November 28 was a big Friday for Star Wars fans. Our first glimpse at Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hit in the form of a short teaser trailer. We here at /Film were all over it, and in case you missed some of what we wrote about the trailer, we wanted to make the links nice and convenient for you over the holiday weekend. So here goes:
Check back next week for even more on this momentous occasion. Thanks to Phil Noto for the cool fan poster.
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We love getting excited about movies. And part of that involves reading all the rumors and gossip behind the projects we’re looking forward to. We post about what we’re interested in. We have a lot of Star Wars posts on the site because some of us are very excited about the project and like speculating about the latest rumors and details.
We often post rumors and information that could be considered possible spoilers. We are very careful about giving readers proper spoiler warnings, leaving all the spoilerish details out of the headlines and below the jump.
We love movies and we don’t want to ruin them for anyone.
This may surprise some of you, but we don’t post everything — there is lot of information we avoid in our coverage because we don’t want to completely spoil a big reveal or twist. Of course, its sometimes difficult to know if a rumor or plot tidbit is a big reveal — we try to assess every piece of information individually as it comes up to the best of our abilities and through the context of the information we have at hand.
A massive amount of Star Wars Episode VII rumors have leaked this week, and we have and will continue to cover them (again, on a case by case basis). But one potentially huge spoiler was posted on the Star Wars fan blogs last night that we won’t touch.
I mention this because I want you to know its out there. I’ve already seen a bunch of sites pick it up and I suspect that many sites will pick up the information in the coming days.
I would urge other sites not to post this one. Don’t be a dick. Think about what you’re posting and if you think its worth posting, please consider how you present it — Be considerate to those who might not want to know this kind of information.
Some headlines could be too revealing, and you might even see some people talking about it on social media. Please count this as your spoiler warning. I’m not sure if this new bit of information is real, but if it is, it should be considered the biggest of possible spoilers.
I’m not spoilerphobic at all. I believe you will still enjoy a movie even if you know everything that is going to happen. I have watched Back to the Future hundreds of times and still enjoy it each time. You read the Lord of the Rings books and knew everything that was going to happen, but they’re still some of your favorite movies, right? To me, surprises are usually gimmicks. I believe if the enjoyment of a movie hinges solely on a surprise then the movie probably doesn’t have a good enough story. All of that said, this new rumor is a potentially huge spoiler, of the “end of the movie” kind, and I wish I didn’t know about this one.
You have been warned, so now you know to avoid it.
For those of you who want to read the latest rumors and speculation, I hope you can continue to consider /Film a safe site to do that without fear of encountering spoilers like this one.
The /Film crew (Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier, Angie Han and myself, Peter Sciretta ) were in attendance at San Diego Comic Con 2014 over the last five days. While in San Diego, we delivered full coverage of the most interesting movie and television events and news from the convention. Here is a complete listing of everything we covered from Comic Con 2014:
Comic Con 2014 News and Announcements:
- Game of Thrones season 5 casting announcements
- The Last of Us movie announced, Maisie Williams in talks to star
- Possible Godzilla 2 monsters revealed
- Legendary Announces King Kong prequel movie Skull Island
- Ant-Man casting confirms Yellowjacket and Hope Pym
- New and surprising returning cast revealed for Hannibal
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date and director confirmed
- Joaquin Phoenix in Talks for Doctor Strange
- Kevin Smith Reveals Plans For ‘True North Trilogy’ Beginning With his low budget horror film Tusk
- Evil Dead television series announced By Sam Raimi
- Patrick Wilson exits Ant-Man
- Quentin Tarantino Confirms ‘The Hateful Eight’, Wants to Do Sci-Fi
- Marvel’s Agent Carter television series directors will include a few filmmakers from the marvel movie universe
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D adds some new cast members, find out which Marvel characters they will play
- Laika would like to make a hand-drawn animated movie
- Warner Bros. Wants Argo Scribe Chris Terrio for ‘Justice League’
- ‘Doctor Strange’s Supernatural Journeys May Look Like ‘Cosmos’
- Paul Bettany says Vision has density-shifting power in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
- Firefly cast will reunite for Firefly Online
- Which Movies And TV Shows Had The Highest 2014 Comic Con Buzz?
Comic Con 2014 Panel Recaps, Footage Descriptions and Reactions:
Videos, Trailers, Video Blogs from Comic Con 2014 :
Photos, First Look Images, Concept Art, Posters From Comic Con 2014:
From the entire /Film crew, I want to thank you for reading our 2014 Comic Con coverage. Note, we will be updating this post over the next day or two as we complete our coverage.
In September 2013, I visited the London-based set of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy (you can find out more about what we learned and watch a video blog reaction here). While on set, we are able to talk with many of the key cast and crew and will be posting transcripts from those roundtable interviews all this week. You can read our on-set Karen Gillan interview now after the jump.
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Eight years ago, /Film was launched. Today we celebrate our eigth birthday with more readers and friends than we ever could have imagined. As always, we want to thank you guys/gals for your continued readership and support! …and if you haven’t done so already, please follow us on twitter and join the /Film Facebook fanpage.
old school /Film cake photo by Luke Gallagher
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The September 2013 issue of WiReD Magazine features a cool mention of /Film. Wired includes /Film in the “101 signals” feature, a listing of 101 blogs, feeds, and podcasts that “provide everything you need to know and nothing you don’t.” As the intro explains,
It’s never been easier to stay informed about the world–provided you know which information matters. That’s no easy feat. We’re overwhelmed with content from media amateurs and professionals alike. How to wade through the static and find the info we actually need? Follow the sources with the highest signal-to-noise ratio and ignore the rest. WIRED’s array of blogs, Tumblrs, and Twitter feeds are a great place to start, but let’s say you want more. Fine. The following 101 signals–blogs, feeds, podcasts, and more–provide everything you need to know and nothing you don’t. Packed with information, these sources serve up the core nutrients of your data diet, with no empty calories. We’ve focused on passionate and knowledgeable individuals, not massive media outlets that need to monetize content by the gigabit. These are the best reporters, writers, and thinkers on the Internet–people who understand what’s happening.
We’re honored to be the only movie blog they included on the list, and we’re happy to be in such great company. You can see a scan of the page after the jump or head on over to wired.com to explore the whole list (we’re included in the “Culture” section).
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This BBC doc on Joel and Ethan Coen is hardly new — it was created in 2000, during the production of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. But seeing the brothers in action is rare enough that even a 13-year old behind the scenes look is going to count as new for many people. There’s even some interview footage with cinematographer Roger Deakins, who almost as reclusive as the Coens.
The films of Joel and Ethan Coen are so fully formed, and so specific to a recognizable point of view, that viewers seem to want an explanation for the origin of that sensibility. It’s a fool’s errand to some extent; explaining anyone’s artistic work tends to be, and the Coens are more reluctant than most to discuss “reasons.” The ready affability of the brothers in this interview even mocks any attempt to paint them as weird, aloof geniuses. And given that the doc opens with some explicitly outlandish myth-making, it’s worth keeping in mind that there could well be some low-level mythologizing going on throughout. But the Coens’ work is so good that such legend-building is pretty natural.
There’s great stuff here, notably the contradiction between what seems to be a very easygoing shoot, and the rigorously structured production that allows it to be that way. Then, of course, there’s the communication between the brothers, which is so ingrained that it barely even looks like communication at all. And the idea that Fargo was shot just because it was the cheapest script they happened to have laying around at the time is the sort of thing that will make some other filmmakers bang their heads on a table in frustration.
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The Hangover Part III isn’t much of a comedy. It wants to be funny (I think) but there are stretches without even an attempt at a joke. It’s closer to a hallucinogenic drama, decorated occasionally with an bloom of laughter. There are wild moments, but compared to the first two movies this one pushes the needle towards a different form of “outrageous.” (The most conventionally extreme jokes come when a mid-credits stinger scene goes straight for what viewers of the second film jeered: a flat-out reprise of the scenario from the original film.)
The focus this time is Zach Galifianakis as the damaged, nearly deranged Alan. Entitled and abusive, Alan is domineering at home and ever more reckless in the wild. His grossly disastrous attempt to domesticate a giraffe leads to horror at home; soon his wolf pack “friends” from the previous two films unite to stage an intervention. The Hangover Part III doesn’t go very far with the intervention idea, because further trouble takes precedence. A gangster once robbed by Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong) coerces the guys into tracking Chow, and life goes off the rails once more.
Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote with Craig Mazin, seems stuck halfway between two extremes. On one side there’s a super-dark movie about mental illness; on the other there’s an Id-indulging comedy. In a way that is almost perversely appropriate for a film series about hijacked plans, The Hangover Part III never gets close to either point.
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Update: The broadcast is finished! Thanks to everyone who joined.
The 11th Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB) is just around the corner! Tickets are already on sale online, and their lineup looks incredible as always. Regrettably, I’ll be unable to make the festival this year, but I was able get actor/writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait to agree to a live, 1-hour Q&A with the /Film audience. Goldthwait’s newest film, Willow Creek, will be premiering at IFFB.
We’ll be broadcasting this conversation on Monday night (April 14th) beginning at 7 PM Pacific. Just bookmark this post and return to it at that time to see the live stream below (we’ll also bring it back to the top of slashfilm.com then). Feel free to submit your questions below in the comments, or use the hashtag #IFFBoston on Twitter. See you tomorrow night!