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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 »

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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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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. »

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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. »

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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).

Read More: Han Solo Upheaval: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘Star Wars’ Exit

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.”

Read More: ‘Star Wars’: The Han Solo Movie We Will Never Get to See

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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Real-Life SpongeBob and Patrick Are Terrifying

18 June 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You want to see something really scary? We're not talking your garden variety slasher or giant monster from space. This creature lurks in the depths of the ocean. In fact, you could say he lives in a pineapple under the sea. Yes, it's SpongeBob SquarePants. Though, not quite like you've ever seen him before.

3D artist Miguel Vasquez has decided to infiltrate our nightmares with his own take on the iconic cartoon from Nickelodeon. And he's bringing his pal Patrick Starfish with him. It's hard to say which character is more terrifying when they get the real world treatment. But you wouldn't want to come across either one of these monstrosities getting ripped and loaded on ice cream sundaes at your local Fossleman's.

These images are part of Vasquez's 'Best Friends Forever' project. He rendered the speed sculpts in Keyshot. As you can see, they are not for kids or the faint of heart. »

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E3 2017 Day 1 Recap: EA Stories and Star Wars

12 June 2017 6:34 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Ah, another E3 season is upon us, breathe it in.  Just like the last 2 years, Cinelinx once again has boots on the ground and it’s time for another of my Recaps, but this time I’m not alone!  Please welcome the newest member of the Cinelinx E3 Team, Aaron, as we discuss our impressions from Day 1 of the E3 2017 weekend!

 

Matt’s Takes:

Lines and Lines and Lines of EA Play:  Just like last year, Electronic Arts kicked off the E3 season with their brand-new presentation format, EA Play.  Unlike last year, they invited way more people than they could actually fit.  Hundreds of people from around the world flocked to the Hollywood Palladium, creating a line that made circles around the entire event area.  Despite many tickets registered and press access received, many members of the gaming community were turned away after waiting in line for countless hours. »

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Luke's Jedi Caretaker Creature in Star Wars 8 Revealed?

11 June 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Every Star Wars trilogy to date has had that questionable creature or character that fans aren't 100% on board with. C-3Po was quite a divisive driod when A New Hope debuted in 1977. Then along came the Ewoks in 1983's Return of the Jedi. And still hated to this very day is Jar Jar Binks, who first appeared in 1999's The Phantom Menace, and has become the most controversial character in the entire franchise. While some are still stymied, and/or stewing about the Rathtars in The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is confirmed to have a creature that could either be everyone's favorite, or the next Jar Jar Binks. However it falls, director Rian Johnson has already assured fans that they are 'no Ewoks'. While we haven't gotten an official look at these beasties just yet, StarWarsNew.net has, and they are providing some key details, along with »

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Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

11 June 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi to open a day earlier in the UK

6 June 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Here’s some rather good news for UK fans of the galaxy far, far away, as Disney and Lucasfilm have announced today that Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the hugely-anticipated second chapter of the Sequel Trilogy, is set to open on these shores a day earlier than previously announced, with the film hitting on Thursday, December 14th.

The news shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened a day earlier on this side of the Pond. Certainly a far cry from the eight month wait that UK fans had for the original Star Wars, and the two month wait for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

See Also: Adam Driver avoided Mark Hamill on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th »

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Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Sinks to Lowest Point Since 1999

29 May 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is celebrating another box office win this weekend with its swashbuckling adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is coming away with an easy win, earning $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. That debut also continues a downward box office trend for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with the last installment, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, debuting with $90.1 million in this same weekend frame back in 2011. A new report reveals that this weekend as a whole marks the lowest Memorial Day weekend gross since 1999, when the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace reigned supreme.

Variety reports that the total box office earnings for this weekend add up to $172.3 million, which is the lowest Memorial Day box office since the $142.5 million total from the Memorial Day four-day frame in 1999, when The Phantom Menace, in its second weekend in theaters, easily won »

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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades

29 May 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.

The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).

Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »

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Why Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was Better Than you Think

28 May 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Regardless if you’re a die hard Star Wars fan or a casual watcher of the franchise, the overall feeling is that the prequels that were devised to explain the original trilogy were worse than horrible. Some think that they were fine the way they were, while others believe that much more could have been done to make the supposed beginning to the franchise much, much better. No matter what you believe, there are several reasons why the first film “The Phantom Menace”, was much better than you might have thought. Here are five reason Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was

Why Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was Better Than you Think »

- Nat Berman

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Joseph Fiennes Reflects On Losing A Main Star Wars Role

25 May 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It seems that every successful actor has a near-miss story when it comes to auditions, and they can often provide an amusing glimpse into not only what might have been, but also the decision-making processes used to cast important roles. Infamous examples include the time that George Clooney tried for the role of J.D in Thelma And Louise – which ultimately went to Brad Pitt – and Joe Manganiello reaching the final stage of casting for the role of Superman in Man Of Steel. The most recent revelation in this arena comes from Joseph Fiennes, and it concerns Star Wars.

Speaking to The Wrap about his new television show The Handmaid’s Tale, Fiennes explained what happened when he tried to become a Jedi.

“I auditioned for a great director. It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with. »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast Smolders In Annie Liebovitz Cover Shoot

23 May 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Vanity Fair unveiled four stunning cover images today from the set of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” also known as Episode VIII.

From legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz, the the photos show the cast of the highly anticipated addition to the George Lucas universe gazing out intensely. The collaboration between Liebovitz, Vanity Fair, and “Star Wars” dates back to 1999’s “The Phantom Menace,” and she has photographed every subsequent film since. The full portfolio will be released online on Wednesday, but for now these four sneak peeks will have to do.

Vanity Fair’s first of four #StarWars covers features at least one Jedi—who may or may not be the last https://t.co/kH0AbuNcx0 pic.twitter.com/uwHUDpWXow

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017

The first image show Rey (Daisy Ridley) with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), gazing out from the cliffs of the planet Ahch-To, where the “The Force Awakens »

- Jude Dry

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Vanity Fair Debuts Four Covers for Their Star Wars: The Last Jedi Issue

23 May 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This week is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.  With that in mind, Vanity Fair released not one, not two, but four covers for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi issue.  Come inside to check out all four!

Photographer extraordinaire, Annie Leibovitz is back with Vanity Fair for another of her Star Wars shoots.  Previously, she's done a photo shoot for each Star Wars film since The Phantom Menace, in 1999.  With another Star Wars film on the horizon, Vanity Fair is ready to show off the fruits of her labor with Four covers for their upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi issue!  On May 31 (New York and La) and June 6 (Nationwide), Star Wars fans can pick the cover that suits them from the Jedi (pictured), Dark Side, Rebel, and General Leia covers, or simply collect all four!

Each issue will include the full portfolio from Leibovitz, a commemorative poster, and »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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