Published on 16 Aug 1919
It wouldn't be an episodic Star Wars movie without Luke or Anakin. Literally.
They've appeared in every “Episode“ of the franchise, and Anakin even pops up in Rogue One it counts. The only live-action movie without a Skywalker is Solo, which follows the scoundrel who later marries&hellip a Skywalker. So, when Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy was announced, Lucasfilm noted that it will be “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga“ and “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.“
The Last Jedi director isn't allowed to discuss specifics about his new films, but in an interview with the Observer, he confirmed that what he's working on will be different than any Star Wars movie we've seen so far. Unless you count Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
“I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what's exciting and then figure out what it's going to be,“ he said. “We're doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I'm coming at it and what's fun about it for everyone in Lucasfilm is figuring out, &lsquoWhat's the next step?' It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of Star Wars is for me and what that will look like moving forward.“
As much as I'll miss the Skywalkers and Solos and whatever C-3PO's last name is, it's time for Star Wars to move on. Episode IX is an ending Johnson's legacy-less trilogy is a beginning. But include at least one Toydarian, please?
But before Star Wars comes Knives Out, Johnson's first original film since Looper.
Via the Observer
Published on 16 Aug 1919
This week on Netflix marks the return of an original true crime series and the premiere of a comedy special led by one of the biggest names in the space. Mindhunter is back for another season of crime-solving as Ford investigates the Atlanta Child Murders of the 1980s and spends some time with Charles Manson. For something a bit more lighthearted, Tiffany Haddish presents a special that spotlights her favorite comics - little-known names poised to breakthrough in the next few years.
Here’s everything coming to and leaving Netflix this week of August 16th.Mindhunter: Season 2 Netflix series streaming 8/16
The second season of this crime-thriller series sees stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany step back into the shoes of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench as they investigate the Atlanta Child Murders of the early s. Viewers will also get a chance to see Charles Manson sit across the table from Ford and Tench, as the two study the infamous cult leader and his influence on serial killers of the time.Add To Netflix Queue Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Netflix special streaming 8/13
Comedian Tiffany Haddish introduces the world to six of her favorite comedians this collection of half-hour specials hosted by the Girl’s Trip star. Everyone from Chaunté Wayans Wild n’ Out to April Macie Last Comic Standing, Tracey Ashley The Last O.G., Aida Rodriguez Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, Flame Monroe Def Comedy Jam, and Marlo Williams BET’s Comicview take the stage to perform bits as Haddish shines the spotlight on her contemporaries.Add To Netflix Queue Here’s a full list of what’s been added in the last week:
Knightfall: Season 2
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Netflix original
The 100: Season 6
45 rpm Netflix original
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez Netflix original
Better Than Us Netflix original
Diagnosis Netflix original
Frontera verde Netflix original
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
The Little Switzerland Netflix film
MINDHUNTER: Season 2
QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 3
Sextuplets Netflix film
Super Monsters Back to School
Victim Number 8 Netflix originalAnd here’s what’s leaving next week, so it’s your last chance:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Published on 13 Aug 1919
This December, Terrence Malick is returning to epic narrative filmmaking in a major way with “A Hidden Life.” The historical drama debuted at Cannes to rave reviews, with many hailing the film as Malick’s greatest achievement since his Palme d’Or winner and magnum opus “The Tree of Life.” The latter went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Fox Searchlight was behind the release of “The Tree of Life,” and now the indie powerhouse is back with Malick for “A Hidden Life.”
“A Hidden Life“ stars August Diehl in the true story of WWII conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who was imprisoned after refusing to fight for the Third Reich. The supporting cast includes Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the late actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz.
IndieWire named “A Hidden Life” one of the 10 best titles at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. In his A- review, film critic David Ehrlich raved, “&lsquoA Hidden Life' is a lucid and profoundly defiant portrait of faith in crisis. It's an intimate epic about the immense strength required for resistance, and the courage that it takes for one to hold fast to their virtue during a crisis of faith, and in a world that may never reward them for it. It is, without question, the best thing that Malick has made since ‘The Tree of Life.’“
Just how far “A Hidden Life” can go in the upcoming Oscar race remains to be seen, hough Fox Searchlight stands a good chance considering how well they pushed “The Tree of Life” into major categories. IndieWire awards editor Anne Thompson wrote at Cannes that Oscar voters “will appreciate the gorgeous production values and timely political message.“ The movie was just announced for the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will screen in the Masters section. The slot brings “A Hidden Life” to the upcoming fall film festival season, an important launching pad for potential Oscar contenders.
Fox Searchlight Pictures will open “A Hidden Life” in theaters beginning December 13. Watch the exclusive official trailer for the Terrence Malick drama in the video below.
Published on 12 Aug 1919
When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.
“The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter's 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, hough at an Apple TV+ event earlier this year Witherspoon teased the show is “a high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers.”
If pairing Witherspoon and Aniston wasn’t enough star power for “The Morning Show,” the series is also bringing Steve Carell back to television in his first series regular role since wrapping “The Office.” The supporting cast includes indie film powerhouses like Bel Powley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Néstor Carbonell of “Lost” and “Bates Motel” also stars. Behind the camera is Mimi Leder, the acclaimed director whose credits include “The Leftovers” and “On the Basis of Sex.”
For Apple TV+, “The Morning Show” is perhaps its most high profile title heading into its fall launch. While Disney+ will attempt to dominate the streaming market for kids and families, Apple TV+ is targeting young adults and adults with a huge slate of original drama and comedy series from the likes of J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, “Outlander” creator Ronald D. Moore, “The Big Sick” Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and more. Apple has yet to announce the launch date for Apple TV+, but it’s likely “The Morning Show” debuts that day, given its star power should bring in potential subscribers.
“The Morning Show” will debut on Apple TV+ sometime this fall. Watch the first official trailer for the series in the video below.
Published on 09 Aug 1919
Actor Shia LaBeouf is bringing his own experiences to the big screen in the upcoming film, Honey Boy, and Amazon Studios has released the trailer. Written by the actor himself, the film presents a fictionalized version of Labeouf's experiences as a young actor with a stormy childhood and rocky early adult years. It explores his struggle to reconcile with his father, deal with his mental heh, his quick ascent to stardom and "subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery".
Directed by Alma Har'el Bombay Beach, LoveTrue, Honey Boy gives us a version of the early life of Shia LaBeouf through the character of Otis Lort. Played by Noah Jupe A Quiet Place in his younger years and Lucas Hedges Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea in his early adulthood, Otis has to navigate the different stages of his career and the pressure and pain it causes. Dancer-singer FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut as a "neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home." Labeouf himself stars in the film as a version of his father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. According to the press release:
"A one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself."
Shia Labeouf has had a very long, successful career riddled with many, very public mistakes. Although his filmography stretches back to his early childhood, Shia really stepped into the bright spotlight on Disney Channel's hit show Even Stevens. A young kid at the time, Shia led the series as its quirky main character.
Related: Shia LaBeouf's Autobiographical Honey Boy Is Coming to Theaters This November
When he portrayed the leading role in the feature film adaptation of the Young Adult novel Holes, Labeouf's name spread throughout the business, ultimately landing him the role of Sam Witwicky in the first four installments of the Transformers franchise which remains a worldwide box office success. His career trajectory kept him in the news with wonderful performances in Lawless, Fury and others, as well as controversial roles in Nymphomaniac Volumes I and II.
The trailer gives us glimpses of some of these monumental moments. It opens with the older Otis strapped to wires as he's thrown back in an explosion, the type of explosion Michael Bay would do in a Transformers film. We see a young Otis enthralled in a high-energy performance with a blonde wig on the set of a goofy sitcom, something Louis Stevens certainly could have done.
Most intriguing, however, are the glimpses of his life that have been adapted for the film. Similar to the accident seen in the trailer, Labeouf was involved in a very public car accident that left him with a damaged hand. He has also had multiple run-ins with police for drunk and disorderly conduct which the film appears to explore. Labeouf's addiction struggles are extensive and well documented, but it seems the talented actor is ready to shed some light on the more private aspects of his life like his relationship with his father, and fans are ready to listen.
The 93 minute film is produced by Har'el, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Anita Gou and Christopher Leggett. Executive Producers are Fred Berger, Rafael Marmor, Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson. Honey Boy is produced by Automatik and Delirio, in association with Stay Gold Features, Kindred Spirit and Red Crown Productions.
Amazon Studios will release Honey Boy in theaters on November 8, 2019. Check out the Official Trailer and the slightly longer Red Band trailer below.