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Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:
Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night, »
- Tamika Jones
- Will Leitch and Tim Grierson
A long, varied and fine career has seen Ford become iconic in two franchises in particular (and indeed the upcoming reprise of Rick Deckard could well make that another).
Throughout the 80’s he became firmly established as the ultimate blockbuster icon. No one has quite hit such iconic and consistent status as Harrison Ford. We’re talking Han Solo and Indiana Jones. One beloved franchise character is something every star dreams of, but to get two, on top of all the other great roles he’s had? That’s astonishing.
So in celebration of Ford, and in no particular order, here are the five films that need to be watched to best appreciate the man’s gifts and star power.
Ford is well-considered »
- Tom Jolliffe
Def Pictures has teamed with Live Nation Productions, WorldStar Hip Hop, and Hunting Lane Films for the Netflix comedy “The After Party.” Principal photography has begun on the coming-of-age film, which is written and directed by Ian Edelman (“How to Make It in America”). It is Live Nation’s first scripted production.
The movie has a music business theme, following two buddies looking to land a record deal before one heads to college and the other to the military. The story takes place during “one wild night,” but will shoot for six weeks in New York, including on location at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, and a live concert at the Gramercy Theater.
The film stars Kyle Harvey (better known as the artist Kyle), Teyana Taylor, Jordan Rock, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Blair Underwood, Harrison Holzer (“Better Living Through Chemistry,” “Sex Tape”), and Shelley Hennig (“Teen Wolf”), and will feature a »
- Shirley Halperin
Neil Calloway on Disney suffocating Star Wars…
After American Graffiti, George Lucas spent a while shoving his Western in space script under the nose of anyone who cared to read it. They gave him suggestions on how to improve it, he took them on, and a few years later he finally shot the film. It came out, and changed cinema forever. He then worked with others, letting them direct and write more films, building a huge franchise.
In 2012, Disney paid more than $4 billion to George Lucas for the rights to that franchise. Having failed to build their own with John Carter, they just bought one off the shelf. The problem is, you can’t just do that and expect success. As Lucas himself proved with the Star Wars prequels, it’s hard to make films that people truly love. It says a lot that of the five Disney Star Wars films, »
- Neil Calloway
Chicago – The 40th anniversary edition of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, is in a limited run in theaters now. What better time to resurrect a 2009 HollywoodChicago.com interview with Dreyfuss, and publish it as a podcast talk.
Richard Dreyfuss, Chicago, 2009
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
At the time Dreyfuss did “Close Encounters” he was on an hot streak, preceded by “Jaws” (1974) and culminating in “The Goodbye Girl” (1977), and became the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner for “Goodbye” (at age 30). With a career that began in 1964, he also had prominent roles in “American Graffiti” (1973), “Stand by Me” (1986), “What About Bob” (1991) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). More recently, he portrayed Bernie Madoff in the TV mini-series “Madoff” (2016) and has four films in production or currently unreleased. The 2009 interview took place at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville, Ill. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
1 August 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Good movies about being young in America, like East of Eden, Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider, sometimes receive such gigantic commercial and critical acceptance that they single-handedly create new directions in filmmaking. American Graffiti, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by George Lucas from a screenplay by Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck and the director, is certainly the freshest American movie in years and may well prove to be »
- THR Staff
No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.
Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:
The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History
25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.
But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »
- Tom Brueggemann
Dreyfuss will play James, Alexander’s character’s father. He is described as “a gruff, grizzled dysfunctional jerk of a dad who doesn’t have a single kind word to say about his son.” Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Goodbye Girl,” and was nominated for the same award for his role in “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” His other notable film roles include “Cl0se Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jaws,” “American Graffiti,” and “Stand by Me.” On the television side, he recently starred in the ABC miniseries “Madoff”–based on the true story of the Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme–as well as the Fox event series “Shots Fired.”
He is repped by Apa. See a photo of Dreyfuss and Alexander on set below.
“Hit the Road »
- Joe Otterson
The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.
In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
George Lucas isn't known for mincing words. And he doesn't hold back from speaking his mind. He hasn't shied away from saying what he truly likes or dislikes about the new Star Wars franchise since he sold it off to Disney back in 2012. While he's never really admitted to liking J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, he did say he enjoyed Rogue One quite a bit. While he won't comment on the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, he did tell TMZ exactly how he fells about Ron Howard coming into replace them. He open and honestly says this.
"I think he'll be great."
As fans know, Ron Howard worked as the lead actor in George Lucas' second big screen feature American Graffiti. And Howard, who has become an Oscar-winning director in the forty years since that movie hit big at the box office, »
Neil Calloway thinks the troubled Han Solo film proves Disney’s hearts aren’t in the right place…
Of course, films run into trouble all the time, and a studio as big as Disney wants to protect its investment, but it’s not the first time this has happened. There have been two Star Wars Anthology films, and both of them have had productions issues. First re-shoots and Tony Gilroy being drafted in to polish/rewrite on Rogue One, and now the directors departing this film. It doesn’t bode well at all. They got away with it with Rogue One, but it remains to be seen how much longer they’ll be able to »
- Neil Calloway
It’s a special edition of The Week in Star Wars following the shock news from the Han Solo spin-off movie, along with some bits from The Last Jedi, Episode IX and more…
Before we kick things off, The Week in Star Wars celebrated it’s second birthday this week.
Thanks to everyone who has read any edition over the last two years
So, let’s talk about Han Solo. Although the event took place as early as Monday, it was revealed on Tuesday that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the Han Solo spin-off movie. The films had been in production since February, and all reports suggest that there are still four or so weeks left of shooting, with five weeks of planned re-shoots. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that »
- Luke Owen
Just one day after Ron Howard officially signed on to direct LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the filmmaker speaks out about taking this coveted job for the first time. Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference in France today, after officially coming in to replace departing Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired by LucasFilm over vast creative differences. Here's what Ron Howard had to say at the conference earlier today.
"It's a little opportunity that came my way. I've been a fan forever. It's gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe."
Variety reports that Ron Howard has already started working on the Han Solo spin-off, with production scheduled to resume on July 10. There are already five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule that will take place later on this year at an unspecified date. Here's what he had to say about the material that has already been shot for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
"So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It's already been in production, and there's a lot of really great work there."
The director also spoke about how director George Lucas discussed his plans for a "fun sci-fi film," while he was starring in the filmmaker's American Graffiti alongside the actor who would go on to become Han Solo, Harrison Ford. The director added that, when the first Star Wars movie came out on May 25, 1977, he waited in line for over two hours to see the film with his wife. Since they were both so inspired after seeing the movie, they got back in line and waited another 90 minutes to see the movie again. Ron Howard also took to Twitter last night, to release a statement about taking over on this highly-anticipated project.
"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."
Aside from "creative differences," no further explanation was given for Lord and Miller's departure, although there were reports that the directors were portraying Han Solo as a "comedic personality," which didn't sit well with Kathleen Kennedy. Other sources claimed there was friction immediately between the filmmakers, who were reportedly surprised they weren't given the same level of creative freedom they have enjoyed throughout their careers. Regardless, Ron Howard now has to step in and try to put together a movie that will make Star Wars fans proud, with LucasFilm keeping the May 25, 2018 release date.
After it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be leaving the project, with reportedly just a few weeks left in production, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that a director would be announced soon. Ron Howard was mentioned as the front runner within hours of Lord and Miller's departure, while other candidates were mentioned such as Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story script with his son Jon Kasdan, and Joe Johnston, who started his career working on visual effects for the first three Star Wars movies. Take a look at Ron Howard's tweets below, as we wait for more details on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017
I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017 »
Earlier this week saw the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chair of Han Solo, and the arrival of Oscar-winning helmer Ron Howard. To call the situation unexpected would be a vast understatement, but now that things have settled down a bit, it sounds like the production is ready to move forward in July.
As expected when replacing the helmers in such a high profile way, Howard has been a bit on the quiet side. He took to Twitter to express his general excitement with the project, but as far as public statements go, he didn’t even say anything in the official announcement from Lucasfilm.
However, while appearing at the Palais stage at Cannes Lions (via Deadline), he touched upon his new gig, and the experience he’s had with the franchise since its beginnings.
“I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning. »
- Joseph Medina
Just hours after Ron Howard was confirmed as the replacement director for the new “Star Wars” movie, he revealed that series creator George Lucas had told him of his idea for the franchise while they were making “American Graffiti” in 1972. Speaking at the Cannes Lion conference on Friday, the Oscar-winning director said, “I’ve been […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Just one day after taking the reins of the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie after the abrupt firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Ron Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to discuss his love of the franchise and other topics. “I’ve been a fan forever,” Howard told Wpp founder Martin Sorrell on stage Friday. “It’s gratifying to lend my voice to the ‘Star Wars’ universe now.” The actor-turned-director first met “Star Wars” creator George Lucas as the star of Lucas’ previous movie, “American Graffiti,” and he recalled taking his wife, Cheryl, to wait in a two-hour. »
- Thom Geier
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.
“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”
Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.
Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).
When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.
Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.
Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)
Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?
Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”
Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”
Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.
“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”
Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”
Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.
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- Todd Spangler
Go Direct A Star War
After the shock news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from their positions on the Han Solo spin-off movie, it was revealed yesterday by Disney and Lucasfilm that Ron Howard would be taking over. Ron Howard has a lot of connections to George Lucas, appearing in the director’s American Graffiti and he was even approached with the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Read more here.
Just One More Thing
Looking ahead to Star Wars: Episode IX and it has been revealed that director Colin Trevorrow made a small request of Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication.” Just what could that small thing be? Read more here.
Life Finds A Way
Speaking of Trevorrow, and the sequel to his 2015 dino smash Jurassic World was given an official title and poster yesterday – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pretty badass, eh? Check out the poster here.
Keeping with the sequels theme now, and we should be expecting our first look at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle any time soon. In an new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Jack Black has been talking about the film’s connections to the original. “We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Robin Williams’ character Alan Parrish],” states Black. “He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there… [In the original] you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.” Read more here.
Inside The Sanctum
Following the super-cool behind the scenes photo of Iron Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange and Wong, former McU helmer Scott Derickson has shared another image from the Avengers: Infinity War set – this time from his old stomping grounds of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Check out the image here.
Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t looking to do so well at the box office this weekend, which won’t be a good sign for the Bumblebee spin-off. Although according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the solo film is going to be very different from what we’ve seen so far from the five Bay-directed movies. “The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers,” he said. “So it has a very distinct idea in it, and then whatever is gonna happen with the chemistry is what’s gonna happen, but it really is a young female lead opposite Bumblebee.” Read more here.
Article Of The Day
Anghus Houvouras has some thoughts on Lord and Miller leaving the Han Solo movie, which you can read here. »
- Luke Owen
If you felt like you were watching a fiery car crash when you heard that the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff fired its directors during filming, we have great news: Replacement director Ron Howard has experience saving Han Solo from car crashes. Or at least saving Harrison Ford, the star who originated the role of the galactic smuggler. Before he made “Star Wars,” George Lucas made 1973’s “American Graffiti,” and gave Ford the role of Bob Falfa, a cocky street racer whose ’55 Chevy was a good warmup for learning to fly the Millennium Falcon. Spoiler warning if you haven’t seen “American Graffiti, »
- Tim Molloy
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