Saturday, 31 January 2015


Recently we took a look at the various cameos of Steven Spielberg in front of the camera. Well, his pal George Lucas has also shown his face a few times in the spotlights. We could come up with a few stills, to prove that.

Spielberg and Lucas worked together on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and maybe that's why the teamed up together in this cameo as well. Both directors portrayed missionaries, portrayed in the background, who are waiting at the airport, the moment Indy tries to escape Lao Che by plane.


Another cameo where George is barely visible and not recognizable at all, 
is his bit-part in Spielberg's Hook
In one scene we see a couple floating in the sky, kissing each other. 
This couple is made up of George Lucas and none other that Carrie Fisher.


Lucky for us, George's next came gives us a very clear look at him. 
The film is Beverly Hills Cop 3, and the scene is one where a couple comes forward, 
rather disappointed, that their day out has turned into something of a disaster. 


Next is a film directed by the beard one himself: Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones.
In this scene playing in the Senate, we see two grey men in the right upper corner, 
played by George Lucas and (co)producor Rick McCallum. 
In The Phantom Menace, we could see E.T. and a few members of his family, 
who had a cameo in a scene, similar to this one.


In Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, Lucas decided to give us value for money, 
as far as his cameo was concerned. 
This time he played a part that even ended up on the credits: Baron N. Papanoida.


See you next time.

Ronny

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Bob Iger Confirms Two Year Gap Between Star Wars VIII ans IX

Disney CEO Bob Iger took the opportunity at a shareholders meeting to confirm to the interested party and the rest of the world the (rough) dates for 'Star Wars VIII' and 'Star Wars IX.'

"As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019."

It's no surprise really as we kind of worked this our with a two year gap between movies (Star Wars The Force Awakens opens in cinemas on December 18th 2015.)  In the quote he also confirmed a standalone move next year 'based on these characters.'  Does he mean a character or two from The Force Awakens?

Our source for this Bob Iger quote came from GetYourGeekOn


More on Bob Iger
Disney's Bob Iger On More Indiana Jones 'We're Pacing Ourselves'
Disney Extends Bob Iger's Contract Until June 2016
New Image Of Millennium Falcon With Disney's Bob Iger

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Friday, 30 January 2015


Cars have always played an important part in the life of George Lucas, especially during his younger years, when he lived in Modesto, California .


As a college student George loved to race them and he even had plans to become a professional racer himself.


However an accident in 1962, that almost got him killed (he miraculously survived),
put an end to that thought. But he did make the headlines in the local newspaper (for the first time)
However, he would get his revenge...


He went on to become a filmmaker, and guess what: he found a way to get back at his past, 
by taking his own experience and using it in his first big hit: American Graffiti.


Because of the impact of that movie on the town and its inhabitants, the city council of Modesto wanted to pay tribute to George Lucas, and so the build this statuette to commemorate Modesto's most famous (ex-) inhabitant and his love for cars.

And what have we seen him participate in (again at last), in recent years ?


Let just wish him a safe drive.

Ronny

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George Lucas and Robert Redford Discuss The Current State Of The Movie Industry At The Sundance Film Festival

George Lucas and Robert Redford were at the "Power of Story: Visions of Independence" panel at the Sundance Film Festival with critic Leonard Maltin on Thursday afternoon.  The conversation ranged from their love for movies to their contributions to the movie industry.  At one point George Lucas talked about his movie empire that was created including ILM and Skywalker Sound.  Lucas said "In the process of  making Star Wars, there were no visual effects houses, so I had to make one...Everything I've ever done has been to make the process easier and to open up the imagination.  Every job in ILM has been created for a particular shot or a particular movie."

Independent movies were mentioned with passion during the conversation with both guests showing their love for this aspect of film making.  George Lucas expressed his feelings by saying independent film making is more exciting than the current mainstream industry, and criticised the main stream movie industry and likened to a "circus" that is more concerned with spectacle than story.

Lucas hit back at criticism that Star Wars was the catalyst for the huge blockbuster culture and lack of substance.  He said, “If you go into ‘Star Wars’ and see what’s going on there, there’s a lot more substance than circus.”

He did hint, however at the early decision to have the rights to the distribution of toys and merchandise and said "all the money is in the action figures.”

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when the subject moved on to the current state of culture George Lucas seemed rather puzzled with the current state especially with the 'Youtube culture'

“I would never guess people would watch cats do stupid things all day long,” said Lucas.

Robert Redford praised George Lucas during the talk saying, "What I admire about what [Lucas has] done is, he's been able to control his whole universe,...Not only is he going to make the film, he's going to come up with a way to handle the whole thing so he's not dependent on anybody."

Find out more about the Sundance Film Festival and George Lucas in attendance here.

More on George Lucas
George Lucas Hits Out At Critics Of Strange Magic
George Lucas On The Oscars - "It's a Political Campaign"
George Lucas Has Plans For Two More Movies.

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George Lucas Hits Out At Critics Of Strange Magic

"Strange Magic" Press Conference - George Lucas Cares Less About Critics These Days.

George Lucas seems to not care much these days when it comes to critics.  Speaking in Singapore last week to promote Strange Magic in which he wrote the story for, he took no time to criticise the critics  and those fans who dislike his movies.  The retired director said at a Lucasfilm building last week:

"I am not looking to make a hit movie...I'm just doing something that I want for my own reasons. Some of them are hits, some are films that people like, and some aren't. For me, the real reason is doing it... obviously, I've done some films that haven't worked and I have done a lot of films that have worked," he said.

Talking about the press George Lucas said, "the audience and the press have different opinions about everything...My worst reviewed movie was Star Wars, and it seemed to be the best," he said with a cheeky smile on his face.

Find Out About "The Creatures & Cast of Strange Magic" Here

Regarding Strange Magic George Lucas added, "This is not a giant-budget movie. It was done because I wanted to have fun doing it."

He went on to explain how the bad guys in Strange Magic haven't been turned into cute characters even though it's aimed at children.  "It's edgier than a Disney animated film... but when you look at other kids' movies - in Star Wars, Anakin has his face burnt off - I don't think they will make a more horrific movie for young people than Dumbo,"

No questions were allowed to be asked about The Force Awakens at the press conference.

More about "Strange Magic"

Strange Magic official website
Watch a Featurette for George Lucas's "Strange Magic" here
"Strange Magic" Director Has Nothing But Praise For George Lucas
George Lucas and Marius de Vries consider six decades of music’s best for the soundtrack to "Strange Magic"

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Star Wars Video Quiz

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Here's a quiz I put together for the Coffee With Kenobi team a few weeks back.  So far the best score I've seen is 9/10 by Mark Newbold.  The average score is around 4/10.  How many can you get?



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Richard Marquand Video Tribute

This is a short video tribute I created a few months back to honour Richard Marquand, the director of Return of the Jedi who in my opinion often gets overlooked for his contribution to the Star Wars universe.



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When the Steven Spielberg-produced scifi drama Extant returns to CBS this summer, it will count Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a regular cast member. Morgan will be playing a hard-drinking, womanizing "cop of the future" who has his life changed by Molly, played by Halle Berry.

Extant tells the story of an astronaut, played by Berry, who returns to Earth after an extended solo mission in space with an unexplained pregnancy that sets into motion events that will alter the course of human history. The show is produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

You can visit the show's official website at CBS.com/Extant.

Source: Variety

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Thursday, 29 January 2015


The viral site for Jurassic World is giving fans a first look at the mysterious new dinosaur, Indominus Rex. No worries - it doesn't give too much away, but it might give you some unsettling dreams...


Those teeth! Yikes...

Find out more about Indominus Rex at JurassicWorld.com.

Jurassic World poster art from DeviantArt.

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One of the most influential people in the film- and television business 
is celebrating her 61st birthday today.

Oprah Winfrey, or as she came to our attention almost 30 years ago this year: Miss Sofia.


Happy Birthday and lots of hugs from all of us.
(we asked Steven to deliver them on our behalf)

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Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to work with Steven Spielberg.  Some have been lucky enough to work with the director but for some it wasn't all plane sailing straight out of the box.  Take Edward Burns who talks about his time on Saving Private Ryan in his new book "Independent Ed" and in particular how nervous he was.  He admits that he 'botched' many takes:
He recalls Tom Hanks leaning in and whispering to him to calm down ("I've seen you act before, and this isn't acting!" he claims Hanks said). Yet despite several uncomfortable takes, Spielberg offered zero feedback, which terrified Burns.
"Most directors would have stepped in after my first botched take, offered some notes, and inadvertently rattled my confidence. But this wasn't Steven's approach with us. He allowed us several takes to figure things out for ourselves. So much that he didn't provide any direction for almost two weeks. We did our scenes in two or three takes and then moved on. No feedback. No nothing. The cast figured he hated what we were doing and speculated which one of us would be fired first." 
Spielberg started to give direction a few weeks later. But his early silence wasn't for nought. It was a strategy to help his actors find their respective ways on their own. According to Burns' account, Spielberg said: 
"I like to give my actors three takes to figure it out. If I step in after the first take and give you a note, especially with young actors, you'll hear me rather than your own voice.
Read more about Edwards Burns account on the set of Saving Private Ryan here.


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This week I want to take you back to 1975, the year a mechanical shark made headlines in Hollywood, kept the beaches empty and  cinema seats filled for a long time.

But three months before Jaws was released theatrically the magazine American Cinematographer devoted a large part of its March edition (including the cover) to the process of making this (until that moment) very unique film, mostly seen through the eyes of Bill Butler, Director of Photography.

Hope you guys like it (as much as I did and still do).





Unfortunately not all the pages were printed in color in those days.


But even the black and white ones are pretty great.




One might get hungry, watching Spielberg relaxing like that, in the mouth of Bruce..


Even though he was rather unknown at the time, Spielberg is quite often featured 
on the various stills and pages of the article


Three months after publication, Jaws made history, and summer would never be the same again.

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens teaser trailer. (in neon)

Watch a shot for shot remake of Star Wars The Force Awakens done with an easy on the eye neon effect.  Done by digital illustrator Neonardo





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