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It was a pretty great year for pop culture, so chances are there is going to be some awesome merchandise under the tree this year. The complete box set of Breaking Bad? Star Wars collectibles in preparation for the new films? They shouldn’t have!
But there’s always a risk that someone who doesn’t watch the show, or hasn’t read the book is about to buy you something horribly wrong. Innocence and lack of interest when buying gifts can result in a very awkward Christmas.
At the moment, you can find toy shops, supermarkets, TV adverts and just about every other kind of business slapping the faces of Anna, Elsa and Olaf onto everything they can. But there’s more to a Pop Culture Christmas than just Disney’s Frozen.
Christmas for most people (especially kids) is all about gift giving and getting. Novelty »
- Ginny Alexander
Now that the wait for the next Star Wars film can be counted in months rather than years, the time has come to seriously think about what elements are going to be included in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, due out on December 18, 2015.
Looking back through the last 6 films (ignoring the two 1980s Ewok movies and the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special), there are clearly several time-honoured clichés that fans expect from the franchise. To be honest, if these clichés aren’t included, fans may feel like Episode VII isn’t a “proper” Star Wars adventure at all.
From the short teaser that’s already been released, fans are reassured by the glimpses of iconic elements like the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, and stormtroopers. In fact, fans are more than reassured; it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say they’re “squee-ing” with joy, and rightfully so. Director J. J. Abrams »
- Mike Morgan
We've already seen a number different holiday greetings from Marvel Studios, Star Wars and even The Babadook over the past few days. Sony Pictures Animation is getting in the spirit as well with their own holiday video featuring the characters from their upcoming sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2. The video features Dracula (Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) decorating their Christmas tree, in a very unorthodox fashion.
Last week, we showed you the first photo featuring Dracula's father Vlad, voiced by Mel Brooks. The rest of the voice cast includes Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Invisible Man (David Spade) and Eunice (Fran Drescher) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan Michael Key). The story follows a family gathering that brings Dracula's father Vlad to town for the first time in several years, which creates havoc for a number of the hotel's regular guests.
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Is Adam Driver playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? While we don't see the actor's face in the teaser trailer, we do meet this lone Sith wondering through a snowy landscape. It's possible that the actor is playing the main bad guy, whose journey is said to mirror Luke Skywalker's. But we won't likely know the truth until closer to the release date. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor did discuss the grounding of characters in this new sequel. And he compares it to what we saw in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
"I always think back to the original movies and to those quieter moments where Luke is out in A New Hope, and there are the two suns setting. It is the equivalent, basically, of a farm boy dying to get out of his small town and do something bigger. »
It amazes me that I still come across stuff that I've never seen from George Lucas' original Star Wars films. The Internet is truly a magical tool of greatness. Thanks to Eyes On Cinema we have some rare and extremely cool behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Star Wars: A New Hope. There's no audio for the video, but don't let that stop you from watching it! Here's a description of what the video contains:
The first half of the (silent) clip shows a 30-something George Lucas conferring with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor before discussing a scene — cut from the final film — in which Mark Hamill (Luke Sykwalker), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter) and Koo Stark traipse around the Tatooine settlement of Anchorhead. The second half of the clip shows crew members operating the Wed-15 repair droid — a much fancier version of the Wed-15-77 that Luke and his Uncle »
- Joey Paur
Mark Hamill finally went over to the dark side of the Force. Jason Reitman's live-read of The Empire Strikes Back last night brought two surprise guests to the roster of actors recreating the Star Wars sequel. Hamill, who was once Luke Skywalker himself (and will be again) joined the group to play none other than The Emperor. Hamill, an acclaimed voice actor who has done countless animated shows, also read the lines for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, doing spot-on imitations of each, while The Office's Rainn Wilson, sporting a bushy beard and lumberjack-style checked shirt, played Chewbacca -- and only Chewbacca. »
- Anthony Breznican
While everyone is waiting with bated breath for the next look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a rare behind-the-scenes video from the original 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope has surfaced online, and it shows a deleted scene coming to life on set. Though silent, this footage clearly features Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker working alongside director George Lucas, and we even get to see the infamous Biggs Darklighter.
The first half of the clip has George Lucas, then in his thirties, going over this much-talked about deleted scene with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor. The cut scene finds Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter (played by Garrick Hagon) walking around the Tatooine settlement known as Anchorhead. Actress Koo Stark (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is also seen in this footage.
Luke Skywalker often mentions his friend Biggs throughout Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and we »
House-Keeping! Barring significant Star Wars news (and I’m not sure what the bar for “significant” is, but I’ll know it if I see it) this is gonna be the last S7AR Wars column of 2014. At a scant 30 entries old, we’ve crossed the barrier where the newest Star Wars movie is now Less than a year away.
I’m going to take the time to actually attempt to finish Tarkin. James Luceno is great with details, but it doesn’t make for fast reading. Darth Plagueis also improved upon The Phantom Menace, so it had a connection to the canon made it interesting to read. I haven’t connected to Tarkin climbing the Imperial ranks yet. I hear there’s some Plagueis shout-outs in the book, which could just be because it’s the same author as the abandoned EU novel, Or it could be setting us »
After spending an amazing morning at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast, and while I was in my car and hadn't even gotten home yet, my Lovely daughter @kimkardashian sent me this delightful email after she apparently saw my picture online...so I wanted to share with you her special holiday cheer. #ithoughtilookedfab #cantdoanythingrightlol
Ein von @krisjenner gepostetes Foto am Dez 12, 2014 at 11:49 Pst
Sony’s CEO responds to President Obama regarding canceling The Interview. [Yahoo!] Ashley Benson and Ryan Good are splitsville after three years of on-and-off dating. [Us Weekly] Does Kim Kardashian »
- Taylor Ferber
Ted 2 may not have the name-brand recognition of an Avengers or the budget of a Star Wars, but it is the only sequel of 2015 that has a foul-mouthed teddy bear as one of its leads. The first image from the new comedy shows said teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) with his best friend […]
- Angie Han
Thanks for making our Christmas decorations look like s--t, guy. Sure, your house looks crazy-awesome and we are dumbstruck over how much work went into this, but still. You're making everyone look bad! Tom BetGeorge, a music teacher from California, went balls to the walls when it came to decorating his house for Christmas this year. He spent one month, used 100,000 lights, 5,000 wires and two miles of cable to get his Star Wars-themed light show up and running. The result is a true triumph for Christmas fans and Star Wars nerds everywhere. Now, you watch this and probably think: "wow, his neighbors must hate this." We certainly thought that. But Tom insists that his neighbors are very »
Star Wars is one of those franchises where almost nothing you discover about it is new. Whether it be a cool inside fact, image, or whatever, odds are it’s been out there years, possibly decades. Maybe it’s new to you but the franchise has been so closely followed for so many years, it would be […]
The post Rare Footage Offers Intimate Behind the Scenes Look at 1977 ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Universal’s Sisters has all the makings of a comic classic and it’s still a year away from release. Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore from a script by SNL scribe Paula Pell, those two factors alone suggest it could be next year’s biggest chucklefest. On top of that winning foundation, throw two small-screen comics who have completely invigorated the TV slate with 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation and you can consider us very, very excited indeed.
Previously titled The Nest, Sisters follows Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s estranged sisters who return to their family abode as their parents announce they’re about to move. Intending to clear out the clutter, the pair rekindle their sibling relationship and decide to throw one final party to say goodbye to their childhood home. As expected, the bash gets out of hand but the duo learn a lot about life, »
- Gem Seddon
J.J. Abrams and the crew from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are grateful for the support of the franchise’s fans. The team behind the upcoming Star Wars film posted a new YouTube video to thank the supporters of the Star Wars: Force for Change charity campaign run by crowdfunding site Omaze.
The one-minute clip shows various crew members like sound editors, cinematographers, and designers saying “thank you” from the set of the upcoming film. Chewbacca and R2-D2 even show up to roar and warble their appreciation for the fans (though their sounds had to be translated for the viewer).
Abrams reveals in this latest video that the Force for Change campaign raised a whopping $4.26 million. Add that on to the $1 million Disney donated to kickstart the charity, and you have a total of $5.26 million. While Force for Change will give one lucky contributor a cameo on the new film, »
- Bree Brouwer
The folks at Hot Toys are taking part in the Toy Soul 2014 convention in Hong Kong today and have unveiled some images from the showroom floor, giving us looks at some new figures. Notable collectibles include a giant Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as other 1/6th scale collectibles of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk, and a new 1/4th scale Iron Man from the Avengers sequel as well. In addition to the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys, there’s also a series of new Star Wars collectibles, including 1/6th scale and life-size figures (Boba Fett and Han Solo in carbonite, obviously). Take a look at all of the new figures after the jump. Via the Hot Toys Facebook page. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="377867,377869,377868,377860,377861,377859,377870,377876,377863,377866,377875,377873,377872,377871,377864,377865"]
- Adam Chitwood
The force of the second Star Wars trilogy was not strong for Natalie Portman career-wise, according to the Oscar-winning actress, one of the most popular in the world. The 33-year-old played Padme / Queen Amidala, love interest of Anakin Skywalker, who later became Darth Vader, in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The films were released between 1999 and 2005 and served as prequels to the original series. While the newer movies made more than $2.5 billion worldwide, critics and scores of fans of the franchise were not as impressed with them. Portman, a former child star, »
Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international marketing at 20th Century Fox, it was announced today by Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, the studio’s presidents of worldwide marketing and distribution, to whom Breen will report.
In his new post, Breen will continue to be responsible for strategy, research, media, digital, publicity, creative and promotions for all Fox movies in all territories outside of the United States.
Previously, Breen was executive VP of international marketing at 20th Century Fox, a role he’s held since 2006.
“Kieran has long been an invaluable member of our senior team at Fox International, »
- Jeff Sneider
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: This Time, Ackbar’s Traps […]
- Peter Sciretta
You can see additional variant covers for Star Wars #1 here, here, here, here, here and here, as well as the standard cover here.
From the star studded creative team of writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin comes a brand-new series spotlighting beloved characters from the original trilogy. Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, follow the continued adventures of Luke, Han, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and more as the growing Rebel Alliance battles for freedom against the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire!
Star Wars #1 is out on January 14th, priced $4.99.
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its return to the big screen in 364 days from now in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everybody’s favourite astromech R2-D2 has taken centre stage on the cover of the latest issue of Total Film as part of the magazine’s 2015 preview…
“The biggest year in movies. Ever.” – When you look at some of the films set to arrive next year, it’s pretty tough to argue against that…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and 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 John Boyega (Attack the Block), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong »
- Gary Collinson
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