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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...
John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith
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A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.
Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »
Lucasfilm and Disney have attracted more attention to the official Star Wars Instagram account by quietly uploading 15 seconds of footage from what might be the next Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer that may or may not be right around the corner.
The footage combines scenes we've seen from previous trailers and TV spots with a couple new shots. The first features Rey (Daisy Ridley) standing in the woods and staring intently with emotion in her eyes toward the sky. Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac) rotund astromech droid Bb-8 shifts around behind her.
The second shot, and definitely the money shot, begins with Kylo Ren igniting his lightsaber in the woods as seen in the first The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Then the scene cuts to Finn (John Boyega), standing in the same woods and igniting Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber to face Ren and looking nervous while doing so. »
What would “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” be without John Williams’ heartwarming, awe-inspiring score? Not the same movie, for sure. That Oscar-winning music for the beloved 1982 Steven Spielberg film will be spotlighted when “E.T.” is screened at concert halls around the world, beginning next week. Orchestras will perform the score live in sync with HD screenings of the film about a 10-year-old boy named Elliott and the lost little alien he befriends. The screening series is part of Film Concerts Live!, which has given a similar big screen, big live music treatment to “Back to the Future” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” Jamie Richardson, one of the producers of the concert screening series, told HitFix that watching recording sessions of movie scores is an experience he’s thoroughly enjoyed, and that’s partially what inspired him to start Film Concerts Live! “To hear [film scores] come to life with a 90-piece orchestra and see »
- Emily Rome
Update: It seems there’s a new TV spot out in the wild! Check out Finn and that llightsaber, as well as a new look at Rey. Snoke’s voice is slightly changed, more metallic perhaps? And listen to that John Williams score – ah, it’s good to have it back! Fresh from revealing new looks
- Jon Lyus
Fifteen years ago today, the world met the faces that launched one of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history.
Here’s the official press release:
(August 21, 2000 – Burbank, CA) – Attention All Muggles! Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman have discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles. Young actor Daniel Radcliffe will be the film’s Harry, with newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of the first in the best-selling series of Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. »
- Michelle McCue
Fans who attended the D23 Expo last weekend were among the first to see the brand new poster that Drew Struzan designed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The legendary artist had been retired for some time, but there had long been rumors that he had been coaxed out of retirement to create a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. Now that it has arrived for all to see, Drew Struzan opened up about how he was approached by director J.J. Abrams to work on this poster, while also claiming that he has seen half of the movie already, calling it the best Star Wars film to date.
"It started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J. Abrams who I have never met, and he was in England shooting the film and he goes 'Hi, I've »
During the D23 Expo, Lucasfilm released a brand new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Drew Struzan, and the legendary artist – whose work includes the Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future franchises – has been speaking to Movie Weekly about the design and how it came about.
See Also: Concept art for Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“It started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J. Abrams who I have never met, and he was in England shooting the film and he goes ‘Hi, I’ve always loved the work’ and Blah, Blah, Blah, sounding like you, you know, like a fanboy (laughs),” states Struzan. “And we were talking along and he just goes ‘…Well, would you?’ and I said ‘…If I was asked.’ And that »
- Gary Collinson
Legendary poster designer and artist Drew Struzan was recently back in the headlines for his work crafting the exclusive D23 Expo 2015 poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which hit last week.
Speaking about the poster with Movie Weekly, Struzan talked about how it came about and how he's already seen a big chunk of the film and is Very happy with the result:
"It started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J. Abrams who I have never met, and he was in England shooting the film and he goes 'Hi, I've always loved the work' and Blah, Blah, Blah, sounding like you, you know, like a fanboy (laughs) And we were talking along and he just goes '...Well, would you?' and I said '...If I was asked.' And that was the conversation (laughs). By the end of it, »
- Garth Franklin
It’s hard to imagine what Star Wars would be like without the incredible music of composer John Williams. The themes created by the master of movie music are just as iconic as the movie itself, and more recognizable than 95% of the scores we hear for movies. But how does Williams prepare to write music […]
- Ethan Anderton
So, as Disney and Lucasfilm prepare to conjure up another adventure in a galaxy far, far away, we present everything you need to know about the upcoming Star Wars film.
Rogue One will open in cinemas on December 16, 2016.
The cast has finally been revealed
The lid was lifted on Rogue One at Disney D23 Expo with the first picture of the entire cast surfacing. Left to right in the image above you'll see: Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Oscar-nominated The Theory of Everything star Jones will lead the cast of the film, playing a rebel fighter who's part of the team tasked with retrieving the Death Star plans. Elsewhere, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk and »
Had enough Star Wars yet this week? Surely not. After the jump: Check out another new image from Star Wars: Battlefront … and get details on the game’s just-announced “Supremacy” mode The Battlefront tie-in novel Twilight Company gets an official synopsis Ooh and aah over the pretty colors of the Star Wars CoverGirl makeup collection … and […]
- Angie Han
Several new photos from the upcoming sci-fi film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have been released and can be seen below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is directed by Jj Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Jj Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" will »
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Adam Sandler would do well to listen to “Game On,” which blares over the end credits of his latest movie, Pixels. “This is not a game now, nobody can save you /Spent up all your change and now your turn is done” sings Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden as he pumps up Waka Flock Flame for improbable lyrics about video arcade stuntin’. As a merchandising tie-in, “Game On” mashes up two artists whose one shared interest is the contract they both signed. As a wake up call though, it’s unintentionally prescient, blasting out the very words Sandler has refused to hear for the past decade as his comedy persona has morphed from the underdog with something to prove to the sweatpants-wearing schlub yelling that he’s “still got it.”
- David Klein
In this era of Twitter feuds, it’s tempting to view Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a show wherein the host and his bots mercilessly mocked bad movies, but as some of the cast members have noted in the past, their approach was a gentler one. They simply wanted to give a ribbing to poorly made films while always acknowledging their overall love of cinema.
That attitude usually comes through in the bonus features found in Shout! Factory’s latest MST3K release, Volume Xxxiii. Like others in the series, this one features four episodes, along with a smattering of extras and four nice mini posters. Here’s what you get in this set:
• Daddy-o: This third season episode features Joel and the bots giving their commentary on a this 1959 movie with a bunch of supposed tough guys who are really just silly. »
- Gary Collinson
Another San Diego Comic-Con International has come and gone. This year was a great year for films, friends, and fun! Check out my Top 10 cinematic moments from this years con. Also, be sure to share your favorite moments from this year. I’d love to hear from you! Now, let’s get started!
Let me start off by saying that I have not been looking forward to this film. I’m not stoked on the new batsuit, and disagree with their casting of Lex Luthor, simply because I feel as though the character should be older. Having said that, this is the best trailer that I have seem thus far, and I really hope that they prove me wrong. Check out the all new trailer that debuted in Hall H and let me know what you think!
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, »
- Melissa Howland
The legendary Lost in Space turns 50 years old this year and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate the occasion this September by releasing the complete series on Blu-ray, with over six hours of bonus features included.
At Comic-Con, Daily Dead was honored to take part in roundtable interviews with Lost in Space cast members Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, and Bill Mumy, who reflected on their favorite Lost in Space memories, the show's legacy, the upcoming Blu-ray, and much more.
The cast reflects on their favorite memories of working on Lost in Space from 1965–1968:
Mark Goddard: My moments are always the fun that I had with Bill [Mumy] on the show. I'm a prankster, and Billy came along with me during my pranks because I had to have him with me because I might get in trouble. If I had Billy with me, I wouldn't get in »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Watch what a Star Wars movie may look like from a Jedi's perspective, Fantastic Four gets a Hanna-Barbera mashup and Ron Perlman endorses a fan's Hellboy 3 artwork. But wait, there's more! We also have a Marvel movie infographic and a humorous weatherman who keeps using Taylor Swift puns. But we kick it all off with a wrestling match between R2-D2 and C-3Po. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fantastic Four Gets Hanna-Barbera Trailer Mashup
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? A Star Wars Darth Vader cosplayer is seen "choking" people at Comic-Con, Season 2 of True Detective is recut as a 1970s cop show and Andy Richter delivers a fantasy weather report. Plus, a tournament-style breakdown of the best summer movie ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
True Detective Season 2 70s Reboot
Last week, we showed you a remix of Ant-Man as a 1950s horror movie, and today Vulture is back with a new remix, which mashes up Season 2 of HBO's True Detective with the hit 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Given the rather chilly response to this new season, many may think this remix is »
When Edgar Wright parted ways with Marvel Studios, eight years into production on Ant-Man, whoever took the job was fated to end up melting under the magnifying glass of scrutiny, with a sun of an angry internet shining down on them. Or something.
The man who took the job was Peyton Reed of Yes Man, Bring It On and Down With Love vintage. Looking at the early reviews, it seems fair to say that he knocked it out of the park, presenting a fun film that blends original action, lots of laughs, and links to the wider Marvel cinematic universe.
We sat down with Mr Reed in a posh hotel room to talk about Ant-Man, »
The main attraction for Day Two of San Diego Comic Con was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel. Thousands lined up to get into the cavernous Hall H, the biggest of the venues at Comic-Con and the long hours of waiting around paid off in spades. Not only did the fans become the first ones to experience the new behind-the-scene footage, but they also got to witness first hand the return of Harrison “Han Solo” Ford, making his first public appearance since his terrible plane crash. And if that wasn’t enough, at the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy invited all 7,000 fans in attendance to a secret live orchestra concert! They literally escorted everyone out of Hall H and guided them a few blocks away to an outdoor venue, and gave everyone a Hasbro toy Lightsaber! »
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