Watch: John Boyega’s Screen Test and More Footage From STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Documentary

Disney and Lucasfilm have just sent over a clip from the new documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey that debuted today at the SXSW Film Festival. J.J. Abrams and R2-D2 made a special appearance in Austin to introduce the feature-length doc, which will be available for all fans to see as a bonus feature on the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here's the official clip, but immediately below that one, you can see a video from Good Morning America that has this footage intercut with some bits that didn't make it into the official tease, including a snippet of John Boyega auditioning to play Finn:

I'm really looking forward to watching all of the moving pieces of how the finished film came together. To see a quick clip setting up the first table read of the script, click here. Secrets of The Force Awakens will arrive as a special feature on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack on April 5.

Not at SXSW Today? Check Out the Tease to ‘The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey’

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

I unfortunately was not present to see The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey feature length documentary at SXSW today and if you’re like me that really bums you out.

The silver lining is that Disney dropped a little sneak peek at the feature that will be included in the upcoming home video release.

As it stands I’ll probably end up double or triple dipping on this thing. I will have to get it in Digital HD because I can’t wait the four days. Then I’ll undoubtedly purchase a couple of the retailer exclusive versions because I need the Steelbook and I can’t live without the extra footage that Target will have.

Thank god it’s coming soon. Take a look at the tease.

Get a first look at The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, an in-depth documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one of the many special features included on the upcoming Digital HD (available April 1) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 5) releases.


UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Gets a Full Season 2 Trailer

They alive, dammit!

Netflix has released the first full trailer for the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the comedy starring Ellie Kemper as a plucky girl who escapes from an underground bunker and moves to New York City to experience life to the fullest. My wife really liked the first season, which I thought had a nice mixture of goofiness and sweetness to it, and a handful of jokes with some really smart 30 Rock-level wordplay or visual gags. Check out the new trailer below, and let us know if you'll be tuning in:

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to get the theme song out of my head:

That’s Not How The Force Works: Darth Vader Toothpick Dispenser

You'd think I would have learned by now, but I'm continually surprised at the level of nerdy ridiculousness Star Wars fans will go to in order to have every single aspect of their lives intersect with George Lucas's space saga in some way or another. I've seen themed toilet covers, spatulas, and dozens of other pieces of merchandise, but here's a new one: a Darth Vader toothpick dispenser from Bandai. Now someone just needs to come up with a Star Wars-themed toothpick to make sure that diehard fans don't need to touch a single piece of non-SW-related content in order to clean their teeth. I also really like that photo of the wine glass and cheese plate with this thing displayed proudly next to it, as if that's ever a scenario that's going to appear in real life.

If you're one of the few people that would actually buy one of these, they're supposed to be available for purchase starting in June for ¥ 2,980, which, if Google isn't lying to me, comes out to a staggering $458 in cold hard cash. I hope it's worth it!

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Via: LaughingSquid

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Set Photos Feature New Aliens, Vehicles, and More

A collection of new photos from the set of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII have surfaced online through various Twitter feeds. These images give us our first good look at some new alien creatures, vehicles, set pieces, some security type personnel, and a couple of interestingly-dressed gentlemen hanging around a Landspeeder-type vehicle. It's like the BMW of Landspeeders. 

The spy photos you see here were taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the film is currently shooting. The style of the stuff I'm seeing here kind of has the same vibe of what we saw in the prequel films. Everything is a bit more polished. 

We have no idea who these aliens are, where they are, or how they fit into the story, but everyone seems to be dressed up nice!

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You can see a few more images on TMZ.

Via: Star Wars News

Kevin Smith Provides a Nuanced Response to The New GHOSTBUSTERS Trailer

Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie has been a topic of heated debate since it was announced that the main cast members would all be female. Thanks to a torrent of misogynist fanboys who spoke out against the movie for crapping on their childhoods, the film has somehow become a beacon for progressive and feminist ideologies, and since the internet is a place that instantly becomes polarized into camps on either extreme, it's basically come down to this mentality: if you don't like the movie, you're a woman-hating scumbag.

I've read enough comments on this site to know that we do have a handful of guys who are honest-to-God misogynists that troll around here, but the majority of you are capable of making a more nuanced judgment, and here's where filmmaker Kevin Smith comes in as the surprising voice of reason. What if you don't like the trailer, not because the movie stars women, but because it just wasn't really that funny? On a recent episode of Hollywood Babble On podcast, he and co-host Ralph Garman broke it down:

I haven't agreed with Smith about anything for a while, but I'm right there with him on this one: I really like all the people involved with the film, and I'll just hold out hope that the final movie turns out to be much better than that trailer indicated. What do you all think?

Via: Uproxx

Watch: Red-Band Trailer For Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

Richard Linklater is following up Boyhood with Everybody Wants Some!! (those exclamation points are apparently part of the official title), the spiritual sequel to his classic film Dazed and Confused. The movie played at SXSW this past weekend and received pretty solid reviews (from the brief glimpses at headlines that I saw, anyway — I don't like reading reviews before I see a movie myself), and IGN has just debuted a new red-band trailer for the '80s-set college comedy. 

This looks like a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see it when it hits theaters on April 1.

A “spiritual sequel” to ‘Dazed and Confused’ set in the world of 1980 college life, Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

AMC Reveals PREACHER Teaser Poster, New Photos, and Premiere Date


AMC has released a new teaser poster for their upcoming Preacher TV series and announced that the show will premiere on Sunday, May 22nd at 10pm. It will follow the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead. After the pilot episode premieres, the new episodes will air every Sunday starting on June 5th at 9pm. I've also included three new photos from the series below that feature a few of the main characters. 

Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

The series is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular 1990s comic book franchise and it was developed by executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) is also an executive producer on the series and will serves as showrunner. Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC, had this to say in a statement:

“We’re thrilled to finally be sharing this epic story with characters unlike any other on television. Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have brought Garth’s writing and Steve’s artistry to life in the most gratifying way possible. Fans of the comic book and fans of just great television have a lot to look forward to as they’ll travel on an unforgettable journey and watch in unison as the craziness unfolds.”

The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck, and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.

This series looks like it's going to be awesome. In case you want to watch the trailer again for a reminder of how good it looks, click here.

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THE WALKING DEAD is Getting a Year-Round Attraction at Universal Studios

Universal Studios has announced that a new attraction based on AMC's mega-hit zombie series The Walking Dead will be coming to the Hollywood park in the summer of 2016, and will stay open for the foreseeable future. Previously, the only Walking Dead-related attraction theme park fans could take part in was the walk-through maze that appeared as a part of the park's Halloween Horror Nights event.

As described in press notes, the Walking Dead attraction is significantly more intense than its Halloween iteration; the stomach-churning walk-through experience will boast “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series."

Greg Nicotero, the legendary make-up and effects creator who serves as an executive producer and director on the show, is teaming with the park to make sure everything feels like fans are walking through an episode of the series.

Via: EW