More information on the future Star Wars movies.
It's starting to feel real now; we get the first glimpse of what to expect from 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' and the Han Solo film according to the creators during Star Wars Celebration Europe in London yesterday (July 17th 2016). Of course, details remain scarce as we have a long time to wait yet.
Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is well on the way to cinemas, but it's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' and the upcoming as-yet-untitled stand-alone Han Solo film that everyone is most excited about. Filming for the former is well under way but the only information we have for Han Solo is who is playing him (Alden Ehrenreich) and who's directing it (Phil Lord and Chris Miller).
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Meet the new 'Star Wars' actor.
Alden Ehrenreich has been selected out of thousands of potential actors to play Han Solo in a forthcoming 'Star Wars' spin-off film featuring the character in his younger days. He'll be taking over from Harrison Ford, who made the role famous and reprised it just recenlty in JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo
This isn't the sequel, however; merely a stand-alone addition to the franchise focusing on Han Solo before he became a part of the Rebel Alliance. Reports have suggested that the film will be called 'Han Solo: A Star Wars Story' and will be set somewhere between 'Episode III' and 'Episode IV'. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are set to direct with Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasden writing the screenplay, and filming is due to start in January 2017.
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Last month, Ehrenreich had been rumoured to be one of three favourites, alongside Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton.
The 26 year old American actor, who recently appeared in the Coen brothers’ comedy Hail, Caesar!, was named last month as one of three main contenders to portray the character popularised by Harrison Ford since the original Star Wars movies, alongside Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor.
Alden Ehrenreich is rumoured to be the outright favourite to play the young Han Solo in new 'Star Wars' spin-off
Continue reading: Alden Ehrenreich Now Outright Favourite To Play Young Han Solo
The shortlist for the next Han Solo has reportedly narrowed, after a search involving more than 2,500 actors.
We could soon find out who will be playing the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie scheduled for release in 2018. After a search that is said to have included more 2,500 actors, The Hollywood Reporter writes that the list is now down to just three names: Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton.
Other names who have been mentioned in connection with the role include, Whiplash and Divergent star Miles Teller, The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, who also appears in the Divergent movies and Emory Cohen, who starred in Brooklyn.
But let’s take a closer look at the rumoured top three contenders...
An intelligent ode to a time when Hollywood made wildly inventive movies without pressure from focus groups, there's a serious edge to what superficially looks like a madcap comical romp. But this isn't one of Joel and Ethan Coen's nutty comedies. It's a pointed exploration of the collision between art and commerce, assembled as a sprawlingly entertaining ensemble movie packed with lively, often hilarious characters.
It's set over 24 hours at Capitol Pictures in 1951 as studio minder Eddie (Josh Brolin) tries to keep several movies in production despite a series of hitches, while twin gossip columnists (two Tilda Swintons) try to get a scoop. Top movie star Baird (George Clooney) has been kidnapped by communist writers from the set of his Roman epic. Water-ballet diva DeeAnna (Scarlett Johansson) is pregnant and unapologetically unmarried. And rising-star Hobie (Alden Ehrenreich) is struggling to make the transition from Western action hero to chamber room drama, clashing with his demanding new director Laurence (Ralph Fiennes). Meanwhile, song-and-dance man Burt (Channing Tatum) is up to something on the set of his sailor musical. With all of this, Eddie begins to think that maybe he should take the offer of a job outside the film industry.
As the movie darts between these various productions, the Coens gleefully reinvent this series of genres that have essentially died out. Yes, the film is a pointed depiction of how Hollywood used to make a wide array of movies for much broader audiences. Each sequence is written and directed with witty details that perfectly catch the way the chaos of a film set can be transformed into a glamorous motion picture in time for the starry red-carpet premiere. And the entire cast rises to the challenge. Clooney is terrific as the dim-witted star who hasn't a clue what's happening around him. Ehrenreich shows real charm as a smart kid struggling in an insane situation. Brolin holds things together in a surprisingly sympathetic role, while Swinton, Johansson and Fiennes add plenty of spark, and the film is stolen by Frances McDormand as a spiky film editor.
Continue reading: Hail, Caesar! Review
Tilda Swinton, George Clooney , Alden Ehrenreich - 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Hail, Caesar - Photocall at Grand Hyatt Hotel - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 11th February 2016
Alden Ehrenreich - World premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood - Arrivals at Regency Village Theatre - Westwood, California, United States - Monday 1st February 2016
Ever since his wonderful appearance in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, we've been waiting for Ralph Fiennes to take up a similar role that shows a completely different side to the actor, now it looks like the Coen Brothers have given the actor such a role. Laurence Lorenz is an eccentric film director who finds himself caught up in a fiasco when Hollywood superstar Baird Whitlock is kidnapped.
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Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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Part documentary and part film essay, this movie mixes fact and fiction to explore the concept of the teenager, which didn't exist before World War II. It's fascinating to learn how the idea emerged, and how understanding it has fundamentally changed society. But the film remains resolutely superficial in its approach to history, only briefly dipping beneath the surface right at the very end.
Up until the early 20th century, Western society was made up of adults and children, with nothing in between. But child labour laws changed that, giving young people a taste of freedom and responsibility that became even more important during two world wars and the Great Depression. Rebellious attitudes surged in swing music, and even though adults balked at the idea of giving teens any real independence, the New York Times made it official in 1945 with the publication of a Teen-age Bill of Rights.
All of this is informative and interesting, but filmmaker Wolf interweaves the archival movies with footage he has created in a vintage style. And we can tell something isn't quite right: the character profiles are clearly fictionalised, which makes us wonder how much of the movie we can believe. It certainly doesn't help that these fake young people are token figures: a partying British socialite, a young black American, a member of the Hitler Youth. No matter how much they tell us about the times and places, they remain purely artificial creations.
Continue reading: Teenage Review
Jasmine is an aristocratic New York housewife whose luxurious lifestyle and marriage to the wealthy Hal has been snatched away from her leaving her with quite literally nothing but the clothes on her back. She is forced to fly to San Francisco to move in with her sister Ginger whose apartment is well below her usual standards, as is her boyfriend Chili who is equally as resentful of Jasmine. It doesn't take long before Jasmine starts to plummet emotionally and mentally and only just manages to keep herself sane with several handfuls of anti-depressants a day. In a bid to get her life back on track, she takes a job as a dental receptionist while pursuing a career in interior design. Suffering from a serious breakdown, things are looking dark for Jasmine's future, but do things begin to look up when she meets the sophisticated Dwight?
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You could argue that this film is all lurid style over substance, but there's actually a lot going on behind the stunningly gorgeous imagery. Korean director Park (Oldboy) beings his lavish visual approach to this Hitchcockian story about a family infiltrated by a predator. Packed with references to iconic movies and books, the film is heightened and deranged, and its intense moodiness gets under the skin.
It centres on 18-year-old India Stoker (Wasikowska), distraught after the death of her beloved father (Mulroney). Without him to soften her, she's also even angrier than usual at her needy mother Evie (Kidman). Then the charming, handsome Uncle Charlie (Goode) turns up at the funeral and moves in to help them grieve. Actually he seems to be trying to seduce Evie, who is flattered by his attention. But the housekeeper (Somerville) and an auntie (Weaver) don't stick around long enough to see what's really going on, and it becomes clear that Charlie actually has his sights set on India.
Both the script and the direction continually echo familiar literary and cinematic icons, from the family's name to the Shakespearean family plot to the prowling interloper (see Robert Mitchum in the 1950s classic The Night of the Hunter). Director Park's camera prowls through the house like a ghost, catching tiny details in every lushly designed scene while finding all kinds of shadings in the performances. Wasikowska is terrific as the sensitive, rather cruel young woman at the centre of the storm, while Kidman steals her scenes with a haunted, conflicted performance. Between them, Goode is almost painfully seductive. And clearly dangerous.
Continue reading: Stoker Review
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