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Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedStar Wars Celebration 2016: What we learnedJason Gorber7/18/2016 10:45:00 Am
Back when George Lucas announced that he was selling his company to Disney and entrusting his vision to a new generation of filmmakers, the director who I initially championed to have a crack at a Star Wars film was Rian Johnson. His film Looper proves to be a wonderful example of how to balance sophisticated narrative, swashbuckling adventure and wry, sardonic humour all in one gloriously visual package.
Johnson’s previous films like Brick gained him a cult following among enthusiasts, but perhaps his most watched work are the several "Breaking Bad" episodes he directed to great acclaim, including “Fly”, a memorable, Hitchcockian episode where an errant pest disrupts the protagonists as they cook up their illicit goods. John Boyega described the shoot as “Rian doing an indie movie within a franchise”, and »
- Jason Gorber
One of the great pleasures in keeping an eye on the production of Star Wars: Episode 8 over the past few months has been watching director Rian Johnson remain his usual self despite the gargantuan size of his latest film. This may be the biggest film he’s made yet, dwarfing the likes of Looper, Brick, and The Brothers […]
- Jacob Hall
Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the world on fire when it hit theaters last December. Over its first weekend, the film secured its place in the box office record books with the most successful domestic opening of any film ever. Its success also carried on in the overseas market, and by the end of its run (which, interestingly enough, only officially finished a couple days ago), it broke $2 billion worldwide, coming in at number three worldwide, behind only James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar.
What's more, the film managed to please a great majority of hardcore Star Wars fans out there, many of whom lost faith in the series during the theatrical run of the prequel trilogy back in the 2000s. Director J.J. Abrams managed to accomplish the impossible, and brought back the spirit of the series that many feared would never get back to its former glory (and yes, »
- Joseph Medina
When the credits rolled on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and John Williams’ unmistakable score blared through the speakers, it was clear that J.J. Abrams had teed up the beginning of a journey – one to be told across three mainline Episodes.
With Rogue One primed to spin off from Disney’s core arc later this year, it is Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) that will steering fans back to the future with the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and it looks as though testing times lie ahead for Rey, Finn, Poe and the rest of the heroes (Bb-8 included).
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That’s according to Oscar Isaac, who spoke to Rolling Stone magazine in anticipation of the imminent X-Men: Apocalypse. Unsurprisingly, talk soon turned to the stars, where Isaac held up Episode VIII as the “dark second chapter” of Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted juggernaut.
- Michael Briers
While Rian Johnson will undoubtedly have a long career, with fascinating choices, it’s hard to imagine any film he’ll make being as big as “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” It’ll be his mark on one of the biggest pop-culture phenomenons of all time. But before he landed that gig, the director of “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Wars: Episode VIII helmer Rian Johnson is now piloting a campaign that might be described as the talent strikes back. In March, Johnson was dragged to court by his former agent Brian Dreyfuss, who claimed entitlement to 10 percent of all commissionable projects including Star Wars. Not only is Johnson resisting the demand, he's now returning fire by seeking to have Dreyfuss disgorge past commissions from past works. Dreyfuss began representing Johnson in 2002 as an agent at Kohner Agency and helped raise money for Johnson's first feature-length film, Brick. Four years later, Dreyfuss formed his own firm, Featured Artists Agency, and
- Eriq Gardner
Ever since the blockbuster success of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," all eyes have been narrowing in on "Brick" and "Looper" director Rian Johnson to see what he has in store for the widely anticipated followup, "Star Wars: Episode VIII." While we've gotten some glimpses of the set and behind-the-scene training sessions from members of the cast and crew (take a look at a lightsaber-weilding Daisy Ridley here), Johnson has taken to his Tumblr blog to officially celebrate the production's halfway point with two awesome black-and-white set photos. One shows a crew worker cleaning off the window of an X-Wing, while the other teases some of The First Order's tech boards. Oscar Isaac: Why Shooting 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' 'Feels like we're making an independent film' Unsurprisingly, plot details surrounding "Episode VIII" are being held under lock and key, so it's anyone's guess as to what happens now that Rey has found Luke. »
- Zack Sharf
Segan is something of a good luck charm for Johnson, having appeared in all three of his previous films - "Brick," "The Brothers Bloom" and "Looper" along with the acclaimed "Breaking Bad" episode "Ozymandias" which Johnson directed. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is currently slated to hit cinemas on December 15th 2017.
Abrams revealed that Harrison Ford's injury actually proved a blessing - the several »
- Garth Franklin
Rian Johnson will next year release his biggest feature film to date, the eighth film in that little known Star Wars franchise. The film will be the director’s fourth feature, and follows the success of Brick, Brother’s Bloom and Looper. It’s a bold choice from Disney, but when you have a catalogue of films as strong as Johnson it isn’t really a risk.
Along his journey to the big leagues Johnson has always seemed to stay grounded and often the cast and crew of his films are made up of his closest friends and relatives. His cousin Nathan Johnson has scored his movies whilst his other cousin Zachary Johnson has created some very cool artwork. Johnson also has two actors whom he keeps going back to, having met on the set of Brick Johnson formed a tight bond with both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan. The »
- Kat Hughes
When production started on Star Wars: Episode VIII back in February, Disney and LucasFilm released an updated cast list, which included the primary cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with a few franchise newcomers like Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran. Naturally, we knew that more cast members would be confirmed at some point during the production, but, two months into shooting, we haven't seen any official announcements. Today we have word that director Rian Johnson has in fact cast another actor, Noah Segan, although his actual role remains a mystery.
The news comes from Birth.Movies.Death, where Noah Segan actually contributes as a writer at times, aside from his acting work. Those who are familiar with Rian Johnson's work will certainly recognize Noah Segan, since he has starred in all three of his movies, Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper. He even »
With films like Brick and Looper under his belt, fans were naturally very excited to see what Rian Johnson would bring to the Star Wars universe. According to Lawrence Kasdan and Oscar Isaac, Rian won't disappoint. "Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he's going to make some weird thing," said Kasdan to The La Times. He continued, "If you've seen Rian's work, you know it's not going be like anything that's ever been in Star Wars." Poe Dameron actor Oscar Isaac added, "I would agree with [Kasdan]. Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the Star Wars universe. For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe. In some ways, it feels like we’re making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy »
Filming continues apace on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, as Disney and Lucasfilm’s mainline installment positions itself to punch it all the way into theaters late next year.
Much of the core cast will be reprising their roles from The Force Awakens, too, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac as skilled X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron, and the latter recently offered up some tantalizing details about the creative process going into Episode VIII.
When speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Isaac heaped praise on Rian Johnson, the Looper and Brick director at the helm for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Since being appointed to direct, the likes of Adam Driver and series stalwart Lawrence Kasdan have pinpointed Johnson’s filmmaking techniques, and how he’s cooking up a Star Wars film unlike anything that’s come before.
Echoing that sentiment, Oscar Isaac went on to say that »
- Michael Briers
While this morning brought the first trailer for the hotly anticipated “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story,” directed by indie breakout Gareth Edwards, there looms in the future another ‘Star Wars’ film directed by another indie director who hit it big: Rian Johnson. Slated to take over the main ‘Star Wars’ story line from J.J. Abrams, Johnson is quite possibly the most exciting filmmaker that Disney has managed to lock down. His rather limited catalogue is comprised of just three films. But, as anyone familiar with Johnson’s work surely knows, each of those three films is fantastic, original, and completely idiosyncratic, the culmination of which was the excellent “Looper.” Read More: Lawrence Kasdan Says Rian Johnson's 'Episode VIII' Is "Not Going Be Like Anything That's Ever Been In Star Wars" But before “Looper” Johnson made two much smaller flicks: the high school detective noir “Brick” and the crime caper “The Brothers Bloom. »
- Gary Garrison
Four weeks deep on the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII and Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) has shared a new set photo featuring cinematographer Steve Yedlin and, possibly, the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Arriving by way of Johnson’s Tumblr page, the nostalgic shot acts as more of a commemoration of reaching the first month in production than anything else, but it’s a fascinating peek behind the scenes nonetheless.
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Plot details for Episode VIII are practically none-existent at this point. Having united (reunited?) with Mark Hamill’s Jedi Master, Rey will look to spearhead a new assault on the fractured First Order, potentially opening up the chance for Andy Serkis’ screen-filling Supreme Leader Snoke to finally step into action – lest he become a throwaway villain during these early chapters in the vein of Josh Brolin’s Thanos.
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- Michael Briers
From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.
The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »
- Danilo Castro
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• Coming Soon Ghostbusters gets a teaser poster. Don't get excited. It's basically just the old logo. Trailer coming on March 3rd
- NATHANIEL R
"Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!" Disney/Lucasfilm have launched a very short hype video to announce the official start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII (which still doesn't have a title), being directed by Rian Johnson from a screenplay also written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick). This video doesn't show any footage, but does include a tiny glimpse of the return of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who was barely in The Force Awakens. Obviously we will be following along as they continue shooting for the next few months. Check out the short announcement video below. Here's the first production announcement video for Star Wars: Episode VIII, direct from YouTube: Description from YouTube: "Cameras roll for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, written and directed by Rian Johnson." The original casting announcement for this next Star Wars movie stated: "Rey took her first »
- Alex Billington
We’ve barely recovered from the tour de force that was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and already there’s news everywhere about the next one. Today sees production officially get underway in London’s prestigious Pinewood Studios and it appears that John Boyega and Daisy Ridley will be getting some brand new cast mates.
Posted by Star Wars on Monday, February 15, 2016
Given how amazing both Brick and Looper were, we have every faith that Rian Johnson will be able to answer the gauntlet thrown down by Jj Abrams. His choosing of both Del Toro and Dern just reinforces our backing. »
- Kat Hughes
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has added Laura Dern (“Jurassic Park,” “Enlightened”) to its ensemble cast. Additionally, Disney has confirmed the casting of Benicio Del Toro, which TheWrap previously reported way back in August. It sounded back then like Del Toro would be playing the film’s villain. Finally, newcomer Kelly Marie Tran is set to join the galaxy, which will also be inhabited by returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The December 15, 2017 release is written and directed by Rian Johnson »
- Tony Maglio
High-budget Hollywood features aren’t the only films predicting what the future might look like. Benjamin Dickinson‘s Creative Control, which picked up a Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence prize at SXSW last year, takes place in the realistic near-future and follows an advertising executive (Dickinson, who also co-wrote the script) who gets technologically involved with the life of his best friend. Also starring Reggie Watts, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Nora Zehetner, we now have the first trailer for the film arriving next month.
We said in our review, “Much of the humor is dry and it truly does help to be able to laugh at people that live and work in high rises that struggle with the mundanity of life at times. Yet Creative Control plays it cool and never gets caught trying to have unrelatable high-minded ideas. Instead, it likes to let themes linger. There’s »
- Jordan Raup
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