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From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
In a new Wall Street Journal profile of LucasFilm's vice president of development, Kiri Hart, who is described as the Kevin Feige of the burgeoning Star Wars franchise, it was revealed that all of the ideas for Star Wars: Episode VII and every other franchise project, were developed at LucasFilm by her team, and that the franchise may delve into different genres.
Here's what Kiri Hart had to say, revealing that there is room for several genres to be explored while still keeping the same Star Wars tone intact.
"I think there are boundaries, but we don't want to rigidly define them. It's obviously not slapstick comedy, but there's room for many different stories and genres that still feel like 'Star Wars."
When asked if Star Wars Rebels marks a return to the same tone as the original trilogy, Kiri Hart had this to say.
"Many of us are »
The upcoming Star Wars movies will span various genres, according to Lucasfilm vice president of development Kiri Hart.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars Episode 7
Lucasfilm's Hart has now hinted that the upcoming movies will not "rigidly" adhere to established film genres.
"I think there are boundaries [to what defines Star Wars], but we don't want to rigidly define them," Hart told The Wall Street Journal.
She went on to say: "It's obviously not slapstick comedy, but there's room for many different stories and genres that still feel like Star Wars."
Hart added that Lucasfilm and Disney are committed »
What would you think if David Fincher, and not J.J. Abrams, had been chosen as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIIc It's only a hypothetical looking back, but as Fincher tells Total Film, leading the new Star Wars trilogy wasn't entirely off the table. "I talked to Kathy Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," Fincher told the site. His apprehension makes sense, seeing as his long-in-development 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was pretty much shot down by Disney, which owns Lucasfilm. Earlier this month, Fincher observed in an interview with Little White Lies that, "You get over $200 million... all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties." Relating specifically to his shuttered maritime fantasy adventure, it sounds like it was very difficult for Fincher to appease the anxieties of Disney's corporate culture. »
- Jordan Benesh
At one point in the past, like a lot of directors, David Fincher was looked at as a possible director to re-vitalize the Star Wars franchise by kicking off the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: Episode VII. It never came to pass and ultimately Lucasfilm went with Jj Abrams for the first film and Rian Johnson, presumably, for the second.
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," he says of the studio merger that resulted in a new batch of Star Wars films being greenlit.
"It's tricky," he adds. "My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that, »
Back in 2012, many names were rumored for the covet job of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And one of those names was David Fincher. Doing press for his thriller Gone Girl this past week, the director confirms that he actually did take a meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, saying that he considered the job for a split second, but ultimately passed.
David Fincher wanted to make another movie that looked like Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. It would have been dark in tone. And it would have been told through the eyes of droids C3PO and R2D2, whom he views as slaves.
David Fincher reveals for the first time:
"I talked to Kathy about it, »
Every week, Cinelinx is bursting with the latest news that you care about in the world of movies and video games. The Recap is here to end your week with a look back at the hottest news stories to have dropped in one quick, convenient format. Come check out this week's (from Sept. 22nd-26th) hottest news scoops that had you buzzing!
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Will Star Wars: Episode VII Feature a Return to Hoth? »
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Over the weekend, the normally very reliable Jedi-News posted a story in which they claimed to have heard "through the grapevine" that Doctor Strange director Scott Derickson was being lined up for a future Star Wars movie. IMDb was given as a source and the story started doing the rounds on many of the fansites dedicated to the series set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. In case you saw any of those and got your hopes up, /Film have mentioned in a round-up of Star Wars news today that "I have it on very good authority that’s not the case. Never say never, of course, but he’s concentrating on the Marvel film." This makes a lot of sense, especially as the original source was so questionable and Lucasfilm have already selected directors - J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson and Josh Trank - for their various Star Wars »
This super stylish new trailer for the Spierig brothers' new film, Predestination, has skyrocketed the film to the top of my most anticipated films list.
The story based on a Robert Heinlein short story sees Ethan Hawke as a time-travelling law man who must find a criminal through time and the no-frills style makes it seem like it could be up there with Rian Johnson's Looper in terms of quality.
The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
So far there is no release date, but the film has played in a few festivals to great reception.
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While all eyes are currently laser focused on Jj Abrams' currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII, we can't forget that the other films in the galaxy far, far away are also in variuos stages of production. Rian Johnson recently spoke with Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse Podcast, confirming he's directing Episode VIII and talked about his experiences with it so far. Come inside to see what he has to say about Disney/Lucasfilm giving directors plenty of freedom, when he expects to start shooting, and how the script is coming along!
First of all, I think it's worth noting that this is really the first time we've seen Rian Johnson confirm he's direction Episode VIII. He's largely played coy with the question before, talking about it without saying anything directly, and it's funny because despite knowing it's going to happen...the studios haven't made an official announcement. If there »
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Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Looper and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, talked with Terry Gilliam on the eve of the U.S. theatrical release of Gilliam’s new movie, The Zero Theorem. It's a podcast worth sharing.
In the first part of a two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Film podcast, Johnson and Gilliam discuss topics ranging from modern movie-watching and the perils of social media to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Johnson is to write and direct.
Here is part one:
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The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. This time, more a little bit more speculation.
This Week: A good look at the Millennium Falcon reveals the Batmobile and it's all good fun. A Rebels teaser might show us an Episode VII planet, Star Wars commits to December and Rian Johnson talks about working on Episode VIII.
I hope everyone is having fun, Jj Abrams and Zack Snyder certainly are, with their newest social media marketing salvos blasting across the interwebspherenet after a rumor that the Batmobile had been stolen:
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/fVyENoksFp
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014
I like this.
It's nice to get to see the Batmobile and the Millennium Falcon, »
For Rian Johnson, writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII is simply a return to his origins as a filmmaker. And by origins, he means the earliest of his early days. “For me, personally, I grew up not just watching those movies but playing with those toys,” Johnson explained on the latest episode of The Talkhouse podcast. “So growing up, the first movies I was making in my head were set in [the Star Wars] world.” He said that although he’s just starting to write the movie, “honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing, it’s just
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Art by Ryan Crain
Director Rian Johnson recently talked a little bit about his experience working on Star Wars: Episode VIII so far on the podcast TalkHouse. While he talks about it he gives us several reasons why these upcoming Star Wars movies are going to be amazing, mostly because of how supportive Lucasfilm has been to the filmmakers they've hired to bring these movies to life.
Director Terry Gilliam was also in on the discussion, and it was the first time he learned that Johnson was directing Episodes VIII and IX. When Gilliam finds out he asks him what it feels like to take over someone else's world and this was his response:
“Well, I’m just starting into it so… but so far it’s been nothing but… honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing. It’s just joyous. But also for me personally, »
- Joey Paur
There's rarely more fun when filmmakers of a similar ilk interview each other. That was the cast this week when "Looper" director Rian Johnson star down with filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the latter's TalkHouse Podcast to talk about Johnson's next gig - "Star Wars: Episode VIII". He says things are still in the earliest stages right now:
"I'm just starting into it, but so far it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous. The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection - it's almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.
I'm figuring it out as I go. I'm dancing on top of the avalanche a little bit. But it's a challenge of remembering what inspires you about the original films, but I think you can probably go to the »
- Garth Franklin
Directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder have been going back-and-forth online by parodying their respective blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder struck the most recent blow by showing a Stormtrooper getting arrested for hi-jacking Batman's ride. Abrams has retorted in a way that will be tough to top. He's stolen the Batmobile back and placed it on the underside of the Millennium Falcon. And this isn't just a cutesy little model. This is a real shot of the Millennium Falcon with a huge pan and everything. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII Millennium Falcon video featuring the Batmobile. It's now your move, Mr. Snyder. May I suggest putting Batman behind the wheel of a Star Destroyer? Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016. Via Bad Robot. And if you’d like »
- Matt Goldberg
While it may be intimidating to take over a storied franchise like "Star Wars," Rian Johnson insists that he's being given plenty of creative freedom as he prepares to write and direct "Episode VIII."
Johnson talked about the expectations for the series during a recent installment of the TalkHouse podcast, in which he chatted with fellow director Terry Gilliam. Gilliam asked Johnson what it was like to "take over someone else's world" and if "Star Wars" creator George Lucas was "looking over his shoulder" throughout the writing process.
Despite the possibility of being overwhelmed by the history of the franchise (and its hands-on creator), Johnson had nothing but good things to say about the experience so far, noting that he's being allowed to pursue any story avenue he wishes -- and he's having a great time doing it.
"Honestly, it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous, »
- Katie Roberts
Duncan Jones has apparently been out of the loop for awhile, working on a tiny little indie project you’ve probably never heard of. So he didn’t know that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting the comic book Preacher into a series for AMC. When he asked Ain’t It Cool News’ Eric Vespe a question about the project on Twitter, Rogen jumped in to offer him the director’s chair. Jones accepted the offer, and things spiraled from there. I really can’t wait for the episode set on the Millennium Falcon. Here’s how the exchange went down.
@EricVespe @Sethrogen @evandgoldberg Are they doing it as TV or film?
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script)
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014
Jones had a little fun before giving an apparently earnest answer. »
- Mily Dunbar
With the final four episodes of Breaking Bad looming last fall, Vince Gilligan hinted, “A great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt.” And, sure enough, in “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of AMC’s harrowing, Emmy-winning meth drama, many of said chickens knocked down the front door of his house and made themselves comfortable in his living room.
During that hour of punishing and mesmerizing television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) would lose much of his blood money and most of his family (except for his baby daughter, whom he kidnapped in a moment of desperation), the latter being the »
- Dan Snierson
With the final four episodes of Breaking Bad looming last fall, Vince Gilligan hinted to EW, “A great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt.” And, sure enough, in “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of AMC’s harrowing, Emmy-winning meth drama, many of said chickens knocked down the front door of his house and made themselves comfortable in his living room.
During that hour of punishing and mesmerizing television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) would lose much of his blood money and most of his family (except for his baby daughter, whom he kidnapped in a moment of desperation), the latter »
- Dan Snierson
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