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Steven Spielberg Couldn’t Even Get the Rights to Remake ‘The Last Starfighter’

27 min 7 sec ago

The Last Starfighter has seen a nice little bump in nostalgic recognition over the past few days. The reason? This awesome “Modern Trailer,” which /Film was among the first to post. Many fans have been watch the trailer and wondering the same thing I wondered in the text of the piece. Why hasn’t this fantastic, yet underrated movie, with a premise so perfectly engrained in modern pop culture, been remade yet?

Several filmmakers and writers, among them Star Wars stand alone writer Gary Whitta and actor/writer/director Seth Rogen, have been discussing this topic on Twitter. Each has looked into getting the rights. As it turns out, they are near impossible to acquire. How impossible? Steven Spielberg himself couldn’t get the Last Starfighter remake rights.

This revelation was made by Seth Rogen on Twitter. He was discussing his desire to remake the film and mentioned, in his search, he talked to Steven Spielberg about it:

@slashfilm @garywhitta @mbotti @mscriptshadow Spielberg himself told me he couldn't get the rights after I told him how long I'd tried.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 23, 2014

If you look at the rest of the tweets from before and after that one, there are some other interesting revelations. It seems the film’s writer, Jonathan R. Betuel, retains the rights to all remakes and sequels. According to Rogen, he has absolutely no interest in anything happening with the film. That’s unconfirmed, but you have to imagine pretty accurate. Especially if arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood couldn’t get the rights.

I look at this as a double edged sword. On the one hand, it’s admirable Betuel – or whomever is in charge of the rights – wants to keep the original so pure. The Last Starfighter is a movie I hold close to my heart, as do many others. However, it’s a movie that was well ahead of its time and could easily be turned into a really satisfying, different and awesome remake.

Here’s the trailer that got this whole conversation rolling. Do you think we’ll ever see a Last Starfighter remake?

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ the New Tina Fey Show, Will Debut on Netflix

57 min 49 sec ago

Tina Fey‘s new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was going to be a mid-season replacement on NBC. That network, of course, is where Fey got her big break on Saturday Night Live; then it became the butt of her jokes on the award-winning sitcom 30 Rock. So it seemed like the perfect fit.

However, in what seems to be a happy split, the show – which stars Office-alum Ellie Kemper as a cult dropout trying to make it in New York City- will now debut on Netflix in March 2015. More so, it got an immediate two-season order from the streaming company. Read more about the new Tina Fey show and the move to Netflix below.

Here’s an image from the new Tina Fey show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, followed by the full press release on the deal. It includes comments from NBC, Netflix, as well as Fey herself.

Netflix announced today that it has picked up two seasons of the new comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from Universal Television. The series, from creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, was originally going to debut on NBC, but Netflix has instead snagged exclusive rights. The 13-episode first season will now launch exclusively across all Netflix territories in March 2015.

The series stars Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) as Kimmy, a young woman who, after living in a cult for fifteen years, decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. She quickly finds a new job (working for “30 Rock” star Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess, “30 Rock”), and a new beginning.

The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Emmy winner Carol Kane (“Taxi”, “Gotham”).

“The very construct of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “Tina and Robert’s unique comic voice and sensibility come through in this series and we could not be more excited to present ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ exclusively to Netflix members around the world.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming,” said Fey and Carlock. “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order. We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”

“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” explains NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.”

Fey and Carlock serve as executive producers alongside fellow “30 Rock” producers Jeff Richmond, Jack Burditt and David Miner.

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POTD: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Assemble for First Behind-the-Scenes Photos

1 hour 27 min ago

Quentin Tarantino‘s next may be called The Hateful Eight, but the eight stars in it aren’t hateful at all. In fact, they’re downright great. And now they’ve all assembled as the Western prepares to begin shooting in Colorado next month. Check out the first Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos after the jump.

Samuel L. Jackson posted the Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos.

H8ful Eight rehearsal! This shit is too much fun! Gonna be a BLAST!! http://t.co/VuRFpbABFs

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 23, 2014

H8ful Eight w/ all the faces! Headed to the Snow SOON!! http://t.co/BoxpEGXUgk

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 23, 2014

The Hateful Eight pics don’t tell us anything about the movie we don’t already know, since the full cast was announced a few weeks back. Still, it’s great to see them all together. Especially when we remember that at the start of this year, it looked like this film might never happen.

Here’s a cast list, if you’re having trouble identifying them:

  • Samuel L. Jackson (black hat)
  • Bruce Dern (red hat)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (black jacket)
  • Quentin Tarantino (red plaid shirt)
  • Demian Bichir (seated in brown jacket)
  • Kurt Russell (seated in grey t-shirt)
  • Walton Goggins (blue v-neck)
  • Michael Madsen (black vest)
  • Tim Roth (seated in black shirt)

Channing Tatum also stars, but isn’t in these photos. Character descriptions can be found in the synopsis below. The Hateful Eight does not yet have a release date, but it’s expected out sometime around fall 2015.

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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New Howard the Duck Comic Book Announced; See First Images

1 hour 57 min ago

The success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie didn’t just reinvigorate that Marvel franchise. It’s about to resuscitate an underground Marvel character George Lucas all but killed in the Eighties.

Marvel Comics has announced it about to start publication of a new Howard the Duck comic book. On March 4, Howard the Duck #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones will be released, with the story following the alien duck on adventures as a private detective in the Marvel Universe. Below, see the cover of the issue, some sketches, the full first image and some quotes from the creative team about what to expect from the new Howard the Duck comic.

Entertainment Weekly broke the news and put up these images: the cover, an image and some sketches.

So what can we expect when Howard the Duck returns to the pages of Marvel Comics?

Here’s Chip Zdarsky:

He’s an everyman who happens to be a duck! He’s angry, exasperated, and he’s had it up to here with the world around him, but he’s trapped here! Infinitely relatable!

I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really. I’m just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but my ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there. God, I’m picturing the reviews now: “Some chuckles here and there.” Shoot for the stars, Chip!

Quinones also teased that the alien angle will be important to the series, so that’s an interesting spin.

There’s no mention if Guardians of the Galaxy specifically was the catalyst for the new Howard the Duck comic, but the timing makes it seem pretty likely, would you agree?

What do you think of this new Howard the Duck comic?

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Watch First Official Footage From The ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer

November 23, 2014 - 11:00am

After last week’s odd tease about “Something Big Is Coming” in the Jurassic Park world, it’s come true. The official Jurassic World Twitter posted a short, awesome, tease of the first Jurassic World trailer, which will premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. EST during the Seahawks/49ers game on NBC, and online everywhere.

In the footage, you’ll see Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, the new park gates and lots of dinosaurs running around. It’s pretty exciting.

Check out the first footage from Jurassic World below.

Here’s the first Jurassic World trailer tease.

Now I think the footage here looks beautiful, of course, but what’s better is the score. That’s John Williams’ classic theme, played slowly, note by note, on a piano. Eyes Wide Shut style. It gives the footage a frightening, ominous feeling, which of course is the point. Michael Giacchino did the score for director Colin Trevorrow film, using Williams’ themes. It’s a good bet this is him.

Jurassic World opens June 12. Here’s a bit from Trevorrow about what the film hopes to accomplish”

This film picks up twenty-two years after Jurassic Park. When Derek [Connolly] and I sat down to find the movie, we looked at the past two decades and talked about what we’ve seen. Two things came to the surface.

One was that money has been the gasoline in the engine of our biggest mistakes. If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly.

The other was that our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, we’ve become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted.

Those two ideas felt like they could work together. What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth…and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. “We’ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?” Next year, you’ll see our answer.

What do you think of the Jurassic World trailer footage?

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Debut Planned for Thanksgiving Week

November 22, 2014 - 4:45pm

There has been more speculation about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer alone than there is for most movies at a whole. First we learned that it had been edited, and that John Williams had recorded new music for the trailer. Then there was a series of rumored descriptions. This week a report claimed that the teaser would premiere attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but we were able to exclusively debunk that rumor and tell you that Disney has “bigger plans”.

So when will the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer debut? This week. When and how? Thats a bit more complicated.

I have independently heard from very good sources that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer will be shown in a limited number of theaters during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. I know that there will be a limited amount of theaters participating in the “preview.” I have not confirmed any more details other than that. Of course, LucasFilm and Disney will never address Star Wars rumors so there is no official confirmation from the studio, but my sources seemed very sure.

But there’s more.

An (unsubstantiated) report was posted on Reddit yesterday claiming that a ninety second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would debut next weekend in 100 theaters nationwide, in front of every showtime for every single movie.

According to the claim, Disney’s agreement requires all of the 100 participating theaters to run a showing of Big Hero 6 as the earliest showtime for each day of the Holiday weekend.

If I had not been told the information at the top of this post from trusted sources, I would have completely written the reddit report off as fan-written bullshit — but its very possible this is THE PLAN. A trailer playing in front of every movie at those theaters during one of the biggest movie holiday weekends of the year — This is something unprecedented, and definitely fits our earlier report that Disney was planning something “bigger than that”. But we have not been able to confirm the reddit report. Also note the Reddit report claims the trailer runs 90 seconds while previous reports pegged the length at 60 seconds. So there are some inconsistencies with this report.

There is also the possibility that the Reddit scooper got the story wrong and the trailer will instead be attached to a particular film in theaters during Thanksgiving weekend.

But take a breath –

I am very sure the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will be publicly premiered this week on the big screen somehow.

Maybe it wont happen as the Reddit reports suggests, but it will happen. I’m very happy that the premiere will be done in theaters and not online, because I want the first new Star Wars footage to be presented in the biggest and best way possible — on the big screen, in a theater with other excited Star Wars geeks.

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‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’ Trailer: A Studio Ghibli Documentary With Hayao Miyazaki

November 22, 2014 - 11:00am

The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, was just the beginning. Things got very interesting when their most famous and revered filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to announce his retirement.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is the result of that crazy story. It’s a documentary about the behind the scenes drama at Ghibli and the aftermath of Miyazaki making the bombshell announcement. A trailer for the film has now released in advance of a limited theatrical release November 28 and then a VOD window early in 2015. Check out the The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer, below.

Thanks to the GKids YouTube, via First Showing.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer

And here’s a poster.

The Studio Ghibli documentary first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and here’s their description. What did you think of the trailer?

This engrossing documentary takes us inside Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio that created such classics as Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

Located in a Tokyo suburb, Studio Ghibli looks from the outside like a modest office building from. But behind its doors, some of the greatest creative talents in cinema work every day. These are the imaginations behind Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, and Ponyo. Mami Sunada’s documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, takes us inside the Studio, offering unprecedented access to the work of producer Toshio Suzuki and world-renowned filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Shooting Miyazaki at work on The Wind Rises (Festival 2013) and Takahata making The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (playing at this year’s Festival), Sunada establishes Ghibli as an enchantingly old-fashioned workshop. Wearing a craftsman’s apron at the office, Miyazaki toils on meticulous drawings that he times out with an analogue stopwatch. He often escapes to a nearby garden for breaks. Not oblivious to his reputation as perhaps the greatest animator in the history of cinema, he adopts the persona of a wise, kindly trickster. “Am I strange?” he asks. “Sure.”

To watch Miyazaki, Takahata, and Suzuki in conversation with their teams is to begin to understand the success of Studio Ghibli. No detail escapes their attention. Whether it’s the tough-minded Suzuki negotiating marketing elements or Takahata investigating how to adapt a tenth-century folktale for Princess Kaguya, the Ghibli team exhibits a patient, truly inspiring dedication to excellence. But Sunada avoids hyperbole, understanding that — though these men summon whole worlds from their psyches up onto the big screen — it would be a mistake to call them anything as grand as gods. Like many great artists, Miyazaki understands that he works in the service of his stories. “What drives animation is the will of the characters,” he notes at one point. “You don’t depict fate. You depict will.”

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This Week In Trailers: Narcopolis, Skin Deep, Katutura, Ballet 422, Manakamana

November 22, 2014 - 3:00am

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get shoved up a mountain, make all drugs legal, put on a show (sans jazz hands), get that mole on our back checked out, and head on over to Africa in order to start a fight.

Ballet 422 Trailer

Just appreciate how good Martha Marcy May Marlene and Tiny Furniture looks.

While being a great cinematographer isn’t a skillset that naturally lends itself to being a great director, what I appreciate about this trailer by director Jody Lee Lipes is how effortlessly it makes me care about the subject matter. Ballet isn’t at the top of any list that includes things I’m interested in but I am completely, entirely and without question enthralled at what unfolds before us. On the surface it’s just a documentary about a guy who is in charge of developing a ballet but, as the trailer wants us to delve deeper, it’s more about the process in its entirety. There isn’t a madman yelling instructions or grand pronouncements of his brilliance against a backdrop of frightened minions, there is only hard work. There is only the looks of people seeking the divine leadership of a man who needs to pull every lever available to him in order to make his production soar. We’re wonderfully carried through moment to moment, gaining speed and admiration, for a process that is much more than just ballet. It’s the process of an artist and how to make that artistry come alive through movement.

Skin Deep Trailer

It’s about potential.

When looking at the cinematic debut from director Jon Leahy there isn’t much to go on. In fact, there isn’t much here that provides any context at all for what’s happening on the screen. That’s fine, though, as the power of this trailer is how it sells us on the idea of what this movie can be. It’s a story of strangers, that much is communicated, but the ways in which we become moved to either proceed with the purchase of our time and resources occurs in the performances of the women we’re introduced to and the visual prowess of a little indie that could. It’s unremarkable with how ordinary their existence seems to be and the bond that they share must bubble up from some fount but because we only have the time they use to connect with one another, that’s the real lure here. Somehow, this relationship feels genuine and visceral. I’m captivated by the hints of what would bring these two people together in the first place as we move so effortlessly from scene to scene without it ever feeling rushed or stuck in some languid quagmire. It’s the story of two women, who share something prophetic about one another, and this trailer makes you love them before it wants you to love the narrative that binds them both together. And it works.

Manakamana Trailer

You got me.

One of the things about director Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’ documentary about people riding a cable car to a very sacred place is how gosh darned ordinary it looks. What’s more, is that the very same ordinary-ness is the one thing that makes this so extraordinary to take in. It’s like they stuck a GoPro inside a cable car and filmed anyone and everyone who decided to ride this thing while taping their reactions. It seems like it should be one of the most inane things ever but I could not look away while soaking in the raw vertie of it all. People from all walks taking this car ought to be the cinematic equivalent of watching home movies of humans you don’t even know but the strange thing about it, though, is that their genuine reactions are the very thing that makes them “just like us.” It’s cute, and it’s touching, and there isn’t a better way to pitch a movie that looks to say something profound without having to say anything at all.

Narcopolis Trailer

Who doesn’t love some great science fiction?

In the circles I run in, I listen to my fellow geeks talk about great science fiction writers and their contributions to the world of thoughtful narrative that weave in grand elements into their work. I don’t read science fiction and have to rely on filmmakers to make the fantastical seem possible. What I see in director Justin Trefgarne’s work, then, is the possibility to make his story feel tactile and real. It may be high concept thinking and even more so when it comes to the effects he uses but the moments that are stitched together here weave in and out seamlessly and smoothly. The story is rooted in one person’s narrative and while even though it would be easy to focus on the macro level details, bringing it back to one man, one focus is what makes this trailer stand out in a field of wannabes.

Katutura Trailer

There are times when I’m just flat out proud to help shine a light on a production.

I get sent a lot of trailers every month and, for the most part, a lot are Charles Barkley level “turrible” while others are just middle of the road. I’d love to be able and shove everything I get out there for you to see but I simply don’t have the space. But, when I was approached by director Florian Schott to show off his trailer I thought it was an interesting ask.

To read his explanation, he made it known he is “a German born filmmaker living in Namibia, Africa” and this year, “managed to shoot a feature film in the township of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek.” The movie “is the first independent Namibian feature film (Namibia only has a population of a bit more than 2 million people)” and they are, “planning to bring it to festivals around the world in 2015
as well as hopefully a worldwide theatrical release.”

I thought the trailer was gritty, definitely stronger than many of the trailers I see from budding filmmakers from around the world, and thought I’d share. Hopefully the value I saw in Florian’s efforts here warrant some others to see what is going on in other parts of the world.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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Why ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Feels Like a Different Franchise [Movie Review]

November 21, 2014 - 6:55pm

Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. 

It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.

However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise.

The Hunger Games Are Gone

Though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has “Hunger Games” in the title, those days are gone. In the world of the film, The Games are a byproduct of the government in the Capital. By the time Mockingjay starts, the rebellion agains the Capitol has begun. The biggest problem within the film is that, by removing the clear narrative goal of games that must be survived, the story takes a little while to get going.

Mockingjay Part 1 picks up almost immediately after the end of the last film, Catching Fire. In that episode, we saw that friends of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) had been using her to launch a rebellious action against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his overbearing Capital. Katniss’ home has been destroyed and every one of her allies is hiding underground, waiting for their chance to fight. Everyone, that is, except Katniss’ partner Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who was left for dead.

As the film starts, Katniss is still very much reluctant to accept her role in this revolution. That reluctance is something she’s been harboring for two movies now and director Francis Lawrence just drops us in the middle of it. There’s no explanation, no preamble, no time to get reacclimated. The film waffles for 30 minutes, just like Katniss does. In that time, you might be worried about what this movie is going to be. For a while, no one really knows. At least with a Hunger Games event to move towards, there was a traditional, familiar narrative structure. This doesn’t have that and while that’s off-putting at the beginning of the film, it eventually evens out and the story even excels.

It’s A Movie About War Propaganda

Once the film settles on what it’s really about, it begins to shine. In place of The Hunger Games is an interesting rumination on media, public perception and war tactics. There’s less action in this film than the others. Action is replaced with drama surrounding questions of how Katinss can help unite all the districts of Panem through propaganda. In a way, Mockingjay Part 1 is a movie about making movies.

Once Katniss decides to be the Mockingjay — the voice and face of the revolution — things pick up quick. We are reacquainted with many characters from the previous movies. Those played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, and Jeffrey Wright all have roles in the story. Elizabeth Banks, in particular, is a shot of adrenaline. Each actor is so comfortable in their roles and with each other by this time that they help the film begin to blossom. Also, the fact they now have a goal — get Katniss’ image out into the public — helps the movie focus and drive the narrative forward. The movie really locks in and becomes a ride once it starts exploring the nature of this idea.

Subversive Ideas Replace the Fighting

So the movie is about telling the people of Panem that Katniss is alive and willing to fight with them. How does that story build momentum? A visit to a hospital in District 8 is the setting for one of the film’s best scenes, in which a violent attack is flipped into an inspiring piece of video footage. A simple moment of quiet between Katniss and her friends is turned into a nationwide battle cry. These scenes start small but are twisted into meaningful propaganda against the Capitol.

In fact, much of the plot of the film unfolds on video monitors, or through interviews, showing how information is carefully packed and delivered in this world. Reactions to that information are instantaneous and without context. Those reactions lead to further results which are sometimes irrational and irreversible. These ideas transcend the YA stereotype, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keeps things fresh. You never quite know how what you’re seeing will play out.

Continue Reading Our Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Review

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Superhero Bits: Ant-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Gotham, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman

November 21, 2014 - 6:30pm

How does Iron Man‘s Arc Reactor work? Was Evangeline Lilly scared to do Ant-Man once Edgar Wright left? What is Jennifer Lawrence‘s favorite superhero movie? Which James Bond actor almost played Batman for Tim Burton? Will Lego do an Avengers Helicarrier set? What’s up with this Wolverine Kia? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Gizmodo has a great article on how Tony Stark‘s Arc Reactor actually works.

Evangeline Lilly talks about being a bit scared to do Ant-Man after Edgar Wright left.

Have a peep at my #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy illustration ya turd blossoms @JamesGunn @prattprattpratt pic.twitter.com/At2w5d46kT

— Alexander Iaccarino (@TKWDraws) November 21, 2014

Alexander Iaccarino‘s awesome Guardians of the Galaxy poster.

Instructions on how to build a Bat Signal Night Lamp.

Check out this custom Wolverine Kia via Comic Book.

There’s more evidence that Lego will release an Ultimate Collectors Series of the Avengers Helicarrier in the near future.

IGN got Jennifer Lawrence to talk about her favorite superhero movie, The Dark Knight.

Read six times that Universal turned their monsters into superheroes, which they are doing agian.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.

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WTF: Weird ‘Jurassic World’ Teaser From Universal Spain: “Something Big Is Coming”

November 21, 2014 - 6:15pm

This promo video for Jurassic World is so odd that we thought it was a fake. Despite being hosted on the Universal Spain account, this short tease for the new film — labeled “something big is coming” — has none of the hallmarks of a legit promotion. There’s no studio logo, no URL for the official website that recently launched, and no movie title. Basically, it looks like a fan-made video that just happens to be hosted on an official studio account. Have a look at this low-key, weird Jurassic World teaser below.

That is real, in the sense that it comes from a legit arm of Universal. But it almost certainly did not come from within the camp that is actually creating the movie or the core promotional efforts for it.

Someone thought this was a good idea — give an intern a copy of the original Jurassic Park and ten minutes with a copy of iMovie and you’ve got a new promo! No cost to anyone! Go home, Universal Spain, you’re drunk. Sure, it’s Friday, but get relaxed after work, not during.

The real Jurassic World trailer will arrive next week, at 9pm EST on Thanksgiving Day in the US, and will have a lot more to offer audiences than this does.

Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with Colin Trevorrow directing. It opens on June 12, 2015.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3′, ‘Now You See Me 2′

November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
  • Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
  • Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
  • Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
  • That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
  • Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
  • Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
  • Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters

As Horrible Bosses 2 hits theaters, with Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz in tow, Jennifer Aniston is getting some ideas about whom she’d like to see in Horrible Bosses 3. The actress confessed her hopes of getting Benedict Cumberbatch for the next one:

I just flew on an airplane with him, we all did. We think we recruited him to be in number three as the new boss. He might have said yes and I don’t think he knows it. Could you imagine being on an airplane and being bombarded by the three boys and me and all of us going ‘So you’re going to be the new boss?’ And I was like, ‘He is?’. Apparently he said, ‘Yes, apparently I am.’ He was very excited to sort of digress with us.

Aniston’s suggestion doesn’t sound like a serious one, but who knows? If it helps Cumberbatch decide, Aniston has already declared she’d do “anything” to shoot Horrible Bosses 3 in London. [London Evening Standard]

The Scooby gang is joining forces with the WWE once more. WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced a sequel to Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania, following the success of the previous film on home video. Specific details are being kept under wraps, though we do know Hulk Hogan will be among the cast. [Variety]

How to Train Your Dragon 3 is moving along, slowly but surely. Director Dean DeBlois reveals he just pitched the outline to DreamWorks this past week. Not that the studio didn’t know what to expect. “Yeah, I think from the moment that they agreed to my pitch that the second film should be the middle act of a trilogy then we always knew that there would be a third film,” said DeBlois. “In fact, I’ve been pitching an in-progress outline of the third film for the last two and a half years.”

The third film is expected to pick up with Hiccup as an adult, in a world where there are no more dragons.

Just by concept there’s something really compelling and emotionally powerful to the idea that this trilogy will complete with the dragons somehow going away, why they went away, and what the mystery is that surrounds that. Could they come back? Who caused it? What transpired? All of that is very compelling to me. [...]

I’m a great lover of stories where unlikely characters cross paths and have such a lasting impact on each other’s lives that they are changed and the trajectory of their lives have been altered, no matter how brief that intersection was. I think that element is very compelling to me as well.

Really the whole interview is worth reading if you’re a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. [Den of Geek]

Jonathan Levine might return to the world of the undead. Producer Bruna Papandrea reveals Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion is currently working on a sequel, and she hopes Levine will return to write the movie adaptation. However, she doesn’t sound so sure about his interest in directing, and Levine has plenty of other projects on his plate in the meantime. We’ll have to wait and see how this one shakes out. [Badass Digest]

Have you seen details from an early draft of the Ghostbusters 3 script floating this week? Well, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, because it turns out that screenplay is 100% fake. [Bloody Disgusting]

Director Matt Reeves is already planning the third film in the Planet of the Apes prequel series, and according to Andy Serkis there could be even more films beyond that.

It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? The journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we’re going to end up back at The Planet of the Apes, but whether it’s this film or not, I don’t know.

Indeed, Serkis doesn’t even know where the next story begins.

To be honest, it’s very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left Dawn, so it’s very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it’s being written as we speak. I know part of the desire for Matt to do this next movie about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve.

[MTV]

Now You See Me 2 has charmed another great actress into joining its cast. Sanaa Lathan has signed on to play FBI agent Natalie Austin, joining newcomers Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, and Daniel Radcliffe. Returning from the first film are Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.

The sequel picks up a year after the original and follows the Four Horsemen as they get involved in a dangerous new heist, spearheaded by a dangerous new enemy. Jon M. Chu is directing. [Deadline]

Fox has unveiled seven character posters to introduce the colorful cast of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Mostly, they just tell you that someone in the Fox advertising department had a really great time coming up with some truly groanworthy puns.


[Coming Soon]

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Director in Talks to Direct Amy Adams in Janis Joplin Biopic

November 21, 2014 - 5:30pm

Dallas Buyer’s Club was a big film at the end of 2013. This year, Wild, the new film from its director Jean-Marc Vallee, is said to be a powerful movie as well, thanks in part to a great performance from Reese Witherspoon. Now Vallee is setting up to make a new film, and this one will potentially combine major factors from his last two movies: it’ll be a story based in truth, anchored by a significant female performance. Vallee is in talks to be the Janis Joplin biopic director; he’ll direct Amy Adams as Joplin in a film about the late singer’s life.

Deadline reports that the as-yet untitled movie is still working from the script by Ron and Theresa Terry, and that the current plan is to shoot in mid-2015. 

Last year, it looked like Lee Daniels might make this movie, which at the time was called Get it While You Can. That attachment didn’t stick, however. (Before him, Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke had been attached to direct, and at one point the film was also looking like it might star Vallee’s Wild star Reese Witherspoon.)

Then there’s also the fact that Sean Durkin, director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, has been working on another Joplin biopic called Janis. We see such parallel developments often, and as is frequently the case with that situation, one production has the rights to more material than the other. In this case, Durkin’s project has been said to have the leeway to use Joplin’s biggest hits. Or that was the case over a year ago; whether it remains true is something we’ll try to find out.

Jean-Marc Vallee has also finished shooting the film Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. That film doesn’t yet have a release date.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Is Now Serving Hot Butterbeer

November 21, 2014 - 5:00pm

It’s not often that Muggles get bragging rights over wizards, but today is one of those rare days. Universal Orlando has just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now serving hot butterbeer, in addition to their regular offerings of cold and frozen butterbeer.

In contrast, the wizarding world as chronicled in J.K. Rowling‘s original books only offered butterbeer in two forms, cold and hot. Take that, wizards. Hit the jump for details on exactly where to get hot butterbeer. 

Universal Orlando shared the exciting news on its website. “Just in time for winter, this delicious new addition has the same alluring flavors of butterscotch and shortbread that have been so popular in the colder varieties,” they write. “But the top-secret recipe has been fine-tuned just the right way to make it perfect as a hot treat.”

Hot butterbeer can be found in the Diagon Alley section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Leaky Cauldron, the Hopping Pot, and the Fountain of Fair Fortune. In Hogsmeade, hot butterbeer is available at the Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head Pub.

According to Behind the Thrills, which was able to test the drink in January, “the flavor is very similar to regular Butterbeer, and it still has that same frothy foam on top. In fact, it’s the foam on top that makes it so amazing. The foam is chilled, while the drink itself is warm.”

In the books, butterbeer is described as having a warming effect on the people who drink it, perhaps because it’s mildly alcoholic. That hasn’t been the case so far with Universal Orlando’s officially licensed butterbeer, which is alcohol-free — but now the warmth of the drink itself should make up for it.

Meanwhile, Muggles who can’t make it to Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley this winter shouldn’t despair. There’s no shortage of recipes out there for homemade hot butterbeer. There’s even an elaborate Starbucks drink order that supposedly replicates the flavor pretty well. Plus, if you make it at home, you can make it even more warming by spiking it with a bit of firewhisky. We won’t tell.

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Channing Tatum May Make Directorial Debut With ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’

November 21, 2014 - 4:30pm

Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to direct. Now it looks like he’s found his chance. He and creative partner Reid Carolin are attached to produce and co-direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, based on a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick.

But for those who prefer Tatum in front of the camera, don’t worry — he’s hoping to star in the movie as well. Hit the jump for more details on the Channing Tatum directorial debut.

Published in 2013, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled teen who brings a gun to school with plans to shoot his best friend and then himself. But first, he spends the day saying his goodbyes to the people who matter most to him. Should Tatum sign on, he’ll play a caring teacher who steps in.

The adaptation has been in development at The Weinstein Co. for over a year. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) was on board at one point to write and direct but is no longer involved. The search is on for a new writer to adapt the book.

Tatum is coming off Bennett Miller’s Oscar hopeful Foxcatcher and has several more high-profile projects due out in the next couple years including the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, the Coens’ Hail, Caesar!, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and the Gambit X-Men spinoff.

Most recently, Tatum wrapped a starring role in Magic Mike XXL, which he also wrote and produced with Carolin. The pair are also attached to co-direct The Son, a crime thriller based on the book by Jo Nesbø. However, The Son doesn’t have a studio yet and it’s unclear which project will go first.

Silver Linings Playbook is the only book of Quick’s that has actually made it to the big screen at this point, but he’s already a favorite in Hollywood. Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are working on The Good Luck of Right Now, and Sam Raimi is planning to make Love May Fail from a script by Mike White.

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Page 2: Star Wars, Interstellar, BTTF, Star Trek, GoT, Drive, Joe Carnahan, Trainspotting, Portlandia, X-Files, Memento

November 21, 2014 - 3:40pm

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: TAR2D2 t-shirt

The Uncanny Connections Between This Year’s Best Picture and Best Documentary Oscar Contenders

MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE AWESOME SETS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE PRESTIGE, AND INTERSTELLAR

Boba Fett Goes Back To The Future T-Shirt

Behind the Scenes at the Best IMAX Theater in America

The Inherent Problem With Found Footage Movies

Star Wars Snowflake Templates

Mike Nichols 11 Most Iconic Contributions To Movies

How Movies Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sell Sex in Their Trailers

Go Boldly t-shirt

Making of ‘Boyhood‘: What You Don’t Know About Richard Linklater’s 12-Year Shoot

THE 9 MOST BUZZED ABOUT DOCUMENTARIES AT THIS YEAR’S DOC NYC FESTIVAL

Watch Riker Chase The Ensigns In This Gag Reel For ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation

Bill Cosby To Remain In ‘Painted Down’ Docu As It Seeks Distribution Deal

Sherlock’ Boss Warns Fans to ‘Expect Tragedy’ in Season 4

Telltale, HBO unveil the first trailer for the upcoming iOS ‘Game of Thrones‘ game

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Ellen Barkin To Guest Star In Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Pilot

Continue Reading Page 2 >>

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Fox Orders New ‘Global Frequency’ TV Pilot Based on Warren Ellis Comic Series

November 21, 2014 - 3:30pm

The Warren Ellis-penned comic book series Global Frequency is getting its third shot at television. A decade ago, The WB tried to set a Global Frequency TV series in motion, shooting a pilot based on the comic about an organization that attempts to protect the world from the influence of covert government actions. But the show didn’t get picked up, and the pilot, which starred Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins, disappeared into the aether, destined to be shared illegally for years to come. The CW tried again with a new pilot script a few years later, but that one didn’t even shoot.

Now, Fox has ordered a pilot for a new Global Frequency TV series, with Jerry Bruckheimer exec producing and Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O’Bannon writing.

Deadline reports the news on the new effort, saying “The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.”

One problem with creating a show based on the comic is that the original incarnation of Global Frequency was a 12-issue set of independent stories, with no characters in common outside the intelligence agent who uses the code-name Miranda Zero as she coordinates the global frequency group, and Aleph, the young woman who is the groups dispatcher.

Other agents in the organization are unknown to one another and as anonymous as possible, making the creation of a series with a regular cast somewhat difficult. We don’t know what approach will be taken here.

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‘Strangerland’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman in a Desperate Search for Missing Kids

November 21, 2014 - 2:30pm

Here’s the first trailer for the tense Australian drama Strangerland, in which Nicole Kidman plays a woman whose children disappear, leading her and her husband into a desperate search. This first Strangerland trailer is short and tense — it’s got some of the same vibe and aesthetic appeal of True Detective, even if it doesn’t have the same dynamic between lead characters.

Kim Farrant makes her directorial debut with the film, which also stars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Strangerland doesn’t yet have a US distributor, but expect to see it sometime next year. Trailer via The Film StageFiona Seres and Michael Kinirons scripted.

Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari. They are pleasant but keep to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone. On the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them. Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink, as they struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children’s fate.

 

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′: Disney Casts Jack Sparrow’s New Mate

November 21, 2014 - 1:53pm

A new cast member will join Captain Jack Sparrow on whatever adventures the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean holds. It’s Brenton Thwaites, a name you may not know, but you will soon. He was recently in Oculus as well as The Giver, The Signal, Malificent and the upcoming Son of a Gun. (Which just released a new trailer. Good timing!) In the film, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Thwaites will play a key British solider. Filming will start in 2015 aimed at a July 2017 release. Read more about the Brenton Thwaites Pirates 5 casting below.

The Wrap first posted the story. They also report that the previous rumor of Javier Bardem being in talks for a new villain is true, and that the title is still Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, though Disney has never confirmed that.

We definitely know Johnny Depp is returning, and it’s likely Geoffrey Rush will return along with Ian McShane. As for the other leads, it’s still only rumor that Orlando Bloom and a few others will find their way back to the seven seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is a major film for Disney, one they’ve been very careful with. There was a script as early as 2011, before the release of On Stranger Tides, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer kept stating – even after other writers were brought on – that they hadn’t nailed the quality audiences, and likely the studio too, demanded. Things are definitely falling into place now but there’s still a long way away from July 2017.

Despite terrible reviews, the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film grossed over a billion dollars. So it’s pretty obvious this movie is going to be a hit no matter what. The real question is, will they made $250 million domestic like the fourth film, or $425 million domestic, like the second one?

What do you think about the addition of Brenton Thwaites to the film? I think it’s a good choice, as his performances in all of his recent movies were stand outs.

 

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Star Wars Bits: Several ‘The Force Awakens’ Rumors, Celebration, ‘Rebels’ Discussion and Updates

November 21, 2014 - 1:30pm

Several updates on Celebration, Rebels and Lucasfilm are here along with some awesome rumors about The Force Awakens. Below, read about the following:

  • Some new rumors have surfaced about the identity of Lupita Nyong’o‘s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a new location.
  • Has one single line leaked from the script of The Force Awakens?
  • Read a great article on the crazy security measures surrounding the production of The Force Awakens.
  • Lucasfilm is hiring people to work in both physical and digital effects.
  • See a limited edition figure of the Christmas special Boba Fett.
  • Watch a trailer for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and read about the art show.
  • Who is the mysterious Fulcrum on Star Wars Rebels?
  • Star Wars Rebels will go on a holiday break returning in 2015.
  • One site breaks down several of the rumors about the ending of The Force Awakens.

Any potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are at the bottom of the article.

The Hollywood Reporter has an awesome article called “How Star Wars: Episode VII Lost Control of Its Secrets.” It details the stories of the men who originally took and leaked some of the most recognizable and revealing photos from the sets of the film. It also talks about the crazy security measures J.J. Abrams and his team had people go through, including putting a sticker over the camera on phones brought on set. Just a great read filled with fun information.

Have you ever dreamed of working at Lucasfilm? If you’re reading this article, you probably have. Well the behind the scenes team is hiring for a few positions, one is a person to work in physical effects, the other is computer effects. Visit this site for news.

Disney Theme Parks are selling this very limited edition Vinylmation of Boba Fett, as seen in the Star Wars Christmas Special. It’s just too cool. Here he is, front and back.

The official Star Wars website released this trailer for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015. And can I just say, as good as this trailer is, it doesn’t come close to capturing the excitement and vibe of the event. It’s just joyous.

Speaking of Celebration, there’s going to be a big art show as part of the event and the Star Wars website has a bunch of info on it. Head there to read more and the full artists list.

So far on Star Wars Rebels, one of the biggest mysteries is the identity of Fulcrum, a character that seems to be feeding the Ghost team lots of insider information. We don’t know who the character is, or even what sex they are, but a very interesting rumor has begun to circulate about who he or she could be. I won’t post it here in case it is true, but visit this link to read more.

Speaking of Rebels, after Monday November 24th episode, it’ll go on a brief holiday hiatus, and return on January 5.

Onto the potential spoilers.

They come, of course, from Making Star Wars. The site has several interesting description of characters they refer to as “Pirates.” These characters have a “Mad Max” look to them and live in a setting they refer to as “Pirate’s Cove.” This is, according to their analyzation, a major Rebel base in the film and possibly the scenes filmed at Greenham Common. Head to those links to read a bunch more about each of these possible spoilers.

The most interesting bit is that one of the rooms in “Pirate’s Cove” is described in this rumored concept art/blueprints as Rose’s room and it’s fitting for puppetry. Rumor has it Rose is the code name of Lupita Nyong’o's character so it’s possible, she’s some kind of puppet. Read more at all those links.

Next, Star Wars Underground has learned of what they believe, and we believe as well, is a line of dialogue from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If it’s real, it doesn’t really spoil anything in particular, but it’s kind of fun. The rumored line is (highlight to see) “Chewie, we’re back home!”

Finally, on to the spoiler of all spoilers, Latino Review‘s latest Star Wars column breaks down the rumors about the ending of the film which includes several of your favorite characters. We’re talking major, major stuff. Last shot of the film stuff, potentially, so don’t click unless you are that deep. But if you are lots of very interesting stuff.

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