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Dave Filoni Weighs In On Doing More Animated Star Wars Movies

It’s been almost 10 years to the day since Lucasfilm and Dave Filoni launched Star Wars: The Clone Wars into select theaters worldwide, and now, the writer-director is teasing the possibility of more animated feature films set within the Star Wars universe.

ComicBook.com caught up with Filoni this past weekend to discuss The Clone Wars and that hotly-anticipated revival, along with the current state of Lucasfilm’s core film franchise, which is now building towards the release of Episode IX next Christmas.

And Dave Filoni? He’s hopeful of another Star Wars animated movie falling into place in the not-so-distant future, even if he’s wary of rushing a film project when The Clone Wars and Rebels both performed so well in the realm of television.

I think the one thing that we’ve been able to achieve with the Star Wars animation we’ve done is that the people,
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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum In Runoff For Movie Academy Governors Board Seat – Update

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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum In Runoff For Movie Academy Governors Board Seat – Update
Updated, 4:15 Pm: Oscarcast producer Jennifer Todd has won the Producers Branch runoff election for 2018-19 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. She beat Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum for the seat. She begins her three-year term on July 1, serving alongside Producers Branch incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson.

It was the fourth time in Academy history, following the 2009 ties in the Directors Branch, the Writers Branch in 2015 and the Film Editors Branch the following year.

Previously, June 14: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2018–19 Board of Governors, including four first-timers, 10 incumbents and two returnees. There also will be a runoff between Jason Blum and Jennifer Todd in the Producers Branch.

The rookies are Alfred Molina, Actors Branch; Tom Duffield, Designers Branch; Susanne Bier, Directors Branch; Bonnie Arnold, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. Molina, who replaces Tom Hanks,
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'Memento' producer Jennifer Todd wins Academy board seat in run-off vote (update)

'Memento' producer Jennifer Todd wins Academy board seat in run-off vote (update)
Jason Blum in run-off election.

June 20 Update: Memento producer Jennifer Todd has prevailed in the run-off election against Jason Blum and has joined the Academy board after a vote by the producers branch initially resulted in a tie.

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the branch and will assume her post on July 1.

June 14 Report: Susanne Bier has been elected to the Academy board and takes her place among the 2018-19 intake alongside Alfred Molina.

New board members include How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World producer Bonnie Arnold and production designer Tom Duffield. The
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Academy Board of Governors election results: Alfred Molina, Susanne Bier …

Academy Board of Governors election results: Alfred Molina, Susanne Bier …
On Thursday (June 14), the motion picture academy announced the results of its annual Board of Governors election. Alfred Molina prevailed in a hotly contested contest to be one of the three representatives from the actors branch while Susanne Bier won her bid to be a voice for the directors branch.

Each of the 17 branches of the academy is represented by three governors who serve three-year terms. Those terms are staggered such that one governor from each branch is up for re-election each year. And no governor may serve for more than nine uninterrupted years.

See Alfred Molina (‘Feud: Bette and Joan’) chats playing ‘the heart of the story’ in battle between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford [Exclusive Video]

Ten incumbents were voted back in by branch members while Molina and Bier number among the four newcomers to the board. And two more return after a break from service.

In all, women won
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Meet the Next Academy Board of Governors, From Alfred Molina to Susanne Bier

Given the myriad challenges that face the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it’s surprising that more than 180 members vied for 17 available spots on the 54-member Board of Governors, which oversees the Academy’s strategic mission, financial health and the Oscars. The run-off voting ended May 18 to cull the field to four nominees per branch. The elected 2018–19 Board of Governors will assume their posts on July 1.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Actor Tom Hanks is leaving, having served his three-year term, while producer Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg publicist Marvin Levy and director Michael Mann did not seek re-election.

Among the hopefuls who did not make the cut are actresses Meg Ryan and Brie Larson, screenwriter John Ridley, producer Michael De Luca, public relations branch member Rob Friedman, and executive Michael Barker.

First-timers include two women: Susanne Bier,
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Meet the Next Academy Board of Governors, From Alfred Molina to Susanne Bier

Given the myriad challenges that face the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it’s surprising that more than 180 members vied for 17 available spots on the 54-member Board of Governors, which oversees the Academy’s strategic mission, financial health and the Oscars. The run-off voting ended May 18 to cull the field to four nominees per branch. The elected 2018–19 Board of Governors will assume their posts on July 1.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Actor Tom Hanks is leaving, having served his three-year term, while producer Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg publicist Marvin Levy and director Michael Mann did not seek re-election.

Among the hopefuls who did not make the cut are actresses Meg Ryan and Brie Larson, screenwriter John Ridley, producer Michael De Luca, public relations branch member Rob Friedman, and executive Michael Barker.

First-timers include two women: Susanne Bier,
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Alfred Molina, Susanne Bier Elected to Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors

Alfred Molina, Susanne Bier Elected to Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors
Actor Alfred Molina, director Susanne Bier and animation producer/executive Bonnie Arnold have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors for the first time, the Academy announced on Thursday.

They will be joined on the board by another first-time member, designer Tom Duffield, and by 10 incumbent governors who were re-elected and another two who are returning to the board after a hiatus.

The re-elected incumbents are Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors Branch; Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch; Rory Kennedy, Documentary Branch; Jim Gianopulos, Executives Branch; Carol Littleton, Film Editors Branch; Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; Scott Millan, Sound Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; and Billy Ray, Writers Branch.

Also Read: Film Academy Expels Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby

Former Academy president Sid Ganis is returning to represent the Public Relations Branch after a hiatus, as is Jeffrey Kurland in the Costume Designers Branch.
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Alfred Molina and Susanne Bier Among Newly Elected Film Academy Governors

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Alfred Molina and Susanne Bier Among Newly Elected Film Academy Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday its newly elected individuals to its Board of Governors for 2018-2019.

Those elected to the board for the first time are:

Alfred Molina (Actors Branch)

Tom Duffield (Designers Branch)

Susanne Bier (Directors Branch)

Bonnie Arnold (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch)

Incumbent governors reelected include:

Bernard Telsey (Casting Directors Branch)

Daryn Okada (Cinematographers Branch)

Rory Kennedy (Documentary Branch)

Jim Gianopulos (Executives Branch)

Carol Littleton (Film Editors Branch)

Lois Burwell (Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch)

Michael Giacchino (Music Branch)

Scott Millan (Sound Branch)

John Knoll (Visual Effects Branch)

Billy Ray (Writers Branch)

Returning after hiatus are:

Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designers Branch)

Sid Ganis (Public Relations Branch)

A tie in the balloting between horror maestro Jason Blum and Oscars producer Jennifer Todd in the Producers Branch will necessitate a run-off election. Voting will begin Monday, June 18 and end Tuesday, June 19. The
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Susanne Bier joins Academy board

Susanne Bier joins Academy board
Jason Blum in run-off election.

Susanne Bier has been elected to the Academy board and takes her place among the 2018-19 intake alongside Alfred Molina.

New board members include How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World producer Bonnie Arnold and production designer Tom Duffield. The new arrivals assume their posts on July 1.

Incumbent governors re-elected to the board are: Bernard Telsey, Daryn Okada, Rory Kennedy, Jim Gianopulos, Carol Littleton, Lois Burwell, Michael Giacchino, Scott Millan, John Knoll, and Billy Ray. Jeffrey Kurland and Sid Ganis return to the board after a hiatus.

The balloting in the Academy’s producers
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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Influenced Generations of Filmmakers Like Nolan, Cameron

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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Influenced Generations of Filmmakers Like Nolan, Cameron
When Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” opened in April 1968, few in the audience understood it, though most would never admit it. All they knew was they had just seen something like they had never seen before.

The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of “2001: A Space Odyssey” with the world premiere of an unrestored 70mm print, introduced by Christopher Nolan, May 12.

Filmmaker James Cameron was no different. At age 14, he took the film in at the Castle Theatre in Toronto — where, as in many cities, it played continuously for two years. “The word used to describe it was ‘mindblowing,’” he recalls. “It was like no cinematic journey like I’d ever seen before.”

Kubrick’s space epic hurled science fiction films far beyond the edges of the galaxy that they had inhabited up to that time. It brought a massive shift in sci-fi storytelling, as
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Mechanic’s Resignation Letter Sets The Agenda For An Academy Board Election That Starts Monday

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Come Monday, film producer and executive Bill Mechanic’s sizzling letter of resignation from the governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—which he has since said was not intended for public consumption—will set the agenda for what might be the most interesting Academy board election since, well, ever.

Though he effectively stepped down as one of the Academy’s 54 current governors on April 9, Mechanic’s letter of explanation to president John Bailey leaked publicly only this week. In it, he described a list of perceived problems and leadership failures that have been discussed endlessly within the Academy, but almost never in open conversation. It’s all there: The Oscar ratings collapse; the never-ending museum expense; staff churn; deep concern at the attempts to enforce a moral policy; fear that inclusion now trumps achievement; suspicion that some internal player leaked word of a harassment claim
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Rogue One Writer Reveals the Big Problem with Making Star Wars Movies

Rogue One Writer Reveals the Big Problem with Making Star Wars Movies
Writer Tony Gilroy has been making the press rounds for his new movie Beirut, which he wrote and produced, where he has opened up about his experience on Rogue One. The filmmaker made headlines by revealing on a podcast that the film was in "terrible, terrible trouble" when he was brought on, and now he has opened up about the toughest part of writing a Star Wars movie in this day and age. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.

"33 million live viewers staring over [your] shoulders, constantly in a town square, screaming about everything that's going on while it's happening. No one's ever had to do that before. No one's ever had to make movies like this before. It's a beautiful thing, it's a passionate thing, it's been an amazing thing, but it makes filmmaking really, really difficult."

Tony Gilroy made his "terrible, terrible trouble" remarks during an appearance
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Rogue One Reshoots Writer Felt the Film Was in ‘Terrible Trouble’

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots writer Tony Gilroy says he felt the film was in “terrible trouble” before he came aboard to rescue it. After the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm banked on fans flocking to see a standalone story set before Star Wars: A New Hope and involving the theft of the Death Star plans. The studio hired relatively unknown special effects technician and director Gareth Edwards to helm the big-budget film, working from a script penned by Gary Whitta, John Knoll, and Chris Weitz.
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Rogue One Easter Egg Foreshadowed A Major Plot Point Of The Last Jedi

Sandwiched between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope on the Lucasfilm timeline, Rogue One was designed to be the first in a series of Star Wars anthology movies – movies that will, in time, gently expand this most beloved franchise in new and exciting directions.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will hope to achieve the same level of box office stardom on May 25th, 2018, but upon further analysis, it turns out Rogue One shares some connective tissue to the just-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Originally dreamed up by Ilm (Industrial Light and Magic) supervisor John Knoll, who mined inspiration from the opening crawl to A New Hope, it’s been revealed that Rogue One actually name-drops hyperspace tracking, a game-changing piece of tech that plays into The Last Jedi‘s prolonged chase sequence.

For years – nay, generations – launching into hyperspeed has been the silver bullet of the Rebel Alliance,
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Jar Jar Binks actor unhappy about motion-capture “snub”

He may be one of – if not the – most reviled characters in the entire Star Wars saga, but there’s no disputing that Jar Jar Binks marked a huge leap forward in terms of visual effects and CGI characters.

However, it seems that for the folks at Wired, the history of performance capture technology begins with Andy Serkis and his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings – something Jar Jar performer Ahmed Best has taken exception to on social media.

“I don’t know how to retweet this and not sound bitter, but I feel I have been forgotten,” said Best on Twitter as he shared the article in question. “No disrespect to the great Andy Serkis.”

See Also: Star Wars fan art depicts Jar Jar Binks as The Last Jedi

Best then went on to post a lengthier response, explaining why he feels snubbed:

“Thanks for the
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Is the Lucasfilm Story Group really producing the best stories Star Wars can offer?

George Chrysostomou on whether the Lucasfilm Story Group is really producing the best stories that Star Wars can offer…

There is no doubt that the Lucasfilm Story Group, created by Kathleen Kennedy in 2012 and headed by Kiri Hart, has done some good for the Star Wars franchise. Although controversial in its attempts to rewrite canon, throwing out the Star Wars Extended Universe and starting afresh, it has paid off in its quality of storytelling moving forward.

Indeed, both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have paid off, becoming financial and critical successes and bringing the franchise to a new generation of audiences across the globe. Their work within the world of novels, TV and video games, has crafted an interconnected continuity; no plot point gets past this group of experts, holding knowledge the size of Wookiepedia. Their attention to detail is uncanny, often
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43rd Annual Saturn Awards Winners Include The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

A celebration of all things that go bump in the night (and the people who fight those bumps in the night) in the genre world, the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards took place last night in Burbank, and both sides of the "march to war" in The Walking Dead were well-represented.

In addition to winning Best Horror TV Series, The Walking Dead was rewarded with Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln) and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Read on for the full list of winners, which also include Millie Bobby Brown, Riverdale, Westworld, and many more:

Press Release: Burbank, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards celebrated the best and the brightest in genre entertainment tonight, with Lucasfilm/Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story capturing three statuettes in the Film Category, tying with Paramount’s science fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. One of the entertainment industry’s most highly-anticipated evenings,
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Han Solo Firing Proves Studios’ Franchises Don’t Want Directors To Be Storytellers

Han Solo Firing Proves Studios’ Franchises Don’t Want Directors To Be Storytellers
Oh, the irony: As TV creators seek inventive ways to adapt the visual language of cinema, Hollywood’s big-budget, big-screen movies are increasingly becoming more like television.

With serialized TV shows, control needs to be in the hands of writers and showrunners. That’s because the story is still unfolding and the production is built from episode to episode. The director can’t be the principal storyteller, which makes it challenging to put a premium on visual storytelling.

Read More: The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?

Those who run the Marvel Cinematic Universe might sympathize. When it launched in 2008, their choices of directors seemed like head scratchers for a big action film. In retrospect, they make perfect sense.

Swingers” writer and “Elf” director Jon Favreau was the perfect choice to improv with Robert Downey Jr. (remember, he wasn’t a star then
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Get First Look at Darth Vader’s Volcanic Vr World in New ‘Star Wars’ Experience (Video)

Get First Look at Darth Vader’s Volcanic Vr World in New ‘Star Wars’ Experience (Video)
A “Star Wars” virtual reality demo kicked off Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in style on Monday, highlighting how new iMacs will be strong enough to support Vr. John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic showed off “Star Wars Vr,” with the user going head-to-head with none other than Darth Vader as they roam around the the volcano-ridden planet “Mustafar.” The demo allowed the user to select several characters or ships to use, as well as change the planet you’re prancing around on. Watch part of the demo here: Star Wars Vr Demo on stage! #Wwdc #HTCVive #Mac pic.twitter.
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Rogue One Finishes Theatrical Run Well In Excess Of $1 Billion

Almost five months on from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Box Office Mojo reports that the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff finished its theatrical run with a grand total of $1.056 billion – not bad for a dogged Star Wars pic that was initially written off as a creative risk during the throes of production.

First spotted by ComicBook, the actual breakdown of Rogue One‘s global cume makes for some interesting reading, too, given how Disney’s anthology film collected more than 50 percent of its total on home turf – $532 million, for those keeping track – with overseas markets accounting for exactly 49.6 percent ($523 million). If anything, it’s a pointed reminder of the franchise’s unwavering popularity across North America – there are those who consider Star Wars to be more akin to a religion than a line of movies, after all – and it’s fitting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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