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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Evolution (Lucile Hadžihalilovic)
Near the beginning of Evolution, there’s a shot that hangs underwater, showing a seemingly harmonious aquatic eco-system that’s glimpsed just long enough to create the sense of something that, while somewhat familiar, is distinctly outside the human world. This fleeting image though shows the promise of the film Evolution could’ve been. – Ethan V. (full review)
Where to Stream: Netflix
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- The Film Stage
Fisher had already completed production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi prior to her death, and now Disney’s Bob Iger has confirmed that no changes will be made to the eighth instalment of the main saga as a result of her passing.
“She appears throughout VIII. And what I can say about that is, we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing. So her performance, which we’re really pleased with, remains as it was in VIII.”
Iger also categorically ruled out the use of CGI for Star Wars: Episode IX, adding that: “In Rogue One we created digitally a few characters. One had been an actor who actually passed away and was in an earlier Star Wars film. »
- Gary Collinson
The Star Wars universe was dealt a crippling blow late last year, when Carrie Fisher suddenly passed away at 60, days after suffering from a heart attack on an international flight from London to Los Angeles. In the wake of her passing, it was confirmed that Carrie Fisher had finished shooting the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But with reshoots reportedly happening this month, some wondered if there would be any changes to the story in regards to Leia's role. While speaking at Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment conference, held at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California, Disney CEO Bob Iger made it clear that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will not be altered because of the actress' passing. Here's what the Disney CEO had to say below.
"When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films, Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had »
It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.
It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.
Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »
- Jude Dry
In just a few short weeks, Disney and LucasFilm will reportedly be unveiling the first Last Jedi trailer during Star Wars Celebration, which runs from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 in Orlando, Florida. Until then, we're only left with rumors about this highly-anticipated sequel, and today we have another unconfirmed report that will make fans of the original trilogy quite happy. If this new rumor is to be believed, fans will be revisiting two iconic planets from the original trilogy in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX, along with a third planet first introduced on the big screen in Revenge of the Sith. There will be Potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Word has hit that the next film in the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, could see events returning to classic planets from previous movies.
There are certain things one tends to think when it comes to Star Wars; of course there are lightsabers, the force, Jedi, Sith, droids et.c, and there are also the planets. And certain ones stand tall in Sw legend, be it for their important events or unique looks.
Well, it looks like we could get the chance to revisit some of those old locations, as MakingStarWars.net is reporting that three such planets will be seen again very soon, according to their source:
“To cut to the chase, the three returning planets are Tatooine, Endor, and Mustafar, although we might not see them in that exact order”.
How reliable the is source? Who knows, but Making Star Wars did have a very good track »
- Samuel Brace
Star Wars fans are very good at grabbing onto practically nothing and making it into a big something. Sometimes they are right to do so, and sometimes it is a complete waste of time. Mark Hamill probably knows this better than anyone and he uses it to his advantage quite often. Even when he is wishing one of his Star Wars: The Last Jedi co-stars a happy birthday. Which is exactly what he did for John Boyega's birthday recently.
Mark Hamill decided to kill two birds with one stone the other day when he took to Twitter to tell John Boyega happy birthday, but he couldn't resist messing with Star Wars fans a bit at the same time. Similar to last year, he (almost certainly jokingly) implied that John Boyega's character Finn is the son of Luke Skywalker. Here is what he had to say.
"Shout-out to @JohnBoyega »
Per Twitter, the outlet’s Eic Jordan Maison claimed that the bulk of EA’s Swco presentation will center on Battlefront 2 and, in particular, its all-new single-player campaign, which ought to please those players who bemoaned the feature’s absence from the 2015 original. It’s shaping up to be a “dramatically bigger” sequel, one that may well feature characters pulled from the current line of Star Wars movies – think Rey, Finn and Adam Driver’s mercurial Kylo Ren. A holiday 2017 release date is reportedly the target for Star Wars Battlefront 2, which indicates the publisher will reserve a multiplayer showcase for its sophomore EA Play event in June.
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- Michael Briers
Drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film follows Paterson (Adam Driver), a New Jersey bus driver with a hidden talent for writing poetry. Following the same routine each day, Paterson uses his observations while driving as inspiration for his writing. With his quirky and ambitious wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) pushing him to publish his work, Paterson is reluctant to make any change to his comfortable and serene world. The cast also includes Barry Shabaka Henley and Chasten Harmon.
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In other good news, Elijah may have finally found an actual storyline!
"Full Disclosure" was a fitting title on two levels. On a surface level, it's the title of Adam's movie about his relationship with Hannah, a movie which is increasingly becoming important in the lives and character arcs of Adam, Jessa, and now Hannah.
But beyond that, "Full Disclosure" was relevant because it's literally what Hannah did – she fully disclosed the status of her pregnancy (and the fact that she's keeping the baby) to nearly all of the most important characters on the show, including her dad (and his partner Keith), Marnie, Adam, and Jessa.
At this point, the only two main characters who probably don't know are Ray and Shoshanna »
- Caralynn Lippo
We're exactly 10 months away from seeing Luke Skywalker return on the big screen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters this December. And we're just one month away from seeing him in the first teaser trailer for the movie, which is supposed to debut at Star Wars Celebration this April. While he's not allowed to show us anything new quite yet, Mark Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker in four Star Wars movies, has a different kind of treat in store for us today. He is showing off the first ever photo of Luke Skywalker from the set of 1977's A New Hope. He says this.
"Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction)-Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic #Sw"
A new movie from French arthouse wonder Leos Carax starring Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and Rihanna sounded like a dream. And indeed, that’s all it ever will be, as “Annette” moves forward but without two-thirds of that leading trio.
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Moonlight,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video under an extension of the ecommerce giant’s pact with studio A24.
The multiyear deal, an extension of the 2013 pact between the two companies, will continue to make Amazon Prime Video the only premium subscription service for all upcoming A24 films. However, the content agreement covers only the U.S. — so Prime Video members elsewhere won’t have access to the movies as part of their subscription.
- Todd Spangler
Back in April of last year it was rumoured that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will feature an appearance from Master Yoda, which was supported by a further report in September which suggested that a new puppet had been created for the hotly-anticipated Episode VIII. And now the man behind Yoda, Frank Oz, has further stoked the fires of speculation with an interview in Variety.
“I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number,” said Oz when asked about an appearance in The Last Jedi. “To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.”
Now, it is of »
- Gary Collinson
The indie movie world got some amazing news earlier this week when Amazon acquired U.S. rights to Leos Carax’s “Annette.” The film, which marks the first English-language project from the “Holy Motors” director, begins production this spring and has the very enticing duo of Adam Driver and Rihanna in the leading roles. Or at least it did.
Pitchfork is now reporting that Rihanna’s representatives have confirmed that the pop star is not starring “Annette.” Rihanna had been reportedly attached to the film for several months, as was Rooney Mara. The Amazon acquisition release made note that Mara had left the film, but did mention Rihanna was still on board. According to the singer’s reps, this is no longer the case. No word yet on how this might affect »
- Zack Sharf
Annette recently had actress Rooney Mara attached, only for her to leave the project because of other commitments. The search is on for a new female lead but has managed to acquire the services of Star Wars’ Adam Driver and global pop star Rihanna.
Variety has learned that Amazon has acquired the United States distribution rights for the movie, which is to be a music filled drama by French director Leos Carax. Annette will be Carax’s English language debut.
- Samuel Brace
This year marks the iconic 40th Anniversary of the very first Star Wars movie, 1977's A New Hope, with the celebration kicking off next month at Star Wars Celebration, There, fans are expected to get their first look at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. May also marks the 37th anniversary for the sequel Empire Strikes Back, considered by many to be the best movie in the entire franchise. While this year doesn't mark a particularly memorable milestone for the sequel, some behind-the-scenes video was recently recovered up from the set, and it shows the usually-wholesome Mark Hamill letting out an uncharacteristic curse word. There's a good reason for the swear though, as it came after a snake bit his hand on the set.
The scene in question takes place towards the end of Empire Strikes Back, where Yoda tries to convince Mark Hamill's character Luke Skywalker to »
Update: A rep for Rihanna tells Rolling Stone that the singer, originally rumored to be involved in the film, will be not starring in Annette. This article has been updated accordingly to reflect the new information.
According to Deadline, Annette tells the story of a stand-up comedian who's left to raise a two-year-old with a surprising gift after his opera singer wife dies. »
From Deadline comes the news that Amazon Studios will be the U.S. and Canadian distributor for Annette, the anticipated (and seemingly insane) new movie from the idiosyncratic French writer-director Leos Carax. Described as a musical about a stand-up comedian, the film stars Adam Driver and features original songs by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, also known as the cult art-pop duo Sparks. Rooney Mara, who was originally attached in a leading role, has since dropped out, reportedly due to her commitment to another bizarre-sounding arthouse musical, the Mica Levi-scored, Brady Corbet-directed Vox Lux.
Annette, which will only be Carax’s sixth film in 33 years, promises to be the largest project that the director has undertaken since 1991’s The Lovers Of The Bridge. (Which, coincidentally, came out on Blu-ray today, with a booklet essay by yours truly.) The filmmaker, whose real name is Alex Dupont, is the son »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Amazon Studios has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Rihanna, as reported by Variety. The musical drama will be helmed by French director Leos Carax (“Holy Motors”), who’s working in English for the first time.
“I hope to make a film one day that will be music. I wanted life in music, that is what I wanted here,” Carax told IndieWire’s Eric Kohn back in 2012. Now, he gets to do exactly that.
“Annette” follows a stand-up comedian who is faced with the reality of caking care of his 2-year-old daughter after his opera singer wife dies. But »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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