Adding to the widely reported speculation that Chiwetel Ejiofor
is joining the cast, the BBC is reporting that open auditions for two of the lead roles in the next Star Wars film
are being held across Britain and Ireland in the next few weeks. Shooting is still slated to start in January
. The audition call tweet
gives details of the roles... [more inside]
Here is a follow up to a previous post: An interview with AD Harvey
, the man behind the Dickens meets Dostoevsky
hoax. [more inside]
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains how Star Wars has dulled the edge that made science fiction such a pertinent film genre.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away My Ass...
, Pt. Three [more inside]
The best Thanksgiving song for nerds ever.
In which geek comedy songsters Paul and Storm essay the things they are thankful for and ask whatever motivates the universe to take a moment and deliver a special message to your friend and mine, George Lucas. (NSFW language, but if you're in the US, hopefully you're not at work on Thanksgiving.)
Darth Vader yells 'Noooo."
From the Blu-Ray leak of Return of the Jedi. Why, George? SLYT.
Many would agree that the advent of CGI has made movies worse, not better. Blogger Gin and Tacos makes the argument eloquently
"The fundamental problem is that CGI, rather that being a tool that allows directors to explore new creative possibilities, just enables laziness."
In 2008, T: Magazine released a 12-part video series called "T Takes
," (Also on Youtube
) which featured up and coming indie and mainstream actors in short (2 - 3 minute) improvisational roles. A 6-part sequel series Brooklyn '09
was released the following year -- an episodic love story that was not as celebrity oriented. [more inside]
The sitcom Taxi
was inspired by two non-fiction articles that appeared in New York Magazine in September, 1975: Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet
and The Word from Belmore
, both by author, writer and journalist Marc Jacobson
. (Google Books: Original layout and photos
.) In 2004, he checked in with local cabdrivers
to see how things had changed for them after 30 years. As predicted, leasing did spell the end for the artist/writer/actor cabbie. [more inside]
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the movie's release, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
chronicles the complete tale—from pre-release to blockbuster success — of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series. Vanity Fair presents an excerpt from the book: rarely seen photographs from the Empire Strikes Back set, annotated with behind-the-scenes details
. They also have interviews with the book’s author, J. W. Rinzler
, and the man behind Boba Fett’s mask, actor Jeremy Bulloch
." On a lighter note, how about a Wampa Throw Rug
, new from the folks at ThinkGeek?
"George Lucas made "Star Wars"; but it was the fans who turned it into a seemingly undying worldwide phenomenon
. So I thought it appropriate to give them a prominent voice in the documentary
." The People vs. George Lucas premiered
at this year's SXSW
. Official Site
. FB page
The Tauntaun sleeping bag.
Adorable April Fool's joke from ThinkGeek triggers flood of demand. "We have decided to TRY and bring this to life. We have no clue if the suits at Lucasfilms will grant little ThinkGeek a license."
The "Raiders" Story Conference
In 1978 George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan spent five consecutive nine-hour days hashing out the characters and plot for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The 125-page transcript of their meetings, unreleased before now, details their insane
talent and techniques for populist storytelling. (It also makes one wonder what happened to George Lucas, a man who once had a math formula
for exciting cinema.) via Ain't It Cool News, unfortunately
The History of Mother 1 (NES)
In honor of the new fan translation of Mother 3 (or Earthbound for the GBA), I've decided to post an article explaining what ever happened to the English port of the first game in the Earthbound/Mother trilogy.
Since Georges Melies' 1902 'Trip to the Moon' cinema has been in love
with science fiction. The romance has been rocky
though, with many potential classics lost to spiralling budgets or studio whim. David Hughes the author of a new book, The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made
, shares his favourites with us - The Top 10 Greatest Sci Fi movies never made
Via The Times online
Global Warming Video, From Still Images
Twenty days. Twenty thousand still images. A single message. Toronto Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk captures the issue of global warming in a video
created entirely by using still images.
is a short film from Arthur Lipsett that has been discussed before
Did the roof of the Pantheon influence Copernicus?
Are the planets of the solar system aligned in accordance with a nearly-forgotten hypothesis known (unfairly) as Bode's Law
? A fascinating wide-ranging discussion on BLDGBLOG with Walter Murch
, the visionary editor and sound designer for such films as The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, THX1138,
and many others. [Murch's film work has previously been discussed here
151 Changes to The Empire Strikes Back
Frame by frame analysis of the original movie vs. the 2004 DVD. Mostly cleaning and sharpening, but also more
self-censoring on Lucas' part. [via]
Q. What was the worst program to ever air on U.S. network television that George Lucas has been trying to silence since its first airing?
A. The Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978 can be viewed HERE
Random highlights of this truly horrible program can be found here
. (.mov, ~5 min.)
"When George saw 21-87, a lightbulb went off".
" is an experimental film made in 1964 by Canadian
avant-garde director Arthur Lipsett
,who committed suicide in 1986
"George" is George Lucas, who was obsessed by underground movies until "a little movie called Star Wars lured him to the dark side
". (more inside)
is the winner of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards (as chosen by George Lucas). Did he get it right? Should it have gone to the very cool Gangsta Rap
? Or one of the other finalists
Let the disappointment begin!
Lucasfilm posted the teaser trailer to the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones today.