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[Berlin Review] Midnight Special

12 February 2016 11:29 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ambiguity might be the most useful item in the science fiction toolbox. Blade Runner’s mysteries still rob people of sleep, and you’d need a wall chart to work out Shane Carruth’s Primer. However, when used in rash abundance — as in this latest film from Mud and Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols — the results can leave the viewer in a rather less complimentary state of bafflement. The details in Midnight Special, Nichols’ homage-heavy sci-fi thriller set in his signature Deep South locale, are sometimes so scant as to be jarring. Yes, less is often more in Hollywood, but it can also be just plain less.

We open on a police broadcast as, from a motel room, two men (Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton) and a boy named Alton (Jaeden Lieberher, decked out in blue goggles) speed away in a car. The newscaster reports that the child has been abducted, »

- Rory O'Connor

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Midnight Special’

12 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Opening with a child abduction and ending with a spectacular sci-fi finale on par with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the Bible Belt-spanning “Midnight Special” demonstrates once and for all that indie auteur Jeff Nichols is now the go-to storyteller for the kind of slow-burn supernatural thrill audiences once sought from M. Night Shyamalan — that is, before the “Sixth Sense” director went off the deep end with “Lady in the Water.” Serving up hefty human insight in place of third-act gimmickry, and reuniting him with “Take Shelter” star Michael Shannon, Nichols’ impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative fourth feature takes its energy from an ensemble of characters who hold fast to their convictions, even though their beliefs remain shrouded in mystery for much of the journey.

The less audiences know going in, the better, though that could backfire on a movie without a big enough star to attract the crowds »

- Peter Debruge

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Trailer: Sex Finds A Way In The Future Dystopia of Equals

12 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The Island and Equilibrium, to George Lucas' cooler ideological Thx-1138, the flower-powered Logan's Run, ll the way back to George Orwell's seminal novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is good happenstance that Ridley Scott, who famously re-purposed the iconography of Orwell for Apple Inc. as a TV advertisement to launch their Macintosh computer, acts as the producer on Equals, a handsome looking indie from director Drake Doremus.I dug the film quite a bit when I caught it at Tiff last year. Maybe it is the sound track, but...

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‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Win Final Draft Awards

11 February 2016 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The screenplays for “Ex Machina”and “The Martian” have won the Final Draft Screenwriters Choice Awards as the top scripts written last year.

The winners were announced Thursday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The awards are voted on by users of Final Draft screenwriting software

Alex Garland’s script for “Ex Machina” won the original screenplay category, topping “Bridge of Spies” by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers, and “Inside Out” by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley.

The Martian” won the best adapted screenplay award for Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir. The other finalists were “The Big Short” by Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis; and

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, »

- Dave McNary

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Star Wars Pokies from Disney?

11 February 2016 8:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The recent launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has enjoyed a huge media uproar and was the favorite subject across social media platforms for the following week, and justifiably so; Star Wars has been a cultural phenomenon since it hit the big screen in 1977. Naturally, this has stoked the flame of slots and pokies fans around the world, considering that blockbusters such as Batman and Wolverine have online casino versions that each attract a huge following. But sadly, Star Wars is now completely absent of the casino scene.

Disney Buys Star Wars and Marvel

Disney has owed the rights to Star Wars since 2012, when it purchased Lucas Films, a movie production company that is the creative force behind the uber popular sci-fi classic. Disney therefore owns all things Star Wars, which also includes novels, TV shows and comics that the entertainment giant added to its immense portfolio of holdings and activities. »

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Variety Artisan Awards Salute ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Mad Max’ at Santa Barbara Film Festival

11 February 2016 6:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eight recipients of Variety‘s Artisan Awards explained the creative challenges and rewards of their work at a special event during the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Wednesday at the Lobero Theater.

The honorees were cinematography, John Seale, “Mad Max: Thunder Road”; costume design, Jacqueline West, “The Revenant”; editing, Hank Corwin, “The Big Short”; production design, Arthur Max, “The Martian”; music, Carter Burwell, “Carol”; song, Diane Warren, “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground”; sound editing, Mark Mangini, “Mad Max: Fury Road”; and visual effects, Patrick Tubach, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The evening featured a clip from each film, followed by a one-on-one conversation between each winner and Variety awards editor Tim Gray.

Max, who’s worked with Ridley Scott on 11 films, offered an affectionate and funny monologue praising the director, saying no film school on earth can teach as much as Scott does. “He makes it all look easy, »

- Variety Staff

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5 More Movies That Would Make Perfect Video Slots

10 February 2016 9:03 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.

1. Ocean’s Eleven

What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »

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The Big Difference Between Lucasfilm Before And After George Lucas Left

9 February 2016 2:28 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012, many expected big changes, and there have been some.chief among these is the Star Wars universe expanding at a rate never seen before. But Disney CEO Bob Iger is also known for keeping things relatively the same in the companies the Mouse House acquires, for not going in and mucking up a formula that works. Though Kathleen Kennedy retained her position as President of Lucasfilm after the sale, she admits there is one thing that.s different in the post-George Lucas era. George Lucas is obviously the one who was the driving force behind Star Wars since its inception. It was his baby, and as such, Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity Fair that there was a deference to his vision, though that.s not the case anymore. She said: I think this company, for a long time, was »

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Ewan McGregor Returning to the Star Wars Universe?

9 February 2016 5:43 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There are reports that actor Ewan McGregor is rumored to be having discussions with Lucasfilm to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Force ghost for director Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” The rumor comes courtesy of Kristian Harloff of Schmoes Know and Collider Jedi Council and stresses to take this new information with a grain of salt.

Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.

— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) February 8, 2016

McGregor was asked previously to record dialogue for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which was featured in Rey’s ‘Force Dream’ sequence where you can hear his voice along with original actor Sir Alec Guinness. McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in George LucasStar Wars prequels: “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack Of The Clones”, and “Revenge Of The Sith.” In “The Phantom Menace.”

Director Rian Johnson is prepping to film »

- J.B. Casas

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Rumour: Ewan McGregor in talks to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VIII

9 February 2016 12:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If there has been one name that has bounded around rumour mills for roles in the new Disney Star Wars Universe, it’s Ewan McGregor.

It was first rumoured that the man who took over from Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy was going to feature in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which turned out to be sort-of true but not as was originally reported) and then it was thought he was going to get his own trilogy of movies, possibly for Netflix.

Well, his name is back in the mix for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Kristian Harloff of Schmoes Know and Collider tweeted, “Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.”

Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.

— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) February 8, 2016

Now if the source of the »

- Luke Owen

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Star Wars Rebels season 2 episode 12 review: Legends Of The Lasat

9 February 2016 12:27 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Star Wars Rebels season 2 seems to be all about looking backwards. When is it going to move the crew of the Ghost forwards?

This review contains spoilers.

2.12 Legends Of The Lasat

Like last week's episode, Legends Of The Lasat is one of many this season that explores the crew's backstories. This time, it's a story about faith and loss featuring Zeb. The episode is a vehicle for a beautiful new vista and some of the first Force magic that actually feels universal and larger than life. This season's episodes still feel oddly disconnected from one another -- Legends Of The Lasat doesn't fix all of the technical issues that were exacerbated instead of smoothed out in season two -- but it is an uplifting look at how Star Wars touches on spirtuality.

The episode begins with a firefight: Hondo has tipped Ezra off to a shipment of Imperial contraband, »

- louisamellor

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9 Movies That Were Improved By Having No Money

9 February 2016 12:25 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


David Wain, the director of sleeper comedies Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and Wanderlust thrives on a low budget. “The lower the budget, the more fun it is to do… Sometimes those obstacles spark creative solutions.”

There’s plenty of evidence supporting Wain’s theory to be found not only in his own films, but in some of the most iconic movies of the last 50 years. When you have a huge budget to rely on, it can induce laziness in the filmmakers, because every expensive shortcut is made available to you.

You typically can’t just throw money at a project and expect innovative results – just ask George Lucas – especially in today’s age of overinflated budgets. One superhero movie now costs more than all of the Best Picture nominees from the 1980 Academy Awards combined, it’s easy to forget that movies can still be made on the cheap. »

- Jacob Trowbridge

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The Force Awakens joins Avatar and Titanic in the $2bn club

8 February 2016 8:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:

Star Wars: Episode VII also passes $900m in the States

• Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! follows in footsteps of tepid results for inside-Hollywood films

• Korean comedy-thriller A Violent Prosecutor manages country’s second-highest debut for a local film

Nearly two months after release, two major milestones for The Force Awakens: it hit $2bn worldwide – only the third film in history to do so after Titanic and Avatar – and $900m (£626m) in the States. The latter feat is the more impressive: $150m more than the next most successful film, Avatar, this crushing performance means this blockbuster is slanted an uncommon 45% towards the Us. In contrast, it hasn’t straddled the international landscape quite as domineeringly. Of the top five territories, it’s the No 1 film of all time in the UK ($177.8m), 24th of all time in China ($124.5m), fourth of »

- Phil Hoad

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Han Solo

7 February 2016 3:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Despite Star Wars fans being split on whether we actually need the upcoming Han Solo prequel movie, for Disney and Lucasfilm it’s a no-brainer, capitalising on one of the franchise’s most beloved characters. And in a series where nearly every character, main or supporting, is beloved (well, the characters from the original trilogy anyway) that is really saying something.

While Luke is the audience identification figure and Vader and the Emperor are the personification of evil (for the most part), Han is the loveable rogue caught in the middle of it all. Along with Harrison Ford’s other big character Indiana Jones, Han is one of the most iconic heroes in all of cinema who has transcended beyond the film’s limits. Even if people don’t know Star Wars, they know Han Solo.

But a lot about the character – behind the scenes info or his adventures »

- Christian Bone

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Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

6 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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'Star Wars: Rogue One' Gets Supermodel Eunice Olumide, New Details Emerge

6 February 2016 9:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been shrouded in almost as much mystery as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though we do know the basics of the plot. Rebel soldiers infiltrate the Empire and steal plans to the original Death Star. Today, we have some new details about this infamous raid, which leads directly into Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. And we have news of a very intriguing new cast member.

Jedi News reports that Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide is playing a nomadic Rebel Leader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Her part is said to be very small. The burgeoning actress has worked for Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and Henry Holland. And she is extremely excited about her new found acting career kicking off with something as monumental as the first ever big screen Star Wars spinoff. About her role in the movie, she shares this. »

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Star Wars Rogue One: 10 Big Questions From What We Know So Far

5 February 2016 4:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Thanks to the mostly-positive reaction to The Force Awakens, anticipation is building in earnest for the next cinematic Lucasfilm release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’ll reach cinemas remarkably soon, on 16th December this year, yet very little has been revealed about what the spin-off-prequel will actually look like.

It’s known that the movie will focus on the Rebel plot to steal the plans to the first Death Star, teeing up the events of George Lucas’ original 1977 Star Wars movie (the one that is now dubbed A New Hope). Beyond that, nobody knows much about what Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones and their cohorts are plotting. It’s a mysterious movie, by all accounts.

So, while everyone patiently waits for a Rogue One trailer (or even just a few more images), here are the ten biggest questions that need answering about the movie…


10. Are They Rebels Or Bounty Hunters? »

- Rob Leane

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Yoda’s cameo was cut out

3 February 2016 10:37 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Frank Oz worked on an on-screen return for Yoda in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but his cameo was cut.

We’re looking forward to the April DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a number of reasons, but one of them is to see just what deleted scenes we get from the movie (we looked in more detail at that question, here). There’s been no shortage of chatter regarding sequences that didn’t make the final cut.

And here comes confirmation of another. Maryann Brandon, the editor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has revealed to Entertainment Tonight that a return for Yoda nearly made the cut too.

“There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to”, Brandon said. “Frank Oz came in for a day and did »

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Francis Ford Coppola says it’s ‘a pity’ George Lucas made all those ‘Star Wars’ movies

3 February 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What’s happening in an alternate universe out there where George Lucas followed up Thx 1138 and American Graffiti not with Star Wars but with something else? If there were no Star Wars (or fewer Star Wars), what cinematic gifts would Lucas have given to the world instead? Would there be anything greater than Red Tails and Strange Magic left in him? That’s the perennial question Francis Ford Coppola has us thinking about again. In a Vanity Fair story published on Wednesday, the Godfather filmmaker said this of his American Zoetrope co-founder: “George [Lucas] is kind of a genius, but I think it’s a pity he got so [absorbed in that one franchise]. I hope George isn’t offended, but the truth of the matter is that Star Wars cost us 10 new George Lucas films that would have been wonderful.” What original work would we see if Hollywood weren’t so focused on sequels and remakes? »

- Emily Rome

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10 Ways Star Wars Episode 8 Will Probably Rip Off Empire Strikes Back

3 February 2016 11:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The extent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ homages to the original Star Wars film from 1977 rankled fans somewhat. Jj Abrams’ movie was undeniably entertaining, but did it need to be quite so similar to what we had already seen? A lot of people think it didn’t, and certain sections of the internet were noisily peeved by the apparent rehash.

The similarities began right at the start of the movie, with a droid (now Bb-8 instead of R2-D2) containing important information being abandoned on another sandy planet. The droid made some new friends (one a Force sensitive orphan), left the planet on the Millennium Falcon with the help of Han Solo and Chewbacca, and brought the plans to Princess Leia.

The recycled plot points continued right through until the third act, where the mentor character (now Han Solo, not Obi-Wan) died a tragic death at the hands of »

- Rob Leane

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