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What happens when you have a bucket full of internet rumors matched with some confirmation from the director himself? How about a spoiled plot? That's the idea today, as an interview done months ago about the films that inspired Star Wars: The Last Jedi seem to match up with the latest unrelated rumors swirling around the storyline. From the looks of it, director Rian Johnson may have inadvertently spoiled the plot to Star Wars 8 a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It's just that fans didn't realize it at the time.
Overall, these plot details spell certain doom for one new beloved member of the Star Wars family while hinting at love for another, which may come as disappointing news for GLAAD and all those hoping to see two space bros get it on inside an Exogorth while hiding from the dreaded First Order. Turn back now »
Born on December 17,1923, C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson was living in Las Vegas when he died from heart complications, according to The Gersh Agency.
Erickson began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on five Alfred Hitchcock films during the mid-to-late 1950s, including Rear Window, To Catch A Thief, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo.
He went on to serve as production manager on Joseph L Mankiewicz’s There Was A Crooked Man and also spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions.
Other producer-production credits include 55 Days At Peking, [link »
Longtime motion picture producer and executive C.O. “Doc” Erickson, who worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies along with “Chinatown,” “Blade Runner,” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday in Las Vegas due to heart complications. He was 93.
He began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on five Hitchcock films: “Rear Window” (1954), “To Catch a Thief” (1955), “The Trouble with Harry” (1955), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), and “Vertigo” (1958).
He left Paramount to become John Huston’s associate producer on “The Misfits” (1961), “Freud” (1962), and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967). He was production manager on Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “There Was a Crooked Man…” (1970).
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Erickson spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions and later became associated with Robert Evans on “Chinatown” (1974), “Players” (1979), “Urban Cowboy” (1980), and “Popeye” (1980). Other producer/production credits include “55 Days at Peking” (1963), “Magic” (1978), “Blade Runner” (1982), “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “The Lonely Guy” (1984), “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995), and »
- Dave McNary
C.O. “Doc” Erickson, a production manager on several Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston films who went on to produce such films as Chinatown, Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Groundhog Day, died Wednesday in Las Vegas of heart complications. He was 93. Born December 17, 1923 in Kankakee, Il, Erickson began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on Hitchcock’s 1950s films Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who… »
This expensive new 10-part series has good actors, good writers, helicopters, car chases and impressive artworks – but somehow the characters never come to life
I don’t much like the Cote D’Azur. It may once have been elegant and charming, the haunt of writers and painters chasing light and love. Now it is just about money and showing off how much you have. The coast is overdeveloped to the point that beauty has been swallowed up by the beast of questionable planning and ostentatiousness. Pretty harbours are lost among towering superyachts. You can’t get anywhere because the roads are clogged. I could go on: Saudi royals stealing the beaches; Russians stealing the limelight; moaning Brits priced out and pushed back into the hills to sulk over their Daily Mails.
Still, I’m not going, just watching a TV drama – Riviera (Sky Atlantic) – set there. And all of the »
- Sam Wollaston
“Becoming Cary Grant” is a catchy title for an inside Hollywood documentary. It suggests that the person who ultimately evolved into Cary Grant — he was born in 1904 and started off as Archie Leach, a dirt-poor kid from Bristol in the south of England — really did need to become him, for the same reason that anyone else would: namely, that Cary Grant wasn’t quite of this earth. David Thomson, the venerable film critic who speaks throughout the movie as an authority on Grant, suggests that the actor was neither British nor American, but a one-of-a-kind hybrid. Even his accent, so utterly distinctive, was unplaceable. On the surface, it had the clipped cadences of British cultivated elegance, but the music it carried had a harder America edge. The movie quotes Grant as saying, “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” That tells you what a »
- Owen Gleiberman
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III have a love story for the books. The two first met at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, where the actress was promoting To Catch a Thief, and tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony in Monaco nearly a year later. Aside from sharing numerous sweet moments together during their 26-year marriage, they were also loving parents to their three children, Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie. See some of their best family appearances together here. Related15 Royal Couples Who Didn't Get Married in a Church, Including Charles and Camilla »
- Kelsie Gibson
Image Source: Getty / Bettmann Fairy tales might not be real, but Grace Kelly came as close as a person can to truly living one. The Rear Window actress, who grew up in an affluent Philadelphia family, ended up leaving behind her booming Hollywood film career to marry a real-life royal, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, after a whirlwind year of courtship. So, how did Grace meet Prince Rainier, exactly? Well, there likely never would have been a connection between the two without the Cannes Film Festival. Ahead of the glamorous annual movie event in 1955, biographers have claimed that Prince Rainier was looking for an American wife specifically. Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis allegedly suggested he marry Marilyn Monroe, who was apparently keen on the match herself, but the prince rejected the idea since he didn't find her public image dignified enough for his family (though it has never been confirmed »
- Quinn Keaney
It's been a big day for Star Wars fans already, with the first details about Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern's characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi revealed, along with the first look at the aliens who inhabit the casino city known as Canto Bight. Now we have even more details from actor Adam Driver, who teases that the movie starts with most of the main characters in a "rehabilitation state," including his character Kylo Ren. Here's what the actor had to say about it.
"I feel like almost everyone is in that rehabilitation state (at the beginning of The Last Jedi). You know, I don't think that patricide is all that it's cracked up to be. Maybe that's where Kylo Ren is starting from. His external scar is probably as much an internal one."
Vanity Fair also spoke with John Boyega, who confirmed earlier rumors that his »
Every Star Wars movie introduces a new planet or city somewhere far away, in this unique galaxy that is unlike any other. And Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be no different. In the latest chapter of the Skywalker family saga, fans will travel to the glittering casino city of Canto Bight. And oh, the sights we'll all see there.
Canto Bight was first revealed a few months back at Star Wars Celebration, but fans got their first real look when set photos leaked last year. Now, Vanity Fair and photographer Annie Leibovitz have teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm for a new preview on Star Wars 8. And with it comes the first look at all the wonderful and somewhat freighting aliens and assorted creatures, some of whom are even recognizable from The Force Awakens.
In 2015's Star Wars 7, Han Solo and Chewbacca traveled with newcomers Rey and Finn to Maz Kanata's castle, »
If you've spent the last few months salivating over every new detail surrounding the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, brace yourself for an info dump of epic proportions. Vanity Fair's David Kamp sat down with the cast and crew of the next installment of the galactic franchise for its June issue and eked out spoiler-y details to go along with the magazine's four separate, commemorative covers shot by Annie Leibovitz, which feature Bb-8, Finn (John Boyega), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). RelatedLaura Dern Has Joined the Cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII! See Who Else Is Confirmed 1. We Find Out What Luke's Been Up to All These Years Remember the scene at the end of The Force Awakens when »
- Quinn Keaney
Yesterday gave us some gorgeous Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers for Vanity Fair's newest issue, but today brings the goods with a slew of new images from Anne Leibovitz, that gives us our first look at new characters, and some intriguing details to boot. Come inside to check it all out!
This morning brings about an influx of great information and images for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So much so, it's hard to parse through it all, but I'm going to try and break down a few of the bigger details revealed this moring thanks to Vanity Fair.
Okay, let's start off with some of the new characters this time around. While we caught a glimpse of her during Celebration the other month, Kelly Marie Tran's character gets a full name, Rose Tico. She's a maintenance worker in the Resistance (and has a sister named Paige, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
“I’m the king of the world!”
Everyone knows that Art Hill, in front of the St. Louis Art Museum, is a great place to go sledding in the winter. But did you know it’s a great place to see movies in the summer?
Their line-up for their annual Friday night film series has been announced and it’s sure to draw thousands. This year, to tie into the museum’s Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear exhibit, the film series’ theme is ‘Best Dressed’ From the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood cinema to the elegance of modern-day movies, costumes have the power to bring a character to life or capture a moment in history. This summer we’re rolling out the red carpet in celebration of Oscar’s Best Dressed.
The We Are Movie Geeks gang always goes to these, so if you wanna hang with the cool kids, »
- Tom Stockman
Hold on to your wallets and purses, here comes the creeps and crooks because it’s crime time once again at the multiplex (and I’m not talking about those concession prices). This week’s flick is more of an offshoot of the crime genre: it’s the heist flick, or more specifically, the heist “gone wrong” flick. Now, this isn’t a sophisticated caper thriller, say like the Oceans 11 franchise (that all-female “spin” is on its way) or even The Thomas Crown Affair (68′ and 99′). The dudes (and dame) in this movie could never pass in “high society” (like that suave Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief), they’re “working class” criminals. These types have been a very frequent source for “indie” films, from Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs to, well, last year’s critical “darling” Hell Or High Water. This tale varies from the caper formula since they »
- Jim Batts
It's that time again. Netflix has announced the titles it's getting rid of in May, and we're pretty bummed. Not only is Scrubs getting, well, scrubbed from the catalog, but we also have to say goodbye to nostalgic gems like Step Up, The Wedding Planner, and the entire Jurassic Park franchise. At least we have some fresh new movies and shows coming our way. May 1 11 Blocks Alfie Bang Bang! Black Mamba: Kiss of Death Cujo Doomsdays Fantastic Four FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue Flicka: Country Pride Garfield's Fun Fest Invincible Jetsons: The Movie Jurassic Park III Jurassic Park The Lost World: Jurassic Park Paulie Samurai Headhunters Stephen King's Thinner Tales From the Darkside: The Movie The Doors The Real Beauty and the Beast The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz The Sons of Katie Elder The Wedding Planner Things We Lost in the Fire To Catch a Thief Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine »
- Kelsie Gibson
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
The biggest story of the week is, of course, the title reveal of Star Wars: Episode VIII – which will now only be refereed to as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Pretty great title, right? Well there has been a lot of talk about it over the week. Is The Last Jedi in reference to Luke Skywalker, who returned at the end of The Force Awakens? Is Rey the new Last Jedi? Or, as some fans are speculating, is Anakin Skywalker the Last Jedi, seen as though Luke was never officially a Jedi? Lots to delve into. Our own Anghus Houvouras wasn’t overly impressed with the title in his article Breaking Down Star Wars: The Last Jedi, »
- Luke Owen
After many months of impatiently waiting for something, anything related to Star Wars 8, Disney and Lucasfilm finally threw us all a bone and revealed the official title for the next installment of the Star Wars saga; Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now that the veil of secrecy has been pulled down just a tiny bit, a little more information about the movie, or at least about what went into making the movie, is being revealed. Director Rian Johnson recently discussed some of what influenced Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as some of the challenges of making it.
Following the title reveal, Rian Johnson did a little interview with Empire Magazine about the status of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He said when asked about the status of the movie that things are going "Great! We're in the thick of editing, really digging into it. It's »
With the recently revealed title for the next episode in the saga — Star Wars: The Last Jedi — speculation has kicked into overdrive. Fans are of course pretty darn eager to unravel all the mysteries that Episode VIII might contain, and now thanks to director Rian Johnson, we know of some of the film’s influences.
Speaking to Empire in a wide ranging conversation regarding The Last Jedi, Johnson said the following on what films he watched to prepare for making his Star Wars debut.
“Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur”.
See Also: Breaking Down Star Wars: »
- Samuel Brace
19 items from 2017
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