeping intuitive »
Ever since his introduction in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, we've only known the puppet-master villain as Emperor Palpatine, Senator, Chancellor, and his Sith title Darth Sidious. I've never really thought of the guy having a first name because why would an Emperor or Sith need a first name? Well, he does and it was revealed in the upcoming Star Wars novel Tarkin, which was written by James Luceno. That name has now leaked out on a Wookieepedia update on Palpatine stating that the new name is listed on page 93 of Tarkin. They must have got themselves an advance copy.
So I'm sure you're all dying to know what it is! His name is…. Sheev.
Sheev Palpatine?! That's kind of anti-climatic don't you think? There is really nothing menacing about the name Sheev. I guess it's not the most ridiculous name in the Star Wars universe, I was just expecting »
- Joey Paur
Nolan says: "This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience. You would think that's the case with Batman movies but it's not; they're more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. Interstellar is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of 2001, where you're not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it."
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- Garth Franklin
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The main villain of the first six Star Wars movies went by a few names. Some know him as Darth Sidious, others simply call him Senator/Emperor Palpatine. Since the character's introduction in 1980's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, however, one key element of his moniker has long been a mystery: his first name. It's never mentioned in any of the films - either the original trilogy or the prequels - and has never popped up in any other materials either. But now, it seems, that has all changed. A full 34 years after his introduction, Palpatine has a name. You ready? It's Sheev. Sheev Palpatine. Doesn't he actually sort of look like a Sheev? So how did this reveal happen/all come about? According to the fansite Star Wars Underworld, Sheev Palpatine is the name given to the legendary character in the upcoming, in-canon book "Tarkin," written »
Star Wars Episode VII is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of next year, if not for the decade: the return to a galaxy far, far, away, without the corrupting presence of George Lucas slapping midichlorians all over it, is definitely reason to be excited.
Fans have been clamouring to get a piece of the long-awaited new film ever since it was announced but, in true Jj Abrams fashion, he’s been playing his cards pretty close to his chest. The only glimpses at the set of Episode VII so far have been through cryptic photos the director has tweeted, a handful of candid shots, and those charity videos they’ve been doing. This morning, though, fans hit the motherload.
The Twitter account Superhero Report managed to source a whole cavalcade of concept art from the upcoming film, revealing the first proper look at what Episode VII could feature. »
- Tom Baker
A couple of years ago a bunch of Star Wars fans recreated Episode IV: A New Hope through a crowdsourced collaboration of epic proportions. With every fan providing 15 seconds of footage, the parts were woven into one whole that represented a creative remake of the film that launched a thousand franchises. That original effort drew a lot of attention and eventually lead to the powers that be at Lucasfilm to help bring the next chapter of the Star Wars saga to the small screen. Which brings us to today, the day that we discovered that the officialStar Wars YouTube channel dropped the next installment, dubbed The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, on the unsuspecting masses. Produced through the same model of cooperation as Star Wars Uncut, Empire Uncut blends approaches ranging from animation to models to even people running around pretending to be Tauntauns. All are presented in short bursts, and »
Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan […]
The post Watch ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Remade By 480 Different Fans appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Maybe it was naive of me to be surprised that there are so many fan made versions of Star Wars that you could piece them together to make on feature length version. Of course there are! People put so much time, effort, resources, and even finances into showing off how much they love Star Wars in the way of their own fan-made movie. It’s good to know that their efforts are not ignored; these movies are officially backed by Lucasfilm. Below is The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a full »
- Graham McMorrow
It was our pleasure to speak with actor Clive Revill preceding his appearance this weekend at Dallas Comicon Fan Days. You may best remember him as the voice of the Emporer in The Empire Strikes Back but this man has had a career spanning stage, television and screen. I was very happy to speak with him abotu his career.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures. The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion. As part of his on-going live-read series with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reitman is set to direct a staged reading of Alan Ball's Academy Award-winning script "American Beauty. »
- Matt Patches
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman will kick off his annual L.A. Live-Read series with a performance of American Beauty — which he did once before in 2012, starring Bryan Cranston — performed by the cast of his recent film Men, Women & Children. The reading will take place October 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and features Adam Sandler as Lester Burnham, in the role that won Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt as his wife Carolyn, originally played by Annette Bening. Reitman also revealed some of the other live readings he plans to perform this year, including The Empire Strikes Back in December, Goodfellas in January, and Dazed and Confused in March. All starring Adam Sandler, we hope. »
- Anna Silman
Jason Reitman’s live read series is about to launch with the cast of his recent drama and a ’90s Oscar winner.
Reitman, who hosts a live read series every year in which actors perform classic scripts, has set his “Men, Women & Children” cast to perform the “American Beauty” screenplay for one night only. The performance will take place Oct. 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Adam Sandler will play Lester Burham, which nabbed Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt will play Carolyn, originally portrayed by Annette Bening. Kaitlyn Dever has been cast as the couple’s daughter Jane (played in the film by Thora Birch), Olivia Crocicchia will play Jane’s friend Angela (played in the film by Mena Suvari) and Travis Tope will take Wes Bentley’s role as Ricky.
“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking »
- Alex Stedman
Lucasfilm is bringing back its “Star Wars Fan Film Awards,” after having retired the contest in 2012.The company will start to accept submissions no longer than five minutes this month through StarWars.com, with the best films screened at a cermoney during the “Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.
The contest originally launched in 2002 as a way for Lucasfilm to officially acknowledge and embrace the fan film genre.
The relaunch this year will enable multiple genres to be judged in seven categories — including Filmmaker Select, Best Animation, Best Non-Fiction, Spirit of Fandom, Best Comedy, Best Visual Effects, and Audience Choice — with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy choosing the winner of the Filmmaker Select prize.
A set of tickets to “Star Wars Celebration” will be awarded to the best films.
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- Marc Graser
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch! Just so you know what we're talking about, here's a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: And if that's something that pleases you, here's the entire mash-up film (via StarWars.com): In case you need to start from the beginning, here's Star Wars Uncut to crank »
- Ethan Anderton
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