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“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
Earlier this week, fans were hit with the unsettling news that Han Solo spinoff directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously canned from the picture. While we all hate the term “creative differences,” it seems that, in this case, it was true. Not only did screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan disagree with how they made their films (more improv than by-the-book), there also seemed to be a fundamental disagreement regarding the actual character of Han Solo himself.
Despite this setback, the announcement from Lucasfilm maintained that the film would not be delayed, and would still hit its May 2018 release date. But who would hop on board a film that’s already cast and two-thirds through production, and would Lucasfilm be able to lock them down in time?
Well, it seems like Lucasfilm understood the severity of the situation, and according to THR, Ron Howard (director of such classics as Splash, Apollo 13, and A Beautiful Mind) has now picked up the reins from Lord and Miller, and will see the Han Solo production to its end. The official announcement is set to hit later this morning.
With Howard now at the helm, he will reportedly meet with the actors and a rattled crew, look through the footage so far, and figure out what needs to be changed, reshot, and everything in between. The film was originally scheduled for three-and-a-half more weeks of production — with an added five weeks of reshoots already built into the schedule later down the line. It’s unclear if they’ll need any more time to make this film work.
We're not too surprised by this announcement. His name was rumored to be in the running immediately after the announcement, and in times like this, you need a steady hand to keep things going. Plus, given how long both he and Kathleen Kennedy have been in the industry, they likely have a more amenable relationship.
Are you excited to see Howard take the helm? Let us know your thoughts down below!
The Han Solo film is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
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- Joseph Medina
His hire comes after the movie’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired Tuesday, while in the middle of production after clashing with producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan. The duo, who had previously overseen “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” wanted to inject more humor into the storyline and encouraged improvisation, something Kasdan did not appreciate.
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Howard will begin work immediately. The picture still has several weeks left on its shooting schedule, and five additional weeks of pre-scheduled reshoots that were planned for later this year. The exact amount of time and money that it will take to actually complete the production (which was about three-quarters finished when the directors were fired), will vary depending on how much rewriting and reshooting Howard deems is necessary after reviewing the script and shot footage.
It is unclear just how Howard will be credited and whether he will share directing credit with Lord and Miller, or potentially take no credit at all (though that seems unlikely). Lord and Miller have the right to appeal any decision, but ultimately, the Directors Guild of America will make the call.
Howard previously worked with Lucasfilm on 1988’s “Willow,” a fantasy adventure that garnered two technical Ocscar nominations (visual effects and sound editing) but was a box office disappointment. Howard’s credits also include hits such as “Parenthood,” “Splash,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” about the brilliant, anti-social mathematician John Nash, which won four top Academy Awards including best director and best picture.
These days, however, the former child actor is in need of a big hit. He’s had a string of duds that include “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush,” and “The Dilemma.” His last significant success was 2009’s “Angels & Demons.”
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After producing hit movies for a decade, Brian Grazer got his first blue-chip TV credit in 1998 on HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon.” On the heels of Grazer and partner Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated “Apollo 13,” the show offered a finely detailed look at the early space program. It had the trappings of a big-budget film and a cast headed by Tom Hanks — novelties at a time when the big and small screens seldom mixed. The show’s win for miniseries kicked off a fertile TV phase for Grazer, who went on to produce such shows as “24,” “Arrested Development” and “Friday Night Lights.” This year, he and Howard are back in the hunt with National Geographic’s Albert Einstein limited series “Genius.”
Because you produced some television early on, did you go to the Emmys before 1998?
I did, but not as a nominee. I was way out there in the peripheral seats.
- Dade Hayes
If you're a Star Wars collector with some very deep pockets, you may want to head out to Los Angeles at the end of this month, because you could take home the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber. This historic item is just one of three Star Wars pieces that will be sold off at the Profiles in History auction, which will take place between Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28. Here's the official description of the lightsaber, revealing where it came from.
"Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill's screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is »
Image Source: Getty / Bruce Glikas Barack Obama's last day in the White House was on Jan. 20, and he settled into permanent vacation mode in a matter of hours. Since walking out of our lives, Barack has been popping up all over the world, making stops in the Us Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and NYC. Because of his new and improved globetrotter status, it's been pretty difficult to keep track of where he is, so we've made it easier for you by rounding up all the places Barack has visited since his White House departure. Related18 Times President Obama Was Unequivocally You Image Source: Splash News Online Rancho Mirage, CA: Fresh out of the White House, Barack hit up Oracle founder Larry Ellison's private golf club on Jan. 21. He was spotted lining up his shot and driving around in a golf cart. Us Virgin Islands: A week and a half later, »
- Monica Sisavat
You could argue that Tom Hanks had Oscar acting ability as Uncle Ned on Family Ties but then you’d be lying to yourself. You could say there were hints of his greatness even before that in Bosom Buddies but you’d be lying to yourself then too. How about Bachelor Party? Nope. The Money Pit? Splash? These were all good movies and I think we’d all agree that Hanks was great in all of them but at what point did he transform from comedy into the guy you see today? Many say that Hanks really showed how good an actor he
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- Nat Berman
Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.
Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2, »
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Tony Sokol Apr 11, 2017
J.D. Vance’s hard economic lessons will be taught on the big screen, with Ron Howard helming Hillbilly Elegy...
Ron Howard (you probably don't need reminding that his directorial CV includes The Da Vinci Code, Splash, Appolo 13, A Beautiful Mind and last summer’s Beatles concert movie Eight Days A Week, do you?) is lined up to direct and produce a politically-charged film by the name of Hillbilly Elegy, Variety reports.
The film is based on The New York Times Best Selling memoir by J.D. Vance, which chronicles his journey from living in poverty to gracing CNN as an economics expert.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance was published by Harper Collins and topped the Nyt list twice, in August 2016 and January 2017.
The author was raised by his strong and larger than life grandmother in Middletown, »
Ryan Lambie Mar 29, 2017
Where there's great popularity, there's sometimes an equal and opposite backlash. Pokemon has occasionally been accused of promoting everything from Satanism to animal cruelty. The book Why Knock Rock, published in 1984, warned of the morally corrosive dangers hidden in the music of Judas Priest, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.
Before all this, there was the moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. From humble beginnings, the role-playing game quickly became a phenomenon in the 1970s, taking the company behind it - Tactical Studies Rules, founded by Gary Gygax - from a tiny cottage industry to a 600-strong firm by the end of the decade.
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Splash, the story of a lovelorn bachelor who falls in love with a mermaid, deserves high marks both for technical verisimilitude and artistic merit. It's a rambunctious comedy, coming from director Ron Howard who, with his previous, wacky Night Shift, unarguably shows that beneath that Opie Taylor/Richie Cunningham persona, there's a wild and crazy spirit.
Splash should prove a refreshing dip for audiences, yet the film's outlandish premise may hinder »
- THR Staff
Tom Hanks has been dominating Hollywood for nearly 30 years now. What began as a television career characterized by dressing as a woman in Bosom Buddies, to taking that comedic talent to the big screen in films like Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, and even Splash, became one of the biggest acting success stories in all of Hollywood. I personally think it was the movie “Big” that truly got him on the path to greatness. While that film in and of itself was a “comedy,” you could see the dramatic Hanks coming out. Then, not too many years later he
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- Nat Berman
“He was an icon of his craft of motion picture sound re-recording, recognized with the highest honors of his field,” his daughter Jennifer Portman wrote on her Facebook page. “He was eccentric, irreverent, and real.”
Portman received two Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Michael Ritchie’s “The Candidate.” He was also double-nominated in 1974 for Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” and Mike Nichols’ “The Day of the Dolphin.”
Portman received his first nom in 1971 for “Kotch,” directed by Jack Lemmon. He was also up for Oscars for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Herbert Ross’ “Funny Lady,” Michael Apted’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter, »
- Dave McNary
The Guild announced on Thursday nominations for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards across a multitude of categories covering features, TV, commercials and music videos.
The awards show is set for February 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
Excellence In Production Design For A Feature FilmPERIOD Film
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The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for this year’s Adg Excellence in Production Design Awards, with “Jackie,” “La La Land” and more among the contenders. Adg’s awards are different from most others, as it has categories for Period, Fantasy and Contemporary Films; this has led to a wide array of winners in recent years, including the likes of “Her” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This year’s ceremony, the 21st, will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, February 11. Full list of nominees below.
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“Cafe Society” (Production Designer: Santo Loquasto)
“Fences” (Production Designer: David Gropman )
“Hacksaw Ridge” (Production Designer: Barry Robinson)
“Hail, Caesar!” (Production Designer: Jess Gonchor)
“Jackie” (Production Designer: Jean Rabasse)
“Arrival” (Production Designer: Patrice Vermette)
“Doctor Strange” (Production Designer: Charles Wood)
- Michael Nordine
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