The day has come. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t, well, you’re missing out. That said, we’ll have more coverage and thoughts on the movie soon, and if you have seen the film, please don’t spoil it for anyone else who hasn’t! I don’t get why people spoil it for others. What’s the point?
Outside of Star Wars mania, there was a lot of fun stuff this week, including a few new trailers, rumors and confirmations. The biggest surprise to me is that the Independence Day sequel doesn’t look bad, though it is a little weird not having Will Smith.
A trailer for Star Trek Beyond also hit, and it presented a really strange vibe. I don’t mind the focus on action, but the editing and song selection was just plain weird. I’m hoping that doesn’t represent the movie as a whole, because I rather liked the previous two.
Will Smith is dead in Independence Day: Resurgence
Most of the cast is back for the Independence Day sequel. But one actor who refused to join in was Will Smith, and because of this, the filmmakers had to write out Steven Hiller, who he played in the first movie. Turns out that Hiller, who punched an Alien in the face and helped save the world, died in a tragic accident while testing a hybrid alien/human fighter jet. What a way to go. [ComicBook]
Black-and-white version of Mad Max: Fury Road
Director George Miller has always said that black-and-white offers the best Mad Max: Fury Road viewing experience, but alas the film was in color when it hit theaters earlier this year. However, the special version could see a theatrical release next year, though no actual dates have been revealed. [ScreenDaily]
Hasbro Cinematic Universe?
Have we reached peek Cinematic Universe? It seems like every property is being turned into something larger than originally intended, and it looks like Paramount wants to turn Hasbro into the next big thing. That would mean toy lines like G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, ROM and Visionaries could also appear together in the same movie (along with spin-offs). Do we need a G.I. Joe movie with ROM characters? We’re getting it anyway. [HollywoodReporter]
Kurt Russell to play Starlord’s dad?
The rumors about Starlord’s father keep on coming. This time, a new report from The Wrap claims Kurt Russell will play the mysterious character. No official offer or announcement has been made by Marvel just yet, but meetings are apparently going to happen very soon. [TheWrap]
Ghostbusters character posters
Following the recent official picture, character posters for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot have been revealed. Needless to say, they’re awesome, giving fans a great look at Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. We also get a pretty good look at some of their tools, which looks nicely upgraded compared to what we saw the original cast use in the 80s. [FirstShowing]
Batman v Superman character posters
The Trinity unites again in these new character posters for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Batman looks tough in his armor, while Wonder Woman looks ready for action. Superman, meanwhile, looks like he belongs on a Telenovela; seriously, is that even Henry Cavill?
Star Wars: Rogue One enlists army extras
In an effort to give the movie a more authentic “war” spin, the production crew for Rogue One apparently recruited soldiers from the British forces to act as extras. Cool! There’s a great story over at Forces.tv about it, so go check it out. [Forces.tv]
Female lead for Alien: Covenant revealed
Katherine Waterston, who appeared in Inherent Vice and Steve Jobs, has apparently be picked to be the female lead in Alien: Covenant. Specific plot details are still being kept a secret, though we have heard the film will follow a crew that charters a ship to a distant planet they believe is paradise, when, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Alien: Covenant is set for an Oct. 6, 2017 release. [Deadline]
Ant-Man as Giant Man in Civil War?
Toy collections don’t always accurately depict what viewers will see in the movie they’re based on. Still, people are understandably excited by a recent leaked Civil War Lego said that showed the airport fight scene with Scott Lang labelled as Giant Man. That means we might see Scott Lang not only get really tiny in Civil War, but really big, too. [ComicBookResources]
Hollywood was already buzzing about the success of pre-sales for tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it looks like the weekend is going to be even bigger than expected. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters around the world, and it is already busting records. In the film’s first day in […]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially out there, screening in the wild. I’m stuck here, behind a desk, dreaming of a galaxy far, far away and hoping that this BB-8 fella is as awesome as he looks. What’s a fan to do? How about streaming the full soundtrack from the brilliant John Williams to […]
Warner Bros. has taken a novel approach to Batman v Superman marketing, taking out sponsored posts pretending as if these characters exist in our own world. The newest one is from Wired, which interviewed Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) about his upcoming operating system, Lex/OS, and, of course, Batman. Lex, actually the son of Lex Luthor […]
I am astonished and completely baffled as to how it’s already the end of 2015. It seems like yesterday we were getting our first glimpse of the new Star Wars cast, and now we’re just a few hours away from seeing the movie in theaters. Boy, what a time to be alive. We’ve brought you a […]
Frank Underwood, the Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, will return to Netflix next March. The show’s official Twitter account made the announcement, lining it up with this week’s GOP debate; “We’re only getting started,” the announcement reads, along with a very American poster of Underwood (Kevin Spacey). The faux advertising is a perfect […]
We can barely contain our excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those of us who couldn’t attend Monday’s premiere in Los Angeles, anxious fans will get a chance to check out the movie beginning Thursday evening (assuming a theater near you is participating in early screenings), otherwise the movie will be more widely […]
There are a lot of memorable scenes in the Star Wars universe: Obi-Wan and Luke entering the Mos Eisley Cantina; Luke successfully destroying the Death Star; Admiral Ackbar shouting, It’s a trap. But out of all of them—even Darth Vader revealing to Luke Skywalker that he is Luke’s father—my all-time favorite is the beginning of […]
A new image for the upcoming Ghostbusters title has been dropped. This time, the fresh set of ghost busting heroes is rocking proton packs and standing in a very green, very foggy room. The female cast for this new entry, from left to right, is Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. Thanks to […]
Amazon has released the list of movies being added in January, and it looks to be a decent start to the New Year. My only question is why Miracle On 34th Street, a movie about Christmas, is being added after the holiday has passed. Aside from that weirdness, the list of content being added is […]
It doesn’t show much, but the first teaser for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, giving us a tiny (very tiny) hint at what to expect. This tale technically lives inside the Harry Potter world, though it takes place long before the conclusion of The Deathly Hallows, which hit theaters back […]
The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond has been released, right on the eve of the release of that other Star movie coming out this week. What’s that one called again? No matter, because all people will be talking about is the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond—and I don’t think it will be for […]
Independence Day: Resurgence is coming for us next summer, and it looks like the aliens have much bigger plans for us this time. It will have been almost 20 years to the day since the original film when Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters. Humans have built new defenses in anticipation of the aliens returning, but […]
The Big Day. That’s all I have to say for you to know what I’m talking about. In the middle of December, just before the world breaks for the holidays, millions of excited fans around the globe will flock to theaters to witness what is unquestionably the most anticipated movie all year, maybe even in […]