‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Plot Details Revealed

Star Wars Rogue One prequel spinoff

A plot to steal the Death Star will be at the center of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” the official Star Wars account tweeted on Sunday.

“A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One,” the message said.

The news came on the final day of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. During a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm vice-president of development Kiri Hart and Gareth Edwards, the director of the spinoff, the first teaser trailer was also revealed.

Felicity Jones, who was previously confirmed to star in “Rogue One,” will play a rebel soldier. The film will take place between the events of Episode III, “Revenge of the Sith,” and the original “Star Wars” film, “A New Hope.”

Edwards also revealed that shooting was to begin this summer in the UK and around the world, before rolling the brief first teaser for the film.

“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic,” a voice-over from Obi-Wan Kenobi says in the trailer. “Before the dark times… before the Empire.”

During the panel, Edwards also made clear that it was a combat movie. “It’s called ‘Star Wars,’” he joked.

“Star Wars: Rogue One” will be released Dec. 16, 2016.
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Furious 7 Review

Furious 7 Movie Review

Furious 7 was one of those films that I could just not miss this year.  There are more on the horizon but this is the first one so far this year that I could not miss.

The story follows the same group you have seen in the others films in the series other than Han and a few others that have been killed off.  This story takes place after the events of Tokyo Drift.  Han has been killed and the big bad brother of Shaw has taken him out.  This sends waves throughout the family and even as far reaching as Hobbs.  It is now time for Toretto to unite the family and put a end to the funerals.  In this quest he will leave a wake of destruction.  From the United Emirates to Los Angeles.

This movie has lots of action, fast cars, women in bikinis, and a few explosions to mix things up.  If that is all you want from a movie then this will have you covered.

I do have a few issues with the film.  One of them is that a whole section of the film just seems out of place.  In one section of the story they are trying to recover a jump drive.  The person that it belonged to sent it to a friend to keep it safe.  What does he do with it?  He sells it to a billionaire.  Sure it ends up in a vault and it is about as safe as it can get but why would you put it in a place you can’t get to?  The whole section of this story just seemed to be a weak excuse to lengthen the movie and to have a reason to film in the United Emirates.  It also leads to one of the more outlandish car scenes in the entire series.

The other scene that caused me to have some mixed feelings it was the end scene.  I was good with most of it and thought it was very fitting.  They nailed the music and tone of the entire scene.  For anyone that has watched the film they know exactly what I am talking about and without ruining it, the movie should have ended at the beach.  That of course is my opinion and I am sure it will not be a popular one.

Overall this is a good film that fits into the series.  It does get outlandish in several of the scenes and a few segments of the film just seem to be there to add some more action scenes.  I am not sure if they will continue the series.  They did leave  a door open but it just seems like it might be hard to do any more.  I would still give this film a solid 4 out of 5.
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Mad Max Fury Road Legacy Trailer

Mad Max Fury Road gets a legacy trailer

I am a sucker for the throw backs and this one does a great job pulling the three previous movies into a sort of tie in to the new movie coming out May 15.

Warner Bros has come up with a nifty clip retrospective of previous Mad Max movies seguing into the upcoming reincarnation Mad Max: Fury Road. Introducing what the studio calls a “legacy” trailer is a logo that sparks a bit of déjà vu. The stylized zooming W against a red background is from the ’70s-’80s incarnation of Warner Bros run by Steve Ross, who led a major, sustained renaissance at the studio that Jack and Harry built. A little more than half of the UK version of the trailer is spent looking back at the earlier Mad Max pictures.

Director George Miller has been aboard for all four movies — the original Mad Max (released in the US by American International Pictures, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (WB’s 1981 entry to the series), 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome (on which Miller shared credit with George Ogilvie) and now Fury Road, which has Tom Hardy stepping into the iconic post-apocalyptic boots worn by Mel Gibson. Also starring Charlize Theron plus Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and many others, Mad Max: Fury Road opens.May 15 in the US.

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Saints & Strangers National Geographic Miniseries

Saints & Strangers four hour mini-series

On the heels of the record-breaking ratings for Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel has set its next scripted event, giving the green light to Saints & Strangers (working title), a four-hour miniseries from Bosch co-creator Eric Overmyer, Sony Pictures Television with Little Engine Productions.

Set to air in fall 2015, Saints & Strangers — Nat Geo’s first scripted miniseries — tells the untold story behind the founding of America, chronicling the trials and tribulations of the 101 men, women and children who boarded the Mayflower for a one-way trip to the New World.

Half of these “pilgrims” were religious separatists who had abandoned their prior lives for religious freedom and an opportunity to create a new social order built on their values. The other half, “adventurers,” were mostly single males seeking financial opportunity and a rapid acquisition of wealth in a new land, or trying to escape their old identities or criminal pasts.

The message of the mini is that these two groups — the spiritual and the mercenary — continue to define the American character to this day as the personal struggles endured while working to establish their new way of life in America shaped the early DNA of our nation. And intertwined with their complex inner struggles is the relationship with the Native Americans, and the conflicting allegiances among these groups, culminating in trials of assimilation, faith and compromise that to this day define our country.

“Given our early success with our scripted fare, further strengthened by the recent record ratings of Killing Jesus, we wanted to find our next brand-definitional scripted television event. And we found that in Saints & Strangers, which is the ultimate story of adventure and exploration,” said National Geographic Channels CEP Courteney Monroe.

Sony TV’s EVP movies and miniseries Helen Verno called Saints & Strangers “a vivid, never-before-seen perspective of the origins of our nation.” Added Little Engine Productions’ Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews, “This is about exploring human endeavor, creating powerful emotional connections, giving this historical event a little bit of heart.”

Saints & Strangers, written by Overmyer and Seth Fisher, counts two members of the team behind Nat Geo’s hugely successful Killing TV movie franchise based on Bill O’Reilly’s books Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus. (For now, there are no plans for the latest book in the series, Killing Patton, to be turned into a TV movie.)

The original script for Saints & Strangers was written by Homeland’s Chip Johannessen with revisions by Walon Green, writer/executive producer of Killing Jesus. And Teri Weinberg, executive producer of all Killing movies, is on board to executive produce Saints & Strangers alongside Scharbo, Matthews and Overmyer.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Loses Director

Wonder Woman is set to be played by Gal Gadot

Michelle MacLaren has exited the “Wonder Woman” movie at Warner Bros. due to creative differences.

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman’ together,” a representative for Warner Bros. said in a statement.

Gal Gadot is set to star in the comic book movie. Her character will be introduced in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The solo “Wonder Woman” movie is slated to hit theaters in 2017, and MacLaren’s departure is not expected to affect the release date.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said director Zack Snyder at the time of Gadot’s casting. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

MacLaren is the second female filmmaker to exit a high-profile comic book movie following Patti Jenkins, who parted ways with Marvel’s “Thor” sequel due to creative differences.
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Gremlins Remake in the Works

Gremlins the next franchise for a remake

Goosebumps and Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been asked to write the movie and original writer Christopher Columbus was thought to be directing but he has said he will take a producing role, along with original executive producer Steven Spielberg.

No director has been confirmed yet but lets all hope that Michael Bay does not get the call.

The original Gremlins was released in 1984. The filmed starred Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. It was about a father who brought home a strange creature that he purchased while traveling as an inventor. It had a few rules with it. Don’t feed it after midnight and don’t let it get wet. It was listed as a comedy / horror film. It was also responsible for the formation of the PG-13 rating. It was rated PG at the time but was a little more than most PG audiences could handle but not bad enough to need an R rating.

My review of the original Gremlins

Our Podcast that covers Gremlins as our movie classic Episode 105

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Hot Pursuit Trailer

Hot Pursuit Trailer from Warner Bros Pictures

Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara star in HOT PURSUIT – in theaters May 8th.

An inept police officer must protect the widow of a drug dealer from criminals and dirty policemen.

Director: Anne Fletcher

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material.

The Production Company is: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema, Pacific Standard, and Warner Bros.

Reese Witherspoon was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon who was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose and throat. Her mother was a Registered Nurse who later became a Ph.D in pediatric nursing. Reese spent the first four years of her life in Wiesbaden, Germany, where her father served as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army reserves. Shortly after, John moved the family back to the States, settling in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reese was introduced to the entertainment industry at a very early age. At age 7, she began modeling. This led to appearances on several local television commercials. At age 11, she placed first in a Ten-State Talent Fair.

In 1990, she landed her first major acting role in Robert Mulligan’s The Man in the Moon (1991). Her role as a 14-year old tomboy earned her rave reviews. Roles in bigger films such as Jack the Bear (1993) and A Far Off Place (1993) followed shortly after.

Her breakthrough role came as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde (2001). The movie was huge box-office smash and established Reese as one of the top female draws in Hollywood. The next year, she scored a follow-up hit with Sweet Home Alabama (2002) which went on to gross over $100 million dollars at the box office. In 2006, she took home the best actress Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005).
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Dominic Cooper Nears Deal For AMC’s Preacher

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing the comic book project for Sony TV

Dominic Cooper is nearing a deal to star in AMC’s “Preacher,”. Cooper has not closed a deal yet but that’s expected to be a mere formality, according to insiders.Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing the comic book series with Sony TV and AMC Studios.

Ruth Negga co-stars as his ex-girlfriend Tulip, while Joseph Gilgun is set to play an Irish vampire named Cassidy. The three of them embark on a journey to find God.

The cast also includes Ian Colletti as Arseface and Lucy Griffiths as no-nonsense, single mother Emily.
Cooper recently starred in “Dracula Untold” with Luke Evans and “Need for Speed” with Aaron Paul. He also plays Howard Stark on “Agent Carter” and will soon be seen in Legendary’s “Warcraft” movie.

The series will be based on the popular 90’s comic “Preacher”. Preacher is a comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, published by the American comic book label Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics), with painted covers by Glenn Fabry.

The series consists of 75 issues in total – 66 regular, monthly issues, five one-shot specials and a four-issue Preacher: Saint of Killers limited series. The entire run has been collected in nine trade paperback editions. The final monthly issue, number 66, was published in October 2000.

Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God Himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers. They allow him, when he wills it, to command the obedience of those who hear and comprehend his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

During the course of their journeys, the three encounter enemies and obstacles both sacred and profane, including: the Saint of Killers, an invincible, quick-drawing, perfect-aiming, come-lately Angel of Death answering only to “He who sits on the throne”; a disfigured suicide attempt survivor turned rock-star named Arseface; a serial-killer called the ‘Reaver-Cleaver'; The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus; Herr Starr, ostensible Allfather of the Grail, a megalomaniac with a penchant for prostitutes, who wishes to use Custer for his own ends; several fallen angels; and Jesse’s own redneck ‘family’ — particularly his nasty Cajun grandmother, her mighty bodyguard Jody, and the ‘animal-loving’ T.C.
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‘Need for Speed’ Sequel Gearing Up

Need for Speed sequel to cash in on the Furious series sucess

“Need for Speed” may have had a bumpy ride in U.S. theaters last year but it was a runaway hit in China, where three top production and finance companies have announced plans for a sequel that will be developed as a co-production between China and the U.S.

Joint venture partners China Movie Channell Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are teaming with Electronic Arts, the publisher of the hit “Need for Speed” video game series, on the sequel to Scott Waugh‘s action-thriller “Need for Speed,” which starred Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. There is no director, no writer and no actors attached, as the creative team for the film will be announced in coming weeks, with production anticipated to begin later this year.

As an official co-production, much of the sequel would be filmed in China with significant Chinese talent. The film is being packaged by UTA, which represents Electronic Arts.

“Need for Speed” grossed $200 million worldwide, though the film earned more than $65 million in China. Taking that success into consideration along with the worldwide popularity of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which also features racing, a sequel makes some sense — as long as the budget can be kept in check.
EA’s “Need for Speed” franchise has been popular with gamers worldwide for more than 20 years, having sold over 150 million units and grossed over $4 billion in retail sales. This year will see the release of both a new console game and new mobile game in the franchise.

Joint venture partners China Movie Channel, Jiaflix and 1905 Pictures most recently teamed with Paramount Pictures in last year’s top-grossing movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The Beijing-based venture was involved in the film’s production as well as the design and implementation of the China marketing, anti-piracy and grassroots programs that resulted in record-shattering box office. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grossed more than $300 million in China, smashing the previous record by more than 40% to become the most popular movie in China’s history.

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The Last Man on Earth gets 2nd Season

Will Forte comedy The Last Man on Earth survives for a second season

“The Last Man on Earth” will live on at least a little longer: Fox has renewed the Will Forte Sunday night comedy for a second season.

“We knew we had something special with ‘The Last Man on Earth.’ It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week,” said David Madden, president of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. “We are so thrilled that this incredibly bold, original and inventive series has been embraced by both fans and critics, and we cannot wait to see where the creative genius and inspired vision of Will, Phil and Chris take us in Season 2.”

“The Last Man on Earth” is this season’s No. 1 new comedy among adults 18-34 and men 18-49, Fox touted. It also wins its Sunday 9:30 p.m. timeslot among the advertiser-sought adults 18-49 demo.

The sitcom comes from writer/producer Forte and directors/producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. “The Last Man on Earth” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Seth Cohen is also an executive producer.

In 2022, a cataclysm strikes Earth, seemingly wiping out the population save for former family man and bank employee Phil Miller. Sad and very lonely, Phil travels the United States, Canada and Mexico in his RV searching for other survivors. Striving to hold onto hope that there is at least one other living person out there, he tries to make the best of circumstances until his path finally crosses with that hoped-for other survivor — and all the more comforting if that person happens to be a woman.  The post-apocalyptic comedy follows average guy Phil Miller (Forte), who finds himself alone and alive in Tucson. The series also stars Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez. Mary Steenburgen was announced months ago as a cast member, though we’ve yet to see her character appear.

The two-part season finale for “The Last Man on Earth” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox.

With the renewal of The Last Man on Earth the full length fill McGruber 2 most likely will be delayed. The former Saturday Night Live funny man said earlier in an interview that if the series were to be renewed the McGruber sequel would be delayed.
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