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Richard Nixon and his pal RoboCop in 1987. Photo snapped by Chuck Pulin during a charity event promoting the movie's VHS release. (via Mental Floss)
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek published today, George Lucas more or less spilled the beans: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the new "Star Wars" film. All three had signed on for the forthcoming "Episode VII" project before Lucasfilm's $4 billion purchase by Disney.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or were pretty much in the final stages of negotiation," said Lucas. "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do."
WHOAH, SPOILER, DUDE.
Fisher had confirmed her reprisal in an earlier interview.
"That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age."
Dazed and Confused is 20 years old! Esquire has a package of features tied to the anniversary. And if you're in Austin, there's a big screening, reunion, and cast party happening at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre!
The last episode of Black Mirror’s second season airs tonight on UK Channel 4.
Do you remember the first profoundly shocking image you saw on the internet? Perhaps it would have been something you came across by accident; perhaps you followed, half horrified and half compelled, a trail of digital whispers to see if you could handle it.
Maybe you don’t remember the first one, but you remember some of them. Maybe you shut the window, sick at yourself, at the glimpse of a woman’s eyes glassed with something unsettling, not staged. Maybe you lingered on eruptions, lacerations, in spite of yourself. To see if the image could possibly be real.
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The English have a coy euphemism for addiction: “moreish.” It summons the delightful anxiety in surrendering your control to something else, the ambivalent cocktail of desire and guilt. We feel it flickering in the periphery, and we feel our smartphones in the middle of a restaurant dinner.
Master blacksmith Tony Swatton of Sword & Stone is Hollywood's favorite weapons maker. Here he is forging Jaime Lannister's sword for "Games of Thrones."
Zach Galafianakis' Oscars coverage is pretty much all the Oscars coverage I want to watch. In part one, Zach sits down with Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts & Amy Adams. In part two, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Sally Field and "another special guest from Lincoln." (HT: Chris Sacca)
"The visual effects industry woke up Monday morning to news it had been dreading," Variety reported later that day. "One of its most admired companies, Rhythm & Hues, had been forced into bankruptcy."
R&H's "Life of Pi" (2012) just won four Visual Effects Society Awards, including the equivalent of Best Picture; as well as the BAFTA for visual effects. The company will file for Chapter 11 reorganization in Los Angeles.
They're laying off staff now, and the LA Times has more.