Star Wars creator George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, opting for Illinois over Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pending approval from the city’s planning commission, Lucas’s institution (which is currently in the process of voting on a name change from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art) will be built on parking lots near Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
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Thirty-five years ago, George Miller re-imagined the action movie with his visceral, dystopic 1979 debut Mad Max, starring a 23-year-old Mel Gibson in one of his first movie roles. Flash forward two sequels and many decades later and the 69-year-old Miller returns with a new cast and a story that is sure to take the road chase to an entirely new realm of chaos and carnage.
In an exclusive first look at the the May 2015 film in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we talk to Miller about what prompted his return to the beloved franchise: a story that popped into his head fully formed back in 2000 but that took more than a decade to realize. This time, Tom Hardy takes over for Gibson as the very damaged road warrior Max Rockatansky, while a shaved-headed Charlize Theron plays a bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa. The stars spent a harrowing seven months in the desert of Namibia to shoot the film. “It was mental in a brilliant way,” says Hardy. “You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit.” READ FULL STORY
Yesterday, Senior Writer Mandi Bierly sent the following email to some of the male humans at Entertainment Weekly:
June 25 is the 10th anniversary of The Notebook‘s theatrical release. In 2009, I had three male country singers tell me it’s the one so-called chick flick they’d admit to liking. Another said he walked on his bus once and his whole band was in a piss poor mood—they told him they’d just finished watching it and had all cried. Why do men tolerate The Notebook more than other Nicholas Sparks adaptations? Has it made you cry? Do you consider it a guilty pleasure or simply a solid film? Wondering if any of you have theories you’d be willing to share.
There were four responses: READ FULL STORY
This weekend saw Clint Eastwood’s stage-to-screen musical Jersey Boys struggle to strike a chord with moviegoers. But for every fourth-place finish, there’s a smash success like Les Misérables, Chicago, or Mamma Mia!—which all speak to the power of a musical adaptation done right.
Below, EW staffers name their top picks for adaptation—some of which have been announced and need to be expedited, others which are still but a glint in our theater-geek eyes. READ FULL STORY
Today, Jennifer Connelly is a Hollywood A-lister: She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind and has starred in a number of other critically acclaimed films, including Requiem for a Dream and Blood Diamond.
Back in the 1980s, however, well before achieving said A-list status, Connelly was a little-known actress. One major film that put he on the map: Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth, also famously starring David Bowie.
The film tells the story of Sarah (Connelly), a 15-year-old who wishes her baby half-brother, Toby (Toby Froud), away to Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie). Sarah, who then has a change of heart, must complete Jareth’s Labyrinth in 13 hours or else Jareth will keep Toby. READ FULL STORY
Before Nathan Fillion became the star of ABC’s ridiculously successful Castle, Nathan Fillion was the star of many things that were less ridiculously successful but possibly even more beloved by Fillion partisans. This was the era when Fillion became a regular presence in the films of James Gunn, taking a starring role in 2006’s slimy-alien film Slither and a smaller-but-hairier role in 2010’s Super. Suspicion ran high that Fillion would have some kind of role in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, especially since the movie had already cast fellow Gunn regular Michael Rooker as a blue man with a red mohawk.
And now, wonder of wonders, Gunn has confirmed the rumors on Twitter: READ FULL STORY
There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.
In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language, listed in order by when they might be best introduced. It starts with a film that is a perfect introduction to the cinematic universe and ends with one that is an ideal capper before graduating into the world of PG-13 and R movies—and the age when kids begin to make their own theater decisions.
These are the cinematic building blocks for future film connoisseurs, movie-literate enthusiasts who can gracefully segue from a George Bailey impression into a spirited debate over whether Han Solo shot first. The important stuff.
As Marvel continues its campaign to convince you to watch Guardians of the Galaxy—its raccoon-, tree-, and classic rock-starring sci-fi film—fans have done some reverse engineering on an older property, recutting footage from the original Star Wars trilogy into an imitation of a recently released Guardians trailer.
The video, made by Youtube user The Unusual Suspect, features an introduction to the rebel team set to the rhythms of “Spirit in the Sky.” Once that’s over, it shifts gears into pure action as “Hooked on a Feeling” plays. The music and cutting all comes courtesy of Marvel’s trailer, but it’s a fitting reminder of the decade that spawned George Lucas’s saga. No matter how hard Star Lord tries, he’ll never be as old school cool as Han Solo.
This week gets off to a supernatural start, with the return of both True Blood and Teen Wolf, but by the time it’s over, just about all of your pop-culture appetites should be filled. We’ve got finales, premieres, a big summer blockbuster, and some summer tunes to add to your beach playlist.
Check out your week in pop culture below: READ FULL STORY
Not too long ago, we were all living in the New Millennium, less affectionately known as the age of Y2K. Or if you want to be technical about it, it was the first decade of the 21st century. And during those 10 years, pop culture thrived. Not only did Nipplegate change the way we looked at Super Bowl halftime shows, but things like Laguna Beach made us rethink “reality,” Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight redefined the term “Oscar-worthy,” and Glee revived the television musical.
So with VH1’s I Love the 2000s wrapping up tonight, we thought we’d join in and round up our staff picks for our favorite pop culture moments of the 2000s. Because, hey, we loved those years too: READ FULL STORY
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