You can feel Zack Snyder‘s fingerprints all over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — for better or for worse, it really feels like a Zack Snyder film, right down to the fact that most of the characters seem to share Snyder’s taste for vests. But you probably didn’t know that Snyder is actually, physically in the movie. His cameo is so small that it’s basically impossible to pick him out, but cinematographer Larry Fong has revealed where exactly you can find him. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
This week we’ve all been thinking about Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this week at the age of 60. While most people know her for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a lot of people don’t realize that her written career spans farther than the bestselling books and novels that she penned over the years.
Entertainment Weekly once described Carrie Fisher as “one of the most sought after [script] doctors in town.” She worked without credit on films ranging from Hook to Last Action Hero to the Star Wars prequels and much more. Learn about her unknown legacy of uncredited work on big Hollywood screenplays in our Carrie Fisher Script Doctor primer.
Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Dying on screen can be an honor for an actor or actress. Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has even become known for the frequency with which he has died on film throughout his career. However, one does not simply assume that he is the actor who has died the most in film and television. In fact, there are a few actors who came out above him when one dedicated cinephile decided to find out which actor has died the most on screen.
Find out which actor dies the most on screen after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was supposed to introduce a new Imperial droid named C2-B5. Disney made a big announcement about the character being in the film just a few months ago, and have since featured the droid in a bunch of toys and collectibles. But in the final film, C2-B5 is almost nowhere to be found. A casualty of reshoots, is C2-B5 the Constable Zuvio of Rogue One? What was his original role in the movie?
Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Disney has released a bunch of books in connection with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which give us some insight into John Knoll‘s original pitch for the movie and Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, as well as how the story evolved under Chris Weitz. I’m always very interested in the evolution of the creative process on this scale, and learning what might have been.
We’ve already delved into the missing trailer footage to try to deconstruct what may have been reshot, now join me as we look at the original ideas for Rogue One, from pitch to shoot:
- Discover the original title for Rogue One.
- Find out which character was originally written to be a Jedi.
- Learn which character was originally created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Hit the jump to find out what I learned.
Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced a new piece to Darth Vader’s legacy. While the first Star Wars anthology movie poses far fewer questions than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, most of the queries I’ve been getting about Rogue One surround Darth Vader’s castle. We have some of the answers.
This location’s origin is steeped in Star Wars lore, and we already know quite a bit about its new canon backstory (which may include some appearances in future Star Wars projects). Hit the jump to learn more about Darth Vader’s new residence which is introduced on screen in Rogue One.
Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry has added films to its roll that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking” and will be preserved in the Library of Congress. They’ve announced their picks from this year, including staples from John Hughes, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and much more.
Get the full list of 2016 National Film Registry movies after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s hard to imagine Elf without Will Ferrell. He brings the perfect manic man-child energy to the role of Buddy the Elf, turning him from a slightly creepy weirdo into a slightly creepy weirdo that we really, really like. But he didn’t start out as the top choice for the role. The original star eyed for the lead was Jim Carrey. It was after Carrey moved on that the part went to Ferrell instead. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Working on a Star Wars movie would be a dream come true for most filmmakers, so when Gareth Edwards had the chance to helm Rogue One he made the most of it. We’ve already shared our chat with Edwards, where he told us about all the big ways he tried to make Rogue One his own, but here we’re talking about the little things he did to get the full experience. Like leaving his mark on Industrial Light & Magic through a bunch of jokey “notes” on the Rogue One poster, and smuggling out a little memento for himself of his time on set. Read More »