The Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

This weekend brings the sequel Pitch Perfect 2 to theaters, featuring a wonderful showcase of music created by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld and more. Their group The Barden Bellas trots around the globe in an effort to win the world championships of a cappella. Their slick mash-ups and catchy harmonies have made them a sensation on the big screen, and Kendrick even turned into a radio hitmaker with her cute song “Cups.”

But The Barden Bellas aren’t the only musical groups on film that know how to jam. There are plenty of other fictional bands from cinema that give us a toner (a musical boner). Below, I’ve rounded up my picks for the Top 15 Best Bands in Movies. Did your favorite big screen musical group make the cut? Find out after the jump! Read More »

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Black Angel short film

These days, Disney is the rare studio still putting short films in front of some of their features. Coincidentally, a famous company they’d eventually own did that several decades earlier. In 1980, George Lucas wanted a short film to screen in front of his highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. He got his art director, Roger Christian, to make a short, and the result was Black Angel, a fantasy that was heavily influential in the years that followed. It played in a few hundred UK cinemas but prints of the film were thought to be lost.

A few years back, Christian teased that the film had been found and would get a digital release in the future. That day is today. Black Angel has now been uploaded online and you can watch the full 25 minute short film below, along with an intro from Christian himself. Read More »

Luke and Biggs

The best thing about documentaries is there’s something for everyone. No matter what you’re into, from the grandest ideas like religion or politics, to the smallest things like Star Wars, someone has made a movie about it. Then things can get even more specific within those ideas. In the case of Star Wars, two new docs tackle the series from two very different, but equally interesting angles.

First up, a new documentary has turned to IndieGoGo to research the Star Wars prequels. It’s called The Prequels Strike Back. Then, there’s a short documentary you can watch right now about Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s best friend who was largely cut from the original film. Learn more about both Star Wars documentaries below. Read More »

lego Millennium Falcon Fan Build 1

For Star Wars fans and Lego collectors, one of the holy grail pieces is the 5,195 piece Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon. Originally priced at about $500, it now can sell for almost 10 times that because of its rarity, and the set’s incredible detail. It’s one of the biggest and most beautiful Lego sets in history.

Yet it pales in comparison to this latest fan creation.

A team of Lego builders called Titans Creations have created a 10,000 piece Millennium Falcon that’s physically 40% bigger than the official set and features multiple scenes from the movie within. Check out the amazing custom Lego Millennium Falcon below. Read More »

Lando 1 Marvel Comic header

With Force Awakens rumors, social media, spoilers, merchandise, it’s another jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Check out our first possible look at Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Disney is deliberately pacing marketing and merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Check out Tim Doyle‘s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
  • Read Vanity Fair‘s extended interview with J.J. Abrams.
  • Watch an interview with the production designers of The Force Awakens.
  • John Boyega won’t even share Force Awakens secrets with his family.
  • Carrie Fisher‘s Mother’s Day Tweet was amazing.
  • Billie Lourd confirms she’s not playing a young Leia in The Force Awakens.
  • Check out the cover Marvel Comics’ Lando #1.
  • Listen to audio from inside a theater in 1977 showing Star Wars.
  • Read some potential spoilers about a scene involving Rey and Kylo Ren.

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George Lucas C-3PO

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is inspired by George Lucas‘ creations, but it is not itself a George Lucas creation. Lucas has stressed that he has “no idea what they’re doing,” and expressed his eagerness to “enjoy it like anybody else.”

But there was a time before the Lucasfilm sale when Lucas was developing his own Episode VII, going as far as to approach Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill about reprising their roles. Now a new report sheds some light on what the George Lucas Episode VII would have been — and why it didn’t go forward at Disney. Get the juicy details after the jump.  Read More »

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Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels

The Star Wars Rebels season 2 premiere, The Siege of Lothal, will premiere on June 20. And you do not want to miss it. In an instant, the stakes on the Disney XD show are shot through the roof. However, when I spoke with the show’s executive producer Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration, I didn’t yet know that. We had just seen the epic season 2 trailer and I knew the notoriously cagey producer wasn’t going to spoil anything. So, instead, I looked ahead to season to and back to season 1. What did I want to know as a Star Wars fan after watching that amazing series and that awesome trailer?

In our interview, Filoni talks about the shadow Darth Vader will have over the upcoming season of the show. He talks about the weight of holding back secrets, Ezra’s lightsaber, as well as how the Rebellion will develop this season and the reintroduction of some iconic ships. Below, read our full season 2 Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels interview from Star Wars Celebration. Read More »

Star Wars Bits

Rumors are swirling for who might direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Demands are building for who should replace Josh Trank as director of the second Star Wars Anthology film. And there are some new details about Star Wars Weekends, the new Star Wars Battlefront and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumors are swirling about Joss Whedon directing Episode IX,
  • Fans are asking for Joe Johnston to direct the second Star Wars Anthology movie,
  • There’s an interview with the Star Wars Rebels line producer and production manager,
  • Star Wars Weekends adding Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience,
  • Details on Greg Grunberg‘s role in The Force Awakens,
  • When is Secret Cinema‘s screening of Empire Strikes Back?
  • Where is Poe Dameron from?
  • An interview with Star Wars LEGO master builder Erik Varszegi,
  • Star Wars Battlefront tease of planet Sullust and playable AT-ST,
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books coming in December,
  • And see a preview of the Darth Vader #5 comic.

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Star Wars Original Trilogy References

Ever since the Vanity Fair spread on Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived on Star Wars Day this past Monday, a whole new set of details have been confirmed and revealed. We officially know that Gwendoline Christie is the chrome stormtrooper of The First Order, and Adam Driver is the new bad guy Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o plays a motion-capture character named Maz Kanata, an alien pirate.

And now director J.J. Abrams is pulling back the curtain on the production of Episode VII ever so slightly. The filmmaker recently opened about Star Wars original trilogy references as well as filling in the 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Thankfully, it sounds like they kept their heads on straight to avoid fan service winks and nods. Read More »