Rumor: STAR WARS Spin-Off Plot Is a Heist Film Involving Bounty Hunters and the Death Star

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You can see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this weekend, but we can now look even further ahead as a new rumor has surfaced regarding Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off plot.  These spin-offs have the unique ability to take place anywhere in the Star Wars timeline.  The new episodes will be tethered to each other and must take place post-Return of the Jedi, and that’s fine, but the spin-offs can do what Star Wars does best: build its universe.  I would put Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic right next to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as my favorite Star Wars story.  I want to see behind all the corners and know what’s going on beyond the saga of the Skywalkers.

The rumor for the Star Wars spin-off hints at a very cool plot that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and yet has a huge impact on the mythology we all know and love.  Hit the jump for more.  The untitled Star Wars spin-off is slated to open on December 16, 2016.

First PAN Images Show a Screaming Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s PETER PAN Prequel [Updated with New Posters]

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We’re almost at the end of 2014, which means we’re long overdue when it comes to marketing the movies of summer 2015.  Today, Warner Bros. has released the first Pan images along with what’s sure to be the first of 197 character posters. The film “tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds great adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.”  These images show us not only Levi Miller as Pan, but also Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, and um…well…yeah.  None of these images are too encouraging, but I have faith in director Joe Wright.  While he does have a tendency to go overboard in his staging and visuals, his past work promises we’re not going to get a run-of-the-mill Peter Pan story even though I was never all that curious about the character’s origin story.

Hit the jump to check out the first Pan images along with a poster of Miller as the eponymous character.  The film opens July 17, 2015, and also stars Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee, Amanda Seyfried as Mary; Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Ender’s Game) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling. [Update: We've added more character posters after the jump.]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Confirmed to Play This Weekend in Front of All Movies at Select Theaters [Updated with Note from Abrams]

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Last week, we reported the rumor that Disney might take a unique approach to releasing their first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer by showing it in front of every movie at select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend.  Granted, the Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the biggest of the year for the box office, but why only release it only a handful of theaters (the original reddit post regarding this rumor had it pegged at 100)?

I was a bit dubious about this news, but we now have official confirmation as Regal has posted on their website that nine of their theaters will have the trailer running in front of every movie from November 28 – November 30th.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and to find out where you can see it. [Update 1: Abrams himself has now confirmed that the trailer will debut this weekend, adding that it will be 88 seconds in length.  Take a look at the note after the jump.] [Update 2: The full list of theaters playing the trailer has been announced. Click here to see if it's playing near you.]

Samuel L. Jackson Tweets Behind-the-Scenes Images from Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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What a difference a year makes.  At the beginning of 2014, Quentin Tarantino shelved The Hateful Eight after a draft of the script was leaked online.  But as the year has progressed, Tarantino has gone from suing over the leak to having a staged reading to casting and is now ready to film entirely in Colorado next month.  Samuel L. Jackson is once again reuniting with Tarantino, and tweeted a couple images from behind the scenes.  Admittedly, there’s nothing major here—no costumes or sets—but it is nice to see the assembled cast and have a reminder we’re getting a new Tarantino movie next year.

Hit the jump to check out The Hateful Eight images.  The film also stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, and Bruce DernThe Hateful Eight opens late 2015.

Read the STAR WARS Original Opening Crawl Before It Was Finessed by Brian De Palma

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You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years.  Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them.  The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online.  The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening crawl and a comparison to what ended up in the final film.

Mark Gatiss Talks SHERLOCK Season 4 and the Return of Moriarty

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It’s almost cruel to report on Sherlock season 4 and the upcoming special when they’re so far away.  As we previously reported, a Sherlock “Christmas Special” is due out in December 2015, and it will be followed by three new episodes.  Filming on the special is set to begin in January with filming on season four happening later in the year, and the show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss told Britain’s Radio Times that “you can always expect tragedy as well as adventure,” although I’d say each season is fairly short on tragedy until the finale.

But fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels may already sense where the tragedy in season four might come in.  Hit the jump for more, but be warned that if you’re unfamiliar with the books, and/or if you don’t want to know about the return of Moriarty (Andrew Scott), there are spoilers ahead.

New FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TV Spot Continues to Promise Sweet, Kinky Love

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Universal has released a new Fifty Shades of Grey TV spot.  Based on novel by E.L. James (which began as Twilight fan fiction), the story revolves around Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).  The ads for this movie are so bizarre in how they seem to be selling the film as “Come watch softcore porn this Valentine’s Day in a public theater, but you don’t have to feel guilty because really it’s about love.”  I’ve heard far more than I wanted to about book (link not-safe-for-work or life), but the word “love” has never come up.  It’s erotica.  It’s best-selling erotica, but erotica nonetheless.

Hit the jump to watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey TV spot.  The film opens February 14, 2015, and also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Victor Rasuk, and Callum Keith Rennie.

Warren Ellis’ Comic Series GLOBAL FREQUENCY to Get another Shot at TV with Fox Ordering a Pilot from Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

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Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book authors, and his short-lived WildStorm comic series Global Frequency could make for a great TV series.  The title refers to 1,001 people working for an independent, covert organization.  Each of these members has a highly specialized skill, a special phone, and in a time of crisis, the organization’s leader Miranda Zero and dispatcher Aleph will call and send this person on a mission.  You have two interesting female characters as the regulars and from there you can cast guest stars to essentially be a weekly lead.  That’s not to say an adaptation is an easy slam dunk.  Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) prepped a pilot in 2005 with John Rogers (Leverage) spearheading creative development, and it leaked online.  Warner Bros. was unhappy with the leak and canceled the project as a result.

Now Global Frequency is getting another shot at television with Fox ordering a pilot from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  Hit the jump for more.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Review

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Although Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is ostensibly the heroine of the Hunger Games saga, the story has developed to where she’s no longer in the mold of a traditional protagonist.  She began that way in the first movie, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire started to push her to the background as she became part of a much larger conflict rather than its leader.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continues this shift to the point where it barely resembles the first two pictures as the true story of the latest installment isn’t Katniss’ journey, but the revolution that’s consumed her and the rest of Panem.  She’s still an integral part and the focus of the narrative, but director Francis Lawrence has expanded the social commentary far beyond the first film, and put it squarely on how media can be used to control or inspire in the true battle for hearts and minds.  Although the movie is eventually weighted down by the business requirement of splitting the final book into two movies, and Katniss still becomes a puddle of tears when the melodramatic love story surfaces, Mockingjay remains a fascinating and dark development in this unique franchise.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Director Steve McQueen to Helm Heist Thriller Based off 1980s British TV Miniseries WIDOWS

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A couple days ago, we reported that 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen would be doing a film based on the life of activist Paul Robeson.  It sounded right up McQueen’s alley: It’s a passion project he now has the clout to push forward, it’s about an activist (like his debut feature Hunger), and it deals with racial conflict in America.  McQueen had even done an art instillation in 2012, End Credits, dedicated to Robeson.  It all made sense.

Here’s what makes somewhat less sense: McQueen’s next movie is a heist thriller.  Hit the jump for more.

New INTO THE WOODS Featurette Shows off Meryl Streep Singing “Stay with Me”

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Fun fact: Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar five times in the last seven years.  Combine her extraordinary acting ability with the pedigree of Into the Woods, and she could easily lock up yet another nod (which would make it her 18th Oscar nomination over the course of her career; that’s what happens when you’re a national treasure).  A new featurette for the upcoming musical further pushes her awards chances as Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics, praises her ability “to find colors in lyric.”  This featurette shows some of Streep singing “Stay with Me”, and it’s a beautiful rendition.  I hope the rest of the film is worthy of her immense talent.

Hit the jump to check out the new Into the Woods featurette.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, and Johnny Depp.

First Look at Patrick Stewart in GREEN ROOM, the New Film from BLUE RUIN Director Jeremy Saulnier

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Jeremy Saulnier‘s Blue Ruin is one of the best films of 2014 you probably haven’t seen (but if you have Netflix Instant, you can watch it now!).  It’s a unique spin on the revenge genre, and once you see it, you’ll likely be amped to see Saulnier’s next film, the upcoming thriller Green Room.  The story revolves around a young punk rock band that find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.  Patrick Stewart stars as Darcy Banker, an unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.

You can check out the image after the jump, and be sure that we’re definitely going to be keeping this film on our radar, not only because of Saulnier and Stewart, but also because the excellent cast includes Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein, and the return of Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.

Mike Nichols, Legendary Director of THE GRADUATE, THE BIRDCAGE, and More, Has Died at Age 83

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Incredibly sad news this morning as legendary director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83.  ABC reported the news that Nichols died suddenly last night.  Nichols was a creative powerhouse throughout his career as his character-centric work could cut to the bone but without ever feeling petty or childish even when his characters were behaving that way (which they had a tendency to do).  When the Production Code was shaking in the mid 1960s, his feature directing debut Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? knocked it over and cleared the way for more mature language, themes, and other topics that had been stifled for decades.  The Graduate, which is one of my all-time favorite movies, was a key movie in the changing of the guard from Old Hollywood to New Hollywood, and I could do a series of articles on how its place in film history and lasting impact.  It’s an incredible film made even more remarkable by the fact that it was only Nichols’ second movie.

Check out Excellent Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay with Beat Down Boogie’s 30-Minute Music Video

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I don’t mean to be too much of a homer, but I think Atlanta’s Dragon Con has the best cosplay of any comic convention.  Everything at the convention—the panels and even the guests—take a backseat to checking out the cosplayers.  People pack the sidewalks on a hot Labor Day weekend to watch the cosplayers walk down the street at the annual Dragon Con parade.  It’s a very pure expression of fandom and creativity, and Beat Down Boogie has put together a great video showcasing it.

Hit the jump to watch the Dragon Con 2014 cosplay video, and click here to watch the video he did for 2013.

THE COLOR OF TIME Trailer and Poster: James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and More Go through the Life of Poet C.K. Williams

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Starz Digital Media has released The Color of Time trailer and poster.  We last reported on this film over two years ago, and at the time it looked like it was an adaptation of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner C.K. Williams, but as this new trailer and synopsis explain, it’s really more of a biopic.  The plot has Williams (James Franco) preparing for a reading in New York City, but he’s haunted by memories from his past.  The Color of Time has the hook of being handled by 12 directors, and the cast also includes Mila KunisJessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, and Bruce Campbell.  However, looking at this trailer, it seems like the ensemble of directors really wanted to make The Tree of Life minus dinosaurs.

Hit the jump to check out The Color of Time trailer and poster.  The film will be available for early digital download on December 2nd, On Demand and on iTunes on December 9th, and in theaters on December 12th.

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