Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars Trailer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year so far, you probably already know that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Throughout the year there will be a myriad of events and memorabilia commemorating the milestone anniversary, and one famous Los Angeles has one of the most unique offerings that fans will be able to enjoy this year.

Cinefamily hosts plenty of cool events and screenings each year, and rather than just settling for a screening of Star Wars, they decided to put together a video called Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars, a 77-minute assembly of some of the strangest footage with ties to the classic sci-fi saga. There are vintage commercials, fan films, sketches, outtakes and even pornography. You would think the latter would be the most disturbing portion, but it’s actually a quick clip of C-3PO rapping.

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star trek discovery space suit

The world needs Star Trek. We need Star Trek because a science fiction world that is all about the human race overcoming its differences and coming together to make a better future for everyone is the kind of message 2017 needs to be bludgeoned over the head with right about now. We also need Star Trek because it’s been 12 years since Star Trek: Enterprise ended and it’s about time for another show set in Gene Roddenberry’s legendary universe to come along.

CBS has released the first Star Trek: Discovery trailer, offering a first look at footage from the upcoming show.

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For me, TNT has always been the channel I turn to when nothing else is on and I’m looking for a familiar film to serve as background noise. I mean, how many times can one network possibly air The Shawshank Redemption? My guess is they’ve set the record, and second place isn’t even close.

The network has had its share of original TV content over the past couple of decades – I guess someone has to keep Noah Wylie employed – but it looks like I’m going to have to brush off my preconceived notions about that channel, because they’re apparently stepping up their game. They’ve hired Avatar 4 writer Josh Friedman to be the showrunner for a TV adaptation of Snowpiercer, and now two more big names have boarded the train: Tony Award-winning Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs will star, and Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson will direct the show’s pilot.
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god particle

No one expected a Cloverfield cinematic universe when the found footage movie was released in 2008. But last year, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot pulled a fast one on audiences, dropping the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane mere months before the movie hit theaters. A sort of spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane was only thinly connected to the events of the first film, as it was transformed from a psychological thriller originally titled Valencia.

Now, we can look forward to the third Cloverfield movie that has evolved from another screenplay titled God Particle. Screenwriter Oren Uziel has explained how God Particle came to be the third Cloverfield movie and it’s pretty interesting.

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of Ridley Scott’s controversial Alien prequel Prometheus.)

Like most of you, I walked out of my first screening of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in some combination of confused and angry. That was the Alien prequel we’d spent the past two-plus years anxiously anticipating? The film that absolutely wasted Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, featured some of the worst character beats I’ve ever seen in a science fiction narrative, and bled all over the memory of Scott’s original Alien film? No matter how I approached the film – how charitable I tried to be in my interpretation of its story – all I saw was a barren wasteland where a promising Alien franchise might’ve stood. My hatred of Prometheus ran deep and pure.

And then a funny thing happened. A few months ago, as 20th Century Fox began to roll out new footage from Alien: Covenant and people in my social network started talking about Prometheus as if it wasn’t the worst thing since death and taxes. A few friends even argued passionately on the film’s behalf, suggesting that Prometheus, despite its flaws, was one of the boldest science fiction films to hit theaters in a good long while. This put me in an awkward position. I had spent more than four years nursing my grudge towards Scott’s film, and while I remained convinced that the film would only get worse on a re-watch, I knew it would be disingenuous of me to argue against the film without at least giving a second shot.

So I popped Prometheus into my Blu-ray player again, and wouldn’t you know it? That movie grew up a helluva lot in our four years apart.

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star trek discovery

With upfronts happening this week, there’s a strong chance that we’ll soon get our first proper look at footage from Star Trek: Discovery. But in the meantime, let’s just enjoy a first look at characters from the series. Specifically, a new new photo featuring Michelle Yeoh‘s Captain Philippa Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green‘s First Officer Michael Burnham has been released.

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“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Those seven words, some of the first we’ve heard from the mouth of Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy era, set the internet ablaze last month when the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Whether you’re a die-hard fan who takes in every bit of Star Wars you can find or a casual fan of the movies, those words had a heavy sensation to them: what in the galaxy could Luke mean?

Of course, with that question comes worry and speculation. If the Jedi end, what does that mean for the galaxy? What does it mean for the Force? What does it mean for our heroes like Rey, who ostensibly wants to train as a Jedi? We’ve been taught by decades of Star Wars storytelling that without the Jedi there can be no balance to the Force. It’s literally in the opening dialogue of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, courtesy of Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka.

But let’s face it: The Last Jedi, or even the “end” of the Jedi, won’t be the end of Star Wars. With games, TV series, movies, books, and comics all in development for after the film’s release, it’s obviously not the end of the franchise, or even of the story of the Skywalker family and the Jedi as a whole. So what does it mean? Well, some of those other canon projects may be gearing us up for a new understanding of the Force, and a new type of Force user altogether.

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Avatar 2 may be several years away, but Pandora can become fully realized soon in the Flight of Passage ride that will be open in Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar on May 27, 2017.

A few lucky fans got an early preview of the ride and have posted a full, detailed video of the experience. Get a sneak peek of what it’s like to soar through the skies of Pandora on the back of a Banshee.

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Aliens Honest Trailer

This week brings Alien: Covenant to theaters, and fans will get to see how the horror style of the original Alien meshes with the more scientific side of Prometheus that attempts to explain the origin of the monstrous xenomorphs who love killing space colonists. That means there’s no better time for the folks at Screen Junkies to deliver their send-up of James Cameron’s sequel Aliens, which really upped the ante from what Ridley Scott created with the original Alien.

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Transformers The Last Knight Trailer

The release of the new Transformers sequel from director Michael Bay is still over a month away, but Paramount Pictures has released the final trailer so it can play in theaters in the coming weeks.

Every Michael Bay blockbuster is full of explosions and spectacle, especially when it comes to Transformers movies, but this one looks like it might be the biggest one yet. From the expansion of the Transformers mythology into previous eras of human history to the possible destruction of Earth, this movie looks enormous.

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