Former James Bond star Roger Moore recently visited the set of JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. During a BBC radio broadcast, the actor briefly talked about seeing an ice planet set built on one of the Pinewood sound stages. Read the full transcript with Moor talking about his visit to the Star Wars Episode 7 ice planet set, after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember the lowly cassette tape, get funky with an old school space station, delve into short story, try and make an effort with the family, and look at western music through the eyes of Japan.
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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.
Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.
Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »
The latest series to go into development for HBO is In America, a project that sees writer/director Jim Sheridan returning to the subject of his 2002 film of the same name. The feature In America garnered three Oscar nominations, for Samantha Morton as Best Actress, Djimon Hounsou as Best Supporting Actor, and Jim Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten for Best Original Screenplay. Now those same three family members are developing the In America TV series. Read More »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: Laurent Durieux’s awesome Back to the Future Part III print.
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You’ve seen the Batman v Superman Batmobile, but what does it sound like? Which star posted a photo from the set of Ant-Man? Want to watch the first few minutes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2? How does Brandon Routh feel about Superman Returns? What superhero memorabilia does Jerry “The King” Lawler have? Is there a way to make any candle into a Batsignal? Did someone remake the Ant-Man Comic-Con scene in storyboards? the Read all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
The most unexpected Marvel character to hit cinema screens this summer has been Howard the Duck, who originally starred in his own George Lucas-produced film in 1986. Now there’s some concept art that shows one of the early visions for the new cinematic incarnation of the cigar-chewing duck — see the Howard the Duck concept art below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Angelina Jolie‘s directing career is heating up fast. It was just three years ago that she debuted her first filmmaking effort, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and her second, this December’s Unbroken, is already getting great buzz. She’s working on her third film By the Sea as we speak, and now she’s gone and booked her fourth.
Skydance Production has just signed Jolie to helm Africa, scripted by Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) based on the true tale of paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey. Hit the jump for more about Angelina Jolie directing Africa.
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