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Force Awakens merchandise

We’ve seen a lot of images of Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain character Kylo Ren, but never without his hood. During the official StarWars.com live unboxing of the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys in advance of “Force Friday” tomorrow, a new Kylo Ren figure was revealed and the hosts even gave us a look at whats under the hood. Could this reveal have larger story implications? Hit the jump, to see the images and read some fan speculation about how Ren’s helmet may play into the Episode VII story.

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Beyond Fest 2015

I can’t quite take in the full lineup for this year’s Beyond Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 1 – 12. There are west coast premieres for films like Kurt Russell’s Bone Tomahawk, and The Assassin from Hou Hsiao-hsien. There’s a special screening of Karyn Kusama’s excellent movie The Invitation, and Edgar Wright and Bruce Campbell paired with screenings of the first two Evil Dead movies on 35mm.

There’s Al Pacino — Al freaking Pacino — in person with a 35mm screening of Dog Day Afternoon, and Fabio Frizzi playing a very rare US show (one of only two this year) paired with a screening of The Beyond, uncut, on 35mm. There’s the X-rated version of The Devils, also on 35mm, and a presentation of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera (on 16mm!) with the original 1925 score presented live by Ron Chaney.

There’s more out of Beyond Fest 2015, too, but if that’s not enough to get your attention I don’t know what would be. Check out the full lineup below.  Read More »

Star Wars Episode 8 shooting

Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything.

However, del Toro seems to have been given permission to talk about the film as he has just seemingly confirmed the villain part of the equation while also revealing when Star Wars Episode 8 shooting actually begins. Read More »

Hot Toys Force Awakens figures
With all the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys being revealed today in the lead to Force Friday tomorrow, we are also getting a look at some of the more expensive collectibles. Hot Toys has revealed the first Force Awakens figures in their 1/6 scale line of collectibles: Kylo Ren, the First Order Stormtrooper and the First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper. Hit the jump to see a ton of photos of these life-like Hot Toys Force Awakens figures, and learn more information about the releases.

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Concussion NFL controversy

Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.

For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.

The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »

Netflix Renews ‘Narcos’ for Season 2

Narcos renewal

No one loves Netflix’s original scripted drama slate more than Netflix itself. So far the service has renewed every drama it’s premiered, and as of today that includes Narcos. The drug trafficking saga just been confirmed to return for a second season, under Adam Fierro as the new showrunner. More details on the Narcos renewal after the jump. Read More »

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Born to Be Blue clip

Ethan Hawke plays jazz trumpeter and famous addict Chet Baker in the film Born to Be Blue, which premieres soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see a clip of Hawke in action, playing a mournful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the studio as his producer, played by Callum Keith Rennie, looks on approvingly. Have a look at the Born to Be Blue clip below.  Read More »

The Gamechangers trailer

One of the most controversial video game franchises ever made is Rockstar Games’ super violent Grand Theft Auto. Few games have drawn the vitriol of various organizations against violence in video games in the name of just wanting to keep the kids safe. Now the story of how the game was created, and the protests that followed, will be told on the big screen.

The BBC is behind a TV movie called The Gamechangers starring Harry Potter franchise lead Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, who found himself in a battle with Christian lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton) as Thompson tried to shut down the production of the Grand Theft Auto video games. Watch The Gamechangers trailer after the jump! Read More »

Toy Story Batman v Superman mash-up

Next spring, before Steve Rogers and Tony Stark square off in Captain America: Civil War, the big screen will see a comic book match-up that is unprecedented in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But two heroes at odds is nothing new, and a modern classic tale that pitted two now-iconic heroes against each other has been given a DC Comics twist.

It’s no secret that Woody and Buzz Lightyear weren’t the best of friends when Toy Story premiered in 1995, and now they’re given The Dark Knight and Man of Steel confrontation treatment in this cleverly edited Toy Story Batman v Superman mash-up. Watch below! Read More »