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Last month, J.J. Abrams and co. unveiled a little surprise with the first trailer for "10 Cloverfield Lane," a side-quel of sorts to "Cloverfield." And today, they deepen the mystery with a brand new Super Bowl spot for the film. Read More: Watch: 32-Minute Talk With J.J. Abrams And LAwrence Kasdan About 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' And More Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr., the studio is keeping the plot details strictly under wraps, but the majority of the film takes place in an underground cellar, where a woman is being held by a doomsday prepper who warns her that going outside is fatal. "10 Cloverfield Lane" opens on March 11th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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On Friday, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens crossed the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.
In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), the film reached the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release.
According to this weekend’s official estimates from comScore (formerly Rentrak), the seventh episode brought in $6.9 million at the box office. Worldwide the film took in $2,008,361,000 billion with $905.9 million in domestic ticket sales.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday — extending its U.S. record over “Avatar” by $140 million.
The seventh “Star Wars” film is also set to reach $2 billion worldwide on Saturday, becoming only the third film ever to do so. It joins “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ such an extraordinary success,” said Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the ‘Star Wars »
- Dave McNary
Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone. In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release. Here's what Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, had to say in a statement about this milestone.
"This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success. The film's achievements are truly astounding, and it's our great honor »
While The Big Chill certainly wasn’t the first of its kind, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 hit has become a cultural benchmark for the glut of features depicting a weekend outing between twenty/thirty-somethings in which insecurities are divulged amongst the entertaining banter. With their one-location setting and small-scale drama helping budget costs, Sundance seems to premiere a fair share of them. The latest is The Intervention, coming from actor-turned-director Clea DuVall, an enjoyable, if ultimately muddled character-focused diversion.
Jessie (DuVall) and her partner Sarah (Natasha Lyonne) have invited their friends to their family’s lavish summer home in Savannah in the hopes to confront Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and her work-obsessed, asshole of a husband Peter (Vincent Piazza) about getting a divorce so they can both have some peace. There to aid the intervention is also Annie (Melanie Lynskey), dealing with her own alcoholism and impending marriage to Matt (Jason Ritter »
- Jordan Raup
One of the many things J.J. Abrams has been praised for, with regard to his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is that he went old-school with it- both in terms of storytelling, and in terms of technology. He hired Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark) to co-write the script, and he committed the project to sticking with practical effects and sets as much as possible. One other thing? He shot it on film. During an age when Hollywood is pushing all of its filmmakers to switch over to digital because it's supposedly cheaper, Abrams extolled the virtues of shooting on film and stuck to his guns.
The result was a film that really felt like it belonged next to the original trilogy, and it now looks like that tradition will continue on through the remainder of the new trilogy.
While director Rian Johnson, who's handling Episode VIII, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Disney's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back the iconic Han Solo (Harrison Ford) for the first time in 32 years, although this reuinon with fans was bittersweet, to say the least. While there have been rumors that this beloved character will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, nothing is set in stone yet, but even if he doesn't appear in that movie, we'll get to see a younger version of Han Solo in the new Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm haven't made a final decision about who will be cast yet, a report from earlier this month revealed that Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman are on the short list for this role, and both of them recently spoke about this project with MTV.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first announced back in 2012, speculation was rampant about what previously-established characters would be included, and what new characters may be introduced. Despite the presence of the iconic characters like Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), fans were most drawn to the new characters like Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Shortly after the December 18 release, Entertainment Weekly held a Q&A session with director J.J. Abrams and writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. If you're one of the few who haven't seen this movie yet, there will be plenty of Spoilers below.
Shortly after Disney purchased LucasFilm, it was revealed that Michael Arndt would come aboard to write the screenplay. Eventually, Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams took over the writing duties, but Michael Arndt still received a screenplay credit, and he »
Elaine May will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to honor her career and body of work.
May will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony to be held on Feb. 13 at the Century Plaza.
“Elaine May defines the phrase ‘smart and funny,’” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “From the Compass Players to Nichols & May to ‘A New Leaf’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ and Mikey and Nicky, she invented a strain of knowing, painful, ironic humor that quickly became central to what we now think of as comedy. She’s received Oscar nominations and WGA nominations and Writers Guild Awards, all well-deserved; but it is time to recognize, plainly and simply, the debt that all of us owe to her brave, groundbreaking, fiercely intelligent, deeply human, relentlessly honest, scorchingly funny work.”
May has been a member of the »
- Dave McNary
Here’s our primer on all the upcoming Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Episode VIII…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently making short work of the worldwide box office. Despite the fact that said Jj Abrams film hasn’t event left cinemas yet, Lucasfilm and Disney are already working on its follow-up and a whole host of other Star Wars movies (namely a handful of spin-offs that will expand on the story of the main saga).
As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney’s plan here is to squeeze as Star Wars movie into cinemas every year. Here’s when UK audiences can expect all the of them…
16th December 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens making a pretty penny at the box office, its stars have more or less been doing an extended victory lap over the past month or so. Last night, one of its stars, Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis, While We're Young), who played the hot-headed villain Kylo Ren a.k.a. Ben Solo in the latest installment, paid a visit to Studio 8H to show off his comedy chops by hosting his first episode of NBC's long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. Check out his sketches and bumpers below: Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, »
Final Draft Inc. has announced Paul Schrader as its Hall of Fame Award honoree for the 11th annual Final Draft Awards.
The Hall of Fame Award honors a writer whose work has had a profound influence on the industry. Schrader has written many classics, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Mosquito Coast” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” He also wrote and directed “Affliction,” “American Gigolo” and “Mishima: A Life in four Chapters.”
“As we mark our 25th year in business, we have so much to celebrate at the Final Draft Awards this year. I’m especially honored to bestow iconic screenwriter Paul Schrader with our Hall of Fame Award during this historic year,” said Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc. “In addition, our partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation is another great way to observe our anniversary and helps to further our mission of »
- Jacob Bryant
It seems there are very few secrets in Hollywood these days, as we live in a time when even the plot points of major blockbusters seem to get spoiled weeks or months before release. But there are a few people who manage to keep a lid on their projects––Christopher Nolan is one of them, and J.J. Abrams is another. And the latter has a surprise up his sleeve for fans, an imminent "Cloverfield" spinoff titled, "10 Cloverfield Lane." The first trailer has arrived. Read More: 32-Minute Talk With J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan About 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' And More Originally announced as "Valencia," Paramount tells HitFix that during production, they had the idea to change the title of the movie starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. "We wanted to make it a blood relative of 'Cloverfield.' The idea was developed over time. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
So, Lucasfilm and Disney are setting their Star Wars stall out in a similar way to Marvel Cinematic Universe. Akin to the Avengers films, there’ll be the main event ‘Episode’ movies like The Force Awakens at regular intervals, but we’ll also get standalone films in between.
These have been dubbed the ‘Story’ films, the first of which is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This film, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards will take us back to the period of time between the first two trilogies to show us how the Rebels nabbed the Death Star Plans. There’s also a lot hype surrounding the upcoming Han Solo movie, which Lawrence Kasdan is writing for Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct.
But beyond that, fans haven’t been given the vaguest clue about what these spin-off films will be. Star Wars history is stretches back much »
- Rob Leane
Just a few months after Sony Pictures set their Jumanji remake for a Christmas 2016 release, the studio has finally found its director. Deadline reports that Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) has signed on to direct, although it isn't known when production will get under way. With the studio still sticking with its December 25, 2016 release, date, filming will most likely have to begin fairly soon.
The project has been in development for several years, with Zach Helm coming aboard to write the script back in 2012. The most current version of the script was written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner. Our report from October revealed that Jeff Pinkner, who co-created CBS' summer TV series Zoo with Scott Rosenberg, was coming on board to consult with the script, alongside André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
The remake is said to be a high priority for the studio, »
If a report from earlier this week is to be believed, Disney and LucasFilm will be casting the title character in Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo within the next few weeks. The report claims that there are roughly a dozen young actors still in the running to play Han Solo, including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was recently asked by Variety if he has any advice for the young actor who will take on this iconic role. Here's what he had to say, which may surprise you.
"Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It'll all be right there."
In order to play a young Han Solo in Disney and Lucasfilm's forthcoming prequel, does The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams think the actors should study Star Wars: A New Hope? Nope! He thinks they should study Indiana Jones instead. "Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there." Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan previously stated that the Han Solo prequel wouldn't focus on the character's childhood but would instead, pick up about 10 years before the events of A New Hope. Actors on the shortlist include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and and Blake Jenner. Fans should remember that Disney has a history of seldom picking names that emerge on the initial shortlist so just because your personal pick may not be listed that doesn't necessarily mean they're not in the running. Director Chris Miller and Phil Lord are »
Yesterday, a new report revealed Disney and LucasFilm's casting short list for their second Star Wars spinoff Han Solo. The studio has already set a May 25, 2018 release date, with production scheduled to begin in January 2017. Buried within Variety's report is an intriguing yet unconfirmed detail, which claims that whoever lands the Han Solo role will also make an appearance in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The report claims there is still one month left of principal photography on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that Han Solo may have a small cameo in this spinoff, before moving on to the Han Solo standalone. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Han Solo spinoff take place in the waning years between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan confirmed earlier this »
Episode VIII is due out in time for the Star Wars 40th anniversary. Here's what we know so far, plus a bit of speculation about its events.
Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and speculation about Episode VIII.
Disney may have had a lot riding on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - essentially, the future of an entire franchise - but next year's Episode VIII brings potentially nail-biting risks of its own. It will, after all, have to follow on from the success of The Force Awakens - currently the third biggest film of all time in terms of ticket sales - and will also draw »
With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.
This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.
Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »
- Patrick Shanley
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