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Han Solo Spinoff May Include A Scene Involving The Famous Kessel Run

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“Fast ship? You mean you’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?” to which an enquiring Obi-Wan Kenobi responds, “should I have?” Affronted, Harrison Ford’s wise-cracking nerf herder then utters that by-now famous line: “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.”

That scene in question, as any Star Wars fan will know, unfolds in Mos Eisley Cantina, in which the swashbuckling Han Solo offers his services (and his ship!) to the rather desperate Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker, as they seek out safe passage to the Alderaan system. The Falcon’s historic feat is later mentioned in The Force Awakens, when Ford’s reluctant hero quickly corrects Rey about the Kessel Run and those 12 parsecs – a measurement of distance, not time, that equates to around 3.26 light-years.

Such a minor piece of Star Wars lore may be brushed aside by general moviegoers, but it seems »

- Michael Briers

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Ron Howard teases the Kessel Run with new Han Solo Star Wars set photo

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Following on from yesterday’s behind-the-scenes images, director Ron Howard has now taken to Twitter to share another photo from the set of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, which he posted with the caption “spicy”.

Given the caption, it’s probably safe to assume that this is an entrance to the spice mines of Kessel, a labour camp where various species including Wookiees were used as slaves to mine spice – a mineral turned into a dangerous drug. Han Solo is of course renowned for making the Kessel Run – a hyperspace route used by smugglers to move spice from the mines – in the Millennium Falcon in “less than twelve parsecs”, something we’re presumably going to see play out on screen in the Anthology movie.

See Also: Rumour: The Millennium Falcon will have a new look in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar! »

- Gary Collinson

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Spice Mines of Kessel Teased in Latest Look at Han Solo

20 September 2017 6:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Han Solo is continuing to shoot in the U.K., with director Ron Howard sharing more teases from behind the scenes. Over the weekend, he shared a photo of actor Paul Bettany as the actor wrapped his role. Today, we have a photo that could teases an iconic location. Ron Howard sent out this photo from the set, which doesn't feature any obvious spoilers. But it does features an entrance to a cave, with most speculating that this is our first ever look at the often heard about Spice Mines of Kessel. Ron Howard didn't come right out and say this is one of the caves of Kessel, but his cryptic tweet was enough to raise eyebrows.

The photo surfaced on the official Ron Howard Twitter this afternoon, with the director tweeting one word, "Spicey?" The spice mines of Kessel were first mentioned by C-3Po in A New Hope, »

- MovieWeb

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Two new behind-the-scenes image from the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie

20 September 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from this morning’s rumour about a potential Darth Vader appearance in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the official Star Wars Facebook page has now unveiled two new behind-the-scenes images from next year’s Anthology film, the first of which sees director Ron Howard looking at a shot of Chewbacca, while the second gives us a glimpse at a very retro-style cockpit (a speeder or podcar, perhaps?). Check them out here…

See Also: Rumour: The Millennium Falcon will have a new look in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Ian Kenny (Sing Street), and Warwick Davis »

- Gary Collinson

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Rumour: Darth Vader to appear in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off

20 September 2017 1:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With all the drama surrounding Han Solo’s change of directors, it’s hard to figure out what exactly to expect from the film. According to one source, though, it seems Star Wars‘ iconic villain Darth Vader will be making another appearance in Ron Howard’s Anthology movie.

Per That Hashtag Show, one of their sources close to the film’s production has claimed that roughly two weeks ago someone was on set in Darth Vader’s armour. This is all they could confirm, however, with the actual size of Vader’s potential role left up in the air.

Fans have speculated as to whether or not Vader might appear in Han Solo for a while now. Spencer Wilding, the actor who portrayed Vader physically in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, cancelled a convention appearance a couple months ago and it was reported that was because he had »

- Ricky Church

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Locarno Blog. In Praise of Actors

19 September 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published.

Real stars perhaps only exist when the image industry is booming—Serge Daney  Le salaire du zappeur (literally The Zapper’s Reward; in French a pun on the original title of Clouzot’s classic thriller The Wages of Fear] was published in 1988, when television had already passed its zenith and entered into decline. Reading it today is like going back to a lost civilization: it’s about a period which perhaps went by too quickly and of which I now find it hard to uncover any trace, except in my own memories as a barely adolescent viewer. The television »

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42nd Toronto Int’l Film Festival Paints Early Picture of Oscars

19 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival closed Sept. 17, after screening 339 films in 11 days, with all in attendance looking towards the storied Grolsch People’s Choice Award for Oscar implications. The Grolsch People’s Choice Award is notorious for its relationship to the Best Picture Oscar, with eight out of the last 10 Audience Award winners receiving an Oscar nomination for best picture, and three of those films—“12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire,”—going on to win the film industry’s greatest honor. This year’s winner, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” directed by Martin McDonagh, is hoping to ride its momentum to an Oscar nomination. The film stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a murder victim who uses three billboards in her Missouri town to confront the police’s inability to solve the crime. Rounding out the cast are Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, »

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Our 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival

18 September 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Our 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film FestivalOur 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film FestivalAdriana Floridia9/18/2017 2:22:00 Pm

We spent the last eleven days watching movies at the Toronto International Film Festival so that we could let you know which films you have to look out for when they hit a Cineplex theatre.

This year, Tiff played about 255 films, and watching all of them is an impossible feat. However, we saw enough that we can whole heartedly recommend 10 amazing ones, all of which you'll be able to catch at Cineplex sometime in the near future.

In no particular order, check out our 10 favourite films from #TIFF17 below!

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino's beautiful, erotic, and moving love story is by far one of the most gorgeous films we've seen all year. Starring Timothee Chalamet in a breakout role »

- Adriana Floridia

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won

18 September 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox

The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city. »

- Sydney Levine

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri takes prize in Toronto by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-18 10:25:21

18 September 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Michael McDonagh's film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has taken home the audience award at Toronto Film Festival.

The film - which had its premiere in Venice - stars Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, who takes on the police over the unsolved murder of her daughter. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes.

Describing McDormand's performance, our reviewer wrote: '"McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand."

The runner-up was ice-skating biopic I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, which tells the story of the figure skater who received a lifetime ban for an attack on fellow athlete Nancy Kerrigan.

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- Amber Wilkinson

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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #13

17 September 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Danny,We blinked, and ten days passed. How swiftly time goes by when in festival mode, just floating on films and friends. It’s not until I’m on the way home, writing my final dispatch in between airport terminals, that I realize how tremendously exhausted I am. A good time, then, to be reflecting on Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, quite the strong cup of black coffee. As a non-fan of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012), I was pleasantly surprised by the grim comic force of Martin McDonagh’s morality tale, a Southern Gothic hamlet pushed through the filter of British Catholic guilt. The eponymous placards are positioned on a dilapidated road and painted red with a confrontational query, part of the crusade waged by the grieving Mildred (Frances McDormand) against the local lawmakers who’ve failed to locate the man behind her daughter’s rape and murder. »

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Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ wins on way to Oscars

17 September 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Martin McDonagh‘s darkly comic film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (Sept. 17). Oscar winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo“) plays a grieving mother who tries to shame the local police chief (Woody Harrelson) into investigating the murder of her daughter. McDonagh, a Tony-nominated playwright, won […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins Toronto Film Festival Audience Award

17 September 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the audience award on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, putting it in prime position to compete at the Academy Awards.

Directed by Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards” stars Frances McDormand as a woman who takes a stand against the police, using the titular three billboards after her daughter is murdered and months later no arrests have been made. The rest of the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell (who, along with McDormand, is already receiving awards season buzz), John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage.

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Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

In his review for Variety, film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that McDormand is “at her quirky humane best as a grieving small-town mom who goes to extremes,” and called the movie a “meditation on loss, rage, and the war dance between the sexes.”

Apart from “Three Billboards,” the first runner-up at the awards was Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Best Film Award – What Does It Mean For Oscar Prospects?

17 September 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

  Martin McDonagh’s  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  is the winner of this year’s sometimes Oscar predictive Toronto International Film Festival  Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It is considered a bellwether of sorts for the awards season race even if it is just an award selected by TIFF moviegoers who put a ticket stub in a box following a screening.  The well-received film had its World Premiere in Venice and starred Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson… »

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Han Solo Story Clues Point To Two Classic Star Wars Planets

16 September 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? The Kessel Run? Word is Han Solo can zip along that elusive hyperspace route in only 12 parsecs – 3.26 light-years, give or take – and if the folks at Making Star Wars are to be believed, Kessel, that far-flung planet first mentioned during Star Wars: A New Hope all those years ago, will crop up in Ron Howard’s 2018 anthology pic.

First spotted by Reddit, Lucasfilm’s origin story, one which seemingly takes place over a seven-year time period, came up in conversation during episode 195 of Now This Is Podcasting. Amid talk of speeders and that aforementioned Kessel Run, Msw claimed that Han Solo will introduce viewers to two classic Star Wars planets: Corellia and Kessel.

Chalk this up as conjecture, but it’s believed the Ron Howard-directed pic unfolds across “three different eras over a seven-year period,” during which time we’ll check »

- Michael Briers

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Toronto: 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Captures Audience Award

15 September 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri got a major boost for its Oscar prospects on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received the top audience prize.

The dark comedic drama from Fox Searchlight and director Martin McDonagh stars Frances McDormand as a mother whose daughter was brutally raped and murdered. Her character decides to call out the police chief, played by Woody Harrelson, on three giant billboards for failing to find the killer, hoping to drive him into action. Three Billboards earned the best screenplay prize in Venice, on its way to Toronto, and is set for a »

- Etan Vlessing

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

15 September 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an »

- Anne Thompson

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

15 September 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an »

- Anne Thompson

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New poster for Lbj starring Woody Harrelson

13 September 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster has arrived online for Rob Reiner’s upcoming biographical political drama Lbj featuring Woody Harrelson as the 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson. The film features a cast that also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Kim Allen, Michael Stahl-David, Jeffrey Donovan, C. Thomas Howell, Doug McKeon, and Michael Mosley; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Lbj here

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. »

- Amie Cranswick

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HBO Films Redefined the TV Movie — Now It’s Poised to Redefine Itself

13 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

694 nominations. 162 wins.

No network has so dominated a category at the Emmy Awards as HBO has TV movies. Its unprecedented run dates back to 1993 with a double win for “Barbarians at the Gate” and “Stalin”; since then, it’s lost just four times.

This year, it has two high-profile contenders — “The Wizard of Lies,” starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” headlined by Oprah Winfrey — as part of the cabler’s overall 111 nominations. Poised to play spoiler are a new iteration of PBS’ “Sherlock” (which won last year) and the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.”

“If you look at the category, we know there are a lot of things that maybe aren’t necessarily movies,” says HBO Films president Len Amato, a not-so-thinly veiled slight against the stand-alone episode of “Black Mirror.” “But we just continue to play our game.”

Netflix »

- Debra Birnbaum

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