STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Will Also Be Released Online on Friday

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So who bought a ticket to a movie screening this Friday just to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?  Well, it turns out that the 88-second piece won’t be exclusive to theaters.  The teaser will also arrive on iTunes on Friday as well.  But on the bright side, if you did already buy a ticket then you’ll be one of the first to see it on the big screen!

Hit the jump for more on the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.  The full feature 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 many more.

Rumor: Lucasfilm Planning STAR WARS REBELS Follow-Up Animated Series Set During the Timeline of the New STAR WARS Film Trilogy

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We discussed the risks of shared universes and making long-term plans a bit yesterday, but when it comes to a well-established and iconic property like Star Wars, there’s really no other way to do it.  We’ve got a lot coming from the franchise on the film front, but apparently Disney and Lucasfilm are also making big plans in the TV realm as well.  Disney XD has only aired seven of 16 episodes of Star Wars Rebels thus far, but it’s being reported that Lucasfilm already knows how the show will end and also knows what series they’ll do when Rebels wraps up.

Hit the jump for more on Star Wars Rebels as well as a possible new cartoon that will be set during the timeline of the new films.

Full Theater List Released for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer; Will Show in 30 Theaters across North America

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Earlier today, we learned that the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer would be playing in select theaters starting this Friday.  Our original list included nine Regal Theaters, and now Disney has officially announced all 30 theaters that will play the 88-second teaser.  The official Star Wars website also revealed that the teaser will be shown in theaters around the world this December.  While we initially believed that the teaser would only be shown this weekend, the official website makes no mention of a cutoff date, so presumably these 30 theaters will continue to play the trailer after Sunday.

Hit the jump for the full list of theaters playing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

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.

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.]

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.

The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer May Arrive Thanksgiving Week

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We’ve been hearing quite a few rumblings lately about the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuting sometime fairly soon, but it turns out the teaser might be arriving much earlier than anticipated.  Like, next week earlier.  Director J.J. Abrams and co. wrapped production on the upcoming Episode VII a few weeks ago and the film doesn’t open until theaters for over a year, but this is one of the most anticipated movies in recent memory, so it’s no surprise that Disney and Lucasfilm are keen on giving a brief first look to fans a bit early.  If a new report is to be believed, the first footage from the Star Wars sequel will arrive Thanksgiving week in the form of a Force Awakens teaser trailer.  More after the jump.

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.

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