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Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?

Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?
Filmmakers Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”) were snubbed by the Directors Guild Awards, but both scored BAFTA bids. Since the British academy moved up its awards to precede the Oscars starting in 2000, five of its nominees for Best Director have made it in at the Academy Awards despite being left off the DGA roster. Can Villeneuve and Guadagnino do the same?

Back in 2000, Stephen Daldry was on the hunt for an Oscar for “Billy Elliot.” Things started out badly when he was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the DGA. That year three directors contended at the Golden Globes, DGA Awards, and BAFTAs on their way to Oscar nominations: Ang Lee for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Ridley Scott for “Gladiator” and Steven Soderbergh for both “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic.” With the fifth slot still up for grabs, English filmmaker Daldry scored
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Coming This Wednesday

At last, the wheels seem to be moving on the promotional campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Earlier this week brought us our first details on the plot in the form of a short synopsis and now, we’re learning that the first trailer for the film is finally – finally! – on its way. In fact, if a new report is to be believed, it could be here as soon as Wednesday, meaning we haven’t got long before we get to clock eyes on Alden Ehrenreich as the galaxy’s greatest smuggler.

Flanked by Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover as the ice-cool Lando Calrissian, Ehrenreich has been tasked with delivering a younger version of Han Solo, arguably one of the greatest Star Wars characters of all time – no pressure, then. And let’s face it, part of Solo’s charm was that his backstory largely remained under wraps throughout Lucasfilm’s original trilogy,
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Carey Mulligan: If Dee Rees Was a White Man, She’d Be Directing the Next ‘Star Wars’

Carey Mulligan: If Dee Rees Was a White Man, She’d Be Directing the Next ‘Star Wars’
Actress Carey Mulligan called out the “Star Wars” franchise’s lack of female directors as well as their lack of representation at award shows while at the Sundance Film Festival.

“If Dee Rees was a white man she’d be directing the next ‘Star Wars,’ she’d be nominated for an Oscar without question,” Mulligan said at Variety’s Sundance studio, just prior to Tuesday’s Academy Award nominations.

Many thought that Rees, who directed the critically-acclaimed “Mudbound,” was snubbed from this year’s Golden Globes race for Best Director along with “Lady Bird’s” Greta Gerwig and “Wonder Woman’s” Patty Jenkins.

“There’s something not right, and we’re working on it,” she added. “I think Greta [Gerwig] and Patty Jenkins have been overlooked for too long. If it doesn’t happen I fell like it will send out a big signal and I think that people will react to that.”

On the “Star
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Could Low Expectations for Solo: A Star Wars Story Be the Catalyst for Thundering Success?

Samuel Brace on Solo: A Star Wars Story…

Is Solo: A Star Wars Story, against all odds, a success waiting to happen? It’s more than possible and one could even argue probable given the circumstances.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the film nobody wanted, aspersions have been cast upon it since the moment of conception and its short life has only been further maligned via the cudgel of a censorious fandom that feels an unhealthy and unwarranted possession over the franchise. Time will only tell, and it will tell it soon, if gossip surrounding the film has been by any means apocryphal, but surely things can’t be as bad as they’ve been perceived to be.

In any case, it seems to me that with expectations for Solo being so very low – while perhaps not being a nadir for the series, they might very well have reached
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SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?

SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?
In what has been one of the most confusing awards derbies in recent memory, we’re on the eve of what could be a make-or-break weekend in the Oscar race for Best Picture. The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out on Saturday night, January 20, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards follow on Sunday, January 21. Neither award has a perfect track record anticipating the Oscars, but your odds go way up if you win both awards.

The PGA Awards have been around since 1990, and 19 out of their 28 previous winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars (68%). The SAG Awards first gave out a prize for the best ensemble cast in 1996, and 11 out of 22 of their winners have won at the Oscars (50%). But there have been 10 years when the two awards groups agreed on the winner, and eight of those ended up taking the Oscar (80%). The match-ups are
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Jedi Council: Will Qui-Gon Jinn Be in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie?

On today's Collider Jedi Council, Kristian Harloff, Ken Napzok and Harley Morenstein from Epic Mealtime discuss the following: Star Wars Movie News Disney and Lucasfilm released an official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story that highlights the first meeting between Han and Chewbacca, and teases an encounter with Lando Calrissian. In an interview with IGN, Phoebe Waller-Bridge commented on Ron Howard stepping in to direct Solo: A Star Wars Story. She stated that the "handover there was done with such warmth and generosity from everybody ... he's going to make a beautiful film out of it.” A …
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Could Boba Fett Be The Main Villain In Solo: A Star Wars Story?

When it comes to the one and only Boba Fett, it’s currently unclear where the character may appear next. At least, on the big screen. Star Wars fans might recall that a vehicle for the beloved bounty hunter was announced a few years ago, with Chronicle‘s Josh Trank attached to direct. After his career crashed and burned following 2014’s Fantastic Four, however, the Boba Fett movie seemed to have been shelved indefinitely.

Back in August, though, we learned that Lucasfilm was thinking of resurrecting the project, and while it still sounds like they may move ahead with it, there’s been no tangible progress on the pic in quite some time. That’s ok, though, as it looks like we could see Fett show up a bit sooner than expected, as fans have reason to believe he may have a role in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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First Han Solo Movie Footage Screens, So How Was It?

Fans lucky enough to be in attendance at a German Disney event were treated to an Electronic Press Kit for Ron Howard's Han Solo movie with the very first footage ever shown. Lucasfilm has been even more tight-lipped about the upcoming movie, allowing The Last Jedi to run its theatrical course. However, now that footage has been shown, a teaser or trailer is more than likely really close to being released. Star Wars fans have been skeptical of the movie, but one lucky fan in attendance has shared an enthusiastic review of the footage.

Filmmaker Holger Frick took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the first public showing of footage from Solo: A Star Wars story. Frick says that he is "really overwhelmed of how freaggin good it looks," but went on to say that nothing from the plot had been shown. However, he did say that Alden Ehrenreich
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First Reaction To Solo: A Star Wars Story Promises Lots Of Fan Service

At last, the wheels seem to be moving on the promotional campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Yesterday brought us our first details on the plot in the form of a short synopsis and now, a possible first reaction to a screening of the movie has appeared online and thankfully, it’s very positive.

Apparently, a certain amount of footage from the pic was shown off at an event in Munich, Germany, leading Facebook user Holger Frick to praise what he had seen of the upcoming Star Wars prequel film. The fan had good things to say about the cast as a whole and went as far as to promise that it might capture the classic feel of the franchise that many thought was missing from The Last Jedi.

I just saw a Sneak Peak (Epk reel) of “Solo – A Star Wars Story” and I must say I’m
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Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Angelina Jolie as the recipient of its 2018 Asc Board of Governors Award.

The presentation will be made at the 32nd annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The Asc Board of Governors Award is given to individuals in the industry whose body of work has made “significant and indelible contributions to cinema.” It is the only Asc Award not given to a cinematographer, and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.

“Angelina Jolie sets a high standard,” Asc president Kees van Oostrum said. “She is a true artist, with a strong vision and collaborative spirit. She has also entertained us through her work, but more importantly has brought significant social issues to our attention. For her wide-ranging accomplishments, we are honored to present her with our Board of Governors Award.”

Previous recipients
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Star Wars: Solo - where’s all the marketing?

Ryan Lambie Jan 18, 2018

It’s little more than four months from its release, yet still no trailer. We look at the timeline for Solo's subdued marketing...

It was less than a year ago that the first official cast image emerged. There was lead actor Alden Ehrenreich, dominating the scene inside the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. Crowded around him were his fellow actors Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke; along for the ride were the director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, then hot off such films as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.

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In theory, this was the start of what would inevitably a huge campaign for what in time would be Solo: A Star Wars Story - the latest in a planned series of spin-offs that explore the more obscure, previously
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Solo: A Star Wars Story official synopsis

Simon Brew Jan 17, 2018

The official story overview for the new Star Wars film has been released...

The next Star Wars movie is arriving in cinemas in May, in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s fair to say it’s had a bumpier path to the screen than most.

This is the film, after all, where Ron Howard took on the director’s job after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were removed from the project by Lucasfilm. Howard reshot lots of their footage, and is now deep in post-production on the movie. And whilst we’ve not had a trailer or any footage yet, it’s expected that the marketing onslaught isn’t far away.

Furthermore, Disney has now released an official synopsis for the movie. It reads as follows…

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story,
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'Star Wars' Details Han Solo Film Synopsis

'Star Wars' Details Han Solo Film Synopsis
Star Wars unveiled the official synopsis of the upcoming Han Solo standalone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The movie is scheduled to open May 25th. 

"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy," the synopsis reads. "Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey
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First ‘Solo’ Plot Synopsis Teases Han’s Adventure

Disney/Lucasfilm have finally released the first official ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ plot synopsis, and it’s only a little over four months until it’s release. We have yet to see even an official image from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘, but we already know that the film has had quite the rough path to the big screen. In essence, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the project with only three weeks of shooting left (you can watch me talking about what happened here).

Almost immediately, Lucasfilm hired Ron Howard to replace the duo and re-shoot some of the footage they had previously shot. It was a this point–with roughly 10 months until it’s intended release date of May 25, 2018–that pretty much everyone expected the film to be pushed to december of this year, but alas, that never happened. Then, what seemed to be a small amount of reshoots,
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Is This Really Why the Han Solo Movie Trailer Is Delayed?

Solo is roughly four months away from release, and only today did we get a synopsis as part of Disney's big 2018 preview. No photos though, and no hint as to when we'll actually get to see the trailer. As things chug along, with no delayed release date yet announced, could Disney be pushing an agenda that wouldn't see a movie trailer ever released? Instead playing off J.J. Abrams' mystery box conceit, with audiences getting their first look only after they buy their ticket? While that almost sounds too genius to be true, it probably is. And it sounds like the upcoming reshoots are the real reason we haven't seen anything yet.

Solo has been a tumultuous production for Disney and Lucasfilm, and it's because of shareholders who have been promised a new movie this May that the standalone adventure hasn't been bumped yet. But that doesn't mean an announcement isn't coming soon.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Synopsis Teases A Dark And Dangerous Adventure

Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is moving into the rearview mirror, Disney and Lucasfilm are at last pushing the promotional campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story into gear. The upcoming prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo has been kept tightly under wraps so far, with only the odd set photo posted on director Ron Howard’s social media giving us any clue as to the nature of the movie.

But that’s about to change, as the first official synopsis for Solo has now dropped. The short outline keeps things pretty vague, of course, but teases the scruffy-looking nerf herder encountering some other iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep
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Han Solo Movie Synopsis Reveals First Official Story Details

Disney released their 2018 movie preview today, which included a brand new synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story. While many of the other movies on this preview included new photos, no imagery was released for this Han Solo movie, although these plot details are quite intriguing. Take a look at the official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story below.

"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."

This synopsis not only confirms that this movie will feature the first meeting between Han Solo and Chewbacca,
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Solo: A Star Wars Story official synopsis released

Even though we are just months away from its release, we still know hardly anything about the next Star Wars anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, Disney and Lucasfilm have now released the first synopsis for the film focusing on everyone’s favourite smuggler from the franchise, teasing a ‘dark and dangerous criminal underworld’ Han Solo enters into. Check out the synopsis below…

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Director Ron Howard took control of the film
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New Synopsis For Solo: A Star Wars Story Teases a "Dangerous Criminal Underworld"

Thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm we have a synopsis for director Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story and it offers us our first real story details for the movie and it's pretty much everything that we were expecting.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

So there it is. There's no big reveals there, just a little something to tide us over while we wait for the first freakin' trailer to be released! The studio is really taking
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First Official Synopsis for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Teases an Eventful Adventure

Disney has released an official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story, a major new Star Wars movie that’s coming out in a little over four months, and for which we haven’t seen so much as a single official image. Indeed, many assumed Lucasfilm would push Solo to December to give director Ron Howard more time to retool the film after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed last summer over creative differences with just three weeks left of shooting. But nope, Lucasfilm is sticking with the May 25th release date for Solo, as evidenced by the …
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