Empire – There has been another awakening – have you felt it? If you were in the Docklands area of East London this afternoon, there’s a good chance you might have, as a brand new look at the first Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One, debuted today at the annual Star Wars Celebration fan convention.
On the Celebration Stage, flanked by producer Kathleen Kennedy and his ensemble cast including Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker, director Gareth Edwards introduced a three-minute behind-the-scenes teaser reel to a live audience of thousands and streamed to millions more online.
The reel gives us a continued sense of the “war movie” vibe Edwards is going for, emphasising gritty in-camera effects for what is largely the first non-Jedi Star Wars movie.
The first poster also debuted, with the Death Star looming large in the background. The panel was part of a huge weekend of events at London’s ExCel Centre – and handily, your favourite movie magazine will be there all weekend. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media feeds to see what events we have up our sleeve. Rogue One arrives in cinemas on December 16, 2016.
JakartaGlobe – The Italian city of Florence, birthplace of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, will stage the world premiere of “Inferno,” the third film to be adapted from the Dan Brown novels about symbologist Robert Langdon.
“I’m happy to say it is in beautiful Florence in Italy,” Ron Howard, director of all the three previous films, told Reuters in Singapore on Tuesday (14/06), adding that the location was appropriate given that the city was the “centerpiece of the movie.”
The premiere will be on Oct. 8.
“Inferno” sets Harvard symbologist Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, on a manhunt as he races to stop a plot to control the world’s population by the unleashing of a deadly artificial plague.
The film is the latest in line from the blockbuster book and film franchise that began with Brown’s 2003 religious-themed mystery novel “The Da Vinci Code,” and sees Hanks reprising the role of the character he once described as “the smartest guy in the room.”
The movie’s name and many of the symbols examined by Langdon draw largely from the life and works of Alighieri, whose greatest literary achievement was the 14th-century “Divine Comedy” trilogy, the first of which is entitled “Inferno.” and describes nine circles of suffering in hell.
The film also stars British actress Felicity Jones and Indian actor Irrfan Khan, while Ben Foster plays the scientist who intends on releasing the virus to solve the world’s population increase.
Another new trailer for “Collide” (previously “Autobahn”) has been released online, and you can watch it in full below. Screen captures and a new poster have also been added to the gallery.
On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Felicity Jones a very happy 32nd birthday today. I hope she has a fantastic day with her loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing her projects in the upcoming year.
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Eran Creevy’s “Collide” (previously “Autobahn”) is hitting the Open Road. IM Global and Open Road Films today confirmed what had been expected for some time now, with the distributor acquiring the U.S. rights to the Nicholas Hoult-starrer. Open Road chief exec Tom Ortenberg and IM Global founder and chief Stuart Ford announced the film will open in America on April 1 next year.
The film also stars Felicity Jones (“The Theory Of Everything”), Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley. It was financed by IM Global and China’s DMG Entertainment, with additional financing by Sycamore Pictures. Joel Silver produced via his Silver Pictures banner, along with Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken via 42, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones via Automatik, and Action Concept. The feature shot entirely in Germany with support from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund, and NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalia funding entity.
In the film, previously known as Autobahn, a young American couple Casey (Hoult) and Juliette (Jones) are plunged into an adrenaline-pumping game of cat and mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless feuding criminals (Hopkins and Kingsley).
The film had originally been set for release by Relativity. Those plans were waylaid following that company’s bankruptcy, allowing IM Global to take it back and do the deal with Open Road instead.
Star Wars Celebration continues this afternoon, and this time the focus is on the spinoffs. And for the fans watching it live around the world, or who have been in the convention all waiting the latest details on the next thread of the “Star Wars” universe, their patience has been rewarded.
Today, Gareth Edwards hit the stage to share the details on the first spinoff film, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which is slated to star Felicity Jones as a rebel soldier. And the plot details have been confirmed: as long rumoured, it will revolve around a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. And oh, that’s not all. Even though the film isn’t slated to open until the end of 2016, the first teaser arrived. And while it’s mostly moody and setting, you have to admit, if you’re a “Star Wars” fans, it’ll get your hair up. “It’s set after Episode III, before IV — and a little more towards IV,” Edwards shared about where in the universe it’ll fit.
A very LQ fan-shot video has been posted online so far. We will update the site if/when it gets updated with a HQ version.
Felicity Jones has been selected to be one of Marie Claire’s cover girls for their ‘fresh faces’ issue, alongside Iggy Azalea, Zoë Kravitz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Kate Upton. The cover and a gorgeous new shot have just been added to the gallery – and you can watch a behind the scenes video below.
On going peroxide blonde for her fall action thriller Autobahn: “I feel like people are a lot nicer to you when you’ve got blonde hair.”
On living in New York City: “I have always had this secret desire to live in New York from watching Sex and the City growing up.”
Big Star Wars news has arrived, and that news can be split into three parts:
1) The name of the first standalone “Star Wars” film, as directed by “Godzilla” and Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards, is “Rogue One”, and it’s coming out on December 16, 2016.
2) Felicity Jones, as long expected, is the first confirmed cast member for the film.
3) Star Wars Episode VIII will come out on May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson, of Looper fame, will write the script as well as direct it. This newly-announced release date is 40 years and a day after Star Wars came out in 1977. This means there is just a year and a half after Episode VII, the shortest gap between two Star Wars movies.
The press release gives more details about Rogue One: “The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War Of The Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band Of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London.”
Rogue One, presumably, will have something to do with Rogue Squadron, and as such, will contain a lot of space acrobatics. If you’re not totally in the loop about Rogue Squandron, Wookiepedia is at hand:
“Rogue Squadron, originally dubbed Rogue Flight, and also known as the Rogues, was an elite Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron founded by Commander Arhul Narra, Luke Skywalker, and Wedge Antilles shortly after the Battle of Yavin out of Red Squadron. Rogue Squadron played a key role during several engagements in the Galactic Civil War, serving as the primary defense squadron of the Alliance High Command.”
John Knoll, in case you didn’t know already, invented Photoshop with his brother Thomas, so when it comes to special effects and manipulating images, he takes some beating. There has been some speculation about this film being about bounty hunters stealing plans for the first death star, or that it might involve the Rebel Alliance in some way. It’ll almost certainly be a prequel, judging from the title, and won’t take place at the same time period as Episode VII and VIII. But then again, all bets are off…
What do you hope to see in the first standalone Star Wars movie? Let us know… Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is out on December 18, 2015.
Oscar®-nominated actor Terrence Howard (2006) and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Howard was nominated for his leading role in 2006’s “Hustle & Flow.” His other films include Oscar-winning Best Picture “Crash” (2004), “Ray” (2004), “Iron Man” (2008), “Prisoners” (2013), “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” (2013) and “St. Vincent” (2014). Howard currently stars in the hit television series “Empire.” His upcoming films include “Term Life” and “Cardboard Boxer.”
Jones is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Theory of Everything.” Her previous film credits include “The Tempest” (2010), “Like Crazy” (2011), “The Invisible Woman” (2013) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014). Jones’ upcoming films include “True Story,” “Autobahn,” “A Monster Calls” and “Inferno.”
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Relativity Studios and IM Global have set Oct. 30 as the U.S. release date for action-thriller “Autobahn,” starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.
Eran Creevy (‘Welcome to the Punch”) directed the film from a script he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier.
The story involves Hoult’s character scheming to pull a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (played by Kingsley) to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency. Hopkins portrays an evil druglord menacing the girlfriend, played by Jones.
IM Global and China’s DMG Entertainment financed the film, with additional financing provided by Sycamore Pictures and Ingenious Media. “Autobahn” was produced by Joel Silver, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Daniel Hetzer of Germany’s Action Concept.
Relativity acquired U.S. distribution rights in November.