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Christopher McQuarrie Gets Verbal On The Usual Suspects

Below is  a brilliant in depth interview with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on his break out Sundance success, The Usual Suspects. If you still haven’t seen it, spoilers abound! Christopher McQuarrie was born in 1968 in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended high school with director Bryan Singer. He spent his first year out of […]

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BTTF’s De Lorean: Hot Shit Time Machine

There are many iconic modes of transport in the movies, but few as memorable and out there as the Back To The Future series’ DeLorean time machine (although possibly not as out there as original idea, a refrigerator – dropped in case kids emulating their hero got stuck inside). Created by Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), […]

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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Do Or Do Not. There Is No Try – Yoda Puppeteering Documentary

After the success of his Return Of The Jedi Filmumentary short (has he coined a unique term for these shorter form docs yet?) “Slimy Piece Of Worm-Ridden Filth” on the puppeteering of Jabba The Hutt, Jamie Benning has turned his attention to Yoda. Dave Barclay was chief puppeteer on Jabba The Hutt. He was 19 […]

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James Cameron Avatar Interview

“Nothin’s over while I’m breathin!” Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch snarled in Avatar, just before he took two Na’vi arrows to the chest. Or indeed, while he continues to breath (or does he?) in the sequels – writer, producer, director James Cameron has announced he’s back on board, in one way or another: “I’m not going to say […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens WGA Q & A

The following is the transcript from a recent Writer’s Guild of America Q & A with the team behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – director J.J. Abrams, and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, moderated by Anthony Breznican. Spoilers below I feel like this year we had like an extra holiday. We had Thanksgiving, […]

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Intermission Talk To Filmumentary Creator Jamie Benning

We’re pleased to share with you a new interview with our friend Jamie Benning, via a great new site, Intermission (you can also follow them on Twitter). Jamie as you should now by now, creates “Filmumentaries” unique takes on some of our favourite films, like the original Star Wars saga, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and […]

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Slaves To The Empire – Vintage Rolling Stone piece with The Empire Strikes Back Cast

There’s a great new piece in the latest issue of Rolling Stone with all the major players, new and old, behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – J J Abrams, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley. You can read it here but I thought it would be fun to […]

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Interview: Chela Cannon, 2001 A Space Odyssey’s Receptionist To The Stars

Below is a great interview with Chela Cannon , the receptionist on the space station that Dr Floyd docks with in 2001: A Space odyssey, reproduced from 2001 Italia Blogspot.  See here also for early alien concepts that never made it into the film. The piece is translated from Italian “You remind me of a young Leslie Caron”: […]

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Interview: Dan Richter, 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Moonwatcher

Recently by chance I discovered Dan Richter, chief  choreographer and lead performing man-ape “Moonwatcher”, from the Dawn Of Man segment of 2001: A Space Odyssey, is on twitter. I contacted him through his website and he very kindly agreed to give the readers of Cinetropolis some insight into his experiences working on Stanley Kubrick’s seminal […]

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