7 items from 2017
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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7 items from 2017
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