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Marty McFly’s Hoverboard, Batmobile and more go under the hammer

9 July 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With over 300 movie props estimated at £1 million, wouldn’t you like to own a piece of film history? Then get yourself down to London for a huge auction with props including Marty McFly’s Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II.

Here’s the press release:

Marty McFly’s Hoverboard and one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets are set to feature in the most exciting sale of its kind in London this autumn – and you won’t need to own a golden ticket to grab a glimpse of the blockbuster props up for grabs.

The live Vue Entertainment and Prop Store auction will see over 300 items and more than £1 million worth of original film memorabilia going under the hammer in October. Members of the public will be able to get up close and personal with some of the most valuable and iconic pieces on offer via a free »

- Luke Owen

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Video: See New Star Wars Actor Pip Anderson Do His Thing

6 July 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Like the rest of the new Star Wars: Episode VII cast members, the most recent additions' (Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson) roles are being kept under wraps. But, in Anderson's case at least, a very particular skill set he possesses offers a clue to why he was cast, and possibly what type of character he'll be playing. One of the vids below is actually a Spider-Man themed advert for Sony's new Experia mobile phone. Like Ray Park in The Phantom Menace before him, it's very unlikely that Anderson's (spelled AndersEn in those vids) incredible skills won't be put to use in the new film. So which type of characters do we know in the galaxy far far away that would make the best use of some jaw dropping acrobatics? That'd be the Jedi/Sith -- and my money's on Anderson playing another silent villain type in the Darth Maul vein. »

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On the digital legacy of Michael Mann's 'Collateral' nearly 10 years later

2 July 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Outrageous and Fantastical Movie Mansions We Love the Most

27 June 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

When wealthy socialites are looking for an extravagant setting for a party or movie producers need a compelling and unique location for a major movie, they turn to Paul Kim, CEO of Image Locations. In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, we are treated to an inside look at the high-stakes, high-pressure game of elite property rental scouting and management as Kim and his team of driven associates navigate the shark-infested waters of L.A. in an effort to please their demanding clients.

As successful as Image Locations might be, we have to admit that even the savvy CEO himself might have a tough time meeting the needs of, say, a drug-fueled kingpin, the alien queen of an entire planet, a boy billionaire, or a driven superhero on a quest for vengeance. Then again, you just never know what Kim can accomplish when he sets his mind to it. Mark »

- BJSprecher Sprecher

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The Geek Beat: Falling in Love with 'Star Wars' All Over Again

24 June 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

I remember sitting in a crowded theater back in 1999, watching Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace on opening night with some friends from college, and coming to the realization that somewhere between the umpteenth viewing of The Return of the Jedi and this very moment, I'd fallen out of love with Star Wars.   It wasn't a sudden thing, or a reaction to any particular element of The Phantom Menace (although I'm sure Jar Jar Binks deserves some of the blame), but a general feeling of malaise regarding the franchise. For some reason, I now found myself with a conspicuous lack of excitement regarding what the future held for George Lucas' sci-fi saga. Given how crazy about the franchise I'd been for much of my childhood – one of my...

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- Rick Marshall

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100 years of animated characters in live-action films

17 June 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.

Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »

- ryanlambie

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Samuel L Jackson: 'Star Wars return would have been interesting'

17 June 2014 12:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Samuel L Jackson has said that it would have been "interesting" had he been cast in the new Star Wars movies.

The actor played Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999 and reprised the role in Episodes II and III, but told ITV's Lorraine that he is no longer vying for a return to the new trilogy.

Asked if he wanted to appear in the new films, Jackson told Dan Wootton at the One for the Boys charity event: "No, not really - I thought I did and it would've been interesting but if I don't get the call, I have so many things going on that I can do.

"Hopefully that new era of Star Wars films will be as popular as the ones that we did and the ones that were done before."

Back in December 2012, Jackson said that he wanted to be in the new films, »

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The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II To Hit In 2015

16 June 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you were already feeling over-saturated by all the Star Wars: Episode VII talk, then brace yourselves: it’s about to get even uglier. Not only are we going to get the next installment in the Star Wars franchise in December 2015, but we’re also going to get a rebuttal in the form of The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II that same month.

For those non-geeks among us: The People vs. George Lucas was a 2010 documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe that focused on fan annoyance and disenchantment with the Star Wars franchise following the release of the prequel trilogy. The film covered the lead up to the release of The Phantom Menace, and the anger that I’m sure still festers in the hearts and minds of fans who remember that disappointing occurrence. With the build-up to Star Wars: Episode VII starting more than a year before the film’s actual release, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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'The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II' Documentary on the Way

16 June 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If you're a hardcore Star Wars fan, there's a good chance you have already discovered the indie documentary The People vs. George Lucas from 2010. The film from director Alexandre O. Philippe looked at the disenchantment that fans of Star Wars and Indiana Jones came to feel following the mostly disappointing prequels to the classic original trilogy. Speaking with various fans and celebrities, the film talks about the anticipation leading up to The Phantom Menace, and the disappointing that eventually followed. And with Star Wars: Episode VII in production, that means it's time for the documentary sequel. The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II is on the way, as announced by the film's website PvG2.com: The documentary is currently timed to be released in December of 2015, the same month that Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters. The press release reveals what the focus of this follow-up will be: There »

- Ethan Anderton

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Keira Knightley Gets Mistaken For Britney Spears, Talks Almost "Divorcing and Murdering" Husband James Righton

16 June 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Paging Ms. Spears! Keira Knightley may be an Oscar nominee who has appeared in hit films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice, but as she revealed on The Graham Norton Show, she often gets mistaken for other A-List celebrities. Natalie Portman is the most common one. In the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Knightley, 29, played Oscar winner Portman's handmaiden and decoy, so she's used to those comparisons. "Natalie Portman I get a lot, and I get chased through airports," Knightley [...] »

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Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg rumoured for role

12 June 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Pegg has been rumoured for a role in Star Wars Episode VII.

The actor is said to be reuniting with his Star Trek Into Darkness director Jj Abrams on the hotly-anticipated Disney sequel.

An IGN source claims to have spotted Pegg on set in Abu Dhabi.

Pegg has formerly downplayed the suggestion that he could appear in the film.

"It's not one of my great wishes to be in Star Wars," Pegg suggested. "I'd love to go to the cinema and just watch it."

Pegg is famously a fan of the series. His character Tim Bisley was critical of The Phantom Menace in Edgar Wright's comedy Spaced.

The actor also worked with Abrams on Mission: Impossible III.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will feature in the new Star Wars film with Harrison Ford, »

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Ros Journal (6/10/14): Spielberg, Scorsese & Lucas... the Future of Movies Circa 1990

10 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I came across something today that is endlessly fascinating, a "Siskel & Ebert" television special from 1990 where Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sit down with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The discussion ranges from their careers, where they're going, where they've been, what they expect from the movies in the future, film preservation and the coming of high definition television introduced by Siskel saying, "You add a good sound system as well and some people may never want to go to a movie theater again." At the time, Scorsese's GoodFellas was the next film coming from the trio and he makes mention of his want to make The Age of Innocence, which would be released three years later. Spielberg's next film would be Hook (1991) and even talks of wanting to direct a Howard Hughes movie, which, of course, Spielberg would never make, but Scorsese would tackle in The Aviator fourteen years later. »

- Brad Brevet

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Happy Birthday, Natalie Portman! Let's Review the Oscar Winner's Best Red Carpet Moments

9 June 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Time to blow out the candles, Natalie Portman! The Oscar-winning actress turns 33 today, and since her first blockbuster hit as a teen-queen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we've seen the actress transform into a beautiful swan (pun totally intended). Let's hit rewind and take a look back at Portman's best red carpet looks. We loved when the Dior spokesmodel was chic-and-sleek in a strapless top and trouser combo by the label at a Dior exhibition in Paris. Again, the A-lister stunned in a shimmering white Azzaro column gown, paired with a cool $2 million worth of Tiffany's jewels at the 2011 SAG Awards. While the Harvard grad studied psychology, we'd say she deserves an honorary degree »

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And now we know that Luke Skywalker has a beard in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' -- Photo

6 June 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

What a week for Star Wars news! First Lupita Nyong’o and Brienne of Tarth joined the cast, then J.J. Abrams kinda-confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will be in the movie. Now comes a photo of returning Og trilogy star Mark Hamill, which finally confirms one of the hottest rumors about Episode VII: Yes, Luke Skywalker will have a beard.

In a press photo, Hamill holds a lightsaber alongside new Disney colleague Michael “Micky” Mouse. The beardness of Old Luke strongly implies that the onetime neophyte Jedi will be assuming the role of the Mentor Figure in the new trilogy, »

- Darren Franich

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Luke Skywalker Will Likely Have A Beard In 'Episode VII' (Photo)

6 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Thanks to a context-free publicity photo of Mark Hamill holding a lightsaber and standing next to Mickey Mouse (in his Jedi gear) that honestly has us a little confused, we now know that Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode VII"... will have a beard. So there's that.

As Entertainment Weekly dutifully points out, Luke Skywalker's old(ish) man beardedness follows in the footsteps of Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original film, plus Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn in "The Phantom Menace" (isn't it easy to forget that Liam Neeson was in a "Star Wars" movie? He's got a particular set of Jedi skills). Presumably, this means Luke will be a mentor of some kind to a new batch of Jedis (possibly played by cast members Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Adam Driver). That's not too much of a stretch.

"Star Wars: Episode VII," which will undoubtedly feature a »

- Drew Taylor

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Looking back at the Wing Commander movie

2 June 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The movie adaptation of the hit Wing Commander videogame series came out in 1999. We find out whether time's been kind to it...

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It’s easy to forget just how greatly visual effects shifted in the late 1990s. Techniques that had survived more-or-less unchanged since the dawn of cinema - scale models, matte paintings, stop-motion, to name a few - were suddenly joined by a new generation of jaw-dropping computer graphics.

Such groundbreaking movies as Tron, Young Sherlock Holmes and The Abyss paved the way, but the digital revolution pretty much exploded in the 1990s, starting with the eye-popping morph effects of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the dinosaur shots in Jurassic Park and the CG-assisted bullet time of The Matrix in 1999.

In the midst of the CG revolution sweeping through cinemas by the close of the decade - as seen in The Matrix and the year’s other gargantuan release, »

- ryanlambie

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The Star Wars Games EA Needs To Use As Inspiration

23 May 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We all know by now that EA is the official supplier of Star Wars games thanks to them buying the license, but what should they do with it? In my opinion, they should compliment the movies like books have done over the years. There is a new rule within the Star Wars universe that everything is now basically reset and everything will be “approved” and add to one big universe. So EA could easily do that as video games tell a story just as well, if not better, than movies do.

What should they compliment though? That is where the fun comes in. The movies will undoubtedly follow the Jedi’s and tell the story through the Jedi’s perspective, except for that awesome Boba Fett one that was announced! So what can EA do? (Besides the hotly anticipated Battlefront)  

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- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Most Disappointing Movie Sequel?

22 May 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Summer movie season is officially upon us now that X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters and Godzilla managed to gross over $100 million in a single week. That means we're about to be bombarded with sequels. We have high hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Dumb and Dumber To, though we're a little unsure about 22 Jump Street and The Expendables 3

Readers' Poll: The 25 Best Movies of the 1990s 

Now we have a question for you: What is the most disappointing movie sequel you've ever seen? »

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Why ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Represents the Trouble With Comic Book Movies Today

21 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Bad titles aren’t a big deal. You can have a bad title and still be a great movie. Just look at Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Or The Shawshank Redemption, which appears on as many lists of the worst titles of all time as lists of the greatest movies of all time. Typically, though, a bad title is assigned to a bad movie. It’s not really a coincidence, either, as a bad title is a good sign of a bad production overall. It’s a first impression of a total failure on all creative levels. So, when we see a title like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s good reason to think there’s trouble brewing with that movie. It’s not just worthy of snark and parody (although I am proud of my “Dawn of Buford T. Justice” gag). Titles of franchise installments have been getting out of »

- Christopher Campbell

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Cinelinx's Ultimate Lightsaber Tutorial Resource

21 May 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

What's the one thing every Star Wars fan wants to do (besides becoming best friends with George Lucas)? Put Lightsabers into every picture/video that they can. Fans have been trying to recreate the effect since they first hit the big screen, but for years, money was a huge factor in not being able to get that look. These days with technology being what it is, just about anyone with a computer and the will can get those great Star Wars effects.

With a new crop of Star Wars films on the horizon and in honor of our ongoing Star Wars month here at Cinelinx, today I wanted to throw all of you filmmakers and fans a gigantic bone. Scouring the Internet I've compiled for you the best Lightsaber effects tutorials around the web. So this can be your one-stop resource (with links to free software, tutorials, etc.) without having »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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