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Taking a trip through the Star Wars Episode VII rumor mill is a lot like playing the slots or spinning the roulette wheel; it’s all all chance. You’re as liable to land on the truth as utter fabrications, and in fact less so. J.J. Abrams is, after all, nothing if not protective of his projects’ innermost secrets, whether it’s a Super 8 or a Star Trek Into Darkness. That we know so little about the story behind his contribution to Star Wars canon is pretty much par for the course.
But amidst swirling gossip storms regarding this, that, or the other detail, it seems that we’ve finally gotten our first honest glimpse into ...
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- Andy Crump
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and 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 next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII 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. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. With one week left to participate in the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative -- a campaign launched by Disney, Lucasfilm »
- Pietro Filipponi
Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary on The Beatles. According to THR, it will trace their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
This is an authorized documentary and Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison are cooperating with it and the producers involved. This will be the first Beatles movie to be made since Let It Be in 1970.
Howard had this to say in a statement:
“What’s so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now. Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals—as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, »
- Joey Paur
I sat down with Matt Reeves in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge to see which one of us could have our hair more disheveled by the amazing wind on Crissy Field. Enjoy the video. The last time I saw Reeves, it was at Michael Giacchino's house, where I got to watch the two of them working on a scoring session for "Let Me In." I don't bring that up simply to not-so-humblebrag, but to illustrate just how unusually open Reeves can be about the filmmaking process. Even after almost 16 years of writing about films online, I can count the number of scoring sessions I've been invited to attend on my fingers. It's one of the more private parts of the overall filmmaking experience, and it's also a pressure cooker, so many filmmakers simply can't open that up to reporters. When "Let Me In" came to Comic-Con, I moderated the panel, »
- Drew McWeeny
Elle Fanning is set to star in the adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a short story published in 2006, by writer Neil Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell co-wrote the script and is set to direct the project.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties the story follows two teen boys, Enn and Vic, who go to a party in 1970s London. They set out to meet girls but soon find the girls are very different from the boys’ expectations. With Gaiman’s name attached you can expect to be entertained.
Fanning is set to play an alien tourist, who wants to part from her tour groups and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon. Fanning’s previous credits include Super 8, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie.
Neil Gaiman is best known for his much loved Sandman series, »
- Ciham Messouki
“I’ve always been a big fan of Jim Belushi and am excited to bring out a side of him audiences haven’t seen before,” said Hunt, who earned an Oscar-nomination for her 2009 screenplay for Frozen River.
Reeves stars in The Whole Truth as a defence attorney facing a seemingly hopeless case as he strives to get his 17-year-old client acquitted of murder.
Basso will play the defendant, while Mbatha-Raw portrays a young attorney and Belushi and Zellweger are the accused’s parents.
“I’m drawn to stories that are as complex as reality and I gravitate towards actors capable of multi-layered performances who reveal the chaos and truth »
This summer, Elle Fanning was part of Disney's box office winning revisionist fairytale Maleficent, but now she's heading into much more enticing territory. THR reports the star of Super 8 will lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Sandman. The story takes place in 1970s London and follows two boys heading to a party where one has no trouble hitting it off with a girl immediately, while the other shy one doesn't have the easiest time striking up a conversation. So what will Fanning's part be in the film then? More below! Well, writer Phillip Goslett and director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rabbit Hole) have turned the story into more of a love story about a schoolboy and punk who uses music and art as a way to escape. »
- Ethan Anderton
Elle Fanning will star in the adaptation of the short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
Written by Neil Gaiman, the original story follows two teenage boys at a party in 1970s London. When they begin to mingle, they soon realise that the girls are more than they seem.
In the movie adaptation, 16-year-old Fanning will play an American tourist who escapes her tour group and ends up at the party in Croydon, The Hollywood Reporter announced.
The sci-fi piece, published in 2006, was nominated for a Hugo Award for best short story and won the Locus Award in the same category.
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and 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 next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII 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. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams' production company, confirmed via Twitter today that IMAX cameras will be used for the highly »
- Pietro Filipponi
If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains
In the age of online entertainment journalism, it seems like information about big productions, including spoilers, is generally freer than ever before. The onslaught of casting rumours, set pictures and videos of filming has only led producers to double down and become more secretive about their big projects.
As a proponent of the oft-criticised “Mystery Box” mode of marketing, Jj Abrams would be a prime example. It worked for Super 8, because we knew very little about the film by the time it came out, but infuriated people when he and his team wouldn't admit the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness for months on end, when we all guessed who he’d be playing pretty early on. We’ve »
Good news for Disney this morning as Maleficent has crossed the $600 million mark, becoming the fourth movie in 2014 – and the first non-comic book movie – to do so.
Now in its fifth week of release, Maleficent has taken $205 million domestically and around $400 million in worldwide markets, which also makes this the biggest live-action success of Angelina Jolie’s career. The movie is now out in the majority of the major markets having taken roughly $40 million in China. It opens in Japan this weekend.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army »
- Luke Owen
If I had a dollar for every time a critic dismissively claimed “we’ve seen this story before,” I’d be filthy rich living on my own private island – aren’t most Hollywood movies borrowing ideas from elsewhere? Keep your Super 8 comparisons to yourself, because I don’t remember J.J. Abrams’ childhood adventure featuring a fun-loving robot who leads three best friends on a vandalism-filled wild goose chase. Earth To Echo is an alien-themed version of Humpty Dumpty – and a sweet one at that – sporting similarities to classic children’s sci-fi material, only this time around the extraterrestrial star isn’t a Reese’s Pieces munching oddity. Children need films with strong, positive moral backbones, something our little friend Echo shows off by instilling the bonds of friendship while proving anything is possible.
- Matt Donato
Another Star Wars: Episode VII rumor has surfaced that is pretty interesting. The Daily Mail is reporting that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will make an appearance in the movie as a young Princess Leia. If this is true, it means we're going to see some flashback scenes in the highly anticipated film.
Apparently J.J. Abrams picked her for the role because "of their visual similarities." I can see it a little bit, but she has no acting experience. This is all just a rumor right now. We are not reporting this as fact; the Daily Mail is though! This is just another one of those news bits that seems to spark good conversation among fans.
I could see there being a few flashback scenes to help set up the story of what we are going to see happen in the movie. Abrams likes to use flashback scenes in the movies he makes. »
- Joey Paur
Did we break it?
All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.
Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Walt Disney Pictures and LucasFilm have enlisted Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) to both write and direct the two followup installments of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. Deadline reports that Johnson "will take over the core film franchise..from Jj Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. Johnson confirmed the news via Twitter by way of a video quote from Philip Kaufman's space adventure film The Right Stuff. Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and 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 on December 18th, 2015. John Williams is set to return for the film score »
- Pietro Filipponi
J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. This is, essentially, the only piece of Star Wars: Episode VII news that is absolutely completely officially confirmed. Everything else — who certain actors are playing, what the movie is titled, why certain screenwriters were hired or fired, precisely what part of Harrison Ford’s body was injured on the set — is open for debate. But the fact that Abrams is directing Episode VII naturally led most people to assume that the reboot kingpin would be sticking around for Episodes VIII and IX, since we live in a world where Marc Webb and »
- Darren Franich
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