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19 items from 2015


‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ gets plot details and teaser

20 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Though we’ve now seen two incredible trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we know little more about that film’s plot than we did a few months ago. But at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this past weekend, fans got a taste of what the first Star Wars spinoff movie would entail.

Rogue One, as directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendehlson, was confirmed during a panel discussion to be the story of how the Rebels, without the help of any Jedi Knights, stole the plans to the Death Star, placing this film right before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Kind of makes me suspect Jones is playing Princess Leia.

Edwards said to the panel via Deadline that Rogue One is about the ordinary men and women, “that don’t have magic powers, that have »

- Brian Welk

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Star Wars: Rogue One Details Revealed

19 April 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Gareth Edwards appeared at Star Wars Celebration on its final day to reveal the details for his standalone movie, which is now officially known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. The film, to be released in December 2016 will, according to the official plot summary, feature a story in which “a rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans".Edwards, who doesn’t begin shooting until summer, nonetheless brought something to show fans, having had the boffins at Ilm put together a short teaser to lay out the film’s agenda.The footage began with a deep rumble, before showing the verdant trees of a lush forest planet not dissimilar to Yavin IV. Birds fly above the canopy as the camera pans up to look out over the tree line. Over it all we hear Alec Guinness intone his lines from Star Wars. »

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Teaser & Plot Details For Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One Revealed

19 April 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The "Conversations with Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards" panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is currently in full swing (though Trank actually pulled out!), and the Godzilla director just provided plenty of new details on his spin-off movie, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Apparently the story will actually be set before A New Hope, around the same time as the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Edwards confirms that it will be a heist movie, and even provided an official logline: "A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One." A brief teaser was also shown featuring a Tie Fighter flying over a jungle landscape, before the camera pans up to reveal the Death Star. The voiceover is Alec Guinness as Obi Wan Kenobi: "The Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, »

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Plot to Focus on Death Star

19 April 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film, “Rogue One,” will follow a group trying to steal the Death Star plans, it was revealed at Sunday’s Star Wars Celebration, which also showed a special teaser for the upcoming spinoff.

“A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One,” the official Star Wars account tweeted on Sunday.

Felicity Jones, who was previously confirmed to star in “Rogue One,” will play a rebel soldier. The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to “A New Hope.”

The news was revealed at a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm Svp of development Kiri Hart and “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards. Josh Trank was scheduled to appear at the panel, but didn’t show, with moderator Pablo Hidalgo saying he was “under the weather.”

The »

- Alex Stedman

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Anthony Hopkins & Ian McKellen Talk Tyrannical Directors, State Of TV & Finally Working Together On ‘The Dresser’

19 March 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

On the Ealing Studios lot, which once played host to Alec Guinness and the Ealing Comedies — and is now the residence of Downton AbbeyAnthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen have been shooting BBC/Starz's upcoming The Dresser. This is the adaptation of Ronald Harwood's classic play that's produced by Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment. It's the first time in many years that a play has been adapted in such a way for television. And it joins the two veteran stars… »

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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

13 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an »

- Christopher Saunders

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Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

6 March 2015 8:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.

Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?

In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as  mentors to »

- Frank Ochieng

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25 Star Wars Actors Who Are No Longer With Us

3 March 2015 8:13 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With the most vivid, fully imagined universe in all of science fiction, Star Wars is one of the most beloved, storied franchises in cinematic history. This is thanks in no small part to a wildly original cast of characters, at once instantly understandable and delightfully alien.

The range of actors found in the series is nothing but impressive. You can find dozens of actors who got their start in the films, working right alongside established stars like Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing (and later Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson). Some of your favourites you may not even recognise out of character, but, even if they performed under masks and make-up, they were essential to bringing Star Wars to life.

Of course, when talking about a franchise with such incredible longevity, you’re bound to lose a few friends along the way. That’s certainly the case with Star Wars, »

- Jay Anderson

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Birdman got it wrong: serious actors love playing superheroes

27 February 2015 4:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The torment of Michael Keaton’s washed-up thesp grossly exaggerates the gap between arthouse movies and Hollywood’s fantasy blockbusters

I blame Alec Guinness. The late Englishman is famously reputed to have labelled 1977’s Star Wars, which brought him elevated fame, fortune and an Oscar nomination, as “fairytale nonsense”. And so, right at the very beginning of Hollywood’s blockbuster era, the message to awards season voters was clear: the new wave of fantasy action epics were to be regarded as inferior, especially so as even those who starred in them thought they weren’t much cop.

The key character in Birdman, Riggan Thomson, might be seen as a latter day Guinness (though surely the Englishman never suffered so greatly). Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up former A-lister fighting against almost constant psychological torment, desperate to prove himself as a “real” actor because his best-known role is that of the titular man-sized avian crime-fighter. »

- Ben Child

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The Battle for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’

16 February 2015 5:45 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I: The Lawrence Bureau

T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw.

Lawrence lived a curious double life, befriending both private soldiers and notables like Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw. He wrote memoirs and translated Homer while repairing boats and seaplanes. His intellect, warmth, and puckish humor masked internal torment – guilt for failing to secure Arab freedom, regret for two brothers killed in the war, shame over an incident where Turkish soldiers sexually assaulted him.

In his autobiography Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence »

- Christopher Saunders

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Matthew Vaughn Talks Kingsman 2

16 February 2015 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

"I genuinely hope that one day I can sit here and talk about Kingsman 2 with you," said Matthew Vaughn when Empire spoke to him pre-Kingsman's release. Now that the film is out there, those conversations are happening a bit more freely. So although we should stress that Kingsman 2 in any form doesn't yet have the green light, we can also report Vaughn's perhaps surprising teasing that we may see more of Colin Firth's Harry Hart in future. We'll give you the trailer again below, after which there will be spoilers. So, y'know, if you haven't seen Kingsman yet...So yes, Harry died. Samuel L. Jackson shot him in the head, in a nice anti-Bond moment of not putting the super-spy in an easily escapable position. "It was a big decision," Vaughn told us, "but you have to make a decision that’s right for the movie. I’m sure George Lucas had people saying, »

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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From Smiley’s People to Wolf Hall, the best TV dramas can't be rushed

11 February 2015 5:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Slow-burning stories of emotional and political intricacy need time to develop – and they’re all the better for it

While the main terrors of getting older are physical and professional, there is one cultural dread – the fear that a once-loved entertainment will lose its appeal, like a country that disappoints on revisiting. Each time Smiley’s People comes around, I hesitate to watch, just in case its greatness has faded. But its latest repeat run – which concluded on Tuesday night on BBC4 – has confirmed that this 1982 adaptation of John le Carré’s 1979 novel is among the most beautiful and enduring achievements of TV drama.

Although slightly less celebrated than an earlier book and BBC serial featuring the spy George Smiley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – partly because that novel has had a recent lavish movie makeover – Smiley’s People is slightly the better of the two small-screen le Carrés, mainly because Alec Guinness, »

- Mark Lawson

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Ewan McGregor waiting for Star Wars call

27 January 2015 9:36 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Ewan McGregor is ''still waiting'' to be asked to return to the 'Star Wars' franchise. The 43-year-old actor portrayed the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in prequel trilogy 'Episodes I to III' - which were released between 1999 and 2005 - but he has not been asked to be a part of 'Episode VII: The Force Awakens' and doesn't even know whether it would be a possibility. He admitted: ''I'm still waiting for the call! Seriously... But literally, I have had nothing. Nothing. ''And I don't even know how it could work, because I don't know what those stories are. ''I never discussed them with George [Lucas] when we made ours, so I have no idea what the three storylines are.'' And Ewan appeared to further talk himself out of a job when he admitted his return would affect continuity because Sir Alec Guinness played Kenobi in the original trilogy. He added to MTV News: ''I suppose, »

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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

20 January 2015 7:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »

- Andre Soares

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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

20 January 2015 5:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'Out of Africa' Out of Africa (1985) is an unusual Robert Redford star vehicle in that the film's actual lead isn't Redford, but Meryl Streep -- at the time seen as sort of a Bette Davis-Alec Guinness mix: like Davis, Streep received a whole bunch of Academy Award nominations within the span of a few years: from 1978-1985, she was shortlisted for no less than six movies.* Like Guinness, Streep could transform »

- Andre Soares

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Two of Redford's Biggest Box-Office Hits on TCM Tonight

6 January 2015 5:20 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford movies: TCM shows 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning this Monday evening, January 6, TCM will be presenting 15 Robert Redford movies. Tonight's entries include Redford's two biggest blockbusters, both directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which turned Redford, already in his early 30s, into a major film star to rival Rudolph Valentino, »

- Andre Soares

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10. Chinatown (1974)

Lost to: The Godfather Part II

Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.

#9. Cabaret (1972)

Lost to: The Godfather

Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »

- Joshua Gaul

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