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I was watching Steven Miles' "52 Reasons I Make Movies" video when a snippet from the Luke vs. Darth Vader showdown in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back played. I haven't seen the film in some time, but I was reminded of the scene's composition and how quiet it is, choosing to rely on Ben Burtt's wonderful sound design. It isn't until about three minutes in that John Williams' score kicks in and even then it fades away to nothing more than a whisper throughout much of the rest of the sequence. There were few moments such as this to come in the next four Star Wars films and I hope, with J.J. Abrams co-writing Star Wars: Episode VII with Empire co-writer Lawrence Kasdan that memories of scenes such as this played a part in the writing process. Ideas of how to dial it back »
- Brad Brevet
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Finals talks are underway and it’s all but confirmed, seemingly.
J.J. Abrams, in something of a surprise (he cast mostly unknowns around Eric Bana’s villain in his Star Trek reboot), has chosen an almost complete unknown to film audiences with only supporting roles in Lincoln, J Edgar, Inside Llewyn Davis, Francis Ha and a few other films to his name. His first IMDb credit was only from as recently as 2009 and before then he had spent time as a former Marine and a Julliard grad.
Now he’s about to go through a life-changing experience that will make him a household name forever.
- Matt Holmes
Is the universe ready for Darth Sackler? And what will Hannah Horvath think? Okay, so Adam Driver will not be playing an evil version of his weird, intense character from Girls. But if Variety’s latest Star Wars: Episode VII report pans out, he will be rocketing his career to the next level by playing a villain in J.J. Abrams’ film.Disney and Lucasfilm have naturally declined to comment on the report, so it’ll have to remain in the asteroid field of unconfirmed info – keep the Rumour Alert Klaxon handy for now – but while the trade mag specifies that no deal has been signed, the rising young actor is reportedly close to spilling ink to play someone evil. But with Abrams scheduled to start shooting at Pinewood and elsewhere from April/May, working from the script he’s re-written with Lawrence Kasdan, we can expect official casting announcements to »
"Girls" star Adam Driver has done the auteur thing—Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and soon Martin Scorsese in "Silence"—but now's getting his blockbuster shoes on, joining the biggest damn franchise in the planet galaxy. Variety reports that the actor has bagged the villain role in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." Since he is the first actor to be officially signed on to the sequel, naturally, plot details are being kept under wraps, though he is said to be playing a character in the vein of Darth Vader (though let's hope he's not related to him in some way). Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also named as contenders for the part, but for whatever reason, they did not nab the role. Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams have penned the script, taking over from Michael Arndt last fall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, »
- Justin Kroll
Adam Driver has been rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII before and today it seems as if said rumor has come true as Variety reports the "Girls" and Inside Llewyn Davis co-star has landed a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed feature as the film's main villain. The deal is still yet to be finalized, but the trade seems confident enough Driver will sign to run the report, saying the character is said to be in the same vein as Darth Vader. Not sure if that means he's going to be another deadbeat dad with a Jedi for a son somewhere in the galaxy considering that was Vader's main "thing", but okay. The film is set for a December 18, 2015 release with a screenplay written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Variety reports Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also under consideration for the role, though there's no word »
- Brad Brevet
In what is the first closest thing we've had to an official cast member announcement, Adam Driver is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. His character is described as being in the same vein as Darth Vader.
No deal is in place yet, but Variety claims the Girls star is very close to signing on. Exact details about the role are unknown.
The 30 year old Driver is the first cast member being revealed by LucasFilm for the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams sequel, which hits theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is set to start filming this April at London's Pinewood Studios. Additional cast members are expected to be announced starting in March, with the first official press releases to come as early as next week.
Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. According to Variety, Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) has entered into negotiations with Disney and LucasFilm to play the yet-to-be-named villain in the new Star Wars trilogy. The character is said in the vein of Darth Vader, the legendary antagonist portrayed by David Prowse and Bob Anderson and voiced by James Earl Jones. The studio was reportedly also interested in Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 12 Years a Slave) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) for the role. No further details have been »
- Pietro Filipponi
Adam Driver ("Girls," Inside Llewyn Davis ) is in final talks to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ! Variety has the news, claiming that Driver will play the film's chief antagonist and that the role is similar to that of Darth Vader in the original trilogy. The trade reports that Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also being heavily eyed for the same unnamed part, but that Driver was ultimately Abrams' top choice and negotiations are now underway to make it official. Driver, a former Marine and a Julliard grad, also recently appeared on the big screen in projects like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha . Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to focus on »
Market Saw recently got an update from their 'inside source' at LucasFilm, and now have a couple of new (or old, depending on how you look at it) rumors to share about Star Wars: Episode VII. According to this so-called 'very' reliable source, both previously rumored possible cast additions Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, are close to signing on.
Apparently, both actors were up for the same role (despite their obvious age difference). It is not known how the new script by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan has changed or altered this character, or how it has now been split into two roles.
The source goes on to once again confirm many of the original cast members, news we've heard since the project was first announced nearly a year and a half ago. They claim that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels and Ian McDiarmid will be announced shortly. »
Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.
From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.
It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.
Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner. »
- Jonny Black
'Fredddy Krueger' actor Robert Englund ("Nightmare On Elm Street"), a close friend of actor Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" fame, confirmed that Hamill as 'Luke Skywalker' will be returning for director Jj Abrams "Star Wars: Episode VII".
"They've got Mark in the gym," said Englund, "because Mark’s coming back as 'Luke Skywalker'. They’ve got him doing his sit ups..."
Departed "Episode VII" screenwriter Michael Arndt originally had the series original characters 'Luke Skywalker', 'Han Solo' and 'Princess Leia' on the sidelines in favor of a focus on a new cast, but director Abrams wanted to keep the original trio front and center, with "heavy revisions" made to the script made by Abrams and his screenwriting partner Lawrence Kasdan.
"Star Wars Episode VII" is scheduled to be released theatrically December 18, 2015.
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- Michael Stevens
Star Trek Into Darkness and Super 8 director J.J. Abrams is calling the shots on Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII, drawing from an initial script draft by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), with revisions by Abrams and the seasoned Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back). Beyond that and who’s collaborating with Abrams behind the scenes on Episode VII, there are no confirmed bits of information to report on the project (read: no official casting and/or plot details).
Speculation and rumor, however, those are another matter. According to unverified reports, Abrams and Kasdan’s script revisions have shifted the focus in Episode VII - as featured in Arndt’s original screenplay – ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Earlier this month, we reported that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production in May, running through September at Pinewood Studios in London. Casting has been under way for months now, although we haven't heard anything concrete about who will be starring in this highly anticipated sequel.
Today, we have yet another rumor that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor has landed an unspecified role in the sequel, news which, of course, has not been confirmed. In addition, LucasFilm released the following behind-the-scenes production photo, which features director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, John Knoll and Kim Libreri. Check out the photo, and then read on for more details about the Millennium Falcon's presence in this follow-up.
Yet another name has been linked to a galaxy far, far away. Rising young Irish actor Jack Raynor, recently seen in comedy Delivery Man opposite Vince Vaughn and will next feature strongly in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction, is said to have locked an integral role in the latest Star Wars adventure. As always, until something concrete comes from Disney and LucasFilm it’s all speculation but with shooting set to be begin in a matter of months and a casting announcement expected soon, this could have a little more weight than those earlier rumours.
Raynor’s role could be that of the speculated young male offspring of Han Solo and Princess Leia, who is trained in the Jedi arts by Uncle Luke. The departed Michael Arndt’s earlier script is said to have included this family element but with director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan having re-written the screenplay, »
- Craig Hunter
It’s not often we comment on the seedy world of celebrity sex tapes, but when we heard there was one of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz coming up for release…Oh, we’ve just been told the Bad Teacher co-stars are reuniting in a fictitious film called Sex Tape. That’s better then. Still, the comedy duo certainly made me laugh aplenty in their last film together so this could still be worth a watch.
The first released image sees Segel trying to remove roller skates from Diaz’s feet. After spicing up their sex-life with their homemade shenanigans, the tape inevitably falls into the wrong hands and it’s up to the couple to retrieve it. Simple premise, two funny leads with a proven chemistry between them, and lead by Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan, son of The Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, this should be something worth few chuckles at least. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
News Simon Brew 11 Feb 2014 - 07:07
It looks as if Star Wars: Episode VII is finally at a point where it's ready to shoot, following a development period that's not been without its challenges. Originally set to start shooting in January, filming was pushed back, and the release date - once planned for summer 2015 - has now been confirmed for December 18th 2015.
It looks as though Jj Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan might now have their screenplay in place though, as Hitfix is reporting - from multiple sources - that the film is set to start full production from May of this year. The shoot will then go through until September. Furthermore, "most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come".
We'd imagine most of those announcements will »
I think I can speak for everyone when I say, let's get the show on the road. Originally, the first day of principal photography was expected to start last month, but development on Star Wars VII has been rocky. The release date got pushed back from the summer to winter. Then screenwriter Michael Arndt was relieved of his duties, and replaced by J.J. and Lawrence Kasdan. Now it looks like things are finally moving in the right direction as Drew McWeeny has a scoop on shooting dates, Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that "Star Wars Episode VII" is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full »
Since Star Wars: Episode VII was announced we've heard a milllion casting rumors, but nothing has been confirmed. I don't think there will be any kind of confirmation until the full cast is locked in and LucasFilm unleashes everything at once. The most recent rumors include Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons, Matt Smith, and Benedict Cumberbatch being involved with the movie.
Now is looks like Gary Oldman is in the mix. In a recent interview with Sky News, the actor was asked if he had any interest in joining the new film, and this is what he told them,
"They've called, yeah. I'm more cynical about it (casting) now, I believe it when I'm on the plane home. You know, the deal isn't done (until then). But yeah, they've inquired."
It definitely sounds like he's been in talks with them, and that there's a chance he will be in the film. »
- Joey Paur
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