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By David Kozlowski | 21 July 2017
Welcome to Issue #5 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issue: 7.14.17
What's happening everybody? It's Comic-Con week here at Lrm, so while everyone else is geeking-out down in San Diego, we decided to get a little bit weird. We're digging into some classic John Carpenter films, we've got a couple truly amazing fight scenes, a war film that can go toe-to-toe with Dunkirk, and an awesome new behind-the-scenes video about this holiday's Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Have a great Weekend guys!!!
Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic »
- David Kozlowski
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Kirsten Johnson brings us her memoirs by way of a videographic scrapbook. Bits and pieces of the numerous documentaries she’s shot in her years as a Dp have been woven together into a travelogue / ethnographic study / commentary on the nature of cinematic framing. What was an establishing shot in one doc becomes, here, a study of the vagaries of a camera operator’s job. Documentary »
- Jordan Raup
It was reported earlier this week that Shazam would be heading into production next February, and this has now been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be helmed by David F. Sandberg, who is directing Annabelle: Creation for WB’s sister company New Line. Peter Safran, who is producing Annabelle: Creation as well as James Wan’s Aquaman, is apparently in negotiations to reunite with Sandberg and produce the film. Shamaz! will likely be released in 2019. Read more here.
Venom director Ruben Fleischer has been talking to Variety about what attracted him to the Spider-Man spin-off saying, “There’s a dark element to [Venom] and a wit that has always appealed to me. [Eddie and the symbiote] become almost a third being, which is what Venom is. There’s a famous quote: ‘You’re Eddie Brock. I’m the symbiote. Together we are Venom.” Silver & Black director Gina Prince-Bythewood also spoke about her movie, »
- Luke Owen
While it seems as though a vast amount of information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi emanated from the recent Disney D23 Expo, those involved with the project are well practised at making necessarily vague allusions sound like interesting scoops. Occasionally, however, something actually useful slips out, and that’s what we have from a conversation between writer-director Rian Johnson, and Erik Davis from Fandango.
While speaking to the filmmaker at D23 this past weekend, the outlet asked Johnson where he drew inspiration from for The Last Jedi, and here’s what he had to say:
“The automatic temptation is to say, ‘Well it’s a middle chapter, so it’s got kind of that Empire thing. But at the same time, I really wanted to maintain the same sense of fun that J.J. [Abrams] had in The Force Awakens, that to some extent in Return Of The Jedi, which I was like 10 years old, »
- Sarah Myles
Having been handed the keys to the Avengers franchise following the critical and commercial success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have revealed to Variety that they are keen to swap one Disney mega-franchise for another.
“I sat in a theater when I was 11 years old and watched The Empire Strikes Back from 10 in the morning until 10 at night the day it came out,” said Joe Russo in an interview with Variety. “To say we’re obsessed with Star Wars is an understatement. We’d absolutely love to do a Star Wars film.”
Considering the brothers’ work with Marvel so far, and the fact that Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are expected to do enormous business, it must surely be music to the ears of Disney – and to fans – that the Russos are keen to venture to the galaxy far, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and subsequent restart of the Star Wars movie universe has allowed for a few fans who’ve grown up now to enter the film industry and realize their dreams of helming a feature set in that galaxy far, far away. So far, J. J. Abrams (The Force Awakens), Gareth Evans (Rogue One), Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) and others have been lucky enough to nab the job of a lifetime. But who might be next?
Well, if they have it their way, it might just be the Russo brothers, as they recently mentioned that they’d love to direct a Star Wars film. The pair are most well known for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with two phenomenally popular movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, already under their belt. Not to mention the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
- Christian Bone
Joe and Anthony Russo are Marvel’s favorite directors. The brothers have teamed up on four comic-book adventures and have arguably done more than any other filmmakers to shape the trajectory of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
The Russos began their run with 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and oversaw last summer’s smash hit “Captain America: Civil War.” They’re sliding behind the camera on next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which will introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy to the world of Iron Man and Hulk. The brothers also have been tapped to run point on a yet untitled Avengers movie scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. The Russos took a break from shooting to talk about the political messages of their films, their love of “Star Wars” and how they avoid sibling rivalry.
Do your comic-book films comment on real-world issues?
Joe: My brother and I are politically minded guys. We »
- Brent Lang
D23 is always a fountain of information, and this year’s was no different. In addition to all the great animation stuff, Disney, of course, pulled out the big guns with Star Wars, Mary Poppins Returns, and the new live-action Dumbo.
At today’s D23 Expo, Disney showed behind-the-scenes footage for the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. On the heels of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is a lot of anticipation. Of course, the big question is whether or not the new film will live up to the previous entry, but everything we’ve seen so far seems to indicate another great film.
However, given the constant comparisons this movie will have to The Empire Strikes Back, it’s certainly a film that will have quite the shadow from which to emerge.
What do you think? Does this footage »
- Joseph Medina
The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Ben-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, […]
- Jack Giroux
Though we still have about a year before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters, we're one step closer as filming has officially wrapped. The news comes after recent leaked photos showed actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard crawling from the ocean onto a beach, presumably after fighting an underwater dinosaur battle that may or may not involve a submarine. The pictures were taken on Friday, July 7th and director J.A. Bayona took to social media late the next day to confirm that the sequel to Jurassic World was finished filming.
The news was announced via J.A. Bayona's Twitter page and features a Gif of Chris Pratt engaging in some kind of dance or possibly a stretch of some kind. Above the animated clip is a tweet Bayona that reads.
"This is a wrap for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! What a journey! Thank you to everyone that made it possible. »
New set photographs from the set of the Han Solo movie are here and they show Han Solo and Chewbacca with Woody Harrelson's Beckett character. The leaked photos are reportedly taken from before Ron Howard took over the project from Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The change of directors seems to be running smooth, but fans are still quite skeptical about the fate of the Han Solo movie. Rumors of acting coaches, Ace Ventura impressions, and general unhappiness behind the scenes have been plaguing the movie for weeks and it's hard to see the fog lifting any time soon. As for now, the Star Wars spin-off is expected to arrive on schedule and Disney and Lucasfilm are confident in Howard's ability to bring the movie to the finish line.
The new photos from the set of Han Solo come courtesy of TMZ and they show Alden Ehrenreich's Han »
The answer, I hope we can agree, is obvious: Superhero movies should be light. And dark. And everything in between. There’s no rule or formula, no one-cape-and-spandex-suit-fits-all way to do it. Yet when I go into a new comic-book superhero movie, even though I know that it’s a franchise product designed to sell tickets (and toys) around the globe, and that it’s now just a small piece in a larger “universe,” I have a prejudice, or at least a stubborn desire, and it is this: I want it to be great. Not just okay, not just “a respectable sequel” or a diverting time-passer, but something that sweeps you up and leaves an indelible imprint, the way that the greatest comic-book movies have done.
A lot of people seem to feel that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” delivers on that promise. I’d say it’s a perfectly decent reboot/Marvel fable (though not as exciting as the »
- Owen Gleiberman
Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled the latest episode of the animated shorts series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. Taking place during The Empire Strikes Back period, the short – entitled ‘Beasts of Echo Base’ – sees Leia and R2-D2 having to free a captured Chewbacca from a Wampa. Check it out here…
See Also: Watch the previous episodes ‘Sands of Jakku’, ‘Bb-8 Bandits’, ‘Ewok Escape‘ and ‘The Padawan Path‘.
The first eight episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will be released daily through to July 9th, with a further eight airing later in the year. »
- Gary Collinson
Disney’s “Tron,” the granddaddy of CGI animated films, celebrates its 35th anniversary on July 9. And over the decades, the sci-fi adventure has spawned video games, the 2010 movie sequel “Tron: Legacy,” a high-tech ride at Shanghai Disney, an animated series, and even talk of a possible third sequel with Oscar winner Jared Leto in early talks to star.
“It certainly wasn’t the reaction we expected,” said Steven Lisberger, who wrote and directed the film starring Jeff Bridges as computer games creator who finds himself zapped inside a power hungry Master Control program after he hacks into the mainframe »
- Susan King
A report has surfaced that Disney and LucasFilm will not be bringing Star Wars 8 or their Han Solo movie to San Diego Comic-Con this year, with many expecting the studio to debut new footage from both these movies at the D23 convention, happening just one week earlier, running from July 14 through July 16. Now we have another report which claims that there won't be a Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, but instead the studio will debut a new behind-the-scenes video from the movie. Here's what Collider's Steven Weintraub had to say on social media.
"Hearing we're not getting a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer at D23 or Comic-Con. Heard some new behind-the-scenes footage at D23."
This brief statement from Steven Weintraub on Twitter did not include any details about what will be included in this behind-the-scenes video. This report seems to debunk another report that claimed the new »
1 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
It's an elegant weapon for a more civilized age — and it went for a lot of coin.
The lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back sold recently for nearly half a million dollars to the Ripley company, which is based in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The lightsaber was part of the collection owned by producer Gary Kurtz and may be on display at one of the Believe It or Not locations around the country, but the company hasn't specified which one yet, the newspaper reported.
- Ryan Parker
The British Film Institute has shared a new video detailing the relationship between the Lucasfilm trainee program and the BFI while also showing brand new snippets of behind-the-scenes and actual footage from The Last Jedi and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. In case you've been living under a rock, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming out this December and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story recently lost 2 directors and gained one by the name of Ron Howard, who is very excited for the opportunity to finally work on a Star Wars movie. And now we're getting a little insight on what it's like to work on both movies from young Lucasfilm trainees.
The BFI video shows the new footage at about the 3 minute 51 second mark. The first snippet shows behind the scenes footage of Rey running on what appears to be Ahch-To with a lightsaber in hand, which »
Nowadays, both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios fall under the umbrella of the Walt Disney Company so, in theory, it’s possible for both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars universe to crossover. Though we’re unlikely to see, say, Han Solo meeting Iron Man, Darth Vader did nearly turn up in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, at least his action figure did.
“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 »
- Christian Bone
By Todd Garbarini
Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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
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