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There's A 'Jurassic Park' Sequel Out Next Summer, Here's The First Teaser Trailer

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Next summer, a new "Jurassic Park" sequel is coming to theaters and Universal Pictures just released a teaser trailer complete with a slowed down version of the familiar theme from composer John Williams.

"Jurassic World" will take place 22 years after the original 1993 film starring Chris Pratt and Jessica Chastain. The new movie will bring viewers back to Isla Nublar which has been turned into a dinosaur theme park called, you guessed it, "Jurassic World." 

The sequel comes more than a decade after 2001's "Jurassic Park III" and is directed by Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed").

The full trailer will debut Thursday on NBC during the Thanksgiving football game.

"Jurassic World" is in theaters June 12, 2015.

Check out the teaser: 

Here's your first look at Chastain in the sequel.

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SEE ALSO: The plot for "Jurassic World" revealed

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The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Trailer Will Be In 30 Theaters Friday — Here's Where To See It

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Disney has big plans for the big reveal of the first "Star Wars: Episode VII" trailer.

The trailer for the anticipated return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) on screen will debut in 30 theaters nationwide Friday through Sunday. It will premiere in front of every movie.

Regal Entertainment Group first issued a release Monday morning with the names of nine theaters playing the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. 

Since then, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, and other theater owners have announced they will also premiere the trailer Friday.

StarWars.com has now released the full list of theaters that will show the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer.

Here's the complete list: 

Arizona
Phoenix: Tempe Marketplace

California
Irvine: Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
Los Angeles: Century City
Los Angeles: El Capitan
San Diego: Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
San Jose: Oakridge 20

Colorado
Denver: Westminster 24

Florida
Miami: Parisian 20

Georgia
Atlanta: Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX

Illinois
Chicago: Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX

Massachusetts
Boston: Boston Commons 19

Michigan
Detroit: Showcase 20

Minnesota
Minneapolis: Southdale

Missouri
Kansas City: Studio 30

New York
New York City: Lincoln Square 12
New York City: Regal Union Square Stadium 14

Ohio
Cleveland: Cinemark 24

Pennsylvania
Warrington: Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX

Tennessee
Knoxville: Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Nashville: Thoroughbred 20

Texas
Austin: Alamo S Lamar
Dallas: Plano 20
Houston: Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX

Utah
Salt Lake City: Cinemark 24 

Washington
Seattle: Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

Washington D.C.
Tysons Corner 16

Wisconsin
Milwaukee: Brookfield 16

Canada
Toronto: Younge & Dundas
Vancouver: Riverport

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is being directed by J.J. Abrams and will be released in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

SEE ALSO: JJ Abrams confirms an 88-second "Star Wars" trailer is in theaters this weekend

AND: Security Was So Tight On The New 'Star Wars' Movie Set That Phone Cameras Had To Be Covered With Stickers

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Redbox Raises Prices For Movie And Video Game Rentals

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(Reuters) - Outerwall Inc hiked prices for renting movies and video games at its Redbox kiosks to help fund improvements in its business as streaming sites reduce demand for DVDs.

The cost of renting a DVD will increase to $1.50 per day from $1.20, while rental rates for Blu-ray discs will rise to $2 from $1.50, starting Dec. 2. The daily rental rate for video games will go up to $3 from $2 from Jan. 6.

"The pricing adjustments announced today will allow Redbox to continue to offer consumers high quality movies and games while making investments to enhance the customer experience," Chief Executive J. Scott Di Valerio said in a statement.

The company said it expects the price changes to hit Redbox rental volumes and that it will provide an update on the impact when it reports quarterly results in February.

(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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J.J. Abrams' Handwritten Note Confirms 88-Second 'Star Wars' Trailer

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"Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams has confirmed an 88-second trailer for the new film will arrive in select theaters this holiday weekend.

Abrams tweeted out a note confirming the trailer release simply saying "Thanksgiving."

Earlier Monday, Regal Entertainment Group announced the trailer will debut Friday in nine of its theaters nationwide ahead of all movies. 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters December 18, 2015. 

Here's a better look at the note.

It reads:

"A TINY* peek at what we're working on — this Friday in select theaters. Hope you enjoy and have a most excellent Thanksgiving! Best, JJ *88 seconds"

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The official "Star Wars" twitter account originally retweeted the director's tweet with the words "#TheForceAwakens from its turkey coma..." before deleting it.

SEE ALSO: Here's where to see the "Star Wars: Episode VII" trailer this weekend

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Christian Bale: 'I'm Jealous Of Someone Else Playing Batman'

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When Ben Affleck was first cast as the new Batman in 2016's "Batman V Superman" movie, Batfans were pretty torn over the decision.

In the December issue of Empire Magazine, Christian Bale, the most recent man to play the bat, speaks out about the first time he heard Affleck was cast as the new Batman.

It seems he wasn't on team #Batfleck when he got the news.

Comicbookmovie.com has the quotes:

'I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on ... Let's do another.' So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.'

"But I'm 40," he added. "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman ... I think I should have gotten over it by now."

Bale says he hasn’t spoken with Affleck but that he emailed him advice on the role.

"I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did," Bale said.

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From Bale's quotes, it sounds like he was actually considering coming back for another Batman movie.

Bale's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, directed by Christopher Nolan, made nearly $2.5 billion worldwide over about a decade for Warner Bros.

Bale will next star in Ridley Scott’s biblical adaptation of the story of Moses, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," in theaters Dec. 12.


NOW WATCH: Watch These Daredevil Dancers Leap From A 22-Foot Spinning Ladder

SEE ALSO: "Batman V Superman" will reportedly include this iconic Batman scene

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The First 'Jurassic World' Trailer Reveals The Dinosaur Theme Park Of Our Nightmares

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Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for next summer's "Jurassic Park" sequel starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Called "Jurassic World," the film takes place 22 years after the original movie where people from all over the world are visiting a dinosaur theme park. 

Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” in 1993 became one of the most successful movies ever made, grossing more than $1 billion in its lifetime. The movie was among the first to really incorporate computer-generated imagry (CGI) in film to portray realistic dinosaurs; it set the precedent for the use of CGI in future movies. 

In the new film, attendance at the park starts to dwindle over the years. To spice things up, scientists create a new, modified dinosaur that's inherently smart.

As Pratt's character says, "You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea."

Nope. Not at all. 

"Jurassic World" is in theaters June 12, 2015.

The best parts of the trailer show raptors breaking out of cages ...

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... and subsequently running alongside Pratt on a motorcycle.

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SEE ALSO: The 30 theaters where you can see the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer this weekend

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Trailer For New Peter Pan Movie Features A Shot Of Cara Delevingne As A Mermaid

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Warner Bros. released the first trailer for "Pan," which it hopes will be a blockbuster tentpole when it arrives next summer. The movie is directed by Joe Wright who, up to this point, is known for more Oscar-friendly period pieces like "Atonement,""Pride In Prejudice" and "Anna Karenina."

"Pan" doesn't simply retread the familiar tale of Wendy Darling and her brothers' adventures to Neverland. Instead it focuses on Peter Pan's backstory, which includes an unlikely friendship between the titular character and a young Captain Hook, played by Garrett Hedlund. Pan's main rival is Blackbeard, who is played by an almost unrecognizable Hugh Jackman.

But perhaps the most buzz-worthy aspect of the trailer is when supermodel-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne appears as a mermaid.

CARA DELEVINGNE MERMAIN PAN


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Benedict Cumberbatch And The Cast Of 'The Imitation Game' Have Mixed Feelings About Artificial Intelligence

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The cast of  "The Imitation Game" offered their thoughts on artificial intelligence.

The film is directed by Morten Tyldum and follows the race against the clock to crack the German Enigma Code during World War II. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke. 

Produced by Devan Joseph. Video courtesy of Associated Press.

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James Cameron Explains Just How Epic The Next 3 'Avatar' Movies Will Be

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James Cameron's "Avatar" became the highest-grossing movie ever making over $2.7 billion after it came out in 2009.

Three sequels are set for release consecutively in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and, apparently, they'll be worth the long wait.

In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Cameron wouldn't say much about the films, but he did say one thing.  

"They’re gonna be bitchin’," said Cameron. "You will s--- yourself with your mouth wide open.”

That's some high praise, but when you've made two of the highest-grossing movies ever at the box office, who can argue with that?

So far, we know Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles in all three sequels. Stephen Lang, who played the villain, and was killed off in the 2009 film, will also return.

Sigourney Weaver will also return in all three movies in a new role. 

The films are expected to be in theaters December 2016, 2017, and 2018.

SEE ALSO: The "Avatar" sequels will use groundbreaking underwater technology

AND: James Cameron explains how he wrote three "Avatar" sequels simultaneously

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How 4 Minutes Of CGI Dinosaurs In ‘Jurassic Park’ Took A Year To Make

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Universal Pictures unveiled the first trailer for next summer's "Jurassic World" movie Tuesday starring Chris Pratt. 

From the looks of it, the fourth installment in the series will be filled with plenty of computer-generated (CG) dinosaurs and Velociraptors

When the first "Jurassic Park" came out in 1993, it contained very little CG. Director Steven Spielberg originally wanted the dinosaurs in the film to be done through practical effects with stop motion.

It wasn't until producer Kathleen Kennedy spotted CG test footage of a T-Rex on a computer screen at visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), that it was decided to mix CG dinosaurs in with the live action film.

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There are only 14 minutes of dinosaur visual effects in "Jurassic Park," about four of which were made with a computer, but its lasting effect on movies has been monumental. 

Two years later, 1995's "Toy Story" was the first full-length computer-animated movie.

Today just about every film — from James Cameron's "Avatar" to summer blockbusters like Michael Bay's "Transformers" series — owes credit to CG.

Business Insider spoke with Steve “Spaz” Williams, who was a CG Animator at ILM, the visual-effects studio that helped bring “Jurassic Park” to life.

Williams broke down the steps it took to bring the dinosaurs from paper and pad to the big screen in CG.

1. They begin with drawn designs and prosthetics of the different dinosaurs. 

The production used CG for velociraptors, brachiosauruses, and the tyrannosaurus rex, which Williams worked on primarily.

T Rex joint image2. Next, those renderings needed to make their way into the computer.

They scanned models, including ones for the T. rex and the velociraptors, into the computers.trex stan winston, jurassic park"In order to get it into the computer we actually fire a laser at the three-dimensional rubber prosthetic model and extract the data so the computer had it essentially," says Williams.

Williams explains it's like the opposite of 3-D printing with them taking an object and turning it into data.

3. They then reconstruct the data to make it work in the computer.

These are two images of T. rex data from Williams' monitor using software called Alias.

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4. An animation piece of software called SoftImage 3D is used to figure out the joint placement on the dinosaurs. 

jurassic park softimageHere, you can see one of the Brachiosauruses in the beginning of the film.

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5. After that, the data has to be "rigged" with a digital armature in wireframes. 

This is the framework for the dinosaur that helps provide its structure allowing it to stand up, move, and run.

"This is the first shot I animated for the movie after I built all of the T. rex data," says Williams. "It took me months to get this run right, but once done, we reused the run data for the rest of the jeep-chase shots and ultimately for the following two 'Jurassic Park' movies."dinosaur t rex jurassic parkBelow is another wireframe for one of the raptors in a kitchen scene where the two children are trying to outsmart the dinosaurs.

wireframe raptor jurassic park6. Next, the dinosaurs get their skin. 

"We used a program called Viewpaint, which allowed us to actually paint the texture of the skin in the computer so now we have this textured map," says Williams.

7. To put all of the separate images together, they needed to be rendered by massive graphics computers.

"Now we substitute in this high-resolution mesh data into a low resolution wireframe. That's all being done in computer," says Williams. "It pretty much took 10 hours to calculate one frame. You have to remember film is 24 frames per second. So it would sit there and crunch all night."

Williams built and animated the image below of the first fully rendered T. rex test. It was this video that convinced the producer Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg that "Jurassic Park" should be made in CG rather than stop motion.

initial skin test t rex jurassic park Williams also animated all of the shots in a famous T. rex Jeep-chase sequenceHe says each frame in the entire sequence took an estimated 12 hours to render. 

The point where the T. rex breaks through the log is 75 frames long. 

jurassic park jeep"I animated all those shots where the T. rex is chasing the jeep. It took me four months to animate it, just to get the running to work properly," says Williams.

8. From there, the dinosaur needs to be put into a scene through a process called compositing.

This is where all the pieces to the puzzle are assembled together. CG shots are combined together with live-action shots and any background and foreground imagery referred to as plate photography.

In this case, live-action shots of actors were combined with photography shoots in Kauai and ILM's work on the brachiosauruses and birds.

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Here's the final shot with the added dinosaurs:

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9. Once it's put together, the images are reviewed to make sure they work. When everything looks good, the scene is put to film.

Final images are reviewed on a high-concentrated projector before translated to film.

All together, Williams says it took about a year to bring the dinosaurs to life.

“Basically May of ’92 to May of ’93 was the entire build and composite time for probably 40 shots,” says Williams. 

After $1 billion at the box office, you can't argue with the result.

jurassic park stampede You can watch Williams and others from ILM speak more about the creation of the dinosaurs in a featurette from the Academy of Motion Pictures below:

SEE ALSO: The first "Jurassic World" trailer reveals the dinosaur theme park of our nightmares

AND: Chris Pratt reveals the plot for "Jurassic World"

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'The Babadook' Is Horror At Its Finest

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"The Babadook" is not your average horror movie.  Imagine finding a book on your doorstep only to discover it's more than what it seems and possessed by a ghoulish demon that will haunt whoever dares read the innocent-looking pop-up book. 

While there are plenty of jump-scare moments, "The Babadook" is gripping on an emotional level. It's more psychologically horrifying than anything else, as the film poses serious questions about what it means to be a mother in a very complex and disturbing situation. 

The film opens with a horrific car accident scene that is so visceral and well put together that it's hard to believe first-time director Jennifer Kent pulled it off. This introduces us to Amelia and her husband, who are on their way to the hospital to deliver their first child when an awful crash occurs. Amelia's husband is killed, and we fast forward six years later as Amelia cares for her son Samuel alone. The young boy has quite the imagination, constructing homemade weapons to defeat a monster that appears in his dreams. When a mysterious children's pop-up book about a creature called Mister Babadook appears on their doorstep and Amelia reads the spooky dark tale to her son, the scares begin. 

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The Babadook is a creepy, crawly shadowy figure who lives not only in the pages of the book, but who comes out, mostly at night, to terrorize Amelia. He crawls on ceilings and floats menacingly in doorways and back seats of cars.

While the Babadook itself certainly exists in the world of the film, it's really just a manifestation of Amelia's fears of raising her son alone. The film spends most of its 94-minute run time showing us how difficult it is for Amelia to deal with her son, and the relationship between the two of them could not be more complex. She of course loves Samuel, as any mother would, but there's also resentment since her husband died while en route to deliver him. 

As Samuel becomes more of a handful for his mother, her visions and interactions with the mysterious Babadook creature grow more frequent. There's a direct coorelation between Amelia's psyche and the presence of the Babadook, so the horror can be interpreted as evidence of her deteriorating mental state. Amelia is overworked as is, so when she comes home to Samuel's antics, she's essentially pulling overtime — it never stops. 

Essie Davis is fantastic as Amelia. Davis can express volumes with simply a look, and it's impossible not to feel for her as she becomes possessed by the Babadook. A lead performance this captivating is hard to come by in the genre and really raises the stakes. 

babadook dinner tableTechnically speaking, "The Babadook" is incredibly well-shot and gorgeous to look at. Kent makes tons of intriguing stylistic choices throughout the film; her editing is lively and demands attention. There's a shot of Amelia lying in bed, haunted by her past, that perfectly conveys her mental state solely through the visual.

The expressionist feel makes the environment pop so that every creak and shadow is just as unsettling as the monster itself.  The horror elements work themselves into the film naturally and never feel out of place despite the fact that the film is more often than not an intense character study of a troubled single mother. 

"The Babadook" is an exceptional horror film that is scary enough to satisfy horror laymen and has plenty going on beneath the surface to appeal to the arthouse crowd as well. 

"The Babadook" is available via DirecTV VOD now and opens in theaters nationwide November 28th.

SEE ALSO: Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Psycho In His Dark New Movie 'Nightcrawler'

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The First 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Trailer Is Here!

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The first trailer teaser for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is here and it's amazing!

The 88-second teaser debuted on Apple's iTunes trailers.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film will reunite original "Star Wars" actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher and introduce new cast mates including Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver along with newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

30 select theaters are showing the trailer in theaters this holiday weekend. It will play in theaters nationwide in December.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

Let's take a closer look at the trailer.

Boyega appears as a stormtrooper.

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Actress Daisy Ridley is soaring through the desert.star wars episode vii the force awakens

Here's our first look at the new Sith Lord. Check out that lightsaber!star wars the force awakens sith

Here's our favorite shot featuring the Millennium Falcon.

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SEE ALSO: A breakdown of everything in the "Star Wars: Episode VII" trailer

AND: Check out the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" during a script read-through

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Here's An Explanation For Everything You See In The New 'Star Wars' Trailer

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The new "Star Wars" trailer is here!

For the uninitiated, let's catch up.

This movie is called "Star Wars: Episode VII." The subtitle is "The Force Awakens." The story takes place approximately 30 years after "Return of the Jedi," the third movie in the original trilogy that ended with the death of Darth Vader. (You know, the trilogy starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.)

Got all that? Now let's break down "The Force Awakens" trailer.

We start with a look at the landscape of Tatooine, the desert planet where Luke Skywalker grew up. A menacing-sounding voiceover says "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?"

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Then this guy pops up from the bottom of the frame. Who is he? We don't know! He's a new character, and his name hasn't been revealed yet. He's played by an actor named John Boyega. Most speculate Boyega's character will be the new hero of the next three Star Wars films. This will probably be a coming of age tale about how Boyega's character learns to be a Jedi, just like Luke Skywalker learned in the original trilogy.

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What's that outfit he's wearing? It's a stormtrooper uniform. Boyega looks around. He's nervous, sweaty, and panicked. If we had to speculate, we'd say Boyega somehow got tangled up with the bad guys and managed to escape to Tatooine.

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The trailer then cuts to a shot of this cute little droid. He's probably not very important to the plot, but it does show director JJ Abrams will include the whimsical background characters that made the original trilogy so delightful.

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Then things get dark. The stormtroopers are back! We see them in the cargo hold of a ship. The camera is shaky and dramatic as they charge their blaster rifles. It seems like even though Luke Skywalker and crew defeated the Empire in "Return of the Jedi," some loyal factions remain all these years later. 

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Here's a look at the stormtrooper blaster rifle.

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The stormtroopers land on a dark and stormy planet, ready for some sort of battle. (We get another look at this planet a few more seconds into the trailer.)

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Next, we get a shot of this woman. Who is she? Again, we have no idea! But she's played by Daisy Ridley. There's a good chance she's the other lead of the film along with Boyega.

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If we had to guess, the Ridley and Boyega characters will probably be each other's love interests. Star Wars movies like to put two characters into impossible situations and watch them fall in love. Think back to how Han Solo and Leia got together in the original trilogy.

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Ridley rides away on this hovercraft thing. She's also on Tatooine, so this is probably when her character will meet Boyega's character.

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Next, the trailer cuts to this X-Wing pilot, played by Oscar Isaac. See that symbol on his helmet? It's the Rebel Insignia, the symbol all the good guys wore in the original trilogy when they were fighting the Empire. We're not sure who this character is, but it's clear he's a good dude.

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Holy smokes! Look at those X-Wings fly over the water! We've never seen this planet in a Star Wars movie before, but it looks like it's the stage for a big aerial battle. On the other hand, it could be the moon of Yavin, where the Rebels blew up the first Death Star in the first Star Wars movie.

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Now things get crazy. We see this dark cloaked figure slinking through a snowy forest. This may be the same planet the stormtroopers landed on earlier in the trailer. The voiceover comes back and says, "The dark side..." Who is he? You guessed it. We have no idea.

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He has a red lightsaber! That means he's definitely a bad guy. In Star Wars, the Sith, the followers of the Dark Side of the Force, only use red lightsabers. Most think actor Adam Driver is playing the villain in the movie, so this is probably him.

But this is no ordinary lightsaber...

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A beat after the main part of the lightsaber ignites, the two sides of the hilt do too. It looks like a medieval sword. The blade and handle are longer than normal lightsabers, so it looks like a two-handed weapon. Think of it as the Star Wars version of a longsword.

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The voiceover finishes: "...and the light." The screen goes black for a beat and then we're back on Tatooine with the Millennium Falcon flying through the air doing some crazy maneuvers. The Millennium Falcon is Han Solo's ship from the original trilogy. Ford is already confirmed to be in the new movie, so it's safe to say he's the guy flying the ship.

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It turns out the Millennium Falcon is trying to escape Tatooine while fighting a bunch of TIE fighters. Remember: TIE fighters are the aircraft the Empire had in the original trilogy.

Now for some wild speculation: It's possible Han Solo was already on Tatooine at the same time as Boyega and Ridley's characters. Maybe they convince him to help them escape. It'd be very similar to the way Han Solo helped Luke Skywalker escape the Empire on Tatooine in the first movie. A nice balance!

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And that's it! Finally, we see the title of the movie: "The Force Awakens."

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So, what the heck does that title mean? Some more speculation: At the end of the prequel trilogy, the movies that came out in the late 90s/early 2000s that explained how Darth Vader became Darth Vader, almost all of the Jedi were killed by the Empire. In the next trilogy, Luke Skywalker becomes the first of a new generation of Jedi. 

In the new trailer, the creepy voiceover guy alludes to a resurgence in the Force, meaning a lot of new potential Jedi and Sith are starting to show up across the galaxy. Boyega's character is likely one of the new Jedi. Driver's character is likely one of the new Sith.

What's missing?

A lot. Remember, Hamill, Fisher, and Ford are all coming back to reprise their original roles. Many have speculated that Hamill's character, Luke Skywalker, will return to teach the new generation of Jedi. Expect him to play the same kind of wise old master that Obi Wan Kenobi was in the very first Star Wars movie.

Other characters like R2-D2, C-3P0, and Chewbacca are also confirmed to be in the new movie. Still, we have no clue who the new characters played by Boyega, Ridley, Driver, and more will be. Here's a look at the new cast:

Star Wars Force Awakens Cast

Now watch the trailer:

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There's An Easter Egg In The New 'Star Wars' Trailer (DIS)

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The trailer for the new Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens," debuted Friday.

And geeks around the internet have already discovered an Easter egg.

The end of the trailer shows Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon, the same ship he had in the old movies. It looks like this:

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But upon closer inspection, fans have noticed something different. Let's flash back to this moment in 1983's "Return of the Jedi" when Lando Calrissian is piloting the Falcon through the second Death Star on his way to blow it up.

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He knocks off the radar dish at the top of the ship!

The new Star Wars movie takes place about 30 years after that moment. It looks like Han Solo replaced the old circular dish with a rectangular one.

See?

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Now watch the full trailer: 

SEE ALSO: An explanation for everything you see in the new Star Wars trailer

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George Lucas Told Mark Hamill About 'Star Wars: Episode VII' In The 1980s

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The "Star Wars: Episode VII" trailer premiered Friday online and in theaters.

The film will star newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley while reuniting original cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.

While we didn't see any of them in the trailer teaser, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas was thinking about Episode VII and beyond back when the original trilogy debuted in the 1970s.

After the trailer launch, Reddit user Dessel posted an interview clip of Mark Hamill from 1983 discussing a potential "Episode VII" that wouldn't be filmed for about three decades.

Lucas "at one time said, 'Would you consider playing an Obi Wan-type character handing Excalibur down to the next generation?'" Hamill said.

Hamill wondered when that sequel would take place. 

"At the time he [Lucas] said, 'Oh, around 2011,'" Hamill said.

With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" set for a 2015 theatrical release, Lucas wasn't that far off.

Watch the clip below.

According to a Time magazine article from March 1978, Lucas originally had plans for up to 12 "Star Wars" films.

Over the years, that number changed. In 1983, Lucas hinted to Time not only about the prequel series that eventually came to be, but also a third trilogy that wouldn't happen until after the '90s.

Via Time's May 23, 1983 issue:

If he does carry the story any further, he will probably go back to the beginning, before these characters were born, and make what he calls a 'prequel,' another trilogy that would explain how the Republic fell. Only after that — and certainly not before the 1990s — would he do the sequel and show what happens to the Star Wars trio after Jedi.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2012 for $4 billion, the Mouse House received Lucas' treatments for the next three "Star Wars" movies

We don't know anything about the plot yet for "Episode VII," but we could easily see Hamill play an older Jedi similar to Alec Guinness in the original trilogy.

SEE ALSO: Watch The Episode VII Trailer

AND: An Explanation Of The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

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North Korea Won't Like It, But Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' Is Hilarious

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Kim Jong-un assassination comedy "The Interview" has been the subject of a lot of controversy. The film was originally scheduled to be released in October, but after North Korea declared the film an "act of war" and threatened a "resolute and merciless" response if the US government failed to stop the film's release, it was delayed until Christmas Day. 

While changing an American film based on the demands of a dictator may seem ridiculous, Sony agreed to make minor digital alterations, including covering up "thousands of buttons worn by characters in the film" since they "depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military to honor the country's leader."

the interview screen 2After viewing the relentlessly crass and silly finished product, I find it hard to take North Korea's assertions seriously. The film is clearly a comedy far more than it is a statement on foreign policy. While Rogen weaves in plenty of details that don't portray North Korea in very positive light, the movie never feels like an attack on the hermit kingdom.

The opening scene depicting a young Korean girl serenading a gathering of fellow Koreans with sing-songy insults to America sets the bar right away, and the film never takes itself too seriously.

the interview screen 1James Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of "Skylark Tonight," a tabloid news program that falls more in line with TMZ than CNN. Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) is the show's producer, and after 1,000 episodes of asinine celebrity coverage, he wishes to be taken seriously. When Skylark finds out Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, is a fan of his program, he sets up an exclusive interview with the dictator in North Korea. When the CIA gets wind of this, they bring Skylark and Rapaport in and ask them to assassinate him.

As all good comedies should, 'The Interview" has heart, and the on-screen chemistry between Franco and Rogen keeps everything afloat. The script features plenty of Rogen's trademark witty, crass humor and, just like in "Pineapple Express," the off-the-cuff banter between the two leads never gets old. Lizzy Caplan is also great (but underused) as the CIA agent who "honeypots" the duo into the assassination. 

the interview screen 3"The Interview" is full of pop culture references, Hollywood in-jokes, and hysterically funny cameos. Besides the barrage of unexpected celebrities, one of the film's biggest laughs comes from Franco's rendition of a pop song that rivals his Britney Spears piano number from "Spring Breakers." While it's not as inherently self-referential as "This Is The End" since Rogen and Franco aren't playing themselves, there is similar humor at times, as Rogen shows that he isn't afraid to make fun of anyone.

The film is poised to be another surefire hit for Rogen, whose last two starring vehicles ("Neighbors,""This Is The End") were modestly budgeted at $18 million and $32 million respectively and each managed to gross over $100 million domestically. The reported budget for "The Interview" is around $30 million, so factoring in Rogen's track record, the film should have no trouble raking in some serious cash when it opens this Christmas. 

Watch the trailer below.  

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14 Movies To See This Winter

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As we roll into the final month of the year, Oscar season is nearly upon us. 

We’ve gathered the winter movies you should see, including blockbuster hopefuls from directors Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson along with award-worthy performances from Matthew McConaughey and rising star Benedict Cumberbatch.

"Whiplash"

Released: Oct. 10

Why to see it: One of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, the film follows a young musician (Miles Teller) as he trains under his teacher (J.K. Simmons) to do whatever it takes to become a top jazz drummer. Early reviews from Sundance called Simmons' performance the "role of his career." Teller blew audiences away in "The Spectacular Now," and it's refreshing to see him in another meaty role following a string of juvenileromantic comedies

Watch the trailer.



"Interstellar"

Release Date: Nov. 7

Why see it: Director Christopher Nolan's latest is one of the smartest movies of the year — and one of the most ambitious— as it launches audiences through wormholes and black holes with Matthew McConaughey in the driver's seat. Fans were won over by a humorous monolithic robot named TARS and an unexpected cameo from a big star more than halfway through the film. Sure, the space epic came out in November; however, it's playing in IMAX theaters until the release of "The Hobbit" sequel later this month. This is one that will leave you thinking long after you leave the movies.

Good news science lovers: It also pleased critics including popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Watch the trailer.



"The Theory of Everything"

Wide release date: Nov. 7

Why to watch: See this for Eddie Redmayne's performance as Stephen Hawking alone. The film will undoubtedly leave you with some questions about Hawking's life; however, Redmayne gives a miraculously moving performance as the theoretical physicist that will move you to tears. Felicity Jones is also exceptional as Hawking's wife Jane.

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The 25 Best Movies Of 2014 In One Single Amazing Video

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David Ehrlich, a renowned movie critic and the editor-at-large of movie magazine "Little White Lies," has cut and edited a glittering video with scenes from 25 of his personal favourite films of the year

The only requirement for making the list was that the movie had to be formally distributed in the US in 2014.

The soundtrack of the video also comes entirely from movies of 2014.

Have a look:

 

Here is the complete list of movies that appear in the video, with Ehrlich's favourite movie ranked as #1. 

25. Lucy

24. We Are The Best!

23. Timbuktu

22. Selma

21. Love Is Strange

20. Listen Up Philip

19. Godzilla

18. Starred Up

17. Why Don't You Play In Hell?

16. Mommy

15. The Babadook

14. Palo Alto

13. Ida

12. Goodbye To Language

11. Boyhood

10. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

9. Force Majeure (aka Turist)

8. God Help The Girl

7. The Double

6. Only Lovers Left Alive

5. Gone Girl

4. Nymphomaniac

3. Under The Skin

2. Inherent Vice

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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