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Is the Lucasfilm Story Group really producing the best stories Star Wars can offer?

19 August 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

George Chrysostomou on whether the Lucasfilm Story Group is really producing the best stories that Star Wars can offer…

There is no doubt that the Lucasfilm Story Group, created by Kathleen Kennedy in 2012 and headed by Kiri Hart, has done some good for the Star Wars franchise. Although controversial in its attempts to rewrite canon, throwing out the Star Wars Extended Universe and starting afresh, it has paid off in its quality of storytelling moving forward.

Indeed, both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  have paid off, becoming financial and critical successes and bringing the franchise to a new generation of audiences across the globe. Their work within the world of novels, TV and video games, has crafted an interconnected continuity; no plot point gets past this group of experts, holding knowledge the size of Wookiepedia. Their attention to detail is uncanny, often »

- George Chrysostomou

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Yoda and Boba Fett Star Wars spinoffs still in development at Lucasfilm

18 August 2017 3:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from reports of an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel in development at Disney and Lucasfilm, it is now being reported by THR that the previously rumoured Boba Fett film is still under consideration, alongside a Yoda prequel spin-off.

Of course, while this nothing but rumour for now, it is interesting that Lucasfilm wishes to continue its trend of prequel spin-offs of beloved characters with unique story lines. Whilst Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year was in fact a brand new cast of characters, it played upon the retrieval of the Death Star plans, making it a direct prequel to A New Hope.

With a Han Solo film currently in production and the Obi-Wan movie announcement, it is apparent that Kathleen Kennedy is not looking to slow down the prequel machine any time soon. A Yoda movie certainly has the potential to explore path to becoming a master of the light side, »

- George Chrysostomou

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Wants Wicked Director Stephen Daldry

17 August 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

News of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie finally emerged today and rumors are suggesting that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will direct the often talked about spin-off. This is terrific news for Star Wars fans who have been bothering Ewan McGregor for years about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie. Castings have not been announced yet, but McGregor has expressed interest over the years about reprising his role as the sensitive Jedi Master. It has also been reported that there is not a script just yet, so it could be a while before we end up seeing the project.

The Hollywood Reporter were the first to announce the next Star Wars Story. It has been reported that Stephen Daldry is in the very early stages of talking to Disney about possibly helming the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Looking at the Tony Award winning director's slate shows that he's directing the big screen adaptation of Wicked next, »

- MovieWeb

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George Lucas Still Offers Kathleen Kennedy Jedi Ideas For ‘Star Wars’

16 August 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though for many, there was much to dislike about the George Lucas‘ “Star Wars” prequels, you have to respect the guy for seeing it through because, in the end, what we were watching was, in fact, his full cinematic vision splattered on screen. Lucas created worlds unlike any others with the prequels, and while they were heavily flawed, one must admire the way he built up these stories from scratch.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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George Lucas still involved in Star Wars, new Captain Marvel writer, Samuel L. Jackson offers McU update – Daily News Roundup

16 August 2017 12:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucas Still Involved In Star Wars?

It has been reported many times that since George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, the man who created Star Wars has had very little involvement in the rebooted franchise. He did offer a potential storyline for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but nothing he suggested was ever used. In a new interview with Kathleen Kennedy, the lady behind Lucasfilm has revealed that although Lucas isn’t involved in Star Wars, he is still offering some advice. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then,” she said. “Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.” Read more here.

Cameron Praises Covenant

Although it wasn’t well-received by fans and critics, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant did have one fan in Aliens director James Cameron. “I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful. »

- Luke Owen

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George Lucas still offers Kathleen Kennedy Star Wars suggestions about the Jedi

15 August 2017 3:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney may have rejected his ideas for the Sequel Trilogy, but it seems that George Lucas still offers Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy the occasional piece of advice relating to the Star Wars saga.

“Not really,” Kennedy told EW when asked whether Lucas still offers input into the films and the stories for upcoming films. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”

Of course, the Jedi may soon become irrelevant to the future of the saga, given Luke Skywalker’s line from the trailer for December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “I only know one truth — it’s time for the Jedi to end.”

While Lucas’ involvement in the Star Wars saga looks to be over, there has been conflicting reports as to whether he’ll have anything to do »

- Gary Collinson

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6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey

15 August 2017 11:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As new Academy president John Bailey opens up about what he plans to do in his new job, we read the tea leaves. He faces an unusually tumultuous time, as the Academy confronts multiple challenges, from the industry’s transition to digital, and pressures from ABC to increase viewership of the Oscar show, to the need to raise more funding to build the troubled $400 million Academy Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Here are Bailey’s main concerns. So far, he seems more than up to meeting this new assignment.

1. Will the Academy change its diversity outreach?

No. As someone who has long hired men and women of different ethnic, socio- economic, and racial backgrounds, Bailey supports Academy CEO Hudson’s outreach imperative via the A2020 program which is designed to double the Academy’s diverse membership by 2020. He’s proud of such Academy efforts as the Academy Gold internship program, »

- Anne Thompson

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6 Challenges Facing New Academy President John Bailey

15 August 2017 11:14 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As new Academy president John Bailey opens up about what he plans to do in his new job, we read the tea leaves. He faces an unusually tumultuous time, as the Academy confronts multiple challenges, from the industry’s transition to digital, and pressures from ABC to increase viewership of the Oscar show, to the need to raise more funding to build the troubled $400 million Academy Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Here are Bailey’s main concerns. So far, he seems more than up to meeting this new assignment.

1. Will the Academy change its diversity outreach?

No. As someone who has long hired men and women of different ethnic, socio- economic, and racial backgrounds, Bailey supports Academy CEO Hudson’s outreach imperative via the A2020 program which is designed to double the Academy’s diverse membership by 2020. He’s proud of such Academy efforts as the Academy Gold internship program, »

- Anne Thompson

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George Lucas Still Offers Input On One Aspect Of The Star Wars Movies

15 August 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since selling his company to Disney for a whopping $4 billion back in 2012, George Lucas hasn’t been too involved in the Star Wars franchise. And frankly, that’s probably for the best at this stage. However, that doesn’t mean he’s totally distanced himself from his baby, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealing that the iconic director still has some input on one thing in particular.

Entertainment Weekly, who brought us a boatload of new information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi last week thanks to their new cover story, revisited a comment made to them by Kennedy back at Celebration in April. We’re not sure why they’re just digging this up now, but according to the outlet, when they asked the studio head honcho if Lucas still has any input into the development of future films in the franchise, she said the following:

“Not really, »

- Matt Joseph

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Star Wars: George Lucas Still Provides Insight In Very Specific Instances

14 August 2017 5:11 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Fans have a love-hate relationship with Star Wars creator and former Lucasfilm overlord George Lucas. While the man created one of the most beloved world known to mankind — with countless films, series, books, comics, and video games taking place in said world (be it canon or not) — he’s also been widely criticized by ruining things with the prequel films in the late ‘90s to mid-‘00s. That’s not to even mention all the countless changes he made to the existing films. 

It wasn’t long before fan started to resent George Lucas for keeping himself involved in the franchise for as long as he did. While his mindset and tastes largely seemed to be in sync with audiences early on, as he grew older, it became clear that he no longer had interest in the same aspects of his own world that fans did. While many fans were »

- Joseph Medina

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - More Leaked Images

14 August 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more leaked images, plus behind-the-scenes footage from director Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens":

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" aka "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi"...

...is the second film in Disney's "Star Wars" sequel trilogy...

...following "Star Wars: The Force Awakens "(2015). 

The film is produced by Lucasfilm...

...and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, October 2012...

...arranged by Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

John Williams, composer for the previous seven films, returns to compose the score. 

Cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley...

...John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson...

...Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis...

...Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", opens December 15, 2017.

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- Michael Stevens

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These Guys Were Almost Han Solo in Star Wars, Not Harrison Ford

12 August 2017 12:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.

Since the release of the original Star Wars film in 1977, a slew of names have surfaced as prospective would-be Millennium Falcon piloting smugglers who were nearly cast »

- MovieWeb

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New Star Wars 8 Photos Reveal Returning Favorites and More Surprises

9 August 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This week marks the arrival of Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is at the front and center of this issue, with two new EW cover. One with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the other with Rey (Daisy Ridley), both featuring the question on everyone's mind: "Who is The Last Jedi?" While we certainly won't get an answer to that question until December 15, EW has unveiled 10 new photos, along with the two magazine covers, which don't offer too much in the way of story details, but perhaps the most intriguing photo is of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), where we get our first full look at his face, and that pivotal scar that has gotten so much attention.

This new photo from Entertainment Weekly gives fans our first full look at Kylo Ren's unmasked face, and a much »

- MovieWeb

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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

9 August 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the »

- Anne Thompson

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Why John Bailey Is the Academy’s New President

9 August 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When the Academy Board of Governors convened Tuesday night to pick the 34th AMPAS president, all eyes were on Laura Dern as the frontrunner. Instead, the outcome was a surprise: While three potential candidates had emerged from the 54-member body, including popular actors branch governor Dern, with her career in full-throttle she declined her nomination and supported casting director David Rubin, who was eventually elected Treasurer. Documentarian Rory Kennedy did not get an expected nomination; instead cinematographer John Bailey ran against Rubin.

Finally the board voted for Bailey, who represents the 7000-member Academy’s still-dominant constituents: older white men. At age 74, Bailey replaces publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the third woman and first African American to hold the post) who leaves the board after a tumultuous four-year term.

During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the »

- Anne Thompson

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Cinematographer John Bailey elected Academy president

9 August 2017 2:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

He replaces Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Cinematographer John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bailey was chosen by the Academy’s board of governors on Tuesday night (8 August) and succeeds outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo and Groundhog Day. In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers lifetime achievement award.

He is currently an Academy board member representing the cinematographers’ branch, where he is serving his fourteenth year on the board. As president he will work alongside Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

The board also elected new officers, they are:

Lois Burwell, first vice president (chair, awards and events committee)Kathleen Kennedy, vice president (chair, museum committee)Michael Tronick, vice president (chair, preservation and history committee)Nancy Utley, vice president (chair, education and outreach committee)Jim Gianopulos, treasurer (chair, finance committee)David Rubin, secretary (chair, membership and administration committee)

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- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

8 August 2017 11:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Tuesday. The 74-year-old cinematographer was chosen by a vote of the Academy’s Board of Governors, which met on Tuesday evening at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Other officers elected at the board meeting were Lois Burwell, first vice president; Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Tronick and Nancy Utley, vice presidents; Jim Gianopulos, treasurer; and David Rubin, secretary. Kennedy, Utley, Gianopulos and Rubin occupied the same positions last year. Also Read: Tucker Carlson Attacks Filmmaker Over Climate Change: 'What's in Your Medicine Cabinet? »

- Steve Pond

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John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy

8 August 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents the Oscars for excellence in filmmaking. The decision was made Tuesday night at a monthly meeting of the AMPAS board of governors.

The new Academy leader will succeed exiting president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who served a maximum four-year term in the role and, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, oversaw many dramatic shifts in the movie monolith’s demographical makeup and procedural status quo.

Bailey, 74, is a dark-horse winner. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,”  “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, but he has never received an Oscar nomination.

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- Kristopher Tapley

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Laura Dern: The Actress Who Would Be President — of the Academy

8 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy Board of Governors convenes Tuesday night to pick their next president. Three major candidates have emerged from the 54-member body, although anything can happen.

Dern would be the first actress since Bette Davis’s notoriously short two-month 1941 tenure. (She quit when she realized the all-male board would give her no power.) While movie stars like Gregory Peck and Douglas Fairbanks have served as president, only two women have served since Davis: Screenwriter Fay Kanin presided effectively from 1979 to 1983, and publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the first African-American to hold the post) is exiting at the end of a tumultuous four-year term. During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the 17 branches to actively recruit a younger and more inclusive membership from all over the world.

Isaacs also presided over the infamous last Oscar show, with »

- Anne Thompson

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Laura Dern: The Actress Who Would Be President — of the Academy

8 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy Board of Governors convenes Tuesday night to pick their next president. Three major candidates have emerged from the 54-member body, although anything can happen.

Dern would be the first actress since Bette Davis’s notoriously short two-month 1941 tenure. (She quit when she realized the all-male board would give her no power.) While movie stars like Gregory Peck and Douglas Fairbanks have served as president, only two women have served since Davis: Screenwriter Fay Kanin presided effectively from 1979 to 1983, and publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the first African-American to hold the post) is exiting at the end of a tumultuous four-year term. During that time, she and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spearheaded a concerted drive to add more diversity to the Academy, urging the 17 branches to actively recruit a younger and more inclusive membership from all over the world.

Isaacs also presided over the infamous last Oscar show, with »

- Anne Thompson

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