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We’re less than 300 days away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the reports and rumours are still coming in thick and fast. We’ve already had rumours that Darth Vader would be in the film in some capacity (possibly in a flashback) and now we have new rumours that back those claims up.
According to Making Star Wars, Robert Boulter (not announced in the cast list as of yet) has joined Star Wars: The Force Awakens to play a young Luke Skywalker in a flashback sequence. This would play into the opening of the movie, in which Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) go to Rose’s Bar, owned by Rose (Lupita Nyong’o) who is a puppet similar to Yoda.
Below is a breakdown of the flashback:
Dead bodies lay on the floor of a Jedi Academy. »
- Luke Owen
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.
Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.
Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »
- Robert W Monk
From pretty much the very first moment it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and were working on a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with rumours and speculation about the seventh episode in the blockbuster saga. Some of those would certainly qualify as major spoilers if true, and director J.J. Abrams has now admitted that some genuine plot details have made their way online.
“I can’t wait for you to see it,” said Abrams at the Irish Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles (via the BBC). “It’s been a blast working on this and luckily we have an incredible post-production team. There are always challenges as you go but it’s been a complete kick to put this together. We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work. There are a ton of rumours – some true, »
- Gary Collinson
While Jason Voorhees stalked the screens in homes around the world yesterday, Scream Factory also celebrated Friday the 13th in grand fashion, announcing two new Blu-ray releases and revealing bonus features, final cover art, and official street dates for their upcoming home media offerings. Horror fans now have some calendar marking to do and can look forward to another bountiful Summer of Fear.
On June 30th, Scream Factory plans to release a double feature Blu-ray of Ghosthouse and Witchery, the former directed by by Umberto Lenzi and the latter starring Linda Blair and David Hasselhoff. They'll also distribute 1989's I, Madman, though its release date is not yet known.
Ghosthouse: "Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house."
- Derek Anderson
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
When the cast was announced for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one name that seemed to be missing from the original cast line-up was Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Since that time, the actor has returned to a galaxy far, far away as part of Star Wars Rebels to provide his vocal talents. But will we be seeing him in a live action again?
“Yeah, people were pretty upset about it,” he told Cinelinx about the fan reaction to being left out the cast. “But I uh…I may very well…I have a feeling I’m going to show up. There’s nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage. People think of me as the original cast, but I didn’t come in until the second movie. I did Empire and then I did Return of the Jedi, but I came in after everyone else was introduced… »
- Luke Owen
Arguably TV’s finest new original show of 2014, True Detective has gained many admirers since its critically-acclaimed debut last year. Now, after months of rumours and casting back-and-forth, the second season of the HBO show is in full production in Los Angeles, and some set photos have emerged over at ComingSoon.net showing some of the new cast in action. In the images, we can see stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in action on the streets of California, in what looks to be a shootout scene…
Farrell (Phone Booth) plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him; McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves; while Kitsch (The Savages) plays Paul Woodrugh, »
- Scott J. Davis
We’ve heard bits and pieces over the last year or so about what certain characters will look like in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now we can add Princess Leia to that list.
According to the site Making Star Wars, they have a source who claims to have seen Princess Leia’s outfit which you can read below:
“Princess Leia is wearing a solid jumpsuit. It is grayish blue. She wears a black vest which hangs below her waist. The vest is more in the style of the Tantive IV trooper than Han Solo’s classic vest. The jumpsuit has an open button-down collar and the cuffs are rolled up about two inches at her wrists. She has a thick black belt with a silver belt-buckle (very 1980). Her hair is braided and pulled over to the side so it hangs over her left shoulder in a ponytail. »
- Luke Owen
If there is one movie released this year that has a lot of hype to live up to, it’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only is it the first Star Wars movie in a decade, but it’s the first film to come from Disney without any involvement from George Lucas. Since its announcement, we’ve heard from many of our readers about their concerns, hopes and excitement for the movie – but there’s a certain someone who thinks we should manage our expectations.
“Oh, my God! It’s just crazy town,” Mark Hamill told Hero Complex about the back stage security and the fear of leaks. “First of all, the security. We had problems before with people leaking stuff, but I was saying to them, ‘Is it really necessary to put on this giant robe with a hood that hangs down to your chest to go »
- Luke Owen
Warning – there could be spoilers below…
It seems amazing in this day and age of the Internet that a film can keep so much secrecy, but J.J. Abrams has managed to do it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That is, apart from a few bits that have slipped through here and there.
Today’s nugget comes from MakingStarWars who claim to have “trusted sources” who are telling them that Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) is set to play the son of Luke Skywalker. According to the site, Gleeson will be an Imperial who is tasked with sending Chrome Stormtroopers after John Boyega’s character.
So, he’s the son of Luke Skywalker but working for the baddies? Well, the site reckons that Gleeson is actually a double agent of sorts to disarm the galaxy of super weapons.
Here’s what the site writes:
“The implications of Gleeson’s actions »
- Luke Owen
We are now just 10 months away from J.J. Abrams taking us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and when the trailer was released late last year, there was quite a stir with Star Wars fans particularly around the lightsaber hilt.
“It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing,” Abrams told Collider about the controversy over the lightsaber hilt.
It was announced that Rian Johnson (Looper) would be helming Star Wars Episode VIII, but possibly not Episode IX if Abrams is anything to go by. But what involvement will he have with the pictures once he’s set the scene? “I wouldn’t say 8 and 9 are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah.”
- Luke Owen
But as part of the honour, George Lucas made a special guest appearance via video to show off some of the “long lost” audition tapes for the iconic role – including original Darth Vader choice Angela Lansbury!
Check out the video below:
See Also – George Lucas slams all-white Oscar nominations, “it’s a political campaign”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca »
- Luke Owen
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
It was reported last week that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) were testing out for roles in Gareth Edward’s Star Wars spin-off. Well, the folks over at Total Geek seem to found out who got the part.
According to the website, Maslany landed a role in the movie. There are no details of her character (if she has one), but confirms that this is for the 2016 spin-off and not Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Perhaps coincidentally, Maslany has recently pulled out from doing an Off-Broadway show due to “scheduling conflicts”.
- Luke Owen
So I missed the party. Dubious carpet stains and semi-clad wastrels still cling to upholstery as the first wave of hangovers turn up and spoil your fun ….that’s me; poetic to the last. King procrastinator and media mouthpiece for an over worked and underpaid populous. I have been off the reservation to use an old western term and my creative consciousness has therefore alluded me. For that I apologise.
In my forced absence Constantine has made a welcome return to less than open arms. Back at the tail end of 2014 I had the good fortune to see this second part minus whistles and bells. By which I mean of course any finished effects work. After the cliff hanger which left audiences on tender hooks over Christmas and Thanksgiving, this instalment felt like a whole lot of squandered opportunities which team Cerone failed to deliver on. »
- Gary Collinson
In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.
Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.
When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »
Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.
Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
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- Oli Davis
Yesterday we brought you some concept art from Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing Max von Sydow’s as-yet-unnamed character along with what appeared to be Darth Vader next to some Imperial Stormtroopers [check the images out here], and now thanks to Star Wars 7 News we have a few more images, this time featuring the redesigned Episode VII X-Wings…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
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