Mark Hamill Reunites With His Lightsaber From ‘Return of the Jedi’

The moment Luke Skywalker wields his green lightsaber from Return of the Jedi in Episode VIII is my most anticipated moment from the next chapter in the Skywalker saga. But it turns out we are in luck as a pop culture collector has reunited Mark Hamill with the original prop that was used in Episode VI.

The clip made available to GeekTyrant comes from the next episode of Hamill’s new streaming series Pop Culture Quest which is available on Comic-Con HQ. The series follows Hamill as he meets pop culture collectors and helps them share their passion with the world. Check it out below!

SOURCE: GEEKTYRANT ( via Comic-Con HQ)

Ben Affleck Says ‘Justice League’ Will Be The DCEU’s Rebirth

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After Zak Snyder kicked off the DCEU with Man of Steel — which I think is an absolute masterpiece — Warner Bros. hit some major bumps in the road with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the latter of which was an ultimate misfire. It came as no surprise when it became public knowledge back in June of last year that WB was going to lighten up the tone in Justice League in response to the negative critical reception of BvS.

While promoting his new film Live by Night, Ben Affleck was asked about the experience of filming the upcoming Justice League and said the film is essentially a rebirth of cinematic universe telling HeyUGuys:

“It was great, and there’s a lot of changes and a lot of new stuff. There was a whole feeling of kind of ‘rebirth’ and there’s an exciting group of actors. You know, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa and guys like that, so much fun, and Gal Gadot who’s great and Henry Cavill. It was a lot of fun.”

A total rebirth within the cinematic universe seems like going a bit too far and signals to me the committee in charge of executive decisions isn’t confident with their creative direction. After cutting corners and rushing to catch up to Marvel with BvS — rather than building out their universe to earn an experience like The Avengers —, my worry is that WB will now try to essentially mirror Marvels formula with their own films. I greatly appreciated that WB went for a more mature audience with BvS as opposed to the glossy popcorn flicks made for everyone by Marvel. Don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel movies. But what works for Marvel, works for Marvel and isn’t exactly going to work for DC.

Does DC need to lighten things up a bit? Absolutely. But it doesn’t need to dramatically alter the tone of their cinematic universe. Take, for instance, the video game masterpiece The Last of Us by Naughty Dog. The Last of Us was an incredibly heavy, dark, and emotional experience. While at the same time it possessed both hope and humor. That’s exactly what the DCEU needs and it already has the characters in place to achieve that. Superman can be the hope while The Flash can bring the humor. The DCEU can be as dark as it wants to be, WB just has to balance it out properly and rather than base their creative direction off of the response to their films, remain steadfast as they push through the growing pains of establishing a cinematic universe.

SOURCE: HEYUGUYS

James Mangold Offers a Look into ‘Logan’ Scoring Session

After Cliff Martinez’s last minute exit as the composer of Logan, myself and many fans were concerned that the score for the film wasn’t going to live up to the quality that has been foreshadowed by the film’s incredible trailer. Fortunately, 20th Century Fox found a more than satisfactory replacement with composer Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine3:10 to Yuma). As of now, Beltrami has already written the score for the film and recording sessions are underway at the Newman stage on the Fox lot.

James Mangold took to twitter yesterday to share a brief look into the recording for what sounds like an intense scene. The music itself feels like a perfect fit for the western tone evoked in both the trailer as well as all the images released throughout the film’s social media campaign. Check it out below!

Lucasfilm Crushes CGI Leia Rumors

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Earlier this week, a distasteful rumor that Lucasfilm was going to use CGI (like we just saw in Rogue One) to recreate the late Carrie Fisher for future appearances of Princess Leia in the Skywalker saga began to spread like wildfire when BBC Newsnight reported that Lucasfilm was reportedly negotiating with Fisher’s estate for the continued use of her likeness. But thankfully, Lucasfilm has responded to the rumor, crushing it with their official statement:

We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.

Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.

Myself, many Star Wars fans, and most importantly Carrie Fisher’s family are still mourning the untimely loss of Carrie. While I don’t think the use of a CGI Leia would be unethical, it would, however, be insensitive this close to Fisher’s death. As we saw just a few years ago, Universal Pictures had to recreate the likeness of Paul Walker using CGI and his brothers, both Caleb and Cody (along with the blessing of Walker’s family) to complete Paul’s scenes in Furious 7 when Paul tragically passed away in a car accident midway through the film’s production. That is now the case, however, with Fisher.

Carrie had already completed her scenes for Episode VIII before she passed away but that doesn’t mean the film won’t be affected. Insiders have told THR that at least two major scenes from the upcoming films (Episode VIII and Episode IX) will be affected including (spoiler warning) a reunion between Princess Leia and her brother, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and a confrontation between Leia and her son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), over the murder of his father, Leia’s husband, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Lucasfilm has already begun to develop a plan to weigh out the options with Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow. Considering Episode VIII isn’t due out until the end of this year, Lucasfilm has plenty of time to come with a way to alter the storyline that not only serves the franchise best but also honors the memory of Carrie Fisher.

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‘Logan’ Official Synopsis Revealed

After the release of one of the greatest trailers of all time, we have only gotten tantalizing images for Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine. But thanks to Jackman, the film’s official synopsis has finally been revealed.

In the future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Unfortunately, the synopsis reveals nothing unknown but that’s a good thing. As we all know, marketing campaigns leave little to be discovered in the theater these days. As a second trailer for the film looms, my hope is that we get to go into this incredible looking film as cold as possible.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook. Written by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

Ryan Reynolds Tweets ‘Deadpool’ For Your Consideration Ad

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In a continued effort to boost the awards buzz for Deadpool, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, the film’s star Ryan Reynolds has kicked off the film’s Oscar campaign, tweeting out a hilarious for your consideration ad poking fun at for your consideration ads themselves.

The film has already received nominations from the DGA, PGA, and WGA, as well as two Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Ryan Reynolds for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

DGA Nominees Include ‘Deadpool’

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Having now scored nominations from the PGA, WGA, and two Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Ryan Reynolds for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Tim Miller has received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for it’s First-Time Director award for Deadpool.

Miller has a slim chance fo winning as he is up against some pretty serious competition but this nomination helps contribute to the awards boost the film already has and at this point, the chances Deadpool will receive an Oscar nomination is likely.

You can check out the full list of nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film and the nominees for the First-Time Director award below:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film:

Damien ChazelleLa La Land

Garth DavisLion

Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Kenneth LonerganManchester by the Sea

Denis VilleneuveArrival

 

First-Time Director Award:

Garth DavisLion

Kelly Fremon CraigThe Edge of Seventeen

Tim MillerDeadpool

Nate ParkerThe Birth of a Nation

Dan Trachtenberg10 Cloverfield Lane

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