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Movie News – Week of 12/9

News that caught my eye:

Anthony Hopkins says actors are ‘pretty stupid’ and admits he doesn’t watch ‘green screen films’

This tickles me.

Mena Massoud: After ‘Aladdin’ Made $1 Billion, I Still Couldn’t Get an Audition

Quick question: Did Aladdin make a billion dollars because people flocked to see the no-name star or because it was a recognizable property that everyone had ‘member berries for?

Star Wars‘ Kathleen Kennedy on the Long Road to Ending the Skywalkers’ Story

“But the important thing is, I like to look at the first three movies that George did where he had different directors. He was really serving as the producing role in that. And we were doing a similar kind of thing, which is identifying genre and really allowing a filmmaker, and in the case of J.J. and Rian, huge Star Wars fans, and allowing them to get immersed, to find the center of the story and then make it their own.”

You know what this tells me? This tells me that Kennedy is a terrible producer. It’s not that the new Star Wars movies needed a plan, it’s that she didn’t have a plan for how to approach this or stick with whatever plan she had developed. If she was about respecting filmmakers she wouldn’t have replaced Gareth Edwards on the Rogue One reshoots or fired the original directors of Solo 75% of the way through production. Her fingerprints are all over every single one of the Disney movies precisely because she’s not about letting filmmakers “find the center of the story”.

‘Justice League’ writer straight-up teases a Snyder Cut release date

Well, this thing just keeps gaining a life of its own. As I said previously, I’m interested in the Snyder Cut, though I don’t expect it to be some hidden masterpiece. I also love the idea of getting a release of an unfinished film with animatics in the place of finished special effects.

Trailers that caught my eye:

Jason Reitman taking up his father’s franchise. I’m looking forward to it.

This looks like they tried to put way too much in the trailer. Half of it feels like stuff from the first half hour, and not in a sustained single sequence sort of way (like the original trailer for Pixar’s Brave did). I mean, it’s a James Bond movie, just give us the stunts and the baddie.

Sure. Big superhero movie. Another one. Yay.

Hey! An action movie that’s not based on a previous property! It’s like a unicorn!

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