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Exclusive: Joe Johnston has signed with Paradigm, reuniting the filmmaker with his longtime reps Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer. The writer-director moves from Wme, where he signed in March as Kanter and Spencer were leaving Resolution. He worked with Kanter for years at CAA and then left to join the dealmaker at Resolution, where it didn’t work out. The prolific writer-director is quite a catch for Paradigm; Johnston’s hits include Captain America: The First Avenger, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He stepped up to direct after winning an Oscar for Visual Effects for his work on Raiders Of The Lost Ark and also did the visual effects on such blockbusters as the original Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and The Rocketeer.
- Mike Fleming Jr
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
Possible Spoilers Below...
It looks like the stormtroopers got a new look in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. These images were posted by Indie Revolver, who says that these are new designs for the stormtrooper and snowtrooper.
If you can't tell from the designs, it looks like they were inspired by the original concept art by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston. The connected black visor piece of the helmet is one of the most prominent design changes in these that seems to have come from McQuarrie's designs.
I love that the production designers were inspired by McQuarrie's work. The first time we saw it was with the reveal of the new X-Wing. Even though there is no official confirmation that these photos are legit, I'd like to think that they are because they are pretty damn cool.
Thanks to 501st Legion for the photos!
First glimpse of the »
- Joey Paur
Filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to pick back up later this month, but the big news this week concerned the appearance of a sketch online – one that may well have revealed the redesigned stormtrooper from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars film, ahead of time. Today, we have additional photos that reportedly depict the helmet worn by stormtroopers in Episode VII; as with the drawing, the design very much harkens back to the conceptual artwork created by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston for Episodes IV-vi.
Last month, Abrams officially unveiled the design of the X-Wing fighter in Episode VII. Many a fan has noted that the ship’s build has been tweaked so that it now more closely resembles McQuarrie’s original ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Apart from the odd glimpse here and there, J.J. Abrams has been keeping Star Wars Episode VII safely contained within his Mystery Box. What we have seen so far though certainly points to the Star Trek director taking inspiration from original trilogy production concepts by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston.
The following images – which are apparently the new Stormtrooper designs from the upcoming Star Wars trilogy which kicks off with Episode VII on December 18th – are another good indication of that, and this new look for the Imperial Forces seems to blend both the classic design with a modern twist which should work perfectly.
The final image is said to be either an updated version of the Snowtrooper’s last seen on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, though there has also been speculation that it could be a Jungle Trooper.
A lot of Star Wars fans didn’t love »
- Josh Wilding
pic.twitter.com/0qag74HSWM. Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014 Look at this dude. Now That's a dude who looks satisfied. Joss Whedon wrapped on Avengers: Age Of Ultron with this satisfied tweet, posing very much like an old-school hip hopper. Perhaps he's going to Regulate with Warren G. Or perhaps he's joining a reformed Bone Thugs And Harmony. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time to hang out with the Roots! Whedon's got a good year of post-production ahead of him, a year that can be spent tweaking footage, doing minor reshoots or secretly filming post-credit sequences where we meet something like eight new Avengers?. Of course, the question dangles out there . dare Whedon sign on for more? Rumors persist that he's not coming back for that third Avengers. Of course, Whedon isn't a for-hire guy like Kenneth Branagh or Joe Johnston, who were essentially tourists in the Marvel universe when »
With production on Jurassic World having wrapped earlier this week, we’ve taken one more giant leap towards the film hitting theaters. By its release next June, the 14-year waiting period since the last sequel will finally end and audiences will get an answer as to whether or not the extended interlude was worth it.
As only his second feature-length film, director Colin Trevorrow has a lot to prove, not just as a consistent director but as someone who can satisfyingly deliver on his promises as a seemingly genuine fan of the series. Trevorrow, an initially surprising choice to follow in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston, has spent a lot of time endearing himself to fans on Twitter and other media and it’s hard not to believe — or at the least, hope — that maybe the series has found its way into the right hands. »
- Geoff Cox
Marvel Studios announced today at San Diego Comic Con who was going to be directing the first episodes of Agent Carter all of which are big names surrounding the Captain America franchise. Come inside for all the wonderful details.
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito himself will actually be directing the pilot. The Russo Brothers, of Captain America: The First Avenger fame, will be directing episodes two and three. The big surprise came when Joe Johnston, the director of Captain America: The First Avenger, stated he wanted to do the fourth episode. Fans apparently felt a collective sigh of relief given the Internet rumors about Johnson clashing with Marvel's top brass.
They later released the following press release: Marvel's Agent Carter - starring Captain America's Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the »
- email@example.com (Jonathan M Cook)
Marvel announced exciting details about its new show Agent Carter and confirmed a variety of guest stars for the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in front of a packed Ballroom 20 crowd at Comic-Con. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, revealed that they're bringing back in-house favorites to direct the first four episodes of Agent Carter's eight-episode run, which debuts in 2015. Louis D'Esposito, who directed the Agent Carter one-shot, will direct the first episode, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are tapped to helm episodes two and three. Joe Johnston, the director of Captain America: The First Avenger, "wants to do episode four if his schedule allows," Loeb said. Hit the jump for more on the Marvel TV panel from Comic-Con. Back in the modern day, Loeb and S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creators Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon and executive producer Jeffrey Bell »
- Anna Kaufman
Marvel's TV-related Comic Con panel is finishing up with some news regarding its two shows on ABC. First there's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which announced several new characters that are set to make an appearance in the second season.
The previously announced Lucy Lawless is confirmed to be playing veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley. Joining her this season will be Nick Blood as Lance Hunter who has been reimagined from the comics as a mercenary in this interpretation whom Coulson turns to for help.
Finally there's "Dollhouse" actor Reed Diamond who has been cast the big bad of the season - Daniel Whitehall (aka. The Kraken). In the comics, Whitehall is a legendary Hydra agent who spent decades training the group's best talent.
The biggest news though came through a video with Patton Oswalt in character as Agent Koenig. The »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel has announced that Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston and Captain America: The Winter Solider directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be brought in to direct episodes of the studio's new ABC TV series Agent Carter.
Co-president of Marvel Studios, Louis D’Esposito, will take on the pilot episode, which will star Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the films as Peggy Carter, one of the original S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The series is set in 1947 after World War II has ended and while Steve Rogers is frozen in ice.
I love that Marvel is bringing on these directors to help bring this series to life. It just tells me that there's a good chance that it's going to be a great series. Here's the synopsis for the series:
- Joey Paur
Marvel is currently holding down their TV panel at Comic-Con right this very second, and just dropped two big announcements about ABC's mid-season adventure series Marvel's Agent Carter. It seems the hour long drama will be getting three directorial alumni from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Maybe even more surprising is that the two directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, are returning to the Marvel Cinematic universe to direct not one, but two episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter. They will help set the tone for the series, taking on the second and third episode.
It was also asked if Dominic Cooper was returning to play Tony Stark's father Howard Stark, which »
While the Russo brothers have closed their deal, Johnston’s deal is being finalized, Marvel said during the company’s TV panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday.
- Marc Graser
At the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Marvel's Agent Carter the big reveal was which directors were coming on board to direct the first episodes of the ABC television series. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito is directing the pilot. The second and third episodes will be directed by the Russo Brothers ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), who are quite familiar with the television format as they made their mark directing the paintball episodes for NBC's Community. But perhaps the biggest surprise is that Joe Johnston, who directed the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger wants to direct the fourth episode. This would dispell rumors of conflict between him and Marvel. Marvel's Agent Carter - starring Captain America's Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working »
It's Marvel TV time at Comic-Con, with an hour-long panel that promises to feature Jeph Loeb plus still-unnamed castmembers from both "Marvel's Agents of Shield" and "Marvel's Agent Carter." The question is, will Marvel stop with just the two ABC dramas, or will they start trying to build excitement for the four upcoming Netflix series by, say, bringing in "Daredevil" stars Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll for surprise appearances? (Woll has a long and impressive history of Comic-Con cosplay, including stints as Hit Girl and Axe Cop, so I wouldn't be shocked in the least if she came dressed as Elektra — or Daredevil, for that matter.) And will Loeb be as bombastic as in his usual interviews, or will he acknowledge how rough so much of "Agents of Shield" season 1 was before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finally gave the show direction? I'll be live-blogging all the action, updating »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's been another busy day at Comic-Con, but one of the panels we're really excited about is almost ready to begin! The Marvel TV panel is expected to bring us plenty of gossip about not just Agents of Shield, but also Agent Carter (could we be getting some casting for that one?) We're really looking forward to us, so join us as the panel begins at 3pm Pt / 6pm Et / 11pm UK...
16:05What a way to end the panel, eh? Thanks for joining us and stick around on DS for more Comic-Con action!
16:04That was a really fun skit with the Koenig brothers but big, Big news - the teaser said that Bobbi Morse had called to tell Director Coulson she's in. What. Argh.
15:59The next fan asks if we could see something for season two. "The problem with that is that we literally started shooting yesterday, »
Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are headed to ABC's Agent Carter. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito said the Russo brothers will direct episodes two and three of the upcoming series. He also revealed Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston is interested in directing episode four if the scheduling works out. The series, which stars Hayley Atwell as agent Peggy Carter, takes place in 1946, after the events of 2011's First Avenger. The series has not started shooting, but Atwell was on hand to introduce a short teaser featuring footage from First Avenger and the Marvel
- Aaron Couch
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
This week annoyed by a loudmouth blogger of some repute, who declared anime for paedophiles and insulted more or less the whole of Japanese culture, I decided to watch Netflix original anime Knights of Sidonia. His comments have widely been circulated and condemned by many people and he’s just made himself look a fool, and all this just because Gus Van Sant might be directing a Death Note movie. I recognise that anime is not for everyone but still, by dismissing all of it you are missing out on an awful lot of classic work and influential stuff.
Knights of Sidonia has been billed as a Netflix original but it’s quite hard to imagine that they would have been involved in the production of something like this, it’s pretty far out there even for anime and its more likely that Netflix have done what they did with »
- Chris Holt
"The world has changed . . . . and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do . . . . is to start over." - Margaret 'Peggy' Carter When directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo were selected to helm the second installment in the Captain America film franchise, there was much apprehension from fans around the world. Many loved the take that Joe Johnston had provided in Captain America: The First Avenger, and while I was supportive of them from the time they got the job, the filmography of the Russo Bros. left the divided feelings of the fanbase very understandable. Despite being mostly known for comedic work, the team was shilled by Marvel Studios main producer Kevin Feige, who was unwaveringly confident that they could deliver a movie that the fanbase deserved. Luckily for us, Captain America: The »
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