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Following her superb debut in Luc Besson's Leon, back when she was just 13 years old, Natalie Portman attracted the attention of the Star Wars casting team. Thus, she was cast as Padme Amidala in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, kicking off with The Phantom Menace, and ending with 2005's Revenge Of The Sith.
However, whilst the movies made an awful lot of money, there was a consequence for Portman, who was stuck in what ultimately seemed quite an unforgiving role. Talking to New Yorker magazine, she revealed that once Star Wars had come out, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me".
The man who came to her rescue was the late, great Mike Nichols, »
Currently, everyone.s collectively excited for John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac. They are the newcomers to the Star Wars universe, and most assume that landing high-profile gigs in The Force Awakens can only boost their individual careers. Well, Natalie Portman would like to remind them that Star Wars isn.t always the benefit fans might assume it to be. Natalie Portman, of course, held down the pivotal role of Padme Amidala in George Lucas. prequel trilogy, starting with Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace. But the way Portman remembers it, the films did more harm than good. While speaking with New York Magazine about the ways that the late film director Mike Nichols influenced her career, Portman recalls: Star Wars had come out . and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted »
Remember how excited we were to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when it was first released in theaters 15 years ago?! I couldn't wait to see that movie, and I'm feeling the same anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I felt for this film in 1999. Unfortunately for me and a lot of other fans, it kind of left us with a disappointed feeling. Yes, it had some awesome moments, especially the ones that involved Darth Maul. But it was mostly annoying with Young Anakin, Jar Jar, and stale acting.
I know there are some fans of these prequel films out there, though, and I can appreciate that. Hell, there are some bad movies out there that I like too. Anyway, we have 150 behind-the-scenes photos from The Phantom Menace for you check out today. Whether or not you thought the movie was good or bad, it's »
- Joey Paur
Fifteen years ago, this was it. This was everything I wanted from the Internet. Access behind the scenes of the new Star Wars movie. Today, not much has changed. We’d all kill for even a glimpse at what was going on on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens. But we’ll have […]
- Germain Lussier
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
This week, Neil Calloway is suffering from trailer fatigue…
1st July 2015, 6th November 2015, 17th December 2015. What are you doing on those dates? I bet some of you know already.
For those that don’t know, they are the release dates for Terminator: Genysis, the new Bond film, Spectre, and the latest film in a small series of independent films called Star Wars. In the past couple of weeks we have had the release of the Star Wars trailer, a press conference about Bond, and the new Terminator trailer, all shortly after the Jurassic World promo was released. I like a good trailer as much as the next person, but when people start looking forward not to the film itself being released but its trailer, then we have a problem. There was even a fifteen second teaser trailer for the new Terminator trailer. We’re not getting excited about a film we’ve just seen anymore, »
- Neil Calloway
The very moment Disney and Lucasfilm announced when the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would debut online, a rampant speculation spread across the Internet like wildfire. It was fever-pitch; the kind of palpable excitement that the franchise hasn’t evoked since before The Phantom Menace arrived back in ’99.
And so, news that the footage has accumulated a staggering 58.2 million views in just four days should come as no surprise. But the bigger question is, after blazing past Avengers: Age of Ultron on the view counter, is The Force Awakens teaser on its way to becoming the most viewed trailer of all time? For the sake of perspective, when the full Age of Ultron trailer made its bow back in October, it amassed just over 50 million views over the course of a week and set a record for the year of 2014.
Of course, it’s worth noting »
- Michael Briers
Something about Star Wars brings out people’s creative side. The franchise has long since inspired a trail of fan-made ephemera, as large and as canonical as the Expanded Universe. Ever since that fateful day in 1977 a whole cottage industry sprung up, with people making their own costumes, stories, toys, and even short films inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
There are even the more extreme cases, like the 501st Legion, an international fan group who are all about building and wearing (in public) perfect replicas of Stormtrooper armour, who also regularly do cool stuff for charity. Which is jolly nice of them. Even if some of them are a little short to be Stormtroopers.
- Tom Baker
The parody trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens continue to roll in, and we have four new ones that are worth checking out. The first is my favorite as it hilariously mashes the trailer up with Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. The second video features some Disney fun, the third is another mashup with The Phantom Menace, and the last one uses footage from The Empire Strikes Back. To watch the two parody videos that we posted previously, click here. There are elements in all of these that fans should enjoy, but out of all the parody videos that have been released so far, which is your favorite?
- Joey Paur
Fans have created a couple of amusing parody trailers for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer for your viewing entertainment. There have been a lot of these things popping up on the internet since the official trailer was released, but these are two of my favorites. I’m also pretty sure we’re going to see a lot more of them.
The first trailer gives us a look at what it would look like with the George Lucas "Special Edition" overhaul. Basically it includes a ton of random CGI elements thrown into scenes where they don’t belong, and of course, it takes that crazy looking lightsaber to a whole new insane level.
The second trailer is called "Star Wars: The Phantom Awakens," and it splices together the audio from The Force Awakens with scenes from the 1999 film, The Phantom Menace. It just reminds us that amazingly »
- Joey Paur
The 88-second teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie was released last Friday, meaning Saturday and Sunday was a time for Diy posters. Stuart Heritage feels the force of Photoshop
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer wasn’t just a gift to the semi-dormant legion of Star Wars fans forced into hiding since The Phantom Menace came along. It’s also been tremendous boon to practitioners of internet fan art, arriving just as they began to tire of pictures where Harry Styles and Benedict Cumberbatch and Loki kiss each other on a cloud.
The Star Wars trailer has inspired creativity like little else before it. We’ve had analysis and liveblogs – and even a spoof trailer of George Lucas’s Episode VII, rendered unwatchable by millions of clunky CGI inserts.
Fan art de Star Wars: The Force Awakens. pic.twitter.com/h0pcbm4LVD
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- Stuart Heritage
With the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, there has been equal measures of joy and disdain flowing through the Star Wars fandom. There are some who eat up every single thing the franchise offers and others who checked out after Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace. There's no way to please everyone, though some complaints are a whole lot more understandable than others. Lately, the biggest complaints have come from those annoyed that the series has its first black storm trooper in actor John Boyega. Luckily, not only has Boyega heard about this, he's crafted a masterful response to his detractors. Taking to his Instagram account, John Boyega broadcast the following statement in response to all those who oppose his casting in the J.J. Abrams Star Wars revival. With love xxx A photo posted by @jboyega on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:37pm Pst »
While only 88 seconds long, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to do a lot in a short amount of time. It introduces both John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, a new droid, ushers in the return of the Millennium Falcon, and sets up Oscar Isaac as an X-Wing pilot. It also alerts us to a new Sith presence. And with that comes a brand new lightsaber design, which has sparked some controversy.
At first, the force seemed to be with director J.J. Abrams's new take on the classic lightsaber model. It's not the duel blade that George Lucas introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, as wielded by Darth Maul. Or the iconic, classic single blade utilized by Darth Vader. Instead, it is a fiery cross in the claymore-style associated with the Scottish late medieval two-handed longsword. Like those swords, »
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s announcement—what to do if they’re sold out, what to do if for some reason we picked a movie that had no trailer in front of it (Plan B: sneak into the beginning of a different movie after ours ended)—all in the name of the purity of experiencing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as it was meant to be experienced. As a spectacle, as a special event, as a collective moment of excitement and anticipation.
My resolve lasted about five minutes. At 10:05am on Friday, I was holed up in the office bathroom with my iPhone and earbuds, frantically trying to tap into the spotty wi-fi of the hotel next door. »
- Mallory Andrews
Yesterday Lucasfilm released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and fans were overcome with blissfully happiness. I found myself overcome with emotion when I watched the trailer. I just hoped to hell that the movie will reach its full potential of epic awesomeness. I trust this franchise in the hands of J.J. Abrams, but back in 1998, a ton of fans trusted George Lucas with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace only to be completely let down. Now, I understand that there is a small group of fans that like the prequel movies, but I'm not one of them.
The Phantom Menace teaser was released on November 18th, 1998, it was the first Star Wars trailer to debut in 20 years, and also the first to be released during the Internet age. So, needless to say, Star Wars fans at the time were extremely excited to »
- Joey Paur
By now you’ve watched The Force Awakens teaser for the 7th installment of the world’s most iconic franchise. There were only snippets and pieces in this 88 second teaser, but there were a lot of things to like. Here’s the 5 Best Things about the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The voice over is effectively creepy, thanks to the actor with the most awesome voice since Orson Welles, Benedict Cumberbatch doing the honors. He’s been rumored to be involved with the production for awhile. I don’t know who he’s playing, or how big of a role it will be, but hearing his hair-raising, spine tingling growl in the trailer was enough to get me excited about what’s to come.
4. X-Wings on »
- Anghus Houvouras
“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark Side… and the Light.”
Whether you watched it on Friday morning on the big screen, laptop or on your smart phone, the return of Star Wars gave fans (and Wookiees) goosebumps.
Seeing as we’re excited as Hell over the brand new footage, we decided to go over the 10 must-see highlights from the early teaser. “This will be a day long remembered.”
1 & 2. The Millenium Falcon vs The Tie Fighters
The spectacular flying scene delivers a one-two punch. Our hearts skipped a beat »
- Movie Geeks
And now, there is actual footage from the next Star Wars movie out there, and it’s been a long time since 1998’s The Phantom Menace teaser introduced us to the world of that trilogy. This also being the holiday weekend, it’s a bit difficult not to let nostalgia take me while this Star Wars trailer plays, but at a scant 88 seconds, it was made to be re-watched until I could mute that feeling and focus on what was actually happening.
Now that I’ve seen the Millennium Falcon do an in-atmosphere loop a few dozen times, I can check out the trailer for all the reveals and mysteries it contains.
We start with John Boyega in a practical location, which is fantastic for a number of reasons, but for me most resonated as completely opposite of the Gungans In The Mist beginning for The Phantom Menace trailer. Presumably, »
You've seen it. You have thoughts. So do we. Below are 7 things we just learned from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which blew up Black Friday with voom-voom pew-pew-pew glory. 1. There is a triple-bladed lightsaber. Remember when our minds were blown by Darth Maul having a two-sided lightsaber in The Phantom Menace trailer? Not to be outdone, here comes J.J. Abrams with a triple-sided version. Note the light itself is more sparky and flame-like than the usual solid-looking shafts. Also, functionality-wise, the prongs presumably act as added protection. Finally somebody must have said, "Hey, maybe we should »
- James Hibberd
Today is a red letter day – the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer will be released. Set to be screened in cinemas across America and, as revealed in a relieving tweet from the official Star Wars page, made available immediately online through Apple trailers, it’s got Star Wars fans the world over waiting with bated breath.
Up until now, all audiences have officially glimpsed of the film are two images. Oh sure, there’s been all those concept art leaks, but in terms of official word, fans have had to make do with a black and white cast photo and an episode-less title card. So naturally there’s a painful amount of hype building.
It’s reminiscent of sixteen years ago, when the world got its first look at The Phantom Menace, albeit with fasting streaming speeds and (slightly) more reasonable expectation – we all know how bad things can go. »
- Alex Leadbeater
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