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Why Focus Features is Again Getting a Drastic Reboot

4 February 2016 1:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features’ ongoing identity crisis worsened Thursday, as the specialty unit behind “The Theory of Everything,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Moonrise Kingdom” underwent its second major management shakeup in less than three years.

Focus CEO Peter Schlessel, who replaced founder James Schamus in 2013, is being ousted as part of a drastic housecleaning by parent Universal Pictures.  The studio is merging the label with Universal Pictures International Productions (Upip), in an attempt to make the unit more global and artistically relevant after a series of highly touted  awards-season pictures such as “The Danish Girl” and “Suffragette” collapsed at the box office. Upip Managing Director Peter Kujawski will now be tasked with being chairman of the global unit.

The bloodletting, which is also resulting in the loss of COO Adrian Alperovich, marketing president Christine Birch and acquisitions chief Lia Buman, seems to be an acknowledgment by Universal’s brass that it erred in »

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We Don't Need Roads: All your favourite time travel movies in one supercut

2 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ever since Marty McFly stepped into the DeLorean and accidentally transported himself to the year 1955, time travel has become an increasingly interesting, puzzling, and miraculous concept that cinema-goers get to experience through film.

A recent film that expertly uses time travel in an original and spell-binding way is Rian Johnson's Looper. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as an assassin from the future who goes back in time on a mission to kill himself, Looper spins the time-travel genre on its head and delivers a complex moral tale that is high on action and that left us floored. 

Looper screens as part of the Great Digital Film Festival which runs from February 5th-11th. Click here for tickets and showtimes.

Time travel in film has seen many incarnations. From Tom Cruise resetting the day every time he dies in Edge of Tomorrow to four dudes in a hot »

- Adriana Floridia

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Gwendoline Christie confirms Captain Phasma return for Star Wars: Episode VIII

1 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although the character’s fate was a left a little uncertain at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that she is set to return as the First Order’s Captain Phasma in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.

“I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually,” Christie told People at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this past Saturday, before sharing a few words about her initial casting in The Force Awakens. “I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time. And then I was delighted when J.J. Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man. I thought the costume was incredibly striking. I felt it »

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Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma will return in Episode VIII

1 February 2016 12:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Captain Phasma in Episode 8? Gwendoline Christie confirms the return of the Stormtrooper leader in the next Star Wars movie.

One of the more disappointing things about J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens was the limited screen time of Gwendoline Christie‘s Captain Phasma. Well, fans of the silver-finish Stormtrooper leader rejoice as the actress has revealed that a return is planned for Captain Phasma in Episode 8.

Some spoilers for The Force Awakens follow.

A Captain Phasma return in Episode 8 sounded like a far-flung dream after her destiny was seemingly sealed in the latter stages of the first of the planned trilogy of sequels. Towards the end of The Force Awakens, Phasma was ‘sentenced to death’ by trash compactor after being captured by Finn, Han Solo and Chewie etc. on the Star Killer base. Well, at this past weekend’s SAG Awards in Los Angeles, Christie confirmed her return for the next film, »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII script out to the cast

30 January 2016 3:32 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week, it was announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15th 2017, with rumours suggesting the delay was to allow for rewrites to the script to increase the focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens favourites Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. Well, those rumours were either wide of the mark, or the rewrites have already been completed, as both Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Anthony Daniels (C-3Po) have taken to social media to reveal that they’ve now seen the screenplay…

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Just read Ep VIII and thought I'd share the story with you because I know you can't wait to hear it too. You do want to hear it. Don't you?

Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) January 29, 2016

Back in December, John Boyega had suggested that filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII would »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – 8 Things Fans Want (But Won’t Get)

29 January 2016 4:13 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was – generally speaking – a satisfying movie. J.J. Abrams delivered a film that felt true to the original trilogy while simultaneously devising a launchpad for future instalments. Now that the legacy left hanging by Return Of The Jedi all those years ago has been well and truly catered to, Episode VIII – set to be directed by Looper’s Rian Johnson – can take the franchise into new and uncharted territories.

Because, good as The Force Awakens was, it still left fans hankering for more. It had the feeling of a movie that had to work through a bunch of stuff in order to pave the way for the juicy bits. Which means that now the saga is primed and positioned to give fans of Star Wars what they really want; a movie that lives up to all their expectations.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Episode »

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Has the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ film finally found a director?

22 January 2016 8:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.

The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.

The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’

The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.

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Rumour: Star Wars: Episode VIII pushed back to re-write the script and focus on Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron

21 January 2016 4:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warning – spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below…

It was shockingly announced last night that Disney and Lucasfilm had made the decision to push back Star Wars: Episode VIII to December 15th, 2017 – which means we’re looking like we’re getting a new Star Wars movie every Christmas rather than being spread throughout the calendar year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason Disney and Lucasfilm pushed Star Wars: Episode VIII back was to re-work the current script they’ve got to push more focus on the new characters set up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This would mean that the previous plans for Episode VIII were to focus on the likes of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, but the outlet claims that the positive reaction to characters like Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron has caused the studio to shift focus over to them.

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Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII Pushed Back To December 2017

20 January 2016 10:56 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

This is a good news/bad news type deal. Disney and Lucasfilm have just announced that Looper director Rian Johnson is set to begin shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII in London next month... but the follow up to J.J. Abrams' phenomenal The Force Awakens now won't hit theaters until December 15 of next year, when it was originally scheduled for release on May 26. From the sounds of things they're simply trying to replicate the success of the previous film in the saga, which also opened in December and was - and continues to be - a box office monster. Here's the official statement: "Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed »

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Star Wars: upcoming UK movie release dates calendar

18 January 2016 4:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Here’s our primer on all the upcoming Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Episode VIII…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently making short work of the worldwide box office. Despite the fact that said Jj Abrams film hasn’t event left cinemas yet, Lucasfilm and Disney are already working on its follow-up and a whole host of other Star Wars movies (namely a handful of spin-offs that will expand on the story of the main saga).

As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney’s plan here is to squeeze as Star Wars movie into cinemas every year. Here’s when UK audiences can expect all the of them…

16th December 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Next out of the gate is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (previously known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One). This one arrives in December of 2016, pretty »

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Eight Things We Want From Star Wars: Episode VIII

14 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

In only its fourth weekend of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to demolish box office records and demand most of the chatter on the internet. As fun as The Force Awakens is, it does leave many of its characters in interesting places and sports a lot of unanswered questions. Star Wars: Episode VIII may not be arriving until May 2017, but it’s never too early to start our wish list for what we want to see in the movie. Here then, with a warning of possible spoilers, are the eight things we want from Star Wars: Episode VIII.

  8. More Poe

One of the strengths of The Force Awakens was how fun and interesting the new characters were. Unfortunately, Oscar Isaac’s character Poe Dameron was on the short end of the new character stick. He carried a majority of the first two scenes with his witty dialogue (“Who talks first? »

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Colin Trevorrow promises satisfying reveal Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: Episode IX

13 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

J.J. Abrams may know a few details about Rey’s parents from Rian Johnson, but if this recent interview with Colin Trevorrow on Entertainment Tonight is anything to go by, we may not get the answers until Star Wars: Episode IX.

Trevorrow promises a satisfying reveal stating “I’ve seen all of the theories… What I do know is that we’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying, because Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens but in the entire galaxy, and she deserves it. So we’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was—it’s something that happened a long time ago [in a galaxy] far, far away, we’re just telling you what happened.”

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3rd Rock from the Sun Turns 20, Plus 10 Other Roles That Led Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Stardom

13 January 2016 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty years ago this week, an oddball NBC sitcom introduced viewers to a family of space aliens who, in the grand tradition of Alf, Mork and Mindy and My Favorite Martian, were attempting to hide out on Earth. It was a silly premise, but 3rd Rock from the Sun ended up outlasting those other three shows, running a full six seasons. And we can credit its success to a talented comedic cast that included John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was only 14 when the show premiered. Seriously, look at him - babyfaced and long-haired and oh-so »

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3rd Rock from the Sun Turns 20, Plus 10 Other Roles That Led Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Stardom

13 January 2016 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty years ago this week, an oddball NBC sitcom introduced viewers to a family of space aliens who, in the grand tradition of Alf, Mork and Mindy and My Favorite Martian, were attempting to hide out on Earth. It was a silly premise, but 3rd Rock from the Sun ended up outlasting those other three shows, running a full six seasons. And we can credit its success to a talented comedic cast that included John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was only 14 when the show premiered. Seriously, look at him - babyfaced and long-haired and oh-so »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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J.J Abrams knows a thing or two about Rey’s heritage and discusses a major death

13 January 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

J.J Abrams fielded some more questions from the media regarding Star Wars (while also promoting his upcoming Stephen King project entitled 11.22.63 and Cameron Crowe’s Roadies), but as you would expect, the majority of the inquiries were about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his knowledge of the cultural phenomenon’s eighth installment.

Everyone’s fascination seems to concern the heritage of Rey, but Abrams isn’t going to be the one spilling any beans, stating “I know quite a bit, but obviously, it’s not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian Johnson’s story now and the last thing I want to do is reveal something he’ll get upset about.”

Abrams was also asked if he was forced to kill off Harrison Ford’s Han Solo (you have absolutely no reason to have not seen the film already if you’re »

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Everything We Know About Future Star Wars Movies

12 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Given that The Force Awakens brought in approximately eleventy bajillion dollars over the last month, it’s no surprise that at least four other theatrical films are in the works, and they’re being made at a breakneck pace. We’ll be inundated with Star Wars hype through at least the end of the decade, alternating between the ongoing saga that began with The Force Awakens and side-stories that give heretofore unknown details about some of the universe’s more well-known characters and events. Here’s everything we know so far.Episode VIII• Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) will write and direct the film. • According to a casting sheet, much of the Force Awakens cast will return. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all listed. (Harrison Ford is also listed, though that’s likely a fake-out.) Producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed this info at Episode VII’s premiere. »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - what we know, what might happen

12 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Episode VIII is due out in time for the Star Wars 40th anniversary. Here's what we know so far, plus a bit of speculation about its events.

Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and speculation about Episode VIII. 

"In the middle act of a movie or a book or anything else,  not much happens. It sort of evolves the story, makes the plot more complicated." - George Lucas on The Empire Strikes Back

Disney may have had a lot riding on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - essentially, the future of an entire franchise - but next year's Episode VIII brings potentially nail-biting risks of its own. It will, after all, have to follow on from the success of The Force Awakens - currently the third biggest film of all time in terms of ticket sales - and will also draw »

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Colin Trevorrow responds to petition for George Lucas to direct Star Wars Episode IX

12 January 2016 6:46 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Director J.J. Abrams is handing over the reigns of the Star Wars franchise to Rian Johnson (Looper) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) for Episode VIII and IX, and while many fans would have liked to see him stick around for the next two movies, Disney and Lucasfilm’s decision to pick these two filmmakers has been

The post Colin Trevorrow responds to petition for George Lucas to direct Star Wars Episode IX appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII May Be Looking At This Indie Sensation For A New Role

8 January 2016 1:51 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We.re now only 503 days away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Production on the hugely anticipated follow-up to the record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due to begin later this year, with Rian Johnson overseeing the shoot. The Brick and Looper filmmaker.s script for the blockbuster is now complete and he.s currently on the look out for the perfect actors to fill the newest parts. Which is what led him in the direction of Bel Powley, who earlier this year wowed audiences in Diary Of A Teenage Girl. The latest rumors regarding Star Wars: Episode VIII are that Rian Johnson hasn.t quite decided who he wants to play a new female character that will debut in the film, and he.s now considering 23-year-old Bel Powley for the role. It.s a bit of a he said, she said rumor though, because The »

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Contracted Director Eric England Returns with Kidnapping Gone Wrong Film Get The Girl!!

8 January 2016 12:42 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This is one I’ve been waiting for, even before it went into production. While hanging out a couple of years ago, my good friend (and sometimes Icons contributor) Graham Denman told me a really cool idea he had for a film. I won’t get into the details of the film, but a good while later, Graham sold his story idea and Eric England came on board to rewrite it and helm the film, now called Get The Girl.

Today, an exclusive piece on the film ran over at the always awesome EW, complete with stills from the film, as well as some new info regarding the kidnapping gone wrong film.

From the EW piece:

The film concerns a wealthy young man who stages a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl with whom he’s madly in love. When one »

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