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The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.

No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »

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The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams returned to the Television Critics Association for a panel on his upcoming Showtime series Roadies with Cameron Crowe and cast. After the panel Abrams stayed  to speak with reporters and was accommodating when questions turned again to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Accommodating in that he did not shut them down, but still answered them in J.J. Abrams style. One reporter asked directly about Rey’s lineage. Find out what Abrams said, after the jump.

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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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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 »

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It’s been over ten years since George Lucas finished his prequel trilogy, and it’s no secret they left plenty of fans twiddling their thumbs in disappointment. Despite coming from the man behind Star Wars, the prequels didn’t feel like Star Wars movies — they were missing the spirit, emotion and adventure of the original trilogy. All these years later, can J.J. Abrams get this series back on the right track with Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Well, we’re finally finding out tonight. After the jump, share your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the comments. Please note that spoilers are encouraged in the comments section for this post. If you have not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we encourage you to return once you have.

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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force has awakened, have you felt it? I’m sure many of you have already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night or early this morning, with some of you holding desperately to tickets for screenings this weekend. Good for you. I have now seen the film two times and can tell you its delightfully rewatchable. Also I found the IMAX 3D presentation to be better than normal 2D (there are actually some great moments that take advantage of the 3D). But lets get into todays news and tidbits, which includes the following:

  • Early concept art from The Force Awakens shows us characters and places not in the finished film.
  • Force Awakens blasts U.S. box office record with $57 million on Thursday night
  • 50 Force Awakens Rumors That Turned Out to Be Completely False
  • Find out what Harrison Ford said about people who share Star Wars spoilers.
  • See Force Awakens movie tickets from around the world.
  • See what a Empire-era Stormtrooper look like morphed into a First Order Stormtrooper?
  • Find out why Adam Driver doesn’t like his Kylo Ren mask.
  • The movie will screen at the White House.

All that and more, after the jump.

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