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In this packed edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got new footage from The Force Awakens, details on new characters, some Rogue One rumours and more…
Kicking things off this week (as we usually do) with The Force Awakens and we were treated to some new footage for the movie via a teaser trailer. The footage even includes Finn carrying a lightsaber, which is pretty interesting. And for a bit of fun, here’s a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back done in the style of The Force Awakens…
…We’ve also got a some behind the scenes photo and the Bb-8 Empire cover, along with a new image of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, while director J.J. Abrams has been talking about the character, the First Order and Supreme Leader Snoke…
…We also found out this week that The Force Awakens will be taking over IMAX screens for an entire month. »
- Luke Owen
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
The 1980 Chevy Chase comedy Oh! Heavenly Dog is getting the remake treatment at Fox 2000, with the studio hiring Tim Hill (Hop) to direct. The filmmaker will also co-write the script with Dave Johnson. Temple Hill, the production company behind the young adult franchise The Maze Runner, are producing. The original movie was set up as a starring vehicle for Chevy Chase and his canine co-star Benji, who were equally popular back when the film was made, with the comedy existing solely on the box office draw of its marquee names.
The story centered on a private investigator (Chevy Chase) who is stabbed to death after discovering a dead body. It is decided that he won't go to Heaven or Hell, but instead is sent back to Earth as a dog, tasked with solving his own murder. The original comedy movie also starred Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif and Robert Morley. The dog was played by Benjean, »
Shortly after Ronda Rousey defended her Ufc women's champion title earlier this month, the actress/Mma fighter revealed during a Reddit Ama session that she would like to play the title character in Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios hasn't announced any casting for their Phase Three superhero adventure yet, which hits theaters November 2, 2018, and it isn't known if the studio will even consider the actress for the role. As it turns out, though, Ronda Rousey has been offered a huge sum of money to play Captain Marvel in a new porn parody, according to TMZ Sports.
Porn director Axel Braun has reportedly offered Ronda Rousey a whopping $5 million for three sex scenes, which will require her to shoot for two weeks. The filmmaker even apologized to the actress in advance, in case she is offended by the offer. There is no word on how Ronda Rousey responded to the offer, but »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? Key & Peele break down the development of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back trailer is re-cut to resemble Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Deadpool trailer gets re-imagined with Donald Trump. Also, Straight Outta Compton gets mashed up with the musical stylings of Justin Bieber. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Donald Trump is Deadpool
As political minds ponder whether or not Donald Trump could actually land the Republican Presidential nomination, Cyborg Monkey has put together a hilarious video to get our minds off all the political madness, editing the Presidential candidate into the fantastic Deadpool trailer. We »
Yesterday brought some brief new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, featuring the first footage of John Boyega wielding a lightsaber (specifically the lightsaber that was Anakin Skywalker’s, passed down to Luke Skywalker by Obi-Wan Kenobi). But today we have a fanmade trailer for one of the movies from the original trilogy, The […]
The post Watch a Trailer for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Cut in the Style of ‘The Force Awakens’ Teaser appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve already seen Empire’s two Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed covers [see here], and now the magazine has released the subscriber cover to the latest issue, which features the new droid Bb-8. And that’s not all, as we’ve also got a couple of behind-the-scenes images from the hotly-anticipated film featuring John Boyega’s Finn (click on either for larger versions)…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing 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), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year »
- Gary Collinson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Trailer Redo of the Day: Get pumped for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice all over again with this sweded version of the movie's trailer: Star Wars of the Day: Here's another trailer redo, this one for The Empire Strikes Back made in the style of the Star Wars: Force Awakens spot (via Live for Films): Movie Memorabilia of the Day: Forget real-life or replica hoverboards, wouldn't you rather have a replica of Marty's '80s skateboard from Back to the Future? Now you can (via /Film): Classic Movies Up Close: Film-Drunk Love has isolated all the shots of streets in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver "to explore New York from...
- Christopher Campbell
There's someone new in the galaxy, and we have a first look at this emerging presence. But who is the mystery woman on Shattered Empire's second issue cover? She looks a little bit like Han Solo's wife, Sana Solo, who was introduced in the main Star Wars comic book title, in a story that takes place prior to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. It's not her. Star Wars: Shattered Empire is an upcoming Marvel comic series that canonically bridges the 30 year gap between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And from what we've seen so far, there's going to be more than a few new faces to make things interesting. About the cover, the official Star Wars website had this to say.
"A picture is worth a thousand words. It's been said very often. But »
Press release follows:
Humble Bundle is teaming up with HighBridge Audio
to launch an audiobook bundle showcasing Star Wars, introducing these classic NPR radio dramas to a whole new generation. This audiobook bundle not only delivers the original trilogy to fans in a unique medium, it also sees original cast members such as Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams reprising their famous roles. They are joined by John Lithgow as Yoda and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt.
Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, »
- Luke Owen
We are around four months away from the return of Star Wars with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and anticipation is almost at fever pitch. In the spirit of joining in the excitement, Dan Flesher has made a very special trailer for the occasion, with The Empire Strikes Back (the best Star Wars film!) getting a new trailer in the style of The Force Awakens and the results are pretty impressive. Take a look…
See Also: New image of Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing 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), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron »
- Scott J. Davis
How big is the biggest ship in the Imperial fleet? Big. The Executor, Darth Vader’s command ship in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi,” is 19 kilometers long, according to the 2004 reference book “Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy.” That makes this massive Super Star Destroyer nearly as long as Manhattan, as Reddit user movielover278 pointed out with this comparison image: We wonder how Stormtroopers get quickly from one end of the ship to the other. Segways? I so, then Stormtroopers better be able to steer a Segway better than they aim a blaster. »
- Emily Rome
British cinematographer Chris Menges is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage (Nov 14-21), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
Menges will attend the 23rd edition of Camerimage in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz to accept the award, introduce screenings of his films and will meet with the festival’s audience.
He returned to work with Loach on Kes, which marked »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The 2015 Portland Film Festival is Oregon’s largest film event of the year, with 80 narrative and documentary feature films and 134 short films selected out of 3500 Submissions.
This weeklong extravaganza also includes over 75 Master Classes, Two Lifetime Achievement Tributes, and an unprecedented live event featuring Several Thousand Festivalgoers As Extras in a record-setting Zombie Day Event.
Los Angeles – August 13, 2015 – Portland Film Festival announced today the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival. The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, more than 50 hours of professional workshops, nightly after-parties and more.
The third annual Portland Film Festival will take place September 1 – 7th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, at seven venues throughout the city, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
In this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars, we recover from the bumper edition coming off D23 with some smaller nuggets of news for The Force Awakens and more…
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and J.J. Abrams has revealed the runtime for the highly-anticipated movie. It’s shorter than any of the prequel movies (thank God) and is actually the exact same runtime as The Empire Strikes Back. A good sign of things to come?..
…Having come out of retirement to debut his new poster for The Force Awakens, Drew Struzan has also gone on record to hype the movie like you wouldn’t believe. “I’ve never worked with J.J before and so we started working on it and he showed me like half the movie and it was just… a wonderful film and I know it’s going to be grand, »
- Luke Owen
With demand for stronger female roles at an all-time high and Kathleen Kennedy driving the ship as an executive producer, you can expect that we'll see more women emerging amongst the stars in that galaxy far, far away. LucasFilm and director Rian Johnson are rumored to be seeking a strong female lead for the next sequel Star Wars: Episode VIII. This comes after Star Wars: The Force Awakens upped the female ante quite a bit. It features three main female characters that include Daisy Ridley as Rey, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata (a mo-cap/CGI creation) and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma (who wears a chrome stormtrooper getup for the majority of the film). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has Felicity Jones as its central character (though she is surrounded by an otherwise all-male cast).
When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast was announced, it came »
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
One of my personal favorite reveals from D23 this past weekend without any new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens footage was the first official Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast photo. This wasn't the cast smiling and joking in a staged photo shoot somewhere off-set fabrication. What we got was taken on an intricate set laced with nostalgia featuring a collection of heroes the likes of which we haven't seen since Han Solo was introduced in the Mos Eisley cantina.
Disney and Lucasfilm knew this image was gold when they released it so they put out a super high-resolution version suitable for print publication. The resolution allows us to zoom in and take a look at some of the finer details the image offers, whether intentionally or not.
Below are my observations after staring at the Star Wars: Rogue One cast photo for far too long. »
It’s hard to imagine what Star Wars would be like without the incredible music of composer John Williams. The themes created by the master of movie music are just as iconic as the movie itself, and more recognizable than 95% of the scores we hear for movies. But how does Williams prepare to write music […]
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve been absolutely inundated with Star Wars news these past few days, so much so that one little nugget from D23 has slipped under our radar.
According to Comic Book, director J.J. Abrams has revealed that December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will run for 2 hours and 4 minutes – exactly the same length of time as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
For comparison, here’s how the rest of the saga stacks up:
- Gary Collinson
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