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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: This Star Wars poster is the first of a trilogy by artist Andy Fairhurst. See his posters for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at Slashfilm. Speaking of Star Wars, our favorite cosplay of the day is this group of Muppets dressed as Darth Vader and some Imperial Stormtroopers (via Geek Tyrant): More Star Wars, here's a fairly long supercut of all the characters from the first six movies, starting with The Phantom Menace (via Geekologie): Here's a U.S. map showing the most popular movie set in each state, according to IMDb ratings. My representative is Gone With the Wind (via Mental_Floss): The latest episode of No...
- Christopher Campbell
Ever since Marvel starting making its own movies with Iron Man in 2008, there’s been a prevalence of Easter Eggs. Be it Captain America’s shield sitting dormant in Tony’s garage or the Infinity Gauntlet being glimpsed in Odin’s vault, there are a number of references and in-jokes that fans can spot throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which adds a layer of fun to the comic book adaptations. However, in Phase Two, Marvel stumbled upon an Easter Egg of a different sort; one that’s an homage to one of the biggest franchises of all time: Star Wars. It’s a bit of a spoiler for both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man seeing as how they’re yet-to-be-released Phase Two films, so if you’re especially spoiler-averse, I’d advise you to turn back now. [caption id="attachment_447729" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel[/caption] If you’re a Star Wars fan, you »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s been two years since the last Star Trek outing arrived in cinemas, and pre-production is now in full swing on the threequel. Star Trek 3 is slated to begin principal photography this June and has a sterling batch of creatives steering this one to the big screen. With J.J. Abrams busy tweaking the details on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. And now thanks to a new interview with MTV (via Collider), Pegg has opened up on precisely what’s in store for the sequel.
Addressing the topic of Idris Elba’s supposed appointment as the film’s villain, Pegg affirmed that the actor is indeed set to appear. But it won’t be anyone you’re likely to have heard of:
“It will be [an original character], yes. This is the five-year mission now, »
- Gem Seddon
The podcast has returned with episode #219. This week, we’re gone all Ultron with one of the first reviews of Joss Whedon’s new movie. That and all this Tom’s Trivia Three – Open up and let us give you a triple serving of awesome movie trivia!! This episode features all Ultron trivia Reviews – Avengers Age Of Ultron A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Star Wars News – In depth Superman v Batman trailer reaction, Star Wars The Force Awakens and the new Jurassic World trailer are all up for discussion Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! Stitcher Users Click here – iOS »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Considering its global success ($600 million-plus in North American grosses alone and $1.5 billion worldwide), it was a no-brainer that Marvel and Disney would pump out a sequel to 2012’s The Avengers as fast as possible. And here it is, Avengers: Age Of Ultron or, as I like to call it All-Star Wars. This latest Avengers aims to break its own record with the film business’ highest-grossing opening weekend ever. No doubt the appetite for this sequel is out there: Every… »
With all the hubbub surrounding Star Wars recently, it’s easy to forget that the other Star franchise is gearing up to start filming its next installment in June. Star Trek 3 has Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin set to direct, but co-star Simon Pegg is currently working on the screenplay alongside Doug Jung. The actor and screenwriter previously spoke to us a bit about his process in writing the script for Trek 3, and he recently talked a bit more about the film during an interview with MTV. We recently learned that Idris Elba was in talks to play the villain of the pic, and Pegg confirmed that the role he’s writing for Elba is an original character and not one that was previously established in the Trek universe: “It will be [an original character], yes. This is the five-year mission now, we’re out there. We don’t always have to »
- Adam Chitwood
Not too long ago, Ian McKellen was secured to play the butler turned clock named Cogsworth in Disney's forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title romantic roles. Now Cogsworth's suave counterpart Lumiere has been cast as well with THR reporting Moulin Rouge and Star Wars prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor has landed the role of the maitre d' who is turned into a candelabra due to the curse put upon the prince and his castle. Fans will know Lumiere well since he leads the iconic musical number "Be Our Guest," featuring a cavalcade of dancing dishes. As we've previously reported, the rest of the cast includes Luke Evans as the dastardly Gaston, Josh Gad as his sidekick Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Audra McDonald as Garderobe. McGregor hasn't gotten musical since his starring turn in Moulin Rogue, »
- Ethan Anderton
What.s a Jedi to do when he or she falls in love? Suppress those feelings, apparently. After all, if they are to abide by the Jedi code, love and personal attachments can lead one to the dark side of the Force. This didn.t sit well with one young Star Wars fan, so he did what any hopeful Padawan would do, he wrote a persuasive letter to George Lucas to rectify the situation. According to Geek Dad, that.s exactly what a young boy named Colin did. Although, to call it persuasive would be a drastic overstatement. The letter is comprised of 36 words and is fairly blunt. "I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule," he wrote in part. None of us want to end up like the Jedi Knight Hayden Christensen became, with his crazy eyes and over-exaggerations. Did getting married to Padme »
Star Wars Celebration 2015 is over but the photos from the convention floor are still trickling out to the wider world. Some images are of costumes and props from “The Force Awakens” and some are…a little bit stranger. One of the most surreal photos was taken by Grant Imahara, former “Mythbusters” host, of his girlfriend in her Admiral Ackbunny costume. Ladies and gentlemen, my girlfriend @Jennernugen as Admiral AckBunny. #StarWars #Swca pic.twitter.com/QVrA0yMbbS — Grant Imahara (@grantimahara) April 18, 2015 The woman inside the costume is Jenny Newman, who concocted the idea as part of Star Wars Bunnies. The cosplay group bunnified characters from C-3P0 to Rebel Pilots, but Newman’s Ackbar stole the show (for obvious reasons). A photo posted by @jennernugen on Apr 18, 2015 at 6:08pm Pdt Hopefully, Ackbunny can meet up with Sexy Tyrion Lannister at Sdcc this year for the weirdest photo op ever. »
- Donna Dickens
Three things are certain in life. Death, taxes, and Internet trailer parodies. The instant a big film trailer hits the web, you know hundreds of people start working on different parodies, memes, and whatever else they can come up with. In the past week, two of the year’s biggest trailers came online: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman […]
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- Germain Lussier
Women and family audiences will help drive 2015 to record-breaking box office numbers, predicted National Assn. of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian in a speech to exhibitors Tuesday at CinemaCon.
It’s a unique perspective. While most analysts are betting that the domestic box office will exceed $11 billion for the first time ever, their confidence is largely based on a slate of fanboy fare such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“2015 will rock at the box office because it will be the year of women,” Fithian said during remarks at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition conference unfolding this week in Las Vegas.
He noted that films like “Insurgent,” “Cinderella” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” featured women in leading roles and sold 60% or more of their tickets to women. That’s in stark contrast to the previous year, during which only 12% of starring roles were filled by women, »
- Brent Lang
It.s certainly safe to say that the fate of beloved bounty hunter, Boba Fett has always been a sore Sarlacc-strewn spot among the Star Wars fanbase over the years. While there.s always been subsequent novels and comic books showcasing a narrative of his survival, it seems that his chances of returning to the continuity are better than they.ve ever been, thanks to the current methodology of the Disney-sized Lucasfilm. This past weekend.s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California did not disappoint in its preponderance of property previews. However, a less-heralded narrative would also come about from the event.s array of interviews; namely one from Slash Film regarding Lucasfilm.s long-term strategy with the Star Wars Expanded Universe canon. It.s something that actually holds the fate of Boba Fett directly in the balance. According to Lucasfilm.s Pablo Hidalgo, Fett.s future all depends upon »
More than anything, last week proved to be a rather excellent week to be a Star Wars fan. Buoyed the fever-pitch excitement generated at the annual Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, Disney and EA went all-out to dazzle moviegoers and gamers alike with new footage for upcoming products based on Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away.
And in a bid to keep the momentum trucking along, developer Dice has published a new dev diary that takes fans behind the scenes of the in-development Star Wars Battlefront, the third-person shooter coming by way of the creative minds behind Battlefield. Having gained unprecedented access to the film’s vaults, not to mention visiting real-world locations where the original trilogy was filmed all those years ago, it’s readily apparent that the company is striving for authenticity in the blockbuster, which will allegedly be the most realistic Star Wars universe ever created in the video game industry. »
- Michael Briers
Like Star Wars and Dawn Of The Dead, Mad Max led to a succession of cheap clones where the ideas were third hand, the effects weren’t very special, and only diehard cult movie fans had heard of any of the actors, but whatever their technical (and narrative) faults, the films never failed to be entertaining.
Every picture begins the same way: in the desolate post-apocalyptic wilderness, a rugged individualist’s attempts to survive bring him into conflict with a small group of survivors, with whom he eventually sides against a cackling, bug-eyed villain. Said villain turns out to be a sadistic psychopath with a penchant for torture (not to mention 80s fashions), and you can probably guess the rest.
For good measure, and because original ideas are as scarce in micro-budget cinema as they are in Hollywood, the filmmakers usually toss in a bunch of ‘homages’ to other hits. »
- Ian Watson
We begin to chronicle the aftermath of Star Wars Celebration in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, we’ll discuss the following: An iPhone controlled Bb-8 is coming to stores, and a larger version is coming to Disney Parks. Why didn’t Josh Trank come to Star Wars Celebration? Learn the code name for the Josh Trank Star Wars Anthology […]
- Germain Lussier
The stand-alone films in the Star Wars Universe will be framed by the title Star Wars Anthology. The first of the movies to be announced and receive a teaser trailer and showcase concept art is Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which centers on a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Now is the perfect time for someone high up in the ranks of Lucasfilm to pitch the idea of a Death Troopers film to the powers-that-be.
For those unfamiliar with Death Troopers, it is a horror / science fiction book written by Joe Schreiber and published by Del Rey in 2009. The tale begins when the Imperial prison barge Purge—temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves—breaks down in a distant part of space. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Hot off the biggest Star Wars weekend of the year (so far), the Bottleneck Gallery is releasing a beautiful set of official posters based on the original trilogy. The artist is Andy Fairhurst, who did this incredible set of Back to the Future posters a few months back. As he did with those, Fairhurst gives these […]
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- Germain Lussier
You saw those trailers, right? There's almost no point in asking.
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- Adam Bellotto
Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs. Superman. By checking our traffic, we here at TwitchFilm get a decent impression of just how big the impact of a good trailer can be. Generally, we love trailers. Sure, we'll gripe about them, about spoilers, about how a film looks like crap, about hype. We'll gripe about trailers being all edited the exact same way, how they are sometimes excruciatingly misleading, or get the tone wrong on purpose. We'll gripe about marketing people who do not understand these are not the seventies anymore, when...
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Jonah Hill leads True Story as Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times reporter who can’t score a new job after he’s caught massaging story details. Soon after heading home to his wife Jill (Felicity Jones) in Montana, Mike gets word that accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) is using his identity. Rather than steer clear of the supposed murderer, Mike suspects that writing a book about Christian could help him get his career back on track. Jill knows something isn’t quite right, but even she becomes intoxicated by Christian and his story. With the film now playing in theaters, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with Jones to discuss how she approached bringing this true story to screen. We talked about her meetings with the real Jill, her experience working with Hill, Franco and director Rupert Goold and how the set itself reflects Jill »
- Perri Nemiroff
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