Riz Ahmed has opened up about the systemic racism he has confronted throughout his career.
Announced by George Lucas in 2005, Star Wars: Underworld was going to be a television series exploring previously-unseen parts of the galaxy far, far away.
Director Tony Gilroy, who was drafted in to rework Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been brutally frank about the situation he found the movie in.
Is a film really a hit if it flops in the world's second biggest movie market? Because Star Wars: The Last Jedi appears to have tanked in China, and pretty badly.
Star Wars Celebration 2017 revealed a lot about upcoming instalment ‘The Last Jedi’ but also treated fans to some classic tidbits, too. The huge event that took place last weekend was not only a globally covered celebration, but it gave us our first glimpse at a ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ teaser trailer, as well as a touching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. One part of Star Wars Celebration 2017 was the airing of some ultra rare archival footage from the 1970s – specifically outtakes from the first film that very few people – let alone ‘Star Wars’ fans had ever seen.
Ben Mendelsohn has praised the work of ILM and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ director Gareth Edwards for making his scenes with Moff Tarkin – a digital creation – as easy as possible on set. The iconic ‘Star Wars’ character, played by Peter Cushing in the 1977 original, was resurrected for the spin-off film with help on set from ‘Holby City’ actor Guy Henry who stood in for, and performed as, the Hammer star opposite Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic.
Cult movie poster artist Matt Ferguson has designed a cool new alternative poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to celebrate the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.
By now you’ve probably read about ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s original ending, but it’s been revealed that wasn’t the only potential scene that didn’t make the final film. Ahead of the home release of Gareth Edwards’ massive sci-fi hit, Gary Whitta, who wrote an early version of the script, has revealed that series icon Darth Vader nearly appeared in a third scene.
For some the appearance of the CGI Carrie Fisher at the end of ‘Rogue One’ just didn’t sit right. Like the digital iteration of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in the movie, both characters pushed the ‘uncanny valley’ button, where a CGI character is realistic, but not quite realistic enough (or is it *too* realistic?). Speaking to Fandango, director Gareth Edwards said that Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy told him how Fisher presumed it was some footage of Princess Leia found somewhere from the original movies.
During the development of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Gareth Edwards was given a helping hand in solving one of these quandaries from a truly unlikely source. After seeing this moniker on his drink, Gareth Edwards instantly decided that it was perfect name for the planet that would house the final battle scene of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ and put it into the script.
The action sequence in ‘Rogue One’ in which Darth Vader turns Action Jackson was probably the most thrilling of the whole film for Star Wars fans. In an interview with Fandango, director Gareth Edwards revealed that it was the movie’s editor Jabbez Olssen’s brainwave, and they didn’t expect it to come off at all. According to Edwards, in the original cut of the film Vader ‘arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner’, so he never actually boarded the ship.
The hype surrounding ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ may have died down since its December release, but this latest video will have you in stitches. Reviews for the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie helmed by Gareth Edwards were generally rather positive. Since its pre-Christmas cinema release, the film has totalled just over $1 billion.
Following last week’s news of a drop in the number of female directors working in Hollywood, it’s emerged that actresses seem to getting a seriously raw deal when it comes to dialogue. Despite high-profile leading roles for the likes of Margot Robbie in ‘Suicide Squad’, Ellen DeGeneres in ‘Finding Dory’ and Felicity Jones in ‘Rogue One’, the trend is still very much in favour of men getting the lion’s share of the lines. Data scientist Amber Thomas has published her findings on Medium.com’s FreeCodeCamp site, and they’re pretty damning.
Following several rounds of voting by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, there are now 10 movies in contention for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award at the 2017 Oscars – ‘Arrival’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘Passengers’, and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. To help get the inside track on which movies deserve to win, we spoke with 5 VFX gurus – all alumni of Escape Studios, Europe’s premier visual effects academy and host of The VFX Festival 2017 – who chose five films which truly broke new ground in 2016.
While Star Wars spin-off ‘Rogue One’ has done pretty blazing business around the world, many box office analysts were waiting for its release in China to take it over the top. It was thought that thanks to starring roles for Chinese stars including Jiang Wen, who plays Baze Malbus, and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe, that the film would have been more universally embraced. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter suggests that particularly bad air pollution in northern China over the weekend may also have hampered sales.
If you were betting that ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ might be on its way to besting ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ at the box office, this may not be the news you’re looking for. While Gareth Edwards’ hard-edged prequel has gone down a storm with audiences in the west, it seems the much-coveted Chinese box office is a different story. Opening in China today, ticket presales point toward ‘Rogue One’ enjoying an opening weekend to the tune of RMB 40-50 million – which might not sound bad, until you learn that equates to somewhere between £4.7 – 5.8 million.
While ‘Rogue One’ continues to dominate the box office, having already grossed over $800 million across the world, one of the biggest bones of contention regarding the film was its lack of an opening crawl. Clearly director Gareth Edwards was quite divided on whether to include it, too, and he’s admitted that he originally wanted ‘Rogue One’ to do so. “At some point, probably like six months before we were filming, we were in a meeting, and they talked about not having an opening crawl, because these are standalone films, not part of the sagas,” Gareth Edwards admitted to Empire.
According to reports from Screen International, it’s made £50.7 million, which would put it ahead of both ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ (£45 million), and the Disney reboot of ‘The Jungle Book’ (£46 million). It’s come to that huge figure after only 17 days on release, which included Christmas Day, when cinemas in the UK are closed. Disney can stick that figure on the pile, as the movie nears $800 million (£630 million) at the global box office.