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Not All Orson Welles Films Can Be "Citizen Kane"

25 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Orson Welles was just 27 when he wrote, starred, and directed in the film still regarded by most as the greatest motion picture ever made, Citizen Kane. The young genius was a Hollywood transplant, lured in from the prestigious New York City theatre community, where, in 1936, he had co-founded the Mercury Theatre. To this day, many know of Welles’s infamous broadcast of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds on Halloween Eve in 1938. The naturalism of the Mercury ensemble’s performances, led by the unrivaled coldness of Welles’s own velvet voice, convinced a nation that ordinary folks were being interviewed live as an extraterrestrial invasion unfolded. The broadcast incited its fair shares of panic and landed Welles in the national spotlight defending his work. He would find himself on the wrong side of critical sentiment throughout his career, adding only more fire and brimstone to a legacy of confrontation and innovation. »

- Kyle North

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‘Tomorrowland’ Exposes Hollywood’s Originality Problem

25 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tomorrowland’s” middling debut points to a nagging problem in Hollywood. As much as people claim they love fresh and unique movies, they’re more likely to shell out money for sequels and reboots.

Despite the combined star power of George Clooney and “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, audiences weren’t sure what to make of this fantasy adventure. The film opened to $41.7 million, and with a production budget of $180 million, plus millions more in promotion and distribution expenses, “Tomorrowland” looks like a money loser for Disney.

“‘Tomorrowland’ is an original movie and that’s more of a challenge in this marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We feel it’s incredibly important for us as a company and as an industry to keep telling original stories.”

Hollis is right that if Hollywood wants to replenish the franchise cupboard it will need to continue signing big checks in »

- Brent Lang

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The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

23 May 2015 8:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Magnificent Ambersons

Landon’S Take: 

Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both of these factors make Welles perhaps the ideal auteur – someone satisfied with nothing less than a perfect articulation of his individual vision within the collaborative medium of filmmaking – it also presents some unique problems in examining works that were taken away from him.

The classically celebrated auteurs of studio era Hollywood (e.g., Hawks, Ford, Hitchcock) were known for creating individuated worldviews across their body of work either despite or even because of the strictures inherent in Classical Hollywood filmmaking. This was not Welles, who from his rise to infamy with the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast to his first studio feature made a name by challenging the assumed utilities of a medium. Neither could »

- Drew Morton

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'Tomorrowland' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

22 May 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Tomorrowland" is Disney's new sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Like the land it's named after in the Disney theme parks, the movie is a tribute to the future and how special individuals who are engineers, makers, inventors (or "imagineers" as Disney dubs them) make a difference not just in the present but in the future as well. Although director Brad Bird has been praised for his ability to shoot action sequences and handle the spectacular future landscapes, the movie is generating mixed reviews, so it's not a universally praised release. The movie does feature some frightening deaths and scenes of violence, but it also espouses so many positive messages, it's hard to find fault with taking a curious kid to see it.

Here are five questions to consider before heading out with your kids to see "Tomorrowland."

1. Do you love Disney?

In case the title doesn't make it obvious, »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared

12 May 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons »

- Chris Eggertsen

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"Star Wars: Rogue One" - Leaked Trailer

4 May 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ the teaser trailer from the first announced "Star Wars" spin-off feature, "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One", screened @ "Star Wars Celebration Anaheim":

"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Jason McGatlin ('War of the Worlds'). Kathleen Kennedy »

- Michael Stevens

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"Star Wars: Rogue One" - Leaked Trailer Revealed

20 April 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a leaked teaser trailer from the first announced "Star Wars" spin-off feature, "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One", screened @ "Star Wars Celebration Anaheim", directed by Gareth Edwards:

"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Jason McGatlin (' »

- Michael Stevens

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Dakota Fanning reveals she gets mistaken for an Olsen twin

20 April 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Dakota Fanning gets mistaken for one of the Olsen twins. The 21-year-old actress - who starred alongside Tom Cruise in 'War Of The Worlds' - has revealed her neighbours in Manhattan, New York, confuse her for celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 28, because of their strikingly similar physical traits. She shared: ''There's a man on my corner who thinks I'm an Olsen. He'll yell, 'Hey Olsen!' at me. It's really funny.'' As well as pursuing her career as an actress, Dakota has also been studying part-time at New York University, where her major is Women In Film. Dakota explained where the inspiration for her work came from, telling Nylon magazine: ''There aren't a lot of movies that are made for women - they always want to insert something so the guys will go. ''A director that I worked with, Naomi Foner, once said, 'Somebody decided a »

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Official Synopsis Revealed For Star Wars: Rogue One Anthology Film

19 April 2015 9:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Sunday during the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim CA, Lucasfilm announced the official plot and showed a quick teaser for Star Wars: Rogue One.

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.

The spinoff is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), with Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything) starring as a rebel soldier. “It’s set after Episode III, before IV — and a little more towards IV,” says Edwards.

The panel included Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Story Group’s Kiri Hart. “We’re going to be calling them Anthology films.”

The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, »

- Michelle McCue

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Dakota Fanning Reveals What She Can Live With, and Without, at 21 (photos!)

19 April 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Dakota Fanning, known to millions as the precocious kid in movies like “I Am Sam” and “War of the Worlds,” is all grown up. She turned 21 last month and reveals in a new interview what she can live with–and without–as her career as an adult actress begins. Fanning shows her new-found maturity in a series of stunning–and very grownup– photos in Nylon magazine, leaving no doubt that she’s a big girl now. ...Read More »

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The Collision: Episode 128 – Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman Leaving Wolverine, and Spectre

1 April 2015 9:38 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This week on The Collision, Adam and I take on a variety of subjects.  Our main topic of conversation is Steven Spielberg.  We talk about why he's the best choice to helm Ready Player One, we look back at his career, his working habits, why he's not only a transformative and influential filmmaker, but also one who's managed to stay relevant over the years.  In other news, we talk about Hugh Jackman leaving Wolverine behind (which leads to a tangent about Deadpool and my comment that there's no way Fox is going to release an R-rated version) and the first trailer for Spectre.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Insurgent: Book vs. Film"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To »

- Matt Goldberg

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Round-Up: Trick ’r Treat Cake Pop Sam Print from Cavity Colors, Gehenna – Where Death Lives Kickstarter Campaign, Stigmata Blu-ray

24 March 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.

Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:

"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »

- Derek Anderson

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"Star Wars: Rogue One"

15 March 2015 3:14 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the first "Star Wars" spin-off following director Jj Abrams' reboot "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", will be titled "Rogue One" to be directed by Gareth Edwards:

"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (' »

- Michael Stevens

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First Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Has a Release Date and Leading Lady Cast

12 March 2015 7:07 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger shed some new light on the expanding Star Wars cinematic universe's first spin-off movie today during an investors presentation at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.

The first Star Wars film is now officially titled Rogue One and is based off a story by Ilm visual effects chief John KnollSimon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) will executive produce the film alongside Knoll, while Kathleen Kennedy, Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) and John Swartz (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) will produce.

As rumored for several weeks now, Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is now confirmed as the female lead in Rogue One. Her role, and any information regarding the film's plot, are being kept a secret for now.

Gareth Edwards is »

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Round-Up: Tom Savini, Steve Johnson & Sergio Stivaletti Announced for Ill Willed FX Workshops’ International Classes, Plants vs. Zombies Comic Book, Syfy Renews 12 Monkeys

12 March 2015 4:41 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jason Voorhees, the living dead of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, the librarian phantom from Ghostbusters, the reanimated dead of Cemetery Man—these memorable horror movie characters and many more came to life onscreen due in large part to the talented hands and crafty eyes of FX legends Tom Savini, Steve Johnson, and Sergio Stivaletti.

Tate Steinsiek, an FX artist who also has an impressive résumé, teaches Ill Willed FX Workshops around the world, and on his international tour this summer, he's bringing in the aforementioned talented trio to offer their priceless advice in select sessions, with Savini joining the Amsterdam series, Johnson coming in for the Dublin series, and Stivaletti set for the Rome series. Also included in our latest round-up are details for Dark Horse's Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1, the first issue in a new comic miniseries debuting in June, as well as »

- Derek Anderson

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'Star Wars: Rogue One' Confirms Felicity Jones as the Lead

12 March 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in early February, it hit the trades that Felicity Jones will be taking the female lead in the once Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off movie. Now, Disney and LucasFilm have finally confirmed that casting news with an official press release. They have also announced that the official title is Rogue One, and as previously reported by the studios, it will hit theaters in December 2016.

The news was announced by Bob Iger, who hosted a shareholder meeting this morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm. The Disney chairman and CEO called this the first stand-alone movie in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One is confirmed to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz).

At this time, »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars News: Episode VIII In Theaters May 26, 2017; Rogue One Stand Alone Movie Title

12 March 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

During Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning, Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, made several announcements about the Star Wars cinematic galaxy.

StarWars.com reports:

Iger announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz).

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. »

- Michelle McCue

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First 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movie Is Called 'Rogue One'

12 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie. Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga.

Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

John Knoll will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, »

- MovieWeb

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Felicity Jones joins 'Star Wars: Rogue One' and 'Episode VIII' sets 2017 release

12 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the reasons fan speculation makes my job difficult is because many people do not understand the difference between fan speculation and news, and in a world where bloggers blur that line all the time, things spread and become fact, whether they are or not. For the last year or so, it has been "common knowledge" that the first stand-alone "Star Wars" film was going to be about Boba Fett. I've seen that printed hundreds of times now. I've seen people discussing it as if Disney had announced it. And I'm sure for many people, they absolutely believed it as fact. Truth is, it was only ever a rumor, and for the last year, I've taken a fair amount of heat for saying that I was fairly sure Gareth Edwards was not, in fact, directing a Boba Fett movie. The other rumor that was very popular was that they »

- Drew McWeeny

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First Star Wars Stand-Alone Titled ‘Rogue One’, Episode VIII Release Date Announced

12 March 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

That galaxy far, far away is expanding with further details. The title to Gareth Edwards' stand-alone Star Wars film, starring Felicity Jones, has been revealed as Rogue One. Additionally, Rian Johnson (Looper) has been confirmed to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, slated to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017.

Press Release (via StarWars.com) - "“Always in motion is the future,” Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape.

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue »

- Derek Anderson

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