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It would be hard to be upset if you're a Star Wars fan right now. Star Wars: The Force Awakens successfully relaunched the franchise and became one of the highest-grossing movies ever made, plus Star Wars: Rogue One has already made more than $500 million worldwide and delivered on its promise, by most accounts. Now we can look ahead to Star Wars 8, which is due out in a little less than a year. Updates on the movie have been minimal, but director Rian Johnson did recently take some time out of his busy schedule to defend the Star Wars prequels.
Rian Johnson decided to Tweet a response to a couple of fans who were having a bit of a conversation on Twitter about how much they hated the prequel trilogy. Common practice among Star Wars fans. In this case, not even just that they hated them, but more that »
[This Column Was Officially Published On September 14th]
When J.J. Abrams delivered Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, he essentially brought life back to one of Hollywood's most beloved series. The movie was a critical smash, and would go on to become the all-time champion at the domestic box office. While some have chastised the film for relying too heavily on the legacy of the original trilogy, few can argue that the The Force Awakens didn't bring Star Wars back in a major way, and was a genuine crowd-pleaser for both longtime fans and newcomers to that galaxy far, far away.
The next film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may actually eclipse The Force Awakens because of a few key factors. Today, we'll explore why Rogue One is so huge, and why its performance is one that we'll have to pay close attention to.
"A New, New Hope"
From its inception, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. What happens when you're accused of murdering Jim Belushi? You call Keanu Reeves. That's what you do. It's the first call I'd make, I know that. Last time time I saw Keanu play a lawyer was Devil's Advocate, in which Keanu sold his soul to the devil (Al Pacino) in order to make partner. Or something like that. This is more reality based and if it weren't for the cast, it would probably be a made for TV movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Somewhat related, there's been some pretty watchable John Grisham movies out there with awesome actors in them. Are you interested in this movie? We know that the kid couldn't have killed his abusive father. That wouldn't be satisfying. Did Renee Zellweger do it? The »
- Jon Davis
It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...
Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."
By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity. »
"Sorry, I just slashed my wrists." "Well, tape 'em!" This is the aftermath of the '60s protest movement. Ivan Passer's riveting murder mystery of flakes and losers in sun-drenched, guilty Santa Barbara expresses the rage of radicals faced with the growing class divide, and the arrogance of the wealthy. Cutter's Way Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date , 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina Van Pallandt. Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth Production Designer Josan F. Russo Film Editor Caroline Biggerstaff Original Music Jack Nitzsche Writing credits Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, from the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. Produced by Paul R. Gurian Directed by Ivan Passer
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Even though Fox's TV series has pretty much followed their relationship from their first meeting together, a new young adult novel series based on "The X-Files" is going even further back in the lives of FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
EW reports that "The X-Files Origins" is the series moniker by which a series of young adult prequel novels are being penned which will explore the separate lives of the two characters back in their teenage years.
In the TV series we learned Scully was a promising doctor from a military family who had various issues of faith throughout her life. Mulder of course was a kid whose existence was changed when his sister was apparently abducted by aliens.
- Garth Franklin
Have you ever wondered what FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were like as teenagers? Those questions will be answered soon in a pair of upcoming books that will be officially recognized as part of The X-Files canon. These first two entries of what might become an ongoing series will bring a whole new chapter to this saga, which was most recently continued in Fox's The X-Files event series.
The Ya novels, which are being aimed at tweens and teenagers, will follow a 15 year-old Dana Scully and a 17-year-old Fox Mulder. The first book is titled Agent of Chaos. The Second novel in the series is titled Devil's Advocate. Both stories are set in the spring of 1979.
Serial murder, the occult and government conspiracy will rest at the heart of these all-new tales. The subjects were all prevalent in the news of that era, and are certainly on the »
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
8 items from 2016
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