original star wars casting

Tuesday’s Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement made international headlines. The world stopped and looked at the photo posted on Star Wars.com featuring returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and new additions like John Boyega and┬áDaisy Ridley. That’s partially because social media has changed how we digest news and also because fans have wanted to see what’s next since 1983.

Things were a tad different in 1975 when the cast for a film then called The Star Wars was announced. Small blurbs in Box Office Magazine, the LA Times and Variety revealed to the world little known actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were going to be in an ambitious sci-fi film from the guy who did American Graffiti.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences dug deep into their archives and posted those original Star Wars casting announcements online. Check them out below. Read More »

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RealD has inked a deal to expand it’s Digital 3-D experience to an additional 200 screens (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and more). Disney’s March 30th release of Meet the Robinsons will use the technology.

A heavyweight annual human rights report issued by the State Department lists Borat as a victim of censorship. The report cited Borat’s loss of his Kazakh webpage www.borat.kz in late 2005 alongside court cases and limits on free speech faced by the few domestic media critical of Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kevin Smith’s London Q&A sold out so quickly that they’ve added a second show on Thursday April 5th.

Charlie’s Angels co-stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz are considering working together again on a remake of the classic 1940s Betty Davis film, Old Acquaintance.

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Last September, Microsoft announced a collaboration with director Peter Jackson on several videogame projects, including one related to Halo. Microsoft executive Shane Kim revealed Jackson’s project would be one of two episodic series they’re working on, while speaking at Game Developers Conference: “Our deal with Peter is not about a film guy who wants to make video games. We’re in the design phase now. The first series will be set in the Halo universe. In addition to this deal, Jackson continues to executive produce the currently on hiatus Halo feature film.”

The brown hooded cloak worn by Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars film, sold for $104,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder on March 6 in a London auction. Someday I will have disposable income.

Magnolia Pictures has served Google (ie YouTube) with a subpoena requesting the identities of users who uploaded copyright-infringing content: “We’ve had a real problem with it,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Our films ‘The Host’ and ‘Jesus Camp’ have been up there many times. There’s software that can find pornography — that they seem to be able to take down.” Mark Cuban fails to realize that copyright infringement is much less damaging to our youth than hardcore pornography. I kid, I kid.

The Departed bumped Flushed Away from the top spot on the national DVD sales charts. I know I bought a copy.

Daniel Craig has told film bosses to cover him up in the next James Bond movie. A source tells the Daily Express, “Daniel was a little uncomfortable at the amount of nudity he had to do.” “He appreciated that a lot of it was to win over the female fans but it’s not something he wants to make a habit of, no matter how good he looks in his trunks.”

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