Saturday, December 17, 2016

11 Great living directors that have never won oscar

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It’s the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony. The winner for best director is announced, and Ron Howard gets out of his seat and makes his way to the stage to accept the award for his work on "A Beautiful Mind." For a few seconds, as Howard makes his way up to the stage, the camera pans to fellow nominee David Lynch going up to other nominee, the late great Robert Altman, and consoling him about the defeat.

With one arm around Altman, we can’t quite make out what Lynch is telling him, but rest assured it wasn’t "the best man won." 

The sad tradition of not honoring the right filmmakers will likely continue for the Academy. Further proof can be found with these 11 greats who haven’t won for their directing yet, with some not even having a single nomination to their name. Here’s hoping that a few of the following directors will make it up to the stage in the near future.

Judy Garland hair and costume tests for “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).

WTF: British Actor Michael Sheen quits acting to "fight rise of fascism"

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“In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the Thirties, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped. 
“It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dice are being rolled again.”
“The greatest service you can do is to serve the whole, is to serve the story that you’re a part of,” he added. “The story is bigger than any one individual within it.” 

11 Legendary cinematographers who have never won an Oscar



Note: This was originally written by yours truly for IndieWire, the inclusion of Raoul Coutard has not been removed because, well, it's a travesty that he never won, but, then again, what exactly is the point of winning an Oscar anyway?

Every cinephile knows that Roger Deakins, a legendary cinematographer who has never won an Oscar despite being nominated 13 times, will again be aiming for his first statuette this year again for his great work in the Coens' "Hail Caesar." Deakins’ thirteenth nomination last year was for his excellent work in "Sicario," a visceral and intense movie from Québécois director Denis Villeneuve. 
Sadly, Deakins is not the only legendary cinematographer to have not won an Oscar — some haven’t even gotten nominated in their lifetime — which is why we narrowed these surprising snubs down to a list of 11 cinematographers who are still alive, but have never won. The late great Gordon Willis, who sadly passed away recently, never got his due and was instead awarded an honorary Oscar not too long before his passing away. Douglas Slocombe, who passed away just yesterday, was also nominated for three Oscars, though he never picked up a little gold man of his own.

Thoughts? Any you would add?

Etiquette warnings shown before silent movies, 1910s



Friday, December 16, 2016

Ingvild Deila, norwegian actress announced she played princess Leia in ROGUE ONE
























Wait, I thought it was CGI ... I guess they partly used it with this Norwegian actress as well. It was most probably her body in the dress and then they made some CGI adjustments on her face. She does look like Carrie Fisher. She also spelled "honored" wrong, but it's all good.

This shot from the 1926 Buster Keaton movie THE GENERAL has been called the most expensive of the silent era, with a price tag of $42,000 or $570,000 in 2016 dollars


Are you kiddin' me? Verhoeven's great ELLE gets snubbed, Xavier Dolan's atrocious IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD makes the cut of the 9 shortlisted films for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar



Well, what can I say ... "Toni Erdmann," and "The Salesman" are very deserving of this list. Saw "My Life as a Zuchinni at Cannes and it's a charmer. "Land of Mine" is a powerful film that I really, truly correlate with TIFF of 2015, but "It's Only the End of the World?" Oh man, that's a stinker. I cannot, for the life of me, think of a worse film to have among these 9 contenders. I can only speculate that Dolan has become a big enough name in Hollywood, where he is currently filming his first American film, that he now just has enough clout to pull this joke off. "Elle" is a great film, I'd say even more deserving than the lightly enjoyable and, at times, stinging satire of "Toni Erdmann," but do people actually "get" the film? I did, but have spoken to a handful of people that did not really care for it or have any real emotional response to its bleakly serious, but comic subject matter.

These far superior films also didn't make the cut and were also beaten by Dolan's low-tier stinker: "Neruda," "From Afar," "Sieranevada," and "Ma Rosa."

It's Only the End of the World (Canada) directed by Xavier Dolan
Tanna (Australia), directed by Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Land of Mine (Denmark), directed by Martin Zandvliet
Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade
The Salesman (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi 
The King’s Choice (Norway), directed by Erik Poppe
Paradise (Russia), directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
A Man Called Ove (Sweden), directed by Hannes Holm
My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), directed by Claude Barras

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Great "Full Metal Jacket" poster showing all the main characters getting their boot camp buzz cut.

Tarantino's original cast wish list for "Pulp Fiction"

Tarantino's original cast wish list for "Pulp Fiction"

In 1977, 20th Century Fox had so little faith in the "Star Wars" franchise that they gave away all of the movie licensing and merchandising rights to George Lucas in exchange for his $500,000 directorial fee.

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Fox executives years later: "Well, we fucked up." 

Lucas should have used all that money for lessons in screenwriting alas he did manage to give us a couple of great films. The franchise is now worth around $37 Billion dollars. 

It all began modestly. After his success with American Graffiti in 1973, Lucas wanted to make a Western set in outer space to refresh the genre. He was turned down by several studios but found a champion in Alan Ladd Jr., then running 20th Century Fox -- even though most of the other Fox executives and the company board didn't agree. Fox let Lucas pass up an additional $500,000 directing fee in return for keeping licensing and merchandising rights for himself -- a decision that would cost the studio billions.

Full THR article HERE

Criterion announces their March lineup which includes 45 YEARS, BLOW-UP and BEING THERE

Isn't it just the most bittersweet feeling whenever Criterion announces their latest monthly titles? You're in cinema heaven just looking, and drooling, at these brand-new covers of some of your very favorite films, but, at the same time, you know you're more than likely going to shell out a little too much money for these beauties.

I wrote an IndieWire article around a year ago which had to do with 10 films that really, badly deserved the Criterion treatment. One of those titles was "Blow-Up." I am ecstatic that this Antonioni classic is finally getting its due treatment on DVD/Blu-Ray.

The Hal Ashby directed "Being There" which has become the kind of under-seen classic that makes discovering great hidden gems such a treat, is also getting the Criterion treatment. Watch that Peter Sellers classic and tell me it's not the antecedent to 1994's inferior "Forrest Gump."

"45 Years," last year's Andrew Haigh directed film is mostly a showcase for its leading star Charlotte Rampling. I was left rather unsatisfied by the film, but I am in the minority here. I am planning on giving it a second look eventually.

"Multiple Maniacs" is John Waters' second feature film, he eventually followed it, and upped the ante, with the disgusting, outrageous and brilliant "Pink Flamingos." Both films feature Divine, the drag queen that made his name with these films and has become the stuff of cinematic lore due to his unabashed radical behavior on-screen, and off,  which broke major taboos in American film and set the stage for successors. Divine has to be seen to be believed.

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List of IMAX locations that will screen DUNKIRK Prologue







































My local theater is listed, but do I really have to sit through "Rogue One" again to watch this damn thing? I wonder if they will eventually release it online? All clues indicate that they will, but when?

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“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” will likely be one of 2017's very best films



Getting lost in the shuffle of Telluride was Joseph Cedar’s English-language debut. After his impressive Israeli film “Footnote” made waves on the international circuit Cedar decided to make this film about New York “fixer” Norman, a crooked man who lies, sways and persuades numerous people of power for his own benefit. As played by Richard Gere, Norman ends up in deep trouble after “helping” an Israeli dignitary who three years later becomes the Israeli Prime Minister. This flawless balancing act of a film had Richard Gere giving an incredibly rich performance that is sly enough to feel fully fleshed out. The wheeling and dealing that the film presents to us is transfixing and feels like new, uncharted cinematic territory. Cedar makes it all work like a pro and the fact that the film, which has a sprawling ambitious plot, doesn’t feel like a mess at all, but instead like a work of art is a testament to its director’s talent.
“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” opens spring 2017

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Martin Scorsese says The Irishman represents "unfinished business" for him and Robert De Niro

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Want to know what Scorsese will follow-up 'Silence' with? A jog down memory lane, with an actor he has shared his greatest movies with, oh, and Al Pacino as well. 

Steve Zaillian (“Gangs Of New York,” “Schindler’s List,” “Moneyball,“ “The Night Of“), will helm the screenplay for "I heard You Paint Houses," which is based on the Charles Brandt book of the same name. 

"The Irishman"  tells the story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran — a hitman tied to the Bufalino crime family that was a high ranking officer in the international brotherhood of teamsters, was tied to a possible plot in the JFK assassination and who claimed, on his deathbed, to have murdered Teamster leader and iconic cold case Jimmy Hoffa.

Speaking to the Toronto Sun just today, Scorsese piqued our interest even further with a few juicy quotes:


You know,” Scorsese said, “De Niro and I have some unfinished business, so it looks like that might be next! We’ve been trying for years to do something again, since Casino, but we’ve never got the right story. This seems to be the right one.
It was De Niro himself that pitched the idea to Scorsese after reading the Brandt novel. (De Niro) had tears in his eyes when he described this to me, and I think I know how to do it.” 

"Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver," "Mean Streets," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "The King of Comedy" .... What kind of"unfinished business" could they possibly have?

Thoughts?

Makato Shinkai's "Your Name" will open in Theaters in U.S., Canada on April 7

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Makoto Shinkai's "Your Name" (Kimi no Na wa) an anime film sensation in Asia will finally open in theaters in the United States and Canada on April 7. 
The film opened in Japan on August 26, and has become the highest grossing anime film of all time, surpassing Studio Ghibli’s "Spirited Away" international gross.
"Your Name" has currently grossed over US $290 Million at the international box office, "Spirited Away" ended its international run at  US$ 289 Million. The large bulk of the gross was domestically in Japan, where since the film’s debut on August 26, it has earned over ¥22.4 Billion US $192.5 Million.
I have kept my eye out on this film for quite some time, I mean how could you not? The buzz has been tremendous.

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7-Minute prologue from Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK will screen before select ROGUE ONE screenings in 70mm IMAX


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Those that bought a ticket to "Rogue One' in 70mm IMAX are in for a real treat. A seven minute prologue for Christopher Nolan‘s "Dunkirk" will play before select showings of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".

Nolan shot key sequences of his new film "Dunkirk" using 15 perf 65mm IMAX cameras. More specifically, it has been revealed that Nolan’s "Dunkirk" will feature over 100 minutes of IMAX material, according to /Film which is quoting "sources close to production.

Tom HardyMark RylanceKenneth Branagh, and Harry Styles star in "Dunkirk" which is expected to come out on July 21st, 2017.

Ben Affleck Says He Decided To Play Batman Because He Hated Daredevil So Much

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That’s the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that,” he said of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right — to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”
About Netflix’s success with Daredevil
 “The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he said. “I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.”
Watch Affleck’s full interview at TimesTalks.com.

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD Nominations and my prediction of Viggo for Best Actor coming into fruition


I've been predicting Viggo Mortensen getting a Best Actor Oscar nomination for quite some time now. Listen folks, there isn't a single person I know that hasn't liked the film and by person I mean normal, outside the industry folks. The film is well-loved and within the industry it is as well. "Captain Fantastic" is just one of those organic films that feels unforced in its sentiments and real. The french loved it when I was at Cannes. so much so that they gave Matt Ross a Best Director prize for the UN CERTAIN REGARD section, which the film was competing in.  Suffice to say that many of these supposed Oscar pundits are just damn fools that predict like robots instead of looking at the bigger picture. Viggo Mortensen is a threat and, it seems like, the film is a threat for a nomination as well. 

Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK has a spectacular new trailer

















I'm confused. What dream level are Cobb & his crew in?

This trailer looks spectacular.

Christopher Nolan is trying to reinvent the war movie with this one, just like he tried to reinvent sci-fi with "Inception." "Interstellar," "The Prestige" and superhero movies with "The Dark Knight Trilogy."

What strikes me most about this first look is how un-Nolan the whole things feels. There are no indications whatsoever that this was directed by him, except for the title card which states his name. I do expect the incredibly ambitious shots that he is known for to appear in this film, but this looks like a real breath of fresh air from him.

Who'd a thunk it? An epic WWII movie, shot on 65mm is about to become a summer blockbuster. 

Also this is a mostly unknown cast, what a risk he's taking.
Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, and Barry Keoghan are the lead roles, sure there's Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Cillian Murphy, but they are supposedly in supporting roles. A very British minded production and, quite possibly, the most personal project he's ever done.
“Dunkirk” opens on July 21, 2017.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS broke the worldwide record for the largest ever trailer debut with 139 million views in the first 24 hours.




How is this film not called "The F8 of the Furious"? Somebody in marketing must get fired for not coming up with that ingenious title. In fact, that's the most thought I will likely put into this film. Also, unless I'm payed to review it there's no way I will watch it. The franchise is a dumbing down of society in the most inane of ways. The fact that these films not only make money, but have made The Rock and Vin Diesel the two highest paid actors in Hollywood is a crime to everything that's holy about cinema.

TONI ERDMANN tops Film Comment's Critics Poll

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Leave it to Film comment to come up with a great list of the year's best films. I really can't complain about any of these, safe for maybe "Neruda" which I really think I should give a second shot. Also "The Lobster" is great for its first 75 minutes then it kinda dissolves into a mucky love story.

1. Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany
2. Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, USA
3. Elle, Paul Verhoeven, France/Germany
4. Cemetery of Splendor, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand
5. Certain Women, Kelly Reichardt, USA
6. Paterson, Jim Jarmusch, USA
7. Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan, USA
8. Aquarius, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil/France
9. Things to Come, Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany
10. No Home Movie, Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France
11. The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, France/Netherlands/Greece/UK
12. Right Now, Wrong Then, Hong Sangsoo, South Korea
13. Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman, Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA
14. Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson, USA
15. Kaili Blues, Bi Gan, China
16. The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook, South Korea
17. Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater, USA
18. The Fits, Anna Rose Holmer, USA
19. Neruda, Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/France/Spain
20. The Other Side, Roberto Minervini, France/Italy


Source: Film Comment

Thoughts on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"


You'd think that based on the social media reaction after Sunday night's premiere it would be a fantastic film. You see, that's where you're dead wrong. Yes, the battle scenes pique your interest, for the most part, but that's just the problem. It's all out war and just war. At some point you just become numb to it all and wonder where has the character development gone. For all the crying and moaning I've heard about "The Force Awakens," at least that film developed its characters well enough for you to actually care about their outcome in its finale. "Rogue One" wants to be the "Black Hawk Down" of "Star Wars" flicks, but even though Ridley Scott's 2001 war movie was, mostly, about all out war and didn't have an ounce of character development, at it least it was based on true events and felt real enough in a goddamnit-you-are-actually-there-with-these-soldiers kind of way. "Rogue One" is stale, non-involving, beautiful to look at mind you, but, nevertheless, inconsequential.

There's also the fact that the inconsistent tone must be due to re-shoots that happened. There are moments when it does feel like it was directed by a different filmmaker. This is overall just a mess of a film and many of the positive reviews you will read today will come from critics, bloggers etc. that bought the hype and, for good reason, were on an endorphin high seeing it in advance of everybody else. I couldn't find a single negative opinion from Sunday's Hollywood premiere, but now that the high has calmed down a bit you are starting to see some people come back down to earth. I was starting to think I'd be the only one disappointed by this film, but clearly there are many more with mixed feelings.

More thoughts to come once I get my hands on my notepad ...

Golden Globes again prove their idiotic taste

No Best Motion Picture nomination for Oscar contenders "Silence," "Fences" and "Sully." Did they even see Scorsese's epic? because if they did and still decided not nominate it for Best Picture then they just have bad cinematic taste. 

No acting nomination for Oscar contenders Tom Hanks ("Sully,") Michael Shannon ("Nocturnal Animals,") Michael Keaton ("The Founder,") Kevin Costner and Taraji P. Henson ("Hidden Figures.")

SURPRISE! "Deadpool" and "Sing Street" get nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.

Mel Gibson is clearly making a comeback with "Hacksaw Ridge" nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama and he himself getting a Best Director nomination.

Viggo Mortensen gets nominated for "Captain Fantastic" and justifies my theory from last week that he's going to get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Collin Farell ("The Lobster"), Jonah Hill ("War Dogs") and Ryan Reynolds ("Deadpool") get surprisingly nominated in Best Actor, Comedy category.

Hailee Steinfeld gets nominated for "The Edge of Seventeen." Yaas!

The wrong "Nocturnal Animals" player gets nominated for Best Supporting actor, instead of Michael Shannon's incredible performance as the sherrif it's Aaron Taylor-Johnson that gets nominated. Can I get a WTF?!!

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES - Official International Trailer


There's a new International trailer for War For the Planet of the Apes with added, unseen footage. This movie will most likely be of the epic variety. Can't wait.

Last week I wrote:

This looks good, especially with addition of Woody Harrelson. I'm still wondering, where's James Franco's scientist? Didn't he start this whole mess? He should be jailed.

I recently re-watched the original 1968 film and the social issues raised in that film are just not present in these latter-day films. Different times, I guess. I do have to say that the first film of this reboot series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was far better than its sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Rise had less strenuous action and more character-based plotting, but alas when you're trying to build a massive blockbuster franchise you probably need to add more and more action to please the mainstream. 

Here's the Official synopsis for this upcoming sequel:

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
“War For The Planet Of The Apes” opens on July 14, 2017.

Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin, 1918

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Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller meet on the set of "Sunnyside," 1918

Keller & her party had dinner with Chaplin and were screened two of his films, A Dog's Life and Shoulder Arms. "Before he reeled off the pictures, he let me touch his clothes, his shoes, his moustache that I might have a clearer idea of him onscreen. He sat beside me and asked me again and again if I was really interested--if I liked him and the little dog in the picture." Keller's teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan, described the scenes with sign language in the palm of Keller's hand. "Onlookers declare that she led the laughter as the absurd situations developed and that she did not miss one of the subtle bits of comedy."

Source: Discovering Chaplin

In ALIEN, the light effects in the egg chamber were made by lasers, borrowed from the Who, who were practicing in a sound stage next to the studio lot

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Nathan, Ian (September 17, 2011). Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film. Voyageur Press.

Monday, December 12, 2016

THE WOLF MAN turns 75 today - Released on December 12, 1941!



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I actually didn't mind the remake with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, it stayed true to the original and gave a chance for a new generation to marvel at this classic in the horror movie genre. In fact the lack of good werewolf movies in the last century puzzles me to no end, what happened?

If you haven't heard of the Universal Monster classics then you haven't done your homework, "The Wolf Man" is a classic beyond belief, right up there with "The Invisible Man" and "Bride of Frankenstein."

Official Poster for Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The sad fates of silent comedy stars, beyond Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd

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Auir2blaze[S] writes:

When there was renewed interest in silent comedy in the 1960s, Keaton, Lloyd and Chaplin were all around to help promote their own work, by reissuing movies, appearing on TV, doing tours of college campuses etc.
All of the performers had already died well before that (except for Laurel and Hardy, who have remained well known to this day). Their life stories are pretty sad, I guess not that uncommon with a lot of really funny people.
  • Max Linder: Suffered from depression stemming from his experience in First World War, killed himself in a suicide pact with his wife in 1925, age 41
  • Larry Semon, studio stopped financing his movies, he went bankrupt, had a nervous breakdown and died of pneumonia and tuberculosis in 1928, age 39
  • Mable Normand: struggled with cocaine addiction and health problems, died of tuberculosis in 1930, age 37
  • Roscoe Arbuckle: after years of being blacklisted was finally making a comeback and was just about to sign a major contract with Warner Brothers when he died of a heart attack in 1933, age 46
  • Charley Chase: struggled with depression and alcoholism. After his brother died in 1939 (his brother was also an accomplished comic director, James Parrott) he blamed himself for not doing more to help his brother deal with his drug addiction, and he started drinking more heavily. Died of a heart attack shortly after, in 1940, age 46
  • Harry Langdon: kept acting for the rest of his life, but never regained the stardom he had had in mid-1920s, died of a a cerebral hemorrhage in 1944, age 60

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Trailer, Teaser Poster and The Milking of a Franchise





At some point The Fast and the Furious franchise hit a dead road with "Tokyo Drift" in 2006. Three years later they tried to revitalize the franchise with "Fast & Furious," a step in the right direction, but that still failed in my books. So four F&F films and four duds, in my opinion. Then the strangest thing happened: "Fast Five." The Rio location worked. The addition of The Rock did wonders to spark the franchise. Diesel looked rejuvenated. I actually like a film from this god forsaken franchise. That was it for me as far as these movies go and the two that followed "The Fast and the Furious 6" and "Furious 7" were well-met, but I thought they were just fine. Anyway, these films really seem to strike a chord with high-schoolers. They love cars. They love skimpy chicks. They love Vin Diesel, who happens to be highest paid actor in Hollywood alongside, guess who, The Rock. These films are cash cows.



Don't forget, they eventually have to go to space.

Box-Office: MOANA stays at the top spot for third straight week, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY debuts with respectable second place, LA LA LAND grabs second best per-theater average of all-time


First reactions to ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY are uniformly positive



Based on tweets post-screening at last night's Hollywood premiere.

The film is supposed to open next weekend with a projected box-office intake of $280M-$350M, a smashing blockbuster if there ever was one. Now let's see what the overall critical consensus will be this week when the embargo lifts and reviews come out. I'm supposed to see the film tomorrow morning at 10am, you can rest assured a reaction will be posted.

Disney is milking the Star Wars franchise now for all it's worth. Just like the Marvel movies. This isn't art, it's commerce. ROGUE ONE will probably get $350M + opening weekend and then they'll announce another 6 films.That is just how it works these days. We all know what happened post- Jaws/Star Wars in Hollywood, the 80s was the worst cinematic decade we ever had, that's when the Indie film scene bloomed to the rescue. At least nowadays we have access to so many more films outside of the studio system via different streaming services. The amount of quality indie, foreign films being produced these days is at an all-time high. It's just Hollywood/Disney that has sold its soul to the devil. The problem is the mainstream is eating this stuff up.


My last top 10 entry might change. Glad I didn't publish yet. #RogueOnepremiere
— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) December 11, 2016

Embargo but last third – superb and moving #RogueOnepremiere
— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) December 11, 2016

Holy Sith! @RogueOneMovie is unbelievably wonderful! No lie: it is #EmpireStrikesBack great! An excellent chapter in the @starwars Universe!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 11, 2016

#RogueOne screening just wrapped. Oh. My. God.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) December 11, 2016

Takes a bit to get going but #RogueOne turns out to be a kick-ass action pic. And it nails the ending.
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) December 11, 2016

I expected it to be funny. I didn't expect to be choked up. Moments of true bravery, and some speeches we need right now. #RogueOne
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016

#StarWars #RogueOne is AWESOME!! SO GREAT!! LOVED it even MORE than #TheForceAwakens!! Fans are going to LOSE THEIR SHIT!!!!!
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) December 11, 2016

Holy crap did I love Rogue One. It’s gonna take days to wipe the smile off my face. So many surprises and so much fun. Get excited.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 11, 2016

So much cheering during the movie. Audience loved it pic.twitter.com/WvLgW7OQWJ
— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) December 11, 2016

My new #StarWars rankings:

1) Empire
2) A New Hope
3) #RogueOne

— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) December 11, 2016

#RogueOne is pretty much everything I was hoping for & then some. So moving/satisfying for so many reasons. Already dying for a 2nd viewing.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 11, 2016

One word: WOW! I was absolutely enthralled! #RogueOne
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) December 11, 2016

#RogueOne was incredible. Sooo good. 😭😭😭 I was almost in tears it was that good.
— Tony Revolori (@TonyRevolori) December 11, 2016

Oh my God I loved #RogueOne so much!!
— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) December 11, 2016

1sr Rogue One review. It was actually AMAZING!!! Super fun & exciting. Ties in w/episode 4 perfectly. #StarWars
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 11, 2016

… there is a complexity that exists in rogue one that I have never seen in another Star Wars film- layers and layers of gray.
— p dubbs (@petewentz) December 11, 2016

#RogueOne is FANTASTIC. Incredible action, both planetary and interstellar, and looks GORGEOUS. Most importantly, it feels like Star Wars.
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 11, 2016

As much as I like The Force Awakens… yes I like Rogue One even more. Thursday can't get here fast enough to see it again!
— John Campea (@johncampea) December 11, 2016

Star Wars fans will be very happy with #RogueOne. It's fun, action packed, doesn't feel neutered by reshoots. Donnie Yen and K2so standouts.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 11, 2016

Perfect Felicity Jones an action heroine I would follow into space battle any day, in a film full of great hero turns #rogueone
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) December 11, 2016

The last time I loved a Star Wars movie as much as I loved #RogueOne, it was 1977.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) December 11, 2016

ROGUE ONE had me from the opening to the very end. Incredible action mixed with a script fans are going to love. Going to make people happy.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 11, 2016

I just saw Rogue One. I'm gonna say it.. this might be the BEST Star Wars movie!! I can't wait…
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) December 11, 2016

ROGUE ONE WAS AMAZING 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Veronica Merrell (@veronicamerrell) December 11, 2016

I FREAKIN LOVE STAR WARS OMG ROGUE ONE WAS AMAZING 😭
— Vanessa Merrell (@VanessaMerrell) December 11, 2016

ROGUE ONE = excellent. People around me saying even better than THE FORCE AWAKENS. Congrats Disney/Lucasfilm/amazing talent involved.
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) December 11, 2016

So… #RogueOne? It's freaking great! So many crowd-pleasing moments! It's emotional, exciting and incredibly satisfying. Loved it!
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) December 11, 2016

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