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Rushes. Criterion Channel Reboot, Steve McQueen & Viola Davis, Film's First "Frankenstein"

  • MUBI
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombNEWSPablo Ferro, the renowned title designer of Dr. Strangelove, Beetlejuice, Stop Making Sense, and many more, has died at the age of 83. Harrison Smith of the Washington Post has written an expansive obituary and informative summation of Ferro's signature style. Following the closing of FilmStruck, the Criterion Collection has announced that it will be launching the Criterion Channel as "a freestanding service," wholly owned and operated by Criterion, in spring of 2019. Read the full press statement, including details on how to sign up, here. Recommended VIEWINGPeter Jackson attempts to resurrect history, via colorizing and dubbing, in the trailer for his forthcoming Wwi documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old.An official trailer for Aleksei German's Khrustalyov, My Car! highlights its morbid humor and stunning style.
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‘Star Wars’ Won’t Be on Disney’s Streaming Service Until 2024

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‘Star Wars’ Won’t Be on Disney’s Streaming Service Until 2024
The Force isn’t that strong with this one. We’ve known for some time now that Disney is no longer content to let Netflix stream its movies and will be launching an unnamed streaming service of its own to compete, but not every title will be available. As noted by Bloomberg, for instance, Disney unsuccessfully attempted to reacquire the TV rights to “Star Wars” and the from Turner Broadcasting — meaning Episodes I–VI won’t be available until 2024.

Turner, whose main cable networks are TBS and TNT, can exclusively air the three main trilogies and standalone entries on the small screen and online for another six years. The company “would want financial considerations and programming to replace the lost films,” according to Bloomberg’s sources, and “the talks haven’t advanced further.”

Turner paid around $275 million for the rights to “Star Wars” in 2016, which was before Disney finished plans for its own streaming service.
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Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)
Harrison Ford is in negotiations to star in “Call of the Wild,” Variety has learned.

If a deal is reached, the “Star Wars” actor will play John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold. The big-budget film is being adapted by 20th Century Fox from the classic 1903 Jack London novel about the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s. It has impressive cinematic as well as literary pedigree. Thornton was previously played by Clark Gable in a 1935 film version and by Charlton Heston in a 1972 version. Over the decades, “Call of the Wild” has inspired everything from a silent movie to a Snoopy TV special.

Chris Sanders (“The Croods”) is directing the film, which will have a script by Michael Green (“Logan”). Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer. Steve Asbell will oversee the production for Fox.
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‘The Last Jedi’ Director Mocks Angry Fans Wanting to Remake It: ‘Please Actually Happen’

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‘The Last Jedi’ Director Mocks Angry Fans Wanting to Remake It: ‘Please Actually Happen’
Angry “Star Wars” fans have been up in arms over “The Last Jedi” since it released in December, so much so that one group claims it’s going to remake it.

A website called “RemakeTheLastJedi.com” and corresponding Twitter account popped up in June, purporting to be created by a group of producers who mean to make a new version of “Episode VIII.” Of course, people can pledge money on that website. Supposedly it has raised more than $22 million as of this writing — but claims that the cost of actually making the film will be covered by the unnamed producers behind it.

Director Rian Johnson responded on Twitter to the Remake account, and in keeping with his recent attitude in responding to the worst “Star Wars” fans and their online activities, he was appropriately cheeky.
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Lucasfilm Reportedly Putting ‘Star Wars Story’ Spin-Off Films On Hold

Lucasfilm Reportedly Putting ‘Star Wars Story’ Spin-Off Films On Hold
Even though it appeared that “Star Wars” fans were excited about the upcoming (but unannounced) “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “Boba Fett” spin-off films, the folks at Lucasfilm are having second thoughts. After the disappointing box office performance of the recent “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a new report suggests that Lucasfilm is deciding to take a different route moving forward, and it may leave those spin-offs on the backburner.

Continue reading Lucasfilm Reportedly Putting ‘Star Wars Story’ Spin-Off Films On Hold at The Playlist.
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‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Reveals More Details About His Plans for Episodes 7, 8, and 9

‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Reveals More Details About His Plans for Episodes 7, 8, and 9
If you thought fans were mad at Rian Johnson, just imagine how they may have felt about George Lucas’s direction for the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It’s widely known now that at the time that Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, the creator of the franchise handed over outlines for Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Episode IX. This was his design for the conclusion of the Star Wars saga that he began in 1977, and that he returned to for the prequel trilogy starting with 1999’s The Phantom Menace. But given that Lucas no longer ran …
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Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

“You know, sometimes I amaze even myself.” The epitome of cool, the tough guy, the rebel in the original Star Wars universe has always been Han Solo. The character is an icon of pop culture, a science fiction superstar that brought charisma and attitude into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon alongside a furry companion named Chewbacca. Han Solo’s journey into the Star Wars universe was always one of mythic proportions; a history only partly introduced with off-topic remarks or unexpected meet-ups with past foes/friends. Amidst battles between galactic forces and duels with lightsaber-wielding Jedis, Han Solo was consistently one of the most intriguing and appealing characters.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard and written by Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan amidst a troubled production, takes the viewer back to the beginning of the journey, to understand how Han Solo became a pilot, how he won the Millennium Falcon,
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Mark Hamill comments on the best viewing order for the Star Wars saga

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Mark Hamill comments on the best viewing order for the Star Wars saga
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on Blu-Ray and DVD, it feels like as good a time as any to re-evaluate what the best viewing order is for the George Lucas-created interstellar saga. I remember when this used to be a simple task. You'd just start with Star Wars: A New Hope and work your way forward through the original trilogy. Now, not only do we have episodes one, two, and three to... Read More...
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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX
John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station Kusc. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Series Finale Trailer Explodes on Lothal

Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels from master storyteller Dave Filoni is set to wrap up where it began: with young Ezra Bridger battling the Empire on his home planet of Lothal.

This upcoming Monday, March 5th is when the 90-minute finale of Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney Xd. Questions will be answered and others surely posed as Bridger and what's left of the Ghost crew face an all-out attack from Grand Admiral Thrawn, Governor Price and their forces.

A new 60-second trailer/sizzle reel for the super-sized Star Wars Rebels finale is out and it teases lots of action, the Emperor, and return of the Loth Wolves to help Bridger presumably face the Emperor.

The Season 4 and series finale is split into two consecutive episodes with the first's name a play on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Here are the names and descriptions for both,
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George Lucas’ Scrapped Idea For The New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Revealed

George Lucas’ Scrapped Idea For The New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Revealed
It’s hard to believe it’s only been five years since Disney‘s blockbuster announcement that the studio was purchasing Lucasfilm. The mouse house has moved swiftly ever since, delivering three new “Star Wars” movies for fans, with much more to come. George Lucas has seen his brainchild passed to new creative voices and filmmakers, however, when the Disney/Lucasfilm deal was first announced, it was his material that was making headlines.
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Star Wars. location-based Vr Experience coming to Las Vegas, Glendale

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People often say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, though I'm not certain if that mantra holds true for when a Star Wars Vr Experience rolls the dice. The location-based Vr startup ,The Void, is preparing to launch two new locations: Void Experience Centers in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas as well as in the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, CA in early 2018.... Read More...
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Michael Pena & Diego Luna will star in Narcos season four

  • JoBlo
Netflix has plenty of hit shows on their roster, and one of their most established is the crime series Narcos, which focuses on the DEA’s war against the drug cartels in South America. The show’s most recurring star has been Pedro Pascal (Kingsman 2, Game Of Thrones), and Netflix has just announced season four will star actors Michael Pena (Ant-man) and Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars... Read More...
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Rian Johnson Talks About The Surprise Return of A Popular Character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

There are so many unexpected surprises in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and one of the biggest ones is the appearance of a certain character that almost nobody expected to even show up. While talking with writer/director Rian Johnson, /Film learned the story behind this very surprising moment.

About halfway through the film, a force ghost appears to help Luke Skywalker as he is about to burn the ancient Jedi writings and their tree to the ground. Yoda crashes the Star Wars: The Last Jedi party. Rian Johnson was able to get Frank Oz to reprise the role for this appearance, but also brought the lovable green character back as the classic puppet and not the CG character we saw in the Star Wars prequels. /Film spoke with Johnson about the return of Master Yoda:

Can you talk about getting Frank Oz back as Yoda?Yeah. Oh my God,
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Kyloki is the Kylo Ren/Loki Sitcom You Didn’t Know You Wanted

What if I told you Kylo Ren and Loki were roommates? You'd probably scoff and say that could never happen because one is from Star Wars and the other from Marvel Comics. Well, it could happen since both of those are owned by Disney, but it's still very unlikely that we'd see any kind of crossover like that. However, the guys over at Leisure Elk decided to explore this idea and the result is hilarious. It’s a small series on YouTube called “Kyloki” and it features Kylo Ren, Loki, and Matt. Matt is a normal human who lives with them (although it would have been hilarious to find out he’s a radar technician). You also get to meet some of their friends such as Scarlet Witch and Negan. Most episodes are around 5 minutes and they are a lot of fun. Check out the latest episode below where Loki
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Spina

You might not recognize Tom Spina but by the picture above you should already be able to tell that he has a definite Star wars fascination. Spina is a designer that collects and restores old memorabilia as well as creates new items to be used and displayed in peoples’ homes. His art and his passion is in providing original pieces that are deemed as museum quality and often come from suggestions made by those visiting his company’s site. This is a great example of Star Wars as a part of culture spawning something quite positive and very impressive since Spina

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Spina
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Rian Johnson Responds to ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Fan Criticism

Unsurprisingly, the reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi have been swift and loud from all sections of the Star Wars fandom. The Last Jedi is a long movie with so many moving parts narratively that there's a lot to dissect. There may be parts you loved, others you didn't, and most that you feel just fine about. That's, you know, a pretty typical moviegoing experience. But because it's Star Wars, everything matters more. And I get it -- I'm a diehard fan about certain things too, and when people start messing with my conception of …
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Pop-Up Movie Facts: Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

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Star Wars! Star Wars! Star Wars! Everything is Star Wars! Is that a bad thing? Probably not. But before you head out to the theater to catch the latest episode in this space opera, check out the latest episode of JoBlo's Pop-up Movie Facts. This time we "pop" Star Wars: A New Hope. The film that started it all. This lovable cast of character on an epic quest soon captured the hearts of millions all around the world. Then that little film grew and grew into an... Read More...
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‘The Last Jedi': Rian Johnson Explains the Film’s First Luke Scene

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we finally get Luke Skywalker’s long-awaited return. While fans were primed and ready to revisit Mark Hamill’s iconic character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, filmmaker J.J. Abrams decided to hold Luke back and focus on Han/Leia, instead building to an iconic reveal in the final minutes of the movie. We saw Daisy Ridley’s Rey discovering Luke in seclusion at Ach-To, handing him his long-lost lightsaber. The look on Luke’s face was one of bewilderment, then …
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash Gets a Response from Director Rian Johnson

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash Gets a Response from Director Rian Johnson
People have a lot to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and they’re making sure to let Rian Johnson know exactly what they think about his entry into the Star Wars saga. The newest Star Wars film has received an inordinate amount of backlash – The Last Jedi was ripped to pieces by many fans soon after its premiere […]

The post ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash Gets a Response from Director Rian Johnson appeared first on /Film.
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