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  1. 22 Things You Never Knew About 'Blade Runner'

    Given how vastly influential "Blade Runner" has been over the 35 years since its release (on June 25, 1982), it's hard to remember that the movie wasn't a hit. Neither critics nor audiences were certain what to make of Ridley Scott's visionary adaptation of a mind-bending Philip K. Dick novel; nor were they used to seeing Harrison Ford get his ass kicked.

    Still, "Blade Runner" was a milestone, one that created the template for how movies would visually depict the urban future, introduced Dick's brain-twisting storytelling to movie audiences (making possible the likes of "Total Recall" and "Minority Report"), and offered early career boosts to such actors as Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, and Edward James Olmos. Now, with a sequel on the horizon (October's "Blade Runner 2049"), it's worth going back to learn how Scott, Ford, and the rest of the "Blade Runner" team overcame personal differences and pre-CGI effects challenges to create a lasting vision of the future.
    1. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" drew Hollywood interest when it was published in 1968. At one time, Martin Scorsese hoped to direct it. It would take 14 years before Dick would see a screenplay that didn't make him want to punch the screenwriter in the face.

    2. Hampton Fancher, who wrote a Dick-approved script, got the title from William S. Burroughs' book "Blade Runner: A Movie," an adaptation of Alan E. Nourse's novel "The Bladerunner." Neither book had anything to do with Dick's story, but Ridley Scott liked the name so much he optioned the film rights just to keep the title.
    3. Scott had already turned down the project once; instead, the "Alien" director had been developing a version of Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic "Dune." When that fell through, he returned to "Blade Runner."

    4. Harrison Ford wasn't the first or second choice to play replicant-hunting detective Rick Deckard. Initially, Fancher wrote the part with Hollywood legend and film noir veteran Robert Mitchum in mind. Scott spent months meeting with Dustin Hoffman, but the actor ultimately declined.
    5. Many other stars were on the short list, including Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (who'd eventually play the lead in the Dick-derived "Total Recall"). Ford got the part on the recommendation of Steven Spielberg, who'd just finished directing him in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

    6. The movie's striking visuals, which have influenced so many movies made since, drew inspiration in turn from Fritz Lang's silent classic "Metropolis" (another futuristic nightmare where the wealthy live in towers while the workers live below), French comic-book artist Moebius, and "Nighthawks" painter Edward Hopper.
    7. For antagonist Roy Batty, Scott cast Rutger Hauer without ever having met him; he simply knew he wanted the Dutch actor after having seen him in several Paul Verhoeven movies.

    8. The eerie, atmospheric, layered, neon-lit look of the film was created in-camera, using a technique called multipass exposures. A scene would be shot with the camera guided by a computer; then the film would be rewound and re-exposed as the computer guided the camera along an identical path, but with new lighting or new visual elements introduced. Some scenes used as many as 16 passes.
    9. Ford and Scott have both acknowledged that they clashed often on set. Scott has chalked this up to his own inexperience as a feature film director ("Blade Runner" was his third movie), dealing with a leading man who was a 15-year Hollywood veteran with several landmark movies on his résumé. For his part, Ford grumbled about having to shoot 50 straight nights in the rain.

    10. What really irked Ford, though, was recording the voiceover narration, which was forced on the filmmakers by panicky producers after test-screening audiences found the movie confusing.
    11. Ford thought the voiceover dialogue, meant to evoke the classic film noir movies that had been inspirations for "Blade Runner," dumbed down the film, and he called recording the narration a "f***ing nightmare."

    12. Dick was just 53 when he died of a stroke in March 1982, three months before the first film based on his work was released. But he got to see about 20 minutes of "Blade Runner" and praised the sets, effects, and Hauer's appearance as exactly what he'd had in mind.
    13. Today, the "spinners," the flying cars (above), would probably be created digitally, but for "Blade Runner," Scott's production crew built life-size spinners that weighed several tons each. To simulate flight, they were hoisted by cranes. The constant rain effects helped hide the cables.

    14. If the footage at the very end of the movie, with its helicopter shots of an idyllic countryside, look familiar, that's because they're leftover second-unit footage from "The Shining," which Scott obtained from Stanley Kubrick.
    15. Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. picked June 25 as the release date for "Blade Runner" because the 25th of the month had proved lucky at the box office for two of his previous sci-fi releases, "Star Wars" and "Alien."

    16. "Blade Runner" cost at least $23 million to make; some sources say $28 million. It made back just $27.6 million in North America.
    Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar17. The release date turned out to be not so lucky after all, since it came at the tail of a month-long sci-fi glut that included "The Road Warrior," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," and "The Thing."

    18. The Academy nominated "Blade Runner" for two Oscars, for art direction and visual effects. Incredibly, it lost both, the former to "Gandhi," the latter to "E.T."
    19. There have been at least seven different cuts of "Blade Runner" put forth before the public over the years. The three best known versions start with the initial domestic cut, with the voiceovers and countryside ending. Then there was the 1992 "Director's Cut," with the voiceover and countryside footage removed, for a more ambiguous telling of the story. Despite the name, however, Scott has said his involvement in this release was minimal. He eventually oversaw a fully restored print of the film cut to his liking, the 2007 "Final Cut," which includes some violent scenes previously shown only to international audiences, as well as the full-length unicorn dream sequence that suggests Gaff (Olmos) believes Deckard to be a replicant.

    20. The Domestic Cut and Director's Cut left it up to the viewer to decide whether Deckard was himself a replicant or a natural-born human. Ford himself believed Deckard to be human, but in 2007, Scott said he'd always considered Deckard to be a replicant.
    21. In a 2001 online chat with fans, Hauer called "Blade Runner" his favorite among his own films. As he put it, "'Blade Runner' needs no explanation. It just IZZ. All of the best. There is nothing like it. To be part of a real MASTERPIECE which changed the world's thinking. It's awesome."

    22. Scott and Fancher spent years trying to develop a sequel or prequel to "Blade Runner." After several abortive attempts, we're finally getting one this October. Directed by "Arrival's" Denis Villeneuve, "Blade Runner 2049" will be set 30 years later, with Ryan Gosling in the lead role and an appearance by Ford.

  2. Mark Ruffalo & Robert Downey Jr. Bond in New 'Infinity War' Set Selfie

    US-ENTERTAINMENT-BAFTA LOS ANGELES JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS-ARRIVThor better watch his back, 'cause his "friend from work" The Hulk has been spending a lot of time with Iron Man.

    The other day, Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) shared a bonding photo with fellow "Avengers: Infinity War" #sciencebros Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong, from "Doctor Strange"), and Ruffalo (The Hulk/Bruce Banner).

    Ruffalo reposted that photo, writing, "Doing normal things with my not so normal Avengers brothers! This is not a La Croix ad." He followed up by sharing a new "Science Bros" photo with RDJ for National Selfie Day. Unlike the drinks photo, this one was clearly taken in the Atlanta studio -- complete with blue screen for later visual effects work:

    #nationalselfie day. Science Bros Style. With the inimitable @robertdowneyjr

    A post shared by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on

    Ruffalo will next be seen in "Thor: Ragnarok," and the trailer showed that Chris Hemsworth's god is at least initially glad to see Hulk, his "friend from work" as a fellow Avenger. Hemsworth's hilarious recent Instagram video -- where he topples various Avengers action figures and mocks Captain America as an idiot -- spares The Hulk because "we're now mates."

    But Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are the OG science bros (and the actors both starred together in David Fincher's "Zodiac" before becoming Avengers.) It looks like the characters will be spending even more time together in "Infinity War," which opens May 4, 2018 and stars everyone -- seriously, everyone -- in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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  3. Jason Momoa & Peter Dinklage Had the Most Badass 'Game of Thrones' Reunion

    Tyrion Lannister and Khal Drogo probably would've had this much fun together, if they had ever met on "Game of Thrones." Instead, actor Jason Momoa left after Season 1, and he's now part of the DCEU as Aquaman, while Peter Dinklage prepares for his seventh season of Tyrion one-liners. But their GoT characters are both Team Dany, and the stars are clearly buds in real life. They're also big Guns N' Roses fans, and it looks like they bonded with the band and friends at a recent London concert.

    Here's how Momoa captioned the first photo below:

    "LEGEND. SLASH. @slash @dannyminnick the adventures of me and Pete #gnrforlife #f*ckingslash aloha j"

    OK, now we demand a GoT spinoff following "the adventures of Jason and Pete," traveling to concerts around the world. HBO, get steppin'.

    Here's that photo, and more from the wild lads:

    A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on

    A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on

    A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on


    FYI, according to Screen Rant, it looks like Jason Momoa is done with his "Justice League" reshoots, and may be heading back for more on "Aquaman." That's based on this Instagram from Danny Minnick:
    "Justice League" opens November 17. "Aquaman" is scheduled for release December 21, 2018. "Game of Thrones" Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO. You should also check out the first photo from Dinklage's upcoming movie with Jamie Dornan.

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  4. John Cho Explores Love and Loss in 'Columbus' Trailer

    That #StarringJohnCho meme from last year highlighted what a great leading man John Cho can make. And he has the opportunity to prove it on screen in "Columbus."

    The Sundance darling has its first trailer, which sends Cho's Jin to the titular Indiana town when his father, an architect, falls ill. He meets an architecture lover (Haley Lu Richardson) who helps him explore the town's unique and stunning structures (which are real!). The end up bonding over their difficult relationships with his dad and her addict mom.

    He's stuck in limbo, waiting for his dad to either die or recover, and she's drifting, avoiding talk of college and the future.

    It's a beautiful movie, judging by the trailer, from a first-time Korean director known as Kogonada, a former Criterion video essayist, and cinematographer Elisha Christian.

    "Columbus" also stars Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes and opens in theaters August 4.

  5. 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' to Introduce Dazzler — Is Taylor Swift Playing Her?

    Will Taylor Swift dazzle us all in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"?

    The character of Dazzler will appear in the next "X-Men" movie, according to Entertainment Weekly. The mutant pop star can convert sound into light and energy beams, and her existence was teased by Sophie Turner while promoting "X-Men: Apocalypse."

    Turner, who plays Jean Grey (who will turn into the Dark Phoenix in the upcoming film), posted an image from a deleted scene that depicts Dazzler's latest album:

    #FBF that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer's album (pre 1989, of course) pic.twitter.com/BherKQbE4Z

    — Sophie Turner (@SophieT) April 29, 2016

    Note the reference to Swift's album "1989." Around the same time, "Apocalypse" writer (and "Dark Phoenix director) Simon Kinberg posted an image of himself, Turner, and James McAvoy with Swift at one of her concerts.

    So, naturally, speculation arose that Swift might make a cameo as Dazzler. But EW says the role is a small one and that there is no plan to cast the singer.

    Guess we'll just have to shake it off.

  6. Alden Ehrenreich Reportedly the First to 'Voice Concerns' About Direction of Han Solo Movie

    Alden EhrenreichIf you're looking for someone to blame in the ousting of original Han Solo movie directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it's not just producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

    That is, according to new reports that the original person to voice concerns about the direction and tone of the film was none other than lead actor Alden Ehrenreich, who's taking his duties as young Han Solo very seriously.

    According to StarWarsnewsnet, "Ehrenreich had concerns with the production as filming progressed. He started to worry that Lord & Miller's screwball comedy angle was starting to interfere with what the character of Han Solo is really about –- even if this was a younger, more reckless take on the character than the one we met in that cantina on Tatooine. One source described it as being oddly comparable to Jim Carrey's performance in 'Ace Ventura' at times. Ehrenreich let his concerns be known to one of the producers, who then told Kennedy about it, which led to her decision to look over the existing footage."

    Apparently, old guard "Star Wars" figures Kennedy and Kasdan "really, really like Ehrenreich's take on Han," but objected to some of the scenes as being too "zany."

    Lord and Miller have yet to publicly comment on the whole situation, but a telling tweet from Lord might indicate when things started to get tense on set as, we assume, the directing duo was asked to tone things down.

    What's so great about being reasonable

    — philip lord (@philiplord) May 9, 2017

    As you may have heard, the much-less zany Ron Howard is now taking over directing duties.

    When talking about his original audition for the role, Ehrenreich (who was hired after Lord and Miller) told Interview," I had an audition process that went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film. Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far..."

    As far as playing Han Solo, he said it was a dream come true: "I remember pretending to be the characters in the movies when I was a little kid. The last three movies I've done, I played a cowboy, then I played a soldier, and now I play Han Solo. So the little kid in me is having a real joyride."

    Earlier this month, Donald Glover, who plays Lando Calrissian, seemed to be enjoying the artistic freedom on the set, saying, "This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever. For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it's actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play him in a way that I think is honest and true and cool."

    Despite the shake-up, the movie still has a release date of May 25, 2018.

  7. Ron Howard is 'Beyond Grateful to Add My Voice to the Star Wars Universe'

    Ron HowardAfter the official announcement that Ron Howard is taking over directing duties on the Han Solo movie, the "Apollo 13" director tweeted that he's always been a big "Star Wars" fan and that he's "beyond grateful" to be working in the "Star Wars" universe.

    He also said (very graciously) that he hopes to add to the "great work" already done by just-fired co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

    I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

    — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

    I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

    — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

    In speaking at the Cannes Lions fest, Howard elaborated on the prestigious new gig, joking that it was a "little opportunity that came my way."

    Deadline reports that he was among the first to hear about George Lucas's groundbreaking movie while on the set of "American Graffiti." (As everyone has pointed out, a movie that costarred the future Han Solo, Harrison Ford.)

    "I've been around the 'Star Wars' universe from the beginning," Howard told the crowd, saying he asked Lucas in 1972 on the "American Graffiti" set, "'Do you know what you think your next film might be?' And he said, 'Yeah, I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like 'Flash Gordon' with the effects of Stanley Kubrick's '2001.' I thought, 'That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.'"

    He and his wife Cheryl saw "Star Wars" the day it opened, saying they were "so moved by the movie. It was all the things you dream you're going to experience in the movies." He added that despite standing in line for two hours to see it, they immediately got back in line and waited another 90 minutes to see it again.

    "So many people involved with the 'Star Wars' franchise are friends, so it's gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe — coming in when it's already been in production and there is a great amount of work done," Howard said.

    For what it's worth, neither Lord nor Miller have tweeted anything since the news broke.

  8. Johnny Depp Gets Secret Service Attention for Assassination Joke

    Johnny DeppJohnny Depp knew a joke about assassination was going to be "horrible" and "in the press," then went ahead and made the joke anyway.

    At the Glastonbury Fest in the UK, where Depp was introducing his 2004 movie "The Libertine," he addressed the crowd asking, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?" Of course, the answer to that is "John Wilkes Booth, 1865," but since Depp was already trashing Trump to the crowd, it's clear he wasn't talking about Abraham Lincoln.

    And it's not just Twitter reacting to what he said: The Secret Service is aware of Depp's comments. Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN. "For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities," a statement from the Secret Service reads.

    Depp, who's made headlines in the last year for his financial troubles and messy divorce, first brought up Trump to the crowd, asking, "Can we bring Trump here?"

    The crowd booed and yelled," No!"

    Depp added, "I think he needs help.... This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible," he said. He paused briefly and said, "But I like that you're all a part of it."

    He then went on to ask, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?" The remark was met with cheers and whistles.

    Depp then said, "I want to clarify. I'm not an actor. I lie for a living." (Last year, Depp played Trump in a "Funny or Die" spoof called "Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie.")

    Depp (or his publicist) has yet to comment on the whole thing.

    Of course, he's hardly the first celeb to public knock Trump, but, like Kathy Griffin, he's now got the attention of the Secret Service.

  9. Who's Getting Stars on the Walk of Fame? Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Hamill, and Snoop Dogg

    Jennifer LawrenceThe Hollywood Chamber of Commerce just announced who's getting stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. Among the list: Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Hamill, Snoop Dogg, Zoe Saldana and Minnie Mouse!

    It's hard to believe some of these people don't already have stars, but they've now just got one more year to wait. A few awards are being handed out posthumously, including "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who died in 2006 after a stingray attack; and comedian Bernie Mac, who passed away in 2008 of complications from pneumonia.

    Two major TV creators are being honored as well: Shonda Rhimes, who created "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," and "Scandal"; and Ryan Murphy, who's given us "American Horror Story," "Glee," "American Crime Story" and "Nip/Tuck"

    Among the older generation being honored for the first time are 84-year-old British singer-actress Petula Clark; Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who's now 89; and French singer Charles Aznavour, who's 93.

    There's also the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter; and former Sex Pistol guitarist, Steve Jones, who hosts the L.A.-based radio show Jonesy's Jukebox.

    Congrats to the whole class of 2018!

    MOTION PICTURES
    Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana

    TELEVISION
    Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes and posthumously Steve Irwin.

    MUSIC
    Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

    RADIO
    Steve Jones

    LIVE THEATER / PERFORMANCE
    Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda and posthumously Bernie Mac.

    Dates for the ceremonies have not been scheduled yet.

    [Via ABC7.com]

  10. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Al Yankovic Had the Best Reaction to Walk of Fame News

    What are the odds? Lin-Manuel Miranda and Al Yankovic were having lunch together when they both learned they'll be getting stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

    They both shared happy-surprised photos to Twitter and Miranda updated his Twitter banner picture to this delightful photo.

    I was hanging out with THIS guy when we both found out. Coincidentally, he's getting one this year too!! @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/qjwaULfTny

    — Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 22, 2017

    The craziest part of all this was I WAS HAVING LUNCH WITH @alyankovic WHEN SOMEONE TOLD US WE'D BOTH BE GETTING STARS. FOR REAL. pic.twitter.com/z3L8PvYNyW

    — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 22, 2017

    Congrats, guys! Miranda will be getting his star for "Live Theater/Performance" and Yankovic for Music.

    Here's the whole list of who's getting Walk of Fame stars in 2018.

  11. 'The House' Unscripted Live

    What's better than two comedic giants answering your questions -- and making up a few of their own? Doing it live!

    "The House" stars Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell hit the stage in Moviefone's first ever Unscripted Live, where no topic is off the table, including illegal bird sales, fan lunches for one, and Harry Potter sorting hat results. #TeamRavenclaw

    "The House," starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, and Jessie Ennis, hits theaters June 30th.

  12. Freeform Abandons 'Greek' Reunion Movie Plans: Report

    ABC Family's 'Greek' - Season FourAlas, the holiday gift "Greek" fans were hoping for is not coming -- at least not courtesy of Freeform.

    The network announced in 2016 it was developing a two-hour holiday movie that would pick up five years after the events of the ABC Family series' finale. Now, however, those plans have been scrapped, according to TVLine. While Freeform opted not to reveal why it dropped the project, "Greek" creator Sean Smith told TVLine it was a money issue.

    The series ran on ABC Family (now known as Freeform) from 2007 to 2011, centering on sorority and fraternity life at the fictional Cyrus-Rhodes University. The show ended with several of the characters graduating, so a reunion would have been a perfect place to pick up. Fans would have gotten to see the gang return to campus, plus had a chance to find out where their lives took them after college.

    With this new development, our hopes of seeing the Cyprus-Rhodes crew at their five-year reunion have certainly taken a hit, but they haven't been completely dashed. Smith and his fellow executive producers Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan reportedly plan to shop the mini-revival around. We're crossing our fingers that we'll get to see Casey (Spencer Grammer), Cappie (Scott Michael Foster), Rusty (Jacob Zachar), and co. together again yet.

    [via: TVLine]

  13. Netflix's 'To the Bone' Trailer Launches Fan Debate on 'Glamorizing Anorexia'

    Netflix's new trailer for "To the Bone" has earned more 1 million views, but also fears that it might be the new "13 Reasons Why" when it comes to triggering vulnerable viewers.

    "To the Bone" was written and directed by Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "unREAL") and stars Lily Collins as a young woman with anorexia nervosa. According to the synopsis, her character Ellen "spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor."

    The film also stars Keanu Reeves as her doctor, Carrie Preston as her stepmother, and Lilly Taylor as her mother.

    On one side, fans think this is a great opportunity to address eating disorders and mental illness, taboo topics that don't get a lot of play in well-watched forums, showing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. On the other side, fans are worried that this will further glamorize being skinny, triggering people with eating disorders, and just end up used as "thinspo" -- thin inspiration -- when that's not exactly the objective.

    Netflix's 'to the bone' is just a massive trigger to anyone with mental health problems or any form of eating disorder, it is not helpful

    — morgan (@mxrganmc) June 20, 2017

    u can already tell to the bone is gonna be another show romanticising mental illness and be dangerous for those who have eating disorders

    — lana 🌹 (@alanna_samuel) June 20, 2017

    i really wanna talk down on to the bone, but honestly, lily collins looks so freaking good in it, i'm just using it as thinspo 🙄

    — 84lbs (@skinnyminiix) June 20, 2017

    To the bone is great, I mean there is an "happy ending" in a movie about anorexia, and I feel it's very important BC THERE IS A WAY THROUGH

    — ma(zo)ya 17 🏳️‍🌈 (@khalhennig) June 20, 2017

    not at y'all getting fake mad over to the bone like it's another 13rw situation at this point y'all just want to be angry about something

    — electra (@biselinakyle) June 20, 2017

    I will be extremely disappointed if Netflix doesn't provide proper trigger warnings and resources for viewers of "To The Bone."

    — Gabby Frost (@gabby_frost) June 20, 2017

    To The Bone was written by a woman who was anorexic & stars Lily Collins who overcame ED. This is NOT a 13rw case. pic.twitter.com/EKoEY9iGko

    — Ariel (@fIoraIprints) June 20, 2017

    Hoping "To The Bone" will be eye opening and helpful rather than triggering and glamourising anorexia

    — ells (@EllaChaston) June 21, 2017

    before y'all go off about to the bone maybe do your research it's written and directed by someone who had an eating disorder

    — n | was rhaegardied (@JEONSBEGlN) June 20, 2017

    IF U HAVE ANY TRIGGERS ATTACHED TO FOOD/ED DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE NETFLIX SERIES "TO THE BONE"

    — jenni (@Jenn1Monahan) June 20, 2017

    people with no mental illness: we need mental illness rep!!!
    to the bone: hello
    people: omg ur glorifying mental illness get out

    — heroin chic (@raskolnovich) June 20, 2017

    i can see what netflix are trying to do with To The Bone but i can see it causing more harm than good

    — nic (@circasIaves) June 20, 2017

    Netflix picked up "To the Bone" after its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It will be available for streaming on July 14.

    [via: Buzzfeed]

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  14. The 'Jurassic World' Sequel Now Has a Title, and an Official Poster

    We can now stop calling "Jurassic World 2" by that name, 'cause it is officially titled ... hold on to your butts ... "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

    Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment announced the news along with a new teaser one-sheet poster:Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom poster"Fallen Kingdom" is being directed by J.A. Bayona, starring "Jurassic World" leads Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, plus OG "Jurassic Park" scene-stealer Jeff Goldblum, and Justice Jesse Smith, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, and Rafe Spall.

    Back in September 2016, Colin Trevorrow, who directed "Jurassic World" and co-wrote the sequel, told Jurassic Outpost that the second movie "will be more suspenseful and scary. It's just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set."

    Trevorrow teased that "Jurassic World 2" was "built upon the concepts and stories that [Michael] Crichton created with the novels," including the real-world theme "a mistake made a long time ago just can't be undone. You can't put it back into the box." Jurassic Outpost further teased, "Jurassic World 2 is about our relationship with animals, and how we share the planet with other living things. There's mention of militarization in the sequel, but there's also mention of open source and humans living along dinosaurs – [Trevorrow] favors the latter for the sequels story."

    Another thing we know is that Chris Pratt had to go on a serious diet to get fit for his return as Owen Grady.

    "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" opens June 22, 2018.

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  15. Ron Howard Officially Named New Director of Han Solo Movie After That Whole Mess

    National Geographic's Premiere Screening Of 'Genius' In London - ScreeningThe Han Solo movie that Lucasfilm still can't be bothered to title will soon resume filming with a new director: Ron Howard, who starred in George Lucas's first hit film, 1973's "American Graffiti," just before that director created the "Star Wars" galaxy.

    Two days ago the "Star Wars" studio surprised everyone by revealing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were leaving the Han Solo movie after months of filming, with only three weeks reported to be left to the shoot. The next day, rumors started coming out about what went wrong -- clashes between the directors and the producer and writer -- and Ron Howard's name was put forth by Deadline as the frontrunner to step in.

    Well, they were right, even if it seems like they went from the bold choice of Lord and Miller to the safe -- if very acclaimed, and professional -- choice of Ron Howard.

    Here's the statement shared to official site StarWars.com:

    Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.

    "At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July."

    Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm's Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas' American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

    The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

    Sounds like everything is moving forward with the same cast and crew and script, and they are keeping the next May release date ... so how much change will really be happening? Are they starting over, or just passing the ball to Ron Howard to take them over the finish line?

    The Hollywood Reporter may have answers on that; as they wrote, shortly before the Ron Howard news was made official:

    Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs."

    Fans are offering their own thoughts on the matter, as usual, getting Ron Howard trending on Twitter:

    @mikefreemanNFL Ron Howard taking over the new Han Solo movie. Wonder if the phone call started with "Help me Opie Wan, you're my only hope"

    — bu11dog (@bu11dog) June 22, 2017

    Ron Howard is now directing the Han Solo film

    NARRATOR: He had a bad feeling about this.

    — Jack Tinker (@jacktink) June 22, 2017

    Ron Howard stars in George Lucas's first hit film. 44 yrs later he's directing a prequel to George's opus. The circle is complete. #hansolo

    — Entertainment Tech (@HowellFPACVideo) June 22, 2017

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  16. Actor Who Played Baby Oscar in 'Ghostbusters II' Has Died at Age 29

    What a tragedy, and a second public loss for the Deutschendorf family.

    Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf was the nephew of the late singer John Denver, and he played baby Oscar along with his twin brother William in the 1989 sequel "Ghostbusters II." Hank also suffered from schizoaffective disorder. On June 14, his own twin found him dead in a suicide by hanging at the young age of 29.

    William announced his twin's death in a foundation post titled "Hank's Hope For A Cure: A personal campaign sponsored by Deutschendorf, Shaw, Ranjbaran & Byrd Families."

    Here's the start of the post:

    "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank. On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder.

    Many people do not know much about Hank. Some knew him as Baby Oscar in Ghostbusters 2 or John Denver's nephew. Others knew him as a brother, son, martial artist, teacher, uncle, or friend. What people do not know about Hank was that he suffered from schizoaffective disorder. It is a chronic mental health condition which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He experienced hallucinations, delusions, depression, and mania. It is a very severe mental illness that usually requires a lifetime of treatment. It is not well studied, so the treatment is largely an estimation based on schizophrenia and bipolar treatments.

    Hank was diagnosed in August of 2008. If you knew Hank before his diagnosis, you knew a young man who was upbeat, healthy, witty, kind, outgoing, and was always ready to stand up for people. Medication curbed the delusions but it did not stop the voices. The side effects of the medication took a toll on Hank. He felt like a zombie, lost his personality, gained weight quickly, slept for twelve hours a day, and had to use all of his willpower just to lift his hand to drink a cup of water. My brother was left with a bandaid for a gunshot wound.

    [...] On June 14th, Hank lost his battle to schizophrenia. Our parents will always remember him as a loving son. His family will remember him as someone who was always there when they needed him. His nieces and nephews will remember him as the funnest uncle who was always ready to play. His close friends will remember how he always helped them look for the silver lining. His students will remember him as a mentor, in martial arts and in life. His girlfriend will remember him as someone who made her feel like the most important person in the world. I will remember him as my best friend, my partner, my brother, and the bravest man I have ever known."

    The family encouraged readers to support the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation; head to the drive page for more information.

    Hank recently appeared in the 2017 documentary "Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters." The twins never went into acting after "Ghostbusters II."

    John Denver's birth name was Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., and he died in 1997 at age 53 after crashing a personal experimental aircraft. So you can imagine how distraught Hank's father is to lose his son after losing his brother.

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  17. Honest Trailers Points Out That 'Power Rangers' Is 'The Breakfast Club' With Ninjas

    The Honest Trailers narrator likes "Power Rangers" as much as millennials do.

    Screen Junkies has released its latest Honest Trailers video, and its latest subject is the recent reboot of the '90s teen ninja superhero franchise. There is plenty of the usual mocking, but there is a lot of complimentary commentary as well. In fact, the narrator argues that the film warrants a sequel.

    What Honest Trailers likes so much about the flick is ironically not the action but the emotional stuff. The video highlights the kids' problems and how those and the Rangers' bond are what viewers actually come to care most about.

    "if you loved 'The Breakfast Club' but wished they all turned into ninjas at the end, then this is the movie for you," the narrator says.

    Another shining moment is when the video postulates that adults "just pulled random edgy traits out of a hat" to come up with the teenage characters personalities. Now that we think about it, that actually wouldn't surprise us...

    Watch the video below.

  18. 'Saw 8' Gets New Title: 'Jigsaw'

    "Saw 8," former "Saw: Legacy," has a new title: "Jigsaw."

    Lionsgate confirmed the new title to Bloody Disgusting, and it refers to Tobin Bell's character, who teaches poor souls a lesson by placing them in a series of deadly situations and forcing them to find a way out.

    Jigsaw has been dead several movies back in the horror franchise, but when has that ever stopped the murderous villain? Bell is

    The sequel apparently is set 10 years after Jigsaw's death, with a new round of deaths terrorizing everyone. A synopsis:

    One of the highest grossing Horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer's signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.

    "Jigsaw" as actually the title that original director James Wan had wanted to use for the first movie, so it seems like the movie is going back to its roots. Or perhaps rebooting the entire story — a possibility made more likely by the fact that this is the first installment not to have a numbered title.

    "Jigsaw" opens in theaters October 27.

  19. George Clooney Sells Tequila Company Casamigos for $1 Billion (Yes, BILLION)

    Lost In Space - Anniversary partyIn addition to being a world-famous movie star, husband to a beautiful' international human rights lawyer, and father to twins, George Clooney is now also a billionaire. A FREAKING BILLIONAIRE.

    Clooney is a co-owner of the tequila company Casamigos, which just sold to Diageo for as much as $1 billion.

    "If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don't think we would have said yes," Clooney said in a statement. "This reflects Diageo's belief in our company and our belief in Diageo. But we're not going anywhere. We'll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two."

    Clooney invested in the company along with pal Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford's husband) and Michael Meldman. They initially started it as a private label for friends and family, but took it public in 2013 after getting licensed.

    Clooney and Gerber are such fans of their own tequila that they celebrated their birthdays in May with a cake depicting them behind a Casamigos bar.

    In a press release, Diageo said the deal is expected to close later this year: "The transaction values Casamigos at up to $1 billion, with initial consideration set at $700 million and a further potential $300 million based on a performance linked earn-out over 10 years, reflecting the brand's exceptional growth trajectory and upside potential."

  20. 'Blade Runner 2049' Featurette Shows New Footage, Goes Behind the Scenes

    Sunday is the 35th anniversary of "Blade Runner," and to mark the occasion, here's a making-of featurette from sequel "Blade Runner 2049."

    Entertainment Weekly shared the nearly four-minute video, which contains both behind-the-scenes footage and unseen clips from the movie, which is directed by Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival").

    "I think it's kind of fun to play a character 30 years later," says original movie star Harrison Ford. (He would know what that's like, since he did it for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens").

    "The story, the themes, the stunning visual environments — it was a pleasure to get back in the world of 'Blade Runner' again," he continues.

    Not much is known about the plot except that Ryan Gosling plays an LAPD blade runner who "unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos." That secret leads him to track down Ford's Rick Deckard, who's been missing for 30 years.

    "Blade Runner 2049" opens in theaters October 6.

  21. 'Avengers: Infinity War': Yes, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, The Hulk, & Wong Are Now Bros

    Take this, shawarma scene!

    Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" is now filming down in the Atlanta area, starring everyone under the sun, so you had to know some ... likely or unlikely? ... MCU connections were going to be made on set. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) recently confirmed there are about 62 Marvel characters in the whole thing, including around 32 just for one particular scene. It's massive. And it's Hotlanta, so you know the guys are going to be heading out for drinks to relax and cool down.

    Robert Downey Jr., aka Tony Stark/Iron Man, just shared a bonding photo with his good pal Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), along with the two Benedict newbies from "Doctor Strange," Dr. Stephen Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch, in full goatie) and Wong (Benedict Wong).

    Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

    — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017

    Commenting fans are really digging all of the facial hair.

    Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange will next be seen in "Thor: Ragnarok" -- which co-stars Ruffalo's Hulk -- jumping off from one of the end-credit scenes of "Doctor Strange." That comes out this November. Downey's Tony Stark will co-star in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which opens in just a few weeks on July 7. And then they'll all be together for "Infinity War," which opens May 4, 2018. It remains to be seen who'll be around for "Avengers 4," which follows this in May 2019.

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  22. What's Leaving Netflix in July 2017

    Netflix is bidding adieu this July to Sandra Bullock movies "While You Were Sleeping" and "Two Weeks Notice," as well as the outrageous Mel Brooks western comedy "Blazing Saddles," and Tom Cruise flick "The Last Samurai."

    And Holy Disappearing Act, Batman! If you want to enjoy Adam West (who, sadly, just passed away) as the Caped Crusader, you have until July 1 to enjoy 1966's wacky big-screen "Batman."

    Also leaving, a lot of TV docs like "America's Secret D-Day Disaster" and "Nazi Temple of Doom."

    Here's everything leaving Netflix streaming in July 2017:

    Leaving July 1

    • "9/11: Stories in Fragments" (2011)
    • "America's Secret D-Day Disaster" (2014)
    • "American Pie Presents: Band Camp" (2005)
    • "American Pie Presents: Beta House" (2007)
    • "American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile" (2006)
    • "An Unmarried Woman" (1978)
    • "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging" (2008)
    • "Batman" (1966)
    • "Black Wings" (2012)
    • "Blazing Saddles" (1974)
    • "Blondie's New York' (2014)
    • "Bombs, Bullets and Fraud" (2007)
    • "Day of the Kamikaze" (2007)
    • "Death Beach" (2012)
    • "El Dorado" (1966)
    • "Flicka 2" (2010)
    • "Futurama": Season 6
    • "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)
    • "Ghost Whisperer": Seasons 1 - 5
    • "Hello, Dolly!" (1969)
    • "Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes" (2012)
    • "History in HD: The Last Bomb" (2009)
    • "Hugo" (2011)
    • "Kate & Leopold" (2001)
    • "MacGyver": Seasons 1 - 7
    • "Mystery Files: Hitler" (2011)
    • "Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci" (2010)
    • "Nazi Temple of Doom" (2013)
    • "Samurai Headhunters" (2013)
    • "Secrets: A Viking Map?" (2013)
    • "Secrets: Richard III Revealed" (2013)
    • "Secrets: The Sphinx" (2013)
    • "Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission" (2013)
    • "The Hunt for Bin Laden" (2012)
    • "The Incredible Bionic Man" (2013)
    • "Titanic's Final Mystery" (2012)
    • "While You Were Sleeping" (1995)
    • "Working Girl" (1988)

    Leaving July 3

    • "The Last Samurai" (2003)
    • "Two Weeks Notice" (2002)

    Leaving July 6

    • "Los Heroes del Norte": Seasons 1 - 2

    Leaving July 11

    • "Opposite Field" (2012)

    Leaving July 12

    • "Adventures of Pepper and Paula" (2015)
    • "In the Basement" (2014)
    • "Sleeping Beauty" (2014)

    Leaving July 13

    • "Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain" (2014)

    Leaving July 15

    • "All That Glitters" (2010)
    • "Lessons for a Kiss" (2011)
  23. New on Netflix: July 2017

    July on Netflix is looking pretty damn good, with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (available July 18th) and Oscar-nominated biopic "Lion," starring Dev Patel, available July 9th.

    New Netflix Originals include "The Incredible Jessica James," "Daughters of Destiny" and "To the Bone," starring Lily Collins as a girl battling anorexia.

    Here's everything coming to Netflix streaming in July 2017:

    Available July 1

    • "Albion: The Enchanted Stallion" (2016)
    • "Are We Done Yet?" (2007)
    • "Are We There Yet?" (2005)
    • "Best in Show" (2000)
    • "Boat Trip" (2002)
    • "Capo 'El amo del tunel'": Season 1
    • "Caramel" (2008)
    • "Code Name: The Cleaner" (2007)
    • "Dad" (1989)
    • "Deep Water": Season 1
    • "Delicatessen" (1991)
    • "Disney's The Mighty Ducks" (1992)
    • "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
    • "El Barco": Season 1
    • "Emma" (1996)
    • "Free Willy" (1993)
    • "Here Alone" (2016)
    • "Hostages (Israel)": Season 2
    • "Jackass: Number Two" (2006)
    • "Last Night" (2011)
    • "Liar's Dice" (2013)
    • "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (2008)
    • "Matchstick Men" (2003)
    • "Mixed Signals" (1997)
    • "Offspring": Season 6
    • "Out of Thin Air" (2017)
    • "Police Academy" (1984)
    • "Proof of Life" (2000)
    • "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002)
    • "Spawn: The Movie" (1997)
    • "Spice Up": Season 1
    • "Taking Lives" (2004)
    • "The Astronaut Farmer" (2006)
    • "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)
    • "The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)" (2016)
    • "The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure" (1994)
    • "The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving" (1995)
    • "The Land Before Time" (1988)
    • "The Longest Yard" (2005)
    • "The Originals": Season 4
    • "The Truth Is in the Stars" (2017)
    • "The Ultimatum": Season 1
    • "Titanic" (1997)
    • "Unriddle II" (2012)
    • "Unriddle" (2010)
    • "Witnesses": Season 2
    • "World at Your Feet": Season 1
    • "Yes We Can!": Season 1
    • "Yours Fatefully": Season 1
    • "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang" (2013)

    Available July 2

    • "El Chema": Season 1

    Available July 3

    • "Diamond Cartel" (2017)
    • "Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story" (2013)

    Available July 4

    • "The Standups": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available July 5

    • "iZombie": Season 3

    Available July 6

    • "Butter" (2011)
    • "Speech & Debate" (2017)
    • "The Void" (2017)

    Available July 7

    • "1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)" (2017)
    • "Castlevania": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    • "Dawn of the Croods": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    • "Degrassi: Next Class": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    • "Luna Petunia": Season 2 (Netflix Original)

    Available July 8

    • "Bad Santa 2" (2016)
    • "Horse Dancer" (2017)

    Available July 9

    • "Lion" (2016)

    Available July 11

    • "Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha" (2015)

    Available July 14

    • "Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile" (Netflix Original)
    • "Chasing Cora" (Netflix Original)
    • "Friends From College": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    • "To the Bone" (Netflix Original)

    Available July 15

    • "Rake": Season 4
    • "West Coast Customs": Season 4

    Available July 17

    • "A Cowgirl's Story" (2017)
    • "Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness" (2017)
    • "Uncertain Glory" (1944)

    Available July 18

    • "Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say" (Netflix Original)
    • "Ari Shaffir: Double Negative": Collection (Netflix Original)
    • "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce": Season 3
    • "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016)

    Available July 20

    • "Pretty Little Liars": Season 7B

    Available July 21

    • "Last Chance U": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    • "Ozark": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    • "The Worst Witch": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available July 22

    • "Railroad Tigers" (2016)

    Available July 24

    • "Victor" (2015)

    Available July 25

    • "Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special" (Netflix Original)
    • "Munroe Island" (2016)

    Available July 28

    • "Daughters of Destiny": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    • "The Adventures of Puss in Boots": Season 5 (Netflix Original)
    • "The Incredible Jessica James" (Netflix Original)

    Available July 31

    • "After the Reality" (2016)
    • "Being Mary Jane: The Series": Season 4
    • "Checkpoint"
    • "Dark Night" (2016)
    • "Taking Earth" (2017)
  24. A 'Downton Abbey' Movie Is Happening: Team 'Hopeful' to Film in 2018

    Polish that silver and prepare for more withering eye rolls from Lady Mary to Lady Edith, 'cause it sounds like the "Downton Abbey" gang is really coming back.

    The series finished airing in the U.S. in early 2016, but there's been talk of a movie follow-up for a while (whether one is really necessary or not) and also half-joking speculation about a spinoff.

    Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, confirmed a movie is on the way while talking to the Associated Press in Singapore for "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition":

    "There's a movie in the works. It's been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year."

    That was news to the stars themselves... Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) told the AP, "Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know. We're hoping that will happen soon." Sophie McShera added to the AP, "Oh, well, you've got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that's happening. But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure." Julian Fellowes created this TV world, and he told the AP, "I think we've got a film in us. I hope it happens."

    So it's still in the "hopeful" stage, but everyone wants to do it, and everyone thinks they can do it, they just have to make sure they get it right.

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  25. Han Solo Rumors Emerge on Director Clashes and Possible Replacement

    Everyone was shocked yesterday when it was announced that the untitled Han Solo movie lost its two directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, when there were only about three weeks of filming left. No one had heard of any trouble on set.

    And yet, here we are the next day, and a bunch of unnamed sources are coming out of the woodwork to explain what went wrong, with new names floating around as replacement directors.

    Over at Variety, their unnamed people are blaming a directors clash with producer Kathleen Kennedy -- as well as her Lucasfilm team, and co-writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan.

    2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards - ArrivalsHere's what Variety's "person with knowledge of the production" said about the lack of chemistry on set:

    "It was a culture clash from day one," the source said. "[Kennedy] didn't even like the way they folded their socks."

    The source said that while Lord and Miller were supposedly hired for their vision and distinctive brand of filmmaking when it came to the "Star Wars" production, Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew. "They weren't given the leeway to do what they had to do," the source said.

    The duo also clashed with Kasdan, who has been an integral creative part of several "Star Wars" movies, dating back the the 1980 "The Empire Strikes Back." Like Kennedy, he questioned many of the pair's directing choices. "Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that's how they want it made," said the source. "It became a very polarizing set."

    Commenters seemed to jump at the idea of blaming Kennedy (dubbing her a "femiNazi" despite her hiring male directors and writers) not only for this but for what they didn't like about "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One" as well, while others thought Lord and Miller were wrong for a Star Wars standalone from the start. Another added, "Word was, Kennedy had seen some dailies and was unhappy about wooden acting from some of the cast, plus the quality of some of the action sequences. Seems like Lord or Miller (or a close friend of theirs) ran to Variety to give an anonymous statement – this whole piece is based on one anonymous source. Kinda fishy, if you ask me, and just what I would expect someone who was just fired to say about the 'jerks' who fired them."

    Comic-Con International 2015 - Lucasfilm PanelOver at The Hollywood Reporter, the angle is slightly different.

    Sources told THR "the style and vision of Lord and Miller clashed with that of Lawrence Kasdan, the legendary screenwriter behind the classics Empire Strikes Back and ‪Raiders of the Lost Ark, who also wrote, with his son, Jon Kasdan, the script for the Han Solo stand-alone set (for now) to be released in 2018. [...] The creative clash, according to one insider, also came down to differences in understanding the character of Han Solo. 'People need to understand that Han Solo is not a comedic personality. He's sarcastic and selfish,' said that source."

    Side note: If they didn't want comedy, why hire the directors of "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie"?

    THR continued:

    "The friction was felt almost immediately when the movie began shooting in February, sources say, but the directors always thought it could be worked through. Kennedy, the producer and head of Lucasfilm, decided to back her lifelong colleague, who shaped much of Solo's character in Empire and ‪Return of the Jedi and who had a specific tone in mind for the new movie. The duo also didn't feel they had the support of producer Allison Shearmur, who was acting as Lucasfilm's representative on the London set.

    Lord and Miller, who had relocated to London with their families for preproduction and production of the movie, were said to have been blindsided by the firing, which they learned about Monday, according to one source, although another disputed that account."

    National Geographic's Premiere Screening Of 'Genius' In London - ScreeningThey added that production is now on a short hiatus before they move forward.

    According to Deadline, Ron Howard has emerged as front-runner as replacement director. If not him, Kasdan's name is in the running, as well as Joe Johnston.

    The movie is still scheduled for release May 25, 2018.

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