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SN: If “Force Awakens” sucks

PhasmaSN: If “Force Awakens” sucks

I wrote about this awhile back, but now with the films release less than two weeks ago. I want to touch on this point one last time.

The original “Star Wars” trilogy was perfect. In its own contained way, all 3 films told a perfect story in a fantastical universe (say what you want about Ewoks, still a perfect conclusion).

Every single “Star Wars” project since that trilogy has been a bonus – icing on the cake. Not even the horrendous holiday special could bring the greatness of the original saga down. Nothing will ever “ruin” that trilogy.”

The prequels – a bonus. Imperfect icing with insight into the origins of our great trilogy. These films? They could still be perfect, but what we had with the original trilogy was rare and not easily re-created by anyone. It’s also additional icing, insight into the epilogue of the franchise.

So no worries if “Force Awakens” isn’t up to par with the original trilogy. It’ll still be awesome to see Abrams’ vision unfold and for us to spend more time in this amazing universe.

 

 

SN: “The Force Awakens” role in the Oscars

SN: “The Force Awakens” role in the Oscars

We’re a little too late in posting this trailer, but good God we’ve probably contributed about 100 of the views.

Among a lot of the unseen films in the Oscar prediction world, there is still one major film that many prognosticators aren’t talking about, and that is Force Awakens

“Star Wars” and “Empire Strikes Back” both didn’t fare well with awards, but if “Force Awakens” is able to pull out a Metacritic score in the 70s or 80s it may be very likely that it will enter the expanded Best Picture category.

As usual we’ve had the movie sweeping the technical categories, but “Best Picture” and “Screenplay” are still shaky. Also what about the actors? We put Mark Hamill as a dark horse in our predictions, but anyone could really stand out.

A fair prediction is that “Force Awakens” will dethrone “Avatar” as the highest-grossing film of all time. We have our Thursday night tickets, (my Kylo Ren action figure is also in the mail), so we’ll see.

What do you think “Force Awakens'” role at the Oscars will be?

SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con


SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con

Perhaps the greatest thing to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the behind the scenes look of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.” You’d have to be drowning in cynicism to say that the most recent trailer didn’t awaken some part of the inner child in you.

Now we have a solid look at what Abrams is trying to accomplish. Yes “Star Wars” may eventually become an exhausted franchise with spin-offs and sequels already planned. But for now with a strong merging of practical effects and motion capture effects, this behind-the-scenes look continues to bring smiles to fans faces.

Hit “Continue Reading” for Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad.

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SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

Your guard is up. Very few moments in your life you felt the sensation of anxiety and jubilant  glee: your first wedding, birth of your first child, and the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when John Williams’ classic score accompanied your beating heart. You were pumped. Goosebumps riddled your scrawny body… Lucas’ masterpiece franchise finally to come full circle..

The movie starts… you shrug off the occasional mediocre dialogue, you shrug off the explanation of “The Force” being lazily defined to “Midi-chlorians.” You try and shrug off Jar Jar Binks, but he just… keeps… talking…. You’re at war with your own nostalgia: “No! This can’t be bad! This isn’t bad!”
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Hypothetical Casting: Sony’s Super Mario Bros. animated movie

4067203510_5ca73bef0cHypothetical Casting: Sony’s Super Mario Bros. animated movie

Among the Sony hacked (not leaked) e-mails was the unintentional public announcement of a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

A natural choice would be to just use a lot of the video game voice actors, and we found that most of the time that was the best choice. But we’ve drawn up some alternatives to who could do the voice for the main characters in the Super Mario Bros. movie.
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Hypothetical Casting: Sonic the Hedgehog

sonic_the_hedgehog_and_friends_wallpaper_by_sonicthehedgehogbg-d6s9edsHypothetical Casting: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sony announced recently that they are developing a combination CGI and Live Action “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation to film. What could go wrong?

According to the official statement, the film hopes to “capture Sonic’s irreverent tone and spirit, reuniting him with some of the most revered and infamous characters of the franchise.”

“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base,” said Hannah Minghelle, Columbia Pictures’ president of Production, “we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”

The franchise has been adapted into several different television series’, some better than others. Regardless, it is hard to tell if this movie will actually be good. It’s a movie based off a video game for children that blends live action and CGI. It could be good, but it doesn’t have much going for it at this time, but…

Maybe a good cast would help? Here’s a hypothetical casting for Sonic the Hedgehog, the live action/CGI film.

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Film: Star Wars Episode VII News Timeline

o-JJ-ABRAMS-R2D2-facebookFilm: Star Wars Episode VII News Timeline

**This page will be updated frequently following the pre-production, production, and post-production of “Star Wars: VII.” It is in order with the most recent news bits on top.

Star Wars VII Timeline

Nov. 29, 2013 – Millennium Falcon reportedly built for Episode VII
Source: The Guardian

Nov. 28, 2013 – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Dziene and Taissa Farmiga reportedly up for Star Wars VII roles.
Source: ComicBookMovie

Nov. 19, 2013 – R2D2 confirmed
Source: ComingSoon

Nov. 18, 2013 – Samuel L. Jackson reveals on Letterman that Mark Hamill hasn’t been contacted by J.J. Abrams on returning.
Source: ComicBookMovie

Nov. 13, 2013 – Bad Robot tweets possibly the first BTS photo.
Source: Twitter
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Film Preview: Star Wars VII to hit a theater near you – December 18, 2015

kathleen-kennedy-jj-abrams-george-lucasFilm Preview: “Star Wars VII” to hit a theater near you – December 18, 2015

StarWars.Com just released the following statement:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
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Top 20: Films of All Time

citizen-kane-newspaper2_t658Greatest Films of All-Time

Citizen Kane
The Godfather
Casablanca
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Vertigo
The Godfather Part 2
Singin’ in the Rain
Raging Bull
The Wizard of Oz

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