The Force Awakens deleted scenes

Over 20 minutes worth of scenes were removed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An early cut of the sequel was two hours and forty minutes, but considering the film moves like a bullet, as director J.J. Abrams‘ movies tend to, they were probably all wise cuts.

Below, Abrams explains why these scenes didn’t make the final cut, and reveals some first look photos at some of the deleted scenes we’ll see on the home video release. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)

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person of interest

Back in May, Person of Interest was given a shortened 13-episode order for season five. Fans feared CBS’ decision indicated the end was near for the show. After months of waiting to hear about the series’ fate, the network has finally decided to pull the plug.

Learn more about the final season of Person of Interest below.

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westworld premiere

HBO’s Westworld hasn’t had an easy go of it. The sci-fi Western halted production in January, and word was the series premiere could be pushed back all the way to 2017 — after originally being slated for 2015. Sure, none of this is to say Westworld won’t be great when it finally premieres. But it’s hard not to see such delays as cause for concern, especially given the network’s recent struggles with projects like David Fincher’s Videosynchrazy.

Executive producer J.J. Abrams, however, suggests there’s no need to worry about Westworld just yet. It’s “never a bad move,” he says, to give a project the time needs. And while we’ve got a while to go before we actually get to see how Westworld turned out, Abrams did offer SXSW a little peek in the form of a new trailer.   Read More »

John Boyega Screen Test

Those lucky enough to be attending SXSW today will have a chance to see Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, and feel the presence of the First Order descending on Texas. The rest of us will be waiting until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD next month to check out the feature-length documentary that looks at every facet of the film’s production.

Until then, some of The Force Awakens documentary footage has been unveiled in a new teaser clip, giving us a taste of what we’ll get to see from behind the scenes. Some of the sneak peeks include footage of the John Boyega screen test that would eventually land him the part of Finn, Gwendoline Christie in her Captain Phasma wardrobe, but without her helmet, and much more. However, if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, beware of major spoilers. Read More »

phantasm restoration

You wouldn’t expect a man who built his career on a horror franchise about a supernatural undertaker who plots to take over the world through a sinister plot that involves grave-robbing and weaponized metal spheres to be the nicest and most straightforward person in the world, but director Don Conscarelli fits the bill.

The director of Phantasm and its four sequels stopped by Austin for the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, where the new 4K restoration of the original 1979 horror classic is set to screen. It turns out that Mr. Coscarelli has fans in high places, namely J.J. Abrams and various employees of his Bad Robot production company, who have spent the past 18 months meticulously restoring this beloved cult classic. Now, after decades of being a cult gem appreciated by a small group of diehard fans, Phantasm is being re-introduced to the world with the help of one of the world’s biggest filmmakers.

In advance of tonight’s screening of the restored Phantasm, I sat down with Coscarelli to chat about how Bad Robot got involved, the legacy of the series, and how the landscape of indie horror filmmaking has changed.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2

Director Robert Zemeckis has been considering a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 2 for years now. We’ve never heard much regarding the sequel, since the director usually remains tightlipped about the project, but every once in a while we get an update. This isn’t news on its current status, but instead a cool little piece of movie history.

In the late ’80s, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had a discussion with producer Steven Spielberg about possibly writing the sequel.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Early Buzz

There has been plenty of mystery surrounding Dan Trachtenberg‘s feature directorial debut, 10 Cloverfield Lane. The first trailer revealed the project is related to Matt Reeves‘ found footage monster film, but producer J.J. Abrams has clarified it’s not a direct sequel. We’ll soon learn how much 10 Cloverfield Lane shares in common with Cloverfield, considering the film opens in theaters this weekend. Early reviews for the thriller have hit the web, and much to our delight, they’re all very positive thus far.

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poe dameron comic

Poe Dameron is the man. The Resistance soldier is the best damn fighter pilot in the sky, and he’s nothing but a big ball of drive, kindness and charisma. Oscar Isaac is incredibly charismatic in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making you invest in a character you really don’t know that much about. Maybe we’ll learn more about the character in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently filming, but until then, we can go on a few other adventures with the fighter pilot thanks to a new Poe Dameron comic. Learn all about it below.

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Gay Characters in Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was important not just because it was the beginning of a new era for the sci-fi saga, but because it began to diversify the franchise to make it inclusive for people of all kinds. Daisy Ridley took the mantle as the strong, lead female character Rey, John Boyega arrived to finally make for another lead black character, and Oscar Isaac brought some Guatemalan flare to the Star Wars universe. Those are just the lead characters, but the entire supporting cast and even the extras were chock full of people from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

And now J.J. Abrams says that the future of Star Wars will include gay characters, and it’s about damn time. Read More »