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As director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) begins production on the first Star Wars spinoff, a new rumour has emerged concerning the character set to be played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
The official announcement stated that Jones will be playing a Rebel soldier, and now notorious “scooper” El Mayimbe is claiming on Meet the Movie Press that the she’ll be the daughter of the fearsome bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Now, given that Jones is 31 years old and Rogue One will take place around twenty years after Attack of the Clones, where Boba Fett appeared as a kid himself (without any children at that point, we assume), there appear to be two possible scenarios here: either Boba has used the clones’ accelerated aging process on his daughter, or Mayimbe has been making up more Star Wars rumours to get himself headlines. One of »
- Gary Collinson
One of the biggest complaints about Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and it's two sequels Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is that they are grossly drenched in CGI. In fact, a number of scenes in all three movies are completely CGI with no practical element at all. Disney and Lucasfilm have been very adamant about pushing home the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not following the same path. There are a lot of practical effects on display in the seventh Star Wars movie. And we'll hardly see any scenes that doesn't have some sort of practical element to them.
After the prequel trilogy shuffled off into the dustbins of history, only to be occasionally viewed by fans still upset over the whole ruse, there has been quite a vocal »
Star Wars famously takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and this week we found out about a parallel universe of casting in the film series. Neil Calloway looks at the actors who didn’t star in films, but could have…
The news that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels is bizarre, and I can’t quite decide whether he would have improved the character or completely ruined the franchise with his appearance. Perhaps the most interesting part is that Jackson wanted the character to be created with make up and prosthetics – he worked with make up genius Rick Baker on the video for Thriller – rather than the CGI preferred by Lucas. There are many, many issues with the Star Wars prequels, but one of them is the over reliance on computer effects on practical effects. So maybe »
- Neil Calloway
Yesterday we were all innocent and naive. Today that is gone. Today we know that Michael Jackson was in the running to play Jar Jar Binks in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” But the real kicker? Does anyone else find themselves asking “What would it have possibly hurt?” Let’s back up for a minute. Vice did an interview with Ahmed Best about his career in Hollywood. If that names doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because most people don’t realize he was Jar Jar Binks actor. Or that Jar Jar Binks Had an actor outside of a voice recording booth. Behest discusses the nascent motion-capture technology used in “The Phantom Menance” that would later be thrust into the national spotlight with Andy Serkis’ Gollum in “Lord of the Rings.” But things get weird once Behest starts down memory lane: George [Lucas] told me [Michael Jackson wanted the part]. [W]e were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. »
- Donna Dickens
Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop." But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise's 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson's interest in an interview with Vice.
Six weeks after its phenomenal opening (even saying it now, $500 million in a weekend sounds ridiculous), Universal have finally announced a sequel to Jurassic World, due for a June 2018 release. What took them so long? This film was an obvious hit from the moment the little I-Rex poked its eye out of the egg, and while it’s not exactly a cinematic masterpiece, it’s clearly tapped into an audience hunger for excitement and nostalgia. And dinosaurs.
It’s actually nice that Universal didn’t immediately confirm the sequel, and the three year gap means they have time to make something at least on a par with World – you don’t reboot a franchise only so you can make another Jurassic Park III. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are locked in for the sequel, so expect more cries of sexism and unbelievable action in heels.
- Alex Leadbeater
Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 36 on Friday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of her memorable moments through the years. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turns in Neighbors and Spy, she's had an exciting couple of years in the spotlight, but she's been making memorable movie appearances for more than a decade. Back in 2002, Rose played Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones before starring alongside Brad Pitt in 2004's Troy. Since then, she's won over fans with her style, too, regularly turning heads with her red carpet looks. In honor of Rose's birthday this week, take a look at some of her stunning Hollywood evolution. »
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Random House’s Little Golden Books is set to revisit the Star Wars saga in the kid-friendly format, with July set to see the release of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”
The six books will be released on July 28th, with a box set arriving on September 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Conan O’Brien’s relationship with geek culture probably peaked in 2002, at least for those who fondly remember Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s playful drubbing of “Star Wars” fans waiting outside for “Attack of the Clones.” Yet the host seemed to harness those forces to his advantage with his four-night stint hosting from Comic-Con in San Diego, which could have hardly come at a better time in terms of putting his TBS program back on the map for some who might have drifted away.
For O’Brien, whose visit to Cuba in March was invigorating but felt a tad hasty (for understandable reasons), these well-plotted, star-studded shows had an amiable and relaxed quality, showcasing his smarts, quickness and grasp of the current cultural landscape. Just as significantly, they offered a reminder of the place he occupies in an increasingly vanilla-flavored latenight field, especially with his spiritual sire David Letterman and Jon Stewart signing off. »
- Brian Lowry
Imagine Jedi master Yoda in an intense lightsaber battle, like the one we saw in Attack of the Clones. Now imagine that energy in toy form, teaching kids to become young Jedi and showcasing his insane Jedi lightsaber skills. Finally there is a Yoda toy that will kick your ass, and it is Spinmaster’s Star […]
The post Video: Finally A Yoda Toy That Can Kick Your Ass! [Comic Con 2015] appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Kicking things off with only a couple bits of The Force Awakens news (which is bound to explode this coming week with Disney heading to Comic-Con this week to promote the film), and a couple of toy displays have given us some new details on the new First Order and their legion of Stormtroopers. The tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall,” the packaging reads. “Now, the rise of the First Order ushered in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.” Read the rest of the packing here, and check out a promo »
- Luke Owen
With Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales set to debut on Disney Xd next week, the network has released the first trailer and four new photos from the animated TV series, featuring some of our favorite Star Wars characters. The photos give us our first look at Lego versions of Yoda, R2-D2, C-3Po, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, while the trailer offers fans some alternate takes on some of the franchise's more memorable moments, including a much different fate for Jar-Jar Binks. The series will consist of five 22-minute episodes, debuting Monday, July 6 at 6:30 Pm on Disney Xd.
As its title suggests, Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C3P0 and R2D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, »
As we count down to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego and Lucasfilm are set to retell the entire Saga from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3Po in the new animated series Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, and it has been announced that the first episode will air on Disney Xd this coming Monday, July 6th at 6.30pm. Subsequent episodes will air on a monthly basis leading into the hotly-anticipated release of Episode VII this December.
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 Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this top-notch Tuesday? The Terminator goes toe-to-toe with RoboCop in an epic rap battle, a Star Wars infographic charts the evolution of the Stormtrooper costume and a mechanically-inclined fan builds an "Interceptor" inspired by the Mad Max franchise. We also have a 5 minute video that uncovers secret Marvel Easter eggs! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Terminator vs. RoboCop Epic Rap Battle
Last month, we showed you the epic rap battle between famed explorers Lewis & Clark and fictional time-travelling explorers Bill & Ted. Today Erb has put two iconic cinematic cyborgs against each other, with Terminator battling RoboCop. The result is, as usual, hilarious, with numerous digs at each franchise that makes for an entertaining three-minute video. »
Feature length films can hardly hope to brave their condensed highlighted counterparts. Often a series of the film's most striking visual scenes and a tangent on the films main “ideas” they can sometimes surpass the grind of an hour, two, or three at a traveling peak of over sensory delight. Below I have assembled trailers that transcended their full-length partners or did well to weave a convincing mask.
In this film's teaser trailer, Vader’s heaves provide the tempo. Cutting in and out of black, brief awesome imagery of a grown Anakin, Boba Fett, and nostalgic bites of space battles fill the black. The snippets are thrilling, promising even (We hoped for an improved return). But at that point we hadn’t seen Hayden Christensen’s awkward portrayal of the soon to be iconic villain, or witnessed George Lucas’s taxing foreboding. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
A funny thing happened when I saw Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones in theaters back in 2002. Much had been written about how George Lucas decided to shoot this film entirely in digital and how divisive it was for purists and fans. I remember thinking that it all looked good, essentially, considering how much of a new colorful and vibrant screen palette Lucas had wanted to create. Then, late in the film, there was a show-stopping scene where master Yoda walks into a lair and begins to fight in a kinetic lightsaber duel with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). And while the audience cheered and screamed in delight I remember leaning forward and studying Christopher Lee’s face…or was it his face?>> - Nelson Carvajal »
Exclusive: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.
Currently in production from director Paul Griffin, lead animator on Happy Feet Two and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, the film has sold to South Korea (GreenNarae), Middle East (Salim Ramia & Co.), Vietnam (Skyline Media) and South Africa (NuMetro).
Previously reported sales include Splendid in Germany and Benelux and Freeman Entertainment, Monolith and Blitz for Eastern Europe.
In Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, a miniature horse has three days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s sleigh during the North Pole Try-Outs.
“The continuing sales at this early stage of production shows how globally appealing the story of Elliot is,” said Double Dutch president Jason Moring. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
What are you doing for the next 2 hours, 22 minutes and 29 seconds? Fancy watching every single Stars Wars film at the exact same time? Not one after another like a sane individual, but layered over the top of each other so they become a mangled mess - not that Phantom Menace needed any help in that regard. Boom. Take that Lucas. If so, then you.re in luck, because one nifty YouTube user has combined every instalment of the franchise, and it.s oddly hypnotic. Sorry, did I say oddly hypnotic? I meant, it.s likely to make your eyeballs bleed. Kudos to YouTube user Maurcs for layering Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith though. I mean, ultimately, it was a completely pointless exercise, but at least he was the one that »
If you've got two and a half hours to kill and don't mind sending your brain on a spiraling descent into madness and nausea, Marcus Rosentrater has got just the video for you. Rosentrater has melded together Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith into a dizzying yet still somehow compelling experience. Check out... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Johnny Depp, who shared the screen with Christopher Lee in five films directed by Tim Burton, remembers the late actor as “hypnotic and commanding, as noble and gallant as he was wise.” Lee, who died June 7 in London at age 93, made his mark as Dracula in a series of Hammer Films beginning with 1958’s Dracula and going on to such signature roles as the evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and the light-saber-wielding Count Dooku in Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III:
- Gregg Kilday
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