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Next week, some of the biggest movies and TV shows Hollywood has to offer will head a few hours south to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015, which runs from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12. Last week, before the official Comic-Con schedule was released, we tried to break down some of the surprises that the studios and networks may have in store for fans, since many of the big events at every Con aren't found on the official schedule. This year will surely be no exception, and several of the studios are even feeding into this, with the lineups for Open Road Films and 20th Century Fox still shrouded in mystery. We can speculate on what movies these studios will showcase until the cows come home, but we won't know for sure what exactly will be on display until everyone has been seated in Hall H for each presentation. Last year, the »
Last year Amazon Prime released their biggest television project to the masses. That show was Extant and starred Academy Award Winner Halle Berry as Molly Woods, a female astronaut, whom after returning from a year long solo space mission found herself pregnant. Meanwhile her husband John, played by Goran Visnic was hard at work designing a new form of artificial intelligence, known as a ‘Humanic’. The result was Ethan, played brilliantly by Looper’s Pierce Gagnon, a robot child that Molly and John were raising as there own.
As the series progressed it was revealed that Molly’s baby was of course alien in origin and Molly found herself desperately trying to save her hybrid child form government officials, whilst still trying to keep Earth safe from invasion. If you haven’t seen the show »
- Kat Smith
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. »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, which means they must have dealt with a variety of threats. Over the six Star Wars movies, the peacekeepers fought enemies ranging from Sith Lords and bounty hunters to battle droids and fighting ring beasts. That will continue when the next wave of Star Wars movies kick off later this year, but Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson dreamt of a particularly unusual enemy for the newest generation of benevolent Force wielders to face: dogs. You can find the whole story on Johnson.s Twitter feed, but here.s the summary. Earlier this week, Johnson dreamt he was storyboarding an action scene so great that even if Episode VIII was a disaster it would, "blow the roof off the theater." Then he experienced a moment of lucidity within the dream »
When you sign on to work on a Star Wars film, you sign a huge Nda which prevents you from talking about the movie in almost any way possible (for example, see us try to get screenwriter Gary Whitta to talk about Star Wars: Rogue One here). But Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson has […]
- Peter Sciretta
In April 2013, Disney Chairman Alan Horn made the dreams of millions come true when he announced a range of new plans for the iconic and beloved Star Wars film franchise. Beginning with a new trilogy of core sequels – headed up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the studio confirmed that there would also be several standalone, spinoff movies, giving a broader view of Star Wars action.
With this parallel Star Wars series quickly becoming known as the Star Wars Anthology films, the imaginations of fans ran wild – with such a rich universe to draw upon, the possibilities seemed endless. The schedule for these new plans was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger – the intention being, to release of a new core film every two years, interspersed with an Anthology film. The result of this schedule means we will potentially see a brand new Star Wars film every year, for six years, »
- Sarah Myles
Here at The Movie Bit we like to try and broaden your horizons from time to time, and bring you some movies that for one reason or another have passed you by. Some old, some new, all of these movies are readily available at your local DVD store, or online through the likes of Netlix, so no more excuses as to why you haven’t seen the films on this list. The next time you find yourself wondering what to watch on your night in, just pick any from the list below and we promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised. So, without further delay, here’s part 1 of our guide to the 50 best movies you haven’t seen...yet! 1 - Brick Synopsis: Rian Johnson’s debut feature film sees a teenage loner force his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
There's a lot of talk about the digital campfire concerning the Arri's new Alexa 65 camera, which combines the proven image quality, dynamic range, and usability of the Alexa with a much larger 65mm equivalent sensor. Emmanuel Lubezki used it to shoot Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant, Robert Elswit used the camera for the much-talked-about underwater sequences in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and it's being used as I type to film Captain America: Civil War. Well, now it's heading to a galaxy far, far away. The Hollywood Reporter brings word cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) will be using the camera to lens Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One for director Gareth Edwards, delivering the latest in premium, large-format, 6K resolution in digital filmmaking. Meanwhile, Rian Johnson, who will be filming Star Wars: Episode VIII revealed on Twitter he'll be using 35mm for that shoot, though he did consider 65mm. This »
- Brad Brevet
The Playlist's Rodrigo Perez reports that Terry Gilliam is planning to funnel some Amazon money into The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. "'It’s my madness!' Gilliam laughed." Meantime, while Gareth Edwards will be using the new Arri Alexa 65, "a digital camera that provides 6K resolution," to shoot Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, Rian Johnson will be sticking to his guns: Star Wars: Episode VIII will be shot on 35mm. More news of projects in the works: John Sayles will adapt Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher for Chris Eyre to direct. Reese Witherspoon is going to Wall Street—and more. » - David Hudson »
J.J. Abrams shot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 35mm film and yesterday news broke that Rian Johnson will do the same for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but apparently Gareth Edwards is going in a different direction with his anthology film, Star Wars: Rogue One. According to THR, parts of Rogue One will be shot with a large-format, 6K resolution model of Arri's Alexa 65. As described on the Arri website, it’s “a complete large-format solution for high-end theatrical motion pictures.” It’s “a scaled-up version of an Alexa Xt, able to capture an uncompressed Arriraw 65 mm image of stunning intensity and definition.” The moment the camera debuted back in December, cinematographers were clamoring to get their hands on it. Robert Elswit used it for an underwater sequence in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Stuart Dryburgh might shoot all of Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall with it »
- Perri Nemiroff
Having already confirmed that he will not be directing any more Jurassic movies, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is predictably the subject of vast amounts of speculation with regard to his next project choices. He made the leap from small indie movies – such as Safety Not Guaranteed – to a giant blockbuster franchise, which means that Trevorrow’s name inevitably arises in any discussion about potential Star Wars directors – particularly now that Josh Trank has relinquished the reins of the planned second Star Wars Anthology movie. Doing press for Jurassic World has seen the director deal with the Star Wars question – particularly in conversation with /Film.
“Yeah, I can’t say no to that idea. Look, I think you’d know I was lying if I said I would never ever do a Star Wars film. I could tell you absolutely, 100 per cent for sure, I’m not doing or involved in the Boba Fett one. »
- Sarah Myles
Star Wars: Episode VIII Will Be Shot On Film. The second installment of this new trilogy in the Star Wars Saga will be commandeered by Rian Johnson and will be shot on film. Jj Abrams has shot The Force Awakens on film, and it seems like Disney’s plan is to retain that look for at least the core trilogy. Who knows, perhaps the Anthology side-stories will be filmed digitally. We’ll have to wait and see. For now, here’s validation by the director himself, via twitter.
@LARABIACompany I really wanted to, but for some specific logistical reasons we’re sticking with 35.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 10, 2015
I like Rian Johnson quite a bit. I watched Brick (2005) on a whim, in college, and was hooked within a few minutes. I kept an eye out for his work ever since, and absolutely adored Brothers Bloom (2008), so when it was announced that »
- Marco Margaritoff
Film stock is currently an endangered species, with only a select few filmmakers left with the clout necessary to insist on shooting film versus digital. Both mediums have their pros and cons, but the prospect of film disappearing—because digital is so much cheaper from a studio standpoint—was a worrisome one. J.J. Abrams is one of the filmmakers leading the charge to keep film alive, and fans rejoiced when he opted to shoot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 35mm, using IMAX film stock for certain sequences. But Abrams is one man, and so far he's only set to direct one Star Wars movie. Was Disney really going to let the Star Wars franchise continue shooting on film, or would they go the Marvel route an implement a digital-only mandate? Surprisingly it’s the former, as Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson not only confirmed (via Bmd »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the first rumored names for a potential director of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was that of Colin Trevorrow, the "Safety Not Guaranteed" helmer whom teased he was working on a major sequel to one of his all time childhood favourite films.
Turns out that project was "Jurassic World" which hits cinemas this week. Out doing press for it, he was asked by Slashfilm about the talk which he confirms got started when helmer Brad Bird suggested Trevorrow as a potential replacement when Bird passed on 'Force Awakens' to shoot "Tomorrowland".
"I can't say no to that idea. Look, I think you'd know I was lying if I said I would never ever do a Star Wars film. I could tell you absolutely, 100 percent for sure I'm not doing or involved in the Boba Fett one. »
- Garth Franklin
With J.J. Abrams shooting "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on 35mm film, just like the original trilogy, it has begged the question - will the subsequent films also take that approach?
Filmmaker Rian Johnson, who will helm "Star Wars: Episode VIII," has answered that question on Twitter this week when someone recently asked him about the possibility of shooting on larger scale 65mm. Johnson replied: "I really wanted to, but for some specific logistical reasons we're sticking with 35mm."
In between the two films comes Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" and word from the trades is that cinematographer Greig Fraser will shoot some sequences (how many is unclear) with the new 6K resolution Arri Alexa 65 camera.
The talk follows in the wake of a photo a few days ago on social media that suggests C-3Po sports a red arm in the new films. In other "Star Wars" news this week, »
- Garth Franklin
The migration of filmmakers from the big screen to the small one is not a new phenomenon, but another team was formally inducted this weekend, with the Wachowskis’ Netflix series Sense8 making its debut. The duo join the ranks of others such as Steven Soderbergh, and they are far from the last ones, as Steve McQueen, Baz Luhrmann, and Amy Seimetz are among those who are poised to make the creative leap as well. There are some filmmakers, however, who have displayed a set of talents that make the idea of them moving to television an exciting one. Here are ten filmmakers who would be a great fit on the small screen in charge of a tv show.
1) Alex Garland
- Deepayan Sengupta
Lucasfilm is cultivating some impressive up-and-coming names around their Star Wars films. Aside from J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson of Looper will direct Episodes 8 and maybe 9, while Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is helming the anthology film, Rogue One. Josh Trank of Chronicle and Fantastic Four was on board for the second anthology, but dropped out over behind-the-scenes drama. Colin Trevorrow is another name that has ben linked to the resurrected franchise, but according to the Jurassic World helmer, he won't be tackling the galaxy far, far away any time soon. When the filmmaker recently stated that he will not be returning to direct the sequel to his dino extravaganza, people began to wonder whether that meant he was being considered for another big blockbuster event (i.e. Star Wars). Speaking with MTV, Trevorrow put an end to those rumors, saying: I feel like, at »
When Colin Trevorrow’s debut feature film Safety Not Guaranteed starring Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza hit in 2012 the rest of Hollywood stood up and took notice that Trevorrow would be one to look out for in the next few years. Almost immediately he was being linked with directing Star Wars: Episode VII – which had just recently been announced at the time – a rather big leap for him to take I think you’ll agree. It turned out there was nothing to those early rumours but it still didn’t mean that he wasn’t being considered for a big blockbuster and he signed on to do Jurassic World shortly after.
While on promoting duties for Jurassic World, Trevorrow spoke recently to MTV and was asked about those Star Wars rumours, which he said were “very strange” and that he wanted to define himself “a little bit more as »
- Gavin Logan
Written and directed by Erik C. Bloomquist
In 2005, writer-director Rian Johnson exploded onto the film scenes with one of the most unique movie experiences in recent memory by delivering Brick, a neo-noir set in a Californian public high school. The story featured a cast of talented young actors spewing spiffy dialogue, and their characters getting into deep and dark trouble befitting of the sort of yarns told back in the 1940s and 1950s, only that is was happening in a modern setting and at school. It was fresh whilst calling back to film noir of yore. A decade later, writer-director Erik Bloomquist tries his own hand in similar but not identical fashion with The Cobblestone Corridor, a short film (25 minutes) transpiring in the confines of a private high school.
Allan Archer (Bloomquist) is the editor in chief of the institution’s newspaper, The Gazette. »
- Edgar Chaput
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