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Opening on a slow panning shot of Jakku’s desert landscape – not just a homage to Tatooine, but also to Star Wars’ Ol’Western heritage (a genre typified by slow, methodical direction, more on which later) – the wrecked hull of an Imperial Star Destroyer creeps into frame. Shortly after, Oscar Isaac’s “best frickin’ pilot in the galaxy” Poe Dameron rolls and spins an X-Wing over a river. So far, so thrilling and faithful. Nearer the end of the trailer, though, the Millennium Falcon flies inside that wrecked Star Destroyer, Tie Fighters hot on his tail. »
- Oli Davis
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release this Christmas. The upcoming film stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Legendary composer John Williams will return to create the score. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled for theatrical and IMAX release on on December 18th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Athena Wickham, who just exited J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, has officially joined Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films to run the company's television development. At Bad Robot, Wickham served as a producer on Fringe, Person of Interest, as well as the upcoming 11/22/63 for Hulu and Westworld for HBO. She will continue on Poi and Westworld, which Bad Robot co-produces with Kilter Films. Additionally, Wickham will join Foundation, Kilter’s drama series in development at… »
Today at WonderCon, the cast and creators of The CW’s new supernatural drama, The Messengers, took the stage to screen the pilot and tease what audiences can expect from the new take on the biblical rapture. Executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution), co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O'Donnell (Teen Wolf), and cast members Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank (Mixology) offered some insight into the first season and the tough road ahead for the Angels of the Apocalypse. Check out our thoughts on the pilot and the full panel recap below. The Pilot [caption id="attachment_437703" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via CW[/caption] Angels! Angst! Abs! The CW’s latest sexy drama centers on a group of five disparate souls, chosen to stand for humanity in the biblical apocalypse. When an extraterrestrial object impacts with the earth, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Stephenson has headed drama development for BBC since 2009. He’s been responsible for such series and miniseries as “Sherlock,” “The Missing,” “Luther,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Call the Midwife” and “Top of the Lake” — all of which have been successfully exported to the U.S.
“His love of great TV, his passion and respect for writers, and his remarkable taste are all in evidence through his groundbreaking work at the BBC. We can’t wait to work with Ben to tell engaging and impactful stories,” Abrams said.
Kathy Lingg, who has spearheaded TV for Bad Robot for the past eight years, is segueing to a producer role at the company. Athena Wickham, another Bad Robot TV exec, is leaving the company to head the Kilter Films production banner of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the writer-producers »
- Cynthia Littleton
Comic-Con International announced the full three-day schedule for WonderCon 2015, which will take place from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can clickHere to check out the entire convention schedule, but we have pulled out all of the movie, TV, Blu-ray and DVD related panel presentations below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2015 has to offer!
Friday, April 3
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Going Back to The Future
Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to The Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. Room 207
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Batman
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Now let's take a look into what the future may have to offer for the iconic »
There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first Indiana Jones movie, breaking it down shot-for-shot and filming each scene as best as their limited resources would allow over the course of eight summers. The result has become the stuff of fan legend, inspiring magazine articles, movie deals and what feels like the perfect Hollywood ending, which the geek-bait documentary “Raiders!” reveals for the first time, as the original trio reunite a quarter-century later to finish the airplane scene they deemed too difficult to film as kids. Often poignant, occasionally pathetic, but never short of entertaining, “Raiders!” captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations, as exemplified by such pics as “Son of Rambow, »
- Peter Debruge
We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.
From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**
Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up »
- Derek Anderson
Bad Robot and Paramount’s first-look partnership began in 2006. Since then, Bad Robot’s films for Paramount have included 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” 2011’s “Super 8,” 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
“Ghost Protocol” was the top performer among the Bad Robot titles with nearly $700 million in global box office.
Bad Robot is currently shooting “Mission: Impossible V,” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and Tom Cruise returning in his starring role. Cruise is also producing the franchise film, co-financed by Skydance Productions and set for a July 31 release.
Paramount decided last month to move “Mission: Impossible V” forward from Christmas — thus avoiding a clash with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which Abrams directed. The seventh Star Wars movie opens Dec. »
- Dave McNary
Following the recent announcement of their full film lineup that includes Trainwreck, Get Hard, and Spy, South by Southwest has revealed their lineup of Midnight movies and short films to screen during the festival. Chief among them is the Sundance 2015 hit Turbo Kid (read our review here) and the Sundance ’15 winner of the Short Film Prize World of Tomorrow. SXSW runs from March 13-21. View the full Midnighters and Shorts lineup below via the SXSW website.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)
Deathgasm (New Zealand)
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden »
- Brian Welk
Star Wars: The Force Awakens may already be one of the most anticipated upcoming movies, cultivating daily news stories despite a far-off December release, but actual concrete information about what the film itself will entail is hard to come by. The teaser trailer set the movie’s tone nicely and some character names have since been revealed, but beyond that you’re entering highly speculative territory.
Even though producer Kathleen Kennedy assured fans that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be as tight-lipped about his venture to the galaxy far, far away as he was about Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness or the entire point of Super 8, so far things are pretty impenetrable over at Lucasfilm. Oh, there’s plenty of rumouring to be had, but none of it can really be substantiated.
What did you really expect though? Abrams is a director who relishes »
- Alex Leadbeater
Knapp (pictured) has had previous roles in Super 8 and The Signal and Moyer is most notable for his lead role in True Blood. The rest of the cast includes Martin Henderson, Nick Eversman,Trevor Jackson, Jessica Rothe, Morgan Lily and Kevin Alejandro.
Jueveniles is set to take place in small-town America. The film tells the story of an older teenager who must overcome the powerful forces of violence and poverty from a rival tribe to protect his family in his pursuit for a better life.
CAA represents worldwide rights. »
Earlier today we told you that director J.J. Abrams was honored by the Visual Effects Society when they presented him with their Visionary Award due to his use of practical effects in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens among his other work in Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, and Star Trek. This year he will be releasing quite possible the most anticipated movie of the last decade and surprisingly enough he seems pretty cool about it. Cool enough to talk about the movie and answer some »
- Graham McMorrow
It.s safe to say that when the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first released the whole world took a step back, and then screamed out in unison, "Fuck, yeah!" Well, it turns out that the Visual Effects Society were so enamoured with the teaser that they.ve decided to give J.J. Abrams an award, just under a year before The Force Awakens actually hits screens. According to Deadline, the Ves decided to honor J.J. Abrams for his impending re-launch of the hugely popular sci-fi franchise, as well as his work on a variety of other films and television shows too, which includes Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible 3, Cloverfield, Super 8, Lost, Alias and Fringe. The Ves are also rewarding Abrams and his merry band of Jedi creators for bringing so much more work to their members over the next few »
Berlin– Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined the cast of Nicolas Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the subversive female-driven horror tale that marks Danish helmer’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives.”
Gaumont and Wild Bunch are shopping the project at the Efm and have started discussions with U.S. buyers.
Production is slated to begin March 30.
- Elsa Keslassy
We are 315 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and director J.J. Abrams is already being honored for the sequel to George Lucas' original films. The Visual Effects Society presented Abrams with their Visionary Award both due to his use of practical effects in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also for everything he has pioneered with Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, and both Star Trek films. Being presented with the award by Zoe Saldana, who thanked him »
- Alex Maidy
Lee, who also has a part in Summit and Lionsgate’s upcoming tentpole Gods of Egypt, will play Sarah, the “cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models,” according to Deadline, which broke news of the casting. She joins Super 8 and Maleficent actress Elle Fanning, whom Refn has set to play an aspiring model who becomes mired in a world of beauty and demise.
Along with Lee’s casting came some spoiler-y plot details for The Neon Demon, which you can check out below. Seeing as we don’t know the name of Fanning’s lead yet, these could either be massive plot points or minor details. Consider yourself warned:
In Neon Demon, she [Lee] plays a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now that The CW revealed that their upcoming series The Messengers will debut on Friday, April 10 at 9 Pm Et, the network has released a new extended trailer that clocks in at just under four minutes. When a mysterious object plummets to Earth, the blinding explosion it causes sends out a shock wave that instantly connects five strangers who awaken after the pulse with extraordinary gifts they can barely believe. Most mysterious of all is a figure known only as The Man, who brings death and suffering wherever he appears. The wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture.
The Messengers stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), Sofia Black-d'Elia (Betrayal, Gossip Girl), J.D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), Craig Frank »
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas IZombie and The Messengers, the new unscripted competition series Cedric's Barber Battle and a new cycle of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
From executive producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), IZombie makes its series debut on Tuesday, March 17, (9:00-10:00pm Et), following an all-new episode of The Flash (8:00-9:00pm Et). Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office. »
See Photos: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From ‘Arrow’ to ‘Vampire Diaries’
“iZombie,” starring Rose McIver as a recently turned zombie who eats brains and helps solve crimes, premieres on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m.. Apocalyptic drama “The Messengers” premieres Friday, April 10 at 9 p.m., just after the series premiere of “Cedric’s Barber Battle” at 8 p.m. and the season premiere of improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway? »
- Travis Reilly
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