Han Solo spin-off

Han Solo is coming back to movie screens, and it won’t just be through the return of Harrison Ford to the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm is also developing a Star Wars Anthology movie focused on a younger Han Solo. And, given that the Star Wars prequels featured a very young, perhaps too-young Anakin Skywalker, we’ve wondered what the story will be for the Han Solo film, and how old he’ll be.

While we still don’t know the story for the film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) will direct for a 2018 release, we do know that Han will likely be in his late teens or early ’20s in that film. Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has a lot to say about the spin-off, even at this early stage, and we’ve got her comments, along with talk from co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, below.  Read More »

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Training Day TV show

Antoine Fuqua‘s film Training Day is still his most significant movie, and it helped propel the career of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer. That Best Actor Oscar for star Denzel Washington didn’t hurt the film, either. Now there’s a Training Day TV show brewing, because of course there is.

The show was Fuqua’s idea, and he and original producer Jerry Bruckheimer are putting together a package with Warner Bros. TV. The show pitch is going out to the four major networks, and given the recognizance of the title we could see something come together relatively fast, with Fuqua directing the pilot.

Update: On August 13, CBS won a bidding war amongst the four major networks for the Training Day TV series. And, yeah, that seems a little weird, as CBS seems like pretty much the last place Training Day would be at home. The network goes as far as Criminal Minds when it comes to “gritty,” but perhaps things are changing, or perhaps this series will be less hardcore than the film. Deadline says the show has a pilot production commitment, so there’s a way to go before full series.

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Keeping Room trailer

Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in Daniel Barber‘s twist on the Civil War drama, with Muna OtaruSam Worthington in supporting roles. The story, written by Julia Hart, follows Marling and Steinfeld as sisters who defend themselves and their home against assault by Yankee soldiers determined to get in towards the end of the war.

But things aren’t so simple; the two young women are slave owners, with Muna Otaru playing the woman who is bound to the home, and who is in just as much danger as the other two women, even if she isn’t part of their family. So the film has the ingredients to be a tense and possibly uncomfortable thriller with situations that go beyond the basic “survive a siege” plot. Check out The Keeping Room trailer below.  Read More »

Sicario trailer

This fall brings the arrival in theaters of Sicario, the latest film from Enemy and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, with a cast highlighted by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The three play corners on a triangle of official and sometimes very unofficial players in the war between law agencies and Mexican drug cartels.

This new Sicario trailer has some of the same footage as the last domestic trailer, but it is a bit shorter, so it reveals less, and it is cut in a slightly more broad manner, presumably to get its ideas across to a larger audience. It is still quite good, and still makes Emily Blunt look like a total badass.  Read More »

Shanghai trailer

Many years ago, Mikael Håfström (1408Escape Plan) made Shanghai, a ’40s-set mystery with a splashy international cast that included his 1408 star John Cusack along with Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe. The film saw release in many countries, but sat on the shelf in the US after being purchased by — you guessed it — The Weinstein Company.

Now the film is finally poised for what amounts to a too little/too late release in the US, where it will ultimately end up as a Tuesday night Netflix watch for many audiences. But there’s a new domestic Shanghai trailer to show it off, which you can see below.  Read More »

Deadwood movie talks

Yesterday, actor Garret Dillahunt tweeted “So uh…I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.” I had the same reaction to that tweet that a lot of other people seemed to have: don’t even play around with this. Deadwood is serious business. Canceled in 2006 after three great seasons and a less than satisfying conclusion, there was talk at the time of two Deadwood movies to finish out David Milch‘s obsessive and idiosyncratic western vision. Those movies never happened.

But now HBO confirms that, yes, there has been some talk about a Deadwood movie. Really early talk, but that’s better than nothing. Read More »

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A Tale of Love and Darkness

For her feature directorial debut, Natalie Portman also wrote and starred in A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, effectively an account of the founding of the state of Isreal as recounted through events in Oz’s own life. The story begins in 1945 in Jerusalem, honing in on Oz’s family — young Amos (Amir Tessler), parents Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and Fania (Portman) — as tensions mount between Jews and Arabs towards the end of the Mandate for Palestine.

There’s no domestic trailer for the film just yet, but we do have an international trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness. While there’s no English language dialogue here, the trailer still communicates quite a lot through the imagery captured by Portman and her cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look after the break. Read More »

Zach Galifianakis Is the Joker for ‘Lego Batman’

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When you’ve got Will Arnett voicing Batman in a movie where the characters are all made out of LEGO, and Michael Cera to voice Robin, where does one turn to voice the Clown Prince of Crime? For Lego Batman, the first big Lego Movie spin-off that is planned for release in February 2017, the Lego Joker voice actor is Zach Galifianakis, who should bring something new to the role and be a great foe for Arnett.  Read More »

Reflektor Tapes trailer

Arcade Fire is known for intense, theatrical shows, and also for an interest in the integration of film into its presentation. The Reflektor Tapes is a document of the bands 2013 tour, and the film will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose arresting video/short film Until the Quiet Comes won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2013, the band has said the film captures the point where “we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads.” Check out the trailer below, which shows some of what they’re talking about, and which shows some of the locations in which the band wrote their most recent record, and conceptualized the tour before taking it on the road.
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