Steven Spielberg Says That 'The Force Awakens' Could Be "The Greatest Movie Of All Time"
Star Wars and Spielberg have a long relationship going back to the start, which is strange as Spielberg has never directed a Star Wars film outside of doing a bit of pre-viz exercises on Revenge of the Sith. A few shots from that time may have made it into film or inspired George Lucas and he of course gave notes on the rough cuts of all the six previous films. That said, Spielberg hasn’t given us a Star Wars film and it doesn’t sound like he will. Basically, he says the stars have never aligned on that front. Spielberg says he loves Star Wars and he drops this:
"I THINK THE FORCE AWAKENS COULD BE THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME."
That’s a pretty good endorsement. I agree with Spielberg that The Phantom Menace was an instant classic and the rest of the prequels are very cool movies. Some of you don’t agree, so an endorsement from Spielberg doesn’t mean as much to that segment of the fandom. That said, it is a pretty awesome endorsement as far as I’m concerned!
"Even a man who is pure in heart. and says his prayers by night. may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms. and the autumn moon is bright."
Searching for the Converse Werewolf
While to most, the full moon represents frantic driving and unpredictable behaviour, to those in the business of ‘monsters’ it is significant for an entirely different reason — lycanthropy, i.e. werewolves.
Now, before you place the butterfly net over my head, please be advised that, while generally perceived to be strictly, fictional creatures from literature and fairy tales, modern accounts of these terrors do exist.
Most notably, Wisconsin’s Beast of Bray Road, described by eyewitnesses as displaying the characteristics of a large wolf stalking the local forests and corn fields in an upright posture. During 2008, I had the distinct honor of traveling to France for a History Channel television special where I investigated The Beast of Gevaudan, which was alleged to have attacked hundreds of simple farm-folk during the late 18th century. Evidently, the notion of real werewolves has been around for a while. Few San Antonio residents, however, are aware that the nearby community of Converse boasts its very own man-beast legend. According to the story, which I’ve found attributed to the 1800s and as recently as the 1960s, a local rancher instructed his teenage son to strike out to shoot his first deer (as a passage to manhood, no doubt).
And now for something completely different ...
A customer enters a pet shop.
Customer: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.
(The owner does not respond.)
C: 'Ello, Miss?
Owner: What do you mean "miss"?
C: I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!
O: We're closin' for lunch.
C: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
O: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?
C: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
O: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.
C: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.
O: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!
C: The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead.
O: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!
C: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up!
(shouting at the cage)
'Ello, Mister Polly Parrot! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show...(owner hits the cage)
O: There, he moved!
C: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage!
O: I never!!
Oh ... it's just too long! Here just watch:
UFO Appears After UFO Clouds Cause Panic in South Africa
Just a few weeks after UFO-shaped clouds caused widespread panic across Cape Town, South Africa, a UFO appeared over Cape Town and Durban to stoke the fears of residents again. Are the events related? Is the UFO a possible portal? What about other UFO sightings in Cape Town this year … is it becoming a new UFO hot spot?
The green UFO was spotted the night of November 28th by many witnesses in Cape Town. The green object looks like an orb to some but others said it resembled a portal or wormhole. The photos spread quickly on social media sites, prompting other South Africans to look out their windows. In Durban, another major city on the opposite coast of South Africa, witnesses spotted a similar green UFO over a stadium on the same night. So far, no explanation has been forthcoming from government, military or space officials.
LEGENDARY CREATOR GEORGE BARRIS LAID TO REST IN '66 BATMOBILE-INSPIRED CASKET
George Barris, the man responsible for designing the iconic and much-loved '66 Batmobile, was laid to rest yesterday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, in a casket inspired by his very own creation. Barris passed away earlier this month at age 89, surrounded by his family.
CBR posted the following photo of Barris' casket on Instagram, which features an airbrushed '66 Batmobile on its side and specially-made fins on top, in honour of the creator's work:
Oh my ... this is going to piss people off!
GEORGE LUCAS DEFENDS GREEDO SHOOTING FIRST
George Lucas is stirring up trouble again.
Reaffirming his place in the annals of the saga he created, the writer/director/producer/tinkerer defended his controversial choice to have Greedo shoot first in the special edition (and beyond) of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Since it’s been forever since people were able to see the original version, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shoots Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina, but in the 1997 Special Edition and the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray releases, a digitally added blast from the Rodian bounty hunter precedes Han’s shot.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Lucas said the change between theatrical and special editions was to do with Han’s principles.
“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’” Lucas asks. “Because I was thinking mythologically—should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first]—you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”
Okay. Um. Where do I start? Firstly, to say nothing of the awkwardness of the additional blaster bolt shot (frames were trimmed out for the Blu-ray release to make it slightly less noticeable), there’s the issue that Greedo basically just said he was going to kill Solo regardless of if he paid the money. So there was imminent threat on the smuggler’s life.
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