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 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---a new video shows a new alien next to JJ Abrams as he announces a fan contest on the film set in Abu Dhabi. The alien appears at 24 seconds elapsed time.

New alien Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfNiC9iKM0Q


Also, Drew Struzan, who created the famous posters for the first Star Wars trilogy, is rumored to be coming out of retirement to draw the posters for the new trilogy after being asked by JJ Abrams. Disney and Lucasfilm refused to confirm Struzan's involvement in the new trilogy.






U-2---the Coen Brothers will rewrite the script for the untitled Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg movie about James Donovan, the attorney who negotiated the release of Francis Gary Powers after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the USSR in 1960.





TRUE DETECTIVE---Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY) is reported to have been offered a starring role for Season 2 by creator Nic Pizzolatto. Chastain's representative commented on the report, “I can tell you she's not doing this project officially."
Pizzolatto's earlier comments about Season 2 seemed to confirm that a female is being sought to star, "I am still fleshing it out. The basic idea: Hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system. I was well on my way in the writing but there's been a lot noise and work around the end of the first season that got in the way."
A British tabloid said Brad Pitt was also offered a starring role for Season 2.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN---writer/director Kevin Smith commented on the color of the recently-released black and white photo of the new Batman suit worn by Ben Affleck, "...that is a very cool picture, but that is not the picture I saw....They put it on a fake rooftop, and they lit it up. But it was in color, and you could see every piece of detail.
That’s not a representation of what the suit looks like. So what the suit looks like, and I was always kind of keeping it quiet until they revealed it, but they've revealed it. And you can kind of see, and anybody that…you've seen some people take the picture and color it online. If you want to see what this f***ing suit looks like, you just go to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, go to the third book, Hunt the Dark Knight…it's the exact f***ing outfit he's wearing. That's why I hugged that guy all those months ago."

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE---producer Simon Kinberg said Evan Peters is returning as Quicksilver and his sister, Scarlet Witch, may also be in the sequel.

MAGIC MIKE XXL---Channing Tatum hinted the sequel will be based on his days as a stripper attending conventions like the on e in Raleigh, North Carolina, "It's an incubator for insanity. It doesn't matter almost what you do onstage. I don't want to put anything in black and white on a page, but if you've been to one, you know how crazy it gets, and now pour kerosene on that. You've seen 'Magic Mike'. Now multiply that. Mob mentality. It's just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane." Director Steve Soderbergh is returning as editor/cinematographer.

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS---Molly Ringwald is the latest addition to the movie cast in an undisclosed role.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

“I can tell you she's not doing this project officially."

Which means nothing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS---Molly Ringwald is the latest addition to the movie cast in an undisclosed role.

Nice to see The Secret Life Of The American Teenager didn't completely ruin her career.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Drew Struzan, who created the famous posters for the first Star Wars trilogy, is rumored to be coming out of retirement to draw the posters for the new trilogy after being asked by JJ Abrams. Disney and Lucasfilm refused to confirm Struzan's involvement in the new trilogy.

http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab303/skyler8/201cd489-f58f-4af3-b29b-9c3372ef2281.jpg


That's great to hear about Drew. I hope they make that happen. Sorry to be pedantic -- and I know you didn't state it in your news above, dragon -- but that image above is the work of Tom Jung, created as the original style-A theatrical one-sheet from 1977. My favorite Star Wars poster was the Hildebrandt version of the similar design, although the actor likenesses were not accurate; and my all-time favorite from the series is Roger Kastel's gorgeous Empire Strikes Back, style A, with Luke and Leia in a clinch like Brett and Scarlett in Gone With The Wind. But Drew's work on the later releases was also pretty great at capturing the romance and excitement of the films, so it's good to hear they're seeking out his services again.

For anyone that's interested, there's a pretty good book by Stephen Swansweet and Peter Vilmur about all the various Star Wars posters here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Star-Wars-Poster-Book/dp/0811848833

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

DOGPLANT:

I found a really good STAR WARS poster that was listed by Google as being a Struzan poster---then I saw the name "Hildebrandt" on the poster.
The poster I used I think is from Wiki or something that is supposed to be fairly credible....oh well.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Did your wiki source actually state that that poster is a Drew Struzan one? If so, it's wrong - it is indeed a Tom Jung poster, as dogplant says. He also did: a different piece for the Style "A" half-sheet for the original movie (it has a horizontal orientation); three different variations of a shared design concept for posters for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (not the famous "Gone With the Wind"-style art by Roger Kastel, but different ones), used on the Style "B" poster from the original release, the '81 rerelease poster and the '82 rerelease poster; and the art for the 1985 rerelease poster for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He also did the original cover art for all three books in Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn trilogy" of Star Wars novels in the early '90s. Jung's other Lucasfilm work includes art for Tucker: The Man and His Dream, used on most of the movie's various video releases, plus some unused poster concepts for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Drew Struzan has indeed done a great deal of Star Wars work himself (and other Lucasfilm-related work, mainly a lot more Indiana Jones stuff than most here probably realize), going back to the Style "D" art (the famous "circus poster"-style art) for the original Star Wars, but that poster in your post is definitely, definitely Tom Jung's, not Drew Struzan's.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

DOGPLANT:

I found a really good STAR WARS poster that was listed by Google as being a Struzan poster---then I saw the name "Hildebrandt" on the poster.
The poster I used I think is from Wiki or something that is supposed to be fairly credible....oh well.


No worries. As Joe E. explained, there are a lot of versions of all the Star Wars posters, and once they start getting into foreign versions it gets really weird. Drew has a great book out containing all his Star Wars art and more. Worth a look if you are into the art form, as well as that other one I mentioned. Here's Drew's:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Drew-Struzan/dp/1848566190

Keep up the good work with your news posts. I always find them interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

JOE E:

I don't remember where I got the poster from, but I did a Google search for Drew Struzan Star Wars posters which led me to the poster I used----but then again, the same search led me to the "Hildebrandt" poster.
I'm not a Star Wars fan, so I never heard of Struzan by name before and know nothing about his artwork. I do remember seeing an article about a famous poster artist who did Star wars posters, but I don't know if it was Struzan or not.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

JOE E:

I don't remember where I got the poster from, but I did a Google search for Drew Struzan Star Wars posters which led me to the poster I used----but then again, the same search led me to the "Hildebrandt" poster.
I'm not a Star Wars fan, so I never heard of Struzan by name before and know nothing about his artwork. I do remember seeing an article about a famous poster artist who did Star wars posters, but I don't know if it was Struzan or not.




Drew's work on Star Wars is lovely, iconic, brilliant.






 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I had seen five of the Star Wars movies, but watched the special effects and didn't pay much attention to the plot.
A few months ago, I got the entire series on Blu-ray and watched them and also paid attention to the plot. The first three movies were entertaining, but the last three were bleak and not entertaining. even the special effects in the last three were excessively CGI. Also, Jar Jar Binks should be ejected out of the nearest air lock into deep space without a space suit.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

JOE E:

I don't remember where I got the poster from, but I did a Google search for Drew Struzan Star Wars posters which led me to the poster I used----but then again, the same search led me to the "Hildebrandt" poster.
I'm not a Star Wars fan, so I never heard of Struzan by name before and know nothing about his artwork. I do remember seeing an article about a famous poster artist who did Star wars posters, but I don't know if it was Struzan or not.




Drew's work on Star Wars is lovely, iconic, brilliant.








True art! Rendering, composition, color, beautifully done. Now look at the crap we get? frown

 
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