‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Crew Announced

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As the Disney earnings call approaches, Disney finally decided to announce publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are busy working on the current screenplay. (If you havent yet, read more about that here.) But the press release also featured details of the crew that is on board for the upcoming sequel. Lets take a look at the list of names after the jump.

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Some of you may have seen scraps of the screen debut of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back who became one of the most popular Star Wars characters, despite originally having very little screen time. But for those who haven’t caught it, this is a great glimpse into the development of the character.

The video below, from 1978, shows editor Duwayne Dunham dressed in a pale prototype of the armor (designed by Joe Johnson), with sound designer Ben Burtt narrating an overview of the character.

For casual Star Wars fans, the most interesting bit of the video below won’t be the character’s look, but one intent behind his design. There was a point where Boba Fett was considered as a character who could make personal appearances — dress anyone up in the costume, with that slightly altered radio voice, and they could be Boba Fett. Like a slightly less evil-looking companion to Darth Vader, and a potential Star Wars mascot. Things worked out a bit differently, but not in a bad way for the bounty hunter, at least until he got to Tatooine. Read More »

Paramount and LucasFilm announced the fall release of the four-film Indiana Jones Blu-ray collection earlier this year, and now we’ve got a date for the set: September 18.

We don’t have a specific breakdown for the extras included in the set, but the press release, which you can read in full below, promises “a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.” More important, Raiders of the Lost Ark was “meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel,” supervised by director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Read More »

Movie Review: Wall-E

This review has two spoilers and they are labeled as such in the article.

If that twat Leona Helmsley had seen Wall-E she probably would have left $8 billion to an unkempt robot trash compactor. Or by default Pixar. The nonpareil animation studio’s ninth film is arguably their best, a touchstone for the current culture that will outlive us all and make its way into lonely, lonely space one day strapped beside There Will Be Blood. I’m not overlooking the “contrarians’” views of the film either; Wall-E is definitely a hypocritical vacuum of sorts, vaulting its strong wake up, shape up and save-us-all-from-Wal-Mart message into millions of laps dampened by extra large sodas, fast-food flatulence and sweaty anticipation for an endless sea of Wall-E merch.

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VOTD: The Making of WALL-E

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The Making of WALL-E by Disney

The Pitch: Last month we posted the b-roll footage from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to show you a bugs eye view of the behind the scenes production of a movie. Today I bring you the B-roll footage from the making of WALL-E. And while they are technically the same thing, the WALL-E footage is completely different because of the way the animation process works. It’s also fascinating to see the guys at Pixar making the magic. The first clip (above) shows concept art creation, environment design, Stanton directing the animators (a must watch), creating the music and sound design and Roger Deakins consulting the cinematography. The second clip (below) focuses on Stanton’s directing of the voice cast and the computer design work that went into creating some of the characters.

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I can’t yet begin to tell you what II thought of Pixar’s WALL-E. Unfortunately I am embargoed against telling you exactly how much I loved the film. Disney is ramping up their marketing, and has released a bunch of videos that are worth checking out. First up is a featurette called “Pixar Goes Space Age” which takes a look at the design, tone and cinematography of space in the film. One thing revealed is that Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins actually worked on the film as a visual consultant. Deakins was responsible for the great cinematography in Assassination of Jesse James, No Country for Old Men, and In the Valley of Elah last year, for which he was nominated for two Academy Awards.

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IGN has a featurette called “A Space Journey In Sound” which focuses on the incredible sound design of Academy Award winner Ben Burtt, best known for as the father of R2-D2 (as he did the sound design for the Star Wars films).

Three new WALL-E vinettes are being aired in Brazil: one focusing on baseball, another on dancing, and a third where WALL-E gets to close to the video camera. Check them out below (via: Pixar Blog).

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Meanwhile, Empire recently premiered four new British movie posters. I never thought I’d see an animated character playing with a Bra on a poster for a Disney animated release:

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