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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ director Ron Howard explains why he took over for Lord and Miller

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It’s certainly no secret that Solo: A Star Wars Story turned into an absolute mess last summer when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the production with just three and a half weeks of shooting due to creative differences they had with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter-producer Lawrence Kasdan.

The news of Lord and Miller’s departure was shocking, to say the least, and Kennedy had to scramble to find a replacement for the duo in order to meet a strict deadline. Soon enough, Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard had signed on to take over directing duties on Solo and that filming would resume just a few weeks later.

“I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever,” Howard told Entertainment Weekly. “But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.”

He continued, “It’s disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that. It’s rough on everybody and disappointing for everybody, and I’ve just tried to come in and — of course, Phil and Chris’s fingerprints are all over the movie, given how much they put into it and the time they put into it. I hope fans won’t even think about how the movie was made. They should just lose themselves in it.”

It’s still questionable as to why Lord and Miller never addressed their creative differences with Kennedy and Kasdan sooner and vice versa, but it’s too late for that now. What’s done is done, and it should be interesting to see what Howard has put together with Solo: A Star Wars Story, which stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, and Joonas Suotamo, when the film hits theaters on May 25.

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Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ movie will now set sail 9 months later than expected in July 2020

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Hoping to mirror the same success the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has seen all these years, Disney is hoping to launch yet another ride-based movie franchise with Jungle Cruise, one of the studio’s next live-action adventures starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.

While the film was originally set to be released one year from now on October 19, 2019, Johnson took to Twitter today to announce that the film has now been moved to July 24, 2020, which is a significantly big delay. So what’s the holdup?

Well, at this point, we’re really not sure, but methinks this has to do with Disney vacating its previously announced July 31, 2020 release date for the Untitled Marvel Movie, which was probably either Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or Black Panther 2.

I mean, a Jungle Cruise movie opening in a fall slot? It works. But you know what works even better? A summer slot. And with the Untitled Marvel Movie out of the way, that leaves plenty of room for Jungle Cruise to shine at the box office.

However, that’s just pure speculation on my part and the delay could have to do with something completely different, like Dwayne Johnson’s massively overbooked schedule or director Jaume Collet-Serra just needing more time in the editing room. Who knows at this point!

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Tom Holland swings by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to show off new Spidey suit from ‘Far From Home’

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Jimmy Kimmel has been taping his show in Brooklyn all week, so it would only make sense that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would swing on over from Queens for a quick visit to retrieve his mask from Kimmel sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez and show off his fancy new Spidey suit from Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Indeed, Tom Holland appeared on the show last night (not breaking character or accent for even a second) to reveal our best look yet at his costume in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which is due out next summer, and it looks pretty damn good!

Frankly, I think it looks a lot like the one we saw in Avengers: Infinity War, just a little sleeker and obviously darker around parts of the upper and lower body, but it looks great nonetheless! The interaction between Guillermo and Tom, ahem, I mean Peter Parker, is really what makes this whole clip, though.

Towards the end of the clip, Kimmel asks if Far From Home takes place before the events of Infinity War because, well, we all know what happens at the end of that movie. But, not wanting to reveal any spoilers, Spidey insists he has to leave to stop Thanos from robbing a bank somewhere because “Thanos is poor.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters on July 5, 2018. You can check out the clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live below.

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‘First Reformed’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead the nominations for the 2018 IFP Gotham Awards

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The Independent Filmmaker Project announced today their nominees for the 28th annual IFP Gotham Awards, which are selected by a small group of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators each year, with writer-director Paul Schrader’s First Reformed unsurprisingly leading the pack with the most nominations.

In addition to a Best Feature nomination, the bleak religious drama also landed Schrader a Best Screenplay nod and star Ethan Hawke a Best Actor nod. Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite also scored several nominations, including a Special Jury Award for Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman for their ensemble performance in the period dramedy.

Ari Aster’s Hereditary was another favorite, picking up a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for Aster and a Best Actress nomination for Toni Collette and her magnificently unhinged performance. Similarly, Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade also got a directing nod, while Elsie Fisher picked up a Breakthrough Actor nomination.

The 2018 Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can check out the complete list of nominations below.

Best Feature

The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos, director; Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

First Reformed

Paul Schrader, director; Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, producers (A24)

 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Barry Jenkins, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Megan Ellison, producers (Annapurna Pictures)

 

Madeline’s Madeline

Josephine Decker, director; Krista Parris, Elizabeth Rao, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

 

The Rider

Chloé Zhao, director; Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Mollye Asher, Chloé Zhao, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Documentary

Bisbee ‘17

Robert Greene, producer; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott, producers (4th Row Films)

 

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

RaMell Ross, director; RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim, producers (The Cinema Guild)

 

Minding the Gap

Bing Liu, director; Diane Quon, Bing Liu, producers (Hulu & Magnolia Pictures)

 

Shirkers

Sandi Tan, director; Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph, producers (Netflix)

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Morgan Neville, director; Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, producers (Focus Features)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ari Aster for Hereditary (A24)

Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade (A24)

Jennifer Fox for The Tale (HBO)

Crystal Moselle for Skate Kitchen (Magnolia Pictures)

Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)

Best Screenplay

The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

First Reformed, Paul Schrader (A24)

Private Life, Tamara Jenkins (Netflix)

Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski (Magnolia Pictures)

Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley (Focus Features)

Best Actor

Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)

Ben Foster in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)

Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (A24)

Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)

Best Actress*

Glenn Close in The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics)

Toni Collette in Hereditary (A24)

Kathryn Hahn in Private Life (Netflix)

Regina Hall in Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)

Michelle Pfeiffer in Where is Kyra? (Paladin and Great Point Media)

*The 2018 Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award to Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz for their ensemble performance in The Favourite. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (Netflix)

Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (A24)

Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)

Breakthrough Series – Long Form

Alias Grace, Sarah Polley, Mary Harron, Noreen Halpern, executive producers (Netflix)

Big Mouth, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, creators; Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett, executive producers (Netflix)

The End of the F***ing World, Andy Baker, Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, Ed MacDonald, Dominic Buchanan, Jonathan Entwistle, executive producers (Netflix)

Killing Eve, Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, executive producers (BBC America)

Pose, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, creators; Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, executive producers (FX Networks)

Sharp Objects, Marti Noxon, creator; Marti Noxon, Jason Blum, Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, Charles Layton, Marci Wiseman, Jessica Rhoades, executive producers (HBO)

Breakthrough Series – Short Form

195 Lewis, Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Rae Leone Allen, creators

Cleaner Daze, Tess Sweet and Daniel Gambelin, creators

Distance, Alex Dobrenko, creator

The F Word, Nicole Opper, creator

She’s the Ticket, Nadia Hallgren, creat

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