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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film – KSAT San Antonio

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the wake of Lord and Miller’s exit in the midst of shooting. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said filming will…

It’s Ron Howard to the rescue on ‘Star Wars,’ but is he a new hope or an agent of the Empire? – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

It’s official: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is taking over the reins of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo “Star Wars” spin-off. Whether that’s a win for fans or the mark of a troubling turn to the dark side for the 40-year-old franchise remains to be seen. The news comes two days after the shocking departure of “Lego Movie” duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the irreverent helmers whose style and vision for the…

Should There Be Such a Rush to Make ‘Star Wars’ Films? – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

“What?!” That was my reaction, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone, when news broke of Disney and Lucasfilm announcing they were parting ways with Han Solo Star Wars anthology film directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. With five months of production under their belts and just three weeks left to go before wrapping shooting, this kind of move is practically unheard of in the industry. I couldn’t help but wonder, not…

Ron Howard steps in to direct Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film – CNNMoney

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Han Solo, we have a director. Ron Howard will be stepping in to direct the upcoming Han Solo spinoff “Star Wars” film after the original directors stepped down two days ago, Lucasfilm announced on Thursday. “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a…

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Has Been Spoiled By Its Success – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Lucasfilm’s untitled ‘Han Solo’ movie It’s hard to be terribly critical of a franchise whose two most recent installments earned solid reviews and grossed a combined $3.214 billion worldwide on a combined budget of around $450 million. Assuming the film comes out on time and offers a sheen of general artistic competence and crowd-pleasing adventure, the “young Han Solo” Star Wars Story will probably be a solid…

The Uncertain Future (and Present) of Star Wars – GQ Magazine

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Your First Look At 5 New LEGO Sets From ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

LEGO The Flying Jelly Sub The LEGO Movie grossed $469 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. Its semi-sequel, The LEGO Batman Movie, made $310 million worldwide on an $80 million budget; a minor comedown, but nonetheless far from disappointing. The third big-screen outing for the plastic bricks might be an even trickier sell: The LEGO Ninjago Movie can’t rely on the fact that everyone knows what it is; unlike…

The Defenders Strike a Pose in New Poster – Marvel (press release) (registration) (blog)

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Josh Keaton talks about taking on the role of Scott Lang in ‘Marvel’s Ant-Man’ shorts! Good things come in small packages as Marvel Animation’s series of cartoon shorts is kicking off this weekend with “Marvel’s Ant-Man” on Disney XD. The debut of these six new action-filled shorts gives viewers a peek into the life of Scott Lang as he battles Yellowjacket, finds common ground with Wasp, and creates a giant…

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Has Been Spoiled By Its Success – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Lucasfilm’s untitled ‘Han Solo’ movie It’s hard to be terribly critical of a franchise whose two most recent installments earned solid reviews and grossed a combined $3.214 billion worldwide on a combined budget of around $450 million. Assuming the film comes out on time and offers a sheen of general artistic competence and crowd-pleasing adventure, the “young Han Solo” Star Wars Story will probably be a solid…

Argos’ top children’s toys for Christmas 2017 revealed, including TWO Lego sets and a cut-price Hatchimal – The Sun

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE big toys this Christmas will be a mixture of traditional ones and state-of-the-art ones — including an interactive doll costing £100. Argos announced its highly regarded annual prediction of the big toys for the festive season yesterday — some 186 days before Santa comes. Argos has already revealed its top toys for Christmas 2017, including the lifelike Luvabella doll There is also a £150 LEGO set where kids build…

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Has Been Spoiled By Its Success – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Lucasfilm’s untitled ‘Han Solo’ movie It’s hard to be terribly critical of a franchise whose two most recent installments earned solid reviews and grossed a combined $3.214 billion worldwide on a combined budget of around $450 million. Assuming the film comes out on time and offers a sheen of general artistic competence and crowd-pleasing adventure, the “young Han Solo” Star Wars Story will probably be a solid…

Barbie’s boyfriend Ken grew a man bun and the Internet can’t even – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Can corporate Hollywood make peace with voice-minded directors? The fight continues with ‘Star Wars’ – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The news was stunning. Four months into production — and less than a year before it’s due in theaters — the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff was losing its directors. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being removed from the project because of what Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy was calling a difference in “creative vision” and the directors dubbed “creative differences” — even as no one seemed to want to…

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Has Been Spoiled By Its Success – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Lucasfilm’s untitled ‘Han Solo’ movie It’s hard to be terribly critical of a franchise whose two most recent installments earned solid reviews and grossed a combined $3.214 billion worldwide on a combined budget of around $450 million. Assuming the film comes out on time and offers a sheen of general artistic competence and crowd-pleasing adventure, the “young Han Solo” Star Wars Story will probably be a solid…

What Marvel needs to stay on top at the box office – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Until recently, we couldn’t be sure how Spider-Man would fit into the carefully crafted Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, we saw him in “Captain America: Civil War,” but we didn’t learn much of his backstory onscreen. Now we know: Peter Parker grew up idolizing the very heroes he fought alongside. Third time’s the charm? Chuck Zlotnick “Guess what? There was a Spider-Man within this world the whole time,” said Marvel Studios…

Man buns and cornrows: Barbie’s boyfriend Ken gets a makeover – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Man buns, cornrows or bleached blond hair? Barbie’s longtime boyfriend, Ken, is getting a makeover with new hair styles, a range of body types, a hip wardrobe and skin tones for every ethnicity. The toymaker Mattel on Tuesday announced 15 new Ken dolls, featuring seven skin tones, nine hairstyles and three body styles, including a more muscular “broad” physique. The move follows the introduction in 2016 of three new bodies…

Barbie’s boyfriend Ken grew a man bun and the Internet can’t even – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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“Star Wars” directors for upcoming Han Solo standalone film reportedly fired – Salon

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the duo behind “The Lego Movie and “21 Jump Street” — were cut this week from the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, let go mid-production due to creative differences, The Hollywood Reporter reported. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided…

Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film loses its directors during production – CNN International

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Mattel Introduces New Diverse Ken Dolls; Hopes To Reverse Sales Slump – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mattel announced Tuesday that it is introducing 15 new diverse looks for the Ken doll. AP hide caption toggle caption AP Mattel announced Tuesday that it is introducing 15 new diverse looks for the Ken doll. AP Barbie’s one-time blue-eyed boyfriend is getting a makeover. Toymaker Mattel is giving its Ken doll a variety of new looks in hopes the makeovers will move the toys into the modern era. The…