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Let's Talk Lightsaber Sounds in 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Trailer

Star Wars

Every single frame of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been examined all over the internet, and it's led to rampant speculation about a variety of things. However, one element that seems to have been largely overlooked isn't something that can be seen, but rather heard. At the very end of the teaser trailer, after the "December 2015" bumper disappears, there's the sound of a lightsaber. For some reason, "Good Morning America" went out of their way to reveal the "exclusive" detail that the sound was that of Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Who cares, right?

 Posted December 1 in Editorial, Hype, Star Wars | Comments

Watch: All 1001 Movies to See Before You Die Teased in 10 Minutes

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

If you're cinephile, there's a good chance you've encountered Steven Jay Schneider's book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. The book is updated all the time, with the most recent addition including the titles Argo and Django Unchained. It's a pretty hefty book, but it's quite the comprehensive list of blockbusters, cult classics, foreign films and acclaimed Oscar winners. But if you're one of those not interested in combing through the heavy tome, film fanatic Jonathan Keogh has put together a video running through all of these films in just 10 minutes. That's less than one second for each film! Watch it!

 Posted December 1 in Hype, To Watch | Comments

Edgar Wright Picks Top 10 Films of 2014, Wants More Original Films

Edgar Wright

We're not even one full day into December, and the folks over at Esquire have already kicked off their year-end lists by asking Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright to pick his Top 10 Films of 2014. You might think that it's a little early with an entire month of movies left to see, but someone like Wright has probably seen most of the awards contenders that haven't hit theaters yet (he saw Interstellar pretty early after all). Wright says, "I thought it was a great year for independent movies," and you'll see a few of them pop up on his list, along with a couple of surprising blockbusters. Look below!

 Posted December 1 in Hype, Looking Back, Movie News | Comments

See Four Impressive Fan Posters for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Posters

"Have you felt it?" With the entire world caught up in Star Wars mania thanks to the first teaser trailer for Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving in theaters/online, some fantastic homages and tributes are already showing up all over the internet. A number of outstanding fan-made posters using imagery from the new teaser have already been completed, including some fantastic sketches of the new Sith lightsaber as well as actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley who star in the film. As both a big Star Wars geek and fan-art aficionado, no question I had to share these, as each one is impressive and captures the exciting feel of the new teaser. I'm glad there's already art like this out there, I'm sure we'll see plenty more over the next year.

 Posted November 29 in Hype, Posters, Star Wars | Comments

Who Did the Voiceover in the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One day after the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered online and in theaters, you won't have to go too far for plenty of intersting in-depth breakdowns speculating and pointing out the most specific details. One tidbit that stirred up quite the debate was just who was providing the voiceover providing the only dialogue in the trailer. Some thought it might be Max Von Sydow or Adam Driver while others were sure it was Andy Serkis. For some reason, there were even people who thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, though he's never been confirmed to be part of the cast. Now we have an answer.

 Posted November 29 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Was 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Worth Seeing in Theaters?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When Disney announced that the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was arriving in theaters this weekend, but only in 30 movie theaters across the country, there were plenty of fans who were annoyed. Perhaps sensing some backlash, Disney still ended up releasing the trailer this morning, only adding to the Black Friday madness that always follows Thanksgiving. However, for fans like me, a trip to the nearest movie theater playing the trailer was still in order. But now that we've all seen the first trailer, the question is whether or not seeing the trailer on the big screen was worth the trip to the movie theater.

 Posted November 28 in Editorial, Hype, Star Wars | Comments

Best Tweets About the First 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Parody

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.

 Posted November 28 in Discuss, Humor, Hype, Star Wars | Comments

Here's How Awesome the Millennium Falcon Looks Filmed on IMAX

Star Wars IMAX

It's Star Wars mania today with the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving. Now that we've all had a quick glimpse at 88 seconds of footage, what else is there to talk about? Well, we can't forget that The Force Awakens (directed by J.J. Abrams) will have at least one major action scene presented in full IMAX 1.43:1 ratio. It was revealed back in July that it was filming in IMAX (remember this?) and while it was confirmed a few months later that it would only be one action scene, the good news is that it will involve the Millennium Falcon. How do we know? Because Disney has sent out a full shot with the Falcon.

 Posted November 28 in Hype, Photos, Star Wars | Comments

Whoa! New 'Punisher' Comic Kills Cast of the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

Fantastic Four

Earlier in the fall, we reported on the tension between 20th Century Fox and Marvel escalating to the point that the comic book company was ending their run of Fantastic Four comics in an effort to dilute interest in the forthcoming feature film reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Indeed, the comic book has been ended for the time being, but there's no indication that this was done with malicious intent. However, you might raise an eyebrow when you see some frames from Punisher #12, the latest issue written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Mitchell Gerads. What unfolds is funny, but pretty messed up.

 Posted November 26 in Hype, Marvel | Comments

James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You 'Sh*t Yourself'

James Cameron

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens lately, plus all of the films coming from Marvel Studios and also Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment, it's easy to forget that James Cameron is working on three sequels to his 2009 blockbuster Avatar. Thankfully, Empire caught up with the filmmaker to find out how the back-to-back sequels are coming along. Production will begin soon with the first film scheduled to arrive late in 2016, and Cameron couldn't reveal much but did say, "I can tell you one thing about them. They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”

 Posted November 26 in Development, Hype | Comments

Snoopy Dreams Big on 'Peanuts' Poster for Charles Schulz's Birthday

Peanuts

After Snoopy "leaked" the latest trailer for Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Peanuts comic strip, a teaser poster has arrived with the iconic beagle and his bird friend Woodstock sleeping the Thanksgiving holiday away on the dog's trusty red doghouse. And in case you didn't know, it just so happens to be the birthday of the late Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and the whole gang. Honestly, this is a gorgeous teaser poster, simple in execution, and it doesn't try to sell Peanuts as something that it's not. Can it shake a stick at the classic cartoons that people watch every year around the holidays? We'll see.

 Posted November 26 in Hype, Posters | Comments

'The Hobbit' Retrospective Trailer Relives Entire Middle-Earth Legacy

Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit

While the music video for Billy Boyd's credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies proved to be a touching retrospective look at both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy (concluding next month), a legacy trailer has just debuted looking back at both of these long adventures across Middle-Earth. Even though the prequel trilogy hasn't lived up to the quality of Peter Jackson's original ambitious jaunt into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, there's no doubt that the filmmaker has achieved something massive and grand by giving fans the adaptations that most of them have always wanted. Watch!

 Posted November 26 in Hobbit, Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Pick a Puppy in the New UK Trailer for 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

Kingsman: The Secret Service

"Give me a farfetched theatrical plot any day." From across the pond, a new trailer has emerged for Matthew Vaughn's big, fun spy action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service, and fans of spies movies of all kinds are going to find something to love. It's like James Bond meets kick ass with all sorts of meta talk of other spies and their movies between Colin Firth and villain Samuel L. Jackson. Plus, the action looks to be pretty insane, especially with that henchwoman with giant blades for legs (she's also featured on four new character posters). This one also continues the trend of featuring adorable dogs (specifically a pug) in action thrillers, if that's something you love. It certainly looks like it'll be outlandish fun. Watch below!

 Posted November 26 in Hype, Posters, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Gets Sweded & Kids' Reactions

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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!

 Posted November 24 in Humor, Hype, Marvel, To Watch | Comments

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