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Chicago – The “Days of the Dead” convention is an annual event in Chicagoland and elsewhere, that brings together admirers of the horror film genre, cult movies enthusiasts, vendors and panel discussions related to it all. Several celebrities also attend the event, including Linda Blair (“The Exorcist”), Sherilynn Fenn/James Marshall/Dana Ashbrook (“Twin Peaks”), director Clive Barker and rocker Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys). The 2018 convention will be held Friday, November 16th through Sunday the 18th at the Chicago Schaumburg Marriott in Schaumburg, Ill. (click link below).

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com shot this Slideshow of Exclusive Portraits from the 2017 Days of the Dead event. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com.

DAYDEAD1: Sean Astin of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.
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‘Star Wars’ Boba Fett Spinoff Movie No Longer in the Works

  • Variety
‘Star Wars’ Boba Fett Spinoff Movie No Longer in the Works
Boba Fett is no longer getting his own spinoff movie.

News emerged in May that Disney and Lucasfilm had been developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from “Logan” director James Mangold — although the project was never officially announced.

Variety has learned that Lucasfilm is no longer developing the Boba Fett movie project. Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on Friday.

Boba Fett debuted in 1980’s “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and re-appeared in 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” as a mercenary for the Galactic Empire. Jeremy Bulloch played the character in the two movies and Jason Wingreen provided Boba Fett’s voice.

The untitled movie Boba Fett movie would have been one of the studio’s “Star Wars” anthology films, which were being spun off as origin stories. The first anthology film was 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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Darth Maul Actor Wants To Team Up With Boba Fett For A Movie

When you think about it, Darth Maul and Boba Fett have quite a few things in common. They both had stints as villains in Star Wars movies in which they had very few lines of dialogue, and yet both managed to garner considerable fanbases that have ensured their stories extend way beyond the films. In fact, the enthusiasm for both characters remains so strong that Disney has been willing to grant each of them a return to live action cinema – Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Fett in his own planned standalone pic.

Details on the latter’s James Mangold-helmed spinoff remain sparse at the moment, but a couple of months ago, there was speculation that Solo’s title character could be making an appearance. But while Boba vs. Han has been done before, a pairing of the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy with Senator Palpatine
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Boba Fett: James Mangold to Write and Direct Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Film About Everyone’s Favorite Bounty Hunter

The universe continues to expand. Just a day before “Solo” hits theaters, IndieWire has learned that Boba Fett will be the next character to receive a standalone movie of his own. “Logan” helmer James Mangold is writing and directing the spinoff, which follows “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” “The Last Jedi,” “Solo,” and an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi project in the current generation of “Star Wars” movies. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

First introduced in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Fett quickly became a fan favorite despite doing very little and promptly dying a slow, agonizing death in “Return of the Jedi.” We learned more about the character in “Attack of the Clones,” which revealed the contract killer to be a clone of Jango Fett — whose decapitation in front of his clone/son apparently inspires young Boba to turn to a life of crime.

As for why such a cult following has developed around Boba,
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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm

  • The Wrap
James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm
James Mangold is set to write and direct a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on popular bounty hunter “Boba Fett,” according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry is also in talks to direct an “Obi Wan” movie, although no writers are working on a script.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the “Boba Fett” movie,
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‘Star Wars:’ A Boba Fett Movie Is in the Works

  • Variety
Boba Fett is getting his own spinoff.

Disney is developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from “Logan” director James Mangold, Variety has learned from several sources.

Simon Kinberg, best known as a writer-producer on the “X-Men” movies, will collaborate with Mangold on the Bobba Fett movie, although it’s unclear what his role will be.

The untitled movie will be a part of the studio’s Star Wars Anthology films, which are being spun off as origin stories. The first anthology film was 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. “Solo” began opening in previews on Thursday night in North America, with forecasts of an debut weekend of $130 million to $150 million.

Variety first reported in August that Disney and Lucasfilm were in development on a spinoff movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi,
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The Week in Star Wars – Darth Vader in Han Solo, leaked The Last Jedi images and more

The Week in Star Wars returns after a short hiatus with some big updates from Han Solo and The Last Jedi, as well as some comic book and Episode IX news too…

Let’s kick things off with Han Solo, and a new report from Jedi News has revealed that Spencer Wilding has landed himself a role in the upcoming spin-off. The actor was supposed to appear at Fandom Fest in Kentucky but the convention updated their website, explaining, “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Wilding might not be a name you instantly recognised, but he was the man in the Darth Vader suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a scoop we revealed exclusively last year. Could this mean we’ll see the Sith Lord in Han Solo?
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Clumsy Stormtrooper Search Begins in New Star Wars Documentary

Clumsy Stormtrooper Search Begins in New Star Wars Documentary
Comedian Jamie Stangroom, the mastermind behind the 'These Are the Actors You're Looking For' webs series, has taken it upon himself to hunt for the actor who portrayed the Stormtrooper responsible for quite possibly the greatest movie blooper of all time. We've all seen it. The moment in A New Hope where C-3Po and R2-D2 are trying to stop the trash compactor from crushing Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie. The duo are of course able to pull it off, but not before 3 Stormtroopers rush into the room as a door opens and one of the Stormtroopers hits his head on the door. The oversight remained in the final cut of the movie and the Stormtrooper has become a blundering legend among Star Wars fans all over the world.

Through further investigation and in a bizarre twist of fate, Stangroom has discovered that there are three actors who are taking
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Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo

Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo
When production started on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story in February, the first cast photo was released, featuring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the new Chewbacca, Joonas Suotamo. It was revealed shortly after Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in theaters that Peter Mayhew split his time as Chewie with Suotamo, a 6-foot-11 former basketball player, who would step in for the more physical scenes that Peter Mayhew could not perform due to his bad knees. A new petition has surfaced to bring back Peter Mayhew in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and while there is plenty of fan support behind this petition, it's not quite what you think.

This petition was started by Erin Victor earlier this month on Change.org, which as of now, has 3,367 signatures, out of the 5,000 needed for this petition to be delivered to directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
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Review: "Elstree 1976" (2015), A Look At The "Star Wars" Phenomenon; Blu-ray Special Director's Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Bill Duelly

We’ve seen them at sci-fi or collectibles conventions shows; some more so in England than the Us. They man tables with stacks of photos, offering autographs or pictures for a fee. In many cases their faces aren’t familiar, as their characters wore heavy makeup or masks in their appearance in the original “Star Wars” film. Still, even as you approach them face-to-face some of these people still don’t ring a bell. Maybe it’s because their scenes were deleted or they were an extra amongst many. Others, you discover are a familiar masked character and you are happy to chat for a few moments with them, as that movie, and its two sequels (I am only referring to the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher), had such a lasting impact on your childhood.

Elstree 1976” is a recent documentary that follows ten such actors who,
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DVD Review – Elstree 1976 (2015)

Elstree 1976, 2015.

Directed by Jon Spiral.

Featuring David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Blake, Pam Rose, Derek Lyons, Anthony Forrest and Laurie Goode.

Synopsis:

Documentary focusing on the bit-part actors and extras from the original 1977 Star Wars movie.

Elstree 1976 is not just a documentary about Star Wars; in fact, it’s not even really about Star Wars at all but a vindication that, in these enlightened times, the culture that has erected itself from George Lucas’ vision has become bigger than the source itself. Think about it – what other movie franchise could boast about or even justify inspiring a documentary focusing on the background players, some of whom didn’t even have a line or, in one case at least, his character didn’t even appear in the final cut of the movie? Bond? Harry Potter? The Lord of the Rings? Don’t think so.

But, as with all documentaries,
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[Review] Elstree 1976

Everybody knows Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas and announced they’d be producing a new Star Wars trilogy and spin-off features, everyone knew those three would be back in the fold. Even guys like Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker were known commodities to consult if not star underneath the costumes they made famous. But what of the other actors — the nameless, sometimes faceless, and almost always uncredited performers who were a part of something so universally revered? Does their being extras mean they weren’t as important to the legend? Fans lining up for autographs don’t think so. Anyone on set and immortalized in one of history’s greatest cinematic franchises is an unequivocal hero.

To people like me who love the series but never rendered it into a cornerstone of daily life, however, these smaller, hidden roles prove an intriguing curio.
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!
Belladonna Of Sadness

Release Date: Coming Soon from Cinelicious Pics Written By: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Jules Michelet (novel), Eiichi Yamamoto Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

When I heard about Cinelicious Pics’ plans to restore and release the long lost 1973 anime Belladonna Of Sadness, I was well and truly excited. I’m a huge aficionado of 70s-era anime, and this baby has been a “holy grail” of sorts for folks like me for a good many years — much desired but damn near impossible to obtain. So that being said, and with those expectations set freakin’ sky high, let’s see if ol’ Belladonna was worth the wait or will it just fill me with sadness of my own!

Belladonna Of Sadness, based loosely (and by that I mean hardly at all) on the French novel La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, tells the brutal tale of Jeanne,
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Elstree 1976 – Review

The fact that the documentary doesn’t mention Star Wars in the title is a telling indication of the kind of film Jon Spira has made. With the focus on the people behind the masks and costumes, Spira deliberately has focused his lens on the lives of these actors and not the characters that they became famous for. Fans of Star Wars might be disappointed by this decision, but the result is a film that is more thoughtful than just another look at the legacy of the iconic series.

Minor characters and some that really aren’t even considered characters (sorry, stormtrooper who knocked his noggin against a blast door) step into the spotlight in Elstree 1976. While some of these actors or actresses may not mean much to the casual Star Wars filmgoer, the super fans will delight in watching the guy who play Greedo, the former bodybuilder who
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Trailer for the Behind-the-Mask Star Wars Documentary Elstree 1976

Elstree 1976 is a new Star Wars documentary that offers hardcore fans of the franchise an interesting look at the lives of the actors whose faces we never saw in the original films and the effect Star Wars had on them. George LucasStar Wars was just another job for a lot of people. Little did they know how there lives were going to change after it was released.

The doc centers on the actors who played characters such as Darth Vader (David Prowse), Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), Greedo (Paul Blake), X-Wing pilot Angus MacInnes, Stormtroopers, and more. While they were making the movie they never suspected how popular their characters were going to become. We’ve seen a ton of Star Wars docs over the year, but I like the unique spin that this one has. It’s really interesting to hear these people talk about what it was
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Meet the Man Behind Boba Fett's Mask in New 'Star Wars' Doc

Meet the Man Behind Boba Fett's Mask in New 'Star Wars' Doc
The Force Awakens has sparked a tremendous amount of excitement for a new generation of Star Wars stories, but the success of J.J. Abrams' film has also rekindled a widely shared nostalgia for George Lucas' original trilogy. Judging by the trailer for Jon Spira's Elstree 1976 — an upcoming documentary about the unassuming background actors who brought the original movie, now known as A New Hope, to life — that nostalgia extends to the people who made these movies what they are.

Named after the British production facility where Lucas shoot Episodes IV — VI,
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'Elstree 1976' Trailer Celebrates the Unsung Heroes of 'Star Wars'

'Elstree 1976' Trailer Celebrates the Unsung Heroes of 'Star Wars'
Star Wars is hotter than it's ever been. Following Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm back in 2012, the studio has already launched Star Wars: The Force Awakens to both blockbuster box office and critical raves. The first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has wrapped and is ready for release this December. And Star Wars: Episode VIII is continuing to shoot in various locations around the globe as we speak. None of these movies would be possible without the numerous supporting actors and extras who make up this galaxy of strange and exotic creatures and droids. That's where the new documentary Elstree 1976 comes in.

Elstree 1976 promises to go behind the masks, and explore beneath the helmet. The tag line promises: Big People. Small Roles. But as you'll soon discover, there is no role too small that doesn't deserve its own action figure. USA Today has a new look at
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Star Wars: upcoming UK movie release dates calendar

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Here’s our primer on all the upcoming Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Episode VIII…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently making short work of the worldwide box office. Despite the fact that said Jj Abrams film hasn’t event left cinemas yet, Lucasfilm and Disney are already working on its follow-up and a whole host of other Star Wars movies (namely a handful of spin-offs that will expand on the story of the main saga).

As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney’s plan here is to squeeze as Star Wars movie into cinemas every year. Here’s when UK audiences can expect all the of them…

16th December 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Next out of the gate is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (previously known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One). This one arrives in December of 2016, pretty
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'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95

'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.

A native of Brooklyn, Jason Wingreen would appear in three separate episodes of The Twilight Zone,
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'Star Wars' Collectibles to Hit Sotheby's Auction Block for First Time

'Star Wars' Collectibles to Hit Sotheby's Auction Block for First Time
Over 600 Star Wars action figures and collectibles will be auctioned off at the famed house Sotheby's on December 11th, The Guardian reports.

Long known as the premier place to purchase fine wines, art and jewelry, the Sotheby's Star Wars auction is the first of its kind, but fittingly features a number of extremely rare items. Among the lots are a Luke Skywalker figurine with a double-telescoping lightsaber, which was deemed a choking hazard and removed from shelves (estimated to sell between $12,000 to $18,000); a tri-logo action figure of General Madine ($10,000 to
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