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In just 19 days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters, ending a 10-year absence of this beloved franchise from the big screen. This highly-anticipated adventure will also mark a changing of the guard, the first Star Wars movie that George Lucas isn't involved in whatsoever, with J.J. Abrams taking the helm. The Washington Post recently caught up with George Lucas, who reflected on his career, his "divorce" from the franchise, and the uproar that was caused when he altered Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in the 1997 Special Edition, so Greedo shot first, not Han Solo. Here's his definitive answer to why Han didn't shoot first.
"Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, 'Should he be a cold-blooded killer?' Because I was thinking mythologically - should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, 'Yeah, he should be John Wayne. »
If you're too young to remember the surreal level of pre-release hype surrounding Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in early 1999, take a look at this Vanity Fair article, published in January that year. Writer David Kamp was out in the Tunisian desert to report on what was surely going to be the biggest film of the decade: George Lucas's triumphant return to the Star Wars universe.
The Phantom Menace has, Kamp writes, "a Garbo mystique"; it's the most "craved film ever" - a cinema event capable of bringing the country to a standstill on release day.
But in among the breathless anticipation all over that article, tiny warning signs can be found.
For one thing, there's a sneak peek at a »
How and why did Hollywood turn speculation about blockbusters’ financial performance into a marketing tool – and is the strategy about to backfire?
When The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, George Lucas found himself on expectations-management duty. Questioned about whether the prequel would beat Titanic as America’s all-time box-office No 1 film, he dispensed Jedi wisdom: “This is not a contest. Our society makes everything adversarial.” He predicted, meekly, that The Phantom Menace would gross more than Jurassic Park but less than Et.
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- Phil Hoad
Written by Sam and Ivan Raimi
Directed by Sam Raimi
The Evil Dead series, both in the cinematic and television forms, has a marvelously delirious history. An original film financed on a shoestring budget that plays its horror-centric tone mostly straight but with a few chuckle inducing moments, a sequel that is in essence a remake of the original and was originally supposed to follow the plot of the third film, said third film that goes off in a completely different direction, and now a TV series, 22 years later, that makes no reference to the third installment for legal reasons, therefore technically continuing the story of the first film but unquestionably borrowing the slapstick, overly comedic identity of the third movie. Few popular franchises can claim to having a developmental history has complicated and hard fought as Evil Dead, although one would struggle to consider that a virtue. »
- Edgar Chaput
The latest animated adventure from Pixar has been No. 1 for three weeks on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart. And on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Inside Out” regained the No. 1 spot for the week ending Nov. 22 after ceding the spot to Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” the prior week.
The fifth “Terminator” film slipped to No. 4 on both charts after bowing the prior week at No. 2 on the overall disc chart and No. 1 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. In its fifth week in stores, Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” moved back to No. 2 on both charts from No. 4 the prior week.
Debuting at No. 3, also on both national home video sales charts, was Warner’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” big-screen remake of the 1960s spy TV series. The theatrical underperformer only made $45.5 million in U. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Comedy Central's Inside Amy Shumer Season 3 has just debuted on DVD with more laughs and inappropriateness than you can shake a stick at. If it weren't funny and over the top then it wouldn't come from the mind of Amy Shumer.
Guest stars popping up in Season 3 form an impressive list including Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Dennis Quaid (Parent Trap), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live), Kumail Nanjiani (Portlandia), America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black), Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Jemima Kirke (Girls), Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You), Mike Birbiglia (Orange Is The New Black), Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Symmer), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Eugene Mirman(Bob’s Burgers), Bill Nye and Jon Dore.
We have three copies of the new Inside Amy Shumer Season 3 DVD that you can »
Casting and chemistry can, occasionally, trump concept. So NBC’s big-box-store development approach receives an unexpected (and slightly ironic) infusion of energy from “Superstore,” thanks largely to America Ferrera and Ben Feldman as its adorable, meant-for-each-other leads. While much of this is familiar – and even echoes that “People of Walmart” Web meme – the show comes closer to approximating the desired mix of sweetness and silliness than most of the network’s workplace series have since “The Office.” Receiving an early preview behind “The Voice,” “Superstore” returns in January with the also-ok “Telenovela,” offering a pretty good comedy hour, at reasonable prices.
Despite a single-camera format, “Superstore” only once ventures beyond the parking lot of the fictional wholesaler, Cloud 9, during the four episodes previewed. The premiere introduces Jonah (“Mad Men’s” Feldman, last seen on NBC in the short-lived romantic comedy “A to Z”), who immediately antagonizes the level-headed Amy »
- Brian Lowry
Fan theories are strange things. All they ever end up achieving is the angering of fans who disagree with them and the raising of people’s hopes for things that don’t actually end up happening – which effectively makes them a high-class form of trolling – and yet we can’t seem to get enough of them!
In the past, they’ve included such nonsense as claiming that Jurassic World’s Owen Grady is a grown-up version of the annoying fat kid in Jurassic Park (spoiler: he’s not) and that Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley is a time-travelling Dumbledore (spoiler: he’s not) – and the latest doozy is that Christian Bale is reprising his role as Batman because Ben Affleck is actually playing Deathstroke in the Dceu (spoiler: he’s not).
However, they’re not all that stupid and some of the theories that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans »
- K.J. Stewart
This Sunday, the Force will be with choral students and orchestra nerds around the world. The 2015 American Music Awards will pay homage to the imminent release of the newest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens, and the series' legendary score composer John Williams by enlisting the chart-topping group Pentatonix. The vocal quintet will lend its pristine harmonies to a medley of the Star Wars score backed by a full orchestra.
The a cappella group, winner of Season 3 of the reality competition The Sing-Off, is known for its ebullient and inventive »
Read More: Life After Ferguson: Why Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay Support Blackout, the Black Friday Boycott The same year that "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" are refurbished for new generations, here's a franchise revision worth more than its commercial value: With "Creed," writer-director Ryan Coogler revitalizes the "Rocky" legacy by effectively shifting away from the aging protagonist to anoint a new hero. Foregrounding the ambitions of the late Apollo Creed's son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), while relegating Rocky Balboa to the sidelines as the young man's coach, "Creed" wrestles the narrative from Stallone's tired bones and drags his appeal into the 21st century. While technically the second "Rocky" entry in the new millennium, following the Stallone-directed "Rocky Balboa" in 2006, it's the first to capture a wholly contemporary feel. If Bush-era cinema is defined by militaristic narratives of overseas »
- Eric Kohn
“There was a lot of pressure,” admits Tim Alexander with a laugh when asked if he felt nervous about taking on the role of visual effects supervisor on “Jurassic World,” the latest entry in a franchise that has set a gold standard for special effects in movies. In our recent webcam chat (watch below), Alexander reveals it was the original “Jurassic Park” (1993) that got him interested in visual effects. He worked on the first sequel, “The Lost World” (1997), and has been with Industrial Light and Magic -- the VFX company that has been a home for the franchise from the very beginning -- for several years. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions but make this a new film, and hopefully something exciting that p »
We can all remember the days when the arcades and the slot machines ruled the casinos, gas stations and high street, but things have changed of late. Over the past few years many thrill seekers have moved from the live slots to playing video slots in the comfort of their own home.
Over the past decade hundreds of video slots websites have popped up, but the very first physical slot machine can be traced back to Brooklyn, New York and the year 1891 when Sittman and Pitt Company designed a gambling machine that is said to be the very first version of a slot machine. The first computer based slots cam many years later, in the 1980s in fact, when Sircoma produced a video poker slot machine. Before too long they started showing up in casinos and around the world, but only recently have people turned to their home computers to play video slots. »
- David Agnew
Back in September, Pacific Rim fans learned the disappointing news that Pacific Rim 2 has been delayed, pushed out of its planned August 4, 2017 release to an undetermined time frame, to give director Guillermo del Toro and writer Travis Beacham more time to perfect the story. Thankfully, fans can get a new glimpse inside this fascinating universe right now. Long before this delay happened, those filmmakers teamed up with writer Joshua Fialkov for a new comic book series entitled Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift, which is available now from Legendary Comics.
The comic follows the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, taking fans back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground, featuring all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe. The story is set in 2016, following a husband-and-wife Jaeger team, Duc and Kaori, weaving between their battle with a Kaiju, and how they first met. »
Confirming what had been suggested earlier in the year, we're not just getting one more Jurassic World film, we're getting at least two.
Following the success - and then some - of director Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World earlier in the year (it's the third biggest film of all time, with a box office haul of $1.665bn), it was quickly confirmed that a sequel was coming in 2018. Trevorrow isn't directing it - he's got two more films on his plate, including Star Wars: Episode IX - but he remains involved, along with his regular co-writer, Derek Connolly.
“Jurassic World,” from Universal Pictures, remains the top-selling home video title for the second consecutive week – despite the arrival of three high-profile newcomers that lined up right behind it on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Nov. 1.
Sony Pictures’ “Pixels,” a sci-fi comedy about aliens attacking the earth with weapons based on vintage video games, rode its $78.7 million domestic box office take to debut at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
Warner’s “Max,” about a loyal war dog who bonds with his late owner’s brother, debuted at No. 3 on the overall sales chart after earning $42.7 million in U.S. theaters.
Rounding out the top »
- Thomas K. Arnold
In news that will surprise absolutely no-one, the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World is going to be stretched into two movies. In fact, according to one of the head honchos over at Universal, it was always planned that Jurassic World would be the first of a brand new trilogy. Which they're happy to confirm now that Jurassic World turned out to be one of the highest grossing films of all time. Universal studio executive Donna Langley not only confirmed that Jurassic World 2 and Jurassic World 3 . or is that Jurassic Park 5 and Jurassic Park 6? I.m confused . are currently being worked on, but she also revealed that the films are in pretty good hands, too. That.s because Colin Trevorrow, who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World, and a certain Steven Spielberg are the ones who are outlining the future editions to the franchise. Langley explained to The Hollywood Reporter: [Director] Colin »
Here's a canny piece of casting - Bd Wong has landed the role of Hugo Strange in Gotham. The Jurassic Park, Jurassic World and Mr Robot actor will portray the Arkham Asylum overseer later on in season 2 of Fox's Batman prequel show.
Hugo Strange is one of the oldest Batman villains - he pre-dated Catwoman and The Joker when he first appeared in 1940. Anyone who played Arkham City will likely remember Corey Burton's creepy vocal portrayal of the mad scientist. This being Gotham, though, we can expect Wong's version to pick up with Strange at a much earlier stage of his career than you may be used to seeing.
USA Today broke the news, as well as releasing this character description:
"He’s hired to help the city’s criminally insane, »
Happy Halloween, dear readers! Whether you’ll be out trick-or-treating, at home giving out candy, going to parties, or something else entirely, I hope you enjoy the holiday. Now, let’s take a look at the official trailer for the biggest movie of the rest of the year, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Premise: The Force Awakens is set approximately thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983), and features new leads Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) alongside characters returning from the previous Star Wars films.
My take: I love Star Wars, I’m excited for this, let’s get into it.
0:08-0:16: Rey (Daisy Ridley) exploring what is presumably the wrecked Star Destroyer we saw in the second teaser. Her protective gear is reminiscent of both the Tusken Raiders/Sand People and Leia’s bounty hunter »
- Timothy Monforton
Here’s a theory: If not for Sam Mendes, Universal never would’ve entrusted an indie greenhorn like Colin Trevorrow to direct “Jurassic World,” nor would George Lucas have dreamed of handing the reins of his “Star Wars” franchise to the likes of Rian Johnson (“Brick”).
While hardly your typical indie director by origin, British-born Mendes, who is receiving the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, was a bold choice to tackle “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the Eon-produced James Bond franchise — and one of the few to be overseen by a helmer selected on the strength of his dramatic directing chops — resulting in $1.1 billion worldwide box office, the Bond series’ highest-grossing film.
The tendency with such franchise assignments — from Bond to “Star Wars” to the “Jurassic Park” series — has long been to pick journeymen helmers, favoring those lacking an authorial imprimatur who excel at the technical side of things: specifically, »
- Peter Debruge
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 phenomenal Friday? We have a video that breaks down every single Jurassic Park reference in Jurassic World, a parody where Godzilla takes on Jason Voorhees and an infographic breaking down The Walking Dead deaths. But wait, there's more! A new 'trailer' for Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally brings Luke Skywalker into the fold and Ghostbusters gets reimagined as a sitcom! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Godzilla vs Jason Voorhees
The wonderfully twisted minds at Adult Swim's Robot Chicken have skewered the returning trend of the "versus" movie by pitting Godzilla against Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise. Unfortunately, this hilarious video is less than a minute long, »
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