Director Steven Soderbergh makes a distinction between movies and cinema, and he argues that there are more and more movies being made and less and less cinema. Slate has a 36 minute sound clip of a speech Soderbergh gave at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and it’s worth your time to listen to it. In part he contrasts the artist’s view of what should be made with what the businesspeople who run the studios choose to back.
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Last October Disney purchased Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars movies, for over $4 billion, and now comes the news that Star Wars VII will start production soon. It will be directed by J. J. Abrams who has hinted that John Williams, the 81 year old movie music composer who scored the original Star Wars movie, will very possibly return to provide the music for Star Wars VII. The newest film is slated for release sometime in 2015, and may include the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Disney could produce a new Star Wars movie or a spin-off every year or so according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Abrams, who is 46 years old, already has a long history in both movies and television as a director, producer, writer, actor, and music composer. Would you call him an overachiever?
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For the first time, one of Judy Blume’s books, Tiger Eyes, has been made into a movie. Some people are delighted while others are horrified. You can get both points of view here.