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Who Will Replace Han Solo Directors: Howard, Kasdan or Johnson?

21 June 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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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5 Directors Who Could Replace Lord & Miller On The Han Solo Movie

21 June 2017 2:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Han Solo movie director? Who could replace the departed Lord & Miller? We throw some options into the ring.

We reported very early this morning that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had sadly left the in-production Star Wars spin-off movie based around the character of Han Solo. It’s a great shame as the work that the duo have done on the likes of The Lego Movie and the ‘Jump Street’ films seemed to fit the world of Han Solo perfectly. Our Han Solo movie director choices are below.

Lord & Miller’s leaving of the project as it was shooting here in London was a surprise, and supposedly due to those dastardly creative differences that dog many productions as creatives and execs butt heads. While this is clearly nobody’s fault in particular, it’s a big problem for the studio as production delays lead to big costs, and a new director will need to be found pretty darned quickly.

The film is actually months into production in London, and we’re already hearing rumblings that Ron Howard is being closely tied with the project. While his involvement could be confirmed (or denied) any minute, we thought we’d take a look at who could possibly replace Lord and Miller on the Han Solo movie and fit the mould that this particular kind of film craves.

Ron Howard Han Solo movie director: Ron Howard?

Let’s kick off with the name that is already being associated with the movie. Ron Howard seems like a very safe choice to take the directing reigns on the project, and he’s obviously an accomplished filmmaker more than capable of guiding a film that is part-way through production home. Howard has many big-scale projects in his back catalogue; from the likes of the Robert Langdon trilogy; The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and last year’s Inferno, 2015’s In The Heart Of The Sea and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, to more intimate affairs such as A Beautiful Mind. Let’s not forget, he has a huge history of comedic movies too, hailing all the way back to Parenthood in the 1990s, Matthew McConaughey-led EdTV, and more recently The Dilemma.

Of course, Howard’s biggest asset from his back-catalogue is his ties with George Lucas with the fantastical cult hit Willow. With his affiliation and previous history with the studio, the fact that he is currently free (despite having some commitments to a biopic on opera star Luciano Pavarotti) and his amazing film-making skill, his involvement is a dead cert – as long as the terms are right, of course.

Lawrence Kasdan Han Solo movie director: Lawrence Kasdan?

With the project many months into production and development having kicked off well over twelve months ago, it may be important to bring someone in who knows the film inside out, and there’s nobody who knows it more that its screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan also wrote Star Wars movies The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Force Awakens, so his familiarity with the franchise is unparalleled. With eleven credits to his name as director, Kasdan is also an accomplished filmmaker with a steep history in the western genre over the years, so he could be a good fit.

Kasdan has already proved he can direct grand scale movies (Wyatt Earp) as well as comedies (The Big Chill), and although he hasn’t helmed a film since 2012, he could step out of the gates and own this one completely.

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Star Wars: Why Han Solo Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Were Fired

20 June 2017 8:09 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

In case you haven’t heard, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have stepped down as directors the Han Solo film. Sure, we’ve seen directors depart projects all the time, but it’s usually some time before the actual production of the film starts, not when they still have weeks of shooting left. 

So what was the reason for their departure? Creative differences, for sure, but THR goes much deeper into the why. But before we get into the why, it’s important to note that, according to the outlet, Lord and Miller didn’t just depart from the film. They were fired.

Here’s what the outlet had to say:

“Sources say that the style and vision of Lord and Miller clashed with Lawrence Kasdan, the legendary screenwriter behind the classics Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark and who also wrote, with his son, Jon Kasdan, the script for the Han Solo standalone set (for now) to be released in 2018.”

So what was the main cause of friction? Well, as directors with a comedy background, they tend to have a lot of improv, which is in stark contrast with what Kasdan likes — a strict adherence to the words he wrote on the page. This wasn’t just a sticking point that slowly rose during shooting, either. Apparently, it was a near day one problem. 

Related: Phil LordChris Miller Step Down As Directors Of Han Solo

There was also a difference in understanding the actual character of Han Solo. From the sound of the report, it sounds like Lord and Miller were aiming for a more wise-cracking, funny Han Solo, whereas Kasdan was likely in favor of a more sarcastic and selfish one.

Despite these differences, Lord and Miller had hoped that they’d be able to work through it.

Sadly, that was not the case. Kennedy backed Kasdan, and had to let the duo go. There are conflicting reports of whether or not Lord and Miller saw this coming. One source says they were blindsided, while another disputes the claim.

So what’s to become of the film that is currently in production? Well, it’s going on hiatus until they’re able to find a replacement director. Once they find a replacement, they’ll need to go through what Lord and Miller have shot, re-edit, and then figure out the best direction to go from there.

Possible candidates include Ron Howard (Apollo 13), Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), and strangely enough, Lawrence Kasdan himself (The Big Chill). The latter name is an interesting one because he certainly seems to be the reason behind the firing. If this report is to be believed, then I’d personally like to see what Kasdan has to offer. After all, it wouldn’t be his first rodeo.

On the whole, I have to say I’m surprised it took this long for Lucasfilm to realize their creative differences with Lord and Miller. Given their track record, it seems like they should have known the type of movie they were in for.

What do you think of all this? Was Lucasfilm right to fire Lord and Miller? Was it understandable that this came so late in the game? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: Is Ron Howard taking over the Han Solo movie?

20 June 2017 7:57 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Hollywood got something of a shake-up today, when it was abruptly reported that Lego Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had parted ways with Disney’s standalone Han Solo movie due to “creative differences.” (Or, as a number of outlets are reporting, because they got fired.) Some sources are pinning the break-up on Star Wars head honcho Kathleen Kennedy, while others, including The Hollywood Reporter, have pointed to conflicts between Lord and Miller’s improvisation-friendly approach, and screenwriter and producer Lawrence Kasdan’s devotion to what’s written on the page. Either way: the Han Solo movie needs a new director, and everyone is trying to figure out who it’ll be.

And while Kasdan—whose directing credits include The Big Chill, Wyatt Earp, and Dreamcatcher—has been put forward as a potential replacement (presumably because he knows what he, himself, wants to fix with what Lord and Miller »

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40+ Photos That Will Validate Your Decades-Long Crush on Jeff Goldblum

15 June 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Jeff Goldblum is just one of those celebrities who gets better with age. Just when you thought he'd never look hotter than he did back in the '80s, he goes and shows back up on your screen with salt and pepper hair and those adorably cool round-frame glasses. If we're being honest, Jeff is quirky-sexy; the 64-year-old has an unconventional hotness that creeps up on you like, say, a giant velociraptor and then hits you hard like, perhaps, an alien mothership would. RelatedThis Is What Your Favorite Hotties Looked Like in 1997, Which Was 20 F*cking Years Ago Whether your crush developed watching him play a sex-obsessed journalist in The Big Chill or turning into a fly in The Fly or you experienced a sexual awakening as he spouted off mathematical theories in Jurassic Park and protected us against a savage extraterrestrial attack in Independence Day, you're not alone (or wrong) for harboring a deep, »

- Brittney Stephens

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Meg Tilly Hated Being Hit On in Hollywood: Why Her Quiet Life Now (on an Island!) Couldn't Be More Different

6 June 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In the recent issue of People, actress Meg Tilly, 56, opened up about what made her walk away from fame in her early 30s, opting instead to live a simple, mostly anonymous life in Canada to raise her three children.

“My mantra was that I wanted to get my kids safely to adulthood,” Tilly — who starred in acclaimed ’80s films like The Big Chill and Agnes of God — says about why she left the movie business. She instead devoted herself to her kids, taking care of them and their every need. “I don’t know if I did  my son’s wives a disservice now, »

- Gillian Telling

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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

6 June 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Television used to take a breather during the summer, letting audiences focus instead on intermittent relaxation, sun-drenched weekends, various fruit-based drinks and more life beyond the screen.

But there’s no such thing as summer vacation any more in TV land. Not only are plenty of spring series continuing into the summer (or even the fall, in the case of “Twin Peaks”), but the broadcast and cable networks, plus the streaming services, have a jam-packed lineup of new shows waiting in the wings.

In other words, put away your swimsuit. You won’t be needing it — there’s too much to watch. As part of IndieWire’s annual tradition to highlight the best of what television has to offer in the summer months, our team has lined up highlights of the best new and returning programs. Crank up the AC, pull down the blinds and dig in.

First up: A »

- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Michael Schneider and Hanh Nguyen

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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

6 June 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Television used to take a breather during the summer, letting audiences focus instead on intermittent relaxation, sun-drenched weekends, various fruit-based drinks and more life beyond the screen.

But there’s no such thing as summer vacation any more in TV land. Not only are plenty of spring series continuing into the summer (or even the fall, in the case of “Twin Peaks”), but the broadcast and cable networks, plus the streaming services, have a jam-packed lineup of new shows waiting in the wings.

In other words, put away your swimsuit. You won’t be needing it — there’s too much to watch. As part of IndieWire’s annual tradition to highlight the best of what television has to offer in the summer months, our team has lined up highlights of the best new and returning programs. Crank up the AC, pull down the blinds and dig in.

First up: A »

- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Michael Schneider and Hanh Nguyen

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18 actors whose characters were cut out of movies in post-production

24 April 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017

The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...

Yep, I know. I’ve read lists like this too, and I know that Eric Stoltz was cut out of Back To The Future. If it’s all well and good, I’ll leave that example out.

See related  Alien 5 to ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection Alien 5: will it ever happen?

What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.

Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »

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The Pro Files: Bobbi Brown on Doing Michelle Obama’s Makeup, Leaving Her Company, and What Comes Next

17 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When you hear the name Bobbi Brown, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely the perfect pink lipstick you’ve been wearing for years, or the Shimmer Brick palette that everyone you know has in her makeup bag. It might be a pair of sunglasses from her eyewear collection, the coffee table book in which Brown taught you how to achieve the perfect everyday makeup, or identifying when Katie Holmes was the face of the brand.

But Brown is ready to give her name a new association, and the 5-foot-tall beauty giant is working her way into our kitchens, »

- Jillian Ruffo

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'Five Came Back': The True Story of How Hollywood Helped Win World War II

1 April 2017 6:34 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Several years ago, Mark Harris began feeling a little self-conscious about a gap in his film-history knowledge. As a journalist for Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and the late, lamented Web site Grantland, among others, he'd covered the waterfront of contemporary moviemaking. As an author, his book Pictures at a Revolution dissected the moment in the late 1960s when the last gasp of the Golden Age studio system gave way to what become known as "New Hollywood." Ask him about the works of legends like, say, John Ford and Frank Capra, »

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'Five Came Back' Review: Doc on WWII Filmmakers Is a Peerless History Lesson

30 March 2017 12:37 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Arguably the best documentary ever made about Hollywood and wartime, Five Came Back is nirvana for movie lovers and a real eye-opener for anyone new to the subject. Based on the brilliant, richly detailed bestseller by Mark Harris, this three-part chronicle of filmmakers doing their patriotic duty is receiving a theatrical run while also being available as a miniseries on Netflix. Whichever way you catch it, don't think of missing it.

Subtitled A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Harris' 2014 book pivoted between the P.O.V.s »

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Isabelle Huppert's Double Gaze

21 February 2017 5:20 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Isabelle Huppert in Werner Schroeter's MalinaFresh off the triumph of her Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016), the French actress Isabelle Huppert is, at 63 and four decades into her career, starting to reap major American award season appreciation. The Golden Globe was a surprise win, but to those who are familiar with her work, it’s well-deserved. Her accumulation of critical acclaim and European awards has garnered her the title of the “French Meryl Streep,” but her career’s variety, international scope and pure nerve outstrip even Streep’s. “Fearless” could be the most commonly used descriptor applied to Huppert, who is known to take on roles that other major actresses won’t go near: insanity, depravity, crime, and other controversial subject matter are Huppert hallmarks. However, it’s not merely the nature of her characters that sets her apart, it »

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We've Been Blessed: Oprah Is Starring in the Terms of Endearment Remake

9 February 2017 9:05 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Terms of Endearment is getting the remake treatment, and there's some casting news that just changed the game. The Wrap is reporting that Lee Daniels is directing, and Oprah Winfrey is starring as Aurora Greenway. If you were alive in 1983 when the original came out, you may remember that Shirley MacLaine won an Oscar for playing the role, while Debra Winger scored a nomination for her part as Aurora's daughter, Emma. The movie also beat out The Big Chill and The Right Stuff for the best picture trophy. Winfrey is currently also signed on to play Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay's adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. We'll keep you posted as more casting news comes in! »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: The Complete Winners List

1 February 2017 12:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out Thursday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers.

Gary LeMel, the former president of music at Warner Bros. film studio, received the second Music Supervisors Legacy Award. During his 23 years at WB, LeMel worked on more than 500 films, including the Batman franchise, The Big Chill and The Bodyguard. Outgoing president of Walt Disney Music received the inaugural Music Supervisors Legacy Award last year.

A complete list of winners »

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Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: The Complete Winners List

1 February 2017 12:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out Thursday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers.

Gary LeMel, the former president of music at Warner Bros. film studio, received the second Music Supervisors Legacy Award. During his 23 years at WB, LeMel worked on more than 500 films, including the Batman franchise, The Big Chill and The Bodyguard. Outgoing president of Walt Disney Music received the inaugural Music Supervisors Legacy Award last year.

A complete list of winners »

- THR Staff

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The Men’s Club, Stanley and Iris, Jane Fonda and The Light Between Oceans: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

27 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of my personal holy grails finally arrives on Blu-ray this week in the form of Olive Films’ release of Peter Medak’s bizarre, riveting The Men’s Club. Released in 1986, the film’s print ads promoted it as the successor to popular ensemble films like The Big Chill and The Breakfast Club, which is a little like trying to convince people to watch Abel Ferrara’s The Bad Lieutenant by comparing it to an episode of CHiPs. The Men’s Club follows a night in the life of a group of men (and what a group: David Dukes, Richard Jordan, Harvey Keitel, Frank […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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