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J.J. Abrams responds to complaints that ‘The Force Awakens’ was a ‘complete rip-off’

By on January 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM.

J.J. Abrams responds to complaints that ‘The Force Awakens’ was a ‘complete rip-off’

No matter what you think about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s no denying that the film, penned and directed by J.J Abrams, is a rousing commercial triumph. The film has already smashed a number of box office records, including becoming the fastest film to ever top $1 billion in ticket sales.

While most people seem to have enjoyed the latest addition to the Star Wars series, others have absolutely thrashed the film for poor character development and less than stellar dialogue. But above all else, the one unifying thread that seems to link all critiques together is that the film’s overall structure is nothing more than a carbon copy of 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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20 Incredible Movie Secrets

20 incredible movie secrets you won’t believe are true

By on January 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM.

20 incredible movie secrets you won’t believe are true

In the days and weeks after you’ve seen a great movie, it’s often all you can think about. You want to know everything about the characters and the world they inhabit, so you go on an Internet scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Of course, that can be rather time-consuming, so why not let someone else do the job for you?

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ script is so incredible that J.J. Abrams now regrets not directing it

By on January 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM.

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ script is so incredible that J.J. Abrams now regrets not directing it

The range of emotions sparked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens is quite vast. While some moviegoers thought the film was an absolute triumph, others were quick to pan the film as a frustrating disappointment that introduced nothing new or refreshing to the now decades old franchise.

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George Lucas explains why he didn’t like ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By on December 31, 2015 at 10:37 AM.

George Lucas explains why he didn’t like ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be well on its way to breaking every box office record on the planet, but not everyone is thrilled with what JJ Abrams did with the film. It might be hard to notice amidst an avalanche of nostalgic drenched praise, but a number of critics have lambasted the film for shoddy character development, subpar dialogue, and an all-too familiar plot.

And recently joining the chorus of naysayers is none other than George Lucas, the mastermind behind the original trilogy. During a wide-ranging and nearly hour-long interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas lamented the fact that Disney ignored his script ideas and instead opted to go in a different and seemingly more fan-friendly direction.

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10 Popular Movie Fight Mistakes

10 ridiculous mistakes you missed during huge fights in popular movies

By on December 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

10 ridiculous mistakes you missed during huge fights in popular movies

Choreographing a massive fight scene has to be one of the most difficult challenges while shooting an action movie. Not only do the actors and extras need to train extensively with whatever weapon they’re wielding (even if it’s just their fists), but they all need to hit their marks in order to keep the scene moving at an appropriate pace.

Unfortunately, they can’t always get everything right.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Complaints

The 5 most annoying things about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By on December 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

The 5 most annoying things about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Despite the onslaught of praise directed at Star Wars: The Force AwakensI can’t help but feel that the film’s rave reviews are undeservedly being colored by deep feelings of nostalgia. The new Star Wars film isn’t horrible, but it’s also not great. It’s an okay film that treads upon familiar territory and unfortunately doesn’t deliver anything new and compelling. As a standalone film, the film’s primary anchor is the iconic name it’s attached to. WARNING! Spoilers ahead.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ becomes the fastest film to top $1 billion at the box office

By on December 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ becomes the fastest film to top $1 billion at the box office

Thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 billion is starting to look like a bargain. Not even two weeks after its release, the latest addition to the Star Wars canon has already amassed more than $1 billion in global box office receipts, setting yet another record in the process.

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Most Overused and Overplayed Songs

10 most overused and overplayed songs in movies and on TV

By on December 22, 2015 at 7:50 PM.

10 most overused and overplayed songs in movies and on TV

The importance of music in film can’t be overstated. A well-chosen song not only heightens our senses but can also evoke a wide range of emotions. Not surprisingly, some movies will spend big bucks to secure the rights for certain songs deemed integral to the finished product. Note that the photo above is from Almost Famous, a top-notch film with one of the most expensive and revered soundtracks in movie history.

Over time, though, many directors, both in film and on TV, have seemingly gotten lazy and now reflexively revert back to well-known musical pieces. In a sense, musical choices these days have almost become formulaic: Have a scene depicting the Vietnam War? Go with Gimme Shelter. A woman goes on a drug binge? Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe should fit the bill.

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Mark Zuckerberg gets into the Star Wars spirit, posts photos of his baby and dog in costume

By on December 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

Mark Zuckerberg gets into the Star Wars spirit, posts photos of his baby and dog in costume

Ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got into the movie spirit and shared photos of his newborn daughter Max and his dog Beast, each dressed up in Star Wars regalia.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is a box office smash with $250 million in global sales

By on December 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is a box office smash with $250 million in global sales

In a turn of events that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already setting box office records. Directed by JJ Abrams, the new Star Wars film appears to be resonating with fans in a way that the often-maligned prequels did not. Suffice it to say, Disney at this point is essentially just printing money.

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Quentin Tarantino goes off on Disney over alleged ‘Star Wars’ extortion

By on December 17, 2015 at 7:10 PM.

Quentin Tarantino goes off on Disney over alleged ‘Star Wars’ extortion

It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing some sort of reference to or advertisement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While that’s exciting for most, it’s driving Quentin Tarantino crazy.

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What critics said about the original ‘Star Wars’ movie back in 1977

By on December 17, 2015 at 10:42 AM.

What critics said about the original ‘Star Wars’ movie back in 1977

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just one day away from hitting theaters and the bulk of early reviews we’ve seen thus far have not only been encouraging, but overwhelmingly positive. Apparently, this J.J. Abrams character knows what he’s doing.

The Star Wars film canon is undeniably unique for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the films still resonate with and excite millions of fans around the world nearly four decades after the first installment’s initial release. This is nothing short of astounding, and certainly speaks to how beloved the entire franchise remains to this day.

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Independence Day War 1996 History

Fox reveals what’s happened in the 20 years since the first ‘Independence Day’

By on December 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Fox reveals what’s happened in the 20 years since the first ‘Independence Day’

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is a popular saying used to warn people about disastrous current events. And in preparation for the launch of Independence Day: Resurgence, Fox has created a special site dedicated to the War of 1996 that presents some of the most important events that happened in the 20 years that followed the release of the original film.

Below, you’ll find the highlights of this universe, from 1996 leading up to the second encounter with the powerful and dangerous aliens that are preparing for the second attack against Earth. More →

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