Today it was announced that legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee died on Sunday, June 7, in London after several weeks in the hospital for heart failure and respiratory ailments. The British press provides extensive coverage, as well as the U.S. entertainment media. Although Star Wars fans celebrate his portrayal of Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Lee’s body of work spans well over 200 films over six decades. He memorably faced off with Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing as Dracula in Horror of Dracula (1958) and with Sir Roger Moore’s James Bond as Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), among many other amazing career highlights. Newer generations of audiences recognize him from five Tim Burton films and the evil wizard Saruman in six Peter Jackson movies based on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, or perhaps even the heavy metal albums he released. Tributes from friends and colleagues include numerous incredible anecdotes about him. To pick just one: he was the only member of the cast of Lord of the Rings to have met J.R.R. Tolkein.
Earlier today George Lucas released the following statement:
“Christopher was a great British actor of the old school. A true link to cinema’s past and a real gentleman. We will miss him.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also remarked:
“Christopher brought a grace and gravitas to the many roles he’s played over a rich and expansive career. His performance as Count Dooku in Episodes II and . . . → Read More: RIP Sir Christopher Lee
Episode Seven of Hyperspace Theories discusses the impact of Dave Filoni on the future of Star Wars storytelling, including the animated series Star Wars Rebels. . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode Seven – Rise of the Jedi Master: Dave Filoni
Fangirl Chat dives into Lucasfilm animated movie ‘Strange Magic.’ . . . → Read More: Strange Magic on Fangirl Chat
Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic
Last year I set a movie-watching agenda for myself with Only Grand Captain Mockingjays of Future Tomorrow: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2014. For the most part, it worked out pretty well. It motivated me to get out and see most of those movies in theaters, and I largely was pleased with my choices. You can read my reviews of all ten films here on FANgirl. Making the list, I would not have guessed Muppets Most Wanted would be the one to disappoint me the most. If I could time travel, I would have replaced it in the top ten with Snowpiercer, but I hadn’t heard anything about Snowpiercer when I made the list. And even then, I don’t know if I would have gone for it, but it turned out to be a very intriguing (albeit violent) film.
I’m still concerned I’m missing 2015’s Snowpiercer on the new list, but here goes something (in U.S. release date order)…
Strange Magic – January 23rd Here we have an animated fairy tale with a tagline (on at least one of the posters) “Everyone deserves to be loved.” That’s attention-catching, but it’s also inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which may well very be my favorite Shakespearean play. It’s a Lucasfilm project with a soundtrack of popular songs and standards. And oh yeah, some guy named George Lucas worked on the story.
Chappie – March 6th
After Elysium I’m not entirely confident in jumping on board the Neill . . . → Read More: Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015
Assembly of Geeks tackles darkness in storytelling and FANgirl has feels. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Tackles Darkness In Storytelling
The second episode of Hyperspace Theories is now available! . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode Two: The Legacy of George Lucas
Mellody Hobson talks about sexism and discrimination in July’s Cosmopolitan. . . . → Read More: Mellody Hobson Encourages Women To Speak Up
Dave Filoni explains Star Wars storytelling. . . . → Read More: Dave Filoni on Star Wars Storytelling
The second part of a discussion of how fans speculate and the implication of the recent Episode VII media exposure . . . → Read More: Let The Speculation Begin! – Part Two: Context