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Every great project begins with a writer, and maybe that’s why no major guilds’ awards delivered more nominations to freshmen TV series this year than the WGA.
The guild’s lovefest with new small-screen titles begins with a category specifically designed to honor writers for their work on a first-year show: the new-series category.
The nominees include four fresh shows that have been racking up noms, and some wins, across various guild awards — FX’s “Atlanta,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and HBO’s “Westworld” — and also includes FX’s critically hailed “Better Things,” which has largely flown under the radar with other groups.
But even beyond that category, first-year series made a big showing. “Atlanta” is up for comedy series writing against returning nominees “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Veep,” while “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” are up for drama series writing opposite “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul »
- Geoff Berkshire
“Luke Skywalker has vanished” is the very first sentence to feature in the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But there’s another, arguably more pertinent tidbit buried in that iconic yellow text, and that’s the moment when The Force Awakens refers to Luke Skywalker as the last Jedi. So far, so straightforward.
But now that Rian Johnson’s has officially been titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a great debate has raged online regarding whether the sequel’s moniker employs the term ‘Jedi’ in a singular or plural sense. Without any official word from Disney on the matter, speculation continues to swirl, but evidence is mounting that The Last Jedi is in fact plural. At least, that’s according to the series of international one-sheets that have now surfaced for Rian Johnson’s follow-up.
First spotted by Star Wars News Net, French, Spanish and »
- Michael Briers
There’s a very good chance that you’ll remember comedian and actress Jillian Bell from her memorable fist fight with Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street or maybe you’ve had a chance to see her Comedy Central show, Idiotsitter.
In the new comedy Fist Fight, Bell raises her comedy game even higher playing guidance counselor Holly, whose interests in meth and underage students doesn’t make her the best advice-giver for Charlie Day’s teacher, who finds himself having to face a fellow teacher played by the much tougher Ice Cube in a lopsided afterschool fight.
Bell really holds her own in scenes with Day and Tracy Morgan (as the school’s equally inappropriate gym teacher), which helps give the movie its rightfully-earned R-rating.
Lrm had a chance to talk with Ms. Bell from the Fist Fight junket a few weeks back.
Lrm: How did you get involved with this? »
- Edward Douglas
The Batman: Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, above) is now in early talks to direct The Batman. Ben Affleck recently decided to step down as director, though he's expected to remain as star and producer. Reeves was immediately touted to replace him, though other candidates were still under consideration until recently. [Deadline/Variety] Han Solo: Thandie Newton (above), recently acclaimed for HBO's Westworld, is in talks to join the untitled Han Solo movie. No hints have been offered about what role she might play. Just a few days ago, we heard that Phoebe Waller-Bridge (TV's Fleabag) might give a CGI-driven performance in the Star Wars spin-off project, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. [Variety] Bubbles...
- Peter Martin
I never really understood the love for Will Arnett's Caped Crusader in The Lego Movie, especially when there were so many other great characters featured there. However, there's no denying that everything we've seen from The Lego Batman Movie these past few months made it look like tremendous fun, so I went into this spinoff with high expectations. Sadly, the movie, while fun, failed to live up to those. There's a lot here that works, though, including an inventive style of animation and some very funny nods to the Dark Knight's history. Despite that, humour is sadly an area the movie struggles with because while it's entertaining throughout, it lacks the wit and big laughs that Phil Lord and Chris Miller brought to the table with The Lego Movie. On the plus side, it has some heart and tells a strong story about Batman embracing a family again, but »
Thandie Newton might be going from a futuristic western theme park to a galaxy far, far away. Variety reports that the “Westworld” actress is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo standalone film.
Details of her character were not revealed, but if she jumps on board the project, Newton will join Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and “Fleabag” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the untitled Han Solo movie will be the second in the series of films that fall outside of the Skywalker family saga. Set before the the events of “A New Hope,” the film will follow Solo and his scoundrel days before meeting Luke and Leia.
Newton recently received a Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination »
- Liz Calvario
Lego animation television shows, video games, films, and of course, toys, whether they were based on licensed entities (Star Wars, DC/Marvel Superheroes, you name it) or their own homemade properties (Ninjago or Chima) have been a success. The empire has no doubt infiltrated most homes in one way, shape or form wherever youth or the young at heart are present. But when Phil Lord and Chris Miller set out to make the Lego Movie, a 2014 film that uses hybrid computer animation to make it appear as if the entire feature was done in the style of stop motion animation,...read more »
- Ernie Estrella
Thandie Newton is in talks to join the cast of the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. No word on what role the “Westworld” star is being eyed for, but should a… Continue Reading → »
Three years ago, Warner Bros. unleashed The Lego Movie onto an unsuspecting public. No doubt hoping that the general goodwill people have for the iconic toy brand and its wonderfully simple, yet effective sense of humor would appeal to a wide swath of moviegoers, the directorial effort by Phil Lord and Chris Miller received near-universal critical acclaim. For a movie shot with little plastic toys, it had a pretty large beating heart at its core, and a lot of people took notice. For comic book fans, one of the biggest treats of The Lego Movie was its use of many of DC Comics' most prominent and iconic characters in situations most movies wouldn't dare put them in -- and the film clearly made no better use of the members of the Justice League than they did with Batman, as...
- Chris Clow
With filming already under way on Disney and LucasFilm's latest Star Wars spin-off, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the cast continues to be filled out. Today we have word that Westworld star Thandie Newton has entered negotiations to join the cast. As is the case with most of the recent casting additions, no details were given as to which character Thandie Newton may be playing, but her casting may hint at a recent character rumor.
Variety broke the news on today's casting, which comes just two days after the site broke the news that Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will join the cast as a CGI character that is said to be quite important to the film. Unfortunately, the site has no details about Thandie Newton's character, but back in October, a report claimed that three actresses of color, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road »
Variety is reporting tonight that Westworld star Thandie Newton has boarded the upcoming Han Solo spinoff in an undisclosed role. She’ll join Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, among others. Not a bad cast, eh? Coming off a terrific turn in HBO’s hit sci-fi series, we imagine the actress will have a decent sized part here as she’s hotter than ever right now, but unfortunately, there are no further details on her casting at the moment.
This news comes only days after we heard that Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s spinoff had added Flebag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It seems that things are really starting to come together for the film now as it puts together the final pieces of its very impressive cast, and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
Newton is yet another great addition to the flick, »
- Mark Cassidy
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are putting together a pretty impressive cast for their upcoming Star Wars movie Han Solo, with Variety reporting that Thandie Newton—who recently gained wide recognition for her work as rebellious robot Maeve on HBO’s Westworld—is in talks to join the film. There’s no information on which part Newtown might play, but she’d be joining a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. (Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also apparently in talks for a role.) Han Solo is currently scheduled to come out some time in 2018. »
- William Hughes
10 February 2017 3:38 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Details of Newton’s character were being kept locked tight.
Newton currently is having a bit of a resurgence, thanks to her work on HBO’s Westworld, the edgy sci-fi drama »
- Borys Kit
The Han Solo cast just keeps getting bigger and better. Thandie Newton is reportedly orbiting the Star Wars spinoff, which also stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson. The news comes just one day after we learned that Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) was also in talks. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing. Variety broke news of the possible Han Solo […]
The post ‘Han Solo’ Movie Adds Thandie Newton appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Will Yoda show up in the second Star Wars Anthology movie centered on Han Solo? It's entirely possible. And a meeting between Yoda and Han Solo was already supposed to have happened. Now, some are speculating that a deleted scene from the original Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith script, which came very close to shooting, may find its way back into the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story opening prologue.
Jar Jar Binks, Midi-chlorian and the tortured 'Noooooo!' that Darth Vader moans at the end of Revenge of the Sith are the top three most hated things about the prequels. But there's one moment that fans don't even want to admit is real. Rather, they forget about it and pretend it never happened. That scene has Yoda calling Chewbacca an 'old friend'. Yes, Yoda and Chewbacca are besties, and they have been for years. And thanks to George Lucas, »
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The cheeky new Lego Batman Movie pulls off two things incredibly well. The first is artistic; the second is a little more subversive. Let’s start with the first one. As a follow-up to 2014’s surprise hit about a shiny, happy “Everything Is Awesome!!!” plastic-brick universe where nothing trumps the power of friendship and teamwork, The Lego Batman Movie avoids the trap of being just another cynical, watered-down retread. It’s very much its own thing, with a mostly new cast of pliable polymer characters and a story that spins off in an entirely different direction. »
- Chris Nashawaty
Fans of Batman are going to get an extra special treat this weekend as Will Arnett’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader introduced in 2014’s The Lego Movie gets his very own solo adventure in The Lego Batman Movie, opening Friday.
The animated film is directed by Chris McKay, who was animation director on The Lego Movie and who cut his teeth as a director and producer of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken before joining Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a new animated Lego universe.
In the new movie, Batman has to deal with the fact that his desire to be a loner has left him rather lonely (not that he’ll admit it) and the introduction of a young orphan named Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) and the new Commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Scott), gives him and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) a chance to form a family »
- Edward Douglas
9 February 2017 6:40 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Holy sweetheart, Batman!
Tracking suggests Lego Batman will take in north of $60 million for Warner Bros. Animation and producer Dan Lin. More bullish box-office observers believe the spin-off will even approach or clear $70 million, considering The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, debuted to $69.1 million over the Feb. 7-9 weekend in 2014.
In Lego Batman, Will Arnett voices the role »
- Pamela McClintock
We might be able to add another name to the growing cast of the Han Solo Star Wars spin off film. Variety is reporting Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has begun talks to join everyone’s favourite smuggler in his solo flick.
The role would be a CGI motion capture performance, much like Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Alan Tudyk’s K2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They also mentioned her role would be a “significant part” of the film, probably similar to how Tudyk was utilized in Rogue One.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) in the leading role as the famous smuggler, the film is directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. It also stars Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke in an unrevealed role, and Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor. »
- Ricky Church
Actress Pheobe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Broadchurch) has joined the cast of the Han Solo movie, the stand-alone Star Wars project which is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The actress will play a CGI-character in the film, which has just started production, so reports Variety.
Waller-Bridge joins the already cast Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Alden Ehrenreich is leading the film as the iconic character, with the story focussing on the early adventures of the legendary smuggler.
The as yet untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled to arrive in cinemas in May of 2018.
The post Pheobe Waller-Bridge joins the Han Solo movie appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
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