Yesterday, a bunch of new info about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrived online, revealing (and confirming) a great deal about the upcoming spin-off film’s cast of characters. However, special attention was paid to the Rebel operative played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and rightfully so – this isn’t the first time this particular character has had a role to play in the larger Star Wars saga.
It turns out that Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera, a Rebel extremist who was first introduced in the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a much younger man. This is the first piece of hard evidence that Lucasfilm was serious about strengthening the ties between the new movies and the various other pieces of Star Wars media floating about. You probably don’t need to know the entire history of Mr. Gerrera to appreciate whatever he does in Rogue One, but here’s everything we’ve gathered so far.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Popular culture loves to tap dance around anything controversial. If it can upset anyone, if it can start conversations that end with someone being upset or challenged, it gets pushed to the wayside. But we’re only two months into 2016 and this looks like the year when pop culture has been fully and officially overtaken by questions and concerns that have long-since been avoided. Yes, we’re talking about race here.
The trailer for The History Channel‘s upcoming remake of Roots arrives at a very interesting time. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are embracing their heritage in ways that is making a certain sect of white people very uncomfortable. The Birth of a Nation became one of the most talked-about films in the history of the Sundance Film Festival and it’s expected to raise its fair share of ire once it’s released. A remake of a classic miniseries from the network responsible for Pawn Stars and Swamp People has suddenly arrived in the middle of a Much Bigger Thing. Whether they wanted to or not, The History Channel has stumbled into a much larger cultural conversation.
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Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but thanks to D23 we have a tantalizing taste of the upcoming film today.
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So far the marketing machine for Antoine Fuqua‘s boxing flick Southpaw has really hit hard. Driven by a pounding soundtrack provided by Eminem, the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal looks like a familiar but powerful drama.
Now yet another new trailer has arrived, fueled by another new track by Eminem. This one features Gwen Stefani, and is called ‘Kings Never Die.’ Will Gyllenhaal find redemption and become king of the ring again? At the very least, it seems like this might get him the Oscar nomination that he should have gotten for his performance in last year’s Nightcrawler.
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Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015.
Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood. I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.
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The cast of the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, just got an intense new addition who can contribute a tremendous sense of gravitas to the story. Forest Whitaker has joined Rogue One, in which he’ll appear alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. Gareth Edwards is directing this first Star Wars spin-off film. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
How do you follow up a performance like the one in Nightcrawler? If you’re Jake Gyllenhaal, you bulk up until you’re nearly unrecognizable as the same guy who played the gaunt and hungry Lou Bloom, and then you get in the ring for director Antoine Fuqua.
In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who’s on top of the world… until a tragic incident sends his life spinning out of control. After hitting rock bottom, Billy begins the difficult process of scraping himself back together, with the aid of his new mentor Tick (Forest Whitaker). Check out the new Southpaw trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jake Gyllenhaal has had a really excellent run over these past few years, culminating in a career-best performance with Nightcrawler. But it’s not over. He seems poised to continue his winning streak with Southpaw, if the first trailer is any indication.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who’s lost everything — up to and including his daughter, who’s been taken away by Child Services. He begins the painful process of putting his life back together the only way he knows how, by re-entering the ring.
Rachel McAdams plays his beautiful wife, Forest Whitaker his strict coach, and Oona Laurence his cute kid. Check out the Southpaw trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Liam Neeson has gone on record saying he “can’t see” making another Taken after Taken 2. But apparently a hefty paycheck has gone a long way toward correcting his vision, because that’s definitely Neeson back in action again in the first images from Taken 3.
To be fair, it seems to be the “taken” part of the movie that Neeson took issue with, and Taken 3 has no taking. There’s so little taking, in fact, that the film is actually called Tak3n. And according to Neeson, it’ll be the one to close out the franchise. Hit the jump for your Tak3n first look and plot info.
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