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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Us director David Fincher will discuss his craft and career at an event in London on September 19.
As part of the ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ series, Fincher will discuss a career that has included The Game, Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room as well as BAFTA and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.
Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for VFX house Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.
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Getting dropped down the reactor core of a Death Star just doesn’t have the same deadly impact that it used to, at least according to the latest rumors surrounding J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. That’s right – occasionally on-the-mark scoop site Latino Review has apparently gotten wind of the identity of the main villain throughout the next two chapters of the Star Wars franchise, and it’s a more familiar face than many of us bargained for.
Two sources have written to the site stating that Emperor Palpatine, assumed dead after being dropped down the aforementioned reactor core by Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, will be back for Episode VII and the following sequels. As Latino Review puts it:
Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Spoilers ahead so you know the drill… either keep reading or click out of the post now!
Our friends at Latino-Review have another big scoop regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, and it involves a villainous character from the original trilogy returning to wreak havoc on the galaxy.
There's really no point beating around the bush with this one. The site has had two independent sources confirm that Emperor Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious, is back and that he will once again be the evil puppet master who is pulling the strings of all the other villains in the story.
I'm sure some of you are thinking… "wait a second, didn't he die in Return of the Jedi?" Just because Darth Vader throws him down the shaft of a large space station that exploded doesn't mean that he died. We really never saw him die. He just kind of fell »
- Joey Paur
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
There’s hardly a more potent neurochemical within the modern entertainment experience than that of nostalgia. It provides sanctity to that which can no longer be changed, the good ol’ franchises becoming even better as they are imbued with more purity and truth; in which we can refine past thoughts to be comparatively warmer to the cynicism we may feel for what we experience, in the present.
Nostalgia is an incredibly active force in contemporary films. In the form of references made in dialogue or through visuals, it is often how fantastical movies are able to buddy buddy their fictional characters with audiences, placing them within our active context. Guardians of the Galaxy deals heavy doses of nostalgia to its audience as its bid to be welcomed, but does so with such desperation that it panders to its original quality as an “offbeat” mainstream experience. Considering the creation of its lead human surrogate, »
- Nick Allen
There have been a lot of Star Wars Episode VII rumours lately, but this is arguably the most exciting and intriguing one to date! According to Latino-Review, the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi will not only feature a number of new villains, but also the reveal that the one pulling the strings is Emperor Palpatine.
Though we saw Darth Vader sacrifice himself to throw The Emperor to his apparent death, it could be that he was somehow rescued as a fair amount of time passed between that and Lando blowing up the Death Star (so much so that Luke was able to unmask and say goodbye to his father before escaping).
Does bringing the iconic Star Wars villain back make Vader’s death pointless? Not really, because he still saved his son, and the fact that The Emperor is still alive would be a huge twist/reveal. »
- Josh Wilding
(Is Bringing Back Another Classic Villain?)
We've heard this rumor before. That Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode VII. But now Latino Review is confirming from two different sources that the character will indeed return, though he may not be played by Ian McDiarmid, who took over the role in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and returned to play him in all three prequels, beginning with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, and continuing in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Major Spoilers to follow...
Potential Spoilers Ahead
A year ago came a report that an evil character from previous "Star Wars" films will appear in at least one of the upcoming new "Star Wars" trilogy films despite his apparent death. That character? Emperor Palpatine.
The report came from Latino Review who has just published another one today saying a similar thing but with a bit more information:
"Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.
A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced »
- Garth Franklin
Major Spoilers ahead. But don't fear, fear is the path to the Dark Side.
Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.
A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced perspective on something much more sinister. We all know that Lando blew up the second Death Star in the Millennium Falcon, and we know Luke had enough time to carry his dying father to a shuttle bay and unmask him. We also know, from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, »
- Kellvin Chavez
“My dad was a talented song writer and a great lover of films,” explains British independent filmmaker Luke Hyams. “He exposed me to stuff like Alien , Blade Runner  and Shane  when I was tiny and those films left a startling imprint. My Mum was a book dealer and had a good line in bed time stories so I think that may be where my love of story originated.” The third instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy left a lasting impression. “One night back in 1983 my Dad came home from the pub with a pirate copy of Return of the Jedi  that changed my life. I loved the look of it, the music, the characters and could taste the finality of what »
- Trevor Hogg
Only earlier this week there was a rumor circulating that claimed Disney was intending to release unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Quickly debunked, the rumor did however spark interest in the many different versions of the original trilogy and how desperately fans want an official, unaltered release.
The home media releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have seen more alternate versions and updated releases than almost any other film series. There are, of course, the glaringly obvious changes made with 1997′s Special Editions – Greedo firing first, a full bodied wampa, a musical scene in Jabba’s Palace – but all subsequent releases have seen continued tweaking and editing to the films’ audio and visual effects.
The reason for all the alterations lies with George Lucas’ insistence that when ...
Click to continue reading Star Wars ‘Despecialized Edition’ in the Works »
- Sarah Moran
Sneak Peek the interior of the modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter', aka 'Millennium Falcon' spacecraft, on the set of director Jj Abrams' 3D feature "Star Wars: Episode VII", that resumes production later this month, following a forced hiatus due to actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on set, plus take a look @ concept art, the planet of 'Tatooine' set and actor Mark Hamill ('Luke Skywalker') on the studio lot. :
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is planned to be the »
- Michael Stevens
We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is the man who will be writing and directing that movie along with Episode IX. Since Johnson has come on board, he's been relatively quiet about the whole thing.
The filmmaker recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to talk about all kinds of things, and naturally, Star Wars: Episode VIII came up in the conversation. When asked about the job, Johnson said, “The most surprising thing is just how not scary it is, and how much fun it is." Of course, he can't really say much about it at this point, but he did say,
"It’s boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror I expected I would, »
- Joey Paur
Want to make a Star Wars fan happy? You tell them that an unaltered cut of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray is on the way. It is something that every fan has dreamed up since George Lucas lost his mind and tinkered with perfection by adding a bunch of bells and whistles that did the opposite of the intended enhancement of them. A few days ago, Star Wars fans began to salivate as comicbook.com posted an "exclusive" story claiming that two sources had confirmed that an original cut of them was going to be released by Disney on Blu-ray in the near future. There's one small problem as Badass Digest points out, Disney doesn't own the distribution rights of the original trilogy - 20th Century Fox does. Disney doesn't own Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. Fox does. They also own the distribution rights to the Prequels. »
Rumours suggest that original cuts of Star Wars are heading to Blu-ray. But how likely is that? Ryan weighs up the possibilities...
For many Star Wars fanatics, the special edition release of the Original Trilogy back in 1997 was a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it offered us the chance to see George Lucas's space opera films in their natural habitat: on a huge cinema screen.
Then there's the restoration to consider: Lucasfilm took the original Star Wars negatives from its archives and cleaned them up, removing years of dirt and scratches, and restoring the colours to their original balance. Thanks to the efforts of people like effects supervisor Dave Carson and his team, Darth Vader's outfit was once again black and imposing, not an embarrassing shade of faded blue.
During this process, however, George Lucas decided to make a number of small yet significant alterations: the insertion of new effects shots, »
Here’s what we know for sure about Star Wars Episode VII so far: they started filming on May 16 of this year and it’ll be released on December 18, 2015. Jj Abrams will direct from a script by him and Lawrence Kasdan. It’s got a pretty great cast, with both new actors and returning stars from the original trilogy. It will be set thirty years after Return Of The Jedi. And, er, that’s about it, so far as official information goes. Abrams is being his usual coy self, playing his cards close to the chest, with character and plot details pretty thin on the ground so far. Life finds a way, however, and between speculation and possibly legit leaks, we actually have a pretty good idea of what’s going to be going down in a few months from now, in a cinema not so far away…
- Tom Baker
The original, unaltered version of Star Wars is reported to be coming to Blu-ray.
The classic cut of George Lucas's original trilogy will be remastered for home release, according to ComicBook.com.
Lucas has previously been criticised for reworking his classic Episode IV-vi films, introducing CG elements, replacing characters and making it so that Greedo shot first.
A release date for the Blu-ray is yet to be revealed.
Warning: The following article contains Star Wars spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
Jj Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on his films, stressing the importance of preserving the magic of the first-time viewing for cinemagoers.
However, over the last few days the mother lode of potential spoilers (we stress potential, this is all completely unconfirmed of course) have emerged online, sparking much fan debate about both their veracity and what they could mean for the Jj Abrams and Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars 7
We want to know what you think of these potential plot points, which come courtesy of Latino Review. Are they what you expected? Are you excited or underwhelmed about them? We've summarised them into four key points below, so if you're *really* curious, hit below to see them all. »
It’s been a big week for Star Wars fans, what with alleged Star Wars: Episode VII concept art for the new-look Stormtroopers, Han Solo and the new villain, and now we have another rumour for you, with ComicBook claiming that plans are afoot for Disney to release the original, unaltered theatrical cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to Blu-ray.
According to the site, work on restoring the original negatives has been going on for some time now, and the plan is to issue the original three films in their complete, unaltered and original pre-Special Edition, pre-George Lucas tinkering forms before to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.
However, it has to be mentioned that the “source” of this rumour makes no reference of the fact that Fox holds distribution rights on all six Star Wars movies until »
- Gary Collinson
For many years fans of Star Wars have moaned and wailed against George Lucus for his new trilogy and its overuse of CGI. Many more have been angered at his tampering of the old trilogy by adding in new scenes and even more CGI. However according to the sources at comicbook.com Disney has plans to release the orginal trilogy on Bluray as seen as it was in theaters. here is an Excerpt from the article by Comicbook.com, According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the orginal cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been underway for quite some time, but it's been challenging because of some damage to the orginal negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in their complete, unaltered, orginal form without the »
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