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Turnock talks to The News-Gazette about "Star Wars" and special effects

Julie Turnock

The new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" takes a backwards glance to the 1977 original, based on a look at the trailers, and the presence of the film's first stars, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

A University of Illinois media professor says the early look at a "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" probably reflects nostalgia as well as the fans' reactions to the prequels that came out after the original trilogy.

17 Dec
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Illinois Public Media leads statewide news collaborative

Seven public media stations in Illinois are partners in a $715,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to launch a journalism collaboration titled the Illinois Newsroom, led by Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV).

16 Dec
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Ebertfest 2015 retrospective online now

The latest Shatterglass Studios' mini-documentary on Ebertfest is live and online, thanks to Indiewire.

14 Dec
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Molina-Guzmán participates in White House conference

Molina-Guzman

On Friday, November 13, Associate Professor Isabel Molina-Guzmán participated in the joint Anna Julia Cooper Center and White House Conference “Advancing Equity for Women & Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.” She served on the panel “Images and Representations” assessing the existing state of media representations of marginalized women, the extant research on the topic, affirmative progress that has been made, and the new questions that need to be ad

10 Dec
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'Star Wars' and the coming of age of special effects

Turnock

The original “Star Wars” was when special effects got “real,” at least for a certain generation of movie fans. They could believe they were there, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” from the opening shot on. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” No. 7 in the series, opens Dec. 18, and film scholar Julie Turnock will be watching with an eye on those effects.

03 Dec
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