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“J.J. is the genius kid who has a great personality too so you can’t hate him,” chuckles long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Scott Chambliss who has done production design work for him ever since they brought the television series Felicity [Wbtn, 2000 to 2001] to the small screen. “He’s quick on the draw and is also brave. The telling moments for us in terms of the transition were at the beginning of Mission: Impossible 3 . It was being strongly suggested to him that he surround himself with a bunch of well-known seasoned pros on every level, in front and behind the camera. J.J. made a strong case that he’d do a better job for them if he brought some of his key players with him; once J.J. »
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
Luke Owen reviews the first issue of Half Past Danger...
Dames. Dinosaurs. Danger. Summer, 1943, and in the midst of a war waged by monsters, Staff Sergeant Tommy ‘Irish’ Flynn never expected to encounter a real one. But on a remote island in the South Pacific, Flynn and his squad come face-to-fanged-face with creatures long thought dead.
As the comic begins, Stephen Mooney notes that this is, "for my Dad Dermot Mooney who took me to the movies". And you can tell from the early pages of Half Past Danger #1 that Mooney has certainly been influenced of the adventure films of old. Elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, The Lost World etc are scattered through this in what ends up being a fairly good first half, but not so great second.
The opening sequence on the island in the South Pacific where the team encounter dinosaurs is absolutely brilliant. »
Feature Cameron K McEwan 22 May 2013 - 07:00
Cameron gives us the run-down on 11 other versions of the Doctor, featuring robots, Dream Lords, and more...
Warning: contains a major spoiler for The Name of the Doctor.
With the curtain-closing, hair-raising Doctor Who finale in the past and now but a fond memory, The Name of the Doctor threw up a new Doctor Who for us all to enjoy (and rampantly speculate about for the next six months). But this is not the first time fans have had to unexpectedly encounter a new, or "other" Doctor. Here's my favourite eleven below (apologies to Richard Hurndall and all the Morbius Doctors, you just missed out).
11. The Fatal Death Doctor
Without superheroes or aliens, the F&F franchise has made speed, laced with rage, one of film's most beloved intoxicants
The reason for the burgeoning success of the Fast & Furious films eludes some people. This apparently humdrum franchise manages without superheroes, intergalactic conflict, aliens, zombies, vampires or 3D. What has it got? Perhaps the clue's in the title. Speed and rage have come to form an alluring combination.
Speed, said Aldous Huxley, "provides the one genuinely modern pleasure." Until the 1820s, no one had travelled faster than a galloping horse; by the 1840s, trains were zipping along at 70mph. Speed began to redefine human life, as the acceleration of output yielded previously unimaginable benefits. The Gpo documentary Night Mail, with its pulsing pistons, captured the exaltation this engendered. But if the hastening tempo of the railway age brought collective liberation, it imposed a new tyranny on the individual.
As Marxists put it, »
- David Cox
There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
See Also: Cate Blanchett »
- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
"Breakout" was a bit of an odd episode to review and it took a little research to figure out why.
Apparently, it was filmed as the third episode of the season, or so I've read, which would explain some character interactions that made little sense in the given time line of the show.
I don't know why the powers that be chose to wait to show this episode now as the second to last of the season, but I found the disjointed character arcs jarring to watch.
First off Megan was, to put it bluntly, more of a b*tch than we've seen her be in a while. She's obviously mellowed somewhat over the course of Body of Proof season 3 because I found her scenes with Ethan and Adam particularly harsh.
Megan and Adam were just getting to know one another here and I appreciated that although he was uncomfortable with her questioning, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Christine Orlando)
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
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Remember those iconic desert scenes in Star Wars on Luke Skywalker’s fictional home planet of Tatooine? Well, those scenes are still set up here on earth.
According to Mashable, visual artist and filmmaker Rä di Martino recently photographed the abandoned sets in Tunisia, North Africa. The props have eerily stood the test of time, for the most part, still showing a bit of what George Lucas put in place for the 1977 film. Oddly enough, the surrounding geographical area also served as a backdrop for Lucas’ Raiders of the Lost Ark.
See what the Star Wars sets look like today, plus get the latest on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Jeremy Singer
With a 2015 release date pencilled into the calendar, all eyes are soon going to be turning to Star Wars Episode VII’s production. The film instantly became one of the most talked-about projects when it was announced that Disney were buying Lucasfilm last year, and launching a long-discussed new trilogy.
After a search, filled with rumours from the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams officially took the job to direct the upcoming blockbuster back in January. And now Lucasfilm are announcing that Abrams and co. will be heading to our shores to shoot Star Wars Episode VII, following in the footsteps of the past six films.
All of its predecessors have been at least partly filmed here in the UK, shooting in the likes of Pinewood, Leavesden, Elstree, Shepperton, and Ealing Studios. And now Episode VII will be the latest in the franchise to do the same. »
- Kenji Lloyd
It turns out that J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are sticking with tradition for the next Star Wars film. They've announced that they are going to be filming Episode VII in the UK. There is no word on how much of the movie will be done overseas, but here is what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to say about the situation via starwars.com:
We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back.
I feel that if you have had a great deal of »
- Joey Paur
It isn't the most surprising news, but after the latter two prequels shot largely in Australia, Star Wars: Episode VII under J.J. Abrams’ direction will be coming back to the franchise’s ancestral home: the UK.There are no details as to where specifically Abrams and his cast and crew will be working, but expect Shepperton, Leavesden and Pinewood to be under consideration, alongside, perhaps, Long Cross, Elstree (a base for the first two films) and Ealing."We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in statement picked up by The Wrap. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders Of The Lost Ark, »
Lucasfilm has announced that the next "Star Wars" movie, like the previous six, will be filmed in the U.K. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added a brief story hint in the following official statement:
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that.
Source: Lucasfilm »
- Garth Franklin
The producers of the highly anticipated next instalment of Star Wars have confirmed it will be made in Britain.
The seventh episode of the science fantasy saga is due to start production next year and will be screened in 2015. It will be directed by Jj Abrams, who has overseen the reboot of the rival Star Trek franchise.
Kennedy said she was "delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain".
Lucasfilm representatives met with Osborne earlier this year to work on a deal to make the film in this country.
All of the six previous Star Wars movies have included UK production.
Osborne revealed the decision »
All six previous productions for the live-action Star Wars movies have included major shooting time in the UK across the famed Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios and it looks like the still untitled Star Wars: Episode VII will no different when filming kicks-off next year.
“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’ as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,”
- Matt Holmes
Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
Now that J.J. Abrams is finishing up promotional duties on Star Trek Into Darkness, the filmmaker can start to turn his full attention towards Star Wars: Episode VII, and with the first instalment of Disney's Sequel Trilogy gearing up to go into production soon ahead of its release in 2015, Lucasfilm has announced that the latest chapter of the epic space opera will follow in the footsteps of its six predecessors by heading to the UK for its shoot.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, on StarWars.com. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun »
- Flickering Myth
Star Wars Episode 7 will be filmed in the UK.
The Jj Abrams-directed project is taking advantage of new tax reliefs brought in over the past several years, which have already seen the likes of Skyfall, Inception and The Woman in Black shot in the UK.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.
What, you thought we'd go a week without some sort of Star Wars related news? Nope, and even better, this one is official and comes from a press release issued by Lucasfilm. As they have with the previous Star Wars films, they have confirmed that Episode VII will officially film in the United Kingdom...those lucky bastards.
Hopefully now that Star Trek Into Darkness is soon to release and full attention is turned to Episode VII, more official news (such as this) will be more free flowing, and we'll see less and less rumors. We already know, thanks to Kathleen Kennedy, that this production won't be secretive as we've all feared, so let's keep our fingers crossed the more real info will be coming along regularly.
Tonight's update is that production for the next film is returning to the UK. It's not all that surprising, considering all of the previous films shot there, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
For those living in caves for the last 6 months, there’s going to be a new Star Wars film. Now, before you all begin screaming “Christ, no more sleep-incuding space treaty shite”, Jar Jar bloody Binks, or worse, Hayden fu**ing Christensen, George Lucas is not directing. In fact, George shut up shop and flogged the franchise to Disney. Even better, that fella who did a decent job in rebooting Star Trek is at the helm.
Yes, J.J. Abrams will bring us more Jedi mind tricks and is expected to include Luke, Leia and Han somewhere in the script being written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt. Even more exciting is this brand new press release confirming production, just like the original trilogy and part of the prequels, will again shoot in the UK.
Star Wars Feature Film Production Returns To The U.K.
May 10, 2013
- Craig Hunter
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