More New Footage In BLADE RUNNER 2049 Featurette (VIDEO)

If this sequel is the equivalent of a replicant, then it’s doing its job as a convincing clone in rather spectacular fashion, one that’s as good – if not better – than its original. Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), opens on October 6, 2017.

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New First Look Photos Of MARY POPPINS RETURNS Sweep Into EW Cover Story (IMAGES)

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These new photos should make every Poppins fan feel expialidocious.

Entertainment Weekly’s latest cover story offers up first look images of the much anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt as the beloved magical nanny.

From the sequel set 25 years after the events of the original classic, these photos include Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack (Bert the chimney sweep’s former apprentice), the grown-up siblings Michael and Jane (Ben Whishsaw and Emily Mortimer), and Michael’s three kids.

Also included are three artist’s renderings of the production design, as well as two set photos, one of director Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago) and Meryl Streep at a singing rehearsal with the cast. Streep plays Mary’s cousin, Topsy.

Not pictured are co-stars Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke, so more first look goodies are still to come.

With songs by the Tony-winning team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray),  the arrival of Mary Poppins Returns is still far off: December 25, 2018.

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Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes Of How Diana Prince Becomes Wonder Woman (VIDEO)

Want more insight into the best movie of the summer so far? This 15-minute featurette combines scenes, set footage, and in-depth interviews (director Patty Jenkins speaks with clear vision and passion) to not only reveal how Wonder Woman was made but, more importantly, the spirit and philosophy behind it.

To read my review, click here.

To read my essay on why this movie struck a chord with audiences, click here.

Vanity Fair LAST JEDI Portraits, Video, & Article Provide “The Definitive Preview” (IMAGES/VIDEO/LINK)

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Every image is gorgeous, and some are heartbreaking.

That’s what’s captured in the mix of portraits (seen in the gallery below) shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in Vanity Fair’s collector’s issue for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They anchor the magazine’s “definitive preview” for the eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, which is the in-depth article by writer David Kamp (click here to read).

These images also reveal for the first time the characters played by new cast members Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. A focus is granted to some of the designers as well: Costume Designer Michael Kaplan, Production Designer Rick Heinrichs, and Creature Supervisor Neal Scanlan.

The most beautiful and precious images of the bunch, however, are the portraits of the late Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and co-star Mark Hamill. With her untimely and still shocking death, these become weighted with so much more poignancy and value.

And to top it off, there’s a short behind-the-scenes video highlighting the photo shoot, including more footage of a vibrant Fisher before she unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

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LA LA LAND and MOONLIGHT Directors Share Variety Cover – For A Very Cool Reason

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The grace that the filmmakers of La La Land showed to those of Moonlight – in the midst of the biggest gut-punching “psyche” job to ever play out on a global stage – didn’t end on Oscar night.

Every year post-Oscars, Variety (the legendary Hollywood trade publication) puts the Academy Award winner for Best Director on its cover. This year, that honor goes to Damien Chazelle, who won for helming La La Land. And yet when the edition debuted, director Barry Jenkins – whose Moonlight had just beat La La Land for Best Picture in an historic upset – was sharing the cover with Chazelle.

The reason: because Chazelle had asked Variety – and not the other way around – if Jenkins could join him, for the cover and the interview.

As Variety put it:

  • The high stakes and cutthroat tactics enlisted during Hollywood’s annual award season have long rivaled those of hard-fought political campaigns. But this year’s race showed the entertainment community at its absolute best. This was not a case of winner-take-all, but rather — as our cover story hopefully and joyfully exemplifies — proof that contenders share similar dreams, struggles, and frailties, and in fact can show respect and a generosity of spirit toward one another, whether they win or lose.

To read the entire joint interview conducted by Kristopher Tapley, Variety’s Oscar guru and host of their Oscar podcast Playbackclick here. The feature includes a pictorial essay of these two filmmakers, who were at the top of the 2016 Academy Award winning class. That photo essay is teased here in this behind-the-scenes video:

First Cast Photo For The YOUNG HAN SOLO Star Wars Anthology Movie (IMAGE)

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On set in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, but not yet in costume, here’s our first look at the (mostly) assembled cast of the as-yet-to-be-titled Young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Movie.

Pictured with co-diretors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, this is who they are left-to-right: co-director Christopher Miller, Woody Harrelson (as Solo’s mentor), Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich (as Han Solo), Emilia Clarke, co-director Phil Lord, and Donald Glover (playing Lando Calrissian). Oh, and Chewie. Of course Chewie. But no Thandie Newton, yet.

Principal photography officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. Written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, the crew also boasts current Academy Award nominated D.P. Bradford Young; he’s up for Best Cinematography for his stunning work in Arrival.

The Young Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Movie opens next summer on Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 2018.

“Lost Brothers”: MOANA Deleted Scene (VIDEO)

At one point, Moana had six older brothers. In this deleted scene extra from the upcoming Moana blu-ray release, we see an early sequence from the story’s development before Moana became an only child. Moana, nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, is playing in theaters. It’s available via Digital HD on February 21 and on Blu-ray March 7, 2017.