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George Lucas to retire from blockbuster filmmaking

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George Lucas has had enough of your sass. The director is calling his upcoming pet project “Red Tails” his last blockbuster film, and had said in a recent interview with The New York Times, that, after this, he’s headed back to his roots in art house filmmaking.

“I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”

Yes, we know, you are desperately longing for more “Star Wars” prequels to the prequels and sequels to the sequels. Well, too bad for you. Lucas has heard all of the fanboys’ complaining and is sick of it. While he feels that there are “a lot more important things in the world” than bickering with angry fans, he also has no plans to return to it.

“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” he asked.

That being said, he was “careful to leave himself out a clause [to make] a fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ film.”

Speaking of “Jones,” Lucas is still defending the fridge-nuking scene in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Sure, the term “nuke the fridge” has become the film version of “jump the shark,” but Lucas attributes the sequence to his own naïve style of filmmaking. Plus, according to him and “a lot of scientists,” the odds of surviving a nuclear explosion in a lead-lined refrigerator are “about 50-50.” Who are we to argue with science.

Honestly, we’re glad Lucas is returning to his roots. It was during his film school days that he had the most creative period of his filmmaking career, if we can judge creativity by new and unique projects. Between the years 1965 and 1977, Lucas created 10 original projects. Nine were short films, one of which he created a feature-length adaption for (“THX 1138”) and one was an original feature (“American Graffiti”). But then “Star Wars” was released and, soon after, “Indiana Jones,” and Lucas’ life has seemingly been devoted to them for the past 45 years. We’re glad that, following “Red Tails,” the blockbuster days are over.

“Once this is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do,” Rick McCallum, who has been producing Lucas’s films for more than 20 years, tells the NYT. “He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”

For the first time in a very long time, we’re genuinely excited to see what Lucas will come up with next. But, just for the fun of it, we give you this:

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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