You may have noticed a lack of Top 5 around these parts last weekend. Given the holiday weekend with friends and family, a slow news week in general, and my own recovery from Black Friday shopping at a local Wal-Mart (Note to past self: the kid next to you in line is going to unexpectedly throw-up so…just be prepared for that), it seemed like the logical time to take a week off. In spite of the holiday, though, a few cool things did happen the week before last so you’ll have to excuse the fact that some of this week’s items date back to two weeks ago.
Disclaimer aside, this week’s return includes Allison’s Confessions of a Star Wars Virgin series and more Star Wars news, Adam’s 2013 Oscar Previews, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returning for the Boy Meets World sequel series, Girl Meets World, the first programming announcement and an abundance of first images from Sundance 2013, and the synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness finally sees the light of day. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
1. Confessions of a STAR WARS Virgin and More
For the most part, Star Wars fans haven’t tired of the franchise in 35 years so I think it’s safe to say that our ongoing coverage isn’t going to step on too many toes. That said, even if you’ve had your fill of talk regarding who may or may not be writing and directing the new trilogy (that news here), I think you’ll find our Allison Keene’s Confessions of a Star Wars Virgin series to be an interesting journey through one online movie blogger’s first trot around the Star Wars bases: read her intro/explanation here, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
2. 2013 Oscar Previews
For the second year in a row, our Adam Chitwood has done the site a huge solid by prepping you the reader for Academy Award season via his 2013 Oscar Previews. Whether you use the previews as a guide for the rest of your moviegoing year, as a quick reference for how the major Oscar nods are shaping up, or in an attempt to cram for the final in your “85th Annual Academy Awards 101″ collegiate course, I think each of the following is worth your time: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Animated Feature and More, Best Picture and Best Director.
3. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel Return for GIRLS MEETS WORLD
As I type this, Boy Meets World reruns are playing in the background on MTV2. I’ve seen every episode at least four times and yet I keep watching. I know the storylines inside and out and yet I almost always choose it over every other programming option Dish Network has to offer. So, yeah, news about Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returning for the sequel series, Girl Meets World, has me pretty excited.
4. Sundance 2013 Announces First Lineups; First Images Abound
The past week has been a busy one for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with the revered competition announcing its first batch of programming and a ton of first images from competing films hitting the interwebs. Of course this is merely a foreshadowing of Sundance 2013 coverage to come. Right now, though, my most anticipated pic from the festival is writer/director Shane Carruth’s Primer follow-up, Upstream Color.
5. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Synopsis Revealed
Those anxiously awaiting J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness finally received their first official synopsis of the film on Monday. From the sounds of things, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices will be made. In other words, longtime Trek fans will continue to be annoyed by the fact that the casual moviegoer might like the movie too.