Confession time: I'm a bit of a Star Wars nerd. I say "a bit" because I'm not enough of a nerd to have extensive knowledge of the Expanded Universe, I don't really care who shot first, and I'm not an apologist for the prequel trilogy (although Revenge of the Sith actually wasn't too bad).
I am, however, exactly the right age to have grown up with the original trilogy. Between 1977, when Star Wars came out, and 1983, when Return of the Jedi was released, I was between the ages of 4 and 10. In fact, Star Wars (it wasn't called A New Hope back then, padawan) was the first movie I ever saw in a cinema. (And even if it actually wasn't, I'll go to my grave insisting that it was.)
Apocalypse WWI will be screened at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from June 13 to 15. The film co-presented by VIFF Vancity Theatre, the Consulate General of France of Vancouver, and Idéacom International, commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.
Apocalypse WWI is a French-Canadian documentary by Isabelle Clark and Daniel Costello. The film features archival material artfully colourized to bring audiences a view into World War I never experienced before.
Five 52-minute installments transport viewers to the trenches in northern France to the frontlines of Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Palestine, and the Arabian desert.
Admittedly, Tuesday nights usually don't have a lot going for them, seeing as it's almost the middle of the week and you're probably preparing for a woefully unexciting hump day.
But with the Chevron Summer Cinema Series, Tuesday nights are cool again. This summer-long event sees free open-air films screened every Tuesday night in July and August at Stanley Park's Second Beach.
Award-winning actor Ann B. Davis, most famous for her role as the ever-optimistic Alice Nelson of the TV series The Brady Bunch, died in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday.
The 88-year-old suffered a fall at her home on May 31. Medical examiner’s investigator Sara Horne reportedly said no cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned for Monday (June 2).
The Brady Bunch premiered in 1969 and aired for five years. However, while the show itself was short-lived, it developed a loyal following and lived on in reruns and spin-offs. The show tells the story of two families merged into one, and is considered to be one of the last old-style family sitcoms.
The film director who brought Richard Nixon and the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the big screen is now setting his sights on a movie about Edward Snowden.
Oliver Stone is planning an adaptation of The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Guardian journalist Luke Harding.
Naturally, the story broke in Harding's publication.
According to the Guardian article, it will be produced by Stone's business partner, Moritz Borman.
Mountain Equipment Co-op presents the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films at the SFU Goldcorp Theatre (149 West Hastings Street) from Tuesday to Thursday (June 3 to 5).
The fifth annual festival features films focused on adventure, surf, and the environment. Each screening will be introduced by speakers. The goal of the festival to encourage audiences to explore their relationship with the ocean, with net proceeds from the festival benefiting the Georgia Strait Alliance and its mission to protect the marine environment and promote sustainability.
As fans are still waiting for a trailer for the third Hobbit film to be released (given the descriptive, if not terribly inspired, title of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), they'll have to sate their Middle-earth cravings with this unofficial, fan-made version.
Pieced together from Eragon, Sucker Punch, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer, Season of the Witch, Midnight Chronicles, Dragonfyre, Fire & Ice, 47 Ronin, and Dragon Crusaders, the trailer recreates the excitement of the first two Hobbit films, not to mention director Peter Jackson's previous Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Vancouver-born actor, director, and screenwriter Seth Rogen has relied on Twitter to express his displeasure with a column by Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post.
"I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed," Rogen tweeted after Hornaday wrote a column linking mass murderer Elliott Rodger's recent rampage to the entertainment industry.
One of the most enjoyable set visits I did during my 13-year tenure with Fangoria was for Needful Things, the adaptation of Stephen King’s 1991 novel. In December of ’92 I journeyed out to North Vancouver and got the scoop on the movie, with much help from the delightful duo of Canadian comedian-actress Valri Bromfield and New Yorker Amanda Plummer–who would blow me away two years later with her role in Pulp Fiction.
I would also like to thank Max von Sydow, the original Exorcist, for the interview he gave me at the time.
Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is that Oculus director Mike Flanagan will helm an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, about a woman who fights to survive after a bondage game with her husband goes horribly wrong.