1-20 of 34 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time. A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries. Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform. So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed), I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.
It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic, »
In a time before the inception of Star Wars with A New Hope in 1977, George Lucas approached director Ron Howard with a kernel of an idea. First conceived in ’72, the embryonic project was pitched as a sprawling fantasy epic known as Willow.
At the time, Lucas had hoped that the genre piece would go on to become something of a box office juggernaut, eclipsing the likes of Et: The Extra Terrestrial, though the reality was much less spectacular. A difficult opening weekend clipped the wings of Willow before it could get going in earnest, while Lucas made his own fortune through Star Wars and later Indiana Jones.
How and ever, the legacy of Willow continues thanks to the film finding a strong, impassioned audience on home video, which has led Howard to circle back and acknowledge the possibility of a sequel. While hosting a Reddit Ama in preparation for the »
- Michael Briers
Are you a massive Willow fan? Then today’s your lucky day, because director Ron Howard didn’t totally brush off the idea of doing a sequel to the film. It’s been almost 30 years since the fantasy picture, starring Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short) and Val Kilmer (Top Secret!), was released, but it’s a world Howard wouldn’t mind returning to. Read the In the Heart […]
- Jack Giroux
Back in 1988, Ron Howard was still much more well-known as an actor than he was a director, from iconic roles in Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days and American Graffiti. The actor/filmmaker had directed hit comedies such as Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon and Gung Ho before he delved into the world of fantasy filmmaking with the iconic Willow. During a Ama session to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, in theaters this weekend, the filmmaker was asked if he would ever consider making a sequel to Willow. Here's what the director had to say.
"Right now, the Lucasfilm team led by Kathleen Kennedy, who is an old dear friend, is entirely myopically focused on the Star Wars universe as you can imagine. So I think the immediate possibility of another Willow movie is probably not on the front burner. But Warwick Davis is such a cool guy, »
We live in a world where Hollywood will reboot or make a sequel to anything they can get their hands on. Studios are not only adapting every comic book character or commodity available, but they’re also delving back into franchises that they own from yesteryear that they hope will both appeal to new and older audiences alike. So it’s hardly a surprise that Ron Howard is being asked about the chances of a Willow sequel. While he admitted that he’d love to work on such a film, he thinks Lucasfilm is a little too busy at the moment. Ron Howard made this admission while partaking in a Reddit question and answer session to promote his upcoming nautical adventure, In The Heart Of The Sea. After being asked about the chances of a follow-up to the much loved fantasy epic, which starred Warwick »
This week, Neil Calloway looks at possible Star Wars films that never quite made it to the big screen…
This week brought us the intriguing news that George Lucas offered Ron Howard the chance to direct The Phantom Menace. It’s an odd choice at first glance; in the late 1990s Howard was directing films like Ransom and Edtv, but Lucas probably chose him because of their past together; Howard had starred in American Graffiti and directed Willow for Lucasfilm, though given the interminable politics of the first Star Wars prequel, maybe Lucas wanted the man who would go on to direct Frost/Nixon at the helm. Howard also revealed that he was Lucas’s third choice to direct the film, after Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. This might suggest that Lucas wasn’t interested in directing again – and the gap between directing the first Star Wars film and The Phantom Menace corroborates this. »
- Neil Calloway
The long-awaited first trailer for Captain America: Civil War came out on Wednesday, and its level of awesome is only matched by its level of melancholy. (To quote from Doctor Who, “I like being sad. It's happy for deep people.”) As such, it arguably calls to mind the much-maligned sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This may seem like an unusual comparison; after all, Joss Whedon's contract with Marvel finished after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the trailer doesn't share of the key features of Buffy Season 6, such as its generally underrated nature, or its sense of humour. Also, there's no musical episode (unless you count the Marvel DubSmash War, that is).
However, as hinted at by the Ant-Man end credits scene teasing Captain America: Civil War (a similar scene to which starts off the trailer), Captain America: Civil War (or the trailer at least, and presumably the »
Ron Howard is no stranger to the world of Lucasfilm. He starred in George Lucas’ “America Graffiti” and in fact, the director of the upcoming drama, “In The Heart Of The Sea,” got his first taste of big budget filmmaking when he directed the Lucas-conceived and produced fantasy adventure film, “Willow.” Howard was a guest on the HappySadConfused podcast this week and the show’s host asked Howard why he wasn’t asked to direct the “Star Wars” prequels. “He did, he did [ask],” Howard said. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’” And by the sounds of it. Howard didn’t even really consider it. He said “Willow »
- Edward Davis
While promoting his new joint In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard stopped by Josh Horowitz's podcast “Happy Sad Confused” and waxed nostalgic about that time George Lucas asked Howard to be the new George Lucas. "It was an honor, but it would’ve been just too daunting," the Willow director says about directing Phantom Menace. "He told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They'd all said the same thing: 'George, you should just do it!' Nobody wanted to follow that act, I don't think, at that point." If that list of potential directors makes you whine like a dog staring down a delicious Thanksgiving buffet, don't start salivating for a Ron Howard big-budget blockbuster just yet, because it will never, ever, ever, ever happen. "I really feel like you »
- Halle Kiefer
Director Ron Howard has dabbled in sci-fi and fantasy with the likes of Cocoon, Willow and Splash, but over the course of his illustrious career he's yet to take the helm of a comic book/superhero movie - and it's not because he hasn't had the opportunity. During his appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard revealed that he'd been approached by George Lucas do direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - along with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, incidentally - but managed to convince him that he was the only man for the job (thanks for that, Ron). The talk then turned to superhero movies, and Howard explained whey he turned down the chance to direct some of 'em, without naming names. "I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies]. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have »
It’s hardly uncommon for New Hollywood figureheads to support (often in the executive producer position) a project by young, up-and-coming filmmakers that recalls their own work. If only that list – which includes the Transformers series, Super 8 (Spielberg both), Willow (George Lucas), the Jeepers Creepers series (Francis Ford Coppola), and Snabba Cash (Martin Scorsese) – was a little better. (Our favorite example? Last year’s The Better Angels, which has Terrence Malick’s stamp of approval.) But the endorsement should count for something. Should.
It’s Scorsese’s executive producer credit that’s compelling us to share this trailer for The Wannabe, a New York-set, Gotti-era mob movie that features his (relatively speaking) Boardwalk Empire stars Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette. Reviews from its Tribeca showing have been respectful at best and shrugging at worst, which is, in some sense, perceivable from this preview — a bit of work that almost seems »
- Nick Newman
Among the many Star Wars vets returning for The Force Awakens is Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and multiple characters in The Phantom Menace. You may also know him as the star of Willow, the Leprechaun franchise and the show Life's Too Short. He's also in all of the Harry Potter movies plus Labyrinth, Ray and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In addition to the new Star Wars movie(s), Davis will soon be seen as the lead character in an indie comedy called ShortFellas. That is, if it can find the funds to be made. The movie has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $870,610 for the project, which will be written and directed...
- Christopher Campbell
No big deal, just three iconic film directors hangin' out takin' selfies. Not the droids you're looking for. Move along. Except it is kind of awesome to see "Star Wars" king George Lucas, the "Godfather" himself, Francis Ford Coppola, and Opie, aka Ron Howard, in one very casual-looking photo. Maybe they just gather every so often in a director's version of Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club. (Spielberg was probably in the bathroom.)
The "Apollo 13" director shared the photo in question when tweeting images from a recent "Weekend with Charlie Rose" conference in Aspen. Here's Ron Howard, so excited to share the moment that he misspelled George Lucas's name:
#GrorgeLucas #FrancisCoppola & selfie-taker at just before our panel @charlierose weeknd. Fun pic.twitter.com/CuOa91vgXL
- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 27, 2015
- Gina Carbone
Chicago – A new and exciting voice in the cinematic universe is cause for celebration, and the 2015 Midwest Independent Film Festival will showcase that voice this Tuesday, August 4th, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Director Christopher Kelley will present the World Premiere of his indie noir thriller “Full Frame.”
“Full Frame” has a Hitchcockian feel, all shot and produced in small town Quincy, Illinois, on a micro budget. A nebbish photographer stumbles upon the desperate circumstances of a local big shot, and gets involved in a game of life and death. Filled with modern takes on the dark places of the soul, “Full Frame” is both a fresh perspective on a familiar genre, and a throwback to the best that noir has to offer.
Scene from ‘Full Frame’
Photo credit: Table Sixteen Productions
Christopher Kelley took an unconventional route to his advocation as a director. When he was in college, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
As we get closer and closer to the release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” it gets harder for Disney to keep a lid on every secret. While major plot points remain a mystery to all but he most die-hard of spoiler Internet spelunkers, smaller tidbits are turning up in the strangest places. Like when Adam Savage accidentally gave away a tiny detail during an io9 interview at Comic-Con. So Phil Tippett — who designed all the original creatures for the first three Star Wars films — is a friend of mine. He got brought back in to the new Star Wars film by J.J. to redo a specific sequence that people will remember from Star Wars that carries forward into these sequels. And I got to go watch him shoot it. For those of you who don’t know, Tippett is a bit of a legend in the visual effects world. »
- Donna Dickens
Although the network tries to dress it up, Science Channel is merely exploring its inner geek with “Raiders, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of Ilm,” a synergistic celebration of George Lucas’ special-effects factory Industrial Light & Magic. Covering a lot of ground similar to a 2010 doc by Leslie Iwerks, the special proves slightly disjointed, simultaneously focusing on filmmaking breakthroughs introduced by Ilm, and how some of those early “Star Wars” creations, in particular, have actually gained a toehold with parallel real-world innovations. Breezy and mildly fun, it’s mostly an excuse to make watching old movie clips seem educational.
Narrated by Mark Hamill, the special comes from Lincoln Square Prods., an arm of ABC News — like Lucasfilm, part of the Disney empire. Yet while the Science niche invites a more technical approach to the conversation, the main thrust boils down to the evolution of visual effects, as one of Ilm staffer puts it, »
- Brian Lowry
The list – and the music - goes on. And on. And on.
Oscar-winning film composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, was a face you may not recognize, but his music, expertly woven through some of your favourite films, was instantly recognizable and memorable.
A composer with over 150 credits to his name, brought us everything from the music for Titanic’s Oscar-winning tune “My Heart Will Go On” to childhood favourites like An American Tail’s “Somewhere Out There.” It’s hard to narrow down a such a storied career into a top 5 or top 10 list of film scores because his music touched so many movies and genres.
A long-time collaborator with Ron Howard, the »
- Rachel West
On Monday, legendary film composer James Horner died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara in which he was apparently piloting. Horner, who composed classic films such as Aliens, Avatar, Apollo 13 and Titanic touched millions of people around the world with his unforgettable scores.
Céline Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by Horner for the movie Titanic, said:
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
Fellow composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) had this to say about Horner:
"It is a tragedy for all composers to hear about James Horner's accident. We have lost one of our most talented and respected colleagues. His music will remain always. »
Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, CA. He was 61 years old.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sylvia Patrycja, identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant, was the first to confirm the musician's death.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
Horner's greatest financial and critical success would come with the score to the 1997 film Titanic. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies worldwide. »
Fans, colleagues and friends have paid tribute to James Horner, who died in a plane crash on Monday (June 22) at the age of 61.
Digital Spy has collected just some of the messages coming in from the world of film, music and entertainment honouring the prolific movie musician.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
1-20 of 34 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners