JJ Abrams Force Awakens set

The first official glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was via a video director J.J. Abrams starred in urging fans to donate to UNICEF. The campaign, called Star Wars Force for Change, offered a visit to the set as the big prize along with other incentives. The campaign was a huge success, raising $4.26 million for the charity.

In a new and final video, Abrams and the crew – along with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy – offer thanks to fans from The Force Awakens set. And just like the previous two videos, the background here is filled with images fans can speculate about. What’s that circular tunnel set? What are those black things stacked up? Why are those guys shooting paintballs? It’s not as revealing as the other two videos but it’s definitely worth watching. Check out the video below. Read More »

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Want to read the problem James Gunn had putting Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy? How does the cast of Gotham feel about the season so far? Is it possible there are more than one script out there for Wonder Woman? Where can you hear Evangeline Lilly talk about Ant-Man? Was Neil Gaiman serious about Tom Hiddleston playing Morpheus in Sandman? Is there a cool, superhero themed Mondo poster still available? Read about all this and more in your make-up, second dose of Superhero Bits!

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There isn’t a thing that hasn’t been written about the films of Stanley Kubrick. His films have been celebrated and reviled; some originally reviled have been reassessed as masterpieces; reams of copy have been written on even his least-appreciated movies. And yet they pull us in time and again. His films feature richly developed concepts that we can appreciate differently as our own lives progress and change.

Kubrick is the most visible representation of a sort of filmmaking that has largely vanished. He was likely the last director to enjoy total creative freedom with the backing of a major movie studio; his deal with Warner Bros. let him do what he wanted, on his own time. His 1999 passing happens to coincide with the transition into a fully digital filmmaking era and into a time when studio films are ever-more focused on sequels and familiar concepts.

The idea of ranking Kubrick films is somewhat absurd; there’s really only one that can be at #1. But there’s a lot of room for discussion about what his other twelve features offer. Warner Bros. recently issued a new box set (Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection) with a gorgeous outer shell (above), a fine array of behind the scenes material, and disc packaging that is an improvement over the last blu-ray set from the studio. That box of eight films had us going back through all of Kubrick’s movies, and we’ve laid them out in order below.   Read More »

HBO Music Video show

Hot on the heels of the confirmation that David Fincher and James Ellroy are working together on an HBO show comes the news of another project that Fincher will do for the big cable network. Fincher will direct the pilot for an HBO music video show called Living on Noise, described as a “half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s.” Read More »

HBO Series Shakedown

Back in September word leaked out that director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have been planning a series at HBO that would be “ts that “a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” Now deals are done, and the show is moving forward under the title Shakedown.

And it isn’t just a show featuring some of the same noir ideas Ellroy explored in novels such as L.A. Confidential. It is actually based on the life of a real LA crime figure named Fred Otash, who (in fictionalized form) featured in two of Ellroy’s other novels and one novella, and upon whom the Jack Nicholson character in Chinatown was partially based. Read More »

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One of the biggest mysteries at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy is the identity of Peter Quill’s father. He is obviously special, as it was his genes that helped Quill survive while holding an Infinity Gem. Going into the sequel, his identity will certainly be mentioned and one of the few people who knows the answer is James Gunn. The writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will soon write the script to the movie, set for release May 2017 and, in a new photo, he reveals a list of people who may or may not be Peter Quill’s father. It’s really funny. Check out the Peter Quill Father worksheet below. Read More »

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Guess who’s switching from beer to vodka? Also after the jump:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 gets a director
  • Entourage and Furious 7 get their MPAA ratings
  • The Minions take 1960s New York in a cute new clip
  • What doesGOTG have to do with Star Trek 3?
  • See the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer
  • Taken 3 serves up the “12 Skills of Christmas”
  • Frank Grillo is in, Carmen Ejogo is out for Purge 3

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Mark Wahlberg Will Be Back For ‘Transformers 5′

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If the ending of Transformers: Age of Extinction didn’t promise a sequel, those box office receipts did. Besides dismal reviews all around, and the lowest domestic gross of the franchise, Age of Extinction grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. Transformers 5 was quickly announced for a tentative 2016 release. The problem being, no one knew who was coming back or not, starting right at the top with director Michael Bay.

Well, we now know at least one person who will most likely be back. Mark Wahlberg, who joined the franchise with the last film, said in a new interview that he’s committed to “a couple more” films in the franchise. Read more about Mark Wahlberg Transformers 5 below. Read More »

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