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Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains
In the age of online entertainment journalism, it seems like information about big productions, including spoilers, is generally freer than ever before. The onslaught of casting rumours, set pictures and videos of filming has only led producers to double down and become more secretive about their big projects.
As a proponent of the oft-criticised “Mystery Box” mode of marketing, Jj Abrams would be a prime example. It worked for Super 8, because we knew very little about the film by the time it came out, but infuriated people when he and his team wouldn't admit the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness for months on end, when we all guessed who he’d be playing pretty early on. We’ve »
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 »
Did we break it?
All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.
Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.
With Star Wars Rebels taking place between the end of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it makes sense that we'll be seeing a few of the characters that are shared between both the prequels and the original trilogy. One of those characters, confirmed earlier in the year, is Obi-Wan Kenobi. A new French teaser trailer for Star Wars Rebels gives us our first look at the bearded Jedi Master as he makes his return. It's a quick glimpse, but we get a good idea of how he's aged, and how he's changed since we last saw him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Take a peek, but be warned, the rest of the trailer is in the French language.
Star Wars Rebels is a forthcoming animated television series set five years before the original trilogy, »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Star Wars Rebels is the new animated series that tells us what took place in the Star Wars universe between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The first trailers were released on May 4th, but now we have a new snippet of footage, in French, and it shows us our favorite Jedi, Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi. Sir Alec Guinness played the character in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in him in the god awful prequel trilogy. Though, McGregor was one of the few bright spots from those films. Starring a small band of heroes -- Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper -- Star Wars Rebels is set in a time where the Empire rules through fear and shrouds the galaxy in darkness. This trailer offers many new glimpses at sequences from the show, including the starship Ghost chased by Tie »
As fans speculate about the villains in Star Wars Episode VII, we know at least one bad guy created in this post-George Lucas universe. His name is The Inquisitor and he’s a lean, mean, lightsaber-swinging, Jedi-killing machine. In the Disney Xd show Star Wars Rebels, set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars […]
- Germain Lussier
If you hopped by the site to hear my usual weekly rants and speculation on superhero movie news, that has Switched with this column and will be dropping on Friday. Make sure to stop by, there’s a ton of DC/Warner Bros movies on the horizon.
But, it’s S7AR Wars time again, mostly because I wanted to catch-up with a rumor making the rounds this week before we hit Friday proper.
Make sure to check out the previous 6 installments of excellent news recapping, because I’m not going to stop to explain what Star Wars Rebels is or who Ralph McQuarrie was (Ok, maybe just those two: new animated TV show, original concept artist).
It’s been interesting to see other outlets pop up with their own sources and this week, MakingStarWars.net seems to have a well-placed one, granted their story ended up being mixed »
We're about to hit an era of non-stop "Star Wars"—next year will bring J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII," with Gareth Edwards' spin-off a year later, and "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX" following, with the Josh Trank stand-alone picture coming down somewhere in between. But the new phase of "Star Wars" could have looked very different back in the days before Disney snapped up the rights to George Lucas' universe. After "Revenge Of The Sith" was released in 2005, plans started to come together for a live-action "Star Wars" series that would bridge the gap between the 70s original and the 00s prequels, said to be called "Star Wars: Underworld." Writers were hired, including "Battlestar Galactica"'s Ronald D. Moore and "Camelot"'s Louise Fox, and reportedly as many as fifty scripts were completed, but plans were put on hold due to the prohibitive expense of the show, and »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Star Wars Episode 7: Everything you need to know
Shawshank Redemption pivotal scene gets Smash Mouth remix – video
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope also made the top ten, slotting in at number six.
Coming in as the 301st greatest film of all-time according to the magazine's readers was The Bicycle Thief, director Vittorio De Sica's acclaimed family drama from the post-World War II Italian neorealism period.
The top ten films of all time, »
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 »
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?
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Petty)
It is a dark time for the news-gathering rebellion. We have most of our cast for Star Wars: Episode VII and a release date of December 18, 2015. It seems like the Expanded Universe has been partially deleted. It seems like Team Disney/Lucasfilm/Bad Robot is only interested in disseminating news at shareholder meetings and on Instagram. We have 588 Days to correctly set the bar for the new Star Wars films. Don't fear spoilers and speculation. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
What seems to be a constant in a Star Wars trilogy is a Skywalker and their generational lines and their involvement in the politics of the galaxy. That’s why it makes a lot a sense to look at the photo from the first script reading and see the actors sitting in loose “families.”
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