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This past week Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta discussed a couple of alternative endings for December’s Anthology movie, including a “happy” ending where Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor survived, and another where Darth Vader killed Director Krennic. And now, speaking to io9, Ilm’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll (the man responsible for the original pitch for Rogue One) has revealed another couple of endings that were under consideration.
The first ending would have seen Jyn and Cassian escaping Scarif and attempting to lose Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer by making multiple jumps through hyperspace, with Knoll explaining: “And the last jump they do, they try to get lost in the traffic that’s around Coruscant. It’s a giant cloud of ships. Ten-thousand ships coming and going and they’re trying to get lost in that traffic but they don’t make it. There »
- Gary Collinson
This week we’ve been learning a lot about how Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could have turned out – from its original ‘happy’ ending to Orson Krennic’s death at the hands of Darth Vader – and now we’ve learnt of another discarded idea thanks to Entertainment Weekly. In an early draft of the story, the prologue to the film would have revealed Jyn Erso’s mother, Lyra, was in fact a Jedi in hiding.
“The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi,” Edwards said. “And Jyn’s mom was going to be a Jedi. We were witnessing one of those kills and Krennic would be the person sent to do it.”
After the events of Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith, only a handful of Jedi managed to escape the mass executions across the galaxy, »
- Ricky Church
While some novices may not realize what is about to hit Netflix this summer, fans do, and they have been waiting for the American Death Note adaptation for quite some time. Originally envisioned as a big screen reboot of the popular Japanese franchise, the movie eventually wound up at Netflix. And now, it is set to be one of their biggest original summer movie releases ever. Today, we have a first look at this thriller.
'We suggest you obey the rules'. That's the warning issued at the forefront of this spooky tale. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the »
The Dark Lord of the Sith made his return to the big screen this past December in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and while he only appeared in two scenes, the final sequence where he massacred a bunch of Rebel Troopers is arguably Darth Vader’s finest moment from the entire saga.
As we’ve already heard, that was a late addition to the film created during reshoots, but original screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed that Vader did have another scene in the first draft of the script, which would have resulted in the death of a major character at the Dark Lord’s hand.
“Vader is in the movie as much as he always was. He only had two things in the film. He was on Mustafar and then in the battle at the end,” said Gary Whitta in an interview with EW. “The rampage where [Vader] murdered everybody wasn’t me. »
- Gary Collinson
Over the weekend we brought you some comments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, who discussed how the reshoots changed the original ending that had been shot for the blockbuster Anthology movie. And now screenwriter Gary Whitta has been chatting to EW about the very first draft of the script, which would have seen Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor surviving the battle on Scarif.
Whitta revealed that while K-2So always died (and Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus weren’t included at this point), the original ending would have seen the Death Star arriving at Scarif to destroy the facility, but Jyn and Cassian would have escaped the beach beforehand, transmitting the plans off-world:
“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” said Whitta. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. »
- Gary Collinson
We’re two films into the Disney Star Wars canon, and while both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have went down well with the majority of fans and critics – and earned a fortune at the box office – there has been some criticism that the movies are relying too heavily on nostalgia. “Legacy” characters made up a good portion of both films, next up from Disney and Lucasfilm is the young Han Solo spinoff, and there’s also persistent rumours of future Anthology movies centred around Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, according to Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, future movies will see a shift away from these legacy characters and elements to tell new stories.
“I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with Rogue One,” Whitta Told ComingSoon. “Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, »
- Amie Cranswick
It was pretty clear to anyone who’d seen a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the much publicised reshoots led to some rather major changes in December’s blockbuster Anthology movie, particularly during the climactic battle on Scarif. And, speaking to Slash Film, director Gareth Edwards has now offered some insight into the original ending, and the reasons behind why it was changed.
“I think the main thing that changed at the end…what used to happen, and you can get a sense of this in the early trailers, the transmission tower for the plans was separate from the main base on Scarif. To transmit the plans, they had to escape and run along the beach and go up the tower. In cutting the film, it just felt too long. We had to find ways to compress the third act, which was quite long as it was. »
- Gary Collinson
British actors have been creeping their way into Hollywood ever since the early days of Hollywood. Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor all had British roots, and yet they are still known as some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. So, why not celebrate the Brits that made their home in Hollywood? Hollywood should be a place of diversity and British actors have helped to make Hollywood what it is today. Actors from all over the world are making their way to Hollywood to find success and when you can find international freight forwarding at such great prices, why shouldn’t they? So, if you haven’t forgotten where they came from, here is a short list of the English actors making it big in Hollywood:
Danielle Radcliffe has come a long way since his first appearance in the Harry Potter film series »
- David Agnew
The actress behind the digitally de-aged Princess Leia in Rogue One is open to returning to the part in the future.
There has been a lot of hoopla regarding Disney’s de-aging/resurrection technologies used in Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Bringing back Peter Cushing for the role of Tarkin and having a young Carrie Fisher turn up as the iconic Princess Leia.
This is a controversy that has only grown since the passing of Fisher, with many fans worried that Disney might try and bring her back for future Star Wars instalments.
Well the actress — Ingvild Deila — who was behind all that computer wizardry for Rogue One is open to returning to the role should she get the call. She spoke to Jaime Stangroom about the possibility in a recent YouTube interview.
“I would be lying if I said no. It would be great. Really scary at the »
- Samuel Brace
Christopher Nolan is an idiosyncratic director in many ways, from his Byzantine plotting to his rigorous combination of practical and digital effects. One thing he does that he’s not particularly heralded for though is his tendency to release exclusive clips of his films in front of selected IMAX showings.
The trend began with the opening bank robbery sequence in The Dark Knight appearing before I Am Legend, and continued with the plane heist in The Dark Knight Rises being played in in full before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He’s now carrying on this tradition with Dunkirk, releasing a five-minute prologue which initially showed in front of IMAX screenings of Rogue One.
If you missed that, you’ve now got another chance to catch it, as Warner Bros. are putting it front of IMAX screenings of Kong: Skull Island. Reports from back in December explain that the footage establishes »
- David James
While most of us in general look up to our elders for heart-to-heart advice on life lessons, one cannot ignore the important life lessons we all can learn from the current superheroes of all times. Talking of superheroes and not talking about Batman isn’t how stuff rolls! While Batman is a fictional character, with the man Bruce Wayne playing the part, firstly let us reminisce what Batman said:
A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” – Batman (Christian Bale), The Dark Knight Rises
Mentioned-below are top 5 life lessons we can learn from Batman: 1. Always wear a mask:
Just like that famous adage goes, “let not your deeds be with the expectation of a reward”. The good work you have been doing shouldn »
- David Agnew
So there you are. You’re bowling a near perfect game. You’ve had the odd spare here and there but largely you’ve had strikes. Then you hit a gutter ball and your game starts falling apart. Sometimes it can end disastrously, or you may just be able to maintain a reasonable finish, but in the end you’ll still look back and wonder whether you missed out on greatness because of one misjudgement on your spin.
I’ve watched Logan. The trailers were fantastic. The hype big and the reviews first rate. This was surely going to be immense. For the first hour or so it was. This saw a dark, tragic and beaten down Wolverine, meandering slowly to his grave in 2029. The world the X-Men inhabited, that we’ve seen »
Mark Harrison Mar 15, 2017
Batman & Robin has a lot to answer for. Almost 20 years after its release, Joel Schumacher's brightly-coloured art nouveau confection is widely acknowledge as the nadir of the cinematic Bat-canon, even though that canon has very recently incorporated the DC Extended Universe entries, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the Academy Award-winning* Suicide Squad.
But two decades on, it sometimes feels like the films have wound up going too far the other way. Warner Bros rightly ran in the opposite direction with the Dark Knight trilogy, which began eight years later with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. However, they haven't replicated the success of those films by doubling down on »
Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom have revealed two new additions to their line of Previews Exclusive Egg Attack Action Figures in the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper from Rogue One: A Star Wars story. Both figures are set to go on sale in July at the recommended price of $73.00 apiece; take a look below and check out the other upcoming Egg Attack figures for Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: The Force Awakens…
Fans can choose between the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper Action Figures, both of whom protect the Death Star for the Empire. The Death Trooper is a special elite unit with powerful weapons to protect everything on the Death Star—their sleek armor is designed on the details shown in Rogue One, with a detachable tactical vest and an exclusive blaster pistol and rifle. The Shore Trooper, as seen in the film, »
- Amie Cranswick
Generally speaking, comic-book movies are brands first, with creativity considered somewhere further down the list. One can’t help but wonder if Christopher Nolan had a sense of what was coming when he decided that “The Dark Knight Rises” would be his final Batman film, and sealed off those three movies in their own, contained universe. It forced Warner Bros. to reboot, but it left Nolan’s movies untouched by what has become a Hollywood game of sprawling movie universes that feel narratively inconsequential.
Continue reading Because Nobody Retires A Character Anymore, Patrick Stewart Keeping The Door Open For Professor X at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gotham is currently on a break until April, and Siddig is expected to make his on screen debut soon after the midseason premiere.
The fan favourite Batman villain was previously portrayed on the big screen by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, while Matt Nable also played the character on The CW’s Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Gotham’s third season resumes on Fox on April 24th. »
- Gary Collinson
“Gotham” has found Ra’s al Ghul.
As Bruce (David Mazouz) pulls the veil off the Court of Owls, he learns the man pulling the strings is in fact Ra’s al Ghul. A man shrouded in mystery — and the leader of the international criminal organization the League of Shadows — Ra’s al Ghul uses his cunning and deception to lay waste to his enemies, and will prove to be Bruce’s most dangerous adversary yet.
Siddig is the latest actor to play the character on screen. Liam Neeson played the character in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight Rises, and Matt Nable played the character throughout the third season of “Arrow” on the CW.
Ra’s al Ghul made his first appearance in the comics in Batman »
- Jacob Bryant
Dark Night screens Friday March 3rd through Sunday March 5th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.
A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton’s third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, Dark Night follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French Dp Hélène Louvart (Pina, The Beaches Of Agnes), the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton’s carefully crafted landscapes and the characters’ sense of alienation and suburban malaise. Winner of the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Dark Night is essential viewing, »
- Tom Stockman
While Suicide Squad may not have been the most beloved film of 2016, it still managed to snag an Oscar at last night’s Oscars ceremony, making it an objectively better movie than, say, The Dark Knight Rises. Kidding. Okay, in all seriousness, Suicide Squad was a flawed movie, but even a flawed film like Suicide Squad could have its strong points, and for that film, it was the characters. At the end of the day, I was ready to see more of these characters — except hopefully in a better plot the next time around.
Warner Bros is hard at work at a Suicide Squad 2, but Suicide Squad director David Ayer has ventured into a spinoff that will center around Harley Quinn and her fellow anti-heroes/villains of Gotham City in the aptly-titled Gotham City Sirens. Other than the initial announcement attaching both Ayer and actress Margot Robbie to the project, »
- Joseph Medina
The film dubbed as one of the best Star Wars films ever made is finally coming home! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of the brave few who infiltrated, fought, and stole the plans of the Death Star so Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the rebellion could take it down, is coming to Blu-Ray Combo Pack on April 4, 2017! That's a week after the Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere copy arrives on March 28, 2017.
If you haven't seen it, check out our official review of what was one our favorite movies of 2016!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
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