Flying Solo: The Creative Differential

Hollywood lurched to the announcement this week that hot-property directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord – responsible for huge crowd favourite films like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie – had parted ways with Lucasfilm and the stand-alone Han Solo film, with only weeks left in principal photography. Typically, the press release cited the less-than-sexy “Creative differences” as the reason for the surprise split. Less than 48 hours later, Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard, the man behind Rush, The DaVinci Code and In The Heart Of The Sea, would assume the role as solo director on the project; the speed at which this all transpired not only raises questions in and of itself, but fails to answer some burning questions leftover from the removal of Lord/Miller.

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Vale – Michael Ballhaus

Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who worked with films for German director Ranier Fassbinder, as well as Hollywood filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Wolfgang Peterson, has passed away.

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The 89th Academy Awards – A Beautiful Disasterpiece

So you’re the producer of the Academy Awards, the most prestigious show in Hollywood, and the pinnacle of self-congratulatory back slapping and industry acknowledgement. It’s your job to ensure the annual 3-hour event goes off smoothly (or as smoothly as it can with a bunch of celebrities all in the same room, and so many moving parts to juggle). For the best part of 200 minutes, the 89th Academy Awards were gong seamlessly, with almost no discernible issues or problems – such as John Travolta’s now infamous mispronunciation of Broadway star Idina Menzel’s name as “Adele Dazeem” – to account for.