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Young Bruce Lee biopic 'Little Dragon' finds a director

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Young Bruce Lee biopic 'Little Dragon' finds a director
The film will follow the early years of the martial arts superstar.

Shekhar Kapur is set to direct a film about the early years of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, Little Dragon, to be produced by the star’s daughter Shannon Lee with backing from Chinese investors.

Shannon Lee, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, has co-scripted the project with Kapur and will produce with Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment.

Set in 1950s Hong Kong, the film follows a young Bruce Lee as he comes to terms with his family’s disappointment, young love, betrayal and racism in the early years of his international career.

A worldwide casting search to find the actor to play the teenaged Bruce Lee was launched last week by Us casting director Mary Vernieu and several casting associates around the globe.

The Us-Hong Kong-China co-production is financed by Dadi Media Group, Beijing Golden World Pictures, Shanghai Longzhilin
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Shekhar Kapur to direct Bruce Lee biopic 'Little Dragon'

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Shekhar Kapur to direct Bruce Lee biopic 'Little Dragon'
The film will follow the early years of the martial arts superstar.

Shekhar Kapur is set to direct a film about the early years of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, Little Dragon, to be produced by the star’s daughter Shannon Lee with backing from Chinese investors.

Shannon Lee, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, has co-scripted the project with Kapur and will produce with Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment.

Set in 1950s Hong Kong, the film follows a young Bruce Lee as he comes to terms with his family’s disappointment, young love, betrayal and racism in the early years of his international career.

A worldwide casting search to find the actor to play the teenaged Bruce Lee was launched last week by Us casting director Mary Vernieu and several casting associates around the globe.

The Us-Hong Kong-China co-production is financed by Dadi Media Group, Beijing Golden World Pictures, Shanghai Longzhilin
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Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’

Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’
Shekhar Kapur is to direct “Little Dragon,” an authorized biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The story is a contemporary dramatization of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher. Themes include family disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep poverty and an inner fire that threatened to unravel his destiny

Production is by Bruce Lee Entertainment, a company operated by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, along with Los Angeles-based Convergence Entertainment.

Shannon Lee conducted significant new research into her father’s youth and formative years, a subject which has previously been tangentially explored in numerous moves including Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and the rival “Ip Man” franchise movies respectively directed by Wilson Yip and Herman Yau. Kapur, who also serves as executive producer, co-wrote the
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Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer

Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer
The formative years and young adventures of martial arts legend Bruce Lee are set to get the big-screen treatment.

Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, director of the Oscar-nominated biopics Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), has signed on to co-write and direct Little Dragon, a feature film about Bruce Lee's early days in the colorful world of 1950s Hong Kong.

Veteran Hollywood casting director Mary Vernieu is currently leading a worldwide search for the actor to play the charismatic teenage Lee.

The film will be co-scripted and produced by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, a...
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John Williams Wins 5th Grammy for Force Awakens, Goes to Work on Last Jedi

John Williams Wins 5th Grammy for Force Awakens, Goes to Work on Last Jedi
The Grammy Awards aired last night, although some of the awards were handed out Sunday afternoon, before the live telecast. One of the awards that was given was to John Williams, who won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, beating out Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, Thomas Newman for Bridge Of Spies, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto for The Revenant, and Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for Netflix's Stranger Things. Ennio Morricone actually beat out John Williams at the Oscars last year. We also have word that John Williams has already starting working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi score, 10 months before the movie hits theaters.

Robert Meyer Burnett revealed on Twitter that John Williams celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday by conducting an orchestra session for the score of The Last Jedi. Composing the score is traditionally one of the very last steps in making a movie,
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Star Wars 8 Gets Titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars 8 Gets Titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It's official. Star Wars Episode VIII is titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney and Lucasfilm announced the news on StarWars.com today. The news arrived with this brief PR.

"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now she will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter
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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders

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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders
The guild award nominations keep coming in. The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees in its feature film categories for the 32d annual Artios Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in casting. “Arrival,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hidden Figures,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” all picked up nods in the big-budget drama category, with “Captain Fantastic,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea” doing likewise in the studio or independent drama field.

Joel McHale will host the Los Angeles ceremony, while Michael Urie is on duty at the New York ceremony; both take place on January 19. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: SAG Film Nominations Surprise With ‘Captain Fantastic,’ Emily Blunt, and More

Big Budget — Comedy

Deadpool” — Ronna Kress, Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Corinne Clark (Location Casting)

“Hail, Caesar!” — Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

La La Land” — Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
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Oscars 2017: Who Are the Year’s Top Casting Agents Based on the Best Picture Race?

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Next time you’re awestruck by a movie’s all-star cast, there’s one person you should be thanking: the casting director. A casting director — or, sometimes, a few of them — are responsible for assigning talent to the various roles in a film, television show, or stage production.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just made history by recognizing someone in this all-important role for the first time in its history when Lynn Stalmaster was given an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards ceremony — alongside other greats like film editor Anne V. Coates, documentarian Frederick Wiseman, and martial arts legend Jackie Chan. The 88-year-old, whose career nearly stretches back to 1950, is known for works like Fiddler on the Roof, Tootsie, and In the Heat of the Night — just to name a few.

With a casting director getting such an honor, let
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Star Wars 8 Wraps Production

Star Wars 8 Wraps Production
That's a warp! Star Wars: Episode VIII is finally done shooting. Though there will be additional pick-up days later in the year, director Rian Johnson announced via Facebook that the eighth chapter in the Skywaker saga is officially in the can. Now, the post-production process starts on this follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Johnson shared a very quick video from set teasing the final slate along with the movie's final shot, which you can see below. Here's what Rian had to say.

"Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!"

Star Wars 8 began shooting in February of this year, with a shoot that lasted just a little over six months.
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Daisy Ridley Wishes You a Happy May the Fourth!

The Star Wars YouTube channel uploaded a new video of actress Daisy Ridley wishing everyone a Happy Star Wars Day (May 4th) and also congratulating the generous donators for the Force for Change charity. One lucky winner will be picked to fly out to Ireland to visit Skellig Michael, the island location where Daisy Ridley's Rey first encounters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Have a look at the video below.

Daisy Ridley's Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines
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Mark Hamill Teases Daisy Ridley's Jedi Training in 'Star Wars 8' Set Photo

Mark Hamill Teases Daisy Ridley's Jedi Training in 'Star Wars 8' Set Photo
Luke is the Master now! And when it comes to Rey, he's going to ride her pretty hard. While it hasn't been revealed that Rey is Luke's Padawan learner in Star Wars: Episode VIII, actor Mark Hamill is teasing the intense character relationship between these two in a new photo from outside the Star Wars: Episode VIII set. And it's obvious the pair are having quite a lot of fun.

A few days ago, Mark Hamill promised he'd be sharing a special Jedi treat in honor of co-star Daisy Ridley's birthday. Unlike his cute joke on April Fools' Day, he came through like a champ with a photo that is sure to put a smile on your face. And it's amazing the way he's able to visually transform himself into Yoda's doppleganger without any make-up or CGI effects. You can see the image below, which Mark Hamill shared on his Twitter page.
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Us briefs: Idris Elba, Diane Keaton among 'Finding Dory' voice cast

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Us briefs: Idris Elba, Diane Keaton among 'Finding Dory' voice cast
Plus: Tribeca Interactive roster unveiled; Ifp Film Week moves to Brooklyn; Cinema Libre to distribute Vaxxed; and more…

Disney/Pixar have announced that Idris Elba, Bill Hader and Diane Keaton are among the voice cast on Finding Dory, which is scheduled to open on June 17.

Ellen DeGeneres returns as Dory, Albert Brooks plays Marlin, and Hayden Rolence Nemo, while Keaton and Eugene Levy play Dory’s parents,

Elba and Dominic West portray sea lions Fluke and Rudder, Stanton and Bennett Dammann are the turtles Crush and his son Squirt, and Hader and Kate McKinnon play a fish couple whom Dory meets on her adventure.

Bob Peterson is the reef teacher Mr. Ray, Torbin Bullock plays Becky, Ed O’Neill is the octopus Hank, Kaitlin Olson plays whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell is beluga whale Bailey.

Ifp Film Week is moving to Brooklyn after 37 years in Manhattan. The event will set up shop in Dumbo anchored in its
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - new posters

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More posters land for Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

It's now official. The BBFC has certified Star Wars: The Last Jedi, giving it an as-expected 12A certificate. It earned this for "moderate violence". Extended guidance will be available from the BBFC closer to release.

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Furthermore, the running time of 152 minutes has also been confirmed, making this the longest Star Wars film to date.

The full BBFC post is here.

More posters have landed for the film too, ahead of reviews being allowed to go live tomorrow afternoon. We've added them to our gallery - that you can access by clicking on the whatsit on the image above - but here's a taste. This one is being given away at Odeon cinemas...

Recently, a bunch of promo TV spots have landed, that bring with a bit of new footage.
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Mark Hamill Shares Selfie from 'Star Wars 8' Set

Mark Hamill Shares Selfie from 'Star Wars 8' Set
Now that we've all seen Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, actor Mark Hamill no longer has to keep himself hidden. Today, he's posted a selfie direct from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, showing off his bearded look along with the official working title logo Star Wars: Space Bear. He claims to have a first look at one of the new aliens in this impending sequel. But alas, it's only his daughter's dog.

Carrie Fisher revealed a similar photo from the Star Wars: Episode VIII set last week. Showing off her dog Gary Fisher, the iconic actress revealed the secret working title of the movie and its unique logo. It's unclear if Carrie Fisher did this on accident, but now that the bear is out of the bag, so to speak, it seems that other cast members aren't shying away from showing off the secretive title.
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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Cast Celebrates First Day of Shooting

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Cast Celebrates First Day of Shooting
Earlier today, we got the first exciting teaser for &#160Star Wars: Episode VIII, which shows Luke Skywalker and Rey meeting for the first time, as writer-director Rian Johnson watched on from behind the camera. Now, we have a series of Tweets and Instagrams from the cast and the filmmaker himself. The sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially shooting, and the first day of filming has wrapped!

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production at Pinewood Studios in London. Along with Rian Johnson, stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and John Boyega (Finn) expressed their excitement at finally being back in that galaxy far, far away. Daisy Ridley, who plays the role of force-sensitive former desert scavenger Rey also posted a video on her Instagram account. Here's what she had to say.

"I literally have no idea how to post the video so that's Maggie Belize I stole yours!
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Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII Starts Filming; Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern Added To Cast

News on Star Wars: Episode VIII broke on Monday during the President’s Day holiday.

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and
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Star Wars: Episode VIII Officially Begins Production

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The Force is strong in London, as filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun in Pinewood Studios, along with the confirmation of new cast members including Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran:

Press Release (via StarWars.com): Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members
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'Star Wars 8' Video Reveals Luke Skywalker, Full Cast Announced

'Star Wars 8' Video Reveals Luke Skywalker, Full Cast Announced
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in&#160Star Wars: The Force Awakens.&#160Now she will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing&#160Star Wars&#160saga,&#160Star Wars: Episode VIII. Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that principal photography has officially begun at Pinewood Studios in London&#160on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the storylines introduced in&#160Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,&#160Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.&#160 New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee&#160Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII&#160is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams,
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Star Wars: Episode VIII Now Filming Plus Cast Confirmed for the New Saga

In a move sure to help stoke the current blazing fire of Star Wars mania that has swept the world, LucasFilm has just released a 34 second video to announce that production on the next chapter has officially begun. Even as Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to linger in the Top 10 films at the box office each weekend nearly two months since its release, with its worldwide cume topping $2 billion, the studio wants you to start thinking about the next episode.

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - new video teases production start

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Production on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun, as a new - and spoiler-y - video confirms. Plus! Laura Dern's among the cast...

Nb: The following video contains a major spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens if you haven't seen it yet. Be warned!

Production on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, it will follow hot on the heels of The Force Awakens' dramatic conclusion - or that's what we're taking from the announcement promo below, which takes the unusual step of showing the setting from that film's final scene.

We get a better loook at Luke's careworn face as Rey offers up his old lightsaber... and cut. What could that ambiguous, pained expression on Skywalker's face mean?

To go with the video, Disney-Lucasfilm have also put out a press release which makes the surprise reveal that Laura Dern,
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