That name, Jackson Storm, just reeks of villainous! Prepare for the ultimate match between technologically-savvy millennial mobiles and cars going through midlife crises with Cars 3. The Social Network star, Armie Hammer will lend his beautiful baritone voice in the billion-dollar franchise as Jackson Storm– the most vocal head of this new wave of tech-savvy drivers.
The handsome and talented father-of-one (soon to be two), Hammer took to his Instagram to make the exciting announcement about his involvement with the highly anticipated threequel. He mentions feeling excited to join the project and also warns about “all the trouble [Jackson] might cause Lightning McQueen!” Hammer has been married to television personality, Elizabeth Chambers since 2010.
Who Is Jackson Storm?
According to Brian Fee, the first-time Pixar director for Cars 3 and storyboard artist on the first two Cars films:
“Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to [Lightning] McQueen, McQueen looks old.”
Jackson is lightyears ahead of our red-loving hero, Lightning McQueen and is a legitimate reflection of the actual years that have passed in the real world since our introduction to the first Cars in 2006. After more than a decade, shiny new rival roadster Jackson represents the peak of real-time innovation.
Check Out This Brief First Look Of Jackson Storm:
Cars 3 will put us back in the driver’s seat with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he enlists the help of a technician friend to help him compete against the new generation of racers. It also stars the voices of Larry The Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin and is set for release on June 16th, 2017.
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for this Canadian heartthrob as Ryan Gosling has signed on to star in Damien Chazelle‘s upcoming biopic on the most famous astronaut in the world.
Universal Pictures Presents ‘First Man’
The handsome and talented actor will reteam with his La La Land director for First Man, a Universal Pictures biopic centered on Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon. Apparently Gosling has been interested in the project since late 2015, however a finalized deal was reached in December.
According to studio sources, the film will aim to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, specifically the years 1961 to 1969. The goal is to explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
The film will adapt the James Hansen book, First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong and in case you’re feeling any type of initial hesitation, writer Josh Singer is set to pen the script… Singer was the Oscar-winning co-writer of the 2015 Best Picture winner, Spotlight, so I think the script is in good hands.
Chazelle Is A Fan Of Gosling’s Work Ethic
In an interview with the American Film Institute (AFI) for this year’s critical darling, La La Land, Chazelle complimented Gosling on his persistence in learning how to actually play the piano for the role. He revealed how surprised he was that Gosling managed to “[nail] every single piece” in the film despite not knowing how to play at all prior to shooting!
Watch The Chazelle Clip Below:
Chazelle clearly enjoyed working with Gosling on his third ever feature film directing gig, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles Armstrong, space and more Gosling!
We are all familiar with the trademark that comes before every Star Wars film installment: its Opening Crawl. It has been a staple in seven saga films and gives the audience a quick explanation of what is occurring in the universe before it delves into the action.
When the news that the first ever Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One would not open with this trademark, there was a divide between those who believe it is the best route to go with the upcoming anthology films and another group who consider this high treason. The man responsible behind creating the crawl for 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, does not mince words when it comes to what he thinks on the issue: “It’s foolish.”
His Thoughts On Not Including The Crawl
The original title designer for Episode IV, Dan Perri voices his displeasure by explaining how important the crawl is for the legions of Star Wars fans:
“Frankly, it is a huge mistake, because the image is so iconic and it’s so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans… I couldn’t imagine it starting without that. It’s foolish.”
When asked whether he has seen Rogue One or any of the Star Wars films since A New Hope, Perri reveals he hasn’t and explains that:
“There are too many things to do and there are too many film[s] out there to see.”
The filmmakers have mentioned that Rogue One doesn’t feature a crawl because its story– about a group of Rebels joining forces to steal the plans to the Death Star– already comes from the original crawl Perri created.
Perri Discusses The Initial Stages Of Creating The Crawl And Using A 1939 Film As Inspiration
Perri has been a film and television title sequence designer for over 30 years and besides creating the main titles for A New Hope, he has created the main titles for more than 400 film and television projects, including Falcon Crest, The Warriors, A Night At The Roxbury and Airplane!
It was definitely no easy feat to earn the stamp of approval of Star Wars creator George Lucas, as Perri would wait for hours for the director to have a few minutes to look at (and reject) his latest attempt at the opening title sequence.
“It Was Just This Stupid Space Film”
Of course, neither Perri or 20th Century Fox Executives at the time knew just how remarkable this “stupid space film”, as Perri initially described it, was. He explains a suggestion made by Lucas which ultimately led to the creation of the iconic Crawl:
“I had no idea what he was doing, so it was just this stupid space film. I didn’t think anything of it… Everything I showed him, he didn’t like. So I was constantly going out there with new ideas, and he would tell me to look at certain films. The Buck Rogers films and all the serials from the ’30s that he was using for inspiration.”
Perri came up with the idea of the Crawl when he saw the 1939 Cecil B. DeMille-directed, Union Pacific:
“He Liked It”
Perri brought the idea of the Opening Crawl to Lucas and was thankfully given the go ahead to arduously execute it:
“He liked the idea, but then I had to start shooting and testing and setting type. I went through 20 or 30 or 40 different type styles before I settled on one. Once we did that, I shot tests for weeks and weeks and weeks… It was all on film. You shoot a test on black-and-white film and then it had to be developed the next day or late that day. I’d rush out to Van Nuys with it and wait for him for hours to show it to him and he never liked it, and it just went on and on and on.”
They finished the Crawl with “maybe a month” left prior to its May 1977 release. Perri describes the feeling of relief when it was ultimately delivered and what he thought of the final result:
“[Lucas] accepted it and they cut it in. By then, it was only maybe a month before the release… The day I delivered it, it was such a relief to drive away from there knowing, ‘Wow, it’s done finally.’… When I think back on it, it wasn’t fun… It was a difficult project, but I’m happy with the results.”
Watch the fruit of Perri’s immense labor below with the Opening Crawl to the original 1977 Star Wars:
… And the squeals of millions of fans ring through the night.
Deadline reports at a global event for the Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, J.K Rowling, the revered author of the Harry Potter book franchise and Fantastic Beasts novel, announced plans to expand the planned trilogy to a whopping total of five films for the Harry Potter spinoff.
Watch the full global event below! Announcement begins ~50:24
The official Fantastic Beasts twitter account confirmed it to the tune of over 3,500 retweets thus far, with more and more fans clamoring to RT the exciting news.
The announcement came as fans were given a sneak peek of footage from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts during the event. The global event, “hosted by several theaters around the U.S. and London, featured new footage from the film, and a live Q&A with stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight as well as director David Yates,” according to THR.
Fans Are Collectively Losing Their Minds
As expected, the twitter universe is exploding with individuals who are either unable to breathe from the news to those expressing their reactions using gifs.
This Fan Receives Great Advice From The IMAX Twitter
Just be sure to keep 911 on standby if you’re watching it on IMAX then!!
The first installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise is set in New York, 1926 and tells the story of “writer Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, set seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.” The film hits theatres on November 18th, 2016.