News: Mad Max Best Film win, Bill Murray flick flops & George Lucas' Han Solo admission

Get ya’ glad rags on – awards season is upon us! 

The not-so-well-known National Board of Review have held their awards ceremony, awarding George Miller’s fantastically bonkers Mad Max: Fury Road with Best Picture.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian were the big winners on the night though, scooping Best Director (Scott), Best Actor (Matt Damon) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Drew Goddard).

Whether both films fair so well when gong season hits the big time remains to be seen…

(Source: Empire)

 

The very forgettable Rock The Kasbah isn’t Bill Murray’s greatest moment in the Hollywood sun and Forbes’ recently released statistics for 2015 put Barry Levinson’s critically panned flick as the biggest flop of 2015. 

The film made just a 19% return on what it cost to make, beating out the Sean Penn starring The Gunman which placed in second with 27%.

Other films to make the top 15 included Blackhat (28%), Unfinished Business (41%) and Jem and the Holograms (46%).

(Source: Yahoo! Movies)

 

It’s one of the most fiercely debated moments in cinema history; who shot first: Han Solo or Greedo?

The original edit of A New Hope saw our favourite space smuggler fire first, yet in one of Lucas’ infamous special edition cuts it was the latter who pulled the trigger quickest.

To say fans have been in favour of the Star Wars creators later-in-life tinkerings would be, to put it lightly, a Death Star sized overstatement, but it has been the ‘who shot first’ debate that has caused the most controversy.

Lucas has recently explained his decision to alter the outcome, saying it went against Solo’s character.

” Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?,'”” he stated.

“Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne?

“And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’”

“And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

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