Josh Trank exits Star Wars

The Walt Disney Company has just published the studio’s updated release schedule, and among several other shifts and announcements, we’ve learned about several new Star Wars release dates. The film franchise is taking a three year break from the big screen, and you can continue reading to learn more details about Disney’s upcoming trips to a galaxy far, far away.
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Peter Mayhew Tributes

Yesterday brought the sad news that legendary Star Wars performer Peter Mayhew, the man who brought the Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca to life, had passed away earlier this week. While fans are mourning the loss of one of the sweetest giants Hollywood has ever know, those who knew him best expressed kind words to honor their late friend. Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams and more all chimed in with their own Peter Mayhew tributes. Read More »

the last jedi retcons

Rian Johnson seems like a pretty chill guy. Not only does he have to put up with trolls shouting at him on Twitter over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he also doesn’t mind if Episode IX helmer J.J. Abrams goes ahead and retcons the twists revealed in the previous film. While at CinemaCon to show off footage from his new mystery Knives Out, Johnson was asked about what he thought of the potential changes Abrams’ new movie might make. According to Johnson, he’s happy to go along with the ride.

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knives out footage reaction

Rian Johnson is following up Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Knives Out, a star-studded mystery movie that released its first footage to the crowd at CinemaCon. According to Johnson himself, Knives Out is a tribute to the locked-room mysteries of Agatha Christie, with Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc meant to evoke Christie’s Hercule Poirot.

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knives out composer

After a five year hiatus from creating film scores, Nathan Johnson is returning to the art form to compose the score for Rian Johnson‘s upcoming murder mystery Knives Out. Nathan, who happens to be Rian’s cousin, has been responsible for the music in all of Rian’s movies save for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which, naturally, was provided by John Williams). Read More »

Frank Oz

Director Rian Johnson relished the opportunity to bring Frank Oz back to the Star Wars movies as Yoda in The Last Jedi, and now Johnson has enlisted Oz’s services yet again for his upcoming murder mystery Knives Out. Oz will himself be appearing on screen this time, marking one of the few instances in which he’s appeared in a live-action movie as a human instead of lending his voice to a puppet (or Muppet) character.
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Brick Blu-ray

Believe it or not, Rian Johnson‘s debut feature Brick has never been released on Blu-ray in America (only in Canada, America’s hat). That’s about to change. Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing Johnson’s high school noir film on Blu-ray in May, and it’s going to be loaded with extras. The 2005 film took hard boiled detective tropes (and dialogue) and dropped them into a modern-day high school setting, with incredible results. More on the Brick Blu-ray below.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Line

Back in the fall of 2017, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would be at the helm of an entirely new Star Wars trilogy. Since then, we haven’t heard anything about the project other than the first movie might arrive in 2020. That’s largely because he’s been busy bringing together an incredible cast for his murder mystery thriller Knives Out. But a new rumor recently emerged that gave another reason for the lack of updates on the trilogy.

Last night, in a story that has since been deleted, the pop culture news site Super Bro Movies reported a rumor that Rian Johnson was no longer working on his own Star Wars trilogy. It’s a rumor we’d admittedly heard circulating around Hollywood, but it was not something we could corroborate. The story spread like wildfire, but thankfully, it didn’t last long, because Rian Johnson doused the flames with a dose of truth. Read More »

evil golf ball from hell

Long before he directed the best movie in the Star Wars saga, Rian Johnson was a student at Star Wars creator George Lucas’s old stomping grounds: the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

In the mid-90s, Johnson made a short film called Evil Golf Ball From Hell!!!, and starting this Friday, that movie is coming to Gunpowder & Sky’s science fiction label DUST for a limited time. Learn more about the short and how you can see it below. Read More »

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save filmstruck letters

The saga to save FilmStruck has taken an interesting turn. In the wake of a popular petition hoping to save the soon-to-close streaming service, a huge list of big names in the movie biz have banded together to plead with Warner Media Group and change the minds of the powers that be. Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher NolanRian Johnson, Christopher McQuarrie, Karyn Kusama, and many, many more have thrown their considerable weight behind FilmStruck. Will this make a difference? We can only hope, because the clock is ticking.

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