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Rumour: Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Star Wars: Episode VIII shortlist

3 October 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

So, this one comes from Latino-Review, so have your pinch of salt at the ready, but according to the site Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Belle) has joined the shortlist of actresses said to be in contention for a new female lead in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The original shortlist was said to include Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and there had been speculation that the role could be the daughter of one of the Original Trilogy characters (if you want to know who, click here).

See Also: Rumour: Hayden Christensen returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on May 26 2017, with Rian Johnson (Looper) directing. 


- Gary Collinson

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Added to the Neverending List of Potential Star Wars: Episode VIII Actresses

2 October 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We already knew that television faves Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) are in contention for a lead role opposite John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Now, we can add Gugu Mbatha-Raw to that mix. Latino Review reports that the Beyond the Lights actress has auditioned for the role and is in consideration alongside the aforementioned women. Also in the running is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Olivia Cooke. Lest you think the women will have to battle to the death for this role, there are reportedly two major female roles in Episode VIII, and the actresses are being considered for both. Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) is set to direct Episode VIII from his own script. »

- Ira Madison III

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Rumored For Star Wars: Episode VIII Female Lead

2 October 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In his latest Star Wars column, Latino Review’s Dave Gonzalez includes two very interesting updates for Looper director Rian Johnson’s still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII – one of which adds a new name to the shortlist of actresses that are up for the female lead role in the movie.

According to him, Belle actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is vying for one of the leads alongside Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Olivia Cooke. Yes, I said one of the roles – because the second update suggests that these ladies are actually all in the mix to portray two different characters.

We don’t have any details on either role, but both are said to be “substantial.” Apparently, Mbatha-Raw has definitely auditioned, but beyond that we have no idea which of these actresses are emerging as the frontrunners. »

- Mark Cassidy

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Star Wars: Episode VIII? Here's What He Says

1 October 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Since 2005's indie breakout Brick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson have enjoyed a rise to fame that few truly get to enjoy. Cementing their partnership with a cameo in The Brother's Bloom and another full on leading turn in Looper, one can't help but associate the actor with the director, and vice versa. This could mean wonderful things for Johnson's upcoming work on Star Wars: Episode VIII if history holds true. I recently had the honor of talking with Gordon-Levitt at the New York Film Festival, as he was promoting his recent film The Walk. As any proper fan of Star Wars and Rian Johnson would do, I asked him if there was any sort of possibility that the winning team would reunite for the next chapter in a galaxy far, far away. Being a proper fan himself, his following response was all too fitting: Of course! I knock on »

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Watch: 12-Minute Talk With Rian Johnson About Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin'

1 October 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We may only be halfway through the decade but it’s safe to say that Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” will rank as one of the best films of the 2010s. While it’s typically classified as a sci-fi film, it also works as a portrait of a character discovering their humanity in addition to being one of the most disturbing films in recent years. It is a unique filmgoing experience that has even ensnared “Looper” director Rian Johnson, who was tapped by BFI to introduce a recent screening. Read More: Ranked: The Music Videos Of Jonathan Glazer Confessing to having seen Glazer’s film four times in theaters, the future “Star Wars: Episode VIII” director absolutely gushes over the film, calling it one of the few modern films that could qualify for the pantheon of all-time greats. The other modern films on Johnson’s list? Terrence Malick’s »

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Watch Rian Johnson Discuss His Adoration for Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’

30 September 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In naming Under the Skin the second-best film of the decade thus far, we said, “Scarlett Johansson has never been better than in Jonathan Glazer‘s visual monster of a film, playing an alien huntress praying on Scottish locals. Deliberately paced and pointedly told, Under The Skin feels like exactly the film Glazer set out to make; a singular vision with a delicate touch filtered through a sci-fi genre narrative. Brilliant from start to finish.”

It looks like we’re not alone in our affection for the film as writer-director Rian Johnson, who has talked with both Christopher Nolan and Terry Gilliam about his love for science-fiction, came to BFI to introduce the film, and now it’s available online. The director of Looper and perhaps a little Star Wars film you’ve heard about talks about being “knocked out” by the film and compares it to few other experiences. »

- Leonard Pearce

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Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt Was Robert Zemeckis' Only Choice For The Walk

28 September 2015 8:25 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt being cast by director Robert Zemeckis to star in the new true story thriller The Walk may be seen as somewhat controversial. After all, there are a number of immensely talented French actors who could have been hired to play legendary French acrobat Philippe Petit in the film, but the director ultimately saw it fit to cast an American in the role. Because it.s a somewhat unusual choice on Zemeckis. behalf, you might think that the filmmaker would have possibly perused other options other than Gordon-Levitt . but it turns out that.s not actually true, as the Looper star was really the only actor he found to have all the necessary tools for the performance. Earlier this month, I had the absolutely wonderful opportunity to hop on the phone and talk with Robert Zemeckis about his brand new cinematic adventure, and it was towards the middle of »

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Round-Up: Carrie The Musical Q&A, Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2, Apocalypse Swordsman

25 September 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.

Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.

Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.

Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »

- Tamika Jones

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 'Edward Snowden was warm, kind, thoughtful'

18 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After years as the supporting act, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Oscar-tipped for his performances as Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden and wire-walker Philippe Petit. He talks about his head for heights – and a secret meeting in Moscow

There are only a dozen customers in the restaurant in Los Angeles, but even then it takes three passes of the room to pick him out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt sits alone, folded in on himself – right leg tucked over left, shoulders hunched, an Anglepoise-like arm on his thigh propping a smartphone in front of his face. The 34-year-old actor wears a pair of black specs, a navy T-shirt and dark jeans. He looks so unremarkable, sitting there, I have to peer close to make sure this is the guy who was in one of the Batman movies; who starred in two of the smartest summer blockbusters of recent years, Looper and Inception; whom I watched on »

- Tom Lamont

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Giveaway: Win ‘Love & Mercy’ With Paul Dano and John Cusack on Blu-ray

16 September 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is the accomplished Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy starring Paul Dano and John Cusack. We’ve teamed with Roadside Attractions to give away three (3) Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, September 20th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then 3 and 4 each count as an entry into the contest.

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Emily Blunt Wanted For "Mary Poppins 2"

16 September 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Anytime someone wants a female actress who can kick ass in their movie, Emily Blunt's name always seems to end up on the shortlist. Blunt herself is well aware of the typecasting, telling Indiewire in a recent interview:

"We don't see women in these kind of roles. So I think as soon as you do a role like that, like Charlize [Theron] did or I did, or Rebecca [Ferguson]'s done - there's like four of us or something. And Jen[nifer] Lawrence.

So I feel like us four, we get talked about - and Angie, Angelina [Jolie Pitt]. So it's a list of like, four women who are going to be considered for those kind of roles. So I think that's why the rumors happen, because they're like, 'who else? Surely not another girl can wield a gun,' you know what I mean? 'A woman doing push-ups? There's only one who can do that. »

- Garth Franklin

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8 Films to Watch Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’

16 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving in limited release this weekend before expanding wide in early October, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario is a strong start to the fall season. The drama surrounding the drug battle at the U.S.-Mexico border might not get any points for subtlety, but Villeneuve amplifies the tension of every scene with help from cinematographer Roger Deakins outdoing himself with every shot.

If it’s not coming to your city this weekend, or if you’re simply in the mood for some similarly themed films, we’ve rounded up eight titles that are well worth watching before seeing Sicario. Rather than including past work from Villeneuve (Prisoners and Enemy make for worthy primers) or proof that Emily Blunt makes an excellent heroine (see: Edge of Tomorrow and Looper), the selections aim to cover a thematic crossroads. Check them out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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- Jordan Raup

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Emily Blunt For Captain Marvel? Here's What She Says

15 September 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Despite the fact that Captain Marvel is over three years away, 2015 has been filled with rumors on which actress will play Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the more frequently mentioned names is Emily Blunt, who has plenty of action experience on her resume from films like Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, and the upcoming Sicario. This past weekend in Toronto, Blunt went on record again to say that she hasn.t talked with Marvel, but she does have a theory why she.s being repeatedly being associated with the movie. While confirming that she hasn.t "heard anything about Captain Marvel," Blunt shared her opinion with Indiewire on why she and actresses like Charlize Theron and Rebecca Ferguson are being featured on these short lists for the superheroine. In her words: I think it.s because the list is very short, because we don.t see women »

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Icon announce 3 more ‘FrightFest Presents’ titles

11 September 2015 2:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest have announced a further three films – all of which are personal faves of mine from this years festival – which will be released under the curated banner FrightFest Presents. The new titles are:

Night of the Living Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin starring Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Cassidy (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christopher Marquette (Just Friends, The Girl Next Door) and Ray Wise (Infestation, Twin Peaks).

After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but can’t remember much of what got her there. Ryan only knows it was a mistake, and ushers her out the door into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… »

- Phil Wheat

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Star Wars: Episode VIII filming latest

9 September 2015 10:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Star Wars is heading back to Ireland, as Rian Johnson starts shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII later this month...

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story already shooting, with director Gareth Edwards calling the shots there, the next in the series to go before the cameras is Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Episode VIII is being directed by Looper's Rian Johnson, and it follows Rogue One into cinemas by just six months. As such, work is starting on the film sooner rather than later. In fact, it's now been revealed that production on the film kicks off later this month.

The first sequences for the movie are to be filmed in Ireland. Jj Abrams shot bits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the island of Skellig Michael, to the south of Ireland, and it seems as though Johnson will be taking his cast and crew back there.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Begins Shooting This Month In Ireland

9 September 2015 4:53 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still a few months away from release, but Looper directer Rian Johnson is already set to begin shooting the follow-up movie, which we'll be calling Episode VIII until the official tile is announced. It was originally reported that The Force Awakens was returning to the island of Skellig Michael off the Southern coast of Ireland for reshoots, but EW has confirmed that it's actually where Johnson and his crew will commence principal photography on Episode VIII. Skellig Michael will apparently double for the location Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been hiding out (held prisoner?) in the years between Return Of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, so this would suggest that he or some other characters return there for whatever reason - unless of course he never actually leaves in Tfa, that is. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters December »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII to start shooting this month

9 September 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We might still be a few months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it seems that Disney and Lucasilm will kick off production on the next instalment of the Sequel Trilogy this month, with cameras set to roll on the Irish island of Skellig Michael for two to four as filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII gets underway.

Earlier in the week, Ireland’s Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphries revealed that Lucasfilm would be returning to Skellig Michael, prompting speculation that J.J. Abrams could be returning to the island for some last minute reshoots on The Force Awakens. However, Lucasfilm has now confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the scenes will be for Episode VIII, which is being directed by Rian Johnson (Looper).

See Also: Check out all our coverage here

Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on May 26th 2017, with »

- Gary Collinson

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Venice Film Review: ‘Mr. Six’

9 September 2015 3:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Kids these days,” sighs the lead character in “Mr. Six,” sounding like the grizzled hero in a late-career Clint Eastwood movie. Now well into his fifties, the neighborhood peacekeeper — played with stoical cool by China’s most popular film director, Feng Xiaogang — realizes just how little Beijing’s younger generation respects the old ways after confronting the gangsters who snatched his son. Constructed as the long, inward-gazing buildup to an epic showdown on a frozen lake, Guan Hu’s genre-subverting drama could just as easily be an elegy for a disappearing style of filmmaking — one that acknowledges the country’s obsession with flashy, street-racing culture, while determined to make a more substantive impact on a box office dominated by “Furious 7.”

Though executed with the professional heft of a big-studio production — which indeed it is, backed by Sino heavyweight Huayi Brothers — “Mr. Six” deliberately withholds many of the sensational payoffs »

- Peter Debruge

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Tiff Exclusive: Garret Dillahunt Trains A 'Beast' In Boxing Thriller

8 September 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Garret Dillahunt tends to be employed as a secret weapon in whatever movie or television project he appears in. Such is his diverse range that he can move from Oscar fare like "12 Years A Slave" to brainy sci-fi such as "Looper" and right into small screen comedies like "The Mindy Project." Once again, he shifts direction with "Beast," a boxing picture crossed with a crime thriller that will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Today we have an exclusive trailer for the film. Read More: Tiff Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is a Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir From filmmakers Tom and Sam McKeith, "Beast" centers on Jaime, played by Chad McKinney, a Filipino-American boxer trained by his ex-pat father (Dillahunt). When he's convinced to tamper with his gloves in order to win a match for some criminals who have a stake in the bout, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice: Top Director Feng Xiaogang to Entertain as Star of Closing Film ‘Mr Six’

7 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Feng Xiaogang, consistently China’s most successful director, has taken on acting roles before, mostly bit parts and secondary characters. But appearing in the title role of Venice festival’s closing film “Mr. Six” was a definite step up.

The film’s director, Guan Hu, and producer, Wang Zhonglei, admit to almost tricking Feng into the role.

Guan and Huayi Brothers Media asked Feng to appraise the script for the company, without revealing that their real motive for showing him the screenplay was to try to get him to buy in as the lead.

Feng says he found himself unable to put it down. “You seldom get to see a story like this… a story about the good old days and values that transcends time and space,” Feng said.

The film is an admittedly old-fashioned tale about a former gang leader, now in his 50s and out of condition, who »

- Patrick Frater

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