These videos of Harrison Ford from Jimmy Kimmel Live has been around for awhile but there pretty dam funny. I worked on the movie Firewall with Harrison on set for 15 weeks at the same location and noticed he really had a great sense of humor. Him and Paul Bettany had a bunch of hilarious outtakes that ended up on a gag reel for the wrap party; Wish that made the video release, it was better than the movie ended up. Harrison is defiantly showing his strong comedic side and willingness to poke fun at himself a bit in the videos below.
Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.
It’s exciting news for all sci-fi fans that J.J. Abrams is the director for the next Star Wars film. After stating in an interview in November that he would not be taking the job,
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
I guess that he just couldn’t turn down the job after being heavily pursued by Kathleen Kennedy for the gig the last few months. Who can blame him for caving in and we all hope he bring back the saga closer to the fun tone and style from the first original trilogy. I think if anyone has a good chance it’s J.J. Good luck duder, I know my ass will be in the seat come May 2015.
Official Disney Press Release Below:
J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney Lucasfilm banner.
Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.
Till Next Time Stay Tuned.
Here’s the full chat between Uncle George and the new head of LucasFilm division at Disney Kathleen Kennedy.Episode VII on it’s way in 2015 with more Big Screen Star Wars outings coming every two to three years. Michael Arndt is writing the script for Episode VII, No director has been announced as of yet.
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DAY SIX : DECEMBER 24th 2010
This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.
- MOON RISING (2010) director Jose Escamilla – If you’ve even questioned any thing the powers that be tell us. You might find this documentary interesting. On February 25 1994 1.8 million photos were taken of the Moon during the Clementine Mission. Different variations were taken including “Full Colour” photos. This is the first time in human history the Moon is being revealed to you in its’ “Full Natural Colour. Here it is in it’s entirety below. Please enjoy
- THE THING (1982) director John Carpenter – My Number 2 Favorite True Holiday Classic. Carpenter and Russell at the height of their creative prowess together. R. J. MacReady is my favorite anti hero character in any horror/sci fi movie period. This is easily in my top 10 favorite movies as well. Love the effects work, the acting and the whole look and feel of the picture. I long for the good old John Carpenter of yesteryear, constantly hoping we’ll see another “knock out of the park” that The Thing and Escape From New York were for me. A true master of the genre and low budget/high concept film making, and the best remake ever.
- DIE HARD Blu-Ray (1988) director John McTiernan – [dead body drops onto police car hood, hard] McClane:Welcome To The Party Pal!!!. Not hard to see why Bruce Willis is the star he is after watching his first incarnation of Officer John McClane; kick ass action, the fact that Willis gets the shit beaten out of him self the entire picture, has no shoes on for 3/4 running through glass, the practical effects, in particular the squib and blood stuff, and so many great lines -[McClane tries to call up police]
Supervisor: Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only. McClaine: No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza? -Hans Gruber: This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
McClane: That was Gary Cooper, asshole. A classic 80’s X-Mas action flick. Love the Die Hard; ki-yay, motherfucker.
- STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE (1977) director George Lucas- Classic as classic can get, only, Greedo shot first, the special edition Jabba scene licks and the entrance to Mos Eisley is not great with sub par CG and out of place scenes; But 1977 Star Wars, that shit is gold, come on. Still a great all around flick, perfect for the holidays.
The big day it here and everyone should be busy today beyond belief. Thanks to everyone reading the column this year. Merry X-Mas and Happy Holidays.
TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.
I grew up watching the three original Star Wars films and let us just say, they had a big impact on me. The newer prequels, not so much. In 1999 watching Episode one , it was the first time I realized that nothing I ever watched again could capture my imagination like the movies I watched in my childhood.
I’m not just talking Star Wars. Blade Runner, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Thing, The Shining, 2001, Apocalypse Now, The Terminator just to mention a few, have made a stronger connection with me than most “blockbuster” fare ever could today (with rare exception). I realize it might have been the frame of mind I was in as a kid watching them, open to new ideas, or it could be that most story tellers today are shit. I’m not exactly sure which it is yet.
Regardless, the marketing empire keeps on rolling with big news on the Star Wars front today. Sources indicate that George Lucas is set to re-release the entire “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Though the 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas was purportedly waiting until there were enough 3D screens available to make the release a sizable enough event.
Fox, which released all six of the original “Star Wars” films, would also release the 3D versions.
Part 1, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock in the early months of 2012. After that, each of the films would be released in order at the same time each consecutive year (meaning “Attack of The Clones” 2013,”Revenge of The Sith” 2014, “A New Hope” 2015, ” The Empire Strike Back” 2016 and “Return of The Jedi” 2016) depending on how well the first re-release does.
Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas personally overseeing the process to make sure each one is as perfected as possible. Lucas has said that the “Avatar” experience convinced him that “Star Wars” was ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.
Also pushing the timetable is a potential breakthrough in 3D television technology. With Samsung penetrating the market with 50,000-plus 3D-equipped televisions, and Sony planning to send its version to market in the coming months, the home-viewing experience could be primed for 3D DVD versions of the classic films by the time the new 3D series runs its course.
Lucas is purportedly queuing up the theatrical re-releases as a lead-in to the ultimate home viewing experience. Beyond that, the property would launch to all other 3D media.
We are also going to see a Blu-Ray set in 2012. Most likely one that has some more tinkering done to it. Hopefully Han shoots first again, I can only hope.
And then who knows where Lucas will take Star Wars next? Possibly a 3D home version of the really great 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special ? See. Lucas hes been whoring our his creation from the start. Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money
Wow, fucking unbelievable. If you actually made it through more than three minutes of that shit I’m impressed.
There was a lot of cocaine fueled decisions in the entertainment industry in the 70’s and 80’s. And I’m thinking this might have been one of them. The individual who came up with that pitch must have been caught in a Colombian snow bank for a few weeks. And surprise surprise, they actually produced that shit. Amazing . Nice work on that one.
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