Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Episode VII isn’t coming out for a few years yet, but 2013 promises lots of non-cinematic Star Wars releases, including a new comic book series, a novel by Timothy Zahn, and an expansion to The Old Republic. After the jump:
- George Lucas once had plans for four Star Wars trilogies
- Kathleen Kennedy teases an Episode VII update coming in January
- Ewan McGregor wants to return, maybe as a hologram
- Samuel L. Jackson is also willing to return as a ghost
- Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman talk Star Wars: Legacy
- Timothy Zahn discusses his novel Scoundrels and Episode VII
- Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting an expansion
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Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve been treating Disney’s Lucasfilm acquisition like it was a done deal, but in fact it still hasn’t quite closed. It did take a step closer this week, though, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reviewed the proposed acquisition and gave it the go-ahead. Neither company has announced when exactly the deal will be finalized. [The Force]
Also after the jump: Darth Vader pitches in on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Dark Horse has big plans for 2013, fans build a life-sized Millennium Falcon, and Peter Jackson cites Star Tour as his 48 fps inspiration.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Based on the premise, Dark Horse sounds like it could be another entry from the Judd Apatow comedy collective. Jordan Gelber stars as a schlubby, overgrown man-child who strikes up a relationship with a pretty woman (Selma Blair), and tries to grow up a little bit in the process. But in fact, this is a Todd Solondz film, which means we’re in for a significantly darker, pricklier take on the world. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Dark Horse is the latest Todd Solondz comedy that will (very likely) mine the uglier depths of human relationships. The film is set to play the Toronto International Film Festival, and the fest has dropped the first footage of the film.
This short scene is almost more like a classic gag cartoon than anything else, albeit with a pretty dark undercurrent. Check it out and compare to your favorite Far Side and New Yorker one-panel gags, after the break. Read More »
Hot on the heels of the release of a massive batch of films that will appear in the Toronto Film Festival, we’ve got the main lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.
We knew that George Clooney‘s The Ides of March would open the fest (the trailer premiered last night and you can see it here) and this list confirms quite a few films that we imagined would be playing Venice. Our very much anticipated spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is on the list, as is Roman Polanski‘s tense closed-room drama Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. And there is Alps, the second film from polarizing Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film Dogtooth shocked, entertained and angered festival audiences in 2009.
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If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.
Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Back in 2009, we reported that screenwriter Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain) was working on a screenplay adapted from Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy series. Now, after a couple of years of not much activity, the project is getting a whole new draft. Universal Pictures recently hired Rawson Thurber, best known as the writer/director of Dodgeball, to rewrite the script.
Written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy follows a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. The series won an Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series in 2008 and has received praise from writer Grant Morrison, who called it “An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas.” More details after the jump.
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Todd Solondz, the provocative, some might say confrontational filmmaker behind such bold, brilliant films as Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, has found his cast for Dark Horse. The indie drama began principal photography earlier this week, with frequent bit player, first-time lead Jordan Gelber taking the center role, Justin Bartha (The Hangover) playing his more successful brother, and Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender) playing his love interest’s “not quite” ex-boyfriend.
Now there’s a casting update that sees the film’s actor roster getting a big push. Joining the film are Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, who round out a cast that revolves around “a thirtysomething man (Gelber) in arrested development who lives with his parents (Walken and Farrow), reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. He seeks out a thirtysomething woman (Blair) in arrested development in an attempt to shed the “dark horse” status in his family and finally accomplish something.”
(After the break, more on Dark Horse, and Vanessa Hudgens gets cast in the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth.) Read More »