The next film in the “Star Wars” saga is set for release on Dec. 20 and fans in Chicago along with the rest of the world were treated to a first look at the flick last week.
During the Star Wars Celebration event, taking place in the Windy City, a panel was held for “Star Wars: Episode XI,” featuring Director J.J. Abrams, LucasFilms President Kathleen Kennedy and several cast members. At the panels conclusion, the first trailer for the movie and the official title were released to the public.
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Academy Award winner Viola Davis is has joined the cast of the “Suicide Squad” reboot and will return as the character Amanda Waller, according to Empire Magazine.
In the film series and the source material, Waller is often the head of government agencies which usually deals with superheroes and occasionally, villains. The latter is the Suicide Squad, a group of jailed criminals who’re sent out on dangerous missions. Davis portrayed the character in the original movie, too.
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CinemaCon, an event organized by the National Association of Theatre Owners, is taking place this week and some recent news will likely be on the agenda.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event running from April 1-4 will feature footage for upcoming movies as well as several exhibits regarding the industry. Additionally, THR reports that Disney Studios Chair and CEO Alan Horn will make a presentation Wednesday about the company’s purchase of 20th Century Fox.
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After more than a year of negotiations, Disney completed its purchase of 21st Century Fox last week, an investment of $71 billion.
According to Variety, the purchase means Disney now owns Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation. Additionally, Disney now has control over Fox’s TV productions.
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After several months of silence, Disney has turned on its decision to fire James Gunn from the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
According to DeadlineAccording to Deadline, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, has reinstated Gunn as both the writer and director of the third “Guardians” picture. Gunn was initially fired from the project in July 2018, after several posts on Twitter were dug up and shared, creating a negative perception of the director.
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Hollywood casting has had a few strings tied to comic book movies recently.
The most recent bit of news dropped over the last 24 hours, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland getting cast in the novel adaptation “Cherry.”
Interestingly enough, the movie will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the team behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War,” movies which Holland has performed in.
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Following comments made by Director Steven Spielberg and before the Academy Board of Governors meet, Netflix is standing up for itself.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix, via Twitter, made comments regarding the future of Academy eligibility rules. On Sunday, Netflix stated “we love cinema” and also said it loves creating “access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without theaters.”
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On Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, “Green Book” was announced as the top movie of 2018.
Not only did it earn Best Picture, it also received Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. While it was an good night for “Green Book,” though, it wasn’t the only one receiving glory from the Academy.
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Another award season has come and gone, with several movies now nominated for the biggest honor in Hollywood. Five of those movies are documentary features and this year, I managed to see all of the nominees.
With my major disappointment that “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (sort of) behind me, here’s my take on the documentaries nominated for an Oscar.
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Award season spans over several months, with film festivals, the Golden Globes, the guild awards and other ceremonies taking place. All of it leads to one night, Oscar Sunday.
On Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best that the film industry had to offer last year, whether they be from Hollywood or indie corners. Of all the categories the Academy hands out gold trophies for, though, there is one that stands above the rest.
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