So, this happened. When asking Cuba Gooding Jr. what scary movie made him scream (we were at the Scream Awards, after all) he responded by making fun of Boat Trip, a comedy flop he made in 2003 that currently has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, it’s terrible, and even Cuba knows it. The Oscar winner was accompanied by his Red Tails co-stars Nate Parker and Elijah Kelley, and his answer made everyone in the entire room go nuts with laughter. Everyone, that is, but Red Tails writer/producer/Hollywood mega-legend George Lucas.
Guys, George Lucas was there!
I should add, the entire crew spoke passionately about their work on Red Tails, which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Check out the trailer and go see it. And maybe give Boat Trip a rent, too. For Cuba’s sake.
We knew George Lucas was a little nuts, but come on…the New York Post got Star Wars fans all jazzed by reporting that the mastermind had “50 hours worth of scripts for the long-anticipated Star Wars live-action TV series already shot,” but was waiting for “a different type of technology we can use so it’s economically feasible to shoot the shows” before releasing them. Understandably, everyone who cares (and after the last trilogy and Clone Wars, it’s amazing people aren’t just ignoring him) was a little confused by the hub-bub. The episodes were shot but still needed to be shot? What does “in the can” mean? Did Lucas tape the live-action parts with some newfangled digital hoo-ha to be added later?
Sadly (or is it?), Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Lucas was misquoted—50 hours of episodes have been written, but nothing’s been committed to digital video. It’s still a crazy notion, especially considering that every time Lucas finishes a Star Wars project he swears he’s going to spend his kazillions making small art projects, only to drop another load of space junk on the fanboys (to be fair, he did produce Red Tails, a Cuba Gooding Jr. movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, scheduled for release later this year). But the question remains—what technological advancement will allow George to pump out these 50 hours of Star Wars apocrypha? We’re guessing a computer program that makes his later work tolerable for people who don’t sleep with a light saber.
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Having bruised the inner child of everyone born in the 70s and later, George Lucas may now aim to scar our ancestors as well. Rumors are circulating that the Lord of the Franchise isÃ‚Â using deceased actors in his upcoming film project. Wow, two “nutty billionaires bringing celebrities back to life” stories in one day? What are the odds! Although we bet he has the technology to do so, Lucas is not actually raising the dead to act in his movie. According to associate Mel Smith, he will just be using animated projections.
“He’s been buying up the film rights to dead movie stars in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together in a movie,”Ã‚Â he told Britain’sÃ‚Â Daily Mail. “So you’d have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck appearing alongside today’s stars.” Smith directed Lucas’s 1994 box-office bomb, Radioland Murders, and relations between the two are still tense. “George doesn’t understand comedy, so [Radioland Murders] flopped. At least it taught me how to use CGI. George is obsessed with it and used too much in the last two Star Wars films—which I thought were ghastly.” So this begs the question: how much of this is real, and how much of this is just BS from a bitter director?