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I’m excited about Rogue One. More so than any other Star Wars film that has been released since Return of the Jedi in 1983. I doubt anyone needs another sentence devoted to the dreadful prequels. The internet is currently composed of 18% meme, 42% pornography, 21% food photos, and 19% Star Wars prequel analysis. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, is still rummaging around our collective pop culture consciousness and if you’re like me it isn’t faring very well.
Criticizing a cultural phenomenon like Star Wars is an interesting experience because fans are forgiving to a fault. Applying actual criticism to a Star Wars movie is like trying to critique a time machine that transports people back to magical moments of their childhood. It’s like trying to Indian leg wrestle Terry Crews: You’re not going to win—and not just because »
- Anghus Houvouras
Unlike in years past, when movies outside the best picture fray like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Speed,” “Se7en” and “Out of Sight” could manage film editing nominations, the editors branch of the Academy has, of late, hued closer to the Oscars’ top category in its collective selections.
That’s increasingly been the case over the last seven years, the era of an expanded best picture field of more than five nominees; only three times during that span of time has a film that wasn’t nominated for best picture landed a film editing nomination, most recently last year for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But there are a number of options at play this time around.
- Kristopher Tapley
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Okay, folks, we are officially less than two weeks away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As stated in countless other articles, this stands to potentially be the biggest gamble for Lucasfilm — definitely bigger than least year's saga film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After all, after the impending release of Star Wars Episode IX, we don’t even know if there are plans to continue the saga. Films like Rogue One may very well make up the franchise’s bread and butter before long. As such, it’s important that this be a success for the studio.
With its release on the horizon, we’ve been seeing trailers and TV spots one after another. This is the final marketing push from them, and it will be crucial to guarantee its success. They’ve already released a first clip wherein characters Jyn and »
- Joseph Medina
We’re only 14 days away now from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which of course, means Disney is in full promotion mode for their latest Lucasfilm blockbuster. That includes a panel hosted by Twitter where we got a few new clips, including the one found above.
The short slice of footage centers around Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in a point of contention when Andor discovers Erso has a gun. On the ship with nervous droid K-2So (voiced by Alan Tudyk), Andor and Erso finds themselves forced to trust one another, which highlights the tense relationship they’ll likely share in the new film.
Perhaps the best part of this clip is getting to spend more screen time with Tudyk’s new robot, whom he describes as “candid, passive-aggressive” and “childish at times,” all of which are on display here. Don’t be mistaken, »
- Will Ashton
Disney’s “Moana” is heading for an easy victory at a moderate box office with up to $30 million in North America, early estimates showed Friday.
First projections showed the animated comedy-drama taking in around $6.3 million on Friday for a weekend in the $28 million to $30 million range, which should push it to a $120 million domestic total. That’s an impressive performance for “Moana” as it declined by less than 50% from its first Friday-Sunday of $56.8 million.
The third week for the Warner Bros. film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” continues to draw decently with about $5.3 million on Friday, its 15th day of release. That projects out to as much a $20 million weekend for the Harry Potter spinoff, which should wind up the frame with around $185 million after 17 days.
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The weekend’s only new entry is Bh Tilt’s low-cost horror entry “Incarnate,” the story of a »
- Dave McNary
Earlier today, LucasFilm, Twitter and People teamed up for a live-streamed Twitter Q&A with director Gareth Edwards and the full cast. This live event also included the debut of a new clip, and in case you missed it, we have this latest footage for your to check out. This scene features Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and the new droid K-2So (Alan Tudyk).
The clip surfaced on YouTube shortly after the Q&A, which begins with Captain Cassian Andor grilling Jyn Erso about her blaster, as K-2So asks why she gets one and he doesn't. When Cassian asks her to hand over the weapon, Jyn states that they're going to Jedha, which is a "war zone," inferring that she'll certainly need the gun to survive. Jyn asks Cassian to trust her, which he does for the time being, although K-2So points out »
If memory serves, not so much as a single clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released online, but we now have yet another one for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Chronologically, I think this clip takes place before the first, and we see more of the somewhat tense relationship between Jyn Erso and K-2So. He certainly doesn't seem to trust her anyway, but Captain Cassian Andor just might! Is this humour a result of the reshoots spearheaded by Tony Gilroy? We'll probably never know, but it certainly seems likely given what we've heard in the past. Either way, it definitely seems to work! The cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and a number of others, and it's currently set to be released on December 16th, later this year. Let »
Earlier this week, LucasFilm announced that they will be hosting a live-streamed Q&A event with the cast and crew of Rogue One on Friday, December 2. Director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. You can watch the whole video below, with the Q&A and the new footage from this highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off.
The Q&A will be hosted by People's Deputy Editor, Jd Heyman. Fans can submit questions on Twitter for the cast to answer during the event by Tweeting with #AskRogueOne. Fans can also Tweet with the following hashtags and a Star Wars Twitter emoji will automatically appear: #RogueOne, #DeathStar, #StarWars and #StarWarsRogueOne. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters exactly two weeks from today, on Friday, December 16, and it is already shaping up »
Though Battlefield 1 only came out a few weeks ago, EA has just announced that they won’t be making a sequel anytime soon, breaking the yearly release cycle of the first-person shooter franchise. Instead, EA will put its focus towards the next Star Wars: Battlefront game, expected to be released sometime in Fall 2017. The next Battlefield game will then be “a couple of years away.”
This news comes from EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen speaking at an investor meeting. Videogamer reported that he explained the reasoning as to really focus on giving Star Wars the gaming experience they felt the latest Battlefront did not have.
“We were very excited about how Star Wars: Battlefront came out last year,” he said. “It’s a beautiful game, people loved it. I think if there was criticism they just wanted more. And so we’re taking that criticism to heart as »
- Ricky Church
Rising star Jacob Latimore, who will next be seen alongside Will Smith in the drama Collateral Beauty, plays a street magician whose skills are beyond comprehension in the first trailer for Sleight. This teaser shows that Jacob Latimore's character Bo can do much more than your average card tricks. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, where it was quickly picked up by Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios.
MTV debuted the first teaser trailer, which includes a few quotes from critics who caught the film at Sundance, some of whom state the film is a cross between Chronicle and Iron Man. Sleight, which premiered as part of the festival's Next section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and street magic in a tale set in Los Angeles. The film has been set for release on April 7, 2017, which »
In their sit-down for the fifth season of Variety and PBS’ series “Actors on Actors,” Michael Shannon and Adam Driver discussed what it’s like to star in blockbuster movies, as well as drawing a fine line between bad and good.
“Here’s a story about some people, a civilization. They lived on a planet and used up all the resources and destroyed the planet, and they thought the way to solve the problem was just to go get another planet. You hear people bandying that idea around these parts from time to time,” Shannon added, »
- Will Thorne
Have you seen enough of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yet? Unless you’re an absolute diehard fan of the franchise, your answer to that is probably, and understandably, a resounding yes. For the past month or so, it’s been an all out assault from Disney in regards to their marketing campaign for the film.
They’ve been hitting us with trailers, TV spots, promos, images, posters – you name it, and they’ve got it. At this point, we’re seeing something new almost every single day, and it’s in danger of getting to the point of overkill. That isn’t stopping the studio though, as today we’ve received yet another piece of promotional material and it arrives in the form of a clip.
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- Josh Wilding
With just 15 days left until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, star Felicity Jones stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, to debut the first clip. The actress also showcased some of the impressive fighting skills revealed in the clip, with a reluctant Jimmy Fallon standing in as a "Stormtrooper." While the late-night talk show host escaped from the demonstration unscathed, the Stormtroopers in this new clip did not. In addition, we also have new posters from Rogue One, one of which features the main heroes standing in the shadow of the Death Star, which will be given exclusively to fans who attend Rogue One at Cinemark theaters.
The scene that debuted on The Tonight Show features Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso and Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor, who are both trying to escape from a battalion of Stormtroopers. While Andor tries to lead »
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live has booked a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast show for Friday, December 9. Stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen all are scheduled to show up; ditto the film's director, Gareth Edwards. Jimmy Kimmel last year dedicated a late-November episode to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring the cast and helmer J.J. Abrams. Should be a big night for Kimmel’s late-night show; both Fandango… »
Whenever there’s a brand new blockbuster set to hit theaters, there’s usually a new kind of technology or unique way the film's marketers attempt to get the word out. Last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the release of a 3D environment that you could look around in, and a few weeks back for Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. released a series of videos on Facebook that allowed you get a 360-degree look around the set of the film as it was filming. The latter example was a cool, insightful look — one that I don’t think got as much attention as it deserved, and I had hoped that other films would take advantage of the fairly new tech in the future.
- Joseph Medina
J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions has had a hand in some truly exciting projects over the past few years, ranging from megabudget juggernauts like Star Wars: The Force Awakens to scrappy but impressive thrillers like 10 Cloverfield Lane. So when they set their sights on another new film, it’s reason to sit up and pay attention. Outlander director […]
- Angie Han
A post-Thanksgiving lull is hovering over the multiplexes.
Facing little competition, Disney’s “Moana” will easily top the domestic box office for the second weekend, earning roughly $28 million. That represents approximately half of its opening weekend haul of $56.6 million. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will likely snag second place, earning just under $20 million in its third week of release. The Harry Potter spin-off recently passed the $500 million mark at the global box office.
“It’s a come down from the Thanksgiving hustle,” said Shawn Robbins, senior analyst with BoxOffice.com. “Everyone is preparing for Christmas and doing their holiday shopping. They’re not too interested in movies.”
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Indeed, this tends to be one of the slower weekends of the year, and ticket sales should fall off substantially until “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on Dec. »
- Brent Lang
That's a wrap! In just over two weeks, many of us will be sitting in a movie theater watching a brand new Star Wars movie. It is hard to match the excitement that we all felt heading into Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, but Star Wars: Rogue One appears to be coming pretty close. Now, after months of rumors, set photos, trailers, reshoots and anticipation, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially wrapped post-production, meaning the movie is totally and completely done.
The news came courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic's lead visual effects artist on the movie, Todd Vaziri. He took to his personal Twitter account today to make the announcement that Star Wars: Rogue One had totally wrapped in a way pretty much every Star Wars fan can appreciate. He tweeted out a picture of Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi »
So far, fan reaction to the new Power Rangers movie has been mixed. Some love what they are seeing, and others aren't quite sure what to make of it just yet. While a trailer arrived this past October, none of the Power Rangers were seen in action. And we caught no glimpse of some of the more popular secondary characters. That all changes today with a first look at the new Alpha 5.
Yes, Alpha 5 has gotten a modern day reboot. He is no longer the goofy robot we remember from the mid-90s. IGN brings us this reveal in concept art. And it's always hard to tell how fans will ever react to this stuff.
In the Power Rangers movie, which arrives from Lionsgate to kick of the spring 2017 movie season, Zordon and the Power Rangers robot assistant Alpha 5 will have a more modern and organic feel. Gone is the »
Last year’s Best Editing field included “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but this decade that blockbuster and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are the only two nominees that were not also Best Picture nominees. The safer bet is to stick with those contenders. Especially until someone actually sees this year’s “Star Wars” film, ‘Rogue One.’ [Nov 29]
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- Gregory Ellwood
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