Ron Howard on Han Solo Directing Gig

This week has been a whirlwind for Star Wars fans — the news that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired two-thirds of the way through production of the untitled Han Solo spin-off movie hit the Internet on Tuesday. Just as quickly, it was announced that Ron Howard would step in to finish directing the film.

But the man at the center of it all has remained largely silent as the fans and hot takes swirled around him. Now, Howard has spoken up about taking over the Han Solo directing gig, offering a humble response to the burden that has been placed on him.

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Ron Howard is stepping in to direct Lucasfilm and Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie, taking over the production after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired with three weeks left to the production.

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Han Solo Movie First Look

On Tuesday night, a shockwave was felt throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were abruptly fired from the Han Solo standalone movie. While the full story is unclear (and will probably be speculated and debated upon for years), we have some inside word on what happened behind the scenes. Why did Lucasfilm fire Han Solo directors Lord and Miller? And who might replace them to direct the rest of the film and the reshoots? Below, you can read the rumored story of how the clash happened behind-the-scenes of this Star Wars anthology movie

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Director Ron Howard may have found his next project, an adaptation of J.D. Vance‘s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Imagine Entertainment acquired the book after producers Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins pursued it. They’ll both produce the film alongside Howard.

Below, learn more about the Hillbilly Elegy movie.

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Genius Super Bowl spot

We’re only a day away from (hopefully) seeing Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons defeat the New England Patriots. That matchup should make for a great game, and if not, at least we’ll see some commercials to keep us engaged. One ad guaranteed to grab the attention of a few million people is an ad for the National Geographic series Genius, which features Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) playing Lady Gaga’s riveting “Bad Romance” on the violin.

Below, watch the Genius Super Bowl spot.

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genius trailer

If you’re going to cast someone as brilliant as Albert Einstein, Geoffrey Rush, an actor who exudes intelligence and wisdom, isn’t a bad choice. Rush stars in National Geographic’s first scripted series, Genius. The anthology drama will depict world’s greatest innovators, and season one starts with the legendary Noble Prize-winning physicist.

Below, watch the Genius trailer.

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Inferno Review

Inferno is similar to Ron Howard‘s past Dan Brown adaptations, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Again, there’s top-tier talent both in front of and behind the camera, but the final result doesn’t reach the level of quality we typically expect from Howard and Tom Hanks. Their latest collaboration is held back by some tedious exposition, repetitive foot chases, some underwhelming twists and turns, and one sorely underused talented actor.

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Zelda Fitzgerald movies

The other day we learned Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in a Zelda Fitzgerald biopic, but that’s not the only film about literary titan F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife in the works. There are currently two projects about Zelda Fitzgerald in development, and one of them is going to star Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin). At the moment, though, neither biopic has a director attached.

Below, learn more about the Zelda Fitzgerald movies.

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the dark tower tv series

Even by fantasy franchise standards, MRC’s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks pretty damn ambitious. Next year brings the much-anticipated movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, but that’s just the first piece in the puzzle. Also in the works is a companion TV series that’ll fill in some of the the universe’s intricate backstory. Elba will reprise his role for the show, as will his Dark Tower movie co-star Tom Taylor. But the project is also looking to cast a younger actor who can play the teenage version of Elba’s character.  Read More »

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The fact that a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has finished filming and it currently being edited for an early 2017 release date still amazes me. Just two years ago, this project looked completely and totally dead, the victim of an overly ambitious cross-media plan and budgetary constraints. And now, I can write an article that can include a picture of Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger at the top. This blows my mind.

From 2010 through 2015, Ron Howard was steering The Dark Tower alongside his producing partner Brian Grazer, eventually handing the project over to director Nikolaj Arcel. However, Howard and Grazer remained on board as producers and they’ve spilled their guts in a fantastic new interview where they explain the long journey to getting this movie off the ground.

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