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While unprecedented might be a strong word, J.J. Abrams has certainly been Hollywood’s magic touch for bringing franchise properties back to life. The director and producer brought “Star Trek” into the 21st century, reignited the globe’s interested in the saga taking place in a galaxy far, far with with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” stepped into the world of “Mission: Impossible,” while also being behind one of the biggest shows of 2016 in “Westworld.” One could argue that in recent years, Abrams has become synonymous with big brand filmmaking, but it looks like he’s done playing in that pool.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
The tributes for Carrie Fisher continued after the Golden Globes honored the actress and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the award show on Sunday night. And J.J. Abrams, who directed Fisher for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was quick to praise Fisher after the tribute.
“It was beautiful and not long enough,” Abrams told reporters of the Globes tribute at the HBO Post-Awards Party Celebrating the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Circa 55 Restaurant in Los Angeles on Sunday night. “She was extraordinary and it’s impossible to to really quantify the impact she had on not just legions of movies and books, »
- Blake Bakkila
2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »
- Mont. Steve
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” got off to a decent start in Chinese theaters, grossing $9.7 million (RMB66.5 million) and opening on top of the box office on Friday. But the debut was down from the launch of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The film earned $10.4 million, according to data from Ent Group, with previews from Thursday night screenings factored in. Local ticketing firm Weiying Technology shows “Rogue One” with a 60% market share on a quiet Friday that saw just $15.9 million generated by all movies nationwide. Heavy smog blanketing parts of the country may have dented cinema attendance.
The film’s release is delayed in comparison with the pre-Christmas outing in other territories, but it’s the first major Hollywood title to hit China in 2017. That is a similar course to “The Force Awakens,” which opened on Jan. 9 in 2016. In comparison with “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” looks weak. »
- Patrick Frater
Han Solo is now a duo.
Star Wars actor Harrison Ford -- who starred as the infamous smuggler and “scruffy-looking nerf herder” in George Lucas’ original trilogy and reprised his role in 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens -- was spotted out to lunch with Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who will play the role in an upcoming standalone prequel film.
“Two Han Solos grabbing lunch,” a fan captioned the Twitter pic posted Wednesday of the two actors in conversation at a restaurant.
Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Officially Introduced as New Han Solo at 'Star Wars Celebration'
The upcoming film -- the second standalone Star Wars prequel following the recently-released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- will focus on Han’s early days as a smuggler before joining up with the rebellion. Ehrenreich recently spoke to Et’s Ashley Crossan about his excitement to take on the role, admitting at the »
Actress, writer, and advocate Carrie Fisher passed away after a heart attack at the age of 60, and just one day later, on Dec. 28, her mother, legendary Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away after suffering a stroke. Debbie was rushed to La's Cedar-Sinai Hospital after complaints of trouble breathing. After her passing, her son and Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed that she was "now with Carrie" and "we're all heartbroken." He added that his sister's death "was too much" for the 84-year-old Singin' in the Rain star. In the wake of Carrie's death on Dec. 27, Debbie released a heartfelt statement: "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carries Mother." Related:Celebrities Post Heartbreaking Tributes to the Late Debbie ReynoldsCelebrities React to Carrie Fisher »
- Brittney Stephens
Bright Lights, the HBO documentary focused on the complex relationship between Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, could not have come at a more striking moment. In the final week of 2016, Fisher died due to complications from a heart attack just one day before Reynolds herself passed away from a stroke. Following the heartbreaking news, the world at large began to mourn the mother-daughter duo in tandem; brother and son Todd Fisher even shared a sweet drawing depicting both women in their most iconic roles. Now, it seems like Bright Lights will forever capture the loving bond between the two. Here's everything we've uncovered about the project. Related:10 Classic Debbie Reynolds Roles We'll Never ForgetDebbie Reynolds's Son Reveals His Mother's Last Words: "I Want to Be With Carrie"25 Photos of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds That Will Make You Smile, Then Break Your Heart 1. The Content According to an early »
- Ryan Roschke
So far, we’ve seen two films released since Disney‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and both have been monster hits: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” totalled $2.1 billion worldwide, and it looks like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will easily cross $1 billion worldwide. Both films were released in December, as will the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which barring some kind of disaster, will also make a billion dollars and then some.
Continue reading Rumor: ‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Pushed To December 2018 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The more popular you are, the more people want you, especially for free, and that’s the lesson that comes with piracy. The most pirated shows of 2016 featured many of the year’s most talked about series, and so it goes with the movies that were the most ripped from the internet.
Torrent Freak reveals that “Deadpool” was the most pirated movie of 2016, according to stats from BitTorrent. It was followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which were all smash hits, with the latter crossing the $2 billion mark at the box office.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
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