Ron Howard Narrates STAR WARS Trilogy In “Arrested Rebellion” Nerdist Spoof (VIDEO LINK)



Now the story of a rebellion’s battle against an evil empire, and the one who could bring balance to the Force.

Ever since Ron Howard was announced as the new director of the untitled Young Han Solo movie, the social medias have had fun imagining the Star Wars saga told through the comedic filter of Arrested Development, the cult TV Comedy series that Howard not only produced but narrated.

Now someone has finally done it. The Nerdist website has taken the Star Wars/AD mashups to the next level by splicing clips from the Original Star Wars Trilogy and putting them together in the style of an Arrested Development episode – including lines of narration by Howard from that series.

There must’ve been a lot of work done pouring through the AD archives to find just the right Howard comments for this supercut, and the deep dive really paid off.

You can watch the entire 3-minute brilliant video here at the Nerdist website.


Ron Howard Posts Photo Tweet Storm From HAN SOLO Set (IMAGES)


The new director for the untitled Young Han Solo Movie is bringing back as much balance to fans on social media as he is to the set of the troubled film shoot.

Through both his Twitter and Instagram accounts, director Ron Howard has been regularly posting images from the set of the latest Star Wars Anthology movie ever since it resumed production with Howard at the helm. He took over for the fired directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

His first image was barely a tease, but posts made since have offered interesting (if still cryptic) references, perhaps even inconsequential. Regardless what they reveal, or don’t, the fact that Howard and Lucasfilm have embraced this social media outlet to the fan base would suggest that Howard is savvy enough to understand he should take the calming presence he’s brought to a set in turmoil and extend that to the anxious fans as well. It’s a transparent confidence that says, “Hey everybody, don’t worry. We’re good. We’re having fun. We’ve got this.”

Below are posts Howard has made since taking over at the end of June. The possible Lando costumes are pretty sweet (though not officially confirmed as his), but the question I want answered most is from that picture of Chewie watching the monitor at video village: who are the characters in the sad embrace on the screen-right monitor?!

The untitled Young Han Solo Movie is still scheduled to open on May 25, 2018.

Chewie at Video Village

Lando in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

lining up a shot today from my director's monitor

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Lando in Hyperspace

Lando Wardrobe?

More Lando Wardrobe?
(And no, this isn’t the Lando movie, it *is* the Han Solo movie.)

#UntitledHanSoloMovie Care to guess whose closet this is?

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Muddy Work Boots

First Day

New BTS Video For THE LAST JEDI Shows That STAR WARS Remains A Strong Force (VIDEO)

“Rian has written a story that’s unexpected, but right.” – Daisy Ridley

The Young Han Solo shoot may be in turmoil, but this new behind-the-scenes video for The Last Jedi brings balance back to the Star Wars universe, along with inspiring chills.

Working even more effectively than the film’s debut trailer, this Episode VIII production sneak peak – with comments from director and cast – does exactly what it’s supposed to do: make you feel like December 15th can’t get here soon enough.

Surprise Clip Of LION KING Live Action Movie Drops Jaws At Disney’s D23 (VIDEO)

First footage of the live action Lion King just screened at Disney’s D23 convention. It’s not available to the public yet, but the rave reviews from attendees are all over the interweb Pridelands. This one, from Mark Ellis (Collider, SchmoesKnow), is as pure and exciting a fan reaction as you could hope for, and indicative of every other reaction I’ve read. The Lion King (live action) opens in two years on July 19, 2019.

First Track From DUNKIRK Score, Hans Zimmer’s Latest For Christopher Nolan (AUDIO)

Hans Zimmer‘s most iconic film music has boasted the distinct bombastic style of broad, synthesized brass booming in epic strokes (Gladiator being a classic example). In his scores for Christopher Nolan, however, most have incorporated a more percussive drive (with Interstellar perhaps being somewhat of an exception). That style continues here in the first cue released from Zimmer’s score for the WWII actioner Dunkirk, titled “Supekrmarine”. Listening to it, you half-expect the Dark Knight to burst in out of nowhere and onto the scene. A traditional orchestral approach more in tune to the 1940s time period, this ain’t. Dunkirk opens on July 21, 2017.

New SPIDER-MAN Music Is Here, In Michael Giacchino’s HOMECOMING Suite (AUDIO)

The webs won’t spin until they have a theme to guide them. Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who’s become the John Williams of our time as a go-to maestro for blockbusters (just check his IMDb list), is onboard for the Marvel hero’s reboot in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Sony Classical Music has just released this First Listen Suite medley of Giacchino’s work for the movie.

Variations on the Main Theme can be heard at 1:20 and again at 5:00.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.



New Book “Movies Are Prayers”, By Filmspotting Co-Host, Explores How Movies Emerge From Spiritual Longing (VIDEOS/LINK)


“Even the howl of the atheist is directed at the God they don’t acknowledge.”

This sentiment reflects the expansive thesis set by Josh Larsen, author of the new book “Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings.”

Larsen, co-host of Filmspotting (one of the most popular movie podcasts for over a decade), does not examine “Christian movies” or Faith-based cinema. Instead, the editor and film critic for ThinkChristian looks at the totality of cinema – from Hollywood classics to contemporary hits to all kinds of films in-between – to see how yearnings for God are expressed in the movies:

  • “Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.”

His suggestion? Spiritual depth is so innate that it is inevitably expressed in art, including movies, even when a filmmaker doesn’t consciously intend to do so. The root of authentic artistic expression emerges from the spirit.

The book, published by InterVarsity Press, is available now in bookstores and online (Amazon link here).

To hear more from Larsen about what his new book explores, watch the videos below. To read his latest film reviews, visit Larsen On Film.