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The Mission Comes Home: Rogue One Blu-Ray/Digital Arrives This Spring

22 February 2017 1:11 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The mission to steal the plans to the Death Star is about to make its way to your home on Blu-Ray/Digital!  Come inside to find out how you can watch this stellar Star Wars story early.

The film dubbed as one of the best Star Wars films ever made is finally coming home!  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of the brave few who infiltrated, fought, and stole the plans of the Death Star so Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the rebellion could take it down, is coming to Blu-Ray Combo Pack on April 4, 2017!  That's a week after the Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere copy arrives on March 28, 2017.

If you haven't seen it, check out our official review of what was one our favorite movies of 2016!

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Bring The Rebellion Home When Rogue One Hits Blu-Ray On April 4th; Special Features Detailed

22 February 2017 12:44 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Looks like yesterday’s rumor was on point after all; Disney and Lucasfilm have formally announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to debut on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere March 24th, before opening up to 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand services on April 4th.

The announcement came hand-in-hand with a new trailer for the home video release (see above), which casts light on some of the many bonus features included. Conspicuous by their absence? Deleted scenes, particularly when you consider just how much footage was reportedly left on the cutting room floor during production on Gareth Edwards’ anthology flick. That’s not to say that the Mouse House won’t bring us Rogue One‘s deleted scenes further down the line, but at least with this initial release, it looks as though the special features will largely focus on character profiles, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and »

- Michael Briers

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Film Review: Odd Times at the Cinema with ‘The Great Wall’

17 February 2017 5:20 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Taking a concept higher than the Wall that inspired it, and mostly succeeding, “The Great Wall” gets a nod as one of the oddest stories in a long time. Pre-supposedly based on a “legend,” it brings Matt Damon into ancient China to help battle lizard monsters at the Great Wall. Book it.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

What makes it work is that it has a “Treasure of Sierra Madre” element to it, that the white European mercenaries are there to get the “black powder,’ the just invented and explosive gunpowder. The raid by the lizard monsters is something out of 1950s sci-fi – they are Creature-from-the-Black-Lagoon like – and would have been better if they didn’t look so cartoony. When I see 10,000 of those beasties coming at me down the valley I don’t care what Great Wall is protecting me, I’m outta there. Matt Damon, however, stays, and despite his character »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Great Wall movie review: not to be torn down

17 February 2017 3:21 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good fantasy action movie

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about the apparent whitewashing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Great Wall, set somewhere around a thousand years ago, opens with a rather incongruous zoom in from orbit down onto that impressive structure. Nobody was watching from up there back then, but it’s kind of a joke, I guess, a reference to the not-true “fact” that the wall is the only human-made object visible from space.

Also not true: Matt Damon’s whiteness blinds the viewer to the Chinese-ness of The Great Wall.

On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘The Great Wall’ review: Dir. Zhang Yimou (2017)

16 February 2017 11:24 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Great Wall review: Matt Damon reluctantly helps out a Chinese army in this enjoyable and lavish monster yarn.

The Great Wall review by Luke Ryan Baldock, February 2017.

The Great Wall review

There’s no escaping the PC uproar over Matt Damon’s casting in The Great Wall. It’s been the basis for a sea of unending jokes based around whitewashing. Although whitewashing has been a serious issue for years in Hollywood, Damon’s casting is actually progressive. Being a Chinese/USA co-production that employs a lot of Chinese talent; there are fewer Chinese films with non-Chinese leads, than there are Hollywood films with non-white leads. So let’s celebrate rather than moan. It’s certainly not the same as Tom Cruise taking a lead in The Last Samurai or Tilda Swinton’s divisive casting in Doctor Strange. It’s merely a big budget Chinese/USA co-production that wants to get that Western dollar. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The Great Wall review – Zhang Yimou’s damp squib of a gunpowder plot

16 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Matt Damon stars in a laborious historical fantasy, doing battle with CGI monsters in order to steal gunpowder from Imperial China

Zhang Yimou’s new film is a laborious fantasy spectacular crossed with a CGI monster movie, set in the days of Imperial China, in a military garrison on the Great Wall. Here, it is revealed that the wall’s purpose is to keep out hordes of Tao Tei – terrifying creatures with T rex heads and great spiny teeth. There is, however, no way of making the Tao Tei actually pay for the wall.

The film credits a host of writers including Tony Gilroy, Max Brooks, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, whose opening credits cheekily claim that their story is based on one of the legends of the wall, while outrageously borrowing a key plot point from Jaws.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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‘The Great Wall’ Review: It’s Not Hollywood Whitewashing, It’s Just an Awful Movie

16 February 2017 10:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

First, there was that inexplicable half-hour climax in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which exported the entire cast to Beijing. Now, Matt Damon’s battling mystical forces in medieval China. Hollywood and China’s terminally awkward shotgun wedding continues with “The Great Wall,” a clunky, effects-riddled blockbuster in which a humorless Damon joins forces with major Chinese director Zhang Yimou for a project that suits neither of their talents. There’s little need for good performances or filmmaking when every scene has been calculated to serve the bottom line.

Assailed in the West for presenting a white savior at the center of an Asian cast, the movie’s racial violations aren’t as egregious as some early critics claimed. Instead, the bland story finds Damon and two other white actors surrounded by a largely Asian cast in a Chinese-approved adventure (where it’s already generating strong, though not blockbuster, box office »

- Eric Kohn

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Tons of New Rogue One Concept Art Shared by Lead Artist

5 February 2017 2:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is winding down its theatrical run, and if fans want to learn even more about this movie, they can pick up The Art of Rogue One book, which was released the same day this Star Wars spin-off hits theaters. Over the past few weeks, concept artist Matt Alsopp has been releasing concept art images from this book, which you can see below. Fans can get a closer look at the At-act loading bay, the new droid K-2So, and much more in these new images.

Rogue One recently passed a huge box office milestone, crossing $1 billion worldwide. It has already won the 2016 domestic box office crown with $524.6 million, easily beating Finding Dory's tally of $486.2 million. It is still just behind Captain America: Civil War's worldwide total of $1.1 billion, but it's possible that it could beat it out in its final days of its theatrical release. »

- MovieWeb

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Zhang-Damon Collaboration: Globalization the Unfortunate Big Loser

27 January 2017 9:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market, »

- Mark Keizer

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The Great Wall Prequel Comic Sneak Peek

24 January 2017 12:24 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The countdown to The Great Wall movie has begun. Legendary Comics released today a prequel graphic novel to the movie, which will reveal important backstory on the secret society of heroes who have been defending the world from within the Great Wall. Before you go out and pick up this graphic novel today, Legendary has given fans a sneak peek, debuting the first three pages of this 128-page hardcover graphic novel, entitled The Great Wall: Last Survivor.

What if an army was created to defend our world from an enemy so dangerous, its very existence must be kept a secret? Built to keep out the ferocious Tao Tei, The Great Wall is the most powerful defensive structure ever built; but it is the heroes within that make the wall great: The Nameless Order. Set sixty years prior to the film, in the mysterious lands of ancient China, tragedy forces »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: How 'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed Is Paying It Forward

23 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Riz Ahmed has a heavy conscience. Or at least it seems that way when the British actor reflects on 2016, a year he tells Et “has been a mess in so many ways,” pointing to the deaths of pop culture icons from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher and the civil unrest in Aleppo, Syria, that has left tens of thousands dead and has caused even more to flee the country. And while he didn’t mention it, Ahmed could have easily been referring to a tumultuous U.S. presidential election, which weighed heavily on the minds of many Americans as the year came to an end. All of this in the same year that saw Ahmed’s profile skyrocket thanks to a starring role on the hit HBO miniseries The Night Of, the surprise debut of Netflix’s The Oa and scene-stealing parts in Jason Bourne and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And if acting »

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Four Director’s Cuts I Want To See

14 January 2017 5:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras with four director’s cuts he’d like to see…

The idea of a Director’s Cut or ‘Extended Cut’ isn’t necessarily new. There was a time when letting the director back into the editing booth to take another shot at shaping their vision was unheard of. Kubrick would sometimes re-edit movies after they were already in theaters either because he was a staunch perfectionist or he accidentally switched the medication to control his obsessive compulsive disorder with tic-tacs.

A Director’s Cut was usually a chance to get a cleaner version of the film due to interference from studios, producers, or test screening audiences. There are Director’s Cuts which provide a lot of additional insight into their movies. Normally that insight being ‘Man, this was better before they went back in and made everything too damn long’. I certainly felt that working my way through »

- Anghus Houvouras

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This Rogue One Deleted Scene Wasn't Supposed to Be in the Movie

7 January 2017 8:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has been a lot made about the missing scenes in Rogue One. And the Disney team is really pushing home the fact that most of these deleted moments weren't all that important, with the editors confirming that no-such extended cut exists. Now Gareth Edwards has further explained some of those missing moments in the trailer. And with one particular scene, he claims it wasn't ever intended to be in the movie in the first place.

This is interesting, because it has been widely reported that Tony Gilroy was brought in for extensive rewrites and reshoots that resulted in an entire third act change. There are reportedly a number of different cuts of the film. Though none of them are the mythical four-hour cut some have reported on, these two hour alternate versions are said to drastically take the story in different directions. And we know that the original ending had Jyn, »

- MovieWeb

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Rogue One Photos Reveal The Never-Before-Seen Side Of Disney’s Spinoff

5 January 2017 8:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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As the dust begins to settle from Rogue One‘s grand opening – an opening that raked in upwards of $135 million on home soil – more and more information is beginning to seep online regarding the film’s much-touted reshoots. Up to 30 scenes were subject to “enormous” changes, according to Ben Mendelsohn, and though we’ll likely never learn the full extent of the creative overhaul, a handful of images have found their way online today that cast light on the never-before-seen side of Disney’s spinoff.

Embedded in the gallery above along with a series of behind-the-scenes shots, there are four pics pulled from Rogue One‘s deleted scenes. As previously revealed, many of the sequences that were left on the editing room floor revolved around the climatic battle on and above Scarif, and it’s understood writer-director Tony Gilroy had the biggest hand in shaking up the film’s ending. »

- Michael Briers

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No Rogue One Extended Cut Exists, New Reshoot Details Revealed

3 January 2017 10:12 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

At this point, it is impossible not to call Star Wars: Rogue One a success. The movie has been a big hit with fans and critics and has made Disney plenty of money, so it is safe to say pretty much everyone involved is happy with the results. There was some concern heading into the movie, though, because several months before the release some fairly significant reshoots took place. Now, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie have opened up about some of what was added during those reshoots.

Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, the editors of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked quite a bit about their work on the movie and in the process, shed some light on what was done during those now infamous reshoots. John Gilroy, brother of director Tony Gilroy who was brought on to help with the reshoots, discussed some of the story changes »

- MovieWeb

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‘Rogue One’ Editors Talk Cutting & Changing The ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff, Deleted Scenes & More

3 January 2017 6:36 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Who would’ve thought a year ago that the most fascinating interview to come out of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (besides every interview with bro-mantic buds Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn) would be with the team of editors who cut the movie? But given the massive overhaul the film underwent during its extensive reshoots this summer, Yahoo‘s conversation with two of the film’s three editors, John Gilroy (given the final Editor credit on ‘Rogue One,’ and brother of Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter and director who led the reshoots) and Colin Goudie (director Gareth Edwards‘ cutter on “Monsters“), is tremendously illuminating.

Continue reading ‘Rogue One’ Editors Talk Cutting & Changing The ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff, Deleted Scenes & More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hollywood’s Winners and Losers 2016: Why Movie Stars Flailed Next to Strong Women, African Americans, and Animated Heroes

2 January 2017 10:03 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As a year, 2016 is an auld acquaintance that we’d rather be forgot. However, as another familiar trope reminds us, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Here’s my assessment of the year Hollywood coped with change as the industry’s economic underpinnings continued to buckle and sway.

And for the Tl;Dr among us: Those who are able to innovate and adapt thrive. Others face decline.

Winners

Disney is the studio winner by a mile not only in domestic market share ($2.7 billion, 25.3 percent), but its stable of global moneymakers took the studio to more than $7 billion worldwide. Four of the five most profitable movies of the year came from Disney: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Lucasfilm), “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (Marvel), “Zootopia” (Disney Animation), and “The Jungle Book” (Disney). And blockbusters “Finding Dory” (Pixar), “Moana” (Disney Animation), and “Doctor Strange” (Marvel) weren’t far behind. »

- Anne Thompson

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Hollywood’s Winners and Losers 2016: Why Movie Stars Flailed Next to Strong Women, African Americans, and Animated Heroes

2 January 2017 10:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As a year, 2016 is an auld acquaintance that we’d rather be forgot. However, as another familiar trope reminds us, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Here’s my assessment of the year Hollywood coped with change as the industry’s economic underpinnings continued to buckle and sway.

And for the Tl;Dr among us: Those who are able to innovate and adapt thrive. Others face decline.

Winners

Disney is the studio winner by a mile not only in domestic market share ($2.7 billion, 25.3 percent), but its stable of global moneymakers took the studio to more than $7 billion worldwide. Four of the five most profitable movies of the year came from Disney: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Lucasfilm), “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (Marvel), “Zootopia” (Disney Animation), and “The Jungle Book” (Disney). And blockbusters “Finding Dory” (Pixar), “Moana” (Disney Animation), and “Doctor Strange” (Marvel) weren’t far behind. »

- Anne Thompson

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