Two-time Oscar-winning sound mixer Michael Semanick spoke about his work on The Afterparty, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and more. My almost half-hour conversation with Semanick took place on Friday morning. In addition to the series and movie that are up for Emmy consideration, we also discussed the 15th anniversary of Ratatouille taking place on June 29. There are other films that came up during the conversation. It’s bound to happen when one as deep…"Michael Semanick talks The Afterparty, Rescue Rangers, and More"
Ashley Eckstein took to the stage during Star Wars Celebration for Sisters of the Force to celebrate the women of the Star Wars universe. Almost as soon as the voice of Ahsoka Tano took to the stage for the Sisters of the Force panel, she told the mostly female audience that “Star Wars is for everyone.” The actress couldn’t be more right. All one has to do is look at the online vitriol. This has…"Sisters of the Force: My Star Wars Story"
Star Wars: The Last Jedi may or may not be the best film in the franchise but writer-director Rian Johnson delivers the goods in the eighth installment. What follows below the asterisks is the bulk of my original review–first published in 2017. My feelings on this film have not changed in two years. In fact, the film only improves with time. Rian Johnson would turn out to be the perfect filmmaker to take on the…"Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Road to IX"
On Saturday, the live-action films from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm were showcased at Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The presentation was hosted by Sean Bailey (President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production), Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios), and Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios). The films being showcased on Saturday included Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Mary Poppins Returns, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok,…"Disney D23: Live Action, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Presentation"
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi looming at the end of the year, there’s a lot of predictions to be made that can go either right or wrong. One of the much-discussed predictions is that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is either Luke Skywalker’s daughter or Obi-Wan Kenobi’s grand-daughter. There’s no proof one way or the other to know for sure. Hamill didn’t do the discussion any favors during the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel held…"Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Is Rey the daughter of Luke Skywalker?"
As Star Wars fans wait as patiently as possible for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger addressed the future of the space opera saga while speaking at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. “When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” the Disney CEO said. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII.…"Star Wars: Disney’s Bob Iger plans for Star Wars into 2030"
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Obi-Wan Kenobi recited that quote when Alderaan was destructed in Star Wars: A New Hope, the film that hit the big screens in May 1977 and changed the world forever. Today, the world lost Carrie Fisher at the age of 60. The actress died as a result…"Carrie Fisher: A Star Wars Princess Passes Away"