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Zack Snyder denies he’s directing ‘Star Wars’ spinoff

- January 14th, 2013

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Well that was short-lived.

After Vulture reported earlier today that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was planning to helm a non-trilogy Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, his reps quashed the rumour in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”

So what did you think of the idea of a stand-alone Star Wars film? Was it a good move for the franchise to be plotting spinoffs? Let us know in the comments.

The original post is below because, well, the concept seemed super cool.

So we still have no info on a director for Star Wars: Episode VII, but we’re getting word that Zack Snyder is developing a new stand-alone film set within the Star Wars universe.

According to Vulture, the feature will be based on on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, but it will be separate from the new trilogy Disney is planning for 2015.

It also won’t hit theatres until after Episode VII.

For those of you not in the know, Seven Samurai tells the tale of farmers who enlist warriors to help them defend their harvest. Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress was also a big influence on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Snyder, who is directing this summer’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, told the Los Angeles Times last fall that he had no interest in directing Star Wars 7.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” he told the paper. “I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”

When it comes to features, Snyder has a shaky track record. While he successfully adapted Frank Miller’s 300, his take on Alan Moore’s Watchmen and 2011′s Sucker Punch didn’t exactly set the box office on fire.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of last year, CEO Bob Iger said the company plans to release a new Star Wars film every “two to three years.”

More recently, ABC revealed that they are looking at potentially making a live-action Star Wars television show.

‘Toy Story’ recreated using real toys

- January 14th, 2013

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When the original Toy Story was released in 1995, it marked a complete shift in animation. Eschewing the hand-drawn ‘toons that were synonymous with Disney, the upstarts at Pixar went completely digital giving us a cast of characters that moviegoers immediately fell in love with.

Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) became childhood heroes to many, and their adventures over the course of three films had youngsters growing up with them – literally.

So, to pay homage to the film, two young filmmakers from Arizona decided to recreate the film frame for frame using real toys and the film’s original soundtrack.

Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta started the “Live-Action Toy Story Project” in June 2010 shortly after Toy Story 3 was released in theatres.

The pair initially talked about recreating their favourite scene, but those conversations quickly morphed into a decision to remake the first film from scratch.

“Jesse and I were reminded how big of fans we were and wanted to do a scene and couldn’t decide which one to do, so we decided to do the whole thing,” Pauley told the East Valley Tribune.

While the original Toy Story cost over $30-million, Pauley and Perrotta got their 80-minute version done for about $1,000; borrowing toys from friends and recruiting kids off the street to help with the action.

And it appears that the remake is gaining lots of attention.

Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3, praised their dedication on Twitter. And a Facebook page dedicated to the remake has over 3,000 likes and the video has been viewed over 1.7 million times on YouTube.

You can watch the entire live-action recreation of Toy Story below. Let us know what you think of the remake in the comments.