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Mark Hamill Says ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Was Trying To Mimic The Original Trilogy

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Sometimes, you just can’t win. There were those who found “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” too beholden to the original trilogy, while others think “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” strays too far from the core values of the series. Now, Mark Hamill is weighing in on the history of the franchise, and surprisingly, has some kind words to say about the prequels. So, if you secretly adore those most reviled pictures, you might have some ammunition in your corner.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix’s ‘Love’ Will End With Season 3

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There are a couple shows on the Netflix dial that I’m not actually sure has found an audience. “Flaked” would fall into that category, as would “Love.” The Judd Apatow produced comedy never quite leaped into the pop culture conversation, and while I anecdotally know maybe or two people who have fired it up, the series mostly seems to be something that was watched after they caught up with every other series on their list.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Learn The Origins Of ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Adorable Porgs

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Neal Scanlan is the Special Effects Supervisor on Rain Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” He also served on the same capacity on “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He’s also an Oscar winner for his work on “Babe.” Oh, and he’s also responsible for bringing the latest popular addition to the “Star Wars” universe to live, those adorable Porgs. But where did these creatures come from exactly?

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Guillermo del Toro’s Everyday Objects & Miraculous Contraptions

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Beyond his attention to aesthetic detail, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has a way of imbuing objects with meaning through their relationships with characters. The most minute, diegetic details become part of the story, and play vital roles in the manifestation of character actions and destiny. Nothing in his films are ever done without thoughtful reason or purpose. Del Toro’s use of objects is a meaningful way by which we can explore this mode of mise en scène.

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- Julia Teti

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Scoring Lower With Audiences On Rotten Tomatoes

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All year long, film culture has been paying way too much attention to Rotten Tomatoes scores. In the end, any site that leads to a reduction of a film to binary terms such as Fresh and Rotten is adding nothing to the conversation around movies. At best, it’s a guide, helping audiences see what the general critical response to a picture might be. Yet, in the era of where Twitter arguments demand you choose what side you’re on, Rotten Tomatoes is just one arsenal in the hands of people looking to defend or critique a picture.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Essentials: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Best Performances

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Daniel Day-Lewis is incomparable. A looming, legendary figure in cinema, whose stature has cemented after five decades of work as one of the greatest actors in the world, and one of all the all-time greats, period, up there with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando. Known for his all-consuming method approach, which includes staying in character the entire time during the production of a film, like all mysterious figures who are semi-recluse —he doesn’t give a lot of interviews, he goes years in between films and once retired to become a cobbler—everyone seemingly wants a piece of Day-Lewis.

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- Ryan Oliver

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‘Justice League’ Dp Talks Zack Snyder’s Cut & Shooting Superman’s Black Suit

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Earlier this month, “Justice League” cinematographer Fabien Wagner let it slip that somewhere along the way, footage was shot of Henry Cavill wearing Superman’s black suit. As nerds know, this is a nod to the “Death & Return of Superman” story arc, with the superhero wearing the black costume following his resurrection. However, when he’s revived in the film that hit theaters, he’s in the spandex the iconic hero is known for.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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David Ayer Keeps Door Open For ‘Bright’ Sequel

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Netflix doesn’t fail very often, but “Bright” sure looks like it’s going to be an expensive mistake for the streaming service. The company’s first original blockbuster, with the budget to match, has been viewed mostly as a curiosity thus far. Certainly, the trailers haven’t made the kind of impression Netflix has been hoping for, with its ridiculous high-concept involve humans, orcs, fairies all co-existing, failing to land. Not to mention its string of clunky, buddy movie one-liners.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein “Smear Campaign” Blacklisted Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

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When the first wave of allegations emerged against Harvey Weinstein, Ashley Judd was bravely among those sharing their stories about incidents and experiences at the hands of the disgraced producer. The actress revealed that Weinstein pressured her with requests for massages, and asking her to watch him shower, during a meeting in his hotel room. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told The New York Times.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Thomas Anderson Talks ‘Phantom Thread,’ Daniel Day-Lewis & Borrowing Your Netflix Account

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s career keeps evolving, changing and maturing. The days of high speed, Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman-indebted movies are long gone and what has emerged is something more true to himself, more akin to the director’s personality — unhurried, laconic and chilled out. His latest picture, the ravishing “Phantom Thread,” is another one of his latter day pictures examining the inscrutable mysteries of human behavior and in particular, the crazy, strange designs behind love.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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With ‘The Last Jedi,’ The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Keeps Feeding On Its Own Mythology

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Back when George Lucas was that oddball car enthusiast and confederate of Francis Ford Coppola’s with two of the greatest and weirdest movies of the 1970s under his belt — “Thx 1138” and “American Graffiti” — he really wanted to make a movie out of “Flash Gordon.” But that didn’t work out, so he moved on to cranking out his own rollicking space opera.

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- Chris Barsanti

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‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black’s Schemes Comes True

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Parsing the schedule at any film festival is never easy, because you don’t want to overlook a movie that could be a breakout hit. However, last year at the Sundance Film Festival, we felt “The Polka King” told us everything we need to know just from the movie title. True to form, the movie left Park City with zero buzz and middling reviews, however, the folks at Netflix crunched their data and determined this will find an audience on their platform.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stream John Williams’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score

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The Force is with the world today, as everyone flocks to multiplexes for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Rian Johnson brings everyone back to a galaxy far, far away and the results are pretty game-changing for the franchise. But some ingredients don’t need to be remixed, and that includes John Williams‘ scores for the series, and once again, he’s returned to tune up the latest chapter, and he’s still in top form.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Trailer: Bring The Movie Home For The Holidays [Exclusive]

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We’ve been spending the month looking back on the tremendous year at the movies, and “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” is a picture we can’t stop thinking about. It’s one of our favorites from the past twelve months and has landed on multiple features including Best Movie Posters Of 2017, Best Movie Trailers Of 2017, Best Horror Films Of 2017, Best Films Of 2017, and Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2017.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Angelina Jolie And ‘Bpm” Snubbed As Oscar Reveals Its 2018 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

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Los Angeles members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have screened all 93 foreign language submissions. The foreign language committee has met, reviewed the tabulations and added three “saves” to the six highest scoring films. There are now nine finalists for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Ruben Ostlund talks “The Square” [Interview]

Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director

The biggest snub this year was Robert Campillo’s “Bpm.” The French drama chronicling the work of Act Up Paris won the Grand Prize at Cannes as well as Best Foreign Language Film from Lafca, the Nyfcc and the Sffcc, among others. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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History Is Made As Disney Takes 20th Century Fox And Hollywood Will Never Be The Same

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When the news leaked that the remaining vestiges of 21st Century (apparently now temporarily known as “New Fox”) would keep the Fox lot in Century City it was a bad sign. The historic studio lot has been the home for the 20th Century Fox movie studio since 1926. When Disney revealed they had no interest in keeping that land, that basically told everyone the studio itself, its history and the company meant little to them in the acquisition that was formally announced today.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Unpacking The Mythos & More [Podcast]

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Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth to discuss the film that will be on most people’s mind throughout the holiday season: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

We start the conversation with some initial, non-specific thoughts on the eighth chapter in the longstanding franchise, this time directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper“).

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- Ryan Oliver

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‘Crashing’ Season 2 Trailer: Pete Holmes Is Looking For Star Quality

14 December 2017 1:54 PM, PST

Crashing” is back! Hooray? I don’t know many people who are particularly enthused by the HBO comedy, which doesn’t have the water cooler flavor of some of their premiere titles. But maybe that’s the low key, secret sauce that has helped it stick around. However, “Togetherness” was similarly under the radar and the network yanked it, despite very good notices.

Anyway, Pete Holmes leads the show, playing a newly single comedian, trying to find love and keep his career going, all in the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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First 3 Minutes Of ‘Justice League’ Have Arrived With Henry Cavill’s CGI Face

14 December 2017 1:33 PM, PST

There are many ways that “Justice League” could’ve started, but we honestly never thought it would be a scene with kids making a podcast. How very #ontrend. The sequence, one of Joss Whedon‘s additions to the overcooked superhero movie, gave the world their first glance at Henry Cavill‘s digitally altered face, and nobody was the same again.

Korea is gearing up for the home video release of “Justice League” next week, and the promotional wheels have turned up the first three minutes of the movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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WGA West Slams Disney/Fox Merger As “Relentless Drive To Eliminate Competition”

14 December 2017 12:59 PM, PST

What initially started as conversations about how cool it would be if Wolverine could punch Thanos, has turned into a very real concern about corporate overreach. Disney‘s deal to buy Fox has opened plenty of questions about its significant impact on the media landscape. Creators are gravely concerned about the elimination of an entire film and television studio as it gets absorbed into the mouse house, and it hasn’t taken long for guilds to start speaking out.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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