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The paucity of Marvel and Star Wars actors in the 2016 top 20 suggests the studio doesn’t need to rely on A-list names in the cinematic universe era
How is it possible to explain why Ben Affleck, star of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, is sitting pretty in sixth place on Forbes’ 2016 list of the highest-paid male stars in Hollywood with a whopping $43m in fees, while Harrison Ford, who headlined Star Wars: The Force Awakens, languishes down in 20th position with just $15m in earnings over the past year?
Related: Dwayne Johnson named world's top earning actor as Hollywood pay gap laid bare
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- Ben Child
The bond between two sisters should never be underestimated, but even the tightest bonds can be tested with the prospect of fame and glory. Rebecca Zlotowski’s new film “Planetarium” follows two sisters (Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) who believe they possess the ability to communicate with the dead. While they’re performing in pre-war Paris, they encounter a visionary French producer that wants to put them on screen. Watch the trailer for the film below. (Note: It doesn’t contain subtitles for the French, but much of it is in English and it’s still worth a look.)
The film is the third feature from Rebecca Zlotowski. She previously directed “Belle Épine,” about a young girl struggling with the death of her mother, which won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film in 2010, and “Grand Central, »
- Vikram Murthi
Designer Psyence’s Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Landspeeder set has become the latest Lego Ideas concept to achieve the necessary 10,000 supporters to progress to the Second 2016 Review Stage as it hopes to become an official set.
See Also: Follow all of our Lego coverage here
- Gary Collinson
Funko has turned any and nearly every kind of character from pop culture into one of the Pop! Vinyl figures. Disney, Star Wars, Batman, Ghostbusters, Family Guy, The Avengers, Gremlins, Futurama and tons more movies and TV shows have had their characters turned into the adorable little doe-eyed collectibles. Basically, anything popular gets the Funko […]
The post Funko Sculpted a ‘Stranger Things’ Pop Vinyl of Eleven And We Want It Now appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
We’re just a few months away from the release of Disney and Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and during an interview with Empire Online, director Gareth Edwards has been discussing the meaning of the title.
“I’d been thinking about it,” states Edwards. “What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent, but this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know? It’s kind of describing [Jyn Erso] as well in a similar way. It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”
Well, there goes my bet of it being a codename for Mads Mikkselsen’s Galen Erso…
See Also: Kylo Ren reacts to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer »
- Gary Collinson
Edinburgh, Scotland — “The Grand Tour,” the new auto show from former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, launches on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video in the fall. At the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival Wednesday the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman, who held the same position on “Top Gear,” explained how the team had started afresh.
Wilman and Clarkson, who had gone to the same school, joined BBC’s “Top Gear” in 2002 and helped build it into the most popular factual show in the world. In March 2015, Clarkson was sacked by the BBC for punching a producer, and Wilman, Hammond and May decided to leave the show, too. In July 2015, Amazon announced that the former “Top Gear” team would be producing a new car show for them, and earlier this year they revealed its name: “The Grand Tour.”
Wilman said there will be 12 shows a year for three years, with »
- Leo Barraclough
Terminally ill “Star Wars” fan Neil Hanvey saw his dying wish come true in the form of an early screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Hanvey, who died on Monday at the age of 36 after a three-year battle with cancer, was given the chance to watch the film on Saturday, months before […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The 501st Legion announces today their commitment to a first-of-its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make-a-Wish. The 501st Legion Make-a-Wish Endowment Fund will allow Make-a-Wish America and Make-a-Wish International to grant more Star Wars-related wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. This endowment fund will allow Make-a-Wish to grant wishes, alternating between the United States and international locations every other year – a first for an endowment of this kind.
The 501st Legion Make-a-Wish Endowment Fund will rely on contributions from its membership, as well as the public. The Legion does not charge for its appearances, but has always accepted donations to charities that are supported by its members. Together, raising $150,000 by September 2021 will unlock the first step into granting wishes to children for many years to come. Once the minimum gift is achieved, the Endowment fund will grant wishes from the interest accrued; as the fund continues to grow, »
- Michael Connally
If you've been curious about the new Star Wars film called Rogue One, we've got an exciting new piece to the puzzle. The movie, which takes place between Episodes III and IV in the greater Star Wars universe, focuses on a special rebel mission carried out by badass heroine Jyn Erso. As for where Erso fits into Star Wars history, we're not sure. Is she going to be Rey's mother? Could she become Captain Phasma? Erso's origin and impact aren't the only two things that make this film so intriguing. In fact, the title itself seems like a cryptic choice. What does Rogue One actually mean? This week, Empire conducted an interview with Gareth Edwards, the film's director, and he shed some light on the origin of the title phrase. "I'd been thinking about it," he said. "What does it mean? 'Rogue One' is a military call sign to some »
- Ryan Roschke
Fan art is something that has just become commonplace in the modern age. For anything that is popular, there are surely plenty of Instagram and Tumblr accounts that are devoted to making art of many kinds in honor of those popular things. Long before it was easy to do so, Star Wars fans have been making fan art, but freelance digital artist Steven Lear has taken it to an awesome new place. Just because he can, Lear has made dozens of images depicting Star Wars characters on famous album covers, and it is really, seriously cool.
The images were posted to his website, which is called Why The Long Play Face, and feature tons of Star Wars characters, ranging from the most famous to the most obscure, photoshopped expertly onto album covers. Not only does he employ a wide range of characters with this series of fan creations, but he »
Starz isn’t always part of our monthly streaming roundups, but it’s impossible to ignore it when a network becomes home to one of the biggest movies of all time. HBO will probably be showing off some fine stuff in September, but only Starz will have a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens. Even if you’ve already seen it a few times, Starz getting The Force Awakens means you might be able to catch it randomly while flipping through channels (if you get Starz) or you can just watch it whenever you want (if you’ve got the Starz app). People in 1977 would’ve literally killed somebody for an opportunity to watch Star Wars on their cell phones or Apple TVs or whatever.
- Sam Barsanti
While much is known about Rey, there is still a lot to be unearthed about the Star Wars hero. The question is: When we finally get to the bottom of who she is, what will we find? One theory being put forth is that perhaps Rey is not the do-gooder she seems. Rather, maybe just maybe, she’s playing the long con and is actually evil. The fan theory is based on Rey’s ability to quickly tap into her Jedi powers and the fact that the Dark Side is already reaching out to her. Plus there are some curious similarities to her personal history and that of Darth Vader. Check out the video above or below and see what you think. »
- David Eckstein
Some Star Wars fans lost it when Disney first announced that they would be nixing all existing Expanded Universe material from the franchise's canon. All of a sudden, the decades worth of material that had sprouted up between 1977 and 2012 were erased in one fell swoop. Now, every bit of that material that isn't a feature film has been retro-actively been added to the Star Wars Legends brand.
On a surface level, it's easy to understand why fans would be upset over such a drastic move. If you'd spent a lot of time investing in this world, having all of it deemed irrelevant would be a big deal for anyone. However, this gave Disney and Lucasfilm an amazing opportunity. Rather than be beholden to a canon that was created before they owned the property, it would make sense to restart the whole thing so that you could make it all cohesive and consistent. »
- Joseph Medina
Last year, several weeks before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams and LucasFilm arranged for a terminally ill fan, Daniel Fleetwood, to see the film before anyone else, just days before he passed away. Earlier this year, while promoting the home video release, J.J. Abrams revealed that there were approximately two dozen other screenings like this for fans who would not have been able to see the movie when it came out, and now we have word that LucasFilm is continuing this wonderful tradition. Over the weekend, the studio screened their highly-anticipated spin off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for a lifelong fan named Neil Hanvey, who sadly passed away at the age of 36, two days after the screening.
Amy Duncan, an employee of St. Michael's Hospice in the U.K. started the online campaign in April, after Neil was admitted to the hospice »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Pirates of the Caribbean is reportedly replacing Peter Pan in Fantasmic at Disneyland. Season of the Force is heading to Disneyland Paris. A Celebration of Harry Potter returns to Universal Orlando for year four. Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium soft-opens amidst a lawsuit. Notes on Animal Kingdom‘s ever-changing hours. […]
- Jacob Hall
Way back in June 2012, it was announced that Kathleen Kennedy was taking over the reins at LucasFilm, as iconic filmmaker George Lucas began to phase himself out of the company he built. Just a few months later, in October 2012, Disney announced they were purchasing LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion, while revealing that a new Star Wars movie will hit theaters in 2015. Four years later, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens setting a domestic box office record with $936.6 million and $2.06 billion worldwide, the franchise is bigger than ever, both on the big screen and in many other ways, largely in part thanks to Kathleen Kennedy's vision.
In the three years between the initial LucasFilm sale announcement and the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was revealed that a "story group" would be created, to connect all aspects of this galaxy far, far away. It was also confirmed that »
You’d be hard-pressed to find a longtime Star Wars fan who has a lot of nice things to say about the prequels that George Lucas returned to direct in the late 1990s and through the early 2000s. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were undoubtedly huge hits, but they […]
- Ethan Anderton
Joseph Baxter Aug 25, 2016
The trailer for Guardians showcases Russia’s answer to Marvel movie epics with wanton destruction...
At first glance, the trailer for Guardians showcases elements seemingly lifted directly out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ensemble filmmaking playbook. Glaringly dubbed in English, the Guardians trailer does – for what it’s worth – manage to successfully replicate the Whedon-esque "amusement park attraction with a plot" paradigm with some exciting comic-book-y action.
The film centers on a secret Soviet-era super-team who are reactivated when a group of mysterious, heavily-armed militants with missile-firing spider-robots proves too much for the Russian army to handle. The heroic superhero ensemble appears to be a formidable collection of comic-style killers with characters (whose names I'm about to make up) The Winter Whiplash, Mask-less Bane Guy, Soviet Sue Storm, Beardy Giant Fist Man and, the most prominent of them all… Bear in Cargo Pants!
In the director’s »
The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?
A disgraced mixed martial artist is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse in the jungles of Thailand in Hard Target 2, debuting on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A hard-driving action-thriller, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production includes Director’s Commentary as well as over 20 minutes of exclusive bonus features that take the audience behind the scenes of the ultimate manhunt.
Global action star Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2) heads up an international cast alongside Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman), Rhona Mitra (Shooter, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Ann Truong (“Sonnigsburg,” “Neighbours”), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Green Lantern), Adam Saunders (“Blue Water High,” A Heartbeat Away), Jamie Timony (The Hunter, The Eye of the Storm), Peter Hardy (Chopper, “Sweat”), Sean Keenan (“Lockie Leonard, »
- Tom Stockman
My apologies that I've neglected to mention one significant but oddly motivated date change for this forthcoming awards season. But it is definitely worth discussing.
You may recall that The Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) more commonly known as "Critics Choice" lost several members last season due a very unethical move. The executives opted to ignore the balloting and just polled critics informally about whether they would have included Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) had they seen it in time. I've yet to understand what their thinking was since, without changing all the voting, that one unethical change was clearly doing to do nothing for the ceremony or their reputation beyond harming it. The Star Wars cast was never going to show up since they were all busy and they weren't nominated in the Action performance categories designed to honor such things.
- NATHANIEL R
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