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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Series Recap of the Day: We've entered the month of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In anticipation of the new movie, the spoiler-spouting Fine Brothers are back to recap the entire Star Wars franchise in only six minutes: Movie Theater of the Day: The new Alamo Drafthouse in Omaha has a lobby modeled after the Death Star from Star Wars. And it's permanent (via Screen Crush): Movie Trivia of the Day: Ever been in an argument with another Star Wars fan about which is bigger, Jabba's sail barge or the Millennium Falcon? This video sizing up all the franchise's vehicles side by side from Ewok glider to the second Death Star: Movie...
- Christopher Campbell
After four decades, Harrison Ford finally considers himself a Star Wars fan — and it looks like that side of Ford is here to stay. In an interview with Good Morning America, the Han Solo actor revealed he's seen The Force Awakens, and he evidently thinks higher of the new compared to the old. "It was great," he said Tuesday. "It's a wonderful movie; it's got great production values; it's a real, big movie, and I was delighted to see it." For someone who has historically been unafraid to speak his mind about his projects, this either means he's getting paid enough to buy a small island or he's genuinely stoked about Han's return (which he says is more complex and emotionally contextualized).Ford told People in 1977 he thought the first Sw film was "silly but wonderfully made." (He likes calling things wonderful.) In a more recent interview, however, he »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
We took our time reviewing Star Wars: Battlefront to ensure we had an opportunity to properly explore all the maps and level our characters up. Now that the review is out, we wanted to let you know about a couple companion products that Turtle Beach has released designed specifically to play with Star Wars: Battlefront and in conjunction with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset retails for $49.99 and can be purchased at a wide variety of the usual suspect retailers. This wired headset is based on Turtle Beach's Recon Series and works with PS4, Xbox One and mobile/tablet devices. It does not work with PC.
Costing double at $99.99 and exclusive to Best Buy is the limited edition and individually numbered Sandtrooper headset. The cost increase is because this wired headset does work with PCs, includes 50mm speakers vs 40mm speakers in the X-Wing Pilot Headset, »
"How did we get this far?" Believe it or not, it's already that time of the year again when we look back at all the movies that came out this year. Our friend Nick Bosworth has cut together his annual trailer mashup Final Cut 2015 featuring footage from pretty much everything released during 2015. When you think back over it, there was quite a bit: Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Rogue Nation, Black Mass, The Martian, Steve Jobs, Chappie, Kingsman, Trainwreck and so many others. Plus there's still Star Wars, The Hateful Eight and The Revenant coming up next. What a year to remember. Note from editor Nick Bosworth on YouTube: "It's official folks, 2015 is drawing to a close and with Star Wars... I mean Christmas around the corner, it's time to unveil the latest in my 'Final Cut' year-end movie mashup series. »
- Alex Billington
The scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope is possibly the most iconic scene in the entirety of Star Wars, and not just because of the Han Solo - Greedo shoot out. It's the moment that really seals the deal on the entire intergalactic nature of it all. It's got weird aliens in surprisingly normal clothing boozing with each other all while a alien band plays funky space music. It's perfect. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to learn J.J. Abrams wanted his own version of the Cantina scene in The Force Awakens. In the case of the new movie, the new cantina is basically the home of Lupita Nyong'o's alien character, Maz Kanata. Like the bar on Mos Esiley, it'll be filled with alien characters (some are pictured above) and also alien...
- Peter Hall
It’s easy to take the music of Star Wars for granted. After all, that would mean no iconic opening fanfare. There would be no disco remixes nor any “Cantina Band” for future filmmakers to quote from. College marching bands would have to find something other than “The Imperial March” to tease the away team with, and Nick Winters would never treat his lounge audience to his timeless cover. A reality without Star Wars music would find a different soundtrack sitting atop AFI‘s greatest film scores.
Fortunately, John Williams’s original Star Wars score did happen, and in 1977 it was a big deal. Disco and R&B owned the pop music charts. For science-fiction and fantasy cinema — genres whose idealism had diminished in the wake of the Vietnam War and Watergate –soundscapes were defined by synthetic music that separated viewers from their fantastical worlds onscreen. Context is essential to »
- David Klein
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, LucasFilm claims the top spot in ad spending with “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.”
The latest installment in the beloved saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, “The Force Awakens” saw an estimated $7.2 million spent on TV advertising last week through Sunday, with 359 national airings across 31 networks, led by CBS and NBC.
Debuting in third place this week is the latest Will Smith vehicle, “Concussion.” The Columbia Pictures drama saw $4.7 million spent, with 395 national airings across 30 networks, led by CBS and Fox. In fourth: Warner Bros.’ “Rocky” spin-off, “Creed,” which saw $4.4 million spent, bringing its lifetime total to date to $27.7 million. »
An eternal nerd debate just got more fuel to its fire: “Star Wars” vs. “Star Trek”? Which franchise is better, which characters are cooler, what weapons are more powerful, who would win in an all-out battle, etc. etc. And now: Which iconic spacecraft is better, the Millennium Falcon or the Starship Enterprise, as decided by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson — the astrophysicist known for for hosting various TV shows and podcasts, for being a go-to source for the scientific merits of many sci-fi movies, and for demoting Pluto from planethood (or at least being given the bulk of the blame for that) — has made his choice. He said “there’s no question” that he’d choose the “Star Trek” starship over the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. He revealed his pick on National Geographic’s “Star Talk.” As for why he favors the Enterprise, he »
- Emily Rome
On a recent visit to “The Howard Stern Show,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams recalled his experience of screening the first cut of the movie, which had no visual effects, for Disney execs Bob Iger, Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
“We screened the movie, and it was horrifying,” Abrams admitted. “I’m nervous beyond words, I’m showing this movie that I know is so far from finished, there’s not an effect in it…”
Abrams said he was even trying to temper their expectations before they saw the film: “It was a lot of me giving excuses before the screening,” he said. “I’m reading their body language while they’re watching it … I couldn’t tell if they were miserable or in ecstasy.”
Apparently, he needn’t have worried, because hearing their positive reaction after the screening was “the biggest relief of my life. And »
- Jacob Bryant
Last summer, HitFix Harpy caught up with Freddie Wong at Sdcc to talk about his upcoming collaboration between his production company RocketJump and Hulu. Since then, the fruits of that labor have come to pass in the form of RocketJump: The Show. Teaming up with Lionsgate Television, RocketJump created eight full episodes for Hulu, each dealing with a different genre. From the Wild West to fan fiction and beyond, each week the show will produce a short film and invite viewers to deep dive into the process of making movies. Even a small-scale production is a group effort that takes untold hours to produce the finished product. HitFix Harpy got an exclusive look at the short film produced “Fan Friction” produced for “RocketJump: The Show.” In the clip above, two friends team up to make an Au (Alternate Reality) where Sherlock Holmes and Dracula must fight for Malcolm Reynolds using mythology from Star Wars. »
- Donna Dickens
Up until today, you probably had no reason to go to Omaha, Nebraska. But that will change once you see the new theater the Alamo Drafthouse has just opened in the city of this Great Plains state. The hip cineplex chain has just opened up a Star Wars movie theater unlike any you’ve seen before, […]
The post The Alamo Drafthouse Just Opened a ‘Star Wars’-Themed Movie Theater…in Nebraska appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Force is strong with this one. The Alamo Drafthouse has opened a new location in Omaha, Nebraska this week and if you're anywhere near there you have to go check it out. The movie theater is completely themed for Star Wars, complete with a Death Star in the lobby and an impressive concession stand made to look like it's on the Death Star. "The idea behind the lobby is that we wanted to construct and install a lobby theme that would make us unique in our Omaha market as well as the midwest." Unique indeed, and this is a permanent theme. Entertainment Weekly has posted a few photos which we've added below. I want to go see a movie here! The perfect place to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens later in the month. A few photos from EW.com below, since we can't make it ourselves. »
- Alex Billington
Over the weekend we brought you a promo for tomorrow night’s eighth episode of Star Wars Rebels season 2 [watch it here], and now we have a batch of promotional images from ‘The Future of the Force’, along with two trailers entitled ‘The Inquisitors Strike!’ and ‘Ahsoka’s Jedi Business’. Check them out here…
See Also: Star Wars Rebels renewed for a third season
See Also: Follow all of our Star Wars coverage here
The rebels learn that the Inquisitors are seeking out Force-sensitive children, and they work together to protect the young ones from the Inquisitors’ pursuit.
Star Wars Rebels airs on Disney Xd on Wednesday nights.
- Gary Collinson
Unless you.re dead, you.re aware that there.s a great deal of hype surrounding the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and even if you.re a ghost, you still probably noticed). One of the big selling points is that we.ll see a number of familiar faces from the original trilogy, including Harrison Ford returning as fan-favorite space rogue Han Solo. But Star Wars isn.t the only franchise he might return to. There has been a lot of talk of a new Indiana Jones movie and, should the stars align, Ford say he.s totally down. There has been a lot of speculation that a new Indy movie could recast the whip-wielding, fedora-wearing protagonist.Chris Pratt is a name that has been kicked about.but it doesn.t sound like the 73-year-old actor is ready to hang up his leather jacket just yet. Appearing »
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was Star Wars Bits, your round-up of all the Star Wars news you need to know. In this edition: J.J. Abrams explains why he turned down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams then explains why he finally accepted the gig. James Gunn says […]
- Jacob Hall
Welcome back guys to day six of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! Hard to believe we’re now past the halfway mark with this year’s Hgg, so I’ll be sure to keep giving you guys as many great gift ideas as I can find for the rest of this week. Today’s guide is paying tribute to the icons of the genre and features several books either written by or featuring the legends of the industry, as well as an upcoming release from Guillermo del Toro.
We’ve also got a fun zombie shooting game for all those younger undead enthusiasts out there, an adorable selection of gift ideas for the ladies, an array of fun apparel and accessories from one of my personal favorite sites, Stylin Online, and so much more.
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, »
- Heather Wixson
A new Star Wars Battlefront game is finally upon us, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The world is already in a Star Wars frenzy, and EA's reboot of the classic Star Wars shooter fits in nicely to the onslaught of products released to capitalize on this month's The Force Awakens.
The mostly multiplayer shooter eschews trying to complicate things with any kind of story, and focuses solely on battles -- you know, since it's in the title. And giving Battlefront to Dice (the Battlefield series) and putting it on the wonderful Frostbite engine, the game play is smooth and the graphics are jaw-dropping.
Star Wars Battlefront comes with two modes -- Multiplayer and Missions. The Missions Mode includes specifically themed battles which harken back to the original games (kill 100 enemies before the other team), with some semblance of a mission story (protect the stolen plans, disrupt the other army from dispatching, »
Now that it's officially December, we're only days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Brands are constantly rolling out creative products in celebration of major film releases, and the new Star Wars is no exception. The crafty folks over at Ample Hills Creamery for example just rolled out two limited edition ice cream flavors in celebration of the film's Dec. 18 release. Hungry fans can order a pint of The Light Side or The Dark Side, depending on their flavor preference. The creamery's website notes The Light Side is "A bright marshmallow ice cream with homemade crispie clusters, as well as a smattering of handmade cocoa crispies (to represent the dark side »
We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be one of the biggest box office successes of all time, but if the latest box office tracking is anything to go by, it’s not going to have any problem toppling James Cameron’s Avatar to become the biggest film in history.
According to analyst Barton Crockett (via THR), The Force Awakens is looking at a potential $1 billion domestic haul, along with a further $2.5 billion from international markets. That would give it a whopping $3.5 billion worldwide, and a nice $2.7 billion profit for Disney. The current box office champ Avatar grossed $2.788 billion when it was released at the back end of 2009.
See Also: UK cinema chains adding extra premium to Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets in first week of release
Of course, as this year has proven already, tracking means very little, but with The Force Awakens’ release fast approaching, »
- Gary Collinson
There’s a signal to noise ratio disconnect with Guillermo del Toro. The filmmaker is completely beloved, especially by online sites and online audiences — he’s recently said he has to be careful what he says because fanboy sites will spin it into a story (he had to reiterate again that his Jabba The Hut “Star Wars” idea is not happening, though he did apparently sort of pitch it). But there’s that disconnect. See “Crimson Peak,” a movie discussed ad nauseum in the film blogosphere, but when it came time for theatrical release, the movie essentially flopped — it stalled out at $31 million domestically, which is a pretty pitiful number and only just reached $73 million worldwide. And maybe Marvel’s aware of that disconnect? Writer Neil Gaiman recently revealed on Twitter that del Toro pitched Marvel his version of “Doctor Strange” in 2007, but the studio wasn’t interested. Evidently, the »
- Edward Davis
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