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Regardless of whether they actually plan to do so or not, at some point every director who sets off to make a big-budgeted blockbuster ends up copying Steven Spielberg. It just has to happen. That.s because the bearded wonder has done so much behind the camera in this genre that you can.t help but pay homage to his efforts in some fashion. And The Fantastic Four.s Josh Trank has now come out and admitted that his goal from the first reel of the upcoming reboot is to emulate the "dark" tone of an "Amblin movie," the studio that Spielberg founded back in 1981 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Trank made these comments during an interview with Empire, where he was also joined by The Fantastic Four.s writer and producer Simon Kinberg. Kinberg added to these remarks by saying that The Fantastic Four will look to emulate »
Even the biggest blockbusters generally don't begin their promotional pushes until six to eight months out from release, with a frequently used window being late November/December to launch the first trailers for the following Summer's films.
One that broke the mold though was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with Disney pushing out the film's first trailer late last year - a full year out from the film's December 2015 release. Disney CEO Bob Iger previously revealed that intense fan pressure on Disney and Lucasfilm to release something was the cause behind the release.
Of course, talk soon quickly turned to when we would see the next trailer, with many bloggers breathlessly speculating or citing anonymous sources (ie. their buttocks) to suggest the blindingly obvious candidate - Disney & Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
- Garth Franklin
Writer/director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still about ten months out of reach... a tough pill to swallow for any fan of the long-running saga. The good news is, like with the release the franchise's previous films, the months leading up to the predictably insane theater release are sure to be packed with Star Wars-related mayhem and hysteria, beginning with the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event planned for this April, which promises big things. The semi-regular event, set to all but take over the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, April 16, will most certainly be one for the books. The celebratory occasion will feature appearances by Abrams as well as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, both who will reportedly "kick off the show in a big way." What that means exactly, is anybody's guess but, according to StarWars.com, the event has promised: This »
Earlier today, we announced that big things are planned for Star Wars Celebration 2015, which happens this April in anticipation of December's blockbuster release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Along with that news comes an image gallery, which shows off prints that will be available to purchase at the event. And for the most part, they are all stunning. It will be hard to choose just one!
This new art was created exclusively for the Celebration Art Show. As seen below, the work ranges from the photorealism of Alex Ross to the superdeformed cartoon style of Katie Cook, and everything in between. We have all 31 one pieces lined up in our special slide show.
StarWars.com has also revealed that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who once attended Star Wars Celebration as a fan, is confirmed to appear at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this April. »
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" It's a big year for Star Wars fans. Not only is Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out this year, but there's also another Star Wars Celebration happening in Anaheim, California. These conventions for fans only happen every three years in the United States, but it will have been four years since the last one happened, and it couldn't be a better year. Fans have been wondering what will be happening at the big event with Episode VII on the way, and now director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy have been announced to appear. StarWars.com made the big announcement today: StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — who once attended Star Wars Celebration as a fan — is confirmed to appear at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this April. »
- Ethan Anderton
Did you just feel a tremble in the Force? That was Disney and LucasFilm announcing on StarWars.com that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will be kicking off Star Wars Celebration 2015 in person. And guess what? They are bringing something 'big'? What that is, we just don't know. It could be a new trailer, it could be more information about the sequels and spin-offs, or it could be the original 1977 cast back together on stage for their first big public reveal. Or, heck, it could be all three of those things. Whatever happens, its going to bring the world to it's knees for approximately 20 minutes. Excited yet? Here is the official press release:
For J.J. Abrams, the Celebration circle is now complete.
StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - who once »
For months, everyone’s been hypothesizing that the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to debut at Star Wars Celebration (before hitting theaters and online). Well, Lucasfilm just announced that the film’s co-writer and director, J.J. Abrams will kick off the event with producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy “in a big way” […]
- Germain Lussier
StarWars.com has today made the announcement that J.J. Abrams will appear alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at this year's Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in California. They'll be kicking off the show "in a big way" on Thursday morning, April 16, at 10am, but the site promises that "This will be a day long remembered - trust us." What exactly are they referring to? We know that Abrams won't suddenly be announced as helming another Star Wars movie as Rian Johnson (Looper) is already attached to Episode VIII, so a new trailer seems most likely. If that is the case, it seems inevitable that it will be released online moments later, so there's a very good chance that this time and date will be when we next get a look at the movie. Potentially even more exciting is the possibility that they will take this opportunity to reveal the upcoming Star Wars slate, »
A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will more than likely be released in May when Avengers: Age Of Ultron drops into theaters, but it sounds like a new one may debut in a couple of months at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. StarWars.com has announced director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will attend this year's show, and they will be kicking it off in "a big way" on Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. The site also says it "will »
- Jesse Giroux
The director says his forthcoming Stars Wars instalment will use the old-school techniques of the original trilogy along with CGI – here’s hoping he doesn’t throw the entire digital effects department to the sarlacc
If the hugely popular teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens told us one thing, it was that CGI remains just as much a part of the space saga’s special effects box of tricks as it has been since the terrible prequel trilogy. Last year, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy hinted that Jj Abrams would be dispensing with digital techniques in favour of the real sets and models used by the original trilogy that hit cinemas between 1977 and 1983. But if rolling ball droid Bb-8 and the new Millennium Falcon drone and X-Wings starfighter were not born on a Mac computer,then my name’s Nute Gunray.
Now Jj Abrams has confirmed that, far from eschewing CGI altogether, »
- Ben Child
Star Wars: The Force Awakens may already be one of the most anticipated upcoming movies, cultivating daily news stories despite a far-off December release, but actual concrete information about what the film itself will entail is hard to come by. The teaser trailer set the movie’s tone nicely and some character names have since been revealed, but beyond that you’re entering highly speculative territory.
Even though producer Kathleen Kennedy assured fans that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be as tight-lipped about his venture to the galaxy far, far away as he was about Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness or the entire point of Super 8, so far things are pretty impenetrable over at Lucasfilm. Oh, there’s plenty of rumouring to be had, but none of it can really be substantiated.
What did you really expect though? Abrams is a director who relishes »
- Alex Leadbeater
Boyhood (edited by Sandra Adair, Ace) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards Friday night where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.
Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock – His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective – Who Goes There” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, »
- Michelle McCue
“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, Ace) and ” The Grand Budapest Hotel ” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. “Lego Movie ” (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and ?Citizenfour? (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature). Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship ” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock , His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective, Who Goes There ” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, »
- Josh Abraham
Hollywood has long been a man’s world and this is especially true when it comes to the producing side of the biz, where the number of women securing financing for bigscreen projects remains noticeably scant. To be sure, we’ve come a long way from such bygone eras in which women, while able to increase their onscreen status as dewy-skinned starlets, were vastly underrepresented when it came to behind-the-scenes work. (During the dawn of talkies, for example, women were not considered capable dramatists and, therefore, unfit to pen screenplays). In the early 1900s, French-born filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache became the first woman to head her own studio but, for the most part, running the show was a task largely left to the boys.
- Malina Saval
The brothers will be presented with their award at the 52nd Publicists Awards Luncheon on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The organization noted that The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game” has received 10 Academy Award nominations this year along with a Best Song nom for “Begin Again” and Best Documentary (“Citizenfour”) through Weinstein subsidiary Radius-twc.
“The Weinsteins are the very epitome of showmanship,” said Steven Poster, president. “They have impeccable taste and are universally regarded as the industry leaders in awards campaigns..”
- Dave McNary
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Marshall has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” ” Seabiscuit” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” said the Ace Board of Directors. “From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made — and continues to make — a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
- Dave McNary
This week Neil Calloway looks at the lack of women behind the camera in Hollywood…
This week, a report by San Diego State University revealed that only 7% of the films in 2014’s top 250 highest grossing list were directed by women. That works out at 17 films, with only one film in the top 100 grossing films.
I was surprised by the statistic; surprised that the figure was that high. Looking at the list of films, I’d be shocked if anyone but the most ardent cinephile would recognise them all. The one female helmed film that made the top 100 was Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie. It’s hard to imagine Jolie would be allowed to direct a big budget film like that as only her second film if she hadn’t already established herself as an actress. Another of the 17 films was Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola. »
- Neil Calloway
As you'll recall, back in the early stages of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams had a mini-battle at Disney over the release date of the movie. They wanted to drop it in theaters in May 2016, but Disney CEO Robert Iger held firm to a release date this year. But had things gone a little differently, we'd be seeing 'The Force Awakens' in just a few months. Chatting with USA Today about his upcoming animated film "Strange Magic," it was revealed that Lucas had a different plan before Lucasfilm to Disney. He had already developed a new trilogy of movies, was going to direct 'Star Wars VII' himself, release it in May of this year, and then sell his company afterwards. Certainly, having a newly relaunched franchise to add to the package would've made Lucasfilm all the more valuable, but Lucas looked at it a different way. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I think we are all at least somewhat excited for the return of Matt Damon to the Bourne franchise, alongside director Paul Greengrass. But if you were expecting to see an overlapping of Damon’s Jason Bourne with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character from The Bourne Legacy, you are going to be disappointed. According to executive producer Frank Marshall, that crossover is not going to happen.
Speaking to interviewers following a panel about an upcoming Sinatra documentary, Marshall discussed the future of the Bourne franchise, as well as several other projects he has coming up. The producer is happy to have managed to get Damon and Greengrass back together for a new Bourne film, especially given that neither seemed to want to return to the franchise initially. But while Renner’s Aaron Cross will remain a part of the franchise itself, Marshall states that there are no plans to »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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