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BFI Unveils £20 Million Plan to Attract 10,000 New Workers to U.K. Film Industry

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Film Institute has embarked on a £20 million ($26 million) project to attract the 10,000 workers it says the U.K. film industry desperately needs over the next five years to avoid an alarming skills shortage. Fueled by government tax breaks, the growth of the sector means there will be 30,000 new job opportunities in the U.K. film business during that time, the BFI said.

Lucasfilm is the first studio to sign up with the project, and has placed 28 trainees on its new Han Solo spinoff movie. The studio shot a special video about the trainees’ work on the movie, which was shown to reporters at a London news conference earlier this week.

“The U.K. film industry is one of our biggest success stories, and the films made here are loved by audiences around the world,” said Karen Bradley, the British government’s culture secretary. “For this to continue, we need to nurture and foster the next »

- Stewart Clarke

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Researchers find 'culture of nepotism' in British film industry

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Report shows striking lack of diversity and ‘significant obstacles’ for outsiders looking to break into industry

Nepotism, word-of-mouth employment practices and the widespread use of unpaid work experience have created a “pandemic lack of inclusion” in the British film industry, a report backed by movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Kathleen Kennedy says.

Broccoli, producer of James Bond movies, and Kennedy, president of the Star Wars film-maker Lucasfilm, are throwing their weight behind a plan, backed by £20m of national lottery money, to improve diversity in the sector.

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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent

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Darth Vader Almost Appeared in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ – No, Really

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Did you know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige — who, by the way, is a huge “Star Wars” nerd — almost had Sith Lord Darth Vader appear in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”? At the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” junket, Feige told Mashable: “Always, we wanted to reveal at a certain point in the movie that Peter Quill was a human from Earth. And for a long time, I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you’re in a spaceship and he’s talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Fan Imagines Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff as Spaghetti Western (Photo)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

We still haven’t gotten word of an official “Star Wars” Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff film, even though Ewan McGregor has said multiple times that he’d be on board. In order to quell the anticipation for this movie that isn’t going to happen yet, check out this fan poster of what a potential Obi-Wan movie could look like. In an alternate universe far far away, George Miller (“Mad Max”) directed a spaghetti western that tells the story of what happened to the Jedi mentor between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” before McGregor aged into Alec Guiness. »

- Carli Velocci

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Watch Riz Ahmed Rap ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Track: ‘British Empire Strikes Back’ (Video)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You know Riz Ahmed from “Rogue One” and HBO’s “The Night Of.” But you may not know that the actor moonlights as a rapper. Ahmed appears as Riz Mc in the latest music video for “The Hamilton Mixtape,” which premiered Wednesday morning on “The Today Show.” The music video for “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” features Ahmed in a subway car mid-way through the video. The eyes of several immigrants are blocked out with black bars, including Ahmed’s, until he pulls the black bar away and begins his verse. (And yeah, we caught that “Star Wars” allusion with the line, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

4 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Vice’s Shane Smith on Trying to Avoid the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of Donald Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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'Star Wars' Fan Designs Poster for Obi-Wan Film — and It's Spectacular

6 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A Star Wars fan on Wednesday took the first step into a much larger universe with a poster that pitched an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.

The idea of a stand-alone film based on that beloved character isn't new, but that is not what makes this poster stand out. 

Posted was done by Tom Lathom-Sharp. The faux advertisement is done in the style of a spaghetti western. 

The film is called simply Kenobi, stars Ewan McGregor and is directed by George Miller. The tag: "If you come to Tatooine, you don't mess with the most dangerous man on the planet." 

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- Ryan Parker

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'Game of Thrones': Emilia Clarke, the Queen of Dragons, Tells All

8 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone

On a recent Monday afternoon, the queen was taking her tea. "Could I just be more English than sense itself and get an Earl Grey?" asks Emilia Clarke from the deep folds of a leather chesterfield sofa in the so-called Drawing Room of her downtown Manhattan hotel. The young waiter is only too happy to oblige, though it's unclear whether he knows he's in the presence of the Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons and rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

That being said, six seasons into »

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Great Job, Internet!: Chris Miller references his Han Solo firing with an apt Star Wars quote

17 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Outside of a few statements the day it was announced—establishing “creative differences” as the reason for their ousting—former Han Solo movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have been pretty quiet since they left the stand-alone Disney movie last week. Miller returned to social evening earlier today, though, and when he did, it was with a particularly apt Star Wars reference at the ready:

Situation normal

Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) June 27, 2017

In another context, Miller’s quote might be taken as face value, but as Star Wars fans know, it’s also one of the first lines of Han’s improvised attempt to play Stormtrooper in A New Hope. In case it’s been a minute, the attempt doesn’t go over very well—it was a pretty boring conversation, anyway—although it’s not clear if Miller himself is Han in this situation, or if he »

- William Hughes

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Chris Miller Channels Han Solo In Twitter Return

22 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Chris Miller, who with directing partner Phil Lord abruptly parted ways last week with Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo film six months into production, returned to Twitter today with a message all Star Wars fans would get: Situation normal — Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) June 27, 2017 The reference is to a line from 1977’s original Star Wars, when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca shoot it out on the Death Star during their attempt to rescue… »

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Fired Han Solo Director Tweets Cryptic 'New Hope' Message

27 June 2017 1:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Returning to Twitter for the first time since he and his co-director were fired from the Han Solo Star Wars stand-alone film, Chris Miller tweeted a message that appears to be from A New Hope — and, if so, it says a lot. 

On Tuesday, Miller first tweeted about the upcoming Edgar Wright film Baby Driver and that he was looking forward to it.

Then came the other one. 

"Situation normal," Miller tweeted. 

To someone who is not a superfan, that may seem like a random post, a possible update on how he is doing. But for those who know Star Wars »

- Ryan Parker

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‘Star Wars Forces of Destiny’ Writer Jennifer Muro on the Series’ “Small Moments of Heroism”

27 June 2017 1:36 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The wait is just about over for Star Wars Forces of Destiny, an original series of animated shorts that will showcase the untold stories of Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, Padmè Amidala, Ahsoka Tano and more; Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein and Lupita Nyong’o will reprise their famous roles. It was announced earlier today that the series will make its debut on July 3rd on Disney's YouTube channel before arriving on the Disney Channel itself July 9th. Recently, I had a chance to chat with Star Wars Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro … »

- Dave Trumbore

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George Lucas Strikes Back at Autograph Hounds: ‘Get a Job’

27 June 2017 1:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If you make George Lucas mad, he may not block you on Twitter, but he will tell you to get a job, as a few hapless autograph seekers recently discovered. TMZ shot footage of the “Star Wars” creator snapping back at autograph seekers in Beverly Hills on Monday night. Lucas is seen writing his signature to fans’ posters as a large bodyguard stands watch. At first, the scene looks relatively peaceful. Someone behind the camera asks for Lucas’ opinion on various issues — director Ron Howard taking over the Han Solo movie, and an impending L.A. City Council vote on »

- Ashley Eady

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Coming Distractions: The women of Star Wars have their own adventures in this Forces Of Destiny teaser

27 June 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

At Star Wars Celebration back in April, Disney announced a new series of animated shorts that will focus on the universe’s female heroes. Titled Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny, each short will follow a different hero from the movies and TV shows, including Leia, Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, and Ahsoka Tano. Now, Disney has released a short teaser for the series, and while some of this stuff might not be strictly canonical, it is surprisingly badass for a show that seems targeted at kids. Plus, all of the original actors are present (except for Carrie Fisher, obviously), which helps make Forces Of Destiny feel like it really is part of the larger Star Wars universe.

The first Forces Of Destiny shorts will premiere on YouTube on July 3. »

- Sam Barsanti

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Star Wars Superfan Jacob Tremblay Admits He Was Too 'Starstruck' to Meet Harrison Ford: That's 'My Biggest Life Regret'

27 June 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 years old, but he already knows his biggest life regret.

Look no further than Jacob Tremblay for Hollywood’s biggest Star Wars super-fan.

Tremblay, a self-declared Star Wars fanatic, opened up to People about his love for the famous franchise — and the one galactic star he says he was too “starstruck” to meet.

“I saw Harrison Ford,” Tremblay tells People Now of seeing the actor at the 2017 Golden Globes. “But I never got to, like, visit him. And that’s like one of my biggest life regrets, ever.”

While he missed his chance to shake hands with Han Solo, »

- Jack Henkels

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Great Job, Internet!: The Last Jedi trailer gets a cyberpunk-as-hell remake

27 June 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The below remake of The Last Jedi trailer is certainly interesting, in part, because of how it was produced, using an Apple IIc from 1984, a program from the era called Dazzle Draw, and some 48 floppy disks, the entirety of which contained 6 Mb of information. But the method is a little less important than the end result, which is completely, stupidly cool, like you’re seeing through the code from The Matrix to visualize the Magic Eye-like images buried underneath it.

Cita-cita waktu masih kecil di th 80an: bikin trailer Star Wars pakai komputer Apple bermonitor monochrome, baru kesampaian sekarang. pic.twitter.com/kUV28VB5pq

— Pinot (@pinotski) June 26, 2017

According to TechCrunch, Twitter user @pinotski produced the video over the course of three weeks, apparently while holding up transparent plastic sheets against the monitor. That sounds like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it »

- Clayton Purdom

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Great Job, Internet!: Anakin versus Obi-Wan, now with 100 percent more Pitbull

27 June 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

If someone were to make a list of all the things that could be done to improve the Star Wars prequels, replacing the score with modern pop music would likely be nowhere near the top. In fact, some might say John Williams’ arrangements are among the few redeeming qualities of those three films, and that altering them in any way would be a fool’s errand. But this fan-made mashup is making a pretty good case that what the final act of Revenge Of The Sith really needed was some blaring Miami reggaeton courtesy of Mr. Worldwide himself.

https://kanjiklubs.tumblr.com/post/155277620326

Using Pitbull’s 2014 track “Fireball” and some slick editing tricks, Tumblr user and Star Wars fan Kanjiklubs transformed the epic duel between master and apprentice into what it was always meant to be: a fun, tightly choreographed dance party between two friends on the volcanic »

- Dan Neilan

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Review: A Sequel That Will Disappoint Even Diehard Minions Fans

27 June 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s clear from the opening minutes of “Despicable Me 3” that the popular Illumination Entertainment franchise has lost the thread on what makes the series so appealing to its target audience (you know, kids). The latest film in the expanding canon of “Despicable Me” features — which has grown to include a Minion-centric spinoff, plus more to come — gamely opens with a fart-laden studio logo before introducing the series’ newest villain, a cast-off has-been television star literally named Evil Bratt. Voiced by Trey Parker, the balding Bratt is a weirdo riff on classic ’80s TV characters like Small Wonder and Punky Brewster, complete with a sassy robot friend and a keytar he uses to play such jams as “Sussudio” and “Take on Me,” a role entirely dependent on the audience’s knowledge of the kind of roles he’s skewering. He seems unlikely to appeal to — or amuse — the younger set, »

- Kate Erbland

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Skydance Trying Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ As TV Series; David Goyer, Josh Friedman To Adapt

27 June 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The Isaac Asimov science fiction trilogy Foundation heavily informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series, but for decades it has confounded Hollywood attempts at a straight adaptation. I'm hearing that Skydance, David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman are going to try to crack it. Skydance Television is closing a deal with the Asimov estate to try turning Foundation into a sprawling TV series. Originally published as a short story series in Astounding… »

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