Thursday, August 27, 2015

Finn Brandishes a Lightsaber in New 'The Force Awakens' Clip

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Man, all it takes is a few seconds of new footage to get us Star Wars geeks all riled up like a nest of Gundarks. The official Star Wars Instagram account posted an all-too-brief The Force Awakens video showing Daisy Ridley's Rey in peril and John Boyega's Finn wielding a lightsaber, presumably to do battle with Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. It's the Finn tease that's fueled the most speculation, as it more or less confirms that Boyega's character is Force-sensitive. Is he Han Solo's child with his pre-Leia wife, Sana? Is he related to another character from the Star Wars canon? Or are his Force abilities somehow connected to that "awakening" we keep hearing about? More details are sure to come as we approach The Force Awakens' Dec. 18 release date.

Key and Peele take us into the ‘Gremlins 2’ Writers’ Room

I feel pretty strongly that Gremlins 2 is one of the greatest sequels of all time — and I say that without a hint of irony. The bizarre Joe Dante flick is over-the-top, it’s completely irreverent and it’s weirdly ahead of its time as a self-aware satire of big-budget movie franchises. It’s astounding that this movie was actually made, which is why I’m fairly confident that the Key and Peele sketch below is 100 percent accurate.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

‘Star Wars’ is Only Beginning to Take Over the Universe

Thanks to some big reveals at Disney’s D23 Expo last week, Star Wars has dominated the collective nerd consciousness months ahead of the December 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We got a dozen new images from the new movie, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. We’ve learned that Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow will direct Episode VIII of the saga, picking up where J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson leave off and rounding out the third Star Wars trilogy. We caught our first glimpse at the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which includes Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones, Firefly’s Alan Tudyk and Casino Royale’s Mads Mikkelsen. We found out that Disney is planning Star Wars-specific “lands” in its theme parks. We even got new details on the Star Wars-themed makeup from Cover Girl! Lipstick for Sullustans, you guys!

As more announcements and teases continue to make Force-hungry fans as giddy as Han Solo in a vest shop, it’s important to take a moment and reflect on the fact that we’re mere weeks away from the release of a brand-new Star Wars movie — something that seemed impossible a decade ago when the presumed “final” film in the series, Revenge of the Sith, hit theaters. Once “Force Friday” rolls around and we’re clamoring for Black Series Kylo Ren action figures and Jakku Micro Machines playsets, it’ll be a bit more of a sprint to opening night for a lot of us in the world of Star Wars fandom. But for now, let’s take quietly appreciate the fact that we’re about to take our first step into a larger world … and I have a good feeling about that.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Deadpool Wants to 'Shoop' in Red Band Trailer

Featuring perhaps the best-ever use of Salt-n-Pepa in a superhero context, the Deadpool trailer debuted last night during Conan, and boy is it ever NSFW. You'll never look at avocados the same way again.

Deadpool hits theaters Feb. 12, 2016. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Watch: 'Deadpool' Trailer for a Trailer

Fox ("the studio that inexplicably sewed his f***ing  mouth shut the first time") has released a teaser for a Deadpool trailer that's set to premiere tomorrow, and if the tone of this clip is any indication, we're all in for a treat when the Ryan Reynolds film hits theaters in February. Check it out!


‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Hasn’t Seen the Movie

This can’t be a good sign for Marvel’s First Family.

BBC Newsbeat reports that the leads in Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot hasn’t even seen the finished movie yet, even though it’s set for release on Friday.

The film hasn’t been screened for critics either. When Newsbeat asked Miles Teller, the new Reed Richards, whether the film will prove the doubters wrong, he said, “Rarely are films of this size critically well received. This is not a movie we're going to go on Rotten Tomatoes and it's going to be at 80 or 90 percent.”

Wortman’s Note: Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89 percent last year, while Guardians of the Galaxy is sitting pretty at 91 percent. The Avengers got a score of 92 percent in 2012, and Iron Man got a 94 percent wayyyy back in 2008. Rare indeed.