John Boyega Hugs Adam Driver - Kylo Ren

In the world of acting, there are those stars who are only in character when the camera is rolling, and there are those who prefer to dig a little deeper and stay in character during the production, if not a bit longer. It sounds like Adam Driver belongs in the latter category, at least when it comes to playing the physically and emotionally scarred Star Wars villain Kylo Ren.

At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren had to make the grim decision to kill his father Han Solo in order to stop the struggle in his mind that kept him from submitting to the dark side completely. Adam Driver has said that because of that, there may be more scars he’s dealing with than the one that now crosses his eye, and when he’s on set, he brings that emotional intensity to his performance.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by fellow cast members John Boyega and Mark Hamill, and they each tried to get through that exterior in their own way during production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out more below. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Cover

Since the official 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars is coming this week on May 25, it looks like we’re going to get some special sneak peeks at this year’s continuance of the sci-fi saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The first teaser trailer arrived during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month, but now fans are hungry for even more. They’ll get it this week, as Vanity Fair has announced they’ll have a batch of photos from the set of the movie arriving on Wednesday, May 24, just as they did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

To tease the arrival of these photos, Vanity Fair has released four different Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers that provide new looks at Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and new character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).

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Logan Lucky plot details

When Steven Soderbergh first read Rebecca Blunt’s script, Logan Lucky, it was to make a suggestion for who should direct. This was in the fall of 2014 after the Traffic and Magic Mike director announced his retirement from moviemaking. After reading Blunt’s script, though, Soderbergh was inspired enough to return to features.

His first theatrical release since 2013’s Side Effects comes out this August. Logan Lucky is another heist movie from Soderbergh, but he describes it as an “inversion of an Ocean’s movie,” without the gloss and cool factor. Below, the director shares some Logan Lucky plot details and discusses his return to directing movies.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

Everyone is going nuts over the new trailer for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was unveiled at Star Wars Celebration earlier today, but Disney and Lucasfilm also dropped the first real poster for the film at the same time. So while you’re coming down off the high of watching the trailer, join us in a deep dive into that poster to see if we can learn anything else about the movie.
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don quixote filming

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has apparently begun production and now I’m worried that a giant foot will come down from the sky and crush director Terry Gilliam, Monty Python-style. After all, the forces of nature have kept this project on the ropes for nearly two decades. This isn’t even the first time cameras have rolled on the film! There’s still a chance all finished footage could burn up in a fire. There’s still a chance a freak sinkhole could swallow the entire crew. Anything can happen…but it’s about time that the universe cut Gilliam some slack.

Let’s run down everything we know where this famously ill-fated production stands at the moment, including its new leading man.

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Logan Lucky logo

Steven Soderbergh is back. Well, kind of. He never really went away to begin with, when you consider the fact that he spent his “retirement” directing a TV movie and making a TV show and producing other shows and films and serving as cinematographer on a sequel to one of his own movies.

But he’s finally returning to the movies, as a director, for real, with Logan Lucky, starring Daniel CraigChanning TatumAdam Driver, and many, many more. And new Soderbergh movie would be great news no matter what the context, so let’s go ahead and celebrate, shall we? Bleecker Street has announced it’s picking up Soderbergh’s NASCAR heist movie for release this summer, and they’ve shared the very first photo to mark the occasion. Get your Logan Lucky first look below.  Read More »

kylo ren and rey connection

Here’s what happens when Star Wars fans start getting thirsty for news and start poking around in the desert: they find tiny updates in the official StarWars.com biographies for two major characters and start to wonder what it all could mean. In this case, two small additions to the pages for Kylo Ren and Rey tease something that fans have been wondering about since Star Wars: The Force Awakens: a mysterious “connection” between the evil son of Han Solo and the mysterious desert scavenger.

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new sylvester stallone project

Sylvester Stallone and Adam Driver co-starring in a movie sounds good, but Stallone directing that film sounds great. It’s been nearly seven years since Stallone has stepped behind the camera. Thankfully, we now know the actor’s next directorial effort might be Tough as They Come, based on the life of United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.

Below, learn more about the new Sylvester Stallone project.

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Adam Driver in Paterson review

Note: With Paterson in limited release starting today, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.

In the past five years, Adam Driver has gone from total obscurity to total ubiquity. Girls was the show that launched him to fame, but his work since then has proven that his breakout role was no fluke. There’s a reason he’s being courted by everyone from the blockbuster magicians at Disney (for Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to top-level directors like Noah Baumbach, the Coens, and Jeff Nichols. With Paterson, he checks another acclaimed auteur off his to-do list, Jim Jarmusch, and the results of their meeting prove as wonderfully idiosyncratic as they are.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: carrie fisher as princess leia and jj abrams

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Carrie Fisher completed her work on Star Wars: Episode 8 before she passed away.
  • Rian Johnson offers a simple and compelling defense of the prequels.
  • Carrie Fisher was working on a new one-woman show prior to her death.
  • Adam Driver has a number of nice things to say about his Episode 8 director.
  • Poe Dameron comic writer Charles Soule will pay tribute to Carrie Fisher in an upcoming issue.
  • There is now an official online store to buy Star Wars autographs.
  • The Doctor Aphra comic is about to explore what happened to Yavin IV.
  • The Han Solo movie is about to begin casting its supporting cast.

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