Which Director is Strongest With the Force?
Like many Star Wars fans, it took us a while to process the news that the creator and caretaker of the greatest sci-fi epic of all time, George Lucas, had sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney. And, as if that news wasn't momentous enough, Disney concurrently announced that plans were already underway for an all-new Star Wars movie, a sequel to the original trilogy that would likely be the first movie in a new trilogy.
Minds thoroughly blown, we started to think about the future of the franchise. Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen's horrible acting had really hurt the prequel trilogy and Lucas' constant meddling with the original trilogy tested our faith in ol' grey beard even further. With Lucas out of the picture, could the franchise regain its former glory?
In the days following the announcement, it was revealed that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) had been hired to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, while rumors continue to swirl that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) is in the running to direct. Do you think that Vaughn is the right man for the job or would you like to see J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) or someone else direct? Who do you think has the vision to chart the course of the future of the Star Wars franchise?
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Posted 11.13.12 by BrentJS
Last week, Disney and moviemaker George Lucas announced that the company had purchased Lucas' profitable LucasFilm Ltd. production company for $4.05 billion, While that affords Lucas a modest retirement from making movies (actually, he plans to donate most of the money to educational charities), Lucas also revealed that he had decided to hand over his Star Wars franchise to "a new generation of filmmakers," collectively blowing the minds of millions of Star Wars fans everywhere.
While creating Star Wars has given Lucas unparalleled respect amongst writers, directors, animators and movie audiences alike, it's been Lucas' "recreations" of those same movies, as well as work creating the prequel trilogy (that's Episodes I-III for you kids that watched them sequentially), that has made him the target of those same peoples' derision. Now that Disney holds the keys to Lucas' magic kingdom, we offer 10 things to expect from the new Star Wars trilogy. read our 10 expectations then add your own >> Posted 11.04.12 by Ryan
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Robert Downey Jr. has been called the King of Comic-Con and at Saturday's Iron Man 3 panel, Downey once again proved that title by rocking the audience inside of Hall H.
In true Tony Stark fashion, Downey entered Hall H from the back doors and walked through the audience with music blaring. Once on stage he asked: "How much do I love you? How much do you love me? And why aren't we watching any footage yet?" The lights dropped and the audience saw the first look at Iron Man 3.
The opening scene showed Stark in his "R&D" laboratory, testing his newest version of the Iron Man suite — it assembles onto his body piece by flying piece (as hinted in the recently released concept art.) Cut to a short comic scene between Stark and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) where Happy complains about being Ironman's "bodyguard." We then get a montage of all the players in Iron Man 3, including Guy Pearce who says, “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: there is no such thing as heroes.” Then we see Stark and Pepper attacked at Stark's Malibu home. A helicopter flies in front of it, firing missiles, destroying the home and sending into to the Pacific Ocean. Stark, in a gold and red suit, emerges from the submerged wreckage. We then see the Iron Man 3 title but before fading to black we see Sir Ben Kingsley as The Madarin. Downey says his future as Tony Stark is "uncertain" >> Posted 07.15.12 by Chris
Perhaps this isn't very surprising, but since actor-director Jon Favreau decided not to return to the director's chair for Iron Man 3 there was some question whether he would reprise his role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) chauffeur-bodyguard. However, with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) taking over as director, THR reports Favreau has closed his deal to return as Hogan. Production began on Wednesday in Wilmington, N.C.
Favreau is also returning to produce the movie, something that he made clear more than a week ago, hence the lack of surprise. In a recent interview with THR, Favreau said that he would be "very involved" with Iron Man 3, and was proud to see the franchise "moving forward in a way that re-enforces" the prior Iron Man movies. hamilton adds firepower to Iron Man 3 >> Posted 05.25.12 by Ryan
Robert Downey Jr., who is just about finished filming his portion of The Avengers, soon will be reprising the Iron Man role in another solo adventure, currently being written by director Shane Black with assistance from Drew Pearce (Marvel's unproduced The Runaways).
Reportedly, Iron Man 3, will see the character fight "real world villains" in a "Tom Clancy-style thriller" and that villain will be one that "fanboys will appreciate," though other details about the script are being kept under wraps. Actor Don Cheadle, who played Lt. James "Rhodey" Rhodes in Iron Man 2, has revealed that shooting will start in February (with a release date planned in 2013), so whatever Black and Pearce are working on will have to finished pretty quickly. downey talks sequel >> Posted 08.19.11 by Ryan
Is Cowboys & Aliens' mashup premise enough to conquer audience fatigue as we approach the end of "Superhero Summer"? The critics are split.
Posted 07.29.11 by reelz
"...unlikely bedfellows are spliced together for cheeky escapism and maximum coin...full-bodied, roundly satisfying..."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"Jon Favreau's inspired adaptation of the comic book of the same name could teach Reese's a few things about how to do it right... It may be two treats in one, but for an audience that's pigged out on spectacle all summer, that might be two treats too many."— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"...will no doubt be popular and deserves success. As preposterous moneymakers go, it's ambitious and well-made."— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...has fun moments, but it's a plodding entertainment because it mostly tastes like leftovers."— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a setup for an epic showdown. What we get instead is drained of daring, much the way Favreau reduced Iron Man to formula in the sappy sequel."— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"....a leaden mash-up of western and science-fiction elements that ends up noisy, grotesque and unappealing."— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
There comes a time at the end of the summer when it's too hot and muggy outside to pretend you're headed to the movies for plot or character developments. Enter the ridiculosity of Cowboys and Aliens, a movie that wears its crazy premise on its sleeve like a badge of honor. You shouldn't need to hear anything beyond that name to understand this is a summer flick not to be missed. However, if you need more convincing, here are five reasons to attend the shootout.
5 Reasons: Cowboys and Aliens Posted 07.27.11 by reelz
Just four days until we finally see Jon Favreau's much-hyped genre bender, Cowboys & Aliens, and many of us are still clamoring for details. The movie's producers have been pretty restrained in letting info out, but it appears we finally have a lot more to go on now. Earlier today, Yahoo! Movies posted an interactive trailer. View the interactive trailer >> Posted 07.25.11 by reelz
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Before dying alone in bed, it's reported Amy Winehouse went on a 36-hour bender that involved a combination of whiskey, ecstasy, ketamine (used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia), cocaine, and heroin.
Lindsay Lohan could barely stand up after partying hard on Saturday night, and is now possibly headed to St. Tropez on Thursday with plans to stay until August 2. This comes just days after LiLo was scolded by a judge for completing just 33 of the 480 hours of her community service.
In a carefully worded statement, NBC said it's not paying for an "interview" with Casey Anthony (which doesn't preclude payment for pictures, video, etc.) as they're the front-runner to be the first to talk to her.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has dumped fiance Kristin Cavallari. A source tells People she's "absolutely devastated" and "she can't believe this is happening."
Harrison Ford flew his helicopter to work during filming of Cowboys and Aliens — which opens this Friday — and would offer lifts home to castmates and director Jon Favreau.
The story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days is headed to the big screen now that producer Mike Medavoy has acquired the rights. Medavoy recently produced Shutter Island and Black Swan. Posted 07.25.11 by reelz