Harrison Ford is 71 (but lets face it, he doesn’t look a day over 57) and both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas think it might be time to fill the fedora with a more youthful head of sandy brown hair. Now, half of male Hollywood just called their tailor, hoping to be fit for their own beige suit to audition in. Which begs the question: who will be the Sean Young of this situation?
Forbes Magazine, probably the world’s best known financial publication–famous for it’s listings of the planet’s wealthiest and most powerful denizens–gave the nod to Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee, ranking him as the 9th most influential celebrity on Earth. (more…)
Two years. A little less than two years till we finally get to see this thing called Star Wars Episode VII. What do we know? Nothing really. J.J. Abrams is directing, Kathleen Kennedy is producing, and Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are re-workng the script written by Michael Arndt. Details? Fuggedaboutit! But one of the Hollywood trade publications took the weekend opportunity to have a rumor dump of all the latest speculative casting for the film, from those already mentioned, to those we’ve yet to hear associated with the project, to the original actors who may, or may not, have bigger parts in the expanded franchise. (more…)
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.