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6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.

As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial  — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.

Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Video of the Day: Watch how shots from the two ‘Star Wars’ trilogies mirror each other

7 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Star Wars franchise has, over the course of its run, grown into one of the most popular franchises in cinema history, spawning not only numerous films, but a number of tv shows, video games, and comics as well, with its fans stretching across generations and many accomplished performers finding some of their most famous roles in the series. The success of the first trilogy, which was released in 1977, 1980, and 1983, caused the franchise mastermind George Lucas to revisit the universe in the last decade, exploring the origins of numerous characters and watching how the events unfolded to lead to the state they did in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

Now vimeo user whoispablo has put together a compilation of shots and scenes from both trilogies to show how they mirror each other, as was Lucas’ intent. Titled Star Wars Poetry, the video is set to Experience by Ludovico Einaudi, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'Star Wars 7' Star Destroyer Gets a Menacing Name

29 August 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director J.J. Abrams and his team have had a lot of fun slowly dolling out the names of each new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which, including John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey, haven't even been fully revealed yet. But the humans, aliens and ball droids in this latest sequel aren't the only mysteries to be cracked. Each vehicle and domicile seen on screen seems to be getting a unique new name, too. We learned that Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux resides on a space station known as the Starkiller Base, a direct nod to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first draft of George Lucas's Star Wars screenplay. Now, we get to learn the name of the foreboding new Star Destroyer.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thirty years have passed since the events seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi »

- MovieWeb

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8 great films cursed by bad endings: Did Kingsman really need that anal sex joke?

29 August 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.

Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.

1. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.

What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »

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In Real World, 'Compton' Not (Anytime Soon) to Break Record as Highest-Grossing Domestic Hit Directed by Black Filmmaker

28 August 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »

- Zac Gille

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Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing

28 August 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: It might not be too much of a stretch to say that Bert Fields has played a role in almost every great Hollywood legal battle of the last 30 years. The Cardinal Richelieu of Tinseltown attorneys, Fields counts among his accomplishments successfully taking on Disney and Michael Eisner to the tune of a $250 million payout for Jeffrey Katzenberg back in the late 1990s. He repped Star Wars creator George Lucas in negotiations with the House of Mouse as well. The… »

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Bert Fields Talks Disney Ban, George Lucas, James Cameron, Harvey Weinstein, Napoleon & The Next Big Thing

28 August 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: It might not be too much of a stretch to say that Bert Fields has played a role in almost every great Hollywood legal battle of the last 30 years. The Cardinal Richelieu of Tinseltown attorneys, Fields counts among his accomplishments successfully taking on Disney and Michael Eisner to the tune of a $250 million payout for Jeffrey Katzenberg back in the late 1990s. He repped Star Wars creator George Lucas in negotiations with the House of Mouse as well. The… »

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Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers

28 August 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...

John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith

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A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.

Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »

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Barely Lethal review: “Mean Girls meets Kingsman, but not as good”

28 August 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Barely Lethal review: Despite it’s very different twist, Barely Lethal turns out to be just another teen movie. Barely Lethal review

Barely Lethal is the brand new movie from director Kyle Newman, who you may remember brought us that really rather good Fanboys a few years back – the film about the young guys that want to break into George Lucas’ home to screen The Phantom Menace? I really liked that. Following on from Fanboys, Newman worked on The Crazies TV show, and another couple of shorts projects before landing the gig to direct Barely Lethal, which can only be described as a cross between Mean Girls, Spy Kids, and well, Kingsman.

Scripted by John D’Arco, the film revolves around the character of Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld), an orphaned teenager who was brought up by Samuel L. Jackson‘s Hardman, a mysterious figure who runs an organisation called the Prescott School for Girls, »

- Paul Heath

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Darth Vader fire burner video goes viral on Facebook with over 12 million views

28 August 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bow down before Alex Dodson, the man who made this Darth Vader-shaped fire burner that's currently going viral.

The enterprising craftsman's business is called Burned By Design, selling a variety of pop culture-themed wood burners and fire pits.

He's been selling similar products fashioned to look like Iron Man, Batman and Ultron for over a year now, but it's taken an Australian customer to get his name out there.

Posting a video of his freshly-delivered Darth Vader fire burner to Facebook, the unnamed fan has seen over 12 million people view his clip.

Dodson also creates hearths in the shape of R2-D2, Boba Fett and the Witch-king of Angmar from The Lord of the Rings.

Here's hoping George Lucas sees the funny side and orders his own Darth Vader fireplace rather than, say, ring his lawyers.

The latest film in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is out later »

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10 Fascinating Inspirations Behind Star Wars

28 August 2015 2:41 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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“What would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a little film you may have heard about, is just under four months away from release (Dec 18, as if you need reminding), and speaking with Empire its director, J.J. Abrams has released a few little nuggets of information about the movie.

He confirmed what many suspected, that Kylo Ren is not actually a Sith, even if he is working for the Dark Side. He’ll be a part of the First Order, which is the evil organisation taking the place of the fallen Empire in this film, and it’s the quote above that served as the inspiration for them. Of course, Nazis aren’t anything new in Star Wars, with similarities found in Imperial uniforms, Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power, and the fact that they have soldiers called Stormtroopers. »

- James Hunt

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Why am I not as excited about 'Star Wars' now as I was in 1999?

27 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the memories that I treasure most from 1998 came when I was driving from La to Palo Alto with my friend Pete. I had a copy of "The Beginning" with me, the script by George Lucas, and he had a CD player loaded up with the soundtracks for the first three films. I read the script aloud while he drove, and by the time we got to his family's house for Thanksgiving, we were both convinced that we were going to get an amazing gift in movie theaters in May of 1999. History has proven the two of us to be a wee bit overenthusiastic. While I am not a rabid prequel-hater the way many people are (watching the films with my kids radically changed my opinions on them and their place in the overall saga), I think there is something magical about the original three that only becomes more clear with time and distance. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens's new villain Kylo Ren isn't a Sith

27 August 2015 4:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kylo Ren, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' new villain, isn't actually a Sith.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, director Jj Abrams has explained that Kylo isn't quite the bad guy you were looking for.

Everything we know so far about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"Kylo Ren is not a Sith," says Abrams. "He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force."

The as-yet unseen Snoke, as played via performance capture by Andy Serkis, is the film's bigger big bad, but not your new Darth Sidious.

Kylo not being a Sith is handy for the franchise, as George Lucas's lore dictates that there can only be two Sith at one time: a master and an apprentice.

Now, with Kylo technically a "Knight of Ren" - something else that's yet to be fully explained - there can be many other »

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Watch: Rare 1960s Documentary 'The New Cinema' Featuring Roman Polanski, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas & More

26 August 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hollywood leaves a lot to be desired in terms of innovation. Studios tend to find something that works, and then squeeze out every penny possible. The viability of these brainless practices aside, it takes quite a bit for the town to even consider greenlighting an original property, let alone a complete restructuring. But a restructuring is exactly what happened in Hollywood in the ‘60s and ‘70s, despite the laborious pace of the shift (compared to what was happening in Europe), and all the resulting resistance. “The New Cinema,” a short documentary produced sometime in the late 1960s (the exact date is unknown) has found new life on the Internet recently and takes an in depth look at the old Hollywood system and the new crowd of directors who were on the verge of starting one of the great cinematic rebirths. Read More: George Lucas Says Studios “Don’t Have Any Imagination” Directed by Gary Young, »

- Gary Garrison

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Kubrick, Lynch, Burton and More Iconic Directors Become Architects in Federico Babina's Eye-Popping Designs

26 August 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Eisen Bernard's Criterion Cover Collages Redefine Art History Graphic artist Federico Babina has combined his love of cinema and architecture for an eye-poping new series of illustrations titled "Archidirector." Taking 27 of the most legendary filmmakers of all time -- from Tim Burton and George Lucas to Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Charlie Chaplin -- and depicting what a house might look like if they had been architects, the images are as inventive as they are meticulous in their representation of each director's style as manifested in the colors, shapes and designs of each house.  Get a look at some of our favorite images from the collection below, and head over to Babina's website in order to see the entire selection of posters. »

- Zack Sharf

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Extended Edition Will Be Rated-r

26 August 2015 2:03 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Every film within Peter Jackson’s Tolkien universe has received a PG-13 rating, freeing up family audiences to indulge in the fantastical adventures. True, some moments have pushed the boundaries of what’s accepted at that level, but generally it’s all been pretty safe. That’s set to change though, with news that the forthcoming The Battles of the Five Armies extended edition will receive an R-rating for “some violence“.

PG-13 is the American equivalent of a 12a, whereas R would be the rating doled out to a 15 or even some softer 18 rated films. R prohibits anybody under 17 from seeing the film without a guardian, so it’s a considerable leap-up from the franchise’s usual censorship perch.

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Thinking back to The Battle of the Five Armies, the theatrical cut’s already pretty violent, but in a bloodless and strangely weightless fashion. Unlike the original trilogy, »

- Daniel Kelly

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Juicy new details on the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ villain

25 August 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It seems as if new ‘Star Wars’ details are emerging every day, and this latest bit is something that we’ve been speculating about for some time. In speaking with Empire about the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” villain, director J.J. Abrams revealed that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is not who -- or what -- we may have imagined him to be. "Kylo Ren is not a Sith," Abrams said. "He works for Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the dark side of the Force." Snoke is the character that Andy Serkis plays in a motion capture suit.  When asked about the nature of The First Order, Abrams likened them to Nazis, as George Lucas did with The Empire in the original films. "That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again? »

- Roth Cornet

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J.J. Abrams Spills The Beans On Star Wars: The Force Awakens And The Villainous First Order

25 August 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Ever since the first words of the famous scroll eased onto cinema screens in Star Wars: A New Hope, there was always a hint of Nazism swirling around the Empire and its insatiable drive for a totalitarian rule. It was a theme that George Lucas had intentionally tapped into with the original trilogy, even creating the uniforms and general aesthetic to resemble the fascist regime. Now, more than three decades after Jedi, J.J. Abrams is gunning for a similar approach to the First Order in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Speaking with Empire – no, not that one – as part of the outlet’s exclusive coverage of the sci-fi sequel, the director touched base with the all-powerful galactic menace, and how one of the biggest pieces on the chess board, Kylo Ren, isn’t the Sith Lord you’re looking for.

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- Michael Briers

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5 of Sean Connery's greatest movie moments: "Losers always whine about their best"

24 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Carly Simon may have crooned 'Nobody Does It Better' for Roger Moore's James Bond outing The Spy Who Loved Me, but when it comes to big screen 007s it's still hard to look past Sean Connery's combo of humour, sophistication and lethal cunning.

The Scot celebrates his 85th birthday today (August 25), and we want to know what your favourite Connery movie moment is. Here's five below to help get the memory banks firing.

Goldfinger (1963)

With a laser creeping precariously towards his gonads, Connery's 007 is still able to keep his cool in the presence of villain Auric Goldfinger. The above scene shows just why he was so brilliant as Bond, mixing arrogance, wit and cunning in the space of four tense minutes…

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Connery teams up with pal Michael Caine for this adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling story. John Huston's film, about a pair »

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7 Things We Learned From Quentin Tarantino’s New Interview

24 August 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Quentin Tarantino is never one to hold back his opinion. The acclaimed filmmaker dished on everything from the possibility of another “Kill Bill” installment to his distaste for Cate Blanchett movies and “True Detective” in his interview with New York magazine. And if you ask Tarantino, Ben Affleck is no David O. Russell when it comes to casting films.

The writer-director also teased his upcoming Western thriller, “The Hateful Eight.”

Here are the most interesting tidbits from the colorful interview.

The “Kill Bill” franchise may still have some life in it:

“No, it’s not off the table, but we’ll see.”

Tarantino loved “How I Met Your Mother,” but hated “True Detective” from the get-go.

“The last two shows that I watched all the way were ‘Justified’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.'”

“I tried to watch the first episode of season one [of ‘True Detective’], and I didn’t get into it at all. »

- Jacob Bryant

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