TOP 5: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, WRECK-IT RALPH, AFM 2012, Francis Lawrence / THE HUNGER GAMES, Election 2012: Zomney Apocalypse & IDIOCRACY’s President Camacho

     November 3, 2012

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Just when I thought my limited edition poster appetite was satisfied, the Halloween season rolls around and Mondo drops this beauty from Ken Taylor for John Carpenter‘s masterpiece. Given that I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the benefit at L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema where the print’s Regular edition of 225 was released for only $100 (which included a ticket to the screening no less!), I’m now banished to dealing with sellers who are already asking upwards of four times that number. Sigh. What’s a guy to do but drop ridiculous amounts of money on movie art?

But enough of Hoarders: Collectible Movie Poster Edition, standing out from this past week’s headlines is the huge news regarding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, Wreck-It Ralph interviews with John C. Reilly and more, our American Film Market 2012 coverage, Francis Lawrence helming the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise (including a two-part adaptation of Mockingjay), and special Election 2012 assets including Joss Whedon‘s endorsement of the Zomney Apocalypse and the return of Idiocracy‘s President Dwayne Elizando Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

1. Disney Buys Lucasfilm; New STAR WARS Trilogy to Begin in 2015

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I’ll never claim to be the biggest Star Wars fan around. That said, I have to respect any franchise that can elicit the type of passion, excitement, and anticipation that SW did this past week when it was announced that Disney purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm and has plans on kicking off a new trilogy with Star Wars: Episode VII beginning in 2015. In response to this news, we followed up with a list of five Episode VII director suggestions, Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discussing the future of the franchise, and plenty more.

2. WRECK-IT RALPH Interviews with John C. Reilly and More

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I wanted pretty desperately last night to watch Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. But, alas, my local theater was only offering 3D screenings of the pic which I, based purely on principle, elected to pass on. Luckily, I still have Christina’s sit-downs with John C. Reilly, director Rich Moore, and Sarah Silverman to keep me pacified until a 2D screening is made available somewhere in my general vicinity. In addition, as much as it goes against my belief in only reading things that say exactly what I want them to say, I also have Matt’s lukewarm review of the pic.

3. American Film Market 2012 Coverage

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The American Film Market in beautiful Santa Monica, CA is a great time for the production and distribution arms of film to converge and for Steve to meander about the show floor in search of little gems of data such as confirmation of The Expendables 3 selling international distribution rights and the first announcement of Nu Media/Millenium Films’ plans to make The Mechanic 2, the follow-up to Jason Statham’s 2011 action pic. Gems of similar nature can be found here in our coverage of the annual event.

4. Francis Lawrence to Direct the Rest of THE HUNGER GAMES Franchise

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Here at Collider, we proud ourselves on covering the film industry’s biggest stories each and every day. It’s not terribly often, though, that we find ourselves breaking one of those big stories right here. Said scenario occurred this week when we learned of Lionsgate’s decision to tap Francis Lawrence to direct the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise, which includes a two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ final book in the book trilogy, Mockingjay.

5. Election 2012: Zomney Apocalypse & IDIOCRACY’s President Camacho

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With the US of A’s presidential election taking place this coming Tuesday, November 6th, the news from this past week included a hint of political flavor with Joss Whedon’s common sense approach on the impending “Zomney Apocalypse” and the triumphant return of the always eloquent President Dwayne Elizando Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho from Mike Judge’s prescient comedy, Idiocracy. If only the line for write-in votes was long enough to fit President Camacho’s full name, I think our current presidential frontrunners would be in for a fight.

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