Last summer we learned that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry was in talks to direct Disney and Lucasfilm's Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. Since then the internet has been abuzz over the fact that no one but Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in all three prequel films, should be considered for the job.
Now thanks to his Golden Globe win recently, McGregor talked about his possibility of returning to the Star Wars galaxy as Obi-Wan Kenobi saying, "There’s a lot of talk, and I’d be happy to play him again, but I don’t know anything more than you do." McGregor told reporters backstage at the Golden Globes, after he won a best actor award for his role in FX's Fargo. This isn't the first time he's mentioned that he is interested in reprising the role.
McGregor played the Jedi master in the Star Wars prequels from 1999-2005, and his voice was featured briefly used in a scene in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey (Daisy Ridley) had a vision after touching Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters and McGregor gave a glowing approval:
"I saw the new one over Christmas and I thought it was really, really beautiful."
Showtime has released a trailer for their new limited series Patrick Melrose which stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Patrick Melrose is based on a series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. This five-part limited series follows the main character’s journey from a very troubled childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.
Cumberbatch's character struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and the mother. He is joined by Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving, who playthe parents of Patrick Melrose.
Each episode is based on one of the five novels and is written by David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack).
No release date as of yet, but you can check out the trailer below:
Chris Hemsworth has been playing the mighty Thor for nearly a decade, but in the span of seven years, he's donned the red cape and hammer just as many times.
The upcoming Avengers 4 will mark the official end of Hemsworth's original deal with Marvel (same as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner). But there is hope we may see Hemsworth return as Thor in films beyond that dead. During an interview with IGN Hemsworth revealed that he's in no hurry to hang up the God of Thunder's cape, if Marvel wants more.
"I’ve just, literally two days ago, finished Avengers 4 and that’s my contract -- my preexisting contract is done now, so it’s kind of like, 'wow, that’s it.' Two or three films ago I was like, 'okay, a couple more.' I was enjoying it but I was like... I felt a little restricted. And after this last experience with Taika, and actually these last two Avengers, I feel like we’ve reinvented the character a number of times -- even in these next two, he evolves again, and you don’t get that opportunity often in a franchise. So I definitely feel a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm, and more so than ever, I think."
Hemsworth also pointed out that for now, the focus is on the Avengers and the storyline about those characters.
"If I had the opportunity to do it again, I think I’d love to. I also think there’s an appetite for it now, or there’s a far greater range of possibilities of where he can go now, what he can do, just because we’ve kind of broken the mold a bit."
Infinity War is set to hit theaters on May 4, and Avengers 4 slated for release a year later
2017 was a great year for Stephen King and several of his properties. During the span of his career, there have been 44 theatrically released movies made based on his work, as well as several other miniseries and TV movies. Last year alone, there were six adaptations of King's stories, including the highly popular IT.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, King talk about his big year and also discussed the influence his work has on one of the biggest TV shows, Stranger Things:
"I think that Stranger Things might’ve had something to do with it, but that’s kind of an incestuous thing because so much of Stranger Things reminds me of stuff that I’ve written. But I think that played a part. Obviously, the idea of a bunch of kids fighting a supernatural terror just sort of appealed to people, and they saw a chance to root for the good guys, which doesn’t always happen in horror movies."
King's influence is so apparent on Stranger Things in several aspects of the show, from the way childhood is portrayed all the way down to font used in the show's title sequence. Over the summer King tweeted about how he enjoys the show, and how it's like watching his own greatest hits.
Watching STRANGER THINGS is looking watching Steve King's Greatest Hits. I mean that in a good way.
It looks like Cloverfield universe fans are going to have to wait longer for the next installment in the franchise. That's because the release date for the untitled third film has been pushed back from February 24 to April 20. For now, the working title of the film is God Particle, but no official title has been revealed yet.
One thing that isn't clear is why the sudden change of release date, especially now that it will go up against Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson and the long-awaited Super Troopers sequel.
The film was directed by Julius Onah and stars David Oyelowo, John Krasinski, Elizabeth Debicki,Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Bruhl.
The plot of the film is being kept under wraps, but one Reddit user claims to have come across the plot while taking an online survey about upcoming films that line up with hints of the plot revealed last year.
Here is what he claims he knows (IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW, STOP READING):
"This science-fiction horror thriller is the third film in the Cloverfield monster universe. As a calamitous world war between the United States and the European Union rages, spurred on by an invasion of alien creatures that threatens all of mankind, a group of American astronauts are sent out to space aboard the space station ‘Dandelion’ with a very specific mission: to test out a new Higgs Boson 'God' particle accelerator that just might be the key to humanity’s survival. But when the crew, under direction from their captain Ava Hamilton, turns on the device, the Earth seemingly disappears. Realizing their coordinates haven’t changed, the entire crew-including fellow engineer and Ava’s boyfriend, Evan, the boyish Milka, the pious Monk, shaggy-haired ship screw-up, Mundy, and military agents Martinez and Cosbi-now fear that they are truly lost in space and have to prepare to wait out the remainder of their lives [on] this self-sustaining space station.
"Unexpectedly, they are soon contacted by an enemy European spaceship-giving them hope and concerns at the same time. After debate, they agree [to] let the new crew onto their ship, a decision which almost immediately turns tragic when Ava’s boyfriend is poisoned. As the accusations fly amidst increased tensions, the American crew decides to imprison the European astronauts. But when Mundy soon turns up dead as well, Ava must no figure out who the murderers really are…and who anyone can trust as the American crew must battle against each other, as well as with the new intruders, who are soon intent on getting the super weapon on board the ship for their own purposes back on earth."
The film's writer, Oren Uziel says he originally wrote the script for a movie called "Shimmer Lake," which had no connection to the previous Cloverfield films, but it was in line with the overall tone of both of the films and with some slight adapting, was able to join the shared universe.
Remember that audiences didn't even see the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane until only two months before the film was to hit theaters, most people didn't even know the movie existed. So I think it goes without saying there are probably many more surprises to come from this franchise, even before the release of the third film.
We've reached the point (almost) where it's hard to distinguish good visual effects from real objects and or people. The technology continues to get better and better every day. Some are better than others, for example, Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story caused a medium-sized uproar and brought about ethics questions as to if it was appropriate to CG an actor that has long been deceased. Blade Runner 2049 has a digitally re-created character that seems to have succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.
In the highly anticipated sequel, we see the return of Sean Young as the well-know replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. But, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her, director Denis Villeneuve decided to use a different actor and have the younger version of Young recreated entirely with visual effects. The featurette below shows just how they did it below, but you should know that her return is a major plot point and will be a spoiler if you have not seen the film yet.
In the video, we see how a performance double was used on set, but a very carefully crafted digital double was used in the final cut. What’s impressive is that there are several shots from the original Blade Runner recreated with this digital double, and it’s almost impossible to tell them apart.
The Moving Picture Company (MPC) visual effects studio even brought in the real Sean Young for scanning and to use her as a frame of reference for recreating her subtle movements on her face in the younger digital double.
Pretty incredible stuff. This tech keeps getting better and better and before you know it, we could reach a point where we can't even tell what's real, and what's not.
The animated series Star Wars Rebels has done a pretty impressive job filling in the story gap between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. But now the that the series is soon coming to an end doesn't mean we won't see the beloved characters appearing elsewhere in Star Wars canon.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is a series that focuses on various female characters of the Star Wars galaxy from all eras of the saga, we've seen animated shorts on TV and Youtube, and now the first comic in the series will shine a light on Leia Organa and her adventures within the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia #1hits shelves this week, and a sneak preview of the debut issue has revealed that a certain Star Wars Rebels character spent time with Princess Leia on the ice planet Hoth before the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
Thanks to Nerdist, here are the first few pages from the first issue of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny:
There you have it, the Twi’lek rebel Hera Syndulla saddles up with Leia Organa and Han Solo across the icy planet on tauntaun.
It's not clear just how involved Hera Syndulla is with the rest of Leia’s story in this comic book, but it’s pretty awesome to see the character being further tied into Star Wars canon, even if it’s only relegated to the stories that take place outside of the movies.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia #1 will be released on January 3, 2018.
Just about every Star Wars fan has at one point in their life fantasized about what it would be like to own a lightsaber. Sure, they are sleek, dangerous and sophisticated weapons, but like gun ownership, there must be a risk that comes with wielding all that power in your hand.
Thanks to Youtuber Nukazooka we see what situations light saber owners might come across in this hilarious safety video. This may not be the first time you have seen this, it was posted back in September of 2016, but with a new Star Wars movie still fresh on our minds its never too late to revisit classic videos. Enjoy!