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Jon Favreau isn't directing "Star Wars," but he would have if someone had just asked him. Or at least, that's what MTV News learned when we caught up with the director/writer/actor at SXSW while he was plugging his newest, non-space set film "Chef." For context, back in 2012 it was rumored that the front-runners to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII" were J.J. Abrams, Matthew Vaughan, and Jon Favreau. Favreau is no stranger to the franchise, ...
By Alex Zalben, with reporting by Josh Horowitz »
The first official photo of the three meddling pixies, Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistletwit in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty" have arrived. Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Juno Temple star in the roles. [Source: EW]
"Legit" comedian Jim Jeffries surprised everyone this week while appearing on Sirius Xm's Opie and Anthony Show. Jeffries talked about a recent meeting with Carrie Fisher and revealed that she will be in London for a full six months working on the J.J. Abrams directed "Star Wars: Episode VII".
Opie and Anthony then went on to question his news as they heard she was only doing a cameo. Jeffries scoffed at that, re-iterating that "she's there for six months!" [Source: Cinema Blend]
Melissa Roxburgh ("Arrow") has joined the cast of The CW's backdoor pilot episode for the spin-off series "Supernatural: Bloodlines" (formerly known as "Supernatural: Tribes"). The pilot airs as part of »
- Garth Franklin
We already knew that Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, would be returning to reprise her iconic role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming series restarter Star Wars: Episode VII, but new information suggests that the character’s part in the film may be a lot more extensive than we previously realized.
Jim Jefferies, a comedian who currently stars on Fxx’s Legit, was promoting the program on a Sirius Xm radio show when he let slip that Fisher, who appears on an upcoming episode of Legit, will be taking a huge amount of time out of her schedule to film the sequel.
Discussing Fisher, Jefferies said:
She’s a funny lady, man. She’ll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she’s straight on to the vapor. She’s had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya….She said to me, she goes ‘I »
- Isaac Feldberg
Carrie Fisher isn’t one to keep her mouth shut about anything. Throughout her career, she’s spoken candidly about her struggles with addiction, body image and all the ugliness that goes along with the mega-level of stardom Fisher reached with her most iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.
With a new Star Wars film in the works and the original cast heavily rumored to be returning, it only follows suit that Fisher wouldn’t keep quiet about that either. Never shy, the actress has been quoted three times already saying she and her original trilogy co-stars – Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford – are coming back for Star Wars: Episode VII.
- Sarah Moran
Director John Curran’s Tracks had solid showings at both Telluride and Venice film festivals, and with The Weinstein Company having snagged the epic Aussie adventure for Us distribution rights, a theatrical drop date should be forthcoming. For now, we at least get our first look in a new trailer. The movie is adapted from Robyn Davidson’s autobiography of the same name, telling the story of her solo trek through almost two thousand miles of Australian desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. With only the companionship of four camels and her dog, Diggity, during her adventure she met the unique folk you’d only find making a home of the desert and also, eventually, National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who documented her journey. Screenwriter Marion Nelson handled screen adaptation duties. Tracks has had a strangely long gestation period, as talks of now 47-year-old Julia Roberts portraying Davidson, who »
- Dustin Hucks
While Disney and LucasFilm have still not confirmed a single cast member for Star Wars: Episode VII aside from R2D2, it's a pretty safe bet that Carrie Fisher will return to reprise her role as Princess Leia, as she has confirmed this time and again. She will be seen very shortly in an episode of Legit, playing comedian Jim Jeffries' agent. While appearing on Sirius Xm's Opie and Anthony Show, Jeffries talked about working with the actress and confirmed that Carrie Fisher will be in London for 6 months working on the J.J. Abrams directed sequel starting in April. He also made a couple of jokes at her expense.
"She's a funny lady, man. She'll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she's straight on to the vapor. She's had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya....She said to me, she »
The Weinstein Company has today debuted, via Yahoo! Movies , the domestic trailer to John Curran's Tracks . Check it out in the player below! Starring Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland ) and Adam Driver (from both "Girls" and, it's looking very likely, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ), Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 trekked the 1,700 miles across the Western Australia desert accompanied only by four camels and her dog. It's adapted by Marion Nelson from Davidson's memoir with Driver playing the National Geographic photographer who documented Davidson's journey. »
The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. Let's get to it! Episode VII and Spinoff News and Rumors Entertainment Weekly - Adam Driver in 'Star Wars': What he'll bring from 'Girls' to a galaxy far, far away E! Online asked Zac Efron about those Star Wars rumors: But the 26-year-old was less forthcoming about his rumored role in the upcoming Star Wars flick. "Is it true? I don't even know yet," he coyly said to Seacrest when »
Avatar VFX maestro Robert Legato will oversee the motion capture in this action-packed adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling novel. The Oscar winner will be working with a creative team that includes production designers Alex McDowell (Man of Steel) and Chris Glass, and concept artists Michael Kutsche (Maleficent), Iain McCaig (Star Wars: Episode VII ) and Justin Sweet (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe). David Lowery (Iron Man ) is heading up the story team, which is working around the clock with seven full-time illustrators, with Legacy Effects in charge of rigging and creature design.
Disney is moving quickly to beat Warner Bros.' own live action version of the classic story to the big screen. Both »
While everyone eagerly awaits Star Wars: Episode VII, fans have a new reason to get excited. Roger Christian's long lost fantasy short film Black Angel will become available for the first time ever this year, possibly through iTunes or Netflix and may be part of a DVD re-release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
What's so special about this particular short? While it doesn't tie directly into the Star Wars mythology, the 1980 film was shown in theaters with the original May 21, 1980 release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in select localations. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian and was thought to have disappeared forever, until the film was rediscovered in December 2011.
I was watching Steven Miles' "52 Reasons I Make Movies" video when a snippet from the Luke vs. Darth Vader showdown in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back played. I haven't seen the film in some time, but I was reminded of the scene's composition and how quiet it is, choosing to rely on Ben Burtt's wonderful sound design. It isn't until about three minutes in that John Williams' score kicks in and even then it fades away to nothing more than a whisper throughout much of the rest of the sequence. There were few moments such as this to come in the next four Star Wars films and I hope, with J.J. Abrams co-writing Star Wars: Episode VII with Empire co-writer Lawrence Kasdan that memories of scenes such as this played a part in the writing process. Ideas of how to dial it back »
- Brad Brevet
After a night of celebrating the best the movie industry has to offer, the big winners have Oscars to take home and the slew of films in the works have something to aspire to achieve in the years to come. In addition to the list of 86th Academy Award winners, we’ve also got the latest on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” “Jurassic World” and “Ant-Man” casting as well as a newly acquired property that could be a “Lego”-sized success for Warner Bros., a possible new “Matrix” trilogy and more. The details are all coming your way in your weekly Movie News Cheat Sheet. 1. Academy Award Winners: After months of predictions [ Read More ]
The post Movie News Cheat Sheet: And The Winners Are … appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher's most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher's best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher's cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas' Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life »
- Jason Barr
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
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In case you were out of the loop this week, here's an easy way to get back in and catch up on everything you missed. The Movie News: Losing Harold Ramis had to be the worst news of the week. But apparently that's not stopping Ghostbusters 3. The most interesting news has to be that one of the stars of Girls will be the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. Oh, and M. Night Shyamalan assures us that his latest script is blowing people away. The guys behind This Is the End are now tackling the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega for Console Wars. And while that sounds Social Network-like, the guys behind The Social Network are making a new Steve Jobs biopic. Producers of The Lego Movie are makng a Minecraft movie. The Geek Stuff: Look at the...
- Christopher Campbell
Ah, it has been awhile since we had a good rumor that did not involve Star Wars: Episode VII or Batman vs. Superman casting. This one instead revives another famed trilogy, one from the olden days of the late 90s. With the Wachowski siblings back in the spotlight because of Jupiter Ascending, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable question arose: are we going to get a new trilogy set in The Matrix universe? Well? Are we?
The answer is a resounding maybe. Rumor has it that the Wachowskis are prepping a prequel trilogy to their hit series of films that proposed the world was just a simulation and we were all just slaves of the machines. It has been eleven years since the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, premiered back in 2003, so it’s unsurprising that we’re talking about the possibility of a new series. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Source: Paul Morigi/ Getty Images After his testimony in the Senate went viral, Seth Rogen revealed that only two senators actually stayed to hear his speech after getting a photo-op with him before the testimony. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged! Angelina Jolie, who famously said she can't cook, took healthy cooking classes in Australia in order to get her children to be better eaters. Adam Driver might be the next villain for Star Wars: Episode VII. What would Hannah say? One Direction heartthrob and headband fan Harry Styles got a new tattoo of a heart on his arm. Check it out below. Source: Splash News Online Tensions are mounting in Ukraine, with armed men taking over airports in Crimera, Ukraine's only region with an ethnic Russian majority. There are also reports that Russia sent military helicopters into the country, which Russia has denied. Spike Lee's anti-gentrification rant »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. Let's get to it! Best #StarWars Photo Evar! Little Han Solo & Chewie! »
Like a lot of you, I was a much bigger Star Wars fan before the prequels. George Lucas' ugly, garish, and wooden trips to a galaxy far, far away took a lot of luster off the lightsaber. Since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm and the announcement of Episode VII, I've found myself pretty uninspired. Uninspired by the announcement, uninspired by the baseless rumors, uninspired by fan service favorite J.J. Abrams being chosen as the director. Everything felt so preordained. Nothing felt inspired.
Then yesterday it was announced that Adam Driver is in line to play the villain in the.new installment. For the first time, I felt a hint of inspiration.
- Gary Collinson
Can you hear it? That familiar tune, the one that played whenever Darth Vader stepped on screen - the Star Wars Imperial March is playing loudly, especially now because Disney just found the big bad guy for Star Wars: Episode VII.
We can totally see it, too. Adam has the cold, steely glare that could intimidate nearly anyone in the galaxy, and his tall stature certainly has us thinking that he would show no mercy to anyone who steps in his way.
Star Wars: Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015, over ten years after the last chapter in the series hit theaters. You can bet that we'll be among the first in line. Don't forget to keep checking back to KidsPickFlicks for more details on the upcoming Star Wars adventures! »
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