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Dec 16, 2017

The Week in Movie News: Golden Globes Nominations, Disney Buys Fox and More
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Disney bought Fox: Following rumored talks last month, Disney actually acquired 21st Century Fox, giving the Mouse House ownership of The Simpsons, Avatar and, most importantly, X-Men (including Deadpool) and Fantastic Four franchises, the last two of which can now be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more here.    GREAT NEWS Jennifer Lawrence teams up with Luca Guadagnino: One of this year's most celebrated filmmakers, Call Me By Your Name's Luca Guadagnino, will collaborate with one of the year's least-honored best actresses, mother!'s Jennifer Lawrence for the true-crime drama Burial Rites. Read...
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Dec 16, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: The Best Shots of 'Star Wars,' How to Make a Porg and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Celebration of the Day: In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here's a collection of the best shots in the whole franchise:   Review of the Day: The Onion film critic Peter K. Rosenthal humorously reviews The Last Jedi as if it's a Bible epic: The Onion Reviews ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ pic.twitter.com/AcY0x3jHgl — The Onion (@TheOnion) December 14, 2017     Fan Build of the Day: Learn how to make your own backyard Porg inspired by the new creatures in The Last Jedi from this Indy Mogul video:   Cosplay of the Day: You can't see the cosplayer, but these pics of a...
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Dec 16, 2017

'Star Wars' Buzz: Thursday Night Box Office Bonanza, Rian Johnson's Opening Night Surprise and More
Today is the day: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters and racking up money, positive reviews and lots of piping hot takes. There's also some non-spoilery news items to share with you while you wait in line for your first or fifth viewing of the new movie.    The Last Jedi has already grossed $45 million While today is technically opening day, screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi began last night and managed to bring in $45 million already. That's the second-highest Thursday night preview gross ever, while previous episode Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains at the top spot with $57 million. The Last Jedi replaced previous second-place holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which made $43.5...
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Dec 15, 2017

Comics on Film: WB's Mind-numbing Reaction to the Performance of 'Justice League'
In 2018, we're at the forefront of a new dawn in the superhero genre on film. Of course, this week's headlines have been dominated by the impending sale of 20th Century Fox to the Walt Disney Company, which can have a significant impact on the House of Mouse's continued efforts to create new films based on the characters of Marvel Comics. With access to 20th Century Fox and its collection of IP, Marvel Studios will be able to populate the highly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe with the likes of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, which will go a long way toward making the cinematic version of the shared universe more closely in-line with the one fans read in comics every Wednesday.   A far more uncertain future rests with the forthcoming projects based on DC...
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Dec 15, 2017

Movie News: 'Avengers,' 'It' Filmmakers to Team on 'Electric State'; 'Instructions Not Included' Remake Coming
The Electric State: Andy Muschietti (It, above) is in negotiations to direct a big-screen adaptation of The Electric State, an illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag that is a "re-imagined low tech apocalyptic mid 90s vision of the American West." Joe and Anthony Russo will produce the project, which will be adapted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The writers previously worked with the producers on two Captain America movies and two Avengers installments. [Deadline]   Instructions Not Included: Eugenio Derbez starred in and directed the Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included (above) back in 2013, which followed a womanizing musician who learns that he has an infant daughter and then must unexpectedly raise her on his own. It proved to...
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Dec 15, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: Batman vs. Dracula Fan-Made Trailer, How 'Star Wars' Was Saved and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: There have been many versions of both Batman and Dracula, but this fan-made retro version from Stryder HD pits Michael Keaton against Gary Oldman:   Remade Trailer of the Day: With Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters this weekend, here's another sweded version of its trailer:   Film Studies Lesson of the Day: This video essay from RocketJump Film School looks at how Star Wars was saved in the editing:   Movie Science of the Day: For Nerdist, Kyle Hill scientifically explains why death by lightsaber would be much worse in real life:   Movie Inspiration of the Day: ScreenCrush looks at how Star...
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Dec 15, 2017

'48 Hrs.' Reboot on the Way From 'Good Time' Directors
Josh and Benny Safdie have been making critically acclaimed and award-winning features for about a decade, starting with The Pleasure of Being Robbed, but they're only now getting mainstream attention with Good Time, their incredible new thriller starring Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The former has been receiving awards buzz all season and even though he's missing out on major kudos like the Golden Globes, he and the movie are basking in the consideration. Now the Safdie brothers are probably basking in greater Hollywood favor. Good Time is an indie but one that proves the duo can deliver on intense, entertaining action that's driven by compelling characters and strong storytelling. It's no wonder that they've been tapped to remake...
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Dec 14, 2017

Confirmed: Disney Acquires Fox Movie and TV Properties
UPDATE: Disney has now confirmed the company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Here's the portion of the press release that may excite movie fans the most:  "The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love. The addition of Avatar to its family of films also promises expanded opportunities for consumers to watch and experience storytelling within these extraordinary fantasy worlds." (Original article follows.)   Long ago, the Star Wars movies were released by Fox. Then Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, and now the Mouse House is busy...
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Dec 14, 2017

Movie News: Kevin Hart Going 'On the Run'; Watch First 'The 15:17 to Paris' Trailer
On the Run: Kevin Hart (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, above left) is attached to star in On the Run, described as an action comedy about an assassin who discovers that his intended target isn't who he thought it would be. Aeysha Carr will write the original screenplay; her resume as a producer and writer includes TV's The Carmichael Show and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. [Deadline]   The Oath: Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, above) and John Cho (Columbus) have joined the cast of The Oath. The comedy revolves around a man who tries to survive Thanksgiving with his family "in a politically-divided America." Ike Barinholtz (TV's The Mindy Project) will star; he wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut. [The Wrap]   The Turning...
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Dec 14, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: Ralph McQuarrie's 'Star Wars' Art Comes to Life, the Dance Sequences of 2017 and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: Just in time for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here's a sweded version of the movie's trailer from CineFix:   Remade Movie of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, here's an impressively made look at how Star Wars would have looked had it followed Ralph McQuarrie's concept art more closely (via Geek Tyrant):   Cosplay of the Day: Fans are getting ready for the new movie by posting photos of their Star Wars cosplay. Here's a great Rey: I turned the Arizona desert into my own personal Ahch To for this shot of my Rey cosplay! #starwars #cosplay 1 day left...
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Dec 14, 2017

'Three Billboards' and 'Lady Bird' Top the 2018 SAG Awards Nominations
The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 24th annual SAG Awards this morning, and a few movies continue to hold strong with this year's major honors, while others are making advances in the race toward the Oscars.  The Shape of Water was once again recognized for the performances by lead actress Sally Hawkins and supporting actor Richard Jenkins, while Lady Bird also maintained its favor with nods for lead actress Saoirse Ronan and supporting actress Laurie Metcalf. The movie is also up for the Best Ensemble award. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri got a boostnby leading the pack of nominated movies with four contenders across three categories -- both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are competing for Best Supporting Actor...
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Dec 13, 2017

Movie News: Woody Harrelson Joins Tom Hardy's 'Venom'; Jennifer Lawrence to Star in 'Burial Rites'
Venom: Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, above) has joined the cast of Venom, reuniting with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Reportedly, Harrelson will play "a henchman of sorts." Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed star in the action adventure, which is now in production. It's scheduled for release on October 5, 2018. [Variety]   Burial Rites: Jennifer Lawrence (above in mother!) will star in the crime drama Burial Rites, to be directed by. Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). It's based on a novel by Hannah Kent, first published in 2013, that follows a woman in Iceland in 1830 who was sentenced to death for killing two men. [Variety]   Shaft: Regina Hall (Girls Trip, above) has joined...
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Dec 13, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: 'Avengers: Infinity War' in Lego, 'Star Wars' Goes Indie and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: Huxley Berg Studios works their Lego re-creation magic with the first Avengers: Infinity War:   Mashup of the Day: For another great Lego video, here's a Furious 7-inspired Star Wars video in honor of the passing of Carrie Fisher:    Fake Movie of the Day: With so many Star Wars movies being made, why not a romantic indie set in the Galaxy like this parody from Funny or Die?   Cosplay of the Day: Need more Star Wars? Here's a flaming bagpipe-playing unicyclist dressed as a Rebel pilot taking down an inflatable AT-AT (via Geekologie):   Sketch of the Day: One...
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Dec 13, 2017

Guillermo del Toro to Produce 'Antlers' and Direct 'Nightmare Alley' Remake
  Fresh off leading yesterday’s Golden Globe nominations in seven categories with The Shape of Water, writer/director Guillermo Del Toro has announced not one, but two upcoming projects! The first is a supernatural film called Antlers, which he will produce and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart and Black Mass) is attached to direct. The second is a remake of the 1947 film-noir Nightmare Alley, which del Toro plans to direct himself and cowrite with Kim Morgan, according to Variety.    Antlers was written by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca and is based on a short story by Antosca. It follows a teacher who tries to protect one of her students after learning a disturbing secret about his family. It sounds like an intense ride for...
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Movie.com Movie News
Dec 12, 2017

'Dunkirk' Comes Homes, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Home Again (romantic comedy; Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen; rated PG-13) Kingsman: The Golden Circle (action-comedy sequel; Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal; rated R) Detroit (Kathryn Bigelow directed drama-thriller; John Boyega, Will Poulter; rated R) Apache Warrior (documentary; Mike Barbee, Kevin Christensen; not rated) Wolf Warrior...
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Dec 12, 2017

Movie News: Seth Rogen to Star as Walter Cronkite in 'Newsflash'; Young Director Chosen for 'Creed 2'
Newsflash: Seth Rogen (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, above) will portray famed CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite in Newsflash. Based on a script by Ben Jacoby, the film will dramatize events on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, from the perspective of a television newsroom. David Gordon Green (Stronger) will direct. Other key real-life characters to be cast include Cronkite's producer Don Hewitt, reporter Dan Rather and their boss Jim Aubrey. [Deadline]   Creed 2: Back in October, Sylvester Stallone indicated he was "looking forward to producing and directing" the sequel to boxing drama Creed (above), with Michael B. Jordan returning to star in the titular role. Now, however, Jordan and Stallone have selected Steven...
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Dec 12, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: Fan-Made 'Wonder Woman 2' Trailer, the ABC's of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Sequel of the Day: Wonder Woman meets Hawkgirl and Green Lantern in Alex Luthor's fan-made trailer for his idea for Wonder Woman 2:   Cosplay of the Day: The super power of love is strong with this Wonder Woman cosplayer proposing to her Supergirl-cosplaying partner as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers look on: Bih this is so cute. Wonder Woman proposed to Supergirl. I'm. ?? pic.twitter.com/1v54BbSSGg — Sven (@UltearGrants) December 11, 2017   Movie Primer of the Day: Get your young ones ready for The Last Jedi with an alphabetical guide to the new Star Wars installment:   Movie Parody of the Day: Kylo Ren dances...
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Dec 11, 2017

Movie News: First 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Buzz; Watch New 'Ready Player One' Trailer
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: This past Saturday, Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi enjoyed its world premiere in Los Angeles and, though full reviews are still under embargo, the initial reaction by critics on social media has been ecstatic, to put it mildly. "Films like these leave their mark on entire generations — and representation matters," wrote Jen Yamato (Los Angeles Times); our own Erik Davis called it "absolutely fantastic." The movie will open in theaters on Friday, December 15. [Rotten Tomatoes]   The Phantom Tollbooth: Matt Shakman (above), who has directed a rich variety of TV shows, including episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones, will direct The Phantom Tollbooth. It's based on a popular children's book by Norton...
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Dec 11, 2017

Guilermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' Leads the 2018 Golden Globe Award Nominations
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water led the pack for the movie categories with seven nods, including Best Picture - Drama. Del Toro was also named as one of the contenders for the Best Director award. Other movies with a number of nominations include The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, each with six, and Lady Bird with four. As usual, thanks to the HFPA's split of drama and comedy/musical categories, a few fun surprises slipped in that won't necessarily be in contention for the Oscars. Like Ansel Elgort being nominated for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for Baby Driver and Denzel Washington managing a...
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Dec 11, 2017

Box Office Report: As 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Looms, a Wiseau Rises
Here's your estimated 5-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Coco - $18.3 million ($135.5 million total) 2. Justice League - $9.5 million ($212.0 million total) 3. Wonder - $8.4 million ($100.3 million total) 4. The Disaster Artist - $6.4 million ($8.0 million total) 5. Thor: Ragnarok - $6.2 million ($301.1 million total) 6. Daddy’s Home 2 - $6.0 million ($91.1 million total) 7. Murder on the Orient Express - $5.1 million ($92.7 million total) 8. Lady Bird - $3.5 million ($21.3 million total) 9. Just Getting Started - $3.1 million ($3.1 million total) 10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $2.8 million ($18.3 million total)   The Big Stories Welcome to week two of Hollywood’s vacation. For kids everywhere their...
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Dec 09, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Easter Eggs, 'Star Wars' vs. 'Transformers' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Easter Eggs of the Day: You've watched the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, now watch Mr. Sunday Movies humorously highlight the Easter eggs and other things you may have missed:   Fake Trailer of the Day: New York Magazine's Vulture blog imagines what Quentin Tarantino's version of Star Trek will look like:   Dream Crossover of the Day: Optimus Prime and the Autobots go up against Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire in Alex Luthor's fan-made Star Wars vs. Transformers fan trailer:   Mashup of the Day: Liam Neeson's Taken character and the iconic villain Anton Chigurh from No...
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Dec 09, 2017

Watch: 'Alita: Battle Angel' Trailer Finally Realizes James Cameron's Dream Project
For many years, James Cameron wanted to adapt Battle Angel Alita, the 1990 manga series created by Yukito Kishiro about an amnesiac android. A few years ago, he and Fox finally got the dream project going with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez at the helm, and now it's actually been realized. The first trailer for the movie, titled Alita: Battle Angel, has arrived teasing a sci-fi action spectacular. This seems like a cross between The Bourne Identity and AI movies like Ex Machina, but with Cameron's work on the script combined with Rodriguez's vision as a director, it is very promising. The title heroine, obviously designed to resemble a manga/anime character, is unlike anything we've seen in a live-action movie before. Like most Cameron...
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Dec 08, 2017

Comics on Film: Reviewing 2017 in Superhero Cinema
Filled with highs and lows, the year 2017 has been a very significant one for comics-based and superhero cinema. We've enjoyed everything from the zany to the darkly serious, from the epic to the intimate, and have seen some of the genre's most arguably consequential releases arrive to add a significant new chapter to these icons' legacies that we'll be able to enjoy for decades to come. Now that the genre has seen its final release of 2017, we thought it would be fun and helpful to reflect on what 2017 has brought us in the realm of cinematic superheroes. So, without further ado, let's take a look!       The Lego Batman Movie Released on February 10   The first superhero movie of the year, The Lego Batman...
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Dec 08, 2017

Movie News: Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Will Aim for R-rating; Watch '7 Days in Entebbe' Trailer
Star Trek: As we noted earlier this week, Quentin Tarantino shared his idea for a new Star Trek installment with Paramount. Reportedly, he required that the movie be rated R. Also, Tarantino has already spoken with writers Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and Megan Amram (TV's The Good Place) to discuss ideas and one will be chosen to write the first draft while Tarantino is busy directing his next movie about the summer of 1969. It's possible he will then direct Star Trek. [Deadline]   Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: André Øvredal will direct Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Øvredal most recently directed the acclaimed The Autopsy of Jane Doe (above), which featured plenty of...
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Dec 08, 2017

The Week in Movie News: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer, Tarantino Tackles 'Star Trek' and More
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Quentin Tarantino is working on a Star Trek movie: Not just the biggest but also the most surprising news of the week is the revelation that Quentin Tarantino pitched J.J. Abrams and Paramout a Star Trek movie. Of course, with him behind the idea, it'll be an R-rated installment. Read more here and here. And for the latest on Tarantino's next movie read here.   GREAT NEWS Baby Driver 2 is really happening: We heard of the possibility of a Baby Driver sequel following the success of this year's original, and now Edgar Wright has confirmed he's writing the script but isn't sure if he'll also direct. Read...
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Dec 08, 2017

The Week in Movie News: 'Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom' Trailer, Tarantino Tackles 'Star Trek' and More
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Quentin Tarantino is working on a Star Trek movie: Not just the biggest but also the most surprising news of the week is the revelation that Quentin Tarantino pitched J.J. Abrams and Paramout a Star Trek movie. Of course, with him behind the idea, it'll be an R-rated installment. Read more here and here. And for the latest on Tarantino's next movie read here.   GREAT NEWS Baby Driver 2 is really happening: We heard of the possibility of a Baby Driver sequel following the success of this year's original, and now Edgar Wright has confirmed he's writing the script but isn't sure if he'll also direct. Read...
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Dec 08, 2017

Marvel Has Another 2018 Movie: 'Secret Warriors' Animated Feature
Next year's already looking like a great year for Marvel movies. We've got Black Panther in February, Avengers: Infinity War in May and Ant-Man and the Wasp in June. Well, now there's one more. Arriving sometime late in the year is an animated Secret Warriors feature that will be an installment of a new franchise called Marvel Rising. Here's what we know about the movie:   Which characters are part of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors? The relatively diverse and mostly female and teen-aged ensemble will consist of:  - Captain Marvel (voiced by Grey's Anatomy's Kim Raver) - Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel (Kathreen Khavari, who also voiced the character in the Avengers...
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Dec 08, 2017

Watch: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Erupts With All New Thrills
Next year, one of the most beloved movie franchises returns with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The latest sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park is also the first follow-up to 2015's Jurassic World, which just so happens to be the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time, worldwide. No pressure, but this next one ought to find similar success. The first trailer for the movie hints that it might, especially given that it showcases the return of fan favorite Jeff Goldblum as chaotician Ian Malcolm. Also, lots of dinosaur thrills, of course, plus all new stakes for both the humans and the prehistoric beasts. Watch the trailer below.    Who is back? From the last movie, there's Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Chris Pratt as Owen...
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Dec 08, 2017

Today in Movie Culture: 'Gremlins' Fan Film, Luke Skywalker Death Theory and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Film of the Day: While we wait for an official third Gremlins movie, the Christmas-set fan film Gremlins Recall is pretty darn satisfying:   Fan Theory of the Day: For Film Theory, MatPat attempts another Star Wars prediction by explaining how Luke Skywalker will die:   Movie Science of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, here's Kyle Hill with a scientific explanation of how you would build a real X-Wing fighter:   Fan Build of the Day: Also speaking of Star Wars, here's a stop-motion video of a fan pretending to build the Lego TIE Silencer ship using the Force (via Geekologie):   Vintage Image of...
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