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From pretty much the very first moment it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and were working on a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with rumours and speculation about the seventh episode in the blockbuster saga. Some of those would certainly qualify as major spoilers if true, and director J.J. Abrams has now admitted that some genuine plot details have made their way online.
“I can’t wait for you to see it,” said Abrams at the Irish Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles (via the BBC). “It’s been a blast working on this and luckily we have an incredible post-production team. There are always challenges as you go but it’s been a complete kick to put this together. We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work. There are a ton of rumours – some true, »
- Gary Collinson
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn's already well-established catalog (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) gains a new entry this week with the release of his comedy spy adventure and arguably best film to date, Kingsman: The Secret Service. This James Bond meets Attack the Block romp was scripted by Vaughn and frequent collaborator Jane Goldman, and is based on the comic The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
Taron Egerton stars as Eggsy, a study in wasted potential due to bad influences and an unsteady home environment who's recruited to a secret organization of upper-crust spies by Harry Hart, aka Galahad (Colin Firth). Only one recruit can complete the training, and Eggsy is at a disadvantage competing with his well-heeled rivals. This theme of class warfare is reflected in the larger story as quirky internet billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) carries out an evil world-wide plot that the Kingsmen must foil. »
- Mike Saulters
Jalmari Helander's big budget follow-up to Rare Exports is brash and loud and a whole lot of fun. After a rousing screening in the Midnight Madness program at Tiff, Big Game is starting to roll out to commercial audiences. Considering the fun B-movie premise, Amblin-esque tone and excellent cast of recognizable character actors, I hope it finds a receptive Attack The Block kind of audience.The President of the USA (Samuel L. Jackson) is stranded in the Finnish wilderness after Air Force one is shot down. His only hope of rescue comes in the form of a young kid hunting in the vicinity as a rite-of-passage to manhood. As the CIA (Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent and Ray Stevenson) desperately try to locate Potus, the...
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Following the premiere of the terrific Cop Car at Sundance, I observed that we’re hitting a moment where the contemporary Amblin-esque films (boys’ adventures like Attack the Block and Rare Exports, for instance) are as good, if not better than the ones we recall so fondly. Will Exports director Jalmari Helander’s Big Game be another for the delightful lineup? Big…
- Samuel Zimmerman
If you're looking at Kingsman: The Secret Service strictly as a critic you're going to walk away with complaints. It's too long, too much CGI, doesn't really amount to much, etc. However, if you can put your critical goggles aside and look at it purely as a piece of entertainment, you'll find a lot to enjoy in what amounts to a comic lover's take on James Bond, made for an Add audience. Of course, I have to mention at the outset, the completely unnecessary anal sex joke at the end of the film, which actually betrays the character and the kind of movie this is, but I guess director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn felt he needed at least one bit of adolescent potty humor of which the rest of the film manages to avoid. The movie itself is a comic book adaptation from the writers of "Kick Ass", Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, »
- Brad Brevet
When the cast was announced for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one name that seemed to be missing from the original cast line-up was Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Since that time, the actor has returned to a galaxy far, far away as part of Star Wars Rebels to provide his vocal talents. But will we be seeing him in a live action again?
“Yeah, people were pretty upset about it,” he told Cinelinx about the fan reaction to being left out the cast. “But I uh…I may very well…I have a feeling I’m going to show up. There’s nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage. People think of me as the original cast, but I didn’t come in until the second movie. I did Empire and then I did Return of the Jedi, but I came in after everyone else was introduced… »
- Luke Owen
We’ve heard bits and pieces over the last year or so about what certain characters will look like in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now we can add Princess Leia to that list.
According to the site Making Star Wars, they have a source who claims to have seen Princess Leia’s outfit which you can read below:
“Princess Leia is wearing a solid jumpsuit. It is grayish blue. She wears a black vest which hangs below her waist. The vest is more in the style of the Tantive IV trooper than Han Solo’s classic vest. The jumpsuit has an open button-down collar and the cuffs are rolled up about two inches at her wrists. She has a thick black belt with a silver belt-buckle (very 1980). Her hair is braided and pulled over to the side so it hangs over her left shoulder in a ponytail. »
- Luke Owen
What amazing news to wake up to on a Tuesday morning – Spider-Man has come home to Marvel to be part of their cinematic universe. The world famous wall-crawler will start swinging through New York in 2017 for our third Spider-Man series in the last fifteen years.
According to a report from The Wrap, it looks as those Andrew Garfield has been ousted as Peter Parker, which was to be expected based on some of the emails from last December’s “Sony Hack”. Garfield was not keen on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and spoke about it negativity in public – not the wisest of moves there, sir.
So, with Garfield out and a new movie on the way – who could take on the role of the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man?
There’s no official word on whether we’re going to be getting »
- Luke Owen
After Sony attempted to reboot its “Spider-Man” franchise with Andrew Garfield as the web slinger, the studio is ready to give it a third try, this time with Kevin Feige, the man who has produced 10 consecutive blockbusters for Marvel Studios.
A deal to free up Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel cinematic universe, starting in 2017, is a clear admission by Sony that its superhero strategy with one of the most popular comicbook heroes around simply isn’t working.
That’s especially true at a time when the studio is desperate for some major film franchises. Struggling with one of the comicbook industry’s most popular superheroes was starting to get embarrassing — especially when “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring a cast of misfits unknown to most moviegoers, broke out as a bigger hit in 2014 than the last “Spider-Man” movie when it made $774 million. “The Amazing Spider Man 2″ earned nearly $709 million worldwide. »
- Marc Graser
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
But as part of the honour, George Lucas made a special guest appearance via video to show off some of the “long lost” audition tapes for the iconic role – including original Darth Vader choice Angela Lansbury!
Check out the video below:
See Also – George Lucas slams all-white Oscar nominations, “it’s a political campaign”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca »
- Luke Owen
It was reported last week that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) were testing out for roles in Gareth Edward’s Star Wars spin-off. Well, the folks over at Total Geek seem to found out who got the part.
According to the website, Maslany landed a role in the movie. There are no details of her character (if she has one), but confirms that this is for the 2016 spin-off and not Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Perhaps coincidentally, Maslany has recently pulled out from doing an Off-Broadway show due to “scheduling conflicts”.
- Luke Owen
The last time we spoke to Mark Kermode, he'd just launched his book about the state of movie criticism, Hatchet Job. Since then, he's embarked on a nationwide tour with the book, and undertaken dozens of Q&As with audiences about it.
And that, as Hatchet Job continues to thrive in paperback, is where we started...
I spoke to you just as you launched Hatchet Job, and in your words, since then you've "toured the arse off it". You've done Q&As with the people who've read your book, and who you wrote it for.
So what have you learned about what audiences feel regarding film critics, and where they sit in the world?
I think the most important thing was when I started writing it, I was, as you know, »
Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.
Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
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- Oli Davis
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.
Marking the second time Matthew Vaughn has directed a comic book created by Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a ridiculously fun movie with a wonderful sense of comic violence and a sweet heart. It’s a film that never takes itself too seriously, but treats its subject matter with respect to ensure the best cinematic experience. It may have some flaws, but there is so much to love about Kingsman: The Secret Service that they can be overlooked. Or shot at.
- Luke Owen
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
Yesterday we brought you some concept art from Star Wars: The Force Awakens showing Max von Sydow’s as-yet-unnamed character along with what appeared to be Darth Vader next to some Imperial Stormtroopers [check the images out here], and now thanks to Star Wars 7 News we have a few more images, this time featuring the redesigned Episode VII X-Wings…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
Having retired from the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has previously stated that he was yet to watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, he has now revealed that he caught the trailer while attending the cinema, telling Page Six: “I saw the trailer. I saw it in a theater because I don’t watch movies online.” When asked if he liked it, he smiled. “Yeah, it was intriguing.”
Meanwhile, Lucas also spoke to Cinema Blend about his initial vision for the Sequel Trilogy (you may recall that Michael Arndt had written treatments for the three films when Lucas was still in charge of the Saga, with J.J. Abrams subsequently rewriting Episode VII’s script with Lawrence Kasdan, and reportedly shifting the focus from new characters to the old guard):
“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that »
- Thomas Roach
Before it was announced he’d be returning to the world of The Flash to reprise his role as The Trickster, it was revealed that Mark Hamill would be picking up the lightsabre once again to play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The déjà vu of walking onto the Millennium Falcon again and remembering all these details that they’ve got exactly right from old photographs and old blueprints…I can’t describe the feeling,” Hamill told Extra (via Cbm) promoting his new movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. “Even now it seems surreal to me. It seems hard to believe that it’s actually happening.”
When asked about Star Wars creator George Lucas (who recently had some harsh words about The Academy), Hamill said “seeing [George Lucas] this happy, he’s almost unrecognisable. Because when I was with him [on the original trilogy], he was fretting over all the details, so he »
- Luke Owen
The trailer for Ant-Man was released a couple of weeks ago and many were surprised by the sombre tone. Given the movie is directed by Peyton Reed (I Love You, Man) and written by Adam McKay (Anchorman) with Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) having also previously worked on the project, many thought it would be more comedic compared to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In fact, several of our writers (and the Flickering Myth Podcast) theorised that a more serious trailer had been cut to stick with the “Marvel style”, while the actual movie would be tonally different.
“It was, in the beginning, »
- Luke Owen
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