With Edgar Wright’s Blessing, Fans Are Remaking Baby Driver With LEGO

With Edgar Wright’s blessing, fans are remaking Baby Driver with LEGO. The 2017 film marked a career high for Wright, as it was the first of his six-film catalogue to receive Oscar nominations. In addition to critical acclaim, Baby Driver is, to date, by far the most profitable film that Wright has made.

After creating a name for himself with 2004’s zombie-comedy Shaun of the Dead and the subsequent Cornetto Trilogy that followed, Wright put his substantial creative energies into Baby Driver after he parted ways with Marvel over his vision for the Ant-Man film. A heist film about a getaway driver who uses music to block out the constant ringing in his ears caused by tinnitus, Baby Driver’s intense car chase scenes and carefully tailored soundtrack made the film a favorite of many die hard Wright fans, as well as winning the filmmaker a host of brand new ones in the process. So successful was the film that Wright has revealed that a sequel is a possibility.

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As Wright’s fanbase has always proven itself to be a devoted one, there’s never any shortage of fan-made homages to his films. T-Shirts, paintings, posters – all of it exists thanks to Wright’s ability to capture his audience’s attention and imagination. The latest fan-related celebration of Wright’s work comes to us from Indiegogo, where Darren Taylor has put out the call for other like-minded creatives to help with the production of his LEGO recreation of Baby Driver. You can check out his announcement video below:

Taylor is no stranger to creating his own LEGO productions, having already made a 27-minute, 4-part LEGO Batman series, and being nominated for Scotland’s Young Scot Award as a result of his filmmaking talent. His current plan is to crowdfund enough money to pay for the production of a LEGO Baby Driver adaptation. In his own words, Taylor adores Baby Driver and realizes that no financial profit can be made from his production. That being said, Edgar Wright has given his blessing for the project to go ahead, which must be a huge boost of confidence for Taylor and any other collaborators who are interested in taking part. He plans on finishing the production somewhere between the summer and winter of 2020, though this is largely dependent on the amount of help he receives from other creatives he hopes to attract.

As of this writing, Taylor is still a long way off from reaching his fundraising goal, but the campaign is only six days in. With past experience creating LEGO adaptations, as well as Wright’s consent behind him, Taylor likely won’t have too much trouble getting the money he needs to complete his passion project. Hopefully, he’ll also manage to secure some like-minded help in the process as well, thereby allowing the scale of the LEGO Baby Driver project to grow significantly. It’s always great to see people put their energy into something so potentially rewarding and to help build a community of filmmakers along the way.

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2019-04-08 04:04:29

Mike Jones

10 Most Memorable Quotes From Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese has made a lot of great movies, but Taxi Driver could still make a claim for being his best movie. It’s certainly his definitive work: New York is a character in the movie, it has a beautiful jazzy score, it explores a seedy criminal underworld, it’s unapologetically graphic, it represents its place in history with a cynical view of the Vietnam War, and it stars Robert De Niro as a deeply flawed and violent leading character. If it’s not the greatest Scorsese movie, it’s the one that most represents his strengths as a director. Here are the 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Taxi Driver.

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10 “Anytime, anywhere.”

The personnel officer who hires Travis to be a cabbie in the first place in the movie’s opening scene asks him, “Wanna work uptown at nights? South Bronx? Harlem?” and Travis simply tells him, “I’ll work anytime, anywhere.” Then the personnel officer asks him, “Will you work on Jewish holidays?” and Travis repeats himself: “Anytime, anywhere.” This is a guy who doesn’t expect very much from society. He doesn’t think any area of New York is beneath him. He’ll drive anywhere and he’ll do it day or night. This also establishes that Travis has terrible insomnia, because he’s up for driving all day and night.

9 “Man, she’s twelve and a half years old. You never had no p***y like that.”

What finally breaks Travis and makes him want to take action and clean up the streets of his city himself is finding out there’s a twelve-year-old prostitute in the mix. And Harvey Keitel plays the scumbag pimp character, Sport, perfectly, leaning into his sickening nature: “Well, take it or leave it. If you want to save yourself some money, don’t f**k her. ‘Cause you’ll be back here every night for some more. Man, she’s twelve and a half years old. You never had no p***y like that. You can do anything you want with her.” It gets worse, but we’ll stop there.

8 “You’re in a hell, and you’re gonna die in a hell, just like the rest of ‘em!”

Travis Bickle is an extreme version of those “Nice guys finish last” people. They think the girls they like don’t want to date them because they can’t see how great they are – but are they really that great? Travis takes Betsy to see a porno movie and then gets angry at her when that creeps her out.

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He tells her, “Let me tell you something. You’re in a hell, and you’re gonna die in a hell, just like the rest of ‘em!” In his voiceover narration, he rationalizes his actions to make the fact she’s rejecting him her fault: “I realize now how much she’s just like the others, cold and distant, and many people are like that, women for sure, they’re like a union.”

7 “I have a .44 Magnum pistol. I’m gonna kill her with that gun.”

Martin Scorsese will occasionally put himself in his movies. He subbed in for Harvey Keitel in Charlie’s voiceover in Mean Streets. But perhaps his most famous role is that of the deranged man who sits in Travis’ cab and catches his wife with another man. He starts telling him about how he’s going to exact his revenge against her: “I have a .44 Magnum pistol. I’m gonna kill her with that gun. Did you ever see what a .44 Magnum pistol can do to a woman’s face? I mean, it’ll f**king destroy it. Just blow her right apart.” Travis gets some wacky passengers.

6 “I have to clean the cum off the back seat. Some nights, I clean off the blood.”

This quote is pretty gross, but that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. Not only does it point out how terrible Travis’ life is, since it’s his job to clean disgusting fluids out of his car at an absurd time like four o’clock in the morning; it also implies some pretty gnarly things he sees during his day-to-day. His voiceover reveals, “Each night, when I return the cab to the garage, I have to clean the cum off the back seat. Some nights, I clean off the blood.” He’s just a cab driver – there’s only about three feet separating him from his passengers. And yet, somehow, semen and blood end up on the seats. Our imaginations run wild.

5 “Here is a man who would not take it anymore.”

Travis Bickle may be the single most mentally disturbed individual ever portrayed on film, but he sees himself as a hero of his time. He’s just like everybody else, except he decided to take action, and then makes him the man of his moment. He presents himself and his manifesto to us, referring to himself in the third person, in an inspirational speech: “Listen, you f**kers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the c**ts, the dogs, the filth, the s**t. Here is a man who stood up.”

4 “I’m God’s lonely man.”

Travis Bickle’s defining trait is his loneliness. He feels cast out by society and isolated from everyone. After he left Vietnam and returned to New York, he didn’t feel like he could fit in. He explained, “Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man.”

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But maybe that loneliness is self-imposed. Travis represents all the veterans who have returned from war with PTSD and been rejected by society. However, he seems more comfortable as an outcast than when he involves himself in social situations. Maybe he’s better off being “God’s lonely man.”

3 “See ya later, copper!”

This quote by Harvey Keitel’s pimp character, Sport, doesn’t seem like very much, but it speaks volumes about the problems Travis sees in America. This guy is a pimp, selling preteen girls’ bodies on the street, and when he says to Travis, “See ya later, copper!” and Travis replies, “I’m no cop, man,” and Sport tells him, “Well, if you are, then it’s entrapment already,” it points out a flaw in the system. Sport has read his rights and found all the loopholes. He knows how to keep doing what he does and not get sent to jail. That’s why Travis feels the need to take matters into his own hands.

2 “You talkin’ to me?”

This is the line everyone remembers. Even if they’ve never seen the movie, they know there’s a movie out there in which Robert De Niro utters this line. But it’s the context that makes it so powerful. He’s so isolated that he’s talking to himself in the mirror, responding to something that’s not actually being said, practicing how he’s going to threaten people on the street: “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, then who the hell else are you talking – You talking to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the f**k do you think you’re talking to?”

1 “Someday, a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”

This whole monologue is perfect, because it sums up Travis’ cynical view of the world and the mental downfall that drives him to take matters into his own hands: “Thank God for the rain, which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the sidewalks. I’m working long hours now: six in the afternoon to six in the morning. Sometimes, even eight in the morning, six days a week. Sometimes seven days a week. It’s a long hustle, but it keeps me real busy. I can take in three, three-fifty a week. Sometimes even more when I do it off the meter. All the animals come out at night – whores, skunk p*****s, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday, a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”

NEXT: 10 Most Memorable Quotes From Goodfellas

2019-03-28 07:03:25

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Fast and Furious Spinoff Casts Baby Driver’s Eiza González

Eiza González is the newest star of Universal’s Hobbs and Shaw, the first spinoff in the Fast & Furious franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have made for memorable additions to the universe in recent installments, but now the rivals are going to help welcome more characters to the growing franchise.

The spinoff brings Johnson and Statham back in their respective roles of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw after fans of the nitrous-infused franchise got a taste of their chemistry in The Fate of the Furious. For the purposes of the new film, they’ve put their differences and pasts behind them to work together in some fashion. Plot details on the spinoff are limited, but it is known that Idris Elba will be the film’s main villain. Director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has been heading up the shoot for the last several weeks and his cast is now suddenly expanding.

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Variety reports Eiza González is joining the cast of Hobbs and Shaw, which the actress has already taken to social media to confirm. There are currently no details on González’s character, but the report notes that her inclusion is “last-minute” after execs at Universal were impressed by her. González joining Hobbs and Shaw is just the latest in a long line of new projects for the rising star after breaking out last year thanks to a role in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

It is this busy schedule that González is now operating on that made Hobbs and Shaw a difficult project to join, as she is currently in the middle of filming Godzilla vs. Kong. Set photos from the Hawaii production previously revealed her filming scenes, so González’s availability had to be ironed out. Now that this has been squared away, Hobbs and Shaw will be added to her upcoming filmography, which also includes projects like Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen at the end of this year, Alita: Battle Angel early next year, and Bloodshot in 2020.

With González now on board, and given the timing of her addition, this hopefully won’t be too small of a role for her in Hobbs and Shaw. She’ll be joining Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s breakout star Vanessa Kirby in the upcoming spinoff as two of the most prominent new additions to the cast, and considering the recent success of both actresses, it’d be great to see Kirby and González share some screen time in Hobbs and Shaw. Even though there aren’t any details regarding González’s role right now, Dwayne Johnson’s savviness on social media is well-documented. He’s shared the first look at just about every cast member so far, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he drops an image of González once she starts filming as well.

MORE: Hobbs & Shaw Photo Reveals Idris Elba’s Villain

Source: Variety, Eiza González

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Dwayne Johnson & Netflix Team Up For John Henry Movie

Dwayne Johnson and Netflix are teaming up on a folklore-inspired film titled John Henry and the Statesmen. This will mark the first collaboration between The Rock and the streaming giant, as well as the third project overall for Johnson and director Jake Kasdan. The latter duo previously joined creative forces on 2017’s smash box office hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and will reunite to begin shooting Jumanji 3 near the end of this year.

In addition to joining lucrative properties like Jumanji and Fast & Furious, Johnson has spent the last ten years expanding his “brand” to encompass everything from movie adaptations based on a variety of IPs (ex. video games, popular toylines) to original ventures (like this summer’s Skyscraper) and even his own HBO TV series in the form of Ballers. Interestingly enough though, The Rock really stepped up his franchise-building efforts a few years ago, around the same time that Netflix started to ramp up its own original movie and TV show content production. As such, it was probably inevitable that the pair would eventually find a project that they could develop together.

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Per Netflix’s press release, Johnson will star in John Henry and the Statesman as the eponymous steel-driver and lead “an ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world” in the film. You can check out the teaser for the movie below, along with The Rock’s comments on what the John Henry folk story means to him, personally.

John Henry is based on a pitch that Johnson and his Seven Bucks Production team developed with screenwriter Tom Wheeler, who will (naturally) further write the movie’s script. Wheeler is already in the Netflix business, as it were, and is serving as the showrunner for the company’s upcoming Frank Miller-backed TV series Cursed (an origin story for the Lady of the Lake, essentially). The writer is also far from a stranger to fairy tales and legends, having previously written the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots – among other films with broad, crowd-pleasing appeal.

Indeed, “crowd-pleasing” is the name of the game for Johnson and there’s fair reason to believe that he will deliver the goods again with John Henry, especially if the results of his efforts on Jumanji with Kasdan are any indicator. Moreover, John Henry is another movie that (like his upcoming Kamehameha biopic The King) is something of a passion project that holds a personal meaning to Johnson, by the sound of it. Good things tend to happen when The Rock really pours his heart and soul into his productions, so that certainly bodes well for his very first Netflix movie.

And, of course, if the film is a success, then don’t be surprised if Johnson and Netflix try to turn this one into a full-blown superhero-style franchise revolving around popular folklore figures from around the world.

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We will bring you more details on John Henry and the Statesmen as they become available.

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2018-10-09 01:10:07 – 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

SNL Distances Themselves from Kanye West During Weekend Update

The week after Kanye West’s unaired pro-Trump ramblings during the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, a few of the show’s cast members have made their feelings regarding the incident clear. Though Leslie Jones had previously expressed hope that the show might steer away from politics, that definitely wasn’t the case with this episode, which began with Matt Damon guest starring as Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. And things only got more political from there.

West, who performed as the musical guest for the Adam Driver-hosted episode, donned a “Make America Great Again” hat for his final performance of the night. While performing “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, the rapper invited the SNL members up on stage to close out the night. Though the cameras were off by this point, West apparently took a break from singing to launch into an aimless rant that touched on Donald Trump, slavery, and the media that was captured by audience members like Chris Rock. A week later, the Weekly Update team was joined on air by Pete Davidson to discuss what happened.

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Davidson began by commenting on West’s mental health and calling West’s speech “one of the worst, most awkward things” he’s ever experienced while working on the show, comparing it to an encounter with Chevy Chase. Davidson refutes West’s claim that he was bullied for wearing the MAGA hat but pointed out that everyone wears “stupid” things, including himself.

The comedian continued, addressing West’s belief that slavery isn’t real, and pointing out how wrong that is. He added that West is “a genius, but like, a musical genius,” thus insinuating that he doesn’t want to hear about politics from the rapper. Davidson then addressed the importance of mental health, albeit in joke form. West expressed that the person he is now is “the real” him, because he isn’t taking prescription medications. Davidson, who has been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder, encouraged West to reconsider getting on medication, mentioning how well it works for him. He sent his point home with a well-received statement: “Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jacka**.”

This is far from the first time that West has pushed the buttons of his peers in the entertainment community: a reference to the sunken place from Get Out sparked a tweet from the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele. He also hilariously sparked comparisons to Avengers: Infinity War big bad Thanos last month. West has been on SNL in the past, and this probably isn’t enough to earn him a ban, but considering his choice to shut down his social media accounts following the incident, he may not be willing to go back in the future.

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2018-10-07 01:10:58 – Becca Bleznak

Todd McFarlane’s Halloween NYCC Poster Features Michael Myers’ Iconic Mask

Comic book legend Todd McFarlane has created his very own Halloween poster, which features Michael Myers’ iconic mask. McFarlane has worked as a writer and illustrator on many comic books, but is mostly known for his work on the Spawn comics, and for co-creating the Spider-Man character Venom.

Much like Venom and Spawn, Michael Myers has been a popular character for many years. Michael was first depicted in John Carpenter’s famous horror film Halloween in 1978. Many other directors have made films featuring the iconic serial killer over the last 40 years. There has been a total of ten Halloween movies since the character was created in the ’70s, including Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which had nothing to do with Myers. The most recent entry into the Halloween franchise was in 2009, when Rob Zombie made a sequel to his divisive 2007 Halloween remake. 40 years after Michael terrorized Haddonfield, Illinois, the character is returning to the big screen thanks to director David Gordon Green. A Halloween poster was previously revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, and now McFarlane has revealed his revamped poster at New York Comic Con.

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McFarlane’s exclusive New York Comic Con poster was revealed by Halloween’s official Twitter account. Following the trend from other Halloween posters, McFarlane’s poster is quite simple, and just features Michael Myers’ iconic white mask. As well-known as the character is, not a whole lot else is needed in a poster promoting the film, yet McFarlane gives his poster incredible detail when it comes to making the mask look old and worn. He also gives Myers completely black voids where his eyes should be, referencing Dr. Loomis’ famous speech about his former patient in Carpenter’s original.

While there have been multiple Halloween installments over the years, the upcoming film will actually be a direct sequel to only Carpenter’s original.  The last seven sequels and Zombie’s two films are now considered non-canon; however, the new Halloween will still reference those past entries. Even though most of the previous Halloween sequels have been anything but great, the upcoming film has a lot of potential, since it’s not only retconning the past movies, but original star Jamie Lee Curtis is reprising her role of Laurie Strode as well. It’s also important to a lot of horror fans that Carpenter himself is heavily involved in the new film, even once again composing the score.

Even though the comics legend is in no way involved with the sequel, it’s interesting to see McFarlane’s take on the Halloween property. McFarlane previously released a toy line called “Movie Maniacs” which featured Michael Myers, but this is one of the first times fans have seen Michael come to life via McFarlane’s artwork. Hopefully it won’t be the last.

More: Watch Todd McFarlane Edit Tom Hardy’s Venom Suit to Look Comic Accurate

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2018-10-06 06:10:04 – Christopher Fiduccia

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Casts Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort

Following his team-up with filmmaker Edgar Wright on last year’s smash hit Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort has nabbed the leading role in a very different sort of musical project – namely, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Spielberg’s film will be both a fresh movie adaptation of the classic 1957 stage musical and a loose remake of Robert Wise’s 1961 big screen adaptation, itself the winner of 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

While Spielberg has talked about wanting to remake West Side Story since 2014, it wasn’t until earlier this year that it became clear just how serious the legendary director really is about doing just that. With Indiana Jones 5 now delayed until 2021 and no other projects ready to go at the moment, Spielberg has spent much of the past nine months sending out open casting calls in an effort to find young actors to play the musical’s white and Puerto Rican leads. He’s clearly making progress too, having now cast one of the five main leads for what will be his first full-blown movie musical.

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THR is reporting that Elgort will star in Spielberg’s West Side Story as Tony, the co-founder and former member of a white gang who call themselves the Jets and are based in the West Side’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. In the 1950s-set musical’s Romeo and Juliet-inspired story, Tony falls in love with Maria, the younger sister of Bernardo, the leader of a Puerto Rican gang known as the Sharks… and the Jets’ rivals in the West Side. Richard Beymer earned a Golden Globe nod for portraying Tony in the 1961 film.

Elgort has been widely praised for his charming performances in not only Baby Driver, but also films like the YA romance The Fault in Our Stars before it. The actor is even a part-time singer and DJ (who goes by Ansølo) and has shown off his movie musical talents on social media in the past, most notably when he did a cover of the Oscar-winning tune “City of Stars” from La La Land. Elgort was also circling an untitled musical about Hans Christian Andersen earlier this year, so he’s clearly been itching to put his singing to proper use onscreen for awhile now.

For those same reasons, the combination of Spielberg and Elgort on West Side Story sounds quite promising on paper and should help to win over those who are still wary of anyone attempting to successfully re-adapt this particular musical for the big screen (even an icon like Spielberg). The project further reunites Spielberg with his Oscar-nominated Munich and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner, which is all the more assurance that the final film result should be something special. With Elgort onboard, it’s also looking more and more likely now that Spielberg will make the Summer 2019 production start that was reported last month.

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We will continue to keep you updated on West Side Story‘s status as more information is made available.

Source: THR

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2018-10-01 04:10:04 – Sandy Schaefer

Nine films debut this week


Directed by Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman” will open for cinephiles this week. Featuring Adam Driver, John David Washington, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Robert John Burke and…Click To Continue

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Star Wars’ Adam Driver Hosting Saturday Night Live Season Premiere

The premiere of Saturday Night Live season 44 is quickly approaching and Adam Driver has been announced to be hosting the first episode. Over the years, SNL has had a number of celebrity hosts and musical guests to make each episode of the show funny and unique. SNL has been on the air since 1975, spanning an impressive 854 episodes and over 40 years of content.

SNL has also covered some controversial topics and had their fair share of episodes that didn’t do well with audiences. That being said, the last episode Driver hosted got fairly good reviews. He last hosted the 10th episode of season 41 in January 2016. This episode was at the peak of Driver’s career since the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens had just been released a month prior. Now, having another Star Wars film under his belt and fans anticipating the next installment of the sequel trilogy, Driver will be returning for some late night comedy sketches.

Related: Leslie Jones Hopes SNL Season 44 Focuses Less on Politics

Posting on their official SNL Twitter page, NBC announced Driver as the season premiere’s host. NBC also set the release date of the episode for September 29, as well as announced Kanye West as the musical guest. The upcoming episode will mark Driver’s second appearance on the show but will be West’s seventh time performing as the musical guest.

Both Driver and West have remained in the spotlight recently, but each for different reasons. Outside of his Star Wars role as Kylo Ren, Driver has stayed busy starring in films like Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman as well as Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. West, on the other hand, has recently released his eighth studio album titled Ye. While many fans have supported West over the years, a lot of people have turned against him due to his controversial political views.

Despite people’s opinions on either performer, both are a safe bet for SNL‘s season premiere. Even though some people may not support West’s political views, he is still a recognizable name in the music industry that will be sure to attract viewers. Many people will also likely tune into the episode to see if Driver will reprise his famous SNL character Matt the Radar Technician, which was part of a Star Wars and Undercover Boss parody skit. The character was considered one of the funniest skits of the episode and some even created a Radar Matt mod in Star Wars: Battlefront II to include the character. While the announcement was only made today, fans of Saturday Night Live won’t have to wait very much longer since the first episode of the season is set to premiere in a little over a week.

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2018-09-17 03:09:46 – Christopher Fiduccia