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Sci-Fi Drama Sovereign Recruits Joseph Gordon-Levitt

18 October 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Broadly speaking, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor you can almost always count on to secure a compelling role year in, year out. Since his breakout in Rian Johnson’s Brick, audiences have witnessed that actor chop and change between poignant drama in 50/50, superhero action in The Dark Knight Rises and, more recently, character study for Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

They may not always be winners, but at least you can’t fault Gordon-Levitt for not straying outside his comfort zone, and it looks as though the actor’s latest gig will uphold that streak. It’s called Sovereign, according to Deadline, and is pitched as a sci-fi thriller. Geoff Tock and Gregory Weidman were the brains behind the initial script, though we understand that the so-hot-right-now Jack Thorne has been drafted in to give the screenplay a significant overhaul.

The underlying premise remains relatively unchanged for now, with Gordon-Levitt attached to play man who, »

- Michael Briers

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India Eisley, Jason Isaacs Starring in Thriller ‘Behind the Glass’

24 August 2016 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

India Eisley, Jason Isaacs, and Harrison Gilbertson will star in the independent thriller “Behind the Glass,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Israeli filmmaker Assaf Bernstein, “The Debt” helmer, is making his North American directorial debut. Shooting is set to begin this November in Winnipeg.

The production companies are Ace in the Hole Productions, Primary Wave Entertainment, and Dana Lustig Productions. Producers are Gig Kaplan, co-founder of; Brad Kaplan (“Mr. Church”), and Dana Lustig (“Brick”).

Eisley will play a shy and reclusive 18-year-old high school girl alienated by her parents and known as an outcast by her peers. Her only confidant is her own reflection in the mirror, from which she derives comfort, a sense of belonging, and ultimately, her own demise.

Isaacs, best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, will portray her father. Gilbertson will play a young man torn between the love of his girlfriend and her best friend. »

- Dave McNary

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Explore the Making of Rian Johnson’s Debut Feature ‘Brick’ in 45-Minute Documentary

1 August 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before he traveled to intergalactic realms (or, more accurately, Ireland) for the next Star Wars installment, director Rian Johnson had modest beginnings, piecing together his quick-talking, incredibly slick directorial debut in Brick, which he shot in 2003 and which wasn’t released for three years. Cobbled together for a relatively small sum, all of which was contributed by friends and family after studios balked at the idea of a first-time director making something like this, Johnson’s first feature took the noir canvas — the coded language, the punished hero, the inter-connected network of characters — and cleverly fit it around a high school setting, or, as Johnson sates, “a weird teenage world, so that people don’t know what they’re watching” when combined with the noir styling. Starring the then-relatively-new Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Brendan, a loner with a wrought-iron will to uncover the truth, it weaves a devilishly deceptive and intriguing »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learned

18 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

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Rian Johnson Shares ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Set Photos as Actors Begin to Wrap Filming

8 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Rian Johnson Shares ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Set Photos as Actors Begin to Wrap Filming appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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'Star Wars Episode VIII': Director Rian Johnson Commemorates "Home Stretch" With Set Photo

8 June 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

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

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Oscar Isaac Holds Up Star Wars: Episode VIII As The “Dark Second Chapter”

19 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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.

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- Michael Briers

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Rian Johnson Was Developing A World War II Spy Movie & Murakami Adaptation ‘Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki’ Before ‘Star Wars’

13 May 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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,” […]

The post Rian Johnson Was Developing A World War II Spy Movie & Murakami Adaptation ‘Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki’ Before ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Claims the 20 Percent He's Paying Agents Is Unlawful

13 May 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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'Star Wars: Episode VIII': Rian Johnson Releases New Set Photos

29 April 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Noah Segan Joins Next "Star Wars" Cast

21 April 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actor Noah Segan has joined the cast of Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" for Disney and LucasFilm says Birth.Movies.Death. Production on the film kicked off in February.

Segan, whose role is being kept under wraps for now, joins newcomers to the series including Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

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.

In related news, IGN has some more from filmmaker J.J. Abrams' Tribeca Film Festival interview this past week during which talk of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" came up.

Abrams revealed that Harrison Ford's injury actually proved a blessing - the several »

- Garth Franklin

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Rian Johnson adds Noah Segan to his ‘Star Wars VIII’ cast

21 April 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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Star Wars 8 Brings in Director Rian Johnson's Lucky Charm

20 April 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Rian Johnson Breaking The Mold For Star Wars: Episode VIII

20 April 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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 »

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Oscar Isaac Teases “Different” And “Unexpected” Star Wars: Episode VIII, Compares Rian Johnson’s Sequel To Independent Film

18 April 2016 1:38 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Video Essay Brings Together Wes Anderson's 'The Royal Tenenbaums' & Rian Johnson's 'The Brothers Bloom'

7 April 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Director Rian Johnson Shares Set Photo From Star Wars: Episode VIII

11 March 2016 8:59 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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The 20 Best Detective Movies of All Time

16 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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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Blog Wars Episode VIII: Some New Links

15 February 2016 9:22 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

• Av Club loves on the dearly departed Bunheads

• Guardian Cynthia Nixon, who plays Emily Dickinson in a new film, thinks she'd have loved social media

• E! Online Dakota Johnson wants Jamie Dornan to bare all in Fifty Shades sequel. (I mean, why not? It's not like he's Nsfw shy about it.)

• EW looks at a handful of AMPAS ballots Supporting Actress and Picture votes are all over the place

• Awards Daily on two previous shakeups in Hollywood (the late 1920s) & Academy (the late 1960s) business

• Towleroad Gay Iconography: All About Bette Davis 

• Film School Rejects Ben Stiller's most iconic characters from best to worst 

• Coming Soon Ghostbusters gets a teaser poster. Don't get excited. It's basically just the old logo. Trailer coming on March 3rd

• Coming Soon Salt, Angelina Jolie's would be franchise that never became one headed to TV in series form - without Angie of course »


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Production Announcement for Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

15 February 2016 8:17 AM, PST | | See recent news »

"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

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