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Victoria & Abdul movie review: one of her best friends was brown

15 September 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Charming based-on-fact British costume dramedy gently snarks about power and propriety but cuts a lot deeper when it comes to bigotry and bootlicking. I’m “biast” (pro): love Judi Dench, mostly love Stephen Frears’s films

I’m “biast” (con): we’re still telling stories about this dead queen?

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The ribbing writes itself: Hey, they finally made the sequel to 1997’s Mrs. Brown! You know, the movie in which Judi Dench as Queen Victoria develops a close platonic friendship — or maybe even a romance — with royal groundskeeper John Brown in the early years of her widowhood, in the 1860s. It was a scandal! And now here’s Victoria & Abdul, which opens 20 years later and stars Judi Dench (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tiff 2017: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Review: Paul McGuigan (2017)

14 September 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review: Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin) brings this stunning portrait of love in the late 70s to screens. Will it be this year’s runaway Oscar success?

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review by Paul Heath.

Eon Productions choose their projects well. The company behind the James Bond movies rarely venture outside of that franchise, but when they do, you know you’re in for something special – and that is exactly what you get from Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, an absolute masterpiece in film-making.

Annette Benning plays Gloria Grahame, an ageing Oscar-winning actress who we meet in her dressing room preparing for a performance in a theatre somewhere in the north of England, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’ playing over the soundtrack. However, all is not well as she attempts to head to the stage, »

- Paul Heath

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Victoria & Abdul review

14 September 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dami Judi Dench reprises the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul. Here's our review...

Appreciating that every film is a risk to varying degrees, sometimes, you come across one that just seems like a safe bet on paper. Here’s one now. Victoria & Abdul sees Dame Judi Dench reprising the role of Queen Victoria, albeit this time near the end of the monarch’s life. Billy Elliot and War Horse screenwriter Lee Hall has penned the script, based on the book by Shrabani Basu. Philomena and The Queen director Stephen Frears takes the helm. And the story itself is a recently-ish discovered one, about an unlikely friendship that Queen Victoria struck up with a young Indian clerk by the name of Abdul Karim.

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What could possibly go wrong with that? »

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

3 September 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“What ever happened to Gloria Grahame?” classic movie buffs might well have asked in 1981, the year the blonde, Betty Boop-voiced Oscar winner died of cancer. The same question certainly applies to the lovingly crafted but tough-going biopic “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” in which the one-time bombshell — a character Annette Bening dons like a pair of elegant opera gloves — disappears 40 minutes in, replaced by a slow-motion and rather standard-issue terminal illness victim, daintily coughing her way to her death bed for the rest of the movie.

Speaking of fitted gloves, who better than “My Week With Marilyn” director Paul McGuigan to adapt Peter Turner’s memoir? Peter, who is played by “Billy Elliot” star Jamie Bell, all growed up, was 28 at the time, but has always treasured his May-December tryst with “Glo” (as only he’s allowed to call her): Their love affair was steamy while it lasted, and »

- Peter Debruge

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Jumper TV Series In the Works

24 August 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jamie Bell is not stepping back from that ledge, my friend.

A small-screen version of the 2008 film Jumper — which starred Bell, among others, as a man with the ability to “jump” from one place to another in an instant — is being developed for Studio Canal, New Regency and Lionsgate, our sister site Deadline reports. Bell, who may reprise his role from the movie, is developing the project with writer/director Julian Simpson.

The original film, which grossed more than $220 million worldwide, also starred the likes of Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson and Kristen Stewart.

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Star Wars: what could an Obi-Wan movie entail?

20 August 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017

An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?

When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork. »

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We can add a Jabba the Hutt movie to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars spinoff plans

19 August 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of days ago it was announced that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in talks with Lucasfilm about directing a Star Wars Anthology movie based upon the untold adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was followed up by reports suggesting that Boba Fett and Yoda spinoffs are also in active development.

Well, it looks like we can add another project to the list, and yes, it’s a prequel based around an existing character – this time the feared gangster Jabba the Hutt. The report comes by way of Variety, although there are no further details about the potential spinoff.

Given that Jabba is already established as a crime lord by the time of The Phantom Menace, a spinoff movie could potentially take place at any time from the late Republic period through to the Original Trilogy. And if course, it also opens up the possibility of using characters »

- Gary Collinson

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff, ‘Justice League’ Headaches & The CinemaSins Debate [Podcast]

18 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss a couple of news items, but the bulk of our discussion centers around the announcement of a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that’s in the works. Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours“) is set to direct, which is where our discussion starts, as we wonder if Lucasfilm will find themselves in another situation of reshoots in regards to another out-of-the-box director choice.

Continue reading Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff, ‘Justice League’ Headaches & The CinemaSins Debate [Podcast] at The Playlist. »

- Ryan Oliver

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Jabba the Hutt Movie Still Part of Star Wars Spin-Off Plans

18 August 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the best characters from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi may be coming back to a galaxy far, far away in a huge way. Jabba the Hutt is rumored to have a role in the upcoming but still untitled Han Solo movie. Now it sounds like Lucasfilm has bigger plans in mind for the giant alien space gangster. The studio is reportedly already developing an entire Star Wars spin-off movie centered on Jabba the Hutt.

Variety reported on the news that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is currently in negotiations to helm the often discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off. In the report, they note that there are several other standalone movies in development at Lucasfilm and one of them is about Jabba the Hutt. Here's what Variety had to say about it.

"Rogue One was the first of the standalones, and Disney is currently shooting an untitled origin tale of beloved smuggler Han Solo. »

- MovieWeb

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Long-rumored Jabba The Hutt and Boba Fett spinoffs reportedly in development

18 August 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Today, Variety is reporting that, according to sources, stand-alone films featuring Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett are currently in development over at Disney and Lucasfilms.  This news comes fresh off of yesterday's announcement that a stand-alone adventure featuring the Jedi master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is currently being worked on with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry on board to helm the... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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We Might Finally Get a Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie

18 August 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter the Obi-Wan Kenobi film is in very early stages and Lucasfilm are talking to director Stephen Daldry about it. Now don’t get all excited just yet, according to sources that talked to The Hollywood Reporter Lucasfilm are in negotiations with Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) to direct and oversee […]

Read We Might Finally Get a Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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Obi-Wan spin off movie, Avengers: Infinity War promo art, Captain Marvel script update and more – Daily News Roundup

17 August 2017 11:36 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hello There

After being rumoured for what feels like a decade, it was reported yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter that Disney and Lucasfilm are in talks with Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) about helming a spin-off movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The site reports that talks are at the earliest of stages, and there is currently no script for the film. Should a deal be reached, Daldry would oversee development and writing on the project, which is said to be one of several Anthology movies in the works at Lucasfilm. Read more here.

Godzilla Connections

Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty has taken to Twitter to share an image that will excite fans of The Big G. The image is of the famous Oxygen Destroyer seen in the original 1954 movie, hinting at connections to the original Godzilla timeline. Check out the image here.

Infinity Art

A new piece of promotional »

- Luke Owen

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'Star Wars' Buzz: Oscar Darling Stephen Daldry Tapped to Direct Solo Obi-Wan Movie

17 August 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Only one director of a Star Wars movie has been an Oscar nominee. That was George Lucas, who earned his first two Academy Award nominations for writing and directing American Grafitti (he received two more for writing and directing the first Star Wars). Now comes another possibility: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm a solo spin-off prequel focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Daldry was nominated in the Best Director category three times in a row, first for his feature debut, Billy Elliot, then for The Hours and The Reader. The latter two were also nominated for Best Picture, as was his fourth movie, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. And his average critical score on Rotten Tomatoes is...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Wants Wicked Director Stephen Daldry

17 August 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

News of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie finally emerged today and rumors are suggesting that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will direct the often talked about spin-off. This is terrific news for Star Wars fans who have been bothering Ewan McGregor for years about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie. Castings have not been announced yet, but McGregor has expressed interest over the years about reprising his role as the sensitive Jedi Master. It has also been reported that there is not a script just yet, so it could be a while before we end up seeing the project.

The Hollywood Reporter were the first to announce the next Star Wars Story. It has been reported that Stephen Daldry is in the very early stages of talking to Disney about possibly helming the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Looking at the Tony Award winning director's slate shows that he's directing the big screen adaptation of Wicked next, »

- MovieWeb

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And the Focus of the Next Star Wars Spinoff Movie Is . . . Obi-Wan Kenobi!

17 August 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Star Wars is adding another film to the franchise! On Thursday, it was announced that Lucasfilm's next spinoff will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who directed the 2000 drama Billy Elliot, is reportedly in "early talks" to take the reins on the standalone film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So far, sources say the project has no script and a general story for the film remains under wraps. Maybe it will acknowledge whether or not the character really does have a connection to Rey? In previous films, the character - a legendary Jedi master and mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker - was portrayed by Ewan McGregor (in Star Wars: Episode I, II, III) and by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. Details are still scarce about casting as well, but it's worth noting that McGregor has made his desire to reprise the character known (he's »

- Quinn Keaney

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Movie In The Works!

17 August 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

You can file this one under “It’s about damn time.” Ever since it was revealed that Disney would be creating spinoffs films set in the Star Wars universe, it’s been speculated that an Obi-Wan movie would be coming down the line. For years, there’s been buzz about Lucasfilm accepting pitch after pitch after pitch of Obi-Wan ideas, but there’s been nothing truly concrete.

Now, THR is reporting that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry — the man behind Billy Elliot and The Hours — is in early talks to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi film. The plan is that if they’re able to strike a deal, that Daldry would oversee the development and writing of the project with Lucasfilm, so chances are they’ll be hiring a screenwriter once this deal goes through.

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I am of two minds about this. »

- Joseph Medina

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Looks Like Obi-Wan Kenobi Standalone is Happening; In Early Talks With Director

17 August 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Obi-Wan Kenobi is finally getting his own solo film, at least, it's closer now than it has been according to a new report claiming a director is currently in talks to helm it. Will Ewan McGregor reprise his role?  Who will direct it?  Come inside for more information!

If you're an avid reader of Cinelinx.com (who isn't?) you might have read the headline and thought yourself, "Duh, that's old news.".  That's because for years we've been hot on the trail of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movies for years.  In fact, back in 2014 we reported that the ideas for the spin-off were being developed.  Three years later and it appears Lucasfilm is finally ready to begin working on making this into a reality.

An exclusive from THR, has confirmed our suspicions that an Obi-Wan movie is in the works, but hasn't quite named an actor for the titular role.  The reason »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Lucasfilm Greenlights Obi-Wan Kenobi Film; In Early Talks With Director

17 August 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It's official.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is finally getting his own solo film!  Will Ewan McGregor reprise his role?  Who will direct it?  Come inside for more information!

If you're an avid reader of Cinelinx.com (who isn't?) you might have read the headline and thought yourself, "Duh, that's old news.".  That's because for years we've been hot on the trail of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movies for years.  In fact, back in 2014 we reported that the ideas for the spin-off were being developed.  Three years later and it appears Lucasfilm is finally ready to begin working on making this into a reality.

An exclusive from THR, has confirmed our suspicions that an Obi-Wan movie is in the works, but hasn't quite named an actor for the titular role.  The reason for that is due to the fact that this film is in early stages of pre-production.  There is no script, there are no actors, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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A stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi film from Stephen Daldry is in the works!

17 August 2017 1:57 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

  As production for the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film soldiers on, The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that a stand-alone Star Wars film based on the character Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the works with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry in early talks to direct. For the moment, the film is in active development but does not have a script. If the deal goes through, Daldry will... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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Stephen Daldry in talks to direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff

17 August 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Ewan McGregor may be about to get his wish of reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, as THR is reporting that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm an Anthology movie based upon the legendary Jedi Knight.

The site reports that talks are at the earliest of stages, and there is currently no script for the film. Should a deal be reached, Daldry would oversee development and writing on the project, which is said to be one of several Anthology movies in the works at Lucasfilm.

See Also: A Man Named Kenobi: A Star Wars Story Pitch

Next up from the Star Wars franchise is December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, followed by the as-yet-untitled Han Solo spinoff in 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.

Are you excited about the prospect of a Stephen Daldry-directed Obi-Wan movie? »

- Gary Collinson

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