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One of the highlights of this time of year, for anyone that is in the UK and has even a passing interest in movies and typing the words “Int.” or “Ext.” is the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. Now in its seventh year, and founded by “Last King Of Scotland” writer Jeremy Brock, it’s seen acclaimed and award-wining wordsmiths including Simon Beaufoy, Charlie Kaufman, Abi Morgan, Scott Frank, Tony Gilroy, Emma Thompson and Nick Hornby unspool some of their secrets.
- Oliver Lyttelton
There’s been another disturbance in the Force. And by disturbance in the Force, we mean the newest big-screen installment of the beloved “Star Wars” franchise. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will fly into theaters Dec. 16, on the heels of last year’s box office record-smashing hit “Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” Directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy based on an idea by John Knoll, this epic space opera marks the first “Star Wars” stand-alone story, depicting the events shortly before the series’ original movie. Read: “John Boyega Is the ‘Star Wars’ Hero You’re Looking For” As diehard fans and cinephiles alike will remember, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” centered on the discovery and destruction of the evil Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying Death Star. “Rogue One” will follow the group of Rebel spies whose mission to steal the plans »
Disney and LucasFilm have unveiled a second trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” highlighting the development of the iconic Death Star and the rebel plans to stop it.
The new trailer launched Thursday morning on “Good Morning America” a day after the release of the latest poster.
The trailer focuses on Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso and her father Galen Erso, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Ben Mendelsohn appears as main villain Orson Krennic, who tells Darth Vader about the “immeasurable” power of the Death Star.
“We have hope,” Jones’ character declares to her rebel crewmates. “Rebellions are built on hope.”
- Dave McNary
Ahead of tomorrow’s new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone Star Wars spinoff set to hit theaters in December, a new poster for the film has made the jump to hyperspace – aka the internet – and you can see it here below. The poster was unveiled today first by director Gareth Edwards during an appearance on The Star Wars Show on Facebook. Directed by Edwards from a script by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Rogue One is set immediately before the events… »
Back in May, a report surfaced that LucasFilm's first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was set to undergo extensive reshoots, reportedly because Disney "panicked" after test screenings weren't favorable. It was later clarified several times that the reshoots were happening, with Tony Gilroy coming aboard to work on the script. Star Riz Ahmed called the additional photography "par for the course," since they are common on practically every big budget movie these days. Today we have a new report where Felicity Jones and Kathleen Kennedy reassure the fans that reshoots shouldn't be a cause for concern.
The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive profile on Felicity Jones, who stars in the upcoming Robert Langdon adventure Inferno alongside Tom Hanks later this month, where the star spoke about these reshoots. Earlier reports revealed that reshoots took place over a five-week period in June and July, although little »
Earlier in the year, it was reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be getting huge reshoots that pushed back its post-production (so much the film lost its composer). Director Gareth Edwards said there was nothing to worry about (though Tony Gilroy now has a screenwriter credit), as did producer Kathleen Kennedy, and now its star Felicity Jones has also commented on them.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,’” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
So, does that put the ‘troubled production’ rumours to rest?
- Luke Owen
During the summer months, few news stories gathered as much traction in the film industry as those revolving around Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and its purported reshoots. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on – a storm in a teacup, or something more troublesome – there’s no question that the additional filming, which drafted in directorial assistance Tony Gilroy, sparked heated debate among fans.
All of the subsequent announcements to come out of Rogue One since have played down the extent of the reshoots, and Mads Mikkelsen – on board to play Galen Erso, father of lead protagonist Jyn – even went so far as to stress that despite some last-minute nipping and tucking, Gareth Edwards’ picture remains the same.
Bouncing off this, Felicity Jones addressed the drama head on while chatting to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s an extensive and fairly insightful cover piece, documenting the actress’ rise to prominence and, »
- Michael Briers
Hollywood has fallen in love with China (specifically Hong Kong) as their new favorite place to destroy. From “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to “Pacific Rim,” China has been repeatedly devastated through the magic of CGI by monsters, aliens and sci-fi creatures thanks to blockbuster directors moving their projects to China. They’re not only to reap the benefits of a newly established marketing cash cow, but also relish the country’s fervent filmic support.
Now, China has recruited now its very own Zhang Yimou to wreak havoc with “The Great Wall,” which is set a few thousand years earlier during the mystical times of China’s medieval era. In anticipation of the flick’s release, New York Comic-Con hosted a panel with the stars and director of Legendary East’s Chinese blockbuster. Moderated by Dave Karger, the panel included star and birthday-boy Matt Damon (the audience sang him “Happy Birthday »
- Riyad Mammadyarov
There are so many great conspiracy thrillers, yet it’s easy to overlook “Michael Clayton.” While it established screenwriter Tony Gilroy’s directorial career; earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture; and scored a win for Tilda Swinton, it doesn’t get a lot of credit these days. And for Vimeo channel Must See Films, that’s a damn shame. Because it’s “an underrated and detailed character study” with quite possibly George Clooney’s best performance as “a man searching for his own identity and sense of self” inside a redemption story within the familiar world of law firms and corporate sabotage.
- Will Ashton
Actress Valene Kane recently made some of her first comments about playing Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In a talk with Belfast Live, the star of BBC's The Fall opened up about the vibe on the set of the Gareth Edwards film, as well as it what it meant for her to actually be working on a Star Wars movie.
"I grew up watching Stars Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland. It has a really edgy independent vibe," Kane said. This jibes with a lot of what we've heard about the direction of the film, which was always meant to be a more stripped-down and intimate affair than the rollicking space adventures the other Star Wars films are known as.
It'll be fascinating to see if that indie vibe she described here makes it to the screen, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in pre-production, many wondered and worried if J.J. Abrams would replace the iconic John Williams with the director's own longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino as composer on this rebooted sci-fi adventure series. While that didn't happen, Michael Giacchino has found an opportunity to weasel his way into this hugely popular franchise. The man will now compose the soundtrack for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
While some classic themes will be utilized to keep the movie in line with what has come before it, this first Star Wars spin-off will be 'whistling a new tune' as it were. While John Williams was never intended to return for these new standalone adventures, which will stand outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One originally had Alexandre Desplat set in place to record the score.That all changed with the extensive reshoots that happened earlier this »
Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.
Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film
Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »
- Vikram Murthi
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Stemming from those recent reshoots, it appears Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be singing to a slightly different tune come December.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that decorated composer Michael Giacchino, the musical mind involved in The Incredibles, Inside Out and Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise, has now come aboard to score the upcoming Anthology film, supplanting Alexandre Desplat behind the scenes. Indeed the extended shoot is to blame for Desplat’s departure, who bowed out following a scheduling conflict.
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In what quickly became one of the most heated topics of the summer – for the film industry, at least – Rogue One reportedly underwent fairly extensive reshoots a few months back, when writer-director Tony Gilroy was ushered in to oversee the shoot along with the post-production process. Firm details are still sketchy, »
- Michael Briers
Here’s a question that I think is worth some consideration: is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Disney and Lucasfilm‘s “Suicide Squad“? Let’s face it, both films have been through pretty much the same thing, but one has received (so far) a pass from too much scrutiny, thanks for a carefully orchestrated PR counter-attack. But none of that changes the fact that ‘Rogue One’ has gone through extensive reshoots that are more than just your standard pick-ups (sorry, you don’t hire two additional directors — Tony Gilroy (who is also doing rewrite work) and Simon Crane — to get that done) and the picture hasn’t been able to fully swat away rumors that executives were concerned about director Gareth Edwards‘ “dark” movie, and were looking for something with more of the four-quadrant friendly vibe of every other “Star Wars” movie.
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've known for a while that John Williams wouldn't be providing the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it's fair to say that the majority of fans were pleased with the announcement that Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Godzilla) would be working on the movie. Well, that's changed as he is no longer available due to reshoots altering the scoring calendar. Instead, Michael Giacchino will be taking over. He's obviously best known for his work on the Star Trek and Pixar movies, while his next movie is Marvel's Doctor Strange. Some might call this an upgrade, but you can't help but wonder if Disney and Tony Gilroy - who is rumoured to have helmed the reshoots and taken over the post-production process - may have forced Gareth Edwards to make the change. Giacchino actually made a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first stand-alone movie in the Star Wars franchise, will be whistling a new tune. Michael Giacchino, the composer behind such films as the Star Trek reboot and Pixar movies ranging from The Incredibles to Inside Out, will score the upcoming pic, stepping in for Alexandre Desplat, who was originally slated to work on the movie. The recent reshoots are behind the switch, according to sources. Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots this summer that saw writer Tony Gilroy take on a filmmaker role during the shoot and the postproduction process as Disney and
- Borys Kit
The Great Wall is a film that's fallen under the public eye as of late. To some (including this writer, who wasn't familiar with the Max Brooks book), it was a bit unexpected that a film entitled The Great Wall would actually be a more fantastical take on the historical wonder. In this world, the wall was created not to keep out just any enemies, but to keep a race of vicious monsters.
While the first trailer was a host to intrigue and well-directed action, the movie came under fire for being white-centric. In true Hollywood fashion, the lead character in a Chinese-based film was none other than a white male. Director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) since came out in defense of the film, saying that it actually features a handful of leads, and only one of which, Damon, was not Chinese.
Controversies aside, The Great Wall looks »
- Joseph Medina
Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016
Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.
You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »
No major release in 2016 is more eagerly awaited world-over than Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Despite some getting flustered over the distinctly common practices of reshoots and scripting assistance – Tony Gilroy is now officially named as a co-writer – the global yearning for a galaxy far, far away is larger than […]
The post Why Rogue One is the Most Important Star Wars Film in a Generation appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Chris Haydon
It seems reasonable to expect that a movie called “The Great Wall,” billed as the biggest production in China’s filmmaking history, would feature Chinese actors. Instead, when Universal and Legendary released the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s film, the first face viewers saw was that of the decidedly white Matt Damon, fighting monsters atop the Middle Kingdom’s most famous monument.
In America, it was a call to arms in the battle against whitewashing, that curious tendency to insert Caucasian faces where history tells us there were none. “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world,” wrote comedian and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu in a lengthy, impassioned statement posted to Twitter. “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon.”
China had another take. There, the prevailing sentiment over the trespass on their national identity might best be described as a Whatevs. »
- Aaron Fox-Lerner
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