19 items from 2015
The toy initially went on sale 35 years ago for £1.50 and collector Craig Stevens, 45, of Croydon bought it back in 1990.
"I'm amazed at the price, that was absolutely perfect," Stevens told the Croydon Guardian.
"The money is going to go towards a house for me and my wife. We are looking to move quite soon so that will be perfect to put towards it.
"I hope it will go to a good collector who will look after it and cherish it like I have."
Before the sale, Stevens told prospective buyers he was looking for bids of "£10,000-plus" for the bounty hunter figure.
The toy was in pristine condition and rare UK packaging only available for a year.
It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!
Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.
The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.
Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!
It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »
- Josh Wilding
Grimm channels The Expendables in this week's entertaining rescue mission adventure, feat. a new and improved Juliette...
This review contains spoilers.
Okay, that might be taking it a bit far, but this week’s episode of Grimm was a lot of fun to watch, as the gang pooled their efforts to rescue Monroe from the clutches of a psychopathic cult.
Firstly, letting Wu into the secret is without doubt a crowd-pleaser. Nick and Hank attempt to ease him into the world of Grimm without freaking him out too much, bringing in the least terrifying of Wesen – Bud – to demonstrate woging. This just takes Wu’s already permanently shocked expression to new levels of disbelief.
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“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”
So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”
At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”
To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.
Before the show began, »
- Matthew Chernov
Back in October, Namco revealed a new Star Wars arcade in Battle Pod, that would place gamers in the middle of the action in the galaxy far, far away. Today, they've revealed it's started releasing the machines out in the wild on top of offering more details on some of the missions you'll play through. Come inside to check out new screenshots!
Get your quarters ready folks, as the Star Wars: Battle Pod is starting to roll out across North America. The new acarde game will put you in the cockpit (and in panoramic view) of some of the most iconic vehicles from Star Wars, and fight through battles in the movie, and ones created just for the game. On top of announcing the roll out of the machines, Namco also announced some details on new levels in the game. Check it out:
Star Wars: Battle Pod features »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Every collector has their "holy grail", that one particular item they've been searching high and low for. Well, if you're a Star Wars collector with a lot of money, you might be able to snag this original Boba Fett figure that's expected to break auction records. Come inside for more details!
Everyone knows I'm a big time Star Wars collector, and I've been made aware of an upcoming auction (taking place next week) that's featuring a pretty impressive lot of collectibles. All of it is looking interesting, but there's one in particular that's drool-worthy: an original Empire Strikes Back, unpunched Boba Fett figure. You'll need a pretty big pocketbook to claim this prize, however, as the thing is expected to go for a record price. Check out the details:
The Star Wars collectables from the late 1970’s / early 1980’s are to be sold at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby on Wednesday »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Here’s a difficult revelation for those of us who grew up trusting in George Lucas, regardless of what we think of the Star Wars prequels: the franchise’s creator had ideas plotted out for Episode VII and beyond, but Disney scrapped them all for their upcoming trilogy. In an interview with Cinema Blend to promote Strange Magic, Lucas states that he sold the sequel outlines along with Lucasfilm and the rights to all things Star Wars, and “[Disney] came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own.” On the one hand, maybe they were bad, as in focused on trade agreements or something similarly convoluted. But on the other hand, Lucas devised the Star Wars universe to such an amazing degree back in the beginning that there’s never been anything comparable in terms of movie world-building. Disney already scrapped the expanded universe, and »
- Christopher Campbell
You really do have to hand it to George Lucas, the man knows how to create buzz.
In 1977, he caused mass hysteria with the release of his visionary masterpiece, Star Wars (at that point still sans A New Hope). Lucas had managed to capture the imagination of movie-goers around the world with his ground breaking space opera – never before had people seen nor experienced anything like Star Wars. Space battles, distant and unique planets, unforgettable aliens, appealing heroes and reviled villains.
In his followup effort, The Empire Strikes Back, he even managed to up the ante, striking at the very hearts and minds of his audience with an even greater spectacle, complete with a much darker theme, more incredible characters and of course, that shocking twist.
What it really boiled down to for many people though, was the characters. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and of course, »
- Scott Barstead
Like an Imperial probe droid, personally owned drones caused quite a problem on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They were spotted flying over various shooting locations, making it even more difficult for director J.J. Abrams to keep everything locked in his infamous mystery box. He did a pretty good job of keeping all of the actors away from the prying eyes of these robotic paparazzi machines, but the occasional image or photo did eventually leak onto the Internet, as we saw over the course of last year. Speaking before a screening of his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mark Hamill offered a sense of what his daily routine was like on Star Wars 7, as he set out to reprise his iconic role as Jedi master Luke Skywalker.
"You know, the security on it is just crazy. I'm surprised I can even admit I'm in it! »
Let me start off by saying that The Lego Movie is my personal favorite movie of the year, so the rest of this may be (read: definitely will be) biased. With its true-to-brand depiction of the little yellow guys and gals popping about its gorgeously realized worlds, its whiplash-inducing deluge of jokes, references, and acerbic wit, and brilliant redux of the classical Hero’s Journey, this isn’t just my favorite movie of the year, but in years. And perhaps more importantly in this day and age: it’s one of the cleverest, managing to tackle a beloved childhood property and not totally ruin it.
Earlier this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced all of the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. The usual suspects got their expected nominees, with the likes of Birdman and The Imitation Game leading the pack. But, as with all award shows, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Marvel movies are sometimes bemoaned for their adherence to formula, but it looks like there’s no strings on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The latest trailer for Joss Whedon’s super-team sequel has just dropped online, delivering another exciting glimpse of the summer’s most hotly anticipated movie.
The trailer itself is a good half-a-minute shorter than the previous teaser, meaning there’s little danger of major plot beats being spoiled. Instead, this is a decidedly old-school trail, setting up the basic character interactions and showing some of the great effects work, without detailing the whole plot beat-by-beat. Overall, Age Of Ultron looks like it could be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back – a darker second chapter that deepens the world and sends the plot off into some more exciting, and unique, places.
After Ant-Man’s trailer proved distinctly underwhelming last week, seeing Marvel show »
- Alex Leadbeater
Lando Calrissian returns! Though, not as you might first expect. While many have speculated that Billy Dee Williams will be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Han Solo's old smuggler friend and pirate, that has never been confirmed by the actor, Disney or Lucasfilm. But today, we have word from Big Shiny Robot that Calrissian is making a guest appearance on the January 19 episode of Star Wars Rebels titled Idiot's Array.
In Idiot's Array, the droid Chopper is inadvertently lost by Zeb in a game of Sabacc to well-known gambler Lando Calrissian. A string of adventures soon ensue as The Ghost and a team of gangsters go gunning for Lando and the astro-mech droid. Billy Dee Williams had previously teased his return to the Star Wars universe back in June of last year, after he reprised the iconic role of Lando in The Lego Movie.
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Artist Gred Horn has unveiled his spectacular variant cover art for the Game Stop edition of Star Wars #1. This is a big event for Marvel, and you can check out thirty previously released covers for the comic here.
"Here’s the cover you’ve all been hearing about..you Have been hearing about this right? The glorious new cover for Star Wars #1 Gamestop Edition? Pre-order this sucker Now –it’s going to be the largest thing in the world. This painting is special because it is my first full color attempt on paper in about 5 years. Marvel Comics asked for an "inspirational poster" look, and i figured this was the perfect opportunity to break out the brushes and go for the gusto! Share this with a friend, won't you?"
- Joey Paur
Guardians of the Galaxy was a success thanks to the inventive vision of director James Gunn, as well as the vocal performance of Vin Diesel, who managed to bring his character of Groot to life despite having only one line to repeat. With the film now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, both Gunn and Diesel participated in a Q&A to discuss the movie.
Q: How was it working with a script where your only line is “I am Groot”?
Diesel: I was lucky that I had a director [James Gunn] who was willing to indulge me. I told him: ‘We know that Groot is really saying any number of things when he says that line and most people are oblivious to the nuances of his speech because of his »
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Fans of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul know he's not shy when it comes to his personal life and career. So it should come as no surprise that he's finally addressed the rumors that he will be taking on the lead in the first Star Wars Spin-Off movie, hitting theaters in December 2016. While he doesn't confirm these rumors as fact, he doesn't necessarily deny them either. His words only serve to fuel the fire.
Last month, it was first rumored that Aaron Paul will take on the lead in a Star Wars Spin-Off directed by Gareth Edwards. The movie is said to revolve around a young Han Solo, though this is not the part the actor will be playing. It was later revealed that the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is actually going to follow a team of Space Pirates, with Han Solo featured as one of the main characters. »
A rumor recently spread across the Internet that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is up for a role in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film being developed at Lucasfilm. Now there was no word on who he would be playing, but he doesn’t seem to fit the Han Solo mold, so I imagine it would be another character, if the rumor is even true.
The actor responded to the rumors in a Tweet that said:
Who's starting these rumors? This one is actually making me believe I have a job in 2015. Very exciting. #StarWars http://t.co/M06dSt4Ee5
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 3, 2015
Even if the rumor was true, the actor isn’t going to come out and say so. As we’ve seen in the past, actors usually deny rumors over and over again until it becomes true or fades into obscurity. We won’t really »
- Joey Paur
When the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, the Doctor Who production team were thrown for the proverbial loop. Producer Graham Williams, who had just taken over from Philip Hinchcliffe, looked at the ground-breaking effects in the film and was concerned his own programme might no longer be able to compete. The audience expectations of what constituted a convincing alien environment had changed massively thanks to the new techniques in the blockbuster film.
Although Star Wars came out during May 1977 in the United States, the theatrical release in the UK occurred in December, meaning that film goers were thrilling to the exploits of Luke Skywalker at roughly the same time the Doctor was battling an alien tax collector in The Sun Makers and was wandering around exceptionally dodgy tunnels in Underworld. By February 1978, matters had hardly improved with Sontarans wearing unusually poor masks invading Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time. »
- Mike Morgan
It looks like fans wanting to complete their viewing of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy in 3D will get their wish at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this April, with the convention set to play host to the premiere of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 3D conversion.
In addition to Episode III, the weekend will also feature 3D screenings of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, along with traditional 2D screenings of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
And, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving this December, you’d have to imagine there’ll be some Episode VII surprises too… perhaps even a full length trailer?
Star Wars: Celebration 2015 will from from April 16th to April 19th.
- Gary Collinson
Take a closer look @ "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" including leaked footage of actress Daisy Ridley during stunt training:
Cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films:
The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm October 2012, announcing plans for a third "Star Wars" trilogy. "The Force Awakens" will be the first film made after the acquisition, produced by Abrams, Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Abrams directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi", from a story treatment by Michael Arndt.
- Michael Stevens
19 items from 2015
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