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It’s officially Force Friday, and in addition to all the new toys and various goodies you can get related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, today also brings the first official books that are part of The Journey to The Force Awakens, filling in the gap of time between Return of the Jedi and the […]
- Ethan Anderton
Marvel kicks off its Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens this coming week with the release of Shattered Empire #1, and you can check out a preview of the issue here; click on any of the gallery images for larger versions…
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 is out on September 9th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
Now that Force Friday is finally here, LucasFilm has announced details for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. Five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score, which contains all-new music and some familiar themes. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at DisneyMusicEmporium.com.
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S theaters on December 18, 2015. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015. It isn't known if any song details or track titles will be released between now and then.
Force Friday is finally here, and the launch of the new The Force Awakens toys has opened the floodgates for distributors to finally share their plans for toy releases down the road as well. Gathered here, we've got the skinny on all the upcoming Star Wars toy exclusives for various retailers.
While we've seen the initial figures for The Force Awakens releasing today, Hasbro can now also reveal some items coming out in the Future in the months leading up to the new film's release. After all this time with no information, this feels like manna from Heaven.
One of the things toy collectors are always on the hunt for, are retail exclusives. Items that only come to one particular spot, and Star Wars is doing it in Spades. There are a ton of retail exclusives coming this Fall. Check them out:
• Amazon: Pre-order the Star Wars: The Black Series Trooper Evolution 4-pack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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For all of the excitement and intrigue swirling around the villainous trifecta of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm have kept the vast majority of information relating to the trio behind closed doors thicker than the blast doors of the Death Star.
That doesn’t necessarily rule out the chance of budding fans unearthing new details, however, and with the Force Friday celebration now in full swing, those who have got their hands on the first wave of The Force Awakens memorabilia have posted some interesting findings – specifically in relation to a pair of replica helmets.
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Posted by Twitter user David Popineau, the pair of videos give us out first indication of what Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma – played by Adam Driver and Game of Thrones standout Gwendoline Christie – sound like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. »
- Michael Briers
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 (of 4) Publisher: Marvel Comics (W) Greg Rucka (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Phil Noto Release date: September 9. »
Here’s a look at the new Star Wars toys that are out today!
Merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers around the globe as ‘Force Friday’ officially got underway. Hot off the heels of the 18+ hour global live unboxing event on YouTube where highlights of the new product range were officially unveiled, the celebration continued as more than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. opened their doors at midnight for fans to be among the first to discover new Star Wars products.
Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon..Licensee: Lego.Msrp: $149.99.Available: September 4. .One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it?s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest Lego? version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, »
- Michelle McCue
It has begun. Now is the moment when it goes from the hype of the hypothetical to the actual quantifiable event. Is "Star Wars" worth the $4 billion that Disney paid for it, and will "The Force Awakens" truly return the series to its place at the top of the pop culture pyramid? We won't really know those answers until December 18th, when the film arrives in theaters, but tonight at midnight, in time zone after time zone around the world, the first real test begins. That's right… Force Friday is here. There's no way I'm going anywhere near a store tonight. I was there in 1999 when they did this, and I think a small part of my innocence died watching grown men elbow children out of the way to buy Jar Jar Binks figures for a movie none of them had seen yet. This time, there's a nostalgia factor built »
- Drew McWeeny
From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)
September 18 (Friday)
About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).
Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros
There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? It’s as if millions of fanboys and girls all woke at the same time to empty their bank accounts buying new Star Wars merchandise.
Okay, maybe they all won’t be waking up at the same time due to time zones and all, but they will be depleting their bank accounts and/or racking up credit card debt all over the world at midnight for Force Friday. Already taking place in some overseas markets and online, loads of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens product—and some Star Wars product unrelated to Tfa—have been making their way into the hands of rabid collectors. All I can say is, I am very happy that I have narrowed my collecting to a select few companies, because this madness could very possibly bankrupt a guy.
In all seriousness, tonight marks the »
- Dominic F
The great unboxing of 2015 is finally over! It was 18 hours of straight up toy madness in anticipation of Force Friday, which kicks off across the country tonight, with a tidal wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise set to drain your pocket book. Now that we've seen the toys, we can get back to all the movie marketing materials, starting with a very cool international poster. It features the First Order Troops, lead by the new trio of villains, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and General Hux.
Though, it must be noted, some are saying this is a fan-made poster. If that's the case, it's an exceptional job. It appears to give us a new look at Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, one we haven't seen before. And one that is quite hard to fake. So, even if this has been cobbled together by some lonely basement dwelling future poster maker, »
All three will be among a group of women slated to do a chemistry-read with current star John Boyega before the end of the month. Johnson is still auditioning actresses though so several more will likely be in contention.
Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in the film and production kicks off early next year. Disney and Lucasfilm will release the »
- Garth Franklin
Dice’s heritage and expertise in the shooter genre may be felt within Star Wars Battlefront, but the studio has reaffirmed that its similarities with Battlefield end there.
Across its development, the Swedish dev has repeatedly stated that its high-profile take on a galaxy far, far away will feel and play like a different beast to its lucrative Battlefield franchise, and General Manager Patrick Bach drove that point home once more in a recent interview with Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar).
In fact, Bach even went so far as to say that Battlefront doesn’t borrow “a single system” from Dice’s flagship series, while trumpeting the shooter’s nostalgic factor.
I don’t think we have a single system in the game that is the same as in Battlefield. They are as far apart as any shooter would be to any other shooter. I think people will be surprised »
- Michael Briers
With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.
As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.
Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »
- Kristopher Tapley
We've seen quite a few of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys at this stage, but this is our first look at an action figure likeness of Luke Skywalker as he'll appear in the movie. As you can see he's sporting the same Jedi robes from that leaked image of Mark Hamill on set, and that gloveless robotic hand is on display. Plus, in his left hand he's holding what appears to be the lightsaber he was using in Return Of The Jedi. Whether this figure (along with the likes of Han Solo and Princess Leia) is officially unveiled on Force Friday remains to be seen, but we'll find out soon enough The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. Edt on Wednesday, Sept. »
Director J.J. Abrams and his team have had a lot of fun slowly dolling out the names of each new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which, including John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey, haven't even been fully revealed yet. But the humans, aliens and ball droids in this latest sequel aren't the only mysteries to be cracked. Each vehicle and domicile seen on screen seems to be getting a unique new name, too. We learned that Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux resides on a space station known as the Starkiller Base, a direct nod to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first draft of George Lucas's Star Wars screenplay. Now, we get to learn the name of the foreboding new Star Destroyer.
As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.
Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.
What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.
What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »
'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
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this December, it jumps ahead 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi. That.s a long time, and as we.re well aware of the pace at which technology evolves, things are bound to have changed quite a bit. And now we know that includes a new version of the Imperial Star Destroyer, and because that.s not scary enough on its own, it has a terrifying name to boot. Just a warning, we may get into Spoiler territory beyond this point. Just wanted you to know so you can plan accordingly. The folks at Star Wars 7 News got their hands on a photo from an upcoming Star Wars book called Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy. It.s one of the many Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens books coming out over the next few months. »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...
John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith
A video posted by Digital Spy (@digitalspy) on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:55am Pdt
A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.
Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »
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