- 'The World's End' Trailer: Pints, Pals, and Killer Robots!
Prepare to get annihilated -- and maybe a little hungover, too. The team behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” is bringing us their latest horror-comedy flick, “The World's End.” Five childhood friends reunite after 20 years to finish an epic pub crawl in their hometown. But soon, they realize, “It's not us that changed. It's the town!” -- which has been taken over by killer robots. Can the friends finish their bar crawl and save the world at the same time? As a new American trailer shows, Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg once again make very funny and very entertaining magic together. The dialogue is as sharp and witty as their previous collaborations. “A) we're all drunk, b) we've got blood on our hands,” Pegg says of the friends escaping back to London. “It's more like ink,” amends Eddie Marsan. “We've got ink on our hands!” “The World's End” also stars Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Nick Frost, and Rosamund Pike, and takes over theaters August 23.
- 'Don Jon' Trailer: Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson Go Jersey
Can the world possibly be more in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Why, yes -- yes, they can. Just watch the trailer for his directorial debut, “Don Jon.” The ever-charming JGL himself introduces the trailer “I'm really proud of it,” he says with a crinkly-cute smile. “I hope you like it.” His character, “Don Jon” Martello, declares, “There's only a few things I really care about in life: my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn.” We see cuts of him GCLing (gym, clean, laundry) and living a regular life until he meets The Girl -- Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), “the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life.” But their love story has one major complication: Jon's addiction to porn. “Movies and porno are different, Jon. They give awards for movies!” Barbara screams after finding him “checking his email.” “They give awards for porn, too!” he replies. “Don Jon,” which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Brie Larson (with cameos by Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway in a movie-within-the-movie). Fall in love with JGL all over again when the movie fist-bumps theaters October 18. 'Don Jon': Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Porn-Filled Directorial Debut Is About Love
- Francis Ford Coppola Directing New Italian-American Saga
Francis Ford Coppola is returning to his “Godfather” roots No, the legendary director isn't making a sequel or prequel or reboot. But he will be writing and directing a new, decades-spanning Italian-American saga . According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens” and will be set from the 1930s through the 1960s. Since “The Godfather” series ended in 1990 with the poorly-reviewed third film, Coppola has directed but rarely. He helmed “Bram Stoker's Dracula” with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in 1992, then worked with Robin Williams in the critically-reviled “Jack.” His last big movie was 1997's “The Rainmaker,” based on the book by John Grisham. In the last decade, Coppola has stuck to the arthouse world, making indie movies “Youth Without Youth,” “Tetro,” and “Twixt.” Perhaps the Coppola patriarch was inspired to keep up with his two surviving children, Roman and Sofia, who are both directors; her “Bling Ring” is in theaters June 14. [via THR ]
- Ed Helms, 'The Hangover Part 3' Star, on the End of the Franchise and Leaving 'The Office'
This weekend it all comes to an end as the "Hangover" franchise closes in grand fashion with "The Hangover, Part III" -- which might just be the best entry in the bunch. This installment sees the Wolfpack -- Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms), and Phil (Bradley Cooper) -- first travel to Tijuana and then to Las Vegas (the scene of the crime) in an attempt to get their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) back from a villainous mobster (played by John Goodman). We got to chat with Ed Helms about the movie while he was in Las Vegas for the junket. We're not sure what went down out there, because, as we all know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, although he did tell us what he wanted from the third installment, how his relationship with Zach's character evolved, and his thoughts about the end of the franchise. How's Vegas? Good ole Vegas… It's like a second home to me. You should just live on the Strip. I practically do, I spend so much time here. Did you have anything specific that you really wanted to do in this third "Hangover?" That's a really interesting question. If anything, and for Stu in particular, I just wanted a sense of closure for the whole "Hangover"/Wolf Pack world. And then if I got a few good jokes in along the way, I'd be happy. It seemed like the relationship between you and Zach was even more antagonistic this time around. Was that something that you two developed or was that in the script? You know, it kind of became this running joke what a punching bag Stu is. And Zach, and as a consequence Alan, kind of picked up on that. Alan has always seen Stu as a threat to his bromance with Phil. So there's a natural animosity there. Even though I really believe, underlining all of it, these guys would do anything for each other, including Alan, as tweaked as he is. He makes fun of Stu because it gives him a little sense of power or makes him feel cool. But he's ultimately more vulnerable than anybody. I know I'm not supposed to say this because the film is supposed to be edgy, but this one does have a nice sweetness. Come on it's hard! It's so punk rock! You've got two huge parts of your life missing, with both "The Hangover" and "The Office" coming to a close. Is it bittersweet to have these things ending at the same time? Super duper bittersweet. It's very very sad. I love both of these things so much and yet in both cases it just feels like the right time and the right step for both. I can't even begin to describe how much both "The Office" and "The Hangover" have impacted my life. It's been a hell of a ride. The best analogy I can think of is when you get on a rollercoaster and it's so fun and there's peaks and valleys, there's scary parts, there's exciting parts, there's a lot of laughs and screams along the way. And then when you finally pull into the station at the end of a rollercoaster ride, you're bummed. You don't want to get off. But you realize if you stayed on the rollercoaster you'd probably get hurt or sick or something. It's time marching on. It's life evolving. And it's very poignant and very exciting. It must have been fun too because you probably didn't think, “I'm signing on to a long-running show” or “This is going to be the highest grossing comedy franchise of all time.” That's part of the peaks of the rollercoaster. It's like Space Mountain at Disneyland. It's dark, you can't really see where you're going… and I'm going to stop with the rollercoaster analogy. You can't know. All you can do is, when you're in a creative situation like that, just put it all out there and leave it all on the court. Which I really think everybody in "The Office" and "The Hangover" did. And you hope that people respond and they did. I'm just so grateful to have been a part of both things. When you set out to make "The Hangover, Part III" did you look to anything in particular? There aren't many third entries in a comedy series but did you set out to make it different or special in a specific way? Well it had to be different. The first two follow the same template and it just wasn't going to work; you can't do that again. So the question became “How do you do it and what do you focus on?” And what I love about this third one is that, in the same way that a great serial TV show will be constantly mining its previous episodes for the structural tidbits to build future episodes, that's how this narrative came together. There's so many ghosts from one and two that haunt this story in such a cool and fun and organic way. I really think it all fits together. This is a great closer. I'll say on top of that, Alan in screenwriting terms has kind of been the inciting incident or the precipitating factor to all the chaos, so it also makes sense for this third one to really explore Alan a little bit more and get into what that character is about. He's so fascinating. Was there anything that you didn't get to do that you wanted to do? Hmmm… Hmmm… Well I wish that between "Hangovers 2" and "3," Stu got really fit, like super buff with washboard abs. That way Warner Bros would have had to put me on some crazy diet and hire a personal trainer and I would have been a total bad-ass. But that didn't happen. Zach and I laugh about that -- that we wish a movie would take responsibility for our health. But honestly I couldn't ask for anything more than what's in these movies. What an incredible journey to be on and an incredible team to be a part of. So if Todd Haynes called you tomorrow you'd be down to collaborate again? I would throw myself in front of a train if it meant working with Todd again. If Todd told me audiences would laugh, I'd throw myself in front of a train. So many of these horrible things Stu goes through I've just had to trust Todd. I have these kneejerk reactions -- I am not a dark, edgy comic and a lot of this stuff pushed me out of my comfort zone. I just realized: don't fight it. And I'm always glad I did.
- Moviefone Presents Street Food Cinema 2013 In Los Angeles
Summer is almost upon us, which means lots of sun, beach-going, and movie-viewing (of course). The traditional movie-going experience can have you couped up in a theater for hours, which means you'll miss the beautiful weather outside. Luckily, Moviefone is taking you out of the theater, and into the sunshine (and under the stars) with this year's Street Food Cinema. The annual outdoor movie festival gives Los Angeles-area residents (or anyone visiting L.A. this summer) the chance to watch a full and diverse line-up of films in the fresh summer air of Exposition Park. The event also features gourmet food trucks and music from emerging L.A. musicians. Tickets to the event are $10, which includes access to the food, music, and live entertainment. Check out the full schedule below, and find out more information at the official Street Food Cinema website . SCHEDULE May 25th - STAND BY ME w/ Corey Feldman June 1st - RISKY BUSINESS 30th ANNIVERSARY June 8th - FAMILY NIGHT: ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH June 15th - PITCH PERFECT June 22nd - ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW w/ Live Cast Sins O' The Flesh June 29th - BFF DOUBLE FEATURE: ST. ELMO'S FIRE & REALITY BITES July 6th - JAWS - Exposition Park, Downtown PURCHASE TICKETS July 13th - SHAUN OF THE DEAD & HOT FUZZ July 20th - MEAN GIRLS July 27th - MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL Aug 3rd - SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Aug 10th - SWINGERS Aug 17th - SKYFALL
- The 'Hangover' Movies: 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Franchise
The grand finale of the " Hangover " trilogy is upon us. " The Hangover Part III " -- which, apparently, is more insane crime-infused action flick than substance-abuse comedy -- hits theaters May 23. To celebrate, here are ten things you probably didn't know about all three "Hangover" movies. 1. During casting for "The Hangover" , Lindsay Lohan was offered the part of Jade, the stripper, but turned it down because she wasn't into the script and thought the movie would bomb. Heather Graham nabbed the role instead, and appears again in Part III. Lohan later admitted to regretting her decision. 2. Ed Helms didn't need a special mouthpiece for his character Stu's missing tooth. In real life, Helms has a tooth implant because his adult incisor never grew in. He simply removed his dental implant for filming. 3. Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. were reportedly considered for John Goodman's role in “The Hangover Part III.” 4. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton visited the set of “ The Hangover Part II ” in Bangkok, Thailand. Unfortunately, he didn't film a cameo. 5. The role of the tattoo artist in “The Hangover Part II” was originally intended for Mel Gibson , but that plan was axed after protests from the cast and crew. Liam Neeson played the role instead; but later, director Todd Phillips wanted to reshoot the scene, and Neeson was filming “ Wrath of the Titans ” at the time. Finally, Nick Cassavetes took on the role, and that's who ended up in the movie. 6. Zach Galifianakis made an alternate music video for Kanye West 's song “Can't Tell Me Nothing,” which is featured in “ The Hangover ” soundtrack. It was filmed on Zach's actual farm in North Carolina, and it is hilarious . 7. The original baby from the first “Hangover” movie, Grant Holmquist (pictured above), also appears in “The Hangover Part III.” Director Todd Phillips said , "We called up the mom and said hey we're doing another one and we would love to see how Grant is doing. Then they came to my office and he was great and we had so much fun seeing him again." According to People , Grant is very fond of costar Zach Galifianakis. (But who isn't?!) 8. Speaking of kids, Ken Jeong brought his children to the set to watch him film scenes for “Hangover Part III.” 9. During production of the first “Hangover,” a beat-up Mercedes being used during filming was stolen from the lot . It was recovered the next day when a someone on the production staff spotted the car in traffic while they were filming driving sequences. 10. The release date for “The Hangover Part III” was reportedly moved up a day (to May 23) to avoid direct competition with “Fast & Furious 6,” which, arguably, has a very similar audience.
- 'Delivery Man' Teaser Trailer: Vince Vaughn Has 533 Kids
Congratulations, you're the father of a boy and a girl … and another boy … and another girl. And a few hundred more! That's the shocking news David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) learns in the new comedy “Delivery Man.” Due to a mix-up at the sperm bank, the aimless underachiever has accidentally fathered 533 children! As he says, “What? … What?!?!” Now, those kids are suing to discover who their daddy is, and David has to decide whether he's going to reveal his identity. Man, those child support payments are going to be brutal. “Delivery Man” is a remake of Ken Scott's Canadian film, “Starbuck,” and also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. The movie hits theaters November 22.
- 'Fast & Furious 6' Premiere: Vin Diesel and Cast Celebrate in L.A. (PHOTOS)
Lights, cameras, and fast cars. The stars of "Fast & Furious 6" were ready to party last night at the movie's premiere in L.A. VIn Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Cris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Tyrese Gibson were all on hand to celebrate the latest "Fast" installment, and celebrate they did. Actors/musicians Gibson and Ludacris not only walked the red carpet, they performed at the event, along with rapper Wiz Khalifa. But they weren't the only cast members who put on a show -- Diesel joined them on-stage, while Rodriguez deejayed at the after-party. In the latest adrenaline-pumping "Fast" installment, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) enlists Dom (Diesel) and his team to bring a rival gang, led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), to justice in exchange for a blank slate (aka no criminal record). Sounds like a good deal! Check out the photos below. "Fast & Furious 6" speeds into theaters May 24.
- 'Before Midnight' L.A. Premiere: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Celebrate 18 Years Together (PHOTOS)
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have been together for 18 years -- well, on-screen that is. The stars of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy stepped out last night to celebrate the premiere of "Before Midnight," the conclusion to the drama- and romance-filled series, in L.A. Delpy looked radiant in a red, lace-embroidered dress, accessorized with matching red lips, while Hawke wore a classic navy suit and button-down shirt. As mentioned, "Before Midnight" is the final installment of writer-directer Linklater's story about Celine (Delpy) and Jesse (Hawke), two strangers who met, and fell in love, on a train to Vienna almost two decades ago in the film "Before Sunrise." The sequel to "Sunrise," "Before Sunset," caught back up with Jesse and Celine nine years later in Paris, after Jesse had written a book about their encounter. In "Before Midnight," we find the couple in their early 40s, in Greece, taking on the hurdles of marriage and parenthood. Hawke and Delpy not only star in the movie, they also co-wrote it with Linklater. Check out the photos below. "Before Midnight" opens May 24.
- Josh Hutcherson in 'Ape': 'Hunger Games' Star Lines Up Role in Psychological Thriller
Josh Hutcherson has a long road ahead of him in "The Hunger Games," but he's staying plenty busy in between trips back to Panem. The latest project he's tossed on his to-do pile is a thriller called "Ape," which he'll both star in and produce . It's described as "a dramatic tale of a young man's struggle with mental illness, love, and a deep-rooted family secret." It will be interesting to see if Hutcherson's rising star can bring attention to a small indie film like this. The script is from newcomer Jon Johnstone, and it will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, whose most high-profile movie has been "Repo Men" with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Although Hutcherson has been acting steadily for the past decade or so, he really made people sit up and notice him in 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." He'd done drama before, but not for anything that snagged as much attention as that Oscar season favorite. "The Hungers Games" has been his breakout role, and he's got three more of those coming down the pipeline. (Lionsgate announced last summer that the last book in the trilogy, "Mockingjay," will be split into two parts , to be released in 2014 and 2015.) Hutcherson's current project is "Paradise Lost," a drama that stars Benicio Del Toro. Hutcherson plays a surfer named Nick who falls for the kingpin's niece. Brady Corbet from "Simon Killer" is on board as Nick's brother. There's currently no start date for "Ape," but we'll keep you posted on all of Peeta's moves. [via The Wrap ]
- Helen Mirren Grants Dying Child's Wish, Has Tea With Him as Queen Elizabeth
Helen Mirren continues to prove how royally awesome she is. Last week, the "Red 2" actress granted a terminally ill boy's wish of meeting Queen Elizabeth -- well, sort of. Ten-year-old Oliver Burton, who has Down's syndrome, was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 at just three years old. After a short remission, his cancer returned in 2010, and last Christmas was diagnosed with terminal spine and bone marrow cancer. Topping the list of the boy's dream wishes was meeting the Queen and having tea with her at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, his family was told the Queen's schedule would not allow for it. Enter Helen Mirren, who is playing the Queen in the show "The Audience." The Dame fulfilled Burton's wish last week when she brought him to see her show, and later took him backstage for tea and a visit with her corgis while staying in character the entire time. Oh, and, she knighted him, explaining to him he would now be known as "Sir Oliver," according to the Daily Mail . “It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet such a brave young man," Mirren told The Sun . As for Oliver, his father assures that he was more than satisfied with the royal treatment: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us," he told the Daily Mail . [via The Sun h/t Gawker ; Photo Credit via NCTLC Trust ]
- 'Man of Steel' Trailer: Kneel Before General Zod
The new trailer for "Man of Steel" is all about the action, as General Zod (Michael Shannon) is back to remind us that we're not alone. We're sheltering one of his citizens -- the smokin' new Superman, played by Henry Cavill -- and if we don't fess up, Zod will zap us all. In the new footage, the skies are full of alien ships sent by Zod, the music is dramatic and threatening, things are exploding and crashing into buildings, and then there's the pretty lady telling Supes (Henry Cavill) that he's doomed. "You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more." This is the Zack Snyder we know from "300" and "Watchmen," with guitar riffs and piles of skulls and people punching each other in the sky. Will this trailer and its summer blockbuster vibe win over skeptics, or are we still doubting the power of that red cape and those blue tights? We'll kneel before Zod on June 12.
- 'Only God Forgives,' Ryan Gosling's New Film, Gets Jeered at Cannes
Everyone has been chomping at the bit to see Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives," the new movie from "Drive" writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn. Their awesome/weird arthouse bromance has been extensively documented; Refn recently told the New York Times , "Ryan and I become one person when we work. Directing can be very intimate." Whether or not that closeness has resulted in a good movie or not is up for debate. The journalists at Cannes seem to think not. Now, Cannes audiences boo a lot of movies. It's a hobby. They boo so many things that BAMcinématek in Brooklyn recently showed a film series dedicated to the films booed at Cannes, which include "Wild at Heart," "Taxi Driver," and "Crash." After the screening of "Only God Forgives," some came in for the kill. Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily called it "the careful work of a serial killer -- not literally out there killing women but indulging in one bloody killing after another, practically licking the knife afterwards." Peter Debruge at Variety wrote , "As hyper-aggressive revenge fantasies go, it's curious to see one so devoid of feeling, a veniality even 'Drive' fans likely won't be inclined to forgive." HitFix's Oscar expert Guy Lodge gave it a mixed review : " Even amid my appreciation for its woozy, sculpted grossness, however, I can't help wishing 'Only God Forgives' was doing a little more, and I mean purely on the level of nuts-and-bolts storytelling, not grander emotional or thematic resonance." Jeff Wells, never one for understatement, lambasted the movie , calling it "malignant, odious crap," later adding, "It's rare to find a movie as dedicated as this one to making absolutely no sense" and "I was repelled by this film in ways I didn't know I could be repelled before I saw it." While the actual amount of booing was under some debate from those in attendance -- Alex Billington of FirstShowing said there was “Slight applause, some booing, slight whistling” -- it's clear that this film is going to be heavily debated when it hits theaters this summer. For now, US audiences will have to wait until July 19 to see for themselves if Refn and Gosling's arthouse bromance needs forgiveness. [h/t HuffPost Ent ]
- 'Return of the Jedi': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Finale
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, OK, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch and David Cronenberg both turned down the job of directing "Jedi." Instead, Lynch would go on to make his own sci-fi epic, 1984's "Dune," while Cronenberg would make the hit horror films "The Dead Zone" (1983) and "The Fly" (1986). 2. Welsh filmmaker Richard Marquand had previously directed the 1981 World War II spy thriller "Eye of the Needle." It was that film that brought him to the attention of George Lucas and ultimately earned him the directing job on "Jedi." 3. Lawrence Kasdan had worked for Lucas as the co-screenwriter of "Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" before Lucas hired him a third time as his collaborator on the "Jedi" screenplay. Somewhere in there, Kasdan found time to write and direct his first solo feature, the 1981 thriller "Body Heat," the movie that made Kathleen Turner a star. 4. Warwick Davis, then 11, made his debut as Ewok guide Wicket, after his grandmother learned of an open casting call for dwarfs in London. Davis was initially cast as an extra. Wicket was initially a role for Kenny Baker, who already had an established role as R2-D2 (he would inhabit the little droid in all six "Star Wars" features to date), but Baker fell ill, and Lucas gave his part to Davis. Baker ended up playing another Ewok in addition to R2-D2. 5. Lucas was on the set most of the time, often as a second-unit director (that is, shooting scenery, stunt sequences, and other footage not involving the primary cast). Marquand joked, "It is rather like trying to direct "King Lear" – with Shakespeare in the next room!" 6. Unlike the other principal "Star Wars" cast members, Harrison Ford hadn't contracted to do a second sequel, and it wasn't initially clear whether he'd return for "Jedi." 7. Ford suggested that Han Solo be killed off early, through self-sacrifice. Kasdan thought that was a good idea, one that would increase suspense, but Lucas said no. 8. Also, Yoda wasn't supposed to be in the movie, but Marquand insisted on a return to Dagobah so that Yoda could confirm that Darth Vader wasn't just playing mind games with Luke Skywalker in "The Empire Strikes Back" and was really his father. 9. Other rejected script ideas: the climactic battle would have taken place on a planet of Wookiees instead of Ewoks (like Wookiees, but shorter!), and Obi-Wan Kenobi would have returned from his ghostly existence to corporeal form, rather than remaining a ghostly presence within the Force. 10. Actually filmed, but left on the cutting room floor, were a sequence of the heroes getting caught in a sandstorm as they tried to leave Tatooine, a scene among imperial officers on the Death Star during the final battle, and a scene of Darth Vader communicating with Luke via the Force before Luke enters Jabba's palace. These scenes finally saw the light of day on the 2011 Blu-ray release. 11. While shooting on location, "Jedi" used the fake working title "Blue Harvest." That was to keep plot spoilers from leaking, and to prevent local vendors from price-gouging the filmmakers. 12. To shoot the forest chase, Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown walked through the California's Jebediah Smith Redwood State Park, shooting at less than one frame per second. Sped up to the standard 24 frames per second, the resulting footage made it look like speeding through the dense woods at 120 mph. (The speeders were superimposed later.) 13. Other scenes set on the forest moon of Endor were shot practically in Lucas's backyard, in the redwood forest near Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. 14. In late 1982, a teaser trailer and posters referred to the film as "Revenge of the Jedi." (The poster also incorrectly depicted Luke with a red-beamed lightsaber and Darth Vader with a blue one, instead of the other way around.) After Lucas decided that "Revenge" was inappropriate, changed the title to "Return," and sold the 6,800 remaindered posters to fans. Today, of course, they're collector's items. 15. "Jedi" ends with a sequence of Ewoks marking their victory over the empire by dancing and singing. The tune they sing is known as "Ewok Celebration." "Star Wars" instrumental composer John Williams wrote the music. The "yub-yub" lyrics were written by his son, Joseph Williams, who was then the lead singer of Toto. A version of the song performed by electronic artist Meco hit No. 60 on the Billboard chart. 16. Lucas's digital re-tinkering with "Return of the Jedi" in subsequent re-releases on home video altered some memorable scenes. There were more alien musicians playing in Jabba's lair, the Sarlaac (the pit monster on Tatooine) acquired a beak, and the fall of the Empire was marked by a montage of various alien worlds celebrating. Most notoriously, the ghost of Anakin Skywalker was changed from the broken old man seen beneath Darth Vader's helmet (played by Sebastian Shaw) to the young Hayden Christensen, who played the pre-Vader Anakin in Episodes II and III. 17. The film was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound. It won a special prize out of competition for its visual effects. 18. As with the first two "Star Wars" films, a radio version eventually aired on NPR. The 1986 radio play featured Anthony Daniels reprising his role as C-3PO, but other characters were played by new actors. Among them were John Lithgow as Yoda, Brock Peters ("To Kill a Mockingbird") as Darth Vader, Ed Begley Jr. as Boba Fett, and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt. 19. "Jedi" cost $32.5 million to make, a large budget for a 1983 movie. It grossed $252.6 million domestically in its initial release, and another $57 million on subsequent releases. Its worldwide gross over the years totals $475.1 million. 20. Marquand followed up "Jedi" with the hit courtroom thriller "Jagged Edge" (1985), starring Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges. He made one more movie, 1987 drama "Hearts of Fire," featuring a rare acting performance by Bob Dylan, but he suffered a stroke and heart attack, and died before it was released. He was 49. 21. Four months after "Jedi" came the release of Lawrence Kasdan's second writing/directing effort, "The Big Chill," a movie considered a cinema landmark despite its lack of Ewoks and space battles. He went on to make such celebrated movies as "The Accidental Tourist" and "The Bodyguard" (a script finally shot 20 years after he first tried to sell it). His most recent movie was 2012's "Darling Companion," with Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton. 22. Lucas oversaw two Ewok-themed spinoff projects, both of which debuted as made-for-TV movies. In 1984's "The Ewok Adventure" (a.k.a. "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure"), the fuzzy folk rescue a family of shipwrecked space travelers. In 1985's "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor" (a.k.a. "Star Wars: Ewok Adventures – The Battle for Endor") the orphaned girl from the previous movie joins the wee warriors in defending their moon against alien invaders. Both take place during the time between Episodes V and VI and are therefore technically "Jedi" prequels. Warwick Davis has said a third Ewok movie was planned but never filmed. 23. The Ewoks also got their own animated TV series, "Star Wars: Ewoks," which aired 35 episodes from 1985 to '86. It also took place during the interval between "Empire" and "Jedi." 24. Lucas and Davis reteamed yet again for the Lucas-produced fantasy film "Willow" (1988), in which Davis had the role of the title hero and acted with his face visible for the first time. Davis would go on to star in the title role in the "Leprechaun" horror series and play cameos in the three "Star Wars" prequel films. Davis would spoof himself and his "Jedi"-derived fame in 2012 as the star of the Ricky Gervais-penned mockumentary series "Life's Too Short." 25. The title of 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith" was a wink to fans who recalled the original title of "Return of the Jedi."
- Is 'Jurassic Park 4' a Reboot? Yes, According to Sam Neill
Earlier this month, “Jurassic Park 4” was rumored to be facing extinction after Universal announced the project would be delayed indefinitely to accommodate filmmakers' ambitious plans for the long-awaited sequel . While the studio put a sunnier spin on the decision -- the delay would allow “adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version” of the film, Universal said -- some crew members were less optimistic, insinuating on social media that the movie was in serious trouble. Now, Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Alan Grant in the first and third films in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, may have shed some light on why the delay was necessary. In a short comment to The Dominion Post, Neill said that he was unlikely to reprise his role in the sequel, and shared a rumor about the movie's purported plot. “I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig,” Neill told the paper. That theory coalesces nicely with director Colin Trevorrow's recent announcement that the new film would take place in the same location as the original movie, the fictional Isla Nublar. And while producers have denied reboot plans in the past, history shows that when it comes to “JP4,” myriad plotlines have been considered; maybe they're now circling back to some previously abandoned ideas? Only time will tell what “JP4” brings, or when the movie will actually appear in theaters. It was once set for a July 2014 release; we'll have to wait for production to resume before we know a new debut date. [via The Dominion Post h/t ScreenCrush ]
- This Witch Gets You One Step Closer to a Trip to the Premiere of 'World War Z' (PHOTO)
Have you always (secretly) wanted to be a witch hunter? Well, here's your chance. To celebrate today's digital release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," Paramount has created an online witch hunt just for you! Spread across six different sites are six images of evil witches. It's your job to find them all and figure out the hidden message within each one. The first person to find all six witch images and uncover the complete secret URL will win an iPad mini with digital versions of both the theatrical and unrated versions of "Hansel & Gretel." Everyone else who enters will have a chance to win a trip to the premiere of Brad Pitt's new movie, "World War Z"! Moviefone is proud to reveal an exclusive image of one of those secret-holding witches below. Take a look, and head to the movie's Twitter and Facebook pages to follow the hunt and for more info. Happy hunting! click to zoom
- Melissa McCarthy Fires a 'Tammy' Extra for Mistreating Her Child
Melissa McCarthy is proving to be one stern boss. The "Bridesmaids" actress fired an extra on the set of her directorial debut, "Tammy," after she witnessed the woman abusing her child, according to TMZ . The incident happened yesterday on the film's set in Wilmington, NC. Witnesses reportedly saw the woman -- in her 20s -- struggling with the young child all morning, telling the kid to behave and keep quiet. The mother's scolding was apparently loud enough to disturb production, which included more than 200 extras. According to TMZ, McCarthy had had enough once she witnessed the extra "harshly jerk" her child up into the air by the wrist. The Oscar nominee then had production assistants escort the woman off set, claiming she would not tolerate the abuse. Show 'em who's in charge, Melissa! [via TMZ ]
- 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer: The Rise of an American Legend
The newest trailer for "The Lone Ranger" gives us a better feeling for Johnny Depp's Tonto and the genesis of his relationship with Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger. Tonto's got better dialogue in this clip, whereas in previous trailers, he was talking to the Lone Ranger's horse and making deadpan jokes. It may or may not calm down the folks poking fun at Depp's serious take on the Native American sidekick. Although there is quite a bit that we already saw in the trailer released in April , it's not unpleasant to revisit Hammer's handsome visage, especially since most of us last saw it under a thick layer of latex in "J. Edgar." (He played the dreamy prince in "Mirror Mirror" after that, which is worth a look!) Of course, the trailer includes the iconic image of the Lone Ranger's white horse rearing up with a neigh, a train hold-up, explosions, and amazing feats of horse agility. And then there's Helena Bonham Carter with her fabulously tattooed fake leg, which shoots bullets from its boot heel. Will director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer be able to recreate their success with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise with help from the Lone Ranger and Tonto? We'll see for ourselves when the movie opens July 3.
- 'Star Trek Into Darkness': How J.J. Abrams Kept the Identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's Villain a Secret
J.J. Abrams has taken the task of protecting audiences from spoilers where no man (or woman!) has gone before. Journalists were invited to a sneak peek of "Star Trek Into Darkness" footage last December. As Slashfilm's Germain Lussier explains, Abrams introduced the footage and asked everyone to keep the details on the down-low . Now that "STID" is in theaters, the lengths Abrams et al went to keep some key details super secret -- even to journalists -- have become clear. While there was plenty of speculation about the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch, he was merely introduced as John Harrison in the footage, both in dialogue and visually. According to Lussier, who saw the footage, certain details "were 100 percent different from the sequence when it screened in December, again at CinemaCon in April and possibly other places." "STID" co-writer and producer Damon Lindelof had more to say about the switcheroo. "[Producer] Bryan Burk was the one who first proposed that we use the space jump sequence as a way of getting folks excited for the movie… The challenge was obvious [because] this is AFTER the reveal. Therefore, J.J. and post production supervisor Ben Rosenblatt executed a 'Harrison Cut' to preserve the secret. I'd rather not get into the details of how this was accomplished, suffice to say it wasn't easy. It was, however, worth it.” Of course, those of us who saw the movie know his real identity -- and mum's the word. [via SlashFilm ]
- Zach Galifianakis's 'Hangover III' Date: A Formerly Homeless Pal
Not everyone gets to have a glamorous red carpet experience in their lives, but being friends with Zach Galifianakis helps. Seems like being friends with the "Hangover" star helps in general, too. The mensch-y comic, who reprises his role as the weird friend Alan in "The Hangover III," brought an old friend he met almost 20 years ago in a Los Angeles laundromat as his date. Elizabeth "Mimi" Haist, 87, met Galifianakis when she was working for tips at their local laundromat. According to the NY Daily News, he stopped going to Fox Laundry after "The Hangover" – Haist quipped, "Maybe he has his own washer and dryer now." Two years ago, Galifianakis found out Haist was homeless and took action. He got her a one-bedroom apartment, and also pays her rent and all utilities. Apparently, even Renee Zellweger has gotten involved. (Who knew the two actors were even friends?) She bought furniture for Haist and reportedly buys her groceries. This isn't the first time on the red carpet for Haist. She also went as Galifianakis' date to "The Hangover II" and "The Campaign." As she told the Daily News , "If he's in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It's fun, not something I've ever dreamed I'd experience. The limo takes me home afterwards." [via Time h/t Daily News ]