Star Mores for Episode VII

Nope, still no one who fits Mara Jade ūüė¶

Hey, so remember how Lucasfilm 2.0 and J.J. Abrams had made a big deal about doing a worldwide casting search for an unknown young man and woman to be in the new Star Wars movie except when the cast was announced no one had been recruited through it and it had looked just like a publicity stunt?

Well it turns out it wasn’t as an unknown boy and girl have just been announced as part of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Hooray! Continue reading

Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues tonight, watch the trailer

Following directly from this summer’s eponymous underrated¬†film, actually the pilot for¬†the TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut tonight at 9 PM¬†in the US on Cartoon Network (and in two days in Canada on CTV, and on the 25th in the UK on Sky Movies Premiere). It is set between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, and more precisely between episodes 21 and 22 of the previous 2D Clone Wars series.

Judging from its movie pilot, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is actually a really high quality show if you don’t forget what it’s supposed to be, which¬†is¬†something aimed primarily towards kids. It should be compared to other spin-off cartoons such as the Godzilla and Mummy ones, which it easily surpasses, but it still focuses mostly on action¬†and childish humor.

You musn’t forget that¬†Lucasfilm wasn’t trying for¬†a perfect likeness of¬†live-action when making this and thus, that the look is very intentional, not a result of “making something on the cheap” as¬†the quality of the animation is actually top-notch.

So once again, this¬†is a¬†worthwhile watch if you enjoy the Star Wars universe and understand what that this is a show for kids first and foremost. The first season will consist of 22 episodes, and more than a hundred are planned for the series’ full run. Official description follows after the jump. Continue reading

Movie Of The Day: Eragon (2006)

After the first installments of Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings rocked the global¬†box-office back in 2001, American¬†¬†movie studios started buying the rights of every fantasy book they could find in the hope of striking cinematic gold. Barely any executive was able to shout “cha-ching” however, as only a handful of these¬†opportunist films have proved successful, namely Disney’s The Chronicles Of Narnia and New Line’s The Golden Compass (sure, it bombed in the US, but it was huge everywhere else). Indeed, in their rush to shell out movies about magical worlds, studios seem to have mostly forgotten what made Potter and Rings so successful: it’s not only an established fanbase¬†and an otherworldly¬†setting, but mainly faithfulness, and a creative team truly invested in the source material.

Which brings us to Eragon, which is adapted from the first book in Chistopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. The movie¬†was directed by first-timer Stefen Fangmeier, a visual effects supervisor on films such as A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and¬†adpated to screenplay form by Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III). It stars newcomer Edward Speleers in the title role, as well as Jeremy Irons (Kingdom Of Heaven), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Robert Carlyle (28 Weeks Later), John Malkovich (Beowulf), Garett Hedlund (Death Sentence), Djimon Hounsou (Never Back Down), Rachel Weisz’s voice (Definitely, Maybe) and pop singer Joss Stone in her first (albeit brief) film role.

Eragon‘s story goes pretty much like this: Once upon a time, peace was kept by an order of knights with special abilities. One of these knights turned to evil however, and betrayed his comrades, killing them all (or did he?) and establishing himself as ruler of everywhere. Years later, a young blond male living at his uncle’s farm¬†stumbles upon something¬†stolen from¬†the evil lord. After his family is killed, he is recruited by a wise old ex-knight and sets on a journey to join a small band of¬†dedicated rebels, to whom the stolen item could prove extremely useful. Along the way, they will venture into one of the enemy’s fortresses to rescue the young¬†princess who stole the thing in the first place. Sound familiar? Review and trailer after the jump.

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