It was I who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the Star Wars Bits. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • An extended scene from The Force Awakens was screened.
  • 30 minutes of The Force Awakens score not in the movie will be released.
  • Carrie Fisher talks about how Leia has changed in The Force Awakens.
  • Empire has six collectible The Force Awakens covers for their December issue.
  • Wired has the blueprints for Starkiller Base and a gallery of dozens of props.
  • Jimmy Kimmel‘s interviews with the cast of The Force Awakens.
  • Bandai‘s new riot control First Order Stormtrooper looks awesome.
  • New Journey to the Force Awakens book covers featuring new aliens.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t getting Season of the Force.
  • Google Cardboard getting Star Wars VR in December.
  • Costume designer Michael Kaplan talks extensively about work on The Force Awakens.
  • Video from inside Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens exhibition.

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Brian Helgeland interview

Set in the 1960s, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend opens with East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray already at the top of the food chain, avoiding the typical rise-and-fall structure we see in most biopics. Everyone knows the gangsters, and not just because they’re two bulky, hard-hitting twins. Everyone loves Reggie, a charming, friendly face with a sense of panache. His brother, Ronnie, however, is less popular. The hulk of a man is a bit mad and doesn’t share his brother’s good looks or smarts.

Both twins are played by actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). A dual performance is tricky for a variety of reasons. Even if Hardy delivered a simply good performance, it might not have been enough to prevent an audience from focusing on the gimmick of two Tom Hardys in a scene together. But Hardy is fantastic in Legend because he’s serving the story, not showing off his acting or technical trickery.

Helgeland credits Hardy and his director of photography, Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), for making the two performances disappear into the story. But of course, Helgeland also deserves recognition for pulling off such a feat. The director made seemingly minor but vital decisions to make an audience believe Hardy in both roles.

Here’s our Brian Helgeland interview, in which he discusses brotherhood, Tom Hardy’s performance, the American mafia, and recreating the 1960s.  Read More »

Scott Stapp Reviews Creed

There’s a chance that when the movie Creed was announced, some fans of the alternative rock band Creed were disappointed to learn about wasn’t about the band that can take you higher, to a place where blind can see. That chance is very slim, simply because I don’t think there are any Creed fans still around. But just in case those fans need a consolation prize, the band’s lead singer Scott Stapp took the time to review the Rocky spin-off Creed, and he’s obviously pretty disappointed. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson loves to debunk the science that goes into science fiction. Recently he’s questioned the science of movies such as Gravity and The Martian, and sometimes he gets a little too carried away with his realistic approach to the world of movies, ruining the fun for the rest of us.

But in the case of The Good Dinosaur, the scientist doesn’t explain why the Pixar Animation movie isn’t realistic simply because it has talking dinosaurs. Instead, he imagines what the world might actually be like if dinosaurs had survived as they have in this new family adventure hitting theaters this week. Watch! Read More »


Does Ryan Coogler think it’s important for a black filmmaker to direct Black Panther? Which Arrow guest start will return later this season? Did you spot all the easter eggs in the first season of Jessica Jones? What are Ant-Man and his heist crew doing at the craps tables? All that and more in this edition of Superhero BitsRead More »

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 go on the hunt for those sweet sweet sweet Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pies, get schooled on some artwork, check in with the dudes of Blur, watch the first vlogger ever let it all out (literally), watch a family of girls get imprisoned by their father, see what hilarity Bill Burr is ready to unleash on the masses, and marvel at the true power of a food critic.

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This Black Friday Deals craziness has gotten far too big to cover on this site, but I wanted to spotlight some of the pop culture screenprint deals which will be going on post-Thanksgiving. As of this morning, three of the five biggest pop culture galleries have announced a slew of Black Friday deals, including Mondo in Austin Texas, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles California and Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach California. Hit the jump to find out all the limited and not so limited deals you will have the chance to purchase this Friday.

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R2-D2 and C3PO Meet BB8

UK telecommunications services provider O2 has begun airing a new commercial which features our old trusty droid friends R2-D2 and C3PO, who are wandering the desert planet of Jakku in hopes of finding help. And help they find, in the form of BB-8, the new droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The footage does not appear to be from the movie itself, but any droid-fanatics out there might find themselves in cuteness overload watching this new television spot. Hit the jump to see R2-D2 and C-3PO meet BB-8.
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Zoolander 2 trailer

Best Stories of the Week is a round-up of the week’s best and biggest stories, from news to editorials to trailers.

This week we had plenty of Star Wars updates that we’ve rounded up, a director for the reboot of Tomb Raider, director Ridley Scott revealing the opening of Blade Runner 2, rumors of another X-Men movie shooting in 2017, Peter Jackson explaining why The Hobbit wasn’t up to snuff, a review of the forthcoming Rocky spin-off Creed and much more.

A plethora of trailers was also unleashed including Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence, Melissa McCarthy in The Boss, a new look at A Very Murray Christmas, and the first trailers for sequels such as Zoolander 2, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 and Now You See Me 2. There’s also a first look at the second seasons of Daredevil and Agent Carter.

Check out all the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »