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There is no doubt that the Lucasfilm Story Group, created by Kathleen Kennedy in 2012 and headed by Kiri Hart, has done some good for the Star Wars franchise. Although controversial in its attempts to rewrite canon, throwing out the Star Wars Extended Universe and starting afresh, it has paid off in its quality of storytelling moving forward.
Indeed, both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have paid off, becoming financial and critical successes and bringing the franchise to a new generation of audiences across the globe. Their work within the world of novels, TV and video games, has crafted an interconnected continuity; no plot point gets past this group of experts, holding knowledge the size of Wookiepedia. Their attention to detail is uncanny, often »
- George Chrysostomou
A celebration of all things that go bump in the night (and the people who fight those bumps in the night) in the genre world, the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards took place last night in Burbank, and both sides of the "march to war" in The Walking Dead were well-represented.
In addition to winning Best Horror TV Series, The Walking Dead was rewarded with Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln) and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Read on for the full list of winners, which also include Millie Bobby Brown, Riverdale, Westworld, and many more:
Press Release: Burbank, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards celebrated the best and the brightest in genre entertainment tonight, with Lucasfilm/Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story capturing three statuettes in the Film Category, tying with Paramount’s science fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. One of the entertainment industry’s most highly-anticipated evenings, »
- Derek Anderson
Oh, the irony: As TV creators seek inventive ways to adapt the visual language of cinema, Hollywood’s big-budget, big-screen movies are increasingly becoming more like television.
With serialized TV shows, control needs to be in the hands of writers and showrunners. That’s because the story is still unfolding and the production is built from episode to episode. The director can’t be the principal storyteller, which makes it challenging to put a premium on visual storytelling.
Read More: The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?
Those who run the Marvel Cinematic Universe might sympathize. When it launched in 2008, their choices of directors seemed like head scratchers for a big action film. In retrospect, they make perfect sense.
- Chris O'Falt
A “Star Wars” virtual reality demo kicked off Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in style on Monday, highlighting how new iMacs will be strong enough to support Vr. John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic showed off “Star Wars Vr,” with the user going head-to-head with none other than Darth Vader as they roam around the the volcano-ridden planet “Mustafar.” The demo allowed the user to select several characters or ships to use, as well as change the planet you’re prancing around on. Watch part of the demo here: Star Wars Vr Demo on stage! #Wwdc #HTCVive #Mac pic.twitter. »
- Sean Burch
Almost five months on from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Box Office Mojo reports that the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff finished its theatrical run with a grand total of $1.056 billion – not bad for a dogged Star Wars pic that was initially written off as a creative risk during the throes of production.
First spotted by ComicBook, the actual breakdown of Rogue One‘s global cume makes for some interesting reading, too, given how Disney’s anthology film collected more than 50 percent of its total on home turf – $532 million, for those keeping track – with overseas markets accounting for exactly 49.6 percent ($523 million). If anything, it’s a pointed reminder of the franchise’s unwavering popularity across North America – there are those who consider Star Wars to be more akin to a religion than a line of movies, after all – and it’s fitting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »
- Michael Briers
…But let’s really kick things off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and a new rumour surfaced this week which might give some clues to the plot of the movie. The report claims that Luke Skywalker will be wearing a necklace, which holds a piece of the Kyber crystal from Darth Vader’s lightsabre, which is why Kylo Ren is trying to hunt him down. We won’t detail much more here, but you can read the rest of the rumour here…
…Speaking of Kylo Ren, and there has been some uproar from fans who are angry that his scar from Star Wars »
- Luke Owen
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story really opened the door for Disney and Lucasfilm to take some risks with the Star Wars universe in the future. By making a very successful movie set in a galaxy far, far away that didn't take place in the main Skywalker saga, mostly centering on new, unknown characters, the playbook really opened up. And, John Knoll, the man behind Rogue One, is currently exploring that playbook a bit, as he has revealed that he has an idea for another Star Wars spin-off.
Legendary special effects artist John Knoll was the man who initially came up with the idea for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Though elements of the movie changed quite a bit during the development process, the core idea never changed. It was from his mind. By most accounts, that idea was a good one, so knowing that he has another one »
The man who created the concept for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll, is hard at work on another idea for an upcoming installment in the Star Wars Anthology series. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a ‘Rogue One Super Session’ during the National Association of Broadcasters Show, Knoll had this to say:
“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with. It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing…There’s no reason to think Disney is going to stop wanting to make Star Wars movies if there’s quality and there’s interest. It has unlimited potential. It has a huge number of characters, worlds … It’s a massive playground.”
Given the high-praise of Rogue One, let’s hope that Knoll has another winning idea in the works. Until we hear more, we »
- Jordan Jones
Upon viewing Star Wars: A New Hope and, in particular, its iconic opening crawl, you likely felt a rush of excitement and wonder as George Lucas slowly began to peel back the layers of that iconic galaxy far, far away. John Knoll, on the other hand, was inspired.
As a matter of fact, Knoll was inspired by a few lines in particular: “It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.” Fast forward 40 years and we arrive at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Gareth Edwards-directed war movie and the first of Disney’s planned Star Wars anthology films.
For all of its alleged production woes, the star-studded prequel emerged on the other end relatively unscathed, and would go »
- Michael Briers
John Saavedra May 2, 2017
In case you've not heard John Knoll before, he's the producer behind the story of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - which was actually known as Destroyer Of Worlds in its earliest story treatments. Well, we know how Knoll's first Star Wars story credit fared with critics and the box office. It's arguably the best Disney era Star Wars movie thus far. It stands to reason that Lucasfilm will be tapping Knoll for more story ideas down the line.
Turns out, Knoll has just told THR that he's already "tinkering" with a new Star Wars movie idea. Knoll, who is also visual effects supervisor and Cco at Ilm, revealed the idea is "maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing. »
A billion dollars and some great reviews later, and Disney/Lucasfilm must be pretty delighted that John Knoll decided to pitch them the idea for a “Star Wars” spin-off that turned into last year’s blockbuster “Rogue One.” I mean, sure, you could have stuck the “A Star Wars Story” subtitle onto “Queen Of Katwe” and it probably would have made hundreds of millions of dollars, but “Rogue One” was a rare prequel and spin-off that felt truly satisfying, and was about as successful a launch to non-Skywalker stories within the universe as you could ask for.
- Oliver Lyttelton
26 April 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll, who served as visual effects supervisor on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, also conceived the film's original story — and now he's at it again, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he’s “tinkering” with another Star Wars-related idea.
“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with,” he said after participating on a Rogue One Super Session during the National Association of Broadcasters Show. “It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”
- Carolyn Giardina
Another Star Wars Celebration is in the books, and even the fans who couldn't attend the Orlando convention got to see some of the biggest panels streamed live. Naturally, not every panel could be streamed live, one of which being the Star Wars 365: Fact and Fiction, which was hosted by Industrial Light and Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll. The host took a deep dive into A New Hope history for the movie's 40th Anniversary, and even unearthed some rare never-before-seen footage from this iconic classic.
The Cinema Realm attended this panel and posted four new videos featuring brief clips from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. The first clip features a scene with the X-Wing Gold Leader, played by Angus MacInnes, who messed up a line during this take, which he responded to by saying, 'Ah f--k, I'm sorry," before starting over again. The rare and »
17 April 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Even in a galaxy far, far away, there is bound to be some cussing.
"A f—. I'm sorry," MacInnes said in the footage posted on YouTube by The Cinema Realm.
Needless to say, the mistake got a big laugh from the Celebration crowd.
Other rare »
- Ryan Parker
Brolin 4 Cable
After weeks and weeks and weeks of speculation, it has finally been revealed who will play Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2, which sees Ryan Reynolds reprise his role as the Merc With a Mouth. Was it Pierce Brosnan? Was it Michael Shannon? Was it Brad Pitt? Was it that guy from Stranger Things? Nope. In fact the future mutant saviour will be played by none other than Thanos himself, Josh Brolin. Not only that, but Brolin has signed up for four films including Deadpool 3 and X-Force. Read more about that here.
Unite The League
It wasn’t just Brolin’s casting that caused some stir among the Internet yesterday, as Warner Bros announced that Jude Law would be playing a young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. »
- Luke Owen
Star Wars: Guillermo del Toro said in July 2015 that he would be happy to make a Jabba the Hutt solo movie, though he acknowledged he was "just geeking out and talking about it." Now, however, he says he has met with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light and Magic's John Knoll to share his ideas for future Star Wars movies: "I will say there’s some characters that are great." [Collider via Slashfilm] A Bad Moms Christmas: Justin Hartley (TV's This Is Us) has joined A Bad Moms Christmas. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, stars of the original, are all reprising their roles for the sequel, which is set for release on December 3. The story will see three mothers dealing with the stresses of the holidays...
- Peter Martin
Is a “Star Wars” film on the horizon for director Guillermo del Toro? While he has become cautious about publicly discussing ideas for films he may want to do, in a recent interview with Collider the filmmaker revealed he has already shared his ideas for a “Star Wars” movie with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer of Industrial Light & Magic.
When asked if he would consider doing a “Star Wars” movie, before giving a straight answer, the “Hellboy” helmer explained, “In 2006, Mike Fleming at Deadline wrote an article that said ‘Guillermo del Toro is busy until 2012’ and he published 20 things I was maybe doing. Since then I haven’t been able to live down that. Every time I say ‘good morning’ somebody says ‘Guillermo is doing Good Morning!’, so I will not comment on this… »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Guillermo Del Toro disappointed fans when he officially admitted there wouldn’t be another Hellboy project anytime soon. However, his supporters will be very happy to know that Del Toro is dabbling with the idea of doing a Star Wars spinoff movie. In fact, he’s doing more than dabble. In a new interview with Collider, Toro reveals not only that he’s got an ideas for a Star Wars spin-off movie, but that he’s met with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll about said ideas. Before del Toro’s prefaced his response with this: In 2006, Mike Fleming at Deadline wrote an article
- Nat Berman
Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that he has had talks with Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm regarding ideas for a Star Wars film. Chatting with Collider, del Toro discussed how comments are often blown out of proportion, but revealed that he has shared some ideas for a Star Wars film, although he’s primarily focussing on his own projects, including his animated ambitions, at present:
“I will not comment on this, because then somebody will say, ‘Oh, Guillermo’s doing [Star Wars]!’ and I look like a kook. Neil Gaiman once said that, ‘I’d love to write Doctor Strange with Guillermo,’ and then all of a sudden on my IMDb I had Doctor Strange [listed]. But saying all of that as a caveat, I would say there’s some characters that are great, and I have talked to Kathy Kennedy and John Knoll about ideas. But you know, I want to do my shit. »
- Jordan Jones
Rob Leane Apr 12, 2017
Plentiful people have plentiful meetings about plentiful things. Most of them don't become news stories. But this is one of the exceptions: it turns out that Guillermo del Toro has had some sort of talks about working within the Star Wars universe.
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"There are some [Star Wars] characters that are great and I have talked to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy and [special effects genius/story man for Rogue One] John Knoll about some ideas, but I want to do my shit", del Toro revealed.
Indeed, del Toro always has plenty of his own projects bubbling away. It sounds like he's more interested in getting his own "shit" going »
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