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Star Wars The Last Jedi Documentary

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes over SXSW
  • JOhn Boyega isn’t a fan of Finn’s fight with Phasma
  • Mark Hamill dream casts a young Luke Skywalker
  • Dave Filoni hints that Jacen Syndulla may return
  • And much more…

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Ready Player One reference

Update: In a new interview, Steven Spielberg clarified his comments about being able to secure rights to Star Wars franchise so he could reference it in Ready Player One. Our original article follows, as well as video of Spielberg explaining how Lucasfilm cooperated after all.

Ready Player One is jam-packed with references to the pop culture of yesteryear, but an early version of the script featured a huge shout-out to a certain 1977 sci-fi classic which director Steven Spielberg ended up cutting out. And it may not be from the movie you’re thinking about. Discover the story about the one big Ready Player One reference that was abandoned, and learn which huge film franchise Spielberg and his team could not secure the rights to below. Read More »

Wildling Review

Wildling is Fritz Böhm’s first feature film, and it’s such an assured debut, darkly mystical and elegant. This nighttime fairy tale tells the story of Anna (Bel Powley), a young woman who’s spent much of her life locked in a room like Rapunzel, with only “Daddy” (Lord of the RingsBrad Dourif, in an equally untrustworthy role) as company.

Daddy treats Anna with tenderness, warning her against “the wildling” that stalks the woods surrounding their remote fairy tale tower. He seems loving and protective – but he’s also keeping Anna in seclusion. We watch her grow from toddlerhood to young womanhood in the confines of the same tiny room – and all the while we keep seeing Daddy inject a mysterious substance into Anna’s tummy. These opening scenes are disorienting, diving right into the narrative instead of offering any tidy context, immediately eliciting intrigue and perplexity from the audience. The context comes later, as Wildling’s story grows clearer but never less strange. Read More »

The Walking Dead season finale

The Walking Dead, the show that refuses to die, and its spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, are coming to the big screen for one night only. The Walking Dead season finale and the Fear the Walking Dead season premiere will play a double-feature in U.S. theaters on April 15, 2018.

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isle of dogs featurette

Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion Isle of Dogs wasn’t easy to make. A whole team of animators worked obsessively to bring the detailed, animated world of the film to life. A new Isle of Dogs featurette takes you behind the scenes of Anderson’s latest, and shows the meticulous work that went into creating these very good dogs.

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the sinner season 2

In this edition of TV bits:

  • A sneak-peak at Family Guy‘s limited commercial episode
  • Ross Lynch cast in Netflix’s Sabrina
  • David Tennant joins Lena Dunham‘s new HBO show
  • The Sinner gets a second season
  • Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn & Lamorne Morris cast in National Geographic limited-series
  • A trailer and details for HBO’s new documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher

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Exploring Wrinkle in Time Femininity

After seeing A Wrinkle in Time, I was overwhelmed by the fact that this is an entire blockbuster movie that acts as a celebration of women. Even more special and unique is that women of color are always at the forefront of this movie, with director Ava DuVernay leading the charge.

A Wrinkle in Time is very much a movie for children and everyone clearly made the choice to remove most of the darker themes and scenes from the book to create a charming family film. Less focused on being a exact mirror for the book, DuVernay has made A Wrinkle in Time into more of a modern fairytale. A fairytale by women, for young women.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try and remember why we fell in love in the first place, get some of that top shelf ramen, we wrastle with a lady, try and move past our teenage years, we GTL, and get lost in another person’s sci-fi. Read More »

Slashfilm Daily 3-16-18 Thanos

On the March 16, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the newest Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Ava DuVernay’s new directing gig, a Clarissa Explains It All reboot, the original Ready Player One reference you won’t see in the movie, a Netflix slasher film called There’s Someone Inside Your House, and everything we learned from the Star Wars: The Last Jedi commentary.

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Clarissa Explains It All Reboot

Everything old is new again! Nickelodeon is currently working on a Clarissa Explains It All reboot, with original star Melissa Joan Hart set to return. Clarissa’s annoying brother Ferguson could not be reached for comment.

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