All the Lightsabers!

allsabersThis is a fun info graphic put together by the good folks at HalloweenCostumes that breaks down every lightsaber that has appeared onscreen in the films, STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and STAR WARS REBELS, whether used by Jedi or Sith.

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New ‘Force Awakens’ Posters Are… In Color

Today is “Force Friday,” when the Disney juggernaut unleashes all the merchandizing for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. And, indeed, there are enough mountains of toys, textiles and knickknacks to make Spaceballs‘ Yogurt swoon.

I’m not really interested in most of the stuff; if you are, here’s a pretty good roundup of the best stuff available. I’ll just take a look at the three new posters, which I find… well, less than inspiring, to be honest. They don’t fire my imagination.

The best one is the collage, which showcases most of the important characters — well, the new ones, at least. No sign of Luke, Leia or Han, sadly… The First Order troopers has a certain appeal as just a mass of bodies suggesting a powerful force (no pun intended). And while the Kylo Ren solo is supposed to make him look like a fightin’ badass, to me, he looks like an old man bending awkwardly to pick up a coin. (“It’s heads, so it’s cool.”)

So, like I noted above, the posters are… well, they’re in color, that’s for sure…

Daniel Craig May Resign His License to Kill

spectre1Daniel Craig‘s contract for playing James Bond is almost up, which means it’s time for him to play coy about returning to the role — the de rigeur contract-negation ploy.

While discussing the upcoming Spectre, his fourth flick as 007, Craig professed ambivalence about putting on the tuxedo and picking up the Walther PPK again, telling Esquire UK: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”

Asked if he would like to star in another James Bond flick, he said:

“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see. Bond  is very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s … sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months.”

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It’s an Early Christmas for DOCTOR WHO fans!

riverxmas01It’s barely September, and DOCTOR WHO isn’t even back on TV yet, but the makers of the series are working on this year’s Christmas Special harder than Santa’s elves worried about North Pole layoffs, and that means there’s BIG holiday news — chief among the announcements: Alex Kingston will reprise her role as the Doctor’s late wife, Prof. River Song!

Of course, this will be her first time interacting with Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor, and his grumpy demeanor promises a much different dynamic that her previous encounters with the 11th (Matt Smith) and 10th (David Tennant) Doctors!

But never fear — the story was written by lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, so he’s sure to keep things light-hearted and fast-paced. Now, if we can only figure out how she will appear! A small thing like death never stopped River Song — heck, she died in her very first story! And she hasn’t slowed a step since then.

Alex told the BBC:

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through. We had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the DOCTOR WHO team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

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Ex Hannibal in Line for ‘Doctor Strange’ Movie Villain?

Mads_MikkelsenIt’s possible that TV’s former Hannibal Lecter, Mads Mikkelsen, could play the Big Bad in Marvel’s Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch‘s mystic hero — according to Variety, that is.

The showbiz bible says Marvel Studios is in talks with the actor, a veteran of several villainous roles, including the James Bond film Casino Royale. Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, but sources say he will be an antagonist.

In addition to Cumberbatch, the film also stars Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, with Scott Derrickson directing.

Cumberbatch will play Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, the protector of Earth against magical threats. Swinton’s Ancient One is Strange’s mentor, while Ejiofor’s Mordo is a fellow student who turns on the Ancient One and Strange.

Filming begins later this year. Doctor Strange will premiere Nov. 4, 2016.

 

New James Bond Pics From SPECTRE

Here are a couple of brand-new images from “Spectre,” the 24th film in the James Bond franchise. It once again stars Daniel Craig as 007, this time joined by Léa Seydoux. Sam Mendes, who directed the highly regarded SkyFall, returns to the director’s chair once more. This movie formally introduces SPECTRE to the rebooted Bond universe.

Take a look at that chess board in front of Bond. Is he playing a real game? The board and pieces appear to be covered in dust. And, more importantly, the white queen is on a square adjacent to the black king. How the hell did that happen? Bond’s opponent is sacrificing his queen rather than killing Bond’s king!

In this film, a message from Bond’s past sets him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Spectre also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.

Spectre opens Nov. 6.

Still Nothing to Fear in Another Dull FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

feardead02Well, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD was only mostly a snoozer this week.

I was interested when there was some actual tension — for about 45 seconds — when Madison and Knife Boy were running and pushing the cart because they weren’t sure who was setting off the school metal detectors.

But other than that, Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

There are two gigantic problems with FTWD, and the series has demonstrated no interest in remedying them.

  1. We know it’s zombies, but the characters don’t — and it’s taking forever for them to figure it out. Nobody in this fantasy universe has ever seen a zombie movie. This makes the characters annoying and seem stupid.
  2. This show is playing out exactly — exactly — like the first season of THE STRAIN. So we have literally seen all of this before, and it’s dull. We’ve seen people discover the early sufferers. We’ve seen the people insist that the infected are “Just sick, they just need help.” We’ve seen the disjointed, dysfunctional families; even the heroic Hispanic family has been done already.

Do something new and interesting, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD!