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We have news on Star Wars Rogue One filming: It has started! Yes, the Gareth Edwards-led movie, which will be the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, has kicked off shooting at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London. There are various reports suggesting that it just the second unit that have begun putting stuff before the camera, but there are others that Felicity Jones has also shot her first scene.
Making Star Wars and Star Wars Aficionado say that ‘loads of trees are being brought into the studio’ to shoot a ‘jungle landing’ scene, and some of the Star Destroyer sets and models have been brought over from The Force Awakens to be re-used on Rogue One. Blimey, this excites me.
- Paul Heath
We've known for quite some time that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be shot at London's Pinewood Studios this summer, but a production start date has never been confirmed. Two separate reports have surfaced this week claiming that shooting is already under way, with star Felicity Jones filming her first scene. Making Star Wars reports that several trees have been brought into the studio for a scene involving a ship's landing in the jungle. But not all of these landing scenes will be shot at Pinewood. There has also been some second unit shooting done with a number of ships including Star Destroyers, along with "some stuff" that looks like it could be the Death Star, but that has yet to be confirmed.
A separate report from earlier this week claims that shooting on Rogue One has been under way for the past three weeks, while confirming that jungle scenes are currently being shot. »
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone seeing as though the film is out next year, but reports are coming in that second unit production has already begun for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. These reports have come from the Bothan spies from Making Star Wars and Star Wars Aficionado and even suggest that Felicity Jones has already shot her first scene.
The production has begun at Pinewood Studios in London (where they filmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and several trees have been brought into the set to film a jungle landing and bombardment sequence. The reports also say that several of the Star Destroyer sets and models have been brought over from The Force Awakens to be re-used on Rogue One. One report also claims that some sets from The Force Awakens are being re-dressed to act as the Death Star.
“A band of resistance »
- Luke Owen
Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.
Mendelsohn has come to international attention in recent years since taking the lead role in Animal Kingdom (2010). He has landed roles in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012), crime-thriller Killing Them Softly (2012), and Ridley Scott’s historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).
Last year’s Karlovy Vary Iff included British prison drama Starred Up (2013), for which Mendelsohn won a British Independent Film Award.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Samuel Brace on the Best TV Drama Emmy, what should be nominated, and what will be nominated…
With voting ending for those with ballots last Friday and the Emmy nominations announcement coming in the middle of next month, I’ve been thinking about all the great TV dramas of the past year. There has been many an excellent show to champion recently and even though all time great series like Breaking Bad may have said goodbye there is still an awful lot to be excited about.
Now, I am normally a little contrarian it seems with my picks for this sort of thing, not by design but perhaps more simply out of differing tastes from mainstream consumers of content. The shows I want to be acknowledged are normally quite different from the shows that actually do get nominated. Sadly, I am always one to set myself up for plenty of disappointment come awards time. »
- Samuel Brace
"Bloodline" fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast and crew of Netflix's suspenseful family drama? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini and series creators Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler. -Break- Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Kyle Chandler, (below with Ben Mendelsohn) on playing opposite A-list co-stars: "I think also there's a competitive spirit on set, and I like that. It is a sport. We're allowed to play with the words and play with the meanings. We're asked to do different things with these scenes, so there's a competitiveness. It's like duking it out with other actors using your acting skills." Sissy Spacek reflects on the story of a black sheep returning home: "I know most mothers, certainly I'm that kind of mother, that you never give up »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
In a joint marketing exercise between the festival and Transmission Films dubbed Sff Presents, Farrant.s feature debut starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes opened on about 25 screens on June 11.
.We played very limited festival sessions at each location, rather than traditional seasons. We've had numerous sell-outs, which is why many locations carried the film over. It continues this week..
- Don Groves
Believe it or not, 2015 is half done already - and the past six months have delivered some top-notch television, much of it brand new drama, comedy and documentaries.
Picking the finest from a particularly fine crop was no easy task, but these were our rules: it had to launch in 2015, it must have aired one series / season in its entirety and it had to be a continuing series.
So no-one off pieces - e.g. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - and nothing that got the chop - sorry, Banished.
Here - in original broadcast order - are the DS Staff Picks from the year so far.
Marvel's Agent Carter - Morgan Jeffery, TV Editor
Happily, this 8-part first season met and »
Slow West, 2015.
Written and Directed by John Maclean.
A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as guide.
The western film is dead say some, a lost art of genre that very rarely makes the mustard with Hollywood these days amongst the multi-million pound extravaganza’s that are slowly clogging up cinemas quicker than you can say Fast & Furious. But the myth that westerns just don’t work in modern cinema is a ridiculous premise. Anyone who saw Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman last year will agree that when they are done right and with care and love, they are marvellously entertaining and cling to an old-fashioned part of cinema that is slowly, and sadly, being eradicated.
- Scott J. Davis
The odds of successfully surviving Star Wars Bits is approximately 3,720 to 1. Here’s the lowdown on all the Star Wars goodies you can find out about after the jump: Go behind the scenes of Star Wars Rebels second season premiere Is Ben Mendelsohn in Star Wars: Rogue One or not? Ewan McGregor bashes Kylo […]
- Ethan Anderton
"I did know that I had to make a decision. Do you want to jump with these three guys or not? And I decided yes," says Kyle Chandler in a new featurette for the Netflix drama "Bloodline," discussing the leap of faith it required to undertake the mysterious drama. (Watch the complete video below.) -Break- Watch Our "Bloodline" Interviews: Kyle Chandler & Ben Mendelsohn | Sissy Spacek | Linda Cardellini | Glenn & Todd Kessler "These guys do have a process that's quite different … It's a pretty exhilarating way to work," adds co-star Ben Mendelsohn, describing the loose, seat-of-the-pants style adopted by series creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, who previously earned multiple Emmy nominations for their similarly complex legal drama "Damages." "Bloodline" follows the Rayburn family, a respected clan in the Florida »
The Old West becomes a distant dreamland as seen through the eyes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, playing a Scottish lad who crosses an ocean and navigates hostile territory to find the girl he loves. Substance doesn't quite match up to the high style of this ethereal western, but Michael Fassbender lends weight as the gruff gunslinger who rides along with the kid, shooting holes through his romantic view of the world.
Jay Cavendish is only 16, fresh-faced (almost a blank canvas in McPhee's rendering) and ripe for a kicking in the backwoods of Colorado where he finds himself in 1870. He strays into the crossfire when a local tribe of Indians are hunted like animals through the trees, a situation that clearly offends Silas (Fassbender) who appears from nowhere to put an end to »
The Kittens have unveiled the music video for 'Jupiter and Mars'.
The track is the first to be released from the duo's upcoming home-recorded debut album and is available now as a free download.
The video has been directed by Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, and follows their work on Django Django's 'Beginning To Fade'.
The Kittens are Bryan Mills from Enniskillen and Nick Munro from Edinburgh.
Mills also preforms 'The Minstrel's Song' in the movie itself and contributes 'Theme from The Orkestra of the Dead' to its soundtrack.
Slow West is released in the UK by Lionsgate this Friday, June 26. Its soundtrack is out now on Lakeshore Recoreds.
Maclean and »
Back in May, we reported that Ben Mendelsohn is set to play the villain in the highly-anticipated Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which is scheduled to start production sometime this summer at Pinewood Studios in London. While other cast members have signed on since then, it seems that Ben Mendelsohn still hasn't been confirmed to star. Here's what the Australian actor had to say in a new interview with Deadline.
"Well... I know that it's something that's being talked about. That's what I definitely know. I'm waiting for them to call me and say, 'Hey, here's the start date,' but you know, none of that's yet taken place, but you know I'd be very happy to do it, let's put it that way."
In this week’s debut edition of The Week in Star Wars, we get a peak at Leia and Luke’s new look for The Force Awakens (sort of), plot details and a new cast member for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, clips from Star Wars Rebels Season Two and some new footage from Star Wars Battlefield…
Well, it was a week of leaked photos from The Force Awakens, but which ones were real? Having got our first look at returning Star Wars characters Han Solo and Chewie via the second teaser trailer as well as C-3Po in these leaked product images, we were treated this week to our first look at Carrie Fisher’s new look for Princess Leia for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At least we got a look until we were made to take them down by Disney. Boo! I guess that »
- Luke Owen
The film will act as a bridge between the two George Lucas trilogies, but according to Deadline the movie is yet to officially confirm Mendelsohn for the role.
When asked what the latest news was on his potential role, Mendelsohn said: "Well… I know that it's something that's being talked about. That's what I definitely know.
"I'm waiting for them to call me and say, 'Hey, here's the start date,' but you know, none of that's yet taken place, but you know I'd be very happy to do it, let's put it that way."
Shooting is due to begin in the UK »
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
From what we've heard so far, Disney and Lucasfilm have assembled quite the ensemble cast for their first Star Wars spin-off: Rogue One. Felicity Jones has been confirmed to headline the project, while Bloodline star Ben Mendelsohn is heavily rumored to be playing the main antagonist. Speaking to Deadline, Mendelsohn revealed that he had indeed been talking to folks over at Lucasfilm, but that nothing had been confirmed so far: "Well… I know that it’s something that’s being talked about. That’s what I definitely know. I’m waiting for them to call me and say, “Hey, here’s the start date,” but you know, none of that’s yet taken place, but you know I’d be very happy to do it, let’s put it that way." It would be disappointing to find out that the talented Australian actor isn't involved after all - but his »
Australian stage director Benedict Andrews has performed quite the coup for his cinematic directorial debut, by recruiting two of the most sought after names currently working in film. Ben Mendelsohn has been steadily working within Hollywood for some time, but his most recent turn in the Netflix Original series Bloodline has drawn all the right attention to his extraordinary talent.
Likewise, Rooney Mara has been quietly building an impressive resume, culminating in her co-lead role in the upcoming Carol – for which she has already bagged Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. These two compelling performers are about to tackle some difficult and challenging material together in the form of Blackbird.
The film is based on the award-winning, one-act, 90 minute play by David Harrower that debuted in 2005. This source material is partly inspired by the case of Toby Studebaker, who was convicted of sex offences in 2004 after grooming a pre-teen »
- Sarah Myles
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