Go Behind-the-Scenes in New Featurette for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

«I’m hoping it’ll be a little shocking. But I’m hoping it will feel real and honest.» Lucasfilm has dropped a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at their D23 Expo presentation this weekend. Like the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Force Awakens, this includes a whole bunch of new footage and looks at various characters/aliens/scenes we haven’t seen anything about yet. And oh my goodness does it look magnificent. I can’t wait!! Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. Newcomers include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and others. There’s so many questions I have after watching this. But that’s the point — it’s an exhilarating tease that will keep our interests piqued while we wait until release. Fire this up below. ›››

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A last look at The Leftovers

Showrunner Damon Lindelof joined me for episode 206 to talk through the process of writing The Leftovers. Here’s how he described breaking an episode:

For the “blue-sky phase,” once we land on something that we like, you just write a sentence. Like, “Baby doll made in Tijuana.” And the last one is “Kevin throws baby out window.” It’s literally just those sentences.

After two days, you look and you have about 20 of those sentences up on the board. Then you’re ready to go into the next phase, which I think is what I would call the story-breaking phase, where you just go scene-by-scene and you start to pitch specific dialogue, character dynamics, etc.

Writing for Vulture, Boris Kachka takes an in-depth look at how the final episode was written, shot and edited. It’s a great look at the process from blank whiteboard to final cut. Highly recommended for anyone interested in making television.

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Tuesday, June 20 Filming Locations for The Last Ship, Jessica Jones, Search Party, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Tuesday, June 20: Filming in California TV Series: The Last Ship Stars: Eric Dane Location: 419 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles (7:00 AM — 11:59 PM) TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movies: Widows Stars: Liam Neeson Location: 22nd and Hoyne, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: Gold Coast Studio in Bethpage TV Series: Red Oaks Stars: Craig Roberts Location: Central Ave, Pearl River TV Series: Shades of Blue Stars: Jennifer Lopez Location: Mott and Prince St, NYC  TV Series: The Tick Stars: Peter Serafinowicz Location: Broadway Stages, Glendale Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: Sanitorium Rd, Pomona  TV Series: Crashing Stars: Pete Holmes Location: 18th and 8th Ave, NYC  Credit: Jen, @kitson Movie: Summer Movie Stars: Louis CK Location:  6th Ave and 57th St, NYC  @ArtsCommented Movie: The Neighborhood  Stars: James Russo Location: Bath Ave and Bay 43rd St, Brooklyn Credit: @AmyK1791 TV Series: Search Party Stars: Alia Shawkat Location: N 1st St and Kent Ave, Brooklyn  Credit: @NatheaRegalsSVU TV Series: Mozart in the Jungle..

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Monday, June 12 Filming Locations for Mr. Robot, The Sinner, Chance, Last O.G. and more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Monday, June 12: Filming in California TV Series: Chance Stars: Hugh Laurie Location: 661 Imperial St, Los Angeles (5:00 AM — 12:00 PM) TV Series: American Horror Story Stars: Billie Lourd Location: FOX Studio, Los Angeles  TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Filming: 930 E 50th St, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: near Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head TV Series: Last O.G. Stars: Tracy Morgan Location: Hoyt St between Douglass and Butler St in brooklyn Credit: @alexiapouet TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: Broadway Stages, Long Island City Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: Mr. Robot Stars: Rami Malek Location: Park Ave and E 57th St, NYC TV Series: Luke Cage Stars: Mike Colter Location: Monitor St and Norman Ave, Brooklyn TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: W 101st St, NYC Credit: @XMelDNY TV Series: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stars: Rachel Brosnahan Location: Washington Square Park, NYC Filming in Tennessee TV Series: Nashville Stars: Rachel Bilson..

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You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of ‘Powerless’

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Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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Tuesday, June 13 Filming Locations fro Major Crimes, The Week Of, Last OG, and more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Tuesday, June 13: Filming in California TV Series: Insecure Stars: Issa Rae Location: 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles (8:00 AM — 2:00 AM) TV Series: Major Crimes  Stars: Mary McDonnell Location: Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Filming: 930 E 50th St, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: near Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head TV Series: Last O.G. Stars: Tracy Morgan Location: Caldman Plaza West and Middaugh Booklyn Credit: Linda Project: Untitled Summer Project (might be Woody Allen’s Summer Project?) Location: Warren St and Greenwich St, NYC TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: Broadway Stages, Long Island City Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: Luke Cage Stars: Mike Colter Location: Bradway Stages, Brooklyn  TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: Broadway Stages, Brooklyn TV Series: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stars: Rachel Brosnahan Location: Steiner Studios, Brooklyn  Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day, too! We’re always looking for more info…know where..

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Tuesday, April 25 Filming Locations for Electric Dreams, Supernatural, Stella’s Last Weekend, Mr. Robot, & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Tuesday, April 25, 2017: Filming in British Columbia TV Series: Supernatural Stars: Jared Padalecki Location: Britannia Beach Credit: @pursuit23 Filming in California TV Series: Insecure Stars: Issa Rae Location: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles (5:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot in L.A.  Filming in Illinois TV Series: The Chi Stars: Jason Mitchell Location: 1200 N Damen, Chicago  Movie: Electric Dreams Location: Sacramento and Belmont, Chicago Credit: Eric TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location: 943 W Maxwell St, Chicago  Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Mr. Robot  Stars: Rami Malek Location: 84th and Central Park West, NYC Credit: @mamakin76 TV Series: Difficult People Stars: Billy Eichner Location: 43rd St and 5th Ave, NYC Credit: @chickenstix104 TV Series: Elementary Stars: Jonny Lee Miller Location:York Studios in Queens TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: Chelsea Piers, NYC TV Series: The Tick Stars: Peter Serafinowicz Location: Broadway Stages, Glendale TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: near Cine..

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Reveals New Image of Hot Rod and Details on the Autobot

Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight

The most recent trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight showed off plenty from the sequel that is supposed to be the last installment of the franchise directed by Michael Bay. However, one character that we still haven’t seen much of is Hot Rod.

The Autobot has origins going all the way back to the 1986 animated movie when he was granted the Matrix of Leadership and became Rodimus Prime in the wake of the death of Optimus Prime. We’re not likely to see that same story unfold on the big screen, if only because it was a storyline that fans hated, but Hot Rod will still play a key role in the sequel.

A new image of Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight has emerged online along with a slew of details explaining what role the Autobot plays in the story. It turns out that he has played quite a pivotal role in the life of one of our new human characters. Find out more below.

Entertainment Weekly debuted the following image as part of their summer movie preview:

Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight

As you can see, this is the Autobot form of Hot Rod, which we’ve seen before. But this is the first time we’ve seen the character in a still from the movie. So what’s happening in this scene?

First, let’s set the stage with some details about the story. The sequel sees Mark Wahlberg connecting with Anthony Hopkins, playing an astronomer named Sir Edmund Burton. With the help of Hot Rod, the astronomer has discovered a long-lost connection between Transformers and humans that stretches all the way back to the medieval times of King Arthur. It’s this connection that leads them to an Oxford professor named Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock, seen above with Hot Rod), whose expertise is English literature.

In the image above, Wembly has just discovered that her father’s car, a 1963 Citroen DS, has been an Autobot tasked with secretly protecting and monitoring her. At first, Wembly loses her mind, like any reasonable human probably would after discovering their car was a sentient robot. But surely she’ll end up chilling out and going with the flow, especially when she learns that her blood holds a genetic secret that has the potential to either destroy or save the world.

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What’s interesting though is that the Autobot version of Hot Rod seen above is the result of transforming from the vehicle form of a Lamborghini Centenario (seen above). That means at some point before revealing himself to Wembly, Hot Rod scans another vehicle to take on a new automobile form. You can’t blame him since Laura Haddock describes her father’s old car as a “rickety old thing,” so he was overdue for an upgrade. We’ve seen the car speeding around in a couple quick shots in the trailers so far, but that’s about it.

As for who is voicing Hot Rod, that’s a detail that hasn’t quite been worked out yet. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says they’re still trying to figure it out. Judd Nelson voiced Hot Rod back in the 1980s, but the hope is to get an overseas movie star to voice the Autobot this time, though no specific names are mentioned as possibilities.

Fun Fact: Hot Rod takes over the Matrix of Leadership in Transformers: The Movie to the song “The Touch.” That just so happens to be the song that Mark Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler sings in a recording booth (rather poorly) in a sequence from Boogie Nights. There’s been no indication that the song will be used in the movie, but if there’s not at least a passing reference to this connection, then it would be a huge missed opportunity.

Transformers: The Last Knight arrives on June 23.

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‘Wayne’s World 2’ Was Completely Rewritten At The Last Minute, Here’s Why

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As far as comedy sequels go, Wayne’s World 2 is among the better ones. Even though it’s not nearly as good as the original Wayne’s World, it’s still much better than all but three of the other movies based on Saturday Night Live characters, and even ended up towards the top of our list ranking all of them. But the sequel that fans enjoyed would have been drastically different if Mike Myers had been allowed to use the idea he originally had. Instead, the Saturday Night Live star was forced to rewrite the script at the last minute. So why was Wayne’s World 2 rewritten? Find out below

The Hollywood Reporter pulled a story from a new biography by Stephen Galloway about former, legendary studio boss Sherry Lansing, who was once the chairman at Paramount Pictures, which distributed both Wayne’s World and its sequel. In the book, the original idea for Wayne’s World 2 was explained by Saturday Night Live creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels, “Mike had always wanted to do Passport to Pimlico as the basis of Wayne’s World.” If you’re unfamiliar with the 1949 British comedy, here’s the synopsis for Passport to Pimlico:

“The accidental explosion of an undetonated German bomb left over from World War II unearths a long-buried cellar containing both fabulous riches and a previously unknown royal charter from King Edward IV that cedes the surrounding land to the last Duke of Burgundy. Since the charter has never been rescinded, the London district of Pimlico is now legally the long-lost Duchy of Burgundy, and therefore no longer subject to British law, including postwar rationing and pub closure hours.”

Now I’m not sure how Mike Myers would have adapted that into the style of Wayne’s World, but maybe there was a story there where Wayne discovers his house isn’t within the jurisdiction of United States law or something like that. Or maybe the concert plot from Wayne’s World 2 was still in play and they decided to throw it in an area that was free of the usual rules for music festivals.

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Why Did the Original Wayne’s World Get Scrapped?

Lorne Michaels went on to explain that Mike wrote the script with his original idea intact, “I think he believed the studio understood that, and I think he even believed they had bought the rights to the other movie so that he was free to use it.” However, that was not the case, and Myers was not made aware of this until after the script was done with only a few weeks before shooting was supposed to begin.

If Paramount Pictures decided to make this movie based on Passport to Pimlico without having the rights to that movie, the rights holders could have filed a lawsuit to stop the film from being released. Paramount could have just gotten the rights to the movie, but with such a short window of time until production started, there was nowhere near enough time to negotiate a deal. So Mike Myers had to rewrite the script, and he had quite the motivation because Sherry Lansing really laid into him at the time.

In the book, one person who was sitting on in the meeting where this revelation was made recalls Lansing threatening Myers in the way that you think only ever happens in movies or Entourage. This person explained, “[Lansing] said, ‘How dare you? How dare you put us in this position?’ She turned to Mike and said, ‘We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f—ing house. You won’t even own a f—ing home.’”

Apparently Myers was so scared at this point that he was curled up in the fetal position on Lansing’s couch, clearly devastated by this news and the prospect of trying to fix the issues. But Lansing gave him the perfect pep talk when she said, “If I were you, Mike, I’d go to Lorne’s office right now and stay there until you come up with a new script. We’ll slide food under the door.”

As we know, Mike Myers rewrote the script, and the result was a solid comedy sequel. Myers was even able to incorporate some British humor into it by having Ralph Brown play a legendary British roadie named Del Preston, using stand-ins to make it look like Wayne and Garth went to London and hit some of the tourist hot spots. So Myers got his mega happy ending for Wayne’s World 2, but now I want to read that original script.

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