I’ve got a wonderfully made sci-fi short for you to watch today called "The Nostalgist." It centers on a father and son who live in an idyllic future, but their reality is not what is seems. The movie was directed by Giacomo Cimini, and it’s based on a short story written by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson. Here’s the official description of the story:
In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father's device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a beautiful but fragile veneer…
Not only is the story solid, but so is the beautiful production design, visual effects, and cinematography. This is an all-around great short film that is heartfelt, intense, and engaging. I hope you all enjoy it.
Some more details have surfaced regarding Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, and these are the most awesome details about the movie that I’ve heard so far! There’s a good chance that the information provided by Making Star Wars is true. A source claims to have seen Johnson directing a crucial action sequence involving The Knights of Ren, and it sounds freakin’ amazing!
The Knight of Ren are tracking down Luke Skywalker and Rey, and they apparently come across them on the coast of Ahch-To. The site explains that Rey is reluctant, and maybe even angry at Luke Skywalker, because she has to kill Kylo Ren and she doesn’t want to do it.
The scene that follows is described in the following points:
Luke Skywalker and Rey are on Ahch-To just before nightfall as the sun sets in the background and it starts to rain.
Rey’s hair is pulled back. She doesn’t have the vest from VII on.
Kylo Ren and The Knights of Ren turn up along the coast.
Kylo Ren continues advancing towards the heroes with the Knights of Ren.
Kylo does not wear the mask here.
Kylo has the same cross guard saber as he did in VII.
Kylo’s costume looked the same as in VII.
Rey and Kylo Ren duel one-on-one and end up fighting alongside the cliff face over looking the nighttime water.
Kylo wants his revenge after Rey disgraced him.
The Knights of Ren go for Luke Skywalker while Rey is left for Kylo.
Luke Skywalker engages the knights on the beach while Kylo attempts to kill Rey.
The first black knight has an axe and moves towards the Luke but is Force pushed away to his death after being thrown through the air.
After Luke dispatches the first knight he ignites his green lightsaber.
Luke moves through each knight one by one.
Rey and Kylo’s battle moves up to the side of a cliff.
Suddenly Rey is nowhere to be seen. She’s taken out of the battle, either wounded or appears to go over the side of the cliff.
Luke Skywalker casually walks towards Kylo to finish him but Kylo retreats when he sees Skywalker and his crew defeated.
Luke Skywalker is a badass Jedi and he’ll destroy your squad.
I love this, and it’s cool to learn that Luke will be fighting with The Force and his lightsaber, which is the same green lightsaber that was introduced in Return of the Jedi. There was apparently a lot of wire-work involved with this scene, so it seems Luke is going to be throwing people all over the place.
For now we can only speculate as to what happens to Rey and why Luke lets Kylo run. I’m sure that Rey survives because she’s the star of this trilogy. But why didn’t Luke go after Kylo? After taking out the rest of the Knight of Ren, you’d think Luke could overpower Kylo. It seems to me like maybe he allowed Kylo to get away. Is Rey the one that has to kill him? So many questions!
We’ll just have to wait to find out the answers to them when the movie is released on December 15, 2017.
Just in case you’ve ever wondered what Yoda might have been like if he had turned to the dark side of the force in Star Wars, here’s a great piece of art created by Daryl Mandryk. This is Dark Yoda, and he looks freakin’ badass. This version of Yoda looks like he has gone through some crazy shit. There must’ve been some point in Yoda’s life where he was at least tempted by the dark side. It would be interesting to know how his story would have turned out if he did embrace the dark side of the force. This illustration at least gives us a visualization of it.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since Warren Beatty has directed a film. The last film he directed was Bulworth back in 1998. The last movie he starred in, though was Town & Country, which was released in 2001.
This November, Beatty will release his latest film project, Rules Don’t Apply, which he directed and stars in. He plays Howard Hughes in the film, and thanks to EW we have our first look at him in the role along with his co-stars Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. We also have some new details regarding the story:
This is a story about a young man (Ehrenreich) and a young woman (Collins) who come to Hollywood, both of whom are affected by American Protestant, American Puritan morality on the brink of the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism that was to take place in the early ’60s.
Beatty has been working on the film project for years, and he described the film as a comedy love story. In an interview with the outlet, Beatty talked about how his curiosity about Hughes led him to make this movie:
“I’ve had the idea of making a movie about Howard Hughes in mind for a long time. We never met, but I sometimes feel like I knew everybody who knew Howard and I never lost my curiosity about him. It’s just that I don’t run around doing movies all the time.”
In case you’re wondering why Beatty hasn’t made a lot of films over the years, it’s because he’s been spending time with his family. When asked about it, he said:
“I have four children and any one of them is more interesting than any 12 movies I’ve done. I had my life before them and my life since them.”
That’s a pretty reasonable answer. I’m happy to see him back making movies again, though! I’ve always enjoyed the movies that he has made, and it will be great to see him make a comeback. It was previously reported that he plans on making a Dick Tracy sequel next, which would be wicked cool.
Rules Don’t Apply is set to be released on November 11th, and it also has a great supporting cast that includes Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Ed Harris, Martin Sheen, and Matthew Broderick.
One rule of the modern internet is that any time there's a sword fight in a popular movie or TV show, you can be damn sure that some fan is going to turn those swords into lightsabers and add Star Wars sound effects to the scene. The most recent example is for the third episode of season six of Game of Thrones, entitled "Oathbreaker," which contains this sequence of a young Ned Stark and his crew facing off against Ser Arthur Dayne, "The Sword of the Morning." (You can read my thoughts about the episode itself here.) Gotta love that Wilhelm Scream in there, too.
The CBS upfronts are going on right now, where the network is showing advertisers sneak peeks at its upcoming slate of TV shows. One of those is a new Star Trek series led by Hannibal and Pushing Daisies showrunner Bryan Fuller, and the network unveiled the first look at the new logo in a quick teaser you can watch below:
No casting announcements have been made yet, and production is scheduled to begin this fall in Toronto. The new series will premiere on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access, the network's new streaming service (for which it apparently has extremely high hopes). Mick is not happy about that decision, and you can read all about that here.
We knew that Universal Studios Hollywood was getting a year-round attraction devoted to The Walking Dead, but we weren't quite sure exactly when it would open. Now we know, and you can mark your calendars: July 4th is the official opening date. Pretty sure that's going to be a hella busy weekend at the theme park.
Greg Nicotero, the executive producer and makeup guru who created the effects for the show (he also directed a handful of episodes), appears in a new behind-the-scenes video that talks about how the attraction is going to incorporate elements that were originally designed for the series so fans can get up close and personal with the most authentic Walking Dead aspects possible.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is a very busy guy. Not only does he have the TWD TV show and comic to worry about, but he also has the demonic horror series Outcast coming up on Cinemax and he's begun producing films as well. On top of all that, THR reports that Kirkman and TWD'sDavid Alpert will soon be executive producing a new documentary series called Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books that will air on AMC.
The six-episode hourlong project will premiere in 2017 and explore the stories, people and events that transformed the comic book industry. AMC touted that the series will offer origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters as well as examine subjects including pop culture, race, gender and sexuality.
Kirkman, who also has Fear The Walking Dead on the network, spoke about his excitement for the project:
“At the end of the day I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell,” said Kirkman. “I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some of the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”
From the interviews I've seen, Kirkman is a pretty personable guy, so maybe they'll get him to host this new series himself. I'd much prefer that than someone like Chris Hardwick or Kevin Smith, who already get enough attention as it is.
It takes a little while to get going, but Fabrice Mathieu's short film Darth By Darthwest places Star Wars characters (and vehicles) into Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie North By Northwest. Cary Grant, ever the dashing leading man, runs like hell from a TIE Fighter instead of a crop-duster. Check it out: