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Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...
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Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »
- Chris Eggertsen
These days, blockbuster movies are bigger in almost every sense you can imagine — from the budgets to the special effects that are thrown up on the screen. But it also seems that big ticket movies are getting longer too. "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" runs 141 minutes, "Furious 7" clocked in at 137 minutes, "Interstellar" took 169 minutes to explore the galaxy, while "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" ran 142 minutes, and "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" logged 165 minutes. It seems studios want to ensure audiences get the most bang for their buck in every way possible, but "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is hoping that his film packs a lot of punch in something resembling a more standard running time. "...this new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J. [Abrams] directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything," he told Vanity Fair. "It’s a big movie. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Wars fans can rejoice - Lando Calrissian could soon be back on the big screen.
"Right now, there's no Lando Calrissian in this movie," Kasdan told Vanity Fair. "But Lando I don't think is finished in any way, shape, or form."
Interest in the character has been piqued once again this year thanks to a new Marvel Comics series based around Lando's adventures.
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
The presence of most of the key original trilogy characters in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has naturally led to questions being asked regarding the few absentees - most notably the lack of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
Though Williams isn't listed as part of the cast, there has been hope that the actor might make an uncredited cameo in the new J.J. Abrams-directed film. Unfortunately the movie's co-writer Lawrence Kasdan has shot that down that theory whilst opening another door with some hope, telling Vanity Fair: "Right now, there's no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don't think is finished in any way, shape, or form."
One reason for that is Abrams and Kasdan aimed to make the new film very lean and streamlined to avoid the perceived 'bloat' of many modern blockbusters which often push into the two-and-a-half hour range these days:
"It's a big movie. »
- Garth Franklin
Lawrence Kasdan (or Larry Kasdan as he’s often called) has been a part of the Star Wars universe for many years now, having written the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and co-authoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the writer promised some exciting things coming from J.J. Abrams’ latest entry into the Star Wars series.
“It’s turned out really great,” he said. “J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating.”
Kasdan also revealed that the runtime of the movie will not be like most modern blockbusters. “One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters,” he says. “A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, ‘why isn’t this over?’ We »
- Luke Owen
Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.
“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »
- Sarah Myles
As part of Vanity Fair's Star Wars issue, Bruce Handy interviewed film scribe Lawrence Kasdan (who has shared writing credits on Star Wars episodes V, VI, and VII). Some of the outtakes were posted Monday afternoon, and scattered throughout were a handful of gems, including how Kasdan first got involved with Star Wars, how he learned that (technically this is a spoiler, so watch out) Darth Vader is Luke's father, and how he has a tendency to hem and haw about revisiting Big Chill characters. The two highlights, however, had to do with The Force Awakens's run time and the fate of Lando Calrissian.On the movie's length: [T]his new movie, first of all, it's turning out really great. J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it's so exhilarating and everything. It's a big movie. It's full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects. One of »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Lawrence Kasdan reveals the plan to bring down the running time of The Force Awakens - and teases a future for Lando...
One of the faces of Star Wars of old returning for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan was screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi of course, and he's co-authored the script for The Force Awakens too.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kasdan has been chatting about the new film, saying that "it's turned out really great" and that "Jj [Abrams] directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything".
Refreshingly, Kasdan also revealed that there's a focus on making sure the movie doesn't outstay its welcome too. "One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very »
As the co-writer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - alongside director J.J. Abrams - Lawrence Kasdan has a pretty big say in the future of the legendary franchise. As a result, if he says that the story of Lando Calrissian isn't quite over, it's rather easy to believe him. Thankfully, that's exactly the sentiment that the filmmaker recently shared in an interview, and while there isn't exactly a timetable for the character's reappearance, it does sound like we haven't seen the last of him. As part of their special recent Star Wars issue, Vanity Fair recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kasdan about the future of the famed sci-fi franchise, and it was at the very end of their conversation that the subject of Lando Calrissian - the character famously played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the »
Vanity Fair delved deep into the world of Star Wars with The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, who offered a great deal of praise for J.J. Abrams' new take on the franchise. "This new movie, first of all, it's turning out really great," he told the magazine. "J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it's so exhilarating and everything. It's a big movie. It's full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects." Kasdan explained that from the get-go, the aim was to prevent making a "long, bloated blockbuster. A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn't this over? We didn't want to make a movie like that. I mean, we were really aiming to have it be — when it's over you’ll say, 'I wish there's more.' Or, 'Wait, is it over?' Because »
With the presence of original trilogy characters including the big three – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) – in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there has naturally been speculation about one or two not listed who might make it into the film. One big rumour was about Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, but Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan has shot that down.Talking with Vanity Fair as part of the magazine’s big new Star Wars issue, Kasdan addressed the speculation about Lando. “Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie.” Yet he still offered hope to Lando fans everywhere. “But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Part of the reason that some fan favourites won’t be gracing the screen for the new movie is Kasdan and co-writer/director J.J. Abrams’ drive to »
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens will undoubtedly be one of the biggest movies of the year—if not the biggest—it’s easy to forget that it’s essentially one of a number of blockbusters heading to the marketplace this year. The Force Awakens is, at its core, a big budget blockbuster movie intended to make Disney money. Speaking at this base level, it’s in direct competition with other similarly scaled features as varied as Terminator: Genisys and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. So, aside from the fact that it’s freaking Star Wars, how do J.J. Abram and Co. intend to make the film stand apart from the other blockbusters angling for audience attention? In a new interview with Vanity Fair, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan offered an update on the production and noted a trend that Abrams is hoping to steer clear of: “This new movie, »
- Adam Chitwood
Lando Calrissian may not be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the character is having a renaissance. He appeared in Star Wars Rebels, is returning next season, and is even about to get his own comic book series. But when it comes to Star Wars, the movies are the most important thing and in a new interview, […]
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- Germain Lussier
Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. have announced today the North American tour of the hit musical "The Bodyguard," that will star recording artist and actress Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron, with Thea Sharrock directing. The tour will launch in the fall of 2016. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris ("Birdman"), "The Bodyguard" had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre, and was nominated for 4 Laurence Olivier Awards, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“The Bodyguard” is coming back to the U.S. in 2016. Producers behind the West End musical adaptation of the 1992 film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston announced on Thursday that the show will launch a North American tour in the fall of next year. Grammy nominated recording artist and actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron — the role originally played by Houston in the box office hit written by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson. Also Read: Kevin Costner Reveals How He Tried to Help Whitney Houston Additional casting and tour cities will be announced at a later date. »
- Greg Gilman
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.
As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »
- Gary Susman
When J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties from Michael Arndt on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was said that one of the reasons for the rewrite was that Abrams wanted to shift some of the focus back to the characters of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, as opposed to the supporting role they played in Arndt’s script.
Well, it seems this may have led to an excess of Original Trilogy references, with Abrams revealing to Vanity Fair that they ultimately decided to cut back on the fan service, as well as avoiding too much in the way of set up for the subsequent sequels and spin-off projects:
“We’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, and some »
- Gary Collinson
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