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Early Buzz For Star Wars: The Last Jedi Says It's a Surprising, Funny, and Jaw-Dropping Film! Plus New Poster Art!

The world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi took place on Saturday night and the early buzz is starting to flood Twitter from those lucky people who were in attendance! So far that buzz is extremely positive. The film left fans shaking with excitement and a lot of them are saying it's a surprising, funny, and jaw-dropping film!

I've also included a couple new posters for the film. One of them features Kylo Ren, the other features Ray. I really dig these poster designs! They were created by artist Matt Ferguson.

You can read the reviews below. Don't worry, there are no spoilers. Just lots of reactions that will make you wish you were there watching the movie with them at the premiere. I'll be seeing the film for myself early next week! I can't wait!

#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles.
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Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Spanks Senator Over Porn Twitter-Like

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Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Spanks Senator Over Porn Twitter-Like
Spanks for the memories, eh, Craig Mazin? “The Hangover Part III” writer Mazin, who roomed with Ted Cruz at Princeton, is offering his uniquely grim perspective following news that the Texas senator’s official Twitter account “liked” a porn video on Monday. Mazin weighed in on the topic via a series of tweets Monday, ranging from the cringe-worthy to amusing, and sometimes a little of both at once. Also Read: Ted Cruz Angers Porn Actress Whose Video He Liked: 'He Should Have Paid' for It “Now imagine Ted Cruz is doing this four feet below you in the bottom bunk bed.
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Jared Harris cast in HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries

HBO is set to make a new miniseries called Chernobyl, a five-part series that tells the story of the failed nuclear power plant in Chernobyl that caused a catastrophic disaster in Ukraine and the rest of Europe. And now we have our first piece of casting news, with Mad Men and The Crown actor Jared Harris signing on for the lead role.

Harris will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident. The miniseries is written by Craig Mazin and will be directed by Johan Renck and produced by HBO’s President, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming Kary Antholis and executive produced by Caroline Strauss, Jane Featherstone and Mazin.

“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” said Antholis. “It will engage — and enrage — our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.
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‘Chernobyl’ Miniseries Starring ‘The Crown’s Jared Harris Set By HBO & Sky – TCA

Five-part miniseries Chernobyl, the first production under HBO and Sky’s recently announced drama partnership, is set to begin filming next year, with The Crown‘s Jared Harris in the starring role. Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, announced the project today during HBO’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour in Pasadena. Written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and directed by Johan Renck (The Walking Dead), Chernobyl…
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HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director

HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director
HBO’s latest miniseries is going back to the ’80s.

The network announced that “Chernobyl,” their latest limited series, will follow the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear meltdown that devastated an entire region.

Jared Harris is set to star as Valery Legasov, a Kremlin-appointed scientist charged with looking into the accident that made global headlines.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Set for New HBO Series Following Alternate American Timeline Where Slavery Still Exists

“Chernobyl” will focus on the literal and figurative fallout from the incident, but will also highlight responders who went into the area to prevent further damage.

As HBO explained in a statement:

“The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the Chernobyl–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking,
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Rian Johnson Talks Taking On ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ In Scriptnotes Podcast

In the latest episode of the podcast “Scriptnotes,” writer/director Rian Johnson talks about his whole career leading up to taking on the biggest project of his life, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Not surprisingly, he was just as nervous as you might imagine writing and directing the massive blockbuster, and his biggest fear was that he would “fuck up ‘Star Wars.’”

For those who haven’t listened in the past, “Scriptnotes” is a podcast hosted by Craig Mazin and John August, as they speak with other creators and discuss their careers and how they broke big.

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Chris Pratt Confirms That Cowboy Ninja Viking Will Still Be “Fantastic”

At this point, Chris Pratt is essentially sitting at the very top of the Hollywood tree. Having successfully shed his Parks And Recreation character, the actor now has his fingers in many blockbuster pies. He’s currently working on Jurassic World 2, having seen the first Jurassic World take the box office by storm in 2015; he voiced the character of Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie, which means he’ll undoubtedly continue to have an endless stream of sequel opportunities, and he’s the lead in the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise, forming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which means he also gets to be in the next Avengers films, too. He really just needs a Star Wars movie and he’ll have the set. But, he’s aiming to create a franchise of his own, now. That project comes in the form of Cowboy Ninja Viking, and it’s definitely still happening.
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Exclusive: Marc Webb and Working Title Developing Three Bags Full Movie?

Director Marc Webb has been especially busy since making two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, released in 2012 and 2014. He has a new movie called Gifted, starring Chris Evans, opening in select cities this Friday, and another one called The Only Living Boy in New York coming out this August.

On top of that, he's also been developing a lot of television shows as executive producer on the Emmy-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the TV version of Limitless

When speaking with Webb about Gifted recently, Lrm asked him about other projects he's working on.

Besides finishing up Only Living Boy and doing a television pilot with Alan Cumming called Instinct, Webb told us that he's in the early stages of developing a movie with Working Title Films called Three Bags Full. 

That would be Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story,  Leonie Swann's 2006 novel about a flock of Irish sheep who set
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Boys in the Trees takes out Best Narrative Feature at Austin Film Festival

Boys in the Trees.

Nicholas Verso.s Boys in the Trees has won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival. "I first attended the Austin Film Festival back in 2013 to attend the Writers Conference clutching my own script, desperately wanting to turn it into a film,. said Verso on accepting the award. .So it was incredibly exciting to return to Austin, not just for the Us premiere but to also receive this award.. Being acknowledged among their industry greats and emerging talents that have given me so much inspiration is truly an honour. .I especially wanted to thank John August and Craig Mazin at Scriptnotes for their wise tips and wisecracks at my accent as well as Rick Dugdale and Dan Petrie Jnr at Enderby Entertainment for their ongoing support and introducing me to this festival.. . The film.s producer, Mushroom Pictures. John Molloy said the
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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Review

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sope Dirisu, Sam Hazeldine, Sam Claflin | Written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin | Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Looking back at Snow White and the Huntsman, I remember liking it but the movie itself was overshadowed by the drama behind the scenes. This may be one reason I was surprised with the announcement of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Unsurprisingly though, Kristen Stewart is not part of this one… but does it manage to deliver without Snow White’s presence?

This time, The Huntsman is somewhat of a prequel as well as a sequel to the first film. We see Ravenna (Charlize Theron) up to no good, but also the introduction of Freya (Emily Brunt) her sister. When Freya’s heart is broken her resultant transformation to the Ice Queen brings about the introduction of
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Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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Fairy Tales are also cautionary tales, a way to teach morals and values to children at a time when the majority of the populace couldn’t read or write. It wasn’t until the last four centuries or so when we began writing it all down and solidifying the variations. Even today, people take the classics and reinterpret them for new generations, bringing in modern themes and issues, making them more relevant.

The cautionary tale to take from The Huntsman: Winter’s War is that you have to have something interesting to say. The preceding film, Snow White and the Huntsman, gave us a revisionist Snow White in the form of plucky Kristen Stewart, a modern day action heroine that made her a proactive player in the classic German tale.

Given behind the scenes shenanigans, Stewart was out of the proposed sequel with the emphasis shifting to the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth
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Wamg Giveaway – Win A Blu-ray/DVD Copy Of The Huntsman: Winter’S War

If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, coming to Digital HD on August 2, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no
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Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’

Garry Marshall: Henry Winkler and More Celebrities Mourn ‘Legend,’ ‘Comedy Icon’
Pretty Woman” director and creator of “Happy DaysGarry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81, and it didn’t take long for the celebrity community to pay tribute to the Hollywood icon.

Henry Winkler, whose career blasted off after he landed the famous role of “The Fonz” in “Happy Days,” was one of the first to post on Twitter about Marshall. “Thank you for my professional life,” he wrote shortly after news broke.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in Marshall’s 1999 film “The Other Sister” as well as his 2011 movie “New Year’s Eve,” thanked him for “taking a chance on me.” Bob Saget called him “a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said Marshall “had a heart of the purest gold” in a statement: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime.
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The Huntsman Offers up an Extended Edition August 23

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Universal City, California, June 14, 2016 –If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, coming to Digital HD on August 2, 2016 and 4K Ultra Hdtm, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD™ in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD with UltraViolet. The 4K Ultra Hdtm will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.

4K Ultra HD™ is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra Hdtm features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (Hdr) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience. Blu-ray™ features high definition picture, theater quality surround sound and exclusive extras. Digital HD with UltraViolet™ lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.

Blu-raytm Disc Exclusives

Two Queens and Two Warriors – The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna. Meet the Dwarfs – Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped. Magic All Around – Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.

Blu-raytm and DVD Bonus Features

Deleted Scenes with Commentary Gag Reel Dressed To Kill – Academy Award®-winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life. Love Conquers All — From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way. Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Filmmakers:

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach

Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Written By: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin

Characters By: Evan Daughert

Produced By: Joe Roth

Executive Produced By: Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel

Director of Photography: Phedon Papamichael

Production Designer: Dominic Watkins

Edited By: Conrad Buff IV

Composer: James Newton Howard

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Technical Information 4K Disc:

Street Date: August 23, 2016

Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61180130 (Us)/ 61180183 (Cdn)

Layers: Bd-66

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality

Languages/Subtitles: English/English Sdh, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound: DTS:x Immersive Audio/ DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Spanish and French (Canadian)

Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes / 2 Hours

Technical Information Blu-ray™:

Street Date: August 23, 2016

Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61168742 (Us)/ 61168751 (Cdn)

Layers: Bd-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality/N/A

Languages/Subtitles: English/English Sdh, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles

Sound: DTS:x Immersive Audio/ DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Spanish and French (Canadian)

Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes / 2 Hours

Technical Information DVD

Street Date: August 23, 2016

Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61168748 (Us)/ 61168752 (Cdn)

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality/N/A

Languages/Subtitles: English/English Sdh, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles

Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/ Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish and French (Canadian)

Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes / 2 Hours
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Film Review: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is a Bloated Bore

Chicago – This new Hollywood fairy tale does have one thing in common with the bedtime stories of old…it may lull you to sleep in the first 30 minutes. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a special effects extravaganza where the effects aren’t special, the story is thin, and almost all the actors seem to have been allowed or even encouraged to indulge their worst impulses.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

If the original “Snow White and The Huntsman” is remembered at all, it’s more likely for the offscreen drama surrounding it rather than what ended up in the movie itself. This sequel is automatically superior to that drab, brooding, and slow moving mass of mediocrity by the simple fact that it does not star Kristin Stewart.

Instead we focus on Charlize Theron’s wicked queen, and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt), who is essentially and even more vindictive and messed Elsa from “Frozen.
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The Huntsman: Winter’S War – Review

A trio of A-list actresses – Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain – look great in Colleen Atwood’s costumes but are otherwise wasted in the joyless and bland The Huntsman: Winter’S War. And while the trailer makes it look like a battle of badass beauties, two of these actresses (the ones who play the most interesting characters) are off-screen for most of the film’s running time. I did not see Snow White And The Huntsman but I hope it was better than this lame sequel/prequel.

The Huntsman: Winter’S War opens with a prologue detailing the backstory of how evil queen Ravenna (Theron reprising her role) caused her sister Freya (Blunt) to join her wicked ways. Freya, who controls ice (just like Elsa in Frozen!) had become pregnant by a betrothed man who she ends up killing after blaming him for the death of her child. She
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Review: 'Winter's War' looks pretty, but there's no reason for a 'Hunstman' sequel

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Review: 'Winter's War' looks pretty, but there's no reason for a 'Hunstman' sequel
Last week, I rewatched Snow White And The Huntsman, and then went back to read my review of the film. I think I liked it more the first time. I found myself impatient with it on a second viewing, and while I still think there is some terrific world-building in it, I just don’t care about the story the film tells. The one thing that it most certainly did not do was make me want to see a second part of that story. None of the characters grabbed me as a viewer, and the story wasn’t left in a place that asked any questions that felt like they needed to be answered. But this is the age of the franchise, and so any story worth telling is obviously worth telling at least twice and hopefully as a trilogy with potential ancillary spin-offs, right? Sure, the original Grimm stories
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The Huntsman: Winter’s War Review

The movie may function fourfold as a prequel, sequel, spinoff and quasi-remake to the highly budgeted slice of fantasy dreck that was 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but it’s surprisingly hard to hate The Huntsman: Winter’s War. That’s not to say it’s a good movie – it manifestly is not – but what director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin have wrought is a deeply weird, definitely unnecessary, and frequently entertaining piece of popcorn programming, one that – while existing purely to further Universal’s franchise-first agenda – also possesses a wacky, oddball appeal that its morose predecessor never even attempted to harness.

This is another way of saying that you won’t marvel at anything in The Huntsman on an intellectual or even a cinematic level, but you might be surprised to find yourself appreciating its ridiculous antics and consummate messiness. The film never quite
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[Review] The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The level of complication related to relaying the basic facts of The Huntsman: Winter’s War could be seen as the greatest strike against the film. When one has trouble describing the “what” and the “why” of a thing, it can be nearly impossible to move beyond those questions in order to assign any sort of subjective value to the experience of the thing. Existing as it does in a liminal space between sequel and prequel, spin-off and continuation, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a film that is ungainly in ways both narrative and aesthetic.

It is all the more shocking, then, that in spite of some egregious filmmaking and storytelling missteps, on top of its status as a symbol of everything wrong with our modern filmic obsession with origins and franchises and branded properties, the film still works as both a charming romance and a rollicking adventure tale.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ With Chris Hemsworth

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated film “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” starring Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron!

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” which opens on April 22, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Sophie Cookson, Colin Morgan and Sheridan Smith from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin.

To win your free passes to “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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