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Amongst fans, there is a great amount of debate about the various merits of the six movies that currently make up the bulk of the Star Wars universe. We all have our favorites, sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don’t, and we could probably argue about how they rank in an endless loop. Simon Pegg was recently asked to rank all six Star Wars movies, from lowest to highest, and you can check out his answers below. While stumping for his latest film, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, which just so happens to be one of the best action movies of the year so far (for my money it’s second only to Mad Max: Fury Road), MTV asked Pegg to list his choices - ranking The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of »
Ahead of its release this coming Wednesday, Marvel has released a preview of Star Wars: Darth Vader #8, which you can see right here…
Darth Vader‘s obsession is getting dangerous in the latest chapter of Marvel’s Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, and what started out as an investigation is turning into high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that explains the Sith Lord’s relentless pursuit of Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. Meanwhile, a team of bounty hunters see a golden opportunity to rob an Imperial cruiser as it enters an asteroid belt.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #8 is out August 5th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
Pegg can currently be seen in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth instalment to Tom Cruise's action spy series.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives to UK and »
Speaking with MTV, Simon Pegg (looking super trendy with his thick-frame glasses and rolled-up shirt sleeves) was given one minute to rank the six Star Wars films. Though he has only ten seconds to justify each film (he speaks really quickly), Pegg expounds on his decision to rank Revenge as the best of the hated prequels: "It had at least some connection to the first three films, which saved it for me, even though it was another … uh … mess."As for his No. 1, which he calls a "controversial" decision, he says, "In terms of artistry and sheer balls, The Empire Strikes Back would be my favorite." »
- Greg Cwik
Short and sweet today y’all, as we are in the midst of some sort of Star Wars news drought. But I dug up this little gem, courtesy of Gotskilla. Have you ever wondered what movie reviews would be like if they were written by a first grader? And no, the answer isn’t “The same as they are now” funny guy/gal. But they Would be pretty amusing, if this “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” critique is any indication! »
- Donna Dickens
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015…
It was Joy at the UK box office for Disney this past weekend, as Pixar’s Inside Out topped the chart with an opening weekend of £7,376,513, while Marvel’s Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy second weekend of £2.52 million to leave its UK haul just short of £10 million after ten days on release.
Aside from Inside Out, only one other newcomer managed to make an impact in the top ten, with the Antoine Fuqua-helmed boxing drama Southpaw claiming fourth palce with £1,662,296 and giving star Jake Gyllenhaal his best opening on these shores since 2006’s Jarhead.
Number one this time last year: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. Inside Out, £7,376,513 weekend (New)
2. Ant-Man, £2,520,129 weekend; £9,616,486 total (2 weeks)
3. Minions, £2,268,007 weekend; £37,097,156 total (5 weeks)
4. Southpaw, £1,662,296 weekend (New)
5. Jurassic World, £1,004,125 weekend; £61,500,833 total (7 weeks)
6. Ted 2, £729,103 weekend; £8,754,916 total (3 weeks)
7. Terminator Genisys, »
- Gary Collinson
Inside Out has comfortably beaten Ant-Man to top this week's UK box office.
The Pixar animated feature pulled in £7.3 million, ahead of Marvel's latest superhero blockbuster, which ended up in second place with £2.5m.
Why Marvel shouldn't consider Ant-Man a box office failure
Minions collected £2.2m, dropping to third, while Southpaw opened in fourth with £1.6m. The top five was rounded off by Jurassic World.
Elsewhere in the chart, The Empire Strikes Back Secret Cinema returned to the top ten, picking up more than £300,000 to slot into ninth.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Inside Out - £7,376,513
2. (1) Ant-Man - £2,520,129
3. (2) Minions - £2,268,007
4. (-) Southpaw - £1,662,296
5. (4) Jurassic World - £1,004,125
6. (3) Ted 2 - £729,103
7. (6) Terminator: Genisys - £823,384
8. (7) Bajrangi Bhaijaan - £758,195
9. (Re) The Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema) - £304,900
10. (8) Magic Mike Xxl - £276,204
Source: Rentrak »
It's news to nobody that the original Star Wars trilogy is impossible to (legally) get hold of right now. Whilst there have been rumours that Disney is looking to put the original theatrical cuts of Star Wars out on Blu-ray, we've seen nothing substantive on that, and the rumours have quietened down in recent times.
Currently, the versions of the Star Wars movies that are available on Blu-ray are further digitally altered versions of the Special Editions that first surfaced in the 1990s. But they've undergone a few additional changes ever since then.
Have you ever wondered exactly how many changes Lucasfilm made to the original “Star Wars” trilogy during the special editions? Marcelo Zuniga has. From the big changes like Han shooting first and Jabba’s palace turning into a music video to tiny changes you probably didn’t even register, Zuniga has created a compilation of Every change to the original trilogy from 1977 to 2011. Some scenes have changed multiple times over the years. Sequences that were cut altogether are added back in or stitched together to create a hybrid. Extra shots are added. Exposition is changed. Backgrounds are extended, CGI added, characters revived from the cutting room floor or regulated to the waste bin of yesteryear. It’s all here. If you’ve got an hour — or 15 minutes here and there — take a journey through the years below! “Star Wars: A New Hope” Part One - Opening credits to Jabba threatens Han. »
- Donna Dickens
A limited edition variant of The Walking Dead #1 by renowned artist Ken Kelly will be given to Wizard World Richmond Comic-Con-goers free of charge. Also: the short film Sweet Dreams featuring D.C. Comics super-villain Harley Quinn and details on the Creature From the Black Lagoon figure by Living Dead Dolls.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “Kiss” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available »
- Tamika Jones
Droids, Imperial officials and the Dark Lord Darth Vader himself have given us a brief taste of what to expect at 'the cultural event of the summer' - Secret Cinema Present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
A new trailer features glimpses of the immersive experience and screening of the Star Wars classic.
7 movies we'd love to see get the Secret Cinema treatment
Set in a mystery London location, details of which are given to ticket holders days before the event, hundreds of fans attend each time, dressed up according to characters they have been assigned.
Other reveals in the trailer include an epic lightsaber fight, an imprisoned Princess Leia escorted by a Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker arriving at Mos Eisley in a transporter.
The trailer is tantalising without revealing too much, »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
When it comes to geeking out, nothing comes close to Star Wars and an opportunity to immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away, is one that cannot be missed.
UK events company Future Cinema specialises in secret, interactive film screenings, the majority of which take place in Londo. With experiences ranging from recreating 1920s Beaumont for Miller’s Crossing to sudden incarceration for Shawshank Redemption, the organisation has created a series of visually memorable events that raises a normal trip to the cinema to a multi-sensory level.
Last summer, the company held their first ‘Secret Cinema Presents’ event, hosting Back to the Future in a recreation of 1950’s Hill Valley. Despite initial cancellations, the run was an overwhelming success, so much so that not only did it put Robert Zemeckis’ hit back in the UK box office but has also inspired a similar event to be hosted in Los Angeles later this year. »
- Katie Wong
The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic spaceships in movie history. It is a legendary sci-fi object of desire that has long attracted children and adult fans alike, with many Star Wars toys based on its likeness over the years. But there has never been anything like this! Hot Toys is planning to release the most accurate, detailed collectable Based on Han Solo and Chewbacca's beloved home. And it's going to be huge! Though, you might not get the full sense of its scale from the teaser photos released.
Hot Toys showed off the 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon cockpit diorama two weeks ago at Comic-Con, where it was met with much envy from fans who wanted to own it right then. The company isn't stopping at just the cockpit, though! They have a full ship coming that measures 18-feet long and 12-feet wide. And people visiting this week's »
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Random House’s Little Golden Books is set to revisit the Star Wars saga in the kid-friendly format, with July set to see the release of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”
The six books will be released on July 28th, with a box set arriving on September 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Spoilers! Ant-Men director Peyton Reed on the post-credits stings, and whether he was happy with revealing a surprise in the film's trailer.
This article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Ant-Man.
After we wrapped up our spoiler-free interview with Ant-Man’s director Peyton Reed, we had a few minutes left to pick his brains about the facets of the film that have been shrouded in secrecy until it’s release.
The film’s two credits stings and sizeable cameo were our discussion points. If you’re looking for a spoiler-free article about the film, you can check out our plot-details-lite interview here.
Now that the film has come out in the UK, we’ve decided to set our brief spoilery discussion free. Be warned, then - below our faithful spoiler guardian Daphne the squirrel lies an ant’s nest of spoilers...
Recently there’s been a tendency for spoilers to appear in trailers. »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July 2015…
Universal’s animated smash hit Minions made it three weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office chart this past weekend, fending off competition from Ted 2 to retain first place with a £4.15 million weekend.
Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2 was the biggest newcomer of the week, pulling in £3,867,723 to take second, while the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy earned £105,718 down in ninth, followed by the animation Song of the Sea in tenth with £72,172.
Number one this time last year: Transformers: Age of Extinction
1. Minions – £4,154,359 weekend (3 weeks)
2. Ted 2 – £3,867,723 weekend (New)
3. Jurassic World – £1,853,867 weekend (5 weeks)
4. Terminator Genisys – £1,670,491 weekend (2 weeks)
5. Magic Mike Xxl – £954,766 weekend (2 weeks)
6. Amy – £416,627 weekend (2 weeks)
8. Spy – £176,401 weekend (6 weeks)
9. Love & Mercy – £105,718 weekend (New »
- Gary Collinson
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