The producers of the highly anticipated next instalment of Star Wars have confirmed it will be made in Britain. The official confirmation by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy prompted the chancellor George Osborne to claim the force is strong with the British film industry. The seventh episode of the science fantasy saga is due to start production next year and will be screened in 2015. It will be directed by JJ Abrams, who has overseen the reboot of the rival Star Trek franchise. Kennedy said she was "delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain". Lucasfilm representatives met with Osborne earlier this year to work on a deal to make the film in this country. All of the six previous Star Wars movies have included UK production. Osborne revealed the decision on Friday on Twitter: "Just confirmed: the next Star Wars film will be made in UK. Great news for our creative industries. May the force be with us … ". "Today's announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot … [Read more...] about Star Wars to be filmed in Britain, says Lucasfilm president
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Exciting news: The upcoming winter will continue well into the spring — at least on screen, when the Game of Thrones characters gather once again in the icy fantasy world of Westeros. The beginning of the end starts in April 2019, as the last six episodes of the cult series Game of Thrones will reveal who gets to sit on the throne. The first six seasons of the series launched by HBO in 2011 had 10 episodes, while the seventh season only featured seven episodes. Fans were nearly tortured to death with suspense, since the latest season aired back in July 2017, but their patience will be rewarded in Season 8 with feature film-length episodes. Game of Thrones is the series of superlatives. TIME Magazine dubbed the HBO production the "most popular series in the world" in its July 2017 cover feature. Record ratings and its meanwhile 47 Emmy Awards — more than any other TV series in the nearly 70-year history of the world's most important television prize — speak … [Read more...] about What the trailer for the final Game of Thrones season reveals
Just over a week away from the US release of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, the showbiz-cum-true crime epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the anticipation among film freaks and general audiences alike is at a fever pitch. Though this is par the course for Tarantino, whose every directorial effort is regarded as a major cinematic event, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood carries with it an extra sense of gravitas: not only is it a new Tarantino film, it is very likely the penultimate Tarantino film. For years now, the outspoken auteur has said he plans to retire from feature directing once he completes his 10th film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood being his ninth, that leaves us with one big question: assuming all goes according to plan, what will the last Tarantino movie be? We may already have an answer: since 2017, the film-maker has been talking up his plan to direct a Star Trek movie for producer JJ Abrams and Paramount Studios. In a recent interview, he reaffirmed his interest … [Read more...] about Quentin unchained: what will Tarantino’s 10th and final film be?
The final season of Game of Thrones begins tomorrow and is set to be one of the biggest TV events ever. In Britain alone, millions are expected to tune in at 2am Monday to watch the battle for Westeros in the HBO fantasy epic. Game of Thrones started off as a series of books written by George R. R. Martin. It became a television juggernaut as people were captivated by tales of knights, dragons, giants, white walkers and witches. Now it is a global phenomenon, mesmerising viewers and critics alike – one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful creations. More than 12.1 million people in the UK watched the concluding episode of the last season, with an estimated 90 million more downloading it worldwide. The TV adaptation has also won 47 Emmy Awards, more than any other prime-time scripted television series. The constant battles for power and the fear that any of the main characters could be bumped off at any moment has gripped viewers from the first series … [Read more...] about Here’s how Game Of Thrones grew to become a global sensation
Should there be a gender quota in the film industry? The role of women, #MeToo and the distribution of power in the industry were debated at all the leading film festivals this year. While calls for a 50/50 balance of men and women in directorial and executive positions in the film industry by 2020 were made, most festivals remain far from reaching from such goals. The DOK Leipzig festival has already established its own quota, through which not only 40 percent of the movies submitted must have female directors, but just as many must be selected in the competition, too. Is a quota a good tool to create fair competition? DW asked Barbara Rohm of the Pro Quote Film association and Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of the film funding department of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg . DW: A woman in front of or behind the camera — does it make a difference? Barbara Rohm: I don't think there is a specifically male or female view of something. There is … [Read more...] about Is a quota for women in film necessary?