Posts Tagged ‘George Lucas’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Spotlight Premieres, Part 2

March 10, 2010

The film fiend stalking the streets of Austin has many questions. How does an episode of Saturday Night Live come together? How can I blast off into space? Was Thomas Wolfe right when he said you can’t go home again? What does Lemmy’s carpet smell like? Unlike anybody outside Austin City Limits from March 12 to March 20, the fiend has the answers within reach. They’re among the topics tackled head-on a series of features and documentaries getting their premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this year.

Read our SXSW Film Festival: Headliners preview here.
Read our SXSW Film Festival: Spotlight Premieres, Part 1 preview here.

Leaves of Grass

At long last, this adaptation of Walt Whitman’s … [please read the IMDB synopses you’re meant to be ripping off first – Ed.] Oh. Ed Norton follows in the footsteps of Jeremy Irons, Christian Bale and Nicholas Cage, playing identical twins in a thriller written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (O). Keri Russell and Melanie Lynskey are the lovelies who we hope get into the bed with the right Ed.

Lebanon, Pa.

The Pennsylvania town inspired the Sherlock Holmes mystery “The Red-headed League” and is the home of some legendary bologna. But it takes a funeral to lure big city ad executive Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town) back to his hometown. There he bonds with his teenage cousin and has the plastic scales lifted from his bourgeois eyes in writer-director Ben Hickernell’s film. With Mary Beth Hurt.

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Trailerama: The People Vs. George Lucas

February 4, 2010

THX 3381, American Graffiti, Star Wars … George Lucas was on quite a tear during the 1970s. The director’s space opera spawned a successful franchise and became a touchstone for a generation weaned on its toys. Lucas built his own empire from the returns and produced his share of stinkers, too. Both Howard the Duck and Willow bear his signature. Chief among his crimes against fanboy community he created, though, was the trilogy that began with The Phantom Menace. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary had the novel idea to put Lucas on trial, using testimony gleaned from Youtube videos posted by Star Wars obsessives. So when we say “novel,” really we mean “terrifying.” Screening at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

To the Edge of Pointlessness: Ghostbusters 3

March 29, 2009

ghostbustersDo fans actually sit down and say, “God, wouldn’t it be great if there was another Ghostbusters movie?” History has it that the original 1985 film made $238.6 million on its original release. The 1989 sequel made $112.4 million, suggesting fan enthusiasm had waned over the five years. No doubting the affection in which the first film is held: Rotten Tomatoes has it at 93% positive. Ghostbusters 2? A rating of 53% percent makes it an even blech.

This doesn’t reckon with the Ghostbusters zealot, who presumably has the tattoo, the home-made Proton pack, and the complete animated series on DVD. But now they’re bored. They crave more Venkman and Gozer. And, as MTV reminds us, the combination of an unproven wave of 1980s remakes (Beverly Hills Cop we can kinda understand, but Arthur? Seriously?) and the popularity of the supernatural demonstrated by Twilight, makes Ghostbusters ripe for exhumation. We already know No. 3 is in the works. Now GB vet Harold Ramis provides MTV with the details. How pretty is it?

“We’re all going to be in it in different kinds of roles,” Ramis said. “We’re going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters.”

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Your Hell of Hells: Star Wars Comes to TV

March 11, 2009

star-warsIf before you didn’t know or care who Rose Byrne was, now you will . She’s the actress who has spilt some minor beans on George Lucas‘ forthcoming TV version of Star Wars. According to MTV’s Movies Blog, the actress let slip during a junket for Nicolas Cage’s latest gift to the world, Knowing, that casting for Leave It to Georgehad indeed begin. One can imagine a horde of sleepy junketeers shaking themselves back awake at the news, but to be honest, we’re not entirely sure about the volume of Eric Ditzian’s scoop.

“During the junket for the Nicolas Cage thriller “Knowing,” star Rose Byrne let slip that Team Lucas is casting a wide net for actors to join the show. “A lot of my friends have been auditioning for it,” she said.”

So that “wide net” is roughly the circumference of Rose Byrne’s friends. We’d tell you who those friends are, but Rose won’t make us a buddy on her Facebook page. If you’re unimpressed by Lucas’ casting skills, Byrne doesn’t sound very excited either.
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Star Trek: Boldly Going Into Familiar Territory

March 6, 2009

With their emphasis on boot-knocking and bra-waving, previous trailers for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot suggested that the Enterprise crew would be going where The O.C.had boldly gone before. Those fanboys who fell for the original series’ plasterboard sci-fi or for The Next Generation‘s Shakespearean chops were going to have to get used to the fact that Kirk, Spock, and Uhura’s original four-year mission was getting sexed up. This is a Star Trek of the Darren Star variety. (Or more daringly, a Star Trek which acknowledges the series’ slash fiction spin-offs.)

The latest trailer adds a few more elements in the mix. The emphasis is more on action and special effects, although the space combat fights look a bit like Return of the Jedi, where George Lucas in his mad genius reasoned that if three tie-fighters were very cool, than three HUNDRED tie-fighters would be even cooler. He was right, but that was back in 1983. Now the space visuals just look cluttered. There’s meant to be a certain majesty in Mutt Jones–I mean, James Kirk–looking up at the nascent Enterprise, but it’s obscured by that network of scaffolding. Any general would throw up their hands at the chaos of the space battles, which are closer to Welles’ Chimes at Midnight than Kubrick’s Spartacus.

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