In the wake of one of the most highly anticipated sequels ever made (Star Wars: The Force Awakens…duh!) comes a new documentary from writer/video documentarian Jon Spira (Suityman, Anyone Can Play Guitar) called Elstree 1976. The film is an assemblage of archive footage and interviews with extras who were present on the set of the original Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope (although, at the time, it was simply titled Star Wars) in 1976. The film features the actors reminiscing about their personal memories against the backdrop of archival footage, and about how being in the film forever affected their lives and careers. Actors including David Prowse (A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), who starred as Darth Vader in the original film trilogy (although Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams, The Lion King)), Garrick Hagon (Mission Impossible, Spy Game), who starred as Biggs in the originals, and Angus MacInnes (Witness, Captain Phillips), who starred as the Gold group squadron leader, all make appearances in the film. If this one is in a theater near you, I would definitely consider checking it out this weekend. Watch the trailer here on MADE.
Back during the Holiday 2014 season director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) released a teaser trailer for his upcoming and long-awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now with production well underway and the Christmas 2015 release date slowly (but surely) approaching, Abrams has graced us with a new trailer, revealing some impressive cinematic backdrops linking this sequel to George Lucas‘ original series, and bringing back some familiar series-faces to the screen. Making cameo’s in the new trailer is the droid, R2-D2 (who has appeared in every Star Wars film since the original in 1977), and Han Solo and his Wookie companion, Chewbacca, portrayed once again by Harrison Ford (Blade Runner, Clear and Present Danger) and Peter Mayhew (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back). Actor Kenny Baker (The Elephant Man, Time Bandits) is also back to play R2-D2, along with Mark Hamill (Slipstream, Midnight Ride), Carrie Fisher (The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally), and Anthony Daniels (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). Abrams co-wrote the new film with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bodyguard) for Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. Fans will have to wait until December 18th, but I’m sure there will be plenty of trailers released before then to appease their appetites!
Leonard Nimoy as Spock in the original Star Trek television series.
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock in the original Star Trek television series in the 1960s, died this week at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. Nimoy began his career as a regular guest on popular TV shows in the 1950s and early 60s, including The Untouchables, Get Smart, and The Twilight Zone. His breakthrough role came when he was noticed on an episode of The Lieutenant, which earned him the role of Spock in Star Trek, which he would be bound to for the rest of his life. Nimoy portrayed the character of Spock virtually for the rest of his career; he starred in the original TV series and the motion-picture series, even directing the third and fourth films, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The actor was also an avid photographer and studied at UCLA, later publishing several controversial photography collections titled The Shekhina Project and another called The Full Body Project. His final acting role was as scientist William Bell on the Fox-network drama Fringe, but he also made a special appearance in director J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 re-boot film Star Trek, and again in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). Nimoy leaves behind his wife Susan and his son and daughter Adam and Julie; may he rest in peace.
After making nearly $100 Million from the release of the XI “Legend Blues”, Jordan Brand plans to hit the ground running with another coveted upcoming release. As rumored, the Air Jordan IV “Columbia” will be given the “Remastered” treatment in January. This means that the kicks will be re-done to match the exact fabrics and colors from the original pairs. The “Columbia” IVs are first on the list of many to receive this makeover, and word around town is that they will be available in mass quantities. No word on an exact retail price, but you can bet that they’ll be $200 and up. These will start popping up at select retailers on January 10th, click the link below for a better look.
With 2015 fast approaching, Jordan Brand has been leaking photos of their upcoming “remastered” line of shoes that will begin dropping early next year. One of the standouts is the above Air Jordan IV “30th Anniversary” Edition that contradicts the entire purpose of the “remastered” line. A never before seen color way, these can be expected at the beginning of the year along with a plethora of other kicks, keep an eye out for a release date and more pics.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis When: Sunday, September 14th // Noon-6PM
Studiiyo 23 will hold their 4th Twin Cities Sneaker & Art Exchange this Sunday. The event will once again go down at The Cabooze and will offer even more vendors for those looking to get their trade/sell game on. The homies Finding Novyon, Devon Reason and the guys from Pretty Boy will all perform live. These are all ages so if you plan to attend, think about the kids first before doing anything crazy or getting too intoxicated. With that said, come have a good time, click the link below for tickets.
Location: 1366 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago When: Thursday, May 22nd @ 9PM
Tonight, the Union Concert Series will pick up where it left off with a dope show at Emporium Barcade in Wicker Park. The event is FREE and will feature performances from Pivot Gang, Auggie The 9th, Hurt Everybody and Saint Millie; rounding out what should be an awesome night. This one’s 21+ and as previously stated, it’s fuckin FREE. If you’re looking for something to get into for your thirsty Thursday evening, look no further than Emporium.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Thursday, March 27th @ 9PM
Upset The Setup is back for it’s 4th event which will be going down at Honey tonight. SPCE WZRD (Greg Grease & DJ Just Nine), will be accompanied by DJ Todda for a night filled with that “golden era, classic, neck snap, boom bap” shit that’s so good for the soul. This one’s 21+ (sorry kids) and is only $5 at the door, if you’re looking for something to do tonight; come on down to Honey for some classic hip hop.
Last week we posted images of the sample version of the Air Jordan 4 “Green Glow” and now we’ve found pictures of the official version. The shoe has undergone minor changes and will not actually glow (yup, the green glow will not glow). The release date is still set for August 17th, so if you can see yourself rocking a pair make sure to get out to your local shoe spot early.