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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Reveals How He Survived Playing the Most Hated ‘Star Wars’ Character

19 July 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Andy Serkis has made a name for himself playing motion-capture roles in high profile franchises like “The Lord of the Rings” and recent “Planet of the Apes” reboots, it nearly killed Ahmed Best’s career. Best was just 25 when a Lucasfilm casting director picked him out of a San Francisco “Stomp” production to play Jar Jar Binks in “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace.” An avid “Star Wars” fan, Best knew his life was about to change forever. It did — just not quite how he imagined.

“It’s really difficult to articulate the feeling,” Best told Wired. “You feel like a success and a failure at the exact same time. I was staring at the end of my career before it started.” The profile is as comprehensive as they come, and a fascinating dive into the often cruel world of show business.

Read More‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi »

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Luc Besson Already Writing A Valerian Trilogy

18 July 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's hard to know when the Geek Renaissance began. Superhero movies certainly received a big boost when Spider-Man came out in 2002, but many trace that movie's success back to 2000's X-Men, which possibly revamped the genre. In 2001, nerds rejoiced at Fellowship of the Ring, which was every Dungeons and Dragons player's dream film -- a movie that got the genre right, and received widespread acclaim. Perhaps the Geek Renaissance goes even further back, to 1999, when The Phantom Menace re-ignited the movie future of the Star Wars franchise while still somehow being overshadowed by another fan-friendly legend, The Matrix.

Whenever the wave of these geektastic movies really began, there's probably no better time for them than right now. Kevin Feige has the Marvel ship pointed in the right direction at full speed. Uber-geek Joss Whedon has taken over Justice League. There are Star Wars movies coming out every year. Even video »

- Brian Jasper

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Rian Johnson Hopes Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Give “Emotional Satisfaction” To Carrie Fisher’s Fans

17 July 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s no escaping it – the death of Carrie Fisher is a loss that will be felt deeply by large swathes of Star Wars fans for as long as Disney makes new films set in that galaxy far, far away. Indeed, it’s the ongoing rebooted franchise that makes her sudden absence so keenly felt by so many people. For the time being, this weight is being shouldered for the most part by director Rian Johnson who, by virtue of nothing more than tragic circumstance, finds himself at the helm of Leia Organa’s last movie – Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Organa – once a Princess, now a General – is a legend of cinema, and an icon of Star Wars lore. She’s a talisman held closely by generations of audience members, and she’s one of the core team members from the very beginning of George LucasStar Wars adventure, »

- Sarah Myles

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Hopefully the Han Solo debacle will teach Disney not to tread on sacred ground

8 July 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on the Han Solo saga and Disney’s handling of the Star Wars franchise…

There were more than a few that let out cries of anguish upon hearing the direction of the next Star Wars anthology movie. The fact that we would be revisiting such a famous and iconic character as Han Solo seemed like a smart one financially but a troubling one thematically, and unfortunately for all involved, this worry has manifested itself into reality. But will Disney learn from the mistakes of the past? Will they learn not to mess with what is sacred, that this was all so predictable and oh so avoidable?

The issues affecting the untitled Han Solo movie have been well documented; from the changing of directors to the issues the folks involved have supposedly had with their starring talent. But what it basically comes down to is this: Han Solo was »

- Samuel Brace

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Early Star Wars Concept Art Paints Some Of The Franchise’s Favorites In A Completely Different Light

6 July 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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It’s one of the biggest names in entertainment, and George Lucas, the creative mastermind who first introduced us to that iconic galaxy far, far away all those years ago, is a director known for tinkering with the series that made his name.

Over the years, Lucas and his VFX team have made a series of alterations to the original Star Wars trilogy – some big, some small – ranging from CG Dewbacks in A New Hope to Han’s encounter with Jabba the Hutt, but what about those pieces of concept art and sketches that painted some of the franchise’s favorite characters in a completely different light?

What Culture has compiled a gallery of Star Wars art drawn up by the illustrious Ralph McQuarrie, who worked closely with George Lucas all throughout his tenure »

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"Weird Al" On Why He Hasn't Done A Third Star Wars Song, How He Wrote "The Saga Begins" - Denver Comic Con 2017

3 July 2017 6:30 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

"Weird Al" Yankovic is known for countless parody songs including "Eat It," "Amish Paradise," and "White & Nerdy," all covering different genres with different subjects used to populate the new lyrics. One subject Weird Al has covered twice is Star Wars. in 1985, Weird Al released the song "Yoda" on his Dare to Be Stupid album, a parody of the song "Lola" by The Kinks. Then, when a new Star Wars trilogy arrived in 1999, he released the parody of "American Pie" titled "The Saga Begins." This song was especially remarkable, with Weird Al singing the entire plot of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, a song I can sing every lyric to, even today. So, with another new Star Wars trilogy already begun, will there ever be a third Star Wars song by Weird Al?

Yankovic was asked just this during his panel at Denver Comic Con 2017. When will he do another Star Wars song? »

- Nick Doll

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The Avocado Flavored Oreo Has Arrived and It Sounds Disgusting

1 July 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oreo is at it again, messing with something that should not be messed with. And now they're testing out an avocado flavor. Yes, avocado, the hipster condiment. Breakfast avocado toast, guacamole, the California roll, and now an avocado Oreo. Oreo is kind of like the George Lucas of cookies, taking something that was once so legendary and great and then singlehandedly ruining everything that made it so special in the first place, violating taste buds the world over. Never mind Pumpkin Spice Oreos or Swedish Fish Oreos, its time for the avocado Oreo.

Oreo has clearly run out of steam in the creative department so they have taken to social media as Buzzfeed has reported to have Oreo fans come up with the latest trash for your mouth. The contest is ongoing, but Oreo has already whipped up some of these abominations and sent them to fans for testing. We don't allow animal testing anymore, »

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Marc Alan Fishman: That Moment That Makes You Feel Mortal

1 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

We here at ComicMix deal part-in-parcel with the capes and cowls. Super-powered beings who defy conventional laws of science, completing miraculous acts to save humanity from heinous villainy. Most folks on the outside looking in suppose that the fascination with our superheroes stems from the desire for escapism. Faced with our own mortal foibles and faults, we lust for the life that defies those insecurities – with laser vision, super strength, or any number of special skills and powers.

But I’d argue that while there exists that sci-fi appeal where our inner kid seeks out that which is totally cool, it’s those moments on the page (or on screen) where our heroes are most human that we truly find the best part of pulp fiction.

Bruce Wayne was a just a boy enjoying an amazing adventure at the movies with his parents. Depicted at an age where mom and dad were his heroes, »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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34 Best Fourth Movies for July 4, Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

30 June 2017 7:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Not many film franchises get the distinction of hitting number four. It’s even more impressive when they’re actually good. For Fourth of July, we’re counting down the fourth movies in a given series from worst to best because it’s patriotic and also because the number four. Also this is our site so why not. “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” Technically it’s the fourth “Star Wars” movie made, so we’re counting it. We’re also counting that besides the pod racing, it isn’t very good. “Jaws IV: The Revenge” “I have never »

- Carli Velocci

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Read the Ron Howard Letter from 1999 Defending Jake Lloyd and “The Phantom Menace”

28 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Now that Ron Howard has taken over the filming of the solo Han Solo movie it’s only fitting that people are trying to dig up any kind of information that links him to the Star Wars films.  Five days ago perhaps the best link of them all is a letter that Ron Howard wrote back in 1999 which defends Jake Lloyd and The Phantom Menace.  As you know, to this day The Phantom Menace is widely regarded as the worst Star Wars film of all time and largely because the involvement of two characters: a young Anakin Skywalker played by

Read the Ron Howard Letter from 1999 Defending Jake Lloyd and “The Phantom Menace” »

- Nat Berman

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Iconic Jabba the Hutt Puppet to Return in Han Solo?

27 June 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As previously reported, it certainly sounds like Jabba the Hutt has a very important role to play in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. But more importantly, it now sounds like the team behind the movie is bringing back the iconic puppet as used in Return of the Jedi, with some CGI enhancments. As opposed to the whole thing being CG as seen in the Star Was Special Editions and The Phantom Menace.

The upcoming young Han Solo movie has had a very rough week. It recently was announced that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) were fired by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy over significant creative differences, which resulted in a lot of tension on set and behind-the-scenes. There were only a few weeks left of filming, but now Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Rush) has stepped in to finish the movie. But now for what »

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Jar Jar Binks Really Wants to Be in the Han Solo Movie

25 June 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, LucasFilm made the jaw-dropping announcement that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will no longer be at the helm of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with just three weeks left of production. Just a few days later, Ron Howard was confirmed to step in and take their place, and today a new parody video reveals that one of the most hated characters in the Star Wars universe, Jar Jar Binks, wants to use this opportunity of a new director stepping in to put him in the movie and start a comeback for the character. Thankfully, this is only a parody, and it will not likely happen for real.

Funny or Die debuted a new video that features an individual disguised through a silhouette that is calling for the return for Jar Jar Binks in the new Han Solo Star Wars movie. Most discerning fans will realize right »

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The Week in Star Wars – Everything you need to know about Lord and Miller, Ron Howard and Han Solo

25 June 2017 2:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!

23 June 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Adriana Floridia6/23/2017 12:05:00 Pm

There was lots of exciting and controversial movie news that dropped this week. Take a look at some of the highlights below!

Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.

Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

We have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!

His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn

Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017

Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!

@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017

This week, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year. 

This week we got to feast our eyes on more footage from the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to marvel over in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!

We can't get over this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.

Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Service debuted its first trailer and poster this week! Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with this one and also serves as its screenwriter. The movie gives an in-depth look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. It stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Joe Cole. This looks like a powerful movie and we expect some Oscar buzz around this one. Check out the trailer below and see Thank You for Your Service in Cineplex theatres on October 27th!

A new trailer and poster for American Assassin dropped and this looks like an unbelievable ride. This one follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Check out the new trailer below and see American Assassin when it hits Cineplex theatres September 15th!

Deadpool 2 has an official release date of June 1st, 2018 and production officially began this week! Even though that's more than a year away we cannot be more pumped! Ryan Reynolds will return as everyone's favourite foul-mouthed anti-hero. The plot for this one is still under wraps but we do know that the story will involve Cable (son of the X-Men character Cyclops), played by Josh Brolin. David Leitch is set to direct; he also has Atomic Blonde hitting theatres this coming July. The original Deadpool was such a fun ride that the wait for Deadpool 2 is going to be looong... check out the teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 and a picture from the movie's set below!

Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big fucking surprise. No one's home. pic.twitter.com/svbUMEdKbb

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 17, 2017

Anyone know the number to 911? No Good Deed https://t.co/HyfsFn48Vl

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017

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- Adriana Floridia

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Preview of Star Wars: Droids Unplugged #1

23 June 2017 2:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This coming Wednesday sees the release of Star Wars: Droids Unplugged #1 from Marvel Comics, and you can check out a preview of the issue here…

Collecting three stories featuring everyone’s favorite droids! What adventures did the probe droids in The Phantom Menace get into when Darth Maul wasn’t looking? Luke’s got a mission for R2-D2! But can the astromech complete it in time? And all Bb-8 wants is to help…two Resistance soldiers fall in love!

Star Wars: Droids Unplugged #1 is out on June 28th, priced $4.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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New Han Solo director, Jurassic World 2 title revealed, Avengers: Infinity War set photo and more – Daily News Roundup

23 June 2017 1:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Go Direct A Star War

After the shock news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from their positions on the Han Solo spin-off movie, it was revealed yesterday by Disney and Lucasfilm that Ron Howard would be taking over. Ron Howard has a lot of connections to George Lucas, appearing in the director’s American Graffiti and he was even approached with the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Read more here.

Just One More Thing

Looking ahead to Star Wars: Episode IX and it has been revealed that director Colin Trevorrow made a small request of Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication.” Just what could that small thing be? Read more here.

Life Finds A Way

Speaking of Trevorrow, and the sequel to his 2015 dino smash Jurassic World was given an official title and poster yesterday – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pretty badass, eh? Check out the poster here.

Jumanji Connections

Keeping with the sequels theme now, and we should be expecting our first look at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle any time soon. In an new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Jack Black has been talking about the film’s connections to the original. “We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Robin Williams’ character Alan Parrish],” states Black. “He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there… [In the original] you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.” Read more here.

Inside The Sanctum

Following the super-cool behind the scenes photo of Iron Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange and Wong, former McU helmer Scott Derickson has shared another image from the Avengers: Infinity War set – this time from his old stomping grounds of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Check out the image here.

Bumblebee

Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t looking to do so well at the box office this weekend, which won’t be a good sign for the Bumblebee spin-off. Although according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the solo film is going to be very different from what we’ve seen so far from the five Bay-directed movies. “The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers,” he said. “So it has a very distinct idea in it, and then whatever is gonna happen with the chemistry is what’s gonna happen, but it really is a young female lead opposite Bumblebee.” Read more here.

Article Of The Day

Anghus Houvouras has some thoughts on Lord and Miller leaving the Han Solo movie, which you can read here. »

- Luke Owen

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Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!

22 June 2017 2:41 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!Adriana Floridia6/22/2017 4:41:00 Pm

Today in movie news: the Jurassic World sequel's title is announced, the Han Solo prequel quickly finds a new director, Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the first trailer for Stronger, and more!

Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.

Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

In new trailers, we have one for the film Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman as a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American supreme court justice as he takes on a career-defining case. Check out the trailer below!

Witness the rise of the man who changed America. @ChadwickBoseman is Marshall. Watch the trailer now! #MarshallMovie pic.twitter.com/y2rUi1mxWp

Marshall Movie (@MarshallMovie) June 22, 2017

We also have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!

His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn

Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017

Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!

@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017

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Ron Howard Is Directing the Han Solo Movie

22 June 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Ron Howard will officially be taking over Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were let go from the project earlier in the week for "creative differences" and speculation began on who would takeover the Star Wars spin-off. Ron Howard was the frontrunner along with Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer), who also worked on the visual effects of the original Star Wars trilogy, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for Han Solo.

Lucasfilm released a statement announcing the news officially. Read what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had to say below.

"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."

No other official information was given, but the movie is apparently still on track to hit its May 25th, 2018 release date.

Ron Howard, who also directed George Lucas' Willow and starred in Lucas' 1973 movie American Graffiti, was approached in the late 90s to direct The Phantom Menace. Howard's style should fit in perfectly to the vision that Lucasfilm has while hopefully adding his own creative spin on the hotly anticipated movie. Creative control has been in the news a lot for Disney and Lucasfilm, with some critics accusing the studios of hiring directors and basically using them as puppets to adhere to a specific vision. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has stated that critic's speculation is untrue and that he had full creative control under the watch of Lucasfilm and Disney.

The Academy Award winning Director is set to meet immediately with the cast and crew to go over what has been shot and discuss the next steps. The production is currently on a break, but has several weeks of reshooting already planned for later in the year. Production started back at the end of January 2017 at Pinewood Studios under the production title, Red Cup and is close to three-quarters finished. It is not clear at this time if Howard will order more reshoots or how he will take credit on the production. Sources close to the project report that Miller and Lord were let go because they were taking the character of Han Solo in a more comedic approach and that their shooting style wasn't seeing eye to eye with Lucasfilm and Disney.

Ron Howard has spoken about how George Lucas inspired him to direct. Lucas wasn't much older than Howard when he was directing American Graffiti and Howard remembers his eye for detail being particularly inspiring, mentioning that Lucas spent just as much time choosing the cars for the movie as he did when choosing the actors. Howard has also recently talked about why he chose to turn down Lucas' request to direct The Phantom Menace by saying that he was the third director approached and that ultimately, he didn't want to have to step in and follow Lucas' act. »

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Ron Howard will direct the Han Solo movie following Lord & Miller’s departure

22 June 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After yesterday’s surprising news that Disney and Lucasfilm had parted ways with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The Hollywood Reporter have broken word that Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) has taken over. An official announcement is expected by Disney soon.

Howard was revealed to be the front-runner yesterday.

The split between Lord, Miller and Lucasfilm came from disagreements over the film’s tone, and with the film’s writer Lawrence Kasdan. It was reported that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with Lord and Miller’s early cut of the footage they’d shot, and Kasdan agreed, one one source saying it “wasn’t like a Star Wars movie”.

Howard will be meeting with the film’s stars -Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton – today, which THR are describing as a “rattled set”. »

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‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Set to Take Over as Director of Embattled Han Solo Spinoff

22 June 2017 7:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Updated: When Lucasfilm says “soon,” they mean soon. Just two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the long-gestasting Han Solo standalone spinoff project, a new director has already been named, according to new reports. When Lord and Miller left the film on Tuesday, an official statement from the pair and Lucasfilm promised that a new director would be named soon. Soon is today.

Both THR and Variety report that Ron Howard, rumored over the past two days to be the frontrunner for the project, will take over as director Asap. An official announcement is expected later this morning.

Update: The official Star Wars website has now shared the news that Howard is on board to direct the feature. In their official statement, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy commented, “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.”

The still-untitled feature was reportedly about 75% done with principal photography, with about four weeks left in the shoot and five weeks of reshoots already planned for later this summer (a standard move on such a massive feature film).

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THR reports that Howard “will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs.”

Variety adds that “Howard will begin work immediately” on the film and “the exact amount of time and money that it will take to actually complete the production…will vary depending on how much rewriting and reshooting Howard deems is necessary after reviewing the script and shot footage.”

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Howard is already a part of the Lucasfilm fold, having worked with the studio on the George Lucas-penned 1988 fantasy “Willow.” He even appeared in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” in a small role. THR also shares that “Howard also revealed on a podcast in 2015 that Lucas had approached him to direct 1999’s ‘Star Wars’ prequel ‘The Phantom Menace,'” a gig that Lucas himself ultimately took on.

The filmmaker is a clearly a safe choice for a situation that seems destined to go down as an all-timer of a mess, yet the two-time Oscar winner’s filmmaking career has lately seemed to flatline. His last four narrative features have each made less than $50 million at the domestic box office, though his “Inferno” was a worldwide smash (it made over $220 million internationally). His last bonafide box office hit was 2009’s “Angels and Demons,” earning $133 at U.S. box office and nearly half a billion worldwide.

It is also still unclear how credits for the final film will shake out, a decision that ultimately rests with the Directors Guild of America.

The film’s release date is still tentatively set for May 25, 2018.

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- Kate Erbland

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