Saturday, 31 December 2016

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS!


A HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 has been quite an exciting year here on the site..and we'll be reflecting on that tomorrow! For all it's ups and downs, it's been a year that would not have been any fun, if you'd not all been around to help share it! I would like to thank all our visitors, friends and followers for your interest, enthusiasm and support in keeping the memory of Peter Cushing very much alive! Thank you. A Very Happy New Year to you ALL for 2017 🙂 - Marcus Brooks (admin / editor )


PETER CUSHING 1977... and his words still hold true! On the whole the response to the CGI TARKIN has been positive, reaction to the film very good indeed. I have been asked to give another LIVE interview, another hour slot, with WGN RADIO in Chicago over the next few days..if you have an opinion about the CGI TARKIN share it below, and I'll try and share it with a name check during the interview. I will give you all a heads up when the show goes out and times, if anyone is interested . .
AND FINALLY ABOVE: we really couldn't say goodbye to 2016, without ONE LAST GOOD BYE...


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Thursday, 29 December 2016

HOW WAS TARKIN BROUGHT BACK TO STAR WARS *SPOILERS*


In an interview with The New York Times, Lucasfilm has explained the reasons behind the decision to bring back faces from the past into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, along with the technology that made the feat possible.

A word of warning that there are spoilers ahead, so for those who have not yet watched Rogue One, you might not want to continue reading.


Making a new “Star Wars” movie can be like gaining access to a toy collection that has been amassed over four decades. For the creators of “Rogue One,” a film designed as a narrative lead-in to the original “Star Wars,” it was a chance to play with characters, vehicles and locations sacred to this series.


But as they revisited the 1977 George Lucas movie that started the “Star Wars” franchise, and gave fresh screen time to some lesser-known heroes and villains, the staffs of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic faced artistic and technological hurdles: most prominently, using a combination of live action and digital effects to bring back the character Grand Moff Tarkin. This nefarious ally of Darth Vader and commander of the Death Star was played by Peter Cushing, the horror-film actor, who died in 1994.

In doing so, they also waded into a postmodern debate about the ethics of prolonging the life span of a character and his likeness beyond that of the actor who originated the role. The effects experts and storytellers behind “Rogue One” (which was directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy) say they have given careful thought to these issues and were guided by their reverence for this interstellar epic.


“A lot of us got into the industry because of ‘Star Wars,’ and we all have this love of the original source material,” said John Knoll, the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and a visual effects supervisor on “Rogue One” who shares story credit on the film with Gary Whitta. In his view, the character effects are “in the spirit of what a lot of ‘Star Wars’ has done in the past.”

Some vintage “Rogue One” characters were easier to conjure than others. General Dodonna, a rebel officer from the original “Star Wars” was simply recast; he was played by Alex McCrindle in the first film and Ian McElhinney in the new one. Tarkin presented considerably greater difficulties, but the filmmakers said it would be just as hard to omit him from a narrative that prominently features the fearsome Death Star — the battle station he refuses to evacuate amid the rebels’ all-out assault in “Star Wars.”

“If he’s not in the movie, we’re going to have to explain why he’s not in the movie,” said Kiri Hart, a Lucasfilm story development executive and “Rogue One” co-producer. “This is kind of his thing.” For principal photography, the filmmakers cast the English actor Guy Henry (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), who has a build and stature like Cushing’s and could speak in a similar manner. Throughout filming, Mr. Henry wore motion-capture materials on his head, so that his face could be replaced with a digital re-creation of Cushing’s piercing visage.


Mr. Knoll described the process as “a super high-tech and labor-intensive version of doing makeup.” “We’re transforming the actor’s appearance to look like another character, but just using digital technology,” he said. In striving for a balance between a digital figure who seemed real and one who looked precisely like Cushing, the “Rogue One” creators said seemingly minor tweaks could make significant differences — and these details were tinkered with constantly. For example, the original “Star Wars” film (also known as “A New Hope”) was lit differently than “Rogue One,” raising questions of how to adjust the lighting on the character. 


Hal Hickel, an Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor, said that lighting him “the way he was in ‘A New Hope’ improved his likeness as Tarkin, but it worsened the sense of him being real because then he didn’t look like any of the actors in the scene.”Side-by-side comparisons of Cushing’s daily footage from “Star Wars” and Mr. Henry’s motion-capture performance also called attention to subtle tics in the original actor’s delivery. As Mr. Knoll explained, “When Peter Cushing makes an ‘aah’ sound, he doesn’t move his upper lip. He only opens his jaw about halfway, and makes this square shape with his lower lip, that exposes his lower teeth.” Before nuances like this were accounted for, Mr. Knoll said their creation “looked like maybe a relative of Peter Cushing and not him exactly.” Still, the animators had one golden rule: “Realism had to trump likeness,” Mr. Hickel said. If the overall effect had not succeeded, Mr. Knoll said there were other narrative choices that would reduce Tarkin’s screen presence. “We did talk about Tarkin participating in conversations via hologram, or transferring that dialogue to other characters,” he said. 

Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic said their re-creation of Cushing was done with the approval of the actor’s estate. But the technique has drawn criticism from viewers and writers. The Huffington Post called it “a giant breach of respect for the dead,” and The Guardian said it worked “remarkably well” but nonetheless described it as “a digital indignity.” Mr. Knoll said he and his colleagues were aware of the “slippery slope argument,” that their simulated Cushing was opening the door to more and more movies using digital reproductions of dead actors. “I don’t imagine that happening,” Mr. Knoll said. “This was done for very solid and defendable story reasons. This is a character that is very important to telling this kind of story.”He added: “It is extremely labor-intensive and expensive to do. I don’t imagine anybody engaging in this kind of thing in a casual manner"


If “Star Wars” films are still made in 50 or 100 years, Mr. Knoll said audiences would probably not see likenesses of Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford playing Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. (He noted that the actor Alden Ehrenreich had already been cast to play the young Han Solo in a coming film about that character.) “We’re not planning on doing this digital re-creation extensively from now on,” Mr. Knoll said. “It just made sense for this particular movie.”

The filmmakers also pointed to a scene at the end of “Rogue One,” when the intercepted Death Star plans are delivered to Princess Leia — who has been digitally recreated to look like Carrie Fisher in the original “Star Wars” — as an appropriate and effective use of the technology. Ms. Fisher died on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

CARRIE FISHER DIES AT 60


2016 HAS BEEN a year that has at times had me struggling, but the terribly sad news of the passing of CARRIE FISHER has me speechless and extremely sad...Sleep well, Princess....


Saturday, 24 December 2016

BEST WISHES TO CARRIE FISHER


NEWS BREAKING: We would like to send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to CARRIE FISHER who was taken into hospital earlier today . .

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!


MERRY CHRISTMAS! Peace, Good Heath and Love to ALL our Friends and Followers . . During this festive season, we will still be here We'll be UP LOADING some great Cushing Classics to our YOUTUBE Channel over Christmas and inviting you to join us for several LIVE on-line movie get together nights on the sofa! Watch out for schedule! Veselé Vánoce - Sretan Božić - 聖誕快樂 - 圣诞快乐 - Vrolijk Kerstfeest - Joyeux Noël - Frohe Weihnachten - Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi - Καλά Χριστούγεννα - Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket - Nollaig Shona Dhuit - Buon Natale - Linksmų Kalėdų - Cualli netlācatilizpan -Wesołych Świąt - Crăciun Fericit - Счастливого рождества - Veselé Vianoce - God Jul - Feliz Navidad -Feliz Natal or Boas Festas - חג מולד שמח - Crăciun Fericit - Mutlu Noeller . . . one and ALL 😄

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

CUSHING COPY: ROGUE ONE NOT THE FIRST


#ROGUEONE is not the first time that Peter Cushing has had a likiness of his face/ head appear on the big screen... Here is Peter with, his 'chopped noggin' on the set of 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1971)...granted this head didn't cost the earth in CGI effects, and maybe wasn't the most reliable of replica's...but back in the day, we gave it the 'nod'😉


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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

GARETH EDWARDS AND TEAM WERE NERVOUS OF CGI CHARACTER FOR ROGUE ONE

RARE HAMILL INTERVIEW ON CUSHING AND STAR WARS


#TOOCOOLTUESDAY: Here are some updates of POSTS from our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE, that got a lot of attention over the past few days!  The first clip features Mark Hamill talking about meeting Peter Cushing on the set of Star Wars! One from a 1970's appearance on children's television, the other a more recent Q and A session. He REALLY is a Peter Cushing fan and as you will see from the second clip, he is quite knowledgeable about Peter's life and career!

ABOVE IS probably the clip we get requested to repost, more than any other! Peter Cushing getting flustered and tripping over his dialogue in #STARWARS. Thank goodness he attempts at trying to say, 'You would prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!!' Came alright in the end!


BELOW THE SLIPPERS that went on to cause so many problems many years later . . . in an interview with Peter Cushing from the mid eighties, he explains the story, we all now know so well... 
 





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Saturday, 17 December 2016

ROGUE ONE IN RUNNING FOR OSCAR NOMINATION


YESTERDAY... Friday, December 16, the motion picture academy announced the 10 films that are still in the running for an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. These 10 films will compete for the final five slots that will be announced along with the complete list of Oscar nominees on January 24th 2017. The ten films that will compete for the FIVE nominations are: and breaking news “Arrival” “The BFG” “Captain America: Civil War” “Deepwater Horizon” “Doctor Strange” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “The Jungle Book” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Passengers” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

WE WISH #ROGUEONE the best of luck 😋  What do you think of this TEN BEST list? Does it meet the titles you think would be in the running... and does #ROGUEONE out strip the competition??


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JOYCE BROUGHTON GIVES TARKIN CGI THUMBS UP!


VARIETY DECEMBER 16TH 2016

When audiences flock to multiplexes this weekend to see Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” they’re in for a blast from the past.

The film, which takes place just before the events of George Lucas’ 1977 original installment, brings actor Peter Cushing back to cinematic life through the use of state-of-the-art visual effects wizardry to reprise the role of Grand Moff Tarkin. A British actor — Guy Henry, star of BBC series “Holby City” — was employed to portray the character physically on set, while in post-production, his work was replaced with a rather impressive Cushing performance by the artists of Industrial Light & Magic.



Despite the flap from several quarters, it was pretty obvious that all the 'I's' and 'T's' had been dotted and crossed for the likeness of Peter Cushing as Tarkin to be used in #ROGUEONE, long before a pixel had been drawn. As for the coughing up the 'cash' for such use, you can bet your last Wupipi and Druggat, it went to the estate of Peter Cushing...and good for them, I say. Meanwhile, here's a great interview with Joyce Broughton talking about her time with Peter throughout his career..even until the very end.. enjoy 😉

It was so impressive, in fact, that Cushing’s former secretary — Joyce Broughton, who oversees his estate and attended the film’s London premiere with her grandchildren — was taken aback emotionally when she saw the creation on screen.

“When you’re with somebody for 35 years, what do you expect?” Broughton says. “I can’t say any more because I get very upset about it. He was the most beautiful man. He had his own private way of living.”

 Broughton, who was bequeathed Cushing’s estate when he died without an heir in 1994, was reticent to go into details about the situation due to a confidentiality agreement she signed with Disney and Lucasfilm. But despite the emotions, she said she was dazzled by the experience of the new film.

“I have to say, I’m not a ‘Star Wars’ fanatic, but I did think whoever put it together were absolutely fantastic,” she says. “It’s not just a silly sort of thing. It’s really good!”

Cushing’s digital resurrection was first reported in August of 2015. A Lucasfilm rep tells Variety that the filmmakers will not be discussing the nuts and bolts of what went into the actor’s reprise until January, in order for audiences to see the film and enjoy it without being spoiled by those details. But the implications raised by the bold achievement, and others like it, are another thing entirely — and they’ve been ringing throughout the industry for decades.


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Friday, 16 December 2016

CONFIRMATION CUSHING ESTATE WAS INVOLVED WITH ROGUE ONE TARKIN


Kathleen Kennedy on the set of Rogue One with Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Producer Allison Shearmur Credit: Jonathan Olley
THE TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER UK 16th December 2016: 

#STARWARS producer Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the Cushing estate was involved in the CGI appearance of Peter Cushing in the film  #ROGUEONE. She has revealed in an interview with The Telegraph that the technology was full of "small, subtle adjustments – constant conversation and scrutiny". But Cushing's family only saw the final result at the London premiere of the film.


"WE WERE RIGHT DOWN to the wire,” she said. "And it never came down to one thing. If we tweaked one aspect, it threw something else off."



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ROGUE ONE TARKIN: SEAMLESS AND EMOTIVE!


NOW AS THE WEEKEND APPROACHES many more of you may be planning to go along and see #ROGUEONE ..and hopefully join the THOUSANDS here and at our PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE, to give us your thoughts on the cinema event that has everyone talking . . . The Return of Peter Cushing's Tarkin to the World of #STARWARS! The sheer volume of messages and emails we have received in the past three days, is quite staggering and unprecedented! So, after your filling our two previous threads and posts, to the point of zero navigation...here is another opportunity to tell us what you think! NO PLOT details please, many have yet to see the film. . .  You can send us an email which will be moderated and included in another feature here on SUNDAY!  So, don't wait, FIRE off those emails and ....You May Fire When Ready 😜

THE GUARDIAN NEWS PAPER 16th December 2016
'The effect is remarkable, if uncanny, and the technology is breathtaking. How the trick was pulled off remains a mystery as the wizards at Lucas Film and Disney remaining tight-lipped about their achievement. Since the start of cinema, its technical magic has always made us gasp, and seeing Cushing interacting, near seamlessly, with new characters brings a smile to the face'.

THE WASHINGTON POST December 15th 2016
'If “Rogue One” wins an Oscar for effects, Cushing — or rather, “Cushing” — should be in no small part why.

'Under director Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One” represents another marker in the decades-long quest for the best CGI-fashioned human replicas. The filmmakers auditioned actors to “play” Cushing’s Tarkin, settling on BBC soap actor Guy Henry. This Tarkin is thus free of the dreaded “dead eye” effect. Lo, though the effects wizards walk through the “uncanny valley,” Tarkin registers as quite alive — even if his facial proportions sometimes read as ever so slightly off from the Original Trilogy. We are nearing the reality of a fully fleshed-out, CGI-enhanced performance long after an actor has passed.'


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE TARKIN . . .AND CUSHING TOO!


IT IS WONDERFULLY TOUCHING to hear and see the name PETER CUSHING on the radio, on television and in newspapers over the last two days.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

ONE NAME THOUGH that we mentioned quite early on during the 'smoke and mirrors' of the months leading up to the Cushing / Tarkin reveal in #ROGUEONE was GUY HENRY. We learn now, it was he who helped to make the magic in bringing, Cushing and Tarkin back to the big screen. The UK television listings magazine, The Radio Times has published a feature on how Tarkin's Ressurection came about and Henry's role in the scenes that has everyone talking . . . . The following are some extracts from the feature :  

REASONABLY EARLY ON, Ben Mendelsohn’s new villain Director Orson Krennic is brought to meet his superior officer – Governer Wilhuff "Grand Moff" Tarkin, played in the original 1977 by veteran Hammer horror actor Peter Cushing. Obviously, it makes total sense for Tarkin to be there – the film is set only shortly before the original Star Wars, and he was in charge then – but Cushing passed away in 1994, so you might have expected director Gareth Edwards to recast the role. 

BUT THAT'S NOT what Edwards did. Instead, audiences may be surprised to see Cushing once again performing the role, brought back to the screen more than 20 years after his death through a combination of live-action acting, cutting-edge special effects – and an actor from the UK BBC tv series, Holby City.“It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears from [special effects and animation studio] Industrial Light and Magic,” Edwards told Radio Times of Cushing’s return. “John Knoll, whose idea it was to make this film, pitched the idea of doing the opening text of A New Hope as a movie, to Lucasfilm.

“AND HE'S ALWAYS been very aggressive pushing the envelope with what visual effects can do. We were talking about it, and you sort of lay out the movie, and as you start laying it you go ‘you know what, you’ve gotta have these certain characters in there, and I dunno how we’d do it'. “John was always like ‘no we can do this, we can do it, we can do it,’” the director recalled. “He was very confident, and we… you know, to be honest, a lot of people were nervous the whole time, like ‘is this gonna happen?’ And then we went all or nothing in.”So with the effects idea committed to, the team just needed an actor to portray Tarkin’s physical presence before being altered in post-production – and in a surprising development, they looked no further than classic BBC hospital soap opera Holby City.

“IT WAS PLAYED BY an actor called Guy Henry [above], who’s in Holby City, and he was amazing,” Edwards revealed. Rumours of Henry’s involvement have been circulating round Rogue One for some time, as well as the possibility that he could play a younger Grand Moff Tarkin – though no-one predicted that he would be bringing Cushing’s version of the character back so directly.

“IT WAS A MASSIVE THING FOR HIM, it was very gracious of him, because essentially he’s doing this big performance and getting zero credit for it,” Edwards went on.“He was gonna be totally replaced, and then had to keep it all secret. So, um, that was a big ask.”Still, in the end we have to say Henry pulled it off rather well – and without giving too much away, we can say that his Tarkin is not the only original series character to come back with a little movie magic.process for all of that as well.”

'AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED, it’s time, effort and copious special effects money well spent.' - Radio Times December 2016. #ROGUEONE is in cinemas everywhere now.


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ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR PETER CUSHING ON FACEBOOK!


IN THE SIX YEARS since we have made our extension website home here on facebook, it's NEVER been better than this! What a week! The release of #ROGUEONE with an amazing technical and cinematic feat of bringing #PeterCushing's likeness back to the big screen! AND NOW we have just passed a NEW LIKES and FOLLOWERS total! 27,000 LIKES and 25,000 active followers, and all made possible without a penny spent on boosting or sponsoring any of our posts. Cushing Power! It was archived purely by your support, interest and LOVE of #PeterCushing .... thank you, for every single like, every comment, share and click!


TO MARK THIS MILESTONE on the day of the International release of #ROGUEONE , a film I am sure Peter Cushing would have been very proud of indeed, it just doesn't get any better. Keep FIRING OFF those likes, shares and comments! As always, anything you have to share..You May Fire When Ready!
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

ROGUE ONE OPENS AND CGI TARKIN IS TOTALLY TOPS!


OVER AT THE PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE reports and comments are already flying in from #PETERCUSHING and #STARWARS fans who have seen #ROGUEONE at their local cinema! The feeling is #PETERCUSHING'S CGI appearance in the film, is a resounding SUCCESS! So,YOUR FEEDBACK PLEASE! Via our email address ( petercushingpcas@gmail.com) or our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE. Now that #ROGUEONE is opening internationally, we would LOVE to hear from YOU if you have seen the film. PLEASE NO plot details, but we would really like to know what you think of #PeterCushing's CGI appearance in the film. NO illegal screen photographs please... we'd love to see you outside the cinema in a SELFIE though 🙂 #TARKIN IS BACK!

photo: Rodger Phillips.


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ON THE EVE OF TARKIN'S RETURN: TARKIN GIFS


#GIMMETHEGIF: AND SO ON THE EVE of the opening of #ROGUEONE we count down the hours and share some requested GIFS of Peter Cushing from 'STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE' . . .


FOR ROSA STRICKLAND #ROGUEONE ...#PeterCushing's Tarkin as calm and as scheming as ever. All those years of playing Baron Frankenstein obviously prepared him for such an icy role...



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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

TARKIN CUSHING AND ROGUE ONE : WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING . . .


'.....Its most dazzling feat of technical wizardry lies in the resurrection one of the series' most iconic and loathsome villains, Grand Moff Tarkin -- played by Peter Cushing who died in 1994. Somehow, cutting-edge technology has brought him back to life.' DAILY MIRROR 13th December 2016


'....the late Peter Cushing is digitally resurrected as Death Star boss Moff Tarkin: there’s an eerie nervelessness about the results from certain angles, but given Cushing, a Hammer Horror veteran, exuded an aura of undeath at his professional best, he might be the ideal candidate for the procedure. DAILY TELEGRAPH 13th December 2016

'....One famous character has been withheld entirely from marketing: Grand Moff Tarkin. Yes, despite having died over two decades ago, the great Peter Cushing is able to reprise his role as the scheming Governor Tarkin via the magic of ILM's finest CGI. While it hasn't been announced who provides his voice yet, whoever it is did a stellar job, especially when he says his classic line, "You may fire when ready." December 12th 2016 Comingsoon..net


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ARE YOU READY TO WELCOME THE DARKSIDE ?. . .THE RETURN OF TARKIN



WE'VE JUST CHANGED our banner at our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE, just in time for the arrival of #ROGUEONE : A Star Wars Story on the 15th DECEMBER in the UK and 16th DECEMBER in the USA. It seems everyone's lips are still sealed, if and how Peter Cushing appears in the film. However, if you have the time and inclination to spend digging around the net, all the pointers are there, that PC is indeed, in the film. In the meantime, we sit and wait, to see if all hunches are correct.



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