Transparent Season 2 trailer

Amazon’s original television series Transparent became one of the biggest critically acclaimed shows of last year, earning two Golden Globes and five Emmy wins. Jill Soloway’s series proved that Netflix had real competition in the streaming subscription television game, and also showed what kind of entertainment was still possible outside of the traditional ad-supported content sources.

The acclaimed Amazon Studios original series will return with a second season on December 11th 2015 (a week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unleashed upon the world, give g you a few days to marathon through it). Amazon has premiered a new two-minute Transparent season 2 trailer, which you watch now embedded after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Dorothy’s The Color of Cinema Print

Dorothy's The Color Of Cinema Print

We’ve featured a few of UK-based design studio Dorothy‘s movie-inspired screenprints in past editions of “Cool Stuff,” including their vintage-style LA street map featuring the names of over 900 movies, their beautiful golden age, modern day and horror star charts that feature hundreds of movies and actors graphed out in a star map. Those prints were very popular and this year Dorothy have returned with a vibrant new print titled “The Colour of Cinema” which is a “glorious ‘technicolor’ celebration of over 400 films which mention a color in their title” presented in a Color Wheel range.
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Star Wars Battlefront Reviews

We regularly do “Early Buzz” reports for movies, and sometimes the occasional television series, but in the ten plus years of the site history, we’re never done one for a video game… until now. Yes, Star Wars warrants a break out of our usual boundaries because everyone is so excited for Star Wars Battlefront, which was released for Playstation and Xbox this week. So lets take a look at the early Star Wars Battlefront reviews and see what the video game critics think of the first big Star Wars video game of the Disney era.

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star wars marketing integration with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert has a long history with Star Wars. He’s defended that crossguard lightsaber, called out Star Wars creator George Lucas, and even attempted to guess the entire plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens based on just the images in the trailer. While its clear Colbert is a Star Wars fan, he wasn’t afraid to take on the evil empire last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a segment on last night’s show, Colbert blasted the brand’s past and present pieces of ridiculous marketing integration, or more specifically Cover Girl’s new line of Star Wars collection makeup.

“The forced marketing integration is strong with this one,” remarked Colbert, who went on to mock the product: “They were previously available in containers that didn’t say Star Wars!”

Watch the whole segment embedded after the jump.

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Logan's Run reboot

Hollywood has been trying to remake the science fiction film Logan’s Run for a long time now. So long that we’ve written about it over 20 times on /Film over the past 10 years.

X-Men series helmer Bryan Singer was originally on board to reboot the concept in 2005 , before dropping out for Superman Returns. Commercial director Joseph Kosinski briefly entertained the idea of directing the film before finding Tron Legacy over at Disney. Carl Erik Rinsch was developing the remake with Sunshine/28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, but moved on to 47 Ronin. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn developed the project as a Ryan Gosling vehicle for a year and a half with two writers (Andrew Baldwin and Will Beall). After Gosling and Refn dropped out, Bioshock creator Ken Levine was hired to get the long-in-the-works reboot on track.

In July, Simon Kinberg was the latest person to be brought on board to try to get the project going again. Kinberg, who already has his hands pretty full with the Star Wars and X-Men universes, is writing a treatment for the sci-fi remake, which he hopes to produce alongside Joel Silver (who has been on the project from the beginning of this whole development cycle). Kinberg reveals his vision for a Logan’s Run franchise and gives an update on the search for a director, after the jump.

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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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2016 Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Passes

I’m a Disneyland-fanatic but I’m not one of those hardcores that hates on Universal Studios at every turn. I actually like Universal, and specifically their Studio Tour in Hollywood (although it needs some updates), their 4D Transformers ride and the incredibly detailed immersive experience they have created with Harry Potter. Last month Disney fanatics were sent into a tizzy when the Mouse House announced that they were raising the prices of Annual Passes, including the top pass with no black out days being raised 35% to $1049.

And we expected Universal Studios to raise their prices, especially considering The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be making its way to the west coast in Spring 2016. But I don’t think anyone would have expected them to announce three new annual passes, none of which allow full 365 day access to the parks and free parking privileges. Weekends during the Summer are blocked out even on the most expensive passes. Find out the details on the 2016 Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Passes, after the jump.

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Constable Zuvio

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we’ll talk about the following:

  • First look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Constable Zuvio.
  • Watch Verizon’s new commercial featuring Chewbacca and BB-8.
  • John Williams has finished recording the Force Awakens score.
  • Learn why the secret film production name for Episode VII was “Avco”.
  • See the life-size Force Awakens X-Wing and scaled TIE Fighter replicas on display at the Singapore Airport.
  • Enhanced version of Super Star Wars announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita.
  • Greg Grunberg talks about the struggles of being a Star Wars fan acting in a Star Wars movie.
  • Preview Marvel’s Star Wars #12 comic book.
  • Find out the exclusive Pop that came in the first Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box and learn the theme for the next box.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Michael Giacchino

Over the last few years it seems John Lasseter has been able to emulate many of the elements that have made Pixar a success and bring Walt Disney Animation back to its glory. With Walt Disney Animation’s next feature film Zootopia, they will be borrowing composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino broke out huge when Brad Bird brought him to Pixar for The Incredibles — I know I’ve been a fan of the man’s music beginning at that point. The composer has since worked on a number of Pixar’s features including Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out as well as nine Pixar animated short films. This is actually not the first time Giacchino has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he composed the music on the great 2007 Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater at time when Lasseter was trying to emulate Pixar’s short films over at Disney Animation.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Michael Giacchino Zootopia score.

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