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Star Wars fans are in a weird spot right now, trapped between last year’s release of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Sure, Star Wars Rebels just premiered its third season, but that’s just not enough to whet the lore whistle. We crave news aboutJyn Erso’s mom. Or Jyn Erso’s rank within the Rebellion. Or if Jyn Erso is responsible for this explosion. But if Rogue One news is hard to come by, any inkling of Episode VIII is as mysterious as the Witches of Dathomir. In order to discover what may be in store in the future, we must look to the past. Or more specifically, YouTuber Mr. Sunday Movies must look into the past for us and return with appropriate sound bites. Bless him for digging through decades of quotes from George Lucas about what his vision for a galaxy far, far »
- Donna Dickens
With Disney's surprise purchase of LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion in 2012 came the announcement that Star Wars 7 was finally happening. There had been rumors that George Lucas was developing a third trilogy for several years, but when George Lucas sold his empire, he relinquished all control to Disney, and he was not involved in any way in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or its upcoming sequels and spinoffs. A new video surfaced today which delves through interviews and other archived information to piece together what George Lucas' version of Star Wars 7 may have featured.
This extensive 10-minute YouTube video comes from Mr. Sunday Movies, which delves through a number of old interviews to try and piece together what George Lucas' version of Star Wars 7 may have been about. Producer Gary Kurtz said in a 1999 interview at a sci-fi expo that the original ending of Return of the Jedi »
Sam Neill will always have a special place in my childhood. No I don’t mean I had a mini poster of him on my wall from a Tiger Beat magazine, and that I used to kiss the magazine before bed. I mean that along with Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Michael Keaton as Batman, Sam Neill as Alan Grant in Jurassic Park was one of the defining heroes of my adolescence. I... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman: The Animated Series, Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Spawn, Youngblood, Monkey Master…
We’ll start things off with the DC Extended Universe this week, with Time-Warner chief Jeff Bewkes speaking about the DC Films slate during an investor conference call, admitting that there is “a little room for improvement” on the creative side of things, which is something they are addressing: “[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad] were very successful in the strategic aims and the financial aims that we have for them. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success. We can do »
- Gary Collinson
There are still a lot of untold stories to be discovered about director George Lucas' original 1977 Star Wars. And today, we get to hear one of the cooler ones. Apparently we can thank Freddy Krueger for finding the perfect Luke Skywalker, as it was actor Robert Englund who helped set up Mark Hamill with his Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope audition. It's a small piece of the puzzle that is amazing to hear, and equally important to the universe as it has been laid out over the past forty years. Especially as we head into Star Wars: Episode VIII, which features Mark Hamill's Jedi Master as the secondary lead.
Back in the 70s, Mark Hamill and Robert Englund were friends, though not the cultural icons they are now. As it turns out, Englund played an important role in getting Mark Hamill in to audition for George Lucas. »
The recently-relaunched View-Master is essentially a Google Cardboard-style Vr headset, compatible with Android and iOS phones. The View-Master Batman: The Animated Series Virtual Reality Pack will see Gotham City coming under attack from The Joker, The Riddler and Two-Face, and will allow you to explore the Batcave, fly the Batwing, and go on missions to help Batman save the city.
The Vr adventure will feature voice work from Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and Loren Lester (Robin), and is set to go on sale in November. It is available to pre-order now via Amazon Us.
- Gary Collinson
It was Batman Day today, D.C. Comics’ third annual celebration of Gotham’s crime-fighting Dark Knight. (The holiday was originally conceived to mark Batman’s 75th anniversary in 2014, and has since become an annual promotional event.) And while plenty of big name celebrities—including fan-favorite Joker Mark Hamill—took the opportunity to hop on social media and express their love for the character, few had as much ammunition backing them up as Justice League director Zack Snyder. Snyder commemorated his affection for the world’s greatest detective and his supporting cast by giving fans a little treat, tweeting out the first picture of J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon in the November 2017 film.
#JusticeLeague #BatmanDay pic.twitter.com/m1MbiF6HZD
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 17, 2016
- William Hughes
A breakout role can be a blessing and a curse for an actor. For every Harrison Ford who escapes the Sarlacc Pit of the role that shot them to stardom, there’s a Mark Hamill or William Shatner who never quite leave their fictional counterpart behind. Hamill has had other roles — most notably as the voice of The Joker — but Luke will follow him like a Force Ghost for the rest of his days. But being pigeon-holed isn’t just for pop culture icons of yesteryear. In fact, we may be witnessing it in real-time with one of the stars of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Kit Harington is Jon Snow. Jon Snow is Kit Harington. They are one in the same, forever entwined by their fabulous hair. There were early warning signs that Harington was diving headfirst into a future on the convention circuit as “former Game of Thrones »
- Donna Dickens
Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.
Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film
Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »
- Vikram Murthi
Just as Empire Strikes Back broke course from A New Hope and took George Lucas’ budding new franchise into darker territory all those years ago, it seems that Star Wars: Episode VIII will uphold tradition by ushering in a tonal shift from J.J. Abrams’ lucrative crowd-pleaser, The Force Awakens.
At least, that’s according to Adam Driver, who is back on board as the erratic galactic menace in training, Kylo Ren. Left wounded and without a father when the credits rolled on last year’s mega-hit, Driver shed some light on the thinking process behind Episode VIII, and how that aforementioned tonal shift is in many ways brought about by the change of director, with Rian Johnson taking point in lieu of J.J. Abrams.
Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. »
- Michael Briers
When J.J. Abrams delivered Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, he essentially brought life back to one of Hollywood's most beloved series. The movie was a critical smash, and would go on to become the all-time champion at the domestic box office. While some have chastised the film for relying too heavily on the legacy of the original trilogy, few can argue that the The Force Awakens didn't bring Star Wars back in a major way, and was a genuine crowd-pleaser for both longtime fans and newcomers to that galaxy far, far away.
The next film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may actually eclipse The Force Awakens because of a few key factors. Today, we'll explore why Rogue One is so huge, and why its performance is one that we'll have to pay close attention to.
"A New, New Hope"
From its inception, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
With many comparing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to George Lucas’ A New Hope, it would make sense that one of the movie’s stars is comparing the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII to The Empire Strikes Back.
“It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone,” Adam Driver told Collider. “For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. [Johnson] trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play”.
“Rian’s writing is so clear,” he adds. “I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He »
- Luke Owen
The eighth season of the Regular Show premieres on Cartoon Network, Monday September 26th and now news has broken that it will be the last. Deadline has confirmed with Cartoon Network that Regular Show is ending. There is no ninth season in the offing, effectively leaving the Regular Show cancelled.The Regular Show voice cast includes: Mark Hamill (Skips), Roger Craig Smith (Thomas), William Salyers (Rigby), Janie Haddad (Margaret), and Sam Marin (Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man). Creator Jg Quintel voices Mordecai and Hi-Five Ghost. Read More… »
After the incredible success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII has now become perhaps the most anticipated movie of all time, continuing this new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. Production has already wrapped, with director Rian Johnson starting work on editing the first cut last month. Today we have some new details from star Adam Driver. The actor had nothing but high praise for directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, comparing this next advanture to the classic Empire Strikes Back, perhaps the most beloved installment in the entire franchise.
Before starring as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was best known for his role on HBO's Girls and indie films like Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha. While promoting his latest indie Paterson at the Toronto Film Festival, Adam Driver spoke with The Toronto Sun, where he »
The series, about a cartoon blue jay named Mortdecai and racoon named Rigby who serve as groundskeepers at a local park, premiered on Cartoon Network in 2010. It is created by J.G. Quintel, and began life as a student project while Quintel was at CalArts. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, “Regular Show” won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2012 for best animated short-format animated program and has earned a total of five Emmy nominations. A movie spinoff, “Regular Show: The Movie,” debuted on Cartoon Network in 2015.
“From Jg’s original pitch on post-it notes, through eight successful seasons and more than 250 episodes produced, ‘Regular Show’ has been one of the most original animated series of this generation creating indelible characters and signature comedy mayhem laced with heart,” said Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher. “Our »
- Daniel Holloway
Back in April, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson shared a new photo from a motion capture set, which prominently featured the beloved character Maz Kanata on the monitors. We assumed that the actress in the motion-capture gear was Lupita Nyong'o, since she played Maz in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that may not be the case. The actress revealed in a new interview that she hasn't worked with Rian Johnson on the sequel yet. Here's what she had to say during an interview for her new movie, The Queen of Katwe.
"Rian! I haven't worked with him yet; I've yet to shoot. That's in my future."
The actress wouldn't elaborate any further in her interview with Collider, but it's possible that she will film her Maz Kanata scenes during reshoots. Production wrapped in July, with director Rian Johnson revealing that he started the editing process in August. »
Whatever your opinion on Jared Leto’s Joker may be, it seems to have opened up a discussion about the character. Many are looking to Heath Ledger’s version of the smiling assassin and believe he is the best. But what of the other Jokers from the past?
Looking into who has played Joker, many nostalgic fans will point to Cesar Romero as their favourite, and his version portrayed in the television show is iconic. What this interpretation is lacking though is that killer edge that many enjoy in the Joker character, but we have to remember that this is a version for children, and one before the dark days of The Killing Joke.
When we get to the movies, there is of course Jack Nicholson from 1989’s Batman. For many this version is the truly the best movie representation of the clown-faced killer. In this dark world of Gotham City, »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Booster Gold, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Gotham, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Agents of S.H.I.E.Ld., Luke Cage, Legion, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…
We’ll start things off this week in the DC Extended Universe, seeing as new DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns has spoken for the first time about “course-correcting” the Dceu: “In the past, I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different,” said Johns. “That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has »
- Gary Collinson
Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.
Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of Episode 8 Bits: Mark Hamill teases a big scene in Star Wars: Episode 8. An artist draws the rumored costumes for Luke and Rey. A brief description of an Episode 8 action scene. Watch Mark Hamill’s complete Salt Lake Comic-Con appearance. A crazy rumor claims to know the identity of Snoke. Could […]
The post Episode 8 Bits: Rumored Story Points, Updates From Mark Hamill, and Cool Fan Art appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
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