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In a forthright but sure to be controversial interview with Empire, director Steven Spielberg gave some juicy quotes, defending Indy 4 and his loyalty to George Lucas, and declaring that he’s proud of introducing the phrase “nuked the fridge” to popular culture.
He gave an update on the status of the long in the works dinosaur sequel Jurassic Park 4, saying: “The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I’m hoping that will come out in the next couple of years.”
Moving on the subject of his other famous franchise, Indiana Jones, he said: “Whether I like the stories or not, George has broken all the stories. He is working on Indy V.”
Responding to the oft-criticised Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spielberg addressed the big picture and also talked about specific elements of the film. This is a good approach, rather than just »
There are no two ways about it, I'm a Star Wars child. I saw the first movie way back in 1977 and like so many other children of my generation I was blown away by the two hours of boy's own space adventures that welded my seven year old eyes to the big screen. I subsequently clamored after the first dozen three-a-and-half inch figures (particularly the Stormtrooper and Tusken Raider, which were by far the coolest) and quickly developed a raging thirst for all things that had the words 'Star' and 'Wars' attached to them.
For the best part of the next quarter of a century I held my head high, proud to be known as a full blown Star Wars-o-holic, unafraid to declare my love for all things George Lucas, but then something happened that began to change the way I felt. That something was the prequels.
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Chicago – Is it wrong to say that I prefer the three “Robot Chicken” specials that spoof the “Star Wars” franchise more than the prequel trilogy? Heck, I enjoy the “Family Guy” trilogy of “Star Wars” take-offs more, so I suppose that’s not surprising. In all seriousness, these are very funny specials and the latest was recently released on Blu-ray with an abundance of special features. Don’t miss it.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
It’s hard to review a title like “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III” in that it’s almost certainly not going to be your first encounter with “Rc” or even their series of Lucas-inspired specials. In other words, I can’t imagine you’re starting here. Not that you’d be disappointed if you did. This is damn funny stuff, maybe not the most consistent of the “Star Wars” specials yet produced by Seth Green’s »
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Dear Mr. Lucas,
Before I begin the unhappy duty of detailing your many recent faults, George, let me try to lessen the ensuing sting a bit by saying that I not only admire you, but envy you as well. A few decades ago, you created one of the most iconic film franchises in history and have subsequently set a marketing standard that the last 30+ years of major releases have all tried, and failed, to match. You have turned a memorable version of the mythological "Hero's Journey" into a branch of the U.S. Mint. Your net worth is currently measured in the billions. If you never again put pencil to a script or sit in a director's chair, you will still be remembered for generations to come as one of the greatest media success stories ever. And those are all pretty incredible things. You are undoubtedly in the elite strata »
It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, July 4th 2011.
Pick Of The Week:
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3 (DVD)
Millions of years from now, after Socrates, Shakespeare and the Bible are long forgotten, only two great works will remain: the sci-fi cinema epic Star Wars and Adult Swim’s stop-motion animated, cheap gag extravanganza Robot Chicken. And now, for the first time, they come together for the third time, in this all new special. That’s right, all your mot beloved Star Wars characters are going back through the comedy meat grinder. Watch Darth Vader fall into a toilet, while Emperor Palpatine rides the endless Death Star escalator! See Gary the Stormtrooper’s speederbike test-drive come to a gruesome, Ewok-splattering end! And witness the firepower of Boba Fett’s fully armed and operational T-shirt Cannon! »
As I write this, a thought continues to pollute my mind; one I feel I must share with you before I continue - when is enough...enough? How do we know when something has reached its natural climax - are there signs, indications, points of closure - and what are the dangers of continuing past this point? With regards to the animated comedy, this line has become somewhat blurred over the years; a seemingly frustrating battle between fans and a show's creator / funding studio.
Matt Groening was probably the first publicised example of this - The Simpsons has spent the best part of 15 years defending its right to be here, with many fans now feeling Fox should call time on the franchise, regardless of its success. Next there were Parker and Stone, the infamous creators of the foul-mouthed, poorly animated - but remarkably successful - South Park. Much like The Simpsons, »
It's a drunken Saturday morning in Bristol. My head is tormented by a low, buzzing sensation, no doubt caused by the previous night's discotheque adventures. My mouth is reminiscent of a college party aftermath, both in texture and bile-infused sickness; and the copious levels of alcohol consumed are now making themselves known through every pore in my body (seriously, I am sweating Jack Daniel's at this point).
Yet, while the situation is indeed grim, it is inconsequential when compared to that of the Sith Lord depicted before us. Falling to his death - courtesy of his once prolific prodigy - our protagonist partakes in an American Beauty style recount, with the same music (Baba O'Riley by The Who) playing in the background (see below, but skip to 1:09):
Then, when Lord Palpatine utters the phrase "Dream Big; live big; love big...fall to your death down a giant »
We live in a dark, dark age. While not 'black-plague-oh-snap-everyone's-dead' sort of dark, it's certainly a sad time in certain aspects. On the whole, we are still trying to recover from one of the most crippling economic downfalls of all time - despite constant reassurance that all is now well; are dealing with the frequent and ever changing issues of privacy and the laws of it (super injunction anyone?); and remain obsessed with celebrity culture, concerning ourselves more with their idiotic behaviour than genuine areas of concern - such as the blood-thirsty leadership of Colonel Gaddafi, or North Korea's constant refusal to disregard any form of nuclear activity.
However, while it - and this opening paragraph - may leave you feeling a bit gloomy, there are things out there sure to put a smile back on your face. First of all, why not remind yourself of the honest and natural »
Hey kids, like Star Wars? Like action figures? Like Star Wars action figures doing ridiculous things in an animated fashion? Then you'll love Robot Chicken Star Wars: Episode 3, the trilogy finale for the comedy parody series.The good news is that this latest one is twice as long as the previous efforts, running a substantial 45 minutes, and covering events from before Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace to after Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. Seth MacFarlane voices Emperor Palpatine, Breckin Meyer's Boba Fett and, er, Zac Efron is Anakin Skywalker. brightcove.createExperiences(); Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3 is out on DVD on July 4 »
One of the best Star Wars spoofs in recent memory is making its way to Blu Ray and DVD this summer.
Warner Home Video announced plans this week to release the most recent chapter in the Robot Chicken: Star Wars franchise, Robot Chicken: Star Wars III. The hour long episode will hit DVD and Blu Ray on July 12, 2011, and will include these special features:
-Sunday in the Boardroom with George
-Chicken Nuggets (sketch by sketch video commentary)
-Voice Recording Featurette
-Skywalker Ranch Premiere Trip
-Writer’s Room Featurette
-Deleted Animatics With Video Intros
Personally, I'm thrilled. When it came to Star Wars spoofs, I always thought the Robot Chicken ones were vast more superior to their counterparts like Family Guy. The brilliance of Robot Chicken is that, even if a sketch didn't personally work for you, chances are you »
10 items from 2011
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