Empire Uncut

Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan film that launched in 1997? I remember downloading it overnight while still in high school and being blown away someone could make something so excellent out of pure passion.

Decades have now passed and fan films are pretty normal these days. But Star Wars was always the start and it’s one of the few franchises which could bring together an amazing event like the “Uncut” series. These are fan films comprised of several hundred fan directors each directing 15 seconds from the movie. The original, Star Wars Uncut, was released in 2012 and The Empire Strikes Back version, Empire Uncut, is now out. Below, watch Empire Uncut, a full version of The Empire Strikes Back made by 480 different fans. Read More »

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Floors movie

Disney is pretty stacked when it comes to established franchises. The studio has Star Wars, Marvel Studios, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, Cars, and a bunch of others. That’s their bread and butter. But they’re always looking for the next one and may have just found it.

Disney has acquired the rights to Patrick Carman‘s children’s series, Floors. It’s basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory set a hotel, and follows a young boy is forced to save a madcap business, with new surprises on every floor, when the owner goes missing. Jason Filardi (17 Again, Bringing Down the House) pitched the series to the studio and will write the script. Read more about the Floors movie and even watch some videos below. Read More »

Star Wars musical parody

J.J. Abrams is being careful not to give too much away about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but there are a few things we can assume just by virtue of the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie. For example, it’s safe to say it won’t look anything like this delightful Star Wars musical parody.

Which is a real shame, because Star Wars: The Musical demonstrates that Disney tunes and lightsaber battles actually go together like peanut butter and bananas: They may not be the most intuitive combination, but they’re a damn good one. After the jump, watch Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more sing their way through the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Live action Akira trailer

Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 anime Akira is a classic. So, of course, Hollywood wants to remake it. However, the story is so sprawling and pessimistic, no one has been able to settle on a budget that would be financially feasible. Even some of the biggest stars in the world couldn’t make a live action Akira happen in the Hollywood system. Especially not with the respect for the story fans would demand.

Enter The Akira Project, a ”crowd-sourced, non-profit project” that used IndieGoGo to make a full length fan trailer. Now, this is not for a movie, though the filmmakers would love to do that in the future. But it shows what passionate fans can do. Make a beautiful, faithful and respectful remake of a classic anime. Check out the live action Akira trailer below. Read More »

Watch: ‘The Matrix’ Fan Film ‘Trickster’

The Matrix Fan Film Trickster

A couple weeks ago a rumor circulated the movie blogosphere that the Wachowskis siblings were already deep into developing a new trilogy of films as part of The Matrix franchise. We don’t know if there is any truth to those early reports, but you won’t have to wait a couple years to see another Matrix adventure: Technical 3D artist  Felix Joleanes has released the fun little Matrix fan film Trickster online for you to enjoy. Hit the jump to watch the short film and find out more information about how the film was created.
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Star Wars Battlefront

Every week there’s usually one major Star Wars story, but that doesn’t stop the smaller stuff from happening. That’s where Star Wars Bits comes in, and after the jump, you can read about the following:

  • Electronic Arts says Star Wars video games won’t be direct movie tie-ins.
  • Actor Jason Flemyng tweets what might be a script page for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is the latest actor rumored for the film.
  • Glasgow Star Wars auditions have been postponed while Detroit had an incredible turn out.
  • David Oyelowo is getting hammered with Star Wars questions.
  • Watch an awesome Episode VII fan film called Star Wars: The Apprentice.

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Relive Five Seasons of ‘Breaking Bad’ in 7 Minutes

Breaking Bad Pilot Bryan Cranston

Between returning favorites like Homeland and Eastbound & Down, and promising new shows like Masters of Sex and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it’s certainly not like there’s any shortage of fun stuff to watch on TV right now. Even so, we can’t help but miss Breaking Bad‘s Heisenberg. We spent five seasons following his journey, after all. The TV landscape feels a bit more empty without him.

Fortunately for those of you suffering from Walt withdrawal, there’s an easy fix. One devoted fan has put together a seven-minute video tribute to the world’s greatest meth cook, covering all five seasons of his epic arc. Check it out after the jump.

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Red Hood Dark Knight Legacy

Though it was released over a year ago, there’s still some debate as to the ending of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. Is Bruce Wayne alive, or a figment of Alfred’s imagination? Is John Blake going to become Robin, Nightwing or a new Batman? While there are certainly arguments to be made over the first question, the answer to the second is much more cut and dry. Don’t forget Bruce Wayne’s quote from Batman Begins: “As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol…as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” Even though John Blake’s name is inexplicably “Robin,” the film ends with him rising to become the next personification of that symbol, fulfilling the point of the entire series.

Audiences will see a brand new Batman in theaters in 2015, but we’ll likely never get to see Nolan’s version of Blake’s story. So director Brett Register and other fans of Nolan’s series have created a fan film called The Dark Knight Legacy. It’s set one year after the events of The Dark Knight Rises and follows John Blake as Nightwing, who must defend Gotham City from a new villain known as the Red Hood. Check it out below. Read More »

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