Filming has officially wrapped on one of the most anticipated movies of all time. The wrap party for “Star Wars Episode 7” has been had, and each attendee received a classy thank you gift.

The film is being directed by J.J. Abrams who was able to reboot the Star Trek franchise in a major way a few years back. Fans seem confident that Abrams can similarly re-invigorate the “Star Wars” franchise after the mixed reaction to George Lucas’ prequel trilogy.

We know that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all returned to reprise their iconic roles. In fact, everyone but Billy Dee Williams seems to be back.

Director and podcaster Kevin Smith was allowed to visit the set. Zeca Oliveira said he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement and he even noticed a special sign he suspected was made just for him that read “Loose lips sink starships”. Smith was allowed to reveal that the Millenium Falcon is a part of the movie.

Abrams’ friend and “Shaun of the Dead” star Simon Pegg was at the wrap party. Pegg is cagey about his involvement in all of Abrams’ projects, but many are speculating that he has a role in “Episode 7”. Many believe that Pegg will be playing a new droid similar to C3PO.

The film is set to release in 2015. All questions will soon be answered.

Christian Bale was confirmed to play Steve Jobs in the latest biopic about the legendary Apple CEO several months ago, but now there are new reports out that state that is no longer the case. One source from the Hollywood Reporter is stating that Christian Bale is pulling out of the new Steve Jobs Movie.
This movie was supposed to be the second biopic about Steve Jobs after his death and it had been gaining a lot of momentum in recent weeks. It had seemed that Seth Rogen and Christian Bale had confirmed to play business partners Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

All across the social media sites Facebook, Skout, and Twitter users are wondering what project Bale is dropping out of this film for. Now that Bale is done playing Batman he is a highly in demand name, so no doubt whatever film he has signed on for is going to be extremely good. In the coming weeks we should find out a lot more about Christian Bale’s film future.

The 10th anniversary of the 2004 classic horror film SAW, well, saw a dismal release this past weekend. The film only earned about $650,000 and it was re-released on 2,000 screens nationwide.

This makes the release of the film a historic failure if you only look at the numbers earned in comparison to other first run releases. To call it a total failure is somewhat unfair. After all, it is a re-release of a film people have already seen. The novelty of seeing in the theater was appealing to Marnie and I, but we too decided to skip out on the re-release.

During its original release, SAW earned roughly $50 million at the domestic U.S. box office. The seven films that the entire franchise along with DVD sales and videogame tie-in made hundreds of millions of dollars.

Those who thought the final chapter in the Saw series really was the final chapter are probably a slim minority. Plans are in the works for a new film in the series. The “last” film was really designed to give the franchise a breather and set up a new series.

Opening a re-release on 2,000 screens is extremely odd. Even in the days before home entertainment, theatrical re-releases were usually opened on a small number of theaters. Re-releasing SAW on 300 screens might have been a better idea.

No, a new one is coming sooner or later. No horror franchise ever ends.

Whenever a major blockbuster gets close to a year of hype, there is bound to be some disappointment among critics and fans. The trailers and news about Interstellar make the movie seem like a sure fire hit. Its scope, plot and group of A-list actors mean that the movie will do very well in the box office. However, its early screenings have produced a mixed response from movie critics.

Most critics have referred to the movie as a visual masterpiece. They have also praised the ideas behind the movie, highlighting the incredibly ambitious nature of the story Nolan attempted to tell. However, there were some negative words about some of the plot devices and the ending of the movie.

Interstellar attempts to tell the story of an Earth that is close to its end. The planet’s atmosphere means that it cannot sustain life for much longer. A team of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey, attempts to explore the galaxy for hospitable plans where people can eventually move. “We were born here, but we were never meant to die here,” is one of the key lines from the trailers.

However, it is a mission that only he can lead. Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, and David Oyelowo also play astronauts on this mission.

Many critics and early viewers have compared Interstellar to 2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie received plenty of negative reviews when it came out, but emerged as a classic. Director Christopher Nolan, producer Tom Rothman and the entire cast and crew behind Interstellar will be hoping their space adventure can chart a similar path.

Marvel had planned to use the October 28th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” to give their fans something they’ve been waiting for for a long time. The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

But you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. The trailer ended up getting leaked, and Marvel Studios was forced to put up their official trailer on YouTube sooner than they wanted

But this is not Marvel’s only response to the leak. They will still go ahead and run the “Age of Ultron” trailer as planned so Igor Cornelsen and I are excited to watch it in HD on our home theater screen, but this trailer will feature new footage from the movie.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to debut next May. It is the sequel to the incredibly successful “Avengers” movie from 2012, which was the highest grossing film that year and brought in a total of $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office.

It wasn’t that long ago that DC had a lock on the comic book movie world. That all changed when Michael Keaton left the Batman franchise, which then dissolved into a world of pratfalls and spit takes. Marvel swept in and conquered the film world with its X-Men and Spiderman films. Though DC eventually bounced back with a new Batman series, Marvel jumped ahead with Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers and other films. Warner Bros. recently announced that it would release a number of DC films that would compete with the upcoming Marvel releases.

Though DC has nothing in the works for 2015, it does have the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice set for release in 2016.  Wonder Woman will star in her own movie in 2017, and Warner plans to follow that up with its Justice League film. In addition to Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, the film will likely feature Flash and Aquaman on the timeline, among others.

While Superman received his own film and Wonder Woman will receive one before Justice League, both Aquaman and Flash will receive their own standalone films later. Set for release in 2018, those films likely follow the events of the Justice League film and lead up to the story told in its sequel. Warner has plans for several other films in the DC Universe that will land in theaters from now through the end of 2020, making it clear that it wants to compete with Marvel.

Earlier this year, Marvel Studios announced they would move forward with a Doctor Strange movie. The studio quickly chose a director, Scott Derrickson (Sinister), and a writer, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

Marvel has even penciled in a release date of July 2016 for the movie. The studio’s 2016 summer movie season will be opened by Captain America 3 in May, with Doctor Strange the mid-summer film in the staggered release template they’ve perfected.

What the movie doesn’t have yet is Stephen Strange.

Over the summer, Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was nearly chosen, but the negotiations eventually fell apart. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has previously stated the film doesn’t require a bona fide movie star, but the list of candidates carries significant box office punch. Names rumored to be on the shortlist include: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Igor Cornelsen.

The name gaining the most traction recently is Ewan McGregor. Reports indicate McGregor is being considered by the studio and the actor is researching the character.

The job will require a multi-film commitment, as the mystical superhero is a major character in the comic book universe and will likely be part of the foundation for future Marvel movie phases. Production on Doctor Strange is scheduled to begin in May 2015.

It’s Halloween time, and if you’re like me, that means watching some horrible horror movies to ring in the season. Great horror movies are fun, and I do like to be scared. But you just can’t beat the look and feel of a truly awful 80’s era horror flick.

With the help of Jared Haftel we’ve crafted a list that are all absolutely must watch films. Here are a few of the best awful horror movies that I definitely recommend watching for this holiday season:

  1. Troll 2

This is probably the worst of the three. First, this is not a sequel, this is a stand alone movie. There also aren’t any trolls in this movie. This is actually a film about goblins that stalk humans and turn them into plants that they can consume. Yup…so bad it’s good.

  1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch

The only Halloween movie not to feature Michael Myers, and was supposed to kick off a new theme for the series. But, that resulted in this festering pile of film crap, so that plan was quickly scrapped and Myers was brought back for 4.

  1. Sharknado 1 & 2

These absolutely have to be seen. Although in fairness to the other two movies on the list, Sharknado was never meant to be good. This was always meant to be a series of films that are so awful, they’re awesome.

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As details become more known, the legend will continue to grow. Winning a championship on any continent is noteworthy in and of itself. To emerge the victor despite being battered to a pulp is another thing all together. Fans from his native country and around the world were witness to the physical toll that our hero went through. The opposition threw everything they had at him but in the end it was not enough. What was the collateral damage that an international rugby star went through on the road to an NRL grand final victory?

Known as one of the most intense sports in the world, rugby combines high paced action with bone crushing contact. This is exactly what befell Sam Burgess in the initial moments of the final. The opening tackle contained such brute force that some medical professionals stated that he risked blindness going forward.

Fortunately for him, he did seek medical attention. As the rush wore off, the pain flared in. Tweeting from his bed, he stated that he would have a plate put in his face. This quick hitting message could make the staunchest of us squeamish. Not one but two orbital fractures of the eye socket were present. A full recovery is expected. Facing months of rehab time, our hero indicated that he would do the same thing all over again.

 

Marriott International recently got itself into some high-tech trouble for preventing its guests from using their Wi-Fi units.

The trouble arose at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is located in Nashville, Tenn., and is managed by Marriott. Accomplished with jamming equipment, the interference with Wi-Fi service was imposed on organizers and exhibitors of a conference that was taking place in a ballroom, but not on regular guests.
This action forced those who had not purchased rooms to pay between $250 and $1,000 to use the hotel’s Internet connection. Hotel guests like Khaled Shaheen often use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the Net through cellphones to avoid these costs.
In addition to changing its own policy, Marriott asked the FCC to change its rules to eliminate confusion that may exist on the issue of Net access in hotels.