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December 10, 2017

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy pose together at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages ).

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy


At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time. No one else gets to voice Yoda, he confirmed. As 2,200 guests at the Shrine watched red-carpet video of 25-year-old movie star John Boyega explaining how he almost didn’t make it out of snowbound Atlanta in time, director Jon Favreau (“Jungle Book,” “Lion King”) chatted with Edgar Wright and Jon Watts.

Seemingly the entire LA press corps and the extended Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm/Pixar family were on hand, revved to see this movie, which was deemed so strong that Disney and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has already signed Johnson up for three more “Star Wars” installments.


Lining up on the Shrine stage were returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Lupita N’Yongo (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), as well as newcomers Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Benicio del Toro (DJ), and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), who has built a rabid following ahead of anyone seeing the movie. The biggest applause of the night went to Anthony Daniels (Spoiler: both C-3PO and R2-D2 are back). Missing in action was Oscar Isaac (cocky fighter pilot Poe Dameron), who’s in France shooting Julian Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh movie “At Eternity’s Gate.”

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz share a moment at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz


Johnson choked up as he dedicated the screening to the missing Carrie Fisher, whose role as Princess Leia in the movie is central, and was expected to be pivotal in the ninth “Star Wars” movie.

That was the subject of much speculation at the after-party that featured plenty of photo opportunities, blackjack tables, and wandering Storm Troopers (“May I take a picture?” “Affirmative!”). The reaction was largely positive (the movie is under review embargo until December 12), although some mentioned the long running time. Other hot topics: The movie is often funny (yes, the Porgs are used as comic relief), there’s a number of gorgeously designed new creatures, and a plot that not only deals with the balance of The Force but also power dynamics between men and women.

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran pose with Praetorian guards at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran


Hanging anxiously just inside the entrance to the after party, Johnson admitted that the movie took a long time to write and featured “many moving pieces.” The filmmaker held court to such admirers as Ryan Coogler, whose Marvel entry “Black Panther” is up in February. He told me he had to get back to the editing room, but now has an even higher quality standard to meet. Gina Prince-Bythewood thanked Johnson for giving her some tips as she heads into her next assignment, Marvel’s “Silver Sable.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15.

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December 10, 2017

‘Ready Player One’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Takes Us to the Oasis of the Future — Watch

If you’re done obsessing over the fact that a newly released “Ready Player One” poster makes it look like Tye Sheridan has a freakishly long leg, avail yourself of the new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming nostalgia fest.

Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel of the same name tells of a virtual-reality game that brings together an array of ’80s pop-culture touchstones: “Back to the Future,” Freddy Krueger, “Mad Max,” and so on and so forth. That’s fitting of the director, whose own output in that most reminisced-upon of decades has inspired everything from “Super 8” to “Stranger Things” in recent years.

Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, a wayward youth living in Columbus, Ohio in 2045 whose visits to “The Oasis” are his only reprieve from the drudgery of daily life in the mid-21st century. Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance will co-star in “Ready Player One,” which Warner Bros. will release on March 30, 2018.

Source: IndieWire film

December 10, 2017

Sufjan Stevens Says ‘I, Tonya’ Didn’t Want His Tonya Harding Song, but You Can Listen to It Anyway

Sufjan Stevens contributed two highly acclaimed tunes to the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack, with both “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon” considered likely nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. To hear the indie-rock icon tell it, he almost had another in the mix this fall: “Tonya Harding,” which, despite his efforts, bears no relation to “I, Tonya.”

Margot Robbie stars as the disgraced figure skater in Craig Gillespie’s biopic, which has earned strong reviews since premiering in Toronto and opens later this month. Stevens writes on his website that he’s “been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15” and that the final product is “not at all related to the new biopic” because he “sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it.”

Here are his full liner notes, which evince a deep love of Harding:

“I wrote a song for Tonya Harding. It’s not at all related to the new biopic (I sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it). This song has been years in the making. I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15. I wrote a short piece about it here. There are two versions of the song and we are releasing them on tape cassette (available now) and on 7-inch (available soonish). All digital versions are available now:


“Please enjoy. If you don’t know who Tonya Harding is, go see the movie, or read her Wikipedia page. She’s amazing. My prayer is peace on earth. Lord help us.

“I love you Tonya.”

Listen to the song below:

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December 10, 2017

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had its long-awaited premiere last night in Los Angeles, and early word is highly positive for Rian Johnson’s contribution to the space-opera franchise. Formal reviews won’t be published for another few days, but praise like “so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising,” “spectacular and unpredictable,” and especially “SPACE DERN” indicate that they’ll be similarly enthusiastic.

Here’s what people are saying:

Source: IndieWire film

December 10, 2017

Yep, Here's Another Ode to the Best Shots in All of Cinematic History

These are some of the greatest camera moves ever recorded on film.

It has been about six months, but CineFix is back with the latest installment of their Best Shots of All Time series. While previous videos showed us the very best in shot size, shot types, and establishing shots and cutaways, Part 4 explores the wonders of camera movement. From pans and tilts to rolls and pushes, we get to see how some of history’s greatest auteurs cleverly moved the camera to communicate in new and exciting ways with their audiences.

The subject matter in this installment of the series, in my opinion, is the most accessible and palatable, because everyone loves a good camera move. Whether it’s Wes Anderson’s signature whip pans or the knockout dutch tilt in Creed, audiences love the showmanship of a kinetic camera. However, the moves that earned a place on CineFix’s list are a lot more subdued and subtle than the examples shown throughout the video.

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December 10, 2017

How to Shoot for These 5 Creative Editing Tricks

Some of the most creative edits are pulled off with the help of some great camera work.

Post might be the last phase of production, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers shouldn’t prepare for it early on in the project. In fact, some shots will require a bit of magic created by both your camera and editing software working together. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom teaches you how to pull off some of these creative edits, including a fake dolly zoom, fake handheld movements, and more realistic punches for fight scenes. Check it out below:

Here are the editing tricks Jordy talks about in the video:

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December 9, 2017

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Meets ‘Monsters University’ in Hilarious Trailer — Watch

Later, Sully. Now that “Call Me by Your Name” has emerged as an awards-season favorite and bonafide art-house hit, two things are certain: hot takes and memes. “We Are Bears” writer Mikey Heller has gifted us with the latter, recutting the “Call Me by Your Name” trailer using clips from “Monsters University.” Why, you ask? No, reader — why not?

Like most of these exercises, this one cleverly capitalizes on the two films’ superficial plot similarities — Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama deals with academia, as does Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” sequel; too, both involve unexpected friendships. Only the former delves into romance, of course, which is where this gets truly inventive.

Watch as Mike and Sully realize that, like Elio and Oliver, there may be something between them — all as the dulcet tones of Sufjan Stevens gently guide them along. Watch the trailer below and long for a time when Michael Stuhlbarg tells you about love.

Source: IndieWire film

December 9, 2017

Director Alexander Payne's 10 Favorite Films from the Criterion Collection

The Oscar-winning director names his top Criterion picks.

Despite the rather harsh criticism for his latest film Downsizing, director Alexander Payne has built his career with Oscar-worthy films like Sideways, The Descendents, and Nebraska. Criterion even chose one of his most loved films, Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, to be shelved in their illustrious library beside some of history’s greatest and most important films.

Payne was invited to peruse Criterion’s closet to name some of his most favorite films in their collection. Here’s what he chose:

Here is the list of films chosen by Payne:

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December 9, 2017

This Cheat Sheet Contains All the Walkie-Talkie Lingo You Should Know on Set

Don’t know anything about walkie codes and radio etiquette? That’s okay, this infographic will help bring you up to speed.

Unless you’ve worked on a professional film production (or read one of our previous articles about it) walkie-talkie lingo probably seems like a foreign language to you. This can create some real confusion and anxiousness when you arrive on your first real film set and have to awkwardly announce to everyone that you have to go to the bathroom instead of confidently giving the ol’ “10-1” or “10-2” code before heading off to the john. This is why becoming fluent in the lingo is super important, and StudioBinder wants to make the process a little easier for you.

Back in August, StudioBinder shared a video that covered all of the crucial codes needed to communicate clearly and efficiently with crew members on set via walkie-talkie, and while that was great and very helpful, they’ve decided to make the information a little more accessible.

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December 8, 2017

'Jurassic World', Trekkies, Joaquin Phoenix & More Trailers You May Have Missed

Staying on top of the trailer circuit is a full-time job in and of itself. We’re here to help.

Wormwood (dir. Errol Morris)

Master documentarian Errol Morris returns to long-form storytelling with a binge-worthy tale clocking in at four hours in six parts. Ideal for Netflix, right? In 1953 army scientist Frank Olson was requested by the CIA to gather in New York City for several meetings. Less than a week later, he plunged to his death from the 13th floor of the Hotel Pennsylvania. Was it a pre-meditated suicide or a sloppy murder covered up by government officials? Told from the perspective of Olson’s son, determined to get satisfactory answers that would reveal the injustices his father suffered, Wormwood is part documentary, part dramatization (lead by actor Peter Sarsgaard), and all compelling drama. Viewing parties will be essential next weekend. Release Date: December 15, 2017, via Netflix

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