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Big Bang Theory: 3 Reasons It’s As Ground-Breaking As It Is Hilarious

28 December 2012 12:09 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Recently, I tried to introduce CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory to a good friend of mine. Like me, this friend plants himself squarely and proudly among the members of geek culture – the gamers, the comic book readers, the ‘geeks’ and ‘nerds’ – that Bbt claims to be about.

To my surprise (and I’ll fully admit, consternation) he absolutely hated it. When I asked him why, he answered in a way that got me thinking. As a member of the geek culture that the show attempts to portray, he felt that Bbt spends much of its time laughing at us rather than with us. As an avid watcher of the show who has never felt this way, I was more than a little surprised. So, while watching the new season, or catching a rerun, I’ve kept his reaction in mind and tested it against my own feelings on the matter. »

- Matthew Hurd

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The directorial debut of Roger Christian that played before Empire Strikes Back, Black Angel has been found

28 December 2012 11:42 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Let's go back to 1980 when Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was first relased in theaters. Now let's get location specific. For those who lived in Europe and Australia and went to see the film, you were most likely treated with a short film that opened before the main course called Black Angel. This short was the directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian with financial backing from Lucas. Christian said this of when the director first read the material, .When George »

- Niki Stephens

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Is ‘Liberal’ Hollywood to Blame for America’s Gun Culture?

27 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza broke into a primary school and fatally shot 26 people in the small village of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty of them were children, aged 6 or 7. On that day, no matter where I went or what I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about the tragedy of that event, the inhumanity of it. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one.

Ann Coulter, the incendiary pundit and bellicose mouthpiece for America’s most radical right wing, said this on her Twitter account, just hours after the tragedy in Connecticut: “Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws”.

Amongst many things, what she said got me thinking about gun violence in Canada. Earlier this year in Toronto, where I live, a gunman shot and killed two men at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, injuring five innocent bystander in the process. In »

- Justin Li

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Ewan McGregor: 'The Impossible is my first film about being a parent'

27 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Over the past 20 years Ewan McGregor has transformed from young rebel hero to suave leading man. Now he is starring in Juan Antonio Bayona's new film as the father of a family caught in the 2004 Thai tsunami

Six months ago, Ewan McGregor strolled incognito down the Croisette at the tail end of the Cannes film festival. He was dressed in bright white, with a beard, shades and a wide-brimmed hat pulled down to the eyebrows. In the hubbub of the Cote D'Azur's garishly dressed, he somehow melted into the crowd. Intent, or accident? "I wasn't in disguise," he says, taking slight umbrage at the suggestion. "I'd just been given a really nice hat. So I thought I'd wear it. I think if you put a cap and a pair of shades on in an airport, of course everyone's gonna look at you. But I'm not worried about it. I »

- Damon Wise

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Safety Not Guaranteed – review

27 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This time-travel romcom wastes lead Aubrey Plaza and dithers until its geek-pandering finale

Eight years ago, Sundance premiered Shane Carruth's coolly conceptual time-travel drama Primer; here's the kooky romcom derivative, dotted with Star Wars nods and "wacky" training montages. Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza plays a Seattle magazine intern investigating a small-town shelf-stacker (Mark Duplass) who has planned a trip back to 2001; the film dithers over how mentally troubled this individual is, until its geek-pandering finale. Plaza's abrasive comic gifts are largely wasted amid the cute-siness, though New Girl's Jake Johnson has a nice supporting turn as a blunt journo, nudging his charges away from his own past mistakes.

Rating: 2/5

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- Mike McCahill

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Top 5 Movies of 2012

27 December 2012 11:08 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It’s that time of year again where we round up some of our writers and get their top picks for 2012! Don’t forget you have until New Years Eve to vote for Your favourite movie of 2012. Vote by clicking here Vic’s Top 5 of 2012 After much thought and constant changing, my Top 5 list is ready. I could have done a Top 20 list to be honest, but we always stick with 5 here on The Movie Bit. Notable mentions though must go to Grabbers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Frankenweenie and Goon which are all hovering just outside my Top 5. Anyway, speaking of said Top 5…here we go 5. The Muppets My childhood revolved around Star Wars, Superman and The Muppets. I hadn’t seen a Muppet movie in over 20 years and I was incredibly excited to go and see this. It brought all the memories flooding back and like a »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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The Worst of 2012: The Movie People Who Passed Away

27 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It's inevitable that as time goes by, we will lose some of our favorite stars. And yet, year after year, it never gets any easier to look back on the great entertainers who had died over the previous 12 months.

Still, it's important to remember the legacies of the people who enhanced our own lives over the years with their talent, style and love of cinema. Here's a look at some of the many wonderful Hollywood talents who passed away in 2012.

Whitney Houston

One of the most successful, beloved and influential pop stars of the last quarter century, Whitney Houston also became a Hollywood power in the '90s thanks to her roles in blockbusters like "The Bodyguard" and "The Preacher's Wife." Though she had her very public ups and downs over the past decade, Houston was in the process of making a career comeback on the big screen with the musical "Sparkle. »

- Scott Harris

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J.J. Abrams Was Approached To Direct 'Star Wars 7'

27 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

J.J. Abrams has once again stated that he will not directing "Star Wars: Episode VII," despite having a conversation with Kathleen Kennedy about the job early on.

Earlier this year when the world exploded with "Star Wars" news, people were quick to look to Abrams as a possible directorial candidate. A known fan, Abrams had the chops and the geek cred to pull it off, but he wasn't interested.

He had previously told HollywoodLife that he was too much of a fan to get involved with the new project.

But now, speaking with Empire, Abrams clarifies what happened early on.

According to the "Star Trek" director, there was an early conversation, but it never went past that because of his loyalty to both sci-fi franchises.

"I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead! I'm a huge fan of' 'Star Wars, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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Kevin Smith Addresses 'Clerks III,' Pot Legalization and His Dogs' Bowels (Video)

27 December 2012 10:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Merry Christmas from Kevin Smith. The writer-director-podcaster appeared during a long, laid-back segment on the Dec. 25 edition of Good Day La, where he riffed on his dogs' digestive issues and his career future. Right off the bat, Smith explained how his longtime friend and collaborator Jason Mewes gave his dogs treats for Christmas -- which ended up being less than a generous gift. Story: Kevin Smith's Prayer for 'Star Wars' "Didn't sit right with the dogs at all," he said. "Lilly, one of our dogs, the brown Lab, lived up to her brown title. We call

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- Jordan Zakarin

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Letters: Gerry Anderson's movie legacy

27 December 2012 8:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stephen La Rivière writes: When Gerry Anderson entered the world of TV puppetry in the late 1950s, Andy Pandy and Noddy dangled rigidly on thick strings in their two-dimensional worlds. Within a few years he and his team had dragged the discipline into foreshadowing the 21st century. 

Anderson's embarrassment at working with puppets meant that his goal was to make the very best marionette masterpieces. That drove the primitive technology forward: puppets that could "speak", groundbreaking miniature effects and even the first video assist – a system that allowed the entire crew to see what the camera was shooting, not just the cameraman.

His editor's eye enabled him to make mini-feature films for television in an age when the competition was distinctly cheap-looking. His shows through the decades were training grounds for top special-effects technicians – remember their pioneering work the next time that you marvel at the miniatures in Alien, or even the latest Bond. »

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Letters: Gerry Anderson's movie legacy

27 December 2012 8:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen La Rivière writes: When Gerry Anderson entered the world of TV puppetry in the late 1950s, Andy Pandy and Noddy dangled rigidly on thick strings in their two-dimensional worlds. Within a few years he and his team had dragged the discipline into foreshadowing the 21st century. 

Anderson's embarrassment at working with puppets meant that his goal was to make the very best marionette masterpieces. That drove the primitive technology forward: puppets that could "speak", groundbreaking miniature effects and even the first video assist – a system that allowed the entire crew to see what the camera was shooting, not just the cameraman.

His editor's eye enabled him to make mini-feature films for television in an age when the competition was distinctly cheap-looking. His shows through the decades were training grounds for top special-effects technicians – remember their pioneering work the next time that you marvel at the miniatures in Alien, or even the latest Bond. »

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J.J. Abrams reveals he turned down Star Wars: Episode VII

27 December 2012 5:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in November when it emerged that Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) had written a treatment for Disney's forthcoming Star Wars trilogy, three names were said to top the studio's wishlist to step into the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode VII - J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) and George Lucas' good buddy Steven Spielberg (Lincoln). While all three subsequently went public to downplay their interest, Abrams has now become the first to go on record to state that he was approached about the job:

"There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," Abrams told Empire (via ComicBookMovie). "I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be »

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J.J. Abrams turns down offer to direct 'Star Wars Episode VII'

27 December 2012 2:38 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 27: 'Star Trek' reboot series director J.J. Abrams has reportedly rejected the offer to direct Disney's first "Star Wars film, Episode VII."

The 46-year-old American producer and director told the U.K. movie magazine Empire that he declined the offer because of his loyalty to 'Star Trek' and also because he is a great fan of 'Star Wars' and doesn't want to spoil the fun by getting involved in it's making, ABC News reported.

The 'Cloverfield' producer also asserted that he wants to sit in the audience and be unaware of what's coming ahead.

Abrams further praised producer Kathleen Kennedy,. »

- Anita Agarwal

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J.J. Abrams Explains Why He Didn’t Want ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Directing Job

26 December 2012 9:42 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

J.J. Abrams has already endeared himself to sci-fi fans with his action-packed reboot of the Star Trek franchise, so it was no surprise when the director’s name popped up as a potential contender to direct Star Wars: Episode 7.

However, Abrams quickly shot down those rumors, explaining that he didn’t want to take on the burden of the iconic franchise and that he was content to simply be a fan like everyone else. In a recent interview, Abrams further elaborated on why he wasn’t interested in the director’s chair.

Speaking with Empire Magazine, Abrams admitted that, while he did have some initial conversations with Lucasfilm about the movie, he “declined any involvement very early on.”

“I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I ...

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- Rob Frappier

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J.J. Abrams Comments on Turning Down Director’s Chair for Star Wars: Episode VII

26 December 2012 4:23 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When it was announced earlier this year that Disney would be purchasing Lucasfilm and churning out a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, thoughts quickly turned to who would be worthy of the director's chair. Tops on many lists was J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), who promptly squashed any rumors by taking himself out of the running. Recently, Abrams further commented on refusing the position to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, saying he's a fan of Star Wars and would rather be a viewer in the audience than a force behind the camera. Hit the jump for his comments. In a recent interview with Empire, Abrams commented on the upcoming Star Wars film as follows: "I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead! I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Star Wars Fans Building Full-Size Millennium Falcon In Tennessee

26 December 2012 3:16 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I was an avid builder when I was a kid, playing with Legos, rockets, model airplanes and Lincoln Logs, but when Star Wars entered my life it completely dominated the arena. I would make X-Wings with adjustable wings with my Legos (back before they actually had kits and instructions on how to do so) and I even remember going to the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and picking out a huge plastic model of the Millennium Falcon. That probably goes a long way in explaining my fascination with the new project hatched by Star Wars fan Chris Lee of Nashville, Tennessee. According to The Tennessean, Lee has instigated a plan and has gotten a number of fans to help out in his mission to construct a full-size replica of Han Solo's famous smuggling vessel. The final plan is to make a 114-foot long ship, with individuals from »

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J.J. Abrams Makes 'Star Trek,' Not 'Star Wars'

26 December 2012 1:44 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Well, here's another one to put on the list of filmmakers who won't be directing the new "Star Wars" movie.

J.J. Abrams would've been swell choice and all, but the "Star Trek" director has officially announced that he has turned down the opportunity to call the shots on "Episode VII," according to Heat Vision.

"There were the very early conversations, and I quickly said that, because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek' and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," Abrams said in an interview with Empire. "I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

When someone uses words like "minutiae," you know they're serious.

We love "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible III" and "Super 8" and all that, »

- Bryan Enk

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Watch: A One-Hour Discussion with 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Writer Michael Arndt

26 December 2012 1:20 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Screenwriter Michael Arndt is presumably spending his holiday working diligently on the script for the newest Star Wars movie, but you can spend a bit of your time off getting to know the man who’s about to breathe new life into one of cinema’s most popular franchises. Arndt spoke at Cody’s Books in the wake of Little Miss Sunshine – and while this lengthy chat about that film and his writing process isn't particularly new, it does give us a glimpse of the man with the daunting task of creating the blueprint for the first installment of a new trilogy. Screenwriters never get the respect actors and directors do, so it’s great to hear Arndt talk about not only how he approaches his work, but see what he’s like as a person. After watching this...

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- Mike Bracken

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Christmas Box-Office, Spike Lee Judges 'Django Unchained' and 'Star Wars' Turns to 'Star Trek' for Direction

26 December 2012 11:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Making news out of a non-story is the word out of Empire magazine today in which J.J. Abrams confirms he turned down any involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII: There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them. Abrams directed the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, which hits theaters in May and I have to ask, does anyone else find it mildly concerning that the level of imagination taken in approaching this new Star Wars trilogy already has the producers looking at a director with his own similar sci-fi franchise already in theaters? »

- Brad Brevet

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Trek Crew Talks ‘Star Wars’

26 December 2012 11:04 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There might be a galactic rivalry between two banner groups of Sci-fi titles: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” Though it is not a rivalry in enmity, it seems to be one in friendly competition.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, the architect for the new series of “Trek” movies, J.J. Abrams, gave his thoughts on both franchises. “There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on,” says Abrams. “I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

Abrams himself did add playful fuel to the fire saying: “I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead. »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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