midnight special trailer

Writer/director Jeff Nichols says that one of his chief inspirations for Midnight Special was John Carpenter’s Starman, and the new trailer for this mysterious film evokes that undervalued gem and more. While the preview is intentionally bereft of hard information on plot or characters, the vibe here is totally old school Steven Spielberg. This trailer contains that combination of awe and conspiracy that makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind such an incredible work, but there’s definitely a larger Amblin thing going on here. So many of the films produced under Spielberg’s iconic banner where “family movies” that never avoided going for the throat, genre adventures for all ages that never spoke down to the audience.

The new Midnight Special trailer looks like the paranoid sci-fi of the ’70s collided with a classic ’80s Amblin film and it looks fascinating. You shouldn’t expect anything less from the director of Mud, Take Shelter, and Shotgun Stories.

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There are movies that make a ton money and there are movies that make a ton of money and tap into culture in a pretty significant way. Since you can look out over the internet landscape and see countless pieces of fan art, Twitter parodies, and complex fan theories related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s obvious that J.J. Abrams’ film falls into the latter category.

And while you can kill The Force Awakens with a thousand nitpicks, even the biggest detractors tend to have nice things to say about the new characters, who struck an instant chord with audiences. It’s because we like (or at least like watching) Kylo Ren that last week’s SNL sketch, which found guest host Adam Driver revisiting the villainous character on a faux episode of Undercover Boss, worked so well. Now, outtakes from the sketch have arrived, along with fan-made T-shirts and action figures commemorating “Matt the Radar Technician.” Yep, here’s another corner of Star Wars fandom in which you can luxuriate.

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Adam Driver Saturday Night Live

Last night brought the first new Saturday Night Live of 2016, and it just so happens that Adam Driver hosted during the first box office weekend that Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t take the #1 spot. However, The Force Awakens was still the talk of the weekend with a hilarious new sketch taking aim at Kylo Ren, and it wasn’t the only reference made to Star Wars during the episode. There was even more Disney fun to be had with Adam Driver playing Aladdin as well.

We recap that and all the sketches from the Adam Driver Saturday Night Live episode after the jump! Read More »

Saturday Night Live Kylo Ren

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you know that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) can have a bit of a temper when things don’t go his way. There’s already an Emo Kylo Ren account on Twitter and an animated short featuring the First Order commander freaking out during everyday situations. Now Kylo Ren wants to see what the employees at Starkiller Base really think of his management skills and attitude by disguising himself as a radar technician named Matt on the CBS reality series Undercover Boss in a new sketch from Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by Driver himself last night.

Watch the Saturday Night Live Kylo Ren sketch after the jump! Read More »

Kylo Ren Coming To Disneyland and Disney World

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Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, Disney is planning to add more new characters from Episode VII into the parks. The opening of Star Wars Launch Bay saw First Order Stormtroopers roaming Tomorrowland while Darth Vader and Chewbacca were given dedicated meet-and-greets (with Boba Fett making special appearances).

But now it looks like Adam Driver‘s character Kylo Ren will be coming to Disneyland in his quest to find Luke Skywalker. Hit the jump to learn more about the Kylo Ren Disneyland costumed character, and which other Force Awakens characters could join him next.

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star wars the force awakens gallery

There’s a chance that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will become the highest grossing film in the history of the American box office today. It still has $1.2 billion to go if it’s going to dethrone Avatar from the top of the international charts, but that that record is not beyond this movie, which has spent the past few weeks shattering expectations left and right. Remember a year ago when people wondered if Star Wars was still viable? Good times. Good times, indeed.

And soon enough, you’ll be able to recreate the entire movie frame-by-frame using only images released on the internet. You can get started with the gallery below, which contains 90 images, many of which haven’t made the rounds before and some of which have finally appeared free of watermarks.

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Did you hear that a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in theaters? Yeah, some tiny indie thing. People really seem to like it, though. That’s why we’re regularly rounding up all of the little stories about it that you may have missed elsewhere. In today’s edition:

  • The Simpsons predicted the current Star Wars vs Chipmunks showdown
  • The Star Wars: Card Trader app gets awakened with new updates
  • How one writer saw The Force Awakens completely spoiler-free
  • Just how much money did Harrison Ford make to play Han Solo again?
  • The origin stories of Kylo Ren and Finn
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson trolls Star Wars fans on Twitter
  • The Onion reviews The Force Awakens
  • Someone has successfully 3D-printed their own BB-8
  • Kevin Smith chats about The Force Awakens for 40 minutes

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the force awakens kylo ren scene

Chances are strong that you’ve already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If the film’s record-breaking international opening is any indication, chances are also strong that you saw it multiple times and are ready to start reading spoiler-filled comments from the people responsible for the film. In other words, this is your first warning to amscray if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Go on. Shoo. Go buy a ticket.

Director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, and his fellow screenwriters, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, participated in a Q&A following a screening of the film at the Writer’s Guild of America and they chatted about a whole bunch of stuff. Most notably, they chatted about that one scene where that certain character does something drastic to another character and changes the Star Wars universe forever. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. Naturally, huge spoilers lurk below and this is your final warning.

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Star Wars Episode VIII cast

Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a bang-up job of bringing us back to the galaxy far, far away. It did justice to our favorite classic characters while introducing fresh faces to fall in love with, including Rey and Finn and Poe. So now that Lucasfilm has us invested in this whole new generation of heroes and villains, what’s next? Who’s coming back in Episode VIII? (Spoilers for The Force Awakens ahead.)  Read More »