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A high concept movie from the director of "Iron Man," starring James Bond and Indiana Jones, what could go wrong? Well, as audiences and critics found out with "Cowboys & Aliens," quite a lot. The 2011 summer blockbuster flop with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, with Jon Favreau behind the camera, was considered a risk then, and viewed as folly now. And producer Brian Grazer admits he regrets taking this movie on, attracted by the package, but having no clue what the material was all about. Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday, Grazer was candid that he had many "mulligans" in life, this film being one of them. "I agreed to be part of a movie called Cowboys & Aliens,” he explained. “I don't like cowboys, or aliens! But there were a lot of superstars involved with it — Ron Howard; Steven Spielberg; the director of 'Iron Man,' Jon Favreau. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Donnie Yen Star Wars Episode VIII rumour: Reports are circulating online that eastern action movie star Donnie Yen will play a Jedi in the next Star Wars movie. Donnie Yen Star Wars Episode VIII rumour
We’ve been reading a few reports this morning that IP Man star Donnie Yen has signed on the dotted line to play a Jedi in Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. The reports seem to original from a Chinese language website called Apple Daily (via Martial Arts Action Cinema), and they add that Yen will star opposite Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the film.
There’s not a lot else in the news report, other than that Yen is set to fly to London to start shooting next month, which seems a little early for any Episode VIII activity. Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars Rogue One is shooting at Pinewood from next month, »
- Paul Heath
Following the massive success of Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is really seeing the importance of the Chinese market. A number of key productions are now scrambling to cast Chinese actors with the hope of maximizing their potential desirability with Chinese audiences in the years to come. Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting this morning that Donnie Yen has signed on to join Star Wars Episode VIII, and will be jetting off to London next month to start filming. The article also talks about Yen joining Harrison Ford on screen, even though currently only Oscar Isaac is confirmed to be appearing in Rian Johnson's film. Reportedly other actors being considered for the...
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With Disney and Lucasfilm taking Star Wars to San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s expected that we’ll be getting a new trailer for December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens to coincide with the panel this coming Friday, July 10th. Well, it seems we may now have a description of said trailer, with an alleged breakdown arriving online via Reddit. If you’re interested, and don’t mind potential spoilers, you can check it out below…
See Also: Promotional poster for The First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
See Also: Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume sketches for Han Solo, Finn and Poe Dameron
Snowy landscape. Speeders zoom past.
The same military gathering from previous trailer. Kylo Ren walks down landing ramp and in front of legion to chants.
Max Von Sydow narrating. Detailing the icy planet, the number of stormtroopers, Captain Phasma, »
- Gary Collinson
This week in The Callow Way, Neil Calloway looks at the similarities and differences at the British and American box offices…
With Britain currently experiencing a heatwave, it’s probably not the best time to visit the cinema, but it is a great time to compare the UK and Us box office figures for 2015 so far.
The first thing to note is that the box office figures are for the UK, Ireland and Malta, for reasons unknown to me but are surely a bizarre mix of history and film distribution politics. The second thing worth noting is how similar it is to the Us box office (which is actually the box office for the Us and Canada). Of the top ten for both territories, eight films appear in both lists. The top three for both countries are exactly the same films, in the same order. Number one is Jurassic World, »
- Neil Calloway
Hosted by two effervescent admitted film geeks, Alicia Malone (Movie Juice) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and targeted at movie buffs, “Profiles,” takes deep online video dives on filmmakers and movie stars. "Profiles" aims to be a cross between “Biography,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “At the Movies" as Malone and Mantz seek to entertain and inform with trivia, a countdown of their subject's best movies, and an interview with either the subject or someone close to them, on the phone or on-camera. Talking about Jack Nicholson for example, was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas. So far the enthusiastic duo has profiled Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, John Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Jack »
- Anne Thompson
Raiders of the Lost Ark will be making its Royal Albert Hall debut, complete with a full orchestra.
The venue will celebrate the movie's 35th anniversary with screenings on Saturday, March 12 next year, as John Williams's score will be performed live and in full.
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"Raiders is one of the most purely enjoyable movies in cinema history, with one of the greatest, most instantly recognisable scores," Royal Albert Hall's director of events Lucy Noble said.
"We've wanted to bring Indy to the Hall for years, and we're delighted to announce that it's finally happening.
"35 years on, this show will allow you to experience the magic of Raiders of the Lost Ark in a totally new way."
The two shows will take place at 2.30pm and 7pm. »
Alexandra Cousteau off Mallorca for Oceana
In 2014, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gave a grant of three million dollars "to support Oceana’s efforts to win real policy change and protection for vital habitats and species throughout the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.” DiCaprio is also the executive producer of Orlando von Einsiedel's Oscar nominated Virunga.
Ted Danson and Sam Waterston are on the Oceana Board of Directors, and supporters include Diane Lane, January Jones, Cobie Smulders, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Goldblum, Pierce Brosnan, James Cameron, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Sting, Josh Lucas, Jason Priestley, Philippe Cousteau Jr., Kate Walsh, Miguel Bosé, Amber Valletta, Adrian Grenier, Trudie Styler, Alexandra Cousteau, Rashida Jones, Almudena Fernández, Miranda Cosgrove, Sarah Shahi, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Sam Trammell.
Nautica Oceana City & Sea Party host Alexandra Cousteau: "Where Oceana gets involved, change starts to happen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It’s only a matter of time before we start getting inundated with toys, games and pretty much every single kind of merchandise and promotional products you can think of for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and something that’s sure to be top of many fans shopping lists will be the range of licensed sets from Lego. We know that seven sets will be released in total, and a few minifigs have leaked online via Reddit featuring Captain Phasma, a Tie Pilot and a Snowtrooper…
The seven sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are:
Rey’s Speeder (193 pieces)
First Order Snowspeeder (444 pieces)
First Order Special Force Tie (517 pieces)
Poe’s X-Wing Starfighter (717 pieces)
First Order Transporter (792 pieces)
Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle (1004 pieces)
Millennium Falcon (1332 pieces)
Hopefully we’ll get some pictures of the sets soon…
See Also: Promotional poster for The First Order Stormtrooper from »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the summer blockbuster season, we pit the biggest and best of special effects-friendly cinema against each other for Battle Royale. We counted each and every last one of your votes on Facebook, and after eliminating thirty-one other contenders throughout October, we're finally down to just one.
The original trilogy’s Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will reunite for this year’s The Force Awakens! Joining them will be Star Wars newcomers John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, Ex Machina), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist).
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Check out the full bracket below for a sneak peek at the next round of Battle Royale match-ups!
- Cineplex Entertainment
Chris Pratt may be one of the fan favorites to take over the role of Indiana Jones, if such a re-casting ever happens. But is he Steven Spielberg's first choice? Or might the director of all four existing installments of the Indy franchise prefer someone larger, more athletic, more charismatic? Dwayne Johnson does not have a lot in common with the original Jones, played by Harrison Ford, but why should a reboot be anything like its predecessor? Johnson can cook up something new, and Spielberg already seems to have a taste for what the former pro wrestler has to offer. We know Spielberg is an admirer of Johnson's because Johnson posted a photo of himself to Instagram a couple months ago reading a fan letter from the filmmaker. Here's what it said, as revealed...
- Christopher Campbell
After hearing some new details about the First Order Stormtroopers via their toy line earlier today, a promotional poster from said toyline has also hit the Internet thanks to this rather nice Twitter user.
Check out the poster below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o »
- Luke Owen
Potential "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Spoilers Ahead
One of the longest running rumors about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been that at least one if not several of the characters would be the offspring of the original cast members.
In particular Daisy Ridley's Rey character has often been suggested to be the daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Others have suggested the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will play a part in the plot.
Making Star Wars has posted a report dismissing those rumors, saying:
"None of the heroes... the kids... are Solos or Skywalkers. Rey is not a Solo. It would not knock me on my knees to learn she is a Solo. VII does not answer that question. It just presents it. We have not seen anything to make us think the girl is the daughter... yet."
In related news, »
- Garth Franklin
Disney and Lucasfilm are set to kick off the merchandising for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at San Diego Comic-Con International next month with the release of Hasbro’s Black Series Stormtrooper – the first action figure based upon the ‘First Order’ look of the feared Imperial soldiers.
Now, Eric Goldman of IGN has got his hands on the packaging, which details the history of the Stormtrooper, as well as offering some background on the galaxy’s latest threat, the First Order…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block »
- Gary Collinson
When the full cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced last April, fans wondered how new cast members Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) fit into the story. Over the past year, their characters were eventually confirmed, and fans should learn much more about the highly-anticipated sequel at Comic-Con this year. While we wait for the annual convention to start, a new rumor from Making Star Wars reveals new details about Rey and the other main characters' parents. There will be potential spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
There has been plenty of speculation that at least some of these characters are the offspring of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) or Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). For instance, Rey is reportedly "drawn to" the Millennium Falcon and she "instinctively" knows how to repair it
"None of the heroes. »
Every now and again a movie trailer comes along that is all kinds of wrong for the movie it is trying to promote. This is a list of some of the worst head scratchers.
Just because a movie is good doesn’t necessarily mean that its trailer is as well. Many times the filmmakers responsible for the film itself don’t have much input (if any) into the trailer. When that happens, the trailer can end up misinterpreting the intent of the film. At other times, the trailer may try too hard to get audiences interested in the film, going so far as to show all the best parts from the film. This includes giving away the twists or the ending, such that people who may have watched the trailer before seeing the film already know how it ends. This is a look at some of the worst offenders, those »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
We’ve seen the characters in action thanks to the two trailers for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but an article in the French edition of Vanity Fair (via Planete Star Wars) has given us a closer look at the costumes for Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
Check out the images below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones »
- Luke Owen
Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and his unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this bitterly funny road trip. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Michael Fassbender
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Michael Fassbender. What else do you need to know? Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and that remains the case in Slow West. This is basically The Frisco Kid — you remember, that 1979 comedy with Gene Wilder as a rabbi and Harrison Ford as the scoundrel who helps him get across the Old West to San Francisco — as remade by the Coen Brothers. It’s far more Coen Brothers than the Coens’ own actual Western remake, True Grit, in fact, and Fassbender’s unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this dry, bitter road trip through »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If there is one thing Star Wars: The Force Awakens has done well (despite its heavily publicised production) is keeping its story a secret. We’ve had two trailers already, but we don’t actually know all that much about the plot of J.J. Abrams’ new adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
One of its stars Greg Grunberg however has given some details about the theme of the movie in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I can only say that practical effects are as important—if not more important—than the special effects,” the actor said. “And it’s all about the story and family. I mean that’s what J.J. is all about. And these new characters, these actors are unbelievable. They’re so well cast. We got our script pages, only the scenes that we were in. Not even what was being shot that day! »
- Luke Owen
Swimmingly integrating Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid with Livia Firth's (aka Livia Giuggioli) Green Carpet Challenge, or blue, I had a conversation with Oceana Media Advisory Board member, Cobie Smulders, the host of the First Annual Nautica Oceana City & Sea Party.
Oceana Media Advisory Board member, Cobie Smulders: "I've always wanted to be under the sea." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Oceana supporters include Diane Lane, January Jones, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Goldblum, Pierce Brosnan, James Cameron, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Sting, Josh Lucas, Jason Priestley, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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