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Did Mark Hamill Ruin 'Last Jedi' Twist in 1980s Interview with Gene Siskel?

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Ahh! Decades-old spoiler alert!

Mark Hamill may have spilled the beans about his iconic Star Wars character years ago while doing an interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel around the time Return of the Jedi was released. 

In the unearthed interview, Hamill said George Lucas explained to him his layout for the prequels and also told Hamill to be ready, because he had plans for Skywalker many years down the road. 

"George has talked to me very marginally about doing something at the turn of the century in the last trilogy, but it wouldn't be on the same plan »


- Ryan Parker

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Jonathan Helfgot Exits Open Road for Evp of Marketing at Fox

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Jonathan Helfgot has left Open Road to join 20th Century Fox as the studio's evp of theatrical marketing.

Screen Gems grad Loren Schwartz is taking over the reigns at Open Road, where Helfgot was for a little over one year.

The move is a return to the studio for Helfgot, who worked at Fox from 2004 to 2011, most recently serving as svp of marketing strategy.  

In his new position, which is slated to start May 8, Helfgot will report to Fox's president of global marketing Pam Levine, who commented, “We are thrilled to have Jonathan join our team in this pivotal »


- Mia Galuppo

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'A Gray State': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Right-wing media provocateur Alex Jones recently admitted in court that he’s merely “playing a character”—thereby lending an ironic subtext to Erik Nelson’s documentary about the deaths of aspiring filmmaker David Crowley and his family. Exploring the alt-right phenomenon through the prism of a conspiracy theory involving its subject’s demise, A Gray State, in which Jones makes a brief appearance, provides timely political commentary along with a fascinating true-life crime tale. The film recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.  

A veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Crowley had been working for years on a magnum »


- Frank Scheck

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Paris Attack Won't Scare Film Industry Away From Cannes

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Security remains on high alert all across France after last week's attack in Paris, in which a gunman shot dead a policeman and seriously wounded two others before being killed himself.

The attack heightens concerns about security at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off in less than a month. Thousands of film industry professionals, as well as teeming crowds of fans and star-watchers, will descend on the small seaside city for two weeks of cinema celebration May 17-28.

But don't expect anyone to be running scared.

“Of course we are going to Cannes, you can't play into the »

- Scott Roxborough ,Rhonda Richford

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Open Road Marketing Shake-Up: Loren Schwartz Replacing Jonathan Helfgot as President

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For the second time in 13 months, Open Road Films has named a new marketing president. The indie studio is tapping Loren Schwartz to take the marketing reins. She is replacing Jonathan Helfgot, who is leaving Open Road.

Schwartz will report directly to Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. Helfgot took over Open Road's marketing department just last year, when he replaced Jason Cassidy.

The move comes as Open Road struggles at the box office, most recently as the big-budget Armenian genocide drama The Promise earned just $4 million in its opening weekend. Open Road's high-profile Snowden from Oliver Stone took »


- Tatiana Siegel

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'Anastasia' Musical Cast Talk Broadway Changes and Fan Expectations

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In comparison to its preview performances, the opening night crowd at Broadway’s Anastasia on Monday night was relatively tame. The audiences of the new musical adaptation at the Broadhurst Theater have become known to be particularly vocal whenever any moment is recreated onstage verbatim from the 1997 animated film.

“We were very surprised — someone will say a line from the movie and the whole audience will gasp,” said Christy Altomare, who stars as the titular orphaned amnesiac and the youngest daughter of Russia's last Tsar. Just before intermission, she sings the film’s beloved Oscar-nominated song “Journey to »

- Ashley Lee

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Emma Watson on Why She's Very Private and How 'The Circle' Made Her Even More So

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Jessica Chastain interviewed Emma Watson for Interview magazine, and Watson spoke about the importance of keeping her personal life private.

She, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were children when they were cast in the Harry Potter series, and the actress said that outside of the fictional world of the films, what happened to them in reality "was kind of a fantasy story in itself."

"The story of my life has been of public interest, which is why I've been so passionate about having a private identity," Watson said. "When I step into a character, people have to be »


- Lorena O'Neil

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'Four Days in France' ('Jours de France'): Film Review

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For a two-hour-plus film in which the protagonists are two gay men and the hookup app Grindr plays the most important supporting role, it is surprising how little sex there is in Four Days in France (Jours de France). But that’s hardly the only thing that’s unexpected in this tender and meandering road movie from rookie writer-director Jerome Raybaud. The bucolic and languidly paced drama premiered in the Critics’ Week at the most recent Venice Film Festival and was also showcased as part of last month’s New Directors/New Films program in New York. It should interest queer and French film »


- Boyd van Hoeij

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Declares April 25 "La La Land Day"

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La La Land may have lost the best picture Oscar to Moonlight, but Damien Chazelle's love letter to Los Angeles isn't done dancing away with notable honors. This morning, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared April 25 as La La Land Day. 

Those in attendance included Garcetti (who took a turn at the piano), Chazelle, producer Jordan Horowitz, Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz, Oscar-winning production designers David and Sandy Wasco and choreographer Mandy Moore. As part of the celebration outside Los Angeles City Hall in downtown L.A., Bandaloop aerial dancers performed a medley of dances inspired by the film on the facade of the building. According to »


- Chris Gardner

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'The Sensitives': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Anyone who’s been watching Michael McKean’s character on Better Call Saul will recognize the affliction Drew Xanthopoulos investigates in The Sensitives, a documentary so affecting and effective it will make viewers feel grateful they are healthy enough to see it in a theater. The film profiles several sufferers of a medical condition that induces a hypersensitivity to one’s environment. Its victims endure adverse effects to electricity, cellular signals, fragrances, chemicals, you name it, and the exposure often leaves them debilitated. The Sensitives, which recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, gives much-needed attention to a rare illness, »


- Frank Scheck

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Real-Life Gotham City Being Built in Abu Dhabi

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Batman v Superman may have brought both Gotham and Metropolis together on the big screen for the first time, but now those cities will have a real-world presence — thanks to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

The theme park has revealed plans for six themed worlds that are going to populate it. Here are the areas:

Metropolis and Gotham City 

These two areas are inspired by the DC Comics universe, and will feature skyscrapers befitting some of its larger-than-life superheroes. The concept art (above) shows off a Joker presence as well.

Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch

These three areas will draw »


- Aaron Couch

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Humanity Makes Final Stand in 'Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter' Trailer (Exclusive)

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The robot overlords better look out. The new trailer for Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter shows humanity is ready to fight back.

Rogue Warrior takes place a few decades from now in a future in which artificial intelligence rules a post-apocalyptic Earth and other planets. A rebellious weapons dealer named Sienna (Tracey Birdsall) may have discovered a way to take down the robots and restore humanity to its proper place in the universe. Her plan involves a perilous trip to the galaxy's center to find a mythical weapon that can neutralize A.I. 

The sci-fi film from director Neil Johnson is described as a mix of Star »


- Aaron Couch

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'The Big Sick,' 'Marjorie Prime,' Kristen Stewart's Short Heading to Sundance London

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The program for the 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London, the Utah festival's British spin-off, has been announced. 

Fourteen feature films have been selected from the offerings at Park City in January, including the Judd Apatow-produced comedy The Big Sick, Jon Hamm-starrer Marjorie Prime, Brooklyn-based actioner Bushwick and environmental documentary Chasing Coral, which won the U.S. doc audience award. Also in the lineup are 15 shorts, including Come Swim, written and directed by Kristen Stewart. The festival will close with David Lowery's A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Lowery will also take part in one of the »


- Alex Ritman

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'I, Daniel Blake' Team of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary Festival

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British director Ken Loach and his longtime screenwriting partner Paul Laverty are to be honored with Crystal Globes for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this summer.

Loach and Laverty have a lifelong commitment to powerful polemical films with strong humanitarian messages, most recently seen in Cannes Palm d'Or and BAFTA award-winning I, Daniel Blake — a searing story set within Britain's de-humanizing and cruel system of state social welfare.

Loach has long had close ties with the festival, based in the Czech Republic's Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. »


- Nick Holdsworth

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China's Citic Guoan Partners With 'Transformers' Producer Tom DeSanto on $120M Co-Production

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Chinese investment company Citic Guoan Group will invest $120 million in a large-scale U.S.-China co-production from producer Tom DeSanto.

The partnership was announced by Citic's vice general manager Cui Minghong at the conclusion of the Beijing International Film Festival. DeSanto, who is best known for his work co-writing and producing the first films in the Transformers and X-Men franchises, had been linked to Citic Guoan, a division of the state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, for over a year. Further details of the planned co-production were not disclosed.

"We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Boss Previews Lineup, Explains What Makes the Sidebar Special

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In his sixth year at the helm of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, former Liberation film critic Edouard Waintrop has seen his sidebar expand impressively on two fronts.

On one hand, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (as it’s called in French) has grown under Waintrop's reign into a launching pad for emerging talents in the world of genre filmmaking, with directors like Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room), Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold In July) and Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) premiering some of their earliest work there before moving on to bigger projects.

On the other hand, the Fortnight has »


- Jordan Mintzer

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Netflix Signs Licensing Deal With China's iQiyi

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Blocked by regulators from setting up shop within China's massive entertainment market, Netflix has instead signed a licensing deal with one of its most powerful local counterparts in the country.

The global streaming giant said Tuesday that it has reached a content agreement with Beijing-based video service iQiyi. The deal was revealed Tuesday during the kickoff to Apos, an industry conference held annually in Bali, Indonesia.

"China is an important market for obvious reasons; it's also a challenging market for obvious reasons," said Robert Roy, Netflix's vice president of content acquisition. "Right now what we will do is look to »


- Patrick Brzeski

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United Airlines Ad Pulled From Tribeca Film Festival

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The fallout from United Airlines' forcible removal from a flight of passenger David Dao on April 9 has spread to the Tribeca Film Festival. A United Airlines 30-second spot — advertising its Polaris Business Class — had been running before film screenings (United serves as one of the fest's Signature Partners) but has since been pulled, following a wave of comical reactions from audiences.

On opening night, April 19, prior to the world premiere unveiling of the Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, the spot "touting United Airlines' pampering of passengers drew so much derisive laughter it drowned out »

- Chris Gardner

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Dick Contino, Famed Accordionist and Star of 'Daddy-o,' Dies at 87

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Dick Contino, a hip-swiveling accordionist who was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and starred in the 1958 rock 'n' roll film Daddy-o, has died. He was 87.

Contino died Wednesday in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.

Popular with the kids back in the day, Contino lost a drag race to Sandra Giles and portrayed a singer and truck driver in Daddy-o — which was scored by John Williams in his feature debut — and then appeared in The Beat Generation (1959), Girls Town (1959) and The Big Night (1960).

By some »


- Mike Barnes

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