The Force Awakens Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Posters

Maybe today was one of those days where nothing could make you smile–one of those “My first-born child took its first step? Swell. Wake me when it gets a job” kind of days. Well, if nothing else could did it, this sure should: character posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were released today!! Scroll down to get up-close-and-personal with Han Solo, Leia Organa (Organa-Solo??), Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren.

Remember: just 44 days to go…or in my case, 43! Thank you advanced screenings!!

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Han Solo Character Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Han Solo Character Poster

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Leia Character Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Leia Character Poster

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Finn Character Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Finn Character Poster

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Rey Character Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Rey Character Poster

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Kylo Ren Character Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Kylo Ren Character Poster

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - I like my Vader extra crispy.

Final Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered about 3.5 hours ago, and already has 281,721 views on YouTube. It’s so good that when you watch it, your face will melt–it happened to Vader, it can happen to you.

How many do you think it’ll have before the movie opens on December 18??

(Think of this as a more modern, and infinitely cooler version of guessing how many jellybeans are in a jar.)

 

The Force Awakens Poster

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Ticket Pre-Sale!

In case you haven’t heard, pre-sale tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale earlier tonight. I tell you this now because…well, because I’ve already bought my tickets! Muhahahaaa!

As of tonight, I’m starting to believe in Santa Claus all over again. I told him all I want for Christmas is a nerdgasm, and it looks like I’ll get it!

Check out the Cineplex website for more details on tickets, nerdgasms, and more!

Wolverine One Last Time

Everyone Makes Mistakes…But They’re Still Funny

I’m a loyal reader of ComingSoon.net. Really. I check them out at least once a day for any updates on movie news. That’s more often than I check the weather or the stock market. Hell, some days, that’s more often than I check my watch.

They’re good at what they do, and their output is about a ga-jillion times higher than my little low-quantity (But high-quality! Right? Right?!) blog, which makes the fact that they so rarely make mistakes that much more impressive.

But it also makes it that much more surprising when they do. And in this case, it’s a bit funny, too.

Earlier today, Silas Lesnick, writing for ComingSoon.net, posted an article about Hugh Jackman’s teaser art for his final outing as Wolverine, and Jackman’s call out to fans asking what they’d like to see in his last film as the perpetually pissed-off X-Man. It was a well-written article, but it contained one glaring error:

“To be directed by James Mangold (who, in addition to helming The Wolverine, worked with Jackman on 3:10 to Yuma), the new film is penned by David James Kelly.”

Did you know Hugh Jackman was in "3:10 to Yuma"? That's because he wasn't.

Did you know Hugh Jackman was in “3:10 to Yuma”? That’s because he wasn’t.

Nope!

I’ve got enough trust in ComingSoon.Net that I actually wondered whether I’d seen 3:10 to Yuma twice (once within the last year) and completely missed Hugh Jackman’s presence, so I looked it up at IMDB.com just to be sure. I’ve been wrong before (just ask my high school chemistry teacher), but not this time!

James Mangold did work with Jackman on one film aside from 2013’s The Wolverine, but it wasn’t 3:10 to Yuma, which starred Christian Bale and Russell Crowe–it was 2001’s Kate & Leopold, in which Jackman plays a 19th-century duke who accidentally time travels to 21st-century New York City.

Clearly, these movies are too different–and Lesnick is too good at his job–for this to be a simple case of confusion. I actually think he owed Jackman a favour, and was trying to attribute a better movie to him.

Or maybe Lesnick is doing his part to move Hollywood out of its current remake phase and usher in the age of mash-ups. 3:10 to Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters…I think I’d see that, especially if Hollywood promises to stop rebooting Spider-Man every five years.

From left: Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal, and Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford.

Tragic TV News: Hannibal’s Third Course Will Be Its Last

According to iHorror.com and a number of other sites, NBC has officially canceled Hannibal, one of the most amazing shows on network television. The show will complete its third and final season, which will wrap up in early September, but after that there will be no more delicacies coming our way.

'Hannibal' is a feast for the eyes...and the stomach...if you're into that.

‘Hannibal’ is a feast for the eyes…and the stomach…if you’re into that.

The first two seasons were some of the best network television I’ve seen in years, and so far the third is on the same level. I’d say they all have shown more depth, more sophistication, greater payoffs, and generally superior storytelling than a lot of cable shows, as well. I’m looking at you, True Detective.

It’s true that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson delivered solid performances, but I wouldn’t say it was a career-best for either. For Harrelson, that might be The People vs. Larry Flynt, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, or White Men Can’t Jump, which has nineties-nostalgia going for it. As for McConaughey, he actually took home an Oscar for Dallas Buyer’s Club, but I’d say Frailty is a hidden gem of his, and if you want more nostalgia, then Dazed and Confused is right up your alley.

Sure, that six-minute continuous take in episode four was a very impressive technical achievement for television, but it’s not like it hasn’t been done before in film. Way back in 1948, Hitchcock made an 80-minute film, Rope, using only ten-minute takes. Kubrick had his fair share in 1980’s The Shining. Hell, Robert Altman basically made a career out of long takes, and 1992’s The Player opens with an eight-minute shot.

And yes, the writing was pretty good, but let’s not forget that it was based on (plagiarized from) a book.

And honestly, wasn’t the big finale just a little bit of a let-down after all that build-up?

'Hannibal' is a show with a lot of layers.

‘Hannibal’ is a show with a lot of layers.

I’m not trying to knock True Detective, but I am trying to put things in perspective.
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and (a recent addition) Gillian Anderson have knocked it out of the park in every one of the 28 episodes I’ve seen. That’s three-and-a-half times more episodes than True Detective, in case you weren’t counting.

The writing is always phenomenal. Much like Breaking Bad, there hasn’t been a single weak episode so far. The subtleties and nuances make it ideal for re-watching, as you’re sure to always pick up on something new with each viewing. It’s also a great show for binge-watching (yes, it’s on Netflix), as that makes it easier to pick up on some of those subtleties the first time around, not to mention the fact that the show always leaves you (pardon the pun) hungry for more.

The aesthetics of the show alone are enough to put it in a class of its own. With dark, saturated colors dripping off the screen each week, you’re likely to feel your stomach churn with each elaborate crime scene, and rumble during each dinner scene, even though you know what those ingredients are, and that they’re much worse than gluten. Frankly, some of the images are so disturbing (I mean that in the best way possible) that I’m amazed any network agreed to air it in the first place.

Hannibal, the character and the show, often leaves you hanging in suspense.

Hannibal, the character and the show, often leaves you hanging in suspense.

Yes, Hannibal is adapted from an author’s work, but that material is taken from three books (possibly four, if Hannibal’s upbringing draws on Hannibal Rising) and has been significantly reworked for the show.

And at the end of season two (I think), when Hannibal finally explains why he made the phone call at the beginning of season one that set all the subsequent events into motion, he only says six simple words, but they are pure writing genius and so revealing of his character that I got chills.

If another network, cable station, or streaming service picks up Hannibal–and maintains the level of quality it has established for over two seasons now–they will have an immediate customer in me.

Otherwise, all I can do is thank the host, show creator Bryan Fuller, and everyone else involved for a feast of dark wonders that I will savor for years.

Schwarzenegger Smile

Schwarzenegger and Terminator Genisys Generate Laughs for Charity

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the upcoming Terminator: Genisys, is pranking for charity, and not only is it a worthy cause, but it’s definitely worth watching.

He took to the streets of Hollywood in full T-800 costume and make-up, challenging Arnold impersonators and getting the jump on people at Madame-Tussauds Wax Museum, all to help raise money for After-School All-Stars.

Check out the video, and watch to the end for a nice little Justin Beiber slam. Come with me if you want to laugh.

Can you smell what the Rock is officiating?

‘The Rock’ Helps Fan Put a Rock on Girl’s Finger

Hollywood marriages are a bit like James Dean–they live fast, die young, and leave a spectacular wreck. Here’s hoping there’s a happier ending when Hollywood just officiates at a wedding.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson got himself ordained specifically so he could officiate at the surprise wedding of his friend, superfan and Screen Junkies correspondent Nick Mundy, and Mundy’s fiancée, Dilara Karabas. And when I say ‘surprise wedding,’ I mean surprise. Check out the video on the Screen Junkies site; it’s pretty funny, and a bit sweet.

While the Rock is definitely a good sport for getting into the whole thing, the real kudos should go to the bride. Since that girl married that guy while he was wearing those pants, and in those circumstances, and (I assume) she okayed the idea, she must be pretty awesome. Congrats and good luck to the happy couple!

What do you think? If you could have any celebrity officiate at your wedding, who would it be, and why? Leave some comments below and let us know!