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Barely Lethal is the brand new movie from director Kyle Newman, who you may remember brought us that really rather good Fanboys a few years back – the film about the young guys that want to break into George Lucas’ home to screen The Phantom Menace? I really liked that. Following on from Fanboys, Newman worked on The Crazies TV show, and another couple of shorts projects before landing the gig to direct Barely Lethal, which can only be described as a cross between Mean Girls, Spy Kids, and well, Kingsman.
Scripted by John D’Arco, the film revolves around the character of Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld), an orphaned teenager who was brought up by Samuel L. Jackson‘s Hardman, a mysterious figure who runs an organisation called the Prescott School for Girls, »
- Paul Heath
One of the memories that I treasure most from 1998 came when I was driving from La to Palo Alto with my friend Pete. I had a copy of "The Beginning" with me, the script by George Lucas, and he had a CD player loaded up with the soundtracks for the first three films. I read the script aloud while he drove, and by the time we got to his family's house for Thanksgiving, we were both convinced that we were going to get an amazing gift in movie theaters in May of 1999. History has proven the two of us to be a wee bit overenthusiastic. While I am not a rabid prequel-hater the way many people are (watching the films with my kids radically changed my opinions on them and their place in the overall saga), I think there is something magical about the original three that only becomes more clear with time and distance. »
- Drew McWeeny
Oli Davis reviews East of West #20…
In “The Nation Rises,” we finally get a good look deep inside the Endless Nation and the machinations of the great Machine State.
May 13th. That’s when East of West #19 was published. It was one of the series’ best issues, centring entirely around Babylon (the son of Death) on his hero’s journey through the woods. That was three months ago.
Keeping up with East of West is difficult enough, with its sprawling narrative and expansive cast of characters. Delayed publishing only complicates things. Luckily, Jonathan Hitchman is in quite the exposition mood – resetting up a few characters in just a couple of lines.
Issue 20 takes place mainly within the Endless Nation’s capital city. Nick Dragotta’s imagination spills onto landscape. The definitions between buildings, machines and people are blurred. Cables and grids emerge from the desert fully formed.
Most of the book, »
- Oli Davis
Struzan, who designed the original posters for The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith (see below), recently revealed a poster for The Force Awakens at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim this past weekend.
Since then, he’s been speaking to Movie Weekly about the highly anticipated sequel.
“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. I got to read the script and subsequently I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, »
- Paul Heath
Replace awkward conversations about sand getting into the wrong places with new Darth Maul dialogue complimented by Cad Bane taunting Jedi and you'll begin to understand why the Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set trailer that debuted at Disney's D23 this past weekend is the best trailer from the franchise yet.
Darth Maul's voice is as menacing as his stare in the trailer as the Sith apprentice takes on not two, not three, but four Jedi simultaneously in a climatic battle. Knowing Maul will get far more lines than he ever did in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace should ratchet up your interest in Disney Infinity 3.0 by several multiples.
The old wild western-influenced bounty hunter Cad Bane, first introduced in The Clone Wars animated series, shows up multiple times in the trailer as well. Bane will be giving the Jedi fits when they »
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
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
Most people will agree that the Star Wars prequels have their fair share of flaws. Despite the mixed reaction to the more recent trilogy, Star Wars creator George Lucas has opened up about his inspiration . as well as love . for one of the series more hated elements: Jar Jar Binks. Taking the stage at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Lucas addressed the crowd and explained his long-time fascination with Disney, and remarked at that fascination.s part in the development of the often maligned Gungan from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, I can't even begin to tell you how much of an influence Disney has had on me. I will say one secret that nobody knows; not many people realize that Goofy was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks. I know that you will look at him differently now. It's pretty obvious, actually, but, um, I love Goofy »
Far from being just a show about funny-looking yellow people spouting catchphrases, The Simpsons is a hugely metatextual series with every episode, particularly those made during the show’s glory days back in the 1990s, containing a bucket-load of references and parodies of various films and TV shows.
Across the years, The Simpsons has made an art form of the spoof with the best ones going on to become famous moments from the show in their own right e.g. the brilliant The Birds homage with the babies in the day care centre from A Streetcar Named Marge.
Sometimes, they also devote a whole episode to really take apart a single movie, such as in the more recent How I Wet Your Mother which, despite the title, is actually a great big swipe at Inception with the family going inside Homer’s dreams (spoiler: there are a lot of »
- Christian Bone
Today was definitely Han Solo day! Entertainment Weekly posted some very interesting new details on not only the older version of the character that Harrison Ford will reprise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also our first real bit of info on Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Anthology movie that will focus on the beloved space-smuggler as a youngster.
Producer Kathleen Kennedy promised that although it would be an origin story of sorts, they weren’t going to waste a lot of time going back over and explaining all of the events of the past and forcing connections with the later movies. From what she says, it does sound like they’re committed to staying as true as possible to what made the character so popular in the first place:
“I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo »
- Mark Cassidy
In this edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’re looking at the IMAX details for The Force Awakens, we’ve got details of Lego sets for 2016 and the new Steelbook Blu-rays as well as some video game and comic book news…
Kicking things off this week is some details about the IMAX screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We knew that J.J. Abrams had shot several moments of the movie specifically for IMAX, and reports are suggesting that it will be the escape from Jakku where we will see it best. The site goes on to report that “theaters that house a “true” eight story tall IMAX screen will present the film in actual 70Mm film reel; presenting the 70Mm shot scenes in its full screen glory. There will be two 70Mm prints running through the IMAX projector to have the film play in IMAX 3D »
- Luke Owen
As Star Wars excitement brews, all six current movies are being re-released on Blu-ray with some stunning limited edition SteelBook designs.
Each casing has been given its own character in the build-up to the release of the seventh instalment Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
As the days until #TheForceAwakens count down, limited-edition Blu-ray steelbooks are coming. http://t.co/dpHDgHadHh pic.twitter.com/oOafSNqkzs
— Star Wars (@starwars) August 5, 2015
Rank all 6 Star Wars movies from worst to best
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The characters featured are Darth Maul (The Phantom Menace), Yoda (Attack of the Clones), General Grievous (Revenge of the Sith), Darth Vader (A New Hope), an Imperial Stormtrooper (The Empire Strikes Back) and Emperor Palpatine (Return of the Jedi).
The collection is available on November 10, and can be pre-ordered from this Friday (August 5).
Each disc will have an existing audio »
The Star Wars Saga is once again getting a new home entertainment release as the lead-up to The Force Awakens continues. For the first time, you'll be able to buy the films separately on blu-ray in limited edition steelbooks. Come inside to learn more and see when you can pick them up!
Yes, the Star Wars saga is getting yet another re-release, so cue any jokes about the cow milking now...but let's face it, they make money every time. Most recently we saw the launch of the digital versions of the films, but today brings word of new blu-ray releases. The big news this time around is that they'll finally be sold individually rather than an entire set, so you'll be able to pick up only one or two if you want, and they'll be coming in glorious looking steelbooks. Check out the press release for more info.
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Remember midi-chlorians, the Force-connected bacteria that, for many fans, became symptomatic of the flaws of the Star Wars prequel trilogy? If not, don't worry: J.J. Abrams promises they will play absolutely no part in The Force Awakens. In a red-carpet interview with MTV, Abrams confirmed that his new Star Wars will not mention the tiny little plot holes. (He refused to address other aspects of the film, like whether anyone says "May the Force be with you.") It's the latest attempt by Abrams to distance himself from the Star Wars prequels — he previously joked about including the corpse of Jar Jar Binks somewhere in the film — which means, at the very least, if Force Awakens sucks, it will suck in a completely different way from The Phantom Menace. »
- Nate Jones
As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on November 10th. These highly collectible films will be available for a limited time only and can be pre-ordered beginning August 7th. In addition, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in newly repackaged artwork on October 13th. The announcements were made today by The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and .
Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favorite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Darth Maul; Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Yoda; Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - General Grievous; Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Darth Vader; Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back »
As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm has announced a November Blu-ray reissue of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, as well as individual limited edition steelbooks of the six movies.
Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favourite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: The Phantom Menace – Darth Maul; Attack of the Clones – Yoda; Revenge of the Sith – General Grievous; A New Hope – Darth Vader; The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial Stormtrooper; and Return of the Jedi – Emperor Palpatine.
In addition to the collectible Steelbook packaging, each single disc Blu-ray includes existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. The newly repackaged Saga includes all six feature films on Blu-ray, »
- Gary Collinson
Remember when rumours began to circulate last year that the original, un-modified cuts of the Star Wars saga might be on the verge of a re-release? Well, this isn't those. Instead, Star Wars: The Complete Saga is coming out on Blu-ray again in a new form - as a package of commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks.
Each movie comes housed in its own shiny metallic case, with a familiar Star Wars character on the front. So for A New Hope we have Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine glowers from the front of Return Of The Jedi, while that old fan favourite General Grievous stares back at us from the cover of Revenge Of The Sith. All six boxes comes encased in another box, which has Darth Vader on it. Curiously, Jar Jar Binks doesn't »
We’ve just been sent a look at the box-art for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Special Edition, which hits Blu-ray on the 12th October 2015 in the UK with the steelbook editions coming on the 9th November.
What is interesting is that each of the boxes seem to have erased the ‘episode #’ tag and have gone with just the title of the movie, something we also noticed about Jj Abrams‘ upcoming sequel.
The release features 40 hours of previously released extensive special features, spread across the six movies – released just in time to catch up on before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in cinemas on December 18th.
Here’s the official release.
London, UK (August 5, 2015) – As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on Monday 9th November. These highly »
- Paul Heath
As we all prepare for Force to awaken this December, StarWars.com has announced that the six previous films in the saga will be re-released one month before in the form of these admittedly rather lovely new Blu-ray Steelbooks. All will be available for a limited time on November 10, with pre-orders beginning on August 7. The new character packaging features Darth Maul for The Phantom Menace, Yoda for Attack of the Clones, General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader for A New Hope, an Imperial stormtrooper for The Empire Strikes Back, and Emperor Palpatine for Return of the Jedi. They sure do like their bad guys! Star Wars: The Complete Saga will also be released in newly-repackaged artwork on October 13. Those hoping for something new in the way of bonus content will be disappointed, though each disc does feature existing audio commentary from George Lucas and the film crew, »
As the countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues (136 days, but who's counting), fans are starting to learn more and more about this highly-anticipated sequel. Earlier today, we got more insight into the Star Wars writing process from "creative consultant" Simon Kinberg. Last week, J.J. Abrams hit the red carpet premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which he produced, where the filmmaker revealed an interesting tidbit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As part of a series of "yes or no" question, the filmmaker was asked by MTV if the controversial "midi-chlorians," first mentioned in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, were brought up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director simply said, "No."
Towards the middle of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tells Anakin Skywalker's (Jake Lloyd) that midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that live inside all of us. »
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