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Outlander: 10 Crazy Things We Learned From The Commentary Tracks

The TV drama Outlander swept historical fiction enthusiasts up into their plotlines at the start of episode one. As season five progresses through with the show’s narrative, it has since developed a dedicated, vast following. So much so that Outlander’s Executive Producers Matthew B. Roberts and Maril Davis have created commentary videos reflecting on each episode.

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These online videos not only allow fans to dip their toes into collected streams of Outlander consciousness during the shows off-season “Droughtlander”, but they also give insight to the behind-the-scenes developments of the show. This insight has told of some crazy facts that the Outlander fandom wouldn’t have been privy to without the commentary.

10 Bear McCreary’s Wife Raya Yarbrough Is The Vocalist To The Sky Boat Song

Bear McCreary is the show’s musical composer, so it’s to be expected that the musician would put his heart and soul into the musical number; but McCreary went the extra mile to include his wife, singer/songwriter, Raya Yarbrough, as the vocalist for the famed “The Sky Boat Song”.

Up through season five, the lines and instrumentals of Outlander’s theme song vary depending on the show’s location and time period; however, McCreary’s instrumental mixed with Yarbrough’s remain iconically haunting and incredibly emotionally moving.

9 The Decision For Jamie To Put His Kilt Back On In The Premiere Episode Of Season 5 Differed From The Book

The Executive Producers wanted to make the moment when James (Jamie) Fraser (Sam Heughan) finally dons his kilt a powerful statement, so instead of the Scot putting the kilt on at River Run, as it happened in Diana Gabaldon’s novel, Jamie opens up his trunk full of his Scottish artifacts and sports the green and blue kilt during the evening of his daughter’s wedding.

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During which the red coats were present and demanding his compliance in turning over Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix). As the laird of clan Forbes walks out of the room with his kilt, he says “I’ll give him a Scot.”

8 The Scene Where Jamie And Brianna Meet Was Rewritten

In order to perfectly encapsulate the moment of which Jamie meets his adult daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) for the first time, the show’s producers scrapped their initial writing of the moment in order to stick as close to the book as possible. Initially, the script was written to show them walking down the street with the sun behind them, which would cause the two characters to be silhouetted when claire looks up as sees the two of them interacting for the first time.

However, after much deliberation, Executive Producer, Meril Davis, decided to keep the moment as it was written in the book. The producers thought it would make the moment much more authentic. They even found a bench to put on set for the two characters to sit and acquaint at.

7 Tobias Menzies’s Last Day On Set Was When The Show Filmed The Twin Bed Scene

Tobias Menzies, who plays both Frank Randall and Jonathan Randall, wrapped filming in his 1960’s character’s silk pajamas. In the second episode of season 3, the episode wraps with the camera on Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank in opposite twin beds, which is a stark symbol for where their relationship is heading.

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The shot not only alarms viewers of the drifting characters on screen, but it also shows the separation of characters in the space which is sadly befitting of Menzies’s last day on set. According to the producers, it was a very somber moment to not only say goodbye to a character but also the actor.

6 Caitriona Balfe Sang The Heartbreaking Tune To Faith Which Lead To The Cutting Of A Voiceover

The episode, “Faith”, is not only known as the climax of the French plotline but also the heartwrenching delivery of Claire’s stillborn daughter who the episode was named after. Amid the delivery, Claire is stricken with grief and a realization of the minimal memories she has of her own mother.

According to Executive Producer, Toni Graphia, there initially was a voiceover for the internal line where Claire discusses the lack of motherly memories aside from a tune her mother would sing her. The producers decided that Balfe’s tune was so moving that they didn’t need the voiceover about Clarie’s mother because the scene was about Claire and her stillborn baby, rather than the memory of her own mother.

5 The Parisian Dresses Were 3-Feet Wide And Caused Some Casting Hiccups At The Dinner Table

Episode 204 had a prominent dinner scene, were the executive producers wanted to fit 16 people around a large dining table. At first, it seemed like a doable feat; however, once the cast entered the room, the producers realized that not everyone would fit.

This realization was attributed to the width of the female costumes; each dress was 3 feet in diameter. In order to solve this problem, more men sat at the table than women.

4 The Swordplay Scene Of Episode 2×02 Was Not In The Book

Filmed in the French courtyards, Murtagh Fitzgibbons and Jamie Fraser partake in friendly swordplay. This scene upsets the Parisian aristocrats also in the outside space as well as shows the notion of discomfort that the Scottish characters are feeling in a new land. The scene ends with Jamie saying “Dueling is outlawed in France.” and Murtagh turning around in bafflement.

This scene was created to portray the characters’ discomfort and services the storyline well by providing a needed emotional context to the characters within this courtyard.

3 Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, And Sophie Skelton Attribute Their First Acting Roles To The Same Theatrical Production

According to a behind-the-scenes clip, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Sophie Skelton, who plays Claire Fraser, James Fraser, and Brianna MacKenzie respectively, attribute their first acting roles to the same play narrative: Oliver.

While the production was the same story, the cast did not work together on the same production.

2 Caitriona Balfe And Sam Heughan Actually Ride Their On-screen Horses

Because the producers wanted Outlander to feel authentic, when the actors were cast in their roles, they had 2 weeks of boot camp in order to teach them how to fight, speak Gaelic, handle weapons, and ride horses.

When it comes to horseback riding, Sam Heughan gets very excited when his character gets to ride a horse. In a Livestream from the Facebook NYC Studios, Caitriona Balfe claims to have lied in the hiring process by claiming she already knew how to horseback ride but has since learned how to ride due to her role as Claire.

1 Shooting The Wedding In Season 5 Took 7 Days

Because of the intricacy of the premiere episode of season 5, there were many details needing to perfect; thus, the wedding of Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) took a full week to film. Cast members say mud was an issue.

According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, there were only 2 versions of Brianna’s white/cream-colored wedding dress, so it was an arduous task to keep the costume in pristine condition throughout the many takes.

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2020-03-13 18:30:47

Mackenzi Butson

Knives Out: 10 Things We Learned From The Director’s Commentary

Knives Out is a remarkable murder mystery. Not only did it prove to be one of the greatest movies that premiered during Thanksgiving last year, but it also raked in over $300 million at the global box office. In a day and age of reboots, sequels, and prequels, this is no small feat.

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Fans of director Rian Johnson were not disappointed by his latest outing and there is more to be gleaned from his commentary. Here are a few things we learned while listening to his commentary. (If you haven’t already seen this fantastic film, do yourself a big favor and go watch it right now. Spoilers abound from this point.)

10 Don’t Let It Snow!

No matter how well prepared you are as a director, you can’t plan for everything. One particularly concerning issue to Johnson during filming was possible snow that would affect how the mansion looked from the exterior. Given that it was fall when the shoot for Knives Out began, there was a real concern that snow would come in and throw off continuity.

Surprisingly, despite the shoot going into December of 2018, it never snowed. Though the amount of visible leaves changes throughout the film, Johnson was lucky enough to not have to worry about editing out snow at the Thrombey estate.

9 First 30 Pages

Sometimes writers will follow the notes they get from others reviewing the script, but not always. One of the most frequent notes that Johnson received on the script for Knives Out was that the first 30 pages were difficult to follow with all the characters being introduced.

Johnson believed that once they were shot and could put faces to the names, the audience would be able to follow what was happening. It wasn’t until the editing process that they decided to add character names during the interviews to help the audiences keep track.

8 A Subtle Accent

Accents are not always an easy thing to develop or maintain for actors. But for Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc), it was something he decided to become completely committed to.

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Despite Johnson’s script only calling for a “subtle Southern accent,” Craig found inspiration in historian Shelby Foote and decided to imitate his accent for Blanc. Johnson would try and do the accent from time to time when the cameras weren’t rolling when Craig wasn’t around and he didn’t appreciate it much.

7 Great Nana’s Makeup

As impressive as CGI has come to improve in the last few decades, it’s also been remarkable to see the wizardry of makeup and costuming as well. It might seem that K Callan, who played Great Nana (Harlan Thrombey’s mother), wouldn’t have needed more than a minute or two in the makeup trailer given that she is covered by so much clothing and a large hat. But her makeup alone took two hours every day!

Callan is actually several years younger than Christopher Plummer, who plays Harlan Thrombey, and had to be aged further to appear old enough to be his mother. Props to the makeup department on this movie!

6 Johnson Is A Hallmark Movie Fan

Johnson has made some fairly dark movies, Brick and Looper most notably, in his career, so it was surprising to discover that he and his wife, Karina Longworth, are big Hallmark movie fans. This fandom led to the discovery and subsequent love of frequent Hallmark-movie actor Danica McKellar.

During a scene where Fran approaches Marta, Fran mentions a fake Hallmark film starring McKellar. At the time of recording the commentary, Johnson didn’t think McKellar had starred in any Hallmark mystery film, but it turns out, she actually did star in Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement. Someone let Johnson know this movie exists!

5 The Film Initially Received An R Rating

Contrary to what it may seem, it is not always easy to obtain a PG-13 rating. When Johnson decided that this was the rating he wanted, the script had to be edited to remove some F-bombs.

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When it came time to shoot Harlan Thrombey’s suicide scene, there was a more significant “splash” as Johnson put it. Unfortunately, this gave the film an R rating and he had to go back and edit the scene so that no blood is seen and it is dependent upon suggestion.

4 Ransom Was Deliberately Held Back In Introductions

Knives Out features a murderer’s row of fantastic actors, almost all of which are introduced at the beginning of the film when the police are questioning the family about Harlan Thrombey’s murder. There is one individual that is only briefly seen and not introduced until halfway through the film: Ransom Drysdale.

Johnson knew that all the characters would be a lot to take in and didn’t want Ransom to get lost in the chaos as he brings his own level of chaos to the game. Johnson knew the charisma that Evans would bring and decided it would be best to wait until later.

3 Edi Patterson Is The GOAT

With the advances in CGI over the last few decades, it is remarkable what kind of movie magic can still be created for little things. In the scene where Marta discovers Fran in the basement of a laundromat, though, none was used for the spider that crawls across her face.

Johnson forgot to ask Edi Patterson what her level of comfort was with spiders and was afraid she wouldn’t do the scene. Patterson proved to be up to the challenge and managed to remain completely still with a giant spider crawling across her face. Way to go, Patterson! Some of us couldn’t be in the same room as that spider, let alone have it crawl across our faces.

2 The Donut Hole Scene Almost Didn’t Happen

One of the reasons that Knives Out makes for a great rewatch is that there are more layers to the mystery where we least expect them. Just when we feel like we know everything there is to know about the mystery, we discover more than we expected to learn.

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Perhaps the most notable scene that does this is when Benoit Blanc does his “donut hole speech” after looking at the toxicology report for Harlan Thrombey. Johnson admitted in the commentary that this almost didn’t make it into the movie because he thought it might be too hokey. But when he discussed it with Daniel Craig, they decided to take a crack at it and see. It’s really hard to imagine the movie without this scene now.

1 Knife Donut!

Speaking of donut holes, there’s another part of this we didn’t put together until listening to Johnson’s commentary. The infamous ring of knives is seen throughout the film, most visibly in the initial interviews with the family.

It is not until Benoit Blanc goes on off on his “donut hole speech” that someone, Blanc, is seen directly in the center of the hole in the ring. Whoa! Nice one, Johnson!

NEXT: Best Movie Endings Of 2019


2020-03-07 01:03:20

Josh Weber

10 Hidden Details From The MCU You’ll Only Know If You Listen To The Commentary

It goes without saying that the MCU is the biggest thing in movies today. The ground-breaking cinematic universe had a massive impact on modern cinema and spawned many imitators. After over ten years, 23 films and the biggest movie of all time, this massive franchise only looks to be getting bigger.

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With the immense popularity of the film and their connected nature, fans pour over every frame of the movies to see what new revelations they can uncover. However, some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes facts can only come from the filmmakers themselves. Here are some of the hidden details of the MCU that you would only know from listening to the commentary.

10 Hawkeye’s Family — Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Infinity War ended with the gut-punch of seeing many of our favorite heroes evaporate into dust following Thanos’ snap. Avengers: Endgame didn’t let us off any easier with its first scene. As we catch up with Hawkeye, he is enjoying a day with his family when they all suddenly vanish, leaving him alone.

As effective as that moment was to open the film, it was almost used as the final scene in Infinity War. Honestly, that might have been an even bigger blow, as we had not seen Hawkeye the entire film and this would have been a brutal note to end on.

9 Hemsworth’s Audition Process — Thor

It’s hard to imagine anymore other than Chris Hemsworth in the role of Thor. However, his path to getting the part was not easy.

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On the Thor commentary, director Kenneth Branagh recalls the unsuccessful audition process with Hemsworth. When he was first brought in for the role, Hemsworth was sick, there were no pages for the script and it was decided he wasn’t right for the role. After several months and a more developed character, a producer decided to bring Hemsworth back and he convinced them he was their Thor.

8 Steve Rogers = Rocky Balboa — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a very new take on the titular character. The filmmakers decided to style the film after the conspiracy and political thrillers of the ’70s. But when it came to Cap himself, they picked another iconic cinematic hero as their template.

The Russo brothers and the film’s writers explain that they based Steve Rogers in the sequel after Rocky Balboa. They saw Steve as a good and honest man who nonetheless refuses to give up the fight. They said this also inspired them to let Cap take a few beatings in the film.

7 The Real Mandarin — Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 features one of the most controversial villains in the MCU. After teasing the existence of the Mandarin, a classic Iron Man foe, it is revealed the man is nothing but an actor. Fans were disappointed they didn’t get to see the true Mandarin in the film, however, the filmmakers disagree.

According to Shane Black, the idea to have Aldrich Killian reemerge at the end of the film was so that he could let the audience know that he was the real Mandarin the whole time. Despite Black’s insistence, Marvel seems to disagree and will be introducing the real Mandarin in Shang-Chi.

6 Controversial Casting — Doctor Strange

The MCU has done a pretty good job of avoiding controversy over the years, but one particular bit of casting did catch some heat. In Doctor Strange, Tilda Swinton was hired to play the Ancient One, a character who was traditionally an Asian man in the comics. Some called this casting “white-washing.”

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To director Scott Derrickson’s credit, he makes a point of bringing up the issue himself. He maintains that there were no racist tendencies behind the choice, and the casting was actually meant to subvert the racist stereotypes of the character which were present in the comics.

5 Yondu’s Death — Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

One of the most heartbreaking deaths in the MCU has been Yondu’s sacrifice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After saving Quill, Yondu gives his surrogate son his spacesuit and flies him to safety as he dies in the coldness of space.

Though the moment is very effective, writer-director James Gunn was rather hesitant to put it in the film for one very touching reason. As he explains, actor Michael Rooker has been in every one of Gunn’s films and is a close friend. The thought of doing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without Rooker was not easy.

4 Steve Knew — Captain America: Civil War

Though the initial conflict at the center of Captain America: Civil War was the Accords, the real fight comes down to something much more personal’ Zemo’s real plan was to expose the truth that Bucky Barnes was the one who killed Tony Stark’s parents, and Steve Rogers knew.

According to the filmmakers, the revelation that Steve knew was something they struggled with. They thought that such an omission would be out of character for the noble hero. Ultimately, they decided it worked because he would make those tough choices to protect Bucky.

3 The Wakanda Bible — Black Panther

Black Panther was not only one of the MCU’s biggest films, but it also made history becoming the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. A big part of the film’s acclaim was the amazing and detailed representation of the Wakandan culture.

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In order to make the country, its people and its history feel as real as possible, a massive “Wakanda Bible” was made. The 515-page document explored all aspects of Wakandan life, which the filmmakers could use as a reference point throughout production.

2 Tony Stark The Villain — Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron didn’t get the warmest response when it was released, but in the wake of Infinity War and Endgame, it does give an interesting glimpse into Tony Stark’s character motivations. We see Stark convinced a greater threat is lurking in the cosmos, and he uses Loki’s scepter to create Ultron as a way of protecting Earth.

In Joss Whedon’s mind, this decision by Stark was not just a well-intentioned mistake. For the sequel, Whedon viewed Stark as the villain of the story and the biggest threat facing the Avengers.

1 The Funeral Scene — Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame saw many of our favorite characters moving on, including the devastating death of Tony Stark. After sacrificing himself to destroy Thanos and his arm, Tony succumbs to his wounds and dies.

What follows is a moving scene in which virtually every MCU star appears on screen together at Stark’s funeral. Remarkably, there is no camera trickery or digital manipulation in the scene. All those actors did really come together to film that pivotal scene, though they were all told it would be a wedding scene. The Russo brothers called it the most complicated shoot to schedule in film history.

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2019-09-19 05:09:40

Colin McCormick

22 July Review: Paul Greengrass Delivers Another Intense Docudrama

Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

In-between his efforts on the Bourne movies, journalist-turned filmmaker Paul Greengrass has spent much of his career making docudrama-thrillers about real-world events, ranging from the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. (United 93) to the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 (Captain Phillips). While there’s an inherent risk of exploiting a real-world tragedy that comes with any such project, Greengrass has long been celebrated for his ability to dramatize terrible events on the big screen in a manner that’s intense, yet sensitive and ultimately insightful in its presentation. Thankfully, that remains the case with his Netflix Original 22 July, even if it doesn’t necessarily represent the writer/director at his finest. Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

22 July picks up on July 21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway, as Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) – a self-declared right wing extremist – prepares to carry out a terrorist attack on the city the next day. He begins his assault by setting off a bomb in a van near the main office of the then-current Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Ola G. Furuseth), killing eight people in the process. Breivik then proceeds to continue his attack by gunning down 69 members of a summer camp organized by the AUF – the youth division of the Norwegian Labour Party – on the island of Utøya, before he is ultimately apprehended by the police and taken into custody.

Among the members of the summer camp is one Viljar Hanssen (Jonas Strand Gravli), who manages to survive Breivik’s attack despite being shot multiple times and left permanently maimed. As Viljar struggles to recover both physically and psychologically from what happened to him (along with everyone else who survived the Utøya shootings and their loved ones), Breivik works with his chosen lawyer Geir Lippestad (Jon Øigarden) to mount a defense and use his trial as a platform to publicly announce his political agenda (which calls for the immediate deportation of all Muslims and heavier restrictions on immigration to Norway, among other things). When it becomes clear to Viljar what Breivik intends to do, he grows increasingly determined to continue his rehabilitation and testify against him in court for not only himself, but also every other person whose lives were affected by what took place on July 22.

Adapted from the book One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway — and Its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad, Greengrass’ script for 22 July has a very clear-cut three act structure – with the first act focused on the July 22 attack, the second part set during its immediate aftermath, and the final third centered on Breivik’s trial. The film is strongest during its first and third acts in particular, as those chapters (respectively) play to Greengrass’ strengths as a suspense-thriller storyteller and provide the emotional payoff to Viljar and, thus, Norway’s overarching journey of recovery and survival. It’s the second act where things start to drag and get a little muddled, especially as 22 July splits its focus between not only Viljar’s story thread, but also Lippestad and Breivik’s trial preparation, and the investigation into Stoltenberg’s administration and its failure to prevent a terrorist attack. While there’s nothing in the second act that feels inessential, 22 July struggles to divide its attention evenly between its three plotlines and the film’s pacing suffers for it.

On the whole, however, 22 July does a nice job covering a fair amount of narrative ground, even when taking its pretty substantial runtime into consideration. It helps that Greengrass (as he’s known now for doing, as a director) never fully lifts his foot off the gas pedal and keeps the film’s proceedings feeling on-edge throughout, even during its more purely dramatic portions. The filmmaker, working this time around with DP Pål Ulvik Rokseth (The Snowman) and Oscar-winning Argo editor William Goldenberg, uses essentially the same vérité cinematography and restless editing style that he has on his previous movies, in order to fully immerse viewers in the film’s setting and action. At the same time, Greengrass slows things down a bit here and, in turn, delivers a movie that’s more visually cohesive than some of his weaker efforts in the past (see the last Bourne sequel, in particular). This serves 22 July well, allowing it to effectively work as both a grounded drama and thriller.

Given the sheer amount of information that 22 July strives to cover, though, there’s not a lot of room for the film’s actors to really shine – not in the way that Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks did in Captain Phillips, for example. Even so, the 22 July cast is uniformly strong across the board, with Gravli especially doing an excellent job of portraying Viljar’s struggles with his physical injuries, PTSD, and the sheer amount of emotional baggage that he’s saddled with after barely managing to escape the attack on Utøya with his own life. Actors like Thorbjørn Harr and Isak Bakli Aglen are similarly moving in their smaller roles as members of Viljar’s family, as is Seda Witt as Lara Rashid, a young woman who starts to make a romantic connection with Viljar before both of their lives are shattered by Breivik’s attack. As for Breivik himself: Lie is quite compelling in the role and portrays the terrorist as a fully-developed person – one whose rationalization of his behavior makes him chilling and pathetic in equal measure.

As with his previous films, Greengrass uses 22 July as a means for delivering larger sociopolitical commentary about the state of things in the world, specifically where it concerns the rise of xenophobic and nationalist ideologies in various countries (the U.S. included). While his scripted dialogue can start to become a bit on the nose as its strives to get these points across (especially in the third act), Greengrass largely succeeds in allowing the story here to shine a light on these issues organically, without getting up on his figurative soapbox to drive the point home. If there’s a downside to the filmmaker’s approach, though, it’s that July 22 winds up handling its subject matter in a way that’s more engaging intellectually than emotionally and, thus, lacks the emotional resonance of Greengrass’ best work to date.

All things considered, however, Greengrass does a very good job of bringing the true story behind 22 July to cinematic life. The final result is a film that makes for an enlightening and otherwise respectful documentation of a horrifying real-world event, rather than one that comes off as exploitative or manipulative. 22 July is showing in select theaters now – in order to qualify for next year’s major film awards shows – and it certainly benefits from being seen on the big screen, but can still be appreciated just as much as a Netflix Original on your home TV. While it’s obviously not a light-hearted viewing experience, 22 July is very much worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed Greengrass’ previous non-Bourne efforts and/or would like to know more about Norway’s own infamous modern terrorist attack.

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22 July is now available for streaming on Netflix and is playing in select U.S. theaters. It is 143 minutes long and is rated R for disturbing violence, graphic images, and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!



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2018-10-10 01:10:22 – Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

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The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar

WWE Commentary Is So Much Better When Animated



A hilarious animation literally interprets wrestling commentary from WWE‘s finest vocal talent. No good wrestling event is complete without some over-the-top commentary from ringside to call the action, but since the action is, of course, pre-determined, those providing their voices are often far more colorful and enthusiastic than other sports. Indeed, anyone unfamiliar with the world of wrestling might find the commentators in sports entertainment somewhat amusing with their delivery. A few phrases have even proved meme-worthy in recent years, such as Michael Cole’s “RKO outta nowhere!” line.

Out of all the major wrestling promotions, WWE’s commentary team is not only the most excitable, but also the most criticized. The likes of Booker T, Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman have all been savaged by wrestling fans on social media for inane, strange or inaccurate commentary, but fortunately, their goofs have provided the internet with plenty of ammunition to lampoon and poke fun at the world of wrestling announcers.

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The latest example comes from Youtube content creator Nick Murray Willis. who has built a reputation for his animated sporting commentary videos. Here, Nick has taken some of WWE’s most memorable calls and edited them over animated visuals that literally play out the scenarios being described. In addition to people like Booker T and Cole, the compilation also features the iconic voices of Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Check it out below.

The animation acts as a brilliantly funny send-up of the ridiculousness of WWE commentary, but does so without a hint of cynicism. If nothing else, the video succeeds in highlighting just how much WWE commentators yell “Oh my God” during matches. It also spotlights how many times Jim Ross went into hysterics and began shouting at his broadcast partners during exciting moments. For those uninterested in WWE or other sports, Nick’s YouTube channel also includes several videos that give similar animated treatment to movie quotes, re-imagining timeliness lines from cinematic history into every day (ish) situations.

Whether one loves WWE‘s exaggerated commentary or prefers to watch Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on mute, it’s impossible to deny that the commentators add to the scripted drama playing out onscreen. As this new video proves however, they can add to the drama of just about anything. Hopefully this isn’t the last time a creative fan chooses to emphasize that fact in hilarious fashion.

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