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At Comic-Con Friday, HBO announced nine new cast members coming to Game of Thrones, including acclaimed veteran actor Jonathan Pryce. Some of the newcomers have been the subjects of online casting rumors for the last several weeks.
The list includes a recasting of young Myrcella Baratheon (Cersei’s daughter, last seen being put in a ship to Dorne for her own protection in season 2) and the addition of Pryce, who will play a powerful religious leader in King’s Landing. Several of the new cast members populate the Kingdom of Dorne, as Thrones shifts part of its focus next year »
- James Hibberd
In a galaxy far, far away, a rebellion is forming -- and with it, new heroes are emerging.
The video gives us a better sense of the story and characters. As Obi-Wan Kenobi intones, the Republic has fallen and the Empire is hunting down any remaining Jedi. Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) is a young orphan who is taken under the wing of a surviving Jedi, Kanan (voice of Freddie Prinze, Jr.). They must face down rampaging hunters led by the Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs).
And though things look very bleak, well, we know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. "Our future is uncertain," Obi-Wan notes, "but in time, a new hope will emerge."
- Kelly Woo
We saw a minute-long teaser back in May, now Disney has unveiled an extended trailer for its upcoming animated series "Star Wars: Rebels".
Set between "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," the series showcases the ultimate formation of the Rebel Alliance against the now dominant power of the Galactic Empire.
"Star Wars Rebels" will premiere in the fall as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, before debuting as a series on sister channel Disney Xd worldwide.
- Garth Franklin
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII won’t have a presence at the 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego this week; Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are instead bringing the first canonical installment in the new Star Wars order, the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and will host a preview screening during the ‘Con. Ahead of then, however, an extended trailer for the Rebels TV show has dropped online (watch it above) – one that does the best job of selling this series out of the promos released to date, in this writer’s opinion.
Rebels, as the extended trailer breaks down, takes place between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope – with Emperor Palpatine’s Galactic Empire having only begun to tighten its iron grip on the Star Wars galaxy. The timeline of the series will allow for certain Click to continue reading ‘Star Wars Rebels »
- Sandy Schaefer
Star Wars Rebels is the new upcoming animated series by the makers of the criminally-underrated Clone Wars TV series (along with Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg) – and it’s kind of a big deal. Not just because of the oft-hated animation style that Rebels has carried over from Clone Wars, but rather because Rebels (and its tie-in novel, A New Dawn) represents the first official new canon in the Star Wars saga shared universe.
Rebels takes place between the eras of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, helping to flesh-out the story of how The Republic’s fall and the Empire’s rise led to the beginning of the Galactic Rebellion. In previous Rebels previews, we’ve been introduced to the following rag-tag band of would-be rebels (Click any of their ...
- Kofi Outlaw
Back in June, just after Season 4 of Game of Thrones came to an end, series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff hinted that several new characters will be popping up in Season 5. While the show normally brings on a slew of fresh faces every year, we haven't had any clue who might be showing up this season, until today, when a new, unconfirmed report revealed that Keisha Castle-Hughes has signed on to play one of the Sand Snakes.
For those unfamiliar with the George R.R. Martin novels, the Sand Snakes are the eight daughters of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal). New Zealand Herald reports that the 24-year-old actress could be playing Nymeria Sand, described as a beautiful mixed-race woman who is both emotional and strong. The show is expected to only use three of these Sand Snakes, Nymeria, Obara Sand, the eldest, and Tyene Sand, the youngest.
Nothing has been confirmed by HBO at this time, »
Star Wars Rebels is the new animated series that tells us what took place in the Star Wars universe between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. There should be plenty of old favorites as well as new characters for fans to enjoy. One of the new characters, will be Cikatro Vizago. He is said to be a criminal boss that is the guy you seek out when you need vital information. Though, it is best to be cautious with the info you receive as he tends to play both sides. Starring a small band of heroes -- Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper -- Star Wars Rebels is set in a time where the Empire rules through fear and shrouds the galaxy in darkness. This trailer offers many new glimpses at sequences from the show, including the starship Ghost chased »
George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequels did a lot of things for the special effects industry, being among the first films to feature thousands of digitally enhanced shots, while also introducing the idea of the first CG supporting cast members. But for all the good they did for the industry in moving VFX forward, many fans have decried the Prequels’ use of computer images throughout the trilogy. Today, with our look at CGI in movies, I’m taking a look at why the Prequels; use of CG hasn’t sat well with people and caused so much uproar.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains
In the age of online entertainment journalism, it seems like information about big productions, including spoilers, is generally freer than ever before. The onslaught of casting rumours, set pictures and videos of filming has only led producers to double down and become more secretive about their big projects.
As a proponent of the oft-criticised “Mystery Box” mode of marketing, Jj Abrams would be a prime example. It worked for Super 8, because we knew very little about the film by the time it came out, but infuriated people when he and his team wouldn't admit the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness for months on end, when we all guessed who he’d be playing pretty early on. We’ve »
Has the identity of the actor playing Boba Fett in a standalone Star Wars movie been sitting underneath our nose this whole time? We have been drifting along with the assumption that the solo, spinoff Star Wars movie that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm will focus on Boba Fett. Picking up that baton and running with it, Inquisitr.com dug around and landed on the IMDb page for an announced "Untitled Star Wars Project." They have Gareth Edwards slotted as the director. They have Gary Whitta down as the screenwriter. And they list Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. Well. Alrighty then! Temuera Morrison is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having played Jango Fett in George Lucas. Star Wars: Episode II . Attack of the Clones, as well as Commander Cody in Episode III . Revenge of the Sith. He.s lent his voice to Boba Fett and Jango Fett »
Did we break it?
All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.
Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.
With Star Wars Rebels taking place between the end of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it makes sense that we'll be seeing a few of the characters that are shared between both the prequels and the original trilogy. One of those characters, confirmed earlier in the year, is Obi-Wan Kenobi. A new French teaser trailer for Star Wars Rebels gives us our first look at the bearded Jedi Master as he makes his return. It's a quick glimpse, but we get a good idea of how he's aged, and how he's changed since we last saw him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Take a peek, but be warned, the rest of the trailer is in the French language.
Star Wars Rebels is a forthcoming animated television series set five years before the original trilogy, »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Star Wars Rebels is the new animated series that tells us what took place in the Star Wars universe between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The first trailers were released on May 4th, but now we have a new snippet of footage, in French, and it shows us our favorite Jedi, Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi. Sir Alec Guinness played the character in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in him in the god awful prequel trilogy. Though, McGregor was one of the few bright spots from those films. Starring a small band of heroes -- Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper -- Star Wars Rebels is set in a time where the Empire rules through fear and shrouds the galaxy in darkness. This trailer offers many new glimpses at sequences from the show, including the starship Ghost chased by Tie »
If you hopped by the site to hear my usual weekly rants and speculation on superhero movie news, that has Switched with this column and will be dropping on Friday. Make sure to stop by, there’s a ton of DC/Warner Bros movies on the horizon.
But, it’s S7AR Wars time again, mostly because I wanted to catch-up with a rumor making the rounds this week before we hit Friday proper.
Make sure to check out the previous 6 installments of excellent news recapping, because I’m not going to stop to explain what Star Wars Rebels is or who Ralph McQuarrie was (Ok, maybe just those two: new animated TV show, original concept artist).
It’s been interesting to see other outlets pop up with their own sources and this week, MakingStarWars.net seems to have a well-placed one, granted their story ended up being mixed »
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