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New Star Wars Trilogy Enters Early Stages of Development

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New Star Wars Trilogy Enters Early Stages of Development
While we have no idea what Star Wars 10 will bring, Rian Johnson has broken his silence about the new Star Wars trilogy that he is set to helm, stating that he is in the early stages of the development process. It was announced a few weeks ago that Johnson was going to be getting his own Star Wars trilogy and fans have been left to wonder just what exactly the director is going to do and what story he's going to tell. While we seem to be pretty far away from learning what the new trilogy will be about, Rian Johnson's enthusiasm for the project is visibly hard for him to contain.

At a press event for The Last Jedi in Mexico, Rian Johnson spoke about his Star Wars trilogy and revealed where he is in the planning stage. The director also explained why he was excited to take
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Why Does Every Star Wars Episode End Without Dialogue?

It’s hard to determine what makes a film timeless, since films are like technology: they only improve as time moves forward. Great works of the past, whether they were westerns, comedies or science fiction, reside in a figurative Smithsonian, and deservedly so. That’s where paradigm-shifting, zeitgeist-infusing, thrill-inducing wonders belong after setting the stage for a new generation of movies. Movies that have eclipsed them in special effects, writing, acting, costumes, cinematography, set design, and direction. We don’t realize it because nostalgia clouds judgment even worse than the dark side. No one really acknowledges greatness until it’s far behind in the rear view mirror.

And yet, there are some things that remain as extraordinary as when they were invented. Sunglasses. In N Out. Game 7. Star Wars.

Of all the reasons to keep watching Star Wars movies, one is often overlooked: there are lots of secrets stashed in that galaxy far,
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Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79

Don Pedro Colley, an actor who appeared in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in the first film directed by George Lucas and on the 1980s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 79.

Colley died Oct. 11 in his hometown of Klamath Falls, Oregon, following a long battle with cancer, his friend William Sowles said.

Colley also had roles in The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974) and Piranha (1995) and in blaxpoitation films including The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Black Caesar (1973) and, playing a voodoo lord of the dead, Sugar Hill...
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Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79

Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79
Don Pedro Colley, an actor who appeared in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in the first film directed by George Lucas and on the 1980s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 79.

Colley died Oct. 11 in his hometown of Klamath Falls, Ore., following a long battle with cancer, his friend William Sowles said.

Colley also had roles in The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974) and Piranha (1995) and in blaxpoitation films including The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Black Caesar (1973) and, playing a voodoo lord of the dead, Sugar Hill...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Longest Movie in Franchise History

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Longest Movie in Franchise History
When “Star Wars: The Last Ledi” opens in theaters nationwide next month, it will make history as the longest “Star Wars” movie ever released. Rian Johnson confirmed “The Last Jedi” will run two hours and 30 minutes during an international press conference (via The Playlist). The runtime includes credits.

Read More:Rian Johnson Writing and Directing a New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

At 150 minutes, “The Last Jedi” will run nearly 20 minutes longer than recent “Star Wars” efforts like “The Force Awakens” (135 minutes) and “Rogue One” (133 minutes). The previous record holder for longest “Star Wars” movie was George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode IIAttack of the Clones,” which ran 142 minutes long. “Revenge of the Sith” clocked in at 140 minutes, while the original “Star Wars” trilogy all had entires in the 120-135 minute range.

“The Last Jedi” continues to the story of Daisy Ridley’s Rey, picking up directly after the events of
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Netflix and the Millarworld Acquisition: What We Know and What’s Next

In early August, the video-streaming company Netflix made a huge announcement: They had acquired Millarworld, the independent comic publishing company that was founded by Mark Millar.

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Millar is a well-known and successful comic book creator who is the creative force behind a number of iconic characters including Kingsman and Kick-Ass. Millar is also the creative mind behind some of Marvel’s most well-known storylines, including Old Man Logan and The Ultimates.

Along with his wife Lucy, who is also a highly talented comic book artist in her own right, Millar created Millarworld as a way to publish the couples’ original creations, and also to create licensed products from their series, including toys, video games, clothes and more. Needless to say, devout fans of TV and film are following this announcement quite closely, along with the implications for what may hit the small screen next via Netflix.

What the Acquisition
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Amazing Behind the Scenes Stories from “Apocalypse Now”

Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now came out in 1979, but it remains one of the most famous films that can be found out there. Given that it was supposed to be a Vietnam-based update of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, it is perhaps unsurprising that there are numerous stories about what happened behind the scenes throughout its production. Here are some of the most interesting behind-the-scene stories for Apocalypse Now: George Lucas Was Supposed to Direct Originally, George Lucas was supposed to be the one to direct Apocalypse Now. However, Coppola and Lucas were unable to find the funding, with the

Amazing Behind the Scenes Stories from “Apocalypse Now
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2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners

2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners
The hottest stars stepped out for the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards to celebrate the biggest night in Latin music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday night.

The three-hour show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil, included sizzling performances by Luis Fonsi, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, J Balvin, Maluma and Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, among others.

Juanes and Luis Fonsi were among the first winners of the night, with the "Despactio" singer taking home all four awards he was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Shakira, who is currently on vocal rest and absent from the ceremony, won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her latest record, El Dorado.

Et caught up with Fonsi, who was nominated for four Latin GRAMMYs, before the ceremony, where he expressed how much the awards show means to him.

Exclusive: Luis Fonsi on His Influential 20-Year Career and His Mission
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David Lynch ‘Changed My Life,’ Says Photographer Gregory Crewdson

David Lynch ‘Changed My Life,’ Says Photographer Gregory Crewdson
The haunting still images of fine art photographer Gregory Crewdson grow out of his vision of a place both sad and beautiful, he told audiences at the Camerimage film festival this week.

Devotees of his large-format portraits of strange, melancholy scenes seemingly captured from the fringes of America’s working-class life suppressed their party hangovers to attend a morning screening of the short docu “Gregory Crewdson: There But Not There” at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and to meet the film’s main subject.

Crewdson’s new gallery show “Cathedral of the Pines” also opened this week alongside the art of David Lynch in the Polish town of Turon, just outside Bydgoszcz, a pairing Crewdson said was moving to him.

Lynch’s 1986 film “Blue Velvet” was a major inspiration for Crewdson as a young artist and grad student at Yale and “changed my life,” he said during the Camerimage opening gala Saturday.

Indeed, Crewdson
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Netflix Mum on Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Netflix Mum on Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
Shooting is underway in and around New York on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but there’s no iron-clad guarantee yet that the big-budget mobster film, which is backed by Netflix, will make it to the big screen.

Scorsese, an ardent cinephile, is believed to have asked for a commitment from Netflix that the long-gestating film – which he and star Robert De Niro are passionate about – will have a theatrical run in 2019. Sources familiar with the negotiations say Scott Stuber, Netflix’s film division chief, has assured Scorsese that the film will have a minimum two-week theatrical window. That would at least qualify it for Oscar contention.

But Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine told Variety that “it’s premature to say anything at this point” regarding the company’s distribution strategy for “The Irishman.”

Even if Scorsese gets his wish for some kind of theatrical run, the film will almost certainly go out day-and-date in theatres
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‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild

‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild
The Art Directors Guild has selected “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy, as the recipient of its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The guild will present the honor Jan. 27 at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild.s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time.”

“Ms. Kennedy is truly a significant role model,” Coates added. “Her creative legacy and professional journey is an inspirational example to all young artists who are in search of a meaningful career in the entertainment industry. Through her perseverance, talent and leadership, she has become an icon elevating the art of production design. She continues
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Documentary Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman on Life in Donald Trump’s America

Documentary Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman on Life in Donald Trump’s America
Frederick Wiseman, 87, whom Camerimage Film Festival is honoring with a retrospective of five films and its award for Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking, has remained resolute in his approach to subjects, from Chicago public housing to juvenile court, beef feed lots and Paris’ Crazy Horse nightclub, since 1967. That’s when his first film, “Titicut Follies,” exposed such abusive practices at the Bridgewater, Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane that it was banned for decades (though attorneys argued it was a violation of patients’ privacy).

His new project, “Ex Libris,” is an incisive, three-hour-plus look at the New York Public Library system that presents a host of the real-life heroes, struggles and small victories that have drawn audiences to Wiseman’s work ever since he left behind his career as an instructor and/or researcher at Boston University, Brandeis and Harvard, and picked up a camera.

“Ex Libris” leaves you with kind of a glow – something about seeing
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Star Wars’ chequered past in live-action TV

Rob Leane Nov 13, 2017

A live-action Star Wars TV series is on the way! Let’s look back at Underworld, the last attempt to get one made...

Last Friday was an exiting day for Star Wars fans, with UK followers of that galaxy far, far away waking up to some massive news. While we were sleeping, Disney chief Bob Iger announced a new trilogy of Star Wars films and a live-action Star Wars TV series.

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Iger’s announcement included some details about the new movie trilogy (The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is helming it, with the story being totally separate to the Skywalker-centric ‘episode’ films), but the TV project was left utterly mysterious. All the fans were told is that the live-action TV series will be released
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma
With more than 40 films to his credit, spanning genres from comedy to suspense and sci-fi, Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch has much to offer in counsel to younger filmmakers as he visits Camerimage Film Festival for his award for “unique visual sensitivity.”

Having jumped into editing with no formal training on 1970’s “Hi, Mom!” for Brian De Palma, soon leading to work with George Lucas on the first “Star Wars” film – for which he won an Oscar along with Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew – Hirsch says he’s always focused on rhythm and the structure of music as guiding forces in his work.

“Music and film are the only art forms where time is involved,” he says. “There are rhythms involved in architecture and poetry, of course. And I suppose dance is sort of grafted onto music.”

The graduate of the High School of Music & Art and a native New Yorker has employed his sense of staccato and counterpoint
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner to Be Honored at Camerimage

Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest, which kicked off Saturday, will honor Paula Wagner with its prize for “producer with unique visual sensitivity,” in recognition for her work on such films as “Mission: Impossible” and other partnerships with co-producer Tom Cruise.

With four decades of work, starting with projects such as Alejandro Amenábar’s chiller “The Others” and Billy Ray’s journalist drama “Shattered Glass,” the former actress built her career via agency work, repping talents such as Sean Penn, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore and Liam Neeson while at the Creative Artists Agency.

In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions, which took on the film adaptation of the hit ‘70s TV suspense series “Mission: Impossible,” launching the franchise that continues to roll along. Cruise and Wagner also worked on Cameron Crowe’s mystery romance “Vanilla Sky,” based on Amenábar’s “Abre los ojos.”

Wagner then produced Edward Zwick’s Cruise-starrer “The Last Samurai,” exec produced
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‘You Are A Jedi’: ‘Star War’ Set Decorator Sends Gift To Terminally Ill Boy

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At his Toronto-area home, Academy Award designer and filmmaker Roger Christian prepares a package to send to a young boy he has never met in Portland, Maine. Christian was one of the first men hired by George Lucas to work on the original “Star Wars” film in 1977. You may not know him by name, […]
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Marvel May Still Get X-Men and Fantastic Four, Disney / Fox Deal Not Dead

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Marvel May Still Get X-Men and Fantastic Four, Disney / Fox Deal Not Dead
Earlier this week, some potentially ground-breaking news broke with word that 21st Century Fox was engaging in talks with Disney to sell off their film and TV assets, namely the 20th Century Fox movie studio that could have a huge impact on Disney's Star Wars franchise, as well as bringing the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises into the Marvel fold. That report indicated that both sides currently weren't engaged in talks, with some believing that the potential deal may be dead, but it seems that both sides aren't quite ready to give up yet. CNBC's David Faber, who broke he news earlier this week, is now reporting that both sides haven't completely abandoned the deal. Here's what CNBC's David Faber had to say below.

"Pencils aren't down. It does appear at the very least that they have not abandoned the idea of that combination."

The potential blockbuster deal would be
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Rian Johnson Tapped to Helm New 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Rian Johnson Tapped to Helm New 'Star Wars' Trilogy
Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson will be creating a new trilogy of Star Wars films, Variety reports. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news on Thursday. He also unveiled plans for a live-action Star Wars TV series.

Johnson will pair with longtime collaborator-producer Ram Bergman for the trilogy, which according to Deadline, will take place in a different galaxy with original characters and a new story line. Release dates for the trilogy have not yet been announced.

"We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,
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Live-Action Star Wars TV Show In The Works At Disney

In addition to a fourth trilogy of movies being hatched by The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson, Disney has confirmed plans to launch a new live-action Star Wars series in 2019.

The project was one of three major TV shows announced at the company’s earnings call today (via The Wall Street Journal), after it was confirmed that both Monsters Inc. and High School Musical are also headed to the small screen. It’s all part of Disney’s aggressive plan to stake a claim in the streaming market and, essentially, draw power away from Netflix, the undisputed king of digital content. And it seems the Mouse House is bringing its big guns.

Unlike Rebels and the newly-released Forces of Destiny, this all-new Star Wars series is the first sign of a live-action TV show since Disney announced Underworld back in 2005. Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and
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Savannah Film Fest: John Boyega on 'Detroit' and 'The Last Jedi'

Savannah Film Fest: John Boyega on 'Detroit' and 'The Last Jedi'
"It's a story that's necessary, especially for young people," said the British actor John Boyega as we sat down at the Savannah Film Festival in early November, in front of a packed crowd at the Lucas Theatre, and began discussing Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, a pressure-cooker of a film about the 1967 Detroit riot that he "squeezed in" between 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the forthcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters on Dec. 15.

"I wanted to be a part of a movie that explores the issues of race in a very factual but also very...
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