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Return of the Jedis?, ‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Black Swan’

The last time a new Star Wars trilogy was announced, I was still in college and could not be more happy for its return. But just a short time later, the absurdly bad “The Phantom Menace” was released and my disappointment could not have been measured. Yet, I was still confident the prequel trilogy could be rescued by the next two films. I was wrong. Although, a bit better “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” both featured muddled plots and hollow, lifeless acting.


Now, there’s a report from IESB.net that Lucasfilm is planning another Star Wars trilogy. The series would apparently fit some time after “Return of the Jedi”, but would not focus on anyone in the Skywalker clan. Instead, it would be a whole new set of characters that would not have to “fit” with the current mythology. According to the report, the new movies would not come out until after ALL of the 3D re-releases were completed. That puts the release date around 2017/2018 if the 3D re-releases come out one a year as previously announced. So, not any time soon. And all that being said, Lucasfilm has denied the report. But that doesn’t really mean anything.


Since, the prequel trilogy has left me extremely skeptical, I’m not super-excited at the prospect of a new set of films. Sometimes less is more and this pony has already trotted out some pretty good tricks. However, if the concept is right, I may jump on the bandwagon.

A few suggestions: Make it less about special effects and more about the characters. It can’t be another Rebellion versus Empire film. Maybe the Jedis take a back seat to another idea. What if it focused on the Sith? Just throwing out a couple of thoughts. Lucasfilm if you are looking for a writer, you know where to find me.

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The fate of where they will film “The Hobbit” could be decided this week. Warner Bros. executives will travel to New Zealand to discuss the current standoff between the actors’ union and director Peter Jackson. Essentially, the union wants the actors to get a bigger piece of the pie. But Jackson feels they are being compensated fairly. Most film workers in the country want the enormous production to stay in New Zealand since it will infuse millions and millions of dollars into its economy. Thousands rallied this past weekend to lobby for the film and made this video. Check it out below and here’s hoping for the people of New Zealand they can work things out.

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I’m still desperate to see what Darren Aronofsky has done with “Black Swan” and if this new viral site is any indication, it’s going to be a pretty good trip. Ijustwantobeperfect.com reveals snippets of the upcoming film. I don’t really understand what it means, but it’s interesting nonetheless. You can also follow Natalie Portman’s ballerina character on twitter @theswanqueen and go to the IJWTBP Facebook page.

The film goes wide on December 3rd.

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Update On the Lost ‘Jedi’ Clip & is 3D Already Dead?

Yesterday, I speculated that the deleted scene shown by Lucasfilm to tease its upcoming blu-ray release may not be as advertised. See my comments below.

And for the “seemingly” part. It looks legit and probably is, but there is part of me that thinks that clip was not filmed in 1982. One, all of the Darth Vader lines are virtually ripped from “Empire” and two, you never really see Mark Hamill’s face, just his chin. Like I said, I always thought this scene was never actually shot. Could this just be a ploy to get fans excited about the blu-ray discs and spend more money? I doubt it, but it makes for a great conspiracy theory.

Now, there is further evidence that, at the very least…it’s not what it appears to be. The clip below reveals that Mark Hamill never filmed that scene. So, the actor under the cloak is not him. Take a look.

I realize many shots in movies are body doubles, not the real actors. But, most of that is for scenes involving stunts, shots from behind or close ups. It seems this type of important establishing shot of Luke that was supposed to be at the beginning of the movie would be the real actor. I know I’m obsessing over this a little, but it would be a huge cheat if this were not filmed in the eighties.

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And now to my disdain for 3D!

If television news is correct and they are never wrong! 3D is already losing steam and credibility with moviegoers. Many studio big wigs will tell you different, but that’s because they’ve invested millions in this gimmick that didn’t work in the 50’s or 80’s.

Check out the CBS story below.


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Are We Actually Living Back to the Future 2? This is Heavy.

Den of Geek came up with an interesting list of what Back to the Future 2 (released in 1989) actually predicted correctly. That future took place in 2015, so another five years for us. But it hit the nail on the head for most things, excluding the flying cars and hover boards. And may I say totally got lucky with the resurgence of 3D!

And one thing it left off, the atrocity channel watched by Marty McFly Jr. TLC, MTV, Bravo. I think any of those would qualify.

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I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This…

This had been rumored for some time and following the in the 3D wake of Avatar, Mr. Lucas is ready to unleash the force into the third dimension.

I wish I could say I was enthused about this decision, but frankly I’m not. Lucas’ tinkering with the original films has seemed endless and destructive, all in the name of more money in his pocket. But I guess it could potentially put the original back above Avatar on the all-time box office mark. After its Golden Globe win, I’m beginning to think it could end up being the most overrated movie ever.

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Avatar Review

As far as excitement around James Cameron’s Avatar went, I was definitely in the unexcited minority. I had been reading about it for years and how many thought it was going to be a huge breakthrough for movies. Then the trailers came out showing blue people, a lush alien jungle and futuristic cgi planes. And I was even less excited.

In many reviews, this would be the part where the once pessimistic reviewer begs for forgiveness and hails the film as a “cinematic triumph.” But, that will not be the case here.

Before anyone hurls a poison Na’vi arrow at my chest, let me point out what I did like.

Having recently seen, “A Christmas Carol” butchered in 3D by Robert Zemeckis, I was a little apprehensive about sitting through nearly three hours of it with Avatar. However, Cameron’s 3D is much better and unobtrusive. It didn’t feel like it was in your lap, like many have said, instead it just gave the scenery more depth and tactile feel. There were only a handful of times where it seemed gimmicky to me, like a Disney ride or much of Zemeckis’ “Carol.” The blending of live footage and cgi was also well done. As were the incredible landscapes of Pandora which made it feel like you were watching Cameron’s own acid trip come to life.

Now, for what I didn’t like. Get those Na’vi arrows ready.

Even with the new 3D and cgi amazement, I never got that “wow” feeling. And maybe that starts with the plot. We’re supposed to be in the year 2154, but lame, modern dialogue is still used like “You’re not in Kansas anymore”, someone calls the main character Jake played by Sam Worthington (a paraplegic) “Meals on Wheels” and in one scene Na’vi temptress Neytiri played by Zoe Saldana tells Jake “you’re a child” three times in a row.

Much of what happens in the movie feels like film deja vu. The storyline is an old one: stranger in a strange land, plotting against the natives at first, but eventually he learns to love them. Mainly because a female paramour caught his fancy or barely-clothed blue cat in this case. The rest comes off as an allegory for the plights of many, including Native Americans (the Na’vi) and the earth (an army is invading to get to a new energy source because we’ve already destroyed our own planet). And perhaps Cameron did this on purpose , but didn’t we already see the robotic combat suits in “Aliens”? And the ships’ design looked an awful lot like the ones in the opening sequence of “Terminator 2”. But maybe he meant to do that as an homage or hinting that it took place in the same futuristic universe.

Finally, this may come off as me being a biased Star Wars fan, but as great as the planet visuals were, the movie could have inter cut parts  of “The Phantom Menace” and “Revenge of the Sith” without missing much of a beat. Oh, and that final battle…can you say Ewoks over the Empire. I mean Na’vi versus Sky People…sorry.

C+

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