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In case you haven't heard, the big news today is that Disney has just purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion and the studio is looking to release the long rumored, always anticipated, but never believed possible, Star Wars: Episode 7. We have no story details as to what characters we might follow, what adventures from the Expanded Universe could show up, but we can talk about the right kind of talent to bring Star Wars back to the bring screen in a way that George Lucas couldn't when he delivered The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Lucas mentioned passing Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers, and we've assembled a list of who we think should go into a galaxy far, far away. Read on!
Happy 50th Anniversary, James Bond! Since it's Global Bond Day leading up to the release of Skyfall, we wanted to feature a few more Bond-centric items to peruse. In addition to a number of outstanding tribute videos, two infographics on all things 007 recently hit the web. The first comes from sponsor H&R Block's blog, which outlines "50 Years of James Bond". It breaks down box office earnings per Bond actor, as well as villains and weapons and iconic Bond accessories (and their cost). Earlier this year we featured a huge Girls of James Bond infographic. Below there's also a beautiful "Best Bond" infographic made by Cristina Vanko.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Premium Rush finally hits theaters today after a long delay, and writer/director David Koepp's action thriller sees JGL take to the streets on a "fixie" bike with no brakes as he tears across New York City trying to deliver a mysterious package. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to highlight some other films in which the main characters cruise around on wheels, whether it be on BMX bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades, so hit the jump for a list of some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) that the subgenre of extreme sports movies on wheels has to offer. Check out our picks below!
Time to fire up the ole DVD player. Although you may need to find a 35mm projector for some of these. Film critics have been recently abuzz about a new set of lists put together by the BFI's Sight & Sound that again tries to take a shot at the Greatest Films of All Time. You can find the filmmakers' list online here (#1 is Tokyo Story), which is unique from the actual Top 50 list they made. Sight & Sound polled 358 of the world's greatest living directors and also ranked their films by votes. Not all the individual lists are out yet, but The Playlist got their hands on five All-Time Greatest Top 10 films lists from some noteworthy people.
Now that we've made our way into July, complete with the blockbuster release of The Amazing Spider-Man just in time for the holiday weekend, it's the halfway point. But there's plenty of movies to look forward to, especially for those who have been somewhat disappointed by the movies of the summer (see our own Brandon Lee Tenney's outlook on this year's duds). And so, there's no time like the present to look at some of the films slated to hit theaters in the second half of the year which still have our curious eyes watching closely. From The Dark Knight Rises to The Hobbit, there's plenty to be pumped for in the rest of 2012.
While the rest of the world is busy dealing with July 4th as another humpday, here in the United States, it's Independence Day. Plenty of people will be quoting Bill Pullman's speech from the sci-fi blockbuster of the same name, eating ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers, blowing stuff up and getting drunk, just as the founding fathers intended. However, I think we've celebrated enough to rub our victory in the faces of those who oppressed us from across the pond. Today, I say we celebrate our British brethren for being worthy opponents, and letting us have a day off, by watching some of their recent great films on Netflix Instant.
With the San Diego Comic-Con coming up this very month and Marvel's The Avengers Blu-Ray release announced recently, everyone's favorite superhero team-up film is back in the public consciousness. Joss Whedon wonderfully connected six costumed heroes—okay, Hulk doesn't really wear a costume, but you know what I mean—in one giant film, and it resulted in one of the year's most enjoyable movies. But what about films that feature crossovers that aren't of the heroic and costumed variety? Discounting superhero movies, let's take a look at some of our favorite character crossovers in movies of the modern era. Read on!
"Certainly the Alien franchise has given us some of the most memorable androids in history." With Ridley Scott's Prometheus, featuring Michael Fassbender as the android David 8 (introduced in this viral video), arriving in theaters over the next few weeks, it's the perfect time to delve into a character discussion with the co-writer of Prometheus — Jon Spaihts. A few weeks back we featured a world building, storytelling in-depth discussion with Jon, this time we talk characters. We discuss what makes androids so interesting in sci-fi stories, and which ones stand out the most to him in cinema history. Read on for his list and more!
Oh this is going to be good. You can always count on Quentin Tarantino to deliver a unique, potentially controversial, yet still reasonable list of his favorite films of the year. The Quentin Tarantino Archives has exclusively debuted his list of favorite films from 2011, and it's quite a unique pick this time. Last year he had some weird choices like Cyrus and Jackass 3-D, this time he tosses on Moneyball, Red State, Warrior, Young Adult, and the oddest of all, The Three Musketeers. He also lists a few of his other favorites, like director and screenplay, as well as his least favorites, which I've added below, too. Read on for the full list!
It's awards season, so here we go. The American Film Institute (AFI) announced (via Deadline) the official selections of AFI Awards 2011 – the awards season event favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition – that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film. They've named 10 of the "Movies of the Year", including Bridesmaids, The Help, J. Edgar, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life and War Horse, as well as two Special Awards: one for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist and one for the Harry Potter series. Congrats to all, a somewhat diverse yet respectful list of films this year.
I'm trying to keep it kinky! We're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric, quirky filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his top list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via twitter) and does indeed include Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In as his #1 favorite of the year, a "dark, twisted, beautiful, and, yes, funny shocker from the greatest director in the world." Great choice, but there's plenty more he's got including a few that'll will make you spit your milk, so read on for the full thing.
Now this is quite an intriguing list. Time Out NY recently published (via RopeofSilicon) what they dubbed the "50 most special effects of all time," which, I think, just means they've ranked the 50 movies that had the best special effects. Their only description is that it's a ranking of "the most awe-inducing moments of our dreams and nightmares." Okay, bring it on. These include all special effects, not just visual effects, so that means it has everything from King Kong to Them! to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Matrix and everything inbetween. As I said, it's quite a list, so check out the article. We've posted the full list below for discussion.
Not just anyone gets to work with iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg, let alone simply getting a meeting with the man behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and E.T. But aside from having a genuine filmmaker's eye and various levels of talent behind the camera like recent Spielberg collaborators J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Mchael Bay and more, what else do you need to work with the master? Well, rumor has it there's a list of 206 films known as The Spielberg Curriculum that is said put together by Spielberg himself which he feels any aspiring filmmaker must see to work with him. More info below.