Empire Strikes Back James Bond Credits Sequence

Due to the rules of how a Star Wars movie is supposed to begin and end, none of the movies in the saga have ever been given a stylish opening or closing credits sequence. Sadly, we’ll probably never see that happen unless the spin-off films decide to have a little style all their own. Even if they do, there will probably be plenty of fans outraged for straying away from tradition.

The good news is that one fan decided to have a little fun with the Star Wars credits by giving The Empire Strikes Back a credits sequence along the same stylish lines of a James Bond movie. The result is something that creates an entirely different tone for the movie, making it seem almost sexy.

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New Church Lady Sketch

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or anything in between, I think we can all agree that this election season has been an absolute nightmare. But don’t worry, because there’s only six more months of hell to endure before we elect a new president. Usually Saturday Night Live helps make this process easier to swallow by giving us some laughs to go along with the politics, but this year the election has been so ridiculous that the truly quality political satire sketches have been few and far between, simply because they can’t be more outlandish than the real election.

However, last night Saturday Night Live rounded up a classic character to bring some solid political satire to the table by having Dana Carvey return as his famous character the Church Lady. She starts off by taking some jabs at the sinful fashions on display at the Met Gala, but then she brings on guests Ted Cruz (played by Taran Killam) and Donal Trump (played by Darrell Hammond) and chastises them in exactly the way you would expect.

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The Force Awakens Video Essay

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come and gone from theaters and it now sits in our digital libraries and on our movie shelves. But unlike some of the movies we have at our disposal, we’ll be talking about this one for a long time. Now the excitement and hype has died down over Star Wars: Episode VII and the dust has settled on Jakku, allowing us to take a closer look at the film.

Recently, a video showed a side-by-side comparison of shots and sequences in The Force Awakens compared to Star Wars: A New Hope, enforcing the observation and criticism that the sequel was a copy of the original. This is something that J.J. Abrams recently addressed as intentional, and his thinking behind this decision made sense. But The Force Awakens still has its detractors, and those people should give this new video essay from Movies with Mikey a chance to help clear the air a bit so they might cut the movie a little slack. Read More »

Movie Sound Effects

If you never stop to think where any given sound comes from in a movie, then the crew member known as the Foley artist has done a good job. You probably don’t even realize just how many sound effects in movies are created in a sound studio. Sometimes it’s a sound you’ve never heard before, like a TIE Fighter while other times it’s just the sound of a couple rolling through the leaves.

Skywalker Sound Foley artist John Roesch has worked on dozens of films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, TRON, Gremlins, and The Breakfast Club, as well as fully animated films such as Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, Puss in Boots and Inside Out. In a new video he takes the time to explain where some of the sounds that he makes come from.  Read More »

Captain America Civil War 1995 Trailer

Today brings Captain America: Civil War to theaters everywhere, but a slew of people already caught early screenings last night to get the ball rolling on what will be a huge weekend at the box office for Marvel Studios. In many ways, it’s a miracle that this movie exists. Not only did some fans think seeing The Avengers on the big screen was impossible, but even after they were assemble, they never thought we’d get to see the Civil War storyline played out on film.

But what if Captain America: Civil War was released in 1995 instead? A new remix reimagines the movie by using old voiceover, footage from various political action thrillers and clips from Marvel’s real movie to create a trailer that you might have seen on home video back in the 90s.

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How Superhero Movie Costumes Are Made

The suits that your favorite superheroes wear are iconic. From the helmet of Captain America to the cowl of Batman, these are the some of the most recognizable costumes in movie history. But because they come from the world of comic books, there’s already an influence from another artist. It’s up to the costume designers to determine which versions of a given comic book superhero or villain will influence their own designs to bring that character to the big screen, and some of them don’t make it in front of camera.

Ironhead Studios is one of the companies who creates superhero wardrobes, and the folks at Tested talked with founder Jose Fernandez about some of the work they’ve done which includes Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and non-superhero flicks like TRON Legacy. Find out more about how superhero movie costumes are made after the jump. Read More »

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Jabba Flow

When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released, many fans were angry that it didn’t include the song from Maz’s castle. The soundtrack only collected John Williams‘ score and not that awesome new cantina song which was created by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda in collaboration with filmmaker JJ Abrams.

And now that its Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), they have finally decided to release the song, titled “Jabba Flow”, on iTunes. JJ Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda made the announcement today, and even performed the single live. Hit the jump to find out how you can download the new single “Jabba Flow,” watch Abrams and Miranda perform the song live and also learn a bit about what the song means.

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How Batman v Superman Should Have Ended

For years to come, one of the most divisive comic book films will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Among comic books fans, there are those who like what Zack Snyder to the table, and there are those who hated what he did with DC Comics iconic superheroes. Among general audiences who don’t care about comic book mythology, there are those who loved the movie while others were underwhelmed. But the film is officially the seventh highest grossing comic book movie of all time, even if it didn’t perform quite as well at the box office as Warner Bros. Pictures hoped.

If you’re one of those fans who wasn’t happy with Batman v Superman, then you’ll probably be happy to see the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended. Since the two superheroes have been a staple of every video from these folks, this particular installment is particularly a good one.

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Iron Man vs Optimus Prime

This coming weekend we’ll see Captain America squaring off against Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, dividing the Avengers into two different teams in a truly epic superhero battle. But before you head to theaters, why not see how Tony Stark and his armored battle suit fares against one of the Transformers? More specifically, how will Iron Man do when he has to face the Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots?

The latest episode of Super Power Beat Down, which is the first digitally animated episode of the web series, brings these two different heroes together for the first time ever. Are Iron Man’s repulsors and missiles any match for the arsenal that Optimus Prime has hidden in his body? Find out in the Iron Man vs Optimus Prime episode of Super Power Beat Down below. Read More »