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Broadly speaking, as a tentpole film inches closer and closer to release, eager fans begin pouring over all the minute details, searching for clues and, frankly, any indication of how the finished product stacks up – you know, before the actual review embargo lifts. One such metric that is so often the topic of conversation ahead of launch is running time, with the underlying assumption being that any movie that clocks in at over two hours and 30 minutes really needs to justify its length.
Potential pacing issues aside, those preconceptions tend to be unfair in the sense that a lengthy running times doesn’t always equate to a better quality experience, or vice versa. Think of how The Wolf of Wall Street manages to keep you locked in for a bum-numbing three hours, and you’ll begin to realize »
- Michael Briers
Broadly speaking, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor you can almost always count on to secure a compelling role year in, year out. Since his breakout in Rian Johnson’s Brick, audiences have witnessed that actor chop and change between poignant drama in 50/50, superhero action in The Dark Knight Rises and, more recently, character study for Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
They may not always be winners, but at least you can’t fault Gordon-Levitt for not straying outside his comfort zone, and it looks as though the actor’s latest gig will uphold that streak. It’s called Sovereign, according to Deadline, and is pitched as a sci-fi thriller. Geoff Tock and Gregory Weidman were the brains behind the initial script, though we understand that the so-hot-right-now Jack Thorne has been drafted in to give the screenplay a significant overhaul.
The underlying premise remains relatively unchanged for now, with Gordon-Levitt attached to play man who, »
- Michael Briers
Rob Leane Oct 14, 2016
Impress your chums this Halloween by rocking up dressed as Darth Vader, Rey or even Bb-8...
The Star Wars fandom has always involved a fair bit of dressing up. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of unlimited power as you skulk around a party dressed as the galaxy’s greatest villain, or the amount of joy to be found when you spot someone suited up as a giant walking carpet at a fan event.
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And now – thanks to the work of Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson and all the rest – we’ve got a bevvy of new characters to dress up as, like Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren the adorable ball droid Bb-8. Sadly, »
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
Not too long ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Adam Driver, aka Kylo Ren, compared Episode VIII to Empire Strikes Back. Yeah, about that. Originally talking to Collider, Driver had been asked about the script to Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. He replied: It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play. A lot of headlines at the time simply read "Adam Driver Compares Episode VIII to Empire Strikes Back" or "Star Wars: Episode VIII Is Like Empire Strikes Back. »
- Jill Pantozzi
With new ideas about Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII hitting the internet every week, it is only a matter of time before someone works out the next big twist
There was no Reddit or Twitter back in 1996. So when a young DC fan from Missouri named Geoff wanted to present his fan theory about the new Superboy to the world, he simply wrote to the comic’s letters page.
“I’d love to see a meeting between Superboy and Supergirl. It’s been a while,” wrote the 15-year-old fanboy after waxing lyrical on the “surprise, action and intrigue” featured in the latest instalment of the young Kal-El’s colourful adventures. “Also chalk up another vote for the Robin/Superboy crossover.
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- Ben Child
Warwick Davis has been a familiar name since he first landed the role of Wicket the Ewok in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of the Jedi, though it was not until he appeared in the leading role of 1988’s Willow that he reached legendary status. Since then, he has added two more franchises to his resume – Leprechaun and the Harry Potter films – but it is Star Wars: Episode VIII and Willow that the actor has been discussing most recently, in an interview with news.com.au.
Most significantly, while discussing his feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Davis dropped some hints about what we can expect to see in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – in which Davis will play a small role.
“I think he [J.J Abrams] captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t »
- Sarah Myles
Fear not, Star Wars fans because Maz Kanata will definitely be returning for Star Wars Episode 8. After reports circulated that Lupita Nyong'o hadn't shot scenes in the movie, according to the actress herself, she has indeed shot as Maz Kanata for the follow up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That being said, let's try to sort out some of the potential confusion.
Lupita Nyong'o recently made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in order to promote her new movie Queen of Katwe. During her chat with Ellen DeGeneres, the subject of Star Wars Episode VIII came up. The actress assured us all that she has shot her scenes for the movie and that she doesn't know where the rumor that she hadn't, or that she wasn't going to be in the movie, came from. Here is what she had to say.
"I don't know where this rumor came from! »
Actor Paul Dano is currently filming Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film “Okja,” but he has another project already in the works: His directorial debut “Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel of the same name. Now according to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in the film alongside Carey Mulligan.
“Wildlife” follows a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage after their move to Montana when his mother befriends another man. It will be co-written by Dano and fellow actress Zoe Kazan, and will be produced by Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks for June Pictures, and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Nine Stories.
“In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others,” said Dano. “I have always wanted to make films and have always known I would make films about family. »
- Vikram Murthi
In the span of just a decade, Paul Dano has worked with the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Kelly Reichardt, Steve McQueen, Denis Villeneuve, Bong Joon-ho, Rian Johnson, and more. Presumably learning a thing or two from this batch of talented directors, he’s now set to make his debut behind the camera with Wildlife.
The script, penned by Zoe Kazan and Dano himself, is adapted from the 1990 coming-of-age novel by Richard Ford, following a boy who watches his parents marriage unravel after a move and his mom falls in love with another man. Variety now reports that he’s found his leads, as Dano’s Prisoners and forthcoming Okja co-star Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to the drama alongside Carey Mulligan.
While the boy hasn’t been cast yet, presumably Gyllenhaal and Mulligan will play the parents. “In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others. »
- Leonard Pearce
In this edition of Episode 8 Bits: Does Carrie Fisher‘s changed schedule indicate reshoots for Star Wars: Episode 8? Adam Driver compliments Rian Johnson and compares Episode 8 to The Empire Strikes Back. Lupita Nyong’o shoots down those Maz Kanata rumors. Rian Johnson once again gets amusing on Twitter. Carrie Fisher explains why Han and […]
The post Episode 8 Bits: Possible Reshoots, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Comparisons, and Putting Together the Spoiler Puzzle appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Disney has Star Wars movies plotted out through 2021 and beyond. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release later this year, while Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is just beginning its post production journey. And Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is gearing up to […]
- Peter Sciretta
Disney announced that Lucasfilm will pump out a new anthology film set in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away by 2020, according to chief executive Bob Iger. Deadline reports that at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference, Iger said the scheduled film would form a trilogy with this December's Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film starring Alden Ehrenreich, all under the A Star Wars Story banner.
Iger also said he does not expect the box-office receipts from Rogue One to hit the same highs that The Force Awakens reached last winter. »
If you live near Austin and you feel the earth shifting beneath your feet, then you might want to throw on your sneakers and start running now, because the King of the Monsters is heading to Texas this week for the North American premiere of Shin Godzilla at Fantastic Fest 2016:
Press Release: Austin, TX - September 21, 2016 - Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest is excited to unveil last minute additions to the schedule, adding to one of the most highly diverse lineups in the festival's twelve-year history. And see who will go toe to toe in the fest's highly anticipated yearly event, the Fantastic Debates!
Godzilla returns to the big screen in 2016 with Shin Godzilla, the 32nd film in the legendary franchise and currently the 3rd highest grossing film in Japan this year. The King of the Monsters stomps into Fantastic Fest for its North American Premiere before smashing its way through the U. »
- Derek Anderson
The release of Star Wars: Episode VIII is still more than a year away, but the movie may already be undergoing its first round of reshoots. We should probably start out by saying that this is nothing to be concerned about, but since Rian Johnson recently wrapped principal photography on the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is definitely something to take note of. While the studio hasn't said anything about reshoots yet, there are some pretty significant clues that lead us to believe some additional filming has already taken place and that there is definitely more happening in the near future.
The folks over at the Star Wars fan site Star Wars News Net were able to put together the pieces of the puzzle that definitely indicate reshoots for Star Wars 8 are happening very soon, if they haven't already. Firstly, stunt performer Chloe Bruce, who worked on »
Just as Empire Strikes Back broke course from A New Hope and took George Lucas’ budding new franchise into darker territory all those years ago, it seems that Star Wars: Episode VIII will uphold tradition by ushering in a tonal shift from J.J. Abrams’ lucrative crowd-pleaser, The Force Awakens.
At least, that’s according to Adam Driver, who is back on board as the erratic galactic menace in training, Kylo Ren. Left wounded and without a father when the credits rolled on last year’s mega-hit, Driver shed some light on the thinking process behind Episode VIII, and how that aforementioned tonal shift is in many ways brought about by the change of director, with Rian Johnson taking point in lieu of J.J. Abrams.
Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. »
- Michael Briers
We still have a massive wait until the next main installment of the Star Wars saga hits theatres, and while we may have Rogue One to tide us over this December, it doesn't make it any easier to be patient for Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. The Force Awakens concluded with Rey (Daisy Ridley) defeating the arrogant Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) before embarking on a quest to find Luke Skywalker. While we still don't know anything about the sequel's story, Driver has compared the film to The Empire Strikes Back in terms of being tonally different to its predecessor. “[The script] is great,” Driver told Collider. “It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go, ‘Ooooh, it’s dark,’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary, »
We don’t really know much about the story in Star Wars Episode VIII aside from Force Awakens co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan calling it “weird” and Rian Johnson revealing it will begin moments after the conclusion of Episode 7. We know a lot all the people involved in the production, but not much about the story itself. […]
The post Adam Driver Compares The Shifting Tone of ‘Episode 8’ To ‘Empire Strikes Back’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the horizon, we're probably not likely to see anything on Episode VIII for a while. However, that's not going to stop those lovely little tidbits of information from flowing. Recently, Collider spoke with Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, and the actor spoke a bit about working with Rian Johnson and how impressed he was with the script. Nothing spoiler-y... Read More »
- Sean Wist
After the incredible success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII has now become perhaps the most anticipated movie of all time, continuing this new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. Production has already wrapped, with director Rian Johnson starting work on editing the first cut last month. Today we have some new details from star Adam Driver. The actor had nothing but high praise for directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, comparing this next advanture to the classic Empire Strikes Back, perhaps the most beloved installment in the entire franchise.
Before starring as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was best known for his role on HBO's Girls and indie films like Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha. While promoting his latest indie Paterson at the Toronto Film Festival, Adam Driver spoke with The Toronto Sun, where he »
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