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Hell Freezes Over... Giant Hole In Universe Found... Forward Progression on Lucas' forever in development film RED TAILS?!?!?!

Published at: Aug. 28, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... I know the headline looks like three totally improbable things... but ya know... one of them is true! That's right, forward progression has begun on Lucas' RED TAILS project. For - actually, I don't have a clue how long he's been talking about making a film about the Tuskegee Airmen. I know it began sometime in the same century as the actual event. I actually seem to have a memory of this project around the same time as HOWARD THE DUCK. Now that's not to cast a HOWARD THE DUCK cloud on this project. Quite the contrary. I've always been excited about HOWARD THE DUCK and the Tuskegee Airmen. I'm hoping he casts folks like Laurence Fishburne or Andre Braugher or Cuba Gooding Jr. Kidding aside - I love World War II aviation flicks. This is a great story, that even though it was told wonderfully on TV, the story could be amazing with the tools Lucas has at his disposal. I had assumed this was dead a long time ago. And what was the forward progression? He hired John Ridley to write the script. I wonder - all these years that it's been "in development" was there never a script? Hmmm... So how great is John Ridley? Well... no joking... he's pretty fucking good. He wrote U-TURN, THREE KINGS, and my favorite... UNDERCOVER BROTHER - which is a work of genius that was underappreciated by a world filled with blind heathens. But now that Lucas has hired a writer, something he usually does in secret and rarely acknowledges to the public - I think there's a chance this will actually get made. And it'll be an interesting combatting Visual Fx battle between Weta and ILM. Because Peter Jackson has his DAMBUSTERS in the pipeline - I wonder which will hit first.

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  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega

    test

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Mr. Lucas

    by Aloy

    Plse. don't direct

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    dambusters...

    by TimMighty

    hm...

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Tuskegee Airmen raped my childhood

    by Cedar_Room

    If this film is half as good as The Phantom Menace, then it will be absolutely shite. "Wesah need some training to fly thesah big birds"

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Bwah?

    by ThomasServo

    Dude, never much of a "hater," as the kids say--but that article was all over the place. What the hell was that rambling bit about Howard the Duck? It was like Miss. South Carolina all over again.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The Tuskegee Airmen Shot First

    by LittleDudes

    And they shot well.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm sure Laurence Fishburne would star...

    by Brody77

    Even though he's already done this film over 10 years ago!! www.imdb.com/title/tt0114745/ and, wait - who else was in that? I know, Cuba Gooding Jr!! Someone wanna tell the beard he's been beaten to the punch by around 12 years?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Brody...

    by ThomasServo

    I see you were confused by the article as well. Harry was being facetious-- he was referring to that movie. Lucas hasn't actually cast those actors.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Well Harry, I have 1st hand knowledge of this project

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    My Grandfather, Roger "Bill" Terry (Google him, he's an incredible man and my hero) use to be president of the Tuskegee Airmen Institute. In fact, under his presidency (in an attempt spark interest for a new generation to understand and respect the efforts, sacrifice and honor of these fine soilders)they were able to get two G.I.Joe commemerative action figures made as well as the HBO TV Film made. Lucas has own the exclusive rights of the Airmen's RED TAILS for 20 years. As far as scripts, well, all I know is that there was ONE script originally written. Personally, this project has been one of great irritance and excitement. A bizarre pairing of emotions I know but bare with me. Consider that when Lucas intitially intended to have this film made to coincide with the 50th Anniversery of the end of WWII. Since then, numerous ILM/THX/video game projects have consumed his "attention"...included six related Star Wars films. It's been frustrating because many of the original Airmen have passed away, never to see this project come to fruition. The excitement is the hope that one day, ONE F'N DAY, he'll come through and make an amazing film that highlights/showcases/honors/respects the great contributions made. Hell freezing over...nope not yet. But I hear that it will start getting colder in LA soon :^D

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Midol Boy

    Really, gay.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Two fat WWII vets just chest-bumped

    by Doctor_Sin

    "Faster...more intense."

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Well, alright, Lucas

    by Ribbons

    I never thought he would actually get out from under Star Wars and make another film like he said he wanted to, but he's doin' it! He's really doin' it!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    What a waste

    by ThePilgrim

    The HBO film did it with flying colors, and with The actual T's involvement. Why go back on that horse once again. Lucas had it, let it sit too long, and someone else did it and did it well. Lucas needs to move on to those THX1138 like movies he promised US. Oh wait thats right he's all about TV now.. Who cares!!! Redtails won't be his Shindies List nor his Saving Private Ryan. 15 years too late Mr. L! Now hows about a Fantasia like CGI digital film in 3d sans Jar Jar.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Wait, I thought they DID find a hole in the universe...

    by LHombreSiniestro

    ...didn't they?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Good lawd!

    by thevisitor

    I recall reading about this project in 1990. I was still in high school and on the way to an interview for a part time job! I was so excited, as an African American, that a guy with the clou of Lucas would do such a film. For two yars I recall egularly checking ou Variety at the library to see if "Red Tails" was going into production. After that I stoped checking. And after four years I essentially brushed off the idea that this movie was going to be done at all. To read today's report is kind of like learning that a lost and thought to be dead friend has turned up alive in Aruba. Of course now I'm not so excited about this product considering Lucas' recent track record. But I hope it finally goes through and that a good movie is actually made. By the way I ddi get that job.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    George Lucas's Chinese Democracy

    by LHombreSiniestro

    Or IS it???

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Lucas isn't directing though

    by kwisatzhaderach

    He said in an interview that he would produce and get somebody in to direct...this isn't one of his much-vaunted 'personal' films he's going to make. Cool to see Lucasfilm make something that isn't full of furry animals for a change though.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:38 a.m. CST

    title sounds like a porno.

    by Boomers_Lips

    if it's a porno, i'll go and see it.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:46 a.m. CST

    What happened with Red Nails?

    by CuervoJones

    That animated Conan movie?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    But will it be as good as Stealth?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Well?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST

    re: Dam Busters

    by forgot_old_username

    All people will do is complain about how it's not as good as the original. At least Red Tails has a chance to tell a new story.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    For those interested in the hole...

    by Torben Bille

    [url]http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2329057520070823 [/url]

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's been done before...

    by MCVamp

    But more people will be able to learn of the Tuskegee story from a high-budget Lucas-produced movie than a pre-Sopranos-era-HBO Film, no matter how good that HBO Film was. Hell, even if they recycled the cast, it would be a worthwhile effort. By the way, Tuskegee Airmen was one of the finest HBO Films ever, along with Something The Lord Made, Miss Evers' Boys, Citizen X, Barbarians At the Gate...and about 20 other films, of course, that's not even counting minis.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    UnderCover Brother

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Man, that bit where Doogie had an adverse reaction to being called a sissy, and proceeded to rip that guy to pieces with his bare hands is one of the greatest moments of American Film."I am not a SISSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIE!"

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    LOL @ t3h r3uterz l1nk!!!?

    by dr sauch

    No workie. I wanted to read about the hole.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:18 a.m. CST

    I REMEMBER LIKING THE "HOWARD THE DUCK" MOVIE WHEN...

    by Wilclas

    ...I was a kid. But then, the years came and I realised that most people hated it. I gotta see that shit again.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Vergil

    The other day I was trying to remember the last movie I've seen that really (no...really) made me laugh. I remember now, it was Undercover Brother.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Cuba Gooding Jnr!!!

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    Even though he won a Oscar in 1997, I still think he's got to be one of the worst actors in Hollywood or maybe he chooses the wrong projects.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    when the fuck can we get howard the duck on dvd

    by slappy jones

    it is not as bad as people say....its fucking awesome

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Now he should hire a real director to direct it

    by IndustryKiller!

    Because George Lucas is by no means one of those anymore.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    two of them are true jackass

    by bootle2

    http://tinyurl.com/2akgjj [space.com]

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Starring Leroy the Duck

    by Forsakyn

    Sorry, Howard, but you're a white duck - get back to doing tricks for alcohol.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST

    LUCAS ISN'T DIRECTING??

    by THE KNIGHT

    Come on ole boy! Direct!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo! ! !

    by Pound Sand

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Laurence and Andre Braugher in a Tuskegee Movie?

    by JaySmack

    They were already in the last one, which was made for tV, as I remember. This movie should be an ensemble piece, not a star-vehicle. I think with proper marketing and great word of mouth it won't need a "marquee" actor to headline it in order for audiences to come and see it. We need some young lions for these roles. If I were in charge of casting I'd draft half the cast of Stomp the Yard, beginning with the guy who led the Gamma fraternity to play any sort of "lead."

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    JaySmack

    by Forsakyn

    Harry was joking - Cuba Gooding Jr. was also in it (before he became famous in Daddy Day Camp). :)

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Actually, yesterday a giant hole in the universe was re

    by ATARI

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070827.html

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    George Lucas doesn't care about black people

    by BrowncoatJedi

    He actually did a press conference announcing this project in the 80s, and he has sat on it ever since.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Laurence Fishburne's acting is awful...

    by Engelhast

    More often than not. I would rather he not get cast in anything Lucas does because George is one director that can't even get a decent performance out of a good/great actor.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Hell freezed over when

    by PullMyFinger

    Pink Floyd lineup 2 reunited a few years ago and at that point the term should have been completely retired.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Shit that was 10 years ago when he won that thing

    by DigitalDong

    Not only that but Fishburne and Cuba were in Boyz in da Hood,that would be stupid with them two in in this. And yes Fishburne already did a movie about this, and he's a fatty now, so good luck getting him to milatary weight when he didn;t even tredmill for anything after the first Matrix. Also I do believe there is a wide assortment of blakc actors beyond the headliners. And Redman and Method man don;t count.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Air Force, Bombadier, 30 Seconds over Tokyo

    by sott68

    They should remake these movies. All excellent Cheese. They all give the Japs hell!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    enough!

    by CuervoJones

    Star Wars is a pulp saga, not The Bible. Stop being more popist than The Pope and give the man a break. Without his work, you probably wouldn´t be interested in movies.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Starring Samuel L. Jackson...

    by Kid Z

    ... "I'm tired of all these motherf***in' Nazis in this motherf***in' airspace!!!"

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    This shows what happens when youre lazy

    by emeraldboy

    There was tv film already made called the Tuskagee Airmen. A quick glance at imdb.com and look who starred in the tv movie called tuskagee airmen. Note the lead actor..... Laurence Fishburne ... Hannibal Lee Allen Payne ... Walter Peoples Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Leroy Cappy Courtney B. Vance ... Lt. Glenn (as Courtney Vance) Andre Braugher ... Benjamin O. Davis Christopher McDonald ... Maj. Joy (as Chris McDonald) Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Col. Rogers John Lithgow ... Sen. Conyers Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Billy Roberts Mekhi Phifer ... Lewis Johns Christopher Bevins ... Young Hannibal Eddie Braun ... Tail gunner Max Daniels ... Left waist gunner Jack Dwyer ... Operations officer James Field ... Conductor So why Larry Fishbourne would want to do this all over again, I have no idea.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Howard the Duck looked like a snow cone.

    by Smerdyakov

    But Lea Thompson was hot enough to melt him.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    am i gonna die, smart brother?

    by occula

    yeah there are plenty of excellent up-and-coming and established black actors working today who could make this project emotional and thrilling. however, that would be a moot point if lucas directed it. he wouldn't, right?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy-this shows what happens when you're an idiot

    by CatoTheCensor

    If you will reread the post you'll clearly see that Harry was kidding! See that "kidding aside" after the Fisbhurn/Gooding Jr. line? Jesus Christ, learn to fucking read.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Signs in for the first time in over a year...

    by Psychonaut

    ...in order to make the point that Cato just made. Posts something anyway just so the effort wasn't entirely wasted.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    This is a funny talkback.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I can't stop laughing at the idea of Howard the Duck somewhere turning tricks for alcohol.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Howard the Duck just came out on DVD

    by Stalin vs Predator

    Koch released it. Apparently no extras, and it may be the censored version, so I didn't bother - there is the HDTV-to-DVDR version all over the net, and besides, I'll wait for a Special Edition :)

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    The funny thing is

    by Naijas Finest

    There really was a giant hole found in the universe a few days ago. It was the biggest hole they'd ever seen.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    As long as they have..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the Syphillis subplot in it(Google it)this could be better than Star Wars

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Starring Ahmed Best and

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Captain Panaka!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    "We can't go THERE.....

    by Samuel Fulmer

    the Hutts are gangsters!"

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    A giant hole is the universe WAS found! Link:

    by mtoppi1975

    http://tinyurl.com/2ep73r As far as hell freezing over, that would result in Star Wars: Episode VII, which I still believe will happen. There is no way in hell, heck, or wherever your devil might live that George Lucas would ever go so far as to not bring back Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker one more time. Even HE wants to see Hamill as Luke again!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Now wait a sec...

    by MikeTheSpike

    The guy who wrote Three Kings also wrote Undercover Brother? Both are reasonable films to be sure, but... boy, would never have guessed that.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I've always suspected the universe was a giantic donut!

    by Smerdyakov

    So finding the hole in the center is not surprising.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    ILM vs. WETA: ILM WINS, 1st ROUND KNOCKOUT

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ILM's visuals, in my opinion, hold up better than WETA's. Also, ILM knocked Transformer's out of the park.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Let chin #4 direct.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    It's feeling left out.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Too Soon!

    by THXER

    Too Soon!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Where Where the Brothers in Red Squadron?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    The Rebel Alliance were biased in their recruitment practices. I am sure that Admiral Ackbar commissioned studies proving Africans did not have the requisite skills to pilot an X-Wing. However, Lando did do alright in the Falcon? I am particularly upset because Red Squadron saw no problem with putting a 60 year old to lead them..... and I will not go into detail about the ultra fit Porkins.... Yet the brothers get no love?! This is all the more saddening considering the the Imperial pilots wore black and, I have heard, were equal opportunity... :)

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    A giant a-hole found in the universe...

    by SkeletonParty

    and they named it Anchorite.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I really liked Undercover Brother.

    by Barry Egan

    It was a lot better than whichever Austin Powers movie came out the same summer. The film might have been better with a non-comedian in the lead role, but it's very funny with some great satire.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I hope he uses REAL "pilots" not CGI ones

    by finky089

    And let's also hope he doesn't retcon a CGI Jabba "appearance" somewhere in the film (because we all know Jabba would be in the dark corner of some German or Vichy cabaret.)

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    BTW, the universe IS a GIGANTIC DONUT and it tastes

    by finky089

    dee-fuckin-licious. <p> <p> Great, I just got powedered sugar on my keyboard.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    War Machine!

    by Spaceman Spliff

    I’ve also been waiting for this movie for a while. I was kinda disappointed in the HBO production (although it had its moments). I disagree with the TB’er who suggested an ensemble story. They rarely work well, IMO. They should focus on making a ripping good yarn; that in itself will be much better tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen than a clumsy “look at all the heroes” type paean. And they should park a dump truck full of money in front of Terrence Howard’s house until he agrees to star in this. He’s got the perfect look. (Maybe he could play Robert Freeman, Huey & Riley’s granddad. He was a real guy, right? :-) On a somewhat related note, when are they going to make a Night Witches movie? (They were the Russian women who kicked aerial ass on the Eastern Front.) Scarlett Johanssen was born to play Lily Litvak, the beautiful fighter ace known as “The White Rose of Stalingrad.” Her story was tailor-made for the Hollywood treatment.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Chappy St.Clair was the Best Black Pilot EVER

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    He would kick Maverick's and Iceman's ass anyday.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Snoop Dogg was the Worst Black Pilot EVER

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Porkins could kick his ass...

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Good points Memories...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    It is vogue to criticize GL as a talentless hack. But the most idiotic thing is the veneration for the Original Trilogy while simultaneously bashing the new one for things like wooden dialogue etc.. Go watch the performances of Hamill and Ford and then tell me that it is superior to Portman or Christensen. But certain people want to give credit to all that is good in SW to the ESB director, GL's ex-wife, producers, anyone save GL.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Except for one thing, Darfur...

    by Spaceman Spliff

    Compare the Han/Leia romance to the Anakin/Padme "romance," and tell me they are of the same quality. ("I'm nice men." vs. "It's because I'm so in love with YOU.") Yeah, GL takes some undeserved knocks, but this ain't one of them.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Visual FX

    by Forsakyn

    Only problem is that if they do make this they will do fleets of CGI battles, with planes exploding like small nuclear bombs.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    For once,

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    I agree with Harry. Undercover Brother is almost as criminally underappreciated as Pootie Tang. Count me interested in this... though, given Lucas' recent history, I have my reservations. He's no Spielberg.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    "Editing was always Lucas' strongest thing."...

    by Kid Z

    ... oh, so that's why he seques from every frickin' scene to every other frickin' scene with an embarassing 1970's-era wipe that anyone on earth can pull off with a Chinese-made, no-name brand video camera from Wal-Mart. Such genius!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    It AIN'T a giant hole in the universe...

    by Kid Z

    ... read the article again. It's just an area of space-time distortion around a garden variety neutron star, probably not enough distortion to send you back in time or into the mirror-verse, but it'll rip your body down into a cloud of super-heated atoms just fine!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    "Editing was always Lucas' strongest thing."

    by fish tacos

    Wasn't Marcia the editor for Lucas' films?

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Well Maybe...

    by VirgilHilts

    ...besides working on 1-3, he was waiting until enough time had passed since the HBO flick was made.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Memories...

    by Kid Z

    ... I'm not gonna argue, here. I'm just saying the wipes could be passed off as a "stylistic homage" in the 70's... but there was no excuse for them in 1999, 2002, etc. (Whenever those prequels came out... I've already blocked the horror out of my memory-not-of-murder) I do agree that Bay is a hack, even an uber-hack, so I don't get your whole "if you don't agree that Lucas is a cinematic god... you must like Michael Bay" argument. And dude... just because you can't spell, doesn't mean you're right, either!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The best black pilot is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of course

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Lucas' chin-sac VS. Kathy Bates fish taco

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson would be good

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    "I'm tired of these motherfuckin' Nazis up in this motherfuckin' sky!"

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Lucas, great producer, no longer a director

    by kirttawesomio

    lucas sucks, Bay sucks harder. At least Lucas has some verifiable classics as opposed to the marketed classics Bay pumps out.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Wesley Snipes, Martin Lawrence, Willenium Smith, and

    by kirttawesomio

    That guy from the show "Girlfriends" = dream caste.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen the fan edits of the prequels?

    by kirttawesomio

    The Phantom Edit, Attack of the Phantom, etc. They actually make the movies watchable. I highly recommend 'em to anyone who has been holding out any hope for the star wars series.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Jamie Foxx Was Not a Ver y Good Black Pilot

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Put Chappy St.Clair in that Stealth plane and he would have rescued Doug Masters Dad and beat the Russians no problem.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    GL is the man....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ....First it was the Matrix that was the new it thing.... Then it was LOTR ... GL creation. all 6 movies are still watchable and fun as lighthearted entertainment. This is no Shakespeare, this is fun sci-fi. The sooner that fans abandon the notion that SW is high drama and art the better. SW does not need to be high concept to be a success.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    That lunar eclipse last night looked like...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...a hole in the universe.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Nothing better than a good Dogfight!

    by Smerdyakov

    Unfortunately Michael Vick is out of business.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Michael Vick Chewable Dog Toy on Sale

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Karma's a bitch....

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson and Juemad...

    by Kid Z

    ... Sorry dude... I call first on that catchphrase (though slightly reworded)... scroll up some and check it out.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    The untouchables (not the show or movie)=

    by Kid Z

    ... NOT a dream "caste"!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Howard the Shudder-Enducing Creepfest...

    by Kid Z

    ... I can't say what was creepier... the very concept of a midget in a duck suit, or those clicking, It's A Small World ride, motorized plastic eyeballs! Brrrrr!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    another film about those brave porch monkeys?

    by the_man_from_Rio

    it's cool...i'm taking it back...PORCH MONKEY 4 LIFE!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see

    by Mattyboy122

    Lucas direct another flick. It's definitely the hip thing to bash the flanneled one, but the guy has talent behind the camera. That's right, I said it. Watch THX 1138 or American Graffiti. Two great flicks that are totally different from his Star Wars movies. MoM is definitely on the ball when he talks about Lucas and Star Wars, and though I'm not certain about what he says concerning Raiders (I haven't done any research or anything to tell me it was overwhelmingly Lucas's film), I wouldn't be surprised if Lucas had a much bigger hand in Raiders than most think. I'd really like to see him make the smaller films he said he was interested in going back to, and here's hoping he gets back in the director's chair for Red Tails and more flicks afterward.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I read Tusken Airmen first

    by Lord_Soth

    Now that would be an interesting project.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Red Tails

    by Shaner Jedi

    This project was originally setup in the early '90's with Lucas exec. producing and Thomas Carter directing. They had a screenplay at the time and had interviewed most of the red tail squadron. Lucas was never going to direct. All this info comes from an issue of Lucasfilm magazine released in 1990.

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    The Tuskegee Airmen chose HD DVD, here's why:

    by Proman1984

    They were given 150$

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    lucas owes the comic world a reboot of Howard the Duck

    by lettersoftransit

    That movie killed the comic, which was far far & away better than people would think from the film. It was a good idea to do Howard as a movie. it just happened too soon (before decent CGI) and without a decent script (genius though Lucas may be, comic genius he is not)

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I can't believe no-one on this TB knows those swipes

    by half vader

    are from Kurosawa. Absolutely on purpose. Go watch 7 Samurai, or more to the point, Hidden Fortress (and if you don't know why I suggested that one there's no hope for you). Ignorant plebs. <p> Shuttlepod, they DID do a reunion, at one of the recent 'anniversary' releases of the DVD. <p> As for wooden acting in the O.T., Carrie FIsher WAS faceless half the time in Empire so that probably doesn't help. I think she'd kicked the junk pretty much by Jedi, but she still LOOKS like a heroin/speedball freak in that bikini. Not a taped-down curve to be seen. <p> No, the whole problem for Lucas with Empire was that Kirshner told him at the outset he WASN'T going to be Lucas' sycophant (like Jedi) and DID do his own thing when it came down to arguments. More than likely why Lucas says it's his least favourite. And definitely why we have "I love you" "I know". <p> As for editing, Lucas may be an editor (look how he treats structure and plot elements), but Burtt is NOT. Sound genius absolutely, but fucking lousy editor with no sense of rhythm. Based on the NT anyway. Grrr. <p> Also MOM, you're smoking something if you think Spielberg was a glorified director for hire on Raiders. And YOU talk about dogmatic disciples!!

  • Aug. 28, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    It's like Dreamgirls but with pilots

    by BringingSexyBack

    Count me out.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Lucas

    by Cobbio

    George Lucas blows sloppy green chunks. He's a self-important mental midget who's fooled his apologist fans into thinking he's got something important to say.<p> The problem is, he doesn't.<p> I loved "Three Kings," so I've got no problem with John Ridley writing the Tuskegee Airmen story. I just think George Lucas is absolutely the wrong person to direct it. Any movie that requires drama, real emotion, real human beings, subtlety, or a strident historic statement should be slapped out Lucas's fat hands. The man has no clue.<p> People who dig Lucas are ostriches willing to stick their heads in the sand and overlook his childishly bad writing and execution. Which is fine, I suppose. America needs its modern braindead mythologies to give their lives meaning, which I know Lucas has taken advantage of. But he's also a pigheaded opportunist who's buttraped the Star Wars-going public with his faux-Joseph Campbell preachings, cheaply made toys, and badly made movies.<p> If Lucas directs, I'm entirely uninterested in "The Tuskegee Airmen."

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I find your lack of faith..appropriate...

    by MacFaux

    Every time someone offers up Lucas as film genius, film visionary, as a film auteur..my gall bladder hurts.<br> <br> Thx1138, love fights the state, yeah, send that check to Eric Blair.<br> <br> American Graffiti, sure, sudden Lucasian ability or the skills of Katz, Kurtz, and Coppola? yeah, send that check to Francis.<br> <br> Star Wars..well, something about a blind squirrel and the occasional acorn. Right time, right place, cheap RAM, the Dykstraflex and it's visionary creator and AGAIN the guiding hand of Gary Kurtz...also, Send that story check to Frank Herbert's estate<bR> <br> Which brings us to Empire, Irv Kershner was Lucas' hired hand..riiight. Any director that could pull an inspired, believable performance out of Chuck Bronson as Dan Shomron (and Yaphet Kotto's Idi Amin was an order of magnitude better than Forrest Whittaker's)..Is NO man's tool. The reason many see Empire as the best of the SW films is due to the efforts and abilities of Kershner and Kurtz (coincidentally, the last time he worked with Lucas) not the stupefying hacketry of George.<br> <br> Raiders..Lucas more than Spielberg? That is just universally stupid. Send that check to Steve, so he can use it to polish his solid gold toilets<br> <br> Lucas understands the movie business, especially all things marketing. He is a superior capitalist, there is no denying that. But like about, mmm, 85% of other superior capitalists what he is best at is harnessing and marshaling the skills and talents of others to serve his whims. A good artist copies, a great artist steals. Of course he will router this new/old Red Tail endeavour, too.<br> <br> Ahhh, whada I know, I just loath the guy cause he attended the University of Spoiled Children..<br> <br> Suck it, Trojans! Vince Young said so.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Shuttlepod: You read that article too?

    by deathbird

    What in God's name is wrong with McGregor? With a resume that includes shit like THE ISLAND, DOWN WITH LOVE, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, and NIGHTWATCH, his biggest regret is...playing Obi-Wan Kenobi!!! WTF? Even the most embittered AICN talkbacker (and they are legion) would prefer a stint with Uncle George than one with Michael "The Antichrist" Bay. Ewan McGregor: You've got 48 hours to retract this.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Note McDiarmid and Lee's praise for Lucas

    by deathbird

    Funny that Portman and McGregor seem to believe they're above this, yet their older, far more accomplished colleagues were honored to be a part of the mythos. And what a mythos it is, crafted by one of cinema's preeminent storytellers.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    With GL-haters, It is Always Someone Else to Credit

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Whether it is Dysktra, Kurtz, GL's ex, and even Burt, the haters want to bestow honours on everyone save GL! Pathetic.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Fuck Fishburn and Cuba

    by Tokyo_Drifter

    How about he does some good casting for once and brings Malcolm-Jamal fucking Warner back. And also John Lithgow.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Cuba Gooding Jr.?

    by Dr Gregory House

    Show me the war bonds!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    where is the Ewan McGreggor article?

    by SkeletonParty

    someone tinyurl it for me, please. thanks.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    We need the black First officer in SeaQuest DSV

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Forget Malcolm Jamal Warner!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    No seriously the re-edits of the prequels are good.

    by kirttawesomio

    The actually watchable, you should see if you can download a torrent of the Phantom Edit, Attack of the Phantom, and the ADIGITALMAN edits are all superior.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I hope those 3-D versions take hints from fan edits

    by kirttawesomio

    It would be great if the 3-D re-release of the series took from the fan re-edits. Seriously makes a difference.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Look for torrents to download of Prequel Re-Edits

    by kirttawesomio

    Their is still good in them. Do a google search for adigitalman torrents or Phantom Edit torrents. It will be well worth your while.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Come on people, The Phantom Edit, you'll thank me.

    by kirttawesomio

    It's as important to see as the Star Wars Holiday Special.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Lucas was and is a great director

    by Deak the Geek

    you know it to be true...think you can do better?..bollocks

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    TPM getters better with Age

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Go on and watch it again....

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I don't need to see a "Phantom Edit", thank you

    by deathbird

    Except for Anakin's babblings in the cockpit, I'm perfectly content with Episode I. For all the grousing about "bad acting", Neeson, August, and McDiarmid gave three of the most textured performances in the saga. I dug the politics. I loved passage on Tatooine and Coruscant. The dialogue was no worse than anything you'd hear in the OT. All in all, I'd rank it #4--far better than ROTJ and AOTC.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Re: Deak the Geek

    by Cobbio

    You wrote "Lucas is and was a great director... you know it to be true."<p> What you're really trying to say is, "I think Lucas is and was a great director... I know it to be true." Which is fine. You're welcome to your opinion. But don't ever think you speak for me. Not even remotely. I invite you to step down from your soapbox and re-express your opinion from your own perspective. Give us a reason why Lucas is and was a great director and maybe I'll take you seriously. But until then...

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    In the Phantom edit, binks severely trimmed

    by kirttawesomio

    hardly any binks, iT is wonderful.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Ooh moi moi I love you!

    by kirttawesomio

    Mesa called Jar-Jar Binks. Mesa your humble servant.I don't know. Mesa day startin pretty okee-day with a brisky morning munchy, then BOOM! Gettin very scared and grabbin that Jedi and POW! Mesa here! Mesa gettin' very very scared!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Re: Memories-of-Murder

    by Cobbio

    I think your rationalization for Ewan McGregor not liking his role in Star Wars is a bit desperate. Whether or not he was an alcoholic during the filming of the Star Wars films is irrelevant. I'm sure lots of actors look back on certain roles they've played with disdain or embarrassment. Robert Downey Jr. and many others were high as kites most of the time, but their performances continue to resonate for them and others. You need to accept the fact Ewan McGregor just doesn't like his role in Star Wars. No excuses, no rationalizations, he just doesn't.<p> And contrary to your opinion, I think as time goes on Ewan will look less fondly on his Star Wars years. Natalie Portman admitted she doesn't like her role in Star Wars either. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Logically speaking, the acting sucked 'cause the direct

    by kirttawesomio

    ing sucked. Have you seen Lucas describing a scene to his crew on set. Ridiculous.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Oh...

    by Cobbio

    ... and another thing... my opinion is not flawed. It's my opinion and I can back it up with hundred of personal reasons why I believe Lucas is a hack. He made lots of money, I give him that. So did Michael Bay. So did Stephen Sommers. And so did a lot of directors I happen to like. Please don't presume.<p> Thanks.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Mesa said...

    by kirttawesomio

    I speck! If me be returnin, the Bosses will do terrible things to me! Tewwwwible things! Yeah. Hmmm... yousa point is well seen. Gungans have grand army. That's why you no liking us meesa thinks.Monsters out there, leaking in here. Weesa all sinking and no power. Whena yousa thinking we are in trouble? Better dead here than deader in the Core. Ye gods, whatta meesa sayin'? Yoosa should follow me now, okeeday? Hey yo, Daddy, Captain Tarpals. Mesa back. Ya-hoo! Yousa thinking yousa people ganna die? Ya-hoo! Yipe! How wude!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Folks, rein in the Jar Jar bashing...

    by deathbird

    Jar Jar Binks is right at home in a franchise that showcased an effete robot, a 7 foot tall dog--who barked a bit too much for my taste--and a planet of teddy bears. Bottom line: he makes kids laugh. If that bothers you, go watch a Matrix flick (just don't play it in my house).

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Holy cow MOM you corrected yourself?

    by half vader

    For misspelling shit? Now go back and fix all those other posts, some of which are almost incomprehensible. Get a handle on the small words before impressing us with the big ones, dude. No offence, but for someone that posts so much I can't work out what on Earth you're saying half the time. <p> If English isn't your first language though I apologise. Or apologize, if you're in America. ;)

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Hey cobbio....

    by Deak the Geek

    Don't diss my hero...you want proof of how great a director he is? watch his student films...herbie...thx1138....look at life. student films so good they won awards and made spielburg green with envy then watch his movies...all the proof is there...the skill..the talent to just put a camera in one place and let the action unfold as if you were really there watching it...THX1138 is a movie 30 years ahead of it's time, often copied now (the island anyone?..no didn't think so)

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    WHY WHY WHY!!!

    by Prefect Maximus

    Gonna do a movie about pilots who entered near the end of the war who shot down half trained inexperienced Nazi goose stepping pilots. Talk about overated. Why not do a movie on the Flying Tigers instead. Now there were some real ACES.

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