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Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice (2015) *Still Searching for Bobby Fischer*

Pawn Sacrifice, Bobby Fishcer, Tobey Maguire

Eight years after his death, Bobby Fischer continues to fascinate people.  He was the most unlikely of weapons in a war between super powers, a deeply disturbed individual, and a prodigy the likes of which comes alone perhaps every hundred years.  There are a number of good biographies about the chess genius and there have been several films, but none has really captured Fischer and no actor has given a definitive portrayal of one of the 20th century’s most complex minds.  Edward Zwick, who has directed some of my favorite films (Glory, Legends of the Fall), takes a stab at encapsulating Fischer’s life in Pawn Sacrifice.
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Book Review: Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady (2012)

Bobby Fischer, chess, Endgame, Frank Brady

 

What you think of Endgame depends entirely upon how much you know about and care about chess. This isn’t exactly what I was hoping for going into the book. The author is someone who was an off-and-on friend of Fischer’s (there was no other kind) for decades and had insight into his character first-hand plus his research and observations. Brady writes himself out of the book as much as possible and does admit when he’s in the scene but otherwise tries to keep himself to a fly on the wall approach.

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Star Wars Episode VII Casting Begins/Character Descriptions Confirmed by Lucasfilm

Episode VII Poster
Episode VII Fan Poster by Lyndon Berresford

All credit on this to Bleeding Cool, who not only correctly called the bunk on Internet rumors on plot last week, but obtained casting call descriptions of characters for Star Wars Episode VII.  Casting has begun in the UK and Lucasfilm today confirmed Bleeding Cool’s story as accurate.  From the descriptions, it does not look like the Solo twins will be making the movie, though Jaina Solo might.  It’s long been bantered about that the protagonist will be a young female (JJ Abrams has certainly succeeded with this kind of character on TV).  Ponder the descriptions below and speculate with glee.  Also, it is comforting to know that we need not be physically fit to journey to a galaxy far, far away.  Bleeding Cool’s scoop below and they are a go-to site for information as it breaks, so keep checking with them.

We’ve got our hands on the first real casting breakdowns of characters from the next Star Wars movie. What’s more, we’ve verified that these are lead characters – though not necessarily to be billed in the order below.

I want to stress Bleeding Cool have 100% confirmed that the following is accurate and that the open casting started today in the UK.

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.

Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.

A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.

Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.

A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.

Forty something male, fit, military type.

Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

Are these character details, or dating profiles? GSOH, physically fit…

But seeing as they’re looking for two teenage girls, chances are that rumour about a teenage female lead has something to it…

 

Star Wars Episode VII Trailer

Fan Made Poster (My favorite so far)
Fan Made Poster

Oh now don’t be mad. We need something to tide ourselves over for the year or so until we get a real teaser and this genius gave us something to practice geeking out over! Combining footage from mostly The Force Unleashed and Old Republic video games with voice over by Benedict Cumberbatch (little Star Trek XI in there too), it actually sets the bar for whatever that actual trailer will be pretty high, but I’m sure Abrams and Lucas will deliver far beyond.