Star Wars

1977 Science Fiction/Fantasy Rated PG 125 Minutes

Monday Mixer: It's a 'Wonder'ful world

2 months ago

"Be our guest, be our guest..."

So, is there anything big coming out this week? Oh yeah, that's right, Disney's live-action extravaganza Beauty and the Beast is making its way to DVD and Blu-ray this week, but it's still playing in over 500 theaters across the country.

While I know that you...

Review: Disney's big gamble on 'Beauty and the Beast' pays off

2 months ago

If you had asked me at the beginning of the year which film would be the highest grossing film in 2017, I would have said The Last Jedi. In fact, I did. The year is far from over and I'm still convinced that the latest Star Wars film will top...

May the 4th: Happy 'Star Wars' Day

3 months ago

Let's see, did anything go down in the Star Wars world since last we talked in April? Nope, can't really think of anything.

Oh yeah, there was that whole Star Wars celebration thing that happened in Orlando. We tried to hold most of the news from the convention for this story...

Monday Mixer: 'Fate of the Furious' sets a new record

3 months ago

There's one aspect of the box office that we don't really talk much about, but is probably something that we should at least acknowledge. Given that our site's main focus is the home entertainment market in the United States, we have mostly focused on the domestic box office.

In the past...

The first 'The Last Jedi' trailer offers some clues

3 months ago

I have not read the script to The Last Jedi, nor have I sought out any of the almost certain to exist spoilers out there, but I'm a Star Wars fan darn it. It's pretty much impossible for me to watch a trailer for a Star Wars film and not...

Monday Mixer: First teaser trailer of 'Thor: Ragnarok' surfaces

4 months ago

Some weeks are better than others. The last month seemed to be a case of studios not being able to do any wrong. And then? Here come The Smurfs.

I'm not sure what it is about those little blue creatures, but they just haven't been able to get a proper shake...

April the 4th: 'Rogue One' now on Blu-ray & DVD

4 months ago

OK, fine.

It's technically no longer the 4th, but as they say, it's close enough for government work, right? Sorry about the one-day delay but part of playing catch up from vacation involves having to prioritize and make sacrifices. So, it seems that in the grand scheme of things, getting our...

Monday Mixer: 'The Boss Baby' earns its cookie

4 months ago

Ah, Spring Break. The memories, or at least the ones that shine through the haze, are often more impressive than reality.

As we get older, we tend to amplify those memories until they take on a life of their own. They become so amazing, that the very words "Spring Break" usually...

Review: 'Moana' continues Disney's animated resurgence

5 months ago

When you have a library of films that includes Cinderella, Snow White and The Lion King, it's hard to use words like comeback and resurgence, but Disney hasn't always enjoyed the widespread success that it does today. Nope, in fact, for the greater part of my childhood (late '70s, early...

March the 4th: First look at 'Han Solo' cast

5 months ago

The last month was anything but boring when it came to Star Wars news, but consider this: we still haven't seen a single bit of footage from The Last Jedi. While it seems that Disney is departing from the strategy it established on The Force Awakens, you have to remember...

Review: The 'Doctor' is in for latest Marvel film

5 months ago

It has been pretty well documented that my comic book background is rather lacking, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate great stories and strong characters. In fact, I feel that my lack of comic book experience is a strength when it comes to watching and evaluating comic book...

'Rogue One' rebels on DVD & Blu-ray on April 4

5 months ago

From a galaxy far, far away to your living room, Disney has set April 4 as the release date for the DVD and Blu-ray of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The latest Star Wars film debuted in theaters on December 16 and has earned over $527 million at the...

Monday Mixer: All of the Super Bowl movie ads here

6 months ago


Fills up coffee mug for the second, no third time.

I'm going on the record now. My vote can be bought for 2020. I will literally vote for any candidate that supports making the Monday following the Super Bowl a national holiday.

I jest, I think, but it is hard to...

February the 4th: 'The Last Jedi'

6 months ago

Will I make it? I mean, I had good intentions to have this news story queued up on Friday waiting for the 4th, but Murphy's law and all that.

So, here I sit with about 40 minutes until the 5th, typing away to make this deadline. The question remains, will I...

Monday Mixer: 'Hidden Figures' blasts off in first place

6 months ago

This was certainly a peculiar weekend at the box office. Technically, it is a holiday weekend, but instead of a bevy of high-profile films debuting, this weekend was filled with dumping ground movies that January is known for.

Despite evidence in recent years that films can pretty much open in any...

Our Predictions: The 2017 box office will be ruled by 'VIII'

6 months ago

A new year is a time for new beginnings. The counter is reset to zero and everyone is back at the starting line.

Well, that's the idea at least.

At probably the exact moment that I'm typing this, Rogue One has officially become the highest grossing film of 2016. What that means...

A look back at the films I watched in 2016

7 months ago

If you recall, I made a new year's resolution last year to watch at least 100 movies in 2016. Given that I have two toddlers at home, that was an ambitious goal to be sure. But, I was game to give it the old college try.

I am happy to report...

January the 4th: 'Rogue One' Redux

7 months ago

No, that headline isn't a subtle reference to more adventures with the Rogue One crew, it's just a reminder that in the aftermath of Rogue One's release, this month's news coverage is going to be dominated by Rogue One news, naturally.

Speaking of the latest film in the Star Wars franchise...

Tuesday Mixer: First look at 'Alien: Covenant'

7 months ago

I'm really beginning to think that Disney is completely changing the way that we watch films. Well, I mean, of course they are. They own the biggest film properties and as such, they pretty much dictate how and when we watch the films that we most want to see.

Take Star...

Review: 'Rogue One' is the 'Star Wars' prequel we all deserved

7 months ago

I am going to put this on front street as we normally contain our reviews to the home entertainment side of things where spoilers are less bothersome. I have been a near life-long Star Wars fan, so, of course, I took a day off to experience the latest Star Wars...

Monday Mixer: 'Rogue One' is big, but is it massive?

7 months ago

How do we define success?

Success is something that we talk about each week with this column, but by its very nature, success is relative. If a small indie film that cost $1 million to make goes out and makes a $10 million splash at the box office in its opening...

Review: 'Freemaker Adventures' takes 'Star Wars' to a new level

8 months ago

When Disney bought LucasFilm, I'm pretty sure that Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures wasn't even on the radar. And yet, now it's pretty obvious that this was precisely the reason that Disney invested in the Star Wars franchise.

Combined with the very successful Star Wars Rebels, Lego Star Wars: The...

Review: Disney has another hit with 'Elena'

8 months ago

If there's one thing that Disney is really good at these days, it's recognizing a winning formula and sticking to it. That mindset is on display on the big screen as they continue to churn out hit after hit for their Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar franchises and it's becoming...

Monday Mixer: 2016, a year in moving pictures

8 months ago

2016 has been quite the year, both in film and in reality.

It has been a year for change and a year for reflection, but no matter what this year means to you, there has been plenty of great films to help us along the way. As we turn the calendar...

December the 4th: 'Star Wars' month is here!

8 months ago

December has quickly become Star Wars month for Disney. The studio is rather known for establishing and maintaining film release trends. For instance, it's no coincidence that Disney has nine of the top ten Thanksgiving weekend releases of all time.

Like clockwork, we know that there will be two (or three...

Monday Mixer: The 'Doctor' is in

9 months ago

What a Strange weekend it was and it had nothing to do with the election that is set to take place this week. I've been pretty bullish on Marvel films over the years, but I've also cautioned that they are setting themselves up for a great fall.

I mean, it's only...

November the 4th: We have a young Lando

9 months ago

I really love these monthly updates of the Star Wars universe, but I've quickly learned that with so many different tangents in the Star Wars world, it's hard to keep up with everything. Think about it.

There are the films obviously, but there's also the Star Wars Rebels animated TV show...

Review: New 'Star Trek' doc boldly goes over 50 years of history

9 months ago

It's no secret that I've always found myself on the Star Wars side of the great sci-fi divide, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a certain appreciation for all things Star Trek. Heck, I worked for Paramount Home Entertainment for a couple of years, so I got really...

Will 'Rogue One' be the best 'Star Wars' film ever?

9 months ago

If you go by conventional wisdom, or ask just about anyone on the street, the most beloved Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, hands down. But, its spot in the Star Wars hierarchy might be in jeopardy later this year.

On December 16, Disney will bring Star Wars: Rogue...

October the 4th: Double the 'Star Wars' fun

10 months ago

Did you miss us last month? I could make up so many excuses and argue that since the 4th of September fell on a Sunday, I should get a pass. But, the reality is that last month was just crazy and something had to give.

And to be honest, Star Wars...

Monday Mixer: A most 'Magnificent' opening weekend

10 months ago

Last week signalled the official start of Autumn, but temperatures have been anything but tepid since the calendar changed. In fact, the weather has been more akin to the raging heat of Summer and the box office seemed to be cooperating.

But yet again, a hot start on Thursday night from...

Review: 25 years later, 'Beauty and the Beast' still shines

10 months ago

A quarter of a century. Think about that for a minute. What has changed in the last 25 years?

The world of 1991 that saw the debut of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is so foreign from the world we live in now, that it boggles the mind that anything from...

Review: 'Power Rangers' provides a great generational bridge

11 months ago

Did you know that Disney nearly ran the Power Rangers franchise into the ground in during the early 2000s? Did you even know that Disney once controlled the spandex clad, kung fu fighting kitsch that has come to embody everything that was right and wrong about the 1990s?

No, you probably...

Darth Vader cameos in new 'Rogue One' trailer

12 months ago

Usually, we hold all of the Star Wars news for our monthly digest, but sometimes the news is too big to hold. A new trailer for Rogue One definitely falls into the breaking news category.

Last month, we heard about the trailer that they showed the audience at Star Wars Celebration...

Disney eschews 4K again, 'Force Awakens' getting 3D treatment

12 months ago

If you take a minute and peruse our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray page, it won't take you long to notice one glaring omission. Of the nearly 100 films available or upcoming in the nascent format, not a single one of them is a Disney film. The reason for this, which...

August the 4th: A new 'Star Wars' TV series?

12 months ago

I promised that this month would be pretty big, huge even, when it came to Star Wars news and I think I was able to live up this promise. With Star Wars Celebration Europe and Comic Con, Disney and LucasFilm was able to get out in front of massive audiences...

Comic Con trailers raise the bar this year

1 year ago

One of the great things about Comic Con is that you never really know what you're going to get. I mean, sure, you know that you'll see all of your favorite comic book people and as Hollywood has co-opted the event over the years, you know that you will see...

Monday Mixer: Brand new 'Magnificent Seven' trailer

1 year ago

Just when it looked like the box office might be cooling down, a new record is set. And no, Ghostbusters wasn't the film to set the title, but that film did just fine. With the weather starting to look more like late Summer and temperatures rising, it seems logical that...

'Rogue One' delivers the sizzle

1 year ago

I know. I know.

I was supposed to hold off all of the Star Wars news until the monthly report on the 4th, but some things are just too incredible not to share. Trust me, with this weekend's Star Wars Celebration Europe and the upcoming Comic Con, there will be plenty...

July the 4th: The return of Darth Vader

1 year ago

While the rest of the country is out celebrating our independence, we've got you covered with everything that has happened in the world of Star Wars over the last month. Of course, considering the holiday, we couldn't help but indulge in a bit of inquiry over whether the have an...

The good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of 2016

1 year ago

Here we are, June 30. When the clock strikes midnight, we will officially be half through 2016 which means that the next Star Wars film is almost here.

At the start of the year, I made a new year's resolution that I intended to keep. In the last five years since...

'Captain America: Civil War' comes home on September 13

1 year ago

It's no secret that Disney is enjoying the sort of box office run that has sports fans reminiscing about the Jordan's Chicago Bulls or the early 1980s New York Islanders. Thanks to their "big three" (Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars), Disney has been crushing it at the box office for...

June the 4th: 'Rogue One' reshoots? Uh-oh?

1 year ago

OK, I get it. June the Fourth doesn't quite roll off the tongue as nicely as May the Fourth does, but I think it gets the point across. Besides, who cares what the headline says? You're just here for the last month's worth of Star Wars news. I don't blame...

Disney sneaks a peek at 'Beauty' and the 'Beast'

1 year ago

It might be a "tale as old as time," but that won't stop Disney from finding new ways to cash in on what might be their biggest untapped cash cow. In 1991, Beauty and the Beast built upon the success of The Little Mermaid two years earlier and solidly proved...

Monday Mixer: We all won the 'Civil War'

1 year ago

Let's take a little survey, shall we? How long before Disney owns all of the box office records? Between Marvel, Star Wars and the Pixar films, Disney has had quite a lucrative hold on the box office that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.

Consider this. Disney currently has half...

Who is Alden Ehrenreich? Han Solo, that's who

1 year ago

What do they say about best-laid plans and all that? The plan was to curate all of the previous month's best Star Wars news and present it to you in a neat little package on the 4th of every month. Go figure, that not two days go by and the...

May the Fourth be with you... always

1 year ago

Happy Star Wars Day!

May 4th. May the Force be with you. May the Fourth, get it? Yeah, if you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance that you're already a part of the cult of Lucas and this is pretty basic. For the minority of you out there, Star Wars...

More landmarks blow up in new 'Independence Day Resurgence' trailer

1 year ago

Jeff Goldblum's character David Levinson has the best line in the new trailer for Independence Day Resurgence. "They like to get the landmarks."

The iconic shot from the first Independence Day involved the aliens blowing up the White House and it would appear from this trailer that they are planning to...

Monday Mixer: 'Men in Black' getting mashed up with '21 Jump Street'

1 year ago

It doesn't happen often, but when I actually go out on a limb and hit it big, I'm going to brag a little. Today's brag is all about the little film The Jungle Book, well, it's anything but little.

If you recall our predictions for the 2016 box office back in...

Monday Mixer: MTV Movie Awards pimp out Summer blockbusters

1 year ago

What exactly are the MTV Movie Awards? It seems that no one has any clue and yet, they still give them out.

They are basically a glorified marketing gimmick aimed at promoting Summer blockbusters under the guise of giving out awards for such dubious honors as "Best Kiss" and "Best Villain....

'Rogue One' trailer proves that 'Star Wars' is back

1 year ago

I get it. Some people actually argued that The Force Awakens' record-breaking box office performance (currently at $935 million) was a fluke. They argued that it was only due to fanboy anticipation or the involvement of the ultimate fanboy J.J. Abrams.

The Force Awakens couldn't possibly live up to the hype...

Are fan films the future of Hollywood?

1 year ago

The speed at which technology is evolving is changing the way that we view entertainment. Recently, the industry debuted the latest physical media format, Ultra High Definition Blu-ray players and their corresponding discs.

Technological advancements are also lowering the bar of entry in making entertainment. Camcorders have allowed people to film...

Monday Mixer: 'Deadpool' destroys box office records

1 year ago

It's the week that studios wait the entire year for, no not the Oscars. It's the week of our National Sales Summit and we are able to meet with the studios and discuss the future of home entertainment.

OK, maybe it's more the week I wait for every year, but still...

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is in production

1 year ago

Normally, we don't post stories when films go into production because it literally happens every single day, but when you are the sequel the largest grossing film of all time and a Star Wars film, you get special treatment. Oh, and there's a video.

Not content to sit back on its...

Monday Mixer: 'Deadpool' destroys box office records

1 year ago

I'm trying something a little different and if all goes to plan, then you'll wake up to this little surprise. If not, then I fell asleep writing it and hopefully I still make it by the end of Monday.

Obviously, adjustments need to be made and I'm going to try my...

Monday Mixer: Did 4K UHD players drop early?

1 year ago

Hey, look, it's still Monday and there's a new Mixer. Are you shocked? I know that I am.

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but I'm trying to get back on schedule as best that I can. This weekend was a crazy one as the emphasis was mostly anywhere but...

Monday Mixer: First look at 'Yoga Hosers,' eh!

2 years ago

There's nothing like a good old-fashioned blizzard to derail momentum at the box office. As winter storm Jonas (when did naming winter storms become a thing?) wrecked havoc on the East coast, it was every film for itself.

Sure, the weekend was down 27% over 2015, but how much of that...

Our Predictions: The 2016 box office will be 'One' to remember

2 years ago

This is my favorite week of the year in this business. This is the week that will define us in terms of our box office expertness for the entire year. This is the week in which Tim, Dannette and I will do our best to predict what the box office...

Monday Mixer: Rest in Peace David Bowie

2 years ago

It was a busy weekend on all fronts as 2016 kicked into high gear. Not only did the NFL playoffs kickoff, but the Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday evening.

At the box office, it was a little bit of the same old and something new to keep things interesting...

Lay off of 'Star Wars,' all sequels are derivative

2 years ago

It's been a few weeks now since the release of The Force Awakens and I've noticed a disturbing trend recently. It seems that the "cool" thing to do among online bloggers and critics is to bash the film and call it derivative. Or a glorified remake. Or a rehash. Or...

Monday Mixer: Happy New Year, it's Oscar time

2 years ago

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

What does that even mean? We all sing it every year around this time, but we rarely take a moment to truly dig into the meaning. It's tradition. It's what you do when the ball drops and you finally give up in...

Our top 10 movie trailers of 2015 are...

2 years ago

I have said it so much, that I should probably just go ahead and get it tattooed somewhere on my body. But, it remains true, "the long-lost art of creating a great film trailer is bordering on extinction."

There are so many bad movie trailers out there that we would need...

We review 'The Force Awakens' on our podcast

2 years ago

As many of you know, I went to see The Force Awakens on opening night as part of the massive seven-film Star Wars marathon. On Monday, Tim finally completed the yin to my yang when he made it out to see The Force Awakens.

So, what did we think? Well, I...

Monday Mixer: 'The Force Awakens' bigger than expected

2 years ago

If there was any question who the box office king truly is, this classic advertisement from 1977 still rings true.

Cue John Williams score. Star Wars was back this weekend and back in a big, bad way.

We all knew it was coming and yet as we wake up this morning, we...

No Spoilers: 'Star Wars' week is massive

2 years ago

I will enter a theater to experience the Star Wars marathon in a little over 9 hours. You may have noticed that Tim and I have gone dark with social media over the last few days with the hope that we can stay relatively spoiler free on The Force Awakens.


Monday Mixer: Welcome to 'Star Wars' week!

2 years ago

Star Wars. Blah blah. Star Wars.

Did I mention that it's Star Wars week?

Unless you've been living in a cave and even then I'm pretty sure that you would still know that this is the week that has been in the making for over a decade. This week marks the debut...

Things get big in 'BFG' trailer

2 years ago

The next film from Steven Spielberg is probably as under the radar as any film from him can possibly get. Believe it or not, he returns with a family film next Summer based on a beloved classic children's book and there's been very little fanfare to date. Of course, The...

'Carol' leads an even race with five Golden Globe nominations

2 years ago

If yesterday's announcement of the SAG nominations officially kicked off awards season, then my annual forgetfulness that the Golden Globe nominations are announced the day following the SAG noms is a reminder to us all that we have indeed reached awards season.

It's not like it should be a big surprise...

Monday Mixer: The full-court 'Force' press

2 years ago

Ah, December. Normally, this month is overflowing for me. I was born on December 12th and more recently my daughter was born on December 1st four years ago. Oh, and there's that whole holiday about the jolly fat man with a penchant for red and white suits.

But this year, December...

A look back at the movie trailers of 2015

2 years ago

One sore subject around these parts lately has been the decline in quality of movie trailers. It's true, most trailers these days are limp and uninspired. They do little to generate excitement for their films and more to simply announce their films' release dates.

Sure, for larger blockbusters such as Avengers...

Monday Mixer: The not-so-good 'Dinosaur'

2 years ago

By now, all of the leftover turkey is probably well on its way to that final resting place in the, uh er, waste management facility and we can properly turn our focus to Christmas. And The Force Awakens, obviously.

Today is also "Cyber Monday," whatever the heck that means. Cyber Monday...

The odds 'Awaken' for Star Wars

2 years ago

We are officially less than a month away from the opening of The Force Awakens, so it only seems fitting that we get serious about the latest Star Wars film. Yeah, because countless stories in the last year about the film hasn't quite done the trick yet.

Tim and I made...

Monday Mixer: 'The Force' is indeed awakening

2 years ago

I would like to take this moment to thank you, my dear readers. It is fitting that this is the week of giving thanks because I couldn't be more thankful than I am this morning for you.

Oh, I know. I bet you're sitting there thinking this is going to the...

Happy Life Day: How big will 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' be?

2 years ago

On this day in 1978, CBS aired The Star Wars Holiday Special for the first and only time. Since then Nov. 17 has unofficially marked Life Day, the Wookiee holiday celebrated in the TV show. It's merely a way for fans to celebrate Star Wars while simultaneously poking fun at...

New 'Force Awakens' trailer offers the most details yet

2 years ago

For all the marketing, toys, trailers, and promotion we've already seen for next month's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we know little of the film's plot. We know the setting and several of the characters but writer/director J.J. Abrams and crew haven't given us much more.

Today a new international trailer...

Is 'Star Wars' going biblical with new posters?

2 years ago

You realize at this point that I could put Star Wars with any other words in a headline and you will click on it.

"Did Star Wars influence O.J.?"

"How Star Wars is making Ayn Rand cool again"

"Is Star Wars overrated?"

"Is Star Wars underrated?"

"What is Star Wars?"

But hear me out, this headline...

Tuesday Mixer: Better late than never, right?

2 years ago

All the spooks and ghouls were out and about Saturday night, but the real horror show took place in your local megaplex. Like any horror film worth its salt, the carnage was predictable, but it doesn't make it any less tragic.

This weekend was the worst weekend of 2015, with the...

The past catches up to 'Back to the Future'

2 years ago

I literally grew up watching Back to the Future. It's the first franchise that I can recall in which I viewed each installment in theaters during its initial theatrical run. I was 10 when the original film came out in 1985 and then 14 and 15 respectively when Part II...

'Joy' picks up the gun in new trailer

2 years ago

While it's a pretty safe bet that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be raking in all of the cash this Christmas, there's a much smaller film that might just rake in all of the Oscars. David O. Russell's latest film Joy reunites many of the principal players from his...

The new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer is epic

2 years ago

Finally, the trailer that some of us have been waiting over 30 years for has arrived. The last trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted last night during the Monday Night Football (MNF) game on ESPN and it has set off quite a disturbance in the Force.

This is the...

Battle lines are drawn in final 'Mockingjay' trailer

2 years ago

When last we talked about trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the news was not very good. The Prim trailer was infamously bad and you sort of had a suspicion that Lionsgate would move quickly to get the bad taste out of our mouths.

Cue today's "final trailer" for...

Monday Mixer: Disney cartoons mashed up with 'Force Awakens'

2 years ago

It's weird. It's not often that I can relate to the weekend's top movie, but with our current situation, I see a little bit of Matt Damon in myself.

Or perhaps I just need a new mirror.

Sure, the landscape isn't as desolate as Mars, but the isolation that we are feeling...

Monday Mixer: Are theatrical versions of first 'Star Wars' films coming to Blu-ray?

2 years ago

Some weeks are better than others.

Last week wasn't a great one, but the best part is that Monday represents a fresh start. Just as we can regroup and make the coming week a good one, studios are also able to take stock and get ready for the upcoming weekend. Of...

Does Marvel owe all of its film success to Kevin Smith?

2 years ago

I'm sure you clicked on this headline expecting to unleash upon me all of the pent up vitriol that you have for click-bait articles, but I promise there is real substance to my argument. As we all know, there is no greater force in film these days than the Marvel...

CGI almost shines in first 'Jungle Book' trailer

2 years ago

There are few letters in film that cause more consternation than CGI. Standing for Computer-Generated Imagery, CGI is the lasting reminder that we live in a world in which the phrase "more than meets the eye" finally means something significant. It's also a sign of the times as films these...

'Star Wars' news is all the rage

2 years ago

It might sound like a broken record, but perhaps you've heard that there's a new Star Wars film coming out this year. In my absence last week, Tim was kind enough to pick up the Star Wars slack and post a few stories about "Force Friday" and several new TV...

Force more 'Star Wars' into your television

2 years ago

Are you tired of Star Wars yet? If yes, then I have some bad news for you -- there's a lot more to come. If no, I have some great news for you -- there's a ton more waiting in the wings. Much more than those previous naysayers can even...

Book Review: The force fizzles out in 'Star Wars: Aftermath'

2 years ago

[Editor's Note: No, you're not imagining it. We previously posted this article. The book's publisher informed us that we broke their embargo for reviews. We complied and took down the article until their specified date. Consider it a special Force Friday treat.]

It's not often that we review books on this...

Toy preview (and advice) for Star Wars fans on the eve of Force Friday

2 years ago

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2013 and announced a new trilogy of Star Wars sequels, it didn't take a Jedi soothsayer to know there would also be new movie merchandise. Since the beginnings of the Star Wars saga in 1977, toys and collectibles have played a huge role.

Huge as in...

John Boyega stars in new 15 second 'Star Wars' trailer tease

2 years ago

You all know my feelings about teasers for trailers. In general, I think they are the absolute bottom of the movie marketing food chain. I would say that I loathe them, but I think that's being too kind.

But as they say, there is an exception to every rule. For me...

Monday Mixer: 'Scouts' get violent in first trailer

2 years ago

What's that? There were no huge Star Wars developments over the weekend? No celebrity did anything so outlandish as to require TMZ to go into overtime?

Sounds like a pretty low-key weekend, which can mean only one thing. Summer is officially winding down for the year. It seems like only yesterday...

Monday Mixer: All the 'Star Wars' news from the D23 Expo

2 years ago

You'll have to forgive the tardiness for this MM. My mom was in town visiting last week to see the grandkids and it always takes me a day or two to get back up to speed. Some would say recover from the visit, but it's really not that bad.

Sadly, I...

'Star Wars' makes its SteelBook debut in November

2 years ago

Chalk another one up in the worst-kept secret in Hollywood column as today Fox, Disney and LucasFilm (yes all three) announced that Blu-ray SteelBook versions of the Star Wars films will make their debut on November 10. For those of you scratching your head at the term SteelBook, it refers...

'Deadpool' red-band trailer is saucy

2 years ago

There's a lesson to be learned from the release of the Deadpool red-band trailer. Late last night, Fox released the highly anticipated trailer that got audiences buzzing at Comic Con last month. In the shoddy glow of last call at the bar, the trailer was immediately hailed as revolutionary and...

Monday Mixer: First look at 'Zoolander 2'

2 years ago

You know you're getting old when you start to measure the passage of time in terms of films in a franchise. I'm not talking about something generational like Star Wars which could, theoretically, span three generations with this year's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but rather the Mission...

Monday Mixer: Stoner turned assassin in 'American Ultra' trailer

2 years ago

One fortunate side effect of having two DVRs fried is that you suddenly find yourself with plenty of free time. You are no longer chasing the dragon trying to watch enough shows each night to make room on the DVR for the next day's shows.

Maybe it's just me and my...

New 'Star Wars' behind the scenes video from Comic-Con is most impressive

2 years ago

It's becoming increasingly difficult to make a statement at Comic Con these days. Thanks to the legendary Marvel panels in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, the bar is through the roof and the first couple of days of panels this year proved just how hard it is...

Monday Mixer: E3 'Star Wars' videos and a young Padawan is arrested

2 years ago

Let me tell you about lightning.

When we sit out on our porches in the evening while a storm rolls in, we don't give it much thought. Mostly, we admire its beauty, but fail to comprehend its power. Let me tell you how powerful lightning can be.

So, I arrive home on...

Is 'Avatar' still relevant in today's film landscape?

2 years ago

This week's huge opening from Jurassic World got us thinking. In the last three years, we've seen two films surpass $200 million in their opening weekend and four others that brought in north of $150 in their debut frame, but no one has come close to sniffing Avatar's total domestic...

Monday Mixer: It's a brand new 'World'

2 years ago

I spent most of my weekend in a smoky bar, did I miss anything?

While I was busy running a local poker tournament, the World changed, literally overnight. I've been a big fan of Chris Pratt for a long time, back when he was "Fat Chris Pratt," aka Mr. Anna Faris...

Monday Mixer: It's game, set, match for 'Game of Thrones' Jon Snow

2 years ago

Some weekends stand out over others. Most weeks and weekends are anonymous and we go through the motions without paying particular attention to the specifics. When we look back we can guess what happened (laundry, yard work, etc.), but nothing stands out.

Then there are weekends that, to borrow a phase...

Remaking 'Sister Act'? Hollywood needs to kick the habit

2 years ago

There are few things that rankle my feathers more than Hollywood giving the greenlight to yet another silly remake, but if I wrote about each one, this site would be one long litany of hate. It seems that every day we are greeted with news about Hollywood looking to reboot/remake/sequalize...

Trailer for Pixar's 'Good Dinosaur' is short, but good?

2 years ago

Allow me to travel to the future for you. It's Thanksgiving 2015 and in between all of the Star Wars fans camping out at megaplexes across the country, families dash out with their kids for one last family film of the year in The Good Dinosaur. That any 95% of...

Monday Mixer: Ghostbusters video captures remake issue perfectly

2 years ago

You'll have to forgive me if I'm a little slow this morning. Not only am I trying to get my legs back under me in this whole MM thing after a couple of weeks away, but our hockey team won the league championship last night.

In case you are unfamiliar with...

Monday Mixer: Al Pacino and Cobie Smulders highlight new indie trailers

2 years ago

As you may have noticed from that byline above, I'm not your usual Monday Mixer host. As the British like to say, John is on holiday this week. He's enjoying the sandy beaches while I slave away over a carpal tunnel-inducing keyboard. Not that I'm bitter. Let's make the best...

Monday Mixer: 'The Incredibles 2' is officially happening

2 years ago


What's there really left to say? It truly is unfair that we only spend one day a year to celebrate the woman in our life who sacrificed so much to bring us into the world.

With few exceptions (Norman Bates comes to mind), the idea and reality of mother come about...

May the 4th celebrates 'Star Wars' in style

2 years ago

According to Wikipedia, Star Wars Day (aka May the 4th) was first celebrated in 2011, but it seems like its origins date back even further. No matter when it really did come into existence, this is the first time where we can celebrate Star Wars Day in the same year...

Monday Mixer: 'Suicide Squad' assembled and in costume

2 years ago

May the Fourth. Star Wars day.

It would be silly for us not to even mention the significance of today's made up holiday, but we are in the movie industry, so it would be sacrilege not to. Actually, we are going a step further and donating an entire story for the...

Monday Mixer: More 'Star Wars' news than you can handle

2 years ago

Was this weekend national trailer weekend? It sure felt like it.

With all of the news emanating from Anaheim from Celebration about Star Wars, it seems like all of the other studios wanted to ride the coattails of The Force Awakens. And do you blame them? We've already posted a story...

Star Wars Celebration is going to be streamed live

2 years ago

We all had a pretty good idea that this week's Star Wars Celebration was going to be huge, but when information started to leak out last month that J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy were going to kick off the event, the anticipation went through the roof. If that wasn't enough...

No foolin', we wrote a 'Star Wars' script

2 years ago

It's not often that we get into the April Fools spirit around here, but it's not for a lack of trying. Most years, we simply forget until March 31 when it's too late to come up with anything good, or we can't think of anything that would resonate with enough...

'Mission: Impossible' goes 'Rogue' with first trailer

2 years ago

One of the most overlooked films of 2015 is the latest Mission: Impossible film. Yes, Tom Cruise and friends are back for the fifth installment of the popular franchise and it doesn't look like it's losing any steam whatsoever.

The main reason for the lack of awareness is mostly due to...

It's official, three 'Star Wars' films in 18 months

2 years ago

Tim and I consider ourselves to be quite lucky to work in the industry that we both love and adore. One of the fringe benefits of working in the film industry is that sometimes we get access to confidential information, but the trade-off is that we are often sworn to...

Monday Mixer: Uncle Jesse returns to 'Full House'

2 years ago

As most of the nation thawed out this weekend from Winter's last (?) great blow of 2015, one thing was pretty apparent. People were finally ready to get outside and not sit in a dark movie theater for a couple of hours.

Yeah, you can blame this weekend's lackluster box office...

Marvel preps the 'Ultimate Marathon'

2 years ago

If you're the ultimate Marvel fan boy, you will get your chance to prove it on April 29. On that date, if you so choose, you can embark on a journey that Marvel is calling the "Ultimate Marathon," all 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films shown back-to-back.

Starting with 2006's Iron...

'Power/Rangers' short film is 'Mighty' impressive

2 years ago

Until this morning, I had no clue who Adi Shankar was. Sure, the name sounded familiar in that way that names you see over and over again do, but I didn't have an anchor for his name until I watched this incredibly awesome viral short "POWER/RANGERS."

Basically, he's the 30-year-old version...

Monday Mixer: 'Straight Outta Compton' trailer debuts

2 years ago

It isn't a music awards show without Kanye West showing his, uh, bizarre infatuation for Beyoncé, is it? Well, last night's Grammys was yet another fine showing from Kanye as he expressed his opinion that Beyoncé not Beck deserved to win the Grammy for album of the year.

I don't know...

Monday Mixer: Casting news for a 'Star Wars' spinoff?

3 years ago

Another weekend, another awards show.

Get used to it, between now and February 22 when the Oscars are handed out, there are exactly 1,246 different award shows. OK, maybe not exactly, but doesn't it feel like it?

I understand that everyone wants to recognize the best of the best in the past...

The 'Avengers' are all melancholy in new trailer

3 years ago

It seems that Marvel might be taking a page out of Star Wars' playbook. Everyone knows that Empire Strikes Back was the darkest film in the original trilogy which might explain why many people claim that it's also the best film in the entire series.

It's not that the Avengers film...

Sony playing dangerous game with 'The Interview'

3 years ago

Oh Sony, what are you doing?

I've sort of let the whole Sony hack mess play out without getting too involved, but things took a turn for the insane today. Sony, a multi-billion dollar worldwide company, is basically admitting that they are powerless to a faceless, anonymous faction of computer hackers.


Lightsaber evolution is a 'Star Wars' calling card

3 years ago

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...

Monday Mixer: Huge 'Star Wars' trailer news

3 years ago

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...

Monday Mixer: Happy Life Day!

3 years ago

Some days you just have it, and others... well, they call it an off day for a reason.

Some would look outside and see the cold and the flurries and think it must be the weather. But, the fact of the matter is that I love the cold and snow, so...

'The Force Awakens' next year

3 years ago

Star Wars: Episode VII officially has its title and believe it or not, it's already got a legion of haters. On December 18, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will stir from its slumber at theaters.

OK, OK I know that was a slight dig, but how can you not at...

20 years ago, 'Clerks' hit the big screen

3 years ago

It's no secret that I have a "bromance" or "man-crush" or whatever the current slang is with Kevin Smith. I'm pretty sure it's one-sided, although the last time I saw him, he did give me a great bear hug and really made me feel special.

No really, he did. I have...

The new trilogy will be the best 'Star Wars' films yet

3 years ago

I hate that I have to start this article with a caveat, but we live in dangerous times my friends. It seems that if you fail to provide a spoiler alert these days, some form of capital punishment will be enacted upon you if you then go ahead and spoil...

Monday Mixer: 'Maze' finds its way to the top

3 years ago

September continues to fly past and before you know it, the horror films will be all the rage. That isn't to say that there aren't a few scary films at the box office now, both intentionally and other wise. This changing season is always one that I relish. The air...

Monday Mixer: This 'Deed' was 'Good' indeed

3 years ago

You thought I forgot about ya, didn't you? Nope, I'm just moving a bit slow today. I'm shaking this nasty bug which I'm told comes with the territory of having two toddlers, so I'm just trying to make it through the day.

I apologize in advance for any and all typos...

Monday Mixer: Is anyone out there?

3 years ago

Oh, what a wicked couple of weeks it has been. I do apologize to those of you who were expecting us to deliver our MM a day late last week like the garbage man, simply pushing our Monday into Tuesday.

It was a short week with a lot of stuff to...

Monday Mixer: Don't call it a comeback, 'Guardians' back on top

3 years ago

With busy schedules and growing families, it's just a sad fact of life that Tim and I aren't able to get out to theaters to see the latest films like we once did. So, it was a truly rare day indeed last week when we both went to the show...

Monday Mixer: 'Turtles' come back for seconds

3 years ago

Is it me or is August officially the worst month in all of sports? I mean sure, if you like little league baseball, there is a great story developing over at the Little League World Series, but otherwise, it's just a sports dead period.

The Pennant races (do they even still...

Retro-inspired 'The Thing' read-along record passes the test

3 years ago

Nostalgia is a great thing. We all enjoy reminiscing about the good ol' days. That's one of the reasons why the "Throwback Thursday" trend has become so popular. We can rekindle those past memories in something we enjoy today.

Hollywood frequently relies upon nostalgia. Current hit films like Transformers, Teenage Mutant...

Monday Mixer: Cowabunga! 'TMNT' rules the day

3 years ago

Say what you will about Michael Bay (and I've said many things), there is one thing that you cannot deny, the dude can open an action movie. And so it happened again this weekend with the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it also marked another nail in the coffin...

'Theory of Everything' trailer proves that love ends in a big bang

3 years ago

You know, I will watch just about any film for just about any reason. Case in point, now that I'm starting to get settled into our new house, I've actually watched three movies in the last week (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Elysium and About Time).

I know what you're saying, other...

Monday Mixer: It was a very SDCC sort of weekend!

3 years ago

Well, I'm back and boy am I tired. No, I wasn't out in San Diego covering Comic-Con, I was finally finishing our move into our new house. I'm happy to report that we did in fact close on our house on Friday and we have successfully unloaded all of our...

It's baaaack! Comic Con returns and the goodies start droppin'

3 years ago

Today marks the official start of the San Diego Comic Con, aka SDCC, aka Comic-Con, aka The Con. It's basically a long weekend in beautiful southern California that has morphed from a pure comic book show to an entertainment extravaganza that spans television, games, movies and yes, of course, comic...

Monday Mixer: Not just for the mornings anymore!

3 years ago

Remember the days when my obsessive need for alliteration and belief that I could squeeze all of the news that's fit to print from the previous weekend into one digest format story in a matter of hours? No? Well, no worry because those days are behind us.

As you may have...

What if 'Star Wars' had stingers...

3 years ago

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't. I'm completely stealing the idea from the Star Wars Minute podcast, but it's too good not to discuss further.

For those that don't know the Star Wars Minute podcast is a podcast where they dissect the Star Wars films...

Monday Morning Mixer: Transformers still top dino

3 years ago

So, it looks like Michael Bay is going to get the last laugh yet again. I'll give it to him, he sure knows how to make big action Summer blockbusters that people will pay good money to see.

Well, most people.

There were three new films to contend with the man of...

Rumors swirl of a 'Star Wars' flashback

3 years ago

One thing that we failed to report yesterday in the MMM was any new Star Wars news. The reason was simple, at the time, there was no Star Wars news to report.

It's funny what 24 hours can do.

It seems that Star Wars: Episode VII is going to break new ground...

What EW got wrong: 10 movies kids must see before becoming a teen

3 years ago

As an ardent fan of film and a newish parent, the thought has crossed my mind that I need to be a responsible parent and make sure that my children are prepared for her and his release into the world. I want to make sure that they are the ones...

'Frank' may be the oddest film of the year

3 years ago

And I mean that in the nicest way possible.

How do describe a film that stars Michael Fassbender, but you never get to see his face. Well I assume that you don't see it for a large part of the film based on this trailer, if at all and yet I...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Man' beats 'Boys'

3 years ago

I just knew that this weekend was brewing up to be one for the ages. After the remarkable comeback and then heart-breaking tie at the World Cup for Team USA, it just felt like this mornings MMM would be epic.

To be honest, it's not THAT epic, but it is pretty...

TBT Quiz: Can you decipher these movie title initials?

3 years ago

Acronyms are taking over our lives. Yeah, the military, government, and technology have feeding us Alphabits for years: AWOL, MRE, SEAL, FDIC, NASA, CIA, CD-ROM, PDF, DVR. The abbreviations are growing in prominence thanks to the immediacy and brevity of texting and Twitter.

Combining those two worlds, my cohort John shared...

Five 'Star Wars' rumors that we made up (or did we?)

3 years ago

It's going to be a long 18 months (exactly), or 548 days, until Star Wars: Episode VII is released. Not that we're keeping count or anything.

On December 18, 2015, the Force will return to theaters with a vengeance, but that still leaves plenty of times to have some fun with...

Monday Morning Mixer: '22 Jump Street' owns the block

3 years ago

This one is going to be a bit different. Since I'm at my home inspector's beck and call this morning, today's MMM is most likely going to be a MAM.

I thought about doing a really quick version that was skimpy on the details, but in the end, there's just been...

'Episode VII' adds an Oscar winner & more set pics

3 years ago

While I'm sure we could post every single bit of information that leaks out about Star Wars: Episode VII, at some point you're going to tire of (564 days FYI). So, Tim and I made a conscious decision that we would doing periodic lumped updates either as stand-alone stories...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Maleficent' is Magnificent

3 years ago

Oh, it's been so long, did you miss me? Did you even notice I was gone?

Believe it or not, this will be my first MMM since May 12. Tim filled in admirably (as always) while I was out on vacation and neither one of us thought about last week during...

Video of J.J. Abrams from 'Star Wars' set with new charity effort

3 years ago

Star Wars fans are a unique group. Not only are they among the most passionate groups but many of them are also very philanthropic.

J.J. Abrams, director for next year's much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, is also a fan. It seems natural that he lead the charitable ways. In a...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Neighbor'-ly love

3 years ago

Have I ever told you that I want to die and come back as Seth Rogen?

Well, I do.

Now, of course, I don't really want to die. I love my life and my family is amazing, but Seth Rogen made a deal with the devil and he's living la vida loca...

Monday Morning Mixer: Not so 'Amazing Spider-Man'

3 years ago


The Kentucky Derby.

Cinco de Mayo.

May the Fourth be with you.

The Summer Box Office season officially begins.

Who doesn't love this month? May might possibly be my favorite warm-weather month of the year. One thing is for certain, there's plenty of distractions this month for everyone, so no matter what floats your...

Going CSI on the 'Episode VII' picture

3 years ago

Welcome to 2014 and the age of social media.

This isn't your Dad's Star Wars film, although his cast is back, so at least Episode VII has that going for it. No, this is the age of instant release and feedback. Case in point, earlier today in London they had their...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Captain America' soldiers on

3 years ago

I've learned my lesson. Here I am in my friendly little text editor writing today's MMM. You just go ahead and try to freeze up or re-load on me now. Ha!

Speaking of re-loading, it's a good week to be a Marvel movie, but then again, isn't it always? The Captain...

What happened to the Wachowskis?

3 years ago

When I was 25, there wasn't anything cooler in theaters than The Matrix. The year was 1999 and I was torn between my inner child geeking out over Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the first Star Wars film in over 15 years and a more adult SciFi...

Monday Morning Mixer: 300 'Rises' up once more

3 years ago

Two words: Zombie 300.

Now that would be entertaining, no? Think about it. All those Greeks fighting valiantly against insurmountable odds only to rise again once they have vanquished their mortal soul.

It's one thing to defeat a small squadron of Spartans, but it's another thing entirely to destroy their walking dead...

Gary Oldman circling 'Star Wars' role?

3 years ago

It's one thing for Saoirse Ronan or Jason Flemyng to go public with their Star Wars: Episode VII auditions, but it's something entirely different when Gary Oldman confirms that J.J. Abrams or someone else connected to the Star Wars universe has "inquired" about his availability.

Usually when stars go public with...

Best movies of 2014 that you don't know about yet: John's list

4 years ago

2014 is certainly going to go down as an interesting one for film. There is just so much unknown coming into this new year that it's anyone's guess how it will all turn out. You only have to look at our predictions for the top box office films of 2014...

Monday Morning Mixer: It's a big 'Ride' for sure

4 years ago

It's been a long two weeks and things around Hollywood continually change. I know that we were off unexpectedly last week and that was completely on me. We had to put our dog to sleep last Monday unexpectedly and I took some time to mourn him a bit.

Mojo was a...

Movie posters have gotten worse over time

4 years ago

OK, I'm pretty sure that I (or Tim) have written about this phenomenon in the past, but I've literally just spent the last hour searching our site for it to no avail. That says something about our news database and some impending changes that will be forthcoming, but the issue...

Monday Morning Mixer: Brr... it's 'Frozen' out there

4 years ago

If it were still the holidays, I would cue up some "Baby, it's cold outside" and just let the sweet dulcet tones of some questionable lyrics tell the story of this weekend's box office. But since it's the new year and all, I'll spare you the melody.

The chorus though is...

T minus two years: Looking back & ahead at 'Star Wars'

4 years ago

Today's date is December 18, 2013.

It's not often that I can tell you resolutely what I will be doing precisely two years from any particular moment, but I'm fairly confident that in two years' time, I will be sitting down in a theater in geek nirvana awaiting the opening crawl...

The Wachowskis are back with 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer

4 years ago

If there's one thing that was missing from Cloud Atlas, it was the Wachowskis. This is very troubling since, you know, the famous siblings wrote and directed the film.

Now, of course they were there and, sure there were fleeting moments when it felt like a Wachowski film, but for...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Catching Fire' sparks a box office record

4 years ago

When I left work Friday night, I knew that one thing in life was absolutely certain. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would be sitting in the top spot at the box office this morning. The only real question was, how much would it make?

Well, I'll spoil it a bit for...

First behind-the-scenes picture from 'Episode VII' surfaces

4 years ago

Let's face it, we now live in a social media world and while, sure, George Lucas filmed the prequel trilogy during the nascent stages of the Internet, it was only a sad version of today's online and connected world.

So, it's not surprising that despite director J.J. Abrams' desire to keep...

Second 'Empire Strikes Back' trailer is brilliant

4 years ago

While we still wait for "impending news" on Star Wars: Episode VII, at least the official Star Wars channel over on YouTube continues to keep us entertained with nostalgia. This week, they offer up the second trailer for The Empire Strikes Back and it simply reminds why we loved the...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Grandpa' baddest of them all

4 years ago

If there's one thing that Johnny Knoxville knows how to do, it's to make people laugh while causing bodily harm to himself. So, I guess it really shouldn't be too much of a surprise that he's yet again on top of the box office laughing all of the way to...

'Revenge of the Jedi' teaser trailer is meh

4 years ago

Well, today's release of Return of the Jedi's teaser trailer completes the trilogy of teasers from the first three Star Wars films. I'll be honest, I wasn't all that impressed.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the trailer was the inclusion of the original title of the film, Revenge of the Jedi...

UPDATED: Did Kevin Smith land his Moby Dick for 'Tusk?'

4 years ago

I admit it, I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan. If you've been around this site for any bit of time, this hardly comes as a shock to you, but I think I've even outdid myself on this one.

As you may know, Kev and company are currently on site in Charlotte...

Teaser trailer for 'Empire Strikes Back' ignites nostalgia

4 years ago

Remember back a week ago when new Star Wars news was assuredly coming? Well, here we are a week later and there's no sign of casting announcements or that mythical teaser trailer said to feature Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker.

Of course, that doesn't mean that the folks over at LucasFilm/Disney aren't...

Is 'Star Wars' news imminent?

4 years ago

What's the old saying? The calm before the storm? Yeah, that's it.

After the flurry of information that followed Disney's purchase of LucasFilm about this time last year and the announcement of a new trilogy of films, things have been oddly quiet. We got the writer and director's names, but everything...

Four rules for new 'Star Wars' films

4 years ago

For this morning's quickie, we turn back to that oh so familiar fount of news and rumors, Star Wars. It seems that everyone has an idea on how to make Star Wars: Episode VII and the rest of the new Star Wars films epic again, but this one is pretty...

Hollywood needs help scheduling their movies

4 years ago

Welcome to Hollywood, where movies shift dates and frequently open mid-week or at midnight simply to get a leg up on their competition. It's ridiculous really and studios often play chicken over release dates positioning their tent pole movies in direct opposition of their competitors' films in hopes of getting...

Michael Giacchino updates the Imperial March and other Star Wars rumors

4 years ago

For this morning's quickie, I decided to turn to the vast world of Star Wars to get this Thursday off to a good start. As many of you know by now, John Williams has been tapped to continue creating the score for the Star Wars universe in Episode VII and...

Monday Morning Mixer: Mixed bag for 'Elysium' and other newcomers

4 years ago

There are known quantities and there are unknown quantities.

Matt Damon is a known quantity. His 36 films have a lifetime gross of almost $2.6 billion, or about $78 million per film. He has been the male lead in many of those films.

Jason Sudeikis, on the other hand, is unknown...

Monday Morning Mixer: '2 Guns' snuffs out the 'Smurfs'

4 years ago

You know that you're in the doldrums of August when a movie that you've never heard of takes the top spot. OK fine, I had heard of 2 Guns before this morning, but it's not like anyone would admit to actually seeing it.

No, 2 Guns is that 2:00AM booty call...

Monday Morning Mixer: SNIKT! SNIKT! 'Wolverine' slices up box office

4 years ago

Comic book movies are like ATMs these days, they just spit out money. There's a reason that Hollywood is seemingly optioning every comic book property in existence and that reason is that they almost always make a ton of money.


The one thorn in the comic book ointment has been perhaps...

'Star Wars' rumors are heating up

4 years ago

You knew it was only a matter of time.

Ever since the news broke that Disney was buying LucasFilm and producing new Star Wars films, the Internet has been buzzing. Like the idling hum of well-oiled machine, the Internet waited patiently for news and rumors to start leaking out.

With the promise...

Return to 'Return of the Jedi' one more time

4 years ago

Can you believe that it's been 30 years since the release of what was then the ultimate Star Wars movie? It's true. Return of the Jedi hit theaters on May 25, 1983 and ever since that day, we were torn with the finality of the film and our desire for...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Iron Man' is the man

4 years ago

I can already hear you laughing at me. It is true that last week I said that I would improve on getting the MMM out in the morning. It's also true that I have failed you for yet another week.

Of course, it's still the morning when I write this, but...

J.J. Abrams talks about 'Star Wars'

4 years ago

It must be that time of the year. There's just something in the air. Oh yeah, it's this Saturday.

No, I'm not talking about the Kentucky Derby, although this Saturday does mark the 139th annual running of the biggest horse race of the year. No, Saturay is May the 4th, aka...

Darkness reigns in 'Thor' trailer

4 years ago

I'm not sure what it is with films this year, but they seem to be embracing their "dark side." Next month, we have Star Trek Into Darkness and later this year, the sequel Thor: The Dark World will be debuting in theaters.

While they shied away from the obvious titles, it...

UPDATED: One fan's fun take on 'Disney Star Wars' (Patton Oswalt's Filibuster)

4 years ago

Back when it was announced that Disney had purchased LucasFilm, there were plenty of guffaws and the expected rumblings about the "Disneyization" of the holy franchise that geeks hold above all others. Eventually, common sense prevailed and we came to accept the deal and pretty much look forward to the...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Oz' continues its March Madness

4 years ago

I love this time of the year. Being a Butler University alum, March has been extra special these last three or four years. Growing up, I was always a fan of March Madness, so this week has held significance for me for quite some time.

So too, is it an interesting...

'Veronica Mars' gets its funding, but at what cost?

4 years ago

By now, I'm sure you've heard that Veronica Mars is indeed coming back, on the big screen. If you haven't, I'll quickly rehash the story.

Yesterday, creator of the TV series Rob Thomas took to Kickstarter to plead to fans of the popular, but canceled, TV series that if they could...

Second 'Star Trek' teaser unleashes the action

4 years ago

I have to admit that in the great battle of SciFi franchises, I side with Star Wars each and every time. This was true during the brief period in which I was employed by Star Trek's originator Paramount Pictures and it remains true to this day.

An interesting thing happened four...

Monday Morning Mixer: Yippee Ki-yay indeed

4 years ago

Death, taxes and the inevitable success of a Die Hard film. It seems that some things truly are inescapable, despite it being completely irrational.

This one is a total head-scratcher though as the film was roundly panned by critics (currently weighing in at a terrible 16% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), released...

Even more 'Star Wars' films being planned

4 years ago

Last year, when the big announcement took place that Disney had bought LucasFilm, there was a lot of talk about how Disney wanted to expand the Star Wars universe beyond just a new trilogy of films. There were rumblings of spin-off films and other projects tangentially related to Star Wars.


Project 52: 'John Carter'

4 years ago


The Adventures Of Pluto Nash.


If you said "three of the biggest box office bombs of all time," you would be correct. A funny thing happened when I perused the list of biggest box office bombs, I started to notice a few trends.

There are a lot of desert films on it...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Hansel & Gretel' left more than breadcrumbs

4 years ago

Does anyone really watch the Pro Bowl?

That question kept running through my mind last night as I was flipping stations (is this still a thing or am I just a dinosaur?) and landed on the game accidentally. To call it watchable would be generous, to call it anything resembling the...

J.J. Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars' installment

5 years ago

The force is indeed strong with this one. Despite having arguably the best last decade of anyone else in Hollywood, life just continues to get better and better for J.J. Abrams.

Many outlets are reporting and the always reliable Deadline is confirming that Abrams will indeed be in the director's chair...

Monday Morning Mixer: Oh, 'Mama'

5 years ago

What an interesting weekend. You would think that with the end of college football and the NFL winding down, that audiences would be looking for something to do.

Given last week's Golden Globes show and the recent announcement of Oscar nominations, you would think that award contenders should rule the roost...

'Man of Steel' trailer makes us say, 'Avengers who?'

5 years ago

Look, while I might not be the most well-versed comic book geek out there, I do know that there's a real West Side Story vibe between fans of the two major comic book companies, Marvel and DC. We're talking Star Wars vs. Star Trek levels of hatred.

As an impartial outsider...

Rumors abound for comic book movies

5 years ago

I would say that in the world of movie rumors, there are currently three large areas of concentration. You have Marvel and the upcoming Avengers sequel, DC's response in the form of the Man of Steel and the eventual Justice League of America film and naturally all of the scuttlebutt...

Monday Morning Mixer: Leftovers rule over Thanksgiving

5 years ago

Black Friday.

Cyber Monday.

Monday Morning Mixer.

What's with every day having a special moniker these days? Can't we just call Friday, "Friday" and Monday, "Monday?" Of course not, we live in a society with so much noise that "Just Another Friday" is quickly lost in the drone, but "Black Friday" stands apart...

Monday Morning Mixer: 'Dawn' breaks again

5 years ago

You know what they say about deja vu, it only comes twice. In the case of the latest film from the blockbuster series of novels by Stephenie Meyer, this is really the end - allegedly.

Of course, the studio and even Meyer herself is leaving the door wide open for potential...

The name's Mixer. Monday Morning Mixer

5 years ago

"It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!"

When it rains, it pours and unless you're a relatively famous puppeteer for arguably the world's most recognizable puppet, that's a good thing. There's so much going on today in Hollywood that's it like the floodgates have opened and Russell Crowe has his ark ready and waiting.


My current odds on favorite to direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' is...

5 years ago

I can hear you groan from here, "Oh no, not more Star Wars news." Yes, it's more Star Wars news and a whole lot of conjecture. You have to admit that the Disney/LucasFilm news is one of the (if not the) biggest news item to come down Hollywood in the...

UPDATED: Little Miss Jedi? Oscar winning writer WILL pen 'Episode VII'

5 years ago

Deadline is reporting that Oscar winning writer Michael Arndt has already written a pretty extensive treatment for the three films in the next Star Wars trilogy. In fact, they say that Arndt is responsible for the “pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies, the...

'Star Wars,' Social Media and Collaborative Effort

5 years ago

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas came up with an idea for a series of films called Star Wars. When Star Wars was released in 1977, it was considered a revolutionary step forward in technology and special effects in film making.

Now, imagine how much...

What will we see in future 'Star Wars' movies?

5 years ago

After Tuesday's game-changing news about the sale of LucasFilm to Disney and the imminent development of Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX, the question remains as to what exactly will we get in 2015?

Will we get films that mirror the prequel trilogy, or will we finally get...

The Force is strong with Disney

5 years ago

In news that is so shocking that I actually had to check a calendar to make sure that I didn't accidentally step into a worm hole and wake up on April Fool's Day, Disney announced today that it had acquired LucasFilm for $4.05 billion.

Let that sink in for a moment.


What might have been: Kate Winslet's screen test for 'Titanic'

5 years ago

Titanic hits Blu-ray for the first time this week and with it a bounty of never-before-seen special features are making their way to the public. Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive look at Kate Winslet's screen test for the film and it's quite interesting.

The first thing you'll notice is that Leonardo...

2012 Film Olympics: The second one is so much better

5 years ago

Yesterday was one of those glorious moments if you were a fan of USA's women team sports at the Olympics. It was even better if you are big proponent of DVR technology.

The women's gold medal matches for soccer and water polo were played almost concurrently and the United States had...

2012 Film Olympics: Double your pleasure, double your fun

5 years ago

Yesterday saw the preliminary routines of the team synchronized swimming competition at the London Olympics. Now, let's be real, synchronized swimming is a bizarre sport.

I guess it's part gymnastics and part swimming, but it's 100% creepy. And what's with water sports with their synchronized swimming and diving events? That's umm...

'Prometheus' is truly an enigma wrapped inside a riddle

5 years ago

I might as well get this out of the way up front. If you haven't seen Prometheus and you want to see it without being spoiled, then don't read the rest of this article. It's OK, we'll still be here when you finally see it.

If you've seen the movie or...

Bad Idea Alert: Why a 'Justice League' movie should NOT be made

5 years ago

With the staggering success of The Avengers at the box office, yesterday's news that Warner Bros. has hired Gangster Squad writer Will Beall to pen a Justice League of America script isn't all too shocking. What is surprising however, is the assumption by WB that simply throwing a bunch of...

See This Movie: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

5 years ago

So, it's a seemingly slow day in Hollywood and I'm sort of tired of simply just posting the latest and greatest trailer to show up online. To that end, I came up with an idea for a new series of stories that will try and convince you to go out...

VideoETA Podcast #9: May the Fourth Be With You

5 years ago

Nine times.

Where did all of the time go? It seems like just yesterday Tim and I were giddy little school boys a bit nervous about getting behind the mic and here we are, on the cusp of 10 podcast.

I don't know if they say it takes 10 good podcasts to...

Skip 3D, watch 'Star Wars Uncut' instead

6 years ago

Many of you know that the Star Wars films are getting re-released in 3D starting with The Phantom Menace next month, but you may want to save your money and watch this instead. You know how I feel about 3D in general and the new Star Wars trilogy specifically, so...

'Dazed & Confused's Wooderson returns for a music video & more

6 years ago

It's not often that we simply just post cool videos that we've seen online, but sometimes they are just too awesome not to share. And what would be more awesome than Matthew McConaughey reprising his Dazed and Confused persona of Wooderson?

That's right, nothing.

But before we get to that, I noticed...

Why 'The Dark Knight Rises' is destined to fail (UPDATED with comments)

6 years ago

The Dark Knight Rises is certainly going to be a box office behemoth. This is a fact that Tim and I agree upon, but just because a movie makes a ton of cash does not mean that the film is good, or even well-liked by hardcore fans.

Star Wars: Episode I...

A dozen films worth seeing in theaters in 2012

6 years ago

Well, we all know that 2012 is poised to be an epic year. First, there's that whole Mayan "end of the world" thing to think about towards the end of the year. But, more importantly, between now and then Hollywood may just yet redeem itself at the box office.

I'm not...

'Prometheus' looks epic, familiar in trailer

6 years ago

So, the big question about Prometheus ahead of its June 8, 2012 theatrical release is whether it is or isn't a prequel to 1979's Alien. Today's trailer debut only helps to muddy the waters even further.

There are some very direct connections to Ridley Scott's iconic film and many indirect connections...

We grill the experts at for Oscar answers

6 years ago

As you may have noticed by now, we have been trying something new this year. We decided to put a little bit of focus onto those movies that you would call Oscar hopefuls.

The logic seemed sound. Everyone gets excited around Oscar time and these movies that debut in theaters now...

New movie posters evoke the past

6 years ago

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and no one knows that more than Drew Struzan. His iconic look to the movie posters for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones defined an entire generation of movie posters.

Today, it seems that everyone is looking to take their cues...

Woman sues over misleading 'Drive' trailer

6 years ago

As some of you may recall, I hail originally from the state of Michigan and usually I'm pretty proud of that fact. When my mom told me about this little tidbit from their local news, I felt a bit of shame over my birthplace.

It seems that a woman felt betrayed...

What's red, white and dead all over? The new trailer for 'The Thing'

6 years ago

You all know where I stand on remakes, but this isn't supposedly a re-make of the classic 1982 film The Thing. They are calling it a prequel, but I'm not sure how a film made thirty years after the original could be considered a prequel unless it has the words...

Celebs celebrate 'Star Wars' in hilarious new SU2C video (plus kitties!)

6 years ago

It's Star Wars Blu-ray week. On Friday all six films make their debut on the hi-def format. For that event and to show support for Stand Up 2 Cancer and cancer awareness in general, a bunch of stars got together to make the following video.

They're not just any stars. These...

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' remake is one that I might actually enjoy

6 years ago

On the same day that news broke that they were going to remake Point Break set in the world of extreme sports, I actually watched a trailer for a remake that I might enjoy.

As someone who has bashed remakes over and over again on this site, I was just as...

Harrison Ford gets extended and punked in two new clips

6 years ago

Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood's most respected actors these days, but long before he commanded tens of millions of dollars per film he was just another actor looking to make it big. The two roles that literally put Ford on the map were Han Solo in the Star Wars...

Yoda goes CGI for Blu-ray release

6 years ago

In Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Yoda's action sequences, including a light saber dual, forced George Lucas to create an all CGI version of Yoda. Up until this point, Frank Oz controlled a puppet version that appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi...

Star Wars deleted scenes from upcoming Blu-ray showcased at Comic-Con (video)

6 years ago

Those Star Wars folks are such a tease. At Comic-Con in San Diego last night, the audience at the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards got a sneak peek of deleted scenes to be included in the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set.

The clips are very brief and accompanied by a classic...

Will Boba Fett get his own movie?

6 years ago

Ever since the release of The Empire Strikes Back, fans of the seminal Sci-Fi epic in modern film making have been drooling for a film based on the baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy far, far away. Sadly, while the prequel trilogy spent time with Boba Fett's father Jango and...

New Horcrux feature builds up 'Harry Potter' climax

6 years ago

In precisely two weeks (or 14 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 17 seconds, but who's counting?) the great film saga of this generation will come to an end. The Harry Potter films have touched young and old alike and stand out as defining cinematic moments for Gen Y in...

Michael Giacchino stole the 'Super 8' spotlight

6 years ago

Yes, I saw Super 8 this weekend. And no, this won't be yet another in a long list of glowing reviews of the Abrams/Spielberg collaboration.

Mainly because we really don't spend a lot of time on this site reviewing theatrical movies. Sure, we mention them from time to time, but we...

Get a 'Rise' out of new 'Planet of the Apes' trailer

6 years ago

I must admit that I wasn't the biggest Planet of the Apes fan growing up. What can I say? I grew up in the Star Wars generation and after those movies, everything else in the realm of Sci-Fi paled in comparison.

I've recently gone back and watched the older series of...

George Lucas gets his revenge in 'Strikes Back'

6 years ago

There's a great little viral video making the rounds on the Internet today from someone called Slick Gigolo on YouTube that purports to explain exactly how someone as talented as George Lucas could go from making such amazing movies as the original Star Wars to such awful dregs that make...

A look at the top movies yet to debut on Blu-ray, DVD

6 years ago

With this week's announcement that Universal is releasing Dazed and Confused on Blu-ray finally, it seems that Universal is finally getting around to making those films that were on HD-DVD available on Blu-ray. Fans of The Blues Brothers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Animal House will also be happy...

Fox spills the dirt on the 'Star Wars' Blu-ray collection

6 years ago

Despite a slight SNAFU on the official Star Wars website this morning, we were able to procure the complete details of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray thanks to a few dedicated Bothan spies.

At first blush, this collection seems to be a pretty robust set that should satiate most...

Film Funnies #4: May the Fourth be with you -- All Star Wars Edition

6 years ago

May the 4th. It's Star Wars Day across the galaxy. What better way to celebrate than with parodies of everyone's favorite space saga.

Star Wars has left an indelible mark on pop culture in the 34 years since its debut in 1977. Call me a Lucas-loving fanboy, but I don't think...

New 'Harry Potter' trailer shows that the end is nigh

6 years ago

On July 15, 2011 after seven books, eight movies and ten years, the Harry Potter universe is finally coming to a close. With the theatrical debut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the cinematic journey of Harry and his friends will finally be over.

An entire generation has...

A few things you may not have known about 'Star Wars'

6 years ago

Obviously, we're huge Star Wars fans. so it's no surprise that when I happened upon Chris Littler's article over at The Sixth Wall titled "15 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars," my interest was immediately piqued.

You may recall that last year we ran a piece that looked at the...

Funnymen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost take on C-3PO and R2-D2

6 years ago

The following clip proves one thing is true. Everything is better with Pegg and Frost. Even Star Wars.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the British duo best known for comedies Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz. Their latest pairing, Paul, arrives in theaters on Friday.

These on-screen buddies tackle...

Part 2 of 'Everything is a Remix' cites Hollywood for unoriginality

6 years ago

My partner-in-crime John turned me onto Kirby Ferguson's short film Everything is a Remix a while back. This fabulously edited documentary centers on originality, or the lack thereof, in popular art forms.

Released last year, part one focused on modern music and its tendency to rehash old riffs, beats, and...

Mr. Smith goes to Sundance

7 years ago

Director Kevin Smith begins an odyssey of sorts today as he travels to Park City, Utah for a return visit to the Sundance Film Festival. It was here in 1994 that Smith got his big break when Clerks debuted and was subsequently purchased by Miramax Films.

He's been back to Sundance...

'Star Wars' confirmed for Blu-ray in September

7 years ago

There was a great disturbance in the Force this afternoon and with a bit of digging, we uncovered the source. The official Star Wars website broke the news that Star Wars will be on Blu-ray in September 2011.

For the first time ever, the entire saga will be available in a...

What went wrong - our miserable predictions for 2010

7 years ago

At the beginning of the new year, everyone becomes an amateur Nostradamus and attempts to prognosticate what the coming year will bring. There's big talk about new and exciting things and bold thoughts about what will come to pass.

Of course, there's a reason that none of us make our living...

Gamervision presents a new 'Star Wars Christmas Special'

7 years ago

Even if you're a casual Star Wars fan, you've heard of the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special. You know, it aired once on November 17, 1978 and has never seen the light of day since.

Most likely because it was so bad even George Lucas was ashamed of it. Yeah, it...

Double Wide Trailers: 'The Mechanic'

7 years ago

I have gone on the record time and again about my distaste of remakes. I don't understand the need to unnecessarily remake great movies. I mean seriously, who in their right mind would touch Citizen Kane or Casablanca?

But in today's Hollywood where the chase for the almighty dollar is more...

Who will shoot first this time? 'Star Wars' heading to 3D in 2012

7 years ago

Will Han shoot first as in the original theatrical release of Star Wars? Or will George Lucas keep the inexplicable edit in which Greedo shot (and somehow missed) first from the 1997 theatrical re-release?

This seems to be the most important question to rise when The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that...

Film Funnies #2: Nobody puts Iron Man in a corner -- and much more

7 years ago

I originally envisioned this new feature as a way to bring humor to the site every other Friday. And I had already begun to collect some choice items for a new installment this coming Friday.

But then I came across something so monumental, so tremendous that it couldn't way a day...

Film Funnies #1: If 'Say Anything' took place in 2010 -- and much more

7 years ago

If there's one thing we like more than movies, it's poking fun at our favorite movies. After all, movies are entertainment. Parodying them is entertainment on top of entertainment. Kinda like two scoops of ice cream on top of piping hot apple pie. Mmmm... Yummy entertainment.

That's why we're starting this...

Silence IS golden for 'Empire Strikes Back'

7 years ago

While the original Star Wars trilogy was considered to be on the cutting edge of both film-making and special effects, it's a bit surprising then just how effective The Empire Strikes Back can be as a silent film. But thanks to unearthing this gem on YouTube, we can all...

It's officially official: George Lucas announces 'Star Wars' on Blu-ray

7 years ago

At this weekend's officially sanctioned Star Was Celebration V fan event, George Lucas announced that the saga would be coming to Blu-ray in Fall 2011.


Lucas made the remarks at the convention's "Main Event" on Saturday where he was interviewed by Jon Stewart. "I wish I could say it was coming...

'Star Wars' toy becomes man's new best friend

7 years ago

You may remember a few months ago that we told you about Patrick Boivin and his incredibly cool trailer for Iron Baby. It was so cool that even Iron Man director Jon Favreau wrote about it on his twitter feed.

Well, Patrick is back and this time, he strikes a particular...

Better alternatives to the gimmicky 'Grease Sing-A-Long'

7 years ago

Gimmicks are nothing new to Hollywood. The movie industry is always finding new ways to entice you to buy a movie ticket.

You could say the introduction of sound with 1927's The Jazz Singer was the first of these gimmicks. Then came color, 3D, surround-sound, Smell-o-vision, widescreen, better 3D, air conditioning...

New trailer explores edgier version of 'Citizen Kane'

7 years ago

You would think that certain Hollywood classics are untouchable. That despite living in the age of remakes and sequelpalooza, that studios would remain level headed when it came to those movies that should never be remade.

Star Wars. Casablanca. Citizen Kane.

Well, this is Hollywood and common sense is in short supply...

Make a Toy Story toy of yourself -- or someone famous -- and send it to us

7 years ago

Creating an avatar of yourself was cool long before James Cameron turned the practice into the biggest movie of all-time. Back before everyone abandoned their Wiis, making a Mii version of yourself was half the fun of the game console.

Disney and Pixar get into the avatar-making act by allowing you...

Jedi Master Minch and other 'Empire Strikes Back' first draft casualties

7 years ago

As an aspiring screenwriter myself, I've always been intrigued in the creative process of bringing movies to life. It's not uncommon for movies to vary greatly between the first draft and what ultimately unspools at your local megaplex.

We all know about the famous casting adjustments that became legendary. I still...

UPDATE: The 'Fourth' is strong with this one

7 years ago

Happy Star Wars day!

May the 4th, get it? Yeah, we rolled our eyes when we first heard it too. But, since we love all things Star Wars (OK, most things, sorry Jar Jar), it didn't take too much convincing for us to fully embrace this "unofficial" Star Wars holiday.

To celebrate...

Brits name 'The Empire Strikes Back' as top sequel

7 years ago

With the upcoming release of Iron Man 2, British DVD rental firm Lovefilm conducted a poll asking film buffs which was the greatest sequel of all-time. Not surprisingly, The Empire Strikes Back took home the top honors, which should finally put to rest the ongoing argument between Dante and Randal...

'Star Wars' coming to Blu-ray in 'the not too distant future'

7 years ago

A long time ago (well, this past weekend) in a galaxy far, far away (umm...Chicago), a representative from Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars would be coming to Blu-ray. Nerd liaison Steve Sansweet made the pseudo announcement at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo on Saturday.

Lucasfilm's Director of Fan Relations said...

Final red band trailer for 'Kick Ass' has us salivating

7 years ago

I have some high, high hopes for Kick-Ass. From all the trailers and stuff we've posted here on the site and witnessed elsewhere, it looks to be an awesomely good movie.

Hopefully you know the story by now. It's about some regular high school kid who dons a costume and becomes...

George Lucas is about to get his due

7 years ago

I'll be honest, when I first saw Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, I wanted to run up and punch George Lucas in the gut and demand a refund. It seems that I wasn't alone as Kevin Smith spoofed this very thought in his little seen (sadly) animated...

Check out our revealing, movie-related predictions for 2010

8 years ago

It's a new year, a new decade (well not technically, but lay off math geeks) and that means it's time for outlandish predictions. Tim and I dusted off our crystal balls and looked into the future and were surprised by what we saw.

The future is always hazy and subject to...

'Up in the Air' soars to first major award win

8 years ago

I know that I've been away for the last week or so battling the evil scourge that is Swine Flu (don't let them fool you, this thing needs a real nasty name and not something sounding like R2-D2's cousin), but even I was shocked to roll into work this morning...

A movie by any other name?

8 years ago

Would Citizen Kane be the classic example of American filmmaking that it is today had it been given another name? What if it were called "Rosebud"?

If you're a fan of Family Guy, you'll probably get where I'm going with this. If you're not, don't worry, I'll clue you in a...

The world ends in '2012,' or does it?

8 years ago

If you've seen any of the previews at all for the upcoming disaster porn flick 2012, then you know that director Roland Emmerich picks up where he leaves off in Independence Day. The guy likes to destroy things, as much as I'm sure Michael Bay likes to play with robots...

A new 'Star Wars Trilogy' on the horizon?

8 years ago

You know the old saying, "never say never."

Well, it seems that George Lucas didn't learn his lesson with the prequel trilogy or last year's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull about when to let sleeping dogs lie.

According to 3D Movie blog MarketSaw, Lucas and his cronies are...

Andy's new look: Is 'Toy Story 3' a bad move for Pixar? (Updated with comments!)

8 years ago

The new 3D double feature of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 has increased everyone's anticipation for Toy Story 3 next June. I, on the other hand, am starting to wonder if Pixar is messing with a classic.

No, this isn't another rant against the evils of 3D. Instead I'm debating...

Fans join forces to remake a classic with 'Star Wars: Uncut'

8 years ago

We constantly rail on Hollywood's over reliance on remakes. The big studios would rather repackage old projects than give us something original, it seems. Hundreds of Star Wars fanatics have decided to do something about it -- join together to create their own remake!

Star Wars: Uncut has 472 fans each...

Social Friday: Time for a movie makeover (Updates today)

8 years ago

So, last week, I asked the question about iconic roles and whether it's the actor who makes the role or the role itself that puts the actor on the map.

The classic example was Han Solo in the Star Wars movies and Harrison Ford. Before Star Wars, Ford was a carpenter...

To be or not to be cast in iconic roles: Does the role make an actor?

8 years ago

One could argue that the single most defining role in all of movies that also propelled a career the furthest is that of Han Solo in Star Wars. Harrison Ford is synonymous with Galaxy’s most cherished rogue, but the big break could have just as easily gone to Kurt Russell...

Original movies: they don't make them like they used to

8 years ago

Yesterday, I was reading a story online about the Tomb Raider remake/reboot and for some reason I was overcome yet again by the lack of creativity in Hollywood these days. Do we really need to revisit a movie less than a decade old based on a video game that hasn’t...

Topless Robot's Top 10 failed movie toys and our thoughts

8 years ago

It's a well-told story in the annals of Hollywood. In negotiating his contract for Star Wars with Fox, George Lucas eschewed a big upfront paycheck in favor of the movie's merchandising and sequel rights.

Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr. gladly gave Lucas the toy rights because they were mostly worthless at...

Social Friday: We want your favorite movie or movie inspired images (Updates)

8 years ago

So, it's what I'd like to refer to as the Social Friday before the storm. Next week is going to be a fun week around these parts. We have some surprises in store and next Friday, the return of our popular Live Social Friday...with prizes!

Until then, we were racking our...

Social Friday: Boldly going where no man has gone before (Updates Today)

8 years ago

See, here's the problem. Today is the opening day for Star Trek which means that it's a perfect topic for Social Friday. But, I'm not a trekker or a trekkie and I can barely do the Vulcan hand thing without help.

But, my lack of finger splitting coordination is a topic...

Social Friday: We want your favorite scenes from the credits! (Updates Today)

8 years ago

Guess what? It's another Social Friday and this time we're back live later this afternoon to chat with you about this weekend's big new release Wolverine.

It's May and you know what that means, the unofficial start of the Summer blockbuster extravaganza. Time to check your brain at the door and...

Social Friday: Take a stand! Pixar, Dreamworks or old school? (Story updates)

8 years ago

We are a country obsessed with competition. It's Pepsi vs. Coke. Ali vs. Frazier. Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

OK, that last one isn't so much of a competition as a one-sided butt whooping, but I digress. I can feel the onslaught of hate mail now from trekkers or trekkies or...

Top 10 viral movie parodies to bust a gut to

8 years ago

You know it's a slow news day when we have to make stuff up for your to read, but on the other hand, it allows us to be more creative. I think you'll like today's little time-waster.

We've all seen those viral movie parodies that take a big hit or a...

Yahoo's '100 Movies to See' list proves they can't count or make up their minds

8 years ago

Yahoo! Movies recently posted their compendium of all-time great movies. They call it "100 Movies to See Before You Die." Too bad there are actually 104 films included.

They list the Lord of the Rings trilogy as one entry. Not only can't they count, but they also can't make up their...

Social Friday: Remembering VHS days gone by (Story updates)

8 years ago

Hey, it's Friday and that means another Social Friday here at VideoETA. John is taking the day off to mourn the loss by his beloved Butler Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I'll be your able-bodied host today and I've got a topic that should strike some...

'100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers' video countdowns some of film's best

8 years ago

Sure, everyone likes movie quotes. I like them a little more than the average fella. Alonzo Mosley is a man after my own heart.

He's pieced together 100 different movie clips into an amazing collection. Starting at 100, Dialogue from each movie references a number, starting at 100 with Night of...

Social Friday: It's your turn for a little 'Watchmen' vengeance (Story updates)

8 years ago

You might remember last month when we predicted the top 10 movies that will be biggest box office earners in 2009. We got a lot of flack (if you don't believe check below) for one notable omission. We simply didn't have Watchmen on our list.

There could be a myriad of...

Social Friday: Where in the world is John Couture? (Story updates Friday)

9 years ago

Pat yourself on the back. You made it through 2008. And in one piece.

I rang in the New Year quietly at home with my family. Conversely, my cohort John Couture brought in 2009 with a bang. He made the trip from Tennessee out to California.

John, or "Cooter" as we affectionately...

Lots of surprises on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All-Time

9 years ago

Another day, another list of the best movies of all-time. This one comes from British film magazine Empire. The chart includes this lofty introduction:

10,000 Empire readers, 150 of Hollywood's finest and 50 key film critics voted in the most ambitious movie poll ever attempted.

The usual suspects are all there: Citizen...

What's the reason behind the 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' date changes?

9 years ago

Hollywood has begun a mad game of movie musical chairs. As studios change release dates for several highly-anticipated fall releases, one has to wonder the motives for the moves.

Warner Bros. started things on Thursday with an announcement that its Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be moving to a...

Our top 10 movie back stories that may or may not make a good movie

9 years ago

If there's one thing that we love about our jobs it's reading all the wonderful and sometimes bizarre emails that we get from our readers. Heck, we even started a new weekly feature to recognize the good, the bad and the ugly emails that we get.

However, it's a truly rare...

Has 'Star Wars' lost its luster?

9 years ago

Psst. Hey, guess what? There's a new Star Wars movie opening up this weekend. Pass it on.

If you're reading this and getting pangs of despair as the result of being blind-sided by this news, you're not alone. There are no lines at the nation's multiplexes to trumpet in George Lucas...

Hey Hollywood, stop turning my youth into garbage

9 years ago

Sometimes a retread can be a good thing. Balding tires, Birkenstocks losing their cork one step at a time and hockey skates with one too many sharpenings are all things that should be retread.

Iconic movies that form the basis of my youth and the very fiber of who I am...

Trailer for 'Clone Wars' to hit TV tomorrow

9 years ago

According to, the first theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut on May 8th at 7:58 PM across the Turner family of networks.

The Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, CNN, and Boomerang are all on board for the simultaneous trailer launch of the theatrical movie that will kick...

First live-action 'Star Wars' TV show details emerge

9 years ago

When you think about it, the impact of the comics world on movies and entertainment just might be the biggest event in Film and TV in the last decade or so. As such, it comes to no surprise that the annual Comic Cons, a bastion of geekiness, are providing fertile...

Why 3D movies are bad for Hollywood

9 years ago

Even the most casual of movie fans can tell you that Hollywood likes sequels. When movie studios are hard up for original ideas, they usually recycle a proven commodity. They turn a TV series or remake a classic into next year's big tent pole release.

Hollywood is sequelizing itself with the...

Film School Rejects' Best films that didn't win the Oscar for Best Picture

9 years ago

Hey, guess what's happing on Sunday? Well, thanks the end of the Writers Strike, it's the 80th Annual Academy Awards. Yes, the show goes on.

As part of its Oscar Week coverage, movie blog Film School Rejects has posted a very interesting compilation. They list "The Best Films That Never Won...

Will Indiana Jones die in 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'?

9 years ago

Harrison Ford commented a year or so ago that he wanted Star Wars writer George Lucas to kill off his Han Solo character in Return of the Jedi.

"I did think the character itself was relatively thin. I would have liked to see some complication for the character; the only...

Buzz and Woody going 3D

10 years ago

Disney is bringing new meaning to Buzz Lightyear's famous quote "To infinity and beyond." The studio -- with its computer animation house Pixar -- is going back and re-creating 3D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

This state-of-the-art three dimensional work is in preparation for the release of the...

Light saber tops list of best movie weapons

10 years ago

The web site of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has unveiled its list of the Favorite Movie Weapons. The iconic weapon of the Jedi, the light saber, from the Star Wars films tops the chart.

"It may look like a humble fluorescent kitchen light, but according to a new survey...

Star Wars TV series eyes theatrical bow

10 years ago

The Star Wars saga is the highest grossing theatrical series of movies, so it should come as no surprise that Lucas and company are considering a theatrical jump-start to their new animated series.

This morning, the Hasbro company may have let the cat out of the bag when they disclosed at...

'Star Wars' episode of 'Family Guy' comes to DVD in January

10 years ago

On Sept. 23, 2007, there was a convergence of two geek loves. On this date Fox broadcast the "Blue Harvest" episode of their hit animated comedy Family Guy. On Jan. 15, 2008, this landmark event will be available to own on DVD.

The Blue Harvest episode was creator Seth MacFarlane's parody/homage...

How hard is it to cast 'A Porno'?

10 years ago

Considering our fascination with all things Kevin Smith, it's surprising that we've been so quiet on the Zack and Miri Make a Porno casting front. The short answer is that there's been plenty of speculation, but few hard facts.

We know that Jason Mewes has a part in it, but that...

10 Under 10: The most notable movies in the last 10 years

10 years ago

You know when you're in the shower and a moment of inspiration strikes you? Well, this morning such a thought popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere and I'm about to share it with you. Don't worry, this is still a family site.

I was thinking that with all the...

Final 'Blade Runner' DVD to bow on December 18th

10 years ago

For Sci-Fi fans, there are few movies more highly regarded than 1982's Blade Runner. There are also few films that carry more controversy.

Ever since it's 1982 debut in theaters fans and director Ridley Scott have seemingly been at odds with releasing studio Warner Bros. and each other over the ending...

Tim Blake Nelson is 'Hulk'ing up

10 years ago

You've gotta love Comic Con, the four day geek fest in San Diego. What used to be nothing more that a big hissy fit between Star Wars fans and Trekkers has evolved into a Summer oasis of all things cool in the world of Movies and TV.

Oh yeah, and I...

Movie marketing finally going viral?

10 years ago

A couple of years ago, a rotund (I can use this word as I myself would never be described as tiny) teenager took a golf ball retriever, a video camera and his delusional Jedi skills and became an Internet legend. Fans cried out to George Lucas to find a role...

First 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' poster revealed

10 years ago

Fans of Star Wars got their first peek at the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV show with a promotional poster for the upcoming geek, er Star Wars function Celebration IV (right).

The show will cover The Clone Wars period that spanned the time between Star Wars: Episode II...

George Lucas: Two new 'Star Wars' movies coming [UPDATE]

10 years ago

UPDATE: Unfortunately this bit of news has been proven false. See this post on Slash Film for more info.

From a galaxy far, far away comes news out of nowhere that George Lucas is planning two new live-action Star Wars movies. I could tell you what little I know or let...

Magazine picks the top 10 sci-fi films of all-time

10 years ago

British sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX has published its list of the best sci-fi films as voted by a poll of 3,000 fans.

The list features a large upset as 2005's Serenity beat out Star Wars for the top spot. SFX magazine editor Dave Bradley said, "Seeing Serenity topple Star Wars...

See the amazing trailer for the new Russian film 'Day Watch'

10 years ago

When you think of watching a movie from Russia, you might imagine sparse settings featuring stiff acting and an uninteresting storyline with boring dialogue. If you did imagine such a film, you'd be dead wrong.

Those who saw the 2006 Russian film Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) know that's definitely not the...

Sites lists the 'Top 12 Movies That Were Ahead of Their Time'

10 years ago

I'm a sucker for lists top five of this, top ten of that. I guess some of it has to do with staying up late each night as a kid to watch David Letterman's Top Ten lists.

I'm even more of a sucker for movie lists, especially a unique one...

Another 'Star Wars' DVD in the works? Blu-ray perhaps?

10 years ago

You own the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. You may even own the unaltered version of Star Wars released last year. Now it seems George Lucas has yet another DVD edition of Star Wars on which to spend your hard-earned money. cites an AP report on toymaker Hasbro's earnings for...

Video: Star Wars as a silent film

11 years ago

A long time ago in a theater not so far away, movies did not have sound. The advent of the "talkies" came in the late 1920s with the introduction of sound synchronized with film. Things like intertitles (the text cards which helped tell the story in silent films) went away.


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Look out 'Titanic,' here comes 'Pirates'

11 years ago

Just when people thought it was impossible to sink Titanic a second time, James Cameron did that very feat in his 1997 movie. Now, that "unsinkable ship" is close to capsizing for a third time.

With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest breaking every record under the sun this week...

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Natalie Portman sheds clothes, picks up whip

11 years ago

Star Wars' Nabooian queen is set to officially say goodbye to that universe far, far away and say hello to "The Full Monty." New York Post Page Six is reporting that Natalie Portman will appear completely naked in her latest movie Goya's Ghosts. This is not the first time that...

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'Indiana Jones' on a short whip

11 years ago

It's only been 17 years since the last Indiana Jones, I guess a little more waiting won't hurt. But then again, George Lucas only waited 16 years between his Star Wars trilogies.

So, that's why any little news about Indiana Jones 4 is big news.

Lucas was cornered at a recent dinner...

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Original, unaltered 'Star Wars' trilogy coming to DVD in Sept.

11 years ago

Is Lucasfilm bowing to fans' requests or doing a DVD double dip? Both, it seems. George Lucas' film company announced today that classic Star Wars films will be released on DVD in their original, non-special edition versions.

On Sept. 12, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the first three Star...

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Chewbacca chooses America

12 years ago

He may hail from a galaxy far, far away, but Chewbacca has opted to become an American citizen. Peter Mayhew, the 7'3" British-born actor who donned the furry suit of Chewbacca in 4 Star Wars films, took the oath and became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.


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'Sith' gets 'Revenge' on DVD on November 1st

12 years ago

The Star Wars galaxy will complete its home entertainment trek on November 1st when Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hits DVD on November 1st, 2005. There will be a Widescreen and a Pan & Scan offering each with a suggested retail price of $29.98.

The 2 Disc...

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AFI picks the 100 best movie quotes of all-time

12 years ago

Rhett Butler's swan song to Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind was judged as the best quote in movie history by the American Film Institute. In the latest top 100 list by the AFI, "100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases," Gone with the Wind may have...

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Pair injured in 'Star Wars' stunt gone bad

12 years ago

Two Star Wars fans were critically injured in England when a stunt worthy of inclusion in the annual "Darwin Awards" went awry. A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman were rushed to the hospital after attempting to recreate a light saber battle using fluorescent light tubes and gasoline.

After lighting the...

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'Sith' destroys box office records despite Internet piracy

12 years ago

Mere hours after letting all the sun-deprived geeks in to see the final installment Star Wars, illegal copies were rumored to be circulating the Internet. Despite George Lucas' best efforts to prevent piracy (including a simultaneous worldwide release), it seems that ala Revenge of the Sith, the dark side won...

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'Exorcist' prequel rises from the dead

12 years ago

While you're waiting in line for Revenge of the Sith on May 20th, if a sense of deja vu sweeps over you, don't worry, you won't be alone. A second prequel to 1973's The Exorcist with the same cast as Exorcist: The Beginning is set for a limited release opposite...

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'Star Wars - The Musical' coming to Broadway in 2006

12 years ago

Over the past couple of months, there has been plenty of speculation over the future of the Star Wars franchise after the last movie, Revenge of the Sith hits theaters next month. George Lucas himself has hinted at a possible live action TV show to carry on the mythology.

According to...

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Spielberg helped out on 'Revenge of the Sith'

12 years ago

As if the final trailer for Revenge of the Sith weren't reason enough to go get in line for the last installment of the Star Wars franchise, it was leaked out today the Steven Spielberg was involved to some degree.

"The Making of the Revenge of the Sith" author J.W. Rinzler...

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'Star Wars: Episode III' teaser poster revealed

13 years ago

Like a monkey on his back, the menacing visage of Darth Vader takes shape out of Hayden Christensen's billowing cape in the recently released teaser poster for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (see right)., the official George Lucas website, nade the poster available online last...

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Lucas dismisses Darabont's Indiana Jones script

13 years ago

While this week is all about Star Wars, George Lucas did share one little gem about Indiana Jones. Apparently, he and director Steven Spielberg have read and dismissed Frank Darabont's draft of Indiana Jones 4.

While the temporary set-back will mean a londer wait time for diehard fans, George promises that...

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Lucas perfects 'Star Wars Trilogy' with new DVD release

13 years ago

Considering the tremendous success and lasting influence the films have had, it's hard for anyone to think of the Star Wars Trilogy as anything other than perfect. But until now, George Lucas has never considered his famous work perfect, or even finished for that matter.

"When Star Wars came out, I...

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More Star Wars after 'Episode III'?

13 years ago

We have been told over and over again for the past three years that with next year's release of Revenge of the Sith, the Star Wars galaxy will be closed for good. But now, it seems the black hole set to swallow up George Lucas' galaxy far, far away might...

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Christian Slater hawks his 'Star Wars' toys on eBay

13 years ago

Perhaps, he's just using the heightened awareness associated with the upcoming release of Episode III. Maybe, he's just broke. Whatever the reason, Holywood actor Christian Slater has turned to eBay to make a quick buck on his prized Star Wars toys.

Currently up for bid are a Snow Speeder, an X-Wing...

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It's official: original Star Wars trilogy on DVD Sept. 21

13 years ago

The news is resonating through the Star Wars fan world as if it came from the lips of Darth Vader himself. The Holy Trilogy (a.k.a. Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi) is coming to DVD on Sept. 21.

That's right, young padawan. The date has...

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Queen Amidala to play Lois Lane?

14 years ago

Hollywood's next glamorous leading lady Natalie Portman is the latest person to be swept up by the Superman hype. Rumors indicate that Portman is close to signing on to play investigative reporter Lois Lane for the much maligned franchise. Although, a coy response from her agent of "nothing's conclusive" is...

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Original 'Star Wars' trilogy gets DVD release date?

14 years ago

It's the Holy Grail of Star Wars fans: the chance to own the original trilogy on DVD. If the rumors are true, that chance will come next year.

According to reports from attendees of a recent Lucasfilm meeting, Fox will release Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the...

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Will Lucas finally get his 'Revenge'?

14 years ago

When it comes to the titles of Star Wars movies, they rival only Harry Potter book titles in terms of idle curiosity amongst fans. And while it seems like a new sure-thing title pops up every day, the latest one certainly caught our eye. According to various sources the next...

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Fans pay tribute to 'The Dude'

14 years ago

Star Wars has their thing. The Trekkies hold conventions every weekend. And now, The Dude has his annual meeting of slackers.

This past weekend, over 900 fans of The Big Lebowski descended upon Louisville, Kentucky for the 2nd Annual Lebowski Fest. More specifically, they gathered at the AMF Rose Bowl...

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Star Wars: Episode III - Return Of The Mullets?

14 years ago

While the title to Star Wars: Episode III is still being debated around cyberspace, one thing is certain about the final Star Wars movie. It's going all out for that retro-feel.

In an attempt for better continuity between Episode III and the original Star Wars that was filmed in the 1970s...

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Does 'Episode III' have a 'Divided' title?

14 years ago

You better be careful George, it's looking like your Star Wars ship has more holes than the Titanic. With production underway on the final tome in the Star Wars series, the Internet rumors concerning Episode III are flying faster than the Millennium Falcon making the Kessel run.

The latest and most...

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'Indiana Jones' comes home on DVD

14 years ago

November 4, 2003. Mark this day on your calendar. Circle it twice. This will be a monumental day in home video history. This is the day that Indiana Jones debuts on DVD.

If DVD collectors had their own deck of cards of the Most Wanted movies on DVD, Raiders Of The...

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Chewbacca returns to the Star Wars saga

14 years ago

Everyone's favorite Wookiee is set to return to the big screen in Star Wars: Episode III. Actor Peter Mayhew, who brought Han Solo's side kick Chewbacca to life in the original Star Wars trilogy, has been tapped by George Lucas to play the beloved Chewbacca one more time.

"I'm delighted to...

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The toy box is closing for 'Toy Story' 1 and 2 on DVD

14 years ago

On May 1st, Walt Disney Home Entertainment is closing the lid on the Disney/Pixar releases Toy Story and Toy Story 2. This will be the last day these movies will be available on DVD and VHS as they will be "going back in the vault and will no longer be...

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Cartoon Network To Carry Animated 'Star Wars' Shorts

14 years ago

All Star Wars junkies unite and squeal!

Lucasfilm and the Cartoon Network announced today that they have established a partnership to bring a series of 20 animated shorts entitled "Star Wars: Clone Wars" to TV. Each episode will be approximately 2 to 3 minutes in length and will run at regularly...

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Natalie Portman Poised For Big Year

15 years ago

It always seems that just when you think Natalie Portman is going to take off as the next Hollywood 'It' actress, along comes another Star Wars to knock her down a few pegs. Not that I'm knocking The Phantom Menace or Clones mind you, but they're not quite a star...

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Lucas Planning Clones Cartoon?

15 years ago

With Attack Of The Clones debuting on video and DVD this week, the Star Wars rumors are circulating more than ever. The most interesting one concerns an alleged meeting that George Lucas had recently with the Cartoon Network.

According to various sources, Lucas and company pitched the Cartoon Network on an...

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AFI To Honor Good And Evil

15 years ago

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that next year's theme for their recurring series of recognizing the best in the first 100 years in American film will be "100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains." The show, scheduled to air on CBS in June of 2003, will showcase the 50 greatest...

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'Clones' Attack On DVD

15 years ago

Just in time to reap the Thanksgiving bounty, George Lucas' latest space opera is "attacking" home video on November 12, 2002. Even better yet, for the first time in the Star Wars universe, Attack Of The Clones will debut Day and Date on DVD with VHS.

And what a DVD it...

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Portman To Pop Up In 'Return Of The Jedi'

15 years ago

Talk about your suspension of disbelief. Forget for a moment that young Natalie Portman was barely two years old when Return Of The Jedi debuted in theaters in 1983.

According to various reports, Portman will be filming footage that will be inserted into the DVD release of Jedi. The footage will...

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'The Birds & The Bees' According To Lucas

15 years ago

With Attack Of The Clones storming into theaters worldwide today, it's no surprise that writer/director/creator George Lucas has been fielding some weird questions lately. One of the wackiest questions was whether or not Jedi nots have sex.

The always composed Lucas kept a straight face when he replied, "Jedi Knights aren't...

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'Attack Of The Clones' Promises To Be A Packed DVD

15 years ago

Producer Rick McCallum is already talking about the destined DVD of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones. While the film doesn't debut in theaters across the globe until tomorrow, McCallum did offer some details on the future DVD of the film.

In an interview with British web site...

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Portman To Move 'Mountain'

15 years ago

Natalie Portman has always shown great reserve in choosing her movie roles. She turned down the starring role in 1997's Lolita, opposite Jeremy Irons, because of the graphic subject matter, which allowed Dominique Swain the spotlight. In retrospect, her decision was genius.

Now, as her second Star Wars film (Attack Of...

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Porn Filmmaker Goes After Lucas's 'Starballz'

15 years ago

Beating the film mogul George Lucas wasn't enough for porn filmmakers Market Media Group. The company filed a counter lawsuit this week, trying to squeeze $140 million out of Lucas for slander.

In November, Lucas Films filed a cease-and-desist order to stop Media Market Group from releasing a porn parody...

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Lucas Unveils The Final Poster For Episode II

15 years ago

Earlier this afternoon, George Lucas unveiled the final poster artwork for his latest Star Wars adventure Attack Of The Clones.

The new artwork, seen to the right, features the forbidden romance between Anakin and Amidala that will play out against the backdrop of impending Galactic Civil War. Attack Of The Clones...

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Lucas Loses Battle With Porn Makers

16 years ago

George Lucas and his Lucasfilm empire lost out to free speech rights last week as a San Francisco judge ruled against the movie maker and will allow 'Star Ballz' and its star 'Wank Solo' to be sold.

The lawsuit began three months ago when Lucas filed suit against Media Market Group...

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N'Sync Bows Out Of 'Star Wars'

16 years ago

In a move that dwarfs the efficiency of the Galactic Senate, George Lucas has ruled that his universe will be devoid of boy bands.

It was leaked late last month, that the boy band N'Sync had cameo roles in Attack Of The Clones - as Jedi no less! With the fury...

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Attack Of The Boy Band Clones?

16 years ago

Apparently George Lucas is planning to fight fire with fire. Or in this case, make Jar Jar appealing by including something even more wretched than the bumbling one in Attack Of The Clones.

A few sources are reporting that the ultra popular, albeit counter-Star Wars culture, boy band N'Sync have been...

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Liam Neeson To Return In 'Episode II'

16 years ago

It's hard to keep a good Jedi down. In the original Star Wars trilogy, Alec Guinness' Obi Wan Kenobi is killed off in the first installment, but that doesn't prevent him from making various appearances in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

Now, it looks as though Liam...

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Portman To Reprise 'Professional' Role?

16 years ago

Acclaimed French director Luc Besson announced this week that he's planning a sequel to his 1994 cult hit The Professional, aka Leon. However, he'll only pursue a sequel if Natalie Portman agrees to reprise her debut role of Mathilda.

In the sequel, Mathilda follows in the footsteps of Leon (played by...

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Lucas Shoots New Scenes For Original 'Star Wars'

16 years ago

First, we had the original, original Star Wars trilogy. Then, we had the THX certified original Star Wars trilogy. Finally, we had the Special Edition original Star Wars trilogy with added scenes.

Now, George Lucas has admitted in a TV Guide interview that will appear in next week's issue that he's...

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Women Really Do Dig Comics

16 years ago

There's been a long standing belief that comics are only for overweight and underweight guys with little or no social skills. But, the casting fervor surrounding Daredevil may change that stereotype.

Word out of Hollywood has it that the leading ladies are literally clawing each other over the chance to star...

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'Episode I' Sets New DVD Mark

16 years ago

This winter is being called the season of DVD dominance. With the slate of high-powered titles chomping at the bit to debut on this new medium, it's no surprise that there will be plenty of records set this fall.

Two weeks ago, The Mummy Returns became the first title to sell...

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Casting Rumors From 'Star Wars: Episode III'

16 years ago

While the trailer for Attack Of The Clones is still over a month away, it's never too early for George Lucas to begin his hunt for the perfect cast for the last movie in his prequel trilogy.

The latest names being tossed around the Internet are Willem Dafoe and Robbie Coltrane...

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'Jedi Knight' A Religion?

16 years ago

Anyone who's seen the Star Wars trilogy five, six or, say, 59 times sees a correlation between religion and George Lucas's mystical "Force" and those Jedis who acknowledge it.

Well, a group of individuals across the world have transcended the film analogy and actually adopted "Jedi Knight" as their religion. The...

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'Snow White' Sets DVD Sales Record

16 years ago

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs took on The Godfather and made their customers an offer that they couldn't refuse. The first high profile DVD battle in a fourth quarter filled with heavy DVD hitters went to Disney.

Disney, on the strength of an aggressive in-store pre-sell campaign, posted astronomical first...

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'Attack Of The Clones' Trailer To Debut In November

16 years ago

Are you desperately awaiting your first real look at Star Wars: Episode II-Attack Of The Clones? Well, your wait is almost over. Various sources report that on November 2, the trailer for the highly touted sequel/prequel will hit theaters.

That should mean even better news for Disney's Monsters, Inc.. It currently...

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Lucas Confirms Original Trilogy Not To Hit DVD Until 2006

16 years ago

George Lucas has never been accused of being reckless and rushing his projects. And that's why you won't see the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD until 2006.

While Lucas did admit that he relented to public pressure to bring Phantom Menace to DVD, he said that he still plans on...

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Harrison Ford Goes Back To Bachelorhood, Again

16 years ago

He's saved the country, he's saved the Universe and even saved a little Boy Scout. Harrison Ford is a modern day hero but there is one thing he couldn't save...his marriage.

The couple have been married for 17-years but recently Harrison and his wife Melissa Mathison lived in separate homes...

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Hannibal Lechter Is The Best Of The Bad Guys, Says Survey

16 years ago

That cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lechter from The Silence Of The Lambs has been voted the best villain in online survey. Web site tallied the ballots from over 17,000 voters for the poll. The character made famous by Anthony Hopkins edged out the man in black, Star Wars' Darth Vader...

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'Star Wars: Episode II' Finally Gets A Title

16 years ago

A short time ago...

In a galaxy not too far...

George Lucas announced the title for the latest Star Wars movie, Episode II. And the new title is...

**Drum Roll**

**Spoiler Space**

Attack Of The Clones.

And no, we're not making it up. This title was just announced on the official Star Wars web site. And...

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'Willow' Heads For DVD

16 years ago

When it rains, it pours. Last week, George Lucas announced that they were bringing the first Star Wars film, Phantom Menace, to DVD and today, they announced that Willow will debut on DVD on November 27 with a host of bonus features.

The Ron Howard directed movie, based on a story...

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May The DVD Be With You On October 16

16 years ago

October 16, 2001: A day that will live in DVD infamy. After months of speculation and wild rumors, Fox Home Entertainment made it official this morning. The Phantom Menace will be available on DVD on October 16.

The Phantom Menace is the first Star Wars movie to be offered on DVD...

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Episode II According To C-3PO

16 years ago

The man behind C-3PO is staying true to his alter ego: he's letting his mouth get him into trouble. Breaking the strict "no-talk policy" on Episode II, Anthony Daniels gave away a few new pieces of information on the latest Star Wars adventure.

He mentioned that both C-3PO and R2-D2 get...

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George Lucas Goes Gonzo Over DVD

16 years ago

Talk about an enigma wrapped in a riddle, George Lucas has defied explanation yet again. The staunch opponent to DVD is doing an about face and jumping in bed with the newest format.

After shocking revelations that Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace will be the first Star Wars movie to...

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New Star Wars Site, New Star Wars Character

16 years ago

As wise men once said, "To every thing, turn, turn, turn," and change is exactly what Star Wars has in mind these days. The official site has gotten a makeover and the new design reveals even more about Episode II.

One of the obvious additions is a big picture...

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Episode II Has 'Fall'-en, Can It Get Up?

16 years ago

Ok folks, time to get in line. While Episode II is still over a year away, Star Wars fever is already in full swing.

George Lucas, who is in England shooting various pick up shots and reshooting scenes that he wasn't happy with the first time around, was interviewed on...

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Are Spirits Looming On The Set Of Episode II?

16 years ago

One of the most widely debated cameos in Episode II is a rumored return of Liam Neeson in his role of Qui-Gon Jinn from The Phantom Menace. If you remember correctly, Qui-Gon was cut down in battle with Darth Maul during the climatic lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace, so...

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Is The 'Phantom' DVD Done?

16 years ago

We reported a couple of weeks ago about a top secret DVD coming out later this year that was going by the code name "Blue Harvest." The speculation quickly surmised that the title in question was The Phantom Menace, the latest Star Wars offering from George Lucas.

Well now, these same...

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The Force Is Strong With This One, Too

16 years ago

Forget all about that other movie they're working on that claims to "Use the Force." There's another movie that's rocking the force, old school.

What do you get when you mix two parts Star Wars, three parts American Pie, and two of the most stoned superheroes in the galaxy? Why, Jay...


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