13 items from 2017
Captain Phasma survived her fall down the garbage chute thanks to evil ball droid Bb-E9, and General Hux managed to escape the Starkiller Base explosion at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, safely bringing Kylo Ren back to Snoke on his Mega-Star Destroyer. Now we have a look at both characters as they return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And these guys are ready to bash some Resistance fighter brains in.
While we still don't have a second trailer to pour over and scrutinize, Lucasfilm and Disney did provide quite a few high-res images from the upcoming Skywalker saga sequel. Most of these photos were first released as part of Entertainment Weekly's Force Friday coverage this past September. But there are a few new surprises to be found here, including a new look at Hux, Phasma and Chewbacca.
There are some great behind-the-scenes photos of director Rian Johnson »
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.
In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a »
- Kate Erbland
Stephen King's It is coming in just a few weeks, and is perhaps the most anticipated movie of the fall season. But Star Wars: The Last Jedi is without a doubt the most anticipated movie of the year. And this Thursday at midnight, a whole new world of Star Wars merchandise will be unleashed as part of Force Friday 2. As we stand on the cusp of this monumental event, we get another new image from the movie. This time, we see Rey, at the ready, about to start her Jedi training.
The photo comes to us courtesy of Yahoo movies. We don't learn much of anything. And it doesn't show us what we already know. Toys have confirmed the fact that Rey will begin her tutelage under Master Jedi Luke Skywalker in this sequel to The Force Awakens.
Things won't go according to plan. The fact is, Luke is »
If the Porgs weren't invented for printing money, then Lucasfilm is really fooling us, because the aquatic Ahch-To fowl really seem to be heading up the marketing push that happens this September for Force Friday. If there was any doubt, Hasbro will be unleashing a life-sized plush interactive Porg in just a few weeks, and it could be one of the hardest things to get your hands on. It's become obvious that Chewbacca is pals with these sea creatures who inhabit Luke's isle of exile. Does he also enjoy eating them? That is a question for another day, as we pour over the first images from Funko Pop for their line of new Last Jedi vinyl figures, which appropriately enough feature Chewbacca and a Porg.
There's going to be so much Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise flooding the market in the next couple of weeks, that fans won't know what to do with themselves. »
When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.
Not long after acquiring the release rights to the buzzed-about Tragedy Girls, the studio Gunpowder & Sky is now taking a big step forward with their film adaptation of Jeff Hart's romantic zombie comedy action road trip (sounds fun, doesn't it?) novel, Eat, Brains, Love.
Originally published in 2013, Eat, Brains, Love follows two high schoolers who are infected with a zombie virus, eat a good portion of their friends, and end up fleeing from the government and their teen psychic who is sent to capture them.
A play on words from the title of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel Eat, Pray, Love, Hart's "rom-zom-com," as fans of Shaun of the Dead might refer to it as, was followed by a »
- Derek Anderson
Rebecca Lea Aug 7, 2017
The film: Dr Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is at the forefront of research, using virtual reality and drug combinations in an attempt to increase intelligence in primates. When it all goes wrong, he turns to an intellectually disabled man, Jobe (Jeff Fahey), and promises him intelligence in return for his role as a human test subject. Naturally, it all goes a bit awry when Jobe succeeds beyond Angelo’s wildest dreams. Oh and Dean Norris adopts a weird, clipped accent and is nefarious.
Starship Troopers has now been in the world for twenty years. The film, which stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris, is somewhat of a cult classic. Set in a future where mankind is at war with a race of giant bugs, and the only way to do pretty much anything is by becoming a citizen, it follows the tribulations of Johnny Rico (Van Dien), a young man who joins the Mobile Infantry. Ever wondered how the film was made? Who was first in line to play Johnny Rico? We have all this and more, just read below if you would like to know more. Check out our 15 Starship Troopers facts below.
Starship Troopers facts
1. Originally released in UK cinemas as a 15 certificate, the movie was upgraded to an 18 for the home entertainment release. The BBFC thought that upon further viewing, the film was far »
- Kat Hughes
In 1996, Chris Carter and Fox released “Millennium”, which followed ex-fbi agent Frank Black, played by Lance Henriksen, and his adventures with the Millennium Group. The show, while starting off strong, only lasted three seasons as a result of declining… Continue Reading →
The post Millennium After the Millennium Documentary Focuses on Chris Carter’s Short-Lived Series appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Enderby announced in December it had signed Daniel Alfredson to direct three movies based on Hakan Nesser’s upcoming “Intrigo” trilogy of novels.
Germany’s The Amazing Film Company will co-produce and finance the three films along with Enderby and Umedia, with Silver Reel also on board to co-finance. The movies will be produced by Enderby’s Rick Dugdale and Thomas Peter Friedl, and Uwe Schott from The Amazing Film Company. Claudia Bluemhuber is senior exec producer and Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel is the executive producer.
Fox International Production has picked up all rights for German-speaking territories.
“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam,” Dugdale said. “With our trilogy »
- Dave McNary
There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.
The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began »
- Luke Owen
The actor best known for playing Han Solo in the Star Wars films almost had a potentially fatal plane crash earlier this week. NBC is reporting, that after air traffic control informed Ford to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, Ford mistakenly landed it on a close by taxiway (a violation of Faa policy), flying dangerously close to a parked American Airlines Jet with 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The 74 year old Ford, was heard asking the air traffic controllers, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
It should be noted that both Ford's publicist, Ina Treciokas, declined to comment and that a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Ian Gregor, couldn't confirm if it was indeed Ford piloting the single-engine plane. However, the spokesman did confirm that the pilot had the proper landing instructions and read them back to control.
- Drew Carlton
Wesley Mead Jan 2, 2017
As the New Year arrives, we salute a few favourite TV episodes depicting this momentous time of year...
New Year is a time for reflection on the past and resolution for the future, an opportunity to consider what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to work on. It’s also a time to stay up well past midnight, partying the night away with friends and family, potentially embarrassing yourself in the process. That dichotomy ensures that the New Year is fertile ground for television, and the finest comedies and dramatic series use the moment to allow for contemplation amidst the alcoholic excesses. Here are twenty New Year episodes that offer an entertaining take on the aeons-old celebration - from emotional character pieces to geeky genre takes and old-fashioned barrages of seasonal comedy.
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13 items from 2017
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