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Watch Brad Bird's 1980 Pencil Animation Test Trailer For The Spirit

Before Brad Bird made The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, he wanted to make an animated adaptation of the classic comic book The Spirit. To try and sell the idea of an animated adaptation of The Spirit, he created a pencil test trailer and it makes me wish that this film would've happened! 

Bird was working with producers Gary Kurtz and Steven Paul Leiva who worked on the films like Stay Tuned, Space Jam, American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal.

I love the stylized animation and character design and I wish Bird would have been able to make this movie!
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Best Moments From Mark Hamill’s Walk of Fame Ceremony

Best Moments From Mark Hamill’s Walk of Fame Ceremony
“Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill was surrounded by Harrison Ford, R2-D2, George Lucas, and hundreds of fans while receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

Both Hamill and Ford delivered speeches about the emotional and funny moments they shared while filming “Star Wars.” From Hamill sitting Jedi-style to Ford remembering Carrie Fisher, here are the best moments from Hamill’s Walk of Fame ceremony.

Harrison Ford jokes about the attendance

While giving a speech about Hamill’s career, Ford paused and joked, “Wow, there’s a lot more people that showed up for my star. A lot more.” The audience laughed as Ford turned to look at the crowd.

"A lot more people showed up for my star." Harrison Ford intros fellow #StarWars actor Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) at his Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood (Watch) pic.twitter.com/JwRroxHVvD

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Remembering Carrie
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George Lucas Helped Ron Howard Craft a Scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Here's a really cool piece of information regarding Solo: A Star Wars Story for hardcore Star Wars fans! During an interview with EW, there's a story of how Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set of the film while Ron Howard was directing it and he ended up helping craft a scene in the film that was shot. The director explained:

“He came by to visit the first day that I picked up shooting. George and his wife, Melody, came by to pay a little set visit. It made me feel great.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy went into more detail of what happened saying:

"He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said,
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Some Shots in the Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Reference Other Harrison Ford Movies

We've all completely dissected the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailers by now, but thanks to very observant internet users we're learning about several connections the movie has to previous films starring Harrison Ford. We've also shown you more than 80 screen shots from the movie, but two of them seem to stand out as very familiar.

The first reference comes from redditor A_Navigator. This one isn't framed up exactly the same way, but there is no denying it feels very familiar.  In the sequence when Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is facing off against a strange masked bounty hunter-looking character armed with some kind of "space spear," you see him unsnap his holster in preparation for battle.  This is very reminiscent of another face-off involving one Dr. Indiana Jones and a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. We don't know how exactly Solo's showdown will play out yet, but
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“If You Want That Melodramatic Shaft of Light, You’d Better Mean It”: Dp Sam Levy on Shooting Lady Bird

There’s a tradition of young directors looking for inspiration in the bygone eras of their adolescence. For George Lucas in American Graffiti, it was the California car culture of the early ’60s. For Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused, it was the Texas high school rituals of the ’70s. And for Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird, it’s Catholic school and the suburban doldrums of early-aughts Sacramento. Written and directed by Gerwig, Lady Bird follows the titular character (Saoirse Ronan) through her senior year of high school as she fights with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), pines for a philosophical dilettante from the […]
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With ‘The Last Jedi,’ The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Keeps Feeding On Its Own Mythology

Back when George Lucas was that oddball car enthusiast and confederate of Francis Ford Coppola’s with two of the greatest and weirdest movies of the 1970s under his belt — “Thx 1138” and “American Graffiti” — he really wanted to make a movie out of “Flash Gordon.” But that didn’t work out, so he moved on to cranking out his own rollicking space opera.

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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew

10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew
The movie that started a second successful franchise for Star Wars star Harrison Ford is also one of the greatest films ever made. We all know the whip, the Fedora, the wisecracks, the bad guys, the ex girlfriend, the snakes, and the melting face. Here we look at 10 things you never new About Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

His name is Indiana but he was born in a different state.

His nickname may be Indiana, but Doctor Jones originated in a different state altogether: Hawaii! Longtime pals George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on vacation when they kicked around the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark, a swashbuckling homage to the old movie serials that also inspired Star Wars. Spielberg was thinking of maybe directing a Bond film, but made Raiders instead.

Who else could have worn that fedora?

Steven Spielberg wanted Harrison Ford pretty early in the process,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “American Graffiti”

American Graffiti is a coming of age film that showcases the many different ways in which youth is shed by the need to move forward or accept what’s given and just move on. It stars a number of great actors when they were still young and fairly inexperienced. As a classic film it’s one of those that you might have had to watch in high school and then forgotten all about since it wasn’t geared towards your era. But honestly and truly it does show a lot of interesting scenes in which the life of a teenager just out of

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “American Graffiti
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Greta Gerwig Wrote Adorable Letters to Justin Timberlake and More to Use Songs in ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig Wrote Adorable Letters to Justin Timberlake and More to Use Songs in ‘Lady Bird’
Anyone who has seen Greta Gerwig’s marvelous “Lady Bird” knows the film owes a lot of its charm to Dave Matthews’ “Crash Into Me.” The song appears numerous times throughout the story and is used to mark pivotal moments of the eponymous character’s heartbreak and self-realization.

Read More:Greta Gerwig Reveals Inspirations for ‘Lady Bird,’ From ‘American Graffiti’ to ‘Carrie’ and More

Gerwig revealed to Seth Meyers that the script included all of the music cues, including Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” and Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket,” and that she personally wrote letters to the three musicians in order to request permission to license their tracks. Meyers printed out these letters and shared them with the audience, and let’s just say they are incredibly adorable.

The writer-director told Matthews that “Crash Into Me” was the “most romantic song ever”:

Gerwig wrote
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Coming-of-Age Dramas Make Mad Dash for Awards Season Glory

Coming-of-Age Dramas Make Mad Dash for Awards Season Glory
The coming-of-age genre is nothing new to Oscar season. From recent best picture nominees “Juno” and “An Education” to classics such as “Dead Poets Society” or “American Graffiti,” the universal truths discovered in those years between teenager and young adult have enthralled audiences and Academy members for most of its history. This year has brought a number of acclaimed new entries into the coming of age pantheon, including Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name.”

Set in Sacramento in 2002, “Lady Bird” follows the title character (Saoirse Ronan) though her senior year of high school as she navigates young love and a desire to attend college in New York City, a proposition her mother (Laurie Metcalf) doesn’t see as a realistic goal.

“Someone’s coming of age is someone else’s letting go and I always wanted the movie to be just as focused on the letting go,” Gerwig says. “Because
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Greta Gerwig Reveals Inspirations for ‘Lady Bird,’ From ‘American Graffiti’ to ‘Carrie’ and More

Greta Gerwig Reveals Inspirations for ‘Lady Bird,’ From ‘American Graffiti’ to ‘Carrie’ and More
Later this week, fans of Greta Gerwig’s wholly charming brand of cinema are in for a very big treat when her solo directorial debut “Lady Bird” arrives in limited release. Already lauded on the festival circuit and considered something of an Oscar contender in a slew of categories, the film draws much of its inspiration from Gerwig’s own coming-of-age in suburban Sacramento. Featuring Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous Lady Bird (sure, her birth certificate says “Christine,” but the whipsmart high school senior doesn’t have much time for such restrictions), the film follows the restless teen as she comes to grips with the push-pull of home, family, friends, and boys, all as she’s about to go enter full-scale adulthood.

While Gerwig has been a bit cagey on the exact parallels between Lady Bird and herself (at a recent New York Film Festival press conference, the filmmaker said,
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John Mollo, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costume Designer, Dies at 86

John Mollo, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costume Designer, Dies at 86
John Mollo (pictured to the left), the costume designer who brought to life Ralph McQuarrie and George Lucas’ conceptual vision for Star Wars, has died. He was 86.

His death was reported in The Times of London.

A military history expert, Mollo had never seen a science-fiction film before agreeing to meet with Lucas, who was planning his third feature after his Oscar-nominated American Graffiti (1973).

“We discussed a few concepts when I joined the team, and George had a clear vision of what he was looking for. He liked the idea of the baddies having a fascist look about them, with...
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Canon Of Film: Rebel Without A Cause

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look at the James Dean classic, ‘Rebel Without a Cause‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Director: Nicholas Ray

Screenplay: Stewart Stern; adapted by Irving Shulman, from a story by Nicholas Ray

When I was 12-years old, I don’t know exactly what it was that possessed me to do so, but I sat down one night and watched ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ I was into old-time 50s nostalgia, such as ‘Grease,’ and ‘Happy Days,’ and decided to see this movie and the James Dean persona/image that influenced many of that decade. Yet, what I found was something else that day. the realization that a film could reveal hidden messages, meanings, and metaphors that aren’t just what the film is about. I remember it distinctly, Jim Backus, who you
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Orlando’s Spooky Empire Convention to Feature Cast Members from the New It Movie

Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:

Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night,
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