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Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 years old, but he already knows his biggest life regret.
Tremblay, a self-declared Star Wars fanatic, opened up to People about his love for the famous franchise — and the one galactic star he says he was too “starstruck” to meet.
“I saw Harrison Ford,” Tremblay tells People Now of seeing the actor at the 2017 Golden Globes. “But I never got to, like, visit him. And that’s like one of my biggest life regrets, ever.”
While he missed his chance to shake hands with Han Solo, »
- Jack Henkels
Jared Leto is partnering with Omni magazine in a deal to produce original content, Variety has learned exclusively
Jerrick Media and Leto’s Paradox made the announcement Monday. The companies did not disclose any specific projects.
Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the Us and the UK between 1978 and 1995. It contained articles on science, parapsychology, and short works of science fiction and fantasy and included authors such as Isaac Asimov, George Rr Martin and William Gibson.
Jerrick Media purchased the rights to Omni in 2012 along with several other brands, and has since reestablished the magazine as an online archive and forum for user-generated fiction.
Rick Schwartz, founder of Jerrick Media, said in a statement, “Omni is one of the crown jewels in the Jerrick portfolio. I can’t think of a better person to partner with in developing its content than Jared, whose career has been defined by fearlessness, otherworldly »
- Dave McNary
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is apparently "speechless" after finally receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many fans of Star Wars and Hamill had already assumed that he had a star, but in fact he did not and the same goes for the late Carrie Fisher. When Fisher passed away in December fans made up their own star for the actress best know for portraying Princess Leia. In addition to playing Luke Skywalker, Hamill is also known for supplying the voice of the Joker in the DC Animated Universe as well as the wildly popular Arkham series of video games.
After news spread of Hamill receiving the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the actor Tweeted a simple hashtag that read "speechless." Hamill is a pop culture icon and has recently gone back to his Star Wars roots to have a small role in 2015's The »
I prefer watching movies on the big screen first, as big a screen as I can get. That said, I don’t always get to see them first in the movie theater. Any number of films that have become my faves I saw first on the small screen. Sometimes there’s a good reason for this; sometimes there’s no particular reason.
42 was one of those films.
It starred Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson who was the black baseball player who first integrated Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. (You may know Boseman better as the Black Panther in McU films.) It also stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who hired Robinson. (Ford you know from… well, you know Harrison Ford.) It was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who also wrote and directed A Knight’s Tale.
As with all biopics, »
- John Ostrander
Neil Calloway thinks the troubled Han Solo film proves Disney’s hearts aren’t in the right place…
Of course, films run into trouble all the time, and a studio as big as Disney wants to protect its investment, but it’s not the first time this has happened. There have been two Star Wars Anthology films, and both of them have had productions issues. First re-shoots and Tony Gilroy being drafted in to polish/rewrite on Rogue One, and now the directors departing this film. It doesn’t bode well at all. They got away with it with Rogue One, but it remains to be seen how much longer they’ll be able to »
- Neil Calloway
Having revisited the Alien franchise with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott is also making his return to the world of Blade Runner this year, serving as producer on the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel Blade Runner 2049.
The film opens this October, and it seems that much like Alien, Scott isn’t content with just one more instalment, as he’s revealed to IGN that he’s already looking to expand the series with more sequels.
“I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course there’s always something. George Lucas, you know, and the way he’s handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘Well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, »
- Gary Collinson
Samuel Brace on Lucasfilm’s director shake-up on the Han Solo Star Wars movie…
Let’s start off by saying that no one likes to see people lose their jobs, and I’m sure that Phil Lord and Chris Miller did a very good job directing the movie they wanted to make. However, by looking at the evidence available, Lucasfilm were totally right to let them go and bring in a new Han Solo director. With that being said, this is their fault, not that of Lord and Miller’s; this bed they have made for themselves.
So, why was it the right decision to pursue a new director, resulting in the hiring of Ron Howard?
1) Han Solo isn’t a comedic character
When the story first broke, we heard that creative differences were why Lucasfilm decided to part ways with Lord and Miller, and as more details came out, »
- Samuel Brace
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
There are very few, if any movies, in the history of science fiction that are as iconic and influential as director Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, which is based on the novel Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Now, 35 years later, we are getting a sequel in the form of Blade Runner 2049. The many fans of the original movie have had a burning question on their minds for years that still needs to be answered: is Rick Deckard a Replicant? According to Ridley Scott, that question will be answered in Blade Runner 2.
Ridley Scott, who is only producing Blade Runner 2 and is not in the director's chair, recently spoke with IGN and talked a bit about the highly-anticipated sequel. When asked about the whole "is Deckard a Replicant?" thing, he gave a pretty solid little rant about it. The main takeaway, according to him, is that director Denis Villeneuve will address the issue in Blade Runner 2049. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were... I can't remember if Hampton agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, 'Well, isn't it corny?' I said, 'Listen, I'll be the best f***ing judge of that. I'm the director, okay?' So, and that, you learn , you know, by then I'm 44, so I'm no f***ing chicken. I'm a very experienced director from commercials and The Duelists and Alien. So, I'm able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, 'You know, back off, it's what it's gonna be.' Harrison, he was never, I don't remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, 'Uh, I don't know about that.' I said, 'But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, 'I've been here, I left her alive, and I can't resist letting you know what's in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a f***ing unicorn!'' Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is 'Duh.' So now it will be revealed [in the sequel], one way or the other."
So Ridley Scott is sticking to his guns and thinks Deckard is a Replicant. Since he directed Blade Runner, one would think that is the final word on the matter. But that isn't the case. Harrison Ford has talked about his Blade Runner character's actual identity in the past and he believes that Rick Deckard is a human. Considering his current age, it might make more sense if he were a human in Blade Runner 2049. The other big thing to consider is that, as far as Blade Runner revealed to us, Replicants were built to last just four years. So, if Deckard is one, how is he still alive in the sequel?
Blade Runner 2049, which comes out on October 6, may very well address the Deckard issue, but don't expect it to be laid out nice and clean. Denis Villeneuve was asked about if the movie would address the issue a while back and he said that Blade Runner 2 will "not necessarily" clear that up. Luckily, the wait is almost over and we won't have to wait that much longer to get some answers. »
The question, "is Harrison Ford's Deckard a Replicant or not?" is one of the most hotly debated topics in movie fandom, alongside "who is the best Starfleet captain?", and "how the hell did that T-Rex sneak up on people in Jurassic Park?". For many, people assumed it would be a question that would never be answered... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Adriana Floridia6/23/2017 12:05:00 Pm
There was lots of exciting and controversial movie news that dropped this week. Take a look at some of the highlights below!
Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.
Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.
We have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!
His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn
— Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017
Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!
@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR
— Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017
This week, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year.
This week we got to feast our eyes on more footage from the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to marvel over in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!
We can't get over this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.
Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017
Thank You for Your Service debuted its first trailer and poster this week! Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with this one and also serves as its screenwriter. The movie gives an in-depth look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. It stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Joe Cole. This looks like a powerful movie and we expect some Oscar buzz around this one. Check out the trailer below and see Thank You for Your Service in Cineplex theatres on October 27th!
A new trailer and poster for American Assassin dropped and this looks like an unbelievable ride. This one follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Check out the new trailer below and see American Assassin when it hits Cineplex theatres September 15th!
Deadpool 2 has an official release date of June 1st, 2018 and production officially began this week! Even though that's more than a year away we cannot be more pumped! Ryan Reynolds will return as everyone's favourite foul-mouthed anti-hero. The plot for this one is still under wraps but we do know that the story will involve Cable (son of the X-Men character Cyclops), played by Josh Brolin. David Leitch is set to direct; he also has Atomic Blonde hitting theatres this coming July. The original Deadpool was such a fun ride that the wait for Deadpool 2 is going to be looong... check out the teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 and a picture from the movie's set below!
Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big fucking surprise. No one's home. pic.twitter.com/svbUMEdKbb
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 17, 2017
Anyone know the number to 911? No Good Deed https://t.co/HyfsFn48Vl
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017
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- Adriana Floridia
June 25th, 1982 is a day long remembered by old-school science fiction nuts, for it was on this day 35 years ago that Ridley Scott unveiled Blade Runner to the world, only to watch it flop spectacularly at the box office. A $27.5 million box office total was just enough to recoup the cost of production, but it wasn’t long thereafter that Scott’s genre oddity achieved cult status for its provocative themes and mysterious storytelling.
Even to this day, there’s a certain legacy underpinning the Blade Runner series, and that’s a legacy Denis Villeneuve (Dune) will hope to honor in a few months’ time with the launch of Blade Runner 2049, a sequel 35 years in the making. Perhaps the biggest element set to tie the two films together is Rick Deckard, the gruff Lapd detective played by Harrison Ford.
Back in 1982, Ford was the lead star of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, and fans have long wondered whether his character is a human, or Replicant. In the eyes of the director, the answer is pretty clear-cut: Rick Deckard is an android, and that’s something he expects to be reaffirmed in 2049. What’s particularly interesting is that Villeneuve has gone on record to say that the sequel won’t, in fact, address Ford’s true identity, but Scott says otherwise.
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Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were… I can’t remember if Hampton agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, “Well, isn’t it corny?” I said, “Listen, I’ll be the best f***ing judge of that. I’m the director, okay?” So, and that, you learn — you know, by then I’m 44, so I’m no f***ing chicken. I’m a very experienced director from commercials and The Duelists and Alien. So, I’m able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, “You know, back off, it’s what it’s gonna be.”
Harrison, he was never — I don’t remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, “Uh, I don’t know about that.” I said, “But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, ‘I’ve been here, I left her alive, and I can’t resist letting you know what’s in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a f***ing unicorn!’” Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is “Duh.” So now it will be revealed [in the sequel], one way or the other.
- Michael Briers
Just one day after Ron Howard officially signed on to direct LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the filmmaker speaks out about taking this coveted job for the first time. Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference in France today, after officially coming in to replace departing Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired by LucasFilm over vast creative differences. Here's what Ron Howard had to say at the conference earlier today.
"It's a little opportunity that came my way. I've been a fan forever. It's gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe."
Variety reports that Ron Howard has already started working on the Han Solo spin-off, with production scheduled to resume on July 10. There are already five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule that will take place later on this year at an unspecified date. Here's what he had to say about the material that has already been shot for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
"So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It's already been in production, and there's a lot of really great work there."
The director also spoke about how director George Lucas discussed his plans for a "fun sci-fi film," while he was starring in the filmmaker's American Graffiti alongside the actor who would go on to become Han Solo, Harrison Ford. The director added that, when the first Star Wars movie came out on May 25, 1977, he waited in line for over two hours to see the film with his wife. Since they were both so inspired after seeing the movie, they got back in line and waited another 90 minutes to see the movie again. Ron Howard also took to Twitter last night, to release a statement about taking over on this highly-anticipated project.
"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."
Aside from "creative differences," no further explanation was given for Lord and Miller's departure, although there were reports that the directors were portraying Han Solo as a "comedic personality," which didn't sit well with Kathleen Kennedy. Other sources claimed there was friction immediately between the filmmakers, who were reportedly surprised they weren't given the same level of creative freedom they have enjoyed throughout their careers. Regardless, Ron Howard now has to step in and try to put together a movie that will make Star Wars fans proud, with LucasFilm keeping the May 25, 2018 release date.
After it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be leaving the project, with reportedly just a few weeks left in production, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that a director would be announced soon. Ron Howard was mentioned as the front runner within hours of Lord and Miller's departure, while other candidates were mentioned such as Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story script with his son Jon Kasdan, and Joe Johnston, who started his career working on visual effects for the first three Star Wars movies. Take a look at Ron Howard's tweets below, as we wait for more details on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017
I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017 »
35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its Anniversary35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its AnniversaryKurt Anthony6/23/2017 9:48:00 Am
Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s visionary novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner was released in theatres on June 25, 1982 and has since earned the title of one of the best science fiction films of all time.
Despite the film’s estimated budget of $28M, Blade Runner was not an instant success. The complex plot and slow pacing resulted in low box office numbers, but the dystopian sci-fi classic eventually garnered a cult following and became a leading example of the neo-noir genre.
Journey with us to the savage world of the year 2019 as we track down ten facts about Blade Runner before they’re lost in time, like tears in the rain.
1. Dystopian Details
It’s all in the details, right? Through a process he called “layering,” Ridley Scott had the Blade Runner set created right down to the smallest detail to ensure his film appeared as realistic as possible. Many of these details were never seen on screen, like the parking meters with rates printed on them. In case you were wondering, 1 minute of parking costs $3 in 2019.
2. Constricting Co-star
It’s been said that you need to watch out for snakes in Hollywood. Fortunately for Joanna Cassidy (Zhora), she was already familiar with her serpentine co-star. The snake used in the film was Cassidy’s pet – a Burmese python named Darling.
3. What did he say?
The fictional street language used in Blade Runner’s dystopian Los Angeles is known as Cityspeak. The gibberish is a mishmash of French, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Chinese, and Japanese and was developed by Edward James Olmos (Gaff) during background research for his character.
If you’re looking for information on fidget spinners, you’ve come to the wrong post. The levitating cruisers featured throughout the film are called Spinners. Although we’re a few more years away from flying our cars across the Trans-Canada Highway, Blade Runner fans can find a Spinner on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington.
5. Big-ticket Blaster
Fresh off the set of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Harrison Ford traded in his iconic whip for an Lapd 2019 Blaster to use while playing the role of retired blade runner, Rick Deckard. Blasters don’t come cheap, though. The original prop sold at an auction in 2009 for $270,000.
6. Pleasure Principle
How does a genetically engineered android celebrate a birthday? With an incept date! All Nexus 6 Replicants carry an incept date on their file to note when they were activated. Classified as a “basic pleasure model,” it’s no coincidence that Pris Stratton (Daryl Hannah) has an incept date of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.
7. Blade Reefer
When Deckard (Harrison Ford) brings a questionable snake scale to a lab for inspection under a microscope, the image we see on the screen is actually that of a female marijuana plant. Pretty dope, isn’t it?
8. One Actress or Another
While Daryl Hannah ultimately brought life to the character of Pris, it was actually Debbie Harry who was Ridley Scott’s first choice to play the skin-job. In 2014, the Blondie singer revealed: “My biggest regret of all is turning down the role of the blonde robot, Pris, in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. My record company didn’t want me to take time out to do a movie. I shouldn’t have listened to them.”
9. Return of the Falcon
It seems as though Han Solo, the smooth talking smuggler from Star Wars, parked his Millennium Falcon spaceship in Los Angeles. As a nod to the fellow sci-fi flick and its shared star, Harrison Ford, a Millennium Falcon model was disguised as a building and included in several outdoor city scenes throughout Blade Runner.
10. Rough Read-through
As you know by now, Blade Runner draws its inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s award-winning sci-fi novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Despite it’s influence, Ridley Scott didn’t read the book before making his film: “I actually couldn't get into it. I met Phillip K. Dick later, and he said, ‘I understand you couldn't read the book.’ And I said, ‘You know you're so dense, mate, by page 32, there's about 17 story-lines.’”
Great Scott! Sci-fi fans with a good (or bionic) eye can spot a Spinner parked in a driveway during a scene in Back to the Future Part II.
Plus, don't forget Blade Runner 2049 arrives in Cineplex theatres on October 6, 2017. You wouldn't want to miss this much anticipated sci-fi sequel! Check out the trailer below.
Click here to buy or rent the original Blade Runner from the Cineplex Store! »
- Kurt Anthony
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.
“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”
Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.
Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).
When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.
Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.
Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)
Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?
Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”
Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”
Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.
“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”
Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”
Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.
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- Todd Spangler
Author: Cai Ross
The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.
Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.
The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.
Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.
Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.
It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.
Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.
Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.
Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.
As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.
It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.
Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.
The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).
Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap. It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.
Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.
So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.
On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.
Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.
The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)
Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.
Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.
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- Cai Ross
More than three decades after the release and subsequent failure of Blade Runner – despite its time-honored status as one of the genre’s greats, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi oddity initially bombed back in ’82 – 20th Century Fox is on the verge of revisiting future Los Angeles thanks to Blade Runner 2049.
But whereas Scott made off to helm Alien: Covenant, Fox handed the keys to the Blade Runner franchise over to Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Dune), and everything we’ve seen so far points to one of the most visually arresting movies of 2017. The real question now is whether the actual story of 2049, one which involves the returning Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Lapd rookie, K (Ryan Gosling), can possibly deliver on such lofty expectations.
That being said, if Ridley Scott is feeling the pressure, it doesn’t show. The filmmaker, who holds an executive producer credit on Blade Runner 2049, spoke to IGN recently as part of the outlet’s special celebration for Blader Runner‘s imminent 35th anniversary.
No, I think the original was so good, really, and so long ago, I don’t really care. But I can say now that I think it’s a really good film, and it’s stood the test of time. Because I’m very much a part of the new script, we even took the opening of the film and that’s how I was gonna open the original film. And I was sitting with Hampton and said, “Remember that thing we did with blah-blah-blah-blah-blah?” He said, “Yeah.” That’s how we began our conversation.
Will the Blade Runner series continue beyond the release of 2049? Ridley Scott certainly hopes so, and even contemplates the possibility of expanding it in a similar fashion to his fledgling Alien prequel series.
Yes. I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course, there’s always something. George Lucas. You know, and the way he’s handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘Well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, duh. So, that’s in a way what I’ve been doing.
Blade Runner 2049 is set to light up theatres on October 6th. »
- Michael Briers
If you felt like you were watching a fiery car crash when you heard that the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff fired its directors during filming, we have great news: Replacement director Ron Howard has experience saving Han Solo from car crashes. Or at least saving Harrison Ford, the star who originated the role of the galactic smuggler. Before he made “Star Wars,” George Lucas made 1973’s “American Graffiti,” and gave Ford the role of Bob Falfa, a cocky street racer whose ’55 Chevy was a good warmup for learning to fly the Millennium Falcon. Spoiler warning if you haven’t seen “American Graffiti, »
- Tim Molloy
"Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Lapd blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto."
An Alcon Entertainment film, Warner Bros. will release Blade Runner 2049 in theaters and IMAX on October 6th, 2017. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, and in case you missed them, check out highlights from the film's special panel at IMAX headquarters in Los Angeles.
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- Derek Anderson
Yesterday we brought you a behind-the-scenes video for Blade Runner 2049 featuring previously unseen footage from the film [check it out here] and now Warner Bros. has released another five featurettes for the hotly-anticipated sci-fi sequel focusing on director Denis Villeneuve, executive producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto; take a look below…
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Lapd blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049 is set for release on October 6th and sees Harrison Ford reprising the role of Rick Deckard alongside Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Edward James Olmos. »
- Amie Cranswick
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