‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Wraps Production

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A week after a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew that saw Mark Hamill taking selfies with everything that has a pulse and dancing Stormtroopers doing their thing on stage, Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially wrapped production. All that remains now is a year and a half of post-production. And the inevitable reshoots, because that’s a luxury Lucasfilm can afford.

In the meantime, you can watch a quick video from the set commemorating the completion of principal photography. And maybe director Rian Johnson can go nap for three days.

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Luc Besson's Valerian comic con 2016

The most interesting presentation Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 has to be for Luc Besson’s science fiction comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. While the film won’t hit theaters until summer 2017, Besson brought some early footage to screen for the fans in San Diego. I knew I was in for some craziness, but I was shocked at how much I enjoyed what I saw. Hit the jump to get a recap of the Valerian Comic-Con footage presented in Hall H, along with some interesting asides from Besson (from an interview conducted offsite), and of course my reaction.

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Frequency review

The word “remake” is sometimes met with automatic groans, but 2000’s Frequency is exactly the right candidate for a remake. The premise is intriguing, and the film itself got solid reviews, but it’s not really a classic by any measure. It wasn’t a box office hit in its time, and even though there are plenty of people who’ve seen and enjoyed it, Frequency doesn’t have any kind of devoted fandom. What it does have is a great premise that deserves another chance to shine, and The CW is more than happy to give it one.  Read More »

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Time After Time is an excellent time travel movie. Nicholas Meyer‘s 1979 film follows author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as he travels to the future to hunt down his former pal, Jack the Ripper (David Warner). It’s an exciting, funny, and often visually stunning picture – the astonishing opening long take lures you right into the movie – that holds up. Now, Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) has adapted the film into a television series that sticks too closely to the original source.

Below, read our Time After Time Comic-Con reaction.

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It’s a good year to be a Star Trek fan…and if you’re not a Star Trek fan, it’s good year to start. It seems like everyone is celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary in style: Star Trek Beyond is in theaters this weekend, Bryan Fuller is busy developing a new TV show for an early 2017 bow, and anyone with a drop of creative juice in their system is paying tribute to the greatest science series of all time.

The latest piece of cool Star Trek news involves the Hero Complex Gallery, who have unveiled their contribution to the new Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years exhibition. With art celebrating the original series, several of the films, and even the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” there’s a little something for Trek fans of all tastes.

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Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Comic-Con 2016

We’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle at Comic-Con, and last night we made sure to stop by the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys booth in the middle of the show floor to find out about the latest goodies the high-end collectible creators were showing off on the convention floor. We were not disappointed with the line-up of new stuff coming down the road, which includes a whole new DeLorean time machine for Back to the Future Part II, a new collection for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a heroic statue for The Iron Giant, the most accurate Darth Vader bust created by Sideshow to date and much more.

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Star Trek Beyond Review

After recycling a little too much of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi series needed a new direction to bring some freshness back to the final frontier. Thankfully, with Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin has managed to craft a extremely entertaining journey back into space for the USS Enterprise. It’s a sequel that blends some of the signature style of the classic Star Trek series with the action sensibilities of a modern blockbuster.

Keep reading our Star Trek Beyond review after the jump. Read More »

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If you binge watched Stranger Things this past weekend, then you spent your time wisely. The series’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, transported Netflix’s subscribers back to the 1980s, where kids and government conspiracies run amok. The siblings wrote and directed most of the eight episodes, which, as executive producers Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now) told us, they approached as an “eight-hour movie.”

Levy directed chapter three (“Holly, Jolly”) and four (“The Body”) of Stranger Things. When I spoke with the director and Cohen, I hadn’t seen all of season one yet, so we mainly covered their collaboration with the Duffer brothers and Netflix, the show’s references, and what to expect from the future of Stranger Things.

Below, read our interview with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.

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Rogue One’s Space Monkey: Who Is He?

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UPDATE: Director Gareth Edwards has provided a little more information about Bistan:

It’s not necessarily a character that we get to know, but I think he has a very memorable, iconic look. Bistan is one of my favorites. I can’t give away what happens to him.

In other words, don’t expect him to play a major role in the movie…but he sure does look cool.

The original story follows.

Last week at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a behind-the-scenes video was released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showcasing Lucasfilm’s intense war film. But the standout star of the new video was not Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso or Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, but our first look at a new furry mole-like alien creature who appears to be part of this team of misfits who are out to steal the plans to the greatest weapon in the galaxy.

At a later panel, “Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Star Wars creature shop team offered a larger glimpse at the character. They were unable to remember the creature’s character name but revealed that he was nicknamed internally as “Space Monkey.” As part of a demonstration, Space Monkey took the stage to demonstrate how the creature effects are produced. The internet has an obsession with this new alien creature, and we finally know more about the character including his name.

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