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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been in theaters for 50 days. And new Easter eggs are still being discovered. Today's big reveal is actually pretty cool. Especially since it's tied into Indiana Jones. And it comes at a crucial point in the movie involving Han Solo and Chewbacca. It literally ties Harrison Ford's two iconic characters together in one fail swoop. You just need to know what to 'listen' for.
Director J.J. Abrams has decided to cram so many hidden nods and references in The Force Awakens, that it has become a virtual game for some. And it's a game that requires multiple viewings. Some of the Easter Eggs are so well hidden, though, that they are likely to fly right over your head. Luckily, those involved with the behind-the-scenes work on the film have been eager to share some of their more obscure references. And the Raiders of the Lost Ark »
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.
The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:
Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.
- Variety Staff
Looking for the perfect way to tell that special someone exactly how you feel about them on Valentine's Day? Well, how about a little help from your favorite movie. Artists Aleasha Acevedo, Jerome Lu and Jared Schorr created these movie-themed valentines exclusively for Fandango. With inspiration from Jaws, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robocop, The Three Amigos and Raiders of the Lost Ark, your Valentine's Day is guaranteed to great...
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Remember when that Nazi’s face melted off at the end of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? It turns out that The Force Awakens uses that exact same sound in its infamous Nazi face-melting scene! Oh, that wasn’t The Force Awakens? Then what the hell was I watching? According to their interview with The Nerdist, Tfw supervising sound editor Matthew Wood and sound designer David Acord did sneak a little Indy into one of Han Solo’s scenes. If the tentacled rathtar chasing our heroes through the Millennium Falcon sounded like it was rolling, your ears must be like dog's ears or something. “I put in the sound of Ben Burtt’s boulder-roll sound from Raiders of the Lost Ark when the boulder is chasing Indy,” reveals Acord. You can listen to the entire interview here. Meanwhile, I have to go back to that Blockbuster »
- Halle Kiefer
Easter eggs in movies are nothing new. Filmmakers like to put references to other films in their new movies all the time. Sometimes these references are direct, and other times they.re much more subtle. It turns out that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark in it. Although, you probably didn.t notice underneath the sound of the screaming rathtar. David Acord, sound designer on The Force Awakens, told Nerdist that during the scene where Han Solo and Chewbacca are running down the hall to escape from the rolling rathtar, he added a sound effect from another Harrison Ford movie that harkened back to that moment. Then there.s some other cool things like when the rathtar is rolling down the hallway after Han and Chewie, I put in the sound of Ben Burtt.s boulder roll sound from Raiders of the »
What better way to share your love on Valentine's Day than with Deadpool.. and a chimichanga. Artist Tony Bui created these exclusive Deadpool-inspired valentines to help make sure that all your Valentine's Day dreams come true! Deadpool is in theaters February 12, 2016. From Jaws to Raiders of the Lost Ark, check out more film-inspired valentines that are guaranteed to make your February 14 rock!
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Time to check in to see which movies we all can check back in with or catch up with now that they've hit the home market. The big title, Oscar wise is Steven Spielberg's 10th Best Picture nominee as a director, the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both doing fine work as a lawyer and the spy he must bargain with for a prisoner of war trade. Only one of Spielberg's directorial efforts has ever won Best Picture (Schindler's List, 1993) but which is your favorite? I'd rank them like so...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Schindler's List (1993) Jaws (1975) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Lincoln (2012) The Color Purple (1985) Bridge of Spies (2015) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Munich (2005) War Horse (2011)
With the disclaimer that everyone knows I'm not a Spielberg aficionado really (the top three are the only ones I'm completely wild about from this list »
- NATHANIEL R
I still remember the worst movie experience I ever had. My two best friends, Caroline and Katharine (they’re twin sisters and they’re great) convinced me to go see The Holiday with them in theaters and what followed was over two hours of pure, unrelenting torture. See, just like every guy out there, I’ve got my own chick flick horror story. However, even though The Holiday did its best to liquefy my eyeballs like something out of the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I survived and still ended up watching romance movies with my girlfriends or my sister from
10 Romance Movies Even Guys Will Enjoy »
- Chris King
One of the many things J.J. Abrams has been praised for, with regard to his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is that he went old-school with it- both in terms of storytelling, and in terms of technology. He hired Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark) to co-write the script, and he committed the project to sticking with practical effects and sets as much as possible. One other thing? He shot it on film. During an age when Hollywood is pushing all of its filmmakers to switch over to digital because it's supposedly cheaper, Abrams extolled the virtues of shooting on film and stuck to his guns.
The result was a film that really felt like it belonged next to the original trilogy, and it now looks like that tradition will continue on through the remainder of the new trilogy.
While director Rian Johnson, who's handling Episode VIII, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
This piece by John Van Vliet, a member of the Academy's visual effects branch who is best known for his work on 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'X-Men,' is part of an ongoing series of guest columns by Academy members about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy's response to it. I thought you might find the letter of protest I sent to the board of governors of interest. I'm a semi-retired visual effects supervisor and a longstanding member in the visual effects branch. My participation in voting is something I hold dear
- John Van Vliet
Having wrestled with steroids in his 2008 documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*,” Chris Bell expands his purview to tackle America’s legal-drug industry — and the addictions it spawns — with “Prescription Thugs.” Again aping the nonfiction form that made Michael Moore a star, Bell puts himself, and his family, front and center throughout the course of his critique of a business that nets tens of billions a year, and which he believes has fostered a culture in thrall to quick-fix narcotics solutions to life’s every problem. Engaging and enraging but also, alas, consistently superficial, it’s a hot-button work whose easily digested nonfiction methods will appeal to mainstream documentary audiences, even if they also leave viewers hungry for greater substance.
As with his prior film, Bell — delivering hey-i’m-a-regular-guy narration — begins his inquiry by fixating his gaze on his siblings, with particular attention paid to Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, who dreamed of becoming a WWE star but, »
- Nick Schager
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Jurassic Park will roar back onto the big screen this November accompanied by a live orchestra to spotlight composer John Williams' Grammy-nominated score. Film Concerts Live, the production company that previously synced films like Back to the Future, Home Alone and West Side Story with a live orchestra, will next give the Steven Spielberg-directed Michael Crichton adaptation a similar multisensory experience.
Casting for the Han Solo spin-off movie was shortened down to just 12 names this week from an original list of 2,500 actors. The hot rumour at the moment is that Disney are looking to fast-track the casting for a potential cameo in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“I wish I had something to say, but I don’t,” he told Variety when they asked him about casting. “I haven’t turned my attention to that.”
Abrams then gave jokingly some advice for the lucky winner: “Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there.”
Who would »
- Robert Kojder
If a report from earlier this week is to be believed, Disney and LucasFilm will be casting the title character in Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo within the next few weeks. The report claims that there are roughly a dozen young actors still in the running to play Han Solo, including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was recently asked by Variety if he has any advice for the young actor who will take on this iconic role. Here's what he had to say, which may surprise you.
"Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It'll all be right there."
In order to play a young Han Solo in Disney and Lucasfilm's forthcoming prequel, does The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams think the actors should study Star Wars: A New Hope? Nope! He thinks they should study Indiana Jones instead. "Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there." Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan previously stated that the Han Solo prequel wouldn't focus on the character's childhood but would instead, pick up about 10 years before the events of A New Hope. Actors on the shortlist include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and and Blake Jenner. Fans should remember that Disney has a history of seldom picking names that emerge on the initial shortlist so just because your personal pick may not be listed that doesn't necessarily mean they're not in the running. Director Chris Miller and Phil Lord are »
Spoiler Alert: The following story contains spoilers from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Do not read ahead if you have not yet seen the movie and want to remain unspoiled for major plot points.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has made more than $800 million domestically since its Dec. 18 release (making it the first film ever to do so), and is rapidly approaching $2 billion worldwide, but director J.J. Abrams says he’s more pleased with the experience of moviegoers than the box office success.
“I’m just incredibly relieved that the movie’s out and it was well-received, and I’m more excited when I hear that people went to see the movie with their parents who took them to see the original movie when they were kids, or who took their own kids who maybe had never seen a ‘Star Wars’ movie and who fell in love with Rey [Daisy Ridley] or »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With an updated gross of $764.4 million thru Wednesday, Jan. 7, Star Wars: the Force Awakens is officially the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market. It took a mere 20 days for the film to surpass the previous record of $760.5M held by Avatar, which not only took a total of 318 days to achieve, but was spread across two releases. When adjusted for inflation Force Awakens still has a long, long way to go to top Gone with the Wind's $1.73 billion, but it has moved to 20th position on the chart, just ahead of Raiders of the Lost Ark bringing to light another milestone. Harrison Ford now tops the BoxOfficeMojo people index, surpassing longtime chart topper and fellow Star Wars alum, Samuel L. Jackson. The domestic box office take for Ford's films before adjusting for inflation totals a whopping $4.69 billion, topping Jackson by $73 million. Adjusted for inflation, Ford »
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After working with Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Andrew Dominik, Derek Cianfrance, and many more, Ben Mendelsohn finally got a substantial leading role this year with Mississippi Grind, leading to more deserved attention. It looks like he’s now caught the eyes of another top director: Steven Spielberg.
On the heels of Bridge of Spies and ahead of The Bfg this summer, he plans to kick off production on Ready Player One this March in the U.K. and now he’s found his villain. According to THR, Mendelsohn is in early talks for the role of an evil Internet executive in the story which is partially set in a virtual world called Oasis. Also starring Olivia Cooke, it follows a yet-to-be-cast teenager who finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.
- Jordan Raup
Drafthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights to Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” a documentary about two friends’ lifelong journey to complete their passion project: a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg‘s first Indiana Jones movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” An inspiring testament to creative passion and the powerful role of cinema, “Raiders!” has been a hit on the festival circuit, screening at such festivals as SXSW, Doc NYC, Fantasia International Film Festival and more. After Spielberg’s classic film was released almost 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out. »
- Jeff Sneider
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