Monday, December 5, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 1st to 10th, 2016 - Update #17

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ECO - From NPR:  Standing Rock / #NoDAPL win major victory as the Army Corps of Engineers looks for an alternate path for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Bernardo Bertolucci trying to clear up the "rape" backlash regarding his controversial and (in)famous 1972 film, "Last Tango in Paris."

OBITS - From Variety:  The actor Van Williams has died at the age of 82, Monday, November 28, 2016.  Van was best known as the star of the 1966 TV series, "The Green Hornet," in which he played the titular role and the alter ego, Britt Reid.

From YahooMovies:  The actress Margaret Whitton has died at the age of 67, Sunday, December 4, 2016.  She was best known for her role in the 1989 film, "Major League," in which she played the Las Vegas showgirl turned owner of the Cleveland Indians.

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Universal debuts first full trailer for its reboot of "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/2 to 12/4/2016 weekend box office is Disney's "Moana" with an estimated take of $28.37 million.

From Deadline:  "Doctor Strange" ($419.6) has surpassed the international box office earned by "Deadpool" ($419.5) and "Iron Man 2" ($311.5).  "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Moana" lead the international box office.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Netflix renews Marvel "Luke Cage" for a second season.

OBIT - From THR:  The film and TV character actress, Alice Drummond, has died at the age of 88, Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  I remember her as a frightened library in the original "Ghostbusters."

MOVIES - From Deadline:  So it was actually rape in "Last Tango."

BOOKS - From YahooNews:  "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" still being challenged in public schools.

COMICS-FILM - From Deadline:  Warner Bros.' future flop, "Aquaman," is due October 2018.

POLITICS - From YahooCelebrity:  Seth McFarlane on why Hollywood does not like Trump.

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Johnny Depp and Sam Raimi are among a group of Hollywood filmmakers and actors who help a 16-year-old cancer patient finish his short film.

MOVIES - From THR:  Oscar hopeful Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight") hits The Hollywood Reporter's Oscar roundtable.

OBITS - From Variety:  The actor Andrew Sachs has died at the age of 86, Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  Sachs was best known for playing the Spanish waiter, Manuel, on the classic British sitcom, "Fawlty Towers."

MOVIES - From Variety:  John Goodman to star in Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi "Captive State."


From YouTube:  First teaser trailer for "The Mummy" reboot with Tom Cruise.

Review: "Justice League vs Teen Titans" Focuses on the Titans

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 16 (of 2016) by Leroy Douresseaux

Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) – Video
Running time:  78 minutes (1 hour, 18 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for violence throughout and some suggestive content
WRITERS:  Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett (based on the characters created Gardner Fox and Bob Haney & Bruno Premiani)
PRODUCER:  James Tucker
EDITOR:  Christopher D. Lozinsk
COMPOSER:  Frederik Wiedmann


Starring:  (voices) Rosario Dawson, Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan, Shemar Moore, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Brandon Soo Hoo, Kari Wahlgren, Jerry O'Connell, Christopher Gorham, Sean Maher, Jon Bernthal, and Terrence T.C. Carson

Justice League vs. Teen Titans is a 2016 straight-to-video, animated superhero film from Warner Bros. Animation.  It is the 25th film in Warner's line of DC Universe original animated movies.  The film focuses on select characters featured in the world of DC Comics' Justice League and Teen Titans comic book franchises.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans opens with the Justice League:  Superman (Jerry O'Connell), Batman (Jason O'Mara), Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Cyborg (Shemar Moore), and Flash (Christopher Gorham) battling the Legion of Doom.  Batman's son, Damien Wayne (Stuart Allan), who is the newest Robin, participates in the fight, but disobeys his father's orders to get civilians to safety.

Batman asks his first Robin, Dick Grayson, who is currently known as Nightwing (Sean Maher), to convince Starfire (Kari Wahlgren), the leader of the Teen Titans, to accept Damien into the Titans.  The hope is that being with the Titans will help Damien to learn teamwork, but the youngster's lack of respect for others will make that difficult.  Meanwhile, the Titan known as Raven (Taissa Farmiga) is secretly struggling to keep her father, Trigon (Jon Bernthal), a monstrous and powerful demon, from coming to Earth and destroying it.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans is surprisingly enjoyable.  I thought that I might like it because it features Teen Titans characters and a famous Titan story line that I liked as a young comic book reader.  I have to admit that I also find the Justice League's line-up for this film to be a good one that works as a fighting unit.  The characters also play off one another in a way that makes for good character drama, conflict, and personal relationships.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans is not great, but it is quite good.  I would not mind seeing a sequel.

7 of 10

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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"Live Action Short" Oscar Down to 10 for 89th Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards.  One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

"Bon Voyage," Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)

"Ennemis Intérieurs," Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)

"Graffiti," Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)

"La Femme et le TGV," Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)

"Nocturne in Black," Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)

"The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy," Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)

"Silent Nights," Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)

"Sing (Mindenki)," Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)

"Timecode," Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)

"The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé)," Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 British Independent Film Awards Announced; "American Honey" Dominates

Raindance created the British Independent Film Awards (in 1998) to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking.  The awards also honor new talent and promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the nominations for the 2015/19th Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced in London.  The winners were announced at The Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Old Billingsgate. The event was hosted by Jennifer Saunders.

The 2016 / 19th Moët British Independent Film Awards winners:

AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

SASHA LANE American Honey

DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake

AVIN MANSHADI Under the Shadow


NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

ROBBIE RYAN Cinematography – American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

CAMILLE GATIN The Girl With All the Gifts


THE GREASY STRANGLER Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

JACKED Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson

The BIFA Variety Award:
Naomie Harris
(The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.)

The Richard Harris Award:
Alison Steadman
(The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of Richard Harris and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.)


Saturday, December 3, 2016

22nd Annual Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations Announced

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada.  It represents almost 300 television, radio and online critics. For additional information about the BFCA and their memberships, visit

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Thursday, December 1, 2016.  The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  The award ceremony, hosted by T.J. Miller, will air simultaneously on A&E.

The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations (for the year in film, 2016):

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Viola Davis – Fences
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe  – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar – Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fences

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Jeff Nichols – Loving
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Luke Davies – Lion
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Eric Heisserer – Arrival
Todd Komarnicki – Sully
Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
August Wilson – Fences

Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
James Laxton – Moonlight
Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Bradford Young – Arrival

Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock
Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

Tom Cross – La La Land
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Blu Murray – Sully
Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon – Moonlight
Joe Walker – Arrival

Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins
Madeline Fontaine – Jackie
Joanna Johnston – Allied
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Mary Zophres – La La Land

Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
Star Trek Beyond

A Monster Calls
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book

Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Jason Bourne

Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Matt Damon – Jason Bourne
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad
Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

Central Intelligence
Don’t Think Twice
The Edge of Seventeen
Hail, Caesar!
The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

10 Cloverfield Lane
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

The Handmaiden
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls
City of Stars – La La Land
Drive It Like You Stole It – Sing Street
How Far I’ll Go – Moana
The Rules Don’t Apply – Rules Don’t Apply

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Micachu – Jackie
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion


"Star Wars: Rogue One" - A Negromancer Link-O-Rama - Update #163

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From YahooMovies:  Disney screens 28 minutes of "Rogue One" for select reporters. SPOILER ALERT

From YouTube:  Felicity Jones, "Jyn Erso" in Rogue One, was recently on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" showing off her martial arts moves.

From Variety:  Advance ticket sales for "Rogue One" go on sale Monday, November 27, 2016.

From YouTube:  Third and final (supposedly) official "Rogue One" trailer.

From YahooMovies:  Spoilers in third Rogue One trailer.

From Gamespot:  International "Rogue One" trailer with new Darth Vader footage.

From YouTube:  New official trailer - released for the Olympics.

From YouTube:  "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" - Celebration Reel.

From ThePlaylist:   New "Rogue One" poster.

From ScreenRant:  "Rogue One" gets an official synopsis.

From YahooMovies:  Jimmy Smits confirms that he will play "Bail Organa" in a cameo in "Rogue One."  He originated the performance in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

SPOILER - From Vulture:  Jiang Wen spoils the fate of a character... maybe.

From YahooTech:  Darth Vader is rumored to have a cameo in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  First "Rogue One" trailer is here!!!

From Moviesdotcom:  A new trailer for "Rogue One" to drop next week.

From ShadowandAct:  James Earl Jones to voice Darth Vader in "Rogue One."

From Collider:  16 early images from "Rogue One."

From ScreenRant:  More details about Darth Vader's appearance in "Rogue One."

From TheWrap:  Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" is Saw Gerrera, a character that first appeared in the CGI-animated TV series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

From ScreenRant:  Dave Filoni, showrunner for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," expresses pride at the fact that Saw Gerrera will appear in Rogue One.

From YahooNews:   Darth Vader looms large over "Rogue One."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  The true and false concerning "Rogue One" reshoots rumors.

From ScreenRant:  The "Rogue One" reshoots rumor breakdowns.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors say the reshoots will feature a watered-down version of Darth Vader whoopin' a Rebel squad.  Rumors also suggest that director Gareth Edwards is livid about the reshoots on "Rogue One."

From Wired:  A week of Star Wars news, including "Rogue One" reshoots.

From YahooMovies:  "Rogue One" reshoots will involve veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director, Simon Crane, and also, screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who wrote three "Jason Bourne" movies.

From BleedingCool:  The Rogue One reshoots are apparently to address character moments rather than the tone of the film.

From YahooNews:  Disney orders reshoots for "Rogue One."  I thought they wanted it to look like a war movie...

From YahooNews:  Rumors say that Disney is not happy with "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  A book preview allows details about characters to emerge.

From Collider:  Mads Mikkelson reveals who is playing in "Rogue One."

From YahooNews:  Boba Fett might be in Rogue One?

From MakingStarWars:  The rumors about Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" include that he might be a bounty hunter.

From Esquire:  Union issues could further delay Episode 8.

From THR:  Star Wars 8 moves from May 2017 to December 2017, which gives Rogue One more box office breathing room.

From YahooTech:  Rumors of Darth Vader's return for "Rogue One," and even a CGI Tarkin.

From TMZ:  Possible classic X-wings.

From StarWarsTime:  Rogue One trailer to debut on "Captain America: Civil War."

From StarWarsSite:  "Rogue One" page.

From SlashFilm:  Rumors about specific Rogue One characters and more.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" is the most anticipated movie of 2016, according to survey.

From ScreenRant:  Ben Mendelsohn talks about being in this film.

From HitFix:  What we know about Rogue One so far... not much really.

From Wikipedia:  Rogue One page.

Apparently, the title is actually, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."


Still talking about "The Force Awakens," Episode VIII and more:

From BleedingCool:  Peter Sumner, an actor in the original Star Wars film, has died at the age of 74.  He played Imperial officer, Lt. Pol Treidum.

From Variety:  Emilia Clarke is the female lead in the "young Han Solo" spinoff Star Wars movie.

YahooNews:  Darth Maul will get his first Star Wars comic book published by Marvel.  He had a least a few when Dark Horse had the license to produce Star Wars comics.

YahooMovies:  Carrie Fisher reveals that she had an affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the original Star Wars film.  Ford was 14 years older than Fisher and also married.

YahooCelebrity:  Harrison Ford had an interesting reaction when Carrie Fisher told him that she was going to reveal their affair.

From CinemaBlend:  Han Solo movie may break some rules.

From ScreenRant:  Rumors about Finn's recovery in Episode 8.

From SlashFilm:  Warwick Davis to appear in Episode VIII, as he did in VII, and as he will in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  See rare concept art for the original "Star Wars" film.

From EW:  TNT and TBS will have exclusive cable broadcast rights to "Star Wars" films for some time.

From Vulture:  Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms a Star Wars anthology film for 2020.

From CinemaBlend:  Lupita Nyong'o says that her character, Maz Kanata, will be in Episode 8.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) praises director Rian Johnson on Episode 8.

From FlickeringMyth:  Katee Sackhoff reprising her role on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" for "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3.

From YouTube:  Lucasfilm gifts this four-minute-plus VFX reel from "The Force Awakens."

From YahooNews:  Mark Hamill lets a spoiler slip... Luke will be back for Episode 9.

From IndieWire:  John Williams says that he will begin composing the score for Episode 8 in a few weeks.

From TheWrap:  There is apparently a casting search for a young Lando Calrissian who will appear in the Han Solo spinoff movie.

From YahooMovies:  The original Darth Vader - David Prowse - is not happy.

From CBR:  From 2016 San Diego Comic-Con comes news that Episode VIII has officially wrapped production.

From YahooMovies:  What we've learned about Episode VIII and Han Solo at "Star Wars Celebration" London.

From ThePlaylist:  Rian Johnson talks Episode 8 at the "Star Wars Celebration" in London.

From BleedingCool:  "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3 expands the universe.

From ScreenRant:  Episode 8 almost finish production.

From VanityFair:  Samuel L. Jackson talks about Mace Windu fan theories.

From DenofGeek:  Mark Hamill hints at his future with Star Wars.

From ChicagoTribune:  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is not happening in Chicago.

From YahooTech:  Script lead for Episode 8 teases who Rey might be...

From ScreenRant:  That Star Wars live-action series that never came to be was to be Emperor Palpatine's origin story.

From YahooMovies:  Candace Payne a.k.a. "Chewbacca Mom" has her own custom made action figure.

From iDigitalTimes:  Rian Johnson posts a picture of Luke's robe to Instagram.

From Collider:  After six months, TFA has finished its domestic theatrical run, with a total box office of $936,662,225 million. That's good for #1 all-time (not adjusted for inflation, of course).

From YahooNews:  "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) meets the real Chewbacca, actor Peter Mayhew.

From YahooNews:  3D-printed replicas of props from "The Force Awakens" to go on sale.

From CinemaBlend:  A theory about the classic character who may have hurt the narrative of TFA.

From DenofGeek:  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars people) have released on the web what may be the first trailer for "Return of the Jedi," then known as "Revenge of the Jedi."

From HitFix:  39 years ago, Star Wars landed in movie theatres.

From YahooTV:  Viral star, "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) joins J.J. Abrams on "The Late, Late Show" with James Corden.

From CNBC:  This Chewbacca mask is selling out, perhaps because of a viral video.

From ScreenRant:  Rumors about a confrontation between Luke and Rey against Kylo and the Knights of Ren.

From DenOfGeek:  Episode 8 will be bigger and darker... according to cast members who are talking.

From YahooMovies:  Jack O'Connell, one of the young actors interviewed for the role of young Han Solo, frustrated by the audition process.

From TheWrap:  Young Han Solo is 26-year-old Aiden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Ceasar").

From YahooMovies:  Harrison Ford says "wookie cookies" in new Star Wars Lego game.

From CinemaBlend:  Boba Fett was originally going to have a much larger Star Wars role.

From YahooNews:  President and Mrs. Obama shake their money-makers for Star Wars Day.

From TIME:  A history of May the Fourth.

From YahooMovies:  J.J. Abrams and "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda sing "Jabba Flow" for May the Fourth.

From YahooMovie:   Jeremy Bulloch, the original Boba Fett, has given an interview.

From YahooTech:  More set photos from Episode VIII - of the Millennium Falcon!

From Variety:  GLAAD wants an openly gay character in the "Star Wars" film franchise.

From TheDailyBeast:  Darth Vader is persona non grata at Star Wars event.

From ScreenRant:  Episode VIII halfway through shooting.

From CNET:  Director Rian Johnson posts two pics from the set of Episode VIII.

From YahooMovies:  Daisy Ridley posts some of "Jedi training" for Episode 8 on Facebook.

From YahooMovies:  In a Blu-ray extra for "The Force Awakens," see Ridley and Boyega in training.

From HelloGiggles:  George Lucas has a theory that R2-D2 is the narrator of the entire Star Wars saga.

From iDigitalTimes:  In Episode 8, Luke may be ditching the Jedi robes.

From EW:  Dave Franco describes auditioning for young Han Solo.

From Deadline:  Disney's search for an actor to play a young Han Solo may be down to one candidate, Alden Ehrenreich.

From: ScreenDaily:  J.J. Abrams offers vague stuff on Rey's parents.

From HitFix:  Obi-Wan wasn't supposed to do... originally.

From HitFix:  Dinsey breaks ground on Star Wars theme parks.

From TheVerge:  Mark Hamill was Daisy Ridley's "Yoda" during the filming of Episode 8.

From CBR:  The Force Awakens was screen for about two dozen terminally ill fans.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver reveals why Kylo Ren went to the Dark Side.

From EW:  J.J. Abrams explain's Kylo's table of ashes.

From Esquire:  Everything that is known about Episode 8 so far.

From YahooNews:  Oscar Isaac photo bombs Mark Hamill and Lupita Nyong'o.

From BuzzFeed:  Star Wars baby names on the rise.

From HitFix:  Did John Boyega drop a spoiler about Kelly Marie Tran in Episode 8.

From CBRSpinoff:  In this clip from "The Force Awakens" blu-ray, John Boyega enters the Millennium Falcon for the first time.

From BusinessInsider:  Here are descriptions of the scenes during Rey's strange vision with a transcription of the dialogue.

From YahooMovies:  The documentary "Elstree 1976" interviews 10 "unsung heroes" who were there at the beginning of the original "Star Wars."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  Darth Maul returns in "Star Wars Rebels."

From Variety:  Harrison Fords says, "Don't do it!"

From Facebook:  See Maz Kanata Blu-ray bonus clip.

From IndieWire:  TFA is big at the Jameson Empire Awards.

From FTWCulture:  Mark Hamill's birthday wishes to John Boyega causes freak-out.

From Movieweb:  The search for "young Han Solo" is down to a handful of actors.

From SlashFilm:  John Boyega visits a children's hospital in London in character as Finn.

From YahooMovies:  Teaser for Blu-ray release reveals first table-read of script.

From Esquire:  J.J. Abrams says this scene was a mistake.  I thought it was odd at the time I saw it, but I didn't think of it as a mistake.

From Newsweek:  Disney is planning many new Star Wars films - including Obi-Wan and Mace Windu films.

From BleedingCool:  BB-8 will have his own comic strip, that will fun as a back-up feature in Marvel's Star Wars: Poe Dameron.

From TheWrap:  Tony Dyson, one of the creators of R2-D2, dies at 68.

From CinemaBlend:  Daisy Ridley talks filming with Mark Hamill.

From YahooMovies:  New Han Solo and Maz Kanata details.

From Variety:  Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern added to the cast of Episode VIII.

From USMagazine:  The possible first scene of Episode 8 is teased.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega wins "Rising Star Award" at the 69th EE British Academy Film Awards.

From YahooNews:  A Finn-Poe bromance?

From FlickeringMyth:  Episode VIII begins filming; more Obi-Wan rumors.

From BoxOfficeMojo:  "The Force Awakens" crosses $900 million domestically, the first film to do so.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" passed $2 billion in total global box office.

From CinemaBlend:  Yoda almost made a cameo in "The Force Awakens."

From TheGuardian:  Gwendoline Christie says Capt. Phasma is coming back.

From YahooMovies:  "The Force Awakens" arrives on Blu-ray April 5th, 2016.

From RollingStone:  Rock musician/actor Rick Springfield has one of the largest Star Wars action figure collections in the world.

From SideshowToys:  In case you haven't seen it, here is Adam Driver as Kylo Ren on "Saturday Night Live."

From TOH:  Daisy Ridley has signed on to executive produce the documentary, "The Eagle Huntress."

From YahooMovies:  TFA crosses $1 billion internationally.

From Polygon:  See some of "The Force Awakens" without visual effects.

From YahooMovies:  The director of Star Wars Episode 9 (Colin Trevorrow) drops hints about Rey's parentage.

From CinemaBlend:  John Boyega is hitting the gym for Episode VIII.

From Variety:  "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" sets a few records as it opens in China.

From Collider:  Controversy ensues when "The Force Awakens" gets a best film nomination.

From CinemaBlend:  A Poe/Finn romance?

From THR:  J.J. Abrams responds to critics (kind of) who claim that TFA is a rip-off of the original Star Wars.

From YahooMovies:  Lucasfilm confirms the identity of the First Order stormtrooper who yelled "Traitor" at Finn.

From MoviesdotCom:  "The Force Awakens" has passed "Avatar" as the domestic box office champ.

From YahooNews:  Samuel L. Jackson seems only mildly entertained by TFA.

From YahooMovies:  It will happen today. "The Force Awakens" earned an estimated $8 million at the box office on Tues., Jan. 5th, giving it a North American haul of $758.2 million.  The domestic box office record-holder is Avatar with $760 million.  So being behind Avatar by less than $2 million means that TFA should become the record holder today, Wed., Jan. 6th, 2016.

From YahooNews:  Because of Peter Mayhew's age (71), Lucasfilm had to cast a younger actor to play Chewbacca in more physically demanding scenes.  Meet 29-year old basketball player, Joonas Suotamo.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" moves past "Furious 7" and "Marvel's The Avengers."

From HitFix:  See "The Force Awakens" free this Wednesday, Jan. 6th.

From YahooMovies:   Rare Instagram photos from Dan Mindel, the cinematographer of "The Force Awakens."

From ThePlaylist:  More script reveals - a Jedi temple on fire.

From Polygon:  "Ahch-To" is the name of the planet upon which Rey finds Luke.

From YahooMovies:  TFA is within a day or so of passing "Avatar" as the highest grossing movie in domestic box office history (not adjusting for inflation).

From EntertainmentWeekly:  New images of Kanata and Snope.

From YahooMovies:  TFA sets a New Year's Day box office record with an estimated haul of $34.5 million.  That beats the previous record holder, Avatar, which had $25.3 million on a New Year's Day that also happened to fall on a Friday.

From CinemaBlend:  What Rey saw in her "vision."

From Variety:  Lucas backpedals on "white slavers" comments.

From SlashFilm:  See the full Charlie Rose interview with George Lucas that includes "white slavers" and "retro movie" comments.

Friday, December 2, 2016

"Arrival" Arrives at $100 Million Mark in Worldwide Box Office


HOLLYWOOD, CA - Paramount Picture’s ARRIVAL from director Denis Villeneuve and starring Academy Award®-nominees Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, has reached $100 million at the worldwide box office.  The film has grossed $65.777M in the US and Canada, and $35.123M internationally, thru Thursday.  Paramount Pictures handled distribution in the US and Canada, with FilmNation Entertainment as the international sales agent for all territories.

The acclaimed film received 10 nominations on Thursday from the Critics Choice Awards, including for Best Picture, Director, Actress and Adapted Screenplay and was recently named to the National Board of Review’s Top Films of 2016. The film’s star Amy Adams recently received the National Board of Review’s Best Actress award and was honored by the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards with a career achievement honor.

In its third week of release, ARRIVAL has earned $65.777M to date at more than 2,400 locations in the US and Canada. The Atlantic called it, "The best film of the year, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution."

Now entering the fourth week of release in the UK via distributor eOne, ARRIVAL has grossed £7.73M or $9.6M as of Thursday. The film has surpassed the lifetime cume of PRISONERS (£7.33M) and SICARIO (£4.96M), and is now the highest grossing title for director Denis Villeneuve in the UK.

Now entering the third week of release in Spain,where the film is being released by Sony Pictures Releasing International, ARRIVAL has grossed EUR 2.37M or $2.54M as of Thursday. The film has already surpassed the lifetime cume of PRISONERS (EUR 2.08M) and SICARIO (EUR 1.79M), and is now the highest grossing title for Villeneuve in Spain.

ARRIVAL is entering its fourth week in Australia, where the film is being released by Roadshow grossing AUD 5.77M or $4.44M as of Thursday. The film has surpassed the lifetime cume of SICARIO (AUD 5.36M) and PRISONERS (AUD 3.84M), and is now the highest grossing title for Villeneuve in Australia.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate.  As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

ARRIVAL stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mark O’Brien. . From Paramount Pictures in association with FilmNation Entertainment, Lava Bear Films and 21 Laps Entertainment Production.  Produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde.  Based on the story, “Story of Your Life” written by Ted Chiang, with screenplay by Eric Heisserer. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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