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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

23 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods »

- The Woman In Black

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How the Holiday’s Gave the Gift of Boba Fett

21 December 2012 5:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“Why do I always think gettin’ you home for Life Day is gonna be easy?”

So says a languid Han Solo to an excitable Chewbacca in the legendarily awful 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Perhaps the most infamous Television Christmas Special ever made, The Star Wars Holiday Special is a mythic assault on fanboy watchability. There are shows that are so good they’re bad, the kind of outing where laughable moments and poor production add an air of ironic, even classic credibility. Then there’s The Star Wars Holiday Special. So bad its good just doesn’t apply here. This two-hour spinoff is utterly unwatchable save for a brief section of animation wedged between the overcooked buns of this whopper of a fail.

While the idea of a Star Wars Christmas special may have sounded good on paper, this Lucasfilm misstep left a blemish on Star Wars even greater than Jar Jar. »

- Tony Nunes

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Movie Review: Sushi Girl!!!

20 December 2012 3:10 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There’s something about well-done ensemble movies that brings a smile to my face. Instead of relying on a single actor or two to carry the film, the filmmakers involved trust in a group to all bring their respective performances together, into a coherently great movie. It fails sometimes, but every once in a while, you get a very fun and entertaining movie where everyone involved does a great job. Luckily, Kern Saxton’s Sushi Girl is one of those films. Ever actor in the movie does such a great job, that it keeps you enthralled and involved the whole time.

Sushi Girl revolves around Fish, (played by Noah Hathaway..yeah you read that right, Atreyu, from The Neverending Story) a criminal fresh out of prison, where he spent the last six years for a jewel heist gone wrong, who is picked up and taken to a building where his »

- SMITH

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Why the Latest 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Rumors Make a Lot of Sense

19 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Oh look, we have new Star Wars: Episode VII rumors to obsess over today. About time, right? It feels like we've gone weeks without any sort of update on the Star Wars front, following the year's biggest news story that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and planned on putting out a Star Wars sequel in 2015. Since then we've learned that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is writing Episode VII, and that the original cast of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford may return for brief cameos. What those cameos will entail, we do not know, but today's rumor does suggest the direction they may be heading in, and it's one that makes a whole lotta sense. According to a Reuters story [via Bleeding Cool] about the Yavin scenes that were shot in...

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- Erik Davis

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Luke Skywalker Rumored To Build New Jedi Academy In Star Wars: Episode VII

19 December 2012 2:14 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rumors abound of the Disney-appropriated Star Wars: Episode VII with fans and critics across the galaxy speculating what the new film could be about. With Palpatine defeated, Vader redeemed, and the Empire in tatters, what could Luke Skywalker do in a new Star Wars film? It seems the answer is teach.

In a Reuters article about the Guatemalan temple where George Lucas filmed parts of Star Wars, the writer mentions:

Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy.

Whether or not this tidbit of news is true or in any way official is still up in the air. But the plot details should be immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with the Expanded Universe canon. Kevin J. Anderson penned a trilogy »

- Blake Tan

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George Lucas Once Envisioned Four 'Star Wars' Trilogies

19 December 2012 1:42 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ok, this is an odd one that no one seems to have noticed nor made much fuss about. In the latest issue of Empire magazine detailing the history leading up to "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publication says George Lucas originally envisioned four "Star Wars" trilogies and then dropped one in the late 1970s. This may be old news to die hard fans, but evidently Lucas asked Mark Hamill to appear in 'Episode IX.' "You'll just be like a cameo," Hamill recalled Lucas telling him. "You'll be like Obi Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next hope." Perhaps, as teased by Mark Hamill in a 1983 interview, the mooted third trilogy was supposed to be more ephemeral with Luke Skywalker appearing on "another plane of existence" he said (and/or potentially as another character). "The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal," Lucas said in a 1978 Time magazine. »

- Edward Davis

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'Sushi Girl' Director Kern Saxton Reasonably Confronts Pirates On Torrent Site Downloading His Movie

19 December 2012 1:30 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The discourse around piracy thus far hasn't exactly been nuanced, with copyright holders pushing harder than ever to impose harsh penalities for anyone who downloads music or movies. All this while ignoring data that suggests that, in some instances, piracy can act as promotion for a film: with those hearing chatter about the movie choosing to seek it out, often by buying a ticket or a DVD. The argument could go round and round forever, but there's at least one director out there who has approached the whole thing quite reasonably. Kern Saxton, the man behind the low budget crime flick "Sushi Girl" featuring Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey among others, surfed over to a torrent site recently and confronted those who were making the movie available to download. And his reaction? Pretty level headed. He basically says that while he appreciates the attention they are giving his film, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Luke Skywalker To Build Jedi Academy in ‘Star Wars Episode 7′?

19 December 2012 1:25 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The now Disney-owned Lucasfilm is developing a new, original Star Wars trilogy, that may lead to another trilogy and many spin-offs along the way. Star Wars Episode VII will mark the beginning of the franchise’s return in 2015 and has a story in place, written by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). For Star Wars Episode VIII and Episode IX, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will reportedly write and produce.

Outside of knowing that these movies will continue the saga and pick up sometime after the events of the original trilogy, no offiical information has been released regarding what stories or characters will be presented. We do have however, more evidence that lends credence to the idea of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker returning.

In a report about the “end of the world” this Friday (time to party!) – an idea stemmed ...

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- Rob Keyes

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Possible Star Wars: Episode VII plot details emerge

19 December 2012 11:49 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Glen Chapman Dec 20, 2012

Could we have the first sign of the plot for Star Wars: Episode VII?

Appreciating that there's been no shortage of Star Wars speculation this past month or two, there do seem to be signs of substance. We know, for instance, who's been hired to write Star Wars Episode VII (Michael Arndt), as well as who's on board for further films (Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan). Furthermore, we'd imagine that the announcement of a director isn't far away now either.

The rumour mill though has shifted from personnel to plot now, with Reuters throwing up an intriguing possible narrative basis for the film. It reports that “Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi knight academy.”

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- glenchapman

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Did Someone Just Leak The 'Star War 7' Plot?

19 December 2012 11:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Probably not.

It's been weeks since any movement—official or rumored—on the "Star Wars: Episode VII" front, so the geeks are getting a little restless and desperate for any bit of information about their 2015 date with destiny.

The latest rumor comes from a Guatemala-based Reuters reporter writing about the connection between the 2012 Mayan apocalypse and a location used for the rebel base Yavin 4 during the filming of "A New Hope." (Yeah...) The article ends with a surprisingly casual mention of a "Episode VII" plot line.

"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the 'Star Wars' plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal."

Considering the highly sensitive nature of anything "Episode VII" related, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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Luke May Form a Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 in the New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

19 December 2012 10:06 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

It’s been a hot minute since we last reported on a Star Wars rumor.  I began to miss the excitement of who will direct what, will star who, and will film where.  The Star Wars universe occupied a cornerstone of my childhood and will always be something that will excite me.  I know I am not alone when I say I yearn for new stories featuring the iconic characters.  One of these such characters is Luke Skywalker.  Last we saw the farm-boy turned Jedi he was celebrating the destruction of the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor.  Many novels and comics have speculated what the character continued on doing after partying with the furry Ewoks.  According to a new rumor, we may now see Mark Hamill wear the Jedi robes once more and see what the Jedi has been up to all this time.  Collider noticed »

- Michael Haffner

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Luke Skywalker to Run Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 in Star Wars Episode VII

19 December 2012 8:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The impending Mayan apocalypse has provided us with an intriguing possibility for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. When George Lucas shot Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, he used the Guatemalan city of Tikal for the Rebel base on Yavin 4, the site where Luke Skywalker and Han Solo launched their attack on the Death Star. That city has become a longtime tourist destination for Star Wars fans, and is at the heart of the impending apocalypse that will supposedly happen when the Mayan calendar ends on December 21. A new story about the city has revealed that Disney plans on returning to Yavin 4 in Star Wars: Episode VII, although they will not shoot in Tikal.

"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. »

- MovieWeb

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Luke Skywakler to Run Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 in Star Wars Episode VII

19 December 2012 8:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The impending Mayan apocalypse has provided us with an intriguing possibility for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. When George Lucas shot Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, he used the Guatemalan city of Tikal for the Rebel base on Yavin 4, the site where Luke Skywalker and Han Solo launched their attack on the Death Star. That city has become a longtime tourist destination for Star Wars fans, and is at the heart of the impending apocalypse that will supposedly happen when the Mayan calendar ends on December 21. A new story about the city has revealed that Disney plans on returning to Yavin 4 in Star Wars: Episode VII, although they will not shoot in Tikal.

"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars Episode VII – is Yavin 4 storyline fact or fiction?

19 December 2012 3:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Reuters article suggests Luke Skywalker returns to Yavin 4 to build Jedi academy in forthcoming sequel. But Disney is yet to confirm

Star Wars fans are abuzz after a news agency report appeared to inadvertently reveal that the debut film in Disney's forthcoming revival of the series will feature a storyline in which Luke Skywalker returns to the planet Yavin 4 to build a Jedi knight academy.

The titbit is buried in an article by Reuters about the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, deep in the Guatemala rainforest, which George Lucas used for the location of the rebel base in 1977's Star Wars. (It is from here that the rebel assault on the first Death Star is launched.) The tourist destination has apparently become inundated with fans of the long-running space opera aiming to soak up the "end of the world" atmosphere as an era closes in the Mayan Long Count calendar this Friday. »

- Ben Child

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First Official Look At Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan & Jack Huston In Sundance Pic 'Kill Your Darlings'

17 December 2012 9:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As far as a post-Potter career goes, Daniel Radcliffe is doing pretty nicely. He won acclaim on Broadway, starred in the global sleeper hit "The Woman in Black," picked up good reviews alongside Jon Hamm for TV miniseries "The Young Doctor's Notebook," and has generally proven to be a pretty smart cookie in terms of carving out a career away from the franchise that's more Harrison Ford than Mark Hamill. And the next stage? Cracking the indie scene, with the young actor's first Sundance premiere. Radcliffe is toplining John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," a based-in-fact tale of murder and love in which Radcliffe plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, alongside "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, Ben Foster as William Burroughs, Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker, and "Chronicle" actor Dane DeHaan (who delivered one of our breakout performances of the year) as Lucien Carr. And a first look at Radcliffe, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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Star Wars VII: Essential Characters And Who Should Play Them – Part II

6 December 2012 1:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Welcome back to Part II of the Fantasy Casting for Star Wars Episode VII. In last week’s first part we started with four key characters centering on the Skywalker/Solo families and one minor character that is fairly new to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. On this week’s edition we’re going to introduce five more noteworthy characters that have played pivotal roles in the Expanded Universe that could play important roles in Episode VII and the new trilogy. If you’d like to review last week’s article, feel free to stop here first before moving on to this week.

New details have emerged since our last article revolving around the writers. It was originally reported but now apparently rumored again, that writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg would be on board for Episodes VIII & IX. Reports are now swirling that these two may be involved with more character centric stories. »

- Brent "Mando'ade" DiNunzio

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Level Up With First Virtually Heroes Stills

4 December 2012 3:30 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Director Gj Echternkamp promises to make the Sundance Park City At Midnight lineup a little bit goofy with his Roger Corman produced feature Virtually Heroes. Robert Baker, Brent Chase and Luke Skywalker himself - Mark Hamill - star in the video game themed comedy.Two self-aware characters in a Call of Duty-style video game struggle with their screwy, frustrating existence. To find answers, one abandons his partner and mission, seeking to unravel the cheat codes of life.A handful of images have been released from the film and they promise a good dose of geeky fun. Check them in the gallery below. »

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