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[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 9 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fxx is airing "The Simpsons Movie." Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon. And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'n'a Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though! Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "My Fair Laddy" (1:30 a.m.) Episode #368 Why you should watch it: There are characters in the Simpsons universe that should be sprinkled, »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
Nerf toys are supposed to be fun and safe, but we’ve all taken a dart to the eye or learned that those foam bullets don’t feel so soft at point blank range. In this short from The Warp Zone, a Nerf office war escalates quickly when Nerf swords and guns turn into lightsabers and blasters. People start losing their heads… literally.
"Nerf Star Wars - Office Jedi" was written by Michael Schroeder and Michael Adams Davis, who also star in the short alongside the director, Sam Macaroni. You can check out more of Macaroni’s short films here.
Thanks to GeeksAreSexy. »
- Eli Reyes
The original trilogy of Star Wars films feature some of the most iconic extra terrestrial designs ever brought to the medium, but perhaps the most iconic among them is the character known as Chewbacca. Brought to life by 7'3" British actor Peter Mayhew, the Wookie's furry appearance and trademark growl is a part of Hollywood history, and his legacy will only further continue thanks to the upcoming new trilogy being kicked off with Star Wars: Episode VII next year. Fans may think that they know absolutely everything about Chewie at this point, but the reality is that an interesting tidbit about his ancestry has only recently been unearthed: did you know that Chewbacca's famous look may have been directly inspired by one of the earliest works by author George R.R. Martin? SlashFilm has put together an interesting piece about the origins of the famous Wookie's look, and within - »
The production shut down for two weeks earlier this month to accommodate Ford, who underwent successful leg surgery after suffering an accident on the film set.
The break has not delayed the release date for Star Wars Episode VII, which is due to open on December 18, 2015 in the Us and the UK.
The seventh feature film will be followed by an undisclosed spinoff »
Good news for Star Wars fans – after shutting down production for several weeks in the wake of Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has now been announced the filming on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy has now resumed in the U.K.
Ford suffered a broken leg back in May during an accident on the Millennium Falcon set, forcing director J.J. Abrams to rejig the schedule for Episode VII, before taking a break throughout August. However, with Ford now seemingly fully recovered from his injury, it looks like the film is back on track to meet its December 2015 release date, much to the relief of fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
For those of you losing sleep over whether or not Star Wars: Episode VII was ever going to start production again or those who had a fear about a pushed release date, have we got news for you! The saga has started filming again following a two-week hiatus which gave Harrison Ford time to heal from a broken leg. He’s got a pretty big role in the film and having stopped production on a Star Wars movie, you better believe it’s an important role for Han Solo in »
- Graham McMorrow
I don’t think I should say too much about artist Alessandro Uggeri’s SamuraiTrooper design. I fear any further comments I make, other than that it’s a well-crafted piece of fan art, will cause a frenzy again. The last time I wrote an article involving a Samurai Stormtrooper, it caused a bit of a stir because it was retweeted by Jon Favreau. Before J.J. Abrams earned the Star Wars: Episode VII gig, Favreau was a fan favorite to take on the job, and his retweet and comment fueled those flames.
With Rian Johnson taking on writing and directing duties for Episodes VIII and IX, and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank helming the Star Wars standalone movies in the works, it’s seeming less likely that the man who kicked off the Marvel cinematic universe will get to play around in the Star Wars universe. We can hold out hope though, »
- Eli Reyes
The year is 1980. The Empire Strikes Back is in theaters and Star Wars fever is running wild. Recently rising to popularity is a brand of underwear called Underoos which operate under a simple premise. License as many characters as you can and make underwear for kids based on those licenses. Somewhere along the way someone at Underoos, perhaps a quiet loner people found unsettling, decided the best way to market this product was to show kids wearing it...and singing...and dancing. No one stopped him and what follows is one of the results. Chilling. One final note. After we've just witnessed Star Wars characters and children in underwear doing this... This... And »
The break was taken for holiday in August when many Europeans take time off, and also allowed for Harrison Ford to recover from the broken leg he suffered while filming in May. In July, Disney released a statement saying that production would pause “while adjustments to the current production schedule are made.”
Ford was recently seen at the “The Expendables 3″ premiere walking without any help and looked in good shape to get back to filming. He also did his own Als ice bucket challenge, standing on his own in shorts without a cast or crutch.
See Also: ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ Charity Raises $5.26 Million
- Justin Kroll
The Cantina scene in Star Wars has always been one of the most fascinating of the whole franchise. Its mix of alien creatures not only provided us with a lot of additional action figures (how many other movies give so many extras their own toy?) but it helps build out the extent of the movie's universe, illustrate how large and multi-populous it is, in a simple way. Plus it gave us a catchy tune that will never leave our brains, and of course it's where we're introduced to Han Solo and Chewbacca. Then there's the matter of it later providing one of the biggest controversies in all of cinema, regarding the shooting of Greedo. That's why it's such a fun scene to explore in great detail, and today we have Raiders of the Lost Tumblr and Dangerous Minds to...
- Christopher Campbell
Before reading any further, please understand that you’re following a reviewer who gave Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters a positive review – not glowing, but still a fresh tomato. Why do I admit to such blasphemy? Because that’s how much I respect Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, so now when I start gushing about Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, you’ll have the proper background.
With that said, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead is too much zombie-killin’ fun for one horror movie. I walked away from Dead Snow admiring Wirkola’s ability to marry genre lovin’ with a serious, graphically visual bite, and his goose-stepping sequel ups the ante in almost every way. Besides showing a twisted obsession with ripping out character’s intestines, Wirkola doesn’t hold anything back as far as “safety” may be concerned. If you thought Nazis were evil enough, these Nazi Zombies show the mercy of Adolf Hitler, »
- Matt Donato
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Off Duty: E.T.: “Headin’ […]
- Peter Sciretta
Summer in Hollywood iced over early, and never recovered.
Despite an August thaw that saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” shatter expectations, the summer box office will likely finish at its lowest point in eight years. Ticket sales are running 15% below last summer’s.
Thanks to the magic of CGI, cities crumbled on a weekly basis, defended by a rotating band of masked superheroes. But are these scorched movie metropolises a metaphor for a business being bombarded by newer, snazzier forms of non-theatrical entertainment, or is this a momentary stumble for an industry that’s still soaring?
“You can’t chalk it up to anything other than a weak slate of movies that didn’t resonate with consumers,” said Eric Wold, an analyst with B. Riley & Co. “We were expecting poor numbers to start with, and it got a lot worse.”
Studio executives and exhibitors argue »
- Brent Lang
Entertainment Weekly reports that cast and crew have returned to Pinewood Studios following a two-week break earlier this month to allow Ford to recuperate. The actor broke his leg in June while filming a scene involving the Millennium Falcon, putting the production into a panic as it scrambled to reschedule the shoot around Ford's recovery.
While initial reports suggested that "Episode VII" might not make its projected 2015 release due to the delay, Disney and Lucasfilm have insisted all along that that would not be the case, and it appears that with production resuming this week, they're still going full steam ahead with the original release plan. "Photography is set to continue until mid-fall," EW reports, "and many cast members have continued to work this summer on »
- Katie Roberts
Star Wars characters could debut in Disney Infinity 2.0 next year, Avalanche Software has teased.
"We can talk about the future, but that's far, far away," said Blackburn, to which Vignocchi replied: "2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?"
The beginning of each Star Wars movie opens with a line containing the words: "In a galaxy far, far away."
Star Wars and Marvel characters and Play Sets were tipped for Disney Infinity 2.0 prior to its announcement, but only Marvel characters have been confirmed.
Elsewhere, Vignocchi said that his favourite female Disney character would appear in the sequel and would be announced at a later date.
Disney Infinity 2.0 launches on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America. An alternative bundle featuring Disney characters will be released November, »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Will We Ever Forgive George Lucas?” — Rob Bricken at io9 opens up the mail bag and answers an excellent assortment of queries. At the top of the pile, a smart take on what the new Star Wars movies would have to be like in order for the hissing crowds to crawl back to Lucas. “7 Deadly Sins Of Talking About Pop Culture” — Also at io9, Charlie Jane Anders beats down a list of no-nos. Beyond non-consensual spoilers, there’s a few great reminders here, but every single person needs to read #7 and repeat it as a mantra. “How Getting Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon” — Kyle Buchanan at Vulture interviews the actress on the kind of role we don’t normally get to see her in. “You have to understand, for »
- Scott Beggs
The publisher will release Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol 1 next year, featuring material original published by Dark Horse Comics.
Set between Episodes III and IV, the comics focus on the rise of the Empire and Darth Vader.
The collection will include Star Wars: Republic #78-#80, Star Wars: Purge #1, Star Wars: Purge - Seconds to Die #1, Star Wars: Purge - The Hidden Blade #1, Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist #1-#2, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1-#5, and Star Wars: Dark Times #1-#5.
These feature work by writers John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Haden Blackman and Alexander Freed, and artists Luke Ross, Douglas Wheatley, Jim Hall, Chris Scalf, Marco Castiello, Andrea Chella and Rick Leonardi.
A district in Lyon, France is overrun with Star Wars characters in photographer Benoit Lapray’s humorous Lego photo series. The pictures show a crash-landed Millennium Falcon, battling Jedi, and the Empire both wreaking havoc and just lounging around. I particularly love the storefronts that were given Star Wars galaxy facelifts. Lapray’s photo series is called “Toy Invasion,” and it was done as a project for Lego France. We’ve included some of our favorites below.
Be sure to check out the rest of the gallery here. Thanks to MTV. »
- Eli Reyes
You remember how the Death Star could destroy an entire planet? And you remember how the Sun Crusher could destroy an entire solar system? Actually, you probably don’t remember that second part, since the Sun Crusher hails from the Jedi Academy trilogy, and the new Star Wars movies have already destroyed the entire Expanded Universe that produced the Jedi Academy trilogy. And that Expanded Universe also includes the comic books published for over two decades by Dark Horse comics.
Dark Empire? Crimson Empire? The notion that, five thousand years before Luke Skywalker was born, spaceships had sails? Dark Empire II? »
- Darren Franich
Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format - Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 Tpb. Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader! “We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, »
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