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Lightsaber evolution is a 'Star Wars' calling card

Posted December 1, 2014, 4:12 PM

By now, I'm sure that you've seen the trailer for The Force Awakens. If not, then you should really go check it out as the rest of this article will be yet another impossibly specific breakdown of approximately 1.6 seconds of footage. That's almost 1/44th of the entire trailer after all, but it's a really important couple of seconds and I might argue the most telling as to what to expect come next December.

I'm talking about the images from 0:54 to 0:56 seconds, or what's being more commonly referred to as the lightsaber reveal. For a teaser, The Force Awakens trailer had just about everything that you'd want to see in a new Star Wars trailer. OK fine, there were no returning characters (at least overtly), but there were so many other things that make the films what they are...

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Monday Mixer: Let it go, 'Frozen' sequel is happening?

Posted December 1, 2014, 3:12 PM

Welcome to December.

It seems like it was just Thanksgiving yesterday. Oh wait, it was (sort of). Now we are a measly 31 days away from what will most likely be the highest box office grossing year of all time.

We've spent many words talking about how big 2015 is poised to be and I'm sure there will be many more to come next month, but suffice to say, we are really excited about next year. And yet, we still have this last month in 2014 before we can start overanalyzing everything.

And it's not like this month doesn't have anything to offer. There are some great films with the potential to give 2014 one last boost to its box office. The last Hobbit film (that we know of) is finally coming to theaters and a new Night at the Museum will bring...

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MEGAPOST: Fan art, parody, and reaction to the new 'Star Wars' trailer

Posted December 1, 2014, 11:12 AM

The response and analysis to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has been like nothing I've ever seen. Released less than a week ago, fans are creating all kinds of art and parody to honor the 88 seconds of film shown to us.

The video on YouTube has been viewed 10 million times. That does not include the Apple site where the trailer was also published. (Apple does not provide video statistics.)

Fan opinion has been almost universally positive but measured. Even Mr. Plinkett, the YouTube star from RedLetterMedia who eviscerated the prequels, liked this one. At least I think he liked it.

Speaking of the prequels and The Maker himself, this George Lucas Special Edition version of the trailer has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so. It's by a YouTuber named timtimfed. Of course it pokes fun at the...

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Teaser trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is here

Posted November 28, 2014, 11:11 AM

It's the most anticipated movie trailer of the past decade or more. The 88-second teaser trailer for next December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released online and in theaters.

Come to think of it, there has not been a trailer more eagerly anticipated since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1997. Like that film, this preview represents a new generation of Star Wars films. Writer/director J.J. Abrams is bringing this new vision to life.

What am I blathering on about? Here is the teaser for The Force Awakens:

Simultaneously, there is a lot to see but also not much. We get some new visuals and new characters. Also welcome are familiar images like the ship of Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon. What we don't get to see is much plot nor beloved characters like Solo and twins Luke...

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'Pan' gets an origin story in new trailer

Posted November 25, 2014, 4:11 PM

Have you ever wondered where and how Peter Pan made his way into Neverland? No? Well then, this trailer probably isn't for you.

For the rest of us though, the mysterious origins of Peter Pan is something that has gnawed at the back of our collective minds since childhood although we've probably never been aware of it. I'm sure there was a line or two that attempted to explain how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland, but I don't ever recall getting a full explanation.

Enter Pan, the new film starring Hugh Jackman as the villain, Blackbeard. Yep, you read that right. Apparently, before Captain Hook ascended to the throne of villainy in Neverland, Blackbeard was the oppressive regime leader.

The trailer is a visual treat and the story seems pretty compelling right up until the part where extras from the Cirque de...

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'Jurassic World' trailer literally jumps the shark

Posted November 25, 2014, 11:11 AM

Everyone knows the saying and for many, the fact that Steven Spielberg was going back to the Jurassic well yet again (as Executive Producer only), was confirmation that the Jurassic Park franchise had indeed jumped the proverbial shark. Well, as the director of Jaws, Spielberg knows a thing or two about sharks and it's pretty clear that there will be no shark jumping in this film.

Trust me, I was as skeptical about Jurassic World as the next guy, but yesterday's trailer tease was enough to get me excited again. Although I did have a glimmer of hope in relative newcomer director Colin Trevorrow and his ability to deliver a great film. That hope hinged on the only other film he's ever directed Safety Not Guaranteed which is about as opposite of a film as you can get from Jurassic World.

But...

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Monday Mixer: Huge 'Star Wars' trailer news

Posted November 24, 2014, 4:11 PM

This week brings us Thanksgiving.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Where has this year gone? Maybe it's just me, but I feel like 2014 was simply a blip on the radar on the way to 2015. That's not to belittle 2014, but with 2015 looming over us like a giant dinosaur or a star destroyer, it's hard not to look ahead to next year.

It's funny though, usually when we are desperately waiting for something, time slows down, but in this case it seems the opposite is true. I've seen some great films this year that I know will stand the test of time, but will they all be overshadowed by next year's offerings?

I suppose this week more than any other is a good time to take a few moments and be thankful for the industry that continues to surprise and...

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