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Of all the unjustly terminated TV shows out there, Hannibal is the one that hurt the most. I was initially pretty skeptical of bringing the titular character to the small screen, but Bryan Fuller’s demented imagination and gorgeous visual stylings quickly made it one of the most fascinatingly unique and bizarre series on the air. It lasted for three glorious seasons, each barmier than the last, before being cruelly cancelled due to low ratings.
Lately, however, it’s been sounding like there’s a chance it could return. A few months back, Fuller even hinted at a potential set-up for a fourth season, which would seemingly be the lovechild of “Inception meets Angel Heart.” As exciting as that is, nothing’s been decided on just yet unfortunately and for now, the song remains the same.
Hannibal is still on ice for the time being, given that Fuller, who was »
- Matt Joseph
“There is an excitement level about scary movies,” Dominic Monaghan tells Et about his fascination with the genre, and “if you do it right,” he says, “you tend to feel like you are screaming at the TV, trying to get the hero or the heroine to turn around or run away. It is an interactive experience that I enjoy most about it.”
While known for playing Charlie on ABC’s Lostand Merry in The Lord of the Rings film franchise, Monaghan has also starred in a couple of thrillers and horror-comedies, explaining that “the scary-ish movies that I have done up to now, I just based on my response to a good script.”
While he’s yet to star in a true horror film (“If the right script falls onto my lap, then of course”), the actor is putting his fandom of the genre on display as ambassador of , which runs Oct. 10 to 19, at »
From a certain perspective, monster movies might not seem to be as relevant during monstrous times. But in an age when our fears seem larger than life and the world constantly seems as though it’s on the brink of collapse, the best examples of the genre can almost assume a documentary-like authenticity, reflecting our reality as vividly as vérité ever could.
“The Babadook” might be about a demon that pops out of a children’s book, but no recent film does a better job of capturing the acute reality of living with grief. “Cloverfield” follows a gaggle of pre-Instagram model millennials as they’re chased around Manhattan by a bug-eyed colossus, but few of the somber post-9/11 dramas do a better job of distilling the heartsick chaos of watching your hometown try to »
- David Ehrlich, Jamie Righetti, Kate Erbland, Michael Nordine, Jenna Marotta and Chris O'Falt
“Star Wars” will always be about two warring sides, but we’re not talking about the darkness and the light. Rather, it’s all about maximizing brand value, which often runs against making bold storytelling choices. It’s part of reason why Lucasfilm has had some directorial conflict of late, with Gareth Edwards being overrun on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and Phil Lord and Chris Miller straight up bouncing from the upcoming Han Solo movie.
Continue reading Disney Had “A Big Debate” About Killing Han Solo at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That's a wrap! Production on the Godzilla sequel is officially complete, as confirmed by director Mike Dougherty, who took to Twitter in order to declare the movie is one giant step closer to finally arriving in theaters. Godzilla 2 is poised to bring some of the classic Toho monsters into the fold and, in order to commemorate principal photography finishing up on the Godzilla sequel, Dougherty has teased the arrival of Mothra and King Ghidorah to Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse.
Mike Dougherty posted a couple of photos to Twitter from his last day working on Godzilla 2, which was at one point going under the title of Godzilla: King of Monsters. One of the photos showed his workspace, which had some nice little Easter eggs, such as a Monarch coffee mug. Monarch is the corporation that is tying the MonsterVerse together, having appeared in both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. But the second »
Though King Kong threatened to steal the title for himself earlier this year through the release of Skull Island, come 2019, Godzilla will resurface from the murky depths to prove that he is, in fact, King of the Monsters.
Yes, Michael Dougherty’s long-brewing monster sequel is beginning to coalesce and to prove it, the writer-director has Tweeted out a behind-the-scenes photo from Atlanta. Joined by the likes of Avengers 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Sony’s Venom spinoff, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is one of many Hollywood blockbusters to set up shop in the Georgia capital, and we’ve already caught a glimpse of the spectacle Dougherty and Co. are rustling up.
This teaser, on the other hand, arrives by way of an official source, but that doesn’t make it any less intriguing. In fact, it offers up our first sneak peek at the titular deity, whose snarling, »
- Michael Briers
Last month, Godzilla 2 director Mike Dougherty sent out a cryptic set photo hinting at a connection between this film and the original Godzilla that Toho created back in 1954. The director has finally re-emerged on social media to share another behind-the-scenes glimpse, which gives us a new look at the title monster, whose face is seen projected onto a large screen, above the cockpit of a plane. While the director wouldn't clarify any details about this particular shot, he did reveal that today is the 69th day of the production. And it very much looks like Godzilla is wearing some kind of protective armor in this shot, even though it is an early rendition used to give actors a point of reference.
Will we see Godzilla suiting up in a massive suit of armor to take on the three new monsters at the heart of this thriller? And if so, then »
When it comes to on-screen villains, few antagonists hold a candle to Darth Vader.
Voiced by James Earl Jones, the rasping, all-powerful Sith Lord has been a fixture of the Star Wars universe for generations, and even returned to the silver screen quite recently thanks to the launch of Gareth Edwards’ anthology pic. Often imitated but never quite equaled, Vader set the bar high for his fellow screen villains, but it seems that we haven’t seen the last of him. Far from it, in fact.
If you recall, a few months back, sources close to the production claimed that Spencer Wilding, who portrayed the physical Vader in last year’s Rogue One – was involved in the Han Solo spinoff, and while the official story was that he was playing a different character, it appears that that’s simply not the case. Or at least, it’s not if you »
- Matt Joseph
Leia met Jyn Erso? Yes. And according to the rules Lucasfilm is playing, that should be officially canon. But the new Princess Leia book in stores now tells us otherwise. Rogue One had a difficult birth to say the least and as a result, the movie lost some of the scenes that were shown off in the very first trailer as they were left on the cutting room floor. Though the prequel was generally well-received, it did suffer from a change of hands during post-production, which in turn, left some of the story to be disjointed in some areas.
A lot of fans expected to see the deleted scenes when Rogue One came out on DVD/Blu-ray, but that was not the case and Gareth Edwards' original edit of the movie will more than likely never be seen. But thankfully, the Rogue One comic book adaptation, which just wrapped »
Rogue One notoriously had a long and arduous production that resulted in many of the scenes and subplots that appeared in its first trailer ending up on the cutting room floor. While the final film was well-received, the post-production recutting resulted in a sometimes disjointed narrative. While we may never see what Gareth Edwards‘s original version of Rogue One with […]
The post New ‘Rogue One’ Scenes in the Comic Adaptation Flesh Out The Movie’s Story appeared first on /Film. »
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Inclusion has become a “Star Wars” staple in front of the camera: Both “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” were led by female heroes and included co-leads played by minority actors. However, white males sat in the director’s chair and the hiring of J.J. Abrams to replace Colin Trevorrow as director of “Episode IX” suggests that will continue for many years to come.
J.J. Abrams is a talented filmmaker, and he’s a fine choice to close out the trilogy of films led by Daisy Ridley’s Rey. He also represents a kind of security that’s hard to resist. The director jumpstarted the new wave of “Star Wars” films with “The Force Awakens,” which earned unanimous acclaim from critics and fans on its way to over $2 billion worldwide. He knows the franchise, he’s beloved by fans, »
- Zack Sharf
Updated (9/12/17): The film’s opening date has been pushed back 7 months from May 2019 to December 20, 2019.
The search for a filmmaker to replace Colin Trevorrow as director of “Star Wars: Episode IX” is over. Lucasfilm has confirmed that J.J. Abrams is returning to the franchise to close out the new trilogy in the third installment. Abrams is credited with bringing life back into the “Star Wars” franchise as the director of “The Force Awakens,” which earned acclaim and over $2 billion worldwide.
Early rumors suggested Rian Johnson, director of “The Last Jedi,” would be the candidate to replace Trevorrow, but Johnson went on record saying he would not be handling directing duties on the trilogy ender. Lucasfilm has had trouble with young directors in the past — they were forced to bring in Tony Gilroy to help Gareth Edwards with reshoots on “Rogue One,” while Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired »
- Zack Sharf
The Star Wars galaxy was recently dealt another pretty significant setback with Lucasfilm and director Colin Trevorrow parting ways, meaning that Star Wars 9 is still in need of a director. Many quickly pointed to Rian Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which seems to have gone very smoothly. While he may seem like a logical and likely solid choice for the gig, he has taken himself out of the running. At least for now.
As reported by Star Wars Underworld, Rian Johnson has been doing some press for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Japan recently. While speaking at an event, he was asked about the situation with Star Wars 9 and whether or not he is going to direct it. He didn't plainly say "no," but he makes it clear that, at the moment, he isn't doing it and he doesn't seem to have any plans to do the movie. »
Right, so let’s look at the Colin Trevorrow situation then. It was revealed this week that Trevorrow (Jurassic World) had become the fourth director since the Disney-era to vacate the director’s chair, exiting Star Wars: Episode IX over creative differences. “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX,” the Lucasfilm press release said. “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.” The Hollywood Reporter added that rumours of Trevorrow leaving had been circling since June just before the release of The Book of Henry »
- Luke Owen
To say that the parting of ways with a director by a studio that’s fired between two and four other directors from their mega-franchise in the last two years (depending on whether you think of Lord & Miller as one director or two, and whether you consider Gareth Edwards having a chunk of his movie reshot by another director a firing) was a surprise might be an exaggeration, but nevertheless the most eyebrow-raising piece of news of the week was that Colin Trevorrow, the “Jurassic World” helmer who landed the job of directing “Star Wars Episode IX” several years ago, had left the movie only months before filming was set to begin.
- Oliver Lyttelton
George Chrusostomou on Lucasfilm’s director dilemma…
With the recent news that Colin Trevorrow has exited Star Wars: Epiosde IX, it seems Lucasfilm may not have everything under control as much as we once thought. While we’re not at Prequel level of concern (and I’ll defend Revenge of the Sith till my throat is sore) it’s hard not to worry a bit about what the future of the Star Wars franchise has in store for us.
Sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a fun film that brought the magic of the Original Trilogy to a new generation of fans and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story managed to offer viewers a unique look at the Star Wars universe, whilst cleverly filling in the biggest plot hole of A New Hope. I’ll even go as far to say that it looks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi »
- George Chrysostomou
Some rather huge news broke two days ago when Lucasfilm announced that they’d parted ways with filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who was scheduled to direct Episode IX of the Star Wars saga. It’s supposedly a mutual parting, but the poor reception to Trevorrow’s recently released The Book of Henry definitely didn’t help instill confidence in Kathleen Kennedy and company. Whatever the case may be, Episode IX now needs a new director (a writer may or may not be required, as Jack Thorne was recently brought on to do a new draft of the screenplay). There’s a definite disturbance in the force, so hopefully this is only a temporary ripple. We shall see, I guess? This is nothing new for Star Wars of late, oddly. Trevorrow now joins a club that includes Gareth Edwards, the team of Phil Lord & Chris Miller, as well as Josh Trank. Edwards »
- Joey Magidson
The plot, as they say, thickens.
Following hot on the heels of a Lucasfilm announcement, telling the world that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, The Hollywood Reporter is highlighting ‘script issues’ as the cause of the shake-up, saying that the relationship between the director and studio became “unmanageable.” What’s interesting about that is that it stands in direct contradiction with Trevorrow’s own description of his experience of working on the franchise, just two months ago.
The rebooted Star Wars film series, as overseen by Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, is no stranger to talent re-shuffles. Director Josh Trank was ejected from an unnamed Star Wars anthology project before he even really began – presumably as a result of the disastrous Fantastic Four in 2015, while Tony Gilroy was said to have significantly re-shaped Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016, with extensive reshoots. »
- Sarah Myles
Ryan Lambie Sep 7, 2017
It must be a good couple of years ago already by now, but in a corner of Hollywood far, far away, someone at Disney-Lucasfilm took a photograph of four film directors.
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Just hours after it was confirmed that Colin Trevorrow is out as the director of Star Wars 9, Disney and LucasFilm already have a short list of directors to replace him, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson at the top of the list. Insiders claim that "nothing is done yet," in terms of a new deal for the director to take the helm of Star Wars 9, but it is still a possibility. LucasFilm wasted no time in finding a replacement for fired Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, bringing aboard Ron Howard to direct just two days after LucasFilm announced they were leaving the project. That was certainly under much different circumstances, though, since shooting had already been under way for months, but with filming slated to begin in early 2018 on Star Wars 9, there may be an official announcement sooner rather than later.
Deadline broke the »
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