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Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who has worked on films such as Top Gun and Transformers, had a rather bittersweet distinction in Hollywood — he held the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a single win.
That streak finally came to an end at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday. After 21 nominations spanning 33 years — his first coming in 1984 for the classic tearjerker Terms of Endearment — O’Connell finally heard his name called for Mel Gibson‘s directorial comeback Hacksaw Ridge.
“Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you what this means to me,” O’Connell said in his acceptance speech, »
- Stephanie Petit
“I can tell you it is an amazing script and the cast is obviously extraordinary. I think it is a thrill to be a part of something that meant so much to me as a kid and to be part of allowing it to mean so much for kids now. It is fun to see it live on in various forms and ways even five years ago I would have never imagined it would have continued and knowing what is coming up is even more exciting,”
- David James
Ever since George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, fans have been hoping that we might see the original, unaltered trilogy re-released in some form. As you surely know, over the years, Lucas continued to tinker with the movies, often upsetting many with the changes he made. Some of those alterations were minor (Ewoks suddenly being able to blink), while others were major enough to cause serious backlash (Han shooting first) or ridicule (Darth Vader’s “Noooo!” as he dispatches of The Emperor).
Well, according to a new report, we could see the original Star Wars movies in their unaltered form released at some point in 2017 to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary. These will be the original edits of the 1977, 1980, and 1983 cuts of the first Star Wars trilogy, meaning that fans can finally watch A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as »
- Josh Wilding
Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. Rogue One has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. LucasFilm has also released a new Blu-ray trailer, plus the artwork for the official release, and several retailer exclusive packages, which you can see below.
Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie's diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. »
The film dubbed as one of the best Star Wars films ever made is finally coming home! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of the brave few who infiltrated, fought, and stole the plans of the Death Star so Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the rebellion could take it down, is coming to Blu-Ray Combo Pack on April 4, 2017! That's a week after the Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere copy arrives on March 28, 2017.
If you haven't seen it, check out our official review of what was one our favorite movies of 2016!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
The general consensus seems to be that the Disney era of Star Wars has been pretty great so far. Different, but great. The new Star Wars movies have been a blend of old and new, which looks to be what the upcoming young Han Solo movie is going to be. There will be one very big "out with the old, in with the new" change this time around as the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew will not be playing everyone's favorite Wookiee.
StarWars.com released the first official cast photo for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story today, which featured the gang all together in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Chewbacca can be seen hanging out with Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The man in the costume is Joonas Suotamo, who shared Chewbacca duties with Peter Mayhew »
It’s silly, we know. Why get all worked up over a costume change? Because we care, that’s why! There’s a real tried-and-true tradition in the Star Wars franchise, and it’s that the characters are almost guaranteed to look different in subsequent films. Be it a drastic look change — like the one Leia underwent between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back — or the more minor ones that don’t entirely change the feel of the character (like the ones Han underwent in the original trilogy).
However, given this tendency, and the fact that our lead character, Rey, would be undergoing some Jedi training in the next film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was inevitable that she’d undergo some sort of change. Even before the closing credits of The Force Awakens she had traded in her Jakku rags for something more fitting and stylish. »
- Joseph Medina
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Courtesy: Lucasfilm)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Star Wars is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — franchises in film history and they have certainly left their mark on the Academy Awards. One of the most consistent categories these space operas have popped up in throughout the years is the best visual effects category, with only one of the films not making the cut between the ceremonies of 1978 and 2017 to varying success. Let’s take a look back at how well the eight installments have done in terms of wowing us with optic splendor.
We have to start with the most recent, just for the sake that it’s currently in contention. That brings us to the Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is nominated in for best visual effects alongside Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, and Kubo and the Two Strings. »
- Carson Blackwelder
Moulin Rouge Secret Cinema: The UK’s biggest immersive cinema experience brings a modern classic to London.
Moulin Rouge Secret Cinema – the delights of Montmartre comes to the capital.
(c) Secret Cinema / Laura Little
Following its opening yesterday on Valentine’s Day no-less, we have some images to share from the opening of Secret Cinema‘s Moulin Rouge. The event is the latest in a long line of events put on by Secret Cinema, following the likes of The Empire Strikes Back, 28 Days Later, Back To The Future and last summer’s Dirty Dancing.
After a decade of pioneering a new format of cinematic and theatrical productions, Secret Cinema will push boundaries like never before with their most ambitious world yet.
For the new production, participants will be transported back to Paris 1899, to the exhilarating Montmartre of Moulin Rouge!. From models desperate to avoid destitution as Creatures of the Underworld, »
- Paul Heath
Rob Leane Feb 17, 2017
The Star Wars galaxy may be far, far away, but you can build your own version with these awesome Lego sets...
Star Wars and Lego is partnership made in heaven. George Lucas’ much beloved galaxy doesn’t seem so far, far away when you can build it in miniature, and knock it down repeatedly if you so desire, within the comforts of your Earthly home.
Many a fan coveted a Death Star Lego kit in their youth, or a Millennium Falcon one, and the luckiest kids had their wishes come true.
Now that we’re allegedly all ‘grown ups’, you might want to buy a Lego Star Wars set for a little person in your life, or – if you’re anything like me – you might fancy buying one for yourself to right the wrongs of your own childhood.
Whatever your motivations, here are seventeen of best, and »
The Han Solo movie is still arriving in May 2018, and the first cast picture
And we're off. Production is now underway on the Han Solo movie, that's being directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. And Disney has released a start of production press release, to mark filming commencing at Pinewood Studios in London. What's more, a special cast image has also been published. It did the rounds on the internet earlier, but in case you've not had the pleasure...
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As part of the official start of production announcement, Disney reaffirmed that the release date for the film is May 2018. There remains speculation that the movie will slip back to December 2018 - December being the opening date for the last two Star Wars films as well »
Much has been made of the upcoming tonal shift in the DC Extended Universe in the wake of the criticism aimed towards Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Zack Snyder’s Justice League said to be much lighter and “a lot more fun” than its predecessor. And now, Batman v Superman second unit director Damon Caro has echoed that sentiment, describing Justice League as a “rebirth” for the Dceu, whilst revealing that Dawn of Justice was always intended to be much darker.
“On Man of Steel, in [Zack Snyder’s] head he had the storyline treatment of where they were going to go, and at the beginning of BvS it was even richer and deeper,” Caro told Heroic Hollywood. “The arc was BvS was the midway point and the darker movie. Hence what happens at the end; the whole tone of it was darker. If you play your story all at one level, »
- Gary Collinson
With the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’ Star Wars (or Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope as it’s now known) fast approaching, Hasbro has announced that it will be marking the occasion with a new series of 3.75 inch Black Series Titanium figures, featuring Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
As you can see from the above image, the diecast figures come with their own backdrop featuring either a scene from the movie or character artwork, as well as FX pieces for their signature weapons. Each figure will retail for $15.
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In addition to the new Titanium series, Hasbro will also be launching a 6-inch ‘Centrepiece’ line, which features various characters posing on a special stand, recreating key scenes from the movies. Here’s Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing »
- Gary Collinson
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Marvel has found great success with their Star Wars comics over the past couple of years, with various characters from the mythos receiving their own titles to fill in the gaps in their respective histories, which are now the official canon since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the removal of the Expanded Universe.
For the most part, though, Marvel has been focusing on events between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and one of the biggest new characters to be introduced is Doctor Aphra. An ally to Darth Vader at one point, she’s now embarking on her own adventures, but in May’s Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, she’ll cross paths with Luke Skywalker to kick off a new event.
- Josh Wilding
It is without question John Williams is one of the greatest composers of our time. Throughout the span of his career, the man has churned out several memorable pieces of music for films that can only be described as iconic. Whether its for Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones or another film, everyone has heard at least one piece of music done by him.
Ricky Church – ‘Clash of the Lightsabers’ (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
- Ricky Church
Bluefin has unveiled the upcoming range of Star Wars Plastic Model kits from Bandai Hobby which are set to be showcased later this month at the New York Toy Fair, the line includes an X-Wing, a Tie Fighter Advanced X1, a Tie Fighter, a Snow Speeder, an At-st, an At-at, a Y-Wing Starfighter, Slave I, and the Millennium Falcon; take a look below…
Star Wars 1/72 Scale X-Wing · Msrp: $28.00 · Available March 2017
The 1/72 X-Wing features opening and closing S-foils and a cockpit with 2 different canopy options. Death Star panel themed display stand can connect with stands from other vehicles to recreate the iconic Death Star Trench Run. The exhaust of the trench and 2 proton torpedo effects are also included to recreate the Rebel victory in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Kit includes seated pilot, part swappable landing gear options, and decals.
Star Wars 1/72 Scale Tie Fighter Advanced x1 “Darth Vader’s Tie »
- Amie Cranswick
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
Lionsgate’s planned remake of the 1986 cult classic Highlander took a major step forward back in November when the studio tapped John Wick director Chad Stahelski to helm the long-gestating reboot, and the filmmaker has been chatting to Collider about the project during a promotional interview for his new film John Wick: Chapter 2.
“If you go back and watch the original Highlander, whether the quality holds up or not or the filmmaking process holds up, there are things about that movie beneath just the shots and the lighting, there’s a mythology there, for some reason, it hooks us,” said Stahelski. “We love that world. everybody loves the immortal realm. Everybody loves the code — There can be only one. There’s something about it that hooks you, hooks me, hooks all the fanboys about it. I went so far as I know every episode of all six seasons, plus »
- Gary Collinson
Ricky Church with a defence of the Star Wars prequels…
To say that the Star Wars prequels are controversial would be an understatement. Leading up to May 19, 1999 fans young and old alike were very excited for The Phantom Menace only to be disappointed with what director George Lucas had delivered.
As the trilogy continued with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, fans only got more bitter with Lucas’ direction of the series, not to mention the additional changes he included in the 2004 DVD releases of the Original Trilogy. However, as time has gone on the question must be asked: are the prequels really that bad?
Let me preface by acknowledging that the prequels are not perfect. They are certainly weaker than the original films with some clunky dialogue, cringe-worthy acting and poor attempts at humour. However, I agree with Mark Hamill’s recent statements about prequels. He »
- Ricky Church
Most Star Wars fans are still riding high from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and eagerly awaiting the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there is even more to be excited about if you're a fan of a galaxy far, far away. The young Han Solo movie recently started filming and aside from seeing Alden Ehrenreich play the famed smuggler, we are going to be seeing Donald Glover play a younger version of Lando Calrissian. The role was originally played by Billy Dee Williams and recently, he had lunch with Donald Glover in a delightful meeting of the Calrissians.
Not all that long ago, Harrison Ford was caught meeting with Alden Ehrenreich, presumably to discuss the role of Han Solo. Any young actor who is stepping into a Star Wars role that was brought to life in the original trilogy has some big shoes to fill, »
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