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Valene Kane playing Jyn Erso’s mother in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

7 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve known for a while that Mads Mikkelsen is playing Galen Erso, the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now we know who’s playing her mother too, with actress Valene Kane (The Fall) revealing that she’s set to portray Lyra Erso in December’s Anthology movie.

“I grew up watching Stars Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland,” said Kane in an interview with told Belfast Live. “[The film] has a really edgy independent vibe.”

Given that Kane shot her scenes in Iceland (and the fact she’s four years younger than Felicity Jones), we can assume that she’ll feature in flashback scenes with a young Jyn Erso and will presumably only have a minor role in the film.

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- Gary Collinson

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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Gets a Christmas Day Release

8 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now that studios are finalizing their late-year bookings, we can see just how insane the Christmas release season will be.

Paramount slotted Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” on December 23—he was always expected to hand in the film, as he did with “Wolf of Wall Street,” just before year’s end—while A24 chose December 25 as a limited launch for Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” which will make its world premiere October 8 at the New York Film Festival. His last film, 2010’s “Beginners,” scored an Oscar win for Christopher Plummer.

Both movies will widen in the less-competitive January time frame, and are expected to compete for awards. “Silence” offers the second high-profile performance of the year from Andrew Garfield. (The other is Mel Gibson’s well-reviewed Venice title, World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”) “20th Century Women” is a ’70s family dramedy starring Oscar perennial Annette Bening (who is overdue with »

- Anne Thompson

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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Gets a Christmas Day Release

8 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that studios are finalizing their late-year bookings, we can see just how insane the Christmas release season will be.

Paramount slotted Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” on December 23—he was always expected to hand in the film, as he did with “Wolf of Wall Street,” just before year’s end—while A24 chose December 25 as a limited launch for Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” which will make its world premiere October 8 at the New York Film Festival. His last film, 2010’s “Beginners,” scored an Oscar win for Christopher Plummer.

Both movies will widen in the less-competitive January time frame, and are expected to compete for awards. “Silence” offers the second high-profile performance of the year from Andrew Garfield. (The other is Mel Gibson’s well-reviewed Venice title, World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”) “20th Century Women” is a ’70s family dramedy starring Oscar perennial Annette Bening (who is overdue with »

- Anne Thompson

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Jodie Foster to Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jodie Foster will be this year’s recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the October ceremony, it was announced on Monday.

“It seems fitting that in this 40th Anniversary year of both ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Bugsy Malone,’ we are honoring Jodie’s remarkable trail-blazing career at the Britannia Awards,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, in a statement. “It takes a rare and special talent to launch an international career with two amazingly different performances, and Jodie’s choices as an actor and director have continued to earn a deserved reputation as one of the most versatile professionals of our time.”

Foster’s 50-year career started at age three as “The Coppertone Girl” in the television commercial, but it was her role as Iris “Easy” Steensma in “Taxi Driver” (1976) that gained her world-wide recognition. Her most prominent roles in film have landed »

- Joshua Terry

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Why is Jyn Erso’s mom younger than her in ‘Star Wars Rogue One?’

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've just discovered yet another cast member of Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Valene Kane has revealed she has a very important role related to Jyn Erso. We know Mads Mikkelsen wasn't shy about dropping Rogue One secrets. In fact, he was the one who let slip he was playing Jyn's father, Galen Erso. But now we know Valene Kane, who played Rose Stagg in the British crime drama The Fall, is playing another Erso. Belfast Live writes the actor "admits she was stunned after landing an out of this world role in the new Star Wars film. The Co Down actor will play Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards." Lyra Erso huh? While she didn't give any specifics to Belfast Live, many have assumed Lyra is Jyn's mother. If true, it's likely Lyra's scenes will be flashbacks as Kane is »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Actress Who Plays Lyra Erso In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Says Film Feels Like An Indie

14 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Actress Valene Kane recently made some of her first comments about playing Lyra Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In a talk with Belfast Live, the star of BBC's The Fall opened up about the vibe on the set of the Gareth Edwards film, as well as it what it meant for her to actually be working on a Star Wars movie.

"I grew up watching Stars Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland. It has a really edgy independent vibe," Kane said. This jibes with a lot of what we've heard about the direction of the film, which was always meant to be a more stripped-down and intimate affair than the rollicking space adventures the other Star Wars films are known as. 

It'll be fascinating to see if that indie vibe she described here makes it to the screen, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Lucasfilm releases final part of Go Rogue stop-motion animated series for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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With Force Friday just a few days away and a new wave of Star Wars merchandise set to invade stores around the globe, Lucasfilm has released the fourth and final part of its ‘Go Rogue’ stop-motion animated series for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In this final chapter, the Rebels must rely on their wits, courage and building skills to rescue one of their own from Director Krennic and escape with the Lego building instructions, as the fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance. Check it out below and be sure to watch part one, part two and part three if you missed them…

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, »

- Amie Cranswick

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'Star Wars: Rogue One' toys give away Jyn Erso's military rank and confirm This planet

23 September 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you’re the kind of person that thinks official marketing or merchandising releases can be spoilers, you’re gonna have a bad time in this post. Make haste away before you accidentally learn something that will darken your film going experience this December! As for the rest of us? Let’s take a look at the latest releases from Hasbro’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy line!  Today two new additions to the Star Wars ‘Black Series’ of toys were unveiled. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and a specialized stormtrooper join the line-up. After her Sdcc Exclusive this past July, the new 6-inch action figure will be Erso’s second entry to the ‘Black Series.’ And her new iteration gives fans a just the tiniest sliver of new information: her military rank. Image Credit: Hasbro/Lucasfilm If we’re using American military rankings, Erso being a Sergeant puts »

- Donna Dickens

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San Sebastian: Latin America, Post-Toronto News, a Basque Surge and Studio Coin

23 September 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Following on eOne Seville Intl., which announced last week its acquisition of world sales rights on Aritz Moreno’s “Advantages of Travelling By Train,” Barcelona-based Filmax has confirmed it has acquired international sales and Spanish distribution rights to another prime Basque film property, crime caper “Operacion Concha.”

Lead-produced by Bilbao’s Abra Produczioak, structured as a co-production with Mexico, and shooting in February, “Operacion Concha” is a film industry scam comedy set during the San Sebastian Festival, in the line of “Ocean’s Eleven,” said Abra’s Joxe Portela.

For Filmax’s Carlos Fernandez, the “Operacion Concha” pick-up forms part of the company’s bet on Spanish cinema, which paid off with “Truman.” Filmax, for example, has also taken Spanish and world sales rights to Patxo Telleria’s conniving bank manager comedy “Igelak,” which received a Basque gala screening at San Sebastian.

Both deals also confirm that the »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Not Expected to Do ‘Force Awakens’ Business, Disney CEO Says

21 September 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney chief Bob Iger said he just met with LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy to map out “Star Wars” movies from 2021 and beyond, signalling that the studio is plunging ahead with plans to keep developing the cinematic universe created by George Lucas.

To that end, the studio has already announced two more planned sequels to its series of films centered on the Skywalker clan, as well as spinoffs about a plot to steal plans for the Death Star and a Han Solo origin story. They have also found a writer for another spinoff, expected to debut in 2020. Those films will hit theaters over the next four years, but Iger signaled to investors at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday that Disney is looking beyond that date for ways to exploit the Jedi Knights and space adventurers that populate the fantasy film series. Similar meetings are taking place at Marvel Films, the »

- Brent Lang

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Newswire: New Star Wars merchandise won’t overlook the female hero this time

21 September 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Disney and Lucasfilm are gearing up for the December premiere of Star Wars: Rogue One, the spin-off movie that centers on a daring raid led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) that Ben Mendelssohn and his fly-ass cape will attempt to thwart. So naturally, there will be another Force Friday, the bloated marketing push that puts everything from Chewbacca SpaghettiOs to Finn toys on the shelves of big-box stores, the better to prompt you to take a sick day with. The event is scheduled for September 30, though it won’t necessarily be called Force Friday (although, that’s obviously the best way to refer to the thing).

The offerings won’t be nearly as extensive, but one thing we do know is that Jyn won’t suffer Rey’s fate in the merchandising. AdAge reports that toymakers and retailers—Hasbro and Target among them—are already planning to feature the »

- Danette Chavez

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Will 'Rogue One's' marketing affect 'Star Wars' toy sales?

20 September 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've talked about the main issue surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story already and that is its name. Not enough people realize the next Star Wars film isn't the chronological follow-up to The Force Awakens and where it takes place in the overall mythology. When is the next #StarWars movie? What is it about? Why isn't Rey and Finn in ad? — Tricia Barr (@fangirlcantina) September 19, 2016 Now I'm looking at a related issue - toy sales. After several fan campaigns asking for more merchandise for, and featuring, women it seems companies are trying to get ahead of the game. Warner Bros. has their new DC Super Hero Girls line and made sure there was plenty of Wonder Woman merch from Batman v Superman, and Paul Feig made sure the women leading Ghostbusters had their own action figures. But Advertising Age recently posted a piece on how Disney/Lucasfilm is looking »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Felicity Jones to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award

20 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Felicity Jones will be honored with BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British artist of the year, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

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- Casey Cipriani

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Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman's Fourth Nomination?

20 September 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Here's to the thought of Nicole Kidman back in an Oscar lineup - Cheers!

Lion and Queen of Katwe were runner ups to La La Land for Toronto's People Choice prize and people were loving on Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong'o as warm mothers in those films. With a strange absence of contenders to this point (especially given the comparatively abundant Leading Actress wars) they both move way up the chart. Also shifting on the chart: Felicity Jones, Nina Arianda, Greta Gerwig x 2, Live by Night ladies, and a few drop-offs now that the films have been seen.

In category-fraud-loving Hollywood we have to assume that one of the leading ladies (Best Actress chart is not yet updated) will demote herself to secure a nomination in a weaker field. Viola Davis is a possibility in Fences  -- in the first Broadway run her Fences character was considered "featured" (Tony »

- NATHANIEL R

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A Brutally Honest Festival Breakdown: Winners, Losers, and Oscar Frontrunners

20 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Three weeks of film festivals and hundreds of movies later, one stands as the clear winner. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” won a prize for Emma Stone in Venice, wowed Telluride, and walked away with the Audience Award in Toronto —and by the end of that festival, people paid “Hamilton”-premiums for tickets to the last screening,

Now, that’s word of mouth.

Of course, “La La Land” isn’t alone in its accolades. Here’s how the players came out at the end of the three festivals.

Winners

A24

Established studio players like Sony Pictures Classics aim their sights at the loyal theatergoers who tend to be older; getting younger cinephiles to come to a theater is harder than ever. Nevertheless, A24 seems to have figured out a way. They acquire movies like excoriated Cannes entry “The Sea of Trees” to go out via their deal with DirectTV and iTunes, »

- Anne Thompson

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A Brutally Honest Festival Breakdown: Winners, Losers, and Oscar Frontrunners

20 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Three weeks of film festivals and hundreds of movies later, one stands as the clear winner. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” won a prize for Emma Stone in Venice, wowed Telluride, and walked away with the Audience Award in Toronto —and by the end of that festival, people paid “Hamilton”-premiums for tickets to the last screening,

Now, that’s word of mouth.

Of course, “La La Land” isn’t alone in its accolades. Here’s how the players came out at the end of the three festivals.

Winners

A24

Established studio players like Sony Pictures Classics aim their sights at the loyal theatergoers who tend to be older; getting younger cinephiles to come to a theater is harder than ever. Nevertheless, A24 seems to have figured out a way. They acquire movies like excoriated Cannes entry “The Sea of Trees” to go out via their deal with DirectTV and iTunes, »

- Anne Thompson

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The Week in Star Wars – Episode VIII compared to Empire Strikes Back, Rogue One gets a new composer, Fifty Shades of Grey beats The Force Awakens and more

18 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars returns with Adam Driver talking Episode VIII, a load of new posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as a load of merch, a returning character for Star Wars Rebels, a beating by Fifty Shades of Grey and more…

We’ll kick things off this week by looking at a whole batch of new international posters for Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many of which feature Darth Vader himself. Check all nine posters out here, and a brand new international poster here, which sees Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso standing tall as the Death Star looms in the background…

…Speaking of merch, and Hasbro released images from their Rogue One line in anticipation of September 30th’s Force Friday. You can check out a huge batch of toys (including a Rapid Nerf Firing Imperial At-act) here, and Wave 2 figures here. »

- Luke Owen

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Lucasfilm releases part three of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stop motion animated series Go Rogue

17 September 2016 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucasfilm has released the third part of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stop motion animated series Go Rogue, which sees our heroes attempting to outsmart Director Krennic in order to escape the clutches of the Empire and deliver the Death Star instructions to the Rebellion. Check it out here, and be sure to check out part one and part two if you haven’t already…

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »

- Amie Cranswick

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Felicity Jones Leads The Way On Two New International Posters For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

16 September 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With the marketing campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story starting to pick up, it shouldn't be too long before a new trailer hits our small screens to prepare fans for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga. Late yesterday, the official Star Wars Twitter account issued two pretty neat South Korean posters for the upcoming Gareth Edwards-directed space opera, which stars Felicity Jones (Inferno), Diego Luna (Flatliners), Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One), Donnie Yen (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange), & Alan Tudyk (Powerless). Check them out below:   From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. »

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New Posters For Inferno Are Revealed

16 September 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sony Pictures has released two new posters for the hotly-anticipated sequel Inferno, starring Tom HanksFelicity JonesIrrfan KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The film is the fourth novel in Brown's popular series.

 Check out the posters below and thanks to Lrm loyal reader "Mike Markus" for the heads up.

Academy Award winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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