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star wars

This is definitely not the real Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but it’s pretty fantastic considering there wasn’t much material to work with. There are bits and pieces from the old films and fan films mixed with dialogue taken from The Force Unleashed and, believe it or not, Anchorman 2.

See the trailer after the break.

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force awaken

If you’ve wanted to see the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but you’re not able to get to one of the handful of theaters that will be showing the trailer this weekend, time to rejoice.

The Star Wars Twitter just announced that the #TheForceAwakens teaser will be on iTunes this Friday.

Head after the break to see the tweet.

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monster

We are getting a live-action Goosebumps movie and it has a weird plot along with some terrifying monsters. The film stars Jack Black as author, R.L. Stine, whose books were actually serving as prisons for the monsters. The original synopsis reads:

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

See more monsters after the break (including a super creepy ventriloquist dummy).

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jurassic world

We were told that the Jurassic World trailer would debut during Thanksgiving football but, once again, the release happened a little earlier than planned. Honestly, I don’t know why studios bother trying to schedule these things.

On the plus side, you don’t have to take a break from eating on Thanksgiving to watch the trailer. The official version is available for you to enjoy right here, right now. Check it out after the break…

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star

Although this modern trailer for The Last Starfighter may have you itching for a remake, it doesn’t look likely. Quite a few people have tried getting the rights to the film with no luck. The list of those who have tried and failed includes Gary Whitta, Seth Rogen, and even Steven Spielberg.

The news came via a tweet from Seth Rogen in which he revealed Spielberg personally told him that he’d had no luck getting the rights. Following the trail of tweets, it all comes back to the film’s writer, Jonathan R. Betuel, who has no interest in seeing the movie revived. It’s easy to understand why he is protective of the movie, but it’d still be nice to see what could be done with the film today in the right hands.

See Rogen’s tweet after the break.

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terminator

No one is really sure what to expect from the upcoming Terminator: Genisys movie, but we do know we’re getting good old Arnold back as the Terminator. If you’re worried about whether or not he can pull it off at 67 years of age, this photo tweeted by cClickenbeard ought to lay your worries to rest.

See the tweet after the break.

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bale

It came as no surprise to Christian Bale that a new Batman was cast for Batman v. Superman, but he was still jealous when he heard that Ben Affleck got the role. He told Empire:

I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.

I have to say that staring “into nothing for half an hour” is much more of an emotional reaction than we would expect from someone who seemed so adamant about moving on from the role. Bale went on to say that he did manage to shake off the funk once he absorbed the news and even reached out to Affleck.

But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman…I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven’t spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did.

The internet didn’t have the best reaction to news that Affleck had been cast in the role either, so good for Bale that he came to terms with it and even offered to help Affleck.

(Comic Book Movie via io9)

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We’re all going to get our first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens with an upcoming trailer that will start showing this Friday. J.J. Abrams confirmed the rumors via a note on twitter and the Internet went nuts. The 88-second trailer is only going to be shown in 30 theaters at launch, so you might have to drive a bit to find one near you. Gas up the tank and get ready to go because it’s time for a road trip.

See the full list after the break.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts

I don’t often entertain thoughts about returning to the world of education to pursue more degrees, but the fact that colleges are offering courses about Doctor Who and Harry Potter tempt me. “British Culture and Harry Potter” is a part of California State University San Marcos’ study abroad program. The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.

The goals of the class:

Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series

Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain

Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.

Who else wants to enroll?

Read more about the program at California State University’s website.

the hobbit

Billy Boyd, a.k.a. Pippin, is singing the moving song that will play during the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We heard a clip of the song that will mark the end of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories, but the full song and video has now been released. Ladies and gents, get ready for tears.

Boyd’s voice is beautiful, and “The Last Goodbye” plays over scenes from both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. Regardless of how you feel about the fact that The Hobbit has been ripped apart into three movies, this video will make you feel sad that we’re once again saying goodbye to Middle-earth.

Watch and listen after the break.

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