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Movie Reboot Ideas That Could Work: “Willow”

26 May 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of my favorite moves from my 80s childhood was definitely Willow.  It was one of the first movies I had ever seen of its kind and to this day remains a classic.   Don’t forget this is a Lucasfilm movie folks.  But what I loved about it is not only the time period but the comedic brilliance of Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis in this movie.  Remember that this movie was made in 1988, well before all the movies you see representing the same time period. I’m talking about the rise of movies and TV shows depicting barbaric times with

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- Nat Berman

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Flashback: George Lucas on Taking Risks in Hollywood and Making ‘Star Wars’ an Immersive Cinematic Experience

25 May 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Either as a writer, director, or producer, George Lucas has been integral to the production of many movies we consider classics. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises are notable for their worldwide success, but that was never an ambition for the USC film grad.

“I've never thought of myself as a commercial filmmaker. It just happened. It happened in spite of myself,” Lucas told Et in 1993. In fact, Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first time people heard one of his ideas and thought it had potential to be a hit. “Everything up until that point, everyone said, ‘What are you talking about? I don't get it.’"

More: Carrie Fisher Covers 'Vanity Fair' In Honor of 'Star Wars' Turning 40

He added, “I think I've done Ok, because I like making movies and I've always made what I want to make, regardless.”

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Crowdfund This: Phil Tippett's Mad God, Demented Stop-Motion Animation

23 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

I confess that the first two parts of Phil Tippett's Mad God completely passed me by, but now that a kind reader has tipped us off to the existence of Part 3, all I can say is ... wow! Tippett has enjoyed a long career as a visual artist, receiving Academy Award nominations for Dragonslayer, Return of the Jedi, Willow, Jurassic Park, Dragonheart, and Starship Troopers, and taking the Oscar home three times. Of course, that's only the tip of the iceberg; his credits include all three original RoboCop movies, House II: The Second Story, and "demon supervisor" on The Golden Child. Tippett has been increasingly focusing his efforts on Mad God, an epic stop-motion animation project that looks absolutely fantastic, judging by the video...

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10+ Years Later: Is Willow Still a Magical Journey?

11 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Most people are familiar with the famous trilogies of George Lucas: The Star Wars trilogy. The other Star Wars trilogy. The Indiana Jones trilogy. (Which of course grew into a quadrilogy, whether we like it or not.) But another trilogy may not spring to mind quite so quickly. Lucas' trilogy of '80's flops: Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988), Howard the Duck (1986), and of course Willow (1988). All three of these films, to varying degrees, have gotten a bad wrap. Even the notorious Howard the Duck is not without a few odd, fleeting charms. The best of the lot, however, is without question, the action-fantasy cornucopia that is Willow. An early high-end directorial effort from Ron Howard (coming off of the well-received Cocoon),...

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Newswire: America’s court system forced to rule on vampire leprechaun case

10 March 2017 4:57 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Leprechaun creator Mark Jones, the man who helped make Warwick Davis a household name in households that like rhyme-heavy horror comedies more than Star Wars or Willow, has just lodged a legal complaint centered on his latest project. Jones is accusing a supposed lawyer of ruining his plans for Vamprechaun, a movie that sounds like Jones invented it while staring, bleary-eyed, at his kids’ overly-sugared breakfast cereals:

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Jones is accusing Lance Thompson—a man who secured funding and acted as the production attorney for his 2014 revenge thriller Scorned—of falsely representing himself as a lawyer, and torpedoing Vamprechaun’s chances of ever merrily jigging its way to unlife. The troubles apparently started during a car trip the two men took together, in which Jones explained the film’s premise. (Or, in the words of the legal complaint: “Jones simply explained that the idea involved a leprechaun ...


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Buffy at 20: Nicholas Brendon Recalls Xander's Speedo, Cops to Some Regrets ('I Was Just as Much to Blame')

10 March 2017 3:03 PM, PST | | See recent news »

To mark the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s series premiere, TVLine spoke to a few of its key players. Our final installment: star Nicholas Brendon.

If Buffy Summers was Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s strong arm and Willow Rosenberg was its brain, Xander Harris was its heart.

And as that heart — or the “scared guy with a rock,” as Xander calls himself in Season 2’s “Becoming” — portrayer Nicholas Brendon never wanted the character to have any special abilities, he tells TVLine.

PhotosBuffy at 20: Amber Benson Talks Tara’s Tragic Fate (and a Nixed Return!)

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Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne to Star in Romantic Drama ‘Year in a Life’

2 March 2017 10:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne will star as the leads in Overbrook Entertainment’s romantic drama “Year in a Life,” TheWrap has learned. Slovenian director Mitja Okorn (“Letters to Santa”) will direct, and Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews wrote the screenplay. “Year in a Life” follows a 17-year-old boy who learns his girlfriend is dying and plans to give her their entire life together in the year she has left. Also Read: Willow and Jaden Smith Plan to Retire Before 30, Blast 'Unconscious Cops' in Interview Magazine Profile Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook is producing along with Marc Bienstock, »

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