Just like the canceling of Anderson Cooper’s show on the day of Hurricane Sandy, another big news story managed to bury its lede yesterday under the rubble of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. So in case you were too busy donating blood, helping rescue workers remove debris and clear the roads, or staying in a dark, powerless apartment without wifi, get ready for a doozy: Disney has acquired LucasFilms. And they are getting ready to make a new Star Wars!
Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has announced a list of guests for tomorrow’s Triumph Awards. Those to be in attendance include stars like Diddy, Samuel L. Jackson, Tamara Tunie, and director George Lucas. Though Mr. Lucas, whose second Star Wars trilogy featured a crude racial caricature in the form of pidgin-speaking alien Jar Jar Binks, may seem Read More
Have you ever wondered what your favorite director thought about shooting on digital film? How about actress Greta Gerwig? Have you even considered what the indie actress thought the first time she heard the whirring sound of an actual celluloid camera? What of cinematographers and colorists—how interested are you in exploring their relationships? (Are they adversaries? Do they work as a team? Did they start out adversaries, but thanks to advances in technology, now work as a team?) Have you ever wondered how Keanu Reeves would sound saying such profound phrases as “film has helped us share our experiences and dreams,” or “by the 1980s, Avid had developed digital editing into a cost-effective, computer-based system”?
If the answer to any of the above is “yes—but only if fed to me through a 90-minute documentary”—then you are exactly the niche audience longtime production manager and part-time documentarian Chris Kenneally had in mind for his second feature-length film, Side by Side.
“I’ve long stated that I enjoy making money, and I enjoy giving it away,” T. Boone Pickens said in his letter pledging to give roughly $200 million to charity. “I like making money more, but giving it away is a close second.”
He is one of 40 super-rich people and families who, after Read More
The most striking thing about this year’s Oscars, other than that a female director finally won? The guys’ hair. There was George Clooney, whose longish (for him) do had a distinctly feathered quality in the front. Then there was James Cameron, whose soft, elongated bowl cut channeled ABBA, and was possibly blow-dried. But Mark Boal, Read More
If James Cameron’s Avatar is the most important movie of our time, shouldn’t it look a whole lot better than your typical cut scene from the latest edition of Final Fantasy? That was the first thought running through our heads as we watched the disappointing teaser trailer this morning. (We were Read More
Filmmaker George Lucas had a bit of a scare last week when a brush fire crept up to the edge of Skywalker Ranch, his 4,000-acre property in Nicasio, Calif.
The Marin County Fire Department received a call at 1:52 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, that a fire had started at the Banta House, an adjacent Read More
Star Wars versus Star Trek is a geek debate that has raged through enough stardates to fill up an entire captain’s log. But after years of fan conflict, it appears that J.J. Abrams finally figured out how to broker a peace between the warring sects: he combined the two franchises. Star Trek pulls off quite Read More
Gawker’s Richard Lawson points us towards a controversy brewing over this week’s 12th season premiere of Comedy Central’s South Park.
According to a post by Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke and one by Los Angeles Times Show Tracker blogger Todd Martens, some people—especially at Paramount—feel that South Read More
George Lucas is seeing dollar signs for his next project: turning all six Star Wars episodes into 3-D masterpieces. Cha-ching! Acccording to ComingSoon.net, DreamWorks Animations CEO Jeffery Katzenberg said Mr. Lucas floated the project in the past with no results. The team reportedly now has “the technical resources to pull it off.” Read More