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Check out these episode descriptions for the sixth and final season of the Girls TV show. Girls season six premieres on HBO Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Starring Lena Dunham as Hannah and Allison Williams as Marnie, the Girls cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky, Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.Guest stars in the final season of Girls include Peter Scolari, Becky Ann Baker, Rita Wilson, Jon Glaser, Colin Quinn, Corey Stoll, Riz Ahmed, Matthew Rhys, and Tracey Ullman. Get the scoop, after the jump. Read More… »
Silence Review Podcast. FilmBookCast Ep. 50 – Silence (2016), is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio discuss their thoughts on the newest film from director Martin Scorsese, Silence. Silence is a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issey Ogata, and Yosuke Kubozuka, among others. Silence‘s IMDb plot synopsis: “Two […] »
- Michael Smith
In this clip from an upcoming episode of Pop Culture Conquest, Luke Skywalker himself is reunited with his lightsaber from the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s quite the nostalgia trip and features some new interesting trivia about the mechanics behind the prop along with who else has used it on set. Take a look here…
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb), Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), and Warwick Davis joined by new additions Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Robert Kojder
This year’s award season continues to yield a robust specialized bounty. The Oscar contenders are led by “La La Land” (Lionsgate) and “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox). The public, particularly older audiences, are coming out in big numbers for films that launched in limited release.
That doesn’t extend to new limited openings, with nearly all top distributors holding back until the awards noise dies down. Still, a few are venturing out with smaller less heralded films in New York (along with a plethora of Video on Demand releases). This week sees three of note, led by a very surprising total for “World’s Apart” (Cinema Libre), an under-the-radar 2015 Greek economic crisis drama.
Check out our Award Season video interviews.
(All figures for three-day weekend through Sunday January 15.)
Worlds Apart (Cinema Libre)
$14,000 gross at 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $14,000
This Greek film, which tells three loosely related »
- Tom Brueggemann
Have you ever wanted to see a wookiee pull someone’s arm out of its socket? Well now you can thanks to a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Chewbacca coming to the aid of Rey when she’s confronted by Unkar Plutt and Maz’s castle, and Unkar coming to realise that it’s not wise to upset a wookiee…
See Also: Carrie Fisher shines in recently released The Force Awakens deleted scene
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Gwendoline Christie »
- Gary Collinson
Last night, Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement that Carrie Fisher's likeness will not be digitally recreated for Star Wars: Episode IX. They do not mention a new actor coming into play the iconic role of Princess Leia, which is unlikely to happen with the older version of the character. Many fans are now speculating that General Leia Organa's death will eventually redeem Kylo Ren, as he resumes his birth name of Ben Organa. This comes after the the Knight of Ren is gravely injured in a style similar to what happened to his grandfather Anakin Skywalker. Of a course, this all sounds like a slight flight of fancy pieced together from various rumors. But some of it does make sense.
A few days ago we brought you some comments from Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, where he revealed that the middle-chapter of the Sequel Trilogy will pick up straight after the final shot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as touching upon Rey’s journey and her training under Luke Skywalker.
Well, USA Today has now posted an interview with the filmmaker, during which he offered a few more tidbits on December’s hugely-anticipated sequel.
“I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were,” said Johnson. “I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory,” Johnson says. “Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that »
- Gary Collinson
Lucasfilm issued a statement on Friday refuting rumors that Fisher would be digitally recreated for future Star Wars films, following the actress' death on Dec. 27.
"We don't normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa," read a statement on starwars.com.
"Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend," the statement continued. "We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always »
Adam Driver stars as a driver named Paterson from Paterson in Paterson. Got that? He drives a bus in New Jersey’s third most populous city where he lives in a small house with wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and bulldog Marvin. Each day, Paterson gets up, eats breakfast, walks Marvin, then goes to work. Fascinated by his passengers, he listens in on their conversations. After work he stops by the same tavern for just one beer, then goes home to his wife. Paterson repeats that routine again the next day. A quiet man, Paterson writes poetry in a notebook in his spare time. His words are spelled out across the screen and we often hear him reciting them or working them out as he goes.
On the surface, not a lot happens in Paterson. His bus breaks down, but it’s hardly a crisis. Someone fires a gun in his favorite bar, »
- Tom Stockman
2017 is a milestone year for a true master of modern cinema. He harkens back to a time when the most celebrated directors were as big a star as the actors in their films. And, like many of those revered film makers, he’s recognized primarily by his last name. He’s part of a roll call along with Hitchcock, DeMille, Lean. Oh, but he made his name well past the era of the big studio system, one of those hungry “young rebels” that bent all the rules. These products of the college film departments, who “cut their teeth” in TV and drive-in quickies: Coppola, Spielberg, and Scorsese. Martin Scorsese has now been directing feature films for fifty years (his first was 1967’s Who’S That Knocking At My Door?). While his film making contemporary, Frances Coppola, has largely stepped away from the cameras, Scorsese continues to craft highly personal films »
- Jim Batts
“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)”—Matthew 27:46Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest ministering in a 17th century Japan hostile to Christians, craves the sound of this voice, pining for a confirmation of his convictions: something—anything—to demonstrate that God, too, has not forsaken him. Accompanied by Garrpe (Adam Driver), a fellow priest, he enters Japan looking for his former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who according to rumor apostatized at the hands of the Japanese authorities. Because the Japanese closed off their borders to “Christian” nations like England, Portugal and Spain, Garrpe and Rodrigues travel illegally from Macao to Japan, led by an enigmatic drunkard, Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka). Shortly after their arrival, the priests bear witness to excruciating acts of torture perpetrated against the local Japanese Christians. »
Over the past decade, Martin Scorsese has given us “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” “Hugo,” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” but this weekend comes something very different from the filmmaker. “Silence” is the director’s decades-long-in-the-making passion project that tackles head-on the struggle of the devout to maintain their faith during life’s most trying times.
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the short teaser, the Rogue One heroine is rehearsing the opening line of her monologue on the Studio 8H stage when she asks the audience -- made up entirely of Stormtroopers -- if they think she's ready, and she's met with a resounding shrug of indifference.
"Thank guys, you're a real bunch of troopers," the English thespian jokes to a chorus of groans and boos at the cheesy pun.
It was a fun promo -- and one that hints at the possibility of the upcoming show containing at least a few Star Wars sketches.
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- Mia Galuppo
The East Coast and West Coast have been playing tug of war over the top Oscar the past dozen years, and this year the regional divide is especially pronounced.
“La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea,” two of the awards season’s earliest and enduring favorites, represent each other’s coastal opposite: Kenneth Lonergan’s prototypically New England “Manchester by the Sea” is as wintry and repressed as Damien Chazelle’s retro Los Angeles musical is sun-drenched and yearning. It’s impossible to imagine either movie set elsewhere: the chill is palpable from the moment Casey Affleck’s handyman starts shoveling snow at the outset of “Manchester by the Sea.” “La La Land,” by contrast, opens with a gridlock-defying dance routine on a freeway, establishing Emma Stone’s Mia as a wannabe actress driving a Prius, the eco-friendly car popular with the city’s creative class.
Both movies hope »
- Diane Garrett
Chicago – For gosh sakes, someone call the Vatican and make Marty Scorsese an honorary priest. He is overtly fascinated – in this work and his other films – with the notion of religious faith, particular within his Catholic roots. He approaches the subject again in the intense “Silence.”
Based on a novel from the 1960s, “Silence” is a story about Portuguese priests in an missionary zone, in this case Japan in the late 1600s. It is filled with the “testing” of these priests’ faith, as the Japanese were ruthless in their prosecution of these pastors. Basically this is Scorsese obsessing about the tests of faith that were outlined in the novel, and visually bringing the torture of this moral dilemma to life. The film actually gets better after a slow start – and has an electric atmosphere of dread and honor – but really does nothing to resolve the matter of man versus the breaking point. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Most Star Wars fans are still riding pretty high from the excitement that came with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but as the high winds down, more attention is being directed at Star Wars: Episode VIII. We don't know much about the movie right now. In fact, we don't even know the title, but director Rian Johnson does and he has for quite some time now.
The director, who also wrote the script for the next installment of the Star Wars saga, recently spoke with USA Today about the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and naturally, the movie's title came up. As it turns out, Rian Johnson has known what the title will be for Star Wars: Episode VIII for a long time and he is just as eager to get it out into the world as we are to know what it is. Here is »
2015's record-breaking blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced fans to a new trio of heroes in this galaxy far, far away, the Force-sensitive Rey (Daisy Ridley), the former Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and the pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Fans will get to explore these characters a whole lot more in the upcoming sequel Star Wars: Episode VIII. But fans will also get to know these characters in a much different way. Director Rian Johnson explained in a new interview that he plans on exploring these characters in a much deeper way.
USA Today caught up with Rian Johnson, who is still deep in the post-production process after shooting wrapped on the sequel back in July. After joking that he'd tell the publication "anything you want to know," the filmmaker did say that this sequel will explore these characters through more than just simple backstory, revealing more secrets »
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham to discuss Martin Scorsese‘s religious drama Silence, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson, which expands wide this weekend.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 221 – Silence
00:00 – 6:54 – Introductions
6:55 – 1:00:19 – Silence Discussion
1:00:20 – 1:49:50 – Silence Spoiler Discussion
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- Brian Roan
Filmmaker Rian Johnson has finally spoken about some key plot points for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, which is due in cinemas this coming December. We don’t have an official title for the film as yet, and are yet to see a trailer, but Johnson has spilled the beans on some aspects of the story, and how the film follows Star Wars: The Force Awakens and that meeting between Rey and Luke Skywalker at the end of the movie.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years, I want to see the very next moment of what happens,” said Johnson. The talented director of Looper and Brick added that Luke and Rey’s relationship is “a large part of the movie” and will be addressing why Luke’s on Ahc-To Island, as well as his purpose moving forward. “Part of what’s she’s dealing with »
- Paul Heath
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