Harrison Ford starts Indiana Jones 5 in two months

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jon…

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.

The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. He then reprised his role in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.

Reports that a fifth instalment in the hugely successful saga has been reported since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting Disney officials to set a new release date of July 2021.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Ford confirmed that he will begin filming the new movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he said. “We have the opportunity to make another because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when it started.”

He explained that he felt a “sense of responsibility” to fans of his movies, which he calls “customers”.

“‘Fans’ feels kind of weird to me, always has. But the fact that these people support my business, and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer,” Ford shared.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February that the actor would be involved with the film, which was a continuation rather than a reboot.

“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

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Joaquin Phoenix makes poignant speech about ‘systematic racism’ at 2020 BAFTAs

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stell…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stellar performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker, and used his appearance onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to highlight the lack of diversity at the 2020 BAFTAs, for which no people of colour were nominated for acting categories.

“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” Joaquin began. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here.”

“I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry, and in ways that we benefit from,” he continued, adding that he wants people to be “acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work.”

“This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem,” he stated, and confessed to the star-studded audience that he had previously not done “everything in my power” to make sure the film sets he worked on were inclusive.

“We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us,” he concluded to wild applause.

Prince William, who serves as the President of BAFTA, also addressed the contentious issue while awarding the BAFTA Fellowship to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

“We find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to address diversity in the sector. That cannot be right in this day and age,” he shared. “BAFTA take this issue seriously, and following this year’s nominations, have launched a full and thorough review.”

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Kathleen Kennedy to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The American film producer has been chosen by executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in recognition…

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The American film producer has been chosen by executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in recognition of her outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, and she will receive the honour at the annual BAFTA ceremony in London on 2 February 2020.

“British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career,” she said in a statement. “The recent Star Wars movies – all shot on sound stages and locations across the U.K. – are just the latest opportunities that I’ve had the privilege to work with British crews and filmmakers… I am deeply honoured to receive the Fellowship from BAFTA, and am incredibly thankful to have worked with so many talented members of our extended family in the British filmmaking community.”

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said she was “delighted” to be recognising Kennedy’s career.

“She is a trailblazer who has opened the door for many people to join the industry, and the number of iconic cinematic moments she has helped bring to the big screen has enriched the industry and enthralled the cinema-loving public,” she added.

Kennedy follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honorees including Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Mel Brooks, and Ridley Scott, among others.

The 66-year-old, who was made president of Lucasfilm after it was acquired by Disney in 2012, has overseen production of the current Star Wars trilogy and its spin-offs.

Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and her now-husband, producer Frank Marshall, in 1981 and got her first producer credit on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. Since then, she’s helped produce films such as the Back to the Future trilogy, the original Jurassic Park trilogy, the Indiana Jones franchise, Men in Black, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and The Goonies.

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J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy consulted George Lucas before writing The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy consulted George Lucas before writing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Disney boss Bob Iger recently revealed in his memoir that the Lucasfilm founder and Star Wars creator felt let down about the storyline for the firs…

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy consulted George Lucas before writing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Disney boss Bob Iger recently revealed in his memoir that the Lucasfilm founder and Star Wars creator felt let down about the storyline for the first movie in the trilogy, 2015’s The Force Awakens.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, revealed she and director Abrams held a “long meeting” with Lucas to finalise what would happen in the conclusion of the trilogy.

“We sat down with George for a long meeting before we ever put pen to paper on this final episode, so we had the benefit of his thoughts. We took a lot of notes,” Kennedy said.

She noted that they were keen to honour the Star Wars creator – who began the saga back in 1977 with A New Hope – and wanted to make sure that there were plans in place to possibly extend the epic story with more trilogies in the future.

“For something that’s been here for 40 years entertaining audiences, and something that George initially set out to do with a kind of three act saga with these three trilogies, I think we felt that we should honour and respect that,” Kennedy explained.

“And we’re taking the time to really look at where this is going from the standpoint of a saga, not just looking at what the next three movies might be. We’re really looking at what is the next decade of storytelling so that we can actually build the mythology.”

It was also recently confirmed by filmmaker Abrams, who helmed The Force Awakens in 2015, that The Rise of Skywalker would have a running time of two hours and 21 minutes. It is set to be released in cinemas from 18 December.

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Chris Hemsworth would love to join Star Wars franchise

Chris Hemsworth would love to be a part of the Star Wars franchise.News broke last month that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars story…

Chris Hemsworth would love to be a part of the Star Wars franchise.

News broke last month that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars storytelling”.

Since then, Captain America star Chris Evans has expressed an interest in appearing in Feige’s new movie, along with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. And now, Hemsworth has thrown his hat into the ring.

“Oh yeah, I’d love to. I’m not sure there’s many people that’d say they wouldn’t want to be a part of that world, you know and especially having it be something I’ve grown up with like all of us here, probably, it’d be like a fan experience as opposed to being an actor and that’s the fun thing at this point of cinema and my career,” he said during a panel discussion at the ACE Comic Con Midwest.

The Australian hunk is no stranger to film franchises, having already starred in 2016’s Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, in Star Trek as George Kirk in 2009, and more recently in Men in Black: International opposite Tessa Thompson.

Hemsworth is also the star of his own Marvel saga, having appeared as Norse God Thor in three solo movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as all four Avengers instalments.

The 36-year-old is reprising his role for the fourth chapter in the saga, Thor: Love and Thunder, and is relieved that the superhero has been “reinvigorated” after director Taika Waititi shook things up with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I’ve been having so much fun at it and it doesn’t feel old to me and it feels fresh more now that the first couple of times I played it,” Hemsworth explained. “To be reinvigorated with the character and the world and to feel like we sort of have no boundaries so we can really take it anywhere is an exciting point to be in.”

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Kevin Feige developing Star Wars movie

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is developing a new Star Wars movie. The producer, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of S…

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is developing a new Star Wars movie.

The producer, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars storytelling”.

“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox,” Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn told The Hollywood Reporter. “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”

Sources tell the publication that Feige, who is passionate about the franchise, discussed making a foray into the Star Wars universe with Kennedy, Horn and Disney co-chairman Alan Bergman in the late summer.

While some have speculated that Feige is being lined up for a bigger role within Lucasfilm, an insider told The Hollywood Reporter that Kennedy will remain in charge and the news simply reflects his passion for Star Wars.

Another source also shared that the producer has a “major actor” in mind to play a specific role and has already reached out to them.

The Skywalker trilogy seemingly concludes in December with The Rise of Skywalker, but there are already plans in place to continue telling Star Wars stories, with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Games of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff also working on feature films set in that universe.

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George Lucas ‘felt betrayed’ by new Star Wars trilogy

Star Wars creator George Lucas felt “upset” and “betrayed” over the new trilogy, according to Disney boss Bob Iger. In his memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Iger revealed that he was compe…

Star Wars creator George Lucas felt “upset” and “betrayed” over the new trilogy, according to Disney boss Bob Iger.

In his memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Iger revealed that he was compelled to buy Lucas’s outlines for three new movies as part of Disney’s acquisition of the movie mogul’s Lucasfilm company in 2012, but made it clear that they weren’t “contractually obligated to adhere to the plot lines he’d laid out”.

Despite this warning, Lucas felt let down when he met with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens writers J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt to discuss the first film in the new trilogy, The Force Awakens.

“George immediately got upset as they began to describe the plot and it dawned on him that we weren’t using one of the stories he submitted during the negotiations,” Iger wrote. “George knew we weren’t contractually bound to anything, but he thought that our buying the story treatments was a tacit promise that we’d follow them, and he was disappointed that his story was being discarded. I’d been so careful since our first conversation not to mislead him in any way, and I didn’t think I had now, but I could have handled it better.

“George felt betrayed, and while this whole process would never have been easy for him, we’d gotten off to an unnecessarily rocky start.”

Matters got worse when the Star Wars creator watched a final cut of the movie ahead of its 2015 release and “didn’t hide his disappointment” that the film presented viewers with “nothing new”.

“We’d intentionally created a world that was visually and tonally connected to the earlier films, to not stray too far from what people loved and expected,” the 68-year-old explained. “And George was criticising us for the very thing we were trying to do.”

Iger is set to leave his position as chief executive and chairman at Disney when his contract expires in 2021.

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Cicely Tyson & Kathleen Kennedy to be honoured at 2018 Governors Awards

Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy are to receive honorary prizes at the 2018 Governors Awards.The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday night (04Sep18) to present Honorary Awards to African-American acti…

Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy are to receive honorary prizes at the 2018 Governors Awards.

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday night (04Sep18) to present Honorary Awards to African-American acting legend Tyson, publicist Marvin Levy and Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin as means of celebrating “exceptional contributions” to the entertainment industry.

In addition, producers Kennedy and Frank Marshall will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which features a bust of the motion picture executive, in honour of their “consistently high quality” work on feature films.

“Choosing the honourees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work,” said Academy president John Bailey in a statement. “And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors.”

The three Oscar statuettes and Thalberg Award will be presented to the recipients at the 10th Annual Governors Awards on 18 November in a ceremony held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Raised in Harlem, Tyson began her career as a model and a theatre actress, appearing both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. The 93-year-old rose to fame following her role as Portia in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter in 1968 and received an Academy Award nomination for her leading performance in 1972’s Sounder.

Kennedy will be the first woman to receive the Thalberg Award. In partnership with her husband Marshall, the pair has generated Best Picture nominations for movies such as The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, Munich and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Prior to forming The Kennedy/Marshall Company in 1992, the duo co-founded Amblin Productions with Steven Spielberg, sharing a Best Picture nomination for The Color Purple.

Significantly, Levy is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar. He has worked with Spielberg for over four decades and orchestrated campaigns for films including Back to the Future, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty and Gladiator.

Meanwhile, Schifrin has written scores for more than 100 films, including Dirty Harry, Enter the Dragon and Rush Hour, as well as the memorable theme for the television series Mission: Impossible, which is also used in the film franchise. He has received six Oscar nominations.

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Star Wars officials play down Lando Calrissian spin-off reports

Star Wars officials have clarified reports suggesting Donald Glover’s character Lando Calrissian will become the subject of the next franchise prequel movie. The news hit headlines late on Tuesday (15May18) after Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who …

Star Wars officials have clarified reports suggesting Donald Glover’s character Lando Calrissian will become the subject of the next franchise prequel movie.

The news hit headlines late on Tuesday (15May18) after Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who serves as a producer on the sci-fi series’ latest big screen releases, attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story, which focuses on the backstory of pilot Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich.

Actor Glover makes his debut as Calrissian in the new blockbuster, and according to French newspaper Premiere, Kathleen outlined her plans to explore the history of Solo’s fellow smuggler in a new film.

“We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian,” read a translation of her comments. “Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and (sidekick) Chewbacca, but Lando will be next.”

However, as fans began celebrating the news on social media, a LucasFilm representative was forced to clear up the claims, insisting Kennedy’s remarks had not been accurately translated.

“(Kennedy) said it’s something she’d like to do one day in the future,” the spokesperson tells Entertainment Weekly.

Premiere editors have since also issued a clarification online, explaining there was a “misunderstanding between our journalist and Kathleen Kennedy”, as a Calrissian movie won’t be happening anytime soon.

“We would love to tell a story about Lando Calrissian one day, but this is not news,” reads the corrected Kennedy quote. “It would also be fun to tell the story of Han and Chewie.”

The new remarks are likely to disappoint Glover as he recently revealed he really pushed to land an audition to play the young Calrissian, the character originally made famous by Billy Dee Williams.

“I told my agent, I was like, if they’re making a Han Solo movie, Lando’s got to be in it and I want to be Lando,” Donald told late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “To his credit, and I appreciate it, he was like, ‘I don’t like your odds’, which was awesome because I was like, ‘I’m gonna get this’.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story also features Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton, and hits theatres next week (25May18).

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