Game of Thrones Season 5

In terms of viewership, Season 5 was Game of Thrones‘ best yet. In terms of narrative quality, however, the jury’s still out. Even as the season was showered with praise for highs like “Hardhome,” it caught a lot of flack for its uneven pacing and nasty twists. What Game of Thrones could really use right now is a valiant champion to fight for it in the court of public opinion.

Luckily, it seems to have found just that in Damon Lindelof. The Lost creator — who knows a thing or two about angry fans — has unleashed a long rant defending the show, and taking the “haters” and “clickbait-y media culture” to task. Read the Damon Lindelof Game of Thrones comments after the jump.  Read More »

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The Leftovers Season 2 Trailer

HBO has released the trailer for season two of The Leftovers, the premium cable drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. We previously posted a very brief Leftovers teaser trailer, which teased the show’s focus on Jarden Texas, a town which had no departures. The Leftovers season 2 trailer gives us a better look at the characters and story which will be featured in this upcoming second season.

The show has been criticized as being too dark and depressing, and this second season seems to promise a more hopeful future. But we are told: “There are no miracles in miracles.” Watch The Leftovers season 2 trailer embedded now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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HBO ended their Television Critics Association sessions with a panel on season two of The Leftovers. Damon Lindelof, author and co-creator Tom Perotta, and stars Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and Regina King were on the panel. As (spoiler) the first season ended with Kevin Garvey (Theroux) leaving town with a new surrogate family, season two finds them in Miracle National Park. Read More »

San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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The Leftovers Season 2 Teaser Trailer

I wasn’t immediately taken by The Leftovers when I watched the pilot on HBO, but over the course of the first few episodes the show really grabbed me. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the show has a very cool mystery set-up (set two years after 2% of the world’s population mysteriously disappeared) but focuses more on the characters and drama (and even though I think the character focus works here better than in Lost, I’m still drawn more to the mysterious twists). The Leftovers season 2 teaser trailer has been released by HBO and can be watched now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: Mondo’s Tom Whalen Solo Show: “Pulp Menagerie” Looks Absolutely Sensational

THE RISE OF THE TRANSNATIONAL WESTERN

The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

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SDCC EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey “Weekend Update” Action Figures for Comic-Con

From Wags to Riches: 9 of TV’s Most Famous Dogs

7 Classic Geek-Friendly Franchises That Deserve A Sequel

‘Tomorrowland’ Shirt

TomorrowlandShirt Coming to Disney Parks Online Store from May 22-28

6 FILMMAKING TIPS FROM BRAD BIRD

The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival

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More Star Wars Bits! This one even goes back to the prequels, and you can read about all these items below:

  • Damon Lindelof would like to write a Lobot movie.
  • George Lucas was scared of the Yoda/Dooku fight in Attack of the Clones.
  • Disneyland has a Han Solo in Carbonite lunch combo.
  • Read Vanity Fair interviews with Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, Pablo Hidalgo and more.
  • Did you see Craig Drake‘s new Star Wars posters?
  • Why did Dice decide to reboot Star Wars Battlefront instead of sequelize it?
  • Check out a four page preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #3.
  • There might be a big New Hope easter egg in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Learn about a connection between Rey and Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

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Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland Interview

I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland.  I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.

I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.

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By now you’ve heard it a million times. After J.J. Abrams passed on the film a first time, Brad Bird was given the opportunity to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Bird, however, had to choose between Star Wars and Tomorrowland, a film he was also passionate about which was already in pre-production, and had a star attached. Obviously, Bird chose Tomorrowland, Abrams reconsidered and both are very happy with those decisions. However, fellow Star Wars fan and Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof recently said he was sure Bird was going to leave their project. In fact, he told Bird to do so and Bird happily surprised him.

Below, read what Lindelof thought about Bird’s choice, if Lindelof would do a Star Wars movie, and Bird’s quote when he’s reminded there’s an opening for a Star Wars Anthology film.  Read More »