Disney's annual company-wide preview expo, D23, is about ready to make the jump to lightspeed. The August 9-11 event in Anaheim, Calif., is expected to be very Star Wars-heavy this year, since it'll be the first D23 following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. And considering the relatively few announcements related to Star Wars at Comic-Con and Celebration Europe II, it's likely we could get some doozies here: possibilities include Episode VII casting news, word on when we'll be able to see the final, unreleased episodes of The Clone Wars, and, most likely of all, an announcement about new Star Wars rides and attractions at Disney's many theme parks. To whet our appetite, Disney released the below photo, crammed with clues of their impending Star Wars content. Click on the image to read our clue-by-clue breakdown of what we think we'll soon learn.
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After making a sparkling debut in 2004 with his first feature film the slacker comedy Napoleon Dynamite offbeat writer-director Jared Hess seemed poised for a fruitful career as an earnest more accessible alternative to hipster auteur Wes Anderson. But he stumbled a bit with his sophomore effort the uneven Mexican wrestling flick Nacho Libre despite Jack Black’s desperate mugging for laughs. And he falls apart completely with his latest comedy the crude maddeningly insipid Gentlemen Broncos.
It’s a shame too because Gentlemen Broncos held so much potential. Its trailers promised a lively battle of wits between a pompous sci-fi author played by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and the teenage protege (Michael Angarano) from whom he plagiarized his latest bestselling novel. It could have been Hess’s Rushmore. But what the trailers don’t tell you is that Clement plays merely a supporting role in Gentlemen Broncos and that his character Dr. Ronald Chevalier virtually disappears after the film’s splendid setup. Clement is by far the best part of the film and when he isn’t on the screen the story devolves into an increasingly irksome blend of manufactured quirk and lame sight gags. Hess’s sense of humor has regressed to sub-adolescent levels with Gentlemen Broncos. Defecating snakes breast-puncturing blowdarts and jars of human testicles are just a few of the lowbrow delights that await the brave soul who attempts to make it through a viewing. When Clement returns at the end of the film and mounts a quixotic attempt to rescue it from the mire his heroic effort is sadly for naught: The disastrous fate of Gentleman Broncos was sealed long before.
Best Actress Nominee
“I think it's really hard now for young actresses in their twenties. They're expected to run before they can walk. God forbid they should have a failure in their first one or two movies, because what happens to them then? It’s harder now to get in the game and stay in it. I look at someone like Meryl Streep, and I think, 'Yeah. Thank God we've got her to look up to!’”
“I’m a pretty young guy, but I’ve been doing this for a while. I started young. About 10 or 15 years ago I got a letter from a guy named Michael Shannon who’s an actor who lives in England. He said, ‘I’ve started to see your name popping up here and there and you really need to change your name. I’m Michael Shannon and I was here first. If you don’t change your name I can make your life very difficult.’ So I’m just glad I’ve gotten to the point that I can write him back and say, ‘You can’t intimidate me.’”