la la land

La La Land has somehow ended on top of the heap for the annual award season. The film has earned a historic 14 Oscar nominations, tying it with previous 14-time nominated films All About Eve and Titanic. And the gossip papers are now reporting that some actors are angry that they didn’t take part in Damien Chazelle‘s now-hit musical. Which actors turned down roles in La La Land? Find out after the jump.
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Zack Snyder Had a Cameo in ‘Batman v Superman’

Batman v Superman Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck

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 »

carrie fisher script doctor

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.

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Which Actor Dies the Most On Screen - Sean Bean

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 »

Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

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.

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c2-b5

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?

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Rogue One scripts

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.

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darth vaders castle in rogue one bacta tank

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.

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2016 National Film Registry Movies

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 »

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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 »