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5 More Directors Who Could Helm The Batman!
It’s been just over a week since Ben Affleck announced that he’d »
- Joseph Medina
Simon Brew Feb 2, 2017
The promotional campaign, at least, was promising. The early trailers for A Good Day To Die Hard brought back key pieces of music, and seemed to hit that Bruce Willis was back to playing the character of John McClane, as opposed to being Bruce Willis in another generic action movie. Scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date, it seemed 20th Century Fox had confidence in a franchise that had enjoyed its best ever box office performance with 2007’s Die Hard 4.0/Live Free Or Die Hard (depending on where you live in the world).
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The first warning sign that all was not well came with the invitation to the UK press screening for the film. Appreciating »
Some celebrities handle fame with grace and humility. Others use it as a means to set ablaze whatever lies in their wake. A new video from Looper exposes the latter, chronicling the shifty eyes and bad attitudes of 12 different celebrities in a way that will no doubt cause them to flick the chip from their shoulders and repent. Probably not, but it’s still pretty entertaining.
There are a few obvious ones on there: Nobody should be all that surprised to see Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, or Katherine Heigl here, but to hear Mandy Patinkin say how “abominably” he has behaved on sets is surprising. Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruce Willis, and Patrick Dempsey are also represented, as is Steven Seagal, whose despicableness surpasses mere dickish behavior. During a “private audition” for Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Seagal allegedly urged Jenny McCarthy to strip nude for him, despite there being no ...
- Randall Colburn
Mark Hamill has revealed that he's known the official title for Episode VIII for quite some time, as director Rian Johnson revealed it during filming. However, Hamill wished the Looper director had kept it too himself, since he's so bad at keeping secrets. "He told me that when we were making the movie and I said, 'Don't tell me these things. I talk in my sleep,'" Hamill told the Associated Press. he added, "They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks. But that's the way of the world. It's funny 'cause back when we were making the original nobody cared." As far as what he thinks of the title, Hamill likens it to something reminiscent of a Japanese swordsman film. Are his thoughts on the title an actual clue to the tone and story of Episode VIII? "It's got a real samurai [feel]. It's straightforward and minimalist, and I like that. »
Briefly: Lucasfilm has officially announced the new title of the next Star Wars movie - it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is the sequel to The Force Awakens, continuing the "Skywalker" storyline and following the characters introduced in that movie: Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper previously) and will open in theaters everywhere starting December 15th, 2017 at the end of this year. No other plot details have been revealed yet, but this is clearly the beginning of their major marketing push over the next 12 months. Fans have been quick to remind everyone that the plural of "jedi" is just "jedi", so this title doesn't mean there's only one. Beyond that, everything is speculation until the first trailer drops - which we hope is sooner than later. Can't wait! It's official. Star Wars: The Last Jedi »
- Alex Billington
Episode VIII has a name!
The highly anticipated Star Wars followup to The Force Awakens got its official title and release date on Monday, announced via the franchise's website.
"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy," the announcement read. "In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
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Film fans looking forward to returning to a galaxy far, far away now know what to write in their calendars for December 15th, as the official title for Episode VIII has been revealed as Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Due out in theaters on December 15th and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Billie Lourd, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.
From StarWars.com: “We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson »
- Derek Anderson
In 2015, Walt Disney released “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” the first film in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy set 30 years after the events of the 1983 film “Return of the Jedi.” Though the franchise’s first stand-alone film “Rogue One” was released last year to decidedly mixed reviews, fans are awaiting any information about the next film in the official saga. Today, Disney officially released the name of the next film in the trilogy: “The Last Jedi.” It is written and directed by Rian Johnson and will be released this December.
Rian Johnson has previously directed three feature films: “Brick,” a hardboiled detective story following high school students in a California suburb, which received the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; “The Brothers Bloom,” about two con »
- Vikram Murthi
Star Wars fans might want to sit down for this one.
The latest film will see the return of stars from The Force Awakens including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. Mark Hamill will also reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.
Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2017
Never mind the Skywalkers - to stand on its own two feet, Star Wars: Episode VIII needs to make a break with the past, Ryan argues...
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Jj Abrams laid solid foundations, now it’s up to Rian Johnson to start building the house. In many respects, Johnson, the director of such films as Brick and Looper, has an even tougher job than Abrams did with 2015‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the »
Those of you hoping to finally refer to the sequel to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as something other than “Episode VIII” are going to have to wait a little longer. Director Rian Johnson decided on the title of the next “Star Wars” entry in his very first script draft, but wants to keep it a secret for now, he said in an interview with USA Today. “I’ll just blurt it out right now!” he joked. But the director behind “Looper” and the Emmy-winning “Ozymandias” episode of “Breaking Bad” did have some hints to share about the new film. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Filmmaker Rian Johnson has finally spoken about some key plot points for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, which is due in cinemas this coming December. We don’t have an official title for the film as yet, and are yet to see a trailer, but Johnson has spilled the beans on some aspects of the story, and how the film follows Star Wars: The Force Awakens and that meeting between Rey and Luke Skywalker at the end of the movie.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years, I want to see the very next moment of what happens,” said Johnson. The talented director of Looper and Brick added that Luke and Rey’s relationship is “a large part of the movie” and will be addressing why Luke’s on Ahc-To Island, as well as his purpose moving forward. “Part of what’s she’s dealing with »
- Paul Heath
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: Here we are again, staring down the barrel of another year at the movies, one sure to be filled with its fair share of discoveries, disappointments, and trucks that are powered by monsters. Many of our most anticipated new films can be seen coming a mile away, but what’s the most exciting movie of 2017 that no one is talking about?
Angie Han (@ajhan), Slashfilm.com
I haven’t seen much talk about “The Glass Castle,” Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, maybe because it doesn’t have an actual release date yet. But I’ve been interested in the project since it was first announced, »
- David Ehrlich
2001 saw the world introduced to Donnie Darko. The film, set in 1988, told the tale of a teenager weighed down by the knowledge that the world will end in twenty-eight days. The movie launched actor Jake Gyllenhaal as well as director Richard Kelly.
With Donnie Darko Kelly showcased a huge amount of talent, he wrote the film in addition to directing. Darko is a fantastic twisted tale of head scratching time-travel, filled with atmosphere, beautiful visuals and a killer British-heavy eighties soundtrack. It’s a movie that has stood the test of time and has recently been given a painstaking 4K restoration.
The restoration was a passion project for both Arrow Films and Richard Kelly, who curated the project. It really is a truly stunning release, spilling over with bonus content. To co-inside with the release we sat down with Kelly to delve into the history of the film, the oddities »
- Kat Hughes
Starring Aaron Paul, the white-knuckle crime thriller, Come And Find Me, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD January 17 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand.
Aaron Paul gets caught in the dangerous criminal underworld as he searches for his missing girlfriend in the gritty crime thriller Come and Find Me, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD January 17 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. From director Zack Whedon, this white-knuckle thrill ride also stars Annabelle Wallis. Come and Find Me will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
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David and Claire’s idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her trail down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. »
- Tom Stockman
From China to Brexit, Screen gazes into its crystal ball…1. China
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From spectacular deal-making to expanding quotas, fluctuating box office to industry delegations, China was the biggest industry talking point of 2016.
The world’s most populated country now boasts more cinema screens than the Us (as of November) and is set to become the world’s largest box office territory by 2018.
Thanks to a number of eye-watering deals, Dalian Wanda – which in 2016 acquired Legendary Entertainment for a reported $3.5bn and Odeon & Uci Cinema Group for $1.2bn – now operates 8.1% of world cinema screens, representing 15% of total global box office.
The deals and opportunities look set to continue in 2017 with the evolution of quotas for Us blockbusters and more opportunities for arthouse films and the weekly emergence of notable media players. But will Us lawmakers flinch in the face of voracious domestic acquisition and will China’s box office growth hit a significant speed bump?
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16 items from 2017
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