The trend of releasing old teasers and trailers for the original Star Wars movies continues over at the Star Wars YouTube channel. This time around it’s the teaser for George Lucas‘ Revenge of the Jedi. You can really see the early evolution of Hollywood trailers when compared to yesterday’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Teaser. (more…)
I’m going to take this opportunity to admit something that won’t make me popular amongst my fellow nerds: I actually kinda like Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Seriously. It’s hardly perfect, sure–but it’s a lot of fun, and in some ways superior to Temple Of Doom (at least the female lead isn’t a shrieking harpy who got the job by boning the director).
But even I readily admit that the famous “Nuked Fridge” scene is 50 pounds of bullshit in a 30 pound bag…..and guess who agrees with this?
Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford. (more…)
A lot of people give credit to Disney for getting the ball rolling in terms of producing more Star Wars movies, but would you be surprised to hear that George Lucas was actually toying with the idea a short time before the Walt Disney Company came a knockin’? Well, it’s true, at least according to George Lucas’ own son, Jett Lucas.
In an interview with Flicks and the City (via Mashable), Jett Lucas lets us into the behind the scenes stuff leading up to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Beginning with the revelation that his father has already working on Episode VII before Disney came calling.
One of the complaints about the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and there were many) was how all the computer generated imagery gave the movies a very artificial feel, which was bizarre seeing as how the original Star Wars film popularized the production design concept of the “lived-in” future look. Well J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Episode VII, is keenly aware of that fact, and he’s talking about the issue in a new interview.
“It’s been nice seeing how important ['Star Wars'] is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people,” Abrams said while talking to EW about his new series Almost Human (via Coming Soon). “We all know that [George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Not an easy task, as Abrams himself noted. “It’s going to be an evolving thing,” he adds. “I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
But as Abrams struggles with ensuring the right tone, the internet continues its casting speculation merry-go-round. Today, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo are up for roles according to Latino Review (via /Film), who say that Jordan met with Abrams himself, while Oyelowo “went in” to read for a part. It’s not know what part that is, or even if Jordan and Oyelowo are up for different parts. Maybe they’re even up for the same part given their ethnicity.
What is interesting though is that both young men were in the George Lucas-produced World War II project Red Tails, and both are on the verge of being big stars in their own right. Jordan appeared in the critically-acclaimed summer film Fruitvale Station and is reportedly up for the role of the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four remake, while Oyelowo is currently appearing in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and is part of the sprawling cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film Interstellar.
Again take all casting rumors with a grain of salt because more than likely, they’ll turn out to be completely untrue. But don’t expect us to stop speculating!
More news as it develops.
This latest piece of awesome brings a bit of the past back to us in the form of some interviews with a few of the movie industry’s greatest. Some people over at Cinephilia and Beyond managed to track down an old TV special, hosted by the still-living Siskel and Ebert and featuring the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. It’s about 48 minutes long, but totally worth the watch for any serious film fan. After nearly 25 years, these guys are still spot-on with many of things they have to say. Check it out below:
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.
Last year Belated Media took a crack at fixing the problems as they saw them in George Lucas‘ Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Now they’re back with a look at how those changes would have rippled through and effected Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
The first treatment took Jar-Jar Binks out of the Star Wars equation right off the bat, watch the video to see what other characters might get the axe, or perhaps gain even greater roles in Belated Media’s re-imagining of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, then let us know what you think in the comments section below.
This time on The BastardCast, Jeremy, Jason, and habitual guest Matthew Jackson discuss the latest Batman casting rumors (and Jason’s desperate desire to be Robin), why Johnny Depp should care a little more and suck a little less, and why Peter Capaldi will make a better Doctor Who than a marzipan dildo.
Also on the show: Boba Fett’s new reality TV show, why The Flash sounds like a kinder, fast moving version of Dexter, how DC Entertainment and the ani-Maniacs over at Warner Bros. need to grow a pair and not screw the Flash TV show up, and visual confirmation that Gustavo Fring is alive, well, and still making dope-ass chicken fingers in New Jersey.
Do you need more? Apparently, so did Bruce Willis, because Sly Stallone has taken to twitter in a manly way to possibly diss his former co-star while also announcing that Harrison Ford is entering The Stallone Zone to star in Expendables 3: Rise of the Hernia Sling.
Still not enough? Alright, alright, Harrison Ford also lays out his idea of an acceptable Indiana Jones swan song, Karl Urban gets an offer from one of the boys that he will surely refuse after urging the Star Trek creative team to embrace exploration, and George Lucas‘ dirty little secret about also being Michael McDonald is revealed thanks to “The Butter Song”.
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The BastardCast: Held down from Nerdist-like podcast-y glory by those damn American critics.
In this modern age, the two worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars are being brought closer together by director J.J. Abrams’ work on both these iconic franchises. But there was a time, a much darker time, when fans of either series took to the streets in bloody conflict, each claiming that his God was stronger. But regardless of whether Abrams will create peace in the stars, it looks like the debate may be over. For George Lucas himself has officially given props to Star Trek and stated that he never would have made it if it wasn’t for Gene Roddenberry’s creation.
So what exactly did the almighty master of butter sculpture have to say?
Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders. There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it… that it wasn’t that far out. For the studios it was way far out, [they said] ‘what is this?’, but there was a fanbase out there — primarily the Star Trek fanbase — who understood sci-fi, understood visual sci-fi, and was ready for something like this (Star Wars) to be in the feature arena.
The interview above is a smaller part of a much greater Star Trek project known as Trek Nation, a look into Rod Roddenberry’s (also known as the littlest Roddenberry) experience with the franchise created by his father. The two-DVD Trek Nation is available now and features other interviews with other famous folks, including the likes of Stan Lee and the Abrams, all chatting about Star Trek.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
The Graham Norton Show is a fantastic talk show that always seems to bring out the crazy in its guests. Samuel L Jackson was recently on the show and told the story of how he talked George Lucas into creating Mace Windu for him and how Windu ended up with that iconic purple lightsaber blade. It seems that Jackson wanted people, and himself, to be able to pick Windu out of the huge, crowded fight scene amidst all those green Jedi blades.
Jackson goes on to describe some changes he made to the lightsaber prop, the addition of the inscription: “Bad Motherf**ker.” That makes sense though it has to match the wallet he carries around.
What do you think? Did he live up to the inscription? Many fans are of the opinion that Mace survived the fall in that final battle. Anyway you look at it, he was a bad mother . . . Shut your mouth . . . I’m just talkin’ bout Windu.