Hot Toys Unveils New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and STAR WARS Figures

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The folks at Hot Toys are taking part in the Toy Soul 2014 convention in Hong Kong today and have unveiled some images from the showroom floor, giving us looks at some new figures.  Notable collectibles include a giant Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as other 1/6th scale collectibles of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk, and a new 1/4th scale Iron Man from the Avengers sequel as well.  In addition to the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys, there’s also a series of new Star Wars collectibles, including 1/6th scale and life-size figures (Boba Fett and Han Solo in carbonite, obviously).

Take a look at all of the new figures after the jump.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Director J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Chewbacca, and More Say “Thank You” for Donations

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Back in May when Star Wars: The Force Awakens started filming, director J.J. Abrams announced the “Force for Change” campaign, which invited fans to donate to support UNICEF in exchange for prizes and even a chance to have a cameo in the movie.  The winner of the cameo was announced in August, but even if you didn’t win, you still helped raised over $5 million dollars to support UNICEF programs.  And for that, Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, crew members, R2-D2, and Chewbacca say “Thank you.”  I suppose C-3P0 was off somewhere being an ungrateful jerk, whining about something or other.  Fucking Threepio.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens thank you video.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

Andy Serkis Says He Only Plays One Character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Discusses the Trailer and His Role

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Our introduction to a new era of Star Wars by way of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was a hell of a way to kick off the marketing campaign for J.J. Abrams’ new film.  The teaser was spectacular for a number of reasons, not the least of which being Andy Serkis’ ominous narration.  There has been much speculation about Serkis’ role (or roles) in the film, given that the actor is pretty much the person at the forefront of performance-capture technology.  In a new interview with EW, the actor has spoken up a bit about the film and his character, shooting down reports that he’s playing multiple roles while also touching on how much he knew about his part in the trailer before its release.  More after the jump.

Rumor: New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Name Revealed; Is Gwendoline Christie Playing “Captain Phasma?”

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Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm revealed a handful of Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names in a clever fashion by releasing them in the style of old Topps trading cards.  We now know John Boyega is “Finn”, Daisy Ridley is “Rey”, Oscar Isaac is “Poe Dameron”, the ball droid is “BB-8″ and the mysterious Sith in the black robe is “Kylo Ren”.  But there are still other new cast members whose character names remain a mystery, and for clerical purposes this mystery must be solved.  The name “Rey” doesn’t mean anything on its own, but it will be useful once a plot synopsis finally comes out.

In the meantime, we’re still wondering who Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwedonline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow are playing.  However, a new rumor has surfaced saying that Christie might be playing “Captain Phasma”.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015. [Possible spoilers ahead]

Mark Hamill Says the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Droid Is Practical; Discusses His Beard, the Trailer, and Hesitation About Returning

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When J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many figured this meant that the movie would be shrouded in absolute secrecy for as long as humanly possible.  Abrams loves his mystery box, but in actuality Lucasfilm and Disney have been surprisingly open about the way they’re approaching this new Star Wars.  Reveals from the film have been handled with great care, starting with that first cast photo just before production began.  Then they opted to release a debut trailer over a year before the film’s release date.  Surely that would tide fans over for a few months, right?  Well just in case it didn’t, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy went ahead and revealed some of the principal character names in spectacular fashion earlier this week.

While the particulars of the film remain under wraps, we’re starting to get a handle on this new era of the franchise.  Adding to that, actor Mark Hamill recently spoke quite a bit about The Force Awakens, from his “contractually obligated beard” to his reaction to that first trailer, and even touching on his initial hesitation to return to the franchise.  Moreover, he revealed that the droid from the trailer, BB-8, is a practical creation.  Read on after the jump.

Collider’s Gift Guide 2014: Movies, Books, Toys, and More Worth Checking out This Holiday Season

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There are only fifteen shopping days left until Christmas, but that’s still plenty of time to get yourself or the significant geeks in your life something cool.  The amount of stuff out there can be overwhelming, so Matt, Adam, Perri, and Evan have each chosen three items that you should consider picking up this holiday season.  Each writer has chosen a low-priced item ($10 – $50), a medium-priced item ($50 – $200), and something high-priced if you’re feeling like a big spender ($200+).

Hit the jump to check out some neat gifts you may want to get this holiday season.  Also, in case you missed it, here are some charity organizations we recommend as well.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Names Revealed in Throwback Fashion

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Well this was certainly unexpected.  Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is known for his “mystery box” approach to movies; he lets as little information out as possible before the film’s release.  The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the perfect way to both appease fans and tell them almost nothing—which is good!  I don’t want to know everything about a movie before it’s released, and I think most people feel the same way.  However, a year before the film hits theaters, Abrams and Co. have now cracked open the Star Wars mystery box a tad by unveiling the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names in quite possibly the coolest way imaginable.  A collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for The Force Awakens were released today that feature images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names.  Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron!  The Masked Menace is Kylo Ren!  Daisy Ridley is not Kira!

Check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was obvious that the company would make the most of the acquisition by beefing up the Star Wars presence at the Disney theme parks.  Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger just reiterated that the film franchise will make its way into parks throughout the world, but he also noted that in order to both “do this big” and do it right, it’ll take time.

Disney couldn’t just jump right into building new attractions immediately after the purchase of Lucasfilm.  The park designers had to wait until J.J. Abrams was ready to reveal plans for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the new main attractions will be based on the new films, not the old ones.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars theme park attractions.

George Lucas Further Estranges Himself from Fans; Says He Hasn’t Seen the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer

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George Lucas has the unique position of being despised by the fans of the thing he created.  There would be no Star Wars fans without Lucas, and now those fans are happy to rid of him with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Lucas seems to be handling it alright (being ostracized by angry nerds isn’t the worst fate in the world), and isn’t in much of a rush to see what’s happening with the next installment of the franchise.

According to Page Six, Lucas says he hasn’t seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer “Because it’s not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there.”  It’s unclear if Lucas meant wanting to see the trailer in a movie theater or if he meant the entire movie, but either way, he doesn’t seem to be in much of a rush to see what J.J. Abrams is doing in a galaxy far, far away.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

Watch: SNL Takes on the STAR WARS Trailer with Elderly Han, Luke, and Leia

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It wasn’t necessarily a surprise given that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debut was a massive cultural event, but last night’s James Franco-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live premiered its own version of the Star Wars trailer.  The crux of the joke is that the returning cast members (whom we didn’t glimpse in the official trailer) are all quite old now, and SNL’s take on their return is pretty great.  Taran Killam’s “old Harrison Ford” voice is spot on, and Bobby Moynihan makes for a swell “old Leia”.  Seeing as how it will be a while until we see another official Star Wars trailer (probably attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron), this’ll do for now.

Watch the SNL Star Wars trailer after the jump.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer, Roberto Orci Not Directing STAR TREK 3, First TERMINATOR: GENISYS Trailer, BOND 24, JURASSIC WORLD Trailer

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Available now on VOD is director Igal Hecht‘s documentary The Sheik. Funny at times and jarringly raw at others, the film offers a look at the life of Khosrow Vaziri, better known by his fans as The Iron Sheik. In only 95 minutes the film does an admirable job of spanning Vaziri’s life before, during, and after his legendary professional wrestling career. This approach leaves you invested in Vaziri as a person rather than just as a wrestling/social meda icon, making the highs feel sweeter and the lows all the more tragic as a result. There’s much to like about The Sheik but, as a kid who grew up watching wrestling, the most interesting parts of the film for me were those dedicated to Vaziri’s time in the WWF (now WWE). Seeing the way that the Iran hostage crisis helped fuel The Iron Sheik’s ascent in pro wrestling as the sport’s greatest villain/heel is a fascinating example of the way Vince McMahon has used social issues and xenophobia to help build an entertainment empire. Hearing Vaziri talk about the offers he had from individuals who wanted him to go against McMahon’s plan and beat Hulk Hogan is yet another highlight. All told, The Sheik is a highly entertaining doc that anyone with a shred of pro wrestling nostalgia should go out of their way to see.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 will attempt to make up for last week’s absence by featuring hits from this week and last including the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the news that Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3, the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys, Bond 24 getting an official title and casting announcements, and the first trailer for Universal’s Jurassic World. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

“Original STAR WARS Fan” Stephen Colbert Explains to Ignorant Padawans How the New Lightsaber in THE FORCE AWAKENS Works

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There are many upsetting things in this world, and apparently the construction of a fictional weapon from a non-existent universe is one worth caring about.  Because everything in the world is flawed and the Internet exists to point out those flaws, some people took issue with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer when a Sith breaks out a lightsaber, and the lightsabers has mini-lightsabers for the hilt.  Their argument is that this doesn’t protect the hands, because as we all know, lightsabers were already great at protecting hands.

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to explain why these nerds are wrong about the new lightsaber.  An “original Star Wars fan” (he won tickets to an early screening of the first movie), Colbert makes a compelling case why the lightsaber hilt works just fine, and I can’t help but wonder if he put more thought into it than the filmmakers.  Either way, the Force is strong with this clip, which you can check out after the jump.

Rumor: New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Unsurprisingly Coming with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Eager to see more promos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?  If this new report is true, we know when one trailer for the film is due.  Apparently Disney and Lucasfilm plan to attach another The Force Awakens trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron when it hits theaters on May 1, 2015.  Does that mean we won’t get another new Star Wars trailer for another five months?  Not necessarily.

Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer news.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and is due to hit theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.

Andy Serkis Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, STAR WARS, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE JUNGLE BOOK, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on DVD and Blu-ray  December 2nd, I got the opportunity to sit down with Andy Serkis to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  It’s the rare commercial movie that’s deep and thoughtful and it’s also atypical in that it tells a complete story while keeping the door open for another sequel.

During the interview Serkis talked about the reception of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the challenges of performance capture, the status of the next sequel, the surprise of being included in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, what it was like working for J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his version of The Jungle Book, and more.  Hit the jump to check out what he said and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Rumor: Andy Serkis Playing More than One Character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS?

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Andy Serkis is an excellent live-action actor, but when the guy behind Gollum and Caesar is cast in the new Star Wars movie, it’s hard not to assume he’s on board to play a motion capture character.  There have been rumors floating around regarding who Serkis is portraying in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but at this point, the only confirmed detail we have is that he’s the man behind the voiceover in the new teaser trailer.  Who is he exactly?  Which side is he fighting for?  We don’t know for sure, but even if we did, that might not confirm Serkis’ full involvement in the film.

A new report just surfaced claiming that Serkis is playing not one, but multiple characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Hit the jump for more.

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