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Part 2 - The Silent Era

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Dec 13

J.J. Abrams Asked Lucasfilm For An "Unspecial" STAR WARS Trilogy Rerelease

Publicity image for the original "Star Wars" trilogy (courtesy Lucasfilm)
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by Eric Diaz

For two decades, fans have been hoping against hope that Lucasfilm would once again release the original Star Wars trilogy in its original pre-Special Edition format. But with every new release that the trilogy gets, those versions never materialize. But there is one person who has tried from the inside to get the original cuts of the films released: J.J. Abrams.

The Rise of Skywalker director went on record with Now This News (via Uproxx) to reveal that he asked about getting the original cuts released. Although it wasn't clear who he asked. But the response was pretty non-negotiable, it seems.

"I've been told that, for reasons that I quite don't understand, that that's not necessarily possible."

In other words, even a guy who made two Star Wars movies couldn't make it happen. So just what’s the hold up? After all, Disney now owns all of Star Wars, they can technically do whatever they wanted with any version yet produced (such as, say, re-editing Han Solo and Greedo's shoot-out yet again). But the prevailing theory is that they're being held back out of respect for George Lucas. He really doesn't like his original versions of the films, and sees them all as imperfect. They could release them without his blessing, but the last thing Disney wants is the saga’s creator bad mouthing them. Again.

Continue Reading at: Nerdist.com

Dec 12

Keanu Reeves Day? 'Matrix 4' and 'John Wick 4' will debut on same day

Keanu Reeves, pictured here at the July 2018 premiere of "Siberia", may just have his own day in 2021 (image courtesy AP / Invision)
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by Jeremiah Rodriguez

After news hit that "Matrix 4" and "John Wick: Chapter 4" will be both released on the same day, dozens of people on the internet proclaimed May 21, 2021 as "Keanu Reeves Day."

The date for the fourth installment of the popular John Wick film series had already been announced for that day, but on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Warner Bros.' schedule for several upcoming films – including "Matrix 4" on the same day in 2021.

And with the realization that Keanu fans would be getting a double feature, the internet essentially went into meltdown, with dozens of Keanu Reeves memes, GIFs and pictures popping up.

"Both John Wick 4 and The Matrix 4 are due to come out on May 21st, 2021," one Twitter user said. "We should just make May 21st Keanu day from here out."

The Canadian actor has experienced something of a career renaissance in recent years, with the blockbuster "John Wick" film franchise, an appearance in "Toy Story 4," and a supporting role in Netflix's "Always Be My Maybe."

Continue Reading at: CTV News

Dec 10

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" Trailer Highlights Southern Alberta Filming Locations

by Melanie Woods

The Ghostbusters are coming to the Prairies.

A new trailer for the highly anticipated remake/reboot/ "latest attempt to cash in on '80s nostalgia" dropped Monday morning in the form of the first trailer for "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," and it looks surprisingly Canadian.

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is a sequel to the original "Ghostbusters" films. Directed by Jason Reitman, it follows a family who moves to a small Oklahoma town and discovers secrets about their past - also ghosts.

And while the film is set in the U.S., its Canadian connections are as large as the great white north. Reitman was born in Montreal, and the cast features Vancovuer-native Finn Wolfhard as well as beloved Canadian comedy icon Dan Akyroyd.

But it's the film's recognizable Albertan locations that really got people talking on social media Monday.

The movie was shot in southern Alberta, with the town of Fort MacLeod standing in as the fictional American town of Summerville, Oklahoma. Locations in Beisecker, Crossfield, Dorothy, Drumheller and Turner Valley are also featured.

The badlands make sense as a perfect setting for a spooky film. Drumheller and surrounding areas are home to plenty of ghost towns, abandoned coal mines and even dinosaur bones.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Huffington Post

Dec 9

Golden Globes 2020: The Complete Nominations List

Netflix ruled nominations for the 77th Golden Globes, scoring nods for "Marriage Story" and "The Irishman" on the film front and "The Crown" and "Unbelievable" for television.

Noah Baumbauch's "Marriage Story" landed a leading six nominations for film, followed by Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" and Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with five each.

HBO's "Chernobyl," Netflix's "The Crown" and "Unbelievable" swept TV nominations with four a piece. HBO's "Barry," "Succession" and "Big Little Lies," Amazon's "Fleabag," FX's "Fosse/ Verdon," Netflix's "The Kominsky Method" and Apple TV's "The Morning Show" each secured three.

Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning and Susan Kelechi Watson were on hand Monday morning to announce nominees for the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual celebration to recognize the year's best in both TV and film. Ricky Gervais will host the 2020 ceremony on Jan. 5 live from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the original article and see the complete nomination list.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Dec 8

Wonder Woman 1984's First Trailer Is Here to Bring Justice to the Reagan Era

by Julie Muncy

Diana's back, this time in the glitz, glamor, and the glut of corruption of the 1980s. Greed is good, baby, though I imagine Wonder Woman might not agree.

Finally, after a far-too-long wait, the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman, is here, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine back in tow as Wonder Woman and her best dude pal, Steve Trevor. They're also joined by Kristen Wiig, who will be playing the classic Wonder Woman villain Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal as businessman Maxwell Lord.

In this trailer, we get to see more about what Wonder Woman's 1980s journey, at the late height of the Cold War, is going to look like. And it looks thrilling: beginning with Diana sharing her history, tentatively, with a friend, we’re introduced to the lush, flashy future of the 1980s, full of elegance and power and Wonder Woman kicking ass. Until, somehow, Steve Trevor returns, a revelation which seems to be related to Pascal's sinister Maxwell Lord. Also, Diana uses her rope to...swing on the sky?! Like, literally on lightning? It's pretty amazing. The period soundtrack is great, too.

Check it out here:

Continue Reading at: Gizmodo

Dec 8

Box Office: 'Playmobil' Bombs at $668K, 'Frozen 2' Stays No. 1 With $35M

Publicity image for new film release "Playmobil: The Movie" (image courtesy STX Films)
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by Pamela McClintock

Disney Animation Studios' Frozen 2 easily stayed atop the North American box office in its third weekend with $34.7 million, while fellow animated pic Playmobil: The Movie came apart with a debut of just $668,000.

Playmobil, released domestically by STXfilms, marks the third-worst opening of all time for a title rolling out domestically in more than 2,000 theaters despite special ticket pricing of $5 in most theaters across the country. (The studio initially said Sunday morning that the pic had earned $811,000, but later revised the estimate downward.)

The first weekend of December is notoriously slow following the Thanksgiving crush, and this year was no exception. The only new nationwide offering at the U.S. box office was Playmobil, based on the line of German children's toys.

The continuing strength of Frozen 2 no doubt made life tough for any other family film as the sequel races toward the $1 billion mark.

The Disney sequel finished Sunday with a massive global total of $919.7 million, including $337.6 million domestically and $582.1 million overseas, to propel the studio past a record $10 billion in 2019 global ticket sales (and $11.94 billion when counting the Fox titles it has released). Frozen 2 has shattered numerous records around the globe, while its top foreign market is China ($104.4 million). It is also the top animated title of all time in a slew of markets, including South Korea ($75.5 million).
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Knives Out grossed $14.2 million in its sophomore outing, a 47 percent decline, for a domestic total of $63.5 million and $124.1 million globally for Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street. (MRC shares a parent company, Valence Media, with The Hollywood Reporter.)

Fox and Disney's Ford v. Ferrari narrowly edged out Universal's Queen & Slim for third place with an estimated $6.54 in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $91.9 million and $167.6 million worldwide.

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Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Dec 7

Internet Decries 'Aladdin' Spinoff For Minor White Character While Main Star Can't Get An Audition

Star of "Aladdin" Mena Massoud can't find work since that movie (image courtesy Stokes Management)
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by Bruce Haring

The only white character in the live action remake of Aladdin is up for a spin-off movie, even though the star of the film apparently can't get a job. That has the internet hopping mad at the injustice of it all.

Just days after Mena Massoud, the star of the billion-dollar grossing live-action Aladdin, complained that he has not gotten any auditions after the film, word has broken that Billy Magnussen, who played minor character Prince Anders, is being written into his own spin-off for Disney+, the company's streaming service.

Yes, it's a bad look. One that the internet's keen observers have called out.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see a sample of the outrage.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

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