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Last Friday, the motion picture academy announced the names of the record 322 people who had been asked to join the 6,000 strong organization. However, those who accept this invitation won't be eligible to vote in the current Board of Governors election. Voting began on June 24 and concludes this Thursday (July 2). Each of the 17 branches of the academy is represented by three governors who serve three-year terms. Those terms are staggered such that one governor from each branch is up for re-election each year. And no governor may serve for more than nine uninterrupted years. -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums Of the 14 women on the current board of governors, only two -- producer Kathleen Kennedy and costumer Deborah Nadoolman Landis -- are up for re-election. However, as reported by our pal Scott Feinberg (The Hollywood Reporter), women are also running fo. »
As if there weren’t already an overwhelming number of amazing TV show and movie previews, cast panels and Q&As at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, it has just been announced that The Weinstein Co. has now added a panel for the highly anticipated revenge western The Hateful Eight. Attendees of Comic-Con International have yet another reason to get excited as the film’s writer-director Quentin Tarantino and some yet-to-be determined cast members are also expected to make appearances.
According to Variety, the panel will be moderated by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and will take place on Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Hall H. Tarantino will deliver fans an exclusive look at his forthcoming film, after which he will take part in a Q&A session with the cast, where they will discuss the film’s production, its upcoming roadshow release and the film’s 70mm format. »
- William Fanelli
Stoltz had already shot for five weeks as Marty when he was let go from the production, and now a new behind-the-scenes book - We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines - has shed fresh light on the dismissal.
According to accounts from cast and crew on the movie, Stoltz approached Marty in a "method" acting style and lacked the comedic lightness of touch Zemeckis and his co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale wanted for the part.
In We Don't Need Roads (via Vulture), Gale recalled how Stoltz insisted on being referred to as "Marty" even when cameras stopped rolling.
"We almost always called him Marty," he said. "We thought it was silly, »
Some Star Wars fans were fearful that Disney would hold back its presentation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. It was a warranted fear as Disney is keeping Marvel Studios out of Sdcc altogether in favor of this year's D23 Expo in August. But it appears that The Force Awakens will will have a significant presence as something 'special' will be shared during Friday's Lucasfilm panel. Star Wars fans are already speculating that a new trailer will be shown. Friday, July 10 • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Lucasfilm Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hall H It sounds as if Abrams, Kasdan and a few members of The Force Awakens cast will be in attendance on Friday. It's also likely that a new trailer will be shown as well. »
Last year, just before the Comic-Con schedule was announced, I tried to predict some of the big surprises that the studios would spring on us in San Diego. As it turns out, I was actually right about a few of them (the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, first look at Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), but there were so many more, like Legendary announcing Godzilla 2 and Kong: Skull Island, Bruce Campbell returning for Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" performance. With the con just a few weeks away, the official schedule is starting to roll out, day by day, with some big stuff happening in Hall H. Of course, many studios started announcing their panels weeks ahead of time, but now, the "big picture," as it were, is starting to come together. Although this Con picture is much different than years past. »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, under renewed criticism for lack of diversity, is tackling the issue on two fronts: New membership and board elections.
The org on Friday will announce its invitations to new members, and it’s expected to continue its aggressive outreach to individuals who will expand the AMPAS demo beyond the 50-plus white male group that dominates. In addition, voting for board members is underway (June 24-July 2) and candidates include a heavy mix of gender and racial diversity; candidates include directors Ava DuVernay and Lisa Cholodenko, cinematographers Guillermo Navaro and Daryn Okada, actress Amy Madigan and producer Kathleen Kennedy.
The Academy never sends out a complete list of board candidates. However, they send a roster of candidates within each branch to the members of that branch. There are 17 branches, each with three representatives on the board. Each of them serves three-year terms, with rotating candidacy, »
- Tim Gray
As if she didn't have enough to do, super-achiever president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, with a raft of "Star Wars" sequels in the works, is joining the USC School of Cinematic Arts (Sca) Board of Councilors, announced Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. Typically, Kennedy joins a board comprised entirely of film and TV industry alpha males, except for alpha female Shonda Rhimes: Chair Frank Price, Frank Biondi, Jr., Barry Diller, Lee Gabler, David Geffen, Jim Gianopulos, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Levine, George Lucas, Michael Lynton, Don Mattrick, Bill M. Mechanic, Barry Meyer, Les Moonves, Sidney Poitier, John Riccitiello, Barney Rosenzweig, Scott Sassa, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Tsuijihara, John Wells, Jim Wiatt, Paul Junger Witt and Robert Zemeckis. Prior to joining Lucasfilm in 2012 to take over the reins from George Lucas, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she »
- Anne Thompson
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, joins the USC School of Cinematic Arts (Sca) Board of Councilors, Dean Elizabeth Daley announced on Tuesday. The board plays a key leadership role in the school’s overall planning and development as well as supporting its fundraising efforts. “I couldn’t be more pleased that Kathleen has agreed to join our board,” Daley said. “She is one of the great examples of visionary industry leaders who recognize and champion projects that become cultural touchstones.” Also Read: Lucasfilm President Confirms Indiana Jones Sequel 'Will Happen' Board of Councilors Chair Frank Price added: “Kathleen Kennedy is the kind of leader whose. »
- Itay Hod
Back in May Lucasfilm honcho Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that even though she and Disney would certainly like to make more Indiana Jones movies, there was currently no plan to actually do it. Apparently that wasn't definitive enough of an answer, though, because rumors about new Indiana Jones movies keep popping up, the newest one being that Disney has plans for an Indiana Jones in 2018. That's apparently news to Frank Marshall, one of the people who would actually be producing any new Indiana Jones movies (alongside his wife, Kennedy). Slashfilm asked him about the new rumor, and his response was a simple "We've had no discussions on Indy 5 to date." That said, "no discussions" is the crucial word choice here. In Hollywood parlance...
- Peter Hall
It seems no one can get their story straight at Lucasfilm when it comes to the Indiana Jones franchise. Just last month, producer Kathleen Kennedy said, “[Another Indiana Jones movie] will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.” Now a month later comes a conflicting statement by another longtime producer on the adventure series. "... we’ve had no discussions on Indy 5 to date," Frank Marshall — who is also Kathleen Kennedy's husband — recently told Slashfilm. He also denied that anybody was looking to Chris Pratt to take over the lead role, a rumor that even the actor himself has shot down. And now, more chatter has emerged about when the college prof hero will return to the big screen. AICN reports that according to their source, Lucasfilm is planning to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, we’ve lost count of the number of times that rumours have surfaced of a fifth Indiana Jones movie, and now Aint It Cool is reporting that “a reliable source” has informed them that plans are indeed afoot and a Q4 2018 release has been pencilled in internally at the studio.
Just last month, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy admitted that another Indiana Jones movie “will one day be made inside this company” and that “we are talking about it”, however the official line remains that the studio’s sole focus at present is on relaunching the Star Wars franchise.
Previous rumours had suggested that Steven Spielberg is keen to return to the series he launched with George Lucas, and has hand-picked Jurassic World star Chris Pratt to take over the reins from Harrison Ford (although Pratt subsequently denied that he’d spoken to anyone about the role).
At this point, »
- Gary Collinson
Despite the near-universal disappointment that was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, fans of the beloved adventuring archaeologist are still eager to see a fifth installment in the iconic franchise. That may have seemed like a pipe-dream just a few years ago, but now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, it’s no longer a question of if we’ll see Indiana Jones 5, but when.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said herself that more films in the franchise are inevitable, and Steven Spielberg seems interested in Chris Pratt donning the iconic fedora – a possibility that seems all the more likely now that Jurassic World has become such a hit at the box office.
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That success may have reignited Disney’s interest in Indiana Jones, if a new report from Ain’t It Cool News is to be believed. Their “long-time and trustworthy source »
- James Garcia
As Jurassic World reminded us last week, a beloved franchise hitting the big screen is like printing money for a studio, and not making new installments is a waste. However, they need to be careful with the most popular series to avoid alienating fans and doing constant damage control. I don’t think Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull will be the last film in the Indiana Jones series, and last month producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to Vanity Fair that another Indiana Jones film, “will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it." However, now fellow producer Frank Marshall now tells /Film that there are currently no discussions for a fifth installment: So that’s just Internet rumor? Frank Marshall: Yeah. I mean, we »
- Matt Goldberg
There's been rumors of a fifth "Indiana Jones" film for many years, the latest batch stirring a few months ago which suggested that now that Disney has sorted out the "Star Wars" franchise, its turning its attention towards a potential reboot of the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
Indeed the stories began to take on a lifer of their own with even "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World" actor Chris Pratt being suggested for the role - reports a bemused Pratt denied. Then came a report today over at AICN which suggests a loose Q4 2018 release date is being targeted.
This conflicts with another report today from Slashfilm who spoke with producer Frank Marshall, and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy's husband, last week where Marshall told them there have been "no discussions" regarding a fifth "Indiana Jones" film or of Pratt taking over for Harrison Ford.
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- Garth Franklin
Fans are understandably eager to get every last glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and find out what this new era of Star Wars has in store, but the first piece of new-canon material—under the tutelage of new Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy—actually debuted last year in the form of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. What’s more, it was actually good. The Disney Xd show’s second season kicks off this weekend with a one-hour movie event, Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal, and it hasn’t missed a beat. The first season of Star Wars Rebels ended with the Ghost crew being greeted by Senator Bail Organa after their defeat of The Inquisitor, who subsequently informed them that they are just one cell out of many working towards the larger rebellion. This evolution from rogue group to part of an organized rebellion »
- Adam Chitwood
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take over San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H on Friday, July 10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At Comic-Con The newest Star Wars film will host a panel at Comic-Con, and, while director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy are confirmed to attend […]
The post ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ To Host Panel And Debut New Toys At Comic-Con appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Star Wars fans will soon be able to truly immerse themselves in the world of the films, thanks to a new virtual reality component from Industrial Light and Magic. The special effects company, which George Lucas founded to create the original Star Wars visuals, announced on Friday that the new technology will debut later this year, reports USA Today.
Ilm Experience Lab, the team behind the project, is developing iPad and Oculus Rift-based systems that will allow viewers to enter scenes of selected movies and navigate through and interact with them. »
Virtual reality is “the next big thing” according to certain tech-geared folks, and it appears that Lucasfilm is hopping on the bandwagon in a big way. The company has announced the creation of ILMxLab, a new division devoted to developing, exploring, and creating virtual reality experiences for the Star Wars universe, with a target release date timed to the debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. That's right: you just might get to go inside the movie after you see it. The department is testing a variety of iPad and Oculus Rift-based technologies to fully immerse fans into the world of Star Wars. Their reach is pretty much infinite, as they aim to develop "virtual reality, augmented reality, real-time cinema, theme park entertainment and narrative-based experiences for future platforms." ILMxLab creative director John Gaeta tells USA Today their drive is rooted in George Lucas’ innovation: "What we're »
- Adam Chitwood
Get ready to experience “Star Wars” with a virtual reality headset: Lucasfilm and its Industral Light & Magic as well as Skywalker Sound subsidiaries have formed a new unit dubbed ILMxLab that is tasked with using virtual and augmented reality technologies for immersive storytelling.
“We are currently exploring the fictional universes of ‘Star Wars,’and I think a lot of people would like to be immersed in them,” said Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy. “The challenge of ILMxLab will be to find out what storytelling looks like in this new space.” ILMxLab showed off some of its first explorations in a launch video:
The lab plans to announce the results of this work later this year, but said on Friday that it will be exploring virtual reality, augmented reality, real-time cinema and theme park experiences. Tackling the latter, it may be closely competing with Landmark Entertainment, which announced earlier this week »
- Janko Roettgers
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