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The Making Of Super 8

Apropos of Star Wars Episode VII wrapping, here’s a look at the making of Super 8, considered a JJ tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “suburban phase”. Another instance, after George Lucas, of the director getting to walk a mile in his idol’s shoes. Spielberg told Empire magazine: “JJ made a very modern movie, but at the […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Scoundrel’s Mantle

With each further glimpse of Star Wars The Force Awakens it’s clear that there is no reset button in the galaxy far, far away to a peaceful Republic redux. Indeed, with the revelation that Luke Skywalker is missing, and there is a sort of “death cult” that idolises Darth Vader, led by the sinister Kylo […]

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Guilty Pleasures: After Earth

After Earth was almost universally derided as “the worst film of 2013” a vanity vehicle for Will Smith, or more precisely, his son Jaden, and a flat, empty spectacle, ploddingly directed by M. Night Shyamalan, thrown a bone by Smith after a string of self-created disappointments. Co-written by Gary Whitta, it seemingly follows computer game […]

I was wrong about Star Wars

It was something I used to whisper, embarrassed, ashamed, feeling as if my opinion would see me cast out as a social leper – I don’t like Star Wars. Now, this might not sound like a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but I’m a nerd. Most of my friends are nerds. I […]

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Space Oddity: The Black Hole

  Now that Disney have bought Lucasfilm, will they plough ahead with their intended remake of Star Wars’ coat trailer, The Black Hole, or consign this imitators memory to the dustbin of history? The success of Star Wars took Hollywood by surprise in 1977, and suddenly science fiction films were hip again. Disney dusted off elements of 20,000 […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Return Of The Jedi’s “Jedi Rocks”

Imagine Martin Scorsese  takes the head staggers and makes an anniversary redux of his crime classic, Mean Streets. Harvey Keitel’s Charlie looks up from his drink as De Niro’s Johnny Boy enters the hellishly red tinted bar in atmospheric slow-mo, only, instead of being accompanied by the amazing Jumpin’ Jack Flash, his debut is marked by Elton John’s uptempo I […]

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Indiana Jones 4 And Echoes Of The Past

“It’s like poetry, it rhymes” – Creator George Lucas, not content with his Star Wars Ring Cycle, also got Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg in on the act, casting back to earlier films in the series with many shots and set-ups in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.  Roll VT… Originally posted 2015-09-09 17:04:02. Republished by […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reels

Via The Art Of VFX, here is a great effects reel showcasing ILM’s VFX work on Star Wars The Force Awakens. Did you know that out of 2,500 shots in the film, the majority of those had some amount of digital effects? Studio Daily has an interesting interview with the effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. In […]

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Empire Of Dreams: Star Wars Documentary

Some kind soul has posted the George Lucas approved doc Empire of Dreams from the DVD release of the original Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy online, so we thought we’d share it with you here. The documentary covers his early career and follows him through the difficult making of the original Star Wars trilogy. It […]

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Sir Alec Guinness and Michael Parkinson Discuss Star Wars in 1977

Below we have Sir Alec Guinness’s first UK television interview to publicise Star Wars in 1977 with the then king of chat shows, Michael Parkinson. He is effusive and full of praise for the film and its creator George Lucas, deeming it to be have “a marvellous, healthy innocence”. Of course in his diaries Guinness […]

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