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Even though the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a minute and a half long, there's just about as much blackness on screen as there is real footage in the trailer. Therefore, it makes it fairly easy to make a low budget, sweded version of the trailer. And that's exactly what Dumb Drum (via FlickeringMyth) has done, complete with some crafty cardboard artistry. There's some impressive moving cardboard elements used for the quick shot of the ball droid BB-8, not to mention the moneyshot of the Millennium Falcon flying through the desert. Just a fun video to keep the Star Wars hype alive. Watch!
We sincerely hope that none of our readers have to fight off a pair of burglars with booby traps at their house tonight, but just in case you do, there's some things you may not know about the John Hughes scripted, Chris Columbus directed holiday favorite Home Alone. It's hard to come up with obscure, interesting facts about movies that have been around for 24 years, so that's why CineFix has put together a list of 9 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Home Alone. There's interesting tidbits about the stunt guy who stood in for Macaulay Culkin and how long John Candy worked on the movie. Watch!
With the headlines being dominated this week by the hacking of Sony Pictures leading to terrorist threats by the group calling themselves Guardians of the Peace, which resulted in the studio canceling the theatrical release of The Interview, after major movie theaters chains declined to show the film on Christmas Day, it was pretty much a no-brainer that "Saturday Night Live" would have something to do with the subject matter in their last show of 2014. But we certainly didn't expect this. Legendary madman Dr. Evil, the arch nemesis of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, hijacked the late night sketch show last night to berate both North Korea and Sony Pictures for all the headline-making events. Watch below!
Putting The "F" Back In Freedom. It is a sad day for movie fans in the United States, as Sony has officially cancelled the release of Seth Rogen & James Franco's new comedy The Interview thanks to hacker terrorist threats. Everyone has been following the Sony Pictures Hack story for weeks, as the studio was hacked and files have been leaking non-stop. Today, after movie theaters backed out due to an actual threat of harm to anyone attending screenings of the movie, the studio has decided to pull the release entirely. In response, James Wallace of the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas / Fort Worth will be showing Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 2004 puppet comedy, Team America: World Police, instead. Take that, North Korea!
"What were you expecting, a grasshopper with a top hat?" Take a moment to watch this short film if you're in the mood for a darkly humorous laugh. The Grey Matter is a dark horror comedy directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey, known as the "McCoubrey Brothers", who explained via e-mail this week that they started making music videos for a friend's band and eventually challenged themselves to make a narrative short. After premiering at film festivals throughout the year, including Brooklyn, Show Me Shorts and the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, it's now online earning a recent Short of the Week feature. There are some solid practical FX in it, and the dialogue is fun which helps keep the film interesting. It's a great short, have fun.
If you didn't get enough of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on "That 70s Show," or knowing that they're married just isn't doing the trick, maybe seeing them in the same movie will tickle your fancy. That's where the trailer for MoonQuake Lake comes into play. The fantasy romance features Kunis and Kutcher as two lovers whose relationship is made all the more complicated by the fact that one of them has to return to the moon every night and cries sparkling, silver tears. Yeah, we're not sure what any of that means either, but this is bound to get those who ranted and raved about The Twilight Saga fired up all over again. Watch it!
"The brave hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, now works at a paper company." Last night, the star of The Hobbit trilogy, Martin Freeman hosted "Saturday Night Live," and some kind of parody of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth epic was inevitable. However, we didn't think it would also crossover with a spoof of Freeman's work on the original British version of "The Office." Complete with an awesome opening title sequence of the show that airs on the JRR network (get it?), this was one of the funniest sketches in an episode where Freeman felt like he belonged amongst the cast of live sketch comedians. Watch below now!
After posing for a photoshoot inspired by Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, late night satirist and future inheritor of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Stephen Colbert, continued his love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien by interviewing the one and only Smaug the tyrannical, the dragon under the mountain. And this isn't just an interview with a puppet, but rather a fully animated version of the dragon, or at least as much as would fit in the small space of Colbert's studio. I wonder how much it cost to get this feature together, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch clearly recorded his voice for it. Watch!
There's already been a slew of re-edits of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the hilarious "Special Edition" by George Lucas to the trailer presented in the style of director Wes Anderson. But since they're all just re-purposed footage from the original teaser trailer, we've still been missing Han Solo, Princess Leia and other familiar heroes. But "Saturday Night Live" has us covered in their trailer parody that pokes fun at the older versions of the characters. If the cross guard lightsaber wasn't different enough for you, Luke Skywalker gets a new one that fits his namesake and age a little better. Watch below!
If you don't happen to like the title for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can already make your own title card and call it whatever you want. But if you don't like the teaser trailer that everyone's been talking about, well, that's a bit harder to fix. However, some clever editors have already delivered some new versions, including that hilarious "Special Edition" of the trailer that probably met the approval of George Lucas. Now we have another awesome spin on the trailer comes from Jonah Feingold, who has reimagined the trailer as a sci-fi adventure from The Royal Tenenbaums director Wes Anderson. Watch!
This past fall, the celebrated Sundance entry The Skeleton Twins came and went without grabbing as much attention as it should have. It's hard for indies to compete with the blockbusters, but everyone should be seeking out this fantastic film starring "Saturday Night Live" veterans Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged and struggling siblings coming to terms with their seemingly disappointing lives. However, you should know the film is much funnier than the logline lets on, and it's the perfect blend of drama and comedy. And just to show you how funny the film can be, we have some hilarious outtakes for you. Watch!
It's only been a couple days since the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, but everyone is still talking about it (sorry to all you people who don't care about a galaxy far, far away). With the latest installment of the sci-fi saga, creator and eventual destroyer George Lucas doesn't have his grubby little paws involved creatively now, but that hasn't stopped the unveiling of a "Special Edition" of the Episode VII teaser. Now the trailer features all the stuff that was missing the first time around like dewbacks, Temuera Morrison, and way more TIE Fighters. We don't want to spoil everything, so just watch!
At 7AM Pacific time this morning, Disney/Lucasfilm unveiled the very highly anticipated first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Die-hard geeks waking up too early after eating a massive Thanksgiving meal lead to a wonderful selection of hilarious, goofy, smile-inducing tweets on top of all the compliments and serious discussion about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've collected a few of our favorite tweets, including one amazing Photoshop (seen above) of the crazy new Sith lightsaber, for your amusement. So take a look, laugh, smile, and share your Star Wars jokes with us.
We've had some time for the hype surrounding The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to die down, and now the focus is on this week's first trailers for Jurassic World (watch a teaser for the trailer here) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (see where you can find it this weekend here). But how about we revisit the trailer for the Marvel superhero assembly sequel, but with a couple twists. First of all, there's a fun sweded version of the trailer that just came online today. And second, there's an adorable video showing kids reacting to seeing the trailer for the first time, some of the interested, others not so much. Watch below!