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Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be synonymous with quality. It developed that reputation in the 80s by nabbing films such as Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Rocky III, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but overall it’s actually a pretty awful weekend when it comes to quality films. For every Themla and Louise there’s a Hudson Hawk, Crocodile Dundee II, and Super Mario Bros. Nevertheless, studios bank on the long weekend to boost box office on blockbusters, and it’s been that way for decades. With that in mind, I’ve gone over the last 10 years and ranked the weekend’s highest grossing movie from worst to best. I’d say to prepare for some painful memories if most of these flicks weren’t so forgettable. [All box office data via Box Office Mojo]
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- Matt Goldberg
"These are the modern masters of the art and science of special effects." Now this is good. Earlier in the week we featured the image from Wired's story about the "Magic" of Ilm, or Industrial Light & Magic, and their extensive history as a special effects/visual effects house. Well, to follow up that fantastic look back, our friends at SlashFilm have found a vintage video from 1984 looking inside Ilm and it's a must watch. It's an episode of Nova, that long-running documentary television show, and it's all about "The Magic of Special Effects". Up to this point, it really was all about practical special effects and it's kind of amazing and inspiring to look back at how they pulled off this cinema magic back then. They profile films like Explorers, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. You just need to watch this! Thanks again »
- Alex Billington
Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital […]
The post Votd: The Magic of Special Effects in the ’80s Focuses on ‘Return of the Jedi’ and More appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.
With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:
The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.
As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.
Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »
Star Wars #5
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Cassaday
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Chris Elipoulos
Published by Marvel Comics
Boba Fett is, essentially, the Star Wars’ universe version of Wolverine, two tremendously popular characters who built their following on the basis of a cool image, a mysterious past, and a tough guy mindset, whose popularity grew to the point that they came to dominate their respective franchises while everything that made them intriguing in the first place suffered for their ubiquity. That said, good stories can still be told featuring both characters, and with this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday set out to prove it with Boba Fett.
While Han reluctantly joins Leia on a scouting mission for a new Rebel base, Luke returns to Tatooine, hoping to find some guidance for furthering his Jedi training from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s home. Unbeknownst to Luke, Boba Fett is also on Tatooine, »
- Austin Gorton
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...
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Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »
- Chris Eggertsen
Lawrence Kasdan (or Larry Kasdan as he’s often called) has been a part of the Star Wars universe for many years now, having written the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and co-authoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the writer promised some exciting things coming from J.J. Abrams’ latest entry into the Star Wars series.
“It’s turned out really great,” he said. “J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating.”
Kasdan also revealed that the runtime of the movie will not be like most modern blockbusters. “One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters,” he says. “A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, ‘why isn’t this over?’ We »
- Luke Owen
Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.
“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »
- Sarah Myles
Lawrence Kasdan reveals the plan to bring down the running time of The Force Awakens - and teases a future for Lando...
One of the faces of Star Wars of old returning for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan was screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi of course, and he's co-authored the script for The Force Awakens too.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kasdan has been chatting about the new film, saying that "it's turned out really great" and that "Jj [Abrams] directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything".
Refreshingly, Kasdan also revealed that there's a focus on making sure the movie doesn't outstay its welcome too. "One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very »
Did you know that Emperor Palpatine didn’t die at the end of “Return of the Jedi”? In the original Expanded Universe lore, the Emperor could not be killed by a mere betrayal by his apprentice. One anticipated since the moment Anakin Skywalker pledged himself to the Dark Side. No. Originally Palpatine had an endless supply of clone bodies waiting for him to transfer his essence/soul into upon death. While all that was wiped away when Disney merged the Star Wars storylines, parts of the process remained canon. In “Revenge of the Sith,” Palpatine lays down some Sith mythology about Darth Plagueis and his ability to save others from death through midichlorian manipulation. It’s only a hop and skip from that to “manipulate the Force to live forever.” Which makes this reveal in Darth Vader #5 all the more interesting. Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment. Art by Salvador Larroca. Housed on the Space Whales, »
- Donna Dickens
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
There was a time during junior high when I really got into reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I ate up The Thrawn Trilogy, which was so popular that fans pushed for it to become Episodes VII, VIII, and IX of the series, and many other books that expanded upon the movies. However, this was the early '90s and there weren’t as many novels to choose from, so I was finished sooner than I expected. Since I was and am still a giant nerd and dating girls wasn’t even a remotely realistic option, I decided to check out the paperback novelizations of the original trilogy. The novelizations for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of The Jedi” were typical specimens of this particular subgenre insofar as they were screenplays written in past tense. On the other hand, the novelization of “A New Hope” was written by George Lucas himself, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
There is no slowing down the blockbuster train. Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now, has already made a bazillion dollars, and it already feels like old news. Ant-Man is next on the Marvel docket, but that's small potatoes to the enthusiasm fans have for the coming of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and if this film delivers on the hype, watch out, the Star Wars train will take over every waking hour of online fandom as a new Star Wars film is already planned for the next four years and there are always rumors to discuss, and as this world expands, so will the theories, the connections, the wondering what will come next. With The Force Awakens set some 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) it stands to reason as exciting as it is we will finally begin exploring new »
- Brad Brevet
Following the almost intolerable radio silence surrounding the project, Disney has been releasing a healthy supply of information for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ever since last month’s bi-annual, celebratory event in Anaheim. Earlier this week, we learned that Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie will step into the shiny shoes of the film’s foreboding Captain Phasma, while Girls star Adam Driver will indeed play the role of evil Sith Lord Kylo Ren.
With an ardent Star Wars supporter at the helm in J.J. Abrams, the loyal Sw faithful are eagerly anticipating The Force Awakens‘ arrival in December, and according to Vanity Fair, the director once considered including a number of references to the franchise’s original trilogy in the final cut. Judging by the report, these nods in questions wouldn’t look out of place in a Marvel movie, though Abrams and Co. eventually concluded that they »
- Michael Briers
There's no question that Gwendoline Christie plays a hero on "Game of Thrones." Brienne of Tarth is a fan favorite character and completely pure of heart. Her character in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" is another story. She seems to be on the dark side of the Force, but Vanity Fair offered some hope along with its photo teaser for Christie's role in the upcoming movie.
Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca, tweeted this Vanity Fair shot of the actress. If you can't read the caption, the part for this particular photo reads, "First Order officer Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) surveys the rubble following an attack."
The lovely Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) as the not so lovely Captian Phasma pic.twitter.com/ra60zeW9g2
- Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 4, 2015
As Yahoo noted, Captain Phasma was first seen (briefly) in the second teaser for "The Force Awakens." The First Order »
- Gina Carbone
J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is very much expected to be the continuation of the original saga, picking things up 30 years later with the likes of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo - but don't expect there to be too many callbacks to that portion of the franchise. This is because the director actually found a point during development where the production found itself pulling back on those elements because they felt like they were simply trying too hard. It was while talking with Vanity Fair for their recent Star Wars issue that J.J. Abrams made this reveal. Discussing the film's relationship with the six previous chapters in the franchise as well as the 30 year gap that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Abrams noted that the early stages of the project did spend a good amount of time seeing how »
What we know so far about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," after a couple of really cool trailers, is still not very much. The plot continues to be held under wraps, though we do know that a lot of familiar elements, from characters to vehicles and more, will be in the seventh movie in the series. While the movie does take place 30 years after "Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return Of The Jedi," director J.J. Abrams reveals that there will be hints and references to the earlier movies, as well as what happened in the three decade gap between films. At one time, he had so many of these, he had to pull it back. "...we’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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