Rollerball 2002

rollerball-2002-poster“Smile and take the money. Smile and take the money.”

The Scoop: 2002 R, directed by John McTiernan and starring Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, and Rebecca Romijn

Tagline: Get In The Game.

Summary Capsule: In a not-too-distant future, Chris Klien and his big metal ball defy the nasty evil corporations of Russia by not playing a really violent game when they tell him to. Hang on, that sounds kinda familiar…

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Logan’s Run

logans-run-poster“You’re sad enough. You’re beautiful. Let’s have sex.”

The Scoop: 1976 PG, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter

Tagline: Welcome to the 23rd Century: A perfect world of total pleasure, With just one catch…

Summary Capsule: Seventies utopias-never-work movie about a society in which everybody can do whatever they want, provided whatever they want is to die at thirty.

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The main cast for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced on the official Star Wars site, and it’s a bit of old familiar faces and several new ones:

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

euStar Wars’ expanded universe (EU) — the extra, non-film material that’s plagued/intrigued the fandom over the years is to be pushed aside for the new feature films that Disney is making:

In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.

Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner.

On the screen, the first new canon to appear will be Star Wars Rebels. In print, the first new books to come from this creative collaboration include novels from Del Rey Books. First to be announced, John Jackson Miller is writing a novel that precedes the events of Star Wars Rebels and offers insight into a key character’s backstory, with input directly from executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman.

Eunice does Safety Not Guaranteed

safety-poster“Listen to me. You come to that launch site at 5:00, you take my hand, and I’ll show you who can’t time travel.”

The Scoop: 2012 R, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Mark Duplass, and Karan Soni

Tagline: N/A

Summary Capsule: A magazine intern gets drug along to get the story on a personal ad about time travel put up by some kook… or is he?

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Ghostbusters timeline

With Ghostbusters 3 filming in 2015, it’s time to look back at the long, strange journey that this franchise has taken over the years!

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1984: Ghostbusters

The quirky “supernatural comedy” of a trio (later a quartet) of scientists who go into the blue-collar field of ghost extermination was a smash hit at the box office and quickly became one of the most popular films of the 80s.  It made $291 million worldwide, got two Oscar nominations, and its theme song spawned a number one hit on Billboard’s Top 40 for three weeks in a row.

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