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Dedicated Star Wars fans have long been traveling to the famous sets to try witness some of the magic in these exotic locales. Those planning a trip to Tataouine in Tunisia, though, are being discouraged from doing so. Multiple countries, including the U.S., have issued warnings in light of recent jihadist activity linked to Isis in and around the small town. Luke Skywalker.s home planet of Tatooine was inspired by Tataouine. While filming did not take place directly in the town, the surrounding cliffs and dunes served as the backdrop. Even some of the scenes from The Phantom Menace featuring Anakin.s home were shot in close proximity. Now, Tataouine has become a stopover for those looking to enter Libya and join the ranks of Isis. In a report on The Huffington Post, this month saw the arrest of three young men allegedly heading to join Isis and »
The full schedule for Star Wars Celebration 2015 has been released, with over 250 events jam-packed into the four-day event taking place from April 16 through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can check out the full schedule if you clickHere, but we have laid out some of the highlights for you. Take a look at what Star Wars Celebration will have to offer below.
Thursday, April 16
Don't miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage. Celebration Stage
Information coming soon! »
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
Back in the 1990s, the world rejoiced at the news that George Lucas was going to make a second Star Wars trilogy. The story of the fall of the Jedi, the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker’s descent into the dark side had been speculated on, but never fully revealed. Now audiences were finally getting the complete story. More Star Wars was coming and even memories of cuddly Ewoks could not quell that excitement.
But perhaps the Ewoks should have been a warning. The Phantom Menace gave audiences trade negotiations, a bratty child and Jar Jar Binks. Attack Of The Clones was surprisingly worse with so much CGI audiences felt as if they were watching a cartoon and an atrocious attempt at a love story. Revenge Of The Sith was better, largely due to the fact that it had some meaty story lines to deal with, »
- Baz Greenland
While two of Hollywood's most popular action stars are duking it out in the box office, we thought it might be a good time for them to face off in the only thunderdome that really matters: Et's Celebrity Showdown.
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
So, will Chappie star Hugh Jackman (beloved for his many, many turns playing Wolverine in the X-Men franchise) be able to take down action veteran Liam Neeson (best known for the many films in which he's had to retrieve people who have been taken)? For fun, take a guess, then check out our totally scientific results.*
*Results not actually scientific.
Round 1 - Total Films
Hugh Jackman: 23
Liam Neeson: 60 (Win)
Round 2 - Highest Grossing Film
Hugh Jackman: $234.3 million »
Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »
There was no Bat-Signal shining in the skies over the Getty Museum last Sunday, but the distress call being sent by filmmaker Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean was unmistakable — a beacon that said, in effect, “Save Our Celluloid.”
Heeding the call were some 30 representatives of the nation’s leading film archives, labs and presenting institutions, who accepted Dean and Nolan’s combined invitation to participate in an informal summit entitled “Reframing the Future of Film.” The two-part event sponsored by the Getty Research Institute (where Dean is currently an artist-in-residence) consisted of a private roundtable session in the morning, followed by a public afternoon event at which Dean and Nolan appeared in conversation with Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ planned Wilshire Boulevard museum (scheduled to open in 2017).
While the Getty gathering was hardly the first-ever symposium devoted to the sustainability of film in the digital era, »
- Scott Foundas
Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was the highest-grossing film. “Believe” by Cher was the highest-selling and most-played song. Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants made their debuts on television. If you were looking for a new video game system, the Sega Dreamcast made its debut on the market. 1999 was a crazy year for pop culture.
The wrestling world was buzzing in 1999, as well. WCW was riding a tremendous wave of back-to-back-to-back successful years, although there were chinks starting to show in their armor. Ecw was coming on strong as the number three promotion, working their way up to getting on national television, albeit in a deal that would eventually help lead to their demise. Using one of the most talented overall rosters in wrestling history, the WWF was finally beginning to turn the corner in the Monday Night War after getting handled in the ratings battle for several months. »
- Aaron Hyden
As VFX technology marches on at speed, more and more of our favourite movie characters are being brought to life by actors driving a performance capture digital creation.
Though Andy Serkis's Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Sharlto Copley's Chappie sit at the cutting edge today, in its current form it actually stretches back nearly 20 years to Star Wars's much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.
Go back even further and take into account rotoscoping - animators drawing over an actors' performance frame-by-frame - it's possible to mark Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a landmark film in 1937. There, an actress was used as the basis for the titular princess.
Fast forward to 2015, and we're now at a point where many in the industry are calling for an 'Assisted Performance' Oscars category to recognise the work done by actors and VFX artists.
"I think the technology is relatively new, »
Disney Xd has solidified itself as the destination for all your animated Star Wars needs. First with “Star Wars Rebels” and now this new limited-series event featuring everyone’s favorite droids. The Lego Group and Disney announced late last week that they will be teaming up for a brand-new animated special set in a galaxy far, far away. “Lego Star Wars™: Droid Tales” will be a limited-run of five 22-minutes episodes that retells the entirety of the Star Wars movie saga in chronological order from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3P0. While information about when the limited series will air is not yet available, an overview was released by The Lego Group: Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3Po and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other »
- Donna Dickens
The new limited series (not to be confused with 1985's Star Wars: Droids) will consist of 5 x 22-minute episodes and see C-3Po recounting tales from the iconic droids’ past after the Return Of The Jedi-closing Battle Of Endor. As this reminiscing unfolds, some kidnapping will apparently take the droids on a new adventure, while also squeezing in a retelling of the entire saga from The Phantom Menace through to Return Of The Jedi. »
Ahead of the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Disney Xd has announced plans for an animated mini-series entitled "Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales" to air later this year.
The key difference is that events will be seen from the perspective of the droids C-3Po and R2-D2. Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor, an accidental kidnapping leads to the pair re-telling the stories of their adventures.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015
The dark unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the St. Lawrence river provide the backdrop to Les Loups, a beautifully crafted melodrama. Set in a small island Quebec town during the spring thaw, a stranger arrives during the height of the controversial seal hunts. Vibrant and mysterious, many suspect that Elie, the young woman from Montreal, is not who she says and is likely a reporter or an activist bent on portraying the townsfolk in a bad light… read the full article.
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Disney Xd will count down to the release of December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a five-part animated series entitled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, which will retell the events of the Star Wars saga – in brick form – through the eyes of C-3Po and R2-D2.
According to the site, Droid Tales will be “set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, with the droids are regaling the assembled of their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order, starting from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.”
Further details on Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales are expected in the coming months.
- Gary Collinson
Disney Xd has continued the Lego Star Wars adventures on their channel with the Yoda Chronicles, but they're not stopping there as they've announced a new mini-series called Droid Tales that will re-tell the entire Star Wars saga. Come inside to learn more!
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters this December and it will be kicking things off for an all new generation of fans to enjoy. So what better way to get new fans (i.e. younger kids) ready for the upcoming film, than by finding a new way to re-tell the other films. Thus, Disney Xd will be bringing Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales to the small screen sometime later this year. The show will be five, 22-minute episodes that will re-tell the Star Wars saga from the Droids' point of view:
Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
With the first season of Star Wars Rebels coming to a close next week, fans will be left without any new Star Wars content for several months, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. Thankfully, Disney Xd is helping to fill the void in Star Wars programming with a new five-episode series entitled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, which will debut later this year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens' theatrical debut.
The five 22-minute episodes will be an animated take on all six Star Wars movies, with a new twist. The movies are being retold through the eyes of droids C3PO and R2D2 in a brand new story set after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The droids are seen telling their story of how they ended up on Endor, shortly after the Rebel Alliance victory, »
A long time ago…in 1999, the pop culture zeitgeist was caught in a Star Wars maelstrom. Writer-director George Lucas and his crack creative team had gone back to the well that made space opera cinema what it is known and appreciated as today by producing the first Star Wars movie in 16 years. Yes, it was difficult to fathom, but the legion of Star Wars fans the world over had waited over a decade for a new film. Not since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, which concluded what is today commonly known as the ‘Original Trilogy’, had they rejoiced in a new cinematic adventure. This new endeavor was to not to be a sequel, but rather a backstory that would relate how Anakin Skywalker, once a proud Jedi Knight and defender of justice, was encouraged to renounce his altruistic ways, embrace the dark side of the Force, and become Darth Vader, »
- Edgar Chaput
Darth Vader helped kick off the inaugural season of Lucasfilm and Disney Xd's Star Wars Rebels animated series, and now it is confirmed that the big guy is coming back to help bring Season 1 to a close in the season finale, 'Fire Across the Galaxy.'
Confirmation of Vader's return can be found in the following Star Wars Rebels season finale trailer. This trailer offers up the best look yet at the upcoming final episode this spring and promises an epic lightsaber duel featuring Ezra, Kanan and the Inquisitor that echoes the deadly fight between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.
'Fire Across the Galaxy' will premiere exclusively on Disney Xd on March 2 at 9/8c. I doubt you'll want to miss it based on this trailer.
As for the future of Star Wars Rebels, Disney Xd has already ordered up »
Regardless of The Movie Bit's feelings on Fifty Shades of Grey, there was no denying that it would be rake insane amounts of money upon it's release, and it did exactly that at the Irish Box Office, taking in a record breaking €1.34 million in it's opening weekend, making it the highest opening movie of 2015 in this country, with Taken 3 trailing behind it considerably at €712,061. That's not the only Irish record it smashed. It is also the biggest opening for a 18 certified movie since Hannibal (which took in €889,222), and now has the biggest February opening in Ireland, beating Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace's €1.1 million, as well as beating Ted's €1.1 million to become Universal's biggest Irish opening weekend. All this adds up to it been Ireland's 10th biggest opening movie of all time. The movie's box-office takings here and in the U.K., where it's takings was »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Just when Helix introduces a character with personality and an actor with real potential, it's sayonara...
This review contains spoilers.
Firstly, I’d like to point out to anyone who reads these reviews that I made mistake in episode three, when I assumed that Hitake’s lodge wasn’t on the island, as is proven by Caleb finding the injured Julia early on in this story.
In my defence, on the bone or satellite maps as presented in Reunion, there isn’t anything that could be interpreted as a mile-wide (non-tidal) freshwater lake such as the one that the lodge sits next to. Maps, locations and distances have repeatedly been an issue for Helix, so the fact that it doesn’t glue together well isn’t a huge surprise.
And, unexpected events are a major issue that Helix is having across the board, as revelations seem to misfire either »
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