'Star Wars' director says new film no 'nostalgic trip'
Los Angeles (AFP) - With little more than a week to go before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters, the plot of the hotly anticipated film is still a closely guarded secret. But director J.J. Abrams promises it won't be a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The latest installment of the blockbuster sci-fi saga -- the first in a decade -- opens in US theaters on December 18 and keen fans can't wait.
The cast -- beloved veterans of the original films Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), as well as fresh faces joining the franchise -- gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday at an undisclosed location.
But they didn't let much slip.
"I wanted to keep audiences surprised," Abrams told reporters.
The director, also known for his successful reboot of the "Star Trek" films, added: "It's not a nostalgic trip -- we had to go back in order to go forward."
"The Force Awakens" -- Episode VII in the saga -- takes place 30 years after "Return of the Jedi."
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ORIGINAL CAST OF TRAINSPOTTING CONFIRMED FOR SEQUEL
It’s been almost twenty years since Danny Boyle‘s Trainspotting brought us breakout performances of Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Kelly Macdonald. Not their first performances, but quite possibly some of the earliest that people remember. (We of course first remember seeing Miller in 1995’s Hackers.) Boyle’s been vocal about wanting to do a follow-up to the film for years and it’s now been confirmed that his sequel to the 1996 film will feature the original cast.
Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, Trainspotting followed a group of heroin addicts in late ’80s Scotland through their day-to-day lives. A grim look at addiction shown through the direction of Boyle was not just a beautiful film but solidified him as a director and became the example most of his later films have been measured against. There have been talks about a sequel for years that would follow the Irvine Welsh book’s sequel, Porno, (obviously this won’t be the name of the movie) which takes place about 9 years after the events of the first book. With 20 years gone by and everyone involved having aged, it’s safe to say the sequel will pick up a little later than the events of book.
Kim Wilde thinks UFO 'changed her life'
Kim Wilde claims seeing a UFO "changed her life".
The 'Kids in America' singer is convinced she and her friend spotted an otherworldly being in the sky six years ago and the encounter made her feels more "connected" to the universe.
She said: "I was in my garden with a friend, the day after Michael Jackson died, and we saw two bright lights in the sky. They were about 20 times the size of an aeroplane. They were hovering and then zig-zagging really quickly for about 10 minutes. It was in the local paper as we weren't the only ones who saw it. It changed my life.
"I feel connected to the universe and it's made me really inspired, full of wonder and hope. I believe it's similar to when someone says they've seen God."
Though Kim is not religious, she believes she is "eternal" and her spirit will live on forever.
She told OK! magazine: "I feel I'm eternal, that's all I know but that's a big thing to know.
Hidden portrait 'found under Mona Lisa', says French scientist
An image of a portrait underneath the Mona Lisa has been found beneath the existing painting using reflective light technology, according to a French scientist.
Pascal Cotte said he has spent more than 10 years using the technology to analyse the painting.
He claims the earlier portrait lies hidden underneath the surface of Leonardo's most celebrated artwork.
A reconstruction shows another image of a sitter looking off to the side.
The Louvre Museum has declined to comment on his claims because it "was not part of the scientific team".
Original Script for Godzilla (2014) Featured a 600-Foot Tall Godzilla, Different Monsters & Much More!
Before Gareth Edwards' and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla (2014) made it to the silver screen, the film and its concepts had gone through some fairly drastic changes. For starters, the original height for Godzilla was originally going to be 600-feet tall, different designs for the MUTOs as well as their names and abilities were very different and roles for the film's main characters were nearly opposite to what they became. The entire draft by David Callaham, David S. Goyer, and Max Borenstein spanned 107 pages when it was submitted to Legendary in June of 2012.
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New sightings of Loch Ness Monster at their highest in more than a decade with five unexplained eye witness accounts of the mythical beast in the last year
Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are at their highest in more than a decade with five eye witnesses accounts of the mythical creature made in the past year.
Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said it was a 'vintage' year for Nessie reports in Scotland.
It has now accepted five sightings for 2015 - including one just logged by a New York woman - the most in 13 years.
Mr Campbell stressed that the majority of claimed sightings do not get included on the register - as most can be explained in one way or another.
Among them was that logged by American tourist Crystal Ardito who recently found pictures of 'Nessie' after studying her summer holiday snaps.
'I went to Scotland to go on the Loch Ness boat ride on July 1. I took photos of the loch and I was just looking at my photos and I found one photo where I saw a grey thing sticking out of the water, so I zoomed in,' she said.
Ms Ardito said she had only seen the object for 'a few seconds' and 'did not notice the grey object in the photo until months later...in the middle of the loch.'
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