We’re just two weeks away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, even less if you already have tickets to the earliest 7pm showing on Thursday, December 15. Soon enough we’ll know how this first Star Wars spin-off unfolds and what secrets about the movie haven’t yet been spoiled. In the meantime, director Gareth Edwards has revealed two cool Rogue One easter eggs that have absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars.
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David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon is a simple, beautiful and warm tale of friendship. It’s a refreshingly sparse story that hardly resembles the original Disney film. Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks lifted very little from the ’77 musical; they made a movie that stands on its own and doesn’t rely at all on nostalgia.
The film was well received when it was in theaters, but now that it’s on home video, more viewers will likely embrace Elliot and Pete’s heartfelt and tender adventure. With Pete’s Dragon now on Blu-ray, we recently had the chance to speak with Lowery again, and he reflected on some of the toughest and most enjoyable days during the shoot, not reading the reviews, the lessons he learned, and the experience of working with Robert Redford again.
Below, read our David Lowery interview.
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This week saw the debut of the trailer for The Belko Experiment, a bloody action thriller written and produced by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. With the arrival of that trailer, James Gunn sat down for a quick interview about how crafting a trailer for a movie like the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 proved harder than trying to market the aforementioned film that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.
Find out what James Gunn had to say about the difficulty in crafting the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser, when we might expect it, and why the teaser for the original movie almost got scrapped. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
One of the things that has always impressed me about James Cameron as a filmmaker is how he confronts obstacles to achieving his vision – if current technology can’t help him achieve his vision, then he will help develop brand new technology to actually make it happen, damn it! The line between technician and artist has continued to blend in this way over the past 15 years or so, with filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis building entire movies around fresh tech, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding more to the conversation.
The last filmmaker I expected to push the technological envelope was Jon Favreau, whose low-key beginnings eventually propelled him into the blockbuster arena, but here we are. After creating photorealistic animal characters and environments in The Jungle Book earlier this year, he’s now talking about how virtual reality tech will influence his upcoming remake of The Lion King.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis has been trying for years to make a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, to little avail. And while Zemeckis has been more than happy to talk up the project in the past, he doesn’t sound all that optimistic about it these days. In a recent interview, the filmmaker suggested a Roger Rabbit 2 was unlikely to happen, and explained exactly why. Read More »
Over the summer, one of the big topics of conversation for Star Wars fans were the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An initial report indicated that Rogue One reshoots needed to be completed after Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the film, and a follow-up said that as much as 40% of the film was going to be completely redone. The urgent nature of the reshoots was debunked shortly thereafter, but it was a story that felt more like damage control by Lucasfilm than giving us the whole picture.
Now we seem to have some further indication that the extensive and expensive reshoots that were originally reported were just as drastic as originally thought. You might remember that Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy was brought in to help on the reshoots by writing some additional material (after working on the script the previous summer) and working as second unit director. But his role on the movie was reportedly far more involved, including fixing the ending of the movie.
Find out the new details on Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »
In the Marvel cinematic universe, everything is leading to The Avengers: Infinity War. Right now, the Mad Titan known as Thanos doesn’t have any of the Infinity Stones in his possession that will lead to this massive conflict, but he’ll inevitably collect them, fit them snugly in the Infinity Gauntlet, and wreak havoc on Earth and maybe even the other realms.
However, as of now we’ve only seen five of the six Infinity Stones. There’s the Space Stone, which is inside the Tesseract and now in Odin’s vault; the Reality Stone, which is presumed to still be in The Collector’s museum after being handed over by Sif and Volstagg; the Mind Stone, which is on Vision’s forehead after being removed from Loki’s scepter, the Power Stone, which is locked up at Nova Corps headquarters; and the Time Stone, which is contained in the Eye of Agamotto at Kamar Taj.
So where could the Soul Stone be? One fan theory has an an interesting idea of where we might find the final Infinity Stone. Read More »
We’ve already begun to learn about the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets in the first few minutes, and last week box office tracking services estimated the opening weekend box office could hit the high $120 million range to the near $150 million range. But no matter how successful this movie is, don’t expect a Rogue One sequel.
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Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for Cars 3, which hints at a dramatic turn for the John Lasseter-created animated franchise. We’ve also updated this post with the newly released Cars 3 teaser poster.
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If you didn’t catch Moana over the holiday weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies Walt Disney Animation has ever made. It’s an outstanding adventure full of gorgeous animation, a powerful story about identity with a strong female character at its center who doesn’t need romance to have a complete story.
But one of the best elements of Moana is the soundtrack of original songs crafted by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and South Pacific fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. And if you need any more convincing to see Moana, or you just want to watch one of the most fun musical numbers from the movie again and again, we have good news. The entire musical sequence where Dwayne Johnson‘s demigod character Maui sings the song “You’re Welcome,” has been made available to watch online.
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