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Before the debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters, it was revealed that Disney plans on releasing a new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely. Fans will get to see the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16 of this year, with Star Wars: Episode VIII following on December 15, 2017. Production started on Star Wars: Episode VIII in February, and today marks a very special day in the filming process, with director Rian Johnson revealing two new photos from the set, along with news that production is halfway complete.
The photos don't reveal too much, with an unspecified crew member using a microfiber sham to clean off the cockpit of what appears to be an X-Wing ship in one image, while cleaning off a control panel in another. We don't get a great look at the actor who is in the cockpit of the X-Wing. This »
To commemorate the occasion, Johnson has shared two behind-the-scenes images, the first of which features an X-Wing and its pilot, while the second is presumably from some kind of First Order ship or base…
Johnson has previously given us a peek at the production with set photos showing the Millennium Falcon and Maz Kanata.
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Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac »
- Gary Collinson
Check out the video below, which shows her practicing her laser swordplay with a stunt crew member who is teaching her.
So @liangstunts (Traitor) is Wushu Fricking Master and I always try to get him to teach me things... This was today!!! Obvs not great but He's amazing and he's also featured at the end »
- Kellvin Chavez
Prince William and Prince Harry got to live out many "Star Wars" fans' dreams when they recently visited the set of "Episode VIII," now filming in England. But apparently being royalty doesn't just get you cool perks like a behind-the-scenes tour of a hotly-anticipated sequel -- it also gets you a cameo in said sequel.
A new report from UK tabloid The Daily Mail claims that the British brothers shot the not-so-secret-anymore cameos during their set visit last week, where they met with cast and crew members, hugged it out with Chewbacca, and had a lightsaber duel, among other fun. That fun also allegedly extended to filming an actual scene for the flick, in which they dressed up as Stormtroopers, and worked with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and series newcomer Benicio del Toro.
Here's the scoop, per The Mail:
A source told The Mail on Sunday: 'The line given was »
- Katie Roberts
Last week Prince William and Prince Harry paid a visit to the Pinewood Studios set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, but according to The Daily Mail the two Royals weren’t just there for a photo opportunity, as the paper is reporting that they shot cameos for the hotly-anticipated second instalment of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy.
“The line given was that they were going to have lunch and a private tour of the rest of the set,” claims the paper’s source. “What really happened is that the director [Rian Johnson] came over and told them it was time to ‘get suited’ and off they went to the wardrobe department. The Princes dressed up in full Stormtrooper gear and filmed a scene in which Rey and Finn infiltrate a secret base. The rebel characters are in a lift with Benicia del Toro’s character when a group of Stormtroopers enter – two of whom are William and Harry. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s time to circle back to Star Wars: Episode VIII Aka Space Bear for the week, because The Guardian decided to pick up a Reddit thread about a possible plot breakdown for the film. First things first: No, this isn’t how we’re expecting the movie’s plot to leak. Certainly not now while production is still going on, it makes no sense.
Reddit is a great community resource, but it hasn’t had a good win-percentage with people claiming to be insiders, then spilling a bunch of “plot points” before disappearing from the internet. This happened for The Force Awakens in many, many ways. You might even recall that one time I did a whole column on a fake trailer write-up that we eventually discovered was fake when the guy who did it was bragging about it on other forums.
I’m a guy who likes speculation »
No doubt about it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us viewers with a ton of questions. Who are Rey’s parents? What has Luke been up to for the past twenty years? Who is Supreme Leader Snoke, and what is his connection to the Jedi and Sith? J.J. Abrams wonderfully gave us enough Star Wars to whet our appetites, all while playing his trademark mystery box trope like he’s never played it before.
We have a good year and a half before Star Wars Episode VIII, the next chapter in the main saga, hits theaters, and until then, there are sure to be leaks, rumors, straight-up lies, and fast ones pulled by Disney and Lucasfilm. So far, we’ve gotten little bits of pieces of info regarding the next film, but let’s be real, we know as much about this film as we did about The Force Awakens a couple years back. »
- Joseph Medina
Segan is something of a good luck charm for Johnson, having appeared in all three of his previous films - "Brick," "The Brothers Bloom" and "Looper" along with the acclaimed "Breaking Bad" episode "Ozymandias" which Johnson directed. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is currently slated to hit cinemas on December 15th 2017.
Abrams revealed that Harrison Ford's injury actually proved a blessing - the several »
- Garth Franklin
The planned show was mentioned in an official press release sent out by the U.S. streaming service just yesterday. Here’s a bit more about it from that original release.
Much like the television series, ‘Fargo,’ Crackle will carry the spirit of the setting in the original feature film, while creating a new world born from the original movie. Informed by a real life gold bullion heist in London, the show centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, »
- Paul Heath
When production started on Star Wars: Episode VIII back in February, Disney and LucasFilm released an updated cast list, which included the primary cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with a few franchise newcomers like Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran. Naturally, we knew that more cast members would be confirmed at some point during the production, but, two months into shooting, we haven't seen any official announcements. Today we have word that director Rian Johnson has in fact cast another actor, Noah Segan, although his actual role remains a mystery.
The news comes from Birth.Movies.Death, where Noah Segan actually contributes as a writer at times, aside from his acting work. Those who are familiar with Rian Johnson's work will certainly recognize Noah Segan, since he has starred in all three of his movies, Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper. He even »
John C Reilly and Benicio Del Toro are definitely not on the call sheet for Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2, according to director James Gunn via his Facebook. Does this mean that the next installment in the Guardians film series won’t involve the Nova Corps or Howard the Duck?
Only time will tell if Taneleer Tivan will be back for the Infinity Wars, because who else will covet the Infinity Stones as much as he? Will John C. Reilly come back for more as well? Will the bunch of a-holes be able to do what they do without some grounding? Let us know what you think.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 has a tentative release date of May 5th 2017.
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- Jonathan Ricco
For those that have been waiting to see Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers follow-up, it’s looking less and less likely it will be The Trap, his long-gestating crime epic starring Idris Elba, Benicio Del Toro, Robert Pattinson, Al Pacino, and James Franco. However, he’s returned to Miami for what we’re considering a pseudo-sequel, directing the Nsfw music video for Rihanna‘s “Needed Me.”
As for The Trap, he tells Dazed Digital, “I was supposed to shoot it last year. We were two weeks out. I got as close to shooting as you could be, and then I had issues with one of the actors. We had to pause the film, and then the movie got pushed back on the dates. I don’t really want to go into specifics, but it was more of a personality thing with one of the actors. So, we put a halt »
- Leonard Pearce
Said to be in the vein of FX's "Fargo," the series intends to continue the spirit and setting of the original film, but at the same time "create a new world".
The first season is inspired by a real-life heist in London and follows a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.
The hoods must quickly learn to navigate London's underworld in encounters with rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend. No air date has yet been set.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Star Wars / British Monarchy fans everywhere were sent into a frenzy yesterday as pictures emerged of the Duke of Cambridge visiting the set of the eighth movie in the Star Wars saga alongside his brother Prince Harry at Pinewood Studios.
The British Royal Family’s sovereign Princes William and Harry took time to visit the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where they were treating to meeting with the cast, crew and creative teams behind the eighth installment in the Star Wars saga, directed by Rian Johnson and due out in 2017.
William and Harry visited the set ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday tomorrow, and got to meet Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) as well as Chewbacca in costume, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and BB8. Harry took pointers from Mark Hamill as he sat in the cockpit of an X-wing fighter, and William »
- Kirsty Capes
As of now, we’re not entirely sure what to expect from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, arriving on May 5, 2017. We know that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are back as the title team of space criminals turned heroes, but it sounds like Benicio del Toro and […]
- Ethan Anderton
Family and identity collide in the upcoming "Viva," a queer-positive story set in the slums of a Havana, where a father and son try to find some level of acceptance for each other. It's a film that debuted to a warm reception at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, and was Ireland's entry at this year's Oscars, and today we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Starring Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Medina, Luis Manuel Álvarez, Renata (Maikel Machín Blanco), and Laura Alemán, directed by Paddy Breathnach, and executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, the story follows a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. "Viva" opens in. »
- Edward Davis
Filming continues apace on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, as Disney and Lucasfilm’s mainline installment positions itself to punch it all the way into theaters late next year.
Much of the core cast will be reprising their roles from The Force Awakens, too, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac as skilled X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron, and the latter recently offered up some tantalizing details about the creative process going into Episode VIII.
When speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Isaac heaped praise on Rian Johnson, the Looper and Brick director at the helm for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Since being appointed to direct, the likes of Adam Driver and series stalwart Lawrence Kasdan have pinpointed Johnson’s filmmaking techniques, and how he’s cooking up a Star Wars film unlike anything that’s come before.
Echoing that sentiment, Oscar Isaac went on to say that »
- Michael Briers
Way back in 2012, The Avengers not only brought Marvel Phase One to a close, but the now-iconic post-credit scene introduced us to the villain pulling the strings all along, Thanos. It wasn't until 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy that we got our first full look at The Mad Titan, played by Josh Brolin, but there is still very little we know about the villain himself. While promoting Captain America: Civil War, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely teased that fans will learn a lot more about Thanos early on in Avengers: Infinity War Part I, which they are also writing. Here's what Christopher Markus had to say, when it was mentioned that fans don't known a whole lot about Thanos up to this point.
"That's a good point. We don't get an element of surprise. Everyone knows he's coming, and yet he hasn't had terribly many scenes that have illuminated very much about him. »
Right before production kicks off, Martin McDonagh‘s highly anticipated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has improved a remarkably impressive ensemble. The Wrap report on the additions of Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Manchester By the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, who are to play, in order: a man fancying the picture’s lead (Frances McDormand); said lead’s ex-husband; and said lead’s son.
As previously reported, Three Billboards concerns “a 50-year-old woman whose daughter is murdered and she goes to war with the police in her home town, because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice.” Revealed in the newest update is a bit more about the plot: to shame Ebbing’s police, she “pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.” Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell portray the sheriff and “hot-headed protégé,” respectively, while Caleb Landry Jones »
- Nick Newman
Lucky Daisy Ridley is. Yes. Mmm. Even luckier is Mark Hamill! The Force is especially strong with Rey's real-life counterpart this week. Daisy turned 24 on April 10, which is also the day the MTV Movie Awards aired, with "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" winning Movie of the Year and Daisy accepting the Breakthrough Performance award as Rey.
What's better than winning awards? Getting some Yoda-level training from Mark Hamill on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VIII." Here's the photo Mark shared in honor of Daisy's birthday:
A long time ago (last week I think) In a galaxy far, far way(@PinewoodStudios ) This happened! Happy Birthday Daisy! pic.twitter.com/dYc9j65YBD
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 10, 2016
Epic! Obviously they should walk around the set like that all the time. It worked for Luke with Yoda in Episode V, aka "The Empire Strikes Back," so Daisy should stick »
- Gina Carbone
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