George Lucas’ Request to Today’s Filmmakers: ‘Don’t Forget the Basics’

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“The reason this is happening is because I’m pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach,” said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.

“Don’t forget the basics. Don’t get enamored with new technology, because it’s not new. Just ...

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Box Office: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Opens to Strong $3.3 Million Thursday Night

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The ancient epic opens exactly seven years after Zack Snyder’s

“300” took the box office by storm.

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The movie is likewise off to a robust start overseas, where Rise of an Empire opened to a stellar $1.83 million in France on Wednesday.

Directed by Noam Murro this time out, the film starsSullivan Stapleton and Eva Green and is set during the second Persian invasion ...

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Steve Zaillian Writing, Producing ‘Montezuma’ for Steven Spielberg to Direct

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Steve Zaillian has come aboard to rewrite and produce Montezuma, one of Hollywood’s fabled projects that Steven Spielberg hopes to direct, THR has confirmed.

Montezuma is now set up at DreamWorks and Javier Bardem has expressed interest in ...
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THR talks with the 71-year-old legend

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…about his controversial new movie,

his affinity for crime cinema, voiceovers and Leonardo DiCaprio, with

whom he has made five films over 11 years.

 

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Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street — a rollicking three-hour black comedy based on the true story of debaucherous con man Jordan Belfort –– has become one of the most controversial films in the director’s 50-year career. The filmmaker, who has nothing left to prove after directing 23 narrative ...

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Disney has announced it will control any future “Indiana Jones” movies..

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 — but does the world really want any future “Indiana Jones” movies?

 

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The other shoe has finally dropped. Disney and Paramount have come to an agreement over the other big franchise most people connect with Lucasfilm: Indiana Jones. More important than the actual deal, however, is what’s implied by the terms — that we’ll be seeing another Indiana Jones movie before too long.

After all, surely that’s the ...
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