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Once upon a time, Lawrence Kasdan wrote (and occasionally directed) many of your favorite movies. You’ll find his name on Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Body Heat, The Big Chill, and Silverado. For a stretch, he had a magic touch – whatever he touched turned into something […]
- Jacob Hall
Now Kasdan, whose credits also include the script for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Bodyguard" amongst many other notable films, says that he's done with the "Star Wars" franchise once he wraps up his commitment to work on the script for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 2018 Han Solo spin-off film.
Speaking with German tabloid Bild, Kasdan is quoted as saying: "I have now made four Star Wars movies. That's more than enough." Kasdan also revealed he didn't have any interest »
- Garth Franklin
Having returned to a galaxy far, far away to co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan has now revealed that the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie will be his last Star Wars project.
“That was my last film of this saga,” Kasdan told Bild (via The Supernaughts). “I will never do Star Wars again. I want to work again as a director.”
- Gary Collinson
Aside from George Lucas, one of the most important figures in the legacy of Star Wars is arguably Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmaker made his screenwriting debut on 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, co-writing the script with Leigh Brackett, and he returned to co-write Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi with George Lucas himself. More than 30 years later, he returned to co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, and he is also writing the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie with his son Jon Kasdan, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. During a new interview with the German newspaper Bild (translated by The Supernaughts), the writer revealed that the Han Solo Movie will be his last Star Wars film.
"This is my last film for this saga. I did not even want to do this last one anymore, but my family loved the idea. »
Stormtroopers deal with 'Boycott Star Wars: Episode VII' Twitter 'controversy.' The “Boycott 'Star Wars: Episode VII'” media idiocy The “Boycott Stars Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” hashtag, concisely named #BoycottStarWarsVII, was trending earlier today (Oct. 19, '15) on Twitter. Shocked? If so, you haven't spent much time on that social media platform, where all sorts of idiotic hashtags and topics trend continuously. Absolutely no one in their right mind should – or would – take this sort of stuff seriously. Unless, of course, Twitter's trending topics and hashtags can be used as clickbait “news.” And that's what we have with the “Boycott Stars Wars: Episode VII” nonsense. Manipulating the eager to be manipulated 'news' media Numerous publications online, from the more serious-minded Salon and the Los Angeles Times to The Hollywood Reporter and The Mary Sue have devoted time and space to “discuss” the Twitter trolls (“twolls,” for »
- Marc T.
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
Your Friends & Neighbors: Kusama’s Enjoyably Tense Cult Thriller
Since premiering her phenomenal, Michelle Rodriguez starring indie debut Girlfight in 2000, Karyn Kusama hasn’t lived up to early prognostications. One of the few women directors with a big budget studio effort to her name, the ill-fated Aeon Flux (2005), starring a post-Oscar Charlize Theron, followed by the highly anticipated horror film, Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody (unfortunately less revisionist than one would have hoped for), the director unfortunately been unable to showcase her talents with these critically lambasted mainstream titles.
The Invitation, re-teams with her Aeon Flux (2005) writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (recently responsible for the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube film Ride Along) for a much more enjoyable passion project. Featuring a cast of bright young Los Angeles actors we’ve seen filtered through a number of American indie films, Kusama builds intense atmosphere atop familiar foreboding for »
- Nicholas Bell
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.
Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.
Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:
Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
During the afternoon yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its prestigious Audience Award, often considered a harbinger for the Academy Awards. The winner at Tiff this year? Well, in a bit of an upset, it was none other than Room, the Lenny Abrahamson directed film that stars Brie Larson in a role that’s generated some major Oscar buzz. The inside word had big time award player Spotlight as the odds on favorite for the prize, but Room is what wound up taking it. As such, this is now a contender worth paying even more attention to than we were already. It’s a player, no doubt about it… For those who aren’t aware of this one, Room is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Emma Donoghue, who also penned the screenplay. It centers on a mother named Ma (played by Larson) and her young son »
- Joey Magidson
McFarland, USA is another identikit sports movie in the actor’s repertoire but, aside from a few worthy exceptions, the mediocre is where he seems most comfortable
Kevin Costner deserves my sincerest congratulations: for over three decades now he has been boring me, irritating me and pissing me off. For the first 10 years of his career, I used to joke that his finest performance was as the corpse in Lawrence Kasdan’s odious boomer nostalgia-orgy The Big Chill. Then he won the best director Oscar for Dances With Wolves over Scorsese and Goodfellas and my enmity quadrupled, especially since those same acclaimed helming skills later gave us The Postman.
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- John Patterson
Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama "Room" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival over the likes of "Brooklyn," "The Danish Girl" and "Spotlight." (See the full list of winners below.) This surprise victory bodes well for its Oscar hopes. Of the previous 37 Tiff champs, 13 reaped Best Picture bids at the Oscars and five of them won the top Academy Award: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). -Break- The eight also-rans at the Oscars were "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious" (2009), "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and last year's winner, »
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Writer/producer Simon Kinberg is already a trusted force at 20th Century Fox, helping oversee its X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. But he's also been involved with the new bunch of Star Wars films. He has Star Wars form, of course, having helped create the Star Wars Rebels animated series, before going on to produce it. But where does he fit in with regards Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One?
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, he's shed some more light on the Star Wars process, and how he, original The Force Awakens writer Michael Arndt, and co-scribe Lawrence Kasdan helped come up with the stories. The stories that just happen to sit at the heart of the new trilogy, and Anthology films. »
Back in October 2012, the news that Disney purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion, and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was put into development, sent shock waves throughout the fanboy community around the world. For the next few years, details on the highly-anticipated project were incredibly hard to come by, but in just a few months, fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. One of the key players behind-the-scenes who helped put everything together is Simon Kinberg, who serves as an executive producer on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and is listed as a "creative consultant" on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The writer-producer recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he spoke about breaking the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's what he had to say about the writing »
Simon Kinberg has become something of a go to guy for major blockbusters in the past few years. The writer/producer has had his fingers in Fox's Marvel properties, he helped create and produce the animated "Star Wars Rebels" series, and he's involved in the live-action "Star Wars" films. In regards to the latter though, details about his role have been decidedly murky.
Today though, in a new interview with EW, he spoke about his involvement in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy and the 'Anthology' spin-off films. Surprisingly he reveals that he, along with writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, helped break the stories for the new films during a retreat.
"Like a TV writers room, we spent a week with a whiteboard and some pens and were in a conference room all day talking about [movies] VII, VIII, and IX. But it's a whiteboard covered in our notes. We had »
- Garth Franklin
Star Wars.com has just released the latest news on a stand-alone Han Solo film.
The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo in film and television and are looking forward to applying their unique sensibilities to the Star Wars Universe.
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not »
- Michelle McCue
The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they've collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe. Here's what the filmmakers had to say about the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie
"This is the first film we've worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And »
No need to fear the moment that artificial intelligence invades every aspect of our lives, say those involved with AMC’s Humans: It’s already here.
And within the universe of the cabler’s new drama, AI takes the form of human-like androids who make every aspect of life easier… and also may be plotting your death.
Video Watch the Chilling Humans Teaser Trailer
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The sci-fi series from Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (Mi:5) and based on Sweden’s Real Humans is set in suburban London in the “parallel present,” where incredibly »
Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.
“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »
- Sarah Myles
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
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