Christopher Miller (XXXIV) - News Poster

News

The Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘Spirited Away’

  • Indiewire
The Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘Spirited Away’
Pixar and Studio Ghibli tend to spring to mind first when discussing great animation, but there’s a world beyond those two giants. Animated films have grown ever more artful and affecting as more and more folks realize that it’s never just been a medium for kids, with studios and indies alike creating stop-motion marvels, hand-drawn standouts, and CGI spectacles.

The genre has grown so much since we entered the current century, in fact, that it can be easy to forget the Academy Awards didn’t even recognize animation until 2001. As few as three movies were nominated per year until 2010, but since then animation’s increased prominence has been reflected in the race’s competitiveness. Not every worthy movie could make the cut on either the awards circuit or this list, sadly, but rest assured that “The Red Turtle,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and “Ernest and Celestine,” to name just a few,
See full article at Indiewire »

Solo: A Star Wars Story Actor Woody Harrelson Teases The Film’s Comedic Elements

Ever since committing to Lucasfilm’s Han Solo spinoff, which was once under the stewardship of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Woody Harrelson has been pretty cagey about his nebulous character and, more specifically, how he fits into the story.

For instance, Star Wars fans were placed on red alert some months ago when Harrelson let slip that he had landed the role of Garris Shrike, a known criminal and one of the biggest influences on Han’s journey from adolescence to adulthood. The two-time Oscar nominee has since walked back those comments, leaving fans to deduce that he’s actually attached to the part of Beckett, a known criminal and one of the biggest influ–well, you get the drift.

And though there’s still a tremendous amount of secrecy swirling around Solo: A Star Wars Story, Woody Harrelson touched base on Lucasfilm’s anthology flick in a new
See full article at We Got This Covered »

Why Author Andy Weir Took Readers to the Moon With ‘Artemis’ (Exclusive)

Why Author Andy Weir Took Readers to the Moon With ‘Artemis’ (Exclusive)
It would have been perfectly understandable for Andy Weir to rest on his laurels or take a victory lap after the success of The Martian, the rare novel that strikes lightning in a bottle on both a critical and commercial level. To top it off, the movie adaptation of the book, starring Matt Damon as stranded astronaut Mark Watney, was a monster hit, winning two Golden Globes and giving Weir even more cachet.

But writers write, and before long, Weir found himself back at the computer screen, ready to dive into another science-fiction yarn. And he did so without any expectations hanging over his head.

“I didn’t set out to top The Martian,” Weir tells Et. “A success like that is something a writer will get once in his whole career, if he’s lucky. I know that there’s a good chance that I could write 20 more books and people will say The Martian is the one
See full article at Entertainment Tonight »

Paul Bettany’s Han Solo Character is an Intergalactic Gangster

  • Slash Film
Paul Bettany’s Han Solo Character is an Intergalactic Gangster
If you’re a /Film reader, you’re probably familiar with the messy production of Solo: A Star Wars Story by now. We’ve written about the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the hiring of Ron Howard to finish the movie, how actor Michael K. Williams could not return for the reshoots, and how Paul […]

The post Paul Bettany’s Han Solo Character is an Intergalactic Gangster appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Updated: Is This Our First Look at Alden Ehrenreich in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’?

  • Slash Film
Updated: Is This Our First Look at Alden Ehrenreich in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’?
We’ve heard plenty about next year’s new Star Wars spin-off focusing on Han Solo. After a troubled production saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller let go from the project, only to be replaced by director Ron Howard, the film wrapped back in October and was finally given the official title of Solo: A Star […]

The post Updated: Is This Our First Look at Alden Ehrenreich in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’? appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Is This Our First Look At Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo?

Ever since Ron Howard took over from original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Star Wars fans – or anyone who follows Howard on Twitter – have received a steady stream of behind-the-scenes sneak peaks at Solo: A Star Wars Story, the upcoming Han Solo prequel movie. However, the director has been careful not to reveal anything about Alden Ehrenreich’s new take on the iconic role, originally played by the legendary Harrison Ford.

And while we’re still waiting for something official from the studio, we might just have our first look at the new Solo, thanks to an unlikely source. One moviegoer attending Harkins Theater in Arizona has shared images of “a movie loyalty cup” they’ve received from the cinema chain. Amongst other characters from upcoming films, such as Lara Croft, Marvel’s Gamora and Deadpool 2‘s Domino, Han Solo and Chewie are also featured. Plus, the Millennium
See full article at We Got This Covered »

New Finn Footage Arrives in Latest Last Jedi TV Spot

  • MovieWeb
New Finn Footage Arrives in Latest Last Jedi TV Spot
Some new footage of Finn, Poe and Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has surfaced online. With the release of the movie just over a month away, Disney and Lucasfilm are in full-blown promotion mode. With that, a brand new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released. It's quite short, but it actually gives us quite a bit to chew on and adds a little extra layer to Rey with one, very interesting shot.

The video starts out with Finn, who's still rocking his buddy Poe's jacket, saying, "May The Force be with you." We then cut to some quick action shots, which have been revealed in previous trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Then we move to Poe, who is doing what he does best in his X-Wing with Bb-8. While the sequence with Bb-8 getting a shock was revealed in a previous trailer,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Rian Johnson Writing and Directing a New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

  • Indiewire
Rian Johnson Writing and Directing a New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
That galaxy far, far away keeps getting bigger. Rian Johnson, the writer/director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” will resume his duties with an all-new trilogy set in the “Star Wars” world but featuring entirely new characters and an original story. Bob Iger, the head of Disney, just announced the news.

Read More:Porgs 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Adorable ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Creatures

Johnson’s feat is especially impressive, given how many other directors have been replaced before even completing one “Star Wars” film: Josh Trank, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and Colin Trevorrow have all been dropped from upcoming movies. He previously directed “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Looper.”

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer: Spoilers Revealed in Epic New Look at Rian Johnson’s Sequel

“The Last Jedi” picks up where “The Force Awakens” left off, with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,
See full article at Indiewire »

Thandie Newton on Ron Howard’s changes to Solo: A Star Wars Story

We have had plenty of time to recover from the shock over Phil Lord and Chris Miller being ousted from their director’s chair for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and promptly replaced with Ron Howard. Old news at this point. However, even with the film having wrapped… even with all of the tweets Howard shares behind-the-scenes… well, we still don’t know much about the film. Hell, aside from some set photos, we still don’t even have an official photo of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.

Any news at all on the Han Solo spinoff can be considered illuminating at this point in time, and actress Thandie Newton’s recent comments, while not very detailed, still do reveal something about the film. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress details what, exactly, changed — if anything — once Ron Howard stepped in:

“Apart from the initial shock and feeling bad for
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 90% of Thandie Newton’s Scenes Were Directed By Lord & Miller

  • Slash Film
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 90% of Thandie Newton’s Scenes Were Directed By Lord & Miller
Star Wars fans were caught by surprise over the summer when Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Star Wars spin-off film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lord and Miller were replaced with Ron Howard, who reshot a large chunk of Solo, but Lord and Miller’s work will apparently still have a presence in the film: co-star […]

The post ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 90% of Thandie Newton’s Scenes Were Directed By Lord & Miller appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Next 10 Years of Star Wars Movies Now Being Planned by Lucasfilm

  • MovieWeb
Next 10 Years of Star Wars Movies Now Being Planned by Lucasfilm
The Star Wars franchise keeps rolling along next month with the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while the next few years of the franchise are certainly intact, with Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25, 2018) and Star Wars 9 (December 20, 2019), beyond that remains a mystery. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in March that the studio has Star Wars movies planned until 2030, and while the CEO didn't reveal any specifics, Kathleen Kennedy reiterated those comments in a new interview on The Star Wars Show. Here's what she had to say.

"We're sitting down now, we're talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we're looking at narratively where that might go; future stories beyond Episode 9, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, Bb-8, but we're also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven't been yet,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Thandie Newton says 90% of her Han Solo movie scenes were with Lord & Miller

  • JoBlo
When you're dealing with a blockbuster as large as Solo: A Star Wars Story, it would probably be foolish to expect everything to go exactly according to plan, but, the upcoming Star Wars spin-off has had to deal with more than its share of setbacks, including losing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with mere weeks of filming to go. Ron Howard stepped in to complete the... Read More...
See full article at JoBlo »

Solo: A Star Wars Story Actress Thandie Newton Reflects On Director Shake-Up

If Rogue One caught some unwanted attention last summer for its decision to undergo extensive reshoots – reshoots that were conducted under the supervision of Tony Gilroy, not Gareth Edwards – then Lucasfilm’s Han Solo anthology pic was thrust into the eye of a media storm after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were abruptly removed from the project back in June.

Citing the ol’ “creative differences” chestnut, subsequent reports went on to reveal that Lord and Miller’s comedic tendencies threatened to steer Solo: A Star Wars Story off the beaten track, so it came as no surprise that Lucasfilm brass turned to a seasoned Oscar-winner (read: Ron Howard) to course-correct its second Star Wars anthology film.

Fast forward to now, and after purportedly reshooting 80 percent of Solo, principal photography on Howard’s spinoff has officially wrapped in anticipation of its release on May 25th, 2018. All in all, it’s another
See full article at We Got This Covered »

‘Solo’: Thandie Newton Talks Reshoots; Says 90% of Her Scenes Were with Lord & Miller

  • Collider.com
When it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story (still getting used to that title), rumors abound. The film notoriously went through a pretty massive shakeup when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller exited the project with three weeks of filming left to go, and Ron Howard subsequently came onboard and shot for another four months as the film's new director. There’s been debate about just how much of the Han Solo movie was reshot under Howard, and given the length of time the Oscar-winning Rush director was in production, it would seem to be significant. The …
See full article at Collider.com »

Ron Howard reportedly reshot up to 80% of Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • JoBlo
So the whole production Solo: A Star Wars Story has been a real mess, huh? First it gets announced, and people are lukewarm to it...until they hire Chris Miller and Phil Lord as the directors, who took The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street and made them into legitimately great films. Hey, maybe this movie has a chance after all! Hell, even the cast was exciting, with Alden Ehrenreich (hot off the success of... Read More...
See full article at JoBlo »

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Reportedly Massively Overhauled Plus New International ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer

  • The Playlist
Filming wrapped recently on the troubled production of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which saw Ron Howard step in after Phil Lord and Chris Miller bailed in the midst of production over creative differences. It’s still an open question mark about who will get the final director credit on the movie, but the answer might be found in this latest development….if the story is true, of course.

Continue reading ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Reportedly Massively Overhauled Plus New International ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Ron Howard has reportedly reshot almost all of Solo: A Star Wars Story

It came as quite the surprise back in June when it was announced that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been fired by Solo: A Star Wars Story with around six weeks remaining of principal photography.

At the time, it was said that much of the footage they had shot was usable, but Ron Howard was brought in to complete the production, and oversee reshoots in order to bring the film back in line with the original script by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon.

As with Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story – where Tony Gilroy was brought in to supervise reshoots – it seems we’re never really going to know just how much of the film has been changed, but if a new report is to be believed, Howard has reshot “nearly all” of the movie.

According to Star Wars News Net’s The Resistance Broadcast,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Ron Howard Reshot Most of the Han Solo Movie

  • MovieWeb
Ron Howard Reshot Most of the Han Solo Movie
A new report circulating claims that Ron Howard has reshot nearly all of Han Solo, which in turn may have doubled the budget of the Star Wars spin-off. Lucasfilm surprised everybody when it was announced over the summer that they had decided to part ways with original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord after 4 months of filming due to the ever so popular "creative differences" excuse. Many believed that since the movie was near completion that Ron Howard was coming in to finish and shoot some additional scenes, but new information suggests that Howard may have reshot most of the movie.

Ron Howard took over and instantly started posting cryptic pictures and short videos that gave an impression that everything was going along as planned behind the scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The director's pictures and humorous and often heartfelt social media posts helped to shift the narrative
See full article at MovieWeb »

Deadpool 2 Will Crush Han Solo at the Box Office Says Comic's Creator

  • MovieWeb
Deadpool 2 Will Crush Han Solo at the Box Office Says Comic's Creator
Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld channeled his inner Wade Wilson at the Los Angeles Comic-Con over the weekend, boasting that Deadpool 2 with demolish Han Solo at the box office next summer. Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018 after a less than smooth production process that saw original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, get the axe while Ron Howard came in to bat cleanup. Deadpool 2 also had a tumultuous production with the on-set death of Joi Harris, which halted production for a few days. Deadpool 2 comes out one week after Solo and Rob Liefeld is ready for a box office battle royale.

Liefeld had his own panel at the La Comic-Con over the weekend, and during his discussion with fans the comic book writer publicly put his bet on Deadpool 2, saying that the sequel to the R-rated superhero movie would
See full article at MovieWeb »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites