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Synopsis: "From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves."
Directed by Gareth Edwards (2014’s Godzilla), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, and Forest Whitaker. Disney will release the film in theaters on December 16th.
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- Derek Anderson
Ben Wheatley and Tom Hiddleston are likely to continue the partnership they formed on “High-Rise,” reports Deadline. Warner Bros. is developing an adaptation of Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s comic book “Hard Boiled” and are looking to have Wheatley direct and Hiddleston star.
Both have been especially busy of late: Wheatley just premiered “Free Fire” at the Toronto International Film Festival, while Hiddleston starred in AMC’s “The Night Manager” miniseries and has “Kong: Skull Island” on the way as well. “Hard Boiled,” a three-issue miniseries that was published by Dark Horse Comics between 1990 and 1992, tells of insurance investigator Carl Seltz, who lives in a dystopian Los Angeles and becomes a RoboCop-like cyborg tax collector with murderous tendencies, because why not.
- Michael Nordine
Brie Larson has a slew of projects in the works including “Captain Marvel,” Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” and “Kong: Skull Island,” out March 10, 2017. Also included in her slate is the upcoming drama “The Glass Castle,” and Entertainment Weekly has your first look.
Based on Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir of the same name, the film recounts the unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing Walls and her siblings had at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents, alcoholic Rex, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, and artist Rose Mary (Naomi Watts).
In the two new images, Academy Award winner Larson is seen with a stern look on her face and dark, reddish-brown hair, wearing a crisp button-up shirt with a brown belt and slacks. The second picture includes Watts, Harrelson and their four other children standing outside by a car. Check out the images here. »
- Liz Calvario
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »
- James Franco
This past Wednesday, the Toronto Film Festival hosted its annual pre-opening-night fundraising event the Tiff Soirée, where proceeds go to help the festival as well under-served Toronto youth. The guest of honor for the evening was actor Michael Fassbender who participated in a career-long retrospective with Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. During the event, Fassbender provided some interesting details about his creative process as well as his thoughts about his performances, including the one’s he didn’t like so much, such as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” According to Vulture, he was “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment” when the clip was playing for the audience and eventually admitted that he’s not a fan of his acting. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like…some dude shouting.”
- Vikram Murthi
The setup to De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's engrossing new documentary about the life and career of controversial filmmaker Brian De Palma (opening in theaters on June 10th), couldn't be simpler: The 75-year-old director dissects most of his films and shares analyses and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in between clips. Forget talking-head testimonials from collaborators, flashy visuals or dramatic reenactments. You just get the man himself, looking back and holding court in all his verbose, insightful glory.
And that is more than enough. Known primarily for his obsession with voyeurism, »
6 items from 2016
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