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How ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One’ Brought One Grumpy Film Critic To The Force

10 hours ago | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A Star Wars Story.

One of the quirks of my cinephile upbringing was that, despite Star Wars coming out the year before I was born, I didn’t see it until I was eighteen. At the time I was preparing to major in film at a program focused specifically on non-narrative experimental filmmaking, and we were actively scorned for caring about popular films or indeed any popular art. (I only lasted a year before they gave me the heave-ho, partially for liking Led Zeppelin, although that was a symptom, not the disease; it was thus that I became a literal film school reject.) The desire to fit in didn’t supersede my personal taste, but strictly in terms of the kind of movies I was seeing at the time, and not having grown up with Star Wars like everyone else my age, watching the original trilogy for the first time on VHS, in »

- Danny Bowes

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Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Real Jesus of Nazareth’ to Premiere Easter Sunday (Exclusive Video)

28 March 2017 11:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Smithsonian Channel has set the premiere date for the four-part docuseries “The Real Jesus of Nazareth.” The series, hosted by Robert Powell, who played the biblical figure in the 1977 miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8 p.m. The premiere is timed to the 40th anniversary of the Emmy-nominated miniseries, which also starred Anne Bancroft, Ian McShane, Sir Laurence Olivier and James Earl Jones. In the Smithsonian series, Powell will return to the Holy Land to seek out clues to the real historical figure who inspired Christianity. “The Real Jesus of Nazareth” aims to draw parallels between the. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Behind-the-scenes images of a pre-cgi Princess Leia from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

27 March 2017 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the home-entertainment release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fast approaching, a lot of behind-the-scenes info has been revealed this past week, including alternative endings, deleted scenes and more [keep up to date with it all in The Week in Star Wars here]. And now thanks to Reddit, we’ve got a look at some behind-the-scenes images from the Tantive IV scene showing a pre-cgi Princess Leia, played by Ingvild Deila. Take a look here…

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sees »

- Gary Collinson

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Rogue One’s Jyn vs. Tie Fighter shot was only ever intended for the trailer

26 March 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Among the many shots from the trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that were absent from the final cut of the movie was the sequence of Jyn Erso staring down a Tie Fighter on the communication tower platform on Scarif.

If you were wondering how the scene would have played out pre-reshoots, director Gareth Edwards has the answer for you: it wouldn’t, as it was only ever intended to appear in the trailers.

“That’s going to have to remain a mystery,” Edwards tells EW. “It was something the marketing team fell in love with. We knew it would not be in the film. It’s one of those things where all the trailers are put together way before the film comes out. It wasn’t a specific part of the story.”

Hopefully that shot wasn’t the sole reason you made a trip to the cinema… »

- Gary Collinson

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Two more alternative endings for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story revealed

25 March 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This past week Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta discussed a couple of alternative endings for December’s Anthology movie, including a “happy” ending where Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor survived, and another where Darth Vader killed Director Krennic. And now, speaking to io9, Ilm’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll (the man responsible for the original pitch for Rogue One) has revealed another couple of endings that were under consideration.

The first ending would have seen Jyn and Cassian escaping Scarif and attempting to lose Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer by making multiple jumps through hyperspace, with Knoll explaining: “And the last jump they do, they try to get lost in the traffic that’s around Coruscant. It’s a giant cloud of ships. Ten-thousand ships coming and going and they’re trying to get lost in that traffic but they don’t make it. There »

- Gary Collinson

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Beauty Or Beast: Is There Any Value In Disney’s Live-Action Remakes?

25 March 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The growing desire on the part of the House Of Mouse to wring every last remake opportunity from its entire back catalogue is something that sparks a number of debates about the evolution of cinema, and the part we play in that evolution as consumers. With 2015’s Cinderella having come and gone, and Beauty And The Beast now doing well at the box office, we’re currently staring down the barrel of at least a further 15 of these types of projects – featuring live-action re-imaginings of previously animated tales and characters. This being the case, it’s tempting to decry the dearth of new ideas and creations in Disney’s big screen output. But, while there is clearly merit to that argument, is there really no value to be found in these upcoming movies?

Disney’s developing slate of live-action re-imaginings is a mixture of remakes, sequels, and character-focused spinoffs – which »

- Sarah Myles

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Jyn Erso’s mother was a Jedi in early Rogue One: A Star Wars Story draft

22 March 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week we’ve been learning a lot about how Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could have turned out – from its original ‘happy’ ending to Orson Krennic’s death at the hands of Darth Vader – and now we’ve learnt of another discarded idea thanks to Entertainment Weekly. In an early draft of the story, the prologue to the film would have revealed Jyn Erso’s mother, Lyra, was in fact a Jedi in hiding.

“The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi,” Edwards said. “And Jyn’s mom was going to be a Jedi. We were witnessing one of those kills and Krennic would be the person sent to do it.”

After the events of Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith, only a handful of Jedi managed to escape the mass executions across the galaxy, »

- Ricky Church

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21 March 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Verdict? The film of August Wilson’s play is absorbing, intense. If we rate by quality of writing, acting skill, and the craft of direction, Denzel Washington’s film betters most of its fellow Best Picture nominees. It’s also something positive for the arts, a ‘black experience’ play that can’t be pigeonholed as merely black- themed. The appeal of its compelling characters goes beyond racial boundaries. Viola Davis did win a well- deserved Oscar, and this is fine work from one end to the other.


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2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 138 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney.

Cinematography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Film Editor: Hughes Winborne

Original Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Written by August Wilson from his play

Produced by Denzel Washington, Scott Rudin, Todd Black

Directed by Denzel Washington,

2017 is the year for envelope- fumbling at the Oscars, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Darth Vader was originally going to kill a major character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

21 March 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Dark Lord of the Sith made his return to the big screen this past December in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and while he only appeared in two scenes, the final sequence where  he massacred a bunch of Rebel Troopers is arguably Darth Vader’s finest moment from the entire saga.

As we’ve already heard, that was a late addition to the film created during reshoots, but original screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed that Vader did have another scene in the first draft of the script, which would have resulted in the death of a major character at the Dark Lord’s hand.

“Vader is in the movie as much as he always was. He only had two things in the film. He was on Mustafar and then in the battle at the end,” said Gary Whitta in an interview with EW. “The rampage where [Vader] murdered everybody wasn’t me. »

- Gary Collinson

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter discusses the original “happy ending” from the first draft

20 March 2017 1:41 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the weekend we brought you some comments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, who discussed how the reshoots changed the original ending that had been shot for the blockbuster Anthology movie. And now screenwriter Gary Whitta has been chatting to EW about the very first draft of the script, which would have seen Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor surviving the battle on Scarif.

Whitta revealed that while K-2So always died (and Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus weren’t included at this point), the original ending would have seen the Death Star arriving at Scarif to destroy the facility, but Jyn and Cassian would have escaped the beach beforehand, transmitting the plans off-world:

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” said Whitta. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. »

- Gary Collinson

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Disney’s live-action The Lion King could start shooting this May

19 March 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While Simba just can’t wait to be king, Disney just can’t wait to get cameras rolling on its live-action adaptation of 1994’s The Lion King. My Entertainment World, a website that consistently posts film production information, has a listing for The Lion King on its site and claims that shooting on the project will begin as early as this May in Los Angeles, California. 

A brief (and familiar-sounding) summary of the film from the website can be found below…

Set in the African Savannah, the story told of a young lion named Simba who loses his father Mufasa thanks to his evil uncle Scar, and is cast out into far reaches of the wilderness. Years later, he returns to reclaim his throne.

Things have been moving along rather quickly since the film was announced back in September 2016, with Disney tapping The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau to direct, »

- Justin Cook

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Future Star Wars movies won’t rely on legacy characters and story elements

18 March 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’re two films into the Disney Star Wars canon, and while both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have went down well with the majority of fans and critics – and earned a fortune at the box office – there has been some criticism that the movies are relying too heavily on nostalgia. “Legacy” characters made up a good portion of both films, next up from Disney and Lucasfilm is the young Han Solo spinoff, and there’s also persistent rumours of future Anthology movies centred around Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, according to Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, future movies will see a shift away from these legacy characters and elements to tell new stories.

“I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with Rogue One,” Whitta Told ComingSoon. “Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Is Eddie Murphy writing a sequel to Coming To America

18 March 2017 2:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Coming To America 2 on the way from Eddie Murphy?

Take this one with a huge pinch of salt as details are a little vague, but it looks like Eddie Murphy may be writing a sequel to one of his greatest 1980s movies Coming To America. Yes, we may be in for a Coming To America 2 in the near future!

Is a Coming To America 2 on the way?

The news all stems from a tweet sent from an apparent, verified Twitter account for Murphy with the words ‘Coming To America sequel’, and an image of the character Princess Imani from the original 1988 movie. Both the account and the tweet no longer exist, but this has sent the internet into a bit of a feeding frenzy which may have a bit of truth to the rumours.

According to sources at TMZ, the comedy legend is apparently in the early stages of writing »

- Paul Heath

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Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script

17 March 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans who followed comedy superstar Eddie Murphy on Twitter were treated to quite the surprise on Wednesday night, when the actor's verified Twitter account posted the cryptic tweet "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Princess Imani. Not only was the tweet later deleted, but the actor's entire Twitter account was deactivated, sparking speculation that the actor may have been hacked. A new report reveals that Eddie Murphy didn't authorize that tweet, but he is actually working on the script for Coming to America 2.

TMZ reports that there are actually plans in place to make this sequel, and that there were plans to post something similar to that tweet, but it wasn't supposed to happen yet. The actor himself doesn't actually tweet, since he has a social media team to do that for him, and the deleted Coming to America 2 tweet wasn't authorized by him, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

17 March 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy “Coming to America” may be in the works. According to TMZ, sources close to Eddie Murphy confirm that the comedian is in the early writing stages of the project. On Wednesday night, a post on Murphy’s official Twitter account teased a potential sequel to his iconic film. “Coming to America sequel?” was all the post said, and included a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway in character from the first film. Murphy’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review: Danny Boyle’s Surprisingly Fun Sequel Is a Drugged Out Trip Down Memory Lane

Calloway reacted to the possibility of Murphy working on a sequel. “I would love to do a sequel, I loved the movie. It’s like, ‘Come on Eddie, let’s make this happen!'” the actress told TMZ, but also wondered if Murphy’s account was hacked. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Gareth Edwards explains why the original ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was changed

15 March 2017 4:49 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was pretty clear to anyone who’d seen a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the much publicised reshoots led to some rather major changes in December’s blockbuster Anthology movie, particularly during the climactic battle on Scarif. And, speaking to Slash Film, director Gareth Edwards has now offered some insight into the original ending, and the reasons behind why it was changed.

“I think the main thing that changed at the end…what used to happen, and you can get a sense of this in the early trailers, the transmission tower for the plans was separate from the main base on Scarif. To transmit the plans, they had to escape and run along the beach and go up the tower. In cutting the film, it just felt too long. We had to find ways to compress the third act, which was quite long as it was. »

- Gary Collinson

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Princess Leia actress open to return for future movies

14 March 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The actress behind the digitally de-aged Princess Leia in Rogue One is open to returning to the part in the future.

There has been a lot of hoopla regarding Disney’s de-aging/resurrection technologies used in Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Bringing back Peter Cushing for the role of Tarkin and having a young Carrie Fisher turn up as the iconic Princess Leia.

This is a controversy that has only grown since the passing of Fisher, with many fans worried that Disney might try and bring her back for future Star Wars instalments.

Well the actress — Ingvild Deila — who was behind all that computer wizardry for Rogue One is open to returning to the role should she get the call. She spoke to Jaime Stangroom about the possibility in a recent YouTube interview.

“I would be lying if I said no. It would be great. Really scary at the »

- Samuel Brace

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Revisiting Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

14 March 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Carley Tauchert Mar 15, 2017

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman was silly, joyful fun. We take a fond look back at the 1990s series...

A flash of red cape, the S sitting proudly on the chest, the warrior of Truth, Justice and the American Way, Superman has always been the most recognisable and iconic of all the superheroes. After many changes on-screen over the years from the All-American hero in the 1978 movie to the recent darker and moodier version, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere on the planet and find somebody who had never heard of the Man of Steel.

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The character has had many faces and been in many decades and settings, but one of the best that deserves a bit more love and a lot more praise is that of »

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Beast Kingdom’s Death Trooper and Shore Trooper Egg Attack figures from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

3 March 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom have revealed two new additions to their line of Previews Exclusive Egg Attack Action Figures in the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper from Rogue One: A Star Wars story. Both figures are set to go on sale in July at the recommended price of $73.00 apiece; take a look below and check out the other upcoming Egg Attack figures for Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Fans can choose between the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper Action Figures, both of whom protect the Death Star for the Empire. The Death Trooper is a special elite unit with powerful weapons to protect everything on the Death Star—their sleek armor is designed on the details shown in Rogue One, with a detachable tactical vest and an exclusive blaster pistol and rifle. The Shore Trooper, as seen in the film, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Best of the Week: Promising News for the DC Extended Universe, 'Alien: Covenant' Prologue and More

24 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News DC Extended Universe: Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing movie. David F. Sandberg might direct Shazam. David Thewlis is playing the villain Ares in Wonder Woman. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Rob Zombie will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. X-Men: Deadpool 2 and X-Force got hot new writers in Drew Goddard and Joe Carnahan. James Mangold is sure Logan's X-23 will return in more movies. Star Wars: The Han Solo Star Wars Story has begun production. Disney Remakes: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will star in the live-action The Lion King. Angelina Jolie might do a Maleficent sequel. Alien/Predator: Alfie Allen...

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- Christopher Campbell

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