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10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew
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It's the darkest chapter in the original trilogy of the most famous sci-fi franchise and it has one of the biggest surprising reveals in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back, long celebrated as the best chapter in the massive Star Wars saga, has many secrets swirling around that have yet been discovered by sone of the franchise's biggest fans. Here we take a look at 10 facts you never knew about what some claim is the greatest Star Wars adventure of them all.
Buffy the Jedi Master.
In the decades since Star Wars changed the world in 1977, a wealth of material about the saga's developmental stages has come out, with some bits of old concept art and words like "Starkiller," the original last name for Luke, even getting repurposed in later chapters and the extended universe. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, by J.W. Rinzler, is a »
Die Hard, Goonies, Titanic and Superman Join National Film Registry
3 hours ago
The Library of Congress has announced the 25 movies being added to the National Film Registry for 2017. The list this year is all over the place, which includes movies dating back to the early 1900s and modern classics. Movies like Die Hard, The Goonies, Titanic and Superman have all been selected this year and are considered worthy of preserving under the National Film Preservation Act. Yes, John McClane taking out terrorists at Nakatomi Plaza is worthy of being preserved by the government now.
Under the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress names 25 movies to the National Film Registry every year. These movies are said to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. Beyond that, the only other requirement is that the movies must be at least 10 years old. Here's what Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden had to say about 2017's additions to the National Film Registry.
"The selection of a »
Salma Hayek Shares Terrifying Weinstein Experience: He Was My Monster
4 hours ago
It's been more than two months since the tidal wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein started surfacing, and now another famous actress has come forward with her story, Oscar nominated actress Salma Hayek. In a gripping first-person account published by The New York Times, the actress reveals how she was asked by reporters to come forward and share her story with others, including her friend Ashley Judd, but the actress revealed she didn't want to share her story then because she was, "trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones," and since so many others had come forward with their tales of sexual misconduct against the producer, she didn't think anyone would care about her pain.
Nasa Is Screening The Last Jedi in Space
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The world is very much ready to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which finally rolls out in theaters this weekend. Fans have been waiting eagerly to see this movie ever since the closing shot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given the hype, what could possibly be better than seeing the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga in a theater surrounded by friends and fellow fans this weekend? How about seeing it in space? As crazy as it sounds, that's exactly what the crew aboard the International Space Station will get to do, as Nasa has confirmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened in space.
As awesome as watching a movie in the best film series ever to take place in space while actually in space sounds, it's really out of necessity for those about the International Space Station. It isn't as though they can just come »
The Last Jedi Is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
5 hours ago
Following the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the first press screenings over the past few days, The Last Jedi reviews are in, and they're overwhelmingly positive, easily earning a certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the percentage may very well fluctuate between now and the wide release on Friday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi currently stands at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 173 positive reviews and just 11 negative reviews posted thus far. That tally is currently higher than both 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens (93%) and last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (85%).
Given the extremely positive Last Jedi early reactions, the Rotten Tomatoes score isn't entirely surprising, but it certainly is encouraging for fans who have waited two long years to see how the story continues after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie has also gotten a positive seal of approval from the »
Justice League Is the Highest-Grossing Box Office Bomb Ever
6 hours ago
They say that numbers don't lie, but that isn't always the case when it comes to the box office. Since its release almost a month ago, Warner Bros.' Justice League has pulled in $212.8 million domestic (10th highest this year overall) and $615.4 million worldwide (12th highest this year), but a new report contends that Justice League has become the "highest-grossing box office bomb" in cinematic history. While that distinction seems oxymoronic at worst, and facetious at best, there is some logic within this notion regarding this Dceu movie.
This report from Forbes claims that Justice League beat out another underperforming movie from this year, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight, which posted franchise lows in domestic ($130 million) and worldwide ($605 million), as the "highest-grossing box office bomb." The report clarifies that Justice League won't be the movie that loses the most money, and there's a chance that it still could break even, »
Kingsman 3 Is Still Being Planned by Original Director Matthew Vaughn
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It looks like we're going to get at least one more movie with Eggsy and the Kingsman. Despite the fact that Kingsman: The Golden Circle took a bit of a step back, in terms of box office and critical praise, it made enough money to justify a sequel from Fox. So director Matthew Vaughn reportedly already has plans for Kingsman 3. But will he actually return to direct the third installment?
Visual Effects Supervisor Angus Bickerton recently did an interview to promote the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Blu-ray. During the conversation, he was asked about the possibility of Kingsman 3, which hasn't officially been announced by Fox yet, but sounds increasingly likely. Here's what he had to say about it.
"We've had the briefest of conversations with Matthew [Vaughn] about it...he's got plans."
Clint Eastwood's 15:17 to Paris Trailer Celebrates Real American Heroes
7 hours ago
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The 15:17 to Paris, the latest from director Clint Eastwood who takes a different approach to this true story adaptation. Instead of finding the right actors to play the heroes who helped thwart a real-life terror attack on a train bound for Paris, the director cast the real-life heroes themselves, with the heroic trio comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone. We'll have to wait and see if this unique approach pays off for this harrowing true story adaptation.
From Clint Eastwood comes The 15:17 to Paris, which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride. In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train »
What Does George Lucas Think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
7 hours ago
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally about to arrive in theaters this weekend. To say that people are excited about it would be a bit of an understatement. It's tough to match the anticipation we all felt heading into Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there's a growing sense that this movie is something special. Even though George Lucas isn't involved, it sounds like his legacy is continuing on in a great way. Lucas thinks so too, as he's seen the movie and, reportedly, he really loved it.
The man who created Star Wars recently screened Star Wars: The Last Jedi. According to Connie Wethington, a rep for George Lucas, says that he feels the movie was "beautifully made." That's pretty high praise. He also reportedly talked to director Rian Johnson after the screening and had nothing but nice things to say about his latest entry in the Skywalker saga. »
Frank Oz Teases Yoda Spin-Off Movie, Is It Really Happening?
8 hours ago
Is Yoda getting a standalone Star Wars Story? It sure seems like that might happen. Disney isn't going to stop making Star Wars movies anytime soon. Aside from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars 9, Rian Johnson is currently working on a new trilogy of movies not connected to the Skywalker saga, there's an Obi-Wan solo movie said to be in the works and possibly a Boba Fett movie. But that'll only get us through a few years. So, what's after that? Could it be a Yoda movie?
Frank Oz was recently interviewed for the director's cut of Little Shop of Horrors. During the conversation, he was asked about the possibility of Yoda, the character he first brought to life in The Empire Strikes Back, getting his own movie. Surprisingly, Oz said that such a thing is going to happen, but he then takes the wind out of the sails rather quickly. »
Venom Eyes Woody Harrelson for Henchman Role
15 hours ago
Although Sony Pictures' Venom already in production, with filming starting in late October, it's never too late to add a new cast member. A new report surfaced today which revealed that Woody Harrelson is in talks to sign on, reportedly to play "a henchman of sorts," although there is no indication that this character has roots in the Marvel Comics, and it remains unclear when we'll find out more about this character. It also remains unclear how many more roles need to be filled out as production keeps rolling.
This report comes just a few days after Tom Hardy confirmed Venom is based on Lethal Protector comics, with the actor adding that this character will be very important for the Marvel Universe, during an appearance at Brazil's Comic-Con Experience last weekend. The actor wouldn't clarify what he meant by "Marvel Universe," if he meant the Spider-Man universe Sony is creating, »
Watch Star Wars Characters Flawlessly Sing 'MMMBop'
16 hours ago
Have you ever wondered what it might be like if a bunch of characters from Star Wars movies sang Hanson's MMMBop? Probably not, but either way, we now know exactly what that sounds like, thanks to a new video released by The Tonight Show. Yes, whether we need it or not, Jimmy Fallon has compiled a video of Star Wars characters singing the 1997 hit song and it sounds exactly how one would think something like this would sound. Is that a good or a bad thing? That's up for you to decide.
The video, titled Star Wars Characters Sing MMMBop, is only 30-seconds long, but it's more than enough time to show that there's enough weird sounds made in the history of the Star Wars franchise to seamlessly recreate the nonsensical chorus, originally performed by Hanson. Yoda, Greedo, Rey, Finn, Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo and dozens of other »
Netflix 2018 Originals Include Boss Baby, Trolls, Captain Underpants
16 hours ago
Netflix and DreamWorks have partnered up for a massive slate of programming next year. In 2018, Netflix and DreamWorks Animated Television will debut six original shows. Some familiar titles and some brand new. Among the movies getting the small screen treatment are Trolls and The Boss Baby. In addition, TVweb is reporting that Netflix is rebooting the beloved 80s animated series, She-Ra, a spin-off of the old He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon.
First up is Trolls: The Beat Goes On, which arrives on January 18, 2018. Picking up where the film left off, Trolls: The Beat goes On is an all-new chapter in the endlessly upbeat adventures of the Trolls as Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village keep the party going in their fantastical forest home. Executive produced by Matthew Beans (Robot Chicken), the series features Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Amanda Leighton (This Is Us) as the voices »
Corey Feldman Partners with Child USA to Fight Sexual Abuse
16 hours ago
2017 has been a major year for change. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, many in Hollywood came forward to expose sexual abusers in the business. Corey Feldman, star of The Goonies and current musician, has been leading the charge against Hollywood pedophiles. Now, he's made another major step to make change, as he's partnered with Child USA to fight sexual abuse in this country. Here's what he had to say about the partnership in a statement.
"I am beyond honored to lend my voice to an organization that is so closely aligned with my cause. Marci has been a strong voice and leading advocate for change even longer than I have and I have spent most of my life working towards this change. I know that by joining forces, we can and will accomplish endless victories in the name of innocence lost. It is my pleasure to donate »
Black Panther International Trailer Is the Best One Yet
12 December 2017 2:07 PM, PST
If you're looking for some new Black Panther footage, this international trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie will scratch that itch. Black Panther is easily shaping up to be not only one of the most anticipated superhero movies of 2018, but one of the most interesting Marvel movies ever released. Now, we have quite possibly our best look yet at T'Challa's first solo entry in the McU, which looks to be totally unique and absolutely action-packed.
There's a lot to love in this new Black Panther trailer. For one, we get our best look at T'Challa's suit in action, as well as a sense of what the suit is capable of. We also get a much better sense for Michael B. Jordan's villain, Erik Killmonger, who we're hoping doesn't suffer the same curse as most Marvel villains. There's also so much going on in this trailer, in terms of new shots and awesome lines, »
Insidious: The Last Key Trailer #2 Is Big on Scares
12 December 2017 1:53 PM, PST
A new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key has arrived online ahead of the sequel's release in theaters next month. This latest trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the latest chapter of the very successful Insidious franchise. We're still not sure if this movie is going to be a return-to-form, in terms of quality, but this trailer promises a ton of jump scares and a super creepy haunted house exploration in the movie.
The trailer features some of the same imagery as the first teaser for Insidious: The Last Key, but they're not nearly as shy about showing off some of the cool shots this time around. Even though James Wan, who directed the first Insidious, is only producing this movie, you can tell it has his style embedded in its DNA. It'll be tough for Insidious 4 to top the original, but this could »
New Site Reveals Which Sex Offenders Worked on a Movie
12 December 2017 1:26 PM, PST
Rotten Apples is a new website that allows users to find out how many alleged sexual predators have worked on a specific movie. The idea had been tossed off as a meme and a joke a few months ago, but it is now a real site with a name playing off of Rotten Tomatoes. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought all kinds of other allegations against the entertainment industry, leading many to wonder if it's safe to enjoy Hollywood movies at all anymore. Spoiler alert, just about every movie you can think of is attached to some kind of alleged sexual deviancy.
The premise is simple: Type in the name of any movie or TV series and you'll be told if an alleged abuser or creep is in any way connected to the project. If anyone on the cast or crew is involved, all one has to do is click their name, »
The Dark Crystal Returns to Theaters in February
12 December 2017 1:21 PM, PST
35 years later, The Dark Crystal remains one of the finest works to ever come from the mind of Jim Henson. To celebrate the recently restored, 4K version of the movie, Fathom Events is re-releasing The Dark Crystal in theaters this February, which comes a year after the Dark Crystal 2 comic was released. Many fans of the classic have never had the chance to experience it on the big screen and this gives them the opportunity to do just that. But the screenings are only happening on two nights, so if you want to go, you'd better clear your schedule and get tickets asap.
The Dark Crystal will play in U.S. movie theaters on Sunday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on both days. So you'll have a couple of chances to catch the movie in theaters. Tickets for the event »
Last Jedi Targets Massive $425M Worldwide Box Office Debut
12 December 2017 11:29 AM, PST
There is no question that Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be be a massive box office hit, with analysts predicting a $200 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, but it's shaping up to be an even bigger hit overseas as well. A new report reveals that Disney and LucasFilm are eyeing a roughly $225 million overseas opening weekend for a global opening weekend haul of $425 million. While that is far from the current record, it is among the top 5 of all time, and one of the biggest reasons it won't contend for the record is that it won't be opening in China right away.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the all-time global opening weekend record of $529 million, including the domestic record of $248 million and the overseas debut of $281 million, for a year and a half, until Universal's The Fate of the Furious broke that record with an impressive $541.9 million, »
Final Bright Trailer Drops Will Smith in a World Filled with Monsters
12 December 2017 11:14 AM, PST
With just 10 days left until the new Netflix movie Bright debuts, a final trailer has been released with new footage. This climactic final trailer for Bright features a hot new single from Billboard's "Breakthrough Artist" Camila Cabello and musical duo, Grey called "Crown." This new song will also be included on Bright: The Album available on December 15th. Bright: The Album is produced by Atlantic Records and David Ayer, who were also behind the sensational soundtrack, Suicide Squad: The Album. This trailer begins with a scene showcased in a Bright clip from last week, which shows how Will Smith is not a fan of orc music.
Will Smith and Joel Edgerton take on a world of evil in the streets of Los Angeles for their highly-anticipated Netflix Film, Bright, directed by the Suicide Squad and Training Day's David Ayer. Bright captures the story of two Lapd »
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