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Anthology

01-Boba-Fett

We’ve all wondered, how did Boba Fett evolve from that precocious little clone upset about his father’s decapitation to becoming the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy? Well, maybe some of us want to forget about that first part because who wants to think of Boba Fett as a 10-year-old giving Obi-Wan Kenobi the stink eye? In fact who wants to think of Boba Fett’s childhood period? Perhaps that all will be skipped in the end because, as expected, it’s been announced that Boba Fett will be the subject of the second Star Wars Anthology film. Not bad for a guy who has about six lines of dialogue in three movie appearances. (more…)

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Is their trouble in a paradise far, far away?

Fans of Star Wars at one point or another have wondered what it would be like to sit in the director’s chair, but only a luck few will ever know what that’s like. Let’s say you become a wielder of cinematic dreams, and you were foolhardy enough to take on Star Wars. And let’s also say that you’re given your shot at the saga, and you get to take the keys to the Star Wars universe to make a movie of your own. With great power comes great responsibility though, and you realize just how big it is and what pressure comes with it. The fantasy of making an actual Star Wars movie might not meet up with reality, and Josh Trank may have just learned that lesson. (more…)

 Goosebumps

If you grew up reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street YA horror novels like I did, the thought of one of the author’s career defining series finally being made into a movie probably seems like a strange proposition. It’s not that the books are bad or unadaptable (quite the contrary), but instead are simply old; an anthology that has been continued long enough that the stories have become multi-generational (to give you and idea —Welcome to the Dead House, the first Goosebumps title, was published twenty-two years ago!). Goosebumps has already been turned into a Canadian TV series (which ran from 1995 to 1998) and Tim Burton first attempted to get a film adaptation off the ground fifteen years ago.

So here we are, with a Goosebumps movie finally going into production, only to find that it stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Yes, that Jack Black. Where most nerd-boys get themselves worked up into a furor over Michael Bay messing with their precious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I choose to fret over a long-gestating YA adaptation of silly horror novels aimed at children. We all have our defects, it seems.

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