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It’s live! It’s also now up on the official Youtube, as seen above.
Want to dig deeper? I recommend the shot-for-shot posts from io9, Making Star Wars and /Film. They all discuss some of the rumors we’ve heard, and how they apply to what’s been revealed today. And there’s some immediate reaction over at Eleven-ThirtyEight and Tosche Station.
The biggest – or at least most questioned mystery of the the teaser – who’s that in the voiceover? Popular theories thrown out today include Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and the rumor that refuses to die: Benedict Cumberbatch. According Drew McWeeney at Hitfix, it is indeed Serkis, who is “playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.”
And finally, here’s a fun compilation of reaction videos:
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Much like an anthropomorphic raccoon giving away free laser blasts to the guards of a high-tech prison facility, Google Play is giving away free music to fans of Marvel’s latest blockbuster. Now that the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack—subtitled Awesome Mix Vol. 1—is no longer the number one album in the the country, the online portal is making the entire album free for download, today only. (Sorry, international fans of the popular hits from the ’60s and ’70s contained within this compilation—the offer is limited to the United States for now).
It seems the corporate overlords at Marvel (presumably living in the severed head of an ancient God) have decided they’ve wrung all the money they can from this particular piece of marketing synergy. Therefore, the rest of us are now free to enjoy, at no cost, the smooth sounds of Peter Quill’s cassette ...
When David Letterman signs off from his show for the final time next year, he won’t be the only thing that disappears from late-night television. It also means this coming holiday season will mark the last time Darlene Love ever performs “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on a TV show.
Fans of The Late Show know that Love’s performance of her Christmas classic, first recorded in 1963, has become an annual tradition, always falling on the last episode to air before the holiday. And after performing it for Letterman every year since 1986, Love has confirmed that, when he retires, so will the song—at least, for any future television appearances.
“They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing,” Love recently told Billboard. “They couldn’t ask me not to sing ‘Christmas (Baby)‘ on another show, but after 10 years, then 15 years, of ...
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Banking on comic-book fans’ tolerance for superhero nipples, Joel Schumacher is reportedly reviving Batman & Robin in comics form. The 12-issue series will be drawn by Dustin Nguyen and written by Schumacher from the screenplay for Batman Triumphant, originally written by Mark Protosevich.
Batman Triumphant was supposed to be the third in Schumacher’s series of Batman movies, but was scrapped after the entire world banded together in hatred for Batman & Robin. The story supposedly revolves around the Scarecrow planting hallucinations of the Joker in Batman’s mind, and will hopefully answer at least some of the questions that have plagued fans for the past 17 years, like: What’s the credit limit on Batman’s GothCard? If you kicked some ice, wouldn’t you just fall down?, and so on.
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If interested - I'd agree with maybe 6-7 of these being "good episodes" of modern Simpsons (few are).
So Twin Peaks made it pretty clear that Kyle MacLachlan’s Dale Cooper worked for the FBI, but what if that was all a clever ruse, and we’re not discovering the truth of it until just now? What if he was actually Dale Cooper, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. this whole time? TV Line is reporting that MacLachlan has been cast in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s upcoming second season, so this wild theory we just came up with a few minutes ago is already gaining some ground.
OK, MacLachlan probably isn’t reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper, but he is playing a character of some importance to the show’s mythology. We’re gonna pad out the article a bit here to give spoilerphobes a chance to get out, but he’s playing a character who was referenced many ...
This is great, Casey!
Today I’m showing the world a project that’s actually been kinda near and dear to my heart for quite a while. I’ve had a few friends using it and got some positive feedback, and as of last week I put the finishing touches on some backend improvements that should hopefully keep it up and running for a while, so here goes:
I’ve been a member of the website last.fm since 2004, when it was still called Audioscrobbler. As of this writing I’ve “scrobbled” over 110,000 plays of various songs from various audio-listening applications and services, so it knows when I listened to them and in aggregate what songs, albums, and bands I’ve listened to the most. That’s a LOT of data about me just kind of sitting there, and while I have sometimes used tools near the end of the calendar year that will show you your listening habits for the year or even just browsed last.fm’s web interface to check out my listening habits, I don’t have anything making regular use of that information, which I still submit to them pretty faithfully through iTunes and Rdio.
So that’s why I built Backtracks, an email service that sends you a weekly email to let you know what you were listening to at this time 1, 2, 3… or however many years back you have history for. If you have listening history logged in last.fm during this calendar week some years in the past, Backtracks will send you a quick email letting you see which albums, songs, and artists were among your most played during that time.
I still hope in the future that I’ll be able to add direct integration with services like Rdio and Spotify, but their APIs currently don’t allow access to historical listening data like last.fm does. If you work there or know someone who does, you should bug them about it! I’d love to support services that people are already using since I know last.fm is sort of a niche thing.
My music listening habits tend to be very seasonal—I listen to Jason Molina and the bands he led in the fall every year, for example, and that’s a big part of establishing the feeling of each season for me. Music is really important to me and for those of you who use last.fm faithfully I hope that Backtracks will be an email you look forward to getting as well.
If you aren't excited about Jurassic World, you're just not looking at Chris Pratt correctly.
The fourth film in the beloved Jurassic Park franchise has been in some form of development for more than a decade, but now it’s finally happening—a year from now, anyway. Today marks the beginning of a 365-day countdown for Jurassic World, which will star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as people who encounter dinosaurs, many of them scary. Universal Pictures was nice enough to offer us—and by proxy, you—the first look at some photos from the movie, which you can see below. (No dinosaurs yet, but presumably soon…)
In the new film, Chris Pratt will be in hunked-out Guardians Of The Galaxy mode, and not schlubby-cute Parks And Recreation mode. He will also ride a motorcycle, or at least stand next to one. It’s unclear whether he’s looking at a dinosaur.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays ...
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Answering at least one of the cries surrounding the initial casting announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII—that it had a mere two female characters, when everyone knows the Star Wars universe has at least two more women in it—Lucasfilm has today officially added Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to that distinguished lineage. Who they will be the silent, briefly glimpsed handmaidens to has not yet been confirmed, nor has it been announced whether they will be given a chance to perform a sexy slave dance before being eaten by a cave monster. Or, perhaps afforded the slightly more dignified opportunity to point to some maps while male pilots talk over them, all cocky-like.
But for Nyong’o, at least, it’s the culmination of months of rumors that the 12 Years A Slave actress could follow her recent Oscar win and rapid ascension by joining the franchise ...
Check out this Fing puppet in action!!!
We’ve already seen some evidence, but Lucasfilm and Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 announced today that they are indeed currently filming in the UAE. “We were very excited to start the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “It has been an incredible place to commence this journey.” J.J. Abrams “and cast” (we’re not sure who) flew to Abu Dhabi “in early May.” Hundreds of crew are working currently, and “key production staff” have been working with the locals since January.
The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say they’re recreating parts of Tatooine there, as one might expect from the clip, which bears a strong resemblance to the Mos Espa market in The Phantom Menace. Variety has a few more details on the financial arrangements.
Now on to important matters: What the hell is that thing on the right?
It is happening again: Another “complete series” edition of Twin Peaks is headed to home video on July 29, this time to Blu-ray—although this edition is more “complete” than ever before. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery not only bundles the entire run of the show with the prequel/sequel/sidequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, it also includes around 90 minutes of long sought-after deleted and alternate scenes, culled from the nearly five hours’ worth of footage that David Lynch shot for the latter movie. Over the years, numerous petitions have been created demanding that footage be released; some fans have even resorted to crafting reconstructions from the shooting script. But now they can wrap those in plastic and toss ’em—along with all their previous Twin Peaks box sets—thanks to this new collection overseen by Lynch himself.
“During the last days in the life of Laura ...
i don’t mean to be a negative nelly but if i can’t solve this little whozawhatsit, i don’t know how i’m gonna deliver the big presentation to the national milkman good samaritan convention.
doc, can you recommend a formal pant with some sort of crotch paneling
We know Peter Mayhew is in, and that is a very good, dare I say, screen-ready Chewbacca… Though it was Alan Horn, not Bob Iger, that we know for sure would be in London around this time. But if this was a (new?) theme park Chewie, wouldn’t they have someone in it? And why would they post it on the official Star Wars Instagram instead of a Parks one? So yes, it’s not too much of a stretch to believe this is the Episode VII Chewbacca costume!
Noteworthy: StarWars.com’s Matt Martin says “The image was supplied to is without much context. No idea where/when it was taken.” And the official (well, verified) @StarWarsUK account says it is from Episode VII, but Matt says it was only speculation on their part. Curious.
StarWars.com has announced the official cast for Episode VII. Star Wars alumni Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be joined by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
And that second new female role? They may still be looking, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Peter Mayhew has had to cancel a convention appearance “due to filming.” Comicpalooza runs Memorial Day weekend – May 23-26. That’s right about the time a certain movie is expected to be shooting in London…
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Last season, the Superdome's lights suddenly shut off -- right in the middle of the Super Bowl. No matter the reason, it was a poor decision to turn them off, and the NFL should think carefully before doing the same this year.
Last year, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh led his team against the Ravens and their head coach, head coach John Harbaugh. It really was truly a family affair. In the third quarter, however, this family affair ran family afoul: the lights in the Superdome shut off. Right in the middle of the game.
Why did they decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the game? And why did they have to do so during one of the biggest and most-watched NFL games of the entire season? You, the reader, cannot answer these questions (except for in the comments section, which I never read), so I will fight for you and serve as your voice.
Together, we must deliver a message to the NFL: Don't do this again. Don't turn off the lights right in the middle of the Super Bowl. Here are three reasons why:
Whether your favorite player in the Super Bowl is Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Spencer Ware, Michael Robinson, Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockett, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Bryan Walters, Kellen Davis, Anthony McCoy, Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Max Unger, James Carpenter, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Paul McQuistan, J.R. Sweezy, Alvin Bailey, Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie, Breno Giacomini, Caylin Hauptmann, Russell Okung, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Kenneth Boatribght, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Tony McDaniel, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Mebane, Jesse Williams, Heath Farwell, Mike Morgan, O'Brien Schofield, Malcolm Smith, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Brandon Browner, Chandler Fenner, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell, DeShawn Shead, Richard Sherman, Tharold Simon, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Earl Thomas, Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Clint Gresham, Zac Dysert, Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, Andre Caldwell, Eric Decker, Trindon Holliday, Deymarius Thomas, Wes Welker, Joel Dreessen, Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme, Adlai Stevenson V, Julius Thomas, Dan Koppen, Manny Ramirez, Steve Vallos, Zane Beadles, Chris Kuper, Louis Vasquez, Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Orlando Franklin, Winston Justice, Vinston Painter, Robert Ayers, Malik Jackson, Shaun Phillips, Quanterus Smith, Derek Wolf, Sione Fua, Terrance Knighton, Mitch Unrein, Kevin Vickerson, Sylvester Williams, Jeremy Mincey, Stewart Bradley, Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, Paris Lenon, Brandon Marshall, Lerentee McCray, Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, Wesley Woodyard, Champ Bailey, Tony Carter, Marquice Cole, Chris Harris, Quentin Jammer, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Kayvon Webster, Mike Adams, Omar Bolden, David Bruton, Quinton Carter, Michael Huff, Duke Ihenacho, Rahim Moore, Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt, or Aaron Brewer, if they decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl again, it won't matter. You will not even be able to see your favorite player.
If you really are fine with a Super Bowl without lights, well, be my guest. Don't even bother to tune in. Just watch this three-hour GIF.
I hope you had fun. Speaking only for myself, I'd rather catch all the action, rather than go through the chore of actually reading about it later. It's monotonous enough for me to have to read the stuff I write as I'm writing it; I'm certainly not going to sit through someone else's words. Lots of folks spend all day going, "hmm, well I think, hmmmmmmmm," while drumming their fingers, and they have the good sense not to drum them on a keyboard and waste everyone else's time.
Keep in mind that Americans aren't the only folks who will be tuning in. The Super Bowl has become a truly international affair. In fact, if you add up all the viewers from America and the rest of the world combined, as many as one million people will be watching. An unlit Super Bowl would cast the most unflattering light upon our sport and our country -- figuratively -- because there would be no light at all.
According to the blog Energy Electricity, the electric bill for Super Bowl XLV -- which was held in Dallas -- probably totaled about $7,500. Just for good measure, let's be generous and suppose that this year's Super Bowl will generate a $10,000 bill from the power company.
That is nothing. That is a drop in the bucket.
The Big Game is Big Business for the NFL and advertisers alike. I feel very strongly that this is true, and have for quite some time. Considering the revenue generated by advertising, merchandising, and ticket sales, the NFL could be looking at a pay day as large as $1 million.
It's well-documented that humans have difficulty conceptualizing numbers that large, so think of it a different way: the revenue in the above chart is exactly 100 times greater than the power bill.
I understand that we live in a capitalist society, and that the NFL, like any other corporation, is ultimately in pursuit of money. But last year, their decision to shut off the lights didn't save them any money at all in the long run. And those who fail to learn from the past deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin.)
There are only two situations in which darkness is appropriate: sleeping, and having sex with your friends. I can't imagine attempting to play a sport as dependent upon vision as football. Just ask Jim "Eyes" Brown and Joe "Seeing Things" Montana what their careers would have been like had their respective fields of play lacked proper lighting. Those weren't their nicknames; I was simply having a laugh.
So NFL, if you want to stay in the dark, that's your prerogative.
But remember, fans: if they do decide to turn off the lights in the middle of the Super Bowl again, they cannot take away our terrific and fun videos. Here is one, though there are probably dozens.
Harrison Ford has been the lone Star Wars VII hold out from the original trio of Luke, Leia and Han. As of two weeks ago even, Ford had yet to sign on the for the film and public stated he was “undecided” appearing in the sequel trilogy.
Today comes a report by way of JediNews that Harrison Ford is one signature away from appearing again as Han Solo in multi film deal that exceeds just Star Wars VII. But part of that deal could also mean that we’re going to get an Indiana Jones 5… whether we want it or not.
According to the site:
Ford wanted a commitment to Indy 5. He did not get this as there is no plot line or script in place. What did happen was an agreement was made wherein an outline would be developed by the end of calendar year 2014, and if all parties can agree to it moving forward, efforts would be made to move on Indy 5 for release before the end of 2016.
Ford was talking about his desire for Indiana Jones 5 as recently as April, so it’s not all that shocking that he would wrap one Lucasfilm project in with another. And despite its detractors, Indy 4 did make 3/4 of a billion dollars at the global box office. Seems like a win-win for Lucasfilm and Ford. Now if only anyone actually wanted an Indiana Jones 5, everything would be a-ok.