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‘Robot Chicken’ Trailer: Season 9 is Here to Make Fun of Everything That Comic-Con Loves

21 July 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Robot Chicken” has a lot to catch up on.

It’s been over a year since the Adult Swim show was on the air, and it looks like that android-poultry hybrid spent most of its time watching TV. At the show’s Comic-Con panel Friday afternoon, the team behind “Robot Chicken” unveiled the first look at Season 9, which is set to debut at some point this fall.

Read More ‘Archer’ Meets ‘Kingsman’ in Unexpected Animated Spy Crossover — Watch

Eagle-eyed viewers will spot parodies of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Westworld,” “Black Mirror,” Pokemon and At&T commercials: basically, everything that Comic-Con fans adore. (Bonus points for getting in a mention of the late, lamented “Selfie” — John Cho would be proud.) And, by the looks of things, it seems like the show’s favorite nerd has come a long way since getting starstruck by George Lucas in an elevator.

It’s been »

- Steve Greene

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‘Robot Chicken’ Trailer: Season 9 is Here to Make Fun of Everything That Comic-Con Loves

21 July 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robot Chicken” has a lot to catch up on.

It’s been over a year since the Adult Swim show was on the air, and it looks like that android-poultry hybrid spent most of its time watching TV. At the show’s Comic-Con panel Friday afternoon, the team behind “Robot Chicken” unveiled the first look at Season 9, which is set to debut at some point this fall.

Read More ‘Archer’ Meets ‘Kingsman’ in Unexpected Animated Spy Crossover — Watch

Eagle-eyed viewers will spot parodies of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Westworld,” “Black Mirror,” Pokemon and At&T commercials: basically, everything that Comic-Con fans adore. (Bonus points for getting in a mention of the late, lamented “Selfie” — John Cho would be proud.) And, by the looks of things, it seems like the show’s favorite nerd has come a long way since getting starstruck by George Lucas in an elevator.

It’s been »

- Steve Greene

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Review: Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Wastes Visual Splendor on So-So Storytelling

21 July 2017 3:32 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Written and directed by Luc Besson (of Léon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and Lucy), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in 1967 in the French comics magazine, Pilote, the seminal science fiction series paved the way for Heavy Metal, and informed George Lucas' Star Wars and Besson's 1997 film, The Fifth Element, for which Mézières contributed concept art. The live-action adaptation, independently crowd-sourced and personally funded by Besson, is supposedly now the most expensive independent film ever made, but does it live up to its influential source material? Set in the year 2740, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan, A Cure for Wellness) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad), special operatives tasked with upholding the law throughout the human territories. Under »

- Adam Frazier

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Movie Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

21 July 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 2017

Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, Elizabeth Debicki, and John Goodman

Synopsis:

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Assessing a film as all style and no substance in today’s cinematic climate isn’t out of the ordinary, but writer/director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (also known for the infamously bizarre sci-fi classic The Fifth Element) doubles down on visual grandeur to such a scale that despite how frustratingly flawed and occasionally downright abysmal the storytelling is, the summer blockbuster is one »

- Robert Kojder

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Robin Williams Chair in Comedy at USC Creates a Home for Students

19 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even though Robin Williams was cited by Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival co-founder Andy Nulman as “the one who got away,” who, despite decades of pursuing him for a fest slot, never made it to the Montreal comedy gathering, the impact of the legendary comic’s work will undoubtedly be felt in all corners of the comedy world for years to come.

Director and producer Barnet Kellman was in Chicago shooting the 1992 romantic comedy “Straight Talk,” starring Dolly Parton, James Woods and Griffin Dunne, when Robin Williams stopped by to say greet to the cast and crew.

“Everybody turned and listened,” recalls Kellman, “as Robin uncorked his comedy for 15 straight minutes. He was a magical presence.”

So Kellman “never ever imagined” that decades later he would be named the inaugural holder of the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where Kellman, professor »

- Malina Saval

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Director Rian Johnson On Creating The Opening Crawl

19 July 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

While virtually every aspect of the Star Wars franchise is iconic in one way or another, it could be argued that its single most iconic aspect lies in its opening crawl. Coupled with the instantly-recognizable score, the opening crawl is the way each of the main saga films have started, as a way to catch the audience up to the current state of the galaxy.

With the opening crawl being used as a way to set the tone for the film, there’s an awful lot of pressure with each one. Does the crawl actually set up the plot properly? Is it fun to read, or does it spend too much time talking about taxation, trade routes, and blockades? While the opening crawls are generally a few short paragraphs in length, their importance can’t be overstated for the franchise. Going into it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson, »

- Joseph Medina

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Rian Johnson Hints At The Opening Crawl Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

19 July 2017 6:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the exception of Rogue One, the opening crawl has been a fixture of the Star Wars universe ever since the words “it is a period of civil war” preceded A New Hope back in ’77.

It’s a time-honored tradition of Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away, and that’s something that isn’t lost on writer-director Rian Johnson. Following up on The Brother’s Bloom and Looper – not to mention multiple episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad – Johnson was appointed at the helm of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga that’s due to arrive in December of this year.

On the heels of last weekend’s D23 event in Anaheim, excitement for The Last Jedi is through the roof, and ardent fans have spent the past four days combing through the sequel’s poignant behind-the-scenes featurette in the search for potential story »

- Michael Briers

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park

18 July 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's official title announcement, Jurassic Park fan-fervor is about to explode like a volcano! While it has been nearly 25 years since the original Jurassic Park topped the box office and introduced moviegoers around the world to the wonders of CGI, fans are still finding new ways to love this classic blockbuster. So even though the fifth installment of this evolving dinosaur saga is still a year away, there's never a bad time to look back at the original Jurassic Park and dig up some of the most interesting facts on how it all came together. 1. We could have had a 'Goth-rassic' Park Filmmaker Steven Spielberg was informally promised the director's chair from Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton before the book was even published. They met while working on what would eventually be the primetime NBC show ER and hit it off. Yet, publishers still instituted a bidding war, »

- Steven Ray Morris

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Will Luke Skywalker Wield A Lightsaber In Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Mark Hamill Weighs In

18 July 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The lightsaber, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, has been a cornerstone of the Star Wars universe ever since George Lucas first introduced moviegoers to that iconic galaxy far, far away in ’77.

It’s a legacy that continued through the release of The Force Awakens, too, which reached its conclusion just as Daisy Ridley’s Rey delivered her lightsaber to its rightful owner: Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill’s Jedi Master spent much of J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot in a self-imposed exile, and we understand that absence will have huge ramifications for Luke’s budding relationship with Rey come December. She’s the student to his all-powerful master, essentially, and though Luke Skywalker believes it’s time for the Jedi to end (!), it appears as though a fair portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be devoted to Rey’s intense training regime aboard Ahch-To, the far-flung planet »

- Michael Briers

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Great Job, Internet!: The man who played Jar Jar Binks on how he survived being Jar Jar Binks

18 July 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite being a successful artist in his own right, Ahmed Best has spent his entire career struggling with the vitriol he received for his turn as excitable Gungan Jar Jar Binks in George LucasStar Wars prequels. “I had death threats through the internet,” Best told Wired in a new piece on the actor’s journey. “I had people come to me and say, ‘You destroyed my childhood.’ That’s difficult for a 25-year-old to hear.”

The whole piece serves to humanize the performer and contextualize the controversial character, who audiences retaliated against for bringing what they viewed as a childlike obnoxiousness into the Star Wars universe. What’s most fascinating about the article, however, is how Best’s early interest in the internet made him particularly susceptible to the online hate for his character.

As writer Brian Raftery puts it:

Because Best was online and connected to the greater »

- Randall Colburn

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‘Valerian’: Luc Besson Reveals Why Americans Resist Bold Cinema

17 July 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like any director about to release a massive summer blockbuster, French filmmaker Luc Besson is anxious about how his $180 million dollar sci-fi adventure will be received.

“I can feel the resistance when it comes to the American audience,” said Besson. “I can feel it, I’m not blind. ‘Oh, that’s not a Marvel? Oh, she’s not totally an actress yet? [Star Cara Delevingne was a successful fashion model.] What is Rihanna doing there and who’s this weirdo French guy?’ I can feel all that.”

Read More: ‘Valerian’: How Luc Besson Made a $180 Million Indie That Can’t Fail

From the start, Besson knew his vision for adapting Pierre Christin’s 1967 comic series “Valérian and Laureline” did not fit Hollywood’s tentpole model, which is why his EuropaCorp raised the $180 million production budget and partnered with Stx to bypass studios completely.

To some degree, that is the story of Besson’s film career. As either »

- Chris O'Falt

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Rian Johnson Hopes Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Give “Emotional Satisfaction” To Carrie Fisher’s Fans

17 July 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s no escaping it – the death of Carrie Fisher is a loss that will be felt deeply by large swathes of Star Wars fans for as long as Disney makes new films set in that galaxy far, far away. Indeed, it’s the ongoing rebooted franchise that makes her sudden absence so keenly felt by so many people. For the time being, this weight is being shouldered for the most part by director Rian Johnson who, by virtue of nothing more than tragic circumstance, finds himself at the helm of Leia Organa’s last movie – Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Organa – once a Princess, now a General – is a legend of cinema, and an icon of Star Wars lore. She’s a talisman held closely by generations of audience members, and she’s one of the core team members from the very beginning of George LucasStar Wars adventure, »

- Sarah Myles

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Critic's Notebook: In George Romero's Zombie Films, a Cathartic Form of Escapism

16 July 2017 5:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George Romero, who died Sunday at 77, had an impact on contemporary pop culture that is difficult to overstate. Other living filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, transformed genres; Romero all but created one.

Yes, there were "zombies" in movies before his Night of the Living Dead came along in 1968. But the wretched victims of 1932's White Zombie and later schlock movies bore little resemblance to Romero's ghouls. Before 1968, zombies tended to be people enslaved by voodoo or revived as slaves by evil scientists; Romero's mysterious plague of widespread corpse reanimation — and the peculiar »

- John DeFore

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The Shady Way Luke And Obi-Wan Got Han Solo Involved In The Original Star Wars Script

14 July 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While George Lucas is most well known for the changes that he made to Star Wars after the films were released, quite a few things never made it to the film in their original form at all. One significant change involves how Han Solo got involved in the plot. »

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The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century

13 July 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.

Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:

The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History

25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.

But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Neill Blomkamp Talks His Unmade ‘Alien’ Movie: “It Really Felt Like A Cool Third Film”

12 July 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As Ridley Scott continues in his quest to George Lucas-fy “Alien” into a big, unending, franchise property, what could’ve been with Neill Blomkamp‘s mooted “Alien” movie looks increasingly attractive. Granted, the director has a patchy track record, and even the string of experimental shorts he’s been releasing online have varied wildly in quality, but there’s no doubt that Blomkamp has a fertile imagination. Whether or not his idea for an “Alien” movie, which would’ve followed “Aliens” and ignored the rest of the canon, would’ve worked, it can’t be any worse than what “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant” have served up so far, right?

Continue reading Neill Blomkamp Talks His Unmade ‘Alien’ Movie: “It Really Felt Like A Cool Third Film” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

12 July 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned »

- Cai Ross

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HBO Are Making A New Feature Length Steven Spielberg Documentary

12 July 2017 12:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

U.S. cable network HBO are planning a new feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary. Titled simply Spielberg, the new documentary will apparently aim to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. It will also explore the legendary filmmaker’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time.

Celebrated documentarian Susan Lacy is producing and directing the new Spielberg documentary, which will air on HBO Stateside very soon – October 7th, 2017. It is expected to roll out to internationally affiliates – including Sky Atlantic in the UK – shortly afterwards.

The film will feature insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues – Lacy reportedly interviewed over 80 subjects for the new film, including the likes of J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, »

- Paul Heath

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Steven Spielberg Documentary to Premiere on HBO

11 July 2017 7:12 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Steven Spielberg will step in front of the camera this fall as the subject of a documentary, which will air on HBO. Directed and produced by Susan Lacy, Spielberg is billed as "an intimate portrait of the iconic film director," which will chronicle the titular director's nearly five-decade-long career.

Lacy filmed 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg and the documentary traverses Spielberg's life, from his childhood and his early work on through to his impressive movie making that has ranged from entertaining blockbusters to more serious dramatic films.

The documentary »

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J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore to Appear in HBO Doc About Steven Spielberg

11 July 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO has scheduled the premiere of a documentary feature about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale and Drew Barrymore are among the expansive list of talent that were interviewed for the doc, from director Susan Lacy.

Fellow directors Francis Ford CoppolaBrian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis also were interviewed, along with actors Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks, among others.

The doc, titled Spielberg, will take a look at the director's decades-spanning career and will include behind-the-scenes footage from the likes of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.

Lacy, who has previously »

- Mia Galuppo

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