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Star Wars Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Passes Away At 99

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Gilbert TaylorScience fiction, and the film world in general, has lost an important figure this week, as cinematographer Gilbert Taylor passed away at his home on the Isle of Wight at the age of 99. Words like “important figure” seem like a gross understatement to describe someone with Taylor’s career. He lensed 70 films, including Star Wars, Flash Gordon, and The Omen, and worked with directors like Alfred Hitchcock (Frenzy), Roman Polanski (Repulsion and more), and Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb). In 2009, Taylor actually said that Dr. Strangelove is the film he’d most like to be remembered for. You can see why a term like icon or legend might be more appropriate terms to use when talking about Taylor, who also shot A Hard Day’s Night for the Beatles and Richard Lester.

Born in 1914 in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England, Taylor began working in the industry in 1929. That’s not a bad run, especially for a man who began his career as a camera assistant and clapper loader at London’s Gainsborough Studios. Though he retired from shooting feature length films in 1994, he continued to work, filming commercials for years after that. During World War II, at the request of Winston Churchill, Taylor, who was serving in the Royal Air Force at the time, filmed the aftermath of the night raids over German. In 2001 the British Society of Cinematographers presented him with their lifetime achievement award.

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Tranformers 4 Delivers A First Official Photo And News Of The Dinobots

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DinobotsProduction on Transformers 4 is well underway, but the film’s story is a big question mark. The only concrete thing we know about the movie is that it will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and will include a “chase from hell.” It’s also unclear what new Autobots and Decepticons will be featured in the new Transformers 4, but there are now new rumors that suggest a few fan-favorites will emerge in the fourth installment of the Transformers film series, and director Michael Bal also released the first official picture from the set.

According to ComingSoon.net, Transformers 4 introduces the Dinobots to the film franchise. Bay and company are reportedly in the middle of shooting a scene in Chicago’s McCormick Place referred to as “1st Dinobot Attack” on the call sheet. Which Dinobots will be featured remains to be seen, but you can almost count on Grimlock, the T-Rex Transformer, to be part of the action. “Me Grimlock Happy to be in Movie Go Boom!”

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International Riddick TV Spot Kicks Ass In Spanish

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Some of us have been waiting damn near a decade for Riddick to arrive. And some of us have been waiting even longer than that for another good movie featuring Vin Diesel’s space badass. The latest film in the so-called “Furyan Chronicles” hits IMAX theaters worldwide on September 6, a fact clearly illustrated by this new international TV spot.

Though it’s pretty similar in content to the numerous trailers and commercials that we’ve seen in the process of building up to this movie, there is some nice new footage to just to mix things up. For instance, there’s more—and by more, I mean like a second or two more—of Riddick sitting on the Necromonger throne. This addresses, at least in an oblique manner, one of the biggest questions many have had surrounding Riddick.

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Marvel President Kevin Feige Dishes Guardians of the Galaxy Details

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Guardians Guardians of the Galaxy has quickly become one of the most anticipated movies in the Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. If the comic book movie is successful with general audiences, there’s no telling how deep Marvel can go to deliver strange and outrageous films. It seems like Marvel is handling Guardians of the Galaxy as if it were The Avengers, which means feel that confident with all of their properties, including their most obscure. While not much is known about the cosmic team of peacekeepers, Marvel producer Kevin Feige wants to shed some light on Marvel’s newest cinematic superheroes.

In an interview with Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Feige gives some insight on all the members of the Guardians team, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. He explains the backgrounds and histories of each member of the team before we meet them at the beginning of the movie. Feige explained:

They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, “I am Groot.”

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James Cameron Commissions Four Stand-Alone Avatar Novels

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NeytiriJames Cameron wants to give you more Avatar sequels, than you can handle. While the director readies the Pandora for three sequels, the 59-year-old visionary is looking to expand his fictional world beyond the film series. Four movies are apparently not enough because Cameron has hired author Steven Charles Gould to write four stand-alone novels that will delve deeper into Pandora and its native people, the Na’vi.

According to Cinema Blend, Twentieth Century Fox announced that Gould will base four novels on the Avatar films, and expand the world of Pandora. This would be something like the Star Wars extended universe that goes far beyond the boundaries of the films. Presumably these books will be canon for the universe, but it’s unclear how they will fit into the forthcoming cinematic additions.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Finds A Cinematographer, Will Shoot With 35mm Film

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making a movie!It seems as if Star Wars: Episode VII is returning to its roots even without George Lucas. A few weeks ago at the Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Episode VII would focus on story. She added that the seventh installment in the Star Wars saga would incorporate practical effects whenever possible, rather than relying on flashy CGI like the prequels. It appears director J.J. Abrams is fully on board with these notions, because the 47-year-old director will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film stock rather than using digital cameras.

According to Boba Fett Fan Club, cinematographer Dan Mindel has been announced as J.J. Abrams’ director of photography on Star Wars: Episode VII. The announcement came during an industry event in Los Angeles, and further revealed that Abrams and Mindel would use Kodak film stock 5219 to shoot the new Star Wars movie.

Dan Mindel has worked with Abrams on the films Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness. Mindel also had a long-time collaboration with the late Tony Scott on the films Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and Domino. His most recent work can be seen in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for director Marc Webb.