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Lego teases Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sets

26 June 2016 1:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve had a lot of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story news this week [follow all of our coverage here], and now Lego has shared a catalogue teaser for its upcoming range of Lego Star Wars products based upon December’s hotly-anticipated Anthology movie.

The Brick Fan reports that in addition to the five sets pictured in the teaser, there will also be three Buildable Figures. Details on the sets are being kept under wraps, but we do have the following details:

75152 – 385 pcs, $29.99/€39.99

75153 – 449 pcs, $39.99/€49.99

75154 – 543 pcs, $69.99/€69.99

75155 – 659 pcs, $79.99/€79.99

75156 – 863 pcs, $89.99/€99.99

75119 – 104 pcs. $24.99/€24.99

75120 – 169 pcs, $24.99/€24.99

75121 – 106 pcs, $24.99/€24.99

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the first film in the new standalone movies from Lucasfilm. It tells the story of how a group of unlikely heroes unite to undertake a daring and seemingly impossible mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones »

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Six more images from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

24 June 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If yesterday’s huge batch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story images wasn’t enough to satisfy your appetite for December’s first Star Wars Anthology movie, then you’re in luck as EW has debuted another six stills from the Gareth Edwards-directed film. Check them out here…

See Also: Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards discuss Darth Vader’s involvement in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

With regards to that last shot, the Empire hasn’t introduced a new line of Tie helicopters; instead, it’s a behind-the-scenes image showing a rather different shot to what we’re used to seeing in Star Wars. According to the article, it’s part of Edwards’ “a hand-held, you-are-there approach” to filming the beach battle sequence.

See Also: Forest Whitaker’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character is from The Clone Wars animated series

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

- Gary Collinson

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Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards discuss Darth Vader’s involvement in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

23 June 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in March, we brought you some details on Darth Vader’s casting in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie from Disney and Lucasfilm, and after confirming the Sith Lord’s involvement yesterday, Entertainment Weekly has been speaking to producer Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards and more about the iconic villain’s role in the film.

“I think we can talk about Vader…” said Kennedy, who confirmed that the Dark Lord of the Sith will once again be voiced by James Earl Jones. “He will be in the movie sparingly. But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”

“Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about,” adds Edwards. “Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There’s definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Theater Gunman in Germany Killed by Special Forces

23 June 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German police Sek special forces shot and killed a gunman who had taken hostages in a movie-theater complex in the Hessian town of Viernheim on Thursday. None of the hostages or police officers were hurt in the rescue operation.

The unidentified masked man reportedly entered the Kinopolis multiplex Thursday afternoon carrying a number of firearms and wearing bandolier, fired shots into the air and barricaded himself in a theater with hostages.

Special police units stormed the theater complex and killed the gunman. Witnesses reported that a number of shots were fired before the assailant was killed.

Police have not yet identified the man nor the types of firearms he was carrying.

According to Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth, the gunman was carrying a rifle and appeared to be confused or disturbed. Spiegel Online, citing police sources, added that the assailant appeared to be a lone and disturbed individual, adding that »

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Forest Whitaker’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character is from The Clone Wars animated series

22 June 2016 11:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few hours ago Entertainment Weekly shared details of the characters set to feature in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, save for that of Forest Whitaker, who the site suggested had historical ties to the Star Wars saga. Well, we now know who Whitaker is playing, and it’s a character who first debuted in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

EW has revealed that Whitaker is portraying Saw Gerrera, a character who appeared in four episodes of season five of The Clone Wars, and has also been mentioned by name in Star Wars Rebels and the novel Star Wars: Bloodline. During the Clone Wars, he and his sister Steela lead a guerrilla group against the Seperatists on their home world of Onderon, receiving help from Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists, »

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character details revealed

22 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following their cover reveal [see here], Entertainment Weekly has now shared a selection of character portraits from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, giving us some insight into the characters inhabiting the world of Disney and Lucasfilm’s first Anthology movie.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)

A streetwise delinquent who has been on her own since 15, she has fighting skills and a knowledge of the galactic underworld that the Rebel Alliance desperately needs.

Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)

Andor is a by-the-book Rebel intelligence officer, brought in to steady the volatile Erso, but he’s no square. He’s committed, steady, and practical, and has seen more than his share of combat.

Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)

Pronounced chi-rut, he’s no Jedi, but he’s devoted to their ways and has used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and become a formidable warrior.

Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)

Heavily armored, Baze prefers a blaster »

- Gary Collinson

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Horror Highlights: Deadlight: Director’S Cut, Dexter Pin Mate, In The Deep, MST3K, Viral, Zombie With A Shotgun

22 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Deadlight: Director’s Cut is now out for the PS4 and Xbox One. See what horror awaits you in the new launch trailer released by Deep Silver. Also: a look at Bif Bang Pow and Entertainment Earth’s Sdcc 2016 exclusive Dexter wooden Pin Mate, release details for In the Deep, info on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion show, a poster and release news for Viral, and Zombie with a Shotgun‘s new Indiegogo campaign.

Deadlight: Director’s Cut Launch Trailer Revealed: Press Release: “Larkspur, Calif., June 21, 2016 – The survival horror platformer Deadlight: Director’s Cut is available today for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC digitally for $19.99. With the brand-new Survival Arena Mode which offers interactive defenses and novel weapons, players can expect an unforgettably intense struggle against the horde. In addition, the PS4 and Xbox One versions now also encompass the Nightmare Mode, »

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly

22 June 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After all the rumours about the reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm is looking to get the marketing back on track this week with Entertainment Weekly set to offer up some brand new details on the hotly-anticipated Anthology movie in this week’s issue. To whet our appetities, they have released the cover to the magazine featuring Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, Diego Luna’s Captain Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk’s K-2So, which also confirms that Darth Vader is returning (although we told you that months ago).

The article goes on to confirm that Mads Mikkelsen is playing Jyn Ero’s father (something he already let slip), as well as promising to reveal more details regarding the team of Rebels, Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, and of course Darth Vader. We’ll keep you posted.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the first film »

- Gary Collinson

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Match the blockbuster destruction to the movie – quiz

21 June 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With aliens returning to Earth for more city-crushing chaos in this week’s belated sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, how well do you know other scenes of wanton carnage?

San Andreas

Pacific Rim

Final Destination 5

Terminator: Salvation

The Day After Tomorrow

Armageddon

Deep Impact

Hereafter

Skyline

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Battle Los Angeles

War of the Worlds

The Dark Knight Rises

Daredevil

Man of Steel

Watchmen

The Avengers

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Captain America: Civil War

2012

The Core

World War Z

Mars Attacks!

Fast & Furious 6

A Good Day to Die Hard

Die Hard 4.0

Fast & Furious 7

Dante's Peak

Independence Day

Godzilla

London Has Fallen

Volcano

Die Hard

Hollow Man

Mission: Impossible

Thor: The Dark World

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Trek Into Darkness

7 and above.

You're safe in a bunker!

0 and above.

You're a disaster

4 and above.

You're the »

- Benjamin Lee

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Joe Corallo: Control The Conversation

21 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Honestly, it’s been hard for me this past week to think of something to talk about that isn’t the Pulse Lgbtq nightclub massacre that took place on Latin night in Orlando, Fl in the early hours of June 12th which was a targeted attack against the queer and Hispanic communities using a Sig Sauer McX assault rifle. This semi-automatic rifle has been the weapon of choice for many a mass shooter. That fact was not lost on the crowd of thousands that we attended the vigil at Stonewall Inn here in Manhattan’s West Village last week.

Despite this fact, no one really expected anything to be done about gun violence. After all, we’ve experienced so many mass shootings these last few years and our government has done next to nothing about it. Certainly on a federal level. And besides, it’s an election year. You know »

- Joe Corallo

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Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy vs. The McU Captain America Trilogy

18 June 2016 6:56 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Which is the best comic book inspired trilogy? Christopher Nolan’s revered Dark Knight trilogy has become the gold standard for turning comic book super heroes into serious art. However, the three McU Captain America films have been called the best of all the McU franchises. Both are excellent trilogies. Which is better? Let’s take a look.

When Christopher Nolan took over the Batman cinematic project, he revived a character who had been diminished in his previous film appearance (Batman and Robin) and resurrected the Bat, showing the world that comic book films could stand up with other genres in terms of artistic quality, critical praise, box office clout and franchise sustainability. He helped make comic adaptations credible. In his own words, he said, “We wanted to show things that people wouldn’t expect to see in that kind of film”. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises »

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Hell and salvation in the films of Christopher Nolan

16 June 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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In the logical, rational films of Christopher Nolan, heroes often make a mythical journey into the land of the dead, Ryan writes...

Christopher Nolan stands in front of a chalk board, carefully scratching out a network of lines and arrows. He's attempting to describe the complex structure of Memento, his second film, which cuts between two intertwining stories - one told in a conventional order, the other told in reverse.

"Most movies present a quite comfortable universe," Nolan says, standing in front of his odd hairpin-shaped diagram, "where we're given an objective truth that we don't get in everyday life. That's one of the reasons we go to the movies."

For many, Memento was their first encounter with Nolan's style of filmmaking, which seems fixated on the precise and the concrete. He favours the use of celluloid and practical, in-camera effects. Like Stanley Kubrick before him, Nolan »

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Skywalker Sound’s Matthew Wood on the sound design of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

15 June 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Taking a break from all the rumour and speculation surrounding the reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IGN caught up with Skywalker Sound’s Matthew Wood, who spoke about his work on December’s first Anthology movie and how he plans to blend new elements with the familiar sounds from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Star Wars just has such a great legacy of sound that we’ve kept really special over the years,” states Wood. “Ben Burtt, who’s the original sound designer from the first Star Wars in ’77, was my mentor, and we’ve worked together on many, many projects. He’s still active at Skywalker Sound, almost 40 years after the first Star Wars. We’ve kept those sounds very special, so they’re only used in Star Wars films. I mean, Skywalker Sound, we do a ton of other movies, but we keep those sounds special, because we want that. You hear a Tie fighter, you’re gonna know that’s a Tie fighter. It’s not going to be like, ‘Oh, I heard that in Transformers. I heard that in Pirates of the Caribbean.’ This is the Tie fighter, and it hasn’t been spread out amongst all the different movies.”

See Also: Mads Mikkelsen says Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots are “the final polishing”

“Sound has that way to subliminally take you, to connect you to things, and it’s a very easy way to do it,” he continues. “It’s not onscreen. We don’t have to render it. We pay special homage to the lightsabers and the wookiees and the wampas and the Tie fighters and the X-Wings. All of that has a connection back. So those sounds we don’t really want to alter much. [We] take things that are in that same patina [of the old sounds] and create new ships and, you know… David Acord, who was my co-supervisor on The Force Awakens — and we both did The Clone Wars together as well — we’ve just tried to take a blend of what we made in Clone Wars and what we’ve done in the Prequels and now The Force Awakens and just tried to put it in that same zone so it seems like it’s in that same universe.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith).

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London Has Fallen — Blu-ray DVD review

14 June 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

London Has Fallen

Directed by: Babak Najafi

Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman

Running Time: 1 hr 39 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: June 14, 2016

Plot: (courtesy Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) Devastation of a world capital and a revenge plan against an American president fuel the high-octane London Has Fallen, coming to Digital HD on May 31, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 14, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen raises the stakes with non-stop action and suspenseful plot twists. The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD versions also include exclusive bonus features about the can’t-miss thriller.

In London Has Fallen, the stellar cast of Gerard Butler (300), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black), Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point), and Morgan Freeman (Lucy) reprises their original roles from Olympus Has Fallen, joined by Alon Moni Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow), and Waleed F. Zuaiter (Homeland). Babak Najafi directs London Has Fallen.

When the British Prime Minster dies unexpectedly, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) knows it is his duty to prep with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) for them to accompany U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) to the state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. With every powerful world leader set to attend, the funeral should be the most protected event on Earth. Yet within moments of arriving, heads of government are assassinated and London landmarks are attacked. Asher, Banning, and Jacobs are ambushed and retreat amidst a hail of gunfire and explosives. The devastated British capital goes into lockdown. Banning will stop at nothing to secure Asher’s safe return home. Back at the White House, Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) races against time brainstorming with top advisors in the Situation Room to get those trapped in London a lifeline of support and a way out. Outnumbered and outgunned, Banning reaches out for help to an English MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Failure is not an option as they attempt to stop the criminals from carrying out the final phase of their revenge plan.

Movie: For a complete review of London Has Fallen listen to Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider (the only movie podcast on the internet).

Movie Score: 4/10

Extras

The Making of London Has Fallen – An inside look at the massive undertaking of shooting such a large-scale film in London. Featuring interviews with cast and crew, this piece shows the unique challenges encountered on-set, director Babak Najafi’s process, and the cast’s inspiration for their characterizations. Guns, Knives & Explosives – Delve deeper into Gerard Butler’s iconic character of Mike Banning, and the extensive training and preparation the actor needed to play a Secret Service agent.

The film will be available on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD and UltraViolet™ and DVD.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away. Digital HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. Read Scorecard Reviews from our film reviews database Watch movie trailers and read our Tsr reviews Listen to Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider

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Win Passes to See The Neon Demon

14 June 2016 1:55 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of the new film from writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film The Neon Demon at the Mjr Troy Theater in Troy, Michigan on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because the contest ends at 10:00pm on Sunday, June 19th!

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The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has in The Neon Demon, the new horror thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn. The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt, Max Max: Fury Road), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, The Dark Knight Rises), Alessandro Nivola (A Most Violent Year, American Hustle), and Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, Wild). Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives). (Broad Green Pictures) This film has been rated R.

The Neon Demon opens in theaters on Friday, June 10, 2016!

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London Has Fallen Blu-Ray Preview Blows Up Chelsea Bridge | Exclusive

14 June 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a solid theatrical run where it took in $195 million worldwide, from a $60 million budget, London Has Fallen is coming home this week with its release on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand formats today, June 14. In case you didn't get a chance to see this action sequel in theaters, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out before the movie hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand formats. This preview takes fans behind-the-scenes of the destructive Chelsea Bridge scene in this sequel.

This preview, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, features second unit director Steve Griffin, who teases that, since they couldn't actually blow up the real Chelsea Bridge in London, this massive attack scene was filmed by using a huge green screen set at an airfield in Bulgaria during principal photography. We also hear from senior visual effects supervisor Sean Farrow, who reveals that some of the most fascinating conversations during the production involved around deciding which bridges to blow up. He also explains that the production chose Chelsea Bridge because it was a suspension bridge that could be pulled apart piece by piece.

Devastation of a world capital and a revenge plan against an American president fuel the high-octane London Has Fallen, coming to Digital HD on May 31, 2016, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on June 14, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen raises the stakes with non-stop action and suspenseful plot twists. The Blu-ray and Digital HD versions also include exclusive bonus features about the can't-miss thriller.

In London Has Fallen, the stellar cast of Gerard Butler (300), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black), Sean O'Bryan (Vantage Point), and Morgan Freeman (Lucy) reprises their original roles from Olympus Has Fallen, joined by Alon Moni Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow), and Waleed F. Zuaiter (Homeland). Babak Najafi directs London Has Fallen.

When the British Prime Minster dies unexpectedly, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) knows it is his duty to prep with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) for them to accompany U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) to the state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral in London. With every powerful world leader set to attend, the funeral should be the most protected event on Earth. Yet within moments of arriving, heads of government are assassinated and London landmarks are attacked.

Asher, Banning, and Jacobs are ambushed and retreat amidst a hail of gunfire and explosives. The devastated British capital goes into lockdown. Banning will stop at nothing to secure Asher's safe return home. Back at the White House, Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) races against time brainstorming with top advisors in the Situation Room to get those trapped in London a lifeline of support and a way out. Outnumbered and outgunned, Banning reaches out for help to an English MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Failure is not an option as they attempt to stop the criminals from carrying out the final phase of their revenge plan. Take a look at our exclusive preview from London Has Fallen before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD this week. »

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After Orlando Shooting, Hollywood Faces Tough Conversation About Violence

14 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Tony Awards on Sunday night were a muted affair, held just hours after a mass shooting in a gay club left 50 people dead in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s quite important that in these situations, we in the arts keep going,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told Variety at a Tony after-party at New York’s Baccarat Hotel, adding that he’d just attended a late-night celebration for his musical “School of Rock” with the cast’s young actors. “I came away with one thought,” he said. “No child is born to hate.”

The entertainment industry is still grappling with the implications of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On Twitter and elsewhere, celebrities expressed an outpouring of grief. J.K. Rowling posted a photo of victim Luis Vielma, 22, wearing his Hogwarts uniform as an employee at Universal Studios working at the “Harry Potter” ride. “I can’t stop crying,” she wrote. Writer-director Michael Showalter said he was angry at Hollywood for glorifying violence: “Just stop it. The videogames. The movies. All of it.” Ellen Page talked about how the gay community “must stand together more than ever.”

Kelly Bush Novak, founder and CEO of ID PR, and a gay rights advocate, told Variety she hopes the tragedy will have a galvanizing effect. “The victims in Orlando paid for their freedom with their lives,” Novak said. “Ours is the civil rights struggle of the 21st century. As agents of cultural change we must honor the lives of all Lgbtq people by telling stories that turn fear into pride for our youth, and that allow us to be seen in all of our diverse and powerful glory.”

“People go to the movies for escapism, but it’s hard to escape something like this.” Analyst Jeff Bock

From Aurora to Newtown, after each mass shooting, Hollywood faces difficult conversations about its role in an increasingly dangerous world — one in which killers, warped by religious fundamentalism or mental illness, rely on easy access to assault weapons to end dozens of lives in a blink of an eye. This year alone, there has been a mass shooting on 133 of 164 days.

Each cycle of violence raises questions about people’s willingness to leave their homes to see movies, concerts, or plays. The murders in Orlando by a lone gunman, Omar Mateen, who was killed by police, may have lasting repercussions.

“At some point there’s a tipping point,” said Howard Levinson, a security consultant for schools, movie theaters, and businesses. He noted that assault-rifle-wielding police officers are now a common sight in France and other parts of Europe following last fall’s terrorist attacks in Paris. In the days leading up to the Cannes Film Festival, officials staged an elaborate standoff with gunmen to look for lapses in their emergency responsiveness. It’s a tactic that is already being embraced by sports stadiums. Officials and police at Boston’s Fenway Park, for instance, engaged in a mock counterterrorism exercise June 12, complete with fake gunshots and explosions. Levinson predicts such preparations could soon be the standard at major public venues.

“It’s a different world,” he said. “The term ‘active shooter’ barely existed 20 or 30 years ago. Now it’s on the tip of nearly everybody’s tongue.”

Theaters have not yet been required to install metal detectors and armed guards, but the movie business has made some moves to deal with the frightening new reality. Following the 2012 shooting at a late-night showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 70 injured, studios began moving preview screenings to as early as 8 p.m. out of safety concerns. Many major theater chains, such as AMC and Regal, tightened their costume policies, barring guests from bringing fake weapons or wearing masks.

Privately, studio executives said they did not expect the Orlando nightclub shooting to keep people away from movie theaters. Even in cases where theaters themselves have been the scene of murders, the aftershocks have been limited, and largely regional; ticket sales have dipped primarily in areas close to the crime scene, they said. But the steady stream of such events is bound to have a psychological impact on audiences.

‘Senseless Acts of Tragedy’: Lin-Manuel Miranda recited an emotional sonnet as part of an acceptance speech for “Hamilton” during the Tony Awards June 12 in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

“People go to the movies for escapism, but it’s hard to escape something like this,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Every time you’re at a movie or a sporting event or gathering, it’s going to creep up into the back of people’s minds.”

Nightclubs will feel a financial pinch analogous to the one suffered by airlines in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when ridership declined, security consultants said. “Let’s call it the night-time economy, the businesses that exist between 6 pm. and 3 a.m. They will be impacted by an immediate panic,” predicted Robert C. Smith, CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants. “People will not go out.”

Smith believes metal detectors, which can cost in excess of $200,000 and require trained staffers to oversee them, could be prohibitively expensive for small venues. However, he says, clubs may be mandated to add training for bouncers on how to deal with shooters.

In addition to the prohibitive costs of high-tech security measures, the inconspicuous profiles of the killers themselves make preventing the next big attack nearly impossible. The internet has enabled shooters to become radicalized into extreme views, while also providing them access to information about building arsenals. Such potential killers typically have limited criminal records, making it difficult to track their moves.

“A lot of times they’re flying under the radar, and there’s not much indication they’re going to perpetrate an attack,” said Jeffrey Simon, author of “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat.” “We’re living in an age where a lone-wolf terrorist, whatever their motivation, has an advantage over people trying to prevent an attack.”

At the Tonys, the “Hamilton” cast felt bittersweet emotions about winning 11 awards at a time of national tragedy. In the pressroom, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda told reporters that the Lgbt community is the “cornerstone” of the theater industry. The evening was the culmination of seven years of work, he said, but such shootings are a reminder that life can be snuffed out in an instant.

“You have tragic acts like today when you realize that tomorrow is not promised,” said Miranda. It was a moment of reflection that carried throughout the Tonys broadcast. Even the show’s final number, “The Schuyler Sisters,” seemed to double as a eulogy with the poignant lyric: “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

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After Orlando Shooting, Hollywood Faces Tough Conversation About Violence

14 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Tony Awards on Sunday night were a muted affair, held just hours after a mass shooting in a gay club left 50 people dead in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s quite important that in these situations, we in the arts keep going,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told Variety at a Tony after-party at New York’s Baccarat Hotel, adding that he’d just attended a late-night celebration for his musical “School of Rock” with the cast’s young actors. “I came away with one thought,” he said. “No child is born to hate.”

The entertainment industry is still grappling with the implications of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On Twitter and elsewhere, celebrities expressed an outpouring of grief. J.K. Rowling posted a photo of victim Luis Vielma, 22, wearing his Hogwarts uniform as an employee at Universal Studios working at the “Harry Potter” ride. “I can’t stop crying,” she wrote. Writer-director Michael Showalter said he was angry at Hollywood for glorifying violence: “Just stop it. The videogames. The movies. All of it.” Ellen Page talked about how the gay community “must stand together more than ever.”

Kelly Bush Novak, founder and CEO of ID PR, and a gay rights advocate, told Variety she hopes the tragedy will have a galvanizing effect. “The victims in Orlando paid for their freedom with their lives,” Novak said. “Ours is the civil rights struggle of the 21st century. As agents of cultural change we must honor the lives of all Lgbtq people by telling stories that turn fear into pride for our youth, and that allow us to be seen in all of our diverse and powerful glory.”

“People go to the movies for escapism, but it’s hard to escape something like this.” Analyst Jeff Bock

From Aurora to Newtown, after each mass shooting, Hollywood faces difficult conversations about its role in an increasingly dangerous world — one in which killers, warped by religious fundamentalism or mental illness, rely on easy access to assault weapons to end dozens of lives in a blink of an eye. This year alone, there has been a mass shooting on 133 of 164 days.

Each cycle of violence raises questions about people’s willingness to leave their homes to see movies, concerts, or plays. The murders in Orlando by a lone gunman, Omar Mateen, who was killed by police, may have lasting repercussions.

“At some point there’s a tipping point,” said Howard Levinson, a security consultant for schools, movie theaters, and businesses. He noted that assault-rifle-wielding police officers are now a common sight in France and other parts of Europe following last fall’s terrorist attacks in Paris. In the days leading up to the Cannes Film Festival, officials staged an elaborate standoff with gunmen to look for lapses in their emergency responsiveness. It’s a tactic that is already being embraced by sports stadiums. Officials and police at Boston’s Fenway Park, for instance, engaged in a mock counterterrorism exercise June 12, complete with fake gunshots and explosions. Levinson predicts such preparations could soon be the standard at major public venues.

“It’s a different world,” he said. “The term ‘active shooter’ barely existed 20 or 30 years ago. Now it’s on the tip of nearly everybody’s tongue.”

Theaters have not yet been required to install metal detectors and armed guards, but the movie business has made some moves to deal with the frightening new reality. Following the 2012 shooting at a late-night showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 70 injured, studios began moving preview screenings to as early as 8 p.m. out of safety concerns. Many major theater chains, such as AMC and Regal, tightened their costume policies, barring guests from bringing fake weapons or wearing masks.

Privately, studio executives said they did not expect the Orlando nightclub shooting to keep people away from movie theaters. Even in cases where theaters themselves have been the scene of murders, the aftershocks have been limited, and largely regional; ticket sales have dipped primarily in areas close to the crime scene, they said. But the steady stream of such events is bound to have a psychological impact on audiences.

‘Senseless Acts of Tragedy’: Lin-Manuel Miranda recited an emotional sonnet as part of an acceptance speech for “Hamilton” during the Tony Awards June 12 in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

“People go to the movies for escapism, but it’s hard to escape something like this,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Every time you’re at a movie or a sporting event or gathering, it’s going to creep up into the back of people’s minds.”

Nightclubs will feel a financial pinch analogous to the one suffered by airlines in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when ridership declined, security consultants said. “Let’s call it the night-time economy, the businesses that exist between 6 pm. and 3 a.m. They will be impacted by an immediate panic,” predicted Robert C. Smith, CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants. “People will not go out.”

Smith believes metal detectors, which can cost in excess of $200,000 and require trained staffers to oversee them, could be prohibitively expensive for small venues. However, he says, clubs may be mandated to add training for bouncers on how to deal with shooters.

In addition to the prohibitive costs of high-tech security measures, the inconspicuous profiles of the killers themselves make preventing the next big attack nearly impossible. The internet has enabled shooters to become radicalized into extreme views, while also providing them access to information about building arsenals. Such potential killers typically have limited criminal records, making it difficult to track their moves.

“A lot of times they’re flying under the radar, and there’s not much indication they’re going to perpetrate an attack,” said Jeffrey Simon, author of “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat.” “We’re living in an age where a lone-wolf terrorist, whatever their motivation, has an advantage over people trying to prevent an attack.”

At the Tonys, the “Hamilton” cast felt bittersweet emotions about winning 11 awards at a time of national tragedy. In the pressroom, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda told reporters that the Lgbt community is the “cornerstone” of the theater industry. The evening was the culmination of seven years of work, he said, but such shootings are a reminder that life can be snuffed out in an instant.

“You have tragic acts like today when you realize that tomorrow is not promised,” said Miranda. It was a moment of reflection that carried throughout the Tonys broadcast. Even the show’s final number, “The Schuyler Sisters,” seemed to double as a eulogy with the poignant lyric: “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

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Behind the Scenes of 'Assassin's Creed' Movie [E3 Video]

13 June 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

While Warcraft may be performing pretty admirably on the international front, there's no hiding the fact that a $24 million domestic opening is a bit of a disappointment for a movie with a $160 million budget. If there is anything the past decade has proven, it's that audiences are very much swayed by critical creation to their blockbusters, and the buzz for Warcraft just wasn't all that great. The film that seemed poised to kick off the new era of video game movie adaptations kinda whiffed. 

Next up to bat this December is Assassin's Creed, a film based on the hit Ubisoft video game series. If there was a film with everything in its favor, it's this one. Not only has it been the pet project of Academy Award nominee Michale Fassbender, but it's a co-production from the very video game studio that brought it to life on the small screen. Like Marvel Studios before it, if there is one company that can get their own game right, it's the company that birthed it into the world (then again, the same thing happened with Warcraft). However, above all else, it is a property that lends itself to the big screen adaptation. It's heavy on story, and heavy on action and cool visuals. We got a sneaking suspicion that this is the film video game fans have been waiting for. 

It's E3 week, and while this is a movie, the studio is taking advantage of the film's video game origins with an E3 Behind the Scenes video.

Check it out below!

"Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.Assassin’S Creed stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-men: Days Of Future Past, 12 Years A Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie En Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, MacBeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Dmc Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox."

Assassin's Creed hits theaters on December 21, 2016!

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30 Best 'Game of Thrones' Villains

13 June 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The game of thrones may be dizzyingly complex, but there's one simple rule that still holds true: Like any competition, it requires people to root against. That's where the characters on our list of the HBO show's greatest villains come in. Sure, the story prefers to color its conflicts in shades of gray rather than black and white, but that doesn't stop it from boasting some of the best worst people the small screen has ever seen.

Some are complicated characters who've revealed both good and bad sides of themselves over time. »

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