Thursday, 24 July 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: BIKER SCOUT SKIRMISH!


With no time to enjoy the spacious beauty of the wild Endor forest, Princess Leia soon has a rough ride fighting Imperial Biker Scouts. Fortunately, she'll soon have a "little" help, in this scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

BEHIND THE SCENES: JUST RESTING MY EYES!


In between action rehearsals for EPISODE III at the FOX STUDIOS, Australia in 2003, Ewan McGregor enjoys some forty winks time whilst his trusty stunt double Nash Edgerton goes through some upcoming moves with Nick Gillard, for Obi-Wan's Boga-riding chase against General Grievous.

With thanks to Ian Trussler for the image.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

COMING SOON: STAR WARS ART: POSTERS


The next in the superb and lavish STAR WARS ART portfolio celebration books from J.W. Rinzler, LUCAS BOOKS and Abrams publishing, coming this October 2014- featuring poster art foreword/introduction contributions from legends Drew Struzan and Roger Kastel.

Can't wait to see what rare goodies will be in this one!

Here's the product blurb:

Few pieces of artwork distill the passion for Star Wars as do posters. From Tom Jung's iconic one-sheet for Episode IV to Roger Kastel’s Gone with the Wind–inspired painting for Episode V and beyond, Star Wars has enjoyed nearly four decades of poster art from some of the most renowned artists working in movies. The fifth book in the George Lucas–curated Star Wars Art series, Posters collects the best artwork from all six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and limited-edition prints. This collection unites all of the action, artistry, and drama of a galaxy far, far away into one lavishly produced tome.  

AFICIONADO PREVIEW: STEVEN SPIELBERG - 'THE SOUTH BANK SHOW ORIGINALS'

Master of fantasy: Steven Spielberg - in 1982 conversation with THE SOUTH BANK SHOW. Image: SKY ARTS 1/LWT.

James Cameron may have joyfully self-proclaimed himself "King of the World" back in 1997 for the incredible success of ship meets iceberg drama TITANIC, but director and entrepreneur Steven Spielberg pipped him to the post long before, what with his into the eighties quadruple whammy box office blockbuster hits of JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (his first collaboration with friend of many years, George Lucas), and, by 1982, the phenomenally popular, a boy and his inter-galactic Lassie, long-time box office number one reigning E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. It was in that very special and iconic year that the UK's top television arts programme, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW, fronted and edited by Melvyn Bragg, managed to catch Spielberg for a very insightful and memorable interview about his life and career up to that point. Never previously repeated after its original ratings-winning, late Sunday-night airing, parts of that terrific programme have now been put together by its original presenter for a half-hour retrospective, within a special classics revisited season (bearing the moniker "Originals"), airing on the UK's SKY ARTS 1 HD programme next Thursday 31st July, 2014, at 9.30pm.

This revised edition sadly misses out on the detailed look at the start of his television career (especially linked to projects like NIGHT GALLERY- his famously acknowledged directing of Joan Crawford at such a young age, and the incredible on the map success emerging from his nightmare road movie DUEL), though his interest in films from a very early age is included (literally recreating indelible scenes with his toys (especially trains!), filming them to notable effect). From there, we then pretty much go straight to the main four films that would make him such a seminal force in the industry, with showcase clips alongside Spielberg's talking about the genesis of each one, the selection of certain techniques to realize them, how certain classic scenes came to be, and how E.T. was his (then) most personal and relatable film to date. Spielberg is serious yet funny, intelligent and exuberant in this classic material- still the kidult and not yet the kind of settled and serious creative conglomerate he would be by the mid-nineties. Here's a guy who just loves making motion pictures that will genuinely entertain and live forever in people's hearts and as part of entertainment history. Flashing forward to the now, Bragg recalls his positive time and meetings with Spielberg, the American director already aware of the arts show critical reputation at that tine, and there's an additional contribution that will interest STAR WARS spin-off movie fans from rising star UK talent Gareth Edwards, the man behind the recent re-imagining of GODZILLA, talking on and off about his favourite Spielberg movie scenes and how he has been such an instrumental creative force in shaping his own career as a film-maker.

AFICIONADO REVIEW: Being honest, the original version of this "Original" could, and should, have been repeated in its entirety, but what's been selected within this half-hour is certainly enjoyable, informative, and well worth a look. 3 out of 5

OUT NOW IN UK PAPERBACK: 'ALIEN - SEA OF SORROWS'

Primal scream! The ALIEN franchise continues. Image: TITAN BOOKS.

Terror never dies, and neither does the Xenomorph threat-the true dark heart of the ALIEN film franchise- as the second of the all-new book trilogy from TITAN, officially authorised by 20th CENTURY FOX, arrives in mass-market paperback, featuring the debut of one of Ellen Ripley's descendants, caught in the machinations of the evil Weyland-Yutani company's latest bid to capture the creatures for themselves. Welcome to James A. Moore's intriguing and often quite blood-thirsty tale: Sea of Sorrows.

Check out the review here: KOOL TV REVIEW: 'ALIEN - SEA OF SORROWS' NOVEL

Get hold of it here: Alien - Sea of Sorrows (Book 2) (Alien Trilogy 2): Amazon.co.uk: James A. Moore: Books

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: READY FOR DEPARTURE!


Boba Fett's intimidating vessel, Slave One, stands ready on the Bespin landing pad to transport its valuable cargo - the Carbonite form of Han Solo- to Tatooine, and Jabba the Hutt!

A superb matte painting by Harrison Ellenshaw. Rumours are circulating that this ship may be appearing in EPISODE VII, and not necessarily used by Fett!

CLASSIC IMAGE: DEFINITELY NOT THE JEDI WAY!


Consumed by grief, hate and revenge, Anakin Skywalker unleashes his true potential for the Dark Side as he begins his one-man slaughter of the Tusken Raider tribe responsible for the torture and ultimate murder of his mother, Shmi, in this all-too brief "heart of darkness" moment from EPISODE II.

Monday, 21 July 2014

EPISODE VII: BACK TO THAT 'USED UNIVERSE'


J.J. Abrams gives us another visual treat for fans to take part in the Force for Change/UNICEF initiative linked to EPISODE VII. And what a treat it is: a proper look at an old/new blue-striped X-wing fighter, ready for take-off from the desert planet outdoor set of Pinewood Studios...

▶ Star Wars: Force for Change - An Update from J.J. Abrams - YouTube

Other news:
Harrison Ford hobbles on to private jet as broken ankle continues to heal | Mail Online
STAR WARS EPISODE VII Follow-Up: John Boyega’s Character Is… | Badass Digest
Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Revealed? | Movie News | Empire
Time skipping on the streets of London: Dispatches from the Episode VII cast | Club Jade
Star Wars: Episode VII cast for Brit Christina Chong | Mail Online

BEHIND THE SCENES: GRAPHICS GENIUS


Respected, Oscar-nominated British illustrator/set decorator Harry Lange, no stranger to fantasy environments with the likes of 2001 and numerous James Bond movies (including Moonraker), works on creating control panels for the Millennium Falcon cockpit (note the rounded reference layout papers to his side), at Elstree Studios 1976/1977, for the original STAR WARS.

The upcoming EPISODE VII version of the Falcon cockpit interior will apparently closely resemble the work he did on the first two films.

EPISODE I AT FIFTEEN: THE GENUINE "MENACE"!


His cloaked hood defining his twisted Dark Side scorn, manipulating the key events for EPISODE I, this intriguing image properly reveals the true visage underneath of Darth Sidious, aka Ian McDiarmid. I have a feeling that this was an early costume reference test image rather than what was eventually seen on cinema screens in 1999...

▶ Star Wars Ian McDiarmid Interview LFCC 2014 - Episode 7, Emperor Palpatine Spin-Off Movie & Theatre - YouTube
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