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It's on! Arguably the biggest weekend of the summer at the box office, Memorial Day weekend has played host to so many big movies over the years. From Star Wars to Indiana Jones to Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a weekend where some of the year's biggest and most talked-about movies arrive for a crowd excited about the summer ahead. This Memorial Day weekend is no different, with two of today's most successful franchises going head to head Fast & Furious 6 What's the Scoop: Aging like a fine wine that drives really fast, this sixth installment of Hollywood's most electric franchise finds Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson muscling up in their muscle cars to do battle against a criminal mastermind. Why It Might Win the Weekend: Fast...
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Lego unveiled its largest model ever in Times Square yesterday: a 44-foot, life-size version of the Star Wars X-wing in honor of The Yoda Chronicles, its new show premiering on Cartoon Network on May 29. Utilizing over five million Lego bricks, the 46,000-pound X-wing took a whopping 17,000 hours to create and its giant presence foreshadows the huge plans Disney and Lucasfilm have for the franchise over the next several years. The Yoda Chronicles is only the beginning; in the fall a new animated series called Star Wars Rebels will debut, which will lead to a new live-action Star Wars sequel in theaters at some point during the summer of 2015. After that will come some stand-alone Star Wars movies, more video games, toys, costumes and enough neurotic fan paranoia to keep us...
- Erik Davis
The franchise reboot "Man of Steel" opens Friday, June 14, with Henry Cavill in the title role and Hans Zimmer supplying the music. Coming off his latest of numerous collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, on "Lincoln," five-time Oscar winner Williams admits to having a spectrum of feelings about the update.
"I haven't seen it," he tells Zap2it, "but I'm sure it will be wonderful. I don't know if they've used any of the original music or not; it's a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier 'Superman' movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it."
Which isn't to say Williams won't find watching it bittersweet: "It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, »
Most of us know a bit about the storied legacy of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, a series that raked in more than $2.7 billion worldwide after its grosses are adjusted for inflation. But how much can you truly recall about the illustrious sci-fi series that introduced us to Jedis, the Force and a philosophical little green man who taught us just as much as he did Luke Skywalker?
All three movies turn one year older this week. Saturday, May 25, marks the 30th anniversary of 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and the 36th commemoration of 1977's "A New Hope." Tuesday, May 21, was the 33rd anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back." In celebration, we've got an exclusive excerpt from the book "The Making Of 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'" a list of 30 things we wouldn't have without "Star Wars" and, as mentioned, a quiz that will put even the »
- The Huffington Post
With J.J. Abrams busy rebooting/continuing another sci-fi classic… Star Wars… Heard of it? A new director will need to be hired to helm the upcoming Star Trek 3. While a shortlist of directors are being discussed, the first contender to be named is Joe Cornish. Cornish was the writer/director of the well-received alien invasion flick Attack the [...]
Read Who’s directing Star Trek 3? on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
When is an animated kids show a Hulk-sized big deal? When it continues a blockbuster Disney/Marvel movie franchise that has also become the linchpin of ABC’s fall lineup. The synergistic aspects of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” — being previewed on boy-oriented cable network Disney Xd, in advance of a series date in July — are thus more interesting than the program, a fairly unimaginative extension that picks up not long after the live-action movie ended. Featuring wall-to-wall fighting and not much plot, it’s a serviceable addition but lacks the quality Warner Bros. and DC have put into similar efforts, most notably “Justice League.”
The one-hour opener finds Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (wait, that’s the subtitle to another Disney Xd show) having disbanded in the wake of the events in “The Avengers” movie, before Iron Man (voiced by Adrian Pasdar) reunites them to battle Captain America’s old foe, »
- Brian Lowry
This week George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” turns 30. The conclusion to what was then imagined to be the end of the "Star Wars" saga concerned the Rebellion going up against the evil Galactic Empire, which has constructed a second, planet-destroying Death Star that is about to go online. It had a whole bunch of thrills, chills, and fussy robots, but, as we look back on ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and look forward to whatever J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be,) it’s interesting to note what the sequel might have contained under different conditions– and how it could have ended up being much, much cooler (This as the companion piece to that ran earlier today btw.) The Ewoks Could Have Been Creepy As originally envisioned, the inhabitants of the forest moon of Endor weren’t the cuddly, ripped-from-Toys-r-Us stuffed animals. Instead, they were creepy little lizard folk, »
- Drew Taylor
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite Blu-Ray / DVD Review You can own this Blu-Ray / DVD today Synopsis: When Bruce Wayne receives the man of the year award, fellow billionaire Lex Luthor becomes jealous and decides to run for President. To create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics Lex recruits the Joker to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray which wreaks havoc on Gotham. As Lex destroys Batman's tech, Batman reluctantly turns to Superman for help. Review: The first thing to note is that this comes in a blu-ray / DVD combo pack, which is fantastic as a parent and collector. I keep the blu-ray and the kids can borrow the DVD. It works out great. The box set also includes an exclusive Clark Kent Lego mini-figure! A great bonus....although I'd rather have had a Bruce Wayne personally.
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- Matt MacNabb
The general consensus on movie prequels is that they suck. Because, really, if a story that took place before an already existing picture is interesting enough to warrant its own film, then why aren’t we watching that instead? Or at least first?
That’s to say, most people consider movie prequels entirely unnecessary. Some guy I spoke to once told me that they ”existed primarily to exploit people who enjoyed the first movie who may or may not be willing to exchange money for another chance to see their favourite characters doing stuff when they’re younger.” He’s mostly right about that. The annoying thing about most prequels is that they try to be “bigger,” which feels wrong considering the next story chronologically should have been bigger, and now it’s, like, not.
- T.J. Barnard
The Lost creator and director of the irritatingly gappy Star Trek films knows a thing or two about scriptural fudges. Let's pray he doesn't put another universe at risk with his breakneck pacing
Spoiler warning: read if you've seen Star Trek: Into Darkness
When Jj Abrams was announced earlier this year as the surprise director of the new Star Wars film following Disney's $4bn buyout of George Lucas's gently disintegrating space opera empire in October, there were few dissenting voices to be heard. Here was a director who had taken rival sci-fi film series Star Trek and reinvigorated the whole affair with some much-needed razzmatazz, in the process transforming a saga that had been a niche concern for decades into a must-see proposition for anyone remotely interested in big-budget spectacle-heavy film-making. This was after turning round the Mission: Impossible series following John Woo's dumb second instalment with »
- Ben Child
So here it has happened again, another strange gap in my movie knowledge has been uncovered: I've never seen any of the Indiana Jones movies. Like with Star Wars, I'm not sure I have any explanation beyond that my parents aren't that into movies, and I was busy watching a lot of TV. And on the whole, based on my straw poll research, in my day [reaches for cane] girls weren't really steered towards those kinds of movies; at least, before they became such huge hits. In any case, I remedied some of this cinematic gap starting in high school, and ended up minoring in film in college. What you may not know about many film programs though is that they tend to end their discussion of cinema around 1968 (it took so long to get to talkies in my semesters of film history that when Al Jolson spoke actual words in The Jazz Singer »
- Allison Keene
Imagine it: you've taken off from school and waited in line all day to see "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," the last installment (ever!) in the "Star Wars" saga. You're wearing your favorite "Star Wars" shirt, have your bucket of popcorn and jumbo-sized soda, and a primo seat in the auditorium, the best possible vantage point from which to watch the end of the trilogy unfold. No more than twenty minutes into the movie the lovable rogue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) dies fighting the evil Galactic Empire, sacrificing himself for the good of the Rebellion. The shockwaves from his death ripple through the audience and a very clear warning is issued from the filmmakers: no one is safe. Co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan fought for this to be a reality. So did Ford, who had grown weary of the character. But series overlord George Lucas said no. As Harrison Ford put »
- Drew Taylor
You, know every time I hear about Star Wars Episode VII, I always have mixed feeling about it. On one side, I feel that it shouldn't happen. The trilogy was the story of Anakin Skywalker and his story is over for obvious reasons. One the other hand, I'm kind of excited to see what's gonna happen. Especially because every thing circulating on the internet is mostly rumors. Like the most recent one I heard: J.J. Abrams is pulling writers from Star Trek to write the film. He is also asking Josh Holloway to play a young Han solo. This is actually something I'm kinda against. Not the writers thing. I have mixed feelings about that at most. I don't know what the new Star Wars is going to be about, but I don't want it to be a continuation of those characters. After tossing around several theories and »
Believe it or not, “Return of the Jedi” turns 30 this year. Now before you start to think about how old you are, why not enjoy this interesting little nugget? Author J.W. Rinzler’s book “The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” comes out later this year and The Huffington Post has gotten their hands on a little excerpt that will definitely perk the interest of any "Star Wars" fan. The excerpt is from a “Revenge of the Jedi Story Conference” that was attended by George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand, and producer Howard Kazanjian. In discussion story details regarding the third film of the original trilogy, Lucas unearths the backstory of Darth Vader as well as Luke and Leia Skywalker and it’s pretty fascinating to see how much of the story winds up in the prequels. Even more fascinating, perhaps, is what didn’t wind up in the prequel. »
- Ken Guidry
Star Trek Into Darkness is the rare well-received followup to a critically and financially-successful franchise blockbuster that hasn’t outstripped its predecessor at the box office (so far). It’s possible that a backlash against J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars-ian take on the late Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi franchise is to blame; or, more likely, the film’s marketing campaign – which was so focused on preserving secrecy around the film’s villain – didn’t really get audiences properly excited.
Regardless, Into Darkness ticket sales have been quite healthy during the first couple weeks of release ($184 million worldwide), with openings in several foreign markets to come. So, there’s no reason to believe that Star Trek 3 – ...
- Sandy Schaefer
If you don't have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, get cozy on the couch (and set your DVR) because there are plenty of fun marathons happening.
Need to catch up on Season 1 of "Longmire" before the Season 2 premiere Monday, May 27? Want to re-live "Veronica Mars" Season 1? How about watching the entire series of "Arrested Development" (and reading our re-watch posts) before the new season is out on Netflix?
Here is all your Memorial Day weekend programming, all times Eastern.
Friday, May 24
A&E: "Storage Wars" marathon, 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day
Animal: "Finding Bigfoot" marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., "Invasion" premiere and new episode, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chiller: "The Twilight Zone" marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery: "Sons of Guns" marathon, »
Greetings from the apocalypse! This here is my twentieth weekend column, which seemed like as good a time as any to reach out to my fellow weekend road warriors to say if you have any suggestions for upcoming films/local weekend events to feature in future editions just write me on Twitter. Signed 8 x 10 glossies will be sent to fans at my secretary's discretion. But seriously, write away — give this wandering rōnin of the desert some feedback, yo.
Friday, May 24
Pow! In Theaters
I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the "Hangover" franchise — only in America and possibly France could such a thing spawn a franchise — so when I tell you "The Hangover Part III" has nary a laugh or even »
- Max Evry
Remember Zack the Lego Maniac? It was a commercial about a kid who created the wildest toys out of Lego building blocks. Well, Zack’s all grown up and doing big things.
Well, not really Zack (since he’s allegedly just a fictional person created by evil 80s advertisers who like to play tricks on children), but Lego’s build Masters designed the biggest Lego toy the world has ever seen.
The Lego Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter debuted in Times Square, NYC. It was a 1:1 replica of an Actual Star Wars X-Wing (you know from that alternate reality we all live in when we curse George Lucas’ name for ruining the franchise he created).
The Lego model had a 44-feet wingspan, standing at 11-feet tall and 43-feet long.
Pretty awesome indeed. Now, if Lego can get it to actually work and fly me to the Dagobah System, I’ll »
- Bags Hooper
Episode VII and Spinoff Movie News Summary Latino Review posted one of the first casting rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII : This is a name that has been thrown around a lot, especially since he has a relationship with J.J. Abrams. He appeared in Mission Impossible: III, directed by Abrams. Sounds like he already has it. He's none other than. The Tudors (2007-2010) star Jonathan Rhys Meyers. We'll see if this pans out! Patton Oswalt's hilarious "Episode VII" filibuster from Parks & Recreation, now animated! Wired speculates on what Star Trek Into Darkness could mean for "Episode VII": That said, there are rumors that former Star Wars faces like Harrison Ford/Han Solo and Carrie Fisher/Leia will return. And in »
He worked on the The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Ant-Man screenplays, and made his directorial debut with the brilliant British sci-fi/horror movie Attack the Block. However, it is now being reported by Latino-Review's Elmayimbe that Joe Cornish is on the shortlist of filmmakers that Paramount and Bad Robot are considering as a replacement for J.J. Abrams. A third instalment in the franchise is far from confirmed at this point, especially after Star Trek Into Darkness' disappointing opening in North America. However, the studio Are reportedly quite keen to get Star Trek 3 in theatres by the time the series celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. As J.J. Abrams will be far too busy with Star Wars Episode VII to work on that film, expect to hear more about any possible replacements over the coming weeks and months! What do you guys think? I »
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