Cosplay with a Twist: New Art Exhibit Puts Superheroes in a Renaissance Context

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Cosplay is certainly commonplace at the various conventions that take place throughout the year, from Comic-Con to DragonCon to everything in between, but you might not expect people dressed as superheroes to appear as part of an art exhibit in Paris.  But that’s just what happened over the weekend at the Grand Palais, where photographer Sacha Goldberger unveiled his exhibition that features Renaissance-style portraits of superheroes wearing period garb.  The results are actually pretty amazing, as familiar faces like The Hulk, Superman, and even Darth Vader are given the portrait treatment.  Check out some photos from the event after the jump.

Rumored STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Description

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The release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is still over a year away, but rumblings about a trailer debut coming very soon are getting more and more prominent.  Adding credence to the notion that a debut trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ sequel might be premiering soon is a new rumored Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer description, which runs down what we might see from the very first trailer for the new Star Wars picture.  Obviously this is a very highly anticipated event—remember the anticipation surrounding the trailer debut for Episode I?—so I will be very curious to see how Disney chooses to unveil the first footage from the film.  Will we know when it’s going to debut ahead of time?  Will they simply sneak it into an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC?

Hopefully we’ll know more soon, but for now you can start to semi-prepare by reading the rumored Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer description, which sounds both plausible and exciting, after the jump.

Watch David Prowse Voice Darth Vader in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE

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In the Star Wars films, David Prowse provided the body for Darth Vader, but he didn’t get to give the character his iconic voice.  I believe Prowse’s contribution shouldn’t be underestimated as Vader’s body language is just as important as James Earl Jones‘ deep, threatening bass.  However, when they were filming Star Wars: A New Hope (and yes, I know “A New Hope” wasn’t part of the title at the time), the filmmakers had no idea how they would handle the voice.  Eventually, they landed on Jones, but Prowse was the one who did line readings on set, and it’s pretty funny to hear his voice coming from Darth Vader.

This video is a little old, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth your time.  Hit the jump to check out Prowse providing the voice for Vader.

John Oliver Shoots Salmon at Jon Stewart, David Letterman, J.J. Abrams on the STAR WARS Set, and Many More in Excellent LAST WEEK TONIGHT Clip

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The first season finale of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired last night on HBO, wrapping up a fantastic debut run of John Oliver’s comedic news program.  While I was initially a tad skeptical of The Daily Show alum Oliver striking out on his own with an HBO series in the vein of The Daily Show, I think he did a wonderful job of carving out his own kind of series that proved to be both incredibly funny and also enlightening.  Instead of just riffing on the week’s news stories, Oliver’s Last Week Tonight went one better and ventured into a kind of investigative journalism that saw his team doing in-depth research on topics ranging from payday loans to the suspect “non-profit” nature of the Miss America program.

During last night’s finale episode, Oliver ended things with a bit on a salmon shooter (a real thing) that was featured on CBS.  Oliver and the Last Week Tonight team put together their own “salmon shooter”, resulting in a glorious series of cameos from faces both familiar and unexpected—including a certain Star Wars appearance.  Watch the Last Week Tonight salmon shooter clip after the jump, and if you’ve never seen the show, I highly suggest checking it out on HBO Go.

STAR WARS Will Return to London’s Pinewood Studios for First Spin-Off Movie

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently wrapped filming, but the saga will continue to film at London’s Pinewood Studios.  THR reports that the first Star Wars spin-off, which will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards, is set to shoot at the prestigious studio in 2015.  At the annual CBI conference in London, Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy announced, “The seventh Star Wars movie just finished shooting at Pinewood. And I’m delighted to be able to tell you that a new Star Wars movie is already booked in,” and although he didn’t specify which one, THR says it will be the first spin-off, which is due in theaters on December 16, 2016.

Pinewood has a strong relationship with Disney, and also plays host to Marvel movies on a regular basis. They recently housed Avengers: Age of Ultron and currently have Ant-Man at their new Atlanta studio.  But Pinewood goes back to a galaxy far, far away, they will give studio space to Sony/MGM’s James Bond 24, a franchise so engrained in Pinewood’s history that there’s been a 007 stage since 1976.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gets an Official Title, First FURIOUS 7 Trailer, BIG HERO 6, First Trailer for CHAPPIE

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If you prefer your action/sci-fi blockbusters both slick and smart, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fitting title made in the last several years than director Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. Adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film only reinforces what I already believed: that Tom Cruise is the greatest living movie star in the world. He’s right in his wheelhouse as Major William Cage, a military officer who’s far more versed in the ways of spin and public relations than in actual combat. When a run-in with a rare alien leads Cage to be repeatedly thrust into the heart of a destined to fail military attack, the result is a thrilling and surprisingly funny ride that Cruise and Emily Blunt deftly carry. Watching Cruise replay the loop time after time, learning from his mistakes and inching closer to finality with each retry, may become tedious to some. For me, it was akin to learning the pattern of a video game only to finally reach the final boss on your last continue. All told, Edge is probably my favorite Cruise film since Minority Report and while it fails to reach the level of greatness, the fact that it’s even in the same conversation should tell you that it’s absolutely worth watching.

My Tom Cruise lovefest aside, this week’s Top 5 features an interview for and Matt’s review of Interstellar, Star Wars: Episode VII getting an official title, the first trailer for Furious 7, interviews for and Matt’s review of Disney’s Big Hero 6, and the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi actioner Chappie. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Officially Titled STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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Shortly after wrapping principal photography, Lucasfilm revealed the official Star Wars: Episode VII title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  Without getting into spoiler territory, it does line up with some of the rumors in circulation and it also just makes sense.  It’s been 10 years since our last Star Wars film and The Force Awakens does sell this one as a powerful return.  Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s also just a nice straightforward and easy-to-spell title, too.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on the title announcement.

See the Note Sent to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast and Crew on Their Last Day

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J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and Bryan Burke sent a note to the “extraordinary cast and crew” of Star Wars: Episode VII to commemorate the end of production.  The motivation:

“How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it!  Here, then, is that proof.”

Hit the jump to read the note.  John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy Serkis, and Gwendoline Christie star.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

J.J. Abrams Shot One Sequence in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in IMAX

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Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams tweeted a picture of an IMAX camera from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  We knew the majority of the film was being shot in 35mm, but if you were hoping for IMAX to be a large (no pun intended) part of the movie, you’re going to be disappointed.

In an article largely about Interstellar and its use of IMAX, Variety dropped in a small tidbit from Episode VII:  “The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

ZERO DARK THIRTY Cinematographer Greig Fraser Will Shoot Gareth Edwards’ STAR WARS Movie

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While Lucasfilm and Disney have been incredibly tight-lipped with regards to director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the studios have unveiled essentially nothing about the other Star Wars films in the works.  We know that starting next year, there are plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year, and we also know that the first film after Episode VII will be a “standalone” Star Wars feature directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards.  After that we have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and then Josh Trank’s “standalone” feature, so the studios certainly have a pretty deep bench and no doubt have a master plan of sorts.

With Edwards on deck, he’s started to put together his crew in anticipation of starting production on his secretive Star Wars project in London next year, and the first major addition is a rather exciting one: cinematographer Greig Fraser.  More after the jump.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Discusses Possible Additions to the Team

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With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it’s definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office.  As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile?

Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they’re interesting enough to warrant a small mention.  Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up.

Franchise Veteran Warwick Davis Will Return for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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With the overabundance of Star Wars: Episode VII leaks and rumors floating around, it is so incredibly refreshing to get a legit bit of news straight from the official Star Wars YouTube page, and via an especially amusing video nonetheless.

Hit the jump to catch the must-see video announcing that Warwick Davis will return to the Star Wars film franchise for Episode VII.  The movie hits theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy Serkis and Gwendoline Christie.

Kathleen Kennedy Says STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Within Three Weeks of Finishing Filming

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Industrial Light and Magic just celebrated the opening of its very first studio in the UK in preparation for post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII and during the event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy offered a brief status update on the production.  Apparently there’s only three more weeks left of shooting and from there, the new ILM location will begin working on visual and special effects for the film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on how the revival of the film franchise led to the opening of ILM London.

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION to Air Again With Added Darth Vader Scene

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In a weird bit of déjà vu considering the changes that were made to the original trilogy, Star Wars Rebels has decided to amend its introductory film Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion by adding a Darth Vader scene (complete with voice work by James Earl Jones) to the film.  This new version of Spark of Rebellion will air on ABC on October 25th at 7PM ET/PT.

Meanwhile, the official Star Wars Rebels series premieres on Disney XD October 13th and features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr.David OyelowoJason IsaacsVanessa MarshallSteve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for more on Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.  

Is Disney Planning to Reissue the STAR WARS Movies on Digital?

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The Star Wars movies have been reissued time and time again in various forms.  They’ve been on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray, but now that the bounds of physical media are breaking down, it’s likely that the saga could now be headed to digital platforms.  Film Divider came across an Italian TV spot for Disney’s digital service that includes games, apps, and yes, movies.  And to showcase the movies, they used clips from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.  With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII and Disney now owning Lucasfilm, there’s a hope among fans that they’ll get Blu-rays of the original editions of the original trilogy.  It would be nice to see this ad as a hint that these HD original editions are coming, but we’re still a ways off.

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