Star Wars toys

Just in case you have some preconceived notion that franchise moviemaking is purely an artistic endeavor, here’s a story about toys. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended up changing the design of Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter in the hit sequel after laying eyes on a toy.  

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

There’s a moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where the sound completely cuts off for 10 seconds. You probably remember it — or at least heard about the viral AMC signs assuring Star Wars fans that yes, that silence is supposed to happen. It’s a powerful moment, one where silence speaks louder than words. But it couldn’t have achieved that level of power if not for the stellar sound design in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Force of Sound is a new documentary from ABC News Features that delves into the Oscar-nominated sound design of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From the crying of porgs to BB-8’s rattling, you’ll get to learn about all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating the sound of Last Jedi. And yes, you will find out how they make lightsaber sounds.

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Seven Seconds review

Netflix’s new series Seven Seconds is an addictive procedural drama that starts off as a murder mystery and turns into something else. The show isn’t so much concerned with the crime at hand as it is the fallout – the trauma that befalls relatives, and the way such events can impact several different lives. Seven Seconds has big issues on its mind, particularly tensions that arise in a community when dealing with a racist police force. Ultimately, it’s not entirely successful with its bigger issues, but a series of stellar performances elevate Seven Seconds into something worth watching.

Our Seven Seconds review continues below. Some minor spoilers follow.

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Black Panther Box Office

Over the weekend, the Black Panther box office numbers were already exceeding even the most generous predictions. Disney estimated that their three-day opening weekend was going to be $192 million while the four-day holiday weekend was projected to rake in $218 million. But the Black Panther box office haul has gotten even bigger.

The latest Black Panther box office numbers have the movie pulling in $201.8 million for the three-day opening weekend, and the Presidents’ Day holiday total is projected to be $235 million. Those numbers have it shattering records already, and there’s a chance it could pass up some huge blockbusters on the box office charts still. Read More »

Black Panther Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.)

Let me start with this: Run, don’t walk, to the theater to see Black Panther. This is not hyperbole. It’s just that good. Heck, saying it’s just “good” is underselling it.

Black Panther is not only Marvel Studios’ best superhero film to date, it’s also an immediate shoo-in for one of the best films, if not the best film, of 2018. It’s only too easy to say director Ryan Coogler’s vision for Black Panther has simply moved the needle in terms of representation. What Coogler has done is create a space that didn’t exist before, a space for specifically black diasporic stories to have space on the big screen.

The distinction between “black” and “black diasporic” is an important one to make. Up until now, the mainstream has assumed “black” means a catch-all experience that can be boiled down to stereotype. But in actuality, our experiences as a people are much more diverse. In some ways, I think we ourselves forget just how rich and differentiating our life experiences as black diasporic people can be. But Black Panther tells a story that doesn’t just slap black faces on the front of a poster. This story is about the push and pull between black diasporic peoples as a whole, specifically the relationship between the African-American and the native African. In this way, the film is transcendent.

This story isn’t just meant for black viewers, though; Black Panther can definitely be used as an entryway by all into understanding more about Africa and the African diaspora. Just as important is the film’s ultimate message of empathy for everyone’s struggles, regardless of societal, racial, and ethnic divisions.

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Black Panther Trailer

This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.

If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?

Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.

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In the hype-filled weeks leading up to the release of Black Panther, one of the few scenes to be shown in its entirety was the casino fight scene. And for good reason.

In a movie teeming with exciting action scenes, the casino fight stands out. Taking place on two levels of an illicit casino in South Korea, it’s perhaps the most stylish and stylized of all the battles in Black Panther not simply because of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye’s (Danai Gurira) glamorous outfits. It’s because the scene has the balletic choreography and assured camera work of a great action film. And for a Marvel movie, that’s saying something.

In a video for Vanity Fair, director Ryan Coogler breaks down the minutiae of the scene, including everything from the colors of T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye’s outfits, to that iconic wig-throwing moment.

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Break out the wine: the Big Little Lies gang is officially getting back together. While we already knew that Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were officially returning for Big Little Lies season 2, now we have confirmation that Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravtiz are coming back as well. They join new cast member Meryl Streep in the hit HBO series.

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Just how much Jeff Goldblum footage did Taika Waititi shoot for Thor: Ragnarok? However much it is, I want to see all of it. Some day, some kind soul will compile all the Goldblum Ragnarok footage into one spot. For now, a new Thor: Ragnarok deleted scene has arrived to bless us all with the gift of Goldblum.

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