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The production shut down for two weeks earlier this month to accommodate Ford, who underwent successful leg surgery after suffering an accident on the film set.
The break has not delayed the release date for Star Wars Episode VII, which is due to open on December 18, 2015 in the Us and the UK.
The seventh feature film will be followed by an undisclosed spinoff »
I don’t think I should say too much about artist Alessandro Uggeri’s SamuraiTrooper design. I fear any further comments I make, other than that it’s a well-crafted piece of fan art, will cause a frenzy again. The last time I wrote an article involving a Samurai Stormtrooper, it caused a bit of a stir because it was retweeted by Jon Favreau. Before J.J. Abrams earned the Star Wars: Episode VII gig, Favreau was a fan favorite to take on the job, and his retweet and comment fueled those flames.
With Rian Johnson taking on writing and directing duties for Episodes VIII and IX, and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank helming the Star Wars standalone movies in the works, it’s seeming less likely that the man who kicked off the Marvel cinematic universe will get to play around in the Star Wars universe. We can hold out hope though, »
- Eli Reyes
A few quick thoughts on tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I blame my orthodics... "The Bridge" is a fine-looking show(*), but it's also not one I've previously felt had a distinct visual style. Or, rather, I felt that way until I watched "Goliath," which was directed by Jakob Verbruggen, who is new to this show but directed "The Fall" (which I have not seen, and have heard mixed things about) and a lot of TV shows in Belgium. "Goliath" looks interesting, but there are long stretches where it looks nothing like an episode of "The Bridge." (*) Except when it comes to scenes (like the assault on Fausto Galvan's warehouse in this episode) that take place in a lot of darkness, which are impenetrable no matter what quality of TV or screener I watch on. A lot of the series is made up of duos — Sonya and Marco, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Today brings another casting rumor for the upcoming Star Wars films, that's interesting in it ties into other rumors for the last two "numbered" films in the sequel trilogy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a hot commodity actor, has been rumored to appear as a central(ish) character in Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX, but the newest rumor hitting the webs right now is that he'll also have a cameo appearance in Episode VII. Come inside for all the details and our thoughts on it!
Pretty much all eyes are firmly placed on Star Wars: Episode VII right now, but that doesn't mean rumors about the next two numbered films haven't been popping up either. One of the early rumors has put Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a leading member in Episode VIII and IX. The rumor has been popping up here and there, even before Rian Johnson was brought on board to direct those films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Never again, TV Academy. Never again. I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong. But we shall trudge on! Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun. 8:00 p.m. Et. That was some of the worst Red Carpet pre-show I've ever watched between E! and NBC. I never thought I'd miss Ryan Seacrest, but there ya go! 8:00 p.m. Seth Meyers was just outside being interviewed by Billy Bush just two minutes ago. How will he make it inside? How?!?!? 8:00 p.m. A countdown! 20 seconds to go. 8:00 p.m. And now Seth is inside on-stage. How Is That Possible, Billy Bush?!? 8:01 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
When a great project is in development, directors attempt to join that project by convincing producers that they're the right people for the job. One of the ways of getting that done is to put together a video, comprised of footage from other films, giving the producers an idea of the style and tone that they will bring. Today we have Rian Johnson's pitch video for "Looper." We know that he went on to direct the sci-fi movie, but it took footage from such films as "Se7en," "Fight Club," and "Blade Runner" to comprise a video that eventually convinced investors that he should be given an opportunity to direct the movie. "This is a fairly common thing to do when you're trying to get a movie off the ground, but it was the first time I tried it," Johnson explained. "It was meant to show more some of the film's tone, »
It was all the way back in February that we brought you the news that Thn’s golden boy Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be producing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Since then it has pretty much been complete radio silence about the project.
Whilst speaking to moviefone the actor turned director has finally shared an update. He revealed that there was a team of people hard at work on the project, a team which features some of the talent who worked on Nolan’s Dark Knight series. Excited? You should be.
“Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and [David S] Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan ‘Batman’ movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, »
- Kat Smith
One of the words most often used to describe this summer's terrific "Godzilla" reboot was "Spielbergian" and it looks like the bearded filmmaker was also a big fan. He's bringing aboard Max Borenstein, who was credited with the "Godzilla" screenplay (even though, if we're being totally candid, a small squadron of writers contributed to the screenplay, including Frank Darabont and Rian Johnson), to adapt his 2002 feature film "Minority Report" for the small screen.
The Wrap is reporting that Steven Spielberg and Borenstein will translate the sci-fi adventure, which starred Tom Cruise as a cop in the "pre-crime" division of a futuristic Los Angeles, who uses psychics to help stop violent acts before they occur, for Spielberg's Amblin Television. According to the report Spielberg is targeting a "name" actor to anchor the series, like he did for his summer CBS series "Extant" (he nabbed Halle Berry).
The new series will, presumably, »
- Drew Taylor
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
Nowadays, in order to make a great pitch for a potential film, a director needs a proof-of-concept video to convey the style and tone of a project that they hope to get in front of a camera. In the case of original films that don't have established intellectual property and really need a convincing pitch, this is one of the most important elements of a pitch, especially when the film is a complex time travel thriller like Looper. Director Rian Johnson, who will soon be entering high pressure territory by directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, had to create one of these videos when he was pitching the superior sci-fi flick, and it's pretty cool. Here's the proof-of-concept trailer for Rian Johnson's Looper originally from io9: In addition, here's what Johnson had to say about putting together this pitch trailer: "This is a fairly common thing to do when »
- Ethan Anderton
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
The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...
We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)
We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »
(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 »
- email@example.com (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
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