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The LEGO Movie Guys To Direct Han Solo Star Wars Spin-off!

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12:  Director Phil Lord (L) and director Christopher Miller arrive at the World Premiere of  "21 Jump Street" during the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theater on March 12, 2012 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)
Director Phil Lord (L) and director Christopher Miller (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

Chris Miller and Phil Lord – of The LEGO Movie and the Jump Street movies fame – have signed on to direct a Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie.

They will direct from a screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan and promise ‘to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us.’

The as yet untitled film focuses on ‘how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.’

For further details, follow the jump. The Han Solo movie is slated for an August 25, 2018 launch.

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Sheldon’s 2014 Fifteen (Plus Five) Movies!

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After careful consideration – and with some trepidation – I’ve finally put together my final list of my favorite movies from 2014. It was the first time in a long while that I saw more than 200 movies and a lot of them were incredibly good (a lot were incredibly bad, or boring, but I’ve already dealt with those).

As usual, these are the films that got me laughing, crying, engaged in conversations and generally made my brain fizz in a good way. As usual, anyone who says it was a crap year for movies just wasn’t paying attention.

Also note that two movies – Selma and Boyhood (despite their importance in terms of history and/or unique concepts) did not make my favorites list – not because they were bad films. They were not. They were very, very good ones. They just didn’t connect with me as much as these twenty did.

So, hold your breath – here we go…

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2015 BAFTAs: Boyhood Best Picture; Grand Hotel Budapest Most Awards!

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood took Best Film at the 2015 BAFTA Awards today. Linklater also won for Best Director and Patricia Arquette garnered the Best Supporting Actress Award.

Eddie Redmayne got the Best Actor award for The Theory of Everything; Still Alice’s Julianne Moore was named Best Actress and Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons got Best supporting Actor.

The Grand Hotel Budapest  led in total awards with five – Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup & Hair and Original Music.

The LEGO Movie (which wasn’t even nominated for the Oscar) won Best animated Feature. A complete list of winners follow the jump.

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2015 Critics’ Choice Awards – More Perceptive Than The Oscars®?

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Some Oscar® wrongs were at least partially (and in two cases, totally) righted at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards. Selma, for example, at least got more nominations; The LEGO Movie won Best Animated Feature, and Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) won for Score (while being not being considered at all for that award by Oscar®).

Birdman wound up with seven awards – including two for Michael Keaton (Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Actor); Boyhood got four (Best Director, Best Young Actor, Supporting Actress and Best Picture), and The Grand Budapest Hotel got three (Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design).

This year’s Louis XIII Genius Award went to Ron Howard; the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Kevin Costner and the very first MVP Award (for the most prodigious body of work over the last year) went to Jessica Chastain.

Host Michael Stahan (Live with Kelly and Michael) struggled a bit with his opening monologue, but got stronger as the night went on. The complete list of winners follow the jump.

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Boyhood Dominates New Film Critics Circle Awards!

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Boyhood was the only triple winner at the 80th New York York Film Critics Circle Awards – snapping up the Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linlater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) awards. The Immigrant nabbed two awards – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress (Marion Cotillard).

The Lego Movie was chosen for Best Animated Film and citizenfour got the award for Best Nonfiction Film. A complete list of winners follows the jump.

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Boxtrolls and Dragons Lead The 42nd Annual Annie Awards Nominations!

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The Boxtrolls and How To Train Your Dragon 2 led the nominees for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards – with The Boxtrolls nabbing 13 noms and Dragon securing 10. Both are included in the Best Animated Feature Category where they are joined by Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, Song of the Sea, The Book of Life, The LEGO Movie and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

The Annie Awards are given in recognition of achievement in animation for film and television. The complete list of nominations follow the jump. The Annie Awards will be presented on January 31st.

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Avengers Adds The Vision, ExpendaBelles Director and Plot, The Lego Movie Reviewed

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On this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News, the hosts engage in some round table discussions, starting with the news that Paul Bettany, who has been serving as the voice of JARVIS in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will receive incarnation in The Avengers: Age of Ultron where he will play The Vision. Learn about the other headlines we cover after the jump.  Continue reading Avengers Adds The Vision, ExpendaBelles Director and Plot, The Lego Movie Reviewed

The LEGO Movie Falls to Pieces! Michelle’s Review

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The LEGO Movie is a prime example of why movie theater owners are right to complain about trailers. I felt like I saw the movie and was ready to love it before I even walked in the door. Imagine my disappointment when it ended up being different than the advertising campaign.

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The Best Films of 2013, February 2013 Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Predictions, Batman/Superman Casting

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Lots of great material to cover on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News including our winners of the Best Films of 2013, February 2013 predictions, casting news for the Man of Steel sequel, and much, much more. Hit the jump for details or click play above!

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