Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul brought all sorts of dramatic developments and gut-wrenching twists, but it turns out the show almost had one more surprise for us. Seres creator Vince Gilligan (who also directed the episode) revealed that he originally planned for a certain Breaking Bad character to make a cameo, only for his team to talk him out of it. Find out who it was, and why the appearance was scrapped, after the jump. Obviously, Better Call Saul season 2 spoilers follow. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
By now you’re probably well aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even more star-studded than it appeared at first glance. That was Simon Pegg lurking inside that Unkar Plutt costume, and Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz helping to voice BB-8, and Daniel Craig and Nigel Godrich and Michael Giacchino as some of those stormtroopers, and so on and so forth. That’s just the kind of property Star Wars is: one so beloved, even big stars are willing to work as faceless extras in it.
But even the power of the Force has its limits. And it reportedly met its match in one A-list comedian who was offered the chance to appear in a cameo role — and turned it down. Find out who and why after the jump. Read More »
Ben Affleck proved to be an excellent Bruce Wayne. Even some of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s harshest critics admitted the actor was suited for the role. We got an angrier, more vulnerable and more damaged Bruce Wayne. As depicted in the film, this version of Bruce Wayne has plenty to be angry about. In a new interview, Snyder discusses one particularly painful moment in Batman’s backstory.
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Breaking Bad came to a definitive and dramatic conclusion back in 2013, but even now some questions remain. Like: what’s the real story behind Walter White’s exit from Grey Matter Technology all those years ago? Fans of the show know it was a pivotal moment in Walter White’s pre-meth-kingpin history, leaving him bitter and therefore helping to put him on the path to destruction. But the show has been pretty vague about how it all went down.
Well, series creator Vince Gilligan is here to tell you. After clearing up the mystery of what ever happened to Huell last year, he’s back with an answer to your questions about Walt’s departure from Grey Matter. Read More »
It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else but Margot Robbie in the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, but Olivia Wilde may have been an interesting alternate choice. However, the Tron: Legacy actress was apparently turned down for the part. Why? Because at 28, she was deemed “too old for the role.” Learn the whole story, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
In the comics, mutants play in the same sandbox as all the other Marvel superheroes. So Deadpool regularly crosses paths with the likes of Spider-Man and Daredevil, and gets mixed up with Hydra and the Avengers. In the movies, though, it’s a whole other story. 20th Century Fox has the rights to the X-Men and all associated mutant characters, while Marvel Studios owns all the non-mutant superheroes. Their universes are completely separate entities.
But Deadpool’s never been one to care about what’s “right” or “appropriate” or “legal.” And he’s certainly not going to let some silly Hollywood deal stop him from bringing along a Marvel-owned buddy for the Deadpool movie. So writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick found a way to sneak in a certain Marvel-owned character without setting off alarms for Marvel’s lawyers. Find out who, and how, after the jump. Read More »
If you’re one of those people who thinks the Ghostbusters reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones just shouldn’t happen, even though we’ll get an awesome LEGO set out of it, the old Ghostbusters franchise may hold some hope for you. But beware that it will ruin a lot of other things for you as well.
Although Ghostbusters 2 isn’t anywhere near as beloved as the first film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, it’s still a rather enjoyable sequel. One of the more amusing elements of the sequel was learning what Dr. Peter Venkman was up to after the first film, which included having his own talk show called The World of the Psychic. In one of the tapings of the show that we see, one of the guest psychics predicts the end of the world, and it just so happens to be nearly upon us. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.
No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Alan Rickman inhabited several now-classic roles over the course of his 30-year career, from Hans Gruber to Alexander Dane. But his younger fans in particular probably best knew him as Severus Snape, the surly Hogwarts professor who turns out to have hidden depths. Since Rickman’s death last week, his fans, friends, and colleagues been sharing their favorite memories of him, and this week J.K. Rowling herself — the woman who invented Severus Snape — revealed the “secret” detail she slipped to Rickman to help inform his performance. Read More »