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Darth Vader and Thrawn Team Up in First Look at New Star Wars Book

Darth Vader and Thrawn Team Up in First Look at New Star Wars Book
While fans continue the countdown towards the next highly-anticipated Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans are also looking forward to perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated Star Wars books, entitled Thrawn: Alliances. The first details about this Star Wars novel were unveiled last month, where it was confirmed that Thrawn: Alliances will unite two of the Star Wars canon's most iconic villains, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader, and now LucasFilm has revealed the cover for the book, featuring both of these iconic characters. Here's a description of the novel below, from the official Star Wars website.

"The Star Wars Show revealed the cover of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn: Alliances, the highly-anticipated follow-up to this year's bestselling Thrawn novel. It's a striking image featuring both Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Empire's deadliest enforcer and perhaps its most gifted strategist. The book finds Thrawn on a
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Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts

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Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts
For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert in the 1960s, Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary traces the band’s rise from a cramped and dank cellar in Liverpool to record breaking television appearances, jam packed stadiums, and—ultimately—rock immortality. Lovingly assembled through rare and often unseen fan home movie footage, Howard’s film also draws on more familiar material—restored to the highest echelons of HD— and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All told, it’s a joyous
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Fired Han Solo Directs Break Silence on Losing Star Wars Movie

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Fired Han Solo Directs Break Silence on Losing Star Wars Movie
Chris Miller and Phil Lord have broken their silence about leaving Solo: A Star Wars Story and how it made them better filmmakers. While it didn't come as a complete shock over the summer when Disney and Lucasfilm decided to part ways with Lord and Miller, it was still a surprise since so much of the movie had reportedly already been completed by the duo. Disney sited creative differences for the split, which seems to have been the case, and now the directors are sharing their side of the story for the first time.

At a panel for their MTV animated series Clone High at the Vulture Festival in L.A. over the weekend, Chris Miller and Phil Lord discussed their experience of being fired from the young Han Solo movie. When asked about the experience, Lord was positive about the incident and said that shooting the movie was great
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Break Their Silence on Leaving ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Surely one of the biggest entertainment stories of 2017 was directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller leaving the then-untitled Han Solo movie near the end of production, with Lucasfilm bringing in Ron Howard to finish the film and craft additional photography. Filmmakers leaving projects over creative differences is not a unique occurrence, but leaving in the midst of production certainly is. Thus far Lucasfilm has done a swell job of easing concerns, with Howard taking to social media to offer teases of his filming experience. And a few cast members have spoken up to say that while Lord and …
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Former ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Directors Address Their “Break-Up” With Lucasfilm

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Former ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Directors Address Their “Break-Up” With Lucasfilm
It’s still the biggest geek news item of the year: original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story and replaced with Ron Howard. The news that Lucasfilm has a heavy hand in Star Wars is noting new – Kathleen Kennedy reportedly clashed with J.J. Abrams during Star Wars: The Force […]

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Phil Lord And Chris Miller Reflect On Han Solo Exit: “We Learned A Lot”

It was the announcement that sent shockwaves coursing through the Star Wars fanbase: After four months’ worth of production, Disney and Lucasfilm parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the erstwhile directors on the Han Solo anthology pic – now known as simply Solo: A Star Wars Story.

That was back in July, when the Powers That Be turned to Ron Howard as a last-minute substitution. Even by Lucasfilm’s own standards, it was a remarkably quick turnaround, and something the studio would later call upon once more while drafting J.J. Abrams in to replace Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) on Episode IX.

But on the topic of Solo, Lord and Miller were in attendance at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles this past weekend. Truth be told, both creators have been relatively quiet since being removed from the high-profile gig, but here, Phil Lord stressed that both he and Miller
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Lord and Miller break silence on Solo: A Star Wars Story: “The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful”

The expulsion of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chairs of Solo: A Star Wars Story is old news at this point. Since then, the film has wrapped under director Ron Howard, and we have been treated to a host of behind-the-scenes images, an actual title, etc. With production over, it’s a good time to wonder what Lord and Miller have to say about the whole fiasco?

Recently, at the Vulture Film Festival, the directing duo hosted a panel, and questions on the topic of the Han Solo spinoff came up (obviously). Here is their response regarding filming, and their termination from the project:

Lord: “The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making
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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Discuss Leaving ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Earlier this year, The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the Han Solo movie that has just wrapped up shooting with Ron Howard taking over the helming duties. Much has been discussed about their leaving the project, but we haven’t heard too much from the filmmakers themselves.

The duo were appearing at the Vulture Festival in L.A to talk about their MTV animated series Clone High. The outlet spoke about their experience of being fired from the Star Wars young Han Solo movie and getting replaced by Howard.

Here’s what they had to say.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That
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The Rise Of Tom Holland

Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker in the Spider-Man franchise proved to be a huge hit with audiences. He was praised for bringing youthful energy and a sense of humour to the role. Since being spotted at a local dance show by the choreographer of Billy Elliot, Holland’s career has blossomed over the last decade. His latest film, Spider-Man: Homecoming (out on Digital Download and Blu-ray now) was a global success, becoming the fourth highest grossing film of 2017 and breathing new life into the Marvel Universe. To celebrate the release, we’re taking a look at the performances that have been key to his success.

Billy Elliott the Musical (2008)

At the age of twelve, Holland made his West End debut in Billy Elliot the Musical as Michael, requiring eight auditions and two years of training. Later that year he starred as Billy in the show, receiving rave reviews for his performance.
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Latest Look at Venom Goes Inside Eddie Brock's Home

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Production on Sony's Venom is in full swing and Tom Hardy has shared a new picture from the set. Production began late last month on the Spider-Man spin-off and details are still sparse, but Hardy's excitement for the project is clearly evident. Venom will adapt the comic book limited series Venom: Lethal Protector, which is a storyline that sees Eddie Brock relocate to San Francisco after coming to a truce with Spider-Man. Things are even going relatively well for him for a while until someone from his past finds him, seeking revenge and unleashes five super-powered symbiote offspring (Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony) to take him out.

While the new photo doesn't reveal anything about the plot of the movie, it is some good viral marketing for the project and Tom Hardy is the only one from the project that has posted on the official Venom Twitter account.
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Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact

Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact
Stephen Chbosky isn’t afraid to tackle beloved properties. After penning the 1999 coming-of-age novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the Pittsburgh native was rumored to have directors from John Hughes to Ron Howard circling a film adaptation before he finally took it upon himself to helm the movie version in 2012.

He then accepted the daunting task of co-writing the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast,” which, with $1.26 billion in worldwide ticket sales, now stands as the top-grossing film of 2017. And this week sees the release of Chbosky’s latest endeavor, “Wonder,” a film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s 2012 young-adult novel about a 10-year-old boy with extreme facial deformities who attends public school for the first time. “Room” breakout star Jacob Tremblay plays the main character, Auggie Pullman, while Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson portray the pivotal roles of his parents.

One of the film’s taglines comes from a precept Auggie’s favorite
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Actor Woody Harrelson Teases The Film’s Comedic Elements

Ever since committing to Lucasfilm’s Han Solo spinoff, which was once under the stewardship of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Woody Harrelson has been pretty cagey about his nebulous character and, more specifically, how he fits into the story.

For instance, Star Wars fans were placed on red alert some months ago when Harrelson let slip that he had landed the role of Garris Shrike, a known criminal and one of the biggest influences on Han’s journey from adolescence to adulthood. The two-time Oscar nominee has since walked back those comments, leaving fans to deduce that he’s actually attached to the part of Beckett, a known criminal and one of the biggest influ–well, you get the drift.

And though there’s still a tremendous amount of secrecy swirling around Solo: A Star Wars Story, Woody Harrelson touched base on Lucasfilm’s anthology flick in a new
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Ron Howard Will Teach You Directing, In Case There’s a ‘Star Wars’ in Your Future — Watch

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Ron Howard Will Teach You Directing, In Case There’s a ‘Star Wars’ in Your Future — Watch
“We all have our own instincts. What we have to do is back up that instinct with something called craft,” explains Ron Howard in the trailer for his first ever online directing course, brought to you by MasterClass. In the class, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind” will cover topics such as camera technique, casting, working with actors, evaluating ideas, and collaboration. From the nuggets of wisdom he drops in the trailer alone, this is one you won’t want to miss.

“You have to understand one thing about directing,” says Howard. “Every project you get involved with, ultimately, is just going to find its way to breaking your heart.”

Read More:Samuel L. Jackson Is Teaching Acting, and Sharing His Best-Kept Audition Secrets — Watch

In addition to Howard’s, MasterClass also announced exciting new roster of instructors, including courses from Helen Mirren, Stephen Curry, Thomas Keller,
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Justice League and the dangers of extensive reshoots

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

They're pricey, and can prove to be a huge risk. In the wake of Justice League, we look at the rise of extensive reshoots...

Nb: the following contains very mild spoilers for Justice League, but nothing you couldn't glean from the trailers.

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You only have to look at the news that came out of the Warner-dc camp to see how plans for its Justice League team-up movie changed over time. Only two years ago - a relatively brief window, in blockbuster filmmaking terms - the studio announced that Justice League would comprise two parts, one scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017 and the second slated for the summer of 2019.

One year later, director Zack Snyder revealed that the plan had changed
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Rance Howard Honored at 'Broken Memories' Premiere

Rance Howard Honored at 'Broken Memories' Premiere
Although Rance Howard was not in attendance at the Broken Memories movie premiere Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, he was well represented by his son, producer Ron Howard, and granddaughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard.

Before the screening of the film produced by Digital Jungle Pictures, the Howard family was gifted by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles with framed images captured by photographer Mark de Paola of Rance Howard and his wife, the late Judy Howard, who died in February.

Ron Howard said that he is very proud of his father, called his performance “the role of his career to date,” and...
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‘Mars’ Season 2 Trailer: The Red Planet Looks More Fun Than Trump’s America

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‘Mars’ Season 2 Trailer: The Red Planet Looks More Fun Than Trump’s America
National Geographic has released the trailer for Season 2 of the event series “Mars,” executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The new episodes take place on a newly colonized planet, and frankly, the technologically impressive settings and state of adventure look ideal compared to the political mess of paranoia here on Earth.

Season 2 picks up several years into the future after the Daedalus crew, a group of carefully selected astronauts, finished building the ultimate colony on Mars called Olympus Town. The new episodes, set to premiere in Spring 2018, examines the impact that humans would have on the Red Planet.

Produced by Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, “Mars” also examines the potential consequences that the planet would have on humans, such as the scientific and personal detriments. Through scripted drama, special effects, and documentary sequences, National Geographic continues to transport audiences to a different world with scientifically literate programming.

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‘Mars’ Season 2 Trailer: The Red Planet Looks More Fun Than Trump’s America

‘Mars’ Season 2 Trailer: The Red Planet Looks More Fun Than Trump’s America
National Geographic has released the trailer for Season 2 of the event series “Mars,” executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The new episodes take place on a newly colonized planet, and frankly, the technologically impressive settings and state of adventure look ideal compared to the political mess of paranoia here on Earth.

Season 2 picks up several years into the future after the Daedalus crew, a group of carefully selected astronauts, finished building the ultimate colony on Mars called Olympus Town. The new episodes, set to premiere in Spring 2018, examines the impact that humans would have on the Red Planet.

Produced by Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, “Mars” also examines the potential consequences that the planet would have on humans, such as the scientific and personal detriments. Through scripted drama, special effects, and documentary sequences, National Geographic continues to transport audiences to a different world with scientifically literate programming.

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Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes

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Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes
Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie is searching for a new director tonight, after filmmaker Sam Mendes backs out. Director Sam Mendes entered talks for Pinocchio back in May, but nearly six months later, the filmmaker has exited the project, although no reason for his departure is given. There is no indication if the studio has any top contenders in mind to replace Sam Mendes, but this new report claims Disney shouldn't have too hard a time finding a replacement, given the success of similar live-action adaptations in recent years.

Disney has been able to lure top-notch directorial talent into its stable with their growing slate of live-action adaptations, including Jon Favreau taking the helm on last year's hit The Jungle Book, and Bill Condon directing this year's Beauty and the Beast, currently the highest-grossing movie of the year. Director Tim Burton is currently shooting Dumbo for the studio and Guy Ritchie
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Paul Bettany’s Han Solo Character is an Intergalactic Gangster

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Paul Bettany’s Han Solo Character is an Intergalactic Gangster
If you’re a /Film reader, you’re probably familiar with the messy production of Solo: A Star Wars Story by now. We’ve written about the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the hiring of Ron Howard to finish the movie, how actor Michael K. Williams could not return for the reshoots, and how Paul […]

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Avengers Actor Paul Bettany Plays A “Very Cool” Gangster In Solo: A Star Wars Story

Beyond the core duo of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover – Han and the ice-cool Lando Calrissian, respectively – Lucasfilm has been keeping a tight lid on its ensemble cast for Solo: A Star Wars Story and, more specifically, who they’re playing.

As the second Star Wars Anthology flick after Rogue One, the Ron Howard-directed spinoff is shaping up to be a suitably starry affair, with a lineup that includes the likes of Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany, star of Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4.

The latter only joined Solo after Ron Howard climbed on board, and subsequent reports all but confirmed that Bettany filled the role once occupied by Michael K. Williams – rumor has it that Williams initially signed on to play a motion-capture alien, though the part has since been rewritten to a human character. A “very cool” intergalactic gangster,
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