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Gary Gygax Estate Partners With ‘Transformers’ Producer Tom DeSanto (Exclusive)

32 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers” producer Tom DeSanto has struck a deal with the estate of Gary Gygax — co-creator of “Dungeons & Dragons” — to oversee the Gygax catalog of published and unpublished works.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, which would have been Gygax’s 78th birthday. His widow Gail Gygax reached a deal for DeSanto to become the “guardian of the library.”

DeSanto told Variety that he’s already discovered several potential “universe” projects among the unpublished works and expects to find a home for at least one by year’s end.

Gary Gygax is one of those names that belongs alongside George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry as storytellers whose influence reached around the globe and through generations,” he said. “I’m excited to work with Gail and honored to bring these new universes to the global audience in the way that Gary captured hearts and minds of the planet with ‘Dungeons & Dragons.' »

- Dave McNary

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James Cameron Explains Why We're Getting Avatar 5

19 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been seven years since director James Cameron first took us to the magical world of Pandora with his blockbuster Avatar breaking box office records left and right, earning a worldwide total of $2.7 billion that still hasn't been beaten, not even by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since then, the filmmaker has been quite busy prepping his sequels, which keep expanding more and more. While it was originally supposed to be a trilogy, the filmmaker announced in April that Avatar 5 is now happening, with Avatar 2 being pushed to a December 2018 release date. During an appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, the director tried to explain why the world of Pandora keeps getting bigger and bigger.

The filmmaker reunited with Sigourney Weaver and producer Gale Anne Hurd for a 30th Anniversary panel celebrating Aliens. After the panel, Variety caught up with James Cameron, who revealed why his movie trilogy has expanded to five movies. »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars: Rogue One At-act Driver and Droid Figures Unveiled

25 July 2016 5:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, Disney and LucasFilm held Star Wars Celebration in London, where the new poster and footage from the first Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was unveiled. Last weekend, Disney and LucasFilm didn't bring this movie to Comic-Con, but the spinoff still did have quite a presence on the convention floor, with a number of retailers debuting new products from this movie. Today we have photos featuring some of the new Hasbro toy line for Rogue One.

Hasbro and the Star Wars Twitter feed unveiled these action figures over the weekend, which include the new 6&#8243 and 3.75&#8243 Star Wars action figures, featuring characters from Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is also a figure of Jaina Solo, who was the winner of the 6" fans choice poll. We don't know for sure when these will go on sale, but we also »

- MovieWeb

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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Where (And How Boldly) Should the ‘Star Trek’ Series Go From Here?

24 July 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pop-culture recycling doesn’t get much knottier than this. In 2009, J.J. Abrams directed “Star Trek,” a reboot of a popular movie franchise spun off from a legendary TV series. The film succeeded beyond all expectations — it was rousing and sharp, nostalgic yet forward-thinking, an adventure for Trekkies and newbies and everyone in between. It was also a powerful reminder that the reason this particular movie franchise got off the ground in the first place had more than a little to do with the galaxy-altering success of “Star Wars.”

In 1979, the maw of Hollywood was hungry for space operas, and here was a mythical TV series, with its army of fans, that had had a major influence on George Lucas’s Movie That Changed The World. The first three “Star Wars” films are often thought of (with justification) as a joystick update of a “Buck Rogers” serial. But really, it was »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Aliens’ 30th Anniversary Comic-Con Panel: Watch The Q&A Live Stream Now

23 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s landmark sci-fi action film “Aliens,” a critical and commercial hit that’s widely considered one of the best films of the 1980s.

The first sequel to the film “Alien,” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the attack on the Nostromo, as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the Alien, only this time with a crew of space marines. Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it’s up to Ripley to stop another attack from killing her and a traumatized young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn).

Now, the film’s cast are celebrating the anniversary with a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, with a live stream Q&A featuring questions from audience members and the Internet. The people participating include James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Jaws The Revenge: How the sequel went so horribly wrong

21 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016

It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...

It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.

What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »

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After Rogue One and Han Solo, where should Star Wars spin off to next?

21 July 2016 9:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jj Abrams reckons a Knights of Ren movie would light up the multiplexes. But don’t Yoda, Obi-Wan and Leia also deserve their own space adventures?

It’s a little known fact that George Lucas once considered Star Wars spin-off movies about wookiees and robots. In a 1980 interview with Prevue magazine, the film-maker revealed he had abandoned plans for a film based on Chewbacca’s fellow dog-faced humanoids, and another about life among the droids, because the stories “really didn’t have anything to do with the Star Wars saga”. Instead, Lucas reduced his plans for the nascent franchise to nine movies (later brought down to six).

Related: What we learned from the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe

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- Ben Child

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Star Wars Celebration: What Other Studios And Festivals Can Learn About Balancing Art And Fan Service

20 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s called Celebration for a reason. Back in April 1999, when “The Phantom Menace” was about to become the first new “Star Wars” film to hit theaters in 16 years, Lucasfilm launched Star Wars Celebration to further stoke the fan fires (and to keep them rejoicing over a relaunched franchise). With over 20,000 attendees, the fan-facing convention was an immediate hit — but the popular event came and went, depending on what was then a very fickle “Star Wars” release schedule.

Today, with the “Star Wars” universe rapidly expanding with all the heat and mass of a black hole, the conventions have become annual affairs that bring fans together to celebrate their shared obsession with George Lucas’ decades-long creation. (Already, Star Wars Celebration Orlando is selling out tickets for 2017.)

What Is Celebration?

For the first time since 2007, the three-day event that is Star Wars Celebration Europe returned to London’s sprawling ExCel Exhibition Centre, »

- Kate Erbland

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Star Wars: Chris Chibnall, Terry Cafolla were hired for live-action TV show

20 July 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016

Exclusive: before George Lucas sold Lucasfilm, he hired Chris Chibnall & Terry Cafolla to work on his live-action Star Wars TV show

Around 2007, bolstered by the experience of running writers' rooms for animated series The Clone Wars, George Lucas assembled a team of writers to work up scripts for a live-action TV series. This is known.

It's also known that over a period of two years, said writers produced around fifty scripts for the potential show and that one of the UK members of that writing team was Ronald D Moore. And from the UK, Life On Mars' Matthew Graham. And in a new interview with this very site, Graham has revealed two more people who were involved. Including incoming Doctor Who showrunner, Mr Chris Chibnall.

Graham confirmed Chibnall's involvement, along with that of Terry Cafolla, in our interview going behind-the-scenes on the show's development and its »

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Matthew Graham interview: the Star Wars live action TV show

20 July 2016 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016

Writer Matthew Graham takes us behind the scenes of George Lucas' since-abandoned Star Wars live-action TV show...

Matthew Graham was the co-creator and co-executive producer of hit shows Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, and he’s just brought Childhood’s End to the screen in the Us. But off the back of the success of Life On Mars, he was picked by George Lucas to be one of the chosen few to work on the seemingly-abandoned live action Star Wars television show. And whilst he couldn’t share story details from the show – it’s all owned by Disney now – he was able to take us behind the scenes.

Here, then, is the first of two interviews we've done with Matthew. The second, coming to the site shortly, will look at his recent Syfy TV show, Childhood's End, as well as what he's up to now. »

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall’s first bigscreen blockbuster was 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” starring Julia Roberts as a highly idealized hooker and Richard Gere as her client-cum-Prince Charming. The romantic comedy grossed $463 million worldwide. Roberts was Oscar nominated for best actress, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy/musical — and Marshall scored a Cesar nomination as “Pretty Woman” drew a mention in the French awards’ foreign-film category.

In 1970 Marshall had a substantial hit when he developed and exec produced an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” for ABC. The show drew several Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series and wins for stars Jack Klugman »

- Carmel Dagan

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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Star Wars wrapped 40 years ago, but its last days were hectic

18 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The summer of 1976 was probably not a fun one for George Lucas, who was then toiling at London’s Elstree Studios during a brutal heatwave. His third feature film, Star Wars, was five weeks behind schedule, and his bosses at 20th Century Fox were running out of patience. The studio imposed a July 16 deadline for principal photography, so Lucas and his crew scrambled to complete their ambitious space opera in the time allotted. The trouble was, the movie didn’t have a proper introductory sequence, and Lucas knew that the film’s action-packed opening scenes would require the building of new sets and the hiring of additional crew members. The whole nerve-wracking story is told at Episode Nothing, a blog entirely devoted to documenting the early days of the Star Wars franchise.

As fans know, the early moments of Star Wars involve Darth Vader and his Stormtoopers forcing ...

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- Joe Blevins

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First Look: Neil DeGrasse Tyson As a Cartoon on Disney’s ‘Future-Worm’

18 July 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets pretty animated when he starts talking about science. Now, he’s literally getting animated – on Disney Xd’s quirky new ‘toon “Future-Worm.”

Tyson – or “Ndt,” as he’s cheekily referred to on the show – plays a version of himself, America’s best-known astrophysicist. The “Cosmos” host recurs in several episodes of the series.

Read More: Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explaining the End of ‘Interstellar’ Might Make Your Brain Explode

“Future-Worm” centers on 12-year-old Danny Douglas, who has invented a time machine (inside a lunch box) and befriends a hip, talking worm from the future. Together, they go on countless adventures. Tyson occasionally shows up to give Danny advice.

Ryan Quincy (“South Park”) created the series, which premieres August 1 on Disney Xd. Andy Milonakis, James Adomian, Jessica Dicicco, Melanie Lynskey, Corey Burton and Quincy provide voices.

Read More: Exclusive Preview: Disney’s ‘Future-Worm’

Besides Tyson, Jonathan Frakes »

- Michael Schneider

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First Look: Neil DeGrasse Tyson As a Cartoon on Disney’s ‘Future-Worm’

18 July 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets pretty animated when he starts talking about science. Now, he’s literally getting animated – on Disney Xd’s quirky new ‘toon “Future-Worm.”

Tyson – or “Ndt,” as he’s cheekily referred to on the show – plays a version of himself, America’s best-known astrophysicist. The “Cosmos” host recurs in several episodes of the series.

Read More: Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explaining the End of ‘Interstellar’ Might Make Your Brain Explode

“Future-Worm” centers on 12-year-old Danny Douglas, who has invented a time machine (inside a lunch box) and befriends a hip, talking worm from the future. Together, they go on countless adventures. Tyson occasionally shows up to give Danny advice.

Ryan Quincy (“South Park”) created the series, which premieres August 1 on Disney Xd. Andy Milonakis, James Adomian, Jessica Dicicco, Melanie Lynskey, Corey Burton and Quincy provide voices.

Read More: Exclusive Preview: Disney’s ‘Future-Worm’

Besides Tyson, Jonathan Frakes »

- Michael Schneider

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Rogue One: Notes from Star Wars Celebration

18 July 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Rogue One: Notes from Star Wars CelebrationRogue One: Notes from Star Wars CelebrationJason Gorber7/18/2016 11:25:00 Am

With Rogue One just months away, fans of the greater Star Wars universe are slowly receiving information about the first of the “Anthology” films, which are standalone stories that will be peppered between the numbered “Saga” films that tie more directly to the original George Lucas story-line.

One of the things that made the 1977 original Star Wars so epic was the crawl that alluded to a larger context in which the tale was being told. The opening lines mention that during "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.”, and that “during the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.”

Four decades later »

- Jason Gorber

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Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learned

18 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedStar Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedJason Gorber7/18/2016 10:45:00 Am

Back when George Lucas announced that he was selling his company to Disney and entrusting his vision to a new generation of filmmakers, the director who I initially championed to have a crack at a Star Wars film was Rian Johnson. His film Looper proves to be a wonderful example of how to balance sophisticated narrative, swashbuckling adventure and wry, sardonic humour all in one gloriously visual package.

Johnson’s previous films like Brick gained him a cult following among enthusiasts, but perhaps his most watched work are the several "Breaking Bad" episodes he directed to great acclaim, including “Fly”, a memorable, Hitchcockian episode where an errant pest disrupts the protagonists as they cook up their illicit goods. John Boyega described the shoot as “Rian doing an indie movie within a franchise”, and »

- Jason Gorber

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Star Wars Episode 8: Rian Johnson talks about his sequel

18 July 2016 1:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 18, 2016

Director Rian Johnson talks about following the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with next year's Episode 8...

Attendees at Star Wars Celebration Europe were lucky enough to be among the first to clap eyes on the second trailer for this year's Star Wars: Rogue One. The rest of us will have to wait an unspecified amount of time before that promo appears on YouTube or in cinemas. Still, the celebration's live feed still provided a few new morsels of information, including the latest Rogue One poster and a sizzle reel containing behind-the-scenes footage and glimpses of a few new characters.

Then there's Star Wars: Episode VIII, the 2017 sequel to The Force Awakens. Writer-director Rian Johnson took ther stage at the Future Film Maker panel to talk about his forthcoming movie, and while he didn't drop anything revelatory - we still don't know what its official title is, »

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5 Reasons Why No One Besides Harrison Ford Will Play Indiana Jones

17 July 2016 6:49 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

There are few film characters who are so closely identified with a single actor as Indiana Jones is with Harrison Ford. It’s hard to imagine someone else wearing the fedora. Could anyone else play the role as well as Ford? We’ll probably never know, because the part is unlikely to ever be recast. Here are 5 reasons why no one else will pick up the whip other than Ford.

Although there were rumors a few years ago about recasting the role of Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones with a new, younger actor like Chris Pratt or Bradley Cooper, the odds are that we will not see anyone else playing this character (at least, not for a long, long time.) Here are the reasons why…

They Tried To Recast Indy On the TV Series and It Didn’t Work: In the 1992-93 television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, three different actors played Jones. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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