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Is Director A.J. Edwards Making a Mace Windu 'Star Wars' Spin-Off?

18 November 2014 7:55 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit Ama and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on! Now we're pretty sure that Edwards was just joking around (sarcasm is hard to detect in text, especially online), but the director responded, "Talking about it, not able to say a lot yet. It will focus on Mace Windu." Aside from the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Shailene Woodley may join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's Snowden drama

15 November 2014 2:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley is about to get political. The actress is reportedly in talks to join Open Road's untitled drama based on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from director Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon," "Savages") Woodley is in talks to play the girlfriend of Snowden, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper") according to The Hollywood Reporter. The controversial Snowden dominated the news cycle over the last year or so, after leaking classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and is currently living in asylum in Russia. The film will be based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" and the upcoming "Time of the Octopus," written by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.  Snowden is also the subject of the acclaimed new documentary "Citezenfour." After starring in this year's "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley can currently be seen in Gregg Araki's »

- Dave Lewis

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Can ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Outwit Holdovers?: Box Office Preview

13 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Dumb And Dumber was one of those creatures that can exist only in a Hollywood ecosystem. It made a pretty healthy splash 20 years ago, opening at No. 1 with $16.4M on its way to a $127.2M domestic take. But getting stars Jim Carrey (then just coming off The Mask) and Jeff Daniels (who had wrapped Speed) reunited proved a logistical hurdle that couldn’t be leapt, and the stars went on their separate ascensions, seemingly leaving a franchise stillborn. But a DVD cult behemoth was spawned in their absence, and, two decades later, the long-awaited (by Farrelly fanatics, at least) reunion Dumb And Dumber To could bring the men to a place they haven’t seen in years: atop the box office.

Ddt will graduate on 3,152 screens this weekend and, given the success of raunchy comedy lately, seems likely to capture box office with a haul of $30 million-$32 million. The $40M movie, »

- Scott Bowles

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Star Wars: Episode VIII confirmed for Pinewood shoot

10 November 2014 10:51 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII will follow The Force Awakens and shoot at Pinewood in the UK...

You'd hardly call this story a radical surprise, but it's now been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be shooting at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

That's where Star Wars: The Force Awakens (nee Star Wars: Episode VII) has been based, and that film finished production last week. Given that Ilm has opened up a London office, partly off the back of the clutch of Star Wars films expected to shoot in the UK, we suspect the bulk of the upcoming movies will have their production based in Britain. That's certainly been the word on them thus far.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hands things over from director Jj Abrams to Looper's Rian Johnson, then.

Set for release in 2017, the confirmation that Star Wars: Episode VIII would be »

- simonbrew

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Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Interstellar' rage

10 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Christopher Nolan made Memento, but he also made The Dark Knight Rises. Great filmmakers can make bad movies: This is not a particularly complicated equation. And Nolan's new space melodrama Interstellar is not a particularly complicated movie. The science is elaborate and insane, but the emotional stakes are simple: Father loves daughter, father saves humanity. But Nolan is one of our plottiest filmmakers. (Most films have three acts; Nolan's movies usually have at least six, usually out of order and/or overlapping.) I attempted to explain the plot of Interstellar, but even I ran up against some impenetrable cosmo-logic. Some »

- Darren Franich

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Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Movie Acquired By Open Road & Endgame – Update

10 November 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, Monday, 10:31 Am: Details have been finalized for Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment to partner on the U.S. release of Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden project starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the deal I told you about first on Thursday. Check out the release after the original break.

Update, Friday, 9:03 Am: I’m hearing that producer-financier Endgame Entertainment is also part of this deal. James D Stern’s outfit (Looper, An Education) has come aboard as an executive producer and is partnering with Open Road on the acquisition as well as on the P&A.

Previous Exclusive, Thursday, 1:36 Pm: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the untitled Oliver Stone-directed film that will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the American who fled to Russia seeking asylum after making public more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘Star Wars’ Returning To Pinewood For ‘Episode VIII’

10 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The force is strong in Pinewood. The eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise will shoot at the UK’s Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Shepperton chief exec Ivan Dunleavy confirmed in a far-reaching keynote address at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry.

The confab, which brings together employers from all sections of the British economy, had the added benefit of a guest appearance from R2-D2 on \stage with Dunleavy for the news. Filming on the seventh film in the series, the newly titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only recently finished at Pinewood.

In a bullish address on the importance of the creative industries to the British economy, Dunleavy noted they are worth more than £70 billion ($111 billion) a year to the U.K. economy, employing 2 million-plus people, and was growing much faster than any other part of the U.K. economy — up by nearly 10% in 2012.

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Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII Will Also Shoot At Pinewood

10 November 2014 8:40 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

During a keynote address at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry, Pinewood Shepperton chief exec Ivan Dunleavy confirmed that the eight instalment in Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise would indeed return to shoot at the U.K. studio. Episode VII (now officially titled "The Force Awakens") wrapped production there recently having also shot in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, but the still-untitled eight movie will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) with Disney scheduled to release the movie in 2017. Before that though, Pinewood will play host to Sam Mendes' new James Bond flick, which will see Daniel Craig reprise the role of 007. »

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In Defence Of... Brett Ratner's much-maligned X-Men: The Last Stand

10 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When news broke that Bryan Singer would be returning to the fold for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, much to the delight of mutant fan-peoples, the director sweetened the deal even further with a promise. "There will be some fixing," he said, hinting that his third X-flick (after X-Men and X2) would address perceived problems with X-Men: The Last Stand, aka the threequel Singer dumped in favour of Superman Returns.

Here's the thing: X-Men: The Last Stand didn't need fixing. In a world where movie threequels often topple promising trilogies, it stands out as a fun, action-packed, stakes-raising gambit that features some of the trilogy's boldest set pieces and more than a few gob-smacking twists. Picking up months after X2's downbeat, watery climax, we find the X-Men mourning the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) even as Worthington Labs announce they've found a mutant cure. Needless to say this divides the mutants, »

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Review: Starry Eyes

8 November 2014 2:24 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We’ve all made sacrifices to be able to do whatever it is that we want to do. Some more than others, but it’s just a fact that in life, there are moments and opportunities that present themselves and we’re faced with the question of “how far will you go?”, a question that based on the situation, could lead decent people to become either a different person or bring out who they were all along. Some films address that question and challenge their viewers to ask themselves that same question, how far would You go to attain that goal, that dream that you’ve always had? Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s brilliantly haunting film, Starry Eyes, brings that question to its audience, and gives them a film that like most Great films, plants a seed in your head, one that opens up into a film that can »

- Jerry Smith

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'Too Many Cooks': See the Insane Viral Video Hollywood Is Buzzing About

7 November 2014 1:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's an 11-minute hallucinogenic odyssey that Looper (and future Star Wars) director Rian Johnson has declared worthy of being "in the Oscar running for best short." And since the people at Adult Swim have made it available online -- it debuted inauspiciously last month during a 4 a.m. programming block -- Too Many Cooks has blazed a trail across the Internet to become a must-see among in-the-know Hollywood creatives. What is it? That's a little hard to describe. From the demented mind of Casper Kelly, co-creator of other out-there Adult Swim titles like Stroker and Hoop and Your Pretty Face is

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- Seth Abramovitch

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‘Redeemer': Marko Zaror Strikes In Trailer For Chilean Actioner – Afm

7 November 2014 8:37 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Here’s a first look at Redeemer, the Chilean action pic starring martial artist Marko Zaror that could help seal the imposing 6’3″ martial artist as the next international action star to watch. The Undisputed III and Machete Kills thesp stars as a brooding former cartel hitman who makes a promise to God to hunt down his former bosses and does so, in a hail of bullets and kicks to the head.

Exec producers and sales co. Xyz Films brought the pic to Afm where Mpi’s Dark Sky Films took North American rights in a deal announced yesterday. The action-heavy teaser trailer should help spark international sales for the Spanish language actioner, which showcases a sampling of Zaror’s impressive physicality (the film includes some scenes in English, courtesy of Looper‘s Noah Segan as an entitled American wannabe drug lord).

Redeemer marks Zaror’s fourth film with director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Reveals New Title: ‘The Force Awakens’

6 November 2014 9:15 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Star Wars Episode VII” has a title — “The Force Awakens.” According to an announcement on the official Facebook page on Thursday, the Disney film recently completed principal photography. J.J. Abrams is directing “Episode VII” which hits theaters Dec. 18, 2015. It's expected to be the first film in a new trilogy, while two more films set in the “Star Wars” universe are also in the works. One will be directed by “Chronicle's” Josh Trank and the other by “Looper”director Rian Johnson. See photos: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII': 10 Other Loathed Then Loved Castings (Photos) The new movie will see the »

- Gina Hall

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'Kidnap' Begins Production in New Orleans with Halle Berry

27 October 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lotus Entertainment announced today that Luis Prieto's heart-stopping thriller Kidnap has started principal photography. The film, based off Knate Gwaltney's screenplay, will shoot in New Orleans and wrap on November 25. Sage Correa, Lew Temple (Lawless, Unstoppable) and Chris McGinn join the cast alongside Academy Award winner Halle Berry, a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Lotus is handling international sales, with Relativity Studios distributing in the U.S.

Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Gold Star Films' Joseph Tufaro and Gregory Chou of Rumble Entertainment are producing. Executive producers are Halle Berry and her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner, Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, alongside Gold Star Films' Colin Bates and Todd Trosclair, and Well Go USA's Knate Gwaltney and Doris Pfardrescher.

The creative team behind Kidnap includes »

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‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’

24 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970’s Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in La. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco’s The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who’s drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as a film editor. Paul Felton and Ian Olds adapted the script from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel. Franco is producing with Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Caroline Aragon, and Michael Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures. Union Patriot Capital Management financed the pic and Embankment is selling internationally next month at Afm.

Brad Carter (True Detective, Sons of Anarchy) has been cast in Fox and New Regency’s The Revenant opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. »

- Jen Yamato

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Casting News: Claflin, Stan, Rogen, Segan

24 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games") and Lily James ("Cinderella") are circling the lead roles in "An Education" director Lone Scherfig's "Their Finest Hour and a Half" for BBC Films.

Based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel, the story follows a WW2 British movie crew trying to boost morale in the wake of the London Blitz. Gabby Chiappe ("Shetland," "The Paradise") is penning the script. Shooting is scheduled to take place in summer 2015. [Source: Deadline]

Ricki and the Flash

Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") is set to play the estranged son of Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-penned "Ricki and the Flash". Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield also star.

Streep plays a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now a grocery store clerk, she gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. »

- Garth Franklin

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Foxcatcher Cinematographer will shoot Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff

24 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While there is understandably a lot of the hype surrounding director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, there has not been much in the way of any news regarding the other Star Wars films being planned. Starting next year we will see a new Star Wars movie every year: after Episode VII there will be a standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), then Rian Johnson’s (Looper) Episode VIII, and then there will be another standalone movie this time directed »

- Graham McMorrow

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Composer Nathan Johnson on Scoring ‘Young Ones,’ ‘Kill the Messenger,’ and Vinyl Release of ‘Looper’

21 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Composer Nathan Johnson is a master at making off-beat and imperfect instruments sound distant yet accessible on a number of vastly different narratives (see: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper). His latest work is a pair of scores for films that were both released this month, Jake Paltrow‘s neo-western Young Ones and the journalistic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Johnson has also been producing a couple albums and […] »

- Marc Ciafardini

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Afm: Goldcrest Picks Up ‘Against the Sun,’ Starring ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton (Exclusive)

20 October 2014 11:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Goldcrest Films has acquired all international rights to the true-life adventure “Against the Sun.” Pic is toplined by Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” pics, as well as playing in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Fangs of War.”

Against the Sun” tells the true-life story of three U.S. navy airmen who battle for survival after their torpedo bomber crash lands in the South Pacific six weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The film, which also stars Garret Dillahunt (“12 Years a Slave,” “Looper,” Fox hit comedy “Raising Hope”) and Jake Abel (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), will have its market premiere at the American Film Market this November, and is due for release in the U.S. in late January 2015.

Against the Sun” is written, directed and produced by Brian Falk (producer of “Parkland,” “The Conspirator”) and executive produced »

- Leo Barraclough

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Crowdfund This: 'Send Me' – New Web Series w/ Tracie Thoms Dealing w/ Black People Sent Back in Time to Slavery Days

13 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right mind would want to do that? But then again, the premise of the currently-in-development web series is what definitely makes it unique, wouldn’t you agree? Created by playwright, screenwriter and actor Steve Harper, and starring Tracie Thoms ("Annie," "Death Proof," "Looper" among many other film and TV roles), "Send Me" deals with a black woman (Thoms) who has the power to send black people back in time to slavery days. But Harper makes clear to point out that the people who do this in the series are doing it of their own free will:  “It’s not a punishment. They want to »

- Sergio

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