Mark Hamill Maybe Revealed Whether Luke Skywalker Will Return for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

For those of you who are wondering if Mark Hamill will reprise his role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IX, the actor may have accidentally let the answers slip. If you don’t want to know whether or not Skywalker makes it through Episode VIII alive, I suggest you don’t read ahead.

While interviewing Ray Davies at a special event in London over the weekend, Hamill told the crowd:

“I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work.” 

That sounds to me like we won’t see Luke continue his journey in Episode IX. Maybe Hamill he meant to say, ““I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work… for the time being.” But who knows. Lucasfilm didn’t have any issue killing off Han Solo in the last film. Maybe Luke is the next main character to go down in a blaze of glory?

If Luke wete killed off it would truly hit fans hard. I don’t want to see Luke die anytime soon. I'd like to see him live through the saga and make it to Yoda status before he gives up the (force) ghost on his own. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when Star Wars: Episode VIII is released on December 15th, 2017.

Via: Den of Geek

Steven Spielberg on Making THE BFG a Magical Moviegoing Experience

I recently had the opportunity to attend a press event for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The BFG, and I got to meet him, which is probably one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. I really enjoyed his new film, especially because it has that charming Spielberg filmmaking Amblin magic that we haven’t seen in awhile from the director. Making The BFG was a passion project for Spielberg, and I think he delivered a film that his fans and audiences will enjoy.

If you’ve ever read Roald Dahl’s The BFG, then you know there are some amusing scenes involving farts. One of the first questions out of the gate during the interview with Spielberg was if this was the first fart joke he’s ever put on film to which he replied:

“Yeah, it took me a long time. It took me a long time. I don’t know, I guess… I guess I’m kind of modest when it comes to flatulence, except when it’s being done by either giants, or Corgis. I’ve gotten over my modesty.”

Spielberg has always been a great storyteller, and with this film, he’s using modern technology to tell his story. What he and Weta have come up with turns out to be quite beautiful. I’ve talked to a few people about the CGI that they’ve seen in the trailers and how they feel it doesn’t look that good. I thought the effects were incredible, especially with The BFG character. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mark Rylance, who plays the character, got nominated for some best acting awards. When asked about how he finds balance between pushing technology forward and still keeping the humanity and heart of the storytelling, Spielberg said:

“Well, I think that the whole nature of my approach to the BFG was to be able to do both, was to be able to use technology to advance the heart, and create a flawless transposition between the genius of Mark Rylance, to the genius of Weta, as they were able to digitally translate Mark’s soul onto film in the character of the BFG. So all the work we did was to get back to basics, which was, I knew Mark was gonna really knock this out of the ballpark, but I didn’t want the ball to land at the end of a motion capture volume. I wanted the ball to land in the lap of the audience, and I think Weta spent more careful attention, paid more careful attention to how to preserve what Mark had given us on the day. Their artists did an amazing job translating Mark accurately, and there’s about 95% of what Mark gave me, and Ruby, on the screen now, and that’s because technology today allowed us to do it. Five years ago, we could not have made BFG this way, the technology wasn’t there for it.”

We went on to talk about how the story of The BFG is in line with some of his earlier film like E.T. in that it centers on a young child who meets a strange and mysterious creature and forms a bond with it. When asked what made him come back to tell this kind of story again, Spielberg replied:

“What really appealed to me was the fact that the protagonist was a girl, not a boy. And it was a very strong girl, and the protagonist was going to allow us at a certain point, to believe that four feet tall can completely outrank 25 feet of giant. And I got very excited that this was going to be a little girl’s story, and her courage, and her values, was going to, in a way, turn the cowardly lion into the brave hero at the end - which is what she turns BFG into. I saw all kinds of Wizard of Oz comparisons when I was first reading the book, and I said, “Oh, here’s a real chance to do a story about Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, just the two of them.”

Spielberg has always had a knack for casting incredibly talented kids in his films, but according to the director, casting the role of Sophie was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do. He found his Sophie in actress Ruby Barnhill:

“Casting Ruby was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do because she’s so impossible as you can see, sitting right here, you know. I love her. Nina Gold looked at three or four hundred girls, in about five English speaking countries.  And I looked at about 150 myself.  And when I saw Ruby’s reading, I went crazy, ‘cause I had been looking for over half a year, actually, longer, eight months, I had been looking, and we’d get the Ireland tapes in; then we’d get the New Zealand tapes in; then we’d get the Australian tapes in; we’d get the Wales tapes; and we’d get the English tapes in; and the American tapes in.  And we’d be looking, and looking, and looking.  And I was shooting Bridge of Spies, and I thought I was never going to find my Sophie - until halfway through the Berlin shoot, which was almost done with the [Bridge of Spies] movie, when I saw Ruby’s reading and I immediately went crazy.”

Ruby was incredibly charming in the role of Sophie and a perfect choice. The relationship between her and Mark Rylance's BFG was beautiful. When talking about his favorite part of the film involving those two characters the filmmaker said:

“I think my favorite part of the filming was when BFG and Sophie were chasing dreams in Dream Country; they were catching dreams and she was just… BFG says to Sophie, “Use your titchy little figglers. Go on,” you know. So she just starts chasing dreams and we had a whole set built. That was a big, big set with these big, a whole root system of big roots deep into the ground, and she gets to run under all the roots, to chase the dreams.  And of course, there were no dreams there; there were just a lot of lights on sticks, that you didn’t get to see. But that was a fun four or five days, that whole sequence, chasing dreams and talking about dreams, that was my favorite part.”

Spielberg went on to say that The BFG is one of the best companies of people that he’s ever worked with in his career. It was such a great experience for him that it's in his top five!

“It was a great company. I mean, I’ve had a lot of companies. I’ve shot… what, this is my 30th movie? 29th or 30th movie, I think, I’m not sure. I’ve had a lot of great companies. This is my in the top five of my favorite companies, ensembles that I’ve ever worked with, this is in my top five.”

You can tell from seeing the film that Spielberg was having a great time working on it. There was just so much heart and soul put into bringing this story to life, and Spielberg managed to bring together an incredibly talented cast and crew to do it. 

My review of the film will go live later this week, so keep an eye out for it. I think it’s one of the best family films to come out so far this year.

The TETRIS Film Trilogy Is Being Planned as a Big Sci-Fi Epic

I don’t know how Tetris is going to be the epic sci-fi film that the studio hopes it will be, but producer Larry Kasanoff says that they have a plan. The producer confirms that the trilogy is really being planned and that the reason it will be a trilogy is because the story they came up with is so big. When asked by Empire if Tetris was really getting a trilogy Kasanoff said:

"That’s correct and purely because the story we conceived is so big. This isn’t us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone. It’s just a big story."

Kasanoff has produced some high-profile films in his day, which include True Lies, Mortal Kombat, Strange Days, and Beowulf. It will be interesting to see what kind of creative team he brings together for the Tetris movie, but one thing he wants to point out is that the film won’t just involve weirdly shaped blocks battling each other. He explains:

"We’re not going to have blocks with feet running around the movie, but it’s great that people think so. It sets the bar rather low! We want the story to be a surprise, but it’s a big science-fiction movie. I came up with the idea as I was thinking about Tetris and the theme of creating order out of chaos. I guarantee you it’s not what you think. No-one has come remotely close to figuring out what we’re doing."

Well, I’m glad they have a game plan, and I’m curious to see what they have come up with that makes their Tetris story such a sweeping three movie epic. I’m still not excited for the movie, though. They’ll probably make the first film, it will tank at the box office, and we will never see another attempt to make a Tetris movie again.

Wouldn't it be crazy, though, if this did turn out to be an awesome and successful film? 

GAME OF THRONES Characters Decked Out in STAR WARS Costumes

Since the aesthetics of Game of Thrones and Star Wars are so different, it'd be pretty tough to create a video mashup of the two properties that makes sense outside of lightsaber battles (three of which you can check out here, here, and here). But fan art is a different story, and artist Andrew Dat Tran has created some spectacular pieces that imagine GOT character dressed in Star Wars garb from a galaxy far, far away.

There's Tyrion as Han, Arya as a Jedi Padawan, the Night King as a Sith Lord, and more. Check them all out below, support the artist right here, and let us know which one is your favorite.

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Ansel Elgort is in Talks to Star in DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Ansel Elgort is a rising star in Hollywood who has appeared in films such as the Divergent trilogy and The Fault of Our Stars, which I thought he did a great job in. The young actor is currently in negotiations to take on what would be the biggest role of his career so far. It looks like there's a good a chance that he will take on the lead role in Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons

The movie will be directed by Rob Letterman, who is behind such films as Shark Tale, Goosebumps, and Gulliver's Travels. Letterman doesn't spark a lot of confidence in the project, but the script for the action adventure fantasy film was written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2). I just hope Letterman doesn't cast Jack Black in the movie. 

I think Elgort is a solid actor and this could be an awesome project for him. There no word on who exactly he'll be playing, but the story is said to center on "a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure." Vin Diesel is a long time fan of the Dungeons & Dragons game and he has expressed interest in being a part of the project as well. 

When previously talking about the film project, WB executive Greg Silverman said it would be like Guardians of the Galaxy set in Middle Earth:

“This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.”

Apparently, everyone working on the film is a fan of the game, especially the writer, so hopefully he manages to provide a solid script for the director to work off of. I'm curious to see how audiences react to this film because as awesome as I thought Duncan Jones' Warcraft was, American audiences didn't really seem to care for it. Dungeons & Dragons is in the same fantasy genre realm, only it doesn't have as good as a director as Warcraft did. Should be interesting.

Ansel has a couple of other upcoming films that he's completed already which includes Egar Wright's Baby Driver and James Cox Billionaire Boys Club.

Source: Deadline

Watch: Behind The Scenes of Monster Movie Makeup

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a new "Academy Originals" video, and this one focuses on Howard Berger, a special makeup effects artist who's worked on some huge movies like From Dusk Till Dawn, Scream, Mulholland Drive, Sin City, The Chronicles of Narnia, and tons more. Berger shows us the process of creating prosthetics for a movie monster from the earliest steps all the way through to the final product, and it's a cool little step-by-step of how it's done for those of you who are interested in this aspect of film production.

Via: Sploid

Screen Watchers Guild: Ep. 234 — TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

No Strictly News this week, we will be back for some news on July 4th. While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by Michael Bay wasn't good by any stretch of the imagination, we didn't actively hate it as much as, say, something like the Transformers series. The second film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is better, but is it good? Listen on PodTyrant

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Relive The Highlights of GAME OF THRONES Season 6 With These Gifs

By: Aaron Goins

The sixth season of Game of Thrones was full of huge moments: epic battles, character deaths, betrayals, alliances, even a little time travel. There were too many great moments to list them all, so I picked ten, one from each episode. Spoilers ahead!

Brienne To The Rescue

In the season opener “The Red Woman,” we were shown that Jon Snow was very much dead, and they were going to leave him that way for a bit. We saw a lot of death and a change of leadership in Dorne. Melisandre was revealed...in a different way than we had seen her revealed before.

But the moment that makes the list is Brienne fulfilling her desire to protect and serve another Stark. She showed up just in time to save Sansa and Theon from the fate of being brought back to the maniac Ramsay Bolton. With the help of Podrick, and even a little from Theon Greyjoy, Brienne fought off their pursuers. This allowed her to once again offer her sword to Sansa.

Don't Eat The Help

In “Home,” Jon Snow is still dead. Ramsay Bolton killed his dad and baby brother in ways that only Ramsay could. Balon Greyjoy also met his end at his brother’s hand. By the end of the episode, Jon was resurrected.

You may think Jon Snow taking his first breath would be the hands down top moment of the episode, but something else really stood out to me. Tyrion’s interaction with the dragons was so good. His fear was real, but his awe of the creatures eclipsed his fear. Tyrion’s story of wanting a little dragon of his own was perfect as he set the creatures free.

Sword of The Morning

In the previous episode, we saw Bran’s ability to experience the past with the help of the Three-Eyed Raven. In “Oathbreaker,” we got to see him use that ability again, but in a more exciting way. He brought us to the place where his father faced off against Ser Arthur Dayne in the legendary battle. The fight lived up to expectation but had an ending that surprised Bran. And just when we thought a popular fan theory would be proven, Bran woke up.

Trial By Fire

As the Lannisters and Tyrells continued to spar with the High Sparrow in “Book of the Stranger,” Dany is a prisoner of the Dothraki. Her fate seemed to be that she would have to retire with the other khal widows, but that wasn’t going to work for the Mother of Dragons. Instead, she set the khals’ tent on fire, killing them all, and taking her place as Khaleesi once again.

Hold The Door

“The Door” revealed to us the origin of the White Walkers. I never trusted those creepy Children of the Forest. Bran also made the mistake of being touched by the Night King during a vision. This ended up being a huge mistake which led to the deaths of the remaining Children, the Three-Eyed Raven, and Summer the direwolf.

The big moment of the episode was the reveal that Hodor’s name and catchphrase was just a slurred version of “hold the door.” Holding the door was his last act of bravery and allowed Meera and Bran to escape.

Holy Alliance

In “Blood of My Blood,” Sam took Gilly home to meet his parents. His mom seemed nice enough, but his dad could have worked on his manners. Gilly stood up to Lord Tarly and Sam had enough. Sam, Gilly, and child left in the night, but not before Sam took the sword that was rightfully his.

The return of Benjen Stark and Dany’s inspirational speech were other big moments in this episode, but the game changer was the High Sparrow getting the advantage in his chess match against Cersei. Just when Jaime thought he was going to put the zealot in his place, the High Sparrow revealed his latest convert.

Return of The Hound

This I did not see coming. When Sandor Clegane was beaten by Brienne and left for dead by Arya, I thought we would never see him again. Imagine my surprise when he showed up helping a cute little community of villagers.

Other big moments in “The Broken Man,” were the negotiation with Lyanna Mormont and the surprise stabbing of Arya Stark.

In The Dark

“No One” gave us the reuniting of Brienne and Jaime at Riverrun and the eventual death of The Blackfish. The Brotherhood Without Banners made a return and crossed paths with Sandor Clegane. The Brotherhood and the Hound have no current allegiances, so it will be interesting to see how they play into the upcoming war.

Arya sought the help of Lady Crane, but couldn’t hide from the waif for long. An exciting chase through Braavos led to Arya setting a trap for the waif. All that blind training really came in handy.

Face Your Mistakes

“Battle of The Bastards” was packed full of huge moments. I could almost make a list of ten from this episode alone: Dany making a pact with the Greyjoys, Rickon Stark taking an arrow to the heart, Ramsay Bolton finally getting what was coming to him...to name just a few.

Visually, the moment that really stuck out to me was Jon Snow standing alone on the battlefield facing down the charging horses of the Bolton army. Sure, it was his impulsiveness and bad decision-making that led him to his likely death, but it made for a great hero pose.

Beyond The Sea

The explosive season finale “The Winds of Winter” set the stage for what is to come in Game of Thrones. House Frey joined House Bolton in being nearly eliminated from the game. Cersei blew up the Sept, taking out the young Tyrells, the High Sparrow, and most of his forces. Tommen jumped out of a window, leaving the throne open to his mom. Jon Targary—I mean Snow was proclaimed the King of the North. Everyone else seemed to be Team Daenerys. The season ended with a fantastic view of dragons and ships crossing the Narrow Sea.

What were your favorite moments from this season?

Intriguing Trailer For THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX

Summit has released the first trailer for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, the new film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Liz Jensen. I've never heard of the book and had no idea this movie existed until now, but the trailer does a great job of laying out its central mystery and hinting at some bizarre, almost supernatural elements that made me extremely curious.

Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Jamie Dornan, Oliver Platt, and Aiden Longworth star, and The 9th Life of Louis Drax hits theaters on September 2, 2016.

After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax [Aiden Longworth] plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis' near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father Peter [Aaron Paul], acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal [Jamie Dornan] uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy's unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he's drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis' seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis' mother, Natalie [Sarah Gadon]. As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.