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On the December 13, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, our reaction to the Annihilation trailer, Rian Johnson tells us the story of how Disney agreed to his new Star Wars trilogy, American Werewolf remake details, George Lucas reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Nutcracker and the Four Realms goes into reshoots and more on the strange case of the Lady Bird/Rotten Tomatoes controversy.

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Woody Woodpecker trailer

Woody Woodpecker, the cartoon bird who laughs a lot, went and got himself a feature-length film, and now the trailer has arrived to make us all question our very existence. This live-action comedy has Woody making life a living hell for human beings everywhere, like the mischievous elf Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also, there are poop jokes. Watch the Woody Woodpecker trailer below.

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Guillermo del Toro nightmare alley

Guillermo del Toro may have recently made a film about a god of the seas, but the Mexican-American director is the king of unfinished projects.

The Shape of Water director has announced that he will be helming a new project, a remake of the 1947 noir Nightmare Alley. But to add more to his ever-growing slate, del Toro is also attached to produce Antlers, a supernatural horror film for Fox Searchlight. They both sound like exciting projects for the acclaimed director, who is truly one of the most visionary and creative filmmakers working today. So why am I not over the moon about the news of a new del Toro film? Because del Toro has an unfortunate history of not following through.

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The Clapper trailer

Ed Helms hasn’t quite been able to parlay his success on The Office onto the big screen, but perhaps his new film The Clapper will change that. The quirky romantic comedy has Helms playing a professional infomercial audience member who finds himself smitten with a gas station attendant played by Amanda Seyfried. Their romance is challenged, however, when a late night talk show host turns Helms’ world upside down. The Clapper trailer awaits you below.

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Rian johnson Star Wars

In this edition of Star Wars bits:

  • The cast of The Last Jedi answers the Internet’s burning questions
  • Rian Johnson talks (a lot) about The Last Jedi
  • Kelly Marie Tran loses her cool, wins our hearts
  • A new TV spot for The Last Jedi
  • Mads Mikkelsen wants more Galen Erso
  • And much more!

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Millennium Falcon theme park ride

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but we haven’t seen any images of it aside from concept art. Now the first official photo has debuted, giving us our first real look inside the Millennium Falcon theme park ride.
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the shape of water footage

Devindra and Jeff team up with Kristy Puchko to figure out The Shape of Water. Also, they discuss Netflix’s Voyeur and Godless, and Jeff discovers the wonders of Toast of London.

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/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by fondly recalling our favorite Star Wars movie moments, the individual beats or reveals or lines of dialogue that stand out above all else for us. Read More »

Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie trailer

Artist Ralph McQuarrie is arguably as responsible for the look of Star Wars as George Lucas himself. McQuarrie’s original designs and concept art shaped not only Lucas’s original movie, but multiple films and TV projects throughout the franchise’s storied history. McQuarrie passed away in 2012, but his influence on the world of science fiction will live forever.

A group of students at DAVE, the digital animation and visual effects school in Orlando, Florida, took McQuarrie’s iconic original artwork and brought it to life in the form of a live-action fan trailer, and the results show what Star Wars might have looked like if Lucas and his team had incorporated every aspect of McQuarrie’s art instead of just using them as a starting point. You’ve gotta check this out.
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Lady Bird rotten tomatoes

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why we should all step back and take a deep breath before we continue talking about the Lady Bird Rotten Tomatoes score.)

Welcome to another day of Rotten Tomatoes scandal! The recent dethroning of Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird from its vaulted position of “best reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes” has caused a bit of an uproar. People are upset that one critic could come along and rate the film Rotten instead of Fresh, bringing the 100% grade down to a still-impressive 99%. Is this outrage warranted? Or might everyone benefit from calming down a little? Let’s talk about the Lady Bird Rotten Tomatoes drama.

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