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BBC One's primetime coverage of the Commonwealth Games averaged more than 3 million viewers last night (July 26), according to overnight figures.
The Glasgow multi-sport event appealed to 3.06m (19.5%) between 7pm and 10.10pm.
On BBC Two, Proms Extra was watched by 456k (2.8%) from 8.25pm, with The Men Who Made Us Spend taking 562k (3.3%) afterwards from 9.10pm.
The latest Big Brother instalment on Channel 5 pulled in 812k (4.8%) in the 9pm hour, with 334k (3.5%) catching Bit on the Side from 11pm. In between, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of had 506k (3.2%).
On the multichannels, Foyle's War was watched by 919k (5.7%) on ITV3 from 9pm. »
Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 35 on Thursday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at her Hollywood evolution. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turn in Neighbors to an upcoming role in This Is Where I Leave You, 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 most memorable moments through the years. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequels did a lot of things for the special effects industry, being among the first films to feature thousands of digitally enhanced shots, while also introducing the idea of the first CG supporting cast members. But for all the good they did for the industry in moving VFX forward, many fans have decried the Prequels’ use of computer images throughout the trilogy. Today, with our look at CGI in movies, I’m taking a look at why the Prequels; use of CG hasn’t sat well with people and caused so much uproar.
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 investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Has the identity of the actor playing Boba Fett in a standalone Star Wars movie been sitting underneath our nose this whole time? We have been drifting along with the assumption that the solo, spinoff Star Wars movie that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm will focus on Boba Fett. Picking up that baton and running with it, Inquisitr.com dug around and landed on the IMDb page for an announced "Untitled Star Wars Project." They have Gareth Edwards slotted as the director. They have Gary Whitta down as the screenwriter. And they list Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. Well. Alrighty then! Temuera Morrison is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having played Jango Fett in George Lucas. Star Wars: Episode II . Attack of the Clones, as well as Commander Cody in Episode III . Revenge of the Sith. He.s lent his voice to Boba Fett and Jango Fett »
The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced. But before we get to those, let's get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford's leg injury. According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac's role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo. However, another source tells the Post, "'The basic story line will not change that much.' The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but 'the order of filming scenes could be shifted' to work around Ford’s absence." This seems far more likely, and the source adds that "Shutting down the movie is impossible," and I believe that as well. I'm not sure the movie's insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what. Hit the jump for »
- Matt Goldberg
Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen returned to Lax after a nearly monthlong trip to Barbados on Thursday. Rachel ditched her bikini and opted for a comfy sweater at the airport instead, adding a Skywalker hat that gave a fun nod to Hayden's role as Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II. The couple spent their tropical vacation staying superclose, snapping pictures, lounging in the sand, and even stealing a few kisses. Their Caribbean extravaganza kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, when the mom-to-be bared her belly in a Beach Riot bikini during a day on a boat as well as a black Marysia two-piece for some snorkeling. (Actress Lupita Nyong'o wore a white version of the suit in Hawaii!) News of Rachel's pregnancy made headlines late last month, and though neither Rachel nor Hayden has confirmed the news, a source close to the couple has said, "They've both talked about this »
- Brittney Stephens
Remember back not so long ago when Revenge of the Sith came out and the old Star Wars fandom despaired? The culmination this despair seemed to be the 2010 documentary The People Vs. George Lucas that asked the question: ‘Just how much is a creator allowed to do whatever he wants to a creation the fans think was turned over to them a decade ago?”
It’s an interesting question, especially for someone like me who begrudgingly stood in line for Revenge of the Sith in May 2009 because I’d started standing in line for Star Wars movies in 1997 with the Special Edition releases and the completionist geek inside of me needed to have stood in line for every theatrical Star Wars release I was alive for (I lapsed on Clone Wars, guys, so...streak broken). I remember standing in line for Revenge of the Sith and knowing the only good »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Old News: What were movie fans talking about on May 27, 1999?” — Matt Singer at The Dissolve jumps in the time machine to inspect the rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio had met with George Lucas about playing Anakin Skywalker, noting that it’s a particularly saddening alternate reality: “But still: Is there anyone today who wouldn’t swap Christensen for DiCaprio if they could (except for maybe Christensen and DiCaprio)? Even with the exact same script, how much better does Attack Of The Clones get the second you put DiCaprio in the Anakin role? 20 percent? 30 percent? That’s got to be one of the most depressing what-ifs in recent casting history. And yet, at the time, the fact that it didn’t happen was greeted in some circles as good news. A »
- Scott Beggs
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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First he made Monsters, then he made Godzilla, so the next logical step is for Gareth Edwards to make a movie about the Rancor creature from Return of the Jedi. Or should he instead give us the origin story of the Sarlacc or maybe the Space Slug from The Empire Strikes Back? The news that Edwards will direct a stand-alone Star Wars spin-off movie has to be about him tackling one of those. The guy doesn’t do movies that don’t involve monsters. Okay, so his venture into a galaxy far, far away will likely involve a more popular character than any of those giants, but I bet we will at least see some kind of monsters in the movie, whether this will be the young Han Solo adventures or a Boba Fett movie or something that more directly spins off from next year’s Star Wars sequel. According to Lucasfilm, the »
- Christopher Campbell
Star Wars: Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir #1
Written by Jeremy Barlow
Pencilled by Juan Frigeri
Inked by Mauro Vargos
Colors by Wes Dzioba
Published by Dark Horse Comics
If you were annoyed by the romantic subplot of Attack of the Clones or the trade disputes of Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 is the cure for what ails you. It features Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and General Grievous all fighting and scheming for the chance to take out yet another contender to their galactic domination. The contender this time is Talzin, the leader of the Witches of Dathomir. Darth Sidious took Maul away from her a long time ago to train as his apprentice. There is a lot of backstory involving Darth Maul’s return, his allies, and past that is barely touched on and makes the story confusing at times. But writer Jeremy Barlow and »
- Logan Dalton
Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends 2014 has officially begun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. I've never been able to attend one of these weekends, but it looks like it would be a ridiculous amount of fun.
For those of you like me who won't be able to attend the event any time soon, we have a video of the Star Wars parade for you to watch. It comes to us from Attraction Magazine, who was there for the opening day festivities.
The parade includes special Star Wars guest celebrities such as Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla — Star Wars Rebels), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi — Clone Wars) and a bunch of Star Wars costumed characters. They even included three new characters from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series! Those characters were Chopper, Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger.
I'll be honest, I'm not a big parade guy. »
- Joey Paur
Have you ever had a friend or child that was new to Star Wars but you didn’t want them to start with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace because those Stupid midichlorians or the computer generated comedy relief known as Jar-Jar Binks? Or, maybe you are worried that showing Episodes 4 – 6 first will give away the ending? Ever hear of the Machete Order?
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. May (the) 4th is Star Wars day, and because of this we will honor Star Wars all month long. What do you love about Star Wars? How did the franchise influence you? Feel free to add your comments and reviews!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Petty)
Star Wars is a teaching tool; even though that probably wasn’t something George Lucas intended when he first wrote it, that’s exactly what it is. With the new film, Star Wars: Episode VII, beginning production soon and a new generation of fans on the way, I thought it was a great time to remind people of all the handy things the previous films have taught us over the years. So listen up kiddos, because these are things you need to know in order to understand the galaxy.
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. May (the) 4th is Star Wars day, and because of this we will honor Star Wars all month long. What do you love about Star Wars? »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Stories from TrackingBoard.com often go disregarded since they are very frequently just agents trying to get their talent some attention. Nevertheless, a new report has Warner Bros. offering Chris Hemsworth the leading role in a Lethal Weapon reboot (currently known as Lionhunters), playing the Riggs character made famous by Mel Gibson. Sounds like they might be rebooting this and going even farther back as an older cop's son (presumed to be Riggs) wants to join the force. Will Beall is presumably working on the script and Justin Lin is apparently attached to direct. Personally, I don't see this happening... Tracking Board amz asin="B005J5U07O" size="small"Liam Neeson is set to co-star in A Monster Calls for Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible). He joins Felicity Jones in the movie adapted from the Patrick Ness fantasy novel about a young boy who attempts to deal with his »
- Brad Brevet
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Where Are The Kids’ Movies This Summer?” — Andrew Stewart at Variety gets rhetorical and points out that some analysts think the box office will be soft this summer without Pixar and more movies aimed at the kiddos. The ultimate answer? All the children’s movies are aimed at 35-year-old men now. “Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones (No Baggage Review)” — Outlaw Vern asks politely that we put aside the trillion conversations we’ve had online about the middle prequel child and strive for a fresh perspective. “Variations on the Theme of Filmmaking” — Scott Jordan Harris at Balder & Dash explores the deceptively simple prompt for the Imagination Series short film competition as well as the multiple permutations that extend from it. Let your mind wander on this set of dialogue: A: We »
- Scott Beggs
If ever a popular film was ripe for parody, it’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Regularly heralded as the worst of the Star Wars films, Clones contains some of the most wooden acting, bad writing, and awkward moments ever seen in big budget sci-fi. Even the action, probably the biggest in all […]
- Germain Lussier
When you think of "Star Wars," you think lightsaber duels and space ship battles, right?
"Strap yourself in for even more of the stuff that made 'Phantom Menace' so cold, lifeless, and boring," the trailer declares, "like people sitting and talking, standing and talking, walking and talking."
The Honest Trailer touts the meaningless war between the clones and droids; the creepy romance between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman); the uneven pace; and the many, many "wipes" between scenes. And all from George Lucas, or as they call him, "the man who created some of your fondest childhood memories, then took a huge dump on them."
Watch the brutally honest trailer below! »
- Kelly Woo
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find geeky gifts for Mom; an honest trailer for Star Wars: Episode II; Twilight + Seinfeld; Seth Rogan and Zac Effron take selfies with Jimmy Fallon; and a sweded version of the X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
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