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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

5 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.

 

10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

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206 days until Star Wars: Mark Hamill gushed about the prequels way back in 1980

21 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Back in 1980, the cast of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” was gearing up for an old-fashioned press junket. Riding high on the popularity of “A New Hope,” audiences were clamoring for the second installment. As the only person who knew the big reveal hiding near the end of the story — the other actors were given a dummy script and saw Vader’s declaration only when they first watched the film — Hamill teased out the connection between Luke and Vader without giving anything away. A deft interviewee, Hamill turned a question about his then infant son Nathan into a chance to hint at the future of the Star Wars franchise, including a few nuggets about the original prequels. Twenty years earlier, in the third story, you see how Darth Vader came to power and fell from grace, and how the Obi-Wan character battled with Darth, and why he was forced to wear this mask. »

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Round-Up: Wizard World Des Moines Variant Cover for The Walking Dead #1, Hannibal Season 3 Promo Video

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Phil Hester's unique, imaginative and ultimately fitting take on Carl Grimes' head wound is featured on The Walking Dead #1 variant cover for Wizard World Des Moines. Also in this round-up: a new promo video for Hannibal Season 3, debuting next week.

The Walking Dead #1 Wizard World Des Moines Variant Cover: Press Release -- "Des Moines, Iowa, May 26, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that The Wretch and The Coffin creator and Iowa native Phil Hester has drawn the 11th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, June 12-14. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will »

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Star Wars is taking over China: Shanghai International Film Festival to screen all six

25 May 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will all be screened at the festival.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi will all be appearing in Chinese cinemas for the first time.

The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival runs from June 13-21.

The Jj Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in »

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Ciara McAvoy: The Hollywood Interview

24 May 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

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. »

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Movie News: Lando Calrissian Could Return in 'Star Wars'; 'Jack Reacher' Sequel Seeks 'Last Samurai' Director

20 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Star WarsLawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair]   Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...

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News Briefs: Lando Calrissian Could Return in 'Star Wars'; More on the Lonely Island Movie

19 May 2015 10:06 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...

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'Star Wars' writer Lawrence Kasdan tells it like it is: Blockbuster movies are getting too long

19 May 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »

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Star Wars fans have not seen the last of Lando Calrissian, Force Awakens writer says

19 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars fans can rejoice - Lando Calrissian could soon be back on the big screen.

Billy Dee Williams famously played the intergalactic smuggler in the original Star Wars trilogy, and has more recently voiced Calrissian in the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is now hinting that Lucasfilm has major plans for Calrissian, even though he won't appear in this December's sequel.

"Right now, there's no Lando Calrissian in this movie," Kasdan told Vanity Fair. "But Lando I don't think is finished in any way, shape, or form."

Interest in the character has been piqued once again this year thanks to a new Marvel Comics series based around Lando's adventures.

The Empire Strikes Back scribe Kasdan also discussed the joy of writing for original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill again after 35 years.

Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

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Lawrence Kasdan teases Lando Calrissian for future Star Wars movies

19 May 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lawrence Kasdan (or Larry Kasdan as he’s often called) has been a part of the Star Wars universe for many years now, having written the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and co-authoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the writer promised some exciting things coming from J.J. Abrams’ latest entry into the Star Wars series.

“It’s turned out really great,” he said. “J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating.”

Kasdan also revealed that the runtime of the movie will not be like most modern blockbusters. “One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters,” he says. “A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, ‘why isn’t this over?’ We »

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Lawrence Kasdan Discusses Star Wars: The Force Awakens And Updates On Lando Calrissian

19 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.

“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Lawrence Kasdan on the film

18 May 2015 10:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Lawrence Kasdan reveals the plan to bring down the running time of The Force Awakens - and teases a future for Lando...

One of the faces of Star Wars of old returning for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan was screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi of course, and he's co-authored the script for The Force Awakens too.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kasdan has been chatting about the new film, saying that "it's turned out really great" and that "Jj [Abrams] directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything".

Refreshingly, Kasdan also revealed that there's a focus on making sure the movie doesn't outstay its welcome too. "One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very »

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Lando Calrissian's Story Isn't Over, According To Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer

18 May 2015 6:28 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As the co-writer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - alongside director J.J. Abrams - Lawrence Kasdan has a pretty big say in the future of the legendary franchise. As a result, if he says that the story of Lando Calrissian isn't quite over, it's rather easy to believe him. Thankfully, that's exactly the sentiment that the filmmaker recently shared in an interview, and while there isn't exactly a timetable for the character's reappearance, it does sound like we haven't seen the last of him. As part of their special recent Star Wars issue, Vanity Fair recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kasdan about the future of the famed sci-fi franchise, and it was at the very end of their conversation that the subject of Lando Calrissian - the character famously played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the »

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Star Wars fans head underground for Secret Nightclub experience

15 May 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

If you've ever wanted to feel like Han Solo and Chewbacca by hanging out at the Cantina Bar, now you can.

Secret Cinema launched its new Secret Nightclub project at a hidden location in London last night (May 14), where Star Wars fans got to taste what it is like to have a beverage in the Mos Eisley Cantina.

Digital Spy was among those who rubbed shoulders with a cast of colourful characters including Stormtroopers, Jawas and Jedis.

Of course, Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes were on hand to perform their classic 'Cantina Band' tune.

The sci-fi nightclub also had a variety of drinks, live music and rooms, including gambling areas to try your hand at some card games.

The place was also full of actors and dancers that remain in character throughout and interact with the audience. Keep an eye out for a few dramatic scenes throughout the night if you head on down. »

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Watch Black Angel - the short film that screened before The Empire Strikes Back

15 May 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The film that screened before Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back has been made available to watch for free on YouTube.

Black Angel was directed by Empire Strikes Back set decorator Roger Christian and played before George Lucas's sequel on its European run.

Star Wars: 10 things you never knew about the galaxy far, far away

"Accompanied by an exclusive introduction from the director Roger Christian, the incredible fantasy short returns," reads the YouTube description.

"It was first released in certain cinemas ahead of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Lost for 35 years, it has been found and restored to its former glory."

Christian said: "George Lucas had requested a film to be made to go out as a programme with The Empire Strikes Back.

"He read my story and commissioned it on the spot. So with a grant of £25,000 I headed to Scotland »

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Watch the Long-Lost Short Film George Lucas Had Made For 'Empire Strikes Back'

14 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters in 1980 a very special short film played in front of it in select theaters around the world. This wasn't just a fleeting five minute cartoon or anything like that, either. Black Angel was a robust, lushly photographed 25-minute film commissioned by George Lucas himself with the express purpose of showing audiences something they normally wouldn't see in a theater (aside from Star Wars itself, that is). In the thirty years since Empire Strikes Back, however, there has been no easy way to actually watch Black Angel. The original negative for the film, directed by Roger Christian (who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for the first Star Wars), got lost and thus wasn't included on the various VHS or DVD...

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AFI to Fete Angela Lansbury, Lawrence Kasdan With Honorary Degrees

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary degrees on actress Angela Lansbury and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan on June 10.

The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Lansbury has appeared in more than 60 features, including “State of the Union,” “The Court Jester,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Nanny McPhee.” She may be best known »

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Votd: "Black Angel" Short Film

14 May 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back in 1980, during the original theatrical release of "The Empire Strikes Back," several hundred UK cinemas screened a short film in front of theatrical showings of that movie.

The 25 minute short was a fantasy tale directed by Roger Christian and entitled "Black Angel". Thought lost for decades, there came word in 2011 that a copy of the film had been found and would be getting a painstaking frame-by-frame restoration followed by a digital release online sometime in the future.

That future is now with the entire short film going up online on Youtube today and including an introduction from Christian himself. Christian also says further news regarding the film will arrive on June 2nd and will be announced on the film’s social media channels.

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George Lucas: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Star Wars' Guru

14 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.

As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »

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See the Long-Lost Short Film 'Black Angel' That Played Before 'Empire'

13 May 2015 5:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A long time ago, in a cinema far, far away, this short film played before Empire Strikes Back, and now it has been rediscovered. No seriously, that's the story behind this. Back in 1980, George Lucas commissioned his art director, Roger J. Christian, to make a short film that would show before his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back. That short was called Black Angel, sort of a classic fantasy about a lone warrior fighting a dark force. It only played in a few hundred UK cinemas, but it was hugely influential anyway. And even though all the prints were thought to be lost, Christian has restored and released the full 25-minute short Black Angel online - seen below. It's actually pretty good, and has some very iconic shots in it. Enjoy. The video also features a quick introduction from Roger J. Christian, but for more history read this review. »

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