New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Spot Focuses on Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren
“Star Wars” has a Thanksgiving treat for impatient fans — a new, minute-long spot for “The Force Awakens,” which features a better look at Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, who — while initially believed to be a Sith thanks to his red crossguard lightsaber — has been revealed to be a member of the mysterious Knights of Ren, and a devoted follower of Darth Vader. In one of the new shots, we even see Daisy Ridley’s Rey firing a blaster at Ren, who manages to deflect the shots with his blade.
While the first trailer for the hotly-anticipated sequel began with the ominous voiceover, “There has been an awakening… have you felt it?” the new promo reveals a little more of that conversation, believed to be between Kylo Ren and First Order boss Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), who has remained unseen in the promotional materials for “Episode VII” so far »
- Laura Prudom
Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Tops ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ Heading Into Thanksgiving
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of box office contenders heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The final film in the popular futuristic series nabbed $13.7 million on Wednesday, pushing its domestic haul to $183 million.
Globally, “Mockingjay – Part 2” has earned nearly $320 million. It is expected to top stateside charts for the second weekend in a row with $75 million, despite debuting last weekend to a weaker than expected $102.7 million, the lowest opening for any “Hunger Games” installment.
“Creed” punched above its weight, picking up $6 million from 3,350 locations in its opening day. The Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) drama focuses on the son of Rocky Balboa rival Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. Sylvester Stallone dons the monosyllables once again to play Balboa, »
- Brent Lang
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Receives PG-13 Rating
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has officially received a PG-13 rating, for content described as “sci-fi action violence.”
This will mark the second “Star Wars” film to receive a PG-13 rating, following the most recent installment in the franchise, 2005’s “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” All the other movies in the series were released with PG ratings.
The seventh film in the popular franchise opens on Dec. 18 and is predicted to rack up at least $170 million over its domestic opening weekend. “The Force Awakens” has already garnered more than $50 million in advanced ticket sales.
Director J.J. Abrams recently announced a charity contest to win tickets to the movie premiere in London or Los Angeles. Through a partnership with Omaze, fans that donate $10 or more can enter the contest to win, with the proceeds going to 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.
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- Margaret Lenker
12 Days of Binging? December Gets Busy With TV Series Premieres
Television’s Christmas vacation has been canceled.
The month of December used to be consigned to reruns, hoary holiday specials, movies and classic TV marathons. Network execs were loathe to launch any major priorities in the month because of the conventional wisdom that potential viewers were too distracted by holiday-related pursuits.
But a quick look at the premiere schedule for the final four weeks of the year underscores how busy the frame has become for new and returning series premieres.
NBC has its highest-profile new comedy of the season, the Eva Longoria starrer “Telenovela,” getting a showcase preview with two episodes airing Dec. 7 behind the penultimate episode of “The Voice’s” winter season. “Superstore,” the America Ferrera-Ben Feldman workplace comedy that has generated solid advance buzz, opens for business with two episodes airing on Nov. 30, also behind “The Voice.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ Confirms New South Wales Shoot
The film had previously been confirmed to shoot in Australia, following a federal government grant, and several states had jockeyed to land the picture.
The Nsw government did not specify how much finance it will provide, but said that the film would contribute some $43 million (A$60 million) to the local economy.
The move potentially gives the state a trio of “Alien” movies. Director, Scott has recently said that he envisages three prequel movies and that the plan is to shoot all three in Australia. “Covenant” is a second prequel, following “Prometheus.”
Michael Fassbender will reprieve his role and is expected at the Fox Studios in Sydney from March next year. The film is scheduled for release in October 2017.
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- Patrick Frater
Ridley Scott: 'Alien: Covenant' Is First of 3 Films Before Linking Up With Original 'Alien'
Ridley Scott confirmed that he is planning another two Prometheus sequels to follow Alien: Covenant before the Prometheus storyline meets up with the original 1979 Alien. Alien: Covenant and the following two films will be origin stories, answering the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?” Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney where he is starting pre-production on Covenant, the first sequel to Prometheus. “Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” he said of
- Pip Bulbeck
‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Holiday Teaser Offers Cuteness Unleashed (Video)
Animals don’t always make the best photography models, as evidenced by the new holiday-themed teaser for “The Secret Life of Pets.” The animated film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, the company behind “Minions” and “Despicable Me,” follows pets who turn homes upside down when their owners leave for the day. The new clip introduces the full cast of four-legged characters — including the oversize mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet), the dog Max (Louis C.K.), the oversize cat (Lake Bell) and the white bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) — as they struggle to pose for a holiday greeting card. Also Read: 'The Secret Life. »
- Thom Geier
Korea’s Blue Dragon Spreads Awards Heat Between Hit Movies and Indie Titles
Unlike last week’s Grand Bell Awards, which gave ten prizes to “Ode to My Father,” Korea’s Blue Dragon Awards (a.k.a Cheongryong Awards) spread the love between “Ode,” “Assassination,” “Veteran” and “The Throne,” the four big box office hits of the year, and a few indie releases.
Best picture, Thursday night’s biggest award, went to Choi Dong-hoon’s patriotic period drama “Assassination.” The film also won best picture and best costume for Cho Sang-gyeong
Action comedy “Veteran” won best director for Ryoo Seung-wan. Ryoo did not attend the awards as he is in Japan, scouting locations for his next feature “Gun-ham-do.”
The numerical winner was, however, Lee Joon-ik’s “The Throne,” which won best actor for Yoo Ah-in, best supporting actress for Jeon Hye-jin, and three technical awards including best score, cinematography and lighting. “Ode,” the year’s biggest grossing title, was awarded highest audience award, »
- Sonia Kil
Comedian Subject of 'Tosh.0' Fundraiser Dies of Brain Cancer
Andy Ritchie, the comedian who's battle with cancer spurred his colleagues and contemporaries into crowdfunding his medical bills, has died. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised comic died of a brain tumor on Thanksgiving, his friend Brendon Walsh confirmed on the GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Ritchie's medical expenses. “Andy passed away this afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian. His mom, Ruby, and his brother Simon were all with him. I don't know what else to say. He was a great guy. Listen to his album on Spotify or download it or whatever. He's hilarious. Thanks for everything you all
- Abid Rahman
Singapore Film Festival Opens With Red Carpet Pageant
Taiwanese actress and model Sonia Sui Tang, and Singapore actress Yeo Yann Yann, were among the special guests who graced the gala opening of the Singapore International Film Festival, at Marina Bay Sands.
Sui and Yeo, together with Taiwanese director Lee Chung, both appear in the Sgiff’s special presentation of “The Laundryman.” Lee’s feature-length debut which revolves around a hitman haunted by the ghosts of his victims.
Directing duo, Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi, walked the red carpet with the cast of the festival’s opening film “Panay.” The cast includes Ado Kalitaing Pacidal, Bokeh Kosang, and Kaco Lekal, aboriginal actors, Dongi Kacan and Rahic Gulas.
Singer, Suming performed items from the film’s soundtrack, including the one that won the best original song prize at last week’s Golden Horse Awards, at the opening night after-party.
- Variety Staff
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