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Inquisitive. Intelligent. Supportive. Enthusiastic. Talk to the creators of some of Showtime’s original documentaries, and it sounds like they’re describing a dream spouse. But that’s how they feel about the perfect partner — the perfect producing partner, that is.
With David Nevins at the helm, Showtime has made a greater push to fund original documentaries, offering in-depth looks at challenging subjects.
“Documentaries have a lot of currency in our culture right now,” Nevins says. “People want to watch them, they’re very well-consumed (and) highly rated. And they felt like an area where there was opportunity to do the kind of things that other people aren’t doing, the kind of things that would make news, and that people would want to write about.”
Last year’s environmental docuseries “Years of Living Dangerously” proved him right. Executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the project featured Harrison Ford, »
- Carita Rizzo
A group of Bothan spies have pulled off an incredible job, retrieving some truly beautiful new concept artwork from Star Wars: Episode VII that proves a lot of the recent rumors to be true while giving us a good look at some of the character designs, specifically the main villain and Daisy Ridley, along with a look at her rumored home and some of the vehicles that will be utilized throughout this epic space adventure. This latest art also gives us a good look at some of the aliens and ideas being put on display in December 2015.
Suffice it to say, this story contains some Major Spoilers so tread carefully. This is a pretty big reveal, and J.J. Abrams is probably on the hunt to have someone fired today. A source from Star Wars Underworld's claims that these images are legit, and they do line up with a lot of »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: “…the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, »
- Tamika Jones
Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the Hollywood Film Awards.
The annual ceremony will air live for the very first time on CBS from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14.
CBS announced Latifah as host by referring to her as a "triple threat" because she can sing, dance and act.
"I'm honoured to be a part of such a legendary award show," Latifah added. "The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I'm excited to be the first host to bring them to television."
The Hollywood Film Awards honour achievement in filmmaking and film acting. Producer Carlos de Abreu organised the first ceremony in 1997.
CBS's coverage of the event will include a red carpet preview at 7.30pm Et and a one-hour post-show »
Star Wars: Episode VII is around three weeks off completing filming.
The Guardian reported that producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed the film's progress.
She also added that she is "thrilled" to be returning the film series to London with Jj Abrams in the director's chair.
She said: "This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976.
"To know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood and now we're looking to put together Ilm London, it's rather remarkable that this has come together in less than two years."
It comes as Warwick Davis has revealed that he will be returning to the franchise.
How cute is Lupita Nyong'o?! The actress gave Star Wars fans a little sneak peek earlier today when she snapped a picture on the set of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The funny photo shows the Academy Award winner wearing some black frame glasses and an Episode VII cap while flashing the biggest smile (with something in her teeth, of course) as she holds on tight to an action figure of Harrison Ford as Han Solo. "Geeking out! #Swvii," the 31-year-old wrote with the snapshot on Instagram. E! News was among the first to speak to Nyong'o after her casting was announced back in June while on the red carpet at the Cfda Awards in New York City. "I was cast two weeks ago," she »
Industrial Light & Magic, the in-house effects company established by George Lucas in 1975, is still one of the leading forces in the industry and is responsible for working on some of the biggest movies over the past five decades. They are currently working on director Joss Whedon's superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron and will begin working on Star Wars: Episode VII in just a few short weeks as principal photography wraps on J.J. Abrams sci-fi epic. Both movies are expected to push boundaries and break new ground at Ilm.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm means Ilm will be working on more Disney movies, including all of those Marvel sequels and spin-offs that are planned throughout the rest of this decade. To celebrate, and for work purposes, the company has launched a new studio in London, and held a grand opening this past week. President Lynwen Brennan was there to speak with IGN, »
In the gritty, sexy and scary old school tradition of exploitation and grindhouse art comes the kick-ass poster for Blanc/Biehn Productions' latest fright flick, Fetish Factory.
Bbp commissioned Los Angeles based artist Aaron Kai to come up with a throwback concept and create artwork that would tell a story - using scenes from the film and building intrigue through visuals just like they did back in the 60s and 70s.
Aaron Kai's meticulously executed, photorealistic film-inspired artwork has been featured globally  from Hollywood to Tokyo to commemorate high-profile landmark events including Blade Runner: The Final Cut 25™ Anniversary, The Bette Davis Centennial, and the Jules Verne Film Festival. Prominent collectors of Kai's original works include Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Clint Eastwood.
Interesting story with this one. Paul Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver (a classic) and recently conspired with Bret Easton Ellis to bring us The Canyons (by most counts not a classic) has a new movie coming out called Dying of the Light. Only he's not too thrilled about the way it turned out. Nor are his stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin. Nor is executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn (who was supposed to direct this a few years back with Harrison Ford in the lead role). Apparently Schrader was locked out of the editing room on the film and the movie that's being prepped for release is not his vision. Contractually he is forbidden to trash the movie given a non-disparagement clause in his contract, but he found a nifty way out of that and a way to get his message across. Hit the jump for the Dying of the »
- Evan Dickson
The English actor confirmed his return to a galaxy far, far away this afternoon in a video posted to the official Star Wars YouTube channel. Warwick Davis has played multiple roles in George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise, including Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi and gambler Weazel and Anakin’s pal Wald in The Phantom Menace. (He even doubled for the Frank Oz-voiced Yoda and cameo’ed as a Tatooine street trader in Episode I.)
Davis’s role in Episode VII has yet to be revealed, but production is underway in the UK with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson starring for J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 8, 2015.
- Jen Yamato
A “Star Wars” mainstay is returning to the fold. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity (Photos) Warwick Davis, who played the ewok Wickett in “Return of the Jedi” and dual roles of Weazel and Wald in “The Phantom Menace,” confirmed that he will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Davis broke the news via a video uploaded to the official Star Wars YouTube account. It's unclear what role(s) Davis might play this time, though aside from Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, it's unclear who any of the cast members are playing. The new trilogy is. »
- Linda Ge
The official cast of J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII has continued to grow after the initial announcement was made a few months ago. This week, a franchise veteran has also locked down a role, joining the existing cast that already includes stars like Harrison Ford and Adam Driver. Scroll through to see all the returning cast members and newbies who will be carrying on the saga. Source: Getty / Venturelli, John Lamparski, Walter McBride, and Stefania D'Alessandro »
If you weren’t already over the moon about the casting line-up for Star Wars: Episode VII, then you might be excited to hear that Warwick Davis is set to return to a galaxy far, far away. The franchise stalwart has officially signed on to J.J. Abrams’ anticipated first instalment of the new trilogy.
Davis will be recognisable to the Star Wars fan community as he appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle For Endor as much-loved ewok, Wicket. That’s not to say he’ll be reprising that role for the new movie. Lest we forget, he also cropped up in the prequel trilogy. In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, he took on two brief roles; one as Anakin’s childhood friend Wald, and the other as arms dealer Weazel.
The actor made his announcement »
- Gem Seddon
With a number of other iconic actors and actresses already set to reappear, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, the return of Davis is sure to spark even more excitement around the Star Wars community.
The news has come directly from the Star Wars YouTube Channel and you can watch the amusing video announcement below…
- Alfie Nobes
Warwick Davis has been joking about returning to the Star Wars universe for "Episode VII" for quite a while now during interviews and at various fan conventions etc -- but as it turns out, he really is on board. Davis played Wicket in Return of the Jedi, and then again in that dreadful Ewok spin-off movie, and also appeared in The Phantom Menace in a variety of roles. We don't know who he'll be playing in Episode VII yet, but chances are he's either already shot his scenes or is going to very soon, because Producer Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that production will wrap in about 3 weeks or so. Could the Ewoks be back to terrorize those poor Stormtroopers? I's say it's unlikely, but I guess you never know....they weren't as universally despised as Jar Jar after all! Star Wars: Episode VII stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, »
But the exploitation flick that will hit theaters is not the one Schrader had in mind. Editing room disagreements took Schrader off the movie. But he cannot discuss it due to the usual contractual non-disparagement agreements that artists have to sign these days. So Schrader has taken to Facebook, posting his official "Dying of the Light" poster featuring him, Cage, Anton Yelchin, and executive producer Nic Winding Refn (who was going to direct until Harrison Ford fell out), wearing T-shirts sporting the non-disclosure agreement. Schrader writes: "We lost the battle. "Dying of the Light," a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me, reedited, scored and mixed without my input. Yesterday Grindstone (a division of Lionsgate) released the poster and the trailer. They are available on line. Here we are, Nick Cage, Anton Yelchin, Nic Refn and myself, wearing our "non-disparagement" T shirts. The non-disparagement »
- Anne Thompson
With the overabundance of Star Wars: Episode VII leaks and rumors floating around, it is so incredibly refreshing to get a legit bit of news straight from the official Star Wars YouTube page, and via an especially amusing video nonetheless. Hit the jump to catch the must-see video announcing that Warwick Davis will return to the Star Wars film franchise for Episode VII. The movie hits theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis and Gwendoline Christie. Davis is the guy who portrayed Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi and he also appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace as Wald, the Rodian member of Anakin’s podracing pit team, Weazel, a Tatooine weapons dealer, and as Yoda in select scenes. What »
- Perri Nemiroff
Earlier today, we reported that there are just three weeks left of shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII, but it's never too late to add new cast members, with fan favorite Warwick Davis confirmed to appear in this highly-anticipated sequel.
LucasFilm released a humorous video today, which "flashes back" to Warwick Davis' interview with Star Wars: Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy, where he asked if he may have a role in this new adventure, before we see the actor taking a call from director J.J. Abrams today.
What remains unclear is exactly what role Warwick Davis may have in Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor made his feature film debut as the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and he also played Weazel and Wald in the first prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
We reported last month that part »
The actor, whose role has not yet been confirmed, announced the news in a video posted on Facebook and Twitter.
I've been waiting over a year for this phone call… http://t.co/tZ7pSpFm2V #Jj
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) October 16, 2014 In the clip, we see Davis back in July 2013, pleased with the news of more Star Wars films being made and waiting patiently for a call to pull on his Ewok costume again.
Over a year passes before his phone rings with an offer of a role from director Jj Abrams - despite executive producer Kathleen Kennedy previously telling him his name "crops up daily" in cast discussions.
The tongue-in-cheek announcement comes after the actor actively campaigned for the role, even visiting the set at Pinewood Studios.
The 44-year-old played Ewok Wicket in Star Wars »
It’s a question that has been on many a fan’s mind. Well, several. Well, mostly Warwick’s to be honest: will the man who played Wicket in Return Of The Jedi and the Ewok spin-off films before appearing in The Phantom Menace in a variety of roles show up in Star Wars: Episode VII? Now, thanks to Mr. Davis himself, we know the answer via his Twitter feed and a new video.Of course, we don’t yet know who or what he’ll be playing in the new film – the video doesn’t specify and J.J. Abrams would probably lock him in the Nockmaar dungeons if he did – but it feels like the director is continuing to pay homage to the original trilogy, with lots of practical effects and, of course, a batch of Davis’ old castmates including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. »
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