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When Harold Ramis died last week I looked for a poster to memorialize him. It wasn’t easy: Ramis was a director of American comedies, and American comedies, especially from the 1980s onwards, tend not to have the most visually arresting posters. But then I came across the poster for National Lampoon’s Vacation, a poster I had seen before but not paid a lot of attention to because its hyper-realist, exaggerated comic book style wasn’t really my cup of tea. But looking at it years later I can appreciate it as one of the last hurrahs of movie poster illustration as well as a witty parody of heroic iconography in the service of broad comedy.
The poster is the work of Boris Vallejo. Born in Peru in 1941—he came to the States at the age of 23—Vallejo is a renowned fantasy and science-fiction illustrator known for his muscle-bound heroes, »
- Adrian Curry
While everyone eagerly awaits Star Wars: Episode VII, fans have a new reason to get excited. Roger Christian's long lost fantasy short film Black Angel will become available for the first time ever this year, possibly through iTunes or Netflix and may be part of a DVD re-release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
What's so special about this particular short? While it doesn't tie directly into the Star Wars mythology, the 1980 film was shown in theaters with the original May 21, 1980 release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in select localations. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian and was thought to have disappeared forever, until the film was rediscovered in December 2011.
I was watching Steven Miles' "52 Reasons I Make Movies" video when a snippet from the Luke vs. Darth Vader showdown in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back played. I haven't seen the film in some time, but I was reminded of the scene's composition and how quiet it is, choosing to rely on Ben Burtt's wonderful sound design. It isn't until about three minutes in that John Williams' score kicks in and even then it fades away to nothing more than a whisper throughout much of the rest of the sequence. There were few moments such as this to come in the next four Star Wars films and I hope, with J.J. Abrams co-writing Star Wars: Episode VII with Empire co-writer Lawrence Kasdan that memories of scenes such as this played a part in the writing process. Ideas of how to dial it back »
- Brad Brevet
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Movies with perfect pace aren’t those that move quickly or slowly - they’re the ones that move at the right speed for the story being told and the style being used to tell them. There are lots of movies that I love which fail the pace test, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Superman (1978), Dawn Of The Dead (1979), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Taxi Driver (1976).
Consider in this list - and those aforementioned that didn’t make it to the finals - that pace is not the only thing a film needs to offer, and that it can still be a terrible film even if it is well-paced. So this is not a collection of ‘best’ movies - it’s a collection of movies with great…
What contrasts. What innovation. Hitch’s adaptation of Robert Bloch’s gory, Ed Gein-inspired shocker knows exactly when to speed you uncomfortably to an uncomfortable place, »
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is soon set to premiere on Netflix with all 121 of its animated mini-movies including the never before seen Season Six. Come March 7th, every episode of the series plus the movie that launched the show back in 2008 will be available to instant stream from the video distribution giant, and should help the show to gain new fan support and audiences alike.
The show always proved to be relatively successful among the hardcore Star Wars fan base, and young children new to the universe, but its popularity had been hindered by its placement on Cartoon Network. With its late arrival on Instant Netflix this March, new audiences will likely be drawn in to the brilliant, but admittedly inconsistent show. So, for those of you heading into the series for the first time take a look at ten actors whom you may be surprised »
Considering Donald Faison’s most prized pop culture possession is an autographed picture of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian that he keeps in plastic with cardboard on both sides (and that he’s the man behind The Black Stormtrooper Saga), it’s no surprise that when asked which movie he always quotes The Exes star answers The Empire Strikes Back. Watch him recite some of his favorite lines below in our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. He also reveals his first celebrity crush, the scariest movie he’s ever seen and his go-to karaoke song (which he also performs »
- Mandi Bierly
Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. According to Variety, Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) has entered into negotiations with Disney and LucasFilm to play the yet-to-be-named villain in the new Star Wars trilogy. The character is said in the vein of Darth Vader, the legendary antagonist portrayed by David Prowse and Bob Anderson and voiced by James Earl Jones. The studio was reportedly also interested in Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 12 Years a Slave) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) for the role. No further details have been »
- Pietro Filipponi
Thanks to io9, we have a few great illustrations from the upcoming book written by Ian Doescher that reimagines George Lucas' The Empire Strikes Back in the style of William Shakespeare. The book is called The Empire Striketh Back, and the artwork is done in a beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style. To preview some written samples from the book, click here.
- Joey Paur
It seems like Hollywood churns out more and more sequels every year. Some of them, like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, are pretty great. Most are pointless retreads of the original, like Grown Ups 2 or The Hangover Part II. We remain cautiously optimistic about Dumb and Dumber To, though sequels that come out decades after the original are rarely great.
Readers' Poll: The 25 Greatest Movies of the 1980s
Now we have a question for you: What is the greatest movie sequel of all time? Feel free to vote for »
Christopher Malcolm, the much-loved stage and screen actor and producer, has died. The Scottish-born actor was 67.We knew him best as 48-kill rebel ace Zev Senesca – Aka ‘Rogue 2’ – in The Empire Strikes Back, without whom Han and Luke would still be wandering Hoth. He also popped up in Bruce Beresford’s Aussie-com The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, played vigilante Kirk Matunas in Highlander and was dad to Jennifer Connelly's Sarah in Labyrinth, but it was for his work on, and around, the stage that Malcolm was best known.Born on August 19, 1946 in Aberdeen, his father was a farmer but it was his mother’s passion for amateur theatre that kindled a life-long interest in the art. The Malcolm family moved to Canada ten years later and it was in British Columbia that he sacrificed university for his first acting gigs.Returning to the UK, he scored roles in the »
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Star Wars is a franchise that prides itself on memorable characters, regardless of which trilogy you’re watching. In the Original Trilogy, we watched the adventures of Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion as they fought Darth Vader and the menacing Empire. There were many memorable characters, from lovable rogue Han Solo to the droid comedy duo of C-3Po and R2-D2. With the scripting issues of the prequel movies, the memorability factor was significantly reduced – but there were still characters who stuck in our minds. However, for most of these characters, there was a common problem: they didn’t appear in multiple movies.
For some Star Wars characters, they were only given one movie to make an impression. Their appearances may have left audiences craving more and other times the character might not have been liked at all. Screen time isn’t the only factor in »
- Adam Holmes
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm, who was a regular screen presence through the early seventies through the late eighties, and a cast regular on hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, died today at the age of 67. His passing was confirmed by his daughter, playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, via Twitter. Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X — morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014 In addition to his television and film roles, Malcolm was an accomplished, classically trained Shakespearean actor, beginning his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He performed in standards like “Macbeth” and ”Hamlet,” though his push to mainstream audiences came during his appearance as Brad Majors in The Royal Court Theatre’s original run of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. While a number of the stage cast transitioned to Jim Sharman’s big screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show »
- Dustin Hucks
Star Trek Into Darkness and Super 8 director J.J. Abrams is calling the shots on Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII, drawing from an initial script draft by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), with revisions by Abrams and the seasoned Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back). Beyond that and who’s collaborating with Abrams behind the scenes on Episode VII, there are no confirmed bits of information to report on the project (read: no official casting and/or plot details).
Speculation and rumor, however, those are another matter. According to unverified reports, Abrams and Kasdan’s script revisions have shifted the focus in Episode VII - as featured in Arndt’s original screenplay – ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion »
- Scott Hallam
Christopher Malcolm has died, aged 67.
The Scottish actor was perhaps best known for playing the original Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
His death was confirmed by his daughter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, who tweeted: "Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man."
She added that he "left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero."
Malcolm played Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show from 1974, and co-produced the 1990 West End revival.
He later took control of producing the subsequent productions of the Richard O'Brien musical.
His latest revival Oh What a Lovely War opened to positive »
It’s not often we comment on the seedy world of celebrity sex tapes, but when we heard there was one of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz coming up for release…Oh, we’ve just been told the Bad Teacher co-stars are reuniting in a fictitious film called Sex Tape. That’s better then. Still, the comedy duo certainly made me laugh aplenty in their last film together so this could still be worth a watch.
The first released image sees Segel trying to remove roller skates from Diaz’s feet. After spicing up their sex-life with their homemade shenanigans, the tape inevitably falls into the wrong hands and it’s up to the couple to retrieve it. Simple premise, two funny leads with a proven chemistry between them, and lead by Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan, son of The Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, this should be something worth few chuckles at least. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Sneak Peek a new video from "Natholdet", a Danish TV program, showing mechanized 'At-Ats' from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" attacking Olympic skiers competing @ Sochi:
The video has since gone viral and racked up over two million views on YouTube.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Danish TV, plus another "Star Wars" mash-up following 2012 soccer games chamnpionships...
- Michael Stevens
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
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