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Academy Science and Technology Council Adds Four Members

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll and Michael Tronick have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the council’s membership to 25 for 2014-2015.

Bailey is a cinematographer with more than four decades behind the camera.  He joined the Academy in 1981 and is currently a governor representing cinematographers.  Bailey was elected to a vice president post this year.

See Also: Academy Unveils 21 Feats on Oscar’s Sci-Tech Short List

Hurd is producer and CEo of her own company, Valhalla Motion Pictures, with credits including films “Aliens” and “The Terminator” trilogy, as well as ‘The Walking Dead” on AMC.  A former Academy governor, Hurd has chaired the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee, Investment Committee, Producers Branch Executive Committee and Festival Grants Committee, and has been a member of the Producers Branch since 1987.

Knoll is currently the »

- Shelli Weinstein

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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

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- sarahd

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Destroy All Monsters: Gotham And The Cult Of "Before"

24 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"Before there was Batman, there was Gotham," the posters for Fox's new series bark. This is a molecular deconstruction of the Batman mythos taken at its most mundane. Coming up: an origin story for the Batarang (its horrible secrets laid bare!), followed by Alfred Pennyworth In The Army: The Movie. The cult of prequelology that has sprung up in the 15 years since The Phantom Menace has somehow failed, in all this time, to locate a single compelling reason why prequels should exist at all, besides the obvious, market-driven ones. Connecting a property to a preexisting property, in whatever chronological direction, makes good money. But otherwise: what the hell are they there for? I'm fonder of the Star Wars episodes I-iii than most, and the...

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'Star Wars 7' Photos Reveal Adam Driver Is an X-Wing Pilot?

16 September 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February, long before Girls star Adam Driver was officially cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, it was rumored that he is playing the bad guy, described in the same vein as iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. Since none of the cast members' characters have ever been officially confirmed, many just assumed that Adam Driver is playing a Sith or other equally evil rogue. But today we have new photos from the set that appear to prove that is not the case.

Facebook user Rick Lawrence posted a number of photos from England, one of which appears to be a long-distance, blurry shot of Adam Driver wearing an X-Wing pilot uniform. The photos also appear to include John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie, but they are too blurry to tell for sure. Take a look at the images below, then read on for more details.

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Killing Darth Maul: George Lucas' prequel trilogy mistake?

15 September 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Darth Maul was one of most exciting new characters in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Ryan argues that George Lucas got rid of him too soon.

One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.

It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »

- ryanlambie

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10 Depressing Things About Star Wars 7

11 September 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


First things first: the new Star Wars film due to be released on December 18, 2015 is probably the most anticipated movie of all time, having taken that title from the previous owner, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and we all know how that turned out. Fans had been waiting sixteen years after Return of the Jedi for the continuation of the saga they cherished dearly, and were severely underwhelmed by what they got in return for their patience.

Some would argue that it’s hard for people to get enthusiastic about a new Star Wars trilogy after such a tremendous disappointment, and only(!) a decade after the last theatrical release of a movie in Revenge of the Sith. But we’d say that this series of films is the one audiences have truly been waiting for – a continuation of the saga that reveals what happened to the Rebellion »

- Mark Allen

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Will Liam Neeson Return as Qui-Gon Jinn in 'Star Wars 7'?

8 September 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Since the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, it was believed by many that no characters from the prequel trilogy (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) would be showing up in this new adventure. Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, revealed in a new interview with Hey U Guys that he hasn't been asked to reprise his Jedi Master role, but he certainly would come back if they wanted him to return.

I haven't. (If asked) I most certainly would, absolutely. I certainly don't want anyone else playing Qui-Gon Jinn. I don't know what the current story is now. I think it's Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, »

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Don't Expect To See Liam Neeson Return As 'Qui-Gon Jinn' In Star Wars Episode VII

7 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

HeyUGuys recently had the chance to catch up with Liam Neeson to chat about his new movie, A Walk Among The Tombstones. Obviously, he won't be back for Star Wars Episode VII (and as much as he'd like to play Ra's Al Ghul again, that's not gonna happen), but the actor did reveal that he would always be open to it if offered the chance as you can see in the video interview below.  Personally, I would be shocked if there's any sort of reference to the prequels in Star Wars Episode VII or any other future movie in the franchise. While Qui-Gon Jinn could return as a force ghost, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where and why that could possibly happen. Of course, the character quickly became a fan-favourite after his introduction in The Phantom Menace, so how about a spin-off somewhere down the line. We'll have to wait and see. »

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13 Best Easter Eggs From The Star Wars Prequels

7 September 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


We’ve been keen to highlight some of the underrepresented benefits of the Star Wars Prequels in recent weeks and today we’re going to turn our eyes to the plethora of easter eggs George Lucas and the rest of his team snuck into the unfairly maligned films.

Coming out when the internet was still in its infancy, there was much unverified discussion about what easter eggs were actually hidden in the films. Some claimed the Darth Vader suit was on in Watto’s junkyard, others clung to the idea that Homer Simpson appeared in the cockpit of a Republic Gunship, while claims of this or that version of the Enterprise being in the background still won’t go away.

Now with digital home video allowing for quick verification and HD screengrabs, this sort of confusion is long gone gone and now we can enjoy thirteen, totally confirmed, prequel easter eggs. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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10 Movies That Have Special Editions Worse Than Star Wars

4 September 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sometimes retroactive changes to a film can do some good. Director’s cuts have the potential to make awesome films that bit better (The Lord Of The Rings is the best example by far) or turn abominations into something watchable (Daredevil), while more low-key tinkering helps right minor mistakes; for the 2012 rerelease of Titanic, James Cameron fixed the stars in the sky to be accurate to what would have been seen out on the Atlantic that night in 1912.

Of course we all know how bad things can go. George Lucas has become a figure of geek hate after he took the beloved Star Wars films and created the Special Editions; versions of the films that not only cleaned up the visuals, removing matte lines and dirt, as a usual remaster would do, but also threw in lots of obvious and, in many cases sacrilegious, changes.

What makes the »

- Alex Leadbeater

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20 Little Known Facts That Will Make You See Famous Actors Differently

1 September 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s easy to think you know an actor through the characters that they play, or even to assume you know something about an actor by the sheer fact that they’re an actor. Particularly when someone is often type-cast, it can sometimes be hard to swallow when you find out something that changes how you see a big name. For instance, when a huge star like Tom Cruise became an insane scientologist, or when you find out that awesome badass action-star Vin Diesel has been an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan for 20 years, or even the knowledge that Pam and Jim aren’t a couple in real life (weep), can change your perspective on an actor you took for granted as their character(s).

Sometimes our favourite actors’ rise to fame has been shaky, unintended, or even baffling, such as Danny Trejo’s movement from drug counselor to world-class badass. »

- Hannah Spencer

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"Star Wars" Staffers Rank The Lightsaber Battles

1 September 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The editorial staff of the official "Star Wars" website,, have decided to rank the top ten one-on-one fights in the first six "Star Wars" movies. Each of the lightsaber battles was ranked on "inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact".

What will surprise people will be the top choice. The Darth Maul fight in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is about the only sequence from that film commonly lauded, and it came in at number one. That it beat out the more iconic battle between Luke and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back" in second place will certainly ruffle some feathers.

Meanwhile the final battle between Luke and Vader in "Return of the Jedi" came in fifth, with the two battles at the end of "Revenge of the Sith" (Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, Yoda vs. Palpatine) coming in third and fourth.

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- Garth Franklin

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The Phantom Menace Somehow Leads The List Of Best Star Wars Fights

31 August 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Are these really the 10 best fights in the Star Wars universe? To a certain extent, we have to trust the source. The staff at decided that they would debate the Top 10 battles in the first six Star Wars movies, editing them into the montage above. They are ranked on inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact. Watch the list below, and then we will discuss. Did you make it all the way to No. 1? Did you see how they chose a battle from Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace?! Listen, I get that Darth Maul is an incredibly cool visual villain, with his double-sided lightsaber and that peaceful way he pauses in between battling two Jedi masters in Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). It.s a solid battle sequence, and one of the only thrilling sequences in the deadly-dull The Phantom Menace. And this »

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What The O.C.'s Seth Cohen did for geekdom

31 August 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Seth Cohen's character in The O.C. was much more than just a nerd punch-line, Wil argues, he paved the way for comic-book movie success...

We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.

Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »

- louisamellor

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'Star Wars 7': Is Skellig Michael Island the Sith Homeworld?

29 August 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As per usual, this story is rife with Star Wars: Episode VII plot information that could be considered a Major Spoiler! Continue at your own risk...

A few more Star Wars: Episode VII story details have been leaked by Latino Review, and first thing they do is clear up the rumor that the main villains will be called Sith Inquisitors. It is believed that they will not go by that name in the movie. Though, there will be a number of Sith and one of them may be a cyborg. But not the cyborg shown in a recent piece of concept art.

This is where there story takes an interesting turn. As we've heard in recent weeks, the concept art which reveals one of Star Wars: Episode VII's main villains is not a cyborg Sith Inquisitor as previously reported. It is actually Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. »

- MovieWeb

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7 Crazy Star Wars Fan Theories People Actually Believed

29 August 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


It doesn’t take much to get the rumour mill for Star Wars going. As Episode VII speeds through production we’re becoming inundated with theories about what secrets the sequel trilogy could hold. Who are certain actors playing? What will have happened to the existing characters in the intervening thirty years? What’s the film actually going to be called? And if you think it’s bad now by the time we reach a point where 18th December 2015 isn’t some far off point imagine things to be as intense as a pod-race on death sticks.

But don’t forget the existing six movies, which in their thirty-seven years of existence have come with their very own theories, some disproved by subsequent releases, other existing purely to tie together the more conspicuous continuity errors across the saga. One of the cutest as the be the one involving E. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The UnPopular Opinion: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

27 August 2014 12:31 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** Almost a year ago, I defended Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as a good movie and a worthy chapter in the Star Wars saga. Now, I am back to so the same »

- Alex Maidy

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Frightfest 2014: ‘Drew The Man Behind the Poster’ Review

26 August 2014 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Featuring: Drew Struzan, Frank Darabont, George Lucas, Thomas Jane, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Guillermo Del Toro, Michael J. Fox | Directed by Erik Sharkey

Opening with archival footage of Drew Struzan painting the original poster for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, tells the life-story of an artist that as iconic to my generation as the films themselves. An artist whose work actually graced more films that I imagined and an artist whose work has inspired a new generation of illustrators, even though the poster medium as Drew knew it, is dead.

Starting at the very beginning, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster tells the story of how Struzan who grew up with a family who didn’t love him, his struggles at art school and his early “poor starving artist” years in which he tried to develop his art and support his family. »

- Phil Wheat

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Our Favorite Action Scenes - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

25 August 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Of all the Star Wars Prequels, The Phantom Menace seems to get the most flak from the fans.  While I feel a lot of that is misguided, I’m here to talk about the one thing that just about all fans seemed to enjoy about the film: the final showdown between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gon Jinn.  Come inside to learn more about why I feel this is one of the better action sequences in the Star Wars series and worthy of remembering.

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we're diving into our favorite action scenes in movies, exploring what makes them great, and why they get our hearts racing every time! 

As I said, I »

- (Jordan Maison)

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'Star Wars 7': Will Emperor Palpatine Return?

23 August 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

(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...

While The Sith Inquisitors are said to be the primary villains in Star Wars: Episode VII, Darth Sidious will be revealed as the puppet master behind the scenes. And throughout Star Wars »

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