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‘The Predator’ Is a Stillborn Attempt to Revive the 80’s Action Franchise

Everything works in theory. In theory, the utterly miserable Man of Steel (2013) should have been as spectacular a start to the Dceu as Iron Man (2008) was for the McU. In theory, I could get behind 3 Hobbit movies, because Tolkien’s children’s book is a shockingly dense text that just so happen to have three show-stopping climaxes. In theory, George Lucas coming to direct a full-fledged trilogy of movies about the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker should have been the cultural touchstone of an entire generation of moviegoers. When all is said and done, it’s the theory part

The Predator’ Is a Stillborn Attempt to Revive the 80’s Action Franchise
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Warwick Davis Has High Hopes for Willow 2, Which May Actually Happen

Warwick Davis Has High Hopes for Willow 2, Which May Actually Happen
Warwick Davis would love to return for Willow 2, 30 years after the original. In a new interview, the actor said that he has talked to Jonathan Kasdan and Ron Howard about the possibility of making the long-awaited sequel. The first installment wasn't a huge box office sensation, but it has gone on to gain a cult following over the last several years and still holds up to this day. When Howard stepped up to take over Solo: A Star Wars Story, he and Davis had some time to talk about the possibility of a Willow 2.

Warwick Davis has been involved with the Star Wars franchise since Return of the Jedi, where he played the lead Ewok, Wicket. He later starred in 1988's Willow as Willow Ufgood alongside Val Kilmer's Madmartigan. The fantasy film was directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas, who says that he had the idea
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Turns Out Warwick Davis Played Multiple Characters In Solo: A Star Wars Story

Warwick Davis is Star Wars royalty – up there with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as one of the more prominent players in the George Lucas space opera.

Even to this day, he continues to be involved in major Star Wars conventions, and, in the case of Rogue One and Solo, Anthology films designed to enrich the lore and legacy of Lucasfilm’s saga, and it’s now been confirmed that Davis enjoyed multiple roles during the storied production of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

So while his cameo as Weasel is secretly a callback to The Phantom Menace, Warwick Davis told Cinema Blend that he played a number of small and minor characters for the Ron Howard-directed Anthology pic.

There was Dd-bd [a droid on Kessel], and then we have another droid, I think he was called Treybot, but he’s the one, once he’s released in the control room
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Willow

George Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film franchises, but he was the mastermind behind several other, less well-known cinematic adventures as well. Of these, perhaps the one with the largest cult following is Willow, the story of an aspiring sorcerer (and little person) charged with protecting a baby from a wicked sorceress.

Directed by Ron Howard, the film received a lukewarm reception from critics and underperformed at the box office. Fortunately, Willow found an audience through its subsequent home media releases and television screenings. Today, you’ll find fans who are passionate about Davis’ kind-hearted Willow, Val Kilmer’s conceited swordsman Madmartigan, Joanne Whalley’s warrior princess Sorsha, and their struggle against Jean Marsh’s evil Queen Bavmorda.

It’s not hard to see why, either. As with the best of Lucas’ fantasy outings, Willow draws upon established mythic archetypes and
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Warwick Davis Talks About The Willow Sequel and Shares Some Ideas About His Character

The thought of seeing a sequel go into development for Willow is extremely exciting for me. That was one of my all time favorite films as a kid and I’ve been wanting to see the story of Willow continue for years!

Director Ron Howard previously said that there have been discussions about a Willow sequel and said that the story would revolve the character Elora Danan.

It was prophesied in the first film that Elora would destroy the evil Queen Bavmorda. While on his journey, Willow meets and reluctantly teams up with the swordsman Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) to help keep the child from Bavmorda's evil forces.

In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Davis was asked about the Willow sequel and it sounds like he would love to do it. He even has some ideas about his character. He also said that he’s talked to Solo screenwriter Jon Kasdan
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Pedro Pascal’s ‘Prospect’ to Launch in Theaters From Sci-Fi Dust Label (Exclusive)

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Pedro Pascal’s ‘Prospect’ to Launch in Theaters From Sci-Fi Dust Label (Exclusive)
Gunpowder and Sky’s sci-fi label Dust will launch adventure “Prospect,” starring Pedro Pascal, Sophie Thatcher and Jay Duplass, on Nov. 2 at Regal theaters nationwide.

“Prospect” will digitally premiere on SingularDTV’s blockchain-enabled VOD platform in 2019 following its theatrical run. Written and directed by Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell, the film centers on Thatcher and Duplass portraying a father-daughter team following their path through the galaxy in search of the ultimate payday. The film also stars Andre Royo, Sheila Vand and Anwan Glover.

The film won the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award at SXSW, where Dust bought the film. Peter Debruge gave “Prospect” a strong review for Variety when it debuted at SXSW: “If anything, this is what the standalone ‘Star Wars’ movies should feel like.”

“Zeek and Chris’ visual feel and tone achieved in ‘Prospect’ is reminiscent of both the wonderfully grounded aesthetic of the first Star Wars movie, as
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‘Warriors of Liberty City’: How His ‘Me So Horny’ Obscenity Battles Turned Luther ‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell Into an Activist

The Liberty City Warriors youth sports league, the subject of a new Starz docuseries, has made quite an impact on its Miami community over the past three decades. Among the NFL stars it has spawned: Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Devonta Freeman, Antonio Brown, Duke Johnson, and Teddy Bridgewater.

But for hip-hop icon Luther Campbell, who co-founded the organization to help the youth in his rough Miami neighborhood, those aren’t his favorite success stories. He points to City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, who appears in “Warriors of Liberty City,” the six-part docuseries that premieres on Sunday night.

“He was a little kid, smaller than everybody else, and started out by playing baseball, then went to play football,” Campbell recalled. “He ends up going to college and becomes a lawyer. He comes back from being a lawyer, travels the world, works as a public defender, then he comes back to the program.
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Attack of the killer Jedi! The bizarre story of Turkish Star Wars

In 1982, a Turkish film-maker with a budget crisis came up with an ingenious solution for his science-fiction epic: steal some footage from George Lucas’s classic

There’s a certain point during Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam when you realise that what you’re watching isn’t like other bad films. It isn’t really like anything else at all. For some, that moment will come when two Turkish space pilots crash-land on a barren planet and the one who looks like Ronnie Wood in a Thriller jacket starts doing a special whistle that no woman can resist. Or perhaps it will be when brightly coloured felt monsters slaughter terrified children in a sequence that suggests a massacre by the cast of Sesame Street. Or it may be right at the start, during an opening voiceover that is convoluted and oddly blase
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Spielberg Beats God as Most Thanked Person in Oscars History

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Spielberg Beats God as Most Thanked Person in Oscars History
One might assume that God would be the name to come up the most in Oscars acceptance speeches. That assumption would be very incorrect. God doesn't even crack the top five. Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, George Lucas and even Harvey Weinstein have all been thanked more in Oscar speeches over the years than God has, according to an analysis of the numbers.

The Academy has archived more than 1,400 Oscar acceptance speeches over the years. An analysis of those speeches through 2015 revealed that Steven Spielberg is, by a pretty wide margin, the most mentioned individual when people accept their prize at the Academy Awards. The man behind Jaws, Schindler's List and many more Oscar-nominated flicks has been mentioned 42 times, according to the findings. Spielberg has not only directed a lot of actors to Oscars, but he's also produced quite a few projects as well. It's not terribly surprising that he came out on top.
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Darth Maul Actor Reveals The Hidden Meaning Of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Whether it’s Shaun of the Dead or Avengers: Infinity War, watching a film for the second time can really open up the hidden themes and subplots woven into the very heart of each story.

In the case of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it encourages a newfound appreciation for Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra. Or so says Sam Witwer, the voice behind Darth Maul.

Chatting to Cinema Blend, Witwer reflected on the true meaning behind Ron Howard’s Star Wars Anthology pic, and why it’s really a movie about Qi’ra trying desperately to steer Han in the right direction – even if it means breaking his heart in the process. If you didn’t catch it first time around, don’t fret; as Witwer says, it’s really that second viewing that will allow you to appreciate Solo: A Star Wars Story on a deeper, more profound level.
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Revenge Of The Sith Originally Featured A “More Gruesome” Order 66 Scene

Even after nine mainline movies in the Star Wars franchise, Revenge of the Sith is arguably one of the most important.

Flawed though it may be, George Lucas’ all-star actioner helped join the dots between one galactic era and the next, while also pinpointing the precise moment when Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. So it’s fair to say a lot transpires during Episode III of the Star Wars saga – not least the moment when Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine executes Order 66 and ostensibly wipes out the Jedi Order we know and love.

Turns out that fateful scene could’ve been darker still, as McDiarmid revealed during Salt Lake City’s FanX event this past weekend (h/t, though George Lucas ultimately decided against excessive violence in order to retain the film’s PG-13 rating.

“I think it was a little more gruesome than you ended up seeing, you know.
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‘High Life’ Review: Claire Denis Takes Robert Pattinson on an Erotic Space Odyssey in This Mesmerizing Look into the Void — Tiff

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‘High Life’ Review: Claire Denis Takes Robert Pattinson on an Erotic Space Odyssey in This Mesmerizing Look into the Void — Tiff
In many respects, the mesmerizing and elusive “High Life” is a first for writer-director Claire Denis: the first of her films to be shot in English, the first of her films to be set in space, and the first of her films to follow Juliette Binoche inside a metal chamber that’s referred to as “The Fuckbox,” where the world’s finest actress — playing a mad scientist aboard an intergalactic prison ship on a one-way trip to Earth’s nearest black hole — straddles a giant dildo chair and violently masturbates in a scene that’s endowed with the tortured energy of a Cirque du Soleil routine.

Needless to say, “High Life” isn’t your average science-fiction movie. In fact, Denis rejects the genre designation outright, insisting that her latest and most elliptical opus is far too grounded to be lumped in with the likes of “Star Wars” and “Solaris.
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Darth Maul Actor Explains Why The Character’s So Loved By Star Wars Fans

Perhaps the coolest scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story was the reveal of the true boss of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. Spoilers: it’s Darth Maul, who last seen chopped in half at the end of The Phantom Menace. Returning to portray the horn-headed Sith was Ray Park, but providing his sinister voice was Sam Witwer. Though Peter Serafinowicz spoke a few words as the character in Episode I, Witwer is much more familiar to Star Wars audiences thanks to his portrayal of the villain in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

CinemaBlend caught up with the actor recently and asked him what it felt like to get the call to play Maul once again for a surprise role in the recent Han Solo prequel. Naturally, Witwer was bowled over. Not least because he thought he’d put the part behind him after Maul died (for real this time
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Star Wars Boss Kathleen Kennedy Is Getting an Honorary Oscar

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be the first woman to ever receive the Irving G. Thalberg award this year, which is an honorary Academy Award for production achievement. Kennedy, along with her husband and producing partner Frank Marshall, are being honored because they have a "body of work" that "reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production." The award was last given out in 2010, and George Lucas received it in 1991 for his work on the Star Wars franchise. The Irving G. Thalberg has only been given out 38 times in Academy history.

Kathleen Kennedy may be best known for the Star Wars franchise at present time, but she has been an industry heavyweight for decades. The Lucasfilm president has been involved in the making of 60-plus films to date, which have collectively earned over $15 billion at the box office. Kennedy
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Review: Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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Bit by bit, the cool, overlooked films of previous decades are finally being spruced up and released on Blu-ray. The most recent example comes from Lionsgate and is Francis Ford Coppla’s terrific Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Starring Jeff Bridges, it tells the story of Preston Thomas Tucker, a man who saw a different, better way to design, build, and sell cars. Many of his inventions attracted attention and were clearly ahead of their time.

Ever see a Tucker Torpedo? Not a surprise the answer is a no since only 50 true Tuckers were ever manufactured. Tucker (1903-1956) was an inventor and engineer, including auto racecars, a combat car and gun turret during World War II, and even aircraft. Once the war ended, he was determined to build cars, dreaming of models, as Detroit’s Big Three were content with the models form 1941.

The 1988 film shows how Tucker was
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Tops Black Panther’s 2018 Blu-Ray Sales

Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi sparked a run of bitter and bad behavior from some longtime fans of George Lucas’ iconic film series, director Rian Johnson’s 2017 entry in Disney’s Sequel Trilogy has been doing well for itself on home video.

According to weekly refined numbers from entertainment industry website The Numbers, The Last Jedi is currently beating Marvel’s Black Panther in the Blu-ray release market in the United States. Whereas Panther has seen more than 2.5 million copies scooped up by those wanting to re-experience director Ryan Coogler’s maiden exploration of Wakanda, American audiences seem to be wanting more of the Skywalker saga, as Johnson’s film tops the chart with more than 3 million units sold across the country, leaving one to wonder, how could a movie with such a divisive reception beat a more positively reviewed piece from critics and fans on the sales charts?
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Should a 40-Year-Old Movie Even Qualify for the Oscars?

2018 will see something truly remarkable happen at the multiplex: the first new Orson Welles film in more than thirty years. Because he died. In 1986. Sometime during the 1970s, Orson Welles started production on The Other Side of the Wind: a film that was intended to be is critique of the New Hollywood up-and-comers like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. But through a series of mishaps – up to and including the Iranian Revolution, which saw the film-in-progress impounded along with other property belonging to one of its chief financiers, the ruling family of that country –

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Star Wars: 21 Crazy Details About Princess Leia's Body

Alongside King Joffrey and the Red Queen, Princess Leia may be one of the most famous monarchs in popular culture. However, though fans know some basic things about her, such as the fact that she certainly is no damsel in distress and that her home planet is destroyed, she has many other secrets.

While she is one of the three leads in the Star Wars original trilogy, she is the least developed character.

Luke is a moisture farmer from Tatooine who discovers his place as someone who can bring balance to the Force. Han is the smarmy smuggler who gradually learns to work as part of a team to help the Rebels. Leia is descended from a royal family (maybe) and is reduced to a supporting character throughout the trilogy.

It is a shame that George Lucas rarely gave her anything interesting to do, but it's no surprise considering how
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The Rise (and Decline) of a 'Star Wars' Instagram Empire

You’ve never heard of Brett Ferencz, but you may know his work. The former web developer out of Atlanta, Georgia, set up an Instagram profile in August of 2014 after having his first taste of whisky at a Rush concert. Three years later his account, @Scotch_Trooper, had more than 60,000 followers.

The formula was straight forward, although hardly as simple as it seemed: he would artfully pose action figures from the George Lucas space saga alongside bottles of high end booze. By combining his love of aged spirits with his passion for Star Wars, Ferencz stumbled into a new ...
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17 Perfect End-of-Summer Movies and TV Shows for Labor Day Weekend (Photos)

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17 Perfect End-of-Summer Movies and TV Shows for Labor Day Weekend (Photos)
The long Labor Day holiday is a perfect time to catch up on beach and back-to-school faves.

“Weekend at Bernie’s” is maybe the ultimate Labor Day movie, a dark comedy about two guys running around the Hamptons with their dead boss’s corpse (long story).

If you came of age in the ’90s, “Saved by the Bell” was unavoidable. Binge old episodes on Hulu.

If you like to watch good-looking people in bathing suits running on the beach, “Baywatch” is your Labor Day show.

John Belushi starred in “Animal House,” about a wild frat house in the early 1960s.

School Ties,” about an exclusive prep school in the 1950s, introduced the world to Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser.

The quintessential teen movie, “American Pie” has more than enough leers and puns to fill your weekend, along with a breakthrough part from Alyson “Band Camp” Hannigan.

George Lucas‘ “American Graffiti
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