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We are almost a year away from Star Wars: Episode 8 and we don’t even have a title for the Star Wars sequel. Don’t expect to see a trailer attached to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters later this week. And if you asked Kylo Ren himself, there wouldn’t be an Episode 8 trailer at all. Hit the jump to find out what Adam Driver said about the marketing for the eighth Skywalker saga film.

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Silence Reviews

Director Martin Scorsese has been trying to get his adaptation of Japanese author Sh?saku End?‘s novel Silence off the ground for over 20 years. Now the film is finally hitting theaters later this month, and the first reviews have hit the web.

The film isn’t in line with the kind of movie more casual moviegoers are used to getting from Martin Scorsese, who is better known for movies like The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and GoodFellas. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the same high quality we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker as he crafts something more along the lines of his films such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.

If you haven’t kept up with the development of Silence, the film follows two 17th-century missionaries (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). So how did Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project pan out? Read some of the first Silence reviews after the jump.

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Silence trailer

Martin Scorsese has been working on Silence on and off since about 1990, and as of today, it’s just a few weeks from release. We’ve got the first trailer for the new drama, which stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as a pair of Jesuit priests who travel to feudal Japan in search of their former mentor, played by Liam Neeson. So is it worth the wait? Click through to watch the Silence trailer and find out. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren Never Met Rey

Even though Star Wars fans in the United States won’t be able to get their hands on the Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray release until November 15th, some fans around the world already have the home video release on shelves. That means some fans have already gotten a chance to listen to the entirety of the director’s commentary from J.J. Abrams, instead of just the snippets of information that have been teased. And there appears to be one major revelation providing some new details on Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).

In the scene where Kylo Ren tracks down Rey on Takodana, after she’s had the Force vision in Maz Kanata’s castle, J.J. Abrams reveals that Kylo Ren never met Rey before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But does that actually debunk any theories fans have had about Rey’s parentage or potential history with Luke Skywalker? Find out after the jump. Read More »

kylo ren episode 8 costume

There is a palpable sense of history in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that goes beyond nostalgia. It can be seen in the aged faces of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, but it can also be sensed in the way Rey and Finn treat the events of the original trilogy. Someone forgot to set the facts in stone. The legend was only partially printed. Reputations have faded. Heroes have been forgotten. For all of its colorful action, there’s a sense of melancholy around the edges of the film that sticks with me almost a year later.

And the character who has stuck with me the most is Kylo Ren, the Darth Vader-inspired First Order attack dog whose obsession with the late Anakin Skywalker will apparently deepen in Star Wars: Episode 8.

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paterson trailer

I do not envy anyone tasked with cutting trailers for Jim Jarmusch films. How do you take the work of a filmmaker known for observational storytelling, small moments, and offbeat touches and sell that you a mass audience? How do you create the illusion of a narrative for a film by a director who has the habit of rejecting narrative whenever he feels like it?

At the very least, the Paterson trailer can make use of Adam Driver‘s increasingly famous face and the fact that the film has received nearly universal praise from critics.

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silence andrew garfield

After flying under the radar and missing the 2016 film festival scene altogether, Martin Scorsese‘s Silence finally announced a release date a few weeks ago. As expected, the latest film from one of our greatest living filmmakers has been positioned as an Oscar contender, hitting theaters in limited release on December 23, 2016. That news followed stories about the film’s supposed 195 minute running time. And that news followed a handful of stills showing off actors like Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson looking sad and desperate. But beyond that, the film has truly lived up to its title.

Still, the mere existence of a new Scorsese movie was enough to send Silence to the top of our most anticipated movies of the Fall list, so surely a new still from the film, featuring our first look at Adam Driver, qualifies as noteworthy movie news.

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The Force Awakens audio commentary

If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams, then maybe you’ve checked out some of the filmmaker’s audio commentaries. Abrams’ commentaries are about as breezy and as enjoyable as his films, but for whatever reason, he didn’t record one for the previous Star Wars: The Force Awakens home video release. The upcoming Collector’s Edition will, on the other hand, feature a commentary from the director.

Below, hear a SPOILER-heavy excerpt from The Force Awakens audio commentary.

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The Man Who Killed Don Quioxte delay

It’s unfortunate to report Terry Gilliam‘s longtime passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been delayed again. The writer-director was going to start shooting the film (for the second time) next week, but another unexpected curveball has been thrown in this troubled project’s direction. Gilliam called the most recent delay of his fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “slight.”

Below, find out the reason behind the latest The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delay.

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Adam Driver in Paterson

The Star Wars Saga films ar sitting out this year, but star Adam Driver is still having quite a 2016. He began with a supporting role in Midnight Special this spring, and this winter he has two more movies out. One is Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which just secured an awards-season release date from Paramount. The other is Jim Jarmusch‘s Paterson, which has just unveiled its first trailer.

The title refers to both the main character and the location of the movie. Driver is Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, NJ. Under his unassuming exterior burns a bright, creative soul: he spends his free time writing poems that he declines to share with the world, despite the loving encouragement of his wife (Golshifteh Farahani). Paterson follows its protagonist through the ins and outs of daily life, culminating in a very minor tragedy that threatens to disrupt his comforting routine. Watch the Paterson trailer below.  Read More »