Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The thing about writing is that most first drafts stink. You churn out that story, forcing it out of your brain through your fingertips, and then stare at the mess before you and wonder what went so horribly wrong. So you put it in the drawer for a little while. A few weeks. And then you take it out and start to perform the necessary surgery to make it function. To bring it to life.
This is the story of most screenplays, but it’s almost hard to imagine the process with something so iconic as Star Wars, a movie that arrived in theaters feeling so confident and fully formed. And yet, the story of the original’s movie’s evolution has been well-documented over the years. George Lucas‘ original Star Wars was nothing like what he ultimately shot. Now, actor Peter Mayhew is offering fans a deeper glimpse into an early version of this saga by sharing pages from his personal copy of the original screenplay.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every superhero has a place where they can take a load off, put up their feet, and get away from the world for a little while. Batman has the Batcave, Superman the Fortress of Solitude. Across the aisle, Thor can chill out in Asgard, Tony Stark in Avengers Tower, and Spider-Man in Aunt May’s second bedroom. However, the coolest secret lair/base of operations in all of Marvel-dom has always been Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, a house that is filled with countless magical items and magical artifacts and all of the perils that accompany keeping those items in one place.
We already received one glimpse of what this place will look like in Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming Doctor Strange movie back when the first photos of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme were released. Now, Marvel has released another glimpse at this mystical manor and it may look a little familiar to seasoned comic book fans.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Fans of space operas and historical musicals rejoice! Just when you thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens had achieved mass cultural saturation, the year’s most anticipated film went out and recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star, composer and lyricist of the massively popular Broadway show Hamilton. Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams had the nerds and families locked down tight – now they’ve going after that elusive musical theater crowd.
But in all seriousness, it’s like the folks behind the scenes of the Star Wars machine had a big meeting and wondered “Hmm, how can we get Jacob Hall of /Film more excited in a movie he’s already frothing at the mouth to see?” And they’ve found a way. Damn you, Star Wars. You’ve got me.
Read on for more Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Wars news.
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Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director James Wan has posted a new batch of photos from the set of his sequel to The Conjuring and now we can’t help but wish this movie was titled An American Exorcist Couple in London.
Dumb jokes aside, these images do give us a tiny taste of the upcoming sequel, which is actually called The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and is set in England in the mid-1970s. Originally shared on Wan’s Twitter and Instagram pages, these photos show off the cast in period costume, Marylebone Station transported a few decades into the past, and even a tease of the film’s Christmastime setting.
You can check out the Conjuring 2 photos for yourself after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
James Gunn is very good at Twitter. He was very good at Twitter back in the olden days, when he was just the mad genius behind Slither and Super. Now that he’s the director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s taken his larger profile in stride. Few filmmakers are as good at engaging their fans on social media and toeing the company line. It’s a tricky balance that Gunn makes look easy.
In today’s edition of “James Gunn throws hungry comic book fans a bone,” Gunn offered himself up for a Twitter Q&A, answering questions on a variety of subjects from normal fans and fans who just so happened to play Darth Vader back in the day. However, most of the questions revolved around the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Gunn obliged, sharing more than a few interesting tidbits.
Check out Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Twitter can be a wretched hive of scum and villainy that feels engineered to fill you with crummy feelings and ruin your day… but it can also be a miraculous forum on which to witness incredible people engage in incredible conversations about incredible things. Or at least super-nerdy things. Or at least hilarious mean things. Based purely on the strength of a lengthy exchange between filmmakers Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones, Twitter has earned the right to exist for another few weeks or so.
What happens when the director of Star Wars Episode VIII challenges the director of Warcraft to a Twitter duel over the value of their respective film series? You can see for yourself below.
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A near $209 million opening automatically makes a movie a cultural milestone. Such is currently happening with Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World. So far, the funniest result by far is this set of photos. A few zookeepers have taken to social media to recreate the image above, which features Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) carefully controlling a heard of raptors. So what does it look like when a real zookeeper emulates his pose with a bunch of walruses, ostriches or chickens? Find out about the Jurassic World zookeeper meme below.
UPDATE: After posting this story Wednesday morning, this exploded online. See a ton of additional images below.
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Most people would agree X-Men Days of Future Past was a solid addition to the X-Men franchise. Even if they don’t, everyone agrees the Quicksilver scene was the highlight. The way director Bryan Singer used slow motion and camera effects to show how fast the character, played by Evan Peters, was truly memorable. Now it seems, he’s going to do it again.
On his Instagram, Singer tweeted an image of a bunch of actors on wires with the hashtag “#Quicksilver.” It seems everyone’s favorite speedster is gonna make a comeback in X-Men Apocalypse. See the X-men Apocalypse Quicksilver image and more below. Read More »
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Cross a film off of Kevin Smith‘s long to-do list. The writer/director just completed Yoga Hosers, his teenage superhero/thriller starring Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter). We know he’s done because Smith tweeted about the status, and posted an image of the end credits, which tease that the characters will be back in Moose Jaws.
Below, check out the images and read more about Smith’s upcoming work.
UPDATE: The first images from the film are now online. Check them out below. Read More »
I’m as guilty as the next guy. If I’m at a film festival or an early screening of a film I know people are curious about, I try to get a reaction on Twitter as soon as possible. That’s the whole point of Twitter. It’s the world reacting in real time, and if it’s a big time movie, people who can’t be there are dying to know the thoughts of the people who are.
So is a Twitter reaction film criticism? It’s debatable. Thierry Fremaux, head of the Cannes Film Festival, says it is and that Twitter reactions are ruining film criticism. Read his quotes and some thoughts on Twitter movie reviews below. Read More »