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Why 'Apes' Director Matt Reeves Needs to Direct a 'Star Wars' Movie

8 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

If there's one aspect of these new Star Wars movies that have hard-core fans most excited, it's the selection of visionary directors Disney's hired to bring these stories to life. After J.J. Abrams gets the ball rolling with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, we have Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tackling solo spin-off movies that may or may not be origin stories following characters like Han Solo, Yoda and/or Boba Fett. Then, circling back to the trilogy of sequels, Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm the follow-up to Abrams' movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Know what that list is missing? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.  If it isn't already obvious, Disney is paying close attention to those...

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Steven Moffat working on a Star Wars movie?

12 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chalk this one down firmly as a rumour, but Star Wars fan site Jedi News is reporting that Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat could be heading to a galaxy far, far away for a potential Star Wars project.

The site offers little in the way of detail, stating that it could either be for a standalone Star Wars movie, or Star Wars: Episode IX, which has Rian Johnson (Looper) attached to write a treatment.

This isn’t the first time that Moffat has been linked to Star Wars, with himself and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies declining the opportunity to work on the now disbanded TV series Star Wars: Underworld.

Would you like to see Steven Moffat working on Star Wars? Let us know your thoughts…

 

The post Steven Moffat working on a Star Wars movie? appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Has Doctor Who Showrunner Stephen Moffat Been Offered A Star Wars Movie?

17 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.

According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX. 

JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »

- James Garcia

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'Extant': Halle Berry doesn't know what she did last summer (in space)

18 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ex·tant [ˈekstənt,ekˈstant/ ]

adjective

1. (especially of a document) still in existence; surviving.

There, now you’ll be the talk of the office at the water cooler tomorrow.

Much of this summer’s TV buzz has circulated around Extant, the Halle Berry sci-fi vehicle premiering July 9 on CBS. With the heft of Steven Spielberg on board as producer and the summer’s eeriest premise, the thriller promised to be a gleaming light of television narrative and originality during what can be typically the trashiest weeks of TV. So, now that we’ve blasted off into space with Berry—how did it do? »

- Marc Snetiker

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Extant Threatens to Float off Into Space, But at Least It’s Pretty to Look At

21 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

I can't quite recommend CBS's science-fiction miniseries Extant, which debuts tonight. I have misgivings about it — the lead performances are a tad opaque, and the script feels as though it's telling two separate stories that don't immediately seem as though they'll connect in a graceful way — but because CBS only sent the pilot to critics, who knows how well-founded they are? Future episodes might put my worries to rest and make the opening chapter seem like brilliant seed-planting in retrospect, or Extant could lose air slowly, like a ruptured spacecraft's hull.At least tonight's premiere gives you a sense of what mode Extant is working in — creepy-atmospheric, early Polanski horror — and verifies that CBS has indeed thrown a ton of money at the production, hiring Oscar-winner Halle Berry to play the astronaut heroine and Goran Višnjić, Camryn Manheim and Looper's Pierce Gagnon to back her up, and »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Star Wars Episode 7 to be filmed using IMAX cameras

9 July 2014 2:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars Episode VII will be filmed using IMAX cameras.

The news was confirmed on Twitter by director Jj Abrams's Bad Robot production company, with a photo accompanied simply by the caption "#bestformatever".

#bestformatever pic.twitter.com/fs6JcTALmZ

Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014

It was announced in March that Disney had agreed a new deal with IMAX to see a number of its film series released in IMAX screens, including Star Wars.

Kevin Smith recently praised the Star Wars set, describing it as "a tactile world".

The seventh instalment of the Star Wars series will be released on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars Episode 8 to be written, directed by Looper's Rian Johnson

Star Wars stand-alone movie to be directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank

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Jessica Alba Loses it in Latest Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Clip

4 July 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Bitch be crazy! Jessica Alba appears in a new clip from upcoming comic book crime thriller sequel 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' and she's gone a little scissor happy! Alba (below) returns to reprise her role as sexy stripper Nancy in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's co-directed follow-up which sees us return once more to Basin City for more interlocking tales of noir styled lust, love and vengeance. Returning players Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis also make an appearance in the clip. Eva Green ('Dark Shadows'), Josh Brolin ('Oldboy'), Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Jamie Chung, Jaime King, Juno Temple ('Magic Magic'), Dennis Haysbert, Alexa Vega, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper') and Jeremy Piven ('Entourage') are amongst the stars and faces we can expect to see in glorious black and white. Check out the clip below. »

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Star Wars: December 2015 Or Bust!

27 June 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Um.

Did we break it?

All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.

Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.

Then, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and Lucas passed off his notes to Kathleen Kennedy who got Lawrence Kasdan, writer of the Original Trilogy sequels, »

- Da7e

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Tsr Blog: How Rian Johnson Will Try to Con the ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

27 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

After securing an audience with a stark high school noir film named Brick, writer/director Rian Johnson professed his loving perspective of his viewers by framing himself in his next movie as a con man. In The Brothers BloomMark Ruffalo played Stephen, a fabulist who concocts his cons like fantastical narratives, while treating marks as members of an audience whose happiness is integral to a trick’s ultimate success. This marvelous film is devoted to a classic quality within Johnson’s storytelling, which Stephen calls “the perfect con”: when everyone involved gets just the thing they wanted.

Having written and directed three films (and doing some work on “Breaking Bad”) Johnson has now been chosen to create Star Wars: Episode VIII, allotting him a galaxy’s congregation of viewers, who will answer a question he asked himself while touring for his 2012 sci-fi film Looper: “Can we do what we do, »

- Nick Allen

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

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Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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23 Things We Learned From Rian Johnson’s ‘The Brothers Bloom’ Commentary

26 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you’re not convinced more Star Wars movies is a good idea, then the news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars Episode VIII should win you over. Johnson knows structure, action, comedy and character, making him the ideal filmmaker to make Star Wars fresh and exciting again. Not only do his talents make him the right filmmaker for the job, but so does his thematic interests. Looper and Johnson’s second picture, The Brothers Bloom, are about how much control someone has over their own narrative. Bloom (Adrien Brody) feels like he’s living a story written by his brother Stepehen (Mark Ruffalo), while Old Joe (Bruce Willis) and Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) battle over the course of their shared, separate life. In short, a franchise focused on creating your own destiny is right up Johnson’s alley. Out of Johnson’s three films so far, The Brothers Bloom »

- Jack Giroux

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Franco Nero returning as Django in Django Lives

26 June 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After Quentin Tarantino revived the franchise in 2012 with Django Unchained, original star Franco Nero is set to return to the role of Django almost 50 years after the character’s first appearance in Sergio Corbucci 1966 Spaghetti Western (and almost thirty years since his second appearance in 1987′s Django Strikes Again!) , with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Nero will strap on the holster once again for Django Lives, which has just begun filming.

The new is being directed by regular Tarantino collaborator Joe D’Augustine, whose editing credits include Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds, and “will be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Also set to feature in the cast are Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins), Noah Segan (Looper), and Tomas Milian (Traffic).

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- Gary Collinson

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Quad Poster Brings Cast Together

24 June 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

An accumulation of previously unveiled character posters have come together on board the newly revealed UK quad poster for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. The poster, pinned up by Empire, slaps together poses by (from left to right) Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Looper'), Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba ('The Eye'), Mickey Rourke, Eva Green ('Dark Shadows') and Josh Brolin ('Oldboy') with rather second rate photoshopping which manages to make everyone look as disproportionate as possible. 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' opens across the UK and in Ireland from 25 August. You can check it out below. »

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10 Directors For Star Wars Episode 9

23 June 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With J.J. Abrams hard at work shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, the announcement was made last weekend that Looper director Rian Johnson will be directing the follow-up, Episode VIII, and also writing the treatment for the final film in the new trilogy, Episode IX.

Though early reports suggested that he would also be directing Episode IX, this turned out to be untrue, and so we’re free to speculate on just who George Lucas and Disney will appoint for the all-important franchise capper.

Look around online and you’ll see that just about everyone has an opinion on this, with suggestions ranging from the reasonable to the flat-out absurd. As such, don’t expect to see the likes of Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg and Danny Boyle on our list of potential directors, because for starters they’d all be horribly unsuited for the gig, and secondly, »

- Jack Pooley

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Don’t Fear the Blockbuster: Rian Johnson, Star Wars & the Phantom Films of our Favourite Directors

23 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last Friday Lucasfilm announced the name of the writer/director for Star Wars Episode VIII, and in doing so caused the tide of expectation to swell and further overwhelm the cultural sandbags of the Prequel trilogy. The man who made the Rainmaker, the builder of Brick and the third Brother Bloom Rian Johnson is a savvy choice to take over from Abrams in the director’s chair, I don’t say this because I tweeted this obvious thought two weeks previously…

Lucasfilm really need to get Rian Johnson onto one of their Star Wars films.

— jonlyus (@jonlyus) June 4, 2014

Disney clearly know what they are doing. While there was a palpable sense of relief when Jj Abrams was announced as the director of Episode VII the internet rumour mill had already thrown up enough names into the project’s orbit to make Abrams seem like a safe, almost unimaginative, choice. Perhaps »

- Jon Lyus

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Star Wars Episode VIII director named

23 June 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Looper's Rian Johnson said to be joining the series. A huge news bombshell was quietly dropped over the weekend: the writer and director of the next installment in the Star Wars series has been named - possibly. Rian Johnson, director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper, plus several episodes of Breaking Bad, was reported to inherit the series from Jj Abrams, who is currently shooting Episode VII. »

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