Jason Reitman Reveals Main Cast for his Reading of ‘Empire’

- 12-17-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (more…)

Annoyed by the New Lightsaber Design? Deal With It, Cause More Designs are Coming

- 12-12-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Love it or hate it, the writers and concept artists for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens flick are branching out and pushing beyond the classic lightsaber design that we have grown to know and love. The latest crack at it consisted of the broadsword-saber that we’ve all seen by now in the Force Awakens teaser trailer. And another brand new lightsaber design will be making the rounds via the Star Wars Rebels cartoon. Scroll on to see what the creative heads at Disney have come up with this time around. (more…)

J.J. Abrams Reveals ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Characters

- 12-11-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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We are only a little over a year away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and while George Lucas may not give a damn about the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, the rest of the world is in a frenzy for any bit of information they can get. After an absolutely titillating teaser trailer (really, has 88 seconds of footage ever set the internet on fire like this before??), many are waiting with bated breath for more details on the franchise.  Well, thanks to a recent communication between TFA director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, fans now have a bit more meat to chew on. Not a lot, of course, considering J.J. Abrams’ obsession with secrecy (*cough* Khan *cough*), but enough to make fans of the series a little happier today.  But first, let’s roll that teaser ONE MORE TIME!!! (more…)

If Abrams Had His Way, No ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser For You!

- 12-11-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The Internet really did explode when the Disney released a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Thanksgiving weekend. It quickly rose up the ranks to take the most Internet watched trailer in history. What’s interesting about the whole thing is that apparently, if J.J. Abrams had his way, we wouldn’t have seen it at all. What’s the story behind that claim? (more…)

George Lucas Is Not Really Interested In Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’

- 12-08-14Film, WTF? Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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You saw that awesome Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Black Friday, right? Of course you did, hell, we ALL did.  I’ve watched it again three times in a row, just while writing this article.  Some watched and waited for J.J. Abrams’ slightest misstep so that they could immediately run to the nearest message board to tear his vision of a galaxy far, far away apart.  Others, such as myself, watched while looking for some clue that would indicate that Wars is in capable hands.  No matter which side of this fence you sit on, avoiding the trailer was almost unthinkable for fans of the franchise.  Well, most of us anyway.  Page Six caught up with the father of Wars, George Lucas, and asked his opinion of the new footage.  Surprisingly (or not, depending on your opinion of Lucas), it turns out that George hasn’t even seen the new trailer yet.  Even more surprising?  He has no intention of watching it. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Found The Droids You Were Looking For

- 12-04-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Welcome back to the Award Seeking RadioBastard podcast, I’m drunk.

This time on the show, we’re talking about Star Wars and a bunch of stuff that isn’t Star Wars (but mainly Star Wars,) so buckle in for some talk about Star Wars ’cause we’ve got the teaser trailer, the careful and calm dissection of that trailer, adorabot naming rights, the finer points of DYI light sabery and, disbelief over the John Boyega hate.

Oh, and the other stuff? How about: (more…)

Marvel And Star Wars A Possibility for ‘Kingdom Hearts III’

- 12-03-14Comics, Film, Videogames Posted by Derek Robertson

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Tai Yasue, co-director and game designer of Kingdom Hearts III, revealed in an interview with Kotaku that the Marvel and Star Wars properties (characters and worlds) are being considered to be included in the long-awaited video game sequel. The first game in the series was released back in 2002, and many thought it sounded like a conceptually bad idea mixing together unrelated properties such as Disney and Final Fantasy properties. However, it turned out to be a huge success, warranting a sequel in 2005 and also several spin-offs and remakes. It wasn’t until E3 2013 that the third game was confirmed to be in development, and test footage was shown at E3 2014. (more…)

How Long Until We Get A Full Trailer For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?

- 12-02-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The recently released teaser for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens is breaking Internet records for views, passing Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: The Age Of Ultron as the hottest teaser/trailer out there, but when can fans expect to see the first full length trailer? (more…)

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Gets The George Lucas Special Edition Treatment

- 11-30-14Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

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We all had to suffer through the multitude of fake Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailers the week before the real one finally hit the Internet. Most were pretty bad, using old footage and sound clips, more than one just went straight to the Rick Roll. A few actually captured the Star Wars feelings we all wanted to relive. The official teaser has a lot of people talking about lightsaber hilts and cross-guards and debating the rolling droid’s usefulness. Now that we had the teaser trailer you might have thought the fan tweaked teaser trailers cavalcade might have been over, but you’d be wrong. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Celebrates Grand Moff Tarkin’s Giving

- 11-27-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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(It’s a real holiday, look it up.) So gather around the internets poorly guarded exhaust port because Jeremy and Jason are back with another podcast to help usher you into the holiday season. Yes, a solid 60 minutes of nerd news pop-culture type talkin’ things (spoiler, real honest to goodness Star Wars news this week!) So listen, won’t you?

This week on the show: (more…)