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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Everyone!

Aboard a Star Destroyer bridge, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and First Order officers watch an energy beam—possibly originating from Starkiller Base—shoot off into deep space in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Just thought I'd mark this holiday by sharing these screenshots, and of course the video itself, of the newest TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was revealed online today. The commercial aired during a National Football League game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers tonight (Chicago won, 17-13, in case you were wondering). As you can see, this spot focused on the evil First Order...with one clip showing the Order's solar system-destroying superweapon known as Starkiller Base becoming activated for the first time, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) leading Stormtroopers into battle, and more footage depicting Resistance X-Wing fighters engaged in fierce dogfights with First Order TIE Fighters above Starkiller Base. But enough of these descriptions—gaze at these video stills and then check out the TV spot itself at the very bottom of this entry. December is soon upon us!

First Order Stormtroopers open fire on Jakku villagers (off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and his legion of First Order soldiers watch as Starkiller Base fires its superweapon towards the sky in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Kylo Ren is flanked by First Order Stormtroopers as they disembark from his shuttle upon arrival at Jakku in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) pilots his Resistance X-Wing fighter through a space battle in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A Resistance X-Wing fighter is about to be struck by a missile above Starkiller Base in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A First Order Stormtrooper is knocked into the air after getting hit by a blaster shot in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Poe Dameron puts his X-Wing's S-foils in attack position as he prepares for battle in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A Resistance X-Wing fighter flies away from an explosion in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Kylo Ren deflects a blaster shot from Rey (Daisy Ridley, off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A squadron of Resistance X-Wing fighters fly above Starkiller Base in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Poe Dameron is followed by a fellow X-Wing fighter as they wage battle above Starkiller Base in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Captain America: Civil War...

Chris Evans returns as the first Avenger in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Check out the new trailer for Marvel's biggest film of 2016! Considering the fact that Iron Man and all but two of the Avengers will make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War (Thor and the Hulk are the only ones who are no-shows in this movie), it's no wonder that Warner Bros has moved the release date for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice up to March 25 of next year (Dawn of Justice was originally supposed to come out on May 6, 2016...which is the day that the third Captain America flick will be released). Tom Holland's Spider-Man is nowhere to be seen in this preview, but that's okay. Methinks that Marvel wants to keep footage of the new Spider-Man under wraps to some degree the same way that J.J. Abrams is keeping the story of Luke Skywalker a secret during The Force Awakens' marketing campaign. So at what point in Civil War will Captain America and Iron Man stop fighting and just hug it out? Thanos lurks on the horizon.

Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) show up in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) join forces with Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) makes an appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Bucky takes on Iron Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Bucky and Captain America team up to fight Iron Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Less Than A Month Till The Force Is Awakened...

A cardboard marquee for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is displayed at the AMC 20 theater in my hometown...on November 14, 2015.

As the marketing campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to amp up in the final weeks before the most anticipated film of 2015 invades theaters, just thought I'd share these recent photos that I took of Star Wars' growing presence (it that was even possible) in the public and media. The cardboard marquee shown above is displayed at the AMC 20 theater in my hometown; I took a picture of it right after I watched the film The 33 (which is about the 2010 Chile mining accident... The movie was good) last week. The image below shows the three Star Wars magazines that I bought this past weekend. The Entertainment Weekly issue was bought at Barnes & Noble last Friday, while the Newsweek mag and that Movie Magic issue was bought at Stater Brothers and Walmart on Saturday, respectively. I'm sure that more magazines with covers devoted to Episode VII will be hitting the stands at bookstores over the next 20-plus days.

Disney and Lucasfilm would be pretty amused at how easy it is to take money from me when it comes to promoting the next installment in that Galaxy far, far away!

Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek and Movie Magic magazines devoted to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS that I bought on November 20-21, 2015.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... EW Strikes Again!

Rey (Daisy Ridley) graces one of four variant covers for a November 2015 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Looks like I'm gonna have to head back to Barnes & Noble bookstore over the next two weeks, as Entertainment Weekly will once again have a special issue that's devoted to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Personally speaking, I want the issue that has the cover of Rey (Daisy Ridley) above. Can't wait to find out just how much she isn't "no one" in the overall Star Wars mythology when Episode VII is unleashed onto the world next month...

Rey tends to her landspeeder on the planet Jakku in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) work together to escape from a First Order Star Destroyer in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Finn, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are held captive by First Order Stormtroopers in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

First Order Stormtroopers go on the attack at Starkiller Base in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Rey and Finn confront Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... The First TV Spot Is Here!

The Millennium Falcon approaches Maz Kanata's castle in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Aaand the exciting keeps building! Can't wait to see what awesome new glimpses we'll get of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in subsequent TV spots as December 18 approaches...

A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A screenshot from the first TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.