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Original 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Script Called for a "Ridiculous Amount of Sets"

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Everything is magnified when you’re working on one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Just ask production designer Star Wars: The Last Jedi production designer Rick Heinrichs.

According to him, writer-director Rian Johnson's script was so ambitious that it had double the number of sets you might expect on a film like this.

"The original script had about 160 sets in it, a ridiculous amount of sets. I didn’t say that to Rian, because I figured on something this big he’ll find that out on his own. It’s a 100-day shooting schedule," says Heinrichs. "So there’s more than one »

- Jordan Riefe

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'The 15:17 to Paris' Previews Clint Eastwood's Real-Life Drama

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Warner Bros. has release the trailer for Clint Eastwood's real-life drama The 15:17 to Paris.

The movie centers on three U.S. servicemen who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train from Brussels to Paris in 2015. Eastwood has cast the actual real-life heroes — Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone — in the film.

Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer and Ray Corasani are also among the cast of the movie, which is based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes, written by the trio with Jeffrey E. Stern. Dorothy »

- Ashley Lee

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War Over 'The Conjuring': The Disturbing Claims Behind a Billion-Dollar Franchise

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Fans of The Conjuring horror movie franchise will be familiar with the romantic tale of Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life married demonologists who claimed their Catholic faith helped them fend off the forces of evil. In the trailer for the first film, Warner Bros.' New Line division sold The Conjuring as "based on the true story of the Warrens," but according to legal filings and recordings obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, it's possible that even the simple depiction of the Warrens as a devoted and pious couple might have stretched the truth past the breaking point.

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- Kim Masters ,Ashley Cullins

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Animation Roundtable: The Risk of Making Toons for All Ages and Why Hiring More Females Is "Crucial"

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The Boss Baby, his lead actor, Alec Baldwin, suddenly developed a fresh cultural currency as Saturday Night Live's Donald Trump. Lee Unkrich, 50, director of Pixar's Coco, worried about how his young actor's voice might change during the five-year production. And Chris McKay, 49, director of Warner Animation's The Lego Batman Movie, "made some people uncomfortable" at the studio when his spoof-filled film opened just before the deadly serious Batman v. Superman. But they all agree that's part of the pleasures »

- Carolyn Giardina

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CineAsia: India’s Multiplex Pioneer Ajay Bijli Talks Cinema Growth, Digital Threats

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As the chairman and managing director of India’s largest cinema chain, PVR Cinemas, Ajay Bijli has been a trailblazer credited with revolutionizing the country’s exhibition industry.

Back in 1997, Bijli opened the country’s first multiplex in the capital New Delhi at a time when single-screen cinemas were struggling against rampant video piracy.

New Delhi-headquartered PVR was launched as a joint venture in 1995 between Bijli’s Priya Exhibitors and Australia's Village Roadshow, which exited the venture in 2002. The move signaled a diversification for Bijli, 50, who comes from a business family that runs a trucking company.

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- Nyay Bhushan

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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry

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Yippee ki-yay and Merry Christmas! Die Hard is among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to be preserved for future generations, it was announced Wednesday.

The latest round of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant also includes the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic (1997); Superman (1978) and The Goonies (1985), both directed by Richard Donner; the Phil Alden Robinson baseball fable Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner; and Spencer Tracy's final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

Two films starring Kirk Douglas, who just had his 101st »

- Mike Barnes

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Tom Hanks Jokes About Working With "High Maintenance" Meryl Streep

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Tom Hanks stopped by The Late Show on Monday to promote his new film, The Post, but ribbed his co-star Meryl Streep in the process.

After host Stephen Colbert explained to Hanks that many people trust him, including his co-star, Hanks playfully rolled his eyes. "You mean, can I just say, 'high-maintenance Meryl Streep?'" the actor joked. "Oh, really? Diva?" Colbert prodded. 

"Look, the shoes alone, man," Hanks joked, adding, "No, I am so joking."

"You know what's scary about Meryl? She comes in and does it just like everybody else does. You're expecting French horns before she enters the stage," »

- Lauren Huff

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George Lucas Thinks 'The Last Jedi' Was "Beautifully Made"

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George Lucas has seen The Last Jedi, and he was highly impressed. 

The Star Wars creator recently screened the highly anticipated upcoming installment and thought it was "beautifully made," Connie Wethington, a rep for Lucas, told Heat Vision. 

"And in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing was complimentary," she added. 

Lucas created the world of Star Wars and directed the initial film, A New Hope, which launched the space adventure franchise in 1977. 

Lucas also wrote and directed the prequels. 

In 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. 

Lucas said in interviews after the sale that he had ideas for future »

- Ryan Parker

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Australian Academy Announces Nominees for Aacta International Awards

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) on Tuesday announced the nominees for the 7th Aacta International Awards.

Call Me By Your NameLady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with five nominations each, lead the total of fifteen films to receive nominations across seven categories. Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig and Alison Janney are among the nominees.

Mirroring the American Film Institute Movie of the Year acknowledgements were the five nominees for Best Feature: Call Me By Your NameDunkirkLady BirdThe Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Over three quarters of nominees receive their first Aacta nominations, including: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Allison »

- Pip Bulbeck

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Shelter PR Expanding Into Film, TV Representation

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Shelter PR, the agency that reps such stars as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Jason Bateman, is expanding its portfolio by establishing a film and television division.

The company, run by Cara and Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell, has hired Alicia Ramirez Wyld, a former Paramount executive, to spearhead the new arm.

Wyld held senior positions at Focus Features, Warner Bros. and most recently Paramount, where for nearly 10 years she oversaw regional publicity and promotions activities as well as all experiential marketing, Hispanic, African-American and Asian American publicity in addition to sports, religious and family outreach for the company's films.

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- Borys Kit

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