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'Forrest Gump,' 'Bambi' and Others Added to National Film Registry

28 December 2011 9:39 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year The Empire Strikes Back made it into the registry, and this year there's a whole new set of 25 films that will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to cinema or as Librarian of Congress James H. Billington (no relation to Alex) says, "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture." More below! Best Picture winners like Forrest Gump and Silence of the Lambs made the cut, two films which have become modern classics. One may be the best serial killer thriller ever, while the other takes us through the decades of America's past with charming comedy, touching »

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24 Hours of...Christmas Joy

25 December 2011 5:10 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I have the theme from Gremlins stuck in my head and it’s all your fault!

What better way to celebrate Christ’s Birthday (Observed) than with a full day’s programming of movies that have nothing to do with Him? I figure we’ll get to that next year on Christ’s Deathday (Observed); for now, these flicks of love, gratitude and a whole spectrum of other heartwarming words will have to suffice.

8:00 Am - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - 130 min

It’s a movie everybody’s seen! Or at least that used to be the case. I’m old and cognizant enough to remember the clichéd time when It’s a Wonderful Life was shown on seemingly every channel, round-the-clock from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, but even though that ended roughly fifteen to twenty years ago, the stereotype remains. These days, I think less and less »

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'Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher: 'Star Wars movies are amazing'

19 December 2011 11:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Fincher has said that he loves the Star Wars film series. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director revealed that he considers the George Lucas movies, particularly The Empire Strikes Back, to be "an amazing accomplishment". "I appreciate Star Wars; it's an amazing accomplishment, it is an A+," Fincher told Collider. "I think Empire's an A++ because it's one of those movies where it was, remember, it was my senior year of high school in the summer." "When I saw that George Lucas was going to do the At-ATs on baking soda with stop-motion and he was going to turn a pivotal character over to Frank Oz and he was going to play it as a Muppet, I thought, 'This f**king guy has balls, man'. It's unreal (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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What’s Your Religion? Check This Box for Jedi Knights

19 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Collection A scene from “The Empire Strikes Back

Believe in “Star Wars”? Almost as much as say, your religion?

You’re in good company. According to Time, more than 15,000 people listed themselves as Jedi Knights in answer to the “choose-your-religion” question in a recent census in the Czech Republic. The largest number of Jedis, about 4,000, live in Prague and comprise just under a third of the city’s population. Still, overall, Jedis make up only .14% of the country’s population. »

- Julie Steinberg

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David Fincher Talks Favorite Star Wars Movie and Explains Why He Won’t Alter His Previous Films

19 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last Christmas I landed one of my dream interviews: I got to sit down with director David Fincher for over forty-five minutes and we talked about The Social Network, how he makes movies, why he wanted to direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, The Game Blu-ray, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of Fincher's and missed it, click here.  I promise you'll learn a lot about the way he makes movies. However, while we covered a lot of subjects, there were many things I just didn't have time to ask.  So when I sat down with him the other day in New York City for another exclusive interview for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I decided to bring up some of the questions I never asked.  While the full interview will run in the coming days, I'll tease you with a few things: »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Vintage Movie Marquees: "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

14 December 2011 3:21 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

This 1980 trade magazine ad extolled the new technology of Dolby technology which would go on to revolutionize the experience of watching movies. Given George Lucas' creative input into the Dolby sound systems, it shouldn't be surprising that the advertisement features a theater marquee showing the recently-released The Empire Strikes Back, shown here in Dolby sound and in 70mm. Ah, 70mm- those were the days »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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My favourite film: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

9 December 2011 8:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As part of our writers' favourite films series, Chris Michael salutes a space-exploring sequel starring Admiral James T Kirk on imperious form

Full speed ahead or leagues off course? Chart your own response here or teleport down to the comments below

The souls of North American men are riven. Behind our slick professional personas and chiselled, rugged features, a battle rages. Star Wars or Star Trek?

As a shellac-skinned and starry-eyed Canadian six-year-old, my head full of hockey and Hasbro merchandise, I had no doubt as to the true faith. I watched The Empire Strikes Back 23 times from a VHS tape so worn out it barely made it to the credits. I dreamed of the Dagobah system. At dinner I mimicked the call of the tauntaun. And I can only thank the galaxies I had no such tool as YouTube to broadcast my impeccably choreographed lightsaber routines.

As a putrid, »

- Chris Michael

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My favourite film: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

9 December 2011 8:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As part of our writers' favourite films series, Chris Michael salutes a space-exploring sequel starring Admiral James T Kirk on imperious form

Full speed ahead or leagues off course? Chart your own response here or teleport down to the comments below

The souls of North American men are riven. Behind our slick professional personas and chiselled, rugged features, a battle rages. Star Wars or Star Trek?

As a shellac-skinned and starry-eyed Canadian six-year-old, my head full of hockey and Hasbro merchandise, I had no doubt as to the true faith. I watched The Empire Strikes Back 23 times from a VHS tape so worn out it barely made it to the credits. I dreamed of the Dagobah system. At dinner I mimicked the call of the tauntaun. And I can only thank the galaxies I had no such tool as YouTube to broadcast my impeccably choreographed lightsaber routines.

As a putrid, »

- Chris Michael

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Look: Previously Unseen Storyboards for 'The Empire Strikes Back' Emerge

7 December 2011 2:38 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Click images to enlarge The Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back may well be the most well-known movie battle scene this side of the storming of the beach at Normandy. Star Wars geeks have meticulously studied the sequence ever since Empire first roared into theaters and know its in and outs like they were generals on the field of battle. All in all, it is an awesome sequence – although we have to wonder why the Empire thought having At-ATs on those giant spindly legs was a good idea – and one of our pop culture touchstones. Now, fans are able to experience the iconic scenes in an entirely new way – thanks to Guy Van Gompel, who’s been kind enough to show off his rarely-seen collection of storyboard art for the Battle of Hoth and even some of...

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- Mike Bracken

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Star Wars camera breaks auction record

6 December 2011 7:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Camera used to film 1977 sci-fi opus sells for $625,000 during auction of Hollywood memorabilia owned by Debbie Reynolds

A camera used to film 1977's Star Wars has been sold for a record-breaking $625,000 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Panavision Psr 35mm camera, which was owned by Hollywood actor Debbie Reynolds, went to an undisclosed buyer during an auction of Reynolds' film memorabilia collection. The Oscar-nominated actor, who is the mother of Star Wars' Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, decided on the sale after plans to open a museum went awry.

Sold by Hollywood memorabilia dealers Profiles in History, the fully functional camera went for more than three times its $200,000 estimate and broke records for both Star Wars memorabilia and vintage Hollywood film cameras sold at auction. The lot also included accessories and a photograph of George Lucas filming with the equipment on the Star Wars set.

The previous record for an item »

- Ben Child

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Rare Empire Strikes Back Interviews Reveal a Very Different Star Wars Universe

5 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

An 8 year-old Luke in Episode 3? Harrison Ford discusses episodes 7-9? In a classic Empire Strikes Back special NBC 5 legend Bobbie Wygant interviewed the actors of our favorite trilogy  to talk about the future of the Star Wars universe. It’s interesting to see what the plans were then, and where we ended up. Check it out below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The film was directed by Irvin Kershner. »

- Brandon Johnston

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Empire Strikes Back - Never Before Seen Hoth Battle Storyboard Art

2 December 2011 10:27 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The battle that took place on Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is in my mind one of the greatest battle scenes in all of the Star Wars films. I remember seeing this scene for the first time and being completely blown away by it. Even to this day it's awesome to watch! 

Here we have a never before seen collection of storyboard art detailing the Hoth battle sequence. It gives you a good look at how this scene was planned out before it went in front of cameras. According to io9, "These boards and are based on the fifth draft of the script for the movie — and most of the boards here are being shown publicly for the first time." 

The work you see hear was actually done by Captain America director Joe Johnston before he became a director. He's also the guy who created the badass suit for Boba Fett. »

- Venkman

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Nerd Watch: Rare 'Empire Strikes Back' Interviews Discuss Alternate Sequel and Prequel Plans, The Controversial Ending and More

1 December 2011 9:12 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

There's so much crazy Star Wars stuff floating around online that some of you may have seen this already, though most of you probably haven't. In this recently-discovered rare junket interview for The Empire Strikes Back, there are some fun anecdotes from the cast, like when Mark Hamill opens up the interview discussing plans for the prequels -- which, in his mind, end with the transformation of Darth Vader, but will also include an "eight-year-old Luke playing in the background." Hamill laughed off any idea that his young infant son Nathan could play Luke in the prequels. But the prequels weren't the only thing folks back then were talking about because, as of the release of Empire in theaters, George Lucas was planning on potentially...

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- Erik Davis

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Thundercats Season 1 Finale Lead-in: Betrayal

25 November 2011 10:06 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

The Thundercats Season 1 finale airs tonight on Cartoon Network. And, based on what the elephants suggested at the end of Episode 12 “Into the Astral Plane”, it looks like Season 1 will end on a cliffhanger with Tygra betraying Lion-o. The clip below shows one betrayal of the past, but this is most likely a teaser of something far worse. Why? Mumm-ra. After Lion-o and Tygra entered the Astral Plane, Mumm-ra followed them stating that he was “all powerful” inside the spiritual realm. Also, Cheetara surprisingly kissed Lion-o on the cheek. Was this a loving kiss or more like a sisterly kiss reminiscent of when Princess Leia kissed Luke in Star Wars, while Han Solo watched (geek reference: Leia kissed Luke on the cheek in A New Hope for good luck and then in The Empire Strikes Back to piss Han off). I’m pulling for Tygra in the brotherly war for Cheetara’s heart. »

- Bags H.

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Star Wars Stormtroopers Photo: Governors Awards 2011

23 November 2011 3:32 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Stormtroopers, Star Wars Stars Wars' Stormtroopers attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Stormtroopers are seen making life difficult for the Star Wars saga heroes in the original Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi, etc. George Lucas directed the first Star Wars, one of the biggest blockbusters in history. »

- D. Zhea

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The Week in Spandex – The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, DC Nation, X-Men: First Class 2 and more

20 November 2011 11:52 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Presenting our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…

After a month of dominating the superhero headlines, The Dark Knight Rises takes a bit of a back seat this week, allowing Marvel Studios to take the spotlight with the release of two new character banners depicting all the main players from Joss Whedon’s epic superhero team-up, The Avengers. As you can see to your right, Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) are all present and accounted for. You can check out high resolution versions of the two banners over at YahooMovies, who also caught up with Whedon for a detailed interview that covers pretty much every aspect of the film (well, except the villains).

In other Marvel-themed news, »

- flickeringmyth

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Chuck: “Chuck Versus the Business Trip” – Recap

19 November 2011 8:09 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Chuck: “Chuck Versus the Business Trip” – Recap

When you’ve been watching Chuck since its first season, as I have, watching each episode becomes more about the characters and the fun they have then the missions. Overall there’s a pretty obvious template for the spy missions, turning what is usually considered a plot twist into the logical next step. Take for example the defeat and capture of the Viper’s decoy assassin. It was a very easy take down, leaving no doubt he was impersonating the Viper just as Chuck was impersonating Morgan. It’s too bad these twists can be seen coming from very early in the episodes, but Chuck has the decency to at least make the journeys a blast to watch.

Chuck Versus the Business Trip” stumbled through its logical inconsistencies (Why did Chuck think posing as Morgan would work? Surely she would have seen »

- Brody Gibson

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New Theater Standees for Star Wars: Episode 1 3D, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax & Beauty And The Beast 3D

19 November 2011 7:48 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier tonight, I visited an AMC Theater in New York City and noticed new standees for Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace 3D, Dr. SeussThe Lorax, and Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3D.  Like every Star Wars fan, I wish George Lucas had started his post conversion crusade with Episode 4 and continued in the original order of release.  But it's pretty clear he doesn't listen to the fans and he's going to do what he wants to do. Saying that, the Titanic 3D footage that James Cameron recently showed has absolutely sold me on post conversion when it's done slowly and with tremendous care.  While I'm sure The Phantom Menace 3D is going to look fantastic, the post conversion isn't going to make the film any better.  However, while I don't care about the new trilogy in 3D, I'd love to see Star Wars and »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Universal Appeal: The Making of Star Wars

19 November 2011 12:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg delves into The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler to explore the creation of George Lucas' epic space opera...

After discovering over 50 interviews conducted by Charles Lippincott between 1975 and 1978 with the likes of George Lucas, John Barry, Gary Kurtz, and John Dykstra, author J.W. Rinzler saw a unique opportunity to definitively chronicle the behind-the-scenes sage involved in producing the original Star Wars (1977). “Reading the Lost Interviews was the giant first step in the rediscovery of a fascinating story and many half-forgotten stories,” writes Rinzler in the introduction for The Making of Star Wars which was published in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark movie. “Together, Lucas and his collaborators overcame health-shattering obstacles – storms, crises, an implacable studio, technical limitations, high stress, and bitter disappointment.”

“I tried to buy the film rights to Flash Gordon,” revealed filmmaker George Lucas who gave up on »

- flickeringmyth

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Twenty SE7EN Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

18 November 2011 11:31 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

1995 marked the last collaboration of Director David Fincher and Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker on the much celebrated dark detective story SE7EN. (Which on an unrelated note is probably the only good movie that gets away with replacing a letter in the title with a number.) But the two twisted filmmakers are joining forces once more on… Disney’s family film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea?

Fincher whom is currently finishing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, set for release next month, has been attached to the project since last year. Having previously developed the script with Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns, Walker has signed on to the film to continue fleshing out Fincher’s new direction on 20,000 Leagues– which has been described to have a similar feel to Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.

Walker’s other work includes The Wolfman and Sleepy Hollow; and together with Fincher the pair »

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