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It’s not unusual for filmmakers to make proof-of-concept videos to help sell Hollywood executives on their projects. Since film is a visual medium, it’s beneficial to be able to present a vision of what a multimillion-dollar project will look like long before anyone actually spends those huge amounts of money to make it. It also really helps if you’re pitching a high-concept idea that can’t be adequately summed up in a logline. Filmmaker Rian Johnson understood this, and he shot this awesome proof-of-concept video for his time-travel film Looper. What’s really amazing about this is how closely the tone of the concept video matches the one found in the finished film, even though it's using footage from other sources. Johnson uses animation and...
- Mike Bracken
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has spent quite a lot of time around comic book movies lately. From The Dark Knight Rises, signing on to star in and possibly direct Sandman, and his work in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (which opens tomorrow), he's really getting an education in how to make the genre work on screen. In a chat with Moviefone, the actor-writer-director opened up a bit about his experience on the set of the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film, and what he may have picked up from them as he prepares for Sandman.
While some actors have complained openly about how hard it is to create an organic experience when they're surrounded by nothing but green screens, Gordon-Levitt says he embraced the experience in Sin City. The actor filmed his scenes with nothing more than the actors in his scenes and some basic set pieces. The rest of the »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
(Cbr) Not long from now, in this very galaxy, new "Star Wars" movies will emerge — not just a new trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams, but spinoffs as well, from the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Rian Johnson, the director of "Brick," "Looper" and three episodes of "Breaking Bad," is the filmmaker responsible for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and possibly even "Episode IX." As such, he’s been on the set of Abrams’ "Episode VII," and knows much more behind-the-scenes details than … well, just about anybody. Johnson was the guest on a recent episode of Grantland’s Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while there wasn’t much he’s able to reveal about his upcoming "Star Wars" movie, he did say the new series will very much lean on practical, rather than computer-generated, effects — a notable change of pace from George Lucas’ divisive prequels, and closer to the style of the original trilogy. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
This week, I’m turning my attention and the spotlight in the title of this article to one of my favorite actors working today…Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate this talented multihyphenate. The rare child actor to successfully transition into a respected adult performer, Gordon-Levitt is widely considered to be one of the best young actors that we have in the business. He’s constantly chosen interesting projects and almost never does anything you’d consider to be just a paycheck job. He’s yet to receive an Academy Award nomination, but one suspects that it’s only a matter of time in that regard. Gordon-Levitt got his start at a young age, first working in television at the tender age of just seven. He’d continue with small parts on the small screen up until he got a few tiny roles in films, »
- Joey Magidson
Of all the exceptional things about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the insanely talented young actor (who has appeared in "Inception," "Looper," and "The Dark Knight Rises") and director (whose debut feature film, "Don Jon," came out last year), perhaps the most exceptional thing about him, at least on the day that we met him in Beverly Hills to discuss his role as the preternaturally gifted card shark Johnny in the wildly anticipated sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," was his socks.
They were really crazy and had a graphic of what appeared to be a geisha woman printed on them, against a background of a deep, nearly grape-colored purple. In fact, they were so amazing that I almost wanted to ask if I could take a photo of them for my Instagram.
But instead, I got to chat with Gordon-Levitt about what it was like playing in this »
- Drew Taylor
The director, who has been announced to follow Jj Abrams for Disney's Episode VIII, has said that there will be a move away from the controversial reliance on computer effects in George Lucas's prequel trilogy.
"They're doing so much practical building for this one," Johnson told the Girls in Hoodies podcast. "It's awesome.
"I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it.
"I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big, so quick.
He continued. "I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it. »
One of the sharpest criticisms levied against George Lucas' Star Wars prequels was focused on the writer/director's abandonment of practical effects and puppetry in favor of CGI - which was quite a good deal less advanced than it is today. Fortunately, that's not the direction that the new trilogy of films will be looking in. Both director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have previously talked about their desire to make Star Wars: Episode VII feel real and feature more non-digital wizardry, and now Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX director Rian Johnson is joining the chorus with a shared sentiment about the direction of the franchise. Johnson was recently a guest on the Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while he really couldn't go into any detail about what's in store for Star Wars: Episodes VII and IX, he did laud all of the non-computer generated »
The man who takes hold of the Taun-Taun reigns after Jj Abrams, has spoken about the task ahead of him and what audiences can expect. Looper director, Rian Johnson who will direct Star Wars episode VIII and IX says to expect more practical and traditional effects. Ironically, episodes I,II and III never hit the big screen until 1999 with George Lucas stating that the technology didn’t exist to create the movies he envisioned. With Jj Abrams already vowing to go back to more practical effects including a full size Millennium Falcon and a plethora of puppets, Johnson speaking to the Girls Hoodies podcast says that the tide is turning. “I think people are coming back around to practical effects. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is the man who will be writing and directing that movie along with Episode IX. Since Johnson has come on board, he's been relatively quiet about the whole thing.
The filmmaker recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to talk about all kinds of things, and naturally, Star Wars: Episode VIII came up in the conversation. When asked about the job, Johnson said, “The most surprising thing is just how not scary it is, and how much fun it is." Of course, he can't really say much about it at this point, but he did say,
"It’s boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror I expected I would, »
- Joey Paur
As if videos from the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie featuring live-action alien costumes and full-scale X-Wing Fighters haven’t been enough of a clue, Rian Johnson, who will pick up the franchise after Abrams, says Star Wars: Episode VII will feature more practical, traditional effects. “They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said on the latest Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more
- Graeme McMillan
If you are in need of something to do this Monday evening then we may have just the ticket for you. The Roundhouse is hosting a one night only screening of Kid Koala’s film Nufonia Must Fall. The DJ will himself be in attendance to live score his creation accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet. The quirky fun doesn’t stop there though as the film itself will be performed live by puppeteers with their actions projected onto the big screen. At the helm of the night’s proceedings is production designer Kk Barrett who recently worked on both Her and Where The Wild Things Are.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned DJ and music producer. In addition to his albums he has also provided music for Shaun Of The Dead, Looper, and Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. The film Nufonia Must Fall is based on Koala’s own self-penned »
- Kat Smith
Warning: The following article contains Star Wars spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
Jj Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on his films, stressing the importance of preserving the magic of the first-time viewing for cinemagoers.
However, over the last few days the mother lode of potential spoilers (we stress potential, this is all completely unconfirmed of course) have emerged online, sparking much fan debate about both their veracity and what they could mean for the Jj Abrams and Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars 7
We want to know what you think of these potential plot points, which come courtesy of Latino Review. Are they what you expected? Are you excited or underwhelmed about them? We've summarised them into four key points below, so if you're *really* curious, hit below to see them all. »
Official details on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII are hard to come by, but thanks to the ever-churning rumor mill, the picture may be becoming clearer. This week saw a wave of new reports covering the Stormtroopers’ new look, who the main villain might be, and Han Solo’s new costumes and ship. While nothing has been confirmed by Disney/Lucasfilm, it allows fans to engage in interesting discussions while they wait for new information.Click to continue reading ‘Star Wars’ Roundup: Ot Blu-ray Rumor Debunked; Rian Johnson & Adam Driver on ‘Episode 7′
- Chris Agar
Following that wave of spoilers yesterday regarding the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII," things take a quieter turn today as we jump ahead with words from the man in charge of "Star Wars: Episode VIII".
Filmmaker Rian Johnson is both penning and directing the middle chapter of the upcoming trilogy, and recently spoke with The Girls in Hoodies podcastabout his involvement in the TV series "Outlander". During said interview talk did turn towards a galaxy far far away briefly, Johnson did speak about this new trilogy's plans to use as many practical effects as possible:
"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome. They're doing it all right, yeah ... I think people are coming back around to [practical effects], yeah, it feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back towards it.
I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in »
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday was either a great day for Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting Episode VII, or a really bad one as Indie Revolver, Latino Review and Badass Digest divulged a Tsunami of spoilers, giving away pretty much the entire movie. From villains, to character flashbacks, to Stormtrooper designs and even Han Solo's wardrobe, nothing was left off the table of discussion. Of course, neither Disney nor Lucasfilm confirmed any of these leaks. If you're not the type of fan who wants to be spoiled, knowing the entire movie before buying your ticket, a new interview may be more your speed.
The Girls in Hoodies podcast had Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX director Rian Johnson on to talk about his involvement in the new series Outlander, which was renewed for a second season yesterday. Of course talk turned to his upcoming Lucasfilm sequel. While he surely wouldn't ever »
After all of the excitement of yesterday’s alleged concept art and plot rumours for Star Wars: Epsidoe VII [which you can see here, here and here - but beware of potential spoilers], Star Wars: Episode VIII writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) has taken a moment to share his thoughts on joining the franchise, as well as discussing his visit to the set of the currently in production Episode VII and praising the use of practical effects on the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
“The most surprising thing [about working on Star Wars] is just how not scary and how much fun,” Johnson tells Girls in Hoodies (via SlashFilm). It’s boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror that I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point… Coming at the time it does where we’ve – like if there’d been no Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi, »
- Gary Collinson
Whether or not J.J. Abrams would direct more than just Star Wars Episode VII was always in doubt, especially after he made his displeasure clear about leaving his family behind in Los Angeles in order to relocate to the UK for the lengthy shoot. Rian Johnson being chosen to take over the franchise was met with a universally positive response however, and he is officially signed on to write and direct Episode VIII (and IX according to some reports, though others state that he will only write the treatment for that instalment). In a recent interview with Girls in Hoodies podcast (via Collider), the team asked the Breaking Bad helmer how it felt to take on a franchise like Star Wars. "It’s boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror that I kind of expected I would, »
Have you had enough of all the Star Wars: Episode VII news today? Well, you’re in luck because now we’re going to focus on Star Wars: Episode VIII! There’s been talk of a Star Wars trilogy film hitting theaters every other year with a Star Wars spinoff movie in between, so if that really does pan out, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII could be heading towards a 2017 release. Three years may seem like a lot, but when you’ve got to write, direct and then take a film of this magnitude through post-production, the time is going to fly by fast. Johnson has talked about taking the gig a little bit since being hired back in June, but not to the extent he just did in a new podcast. Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about jumping into the Star Wars universe, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Today has been full of talk about Star Wars Episode VII, but for a moment let’s look even further into the future, towards Star Wars Episode VIII. We assume the movie will be released in 2017, and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is already set to write and direct. Johnson has been super-quiet so far […]
- Russ Fischer
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — continuing with our look at the comedy and drama series writing categories. Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series "Episodes," "Episode 305" - David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik "Louie, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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