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Rogue One World Premiere and After Party Photos!

Rogue One World Premiere and After Party Photos

Rogue One world premiere and after party photos!

The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm held the massive Rogue One World Premiere at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood last night and we’ve got photos from both the premiere and after party! You can view the premiere and after party photos in the gallery below. If you missed it, you can still watch a replay of the Rogue One World Premiere live stream by clicking here.

Attending the Rogue One World Premiere from the film were Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Gareth Edwards (director), Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel (producers), John Knoll, Jason McGatlin (executive producers) and Michael Giacchino (composer).

The special guests included J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Mayim Bialik, Donald Faison, Nathan Fillion, Topher Grace, Seth Green, Moby, Chris Hardwick, Laurie Hernandez, Simon Kinberg, Jaime King, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Ewan McGregor, Breckin Meyer, Rene Russo, Ty Simpkins, Kevin Smith, Milo Ventimiglia, Wil Wheaton, Rainn Wilson, Steve Yedlin, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, Ariel Winter, Miles Brown, Carly Hughes, and Marcus Scribner.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is opening in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Creepshow 2 Blu-ray Review

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Lackluster horror sequel Creepshow 2 is out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video on December 13th

When you stack the George A. Romero-produced, Michael Gornick-directed Creepshow 2 against the stomach-churning dung heap that is the impoverished, unrelated and late out of the gate Creepshow 3, it’s Citizen Kane. But when viewed as a follow-up to one of the greatest – if not the greatest – horror anthology film ever made, it just doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

For a legion of fans, Creepshow 2 was a lunchbag letdown when it was released in 1987. Since then, this writer has tried time and time again to embrace the film and every time I emerge unmoved, unaffected, un-scared, un-dazzled and generally unimpressed. Which is not to say the film is not polished and professional. It’s a fairly well put together production. And, due to the fact that Romero wrote the screenplay and the tales were culled from – like the original – Stephen King stories and of course, the fact that Gornick was Romero’s longtime DP and the movie was produced by Romero’s frequent producer Richard Rubenstein, Creepshow 2 has the vibe of a vintage Romero joint and feels like it exists in the same pulp world that its predecessor does. And yet, it gets almost everything wrong that Creepshow got oh-so-right.

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From the opening moments, when The Creep opens the back of a truck and throws a stack of Creepshow comics at smiling young fan Billy, Creepshow 2 feels flat and tone deaf. Whereas the original had a histrionic opening goosed with the presence of Tom Savini’s bravura puppet creation giggling and beckoning out the window, this time we have a Howard Berger/Ed French mask molded onto Savini’s face, dubbed over with a gravelly, steroidal voice, a cheap and cheesy attempt to more faithfully quote Tales from the Crypt‘s Cryptkeeper character. It feels even cheaper when the sequence morphs into flat animation, with The Creep sitting in his castle narrating three tales (as opposed to the 5 in the original) of horror, none of which actually have the EC comics Grand Guignol sting that the first film so gleefully and effortlessly reveled in.

The first story, “Old Chief Wooden Head” stars Hollywood vets George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour as a kindly couple operating a general store in the desert. When a trio of toughs murder them in cold blood, the store’s resident wooden Indian comes to life and avenges his “friends”. This one is nasty and humorless, with nary a twist and no trace of irony whatsoever.

Next up is the best of the three, “The Raft”, in which a quartet of horny teens ride out to a remote floating dock on a secluded lake and are immediately attacked by a blob in the water that eats them up one by one. Most fans and defenders of Creepshow 2 cite this episode as the highlight and it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s all that great and, again, there is none of the pervading sense of the macabre from Creepshow in here, not a whiff of the moldy comic book origins that are supposed to ground the film.

Then there’s the final episode, “The Hitchhiker”, a formulaic action/horror riff that see Lois Chiles run over some poor schlub who then returns from the grave to torment her and repeatedly chants the often quoted line “thanks for the ride lady”. Once more, there’s no purpose to this episode, save for watching Greg Nicotero flexing the sort of prosthetic face carnage he would perfect in The Walking Dead. And that line, of course.

RELATED: Why Creepshow has one of the greatest opening scenes ever

To top it all off, Creepshow 2 has one of the worst horror film soundtracks of the 1980s, at least one of the worst from a film of this sort of pedigree. Where Creepshow‘s wildly evil tone was propelled by John Harrison’s nightmarish analog synth and grand piano score and Romero’s ace use of needle-drop library cues, here we have tinkly synth music from Les Reed and the great Rick Wakeman (Crimes of Passion) that sounds alternately like music from a Count Chocula commercial and leftover cues from a John Hughes comedy.

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Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release looks good and certainly, the film isn’t boring. The brevity of tales and lean running time makes the entire thing move fairly quickly, but again, that’s a big part of the problem. Creepshow felt epic. This feels like an R-rated version of Laurel’s Tales From the Darkside TV show. On the special features, a typically great and warm interview with Romero echoes just that, with Uncle George admitting the movie lacks the cackling malice and scope of the first and that explaining that the movie was in fact scheduled to have 5 tales but was cut to a three at the last minute. One of the King tales, “The Cat From Hell”, was later absorbed into the body of Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, which was in turn directed by Harrison. It’s all connected…

Other features of note on the disc include a subdued interview with Savini discussing his 3 minute turn as The Creep and a lovely commentary by Gornick, who is such a gentleman, one feels guilty dismissing his feature debut so casually.

Perhaps if Creepshow bore a different title, one that didn’t connect to such an immaculate film that stands as one of the cinematic highlights of two of horror and dark fantasy’s biggest and most important names, it would fare better. Maybe then, it would be a passable bit of pulpy distraction. As is, watching Creepshow 2 today is just as lame an experience as it was in 1987.

Buy Creepshow 2 here.
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Rogue One Red Carpet Live Stream and Score Highlights

Rogue One Red Carpet Live Stream and Score Highlights

Rogue One red carpet live stream and score highlights

The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story world premiere will take place tonight at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! You can tune into the Rogue One red carpet live stream tonight starting at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Attending the Rogue One red carpet premiere from the film will be Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Gareth Edwards (director), Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel (producers), John Knoll, Jason McGatlin (executive producers) and Michael Giacchino (composer).

The special guests include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Mayim Bialik, Donald Faison, Nathan Fillion, Topher Grace, Seth Green, Moby, Chris Hardwick, Laurie Hernandez, Simon Kinberg, Jaime King, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Ewan McGregor, Breckin Meyer, Rene Russo, Ty Simpkins, Kevin Smith, Milo Ventimiglia, Wil Wheaton, Rainn Wilson, Steve Yedlin, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, Ariel Winter, Miles Brown, Carly Hughes, and Marcus Scribner.

While we wait for the live stream embed, you can check out highlights from Michael Giacchino’s score in the player below!

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16, 2016.

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The New Sherlock Series 4 Trailer Has Arrived

The New Sherlock Series 4 Trailer Has Arrived

The new Sherlock Series 4 trailer has arrived

The BBC has debuted the new Sherlock Series 4 trailer, which you can watch below. Sherlock Series 4 will premiere on January 1, 2017.

“The Six Thatchers” is the new episode’s title and it marks the first new episode of Sherlock since the hit series’ 2015 Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride.” In fact, the Sherlock Series 4 premiere arrives nearly two years after the end of the show’s third season.

The title of the Sherlock Series 4 premiere is almost certainly a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1904 short story “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” (later collected in The Return of Sherlock Holmes), swapping the French revolutionary with a more recent political figure. The original story follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate a series of crimes tied to smashed statues. You can read the full text by clicking here.

Promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases, it was announced previously that series four will begin with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil – as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock is produced by Sue Vertue, and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

The Sherlock Series 4 premiere is also coming to Masterpiece on PBS in 2017.

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Exclusive: Sigourney Weaver Talks Avatar Sequels Development

Exclusive: Sigourney Weaver Talks Avatar Sequels Development

Sigourney Weaver talks Avatar sequels development

We’ve heard from several sources that filmmaker James Cameron has actually been shooting bits and pieces of his upcoming Avatar sequels for the last several years. While doing an exclusive interview at The Monster Calls junket in New York, we asked actress Sigourney Weaver (who will reprise Dr. Grace Augustine in the films) to clarify what exactly Cameron has been tinkering on all these years. She confirmed that Cameron has been shooting material, though it might not actually make its way to the screen…

“I think what he’s been doing is trying to develop the technology,” Weaver clarified to us. “We’re going to do all four simultaneously, so I think he’s trying to make sure that he has really done all the groundwork so when he really starts these four we’ll be able to hit the ground running. So I don’t think he’s actually… he IS experimenting. I don’t know if any of that would end up in the movie ’cause it’s not actually any of the story, but I’m sure he’s trying to figure out how to photograph an animal in this situation, things like that, so on the day he doesn’t have to waste time finding that out.”

We then asked if she’s been a part of any of this “experimentation” phase in the development of the Avatar sequels.

“Conversationally, yes,” Weaver confirmed. “I’ve read three of the four scripts and if you liked the first one hold onto your hat. It is so ambitious and it is so moving. Nothing like it.”

When we added that we can’t wait to see these next four movies, Weaver joked, “You have to, though!” (laughter)

Earlier this year, 20th Century Fox revealed that the first Avatar sequel is expected to hit theaters in December 2018 and would be followed by three more films in December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023. Confirmed to feature the return of cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, the Avatar sequels will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.

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Exclusive: Jurassic World Sequel Will Have a Political Element

Exclusive: Jurassic World Sequel Will Have a Political Element

Jurassic World sequel will have a political element

We caught up with A Monster Calls filmmaker J.A. Bayona today for an exclusive conversation in which we talked about his next gig directing the still-untitled Jurassic World sequel!

RELATED: J.A. Bayona Says Jurassic World 2 Will Surprise You

We brought up how all the Jurassic movies have an undercurrent about exploitation and commercialization of these animals, and asked if there will there be a similar pseudo-political subtext to this one.

“Yeah, you’re right,” Bayona told us. “I think there’s a lot of that in the new ‘Jurassic.’ I think there’s a lot of possessiveness towards our creations. I think it’s very interesting where the new movie is heading. It’s so different from the other films, it talks a lot about the moment we live in right now. It’s darker… but at the same time it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a blockbuster, you have Chris Pratt, it’s a great adventure, but it’s very interesting the way the film is darker than the other ones.”

We also talked to him about creating horrific scares on a blockbuster canvas versus the contained gothic horror of something like his previous hit The Orphanage.

“You need to adapt, you need to know where you are,” suggested Bayona. “‘Jurassic’ is going to be very different from ‘A Monster Calls’ or ‘The Orphanage,’ but they called me because they loved ‘The Orphanage’ and ‘The Impossible’ and they wanted me to be leading the new ‘Jurassic.’ I think you’re going to find some stuff that will remind you of my movies. At the same time I’m very aware that this is Steven’s baby and I’m going to take care of his baby as much as possible, knowing where I am all the time.”

Bayona, whose latest, A Monster Calls, opens later this month, will direct the Jurassic World sequel from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. The cast includes returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Justice Smith, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which is scheduled for a release on June 22, 2018.

Trevorrow previously revealed the quote from the original Jurassic Park that inspired their idea for the sequel, which comes from Sam Neil’s Alan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”

Cameras are expected to roll on the Jurassic World sequel in March.

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New Baby Groot Image and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Toys

New Baby Groot Image and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Toys

New Baby Groot image and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 toys

We can’t get enough of the new Baby Groot! First spotted in the poster and then stealing the show in the first trailer, the new Baby Groot has us thinking Disney will sell A LOT of toys based on just the little fella himself. That said, Marvel Studios has released this new Baby Groot image to highlight their Marvel Studios Hero Acts charity efforts (you can also check out a video below with director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt).

Speaking of toys, Nerdist has your first look at Marvel Legends figures for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that include updated versions of Star-Lord and Drax, as well as the first movie Yondu. You can check out photos of the figures below.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast includes the return of Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Parks and Recreation) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (SPECTRE) as Drax, Vin Diesel (xXx, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (Slither, Jumper) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, The Big Short) as Nebula, and Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The KnickThe Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Furious 7) as Ego, the Living Planet.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Look for it to hit the big screen May 5, 2017, the first of three Marvel Studios films arriving in 2017. Guardians 2 will be followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3.

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Barbie Release Date Set for Summer 2018

Barbie Release Date Set for Summer 2018

Barbie release date set for Summer 2018

In addition to setting dates for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and Bad Boys 4, Sony Pictures has revealed a new Barbie release date. Originally set to be released on May 12, 2017, the live-action film will now arrive in theaters on June 29, 2018. The only other movie on that date currently is a mystery Marvel film from 20th Century Fox.

It was announced earlier this month that Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation’s Barbie movie had landed a leading lady in Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer). Schumer will play a misfit living in a land of perfect Barbies who comes to the real world where her being/looking different turns into an asset.

The film is said to be a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity in the comedic-fantasy vein of Splash, Enchanted or Big.

The screenplay comes from Hilary Winston (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the Bad Teacher TV series). Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele are expected to rewrite the script, and a director is currently being sought. Barbie is being produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal.

From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie has done it all through her more than 150 careers. She has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman. The toy line launched in 1959 and brings in $2 billion dollars annually. The Barbie movie marks the second collaboration between Sony Pictures and Mattel, which are currently developing a film adaptation of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s popular action figures.

Are you looking forward to the Barbie release? Let us know your thoughts about the movie in the .

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