Lord and Miller Out on Han Solo Film

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Some shocking news tonight as The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are out on the production of the standalone Han Solo film. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy referred to Lord and Miller as “talented filmmakers” and stated that they’ve “assembled an impressive cast and crew,” but apparently the two of them had some “different creative visions” for the Han Solo film.

However, Variety paints a different picture after speaking with an unnamed source close to the production and claiming that Kennedy wasn’t a fan of the filmmakers style of shooting, or their way of interacting with the cast and crew. With that in mind, they’re stating that Lord and Miller were fired by Lucasfilm, and a new director will be named “soon.” We’ll keep you posted on updates to the Han Solo film.

NOTE: The logo above is not official, but if Disney/Lucasfilm is interested. You know where to find me. 😉

UPDATE: Ron Howard has been confirmed as the new director for the Han Solo spin-off film!

 

Star Trek: Discovery Dated

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After years of work and waiting, the next Star Trek television show has finally been given a premiere date. CBS has announced that the first eight episodes of the 15-episode first season will premiere between September 24, and November 5. Where the rest of the episodes will premiere in January 2018.

It’s been a long road to this point, with obstacles in every direction for the classic space-faring franchise. But, it’s good to see a return to form for one of the cornerstones of science fiction.

Oats Labs: Rakka

The first short from Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios was released this morning. Titled Rakka, and broken into three chapters, the story follows a band of the last remnants of humanity after a hostile alien takeover. The aliens are vicious, and overpowering, with the ability to take control of a person’s psych with a single look.

It’s a fantastic short film, and being the first in a volume of many, there are obviously questions that still need quite a few answers. Check it out above, and let me know what your thoughts are!

Trailer for Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios

Neil Blomkamp has released a mysterious trailer for his new project: Oats Studios. The film is the first in a series of short film compilations that spotlight various stories after an alien invasion. Genre regulars Dakota Fanning, and Sigourney Weaver are both shown, along with Blomkamp’s trademark incredible creature and prop design.

There’s currently no release date for any of the films, but they will potentially be releasing on YouTube, with many of the visual effects assets and more features to be released alongside the films on Steam.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Final Trailer

One of my most anticipated new films, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has released its final trailer, and managed to one-up itself once again with even more visual spectacle. The fact that the trailer is set to a beautiful orchestral version of what sounds like Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” just makes it even more amazing.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is from director Luc Besson, and will hit theaters July 21, 2017.

Star Wars Vanity Fair Covers

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For each Star Wars film, dating back to Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Vanity Fair does an exclusive photo-shoot, revealing images and new details for the film first. They’re always a fantastic affair, and the new reveals for Rian Johnson’s Episode IX: The Last Jedi are beautiful beyond compare.

The four covers can be seen after the jump. The first shows the light side of the Force, with Luke and Rey. The second, spotlights The First Order, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux. The third, shows the Alliance, with Poe Dameron, Finn, and new character Rose Tico. The last, by way of tribute, shows the always radiant Carrie Fisher as Princess General Leia.

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Ph LEVEL Review: BLAME!

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One of the most inspiring, yet oft-forgotten manga phenomenon of years past, was an inventive series by writer/artist Tsutomu Nihei, known as BLAME! (pronounced blam). The series is a one-of-a-kind exploration thriller in a dystopian world, where an intelligent city has taken control of its own fate, and for thousands of years had already expanded into the cosmos, building itself higher and higher. It’s a lonely story, following the journey of a mysterious man named Killy, on his search for the Net Terminal Gene, in order to take back control of the city.

In order to keep order and peace in the city, it built the Safeguards, in an attempt to extinguish human life within itself. Humans, as they are prone to do, adapted to survive, with small villages finding haven throughout the city, unaware of each other’s existence. It’s an intensely original premise, with fantastic art to anchor it all. With that in mind, was this feature film able to capture the spirit of the original work? Hit the jump to find out.

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First Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery

Holy… this is so awesome. CBS has finally made available the first trailer for All Access Exclusive Star Trek: Discovery, and it is absolutely gorgeous. The first new Star Trek television series in 13 years, we get a look at the new ships, new uniforms, new aliens, and new crew, as well as a complete re-design for the Klingon people, which looks incredible.

The Star Trek: Discovery cast  includes Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as chief medical officer Nambue,  James Frain as Sarek, astrophysicist and father of Spock, and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.

Blade Runner 2049 Gets New Trailer

The first full trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has also hit on a busy news day today. The trailer gives us a lot more to work with as far as plot goes, and we see glimpses of many of the new characters and the larger cast at hand. It’s an action-packed trailer that does a good job of reintroducing us to the cyberpunk world of Blade Runner.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Edge of Tomorrow Sequel Confirmed

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One of the most underrated genre films of the last few years is the shockingly fantastic Tom Cruise-vehicle that doesn’t feel like a Tom Cruise-vehicle, Edge of Tomorrow. Based on a Japanese manga titled All You Need Is Kill, and directed by the wonderful Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow balanced an insane story with great performances and visuals. Everyone brought their A-Game for this film, and it showed.

Now, Liman has confirmed that the film has a title: Live Die Repeat and Repeat. The title is based on the promotion for the film that lead up to its home release, where the full title was changed to Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. We also have word that both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt have signed on to reprise their roles. The film is set to be both a prequel, and sequel, taking advantage of the film’s time-travel tools to craft an original and mind-bending story.

Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is Dead?

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What is sure (hopefully) to be the saddest news this week, Ridley Scott has went on record as saying that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, set in the continuity after Aliens, is essentially dead. After Blomkamp posted some concept art of the project on Instagram, it single-handedly revived interest in the Alien franchise after the disaster that was Prometheus. Now, Ridley Scott has stepped back into the picture and ripped the franchise from his younger counterpart with Alien: Covenant.

I think it will never see the light. There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of 10 pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant. – Ridley Scott

Blomkamp is a visionary in Sci-Fi right now, with the creativity and originality just oozing from his films. You can see his passion for every project plainly on the screen, and I was very much looking forward to his vision for an Alien film. He absolutely would have knocked it out of the park, but it sadly looks like Scott just won’t step away, and has most likely pulled a power play with the studio on this one. That’s my thought, at least…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

The 40th Anniversary of Star Wars is still in full swing at the Disney Star Wars Celebration at Walt Disney World, and… welp. In an expected, but still amazing reveal, director Rian Johnson unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Star Wars [Episode VIII]: The Last Jedi.

The trailer is incredibly gorgeous, and shows several shots of the island we left Rey on at the end of The Force Awakens, as well as Luke Skywalker, a destroyed Kylo Ren helmet, and several flashes of where our characters are, now. Finn is shown possibly still unconscious from the damage at the hands of Kylo Ren, but in some sort of stasis pod, perhaps? Poe is in some serious trouble, in an exploding hangar, and the Force is still being as mysterious as ever. All in all, this is a fucking incredible first trailer for the most anticipated movie of the year, for us all.

Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell has been one of the most divisive films of at least the last decade, if not further. It’s been a modern-day masterpiece of cyberpunk marketing and vision. Partnerships with bionics companies, and hacking competitions. Tech demos of much of the “concept” tech used in the film, that is actually being developed in our reality. It’s been an incredible ride, that has been completely overshadowed by a continuing plague across Hollywood: whitewashing.

Ever since the initial casting of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi, known simply as the Major in this film, occurred, the people of the world have been up in arms. Another case of Hollywood taking a Japanese property, with what many believe to be Japanese characters, and replacing them with white actors. Truthfully, I grew up with Ghost in the Shell. Watching the film on HBO at 2am when I was 13 years old felt dangerous, and that world was so new to me, it was breathtaking. So, when the casting news dropped, I was disappointed. But then I began to think, and I re-watched the original film, and it occurred to me that many of the characters that are predominantly Japanese are portrayed that way in the film.

Hit the fold to see my spoiler-filled review of the film, and my thoughts on the casting, characters, and updates to the story for the film.

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