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Sometimes you are born for a life of adventure and sometimes adventure recruits you into its cause. For George Lucas, the latter approach is preferable as witnessed in Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and Willow Ufgood in Willow. While Skywalker unknowingly had it in his blood, Willow was far more the ordinary person thrust into an extraordinary cause.
Lucas conceived of Willow’s tale back in 1972 and kept it rattling around his mind until technology was sophisticated enough to tackle it on film. Casting Warwick Davis as Wicket in Return of the Jedi probably began the move from backburner to the front of the production slate even though it was another five years before the film began production. By then, Lucas was no longer interested in directing, instead choosing Ron Howard to mount his first major fantasy. By then, Howard, who was a directing contemporary of Lucas although they traveled in different circles, »
- Robert Greenberger
Review Ryan Lambie 22 Mar 2013 - 06:20
We're now well into Hollywood's fairytale revival period, which has already seen the likes of Snow White And The Huntsman and Mirror Mirror twinkle onto our screens, while adaptations of Beauty And The Beast and Disney's Maleficent wait in the wings.
As they're passed through the moviemaking filter, these age-old tales generally altered in the process. Snow White And The Huntsman gave the age-old story an epic spin, and imagined the normally genteel heroine as an armour clad warrior. Hansel & Grettel: Witch Hunters used its fairytale inspiration as a basis for a gory action yarn. Meanwhile, the Wachowskis are working on yet another retelling of the story; called Jupiter, it will reportedly send Snow White into space.
Director Bryan Singer, on the other hand, has resisted the temptation »
Bryan Singer thought he was going to be the first to revive fairy tales with his take on Jack on the Beanstalk, "Jack the Giant Slayer," but the film, which hits theaters this Friday, was beaten to the big screen by new spins on "Alice in Wonderland," "Snow White and the Huntsman," and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." Singer (who previously talked to Moviefone about the eagerly anticipated "X-Men; Days of Future Past" sequel), is proud of his update on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” legend. "I took a look at those other ones and made sure I did my own thing," he says. He talked to Moviefone about making sure he had the right Jack in Nicholas Hoult, his love of classic adventure films from the '50s and '60s, and creating a race of fearsome giants. Moviefone: This is a bit of a departure for you. Why make a fairy-tale movie? »
- Sharon Knolle
The Oscar for Best Costumes is normally pretty easy to predict, just focus on the costume drama and don't look back. This year that film is Anna Karenina with costumes by Jacqueline Durran, and, as expected, she took home the Period Film award at tonight's 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards. Then Jany Temime's work on Skyfall won the Contemporary category, but her work wasn't nominated for an Oscar so as far as predictions go we can move along. Then we come to the Fantasy category where the two Snow White films do battle and both were nominated for an Oscar. The winner? The late Eiko Ishioka's work on Mirror Mirror. Ishioka passed away at the beginning of last year and Mirror Mirror serves as her second Oscar nomination. She won previously for her work on Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. As for Durran, this is the third time she's been nominated for an Oscar, »
- Brad Brevet
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for their annual awards and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" led with 10 nominations including Best Picture. "Les Miserables" and "Life of Pi" followed with nine nominations each. We'll find out the winner on Sunday, February 10th.
Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
Rising Star Award
"The Voorman Project"
"Here To Fall"
"I'm Fine Thanks"
"The Making Of Longbird"
Outstanding British Debut
Film Not In The English Language
"Rust & Bone"
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