Movies: 1135
Comments: 67725
Members: 718
Online: 0 Guests: 219
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_display.inc on line 1684.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_display.inc on line 1684.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 33.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 24.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 25.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 26.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 28.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 29.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 30.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 31.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment_username::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 699.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 584.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 584.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 61.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Declaration of content_handler_field::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/cck/includes/views/handlers/content_handler_field.inc on line 170.

This is so MASSIVE it can't possibly be true??

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lucasfilm has been purchased.

By Disney.

For $4 Billion.

And announced Star Wars Episode VII for 2015.

This has to be some kind of epic practical joke right? This is too massive to actually happen?

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

 Again, just a LITTLE script vetting!

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
Quasar
Location:
Posts: 7588
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Yoda is a Sith. It's pretty obvious.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Lucas says he's donating the four billion to charity. Let's not assume he's doing it because a nice guy, and let's come up with some other reason. It'll help us go on thinking he's capable of raping childhoods.

What are some likely reasons he'd donate the money? We can look past the obvious: the guy's already ludicrously wealthy, and he doesn't need or want any more money. Maybe if you look at it like it's a giant tax break. That makes him a little more of an asshole. Yeah. And not just a tax break, but an evil tax break. Yeah. George, you nefarious motherfucker, you're pretty shrewd. You're pretty shrewd with your evil tax breaks.

Maybe he thinks he's buying back goodwill from the prequel haters. "Sure, those prequels were terrible, but come on, man. Dude donated four billion bucks to charity! Ease up on him a bit."

Maybe he's donating to really shitty charities that do little to help anyone in real need. You know, like pet charities. Fuck pets. They ain't got no souls.

Maybe it's a giant "fuck you" to Disney. "Hey, Disney! Hey! Thanks for the greenbacks! Guess what I'm-a gonna do with 'em! I'm just gonna give 'em right the fuck away! Ha ha! You rubes! You just indirectly did something good for the world! How does *that* feel, huh? How does it feel to see your money used in a way Uncle Walt would've actually approved?! Suckers!"

Of course, he only says he's donating. Has he actually done any donating? I bet it's all talk. Or maybe Indian giving. Maybe he's donating to children's charities in exchange for having children sent over to the Ranch. Lucas. Kids going to a fantastic ranch all full of wonder and glee. Boy, does that sound familiar.

What's that? You say he's only donating half of it? Ha! I knew it! That George, man. That George. Always ready to pull something sneaky and cruel out from under the sleeve. You tell charities they're getting four billion. They start going hog wild. They start doing massive amounts of good, with the understanding that your four billion will cover them. Then you rip the rugs out from under them by only giving them half what they expect. The government comes collecting, and the charities can't cover their expenditures. The government shuts them all down. No more charities, and all thanks to the villainous plotting of one George Lucas.

I bet that's it. I bet that's his master plan. Oh, George!

Quasar
Location:
Posts: 7588
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

It's a big "fuck you" to the fans.

"You remember how I kept re-relasing and re-relasing the movies on dvd just to get more of your money but never actually gave you what you wanted? Guess what? I just pissed away 4 billion dollars because I could."

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

I knew it!

Mal Shot First
Location:
Posts: 3180
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

He's probably giving the money to a charity he owns, like the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Does all that money go toward the "education" of one George Lucas?

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

 Maybe they can educate him how to write a screenplay?

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
Quasar
Location:
Posts: 7588
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Well, Lucas would be the one providing the education, so it won't do too much good.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

 The entire class will be taught to hate sand.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago
neglet
Location:
Posts: 1434
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Could Harrison Ford be in? EW says it's not out of the question: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/11/05/star-wars-sequel-harrison-ford-han-solo-exclusive/

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

He needs this more than Indy 5.

 

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Vulture has an interesting story up right now......

 

 

Informed sources tell Vulture that Star Wars: Episode VII has found a leading candidate to write the film’s screenplay: Michael Arndt, the Pixar favorite who was nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3, won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, and wrote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently shooting. Insiders confirm that Arndt has written a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film and is likely to be at least one of the writers when the Disney/Lucasfilm project begins shooting in 2014.

The merger between George Lucas’s brainchild and Disney, announced October 30, caught the town by surprise. And talent agents were similarly astonished to learn that Arndt had been at work on the treatment long before the deal was announced, catching them flat-footed and cutting off any chance they’d have to proffer their own many eager candidates for the coveted job.  

Sources also tell Vulture that the studio’s brass want to bring back the three central characters of the original Star Wars: a much older Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. No deals are in place with any of the original actors, though our source did say it had high ambitions to sign up Mark Hamill, and EWrecently reported that Harrison Ford was open to the idea of returning. We're told that Arndt's 40-something page treatment will soon be crossing the desks of top directors, including Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg (the former producing partner of Lucasfilm co-chair Kathleen Kennedy), and J.J. Abrams. Whether they’d be interested is unknown (Star Wars is a lot of baggage for an established director), but Disney wants to make sure they’ve at least tried the biggest names.

A representative for Arndt declined to comment, referring all calls to Kennedy, who did not return a call seeking comment at deadline. A Lucasfilm spokeswoman declined to comment, saying, "We have no news to report at this time."

The choice of Arndt to pen a treatment makes perfect sense, given both his prestige as a screenwriter and his close relationship with Disney’s equally secretive Pixar — he’s the screenwriter of the cheekily titled Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind for Up director Pete Docter, currently in preproduction — but there’s one more reason still that Arndt would be so appealing to Disney and Lucasfilm: He’s a Star Wars expert.

Since winning the Oscar for Sunshine, Arndt has lectured extensively on the art of storytelling at numerous writers’ retreats, like the Hawaii Writers Conference in Maui and the Austin Film Festival, always featuring a lengthy and detailed explanation of why the original Star Wars’ ending is so creatively satisfying.

At these talks, Arndt always tells attendees that Star Wars’ enduring appeal has to do with resolving its protagonists goals’ nearly simultaneously, at the climax of the movie. In the comments section of a discussion about a Star Wars talk Arndt gave at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, one attendee of the seminar notes, "Arndt stated that if a writer could resolve the story's arcs (internal, external, philosophical) immediately after the Moment of Despair at the climax, he or she would deliver the Insanely Great Ending and put the audience in a euphoric state. The faster it could happen, the better. By [Arndt’s] reckoning, George Lucas hit those three marks at the climax of Star Wars within a space of 22 seconds."

Indeed, in the third act of Star Wars, as Arndt explained to his young screenwriting Padawans at the 2009 Hawaii Writers Conference, its central characters' main goals all are met on pages 89 through 91 of the original Lucas script: At the crescendo of Star Wars, a spectral Obi Wan urges, “Use the Force, Luke,” and he does, thus reaching his inner goal (fighting self-doubt to become a hero). Han Solo reappears (meeting the philosophical goal of overcoming selfishness with altruism) to shoot down Darth Vader, which allows Luke to use the Force to mentally guide his shot and blow up the Death Star (outer goal andinner goals simultaneously met).

So while it remains to be seen whether Arndt will forge ahead with an entire script for Episode VII, clearly, as Vader might say, “The Force is strong with this one.”

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Prediction: Luke will have a beard.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

(Insert Lazy Mara Jade Joke)

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 4 weeks ago

Seriously, though, if Lucas is in any way involved as a consultant, that will be the case. He's too obsessed with paralleling not to give him the Obi-Wan beard. Also, Hamill's face looks pretty damned rough. These days, he looks better with a beard.

Corporal_Hicks
Location:
Posts: 1664
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

Who in the world are they going to fight?

I'm all for new Star Wars, as this is one of the few franchises were we really don't know what happens next (not based on a novel, comic, or old tv show), but they spent 3 movies building up the Empire and 3 more fighting them. The new bad guys cannot possibly be as menacing.

Sent from Dalton's IPad.
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

They could always go the EU route and assert that, just because the Emperor was killed, it doesn't mean the Empire was completely crushed. The remaining Imperial Forces would probably focus on the technical instead of the magical when fighting back. There'd probably be some sort of Force-blocking device introduced to up the stakes.

Might as well bring in Ol' Thrawn and the ysalamiri. I'm half expecting it. It would almost be more ballsy for them not to bring them in. If they don't bring them in, they'll probably introduce something similar that takes their places. 

Or they could go the Squadron Supreme/Watchmen/Kingdom Come route and have it be so that the new Jedi order, despite thinking it's doing right, sets up a totalitarian state where only "good" behavior is rewarded, "evil" is crushed almost instantaneously, and individuality is suppressed. In other words, they'd essentially end up going where they were already going in the prequels. There'd be a lot of heavy-handed, good-guys-are-the-unwitting-bad-guys moralizing and philosophizing. 

These ideas are just lazy enough to be plausible.

There are a number of ways they could go, but the obvious ways all involve posing a threat to the Jedi. I think it would be kinda cool if Luke recognized the perils of and Force training and just kept it to himself, allowing the sequels to focus on the SW Universe's other strenghts, but I doubt that'll happen. There'll probably be something similar to the New Jedi Order, though it probably won't be called that so they can distance themselves from the EU. Unless they don't wanna.

The kinds of threats posed to the Jedi could probably be narrowed down to Force vs. Force, Force vs. Technology, or Ye Olde Internal Strife (here they'll likely go with people changing sides or the Force itself morphing/becoming uncontrollable). 

Even if they do go in the Luke-keeps-the-Force-to-himself direction, they'll probably make it so that there's rampant untrained Force use all throughout the galaxies. It'll build in such a way that Luke will realize begrudingly that some specific person or group of people needs training/to be kept under observation. There'll probably be some character whose ability surpasses all others, and maybe Luke'll wind up trying to train him/her, and maybe either Luke will tip toward the Dark Side or the trainee will. More paralleling.

Or maybe they will completely surprise me.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

Goddamn it.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

There should probably be a goddamn speculation thread.

Corporal_Hicks
Location:
Posts: 1664
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

I'd like to see some dark Jedi. Not necessarily Sith, but dudes that use the Force for their own personal gain. I could see that being a legit threat.

Sent from Dalton's IPad.
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

That's where the untrained Force user bit would come in.

If Luke figures into this, they're almost guaranteed to give him a love interest of some sort--unless they really want to play up the old monk/Obi-Wan parallel. It'll probably be Not Mara Jade, which will piss off the 5,000 or so people who actually, deeply care about the EU.

I'd rather they keep Luke celibate, but not make it an "issue." I figure there'll be some pressure to make it so that he "gets some," since Leia went to Han in the OT. On the other hand, maybe Hamill's general grossness will keep that from happening.

I'd really rather they skipped forward a hundred years or something and left most of (if not all) the characters we know alone. I realize the chances of that happening are pretty slim. People want to see the old gang. Maybe they'll go with occasional cameos, like the new Avatar cartoon.

I suppose the question the Disney folks are asking themselves right now is just how insular/incestuous they want the new series to be. Are they going to want to stick super close to the characters we know, or are they going to give us a whole bunch of new characters and let the old ones take a back seat? Michael Arndt is supposed to have turned in a 50-page outline of some sort. 

They're probably also asking themselves how much EU they want to let in. The less the better, probably. They're probably also trying to figure out how important the story element is versus how important the escapist fantasy element is. 

They're probably also trying to figure out how stylized they think they'll be able to make the movies without isolating a big chunk of the fan base. Flashbacks, slow motion, Leone-style closeups (we basically get one of these in the PT with the Obi/Grievous standoff; you might count the opening shot of the SE Han/Jabba scene from ANH as a Leone closeup [the closeup of Han's hand and blaster with Jabba in the background is pretty Leone-like]), visions (one in RotS), Vertigo effects (can't think of any in either trilogy)... how much, if at all, can they use them? There's pretty much only one or two slow-mo shots (the ones that come to mind: Obi-Wan dies, Luke cuts off Cave Vader's head, Yoda dies, Death Stars are blown up; basically, slow motion in SW means death. I think Order 66 gets the slow-mo treatment in the PT, but other instances aren't coming to mind) per OT film. 

The OT and PT are full of pans, wipes, and irises out. Will the new movies honor this, or will these seem too "old fashioned" for the new filmmakers? How much freedom will new directors have?

Space Tycoon
Location:
Posts: 2464
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

How much freedom do any of us really have?

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 9 years 3 weeks ago

THIS MUCH!