19 items from 2015
When the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, one character absent from the list of returnees to the galaxy far, far away was that of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Recently, Williams – who has reprised the role for an episode of Star Wars Rebels – said that he “has a feeling” he’ll show up in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, and now the British tabloid The Sun is claiming that Williams has been told he’ll have “a fun cameo” in the next movie, which is being directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), and unsurprisingly, he’s “definitely up for it”.
The Sun isn’t exactly renowned for dropping genuine scoops, it must be said, so this is probably little more than speculation based upon Williams’ previous comments. Still, if you »
- Gary Collinson
Interstellar first took off in theaters last November and people still can't stop talking about Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic. Granted, a lot of that talk is arguing about some of the logic in the movie, but not all of it is coming from armchair scientists on the Internet. Fellow sci-fi director Rian Johnson (whose last movie was Looper and whose next movie is Star Wars: Episode VIII) recently hosted a Q&A session with Nolan after a screening of the latter's hotly debated blockbuster. But don't worry, you won't need a time machine to hear the talk; the whole 32-minute back-and-forth has been posted online for anyone to listen to. Johnson and Nolan run through the history of the project, the complications of making it, and how the visual...
- Peter Hall
Interstellar first took off in theaters last November and people still can't stop talking about Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic. Fellow sci-fi director Rian Johnson (whose last movie was Looper and whose next movie is Star Wars: Episode VIII) recently hosted a Q&A session with Nolan after a screening of the latter's hotly debated blockbuster. But don't worry, you won't need a time machine to hear the talk; the whole 32-minute back-and-forth has been...
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Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you see Interstellar Brand Corn in the near future, you can credit Rian Johnson. The man behind Looper brought up the concept while interviewing Christopher Nolan about how much corn they planted for his latest sci-fi epic. The trivial takeaway is that they planted 800 acres of the stuff and made money because Matthew McConaughey didn’t drive through every single stalk. The greater takeaway is that filmmakers learn something new (and useful) on every shoot. This interview — from an event at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica this January — offers a fantastic amount of information and insight. Consider it an open window into the minds of two excellent science fiction filmmakers. My personal favorite is a section on finding reality in spectacle in a production age where CGI makes it possible to transfer anything from your imagination onto the screen. Sit back, carve out half an hour and enjoy: Source: The Big Kahoona on Sound Cloud »
- Scott Beggs
StarWars.com has today made the announcement that J.J. Abrams will appear alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at this year's Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in California. They'll be kicking off the show "in a big way" on Thursday morning, April 16, at 10am, but the site promises that "This will be a day long remembered - trust us." What exactly are they referring to? We know that Abrams won't suddenly be announced as helming another Star Wars movie as Rian Johnson (Looper) is already attached to Episode VIII, so a new trailer seems most likely. If that is the case, it seems inevitable that it will be released online moments later, so there's a very good chance that this time and date will be when we next get a look at the movie. Potentially even more exciting is the possibility that they will take this opportunity to reveal the upcoming Star Wars slate, »
Author and filmmaker Owen Egerton is set to direct debut feature, Follow, starring Noah Segan (Looper, Deadgirl) and based on short story collection, How Best to Avoid Dying. Egerton took to Facebook with the news, writing “Happy to announce that this spring I’ll be directing my first feature film – Follow. Follow is a psychological horror…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Star Wars fever is at what I would call, a minimum right now, at least compared to what it will soon be once we get a longer trailer, a trailer expected to play in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Once that arrives and more pictures, posters and plot details begin to emerge it might become nearly insufferable to even browse around the web in any capacity, at least in terms of movie conversation. For now, however, it's sort of nice. Some sites are obviously Star Wars-obsessed, searching for any little nugget of information pertaining to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens they can get their hands on. Or debating even the smallest bit of information available to them, such as the trident lightsaber featured in that first trailer. Well, director J.J. Abrams addresses just that and a little more while returning star Mark Hamill »
- Brad Brevet
We are now just 10 months away from J.J. Abrams taking us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and when the trailer was released late last year, there was quite a stir with Star Wars fans particularly around the lightsaber hilt.
“It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing,” Abrams told Collider about the controversy over the lightsaber hilt.
It was announced that Rian Johnson (Looper) would be helming Star Wars Episode VIII, but possibly not Episode IX if Abrams is anything to go by. But what involvement will he have with the pictures once he’s set the scene? “I wouldn’t say 8 and 9 are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah.”
- Luke Owen
Seven-year-old Ceg has invested in “The King’s Speech,” “Drive,” “Looper” and “End of Watch” in exchange for music publishing rights. It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
Cross Creek’s future slate includes “Everest,” based on the tragic 1996 Mt. Everest climbing expedition; Brian Helgeland’s “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy; Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp; and Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Projects in development include Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” and Todd Field’s “Beautiful Ruins. »
- Dave McNary
Prior to accepting the Visionary Award at last night’s Visual Effects Society Awards, J.J. Abrams took a moment to discuss one particular aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has to be said; Abrams listens to his audience. During an interview with the folks over at Collider, the filmmaker offered up his thoughts on the varied responses he’s received since the film’s teaser bowed in December.
To get specific – he has heard your cries of woe/joy/indifference toward the new style of lightsaber that’s sparked a wealth of discussion online. Fans of the sci-fi series have quarrelled over its technical efficacy, its aesthetic design and whether or not it could actually kill a person.
Here’s what Abrams had to say:
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory »
- Gem Seddon
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
According to The Wrap [via Get Your Geek On], Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed to Disney investors that Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in 2017 and Episode IX will arrive in 2019. Currently, Rian Johnson (Looper) is attached to direct. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. Here's what Iger shared with Disney stockholders in a written statement: “As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage… I can assure the millions of ‘Star Wars’ fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional ‘Star Wars’ storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in »
★★★☆☆ Zach Braff's second feature, Wish I Was Here (2014), was famously - or perhaps infamously - financed partially through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Braff's reasoning for this was to spare his project from the compromises that would come with a studio production. That Braff got to do exactly what he wanted is very evident in the resulting film. Aidan Bloom (Braff) is a struggling actor, supported by his loving wife Sarah (Kate Hudson), while his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), pays for Aidan and Sarah's two children - daughter Grace (Joey King of White House Down (2013) and TV's Fargo) and son Tucker (Pierce Gagnon of Looper (2012)) to attend an expensive private Hebrew school.
- CineVue UK
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Vice," is available now On Demand.] Bruce Willis is both one of the great movie stars of the modern era and one of the most exasperating. Effortlessly charismatic when he gives a damn and utterly boring when he chooses to sleepwalk, he's appeared in as many bad movies as good ones. But when Willis lends himself to indie productions, he often seems energized even when he's only in the film very briefly. These are Willis' best indie performances (note: while he's great in "Looper" and "12 Monkeys," Indiewire felt that the mix of studio backing and fair-sized budgets disqualified both from consideration). "The Player" (1992) – Himself Willis is one of the many stars who make brief cameos in Robert Altman's Hollywood-skewering classic, and he probably only has a minute or two of screen time in »
- Max O'Connell
Exclusive: Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces have answered the call of horror anthology Tales of Halloween, the spooky project from Epic Pictures Group helmed by Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, and nine more directors. As seen in the exclusive peek above, the anthology has cast Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Barry Bostwick as well as horror staple Lin Shaye and Heroes’ Greg Grunberg, while the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green are expected to stop in for cameos.
More next-gen genre actors have joined the project, including Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Marc Senter (The Devil’s Carnival), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Grace Phipps (Dark Summer), Sam Witwer (Being Human »
- Jen Yamato
Tales of Halloween, which is coming to theaters this October, is a horror anthology that weaves ten scary stories together all with the holiday as a shared theme. The movie takes place over the course of one night, and features quite a few horror tropes, including monsters, aliens and slashers. The project, which is coming from Epic Pictures Group, has lined up an impressive ensemble of horror legends.
Joining the cast are The Rocky Horror Picture Show star Barry Bostwick, Insidious franchise mainstay Lin Shaye and Heroes cast member Greg Grunberg. Horror directors stopping by for a cameo include Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adam Green.
The cast also includes other horror notables such as Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Cheap Thrills), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows), Noah Segan (Looper), Pollyannna McIntosh (The Woman), James Duval (Donnie Darko »
It's increasingly rare to see Bruce Willis act like a professional and give a quality performance regardless of the material (of his last 12 films, his only worthwhile work was in Looper and Moonrise Kingdom), but perhaps he'll show his acting talent in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Bandits. Not to be confused with the forgettable 2001 Barry Levinson film of the same name, Willis optioned the black comedy when it was published in 1987, but the rights lapsed and were picked up by Quentin Tarantino along with the rights to three other Leonard novels. Tarantino only ended up adapting Rum Punch (into Jackie Brown), and now the rights are back in Willis' hands, who will produce the picture in addition to starring. He's also getting his Rock the Kasbah director Mitch Glazer to pen the screenplay. Hit the jump for more. If complex Elmore Leonard storylines are your bag, Bandits will likely have you covered. »
- Matt Goldberg
Adjustment Bureau: The Spierig Bros. Resuscitate Heinlein’s Dime Store Sci-Fi
Though it gets off to an idle, clunky start, the Spierig Bros, an Australian directing duo, rifle through the catalogue of vintage science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein as inspiration for their third feature, Predestination. Premiering at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, the title is unfortunately being dumped in the undesirable January period for its theatrical release, connoting that the film doesn’t have much to offer. Perhaps more ambitious than its means, it’s a film that manages to intrigue and engross with a narrative that virtually creates the odor of the musty, yellowed pages of the writing style it’s been borrowed from. While some may have a problem with the treatment of certain subject elements, dated precariously from a less enlightened period, the Spierigs, if nothing else, capture a certain nostalgic energy for this material, like an insect trapped in amber. »
- Nicholas Bell
19 items from 2015
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