By the time Star Wars: Episode VII opens next December, I feel like I'll know everything about it. That's not to criticize the film itself; that's just the nature of the online reporting, especially when you cover every trailer, TV spot, Vine, Instagram, Twitpic, and social media technology yet to be invented. However, with where the Star Wars universe is headed, there may be too much to cover. The entire expanded universe canon has been "scrapped" (I don't know if you can say something was discarded when it was never seriously considered by its originator), and Star Wars is starting afresh. But the sequels may be more than a way of launching new tie-ins. Lucasfilm might be trying to legitimately make these tie-ins a rewarding part of the Star Wars experience. Hit the jump for more on the plans for the Star Wars sequels, spin-offs, and more. According to Badass Digest, »
- Matt Goldberg
It's Friday and on today's episode we have reviews of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and If I Stay, plus stories from our Sin City screening, Brad reads the last, embarrassing paragraph from his 2005 Sin City review, we answer a lot of your questions, play two voice mails, play some games and talk about a lot of random stuff. We hope you enjoy... If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
In terms of plot, we don’t really have much of an idea as to what we should expect, but now that the cast has been assembled and shooting has begun, it shouldn’t be too long until we find out more.
The untitled Mission: Impossible 5 also stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames, and will nicely finish off a busy 2015 when it’s released on December 25th (just one week after Star Wars Episode VII, »
- Josh Wilding
On Monday, Disney Xd is going to release a new Star Wars Rebels character short for Zeb, the muscle on the Ghost's crew that prefers melee combat to the long-ranged stuff. You don't have to wait until Monday to get a preview of this short as a clip of Zeb in action is ready to be watched below via THR.
Zeb, voiced by Steve Blum, is based off Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Chewbacca before it was revised into the walking carpet we recognize today. He wields an energy staff similar to the one used by General Grevious' personal guards that forces him to fight up close and share his unique brand of humor with foes before pummeling them into unconsciousness.
In the clip, Zeb descends upon a squadron of stormtroopers guarding an Imperial Tie Fighter as a lone and confident aggressor. He dispatches of the troopers relatively easily, but »
It was all the way back in February that we brought you the news that Thn’s golden boy Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be producing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Since then it has pretty much been complete radio silence about the project.
Whilst speaking to moviefone the actor turned director has finally shared an update. He revealed that there was a team of people hard at work on the project, a team which features some of the talent who worked on Nolan’s Dark Knight series. Excited? You should be.
“Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and [David S] Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan ‘Batman’ movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, »
- Kat Smith
“My dad was a talented song writer and a great lover of films,” explains British independent filmmaker Luke Hyams. “He exposed me to stuff like Alien , Blade Runner  and Shane  when I was tiny and those films left a startling imprint. My Mum was a book dealer and had a good line in bed time stories so I think that may be where my love of story originated.” The third instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy left a lasting impression. “One night back in 1983 my Dad came home from the pub with a pirate copy of Return of the Jedi  that changed my life. I loved the look of it, the music, the characters and could taste the finality of what »
- Trevor Hogg
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: Full-Size Han Solo Blaster […]
- Peter Sciretta
Han Solo better watch out, because it looks like Boba Fett has finally escaped the sarlacc’s stomach. Standing six feet tall, the latest life-size Kenner-inspired action figure from Gentle Giant depicts the dogged bounty hunter from the original Star Wars trilogy in a realistic, ready-to-fire form.
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Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the latest addition to their line of popular life-sized monuments with the Kenner-inspired Boba Fett Life-Size Vintage Monument! Digitally scanned from an authentic mint-condition 3 ¾” action figure and reproduced to a staggering Six Foot Scale, this fully articulated »
- Derek Anderson
Taylor Swift rocking ten costumes in 4:02 minutes to the catchiest pop song since "Call Me Maybe"? We dare you not to get obsessed. Of course not all outfits are created equal, especially when there are almost a dozen of them, half of which make America's Sweetheart look like she's wearing someone else's skin (like Jennifer Lopez's, for example). There's the Natalie Portman Black Swan moment, the Run Dmc gone sweet style, a nod to Star Wars with C-3Po chic and of course that "Fly Girl" getup (complete with the world's most awkward twerk). Looks like you and your nine best friends just got your Halloween costumes handed to you on a platinum record platter. If we »
John Williams and the Walt Disney Concert Hall have a bit of shared history that not many people know about. In 2003, when the hall first opened, Williams penned a special tune to commemorate the event - Soundings. That piece, along with a lot of others from the storied career of John Williams, are going to be performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening gala on September 30th. Before you ask, yes, they will be playing Star Wars music, as no concert of Williams' music would be complete without a couple of tunes from the galaxy far far away. However, as an added treat, gala attendees will be getting an eyeful of concept art from the Lucasfilm vault! The L.A. Times had all of the details, stating that Star Wars will be featured at the opening concert, as well as "a video projection using concept art from the Lucasfilm archive. »
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- Dariel Figueroa
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has spent quite a lot of time around comic book movies lately. From The Dark Knight Rises, signing on to star in and possibly direct Sandman, and his work in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (which opens tomorrow), he's really getting an education in how to make the genre work on screen. In a chat with Moviefone, the actor-writer-director opened up a bit about his experience on the set of the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film, and what he may have picked up from them as he prepares for Sandman.
While some actors have complained openly about how hard it is to create an organic experience when they're surrounded by nothing but green screens, Gordon-Levitt says he embraced the experience in Sin City. The actor filmed his scenes with nothing more than the actors in his scenes and some basic set pieces. The rest of the »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A couple days ago a rumor hit the internet that Disney and Lucasfilm were working on releasing the original, unaltered Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Who knows if that's really happening or not, but there's a huge Star Wars fan out there who isn't waiting around to see if it happens.
The fan goes by the name of Harmy, and he's currently in the process of developing his own version of the original trilogy. It's called Star Wars: Despecialized Edition, and he's making an attempt to take the original release that doesn't have all the new edits and special effects of the "Special Editions," and clean up the footage to make it better suited to high-resolution displays. He's also upgrading the sound! This documentary shows the multiple sources that he's using to make the film, and it's really quite spectacular to see the upgrades that he's made. As you'll »
- Joey Paur
Only earlier this week there was a rumor circulating that claimed Disney was intending to release unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Quickly debunked, the rumor did however spark interest in the many different versions of the original trilogy and how desperately fans want an official, unaltered release.
The home media releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have seen more alternate versions and updated releases than almost any other film series. There are, of course, the glaringly obvious changes made with 1997′s Special Editions – Greedo firing first, a full bodied wampa, a musical scene in Jabba’s Palace – but all subsequent releases have seen continued tweaking and editing to the films’ audio and visual effects.
The reason for all the alterations lies with George Lucas’ insistence that when ...
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- Sarah Moran
Harrison Ford isn't taking it easy as he recovers from the broken leg that has delayed shooting on “Star Wars VII.” TMZ posted an exclusive image of the actor, who is recovering from an on-set injury that temporarily halted production, riding down a massive slide near his home in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The headline is one of TMZ's best: “Solo Goes Yolo.” Also read: Mark Hamill Discusses New ‘Star Wars’ Film, Says Harrison Ford Is ‘Doing Really Well’ The film took a two-week hiatus this month to adjust to Ford's recovery time, but the production's blog assures us that “shooting remains on. »
- Tim Molloy
Seventy-five years ago this December (yes, we'll celebrate again...albeit in a different way) Gone With the Wind premiered. No, that isn't quite right. This epic about a selfish Southern Belle surviving the Civil War and beyond Arrived In Style with a three day celebration in Atlanta which reportedly drew one million visitors -- how'd they fit them all into the theater? (Hee). 1939's Best Picture winner arrived with roughly a bajillion times the anticipation that today's blockbusters get because pop culture was far less fragmented back then and everyone was obsessed with it. It would stay in theaters for literally years (the first couple of them at twice the normal ticket price) and become the biggest cinematic smash the world would ever see. To put it into perspective only Star Wars ever came close with The Sound of Music, E.T. and Titanic fighting for a distant third.
- NATHANIEL R
Will it be called Star Wars: Revenge of the Tauntauns or just Episode VII? Who is John Boyega playing and when does he get to have dinner with Luke? So many questions! So few answers. But that doesn't mean we should be making up answers and filling the void, instead we should be waiting patiently to see the new Star Wars in all its glory sometime in 2015. In a genius move, Slate has launched what they're calling the "Star Wars Rumor Generator", a fun little interactive script that creates random Star Wars posters with rumors like the title, who each person is playing, and so on. Yes we're often caught up in the Star Wars news game, but we try to focus on what is actually worth knowing, not every last rumor someone comes up with. Click below to head to Slate and randomly generate your own Star Wars »
- Alex Billington
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After 25 years of The Simpsons, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can’t recount at least one joke from the long-running animated series. From Homer’s “Doh” to Bart’s “eat my shorts,” it’s a show stuffed with more iconic moments than anything else. Some of the best, of course, are courtesy of celebrity cameos.
Whether it’s classic stars like Leonard Nimoy or newer sensations like LeBron James, The Simpsons only invites the best talent to join its hallowed ranks. It’s seen Tom Jones performing at gun point, Luke Perry as a sideshow act, Star Wars‘ own Mark Hamill being rescued by Homer himself, and Xena: Warrior Princess aka Lucy Lawless flying through the air. There’s serious actors being silly, talk show hosts like Conan O’Brien getting meta, and legendary musicians — yes, ‘N Sync counts — passing through the tiny town of Springfield. »
- Kat George
J.J. Abrams ain't gonna like this ... 'cause Harrison Ford put his recently broken leg at risk this week when he went barreling down a 2,500 foot mega-slide -- just days before he's due back on the "Star Wars" set. Ford -- whose Han Solo scenes were pushed back when he broke his leg on the set in June -- hit up the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Tuesday to take the 2,500 foot plunge with his family. »
- TMZ Staff
If you want to see Breaking Bad, Star Wars, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey at Edinburgh you can, thanks to condensed parodies. Are they satisfying to perform and do the performers risk a lawsuit?
At the risk of sounding like a musical inspired by the songs of Tom Jones, its not unusual for comedy and theatre shows to riff and parody famous works of popular culture. This year, the Edinburgh fringe boasts musicals based on Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who; at least two takes on Downton Abbey; an improvised riff on 90s sci-fi show Quantum Leap; four standup shows inspired to varying degrees by Breaking Bad; and Canadian performer Charles Ross, who is alternating two shows a one-man Star Wars on one night and Lord of the Rings on the next. Then theres Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, where diners are ushered into »
- Alex Needham
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