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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 »
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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
When it comes to sequels, there an expectation to raise the bar. If you think of some of the best sequels of all time, whether that's The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Aliens (to name a few), each film improved upon the foundation of the first in major ways. In the second part of our weekly Spider-Man retrospective series leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7th this summer, we take a look at how Sam Raimi raised the bar for not only Spider-Man movies, but the entire superhero genre itself with Spider-Man 2. The superhero sequel hit theaters on June 30th, 2004 (that's 13 years ago!), just a week before 4th of July, and it once again went on to set records at the box office and beyond. After Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie swung into theaters on May 2nd, 2002 and made movie history, »
- Dan Marcus
Star Wars star Mark Hamill was recently asked what the goofiest Star Wars toy was and his response is pretty awesome. The goofiest Star Wars toy or merchandise is quite a difficult question since there are so many weird toys and pieces of merchandise over the years. The George Lucas family action figures certainly come to mind, so does the Darth Vader/Death Star Transformer, the somewhat sexual C-3P0 tape dispenser, or maybe the Darth Vader toaster. There's honestly too many to count, but Hamill has a definitive answer on the subject.
Mark Hamill was asked by Scott Weinberg on Twitter which is the goofiest Luke toy or merchandise that he's ever seen. Luke Skywalker himself responded promptly that the winner was the Tauntaun with the open belly to sleep inside of. Hamill says this.
"Too many to choose just 1, but the Luke that could be removed from a disemboweled Tauntaun certainly comes to mind."
To be clear, Luke Skywalker didn't come with the toy Tauntaun, he was sold separately. But the ads on television and print definitely show Luke Skywalker chilling in the belly of a Tauntaun. The toy from The Empire Strikes Back let kids reenact the scene where Han Solo rescues Luke from freezing to death, and cuts open the belly of a Tauntaun so that Luke can keep warm in the snow. It's a very vivid and graphic scene and Kenner thought it would be an excellent idea to capitalize on the cutting open of an animal for survival. As children played with the bizarre toy over the months, the rubber belly of the Tauntaun started to turn to a yellow color, adding to the overall creepiness. Many years later a Tauntaun sleeping bag was manufactured for adults and children alike to reenact the gross scene in real-life, allowing people to sleep in the carcass of a Tauntaun.
Recently Star Wars fans have been able to buy a Lando Calrissian disguise kit, which consisted of an oversized fake mustache and even a Darth Vader burger from Burger King. The dark burger was only available in Belgium, but it consisted of a burger bun that was dyed black. If you were thinking of ways to make Burger King any less appealing, a black bun would be a good start. Another star to get many different types of toys and merchandise was R2-D2. There were action figures, remote control toys, cookie jars, t-shirts, coolers, and even an aquarium. Yes, an aquarium.
Next up, somebody should ask what Hamill's favorite Star Wars toy or merchandise is. In fact, it would be interesting to hear what most of the cast thinks of this question. While we wait in suspense for those answers to come in you can check out Kenner's original 1981 commercial promoting the Tauntaun as well as the Hoth Wampa. One of the kid actors says Wampa over and over and then you can see the Tauntaun toy in its full glory. Check out the video and Hamill's tweets below.
This one?? pic.twitter.com/fjeFM5cwuK
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 22, 2017 »
Though J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens was very well received by a good majority of fans and most critics, one common complaint was that it was far too similar to A New Hope in terms of its structure and plot. Because of this, a lot of people are hoping that when we return to that galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson will deliver something we haven’t seen before.
Though it’s too soon to know if that’ll indeed be the case, we’ve been told on numerous occasions now, by numerous people, that the next chapter will be different from what’s come before and will not just be a carbon copy of The Empire Strikes Back. While that’s all well and good, fans still have their hesitations – and understandably so – and the latest report to tumble of the rumor mill certainly won’t help them feel any better.
That’s because YouTuber Mike Zeroh, who’s been a bit hit and miss with his scoops in the past – so take this with a grain of salt – is claiming that The Last Jedi will end in a manner similar to the iconic sequel from Irvin Kershner. According to him, the conclusion of the film will leave the fate of Kylo and Rey unknown, with the audience wondering where each of them is going. Not only that, but apparently there will also be many questions unanswered by the time the credits roll, which won’t be wrapped up until Episode IX.
So, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not draw as much from The Empire Strikes Back as The Force Awakens did from A New Hope, that cliffhanger ending, with a ton of unresolved plot threads, definitely sounds familiar to how the 1980 sequel finished off, which is sure to leave some people unhappy.
What do you think, though? Is an open-ended conclusion the way to go for the next chapter in the saga, or would you rather something a bit more definitive? Sound off in the usual place with your thoughts, and if you’re curious to know how Rey will appear in The Last Jedi, Deviant Art user tyler-wetta has dreamed up a rather awesome fan poster (below) of the Jedi in training. »
- Matt Joseph
It's been less than 24 hours since Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired from the Star Wars spin-off, but there are already three candidates that have emerged as front-runners to take over the production. New reports have surfaced which claim that Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston are currently in the mix as candidates for this coveted directing gig. LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated in her statement yesterday that a new director will be announced soon, but it remains to be seen how soon that announcement will come.
Deadline reports that Ron Howard is the front runner for the directing gig, while acknowledging that Lawrence Kasdan has been mentioned as a possible replacement. Another report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that Joe Johnston, who started his career by working on the visual effects for the original Star Wars trilogy, has also been mentioned as a possible replacement. That report also includes new details about how Lawrence Kasdan may not even be allowed to replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
There are already rules in place at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) that prevent anyone already working on a movie to take over for a director that is being replaced, with the only exception being for a "short-term emergency." Since Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the Han Solo spin-off script with his son Jon Kasdan, these rules may prevent the filmmaker from stepping in as a director. Lawrence Kasdan had also revealed in 2015 that Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be his last Star Wars movie, after writing or co-writing the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he has also directed hits like Body Heat, The Big Chill and Silverado.
Whether it's Ron Howard, Joe Johnston or another filmmaker, whoever replaces Phil Lord and Chris Miller may not even get credit for his or her work. Given that they were fired with just a few weeks of the shoot left, LucasFilm would most likely prefer that the new filmmaker get director's credit, but since Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on set filming since February, which obviously gives them strong grounds for directorial credit, although the new director will oversee the post-production process and the reshoots which have already been scheduled for this summer. However, it's entirely up to the DGA, as to who gets directorial credit, and unlike the Writers Guild of America, there is no appeals process, meaning the DGA's decision is finale. It's also unlikely that the guild will give credit to Lord, Miller and their successor, since the DGA is already not terribly fond of two directors on one movie. The guild's rules state that there shall be only one director for film, but waivers can be granted, which have become more and more commonplace in recent years, especially for more established directorial teams.
Another report from The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Han Solo: A Star Wars Story may even become an "Alan Smithee" film, although that won't happen since that pseudonym has been discontinued since 2000. For decades, if a filmmaker was so unhappy with the final cut of the film that he wanted his name taken off, the name that was put on the film instead was "Alan Smithee." The name was discontinued in 2000 after the film Burn Hollywood Burn used Alan Smithee as an actual character, played by Eric Idle, and after the real meaning of the name became more well-known throughout Hollywood.
This report also states that, whoever takes over the project, will spend the next several weeks, with production shut down, to go over the footage that has already been shot, re-edit the material that has already been filmed and pick up production from there. Despite this unique setback, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be moved from its May 25, 2018 release date, but that could change if it takes longer than planned to find a director. Still, with three solid candidates in play, we may hear who's directing this Star Wars movie sooner rather than later. »
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