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George Lucas still involved in Star Wars, new Captain Marvel writer, Samuel L. Jackson offers McU update – Daily News Roundup

Lucas Still Involved In Star Wars?

It has been reported many times that since George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, the man who created Star Wars has had very little involvement in the rebooted franchise. He did offer a potential storyline for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but nothing he suggested was ever used. In a new interview with Kathleen Kennedy, the lady behind Lucasfilm has revealed that although Lucas isn’t involved in Star Wars, he is still offering some advice. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then,” she said. “Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.” Read more here.

Cameron Praises Covenant

Although it wasn’t well-received by fans and critics, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant did have one fan in Aliens director James Cameron. “I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful.
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Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020
Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (3D) is final title of previous Wreck-it Ralph Sequel – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19

Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20

The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19

Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on
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Kong: Skull Island Review

Kong: Skull Island compares to an animated theme-park ride (valiantly, I must add). An exciting, Vietnam-era coaster enclosed by digital screens. From Kong’s hasty introduction, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts asserts his reboot with a mighty roar. Gone is Peter Jackson’s flabby primate, traded for a muscular, toned God-figure who’s been maxing his jungle gym membership. Tight glutes (like, super-defined) will come in handy when challenging Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, but that’s a few years down the road still. First comes a military invasion sold on scientific motivations, and a lunatic commander who calls for Kong’s monstrous head. Hold on to your butts (Oh yea, Sammy J. resurrects our favorite quote), crank some Creedence and pick a side – the king is back, baby.

Vogt-Roberts opens on Monarch brass Bill Randa (John Goodman), who secures government approval for an uncharted island expedition. The mystery landmass – dubbed “Skull Island” – is said to house legendary beasts,
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The Beast Roars To Life In Final Trailer For Kong: Skull Island

Well, this is kind of surprising.

Kong: Skull Island is only a few weeks away now, with its March 10th release date quickly approaching, and although we’ve already seen a ton of promotional material for it, Warner Bros. has now dropped one final trailer for the blockbuster, which goes for broke as it shows us just what a spectacle the film is set to be. Granted, it is odd to get a new preview so close to the movie hitting theaters, but given the footage on display here, we’re certainly not complaining.

Set to be the next step forward in the studio’s budding MonsterVerse, Skull Island will find a “team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.” With a cast headlined by Hollywood heavyweights like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson,
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SFX Entertainment Court Documents Reveal Lineup Details For Electric Zoo And Others

There’s no simple roadmap for how a conglomerate of SFX Entertainment’s size goes through chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, and trivial details were bound to fall by the wayside. In the most recent court documents that have surfaced as a result of the company’s legal proceedings, partial lineup details for three of its festivals have made their rounds on social media.

To be specific, some of the headliners for Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening and Mamby On The Beach have been revealed to the public. Artists as big as deadmau5, Hardwell, Claude VonStroke and Tchami have found their way onto the entertainment rosters for the former two events, with the likes of Hannah Wants, Chromeo and Chet Faker on the last.

The full lineup leaks for the three SFX Entertainment-run events are listed below, but since each festival will surely feature more names on their rosters, fans should expect to
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Sdcc: Full list of winners from the 2015 Eisner Awards

Last night the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront played host to the 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we’ve got a full list of all the winners…

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang, muthamagazine.com

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“Rule Number One,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #41-42 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, http://emcarroll.com/comics/darkness/

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Madman in Your Face 3D Special, by Mike Allred (Image)

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration
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2015 Eisner Award nominations

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Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2015. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from companies big and small, in print and on line. The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 during Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang, muthamagazine.com

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

“,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, http://emcarroll.com/comics/darkness/

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin
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Free Press Summer Festival lineup: Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd and more

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Free Press Summer Festival lineup: Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd and more
Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival enters its sixth year with another lineup that boasts big names in nearly every genre. Headliners include Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd and Lauryn Hill. Check out the complete lineup below. Historically a solid festival for hip-hop, this year hosts Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino, Die Antwoord, Dmx and Ying Yang Twins. Rock and folk artists include Cage the Elephant, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Deftones, the Kills, Big Gigantic, tUnE-yArDs and Drive-By Truckers. Country music will be represented by Dwight Yoakam. Free Press Summer Festival will take place May 31-June 1 in Eleanor...
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Angus MacLachlan’s Goodbye to All That

Technically part of the extended Sundance family when Junebug landed there in 2005, scribe Angus MacLachlan moved from screenwriting to full fledged filmmaker in 2012 when filming commenced on Goodbye to All That. The North Carolina shot flick began filming in October 2012, is loaded with talent behind the camera in Production Designer Chad Keith (Take Shelter) and Cinematographer Corey Walter (Meek’s Cutoff) and the producing pair of Park City vets Anne Carey and Mindy Goldberg, while in front of the camera we got a mixed bag featuring Paul Schneider and a slew of women players in Melanie Lynskey, Heather Lawless, Heather Graham, Amy Sedaris, Anna Camp, Ashley Hinshaw and Celia Weston.

Gist: A recently divorced dad named Otto (Paul Schneider) who starts a new life with his daughter.

Production Co./Producers: Archer Gray’s Anne Carey (Adventureland), Epoch FilmsMindy Goldberg (Gigantic)

Prediction: If there is enough space this year, this could crack the U.
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Slideshow: Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Clark Jr. Headline Youthful, Edm-Focused 2013 North Coast Music Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 33 | NextThe Wu-Tang Clan at the 2013 North Coast Music Festival.

Chicago – With music festivals continuing to explode in Chicago, the 2013 North Coast Music Festival (Ncmf) felt like it learned some lessons from master fests like Lollapalooza but needs to keep paying attention.

When I attended Ncfm’s first night this year (Friday, Aug. 30), I first noticed the alcohol lines and how no one was in them. That’s because this crowd was primarily under 21, so it’d make sense that most of its booked acts performed Edm (electronic dance music).

Even Friday headliner Passion Pit only played an Edm set. Their appearance at all was in question because their gear was trashed by the rain. Ncmf evacuated that night due to dangerous weather and resumed after a couple hours. Friday also featured The Disco Biscuits and Mac Miller.

I skipped Saturday – including headliners Afrojack, Big Gigantic and NaS
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Zooey Deschanel Signs With UTA

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Zooey Deschanel Signs With UTA
Zooey Deschanel has left CAA and moved over to UTA, a person with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap. Deschanel, who stars in the Fox series "New Girl," was most recently on the big screen in April 2011's "Your Highness" for Universal Pictures and the Weinstein Company's "Our Idiot Brother" in August 2011. Making her film debut in "Mumford," Deschanel has notched up a long list of big screen credits, including "(500) Days of Summer," "Gigantic" and "Almost Famous."  Her female-centric entertainment and pop-culture website HelloGiggles.com is behind a number of ventures, including
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Q&A: Paul Dano on tight pants, and playing a deadbeat rocker dad in 'For Ellen'

Q&A: Paul Dano on tight pants, and playing a deadbeat rocker dad in 'For Ellen'
With his broad, serious face and lanky body, Paul Dano has always played the kinds of finely tuned characters that pop out for their intensity, from a black-haired, mostly silent 16-year-old in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine to a screaming evangelical preacher, and his twin brother, in 2007’s There Will Be Blood. He’s also proved himself to be neurotically funny, as he was in this year’s romantic comedy Ruby Sparks.

But 28-year-old Dano has rarely played a dad on film (he adopts a baby in 2008’s Gigantic), much less the deadbeat rocker dad starring role he takes on in
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Paul Dano: 'I like the idea of consequence'

In his latest film, Looper, he plays a killer who learns that he must bump himself off at a later date. He talks fate, fortune and the need for mystery

There can't be a lot of people who have lain in bed at the Trump hotel in Toronto and watched The Decalogue, Krzysztof Kieslowski's 10-hour take on the biblical edicts. And not just because the hotel has only lately opened. Fewer still can have done so before breakfast. Probably, just two: Paul Dano and his girlfriend.

"Zoe was not happy. She was like: why did you make me watch this? I said, well, we sort of chose it together. She didn't know it was going to be so sad. I cried a little bit too."

Dano is taking a break from communist Warsaw to brunch at Trump's 31st-floor restaurant. The white walls swirl with 12ft flowers, their petals plaster,
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2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced!

2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced!
The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.

As expected, "The Artist" and "The Descendants" led the way with five nods each, but there were plenty of surprises too.

George Clooney is going to have a big night, as his "The Ides of March" scored four nominations, including Best Director.

Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March.
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Leven Rambin Finds Mavericks

Leven Rambin scored a big cinematic break this year when she won the role of Glimmer, one of the tributes who take part in the dangerous gladiatorial event that makes up the central competition in The Hunger Games. And it would appear that she’s now hitting the radar of other filmmakers, with Curtis Hanson picking her as the female lead for surfing pic Mavericks.Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston are starring in the true story of legendary big wave surfer Jay Moriarty’s ride to the top of his sport. Butler is on to play Rick “Frosty” Hesson, the man who mentored the younger Moriarty (Weston) and watched him become one of the most notable surfers of his generation.Rambin, who before she scored the Hunger Games role had cropped up in Gigantic and a slew of TV parts, will be a California surfer girl who is both Moriarty
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Producer Anne Carey Spearheads Epoch's Indie Expansion

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Anne Carey, who started independent production shingle This Is That with Ted Hope, Anthony Bregman and Diana Victor, has entered into a "strategic partnership" with Epoch Films. The goal is to significantly expand Epoch's film and TV operations, per founding partner Mindy Goldberg. Carey will oversee Epoch's roster of directors and grow the company's development slate, and will tap Epoch's development fund to expand the company's slate. Epoch produced Junebug and Gigantic and is developing Low Down for a late 2011 stars, produced by Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa. Carey's producing credits include The American, Adventureland and The Savages. She continues on the projects she was developing, including the Lynn Shelton-directed Then We Came To The End, which Hope is also producing.  UTA repped Carey.
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Cmt's 'Working Class' gives creator a chance to look through her mother's eyes

The cast of Cmt's first scripted show, "Working Class," appeared at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour and it was hard to focus on just one of them. 

Of course, we had "Mary Tyler Moore" star and seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner, who knew how to work the room. Then, we had cute-as-a-button Melissa Peterman, who you'll remember from "Reba." We can go on about the handsome Patrick Fabian ("Gigantic") and Steve Kazee, but we have to acknowledge who really got our attention.

Executive producer, Jill Cargerman, created the sitcom based on her own experiences. "My mother moved us to [Chicago's] northern suburbs," she says. "Very much as Carli does in the show, to give us the advantages of the schools and the community and the community support that we hadn't -- that she hadn't had growing up."  

Cargerman admits that she resented her mother for the move at the
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First Independent Throws Dice on 'Holy Rollers'

Masochist indie distributor First Independent Pictures will once again have their work cut out for them, as they board a coming-of-age tale about an Hasidic Jew who turns into a drug mule. I use the term masochist, because last year Gary Rubin's Fip took on the difficult to market Big Fan (the story of an obsessed stay-at-home NY Giants fan) and Gigantic (a bed and mattress salesmen in Paul Dano who desperately wants to adopt a child). - Masochist indie distributor First Independent Pictures will once again have their work cut out for them, as they board a coming-of-age tale about an Hasidic Jew who turns into a drug mule. I use the term masochist, because last year Gary Rubin's Fip took on the difficult to market Big Fan (the story of an obsessed stay-at-home NY Giants fan) and Gigantic (a bed and mattress salesmen in Paul Dano
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First Independent Pictures Acquires Us Distribution Rights to Holy Rollers

First Independent Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Holy Rollers. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha, Holy Rollers was inspired by actual events and it’s about Hasidic Jews that were recruited to smuggle ecstasy into New York City from Amsterdam in the late 90’s. Jesse Eisenberg is the lead. The movie premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to decent reviews.

According to the press release we were sent, First Independent anticipates an early to mid summer release. Hit the jump to read the entire press release.

Also, we posted 6 clips from the film and I did an interview with Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckase, Ari Graynor and Director Kevin Asch while at Sundance, so click here to check it out.

Los Angeles, February 22, 2010-Making another addition to its collection of high-quality, talent-driven specialty films, (David Mamet’s Edmond, Robert Siegel’s - of
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Paul Dano Joins Jon Heder In For Ellen

I'm hoping that at some point during this year's Sundance Film Festival (staring Thursday, woo woo!) I'll be able to catch up with Paul Dano, who'll be there representing the New York-based comedy The Extra Man. Ever since holding his own against Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood Dano has chosen roles in tiny indies like Extra Man and Gigantic, and apparently shows no signs of stopping-- Variety is reporting that he'll star for director So Yong Kim in For Ellen. Dano will play a "struggling indie rocker" (indie cliche #1 alert) who winds up stranded in a small Midwestern town (indie cliche #2) and befriends a character played by Jon Heder (we've reached the cliche trifecta!) Kim, whose Treeless Mountain was a critical hit last year, will be directing her own screenplay, which I'm hoping is a lot less hackneyed in execution than it sounds from the basic plot outline.
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