Every week there’s usually one major Star Wars story, but that doesn’t stop the smaller stuff from happening. That’s where Star Wars Bits comes in, and after the jump, you can read about the following:
- Electronic Arts says Star Wars video games won’t be direct movie tie-ins.
- Actor Jason Flemyng tweets what might be a script page for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is the latest actor rumored for the film.
- Glasgow Star Wars auditions have been postponed while Detroit had an incredible turn out.
- David Oyelowo is getting hammered with Star Wars questions.
- Watch an awesome Episode VII fan film called Star Wars: The Apprentice.
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The gang’s back, and they have a devious new leader in the three new trailers for next year’s Muppets Most Wanted. Kermit has been captured and replaced by the world’s most famous thief, Constantine. Will the Muppets figure it out? And how many cameos, to go along with leading roles from Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell, will it take to help them solve the case? Find out in the domestic, and two international, trailers below. Read More »
It’s official. The first character has been 100%, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII. It’s R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker on Tatooine so many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.
The Bad Robot twitter feed posted an image of R2 with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy last week, but today not only confirmed he’ll be in the film, they revealed he was built by two fans, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who met Kennedy at a Star Wars Celebration. Read more below. Read More »
Plenty of movies are made in studios, but Saving Mr. Banks is different. Besides shooting scenes inside sound stages, many scenes were shot outside at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, too, on the walking paths current Disney employees frequent going to work. That’s because those walkways are where the true story of P.L. Travers’ reluctance to let Walt Disney adapt Mary Poppins actually happened. And If you’re telling a true story, and have the ability to shoot in the actual locations, why wouldn’t you?
Disney obviously realized this awesome opportunity to screen a movie both where it was shot, but also where the story actually took place, and are opening their backlot to the public. For one week only, fans can purchase tickets to see Saving Mr. Banks at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Read More »
Next week, Disney will release their latest animated musical, Frozen, and it’s a film worthy of the Disney name. Funny, moving, and exciting, it’s going to be a film kids of all ages enjoy for years to come. However, when you go to the theater on November 27 to see Frozen, that’s actually the second best Disney film you’ll see that day. Attached to it is the short film Get A Horse. It’s an old school Mickey and Minnie Mouse short film recently unearthed by the Disney Archivists and converted to 3D. Below, you can see a spoiler-free clip from the film. Read More »
If Samuel L. Jackson can tell the world Elizabeth Olsen is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, maybe he can also tell us Mark Hamill isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII. Though the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker has reportedly been working out for a likely return to the series, Jackson spoke to him recently and Hamill told him director J.J. Abrams has not been in touch. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said the same thing to Jackson. Neither has had a phone call from the film’s writer, director and producer.
Does that mean there’s a chance Luke Skywalker isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »
Hayao Miyazaki‘s final feature film, The Wind Rises, just finished its Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA, and will be back in theaters for a full run in February. This first brief run of the film was a subtitled affair, preserving the original Japanese voice track. When the movie returns next year there will be a choice of subtitled and dubbed versions.
We’ve got a new trailer for the US release, but we don’t get to hear those performances. In fact, we don’t even know who the English voice actors are. The sound here is mostly via one of the film’s songs.
Therefore, while this trailer gives you some idea of a few visual flights of fancy that take place in the movie, as Jiro Horikoshi dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer and follows through to succeed at his goal, it does not let us hear much of the film’s stunningly unique sound design. I won’t be more specific, but the aircraft and natural events in this film don’t sound quite like you’d expect them to. Read More »
Need for Speed director Scott Waugh comes from a stunt family; his father was best friends with Hal Needham, the stuntman who directed Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper, and Waugh grew up around some of the most famous stunt work on film. During a visit to Waugh’s Bandito Brothers office to see some footage from his new movie, Waugh explained “My viewpoint is [the time] when car movies were amazing, in the ‘70s and ‘60s to the ‘80s. It was great, because it was all real, it was in-camera, the dudes really did it, I was there to witness it.” So his whole motivation with Need for Speed was not to create a CG-heavy video game movie, with unbelievable action, but to create a stunt movie with visual ties to the game.
“I’m all about practicality,” he said, “because I believe that, if you break the rules of physics of physics in stunt work, you break the rules of character jeopardy. If a car can jump off a moving train that’s 40 feet high and land and keep going, then a person can take a bullet and keep going, too.”
All of which to say is that, when making Need for Speed, nearly everything was done via practical means, with real drivers in the cars. “If a car crashes, it’ ain’t going anywhere” laughs Waugh. And as often as possible, it was Aaron Paul doing the driving. Watch a new trailer and read more about the making of the film below. Read More »
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