Thursday, August 27, 2015

Duel of the Fates: It's Kylo Ren vs. Finn in THE FORCE AWAKENS...

With BB-8 in the background, Rey (Daisy Ridley) looks concerned in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

The official Instagram page for Star Wars recently posted this quick teaser showing the First Order rally that was revealed online more than two weeks ago, Rey looking concerned as BB-8 fidgets in the background, as well as Kylo Ren and Finn igniting their lightsabers for a duel that could be as epic as the ones between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, and Obi-Wan and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. Hopefully, more footage will be released in the coming weeks (excluding the next theatrical trailer that will be released this fall); especially next week...when The Force Awakens merchandise hits retail stores everywhere on September 4, a.k.a. "Force Friday." I wonder how much a Kylo Ren action figure will cost? Just wonderin'.

The evil First Order gathers for a rally in this scene from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) prepares to duel with Finn (off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Igniting the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin Skywalker, Finn (John Boyega) prepares to take on Kylo Ren (off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Photo of the Day: Beware of Kylo Ren!

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is ready for combat in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

In preparation for its latest issue hitting magazine stands this Thursday, Empire released this awesome new image of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as he looks ready to unleash the wrath of the Dark Side on a hapless foe in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However— this article mentions that Kylo Ren is, in fact, not a Sith Lord...but working under someone who is (That would be Supreme Leader Snoke...voiced and motion-captured by Andy Serkis). To quote Obi-Wan when he said that he didn't remember owning any droids in Star Wars: A New Hope: "Very interesting."

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Director Roland Emmerich posted the tweet above announcing that principal photography just wrapped on Independence Day: Resurgence! (On a not-so-different topic, Marvel's upcoming Captain America: Civil War also completed filming this past week.) Though what I'm wondering is...was the production in New Mexico this entire time? I reckon no. However, I guess that considering the fact that half of Earth's major cities were obliterated in the first Independence Day, there's really no need for location shoots on this movie. Either that, or most of the action takes place on the Moon (see pic below). That'll be interesting.

Independence Day: Resurgence gets released in theaters nationwide on June 24, 2016.

The cast members of INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE pose in front of a 'Moon Tug' that will be featured in the film.

Friday, August 21, 2015

STAR WARS Update: About Time!

My copy of the Entertainment Weekly magazine issue focusing on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Since last week, I've been traveling to various Barnes & Noble bookstores around my area to see if the new Entertainment Weekly issue with Kylo Ren on the cover finally made its way onto the newsstands. No dice...until today. With this publication now firmly in my possession, it's time to look forward to Empire magazine's own Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue [one of two alternative covers that will grace the October edition is shown below). This issue is set to arrive at bookstores next Thursday (August 27)... I hope to purchase it on the very first trip I make to Barnes & Noble a week from now!

The First Order cover of Empire's THE FORCE AWAKENS magazine issue.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Straight Outta Compton...and That Movie About U.N.C.L.E.

Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) re-define the rap music genre in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

I watched Straight Outta Compton two days ago, and must say that it was a terrific film. I'm a huge fan of O.G. rappers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, the late Eazy-E, Warren G. and Ice Cube, so of course I enjoyed the origin story of how the rap group N.W.A. was formed (no, it didn't stand for 'No Whites Allowed'...though who would blame Dre and company if that's what the acronym stood for considering what they went through in the late '80s and early '90s? F—k da police). So who else bobbed their head when the song 'California Love' started playing during 2Pac's scene in the movie? I sure did.

Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), Gabby Teller (Alicia Vikander) and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) in a production still from THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

I also watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this weekend. Personally speaking, Henry Cavill gave a more interesting performance as art thief-turned-spy Napoleon Solo in this film than he did as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel. But I'm still looking forward to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. The lovely Alicia Vikander reminds of the just-as-beautiful Nina Dobrev from Let's Be Cops and The Vampire Diaries (Vikander is from Sweden and Dobrev is from I can't really joke about them being related). They should do a movie together. A Star Wars film, perhaps (as villains; maybe so-called Nightsisters)? Hey, I made this same tongue-in-cheek comment when I said that Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow should direct Star Wars: Episode IX almost two months before Disney actually made this a reality, so you never know!

A screenshot of Alicia Vikander as Gabby Teller from THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

From ROGUE ONE to EPISODE IX: A Big News Day for STAR WARS Fans!

So earlier today, the Walt Disney Company announced that Rogue One has officially begun filming and that Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow will helm 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX (I called it in a tweet last June! Posted it above). The announcements came during Disney's annual D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center...which is also where J.J. Abrams unveiled the second trailer for The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration about four months ago. Also released today was a cast photo for Rogue One, as well as a Drew Struzan-drawn poster for Episode VII that was available only to D23 attendees. Don't know if Struzan drew another illustration that will be featured as the official theatrical poster for The Force Awakens; we'll see. And FYI, September 4 (also known as "Force Friday") is the day when most of Episode VII's merchandise will be released in retail stores. I'm pondering about buying a Kylo Ren action figure to include in my Star Wars collection (I probably shouldn't have told you that— Oh well), but what I'm really looking forward to is John Williams' original music score for The Force Awakens! That probably won't be out for sale till early December though. Or maybe around Thanksgiving... Just my assumption.

An official cast photo for STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE.
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The official title logo for STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE.

A Drew Struzan-drawn poster for THE FORCE AWAKENS that was available only to attendees at Disney's D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Another STAR WARS Update: Just Shut Up and Take My Money, EW!

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) graces the cover of the 2015 Fall Movie issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

So just thought I'd share these photos from The Force Awakens that will be featured (or are already featured... Have to see if this is already out on newsstands) in the Fall Movie issue of Entertainment Weekly. As if Kylo Ren didn't look badass enough... And considering how close Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) are to the First Order stormtroopers as they are about to open fire on our heroes in the pic directly below, these guys still can't aim. Just like the good ol' days with the Galactic Empire.

First Order stormtroopers take aim at Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) as they run away in this production still for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Finn emerges from a TIE Fighter that he crash-landed on the planet Jakku in this production still for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) return in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) is ready to do the First Order's lethal bidding in this production still for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Flanked by First Order stormtroopers, Kylo Ren is out to seek a precious artifact on the planet Jakku in this production still for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

STAR WARS Update: The First Order Rises and ROGUE ONE Begins...

The evil First Order gathers for a rally in this scene from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Just thought I'd share these two photos and a video that were recently posted online from the soon-to-be released The Force Awakens and the now-in-production Rogue One. The image above shows a North Korean/Nazi-style rally by the evil First Order—the successor to the Galactic Empire that fell after the Emperor's death in Return of the Jedi—as it plots its next attack on the Resistance and whatever government took control of the Galaxy before the events of Star Wars: Episode VII. This shot came from a new Force Awakens TV spot that aired in South Korea (yes, I know... Random). You can view the trailer below:

The pic below comes from a British website and shows background actors dressed as Imperial stormtroopers as they're waiting to film a scene for Rogue One. Director Gareth Edwards recently started production on the first Star Wars Anthology film...and as this photo shows, we'll get to see Original Trilogy stormtroopers back on the big screen in 2016 while stormtroopers of the new era will invade theaters 128 days from now (if you live here in the U.S.). The excitement is building!

Background actors dressed as Imperial stormtroopers wait to film a scene for STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY: ROGUE ONE.
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Independence Day: Resurgence...

An alien destroyer obliterates Los Angeles in this scene from the first INDEPENDENCE DAY movie.

Filming on next year's Independence Day sequel has been proceeding for about two months now, so just thought I'd post this screenshot from one of the most memorable scenes in the 1996 hit film to commemorate the production. I'm sure that director Roland Emmerich has more ways in mind in terms of how the aliens will wreak havoc on Earth in Independence Day: Resurgence (three words: anti-gravity attack!), but I want to see another version of the iconic shot above (well, iconic if you ignore the sadistic, destructive nature of this image) where an alien destroyer uses a single green laser beam to wipe out an entire metropolis in IDR. I definitely can't wait to see the Moon Tug and alien-hybrid jet fighter (shown below) in action! Along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, IDR is making 2016 look like it will give this year a run for its money. But let's see how The Force Awakens turns out first...

The cast members of INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE pose in front of a 'Moon Tug' that will be featured in the film.

Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth pose with the alien-hybrid jet fighter that will see combat in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

Another shot of the alien-hybrid jet fighter that will see combat in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

Concept art depicting an alien anti-gravity attack being unleashed upon a city on Earth in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

A production still of the alien exoskeleton used in the first INDEPENDENCE DAY movie.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'... Goku's Many Faces

In honor of watching the latest big-screen installment of the popular anime series Dragon Ball Z at AMC Theatres earlier today (the movie was enjoyable if you liked the cheesiness and protracted fight scenes that defined the TV show, which I did), just thought I'd share this collage that I found online showing the many incarnations of Goku throughout the last 30-plus years. From him as a little kid in Bulma and Son Goku back in 1984 to him being a blue-haired 'Super Saiyan God' (Level 2) in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Goku continues to evolve as he becomes ever-so powerful while taking on different adversaries throughout the universe. Whether it's against Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu, Beerus or Frieza again, Goku's transcendence as Japan's own version of Superman grows stronger and stronger whenever he takes on a new foe. But enough about sharing a bio about this badass character... Which version of Goku below do you think looks the coolest? I wonder if FUNimation will ever use my idea of turning Kakarrot (Goku's birth name) into an Ultra Saiyan? You have my permission! Heh.

The many incarnations of Goku throughout the DRAGON BALL series.