Star Wars 7 Trailer, Ticket Sales Tonight


If you’re a Star Wars junkie—and if you aren’t, there’s something wrong with you—tonight is a night you definitely don’t want to miss.

Why? Because, the good folks at Lucasfilm have confirmed, the one and only official movie trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will premiere on ESPN during tonight’s Monday Night Football game pitting the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

Sure, there will be a football game to watch, but the real excitement will happen during one of the commercial breaks. We don’t know which commercial break it will be, but for those of us who grew up on Star Wars, we will be paying as close attention to the commercial breaks tonight as folks do during the world-famous Super Bowl broadcast.

Disney also announced that advanced tickets to the premiere of the Force Awakens will go on sale immediately after the trailer runs. The company says tickets will be available for purchase everywhere tickets to the film are sold.

An official new film poster was also just tweeted. It features new character played by John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley, as well as the original cast of characters so dear to the hearts of many. In addition, there are a couple of new teaser clips. While they are extremely short—10 seconds in length—they pack a punch. One shows what looks to be the lead-up to a major battle, and it’s absolutely goose bump-inducing.

The new Star Wars movie premieres on December 18, and the story takes place 30 years after the events depicted in “Return of the Jedi.”

Disney is cashing in on its acquisition of Lucasfilm, and not just through the movies. It was announced earlier this year that the Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando will soon feature new “Star Wars Lands.” Construction is scheduled to begin some time in 2017, with an anticipated 2019 opening.

Source: CNN

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Is ‘The Martian’ a Family-Friendly Movie?


Hollywood’s screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s best-selling novel, “The Martian,” has been a box-office sensation right out of the gates. The film, and actor Matt Damon’s stellar performance, have received rave reviews.

Many describe “The Martian” as a cinematic masterpiece. And it’s not just the film industry that’s in love with it. The science community also lauds the movie and it’s true-to-life elements. argues that it may be the most realistic film about space exploration ever. And its authenticity goes beyond the science and technology, they say: It’s the culture of science and scientists that makes this film feel so real and accurate.

But, is “The Martian” for everyone? Specifically, is it a family-friendly film that you can comfortably take your kids too?

We say yes, and here’s why:

“The Martian” is rated PG-13 and certainly contains elements of suspense and fright. But as mentioned above, the scariness of this movie is grounded in reality. Yes, it is science-fiction, and we are a long ways away from a trip to the red planet.

However, this is not a supernatural thriller. There are no ghosts or evil monsters whose sole purpose is to terrorize. There are only situations—real problems—that not only entertain but educate. We see this film as very similar to “Apollo 13.” Sure, that movie was based on a true story, but the basic idea is the same: mankind’s ability to work through a problem

Your kids could learn a lot from this movie. Sure, there are a few colorful words to watch out for (specifically when Damon’s character first realizes that he is alive and alone on Mars)

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RIP Wes Craven

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Wes Craven, the creator of Freddy Krueger, died on August 30, 2015. (Photo courtesy

With today being the official start of Halloween season, it seems only fitting to pay homage to one of the great Hollywood horror icons: Wes Craven.

Craven, who died a few weeks ago, is the genius behind A Nightmare on Elm Street. Thanks to that popular series, he is arguably the father of the modern horror-film genre. There may not be a more well-known horror villain than Freddy Krueger and his frightening knife fingers. While Edward Scissorhands made us smile, Freddy made us scream.

Craven, who was also the genius behind the successful Scream series, had been fighting brain cancer when he passed away. He was 76.

His career began with a movie in 1972 called The Last House on the Left, a violent film about a gang of killers who take two young women into the woods to torture them. The movie was a success at the box office.

However, the film he is most known for is 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven said he struggled for three years to sell the project. It nearly bankrupted him, so when it become a box office smash, he went from the bottom to the top almost overnight.

Craven’s frightening imagination was so intense that he says it even scared himself. When he was writing was when he truly got spooked out.

Craven really re-invented the horror genre with Scream. It became such a popular and iconic film in and of itself that it spawned several sequels and even led to the completely non-frightening and utterly hilarious Scary Movie horror parodies.

Craven was an English major in college and is even a novelist. It makes sense that he became such a wonderful Hollywood writer. His imagination was one in a million.

So this Halloween season, why don’t you pop in a classic Wes Craven horror flick and pay homage to the man who made us all jump out of our seats in fright.

Better yet, why not go retro at this year’s Halloween party and wear a Freddy Krueger costume or Scream mask?


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Sean Penn Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels

There’s some new drama in Hollywood, and it’s not on film.

According to reports, filmmaker Lee Daniels has lumped actor and two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn in with men who have a record of violence against women, and Penn is not happy. He’s suing Daniels to the tune of $10 million for comments he made that suggest Penn is a wife beater.

This all started several days ago when Daniels was doing an interview for The Hollywood Reporter. The interview turned to actor Terrence Howard, who is known to have exhibiting violence against the opposite sex. Howard, who according to records has been arrested several times for violence against women, is a star in Daniels’ hit TV series “Empire.”

According to the suit filed by Penn, Daniels in his interview seemed to question why Howard was getting so much negative publicity over his behavior when he is no different than Penn or Marlon Brando. The lawsuit goes after Howard for not only acknowledging that Howard is guilty of violent attacks, but for seemingly condoning Howard’s violent behavior as well.

In his filing of the lawsuit, Penn states that despite having numerous encounters with the law, he has not been convicted of domestic violence, let alone arrested for it.

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Robert Pattinson Interview Bingo

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Robert Pattinson’s fame exploded after he appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the popular Cedric Diggory, and since then, he’s appeared in countless interviews and TV shows. If you’ve seen any of these interviews, however, you’ll notice how many of them ask about the same things – his interests, his die-hard fans, his musical talent, being among them. The folks on Entertainment Weekly noticed this, and have since made a bingo game you can play while watching Robert Pattinson’s interviews.

The game is actually pretty simple: watch an interview, and take note of the questions being asked. Pick the ones you think are likely to be asked again, and add your own list of questions you think Robert Pattinson is likely to be asked. You can also add mannerisms you think you’re likely to see from Rob throughout the interview. Use an online bingo card creator like the one on to arrange the questions or topics into a set of bingo cards, and distribute them to your other friends who are fans of Robert Pattinson. Of course, you can expect that your game will have different items than what’s on EW’s bingo card, as it’s been years since Twilight and Robert Pattinson has since branched out into different projects.

To play the game, all you need to do is pull out your bingo card before the interview, and start ticking things off of the card as you see them happen. The first to get either a blackout or a BINGO! wins the game. Prizes for the game can range from anything from a poster of the winner’s favorite Rob Pattinson movie, or you could take a cue from Gala Bingo and give away cinema tickets to the next Rob Pattinson movie. With Rob being such a prolific actor, 3 movies already lined up for the next couple of years, we’re sure to see plenty more of him, and sure to have plenty more material for our Interview Bingo cards.

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How Do Celebrities Cope with Stress?


Got a nasty stress headache? Lavender oil has a very calm, soothing fragrance that makes relaxation easier.

Being a Hollywood icon or celebrity in general has got to be a stressful gig. Robert Pattinson enjoys his craft, but it’s clear he isn’t a fan of all the publicity he gets.

Acting and performing entails long hours, hard work on set, lots of interviews, dealing with fans, doing back-to-back interviews, publicity tours, dealing with huge egos, etc. It must be easy to become frazzled.

So how do Hollywood types handle the stress? Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, and others have been known to use essential oils to unwind, relax, and improve physical health. There are a ton of different essential oils—just take a look at this line of Melaleuca essential oils that can all be used for stress0reducing aromatherapy.

Other actors meditate on a daily basis to center themselves and escape from the grind. These include Russell Brand, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges, and Cameron Diaz. For Charlize Theron, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt, it’s all about Yoga. (Brand is also into Yoga.)

For young stars like Kylie Jenner, music is the preferred way to de-stress. Jenner likes to find a quiet space where she can put on the headphones and relax to the sounds of her favorite tunes.

Songwriting is what pays the bills for Taylor Swift, but she also finds it therapeutic and relaxing. A lot of celebrities are able to alleviate stress through creating art. Jim Carrey took up painting a few years ago, and has even featured his colorful work in art exhibitions.

Running is a terrific from of exercise, but it’s also a great way to clear one’s head. Will Ferrell and Reese Witherspoon have been seen pounding the pavement in their running shoes.

There are all kinds of things celebrities do to unwind and escape the grind. What are some of your favorite stress-relieving activities? Be sure to share your tips in the comments section.



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Pattinson Starring in James Dean Biopic


Dane DeHaan (left) and Robert Pattinson star in Life. Credit: Allstar/See-Saw Films

This Christmas season, Robert Pattinson fans get to ogle over the English actor as he stars in a new feature film about iconic Hollywood star James Dean.

Only Pattinson isn’t playing James Dean. Sorry folks.

That role is being played by American actor Dane DeHaan of Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fame. Our beloved Robert will be playing photographer Dennis Stock, who took the famous shot of James Dean walking in the rain in New York City, cigarette in mouth, circa 1955.

The drama flick, titled Life, focuses on the friendship of the two, and it premieres on December 4 in the U.S.

And here’s another cool thing about the movie: It stars Ben Kingsley! It will be a real treat to see Ben and Robert on screen together—a Hollywood first.

This movie will feature a relationship between celebrities and media that would be inconceivable today. Part of the film entails Stock following Dean to Indiana and the farm he grew up on for an intimate photo shoot. Pattinson remarks how weird it would be today to invite a photographer back to his family’s home for some cozy photo session.

Pattinson is no stranger to the limelight, from his starring roles in the Twilight series, to his break-up with co-star Kristen Stewart, to his now engagement with FKA Twigs. However, he doesn’t welcome, embrace, or even want the attention he attracts. He prefers to be as private as he can without alienating his fan base. He accepts fame as a byproduct of his craft, but he doesn’t seek after it.

Pattinson’s down-to-earth sensibility is what attracts him to so many. It will be interesting to see how his personality shows up on the screen this December. To read more about Pattisnon’s upcoming role and the confusion he experiences from being a somewhat introverted superstar, check out the full story from The Guardian.

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A Fascination with Movie Reviews

As long as there has been a film industry, there have been film critics. At what point in the history of Hollywood did being a film critic become a profession? That’s an interesting questions, and we think it would make a great post for a later day.

But the whole idea of movie reviews is fascinating. At some point, we decided that we wanted someone trustworthy to be a movie-watching guinea pig—or perhaps pioneer is a better word. We wanted them to watch the film first and tell us what they thought and if it was worth spending or money on to go see.

Before the age of the Internet, there were just a few trusted movie critics people listened to. Perhaps no one was more trusted than Siskel and Ebert. Now, every major and minor news outlet has at least one online entertainment reporter. Then there are blogs—like this one—where people with no formal training or credentials can say what they want.

It’s interesting to compare movie reviews to reviews in other industries. For cars, there’s all sorts of magazines and publications that break down automobiles for the consumer. You’ve got Kelley Blue Book, Car and Driver, JD Power, and many more to choose from.

Two of the best sources for reviews on just about anything are Consumer Reports and the Better Business Bureau. If you want to know the honest truth about a service or product, those are your best bets. For example, there’s a company we like that has excellent products called Melaleuca. You could take our word for it, but if you want the best Melaleuca reviews, you should read what the BBB has to say about

If you want a good, extensive movie review, there’s always Rotten Tomatoes. If it’s an older movie, we prefer the critiques of the great Roger Ebert. In  our opinion, those are the BBB and Consumer Reports of the film industry.

One thing that makes a good film critic is being able to see the film from the eyes of the everyday film goer. We appreciate a critic who doesn’t care for a film personally, but admits that families with young kids will love it.

Also, we love critics that break down the movie in context, as oppose to selling it or not. There’s a lot of bias when it comes to breaking down movies. And it makes sense: movies are meant to evoke emotion, and it’s hard not to watch a movie and feel the emotion.

At the end of the day, we are film fans, not film buffs. We admit that we aren’t schooled in the arts or qualified to teach film theory. But we do know a good review when we see one.



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Hollywood, Nation Stunned by Deadly Shooting at Movie Screening


A Lafayette, Louisiana screening of Judd Apatow’s comedy film Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, turned deadly when a gunman opened fire on the theatergoers.

The man stood up 20 minutes into the film and began shooting. He killed two people and wounded nine more. According to reports, the man fired a handgun, and shortly after officials arrived on the scene, he took his own life.

Some of the wounded are being listed as having life-threatening injuries and are in very critical condition.

The nightmare event has people across the country, from Lafayette all the way to Hollywood, grieving. Schumer quickly posted a tweet last night saying that her heart was broken and that her thoughts and prayers were with the people in Louisiana.

Donald Trump took time out of his presidential campaign to offer his condolences as well.

Some Hollywood celebrities, including Jenna Fischer, called for changes in gun-control policies: “Please. No more guns. Please. Churchgoers, school children, moviegoers…how many more innocent people have to die before we change?” Fischer tweeted.

The shooter, identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, allegedly had a restraining order placed against him in 2008 because his wife at the time was fearful of him, as was his daughter. Officials have yet to discover a motive.

The two dead are Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. Tweets from Hollywood expressed a desire to remember the victims, and not the shooter.



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Robert Pattinson Busy With Wedding, Two New Movies

WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  Actor Robert Pattinson arrives to the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at the Mann Village Theater on November 16, 2009 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Pattinson has a busy year ahead of him.

Robert Pattinson is engaged, which means he is consumed with wedding prep.(And can we just say that his fiancee, FKA twigs, has the coolest stage name ever?) And now his schedule is going to be even tighter, as he has accepted a starring role in the upcoming movie Good Time.

Good Time is an indie caper film that will be directed by the Safdie borthers, Benny and Josh. The movie follows a bank robber’s struggling attempt to evade authorities. Pattinson’s will star as the character Connie.

In addition to his role in Good Time, Pattinson is reportedly starring alongside James Franco in The Trap. Pattinson had been tabbed to star with Dakota Fanning in the soon-to-be-released thriller Brimstone. However, he was sadly replaced by Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington. Good for Kit, we say.

Back to the wedding: Pattinson and FKA twigs (aka Tahlia Debrett Barnett) got engaged earlier this year. The couple have a pretty chill relationship that isn’t plastered all over the tabloids like some. Twigs likes the quiet life, and she absolutely loathes the paparazzi, so don’t expect a big, lavish, overblown wedding of the Hollywood ilk.

There is no definite wedding date, and while it could happen this summer, Pattinson may just be too busy to make it happen the way his bride would like. Don;t be surprised if the wedding is pushed back to next year.

Source: E! Online

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