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Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.
Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
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- Oli Davis
A big question coming out of the seventh season Parks and Recreation premiere last week was how long the show was going to tease out the mystery behind Leslie and Ron’s big spat over something called “Morningstar.” Not terribly long, it turns out, as this week’s second episode of the two-parter pretty much centralizes its plot around discovering every minute detail of what went wrong all those years ago. In nearly all aspects – jokes, ridiculous plot lines, Amy Poehler’s bangs – it felt like a truer return to form for the series than the premiere ever was.
“William Henry Harrison” opens with Leslie searching for a cause to back her attempts in preserving the land that Ron wants to build a Gryzzl campus on. This, in classic Parks and Recreation fashion, spans from listening to a creepy returning character pitch an over-sexualized version of Disneyland to a guy »
- Mitchel Broussard
Yesterday we brought you some concept art from Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing Max von Sydow’s as-yet-unnamed character along with what appeared to be Darth Vader next to some Imperial Stormtroopers [check the images out here], and now thanks to Star Wars 7 News we have a few more images, this time featuring the redesigned Episode VII X-Wings…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps growing by the day, with Yahoo! UK reporting that The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death actress Leanne Best, who plays the title character in that horror movie, has signed on for an unspecified role in the sci-fi sequel. The news was revealed in a press email for the actress' upcoming ITV series Home Fries, where it mentioned that she will also be in director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated Star Wars movie. Naturally, we have no word on what character she may be playing, or how she fits into the story. Here's an excerpt from the press email below.
"Brit actor Leanne Best [is] available for interview. Best known for her role as Jane Cobden on BBC's award-winning Ripper Street, Leanne is currently starring as the woman in black in The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death showing in theatres worldwide. »
J.J. Abrams' Mystery Box has sprung a bunch of holes during production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the latest being concept art posted on the Facebook page of Robert Bailey. Named "Attacking Force" and "Low Level Attack", they don't really reveal too much about the movie itself, but do provide a great look at the redesigned X-Wings being used in the Return of the Jedi follow-up. What the colours mean will hopefully be revealed in the movie itself! What do you think? Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars Episode VII will be released on December 18th, 2015. 332 days to go! »
As anticipation continues to grow for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, original Star Wars creator George Lucas revealed earlier this month that he had started to develop a new trilogy just before selling LucasFilm to Disney. It was believed that Disney may have used some of George's ideas while developing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but, in a new interview with CinemaBlend, the filmmaker claims that isn't true, and that Disney got rid of all his ideas.
"The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]"
Last week, George Lucas revealed that he had finally seen the teaser trailer, and that he was impressed with the first footage. He also claimed that he "has no idea what they're doing" with the movie. »
Having retired from the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has previously stated that he was yet to watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, he has now revealed that he caught the trailer while attending the cinema, telling Page Six: “I saw the trailer. I saw it in a theater because I don’t watch movies online.” When asked if he liked it, he smiled. “Yeah, it was intriguing.”
Meanwhile, Lucas also spoke to Cinema Blend about his initial vision for the Sequel Trilogy (you may recall that Michael Arndt had written treatments for the three films when Lucas was still in charge of the Saga, with J.J. Abrams subsequently rewriting Episode VII’s script with Lawrence Kasdan, and reportedly shifting the focus from new characters to the old guard):
“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that »
- Thomas Roach
Costume Designers Guild, American Cinema Editors and publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild announce honorees
The honors were all announced on Tuesday. Watts will receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award from the Costume Designers Guild, Marshall the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award from the American Cinema Editors, Newhart the Lifetime Achievement Award from the publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (Icg, Iatse Local 600), and Isaacs the Presidents Award from the Icg. »
- Steve Pond
Mayhew, who plays Han Solo's wookiee sidekick Chewbacca, is currently in the hospital, where he's being treated for pneumonia. His wife, Angie Mayhew, confirmed the actor's illness on Reddit, but said he was making excellent progress.
"Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts," Angie Mayhew wrote on the Star Wars subreddit. " ... He will make a full recovery, and hope[s] to be discharged within a few days. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."
The webmaster of Peter Mayhew's official website also commented on the actor's illness, writing on Twitter that Mayhew is "recovering well" and thankful for the outpouring of well wishes from fans.
Hey all, @Webmaster_Rick here. Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. »
- Katie Roberts
The publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild are giving their lifetime achievement award to Bob Newhart and their Presidents Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The honors will be presented at the 52nd Annual Publicists Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.
.”Cheryl represents the finest qualities of our profession,.” said awads committee chairman Henri Bollinger. .”She has an extraordinary track record as a marketing executive, while at the same time devoting her talents and influence to improving the public perception of all who contribute to the cinematic arts..”
Newhart won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1961 for “The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” His “The Bob Newhart Show” aired from 1972 until 1978 and his “Newhart” ran from 1982 to 1990. He won an »
- Dave McNary
The publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild are giving their lifetime achievement award to Bob Newhart and their Presidents Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The honors will be presented at the 52nd Annual Publicists Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.
.”Cheryl represents the finest qualities of our profession,.” said Awards Committee chairman Henri Bollinger. .”She has an extraordinary track record as a marketing executive, while at the same time devoting her talents and influence to improving the public perception of all who contribute to the cinematic arts..”
- Dave McNary
The Star Wars: Episode 7 set must be cursed or something. A few months after Harrison Ford was injured by the Millennium Falcon, Peter Mayhew, the actor known for playing Chewbacca, has been hospitalized. Thankfully, he.s expected to make a full recovery, but the situation was no less worrisome. After rumors of Mayhew.s poor health began circling the web, the actor.s wife, Angie, went on Reddit and confirmed the news in a statement to the fans. Peter had contracted pneumonia, though she said he.s expected to make a full recovery and will hopefully be discharged in a few days. "Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements," she wrote. In addition, the official webmaster of PeterMayhew.com and Chewbacca.com tweeted the news to Mayhew.s 157k+ followers. Hey all, @Webmaster_Rick here. Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the »
In addition to von Sydow, the film also stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Domhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels and Daisy Ridley.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18, 2015.
Source: Star Wars Latino »
- Philip Sticco
(Be warned: There are Spoilers in this story!) We haven't been at a loss for new Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art over the past year. As we move into 2015, it seems the images will continue to leak, giving us early glimpses at characters, ships and weapons. Today, we get a look at Max von Sydow's character, who has yet to be given a proper name. This image arrives along with a new vehicle, and an intriguing landscape image that appears to depict Stormtroopers setting a village on fire while a familiar silhouette looks on.
It has never been confirmed by Disney nor Lucasfilm whom Max von Sydow will be portraying in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rumors indicate that he is the half-cyborg boss of Daisy Ridley's Rey, who scours the Tatooine desert looking for junked spaceship parts. After Rey finds a lightsaber in the wastelands, »
Any time a member of the original cast of Star Wars talks about their experience on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m instantly interesting. If you would like to categorize this news as non-news, you can certainly blame me for that, but hell if I’m the only one who wants to hear anything Mark Hamill has to say about Star Wars. He could share what the craft services were like on Empire and I would dissect it. The original trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill »
- Graham McMorrow
When Disney and LucasFilm announced the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members last April, just a few weeks before production got under way, we knew there were still many more actors with large and small roles alike that had yet to be confirmed. Production has been wrapped since November, but we're still learning about new cast members as we await the next trailer. British journalist Lizo Mzimba recently revealed that U.K.-based actress Amybeth Hargreaves is playing a female Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The journalist noticed on the actress' Spotlight UK page that she is playing a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although the listing has since been removed from the page. Of course, nothing is known about the extent of her role, and if she will even have any lines or take off her Stormtrooper helmet. Lizo Mzimba »
Before it was announced he’d be returning to the world of The Flash to reprise his role as The Trickster, it was revealed that Mark Hamill would be picking up the lightsabre once again to play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The déjà vu of walking onto the Millennium Falcon again and remembering all these details that they’ve got exactly right from old photographs and old blueprints…I can’t describe the feeling,” Hamill told Extra (via Cbm) promoting his new movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. “Even now it seems surreal to me. It seems hard to believe that it’s actually happening.”
When asked about Star Wars creator George Lucas (who recently had some harsh words about The Academy), Hamill said “seeing [George Lucas] this happy, he’s almost unrecognisable. Because when I was with him [on the original trilogy], he was fretting over all the details, so he »
- Luke Owen
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
When the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sent the Internet into a frenzy back in November, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, given the sheer amount of hype that preceded it, it’s a modern day miracle that the footage wasn’t pigeonholed to the point of no return for not being the greatest thing in the history of things.
However, in balancing the old with the new, J.J. Abrams and the folks at Disney offered up an excellent taster for the new trilogy, topped off with a spectacular shot of the Millennium Falcon in all its glory. But perhaps the point that was raised the most in the days after its arrival was the whereabouts of the original cast, who were conspicuous by their absence.
Now, thanks to a new report by Latino Review, we have evidence to suggest that the studio is »
- Michael Briers
Last week, it was widely reported that the original Star Wars cast, namely Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, would be revealed in the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which is rumored to debut in theaters this May with Avengers: Age of Ultron. A second report now reiterates what we heard back when the original Star Wars 7 teaser dropped. And that's the fact that we won't see any of the original cast or characters used in the marketing leading up to the premiere of the movie this December.
Germain Lussier of /film backs up an earlier rumor, claiming that Disney and LucasFilm are keeping the original stars under lock and key until its time to see the movie in theaters. Instead, the upcoming trailers and other promotional items will continue to use John Boyega as Stormtrooper Finn, »
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