Chris Evans, definitely no longer Captain America, hops aboard Rian Johnson's Knives Out

Chris Evans, who, by virtue of being an actual golden retriever, remains the best of our famous Chrises, will join Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, a murder mystery he penned in the style of old Agatha Christie murder mysteries. This news comes hot on the heels of Evans tweeting out what definitely sounds…

Study suggests Russian trolls helped amplify the Last Jedi "backlash"

Nearly a year after its release, it’s accepted wisdom that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, was a controversial entry in the franchise’s canon. But where does that “controversial” reputation come from? Mostly the online discourse—always an unruly hive of scum and villainy—which has seen the movie’s stars…

Rian Johnson directed the new LCD Soundsystem video, but it doesn't have any Porgs 

Watch out, LCD Soundsystem fans, because everything you like about the band is about to get disassembled and reshaped into something new by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Alright, he only directed the video for the LCD Soundsystem song “Oh Baby,” but it stands to reason that he could be shaking things…

Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig are making a murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie

Now that Rian Johnson’s disrupted the Force of Star Wars fans with his excellent The Last Jedi, the filmmaker is now preparing to piss off yet another fanbase: Agatha Christie loyalists. Deadline reports that Johnson has recruited Daniel Craig for a contemporary murder mystery entitled Knives Out. The original script…

Rian Johnson and Christopher McQuarrie have pretty different takes on film criticism

Artists have always had a complicated relationship with critics, but that’s gotten immeasurably worse in a culture where a) everybody now has a public platform and b) everybody has a direct line to the artist. Despite getting mostly positive notices for The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, for example, has seen his movie (and…

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as rumors that some of the three planned Star Wars trilogies will be reconfigured in this disaster’s wake, Disney must now face a new rebellion from within their own ranks. Yes, that nattering horde still upset that Luke was a…

Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill are back to shut down whiny "manbabies"

Yesterday, we reported that some motherfuckers hiding behind the banner of “Star Wars fans” had driven The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram with a months-long harassment campaign built on the traditional internet values of sexism and racism. (New Star Wars star Daisy Ridley was also driven off of…

Rian Johnson had some real crazy ideas about who Rey's parents might be

J.J. Abrams left some big narrative holes for his predecessor, Rian Johnson, to fill when he shipped The Force Awakens off to theaters, questions like, “What’s up with Luke?” “Who is Snoke?” and “What’s the deal with Rey’s parents?” And while Johnson found satisfying answers for at least some of those queries—”Snoke…

Rian Johnson has a riposte for the nerds whinging about Skywalker's big finale move

Because no Star Wars film is as good as the one they’ve dreamt up in their head, nerds everywhere are finding every conceivable means of criticizing what is a perfectly enjoyable sci-fi action drama. The main points of contention, however, boil down to sexism and Luke Skywalker. Director Rian Johnson recently responded

The makers of The Last Jedi respond to its 46-minute chauvinist edit the only way possible

Let’s say you’ve spent three or so years toiling away at a movie—the eighth canonical installment in one of the most storied and beloved franchises in cinematic history. Let’s say that film does really, historically well, first with critics, who hail it as one of the series’ absolute high points and also a bracing…

What is motion smoothing, and why do all your favorite directors hate it?

Out of the box, new televisions can make many films and TV shows look wrong, with settings that can often make the picture brighter or more saturated than the filmmakers originally intended. But there’s one setting that has filmmakers like Reed Morano, James Gunn, and Rian Johnson up in arms: motion interpolation, or…