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Cool Stuff: ‘Star Wars’ Fan Creates Full-Size Holochess Table from the Millenium Falcon

5 hours 23 min ago

There’s a scene in Star Wars: A New Hope where Chewbacca and R2-D2 are passing the time by playing some kind of holographic board game. One clever move by the Astromech droid prompts and angry howl from Chewie, and after Han Solo warns the droids about a Wookie’s tendency to pull people’s arms from their sockets when they lose, C-3PO utters the famous line, “Let the Wookiee win.” It’s one of many classic scenes from the film.

More casual fans of the movie merely refer to the game as holochess, but the hardcore fans know that the game is called Dejarik, and one of those fans, Ian Martin, has been working on creating a full-size working Dejarik board that’s a 1:1 scale replica of the one we see in the film. And while it currently doesn’t have hologram technology implemented yet, it’s still pretty damn cool.

Here’s a look at the homemade Star Wars holochess (Dejarik) table from Nerd Approved:

The source has some very in-depth videos for those who are a little more electronically inclined and might be interested in making their own board as well. However, one video that’s worth checking out is an augmented reality test, which would be the less expensive option to make the board feel somewhat closer to a real holochess board:

It’s a shame that Lucasfilm hasn’t turned Dejarik into a real game for Star Wars fans to play, but apparently fans have already created their own rules for the game, and you don’t even need a fully functional hologram Dejarik table to play. And considering a table like the one this fan built would really hit your wallet hard, that’s probably for the best. But maybe a board game version could end up becoming a reality at some point?

See more of Ian Martin’s creation at this Facebook page.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Filmmaker Enters Exclusive Talks To Direct ‘Furious 8′

9 hours 53 min ago

This year’s Furious 7 pulled in over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, but Furious 8 has yet to find a director despite a release date set for April 14th, 2017. But a director for the eighth installment of the popular car heist series has been hard to nail down. Earlier today we reported that Universal Pictures had narrowed their Fast and Furious 8 director search to three finalists. But it now appears that Universal Pictures is in exclusive talks with Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray to direct Furious 8.

THR has confirmed that Universal has settled on F. Gary Gray to direct Fast and Furious 8, and sources say “Gray has told the studio he wishes to initiate negotiations for a deal.” Gray met with Vin Diesel on Monday and the Fast & Furious star posted a photo on Facebook of himself with a smiling Gray in front of Fast and Furious images (seen above).

I’m disappointed that Adam Wingard didn’t get this gig as I think he would have the potential to make a much more interesting movie. F. Gary Gray has proven himself to be capable of handling a big film with big stars, and he also has experience working with Vin Diesel on the 2003 film A Man Apart.

Our original story about the long road to find a Furious 8 director and the Furious 8 short list from 4pm on October 5th follows. The site previously reported that the following three directors are in contention for the Furious 8 directing gig:

F. Gary Gray: the filmmaker who just directed the commercial and critical hit Straight Outta Compton. Gray has been working in Hollywood for two decades now, launching his career with Friday, and has been involved in films ranging from The Negotiator to Be Cool, The Italian Job to Law Abiding Citizen. Gray also has experience working with Vin Diesel on the 2003 film A Man Apart.

Louis Leterrier: One of the names reported last week, Leterrier is known for his ability to get the job done (which usually doesn’t translate to an interesting film). He has a background in action films, such as Marvel Studios/Universal’s The Incredible Hulk, The Transporter, and the original Now You See Me. He also directed Unleashed, Clash of the Titans, and the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen film Grimsby.

Adam Wingard: The filmmaker behind indie genre hits such as The Guest, You’re Next, and segments of anthology movies The ABC’s of Death and V/H/S. Wingard is definitely the most interesting filmmaker in the bunch. A comparison could be made to Furious 7 director James Wan’s early career which consisted of horror thrillers like Saw, Insidious and The Conjouring before jumping into the big-budget action arena.

According to the report, all three filmmakers above are set to meet with Diesel and the studio this week for the job. That doesn’t necessarily mean that any of these filmmakers will direct Furious 8, as the studio and Diesel could decide to extend the search. But as we stated earlier, the film has an April 2017 flag in the sand and the longer they take finding a director, the less chance they have of making that date.

Originally, the studio wanted Furious 7 director James Wan to return for the eighth installment of the franchise. The director was even contractually bound to direct the eighth and ninth films in the series, but before the end of production on Furious 7, Wan informed the studio that he was going to direct The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (which just started shooting) as his next film.

The studio then hoped to bring back Justin Lin, who directed the series from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift to Fast & Furious 6. However, the filmmaker decided to helm Star Trek Beyond. The studio went back to Wan with a “life-altering” deal, but James apparently was too exhausted from directing Furious 7 to return for the sequel. (Remember the extended two-year production brought about by the death of Paul Walker, forcing rewrites, reshoots, and more).

Hollywood trades have reported that Vin Diesel’s involvement as a producer has made the films difficult to make (of course, representatives for Diesel say that the claims are “complete nonsense”). Jaume Collet-Serra, director of Liam Neeson’s action thriller Non-Stop, and William Eubank, who co-wrote and directed The Signal, were both reportedly in consideration.

And there were also rumblings that Vin Diesel may want to direct one of the Fast & Furious films at some point, after directing an 18-minute short film called Los Bandoleros (trailer below) that was created as a way of explaining his character’s return in the fourth film of the franchise.

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/Filmcast Ep. 336 – The Martian

October 5, 2015 - 11:43pm

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Trevor Noah’s first week, the unlikelihood of a Watchmen series, and the terrifying children of Goodnight Mommy. Be sure to read about Everest’s treatment of death.

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Superhero Bits: Civil War, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Iron Man, Batman v Superman

October 5, 2015 - 6:30pm

Is Marvel launching another Civil War? Does Dave Bautista want an Avengers / Guardians of the Galaxy crossover? What would Batman look like as an old-timey Spartan warrior? Which Earth-2 villain is coming in The Flash Season 2 premiere? What’s the next stage in the S.H.I.E.L.D. / Carter Dubsmash War? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Talk about minimalist: Artist Qui Be draws Batman characters with a single line. (H/t ComicBook.com.)

Arrow‘s exec producers talk about Oliver Queen’s transition into Green Arrow.

Valiant Comics launches Faith, the only comic book series starring a plus-size female superhero.

Batman v Superman‘s Lex Luthor is “a real scary person,” says Jesse Eisenberg.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. / Carter Dubsmash war is now coming to Lip Sync Battle.

Comic Book Resources explains why they’re still hoping for a Sinister Six movie.

Look to the Sky is a not-for-profit doc that looks at young people who embody the “Superman spirit.”

Disney launches its Playmation Marvel’s Avengers series of high-tech toys.

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Cast Photo and Concept Art: Colin Trevorrow’s ‘The Book Of Henry’

October 5, 2015 - 5:30pm

Star Wars Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World follow-up The Book Of Henry starts filming today. Focus Features has sent out a press release announcing the start of production and Trevorrow took to twitter to release the first photo of his film’s cast. And if you look closely, you might see some concept art in the background. Hit the jump to see the photo and learn more from the official press release.

Here is The Book Of Henry cast photo that was tweeted out by director Colin Trevorrow:

Casting is everything. @jaedenlieberher @maddieziegler @jacobtremblay #TheBookofHenry pic.twitter.com/2xCgoHnETg

— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 5, 2015

Trevorrow notes that “Casting is everything.” The photo features The Book of Henry cast members Jaden Lieberher, Maddie Ziegler and Jacob Tremblay. And as I noted above the jump, if you look in the background of the photo you can see a few pieces of concept art hanging. Here is a zoomed in look:


Looks like some kind of tree house or tree fort to me. The story follows a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. So I imagine the genius child was maybe the one to build this elaborate tree house?

And the press release below reveals that newcomer Maddie Ziegler (who has appeared in music videos and Lifetime’s long-running reality show Dance Moms) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) have been officially cast in the film:


NEW YORK, October 5, 2015 – Filming has begun locally on The Book of Henry, director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) first feature as director since this year’s blockbuster Jurassic World (which has grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide). Focus Features is overseeing the production and holds worldwide rights, including for domestic release.

The original screenplay for The Book of Henry is by acclaimed novelist Gregg Hurwitz. Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts stars in the film alongside young actors Jacob Tremblay (of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival hit Room) and Jaden Lieberher (of St. Vincent and the upcoming Midnight Special). The supporting cast includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Lee Pace (The Hobbit trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy), Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s music videos “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).

The Book of Henry is the story of a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. The film is being produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s (SKE) Sidney Kimmel and Carla Hacken, and by Double Nickel Entertainment’s Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman. Executive-producing are Sue Baden-Powell and SKE’s John Penotti.

Academy Award nominee John Schwartzman (Jurassic World, Saving Mr. Banks) is director of photography on The Book of Henry. Melissa Toth (Focus’ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is the costume designer, and Kevin Stitt (Jurassic World) is the film editor. Emmy Award winner Kalina Ivanov (Grey Gardens) is the production designer.

Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) makes, acquires, and releases movies from rising and established talent and filmmakers. The diverse slate of movies includes several specialty films each year.

In addition to The Book of Henry, upcoming releases from Focus include the stirring drama Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron and starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep; Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander); Kubo and the Two Strings, the new family event movie from animation studio LAIKA, directed by Travis Knight with a voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, and Art Parkinson; Stephen Hopkins’ Race, starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Stephan James as the legendary athletic superstar Jesse Owens; Cyrus Nowrasteh’s The Young Messiah, the inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ; and Juan Antonio Bayona’s visually spectacular drama A Monster Calls, starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, and Liam Neeson.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Hoverboard Officially Becomes a Word, ‘Back to the Future Part II’-Style Skateboards Announced

October 5, 2015 - 5:00pm

October 21st 2015 is quickly approaching and we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards, but some of the Back to the Future 2 predictions are beginning to come into reality. Earlier today we told you that Pepsi was going to produce a limited number of Pepsi Perfect bottles, and a Jaws 19 trailer was released by Universal Pictures. While companies like Lexus are trying to produce a real hoverboard, we’re still a ways away from the floating skateboards promised in the Robert Zemeckis-directed sequel.

Well, today is a monumental day in the history of the hoverboard, as the Oxford English Dictionary is finally declaring that “hoverboard” is a word. Also, while we may have to wait a few years for a hoverboard like we saw in the movie, Madrid and Valterra are teaming to release special 30th anniversary officially licensed limited edition skateboards based on the hoverboard designs seen in the film. Hit the jump for more details.

First up, lets go to the official ruling from the Oxford English Dictionary:

While some of the technology on show in that film’s futuristic version of Hill Valley’s Courthouse Square is now relatively familiar in our own 2015 (tablet computers, worn technology, and biometric locks), other promised advances (flying cars, domestic fusion generators, and holographic 3D movie advertisements) still seem a long way from everyday reality. The real-life status of perhaps the most iconic and coveted of the film’s gadgets is less clear-cut, however, and the spike on our frequency graphs also reflects the increasing number of reports of hoverboards in the real world over the last few months. But what is a real hoverboard? The prototypes unveiled by Lexus and ArxPax recently clearly satisfy the most important criteria for Back to the Future fans: they hover. Both rely on the repelling power of intense magnetic fields—generated by superconducting magnets cooled by liquid nitrogen—acting on a special magnetized track. So neither holds out the possibility that we’ll all be zooming around towns and cities on them anytime soon. On the other hand, the boards ridden by rapper Wiz Khalifa at Los Angeles airport recently (ridden, that is, until police wrestled him to the ground), and by a pilgrim performing the tawaf in Mecca are hoverboards in name only: the word is currently registered as a trademark in the US and the UK by manufacturers of a miniature, Segway-style, two-wheeled vehicle which stays firmly on the ground. Whether these devices take off (while not actually taking off) remains to be seen; certainly, they haven’t been round long enough to be included in the new OED entry, which restricts itself to boards that Marty McFly would recognize.

The official dictionary entry, added in September 2015, states that a hoverboard is “a board, resembling a skateboard without wheels, which hovers above the ground and may be ridden like a skateboard.”

The 30th Anniversary Collector’s Limited Edition Hoverboard Skateboards are officially licensed by Universal Studios and Madrid and Valterra. The hoverboard skateboards are now up for pre-order and will only be available for a very limited time. On October 25th, 2015 they will stop taking orders, and the 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition hoverboard skateboards will become Back to the Future history. The limited-edition skateboards are being sold by WereGoingBack for $199.95 each, or $880.00 for a complete set of Marty Mcely’s pink board and the Griff’s Gang boards.

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Channing Tatum’s ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ Has Found Its Writer

October 5, 2015 - 4:30pm

For a few years now Channing Tatum has expressed interest in directing. He’s produced a few films, including Magic Mike XXL and 22 Jump Street, but he’s finally stepping behind the camera. The actor is set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, which now has a writer onboard. Read more about the Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock writer after the jump.

Based on Matthew Quick‘s (Silver Linings Playbook) young adult novel, the story is about a high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself with a P-38 Nazi pistol his grandfather gave him. According to Deadline, Tatum and the Weinstein company have enlisted Mike Vukadinovich to write the script. Vukadinovich doesn’t have any produced credits, but he currently has two films in development: Pete and Goat and Rememory.

Tatum considered directing Magic Mike XXL as his first time effort, but then he came to his senses (source: Vulture):

We’re not going to direct our first movie as a sequel to a Steven Soderbergh movie. That’s not smart. I want to start with something very small … make a lot of mistakes, make them real early, and then go jump in [on Magic Mike 2]… I could look at how he uses the camera, how he sets up shots, how he makes his decisions, but at the end of the day, it’s really how he sees the world, and we’ll never be able to copy Soderbergh. No one can. Even if you tried to copy him, you can’t, because it’s always going to be a reflection of yourself.

With material as sensitive and as timely as Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, it’s probably not the best film to make mistakes on. The subject matter clearly means a lot to Harvey Weinstein, who’s also planning on producing an anti-NRA film starring Meryl Streep.

James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour) was once attached to write and direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, which he discussed with us back in 2013. Here’s what he had to say about it:

It’s an amazing book that I’ll adapt and direct. Its premise sounds really terrifying, the initial premise about a boy who’s going to school to shoot his ex-best friend, and he wants to give gifts to a few people before he dies. So it starts as though it might be a school shooting movie. But it actually goes to a place that’s much more — it doesn’t judge, it doesn’t sensationalize, it actually tries to really understand this character and understand how he came to be where he is, and it’s not a violent film. It’s a film that has a heart and soul and I think it’s really surprising and moving. I think when people hear the premise, they’ll be like “uhhh.” But I think it’s an approach with a real respect for the characters. It allows them to be human and dignifies them. It doesn’t judge them, and it doesn’t make them the other.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is definitely an ambitious undertaking. Tatum may additionally co-star as a teacher. The film sounds like a small-scale story, but again, material this challenging requires a delicate and sensitive approach. Hopefully Tatum has it in him to direct a thoughtful take on this subject matter.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Finds Jon Voight, Gemma Chan, and Carmen Ejogo

October 5, 2015 - 4:00pm

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just keeps digging up more stars. Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Gemma Chan are the latest to board the Harry Potter spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne as the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist. Wondering what the heck a magizoologist is? You must be a Muggle. More about the latest Fantastic Beasts casting updates after the jump.

THR got the scoop on the Fantastic Beasts casting. Chan and Ejogo bring some diversity to what has otherwise been an all-white primary cast. Details on the trio’s character are being kept under wraps. Besides Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts stars Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol as witch sisters Tina and Queenie, Ezra Miller as a wizard named Credence, and Dan Fogler as a Muggle named Jacob. Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton also star.

Set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series, the new film follows Newt’s adventures in New York, where he travels to discover and document more magical creatures. Scamander collects his findings in his book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is required reading at Hogwarts by the time Harry gets there. David Yates (of Harry Potter movies 4-8) is directing from an original script by J.K. Rowling.

Voight stars in Showtime’s Ray Donovan, which just recently aired its Season 3 finale. He received an Emmy nod for the role in 2014. In addition, he’s won one Oscar (for 1979’s Coming Home) and been nominated for three more. Ejogo was seen last year in Selma and The Purge: Anarchy, and will next be seen opposite Ethan Hawke in the Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue.

Chan has been kicking around British TV and film for nearly a decade, and received some positive notice this summer as the star of AMC’s Humans. Her movie résumé includes Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and The DoubleJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the upcoming thriller Stratton.

Shooting on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them began in August. The film, which is intended to be the start of a new movie franchise, opens in theaters November 18, 2016.

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Star Wars Bits: Finn & Rey Rumors, Beastie Boys, Star Wars Rebels Crossover and More

October 5, 2015 - 3:30pm

Impressive. Most impressive. Star Wars Bits has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me. This edition of updates from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Rumors on the origin of Finn‘s name in The Force Awakens
  • New The Force Awakens alien character may have Beastie Boys origins
  • Global Star Wars Read Day is coming this month
  • Check out a new weekly Star Wars comic available for free
  • Star Wars canon update for September 2015
  • Find out why Alan Tudyk almost turned down Rogue One
  • Will Star Wars Rebels characters cross over into any movies?
  • A major rumor about Rey arises after trading cards images leak
  • Go behind the scenes of the creation of new Star Wars stamps

Header image from LINE Webtoon’s Star Wars comic detailed below.

J.J. Abrams has said that the last names of characters such as Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) have been kept under wraps for a reason, leading many to believe that one of them may have ties to some of our heroes from the original trilogy. And a new rumor about the origins of Finn’s name gives us some more insight into that possibility. However, diving into this rumor leads to spoiler territory, so if you want the details, check out the story at Cinelinx.

Just recently we got a look at at forthcoming 6-inch Black Series action figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting shelves sometime this year. The character is Ello Asty, an alien Resistance pilot, and it turns out his name may have ties to J.J. Abrams’ love for the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys.

Fans of the group know that one of their albums is called Hello Nasty, and if you removed the first letters from each word, you get Ello Asty. Further proving this point, the Aurabesh on the character’s helmet translates to “Born to Ill,” which may be a reference to the Beastie Boys album “Licensed to Ill.” This doesn’t seem to be a coincidence, especially when you consider Abrams was able to get Beastie Boys songs into both of his Star Trek movies. [Stereogum]

StarWars.com has revealed that a global Star Wars Read Day will be happening on October 10th, coinciding with the United States event. There’s a whole list of participating publishers and events happening around the world. Check out the official Star Wars website for details.

There are plenty of new Star Wars comics being published every week, but Bleeding Cool points our attention to another one going around that you may not have spotted, because it’s not from the U.S. Korean publisher LINE Webtoon retells the original Star Wars trilogy but from the point-of-view of a much younger Luke Skywalker, giving us a little more backstory before the events of the movie begin.

Right now, you can read Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. Going forward, a new comic will debut every Thursday and Sunday, and you can catch them at the LINE Webtoon website or through the LINE Webtoon app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the new Star Wars books, comics and other stories being added to the new canon, this video from Star Wars Minute will help you catch up with all the new updates from items published in September 2015:

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LOL: ‘Back to the Future Part II’ Inspired ‘Jaws 19′ Trailer

October 5, 2015 - 3:00pm

The promotions for Back to the Future are getting pretty heavy. Just this morning we found out Pepsi was making Pepsi Perfect a reality to coincide with the arrival of the future from Back to the Future Part II later this month, and now the official page for the film is teasing the arrival of a different sequel that fans of the time traveling franchise should be familiar with.

When Marty McFly walks around the town square of Hill Valley in 2015, one of the things he encounters is an outdoor marquee advertisement for Jaws 19, yet another sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s iconic summer blockbuster. And now a teaser trailer has arrived which not only promotes Jaws 19, but also details every single Jaws sequel leading up to it.

Steven Spielberg on the set of Back to the Future 2 via

Here’s the Jaws 19 trailer, directed by Max Spielberg, real son of Steven Spielberg:

For those who may not know, the fake Jaws sequels begin with Jaws 5, though one could argue that the preceding three sequels could be disregarded as fake Jaws movies and you wouldn’t find many who would disagree.

The long list of sequels includes Jaws 6, which was made for pure pleasure, as well as Jaws 7 and Jaws 8, introducing Cyber Jaws and Robo Jaws respectively. Jaws 11 goes to outer space, while Jaws 15 sees the shark battling a Russian shark adversary. And those aren’t even the most ridiculous sequels.

Aside from the ridiculous fake sequels mentioned above, there’s one that doesn’t sound all that unreasonable for Hollywood to do, given their obsession with reboots. Jaws 9 supposedly follows Chief Brody’s grandson assembling a group to fight sharks, and that’s exactly the kind of thing no fan of Jaws ever wants to see happen. So let’s hope this video doesn’t predict any sort of real future.

For those who don’t know Jaws 19 also has an official poster that can barely be seen in Back to the Future Part II, but was sold by ScreenUsed as an official prop from the film. Here it is:

Someone needs to figure out how to get a high quality print of this poster distributed to the masses. If there was a time to get it out there, it’s now, so keep your fingers crossed. In the meantime, you can get your hands on a shirt advertising Jaws 19 from the pop culture t-shirt masters at Last Exit to Nowhere, though they seem to be out of stock of some sizes at the moment.

Don’t forget to keep checking our constantly updated guide to Back to the Future anniversary celebrations and promos, and stay tuned for anymore awesome things in the works for fans of the franchise.

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George Miller Confirms Two ‘Mad Max’ Sequels Are in Development at Warner Bros.

October 5, 2015 - 2:30pm

That Warner Bros. wants more Mad Max is no surprise, considering Fury Road has grossed $374 million in theaters and is currently killing it on home video. But the really good news is that there may be not one… but two Mad Max sequels ahead of us. Director George Miller has confirmed he’s in talks with the studio about two more Mad Max movies. Read Miller’s comments on the Mad Max sequels after the jump. 

Miller discussed the Mad Max sequels with Top Gear.

This film [Fury Road] was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade. We went to shoot with Mel Gibson back in 2001, but then 9/11 happened, and the American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar close to 30 per cent, so we lost that amount of budget overnight. […] We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in southwest Africa, Namibia. But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts and things like that. So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.

However, it’s possible neither Mad Max sequel will be next for Miller. “I hope the next film I make is a very, very small film without any special effects and not many stunts,” he told Digital Spy earlier this month.

Miller has long had plans to continue the Mad Max franchise beyond Fury Road. Way back in 2010 we heard Miller was considering a separate film titled Mad Max: Furiosa, and more recently he revealed the title of the next film could be Mad Max: The Wasteland. It’s unclear whether Furiosa and The Wasteland are two titles for the same film, or whether they’re two different titles.

However, it’s worth pointing out that there have long been rumors Max and Furiosa might each get a separate Fury Road sequel. If that’s the case, Warner Bros. may have some dealmaking to do. Tom Hardy is already contracted for three more Mad Max movies, but his co-star Charlize Theron doesn’t appear to be locked in for any follow-ups just yet.

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Acclaimed Artist Jock is Working on ‘Star Wars: Episode 8′ [MondoCon 2015]

October 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

This year’s MondoCon in Austin, Texas was two days of gorgeous goodness, showcasing mind-blowing pop culture art from all over the world and giving fans a chance to rub elbows with the artists themselves. It’s not the kind of place you go hoping to hear exciting news about new movies, but here we are. During a panel dedicated to his work, comic book, poster and movie concept artist Jock revealed that he’s currently hard at work on two science fiction movies. One of them is small and will be on your radar eventually. The other is already your most anticipated movie of 2017.

Hit the jump for details on the Jock Star Wars Episode 8 announcement!

The news came out of a panel titled The Art of Jock, where the popular artist discussed his life and career thus far. From his hitchhiking adventures across Scotland to his failed try-out for The Cure, Jock had no shortage of stories. One of those stories just so happened to be him being hired to work on some movie called Star Wars: Episode 8. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Naturally, Jock was mum about any details (there was probably a Lucasfilm sniper watching from a hidden vantage point), but it feels like the natural next step in his career. Although he is best known for drawing major comic book characters like Batman, Wolverine, Green Arrow, and John Constantine, Jock has spent the past several years lending his artistic talents to all kinds of cool movies (including a scuttled version of Dune for director Peter Berg). With credits that include Children of Men, HancockDredd, Battleship, Ex Machina, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s become a go-to guy to design complex science fiction worlds. Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson was wise to bring him into the fold.

In retrospect, maybe we should have seen this coming:

Heading up to the STAR WARS set today with my boy… #yes

— jock (@jock4twenty) October 20, 2014

After all why else would he stopping by the set of the most secretive movie ever made?

And while everyone can get excited for a sliver of Star Wars news, Jock also teased another project that will excite a very different segment of sci-fi fandom. While discussing his ongoing collaborations with Alex Garland (the writer of Dredd and the writer/director of Ex Machina), Jock talked about getting emails asking him to examine cancer cells for inspiration for their next project together. We already know that Garland is working on an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s outstanding science fiction/horror novel Annihilation (which is courting Natalie Portman for the lead) and Jock’s specific choice of words essentially confirms that he’s working on it. If you’ve read the book, you know exactly what he’s talking about.

Annihilation follows a team of female scientists who venture into a mysterious, deadly jungle cryptically named “Area X” to study whatever is happening there. What they find is, well, not good. Let’s just say that this movie will give Jock the chance to design some creatures that will be as unsettling and grotesque as his designs for Ex Machina‘s Eva were sensual and creepy.

The panel concluded with the news that Mondo is teaming up with Insight Publishing to release a coffee table book collecting Jock’s art, which will be released sometime in 2016. Don’t expect to see any work from Star Wars: Episode 8 or Annihilation in the book (it’s too early for that), but do expect to see why he’s the right guy for both jobs.

Check out a gallery of some of Jock’s most memorable Mondo posters below!

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‘Triple 9′ Red Band Trailer: This Little Piggy Went to The Market

October 5, 2015 - 1:30pm

Director John Hillcoat has yet to make a major box-office hit. The director behind LawlessThe Road, and the incredible 2005 western, The Proposition, makes bleak and brutal movies about the violent side of humanity. If this Triple 9 red band trailer is any indication, though, he may have finally brought his sensibility to a commercial project. Watch the Triple 9 Red Band Trailer now after the jump.

The film stars Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Clifton Collins, Jr., and an almost unrecognizable Kate Winslet. Not until the trailer started listing its all-star cast did I even realize that was Winslet, who, I must say, really knows how to rock a power suit.

Hillcoat’s latest is about a pack of dirty cops forced by the Russian mob to pull off a heist, which, undoubtably, doesn’t go according to plan.

Here’s the Triple 9 red band trailer (source: Yahoo Movies):

“Your job: out monster the monster” is a line that could apply to almost all of Hillcoat’s films. The director takes violence seriously, and as slick as this trailer is, the violence isn’t glamorized. Even in a movie as fun as Lawless, Hillcoat doesn’t soften any of the kills, despite the ending feeling a bit like a copout.

This Triple 9 trailer plays like a nightmare. Sure, the use of “This Little Piggy” is a tad unsubtle for a movie about cops, but it works wonders with Hillcoat’s striking shots. The children singing along to horrific imagery makes for a rather alluring and unsettling atmosphere.

If there’s anything disappointing about this trailer, it’s that the director’s lucky charm, Guy Pearce, isn’t in it. The actor has appeared in Hillcoat’s last three films. His performance in The Proposition is one of his best, while his villainous turn in Lawless is wonderfully revolting. Then again, we shouldn’t complain, since the cast in Triple 9 is nothing sort of excellent. Casey Affleck is generally a strong supporting player, but he’s also proven himself as a capable leading man.

Triple 9 opens in theaters February 19th, 2016.

In Triple 9, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

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‘Bridge of Spies’ Reduces a Murky Gray World to Black and White [NYFF Review]

October 5, 2015 - 1:00pm

In Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg‘s new Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays an upstanding American civilian defending a Soviet spy caught on American soil. At a time when even being suspected of having Communist sympathies could ruin one’s personal and professional life, his assignment is an unsavory, even dangerous one, and there would be good reason for him to feel conflicted about doing his job.

The film doesn’t really explore that ambivalence, though. Bridge of Spies is more interested in telling a tale of crystal-clear heroism, which would be fine if it weren’t so disinterested in digging into the murky atmosphere surrounding it. Instead it feels disappointingly thin, even as it does a great job of demonstrating that James B. Donovan was a pretty swell guy.

It’s the year 1957, and the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. are locked in the Cold War. In this tense atmosphere, American agents capture Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance), who’s been posing as an artist in Brooklyn. The U.S. realizes it’s important to at least give off the appearance a fair trial, so they hire a former criminal lawyer and current insurance lawyer named James Donovan (Hanks). Donovan, however, isn’t interested in simply making it look like Abel got a fair trial. If he’s going to take the case, he’s going to do his absolute best, and he isn’t willing to let rules like the Fourth Amendment or attorney-client privilege slide just because everyone else is.

Donovan is successful in sparing Abel from the death sentence, at least. That turns out to be a very convenient thing when the Soviets catch their own American spy, a young pilot named Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) whose U-2 plane was shot down as he was taking photographs. The CIA taps Donovan to negotiate an exchange, Abel for Powers, in East Berlin. So he spends several days trudging through snow-covered destruction, shuttling between East German authorities and Soviet ones, to broker a deal.

The original title for Bridge of Spies was St. James Place, and it’s at least as apt as the one they ended up with. Captain America and Superman are good people. James B. Donovan, as portrayed in Bridge of Spies, is a saint. He’s a beacon of unwavering moral sanity in a world infected with paranoia, prejudice, and cowardice. And the moral thing, in Bridge of Spies, is doing one’s job and doing it well, even at the risk of one’s own life. Donovan’s argument in front of the Supreme Court is that Abel is just doing his job by refusing to cooperate with the U.S. government, and his own defense when people criticize him for representing a spy is that he’s just doing his job by giving Abel his best.

Certainly, Donovan’s insistence that even Abel, the most hated man in America, deserves due process is laudable. So is his refusal to half-ass even the most unpleasant of assignments. But Bridge of Spies treats Donovan with such reverence that it keeps him at arm’s length. At one point, an anonymous person fires bullets into Donovan’s home, narrowly missing his teenage daughter. When a man sees that his work, however high-minded, is putting his family at fatal risk, it should shake him to his core. In Bridge of Spies, it upsets him for an evening. By the next scene, he’s barreling forward as if nothing has happened.

The part of Bridge of Spies that really strikes a sour note, however, is the film’s portrayal of German and Soviet prisons versus American ones. Powers’ captors torment him by depriving him of sleep, messing with his mind, and drenching him with water, all in an effort to make him break. Another American, Pryor (Will Rogers), is detained without trial in a German prison, where it’s so cold we can see his breath. Abel, in contrast, is kept in relative comfort in the States. He’s allowed a cigarettes and art supplies, and enjoys listening to classical music on the radio with his lawyer.

Maybe the U.S. government really was super sweet to Abel during the Cold War. I don’t claim to know. But Bridge of Spies is being released in 2015, well after we’ve become aware of our own government’s treatment of prisoners (American and otherwise), and use of torture in the War on Terror. In this day and age, to suggest that the Americans behaved with the utmost propriety while its enemies subjected its captives to torture feels disingenuous, if not willfully dishonest. It’s hard not to suspect we’re seeing a wrong that’s been sanded down and coated in sugar to make an uncomplicated tale of heroism easier to swallow.

There’s pleasure in watching Donovan’s wheelings and dealings because Hanks is, as ever, immensely charismatic. Donovan’s friendly, unassuming demeanor makes him easy to underestimate, which only seems to make his opponents angrier when they discover how relentlessly stubborn can be. They (and I’m including the CIA, the KGB, and the German government here) fancy themselves powerful people, and yet they can’t stop Donovan from cornering them in their own cars or calling their bluffs. Hanks is well matched by Rylance, who does fine, subtle work as Abel. He also gets the film’s best running joke. Whenever Donovan asks Abel if he’s worried about his fate, Abel dryly responds, “Would it help?”

As a whole, though, Bridge of Spies isn’t nearly as appealing as its stars. Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski borrow heavily from the visual language of paranoid thrillers, but all the darting shadows and Dutch angles in the world can’t bring actual thrills to what is essentially a long series of conversations. And fairly direct conversations, at that — there are no shocking secrets or psychological head games here, just professional people arguing about other people’s lives. There’s nothing wrong with a feel-good movie about a totally decent guy in the midst of a mad world. But by refusing to engage with the confusion and ambiguity surrounding Donovan, Spielberg robs Donovan’s story of its power.

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‘John Wick 2′ Plot Details Promise More of What You Already Love

October 5, 2015 - 12:30pm

John Wick, with all of its head-shooting, puppy-avenging, Keanu-growling madness, is one of the best action movies ever made. And you know what? I’ll say it. We’re all thinking it. It’s one of the best movies ever made. Screw you, Michelangelo Antonioni! This is real art right here.

Humorous hyperbole (or is it?) aside, the official news of a sequel blew up our brains like a bullet from one of Baba Yaga’s pistols. Now that John Wick 2 plot details are really starting to trickle out, our excitement is starting to coagulate and take form. This is really happening, and you can learn the details after the jump.

The good folks at Collider sat down with Keanu Reeves himself to chat about his upcoming horror movie Knock Knock, but naturally, the conversation turned to John Wick 2. Although he wasn’t exactly spilling over with specific plot details, Reeves did discuss the main thematic premise of the sequel, which sounds like it will tie in nicely with the concepts explored in the original:

I think we have a really good premise, and it’s an organic premise. It’s basically — to me there’s John Wick and then there’s John. You know, John is the married guy whose wife just died, and that five years of his life. Then there’s John Wick, who’s the mythical assassin. In this, John Wick’s past comes and infiltrates John’s life and John Wick, in a way, has to fight for John.

In other words, John Wick 2 will follow a similar formula as a great many action flicks – badass hero must break out his special set of skills to protect the side of his life that’s been freed from violence and mayhem and shooting dozens of henchmen in the head. That may sound formulaic, but let’s remember that the first film was a built on a very typical template of revenge and retribution, except the person being avenged was an adorable Beagle puppy. We trust that director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad will find a way to invert our expectations once more.

In related news, Stahelski and Kolstad apparently listened to the fans when it came time to crack this story:

Chad and the writer, Derek Kolstad, they’ve really listened to what people have enjoyed about the work and how they speak about it. So there’s definitely that influence of the other world, the Continental world, the look, the feel, what it is about the movie, what made people like it; is definitely being paid attention to and the world opens up in this chapter.

John Wick isn’t just a well-shot, beautifully choreographed action movie – it’s also set in a totally lunatic landscape of working assassins, many of whom work out of the swanky, professional-hitman-friendly Continental Hotel. A worthy sequel could expand on that world-building and introduce more strange and amusing rules into this borderline fantastical world. We’re not saying they have to make a TV spinoff called The Continental that will expand this series into a large franchise, but they should. Really. C’mon. Pretty please.

Oh, and Reeves promises that the the clean, perfectly shot action of the first film will return and that he’s currently training himself in new martial arts techniques so he can showcase all kinds of fresh ways to obliterate people:

We’re gonna do the same kind of thing in the sense of — what are the guiding principles? So it’s longer takes, know where you are on the space, who’s doing what, action with consequence. And then going to other levels of what the gun fu was, which was jiu-jitsu and judo mixed with weapons and different styles of weapon training. So we’ve been opening up, I’ve been learning some other tools and different styles of that, and trying to develop some more techniques in terms of judo and jiu-jitsu and bring those elements into the work. And then we have some other things that might be a little different… But it’s all organic. It’s not like all of a sudden John Wick has superpowers, it’s got to be connected to the character.

So yeah, Reeves is saying all of the right things, but this is the moment where we must pause and inject a healthy shot of trepidation into our enthusiasm. John Wick represents an actor and a directing team working at the height of their powers. It was lightning in a bottle and it’s tough to recreate such happy accidents. With original co-director David Leitch stepping away to work on another project, can Stahelski capture the same magic solo?

Places enthusiasm cap back on.


For more details (and there are a lot of ’em), make sure you check out the full Collider interview linked above. John Wick 2 will shoot this fall for an unspecified release date. Hopefully, everyone involved will have the good sense to call it John Wick Returns or The Life and Death of John Wick or something. John Wick 2 is a just a little too mundane for a such a crazy movie series.

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Disneyland Pass Prices Raised Over 30%, Considering Demand Ticket Pricing

October 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Over the weekend, Disney surprised their annual pass holders by announcing they were changing the options for annual passes for both Disneyland and Disney World with some of the passes seeing an over 30% price increase.  Meanwhile, the company is considering demand ticket pricing which would see higher ticket prices on busier days. Hit the jump to read about the Disneyland pass price increase and more.

Here is a look at the Disneyland Annual pass changes:

  • The Premier pass, which includes admission into both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as parking and Digital PhotoPassPlus downloads has been raised to $1,439 from $1,099, a 31% increase.
  • Disney Signature Plus Pass is new, and basically a replacement of the former Premium pass, allowing unlimited Disneyland and Disney California Adventure admission (no blockout dates) with parking and Digital PhotoPassPlus downloads for $1049, a 35% increase compared to the comparable former Premium pass.
  • Disney Signature Pass is also new, and includes unlimited admission to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure admission except for a two week block during the holidays (December: 19th through January 2nd). The pass sells for $849, is $70 more than the former Premium pass which offered no blockout dates. Parking and Digital PhotoPassPlus downloads are also included.
  • The Deluxe Pass went from $549 to $599 (up 9%) and the Southern California Select pass went from $299 to $329 (up 10%).

To give you an idea how high these prices have gotten, the Premium pass which would allow you no blockout dates to both Disneyland Resort parks was only $349 a decade ago (the comparable Disney Signature Plus Pass is $1049 just ten years later). The SoCal Select Pass for local residents cost only $119, compared to almost three times the amount today.

Pass increases are nothing new for the Mouse House, but Annual Passholders are angry that the extreme increase of the top passes, especially at a time when so many attractions in the park will be closing for Star Wars Land construction. Pass increases usually come at a time when new attractions, rides and experiences are getting ready to launch, not at a time when many of the options that have been available for many years are being shut down.

While it appears that most of the lower passes are seeing a 10% price increase, the big news is at the top of the options with Disney now basically charging a $250 premium (or $300 more than last week) for Annual pass holders who want to visit the park during the last two weeks of December (this includes Christmas and New Years, two times I personally used to frequent the park).

The Holiday times in Disneyland have always been very crowded, and Disney is clearly trying to combat the crowds with higher admission prices for both annual pass holders and the regular ticket-buying public. The Wall Street Journal has learned that “for the first time in the 60 years since Disneyland opened, Walt Disney Co. is considering switching to demand-based pricing at its domestic parks, where tickets would cost less or provide added benefits on slower days and cost extra or come with more restrictions on dates when there tend to be too many people.” Disneyland Paris has offered tiered pricing since last year, currently ranging from $64 for an adult ticket during “low season” to $94 for busier times.

I can’t even imagine what the ticket and annual pass prices will be raised to once Disneyland opens Star Wars Land. It seems like the park is quickly becoming an unaffordable endeavor for both locals and tourists. Universal Studios Hollywood, which is much smaller, was offering 2015 annual passes with no blackout dates for $159, and Knotts Berry Farm has a no blockout date pass for $141. The Universal prices will probably increase next year with the launch of Hollywood’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but even if its increased to $199, thats a huge deal compared to Disneyland’s $1049 pass.

The annual pass prices at Walt Disney World are also being replaced and seeing an increase: Disney is introducing “Silver,” “Gold,” “Platinum” and “Platinum Plus” passes, replacing the old Florida Seasonal, Annual, Premium and Premium Plus Annual Passes.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 2 First Look Teases a Dangerous Road Ahead

October 5, 2015 - 11:30am

The first season may have literally just ended last night, but Fear the Walking Dead season 2 already has a teaser. Well, a teaser of sorts. AMC hasn’t shot a single frame of the Walking Dead spinoff’s sophomore season, but they can gather cast and crew together, place them in front of a camera, and let them speculate about all the horrifying, flesh-tearing mayhem that will occur next year. Non-spoiler alert: things are going to get very, very bad for everyone involved.

To see just how bad, watch the Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 first look after the jump.

The season finale of Fear the Walking Dead concluded with the tiniest glimmer of hope. Maybe our motley band of heroes could escape the zombie apocalypse by sea! Because nothing bad ever happens on a boat, right? In all seriousness, this video is pretty much the extended cast and crew (including the always wonderful Kim Dickens) chatting about just how awful things are going to get for everyone. They haven’t seen scripts – they just know that the world of The Walking Dead isn’t afraid to transform beloved characters into zombie chow at a moment’s notice.

Response to Fear the Walking Dead has been decidedly mixed. While its parent show continues to attract massive ratings and energize its passionate fanbase, the spinoff showed off some new series growing pains. Even the most diehard zombie fanatics had to admit that the show was treading on similar ground as the original series. Still, the beauty of an ongoing tale of the zombie apocalypse is that the limitations are few. If a location is getting stale, put everyone in a gated community! Or on a boat! As long as you can budget it, the possibilities are endless.

Since a second season of Fear the Walking Dead was given the go-ahead before the first season even premiered, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this teaser already exists. AMC has created a hungry monster, in the form of the Walking Dead audience, and now it must feed it. Which is why Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 also exists. Occurring concurrently with the events of the main series, this 16-part webseries takes place entirely on a turbulent flight where one passenger is infected with the zombie plague. Since this thing features the words “walking” and “dead” in its title, you know things won’t end well. Those who survive (or at least whatever is left of them) are set to join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in season 2.

Anyway, here’s the first episode, which is all sizzle and no (bloody, screaming) steak:

Each episode of Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 will premiere during commercial breaks for The Walking Dead season 6, which premieres on October 11. Fear the Walking Dead season 2 will arrive in 2016 with 15 new episodes. In other words, AMC is banking on you, gentle horror fan, not tiring of the shambling undead anytime soon.

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Seth Grahame-Smith in Talks to Direct ‘The Flash’

October 5, 2015 - 10:51am

As The CW’s The Flash gears up for its Season 2 premiere this week, the big-screen iteration of the character has taken a big step toward the starting line. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith is reportedly in talks to write and direct Warner Bros.’ The Flash, following a treatment by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Ezra Miller is set to play the scarlet speedster. More about the new The Flash director after the jump. 

THR broke the news. Grahame-Smith is a surprising choice for the Flash director gig. While it’s become common for studios to scoop up indie filmmakers for their big-budget blockbusters (see: last week’s news about Taika Waititi coming aboard Thor: Ragnarok), Grahame-Smith’s directing experience is limited to two episodes of the MTV comedy The Hard Times of R.J. BergerThe Flash will be his feature directing debut.

Earlier this year Lord and Miller signed on to write the story for The Flash, with an eye toward helming. But then a certain galaxy far, far away came calling, and Warner Bros. was left to look for a new director.

Grahame-Smith first became known as the author of genre mashup bestsellers including Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both of which have been turned into films. But he’s also established a career as an in-demand screenwriter, scripting Dark Shadows, the aforementioned Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, and the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel. The Flash is actually the second superhero movie he’s working on for Warner Bros. — he’s also writing the Lego Batman movie.

The Flash speeds into theaters March 3, 2018. Miller is expected to make his debut as Barry Allen a.k.a. the Flash in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then to play more prominent role in the two Justice League movies out in 2017 and 2019.

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‘Vinyl’ Trailer: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger Join Forces for HBO’s 1970s Rock Drama

October 5, 2015 - 10:30am

“Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” isn’t just an expression when it comes to HBO’s Vinyl — they’re literally what the show is about. Set at the dawn of punk, hip-hop, and disco in 1970s New York, the drama stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record label president trying to save his company without destroying everyone around him.

Vinyl reunites the Boardwalk Empire executive producer of Martin Scorsese and Terence WinterMick Jagger is along for the ride as well, because if you’re making a drama about the 1970s music scene of course you want Mick Jagger involved. Watch the Vinyl trailer after the jump.

HBO posted the new Vinyl trailer on YouTube.

Vinyl has all the ingredients to become the next big critically acclaimed prestige drama: a troubled antihero protagonist, a pedigreed producing team, a big-name cast, a sumptuous period setting, and a stamp of approval from HBO. We’ll have to wait and see if the show actually lives up to its potential, but at least the trailer looks fun.

Olivia Wilde plays Richie’s wife Devon, who doesn’t look all that pleased with him at the moment. Ray Romano, Juno TempleMax CasellaP.J. Byrne, J.C. Mackenzie, and Jack Quaid portray some of the people who work with Richie. Also starring are Ato Essandoh as a former colleague of Richie’s, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Devon’s friend, James Jagger (yes, as in son of Mick) as a punk rocker, and Paul Ben-Victor as a record company owner.

HBO has Vinyl set to premiere sometime in January.

From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter. Winter serves as showrunner.

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‘Back to the Future’ Pepsi Perfect Bottles Coming on October 21st

October 5, 2015 - 10:00am

As you’ve surely noticed, there’s a lot of big stuff celebrating Back to the Future this month. It’s the original film’s 30th anniversary, and this month will also mark the exact day and year and Marty and Doc travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II. We even put together a whole guide with all the anniversary celebrations happening this month and beyond.

And now we have yet another promotion to throw on the pile, with Pepsi making one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions about 2015 come true. On October 21st, the soda company will release a limited edition collectible Pepsi Perfect, modeled after the unique bottle design that Marty picks up in Cafe 80s.

USA Today has the report on the collectible Back to the Future Pepsi bottle, and here it is:

Here’s a more detailed look at the design of the new bottle (via BackToTheFuturePedia):

However, getting your hands on one of these bottles may prove to be a little difficult. Pepsi will only be making 6,500 of these Pepsi Perfect bottles, and they’ll cost considerably more than your average bottle of Pepsi at the timely price of $20.15. Fans will be able to buy them online, but they’ll have to stay tuned to Pepsi’s social media pages as Back to the Future Day on October 21st gets closer in order to find out how to buy one.

If you plan on drinking the Pepsi Perfect, it won’t be a new flavor, but it will be filled with the Pepsi that’s made with real sugar as opposed to artificial sweetener. Here’s what Lou Arbetter, PepsiCo’s senior director of marketing, said about the promotion:

We’re fans of this popular trilogy, and just generally, if you work at Pepsi you’re fans of pop culture. The brand has made its mark in pop culture frankly since Michael Jackson moonwalked. We’ve been dancing in and around pop culture for a while. So we look at this as another opportunity to have a little bit of fun.

If they really wanted to have fun and get more people in on the cool promotion, I don’t know why they don’t just release a huge load of Pepsi Perfect bottles to be sold at stores. But I suppose we should take what we can get.

Also, if you happen to be at New York Comic-Con this coming week, Pepsi will be releasing 1,500 Pepsi Perfect bottles in advance of the sale, which should help any Marty McFly cosplayers complete their ensemble in a unique way. Here’s how you can get ahold of one at NYCC:

Marty Mornings: Each day, the first 200 fans who come to the Pepsi Perfect Booth (#CP101) dressed as Marty McFly will take home their very own Pepsi Perfect.

  • McFly Schedule:
    Thursday  – 1-2PM; Friday – Sunday – 11AM-12PM
  • McFly outfits must contain the following:Puffy red vest or Back to the Future Part II jacket, blue jeans, white high-top sneakers and watch. Optional: hoverboard

Quick Draw Wild Gunman Style: Every day starting at 3PM, fans are invited to come to the Pepsi Perfect booth and play Wild Gunman for a chance to win Pepsi Perfect. Bottles will be awarded to the fastest gunman in town, so start practicing.

Pepsi is far from the only company getting in on the 2015 fun, as Nike is supposed to have their shoes with power laces making a debut sometime soon. We’ll likely get more details on that as October 21st gets closer. In the meantime, stay tuned to our constantly updated Back to the Future anniversary guide for all the goods coming this month and in the future.

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    CHICAGO – There are two dates in modern American History that ring in the heads of certain generations. Of course, there is September 11th, 2001, but the granddaddy of that date is November 22nd, 1963. That is when an American president, John F. Kennedy, was shot point blank in the head and killed on the street of an American city. The official proclamation from the government is that a lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired those shots. In a new Chicago play, “Assassination Theater,” subtitled “Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century,” the jury is still decidedly out.


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