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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may not feature the iconic opening crawl

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This December, Disney and Lucasfilm will release the first Star Wars Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The spinoff is set to mark a departure from the Saga films: it won’t have John Williams’ familiar score (with Alexandre Desplat composing the music), it won’t have an episode number, and it may not even have the iconic opening crawl.

“We talk about that all the time,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy told EW when asked whether Rogue One will feature the opening crawl. “It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what  will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we »

- Gary Collinson

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The Secret Life Of Pets review

20 June 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From the house of the Minions comes The Secret Life Of Pets. Here's our review...

Since the first Despicable Me movie landed in cinemas back in 2010, Illumination Entertainment – the company behind the films – has enjoyed a staggering level of box office success. Two Despicable Mes, one Minions, one The Lorax and even the live action-animation hybrid Hop have all hit to various degrees. Minions, its 2015 venture, grossed $1.159bn. Only Frozen, in animated movies, has ever done better.

So important is Illumnation’s animated output to Universal Pictures’ slate that, with DreamWorks Animation now also part of the Universal empire, Illumination boss Chris Meladandri is to creatively oversee both firms’ animated output. Not bad, considering Illumination is under a decade old.

Watching The Secret Life Of Pets, the new film from the firm, couldn’t help but ring an alarm bell or two though. For me, it’s »

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Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

20 June 2016 4:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Secret Life of Pets, 2016.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

Featuring the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

A group of pets have to put their differences aside so that they can find their way back to their home in Manhattan.

When it comes to CGI animation, Illumination Studios are a relative newcomer in the industry. The scored an enormous hit with the Despicable Me franchise and the Minions spin-off (the appeal and success of which baffles me), and this summer they’ve emerged with that rarest of things – an animated film that is neither a sequel, a spin-off or an adaptation of anything. The story revolves around a dog called Max, whose happy life with his beloved owner Katie is interrupted when she brings home Duke, a huge dog from the pound. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Review: Talking Animals Are Fun, But Don’t Expect the Pixar Touch

16 June 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

By Ben Croll

How’s this for a shock: it turns out this summer’s biggest, wildest action flick is… about talking dogs. Stranger things have happened, but there it is.  “The Secret Life of Pets” moves like a bat out of hell from frame one, though if you’re looking for any kind of emotion you might be barking up the wrong tree.

Read More: Watch: Cats And Dogs Are On The Run In New Trailer For ‘The Secret Life Of Pets

Comparisons to “Toy Story” will no doubt abound, not least because both films ask the same basic question –what do our playthings do when we’re not around to see them? — with the same winking glee. What’s more, both “The Secret Life of Pets” and the first entry in Pixar’s soon to be four strong franchise are animated by a shared basic tension. Both films »

- Indiewire Staff

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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

16 June 2016 4:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what may as well be Illumination’s answer to “Toy Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” imagines how domesticated animals behave while their owners’ backs are turned, concentrating on a dynamic where newly adopted dog Duke (“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, in the Buzz Lightyear role) disrupts the balance in a household where Max (Louis C.K., as the Woody equivalent) had previously been his human’s best friend. The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable — if downright ugly — cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets.

Based on an original idea by Illumination honcho Chris Meledandri, “Pets” is the studio’s most accomplished feature, from both a story and animation standpoint, tapping into an endlessly expandable core concept — which could conceivably be repeated ad infinitum, ideally with an entirely new domesticated ensemble each time out. »

- Peter Debruge

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Tale Of Tales review

10 June 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From the director of Gomorra comes the deliciously odd adult fairy tale, Tale Of Tales. Ryan reviews a cult gem in the making...

Like The Princess Bride directed by Ken Russell, Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales is a full-blooded and decidedly adult fairy tale. Set in a quasi-medieval Europe of castles, four-poster beds, bulbous gowns, the movie relates a grimly comic set of interlocking fables.

It begins with a king and queen (respectively, John C Reilly and Salma Hayek) who turn to witchcraft in order to conceive a child, before lurching to the story of monarch (Vincent Cassell) who’s so sex-obsessed that he embarks on a romance with a peasant girl based purely on her angelic singing voice. You can probably guess the king’s reaction when he discovers that the peasant girl is actually far older and more leprous than he assumes. 

Weirdest of the lot is the story of yet another king (this one played by Toby Jones) who rears a giant flea and then, for reasons far too complicated and wonderful to relate here, unwillingly marries off his lily white young daughter Violet (Bebe Cave) to a hideous ogre. You might think from these brief descriptions that there isn’t very much linking these surreal, dark and sometimes violent stories, but the realisation gradually dawns that each carries echoes of the last. A pair of siblings are reunited in one story, while a pair of sisters are divided in the next; one character becomes a royal over here, while a luckless heir is cast into a filth and misery over there. To loosely quote George Lucas, “It’s like poetry. It rhymes”.

A deeper meaning behind Garrone’s mad fantasy is harder to pin down. At first, it’s enough to simply admire his often stunningly conceived images: a character dining on crimson offal in an ice-white room. Toby Jones befriending his pet flea. Tale Of Tales brings us universal stories of birth, death, marriage and desire, but viewed through a uniquely strange filter. Dramatic irony is everywhere,and there’s a recurring theme about divisions: between old and young, rich and poor, life and death.

Relying less on obvious splashes of CGI than most mainstream fantasies, Tale Of Tales’ use of real European locations and physical effects set it apart from the likes of, say, Duncan Jones' Warcraft or Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. There’s an earthiness to the creature designs and costumes that brings Tale Of Tales closer to the look and feel of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s underrated adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose, or maybe Paul Verhoeven’s American debut, Flesh + Blood. There’s also a hint of the matter-of-factness that made Garrone’s 2008 Mafia drama Gomorrah such compulsive viewing.

Where so many films leave us numbed by their swooping computerised vistas, Tale Of Tales keeps things at gut-level. There’s a wonderfully ominous funeral sequence which, thanks to some stunning competition and sound design, provides a captivating moment to pore over before Garrone suddenly shifts the action to a jarringly sordid moment elsewhere.

Cut to Alexandre Desplat’s lush score, Garrone’s film moves with between tones with ease. Some scenes have all the humour of a joke well told. Other moments in Tale Of Tales are gory on a level approaching Game Of Thrones. One sequence is genuinely terrifying. Inevitably, the film’s sheer weirdness won’t endear everybody - one or two people were checking their phones in the screening I attended. Those with a taste for the imaginative and the surreal will surely be bewitched by Garrone’s fairytale anthology, however, and there’s the strong possibility that Tale Of Tales will acquire cult status in years to come.

My advice? Cut to the chase and watch it in a cinema while you can.

Tale Of Tales is out in UK cinemas on the 17th June.

Movies Tale Of Tales Salma Hayek John C Reilly Vincent Cassell Toby Jones Tale Of Tales Matteo Garrone movie review Review Ryan Lambie 15 Jun 2016 - 06:17 »

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Bruce Willis: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

6 June 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Most Bruce Willis movies right now seem to head to DVD almost immediately. We've gone through them, in search of a gem...

It’s not exactly clear when Bruce Willis went from being a big star whose name filled seats and sold tickets to being a guy whose name you see on the cover of so many direct-to-dvd and VOD outings (albeit ones that sometimes get a week or two in a cinema, in essence to promote the VOD release), but I’d like to go out on a limb here and say that Kevin Smith’s mouth might be to blame.

During one of his filmed Q&A sessions that ended up winging its way to eager fanboys and girls like myself on DVD back in the late oughts, Smith talked at length about what it was like to work on the much-anticipated fourth instalment of the Die Hard franchise, »

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Polanski honored at Krakow Film & Music Fest

1 June 2016 6:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pictures from the 2016 Krakow Fmf, which featured live performances of the scores from Sicario and Drive.

Now in its ninth year, Krakow’s Film and Music Festival (Fmf) brought together film composers and music professionals for a series of masterclasses and concerts in the heart of the city’s historic old town. This year’s festival ran from May 24-30, with an additional concert concluding its musical showcase on May 31.

The festival kicked off with a special distinction award for Roman Polanski, who was honoured by the Polish Filmmakers Association (Spf) for his contribution to Polish cinema. The 82-year-old Krakow native, who survived the Nazi’s Second World War takeover of Poland, leapt to the stage to receive his accolade and said: “I’m just a boy from Krakow, I never thought I would get this far.” 

Polanski is back in the headlines this week after the Polish government said it will appeal a court’s decision »

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'The People Vs. Fritz Bauer' wins six German Film Awards

31 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nazi hunter thriller wins best film at the annual ‘Lolas’.

Lars Kraume’s Nazi hunter thriller, The People Vs. Fritz Bauer, won six Lola statuettes at this year’s German Film Awards after being tipped as the evening’s hot ticket with nine nominations.

The co-production between Berlin’s zero one film and Cologne-based Terz Film picked up the evening’s top award - the Lola in Gold for Best Film - as well as the statuettes for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Zehrfeld), Best Production Design (Cora Pratz), and Best Costume Design (Esther Walz).

Accepting the Gold statuette from the hands of Germany’s State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters, producer Thomas Kufus dedicated the award to the memory of Fritz Bauer.

Kurth knocks out Klaußner

While many thought that it was foregone conclusion that Burghart Klaußner would take the Lola home for his portrayal of the state prosecutor Fritz Bauer, nobody »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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John Williams May Not Return for Star Wars 8

6 May 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Star Wars 8 midway through production, it still hasn't been announced whether or not composer John Williams will be back to score the soundtrack. He remains undecided, but one thing is for certain. He doesn't really want to see anyone else take on the job, either.

John Williams recently conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he opened the show with a hint about his participation in the next Star Wars sequel. He only briefly mentions the movie, but it sounds like a big possibility that he may not return. He has this to say about scoring Star Wars: Episode VIII, as reported by JWFan.com.

"I told the producers I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the next one, but told them I didn't want anyone else doing it either."

The last half of the statement was meant as a joke. And it got a laugh from the crowd just »

- MovieWeb

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Simon Helberg: from Big Bang nerd to Meryl Streep’s cartoonish pianist

5 May 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Big Bang Theory star is like a walking exclamation mark as the accompanist to the awful soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. Will the role help to make him the Jennifer Aniston of his megahit sitcom?

Last year, Stephen Frears had a man round for tea. His name was Simon Helberg, and Frears had just cast him as an accompanist in his new film, about a howlingly awful operatic soprano in 1940s New York who somehow still managed to sell out Carniege Hall faster than Frank Sinatra. Frears needed someone who could play piano as well as act – his composer, Alexandre Desplat, tipped him off about Helberg. A happy meeting with the film’s star, Meryl Streep (“I just think he fell from heaven,” she explains), cemented the deal.

Anyway, after tea, Frears took his young protege for a stroll round Notting Hill. “People came out of their houses just to stare at him, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Simon Helberg: from Big Bang nerd to Meryl Streep’s cartoonish pianist

5 May 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Big Bang Theory star is like a walking exclamation mark as the accompanist to the awful soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. Will the role help to make him the Jennifer Aniston of his megahit sitcom?

Last year, Stephen Frears had a man round for tea. His name was Simon Helberg, and Frears had just cast him as an accompanist in his new film, about a howlingly awful operatic soprano in 1940s New York who somehow still managed to sell out Carniege Hall faster than Frank Sinatra. Frears needed someone who could play piano as well as act – his composer, Alexandre Desplat, tipped him off about Helberg. A happy meeting with the film’s star, Meryl Streep (“I just think he fell from heaven,” she explains), cemented the deal.

Anyway, after tea, Frears took his young protege for a stroll round Notting Hill. “People came out of their houses just to stare at him, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Rogue One Bits: Mads Mikkelsen Sheds More Light on His Character, Alexandre Desplat Talks, Disneyland Releases First Merch

2 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits: Mads Mikkelsen sheds more light on his mysterious character. Pablo Hidalgo makes it clear who isn’t in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The complete story of Mon Mothma. Composer Alexandre Desplat confirms that he’s still working on Rogue One. Listen to a very cool Rogue One-infused Star Wars music remix. […]

The post Rogue One Bits: Mads Mikkelsen Sheds More Light on His Character, Alexandre Desplat Talks, Disneyland Releases First Merch appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Series Mania: Netflix’s Gerard Depardieu-Starrer ‘Marseille’ Plays to Upbeat Paris Reception

20 April 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Seen in an extended multi-scene promo, Netflix’s Gerard Depardieu-starrer “Marseille’ wowed an industry audience Wednesday at Series Mania, making good on its promise as one of the highlights of the high-profile Paris TV Fest.

That is no footnote for Netflix. Presented in Paris by Netflix’s Joris Evers, Netflix communications head, Europe, and French-film director Florent Emilio-Siri (“My Way”), “Marseille” director-showrunner in his first TV gig, when it bows worldwide May 5 “Marseille” will be not just France’s but Europe’s first Netflix original series to be made available to subscribers (Norway’s “Lilyhammer” and Denmark’s “Rita” were co-productions; ITV’s “Marcella” and Channel 4’s “Kiss Me First” early global acquisitions).

The Paris “Marseille” sneak peek comes one day after Netflix chairman-ceo Reed Hastings focused at Netflix’s April 19 first-quarter earnings on international original productions, developed locally, distributed globally, as “a powerful formulation that will »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Film Review: Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

13 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The show’s not over ’til the flat lady sings in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Stephen Frears’ bright, bubbly and suitably ear-bursting biopic of surely the least gifted chanteuse ever to sell out Carnegie Hall. She sings rather early on, however, leaving Frears and screenwriter Nicholas Martin with few dramatic or comedic cards to play for the pic’s remaining 90 minutes — beyond the admittedly delicious spectacle of the ever-game Meryl Streep taking a musical meat cleaver to respectable operetta. Less rich and less rounded than “Marguerite,” the recent French arthouse hit drawn from Jenkins’ story, this good-humored confection — slyly fashioned as a reproach to more discerning culture critics — will nonetheless strike a chord with auds who thrilled to Streep’s comparably high-camp impersonation of Julia Child. Seventy-two years after her passing, expect Jenkins’ name to sell out a few more theaters from beyond the grave.

While Frears’ film hits theaters in Blighty this spring, »

- Guy Lodge

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Exclusive: Alexandre Desplat to begin scoring Star Wars Rogue One ‘in a few weeks’

12 April 2016 2:08 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Yesterday the foremost Star Wars rumour site Making Star Wars posted a story about the composer of Rogue One. The site were typically cautious in their report that assumed composer Alexandre Depslat may not still be involved. Today we have an update on that story – Desplat is still set to compose the film, and

The post Exclusive: Alexandre Desplat to begin scoring Star Wars Rogue One ‘in a few weeks’ appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Star Wars: Rogue One Might Be Making One Behind-The-Scenes Change

12 April 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arriving last week, we finally got our first look at the movie. This has clarified many aspects of the film; so now it’s time to get confused. One item that we thought had been clarified previously now appears to be up in the air after all. We’ve understood for quite some time that Alexandre Desplat would be the composer for Rogue One, but it turns out that may be an open question. To be clear, nobody has heard that Alexandre Desplat isn’t composing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but as Star Wars rumor site Making Star Wars points out, there was never actually any official announcement from Lucasfilm that he was writing the music in the first place. Desplat made the announcement himself on a French podcast a year ago. Now, Msw »

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Clooney, Spacey, McGregor titles get Swiss deals

11 April 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ascot Elite ties up deals with Bloom and Lakeshore.

Distributor Ascot Elite has acquired all Swiss rights to three buzzz titles out of the Efm.

From Bloom the distributor secured anticipated mystery-comedy Suburbicon and J.D.Salinger biopic Rebel In The Rye, while from Lakeshore the outfit picked up Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral.

George Clooney will direct Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Josh Brolin in Suburbicon, the story of a quiet 1950’s family town where the best and worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people.

When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal. The Coen brothers have scripted the feature.

Also from Bloom, the company pre-bought all rights to J.D.Salinger biopic Rebel In The Rye.

Kevin Spacey will star alongside Nicholas Hoult who will play Catcher In The Rye author Salinger. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Empire »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ drops a thrilling Teaser Trailer

7 April 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Earlier today, the first Teaser Trailer was dropped for the initial foray into anthology stories for the Star Wars universe. Yes, we got a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was quite compelling. Coming to us at the end of the year, sandwiched between Episode VII (The Force Awakens) and Episode VIII of the main saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fill in some of the blanks in the franchise, which is a potentially really cool notion. I’ll have the Teaser Trailer for you at the end of this piece, so be sure to look for that below, but right now, let’s whet your appetite a bit! The movie is the tale of how rebel spies stole the plans to the Death Star, set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is recruited to lead the mission, »

- Joey Magidson

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25 great music scores composed for not very good movies

29 March 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...

Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.

25) Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman, 1998)

This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.

24) Timeline (Brian Tyler, »

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