‘The Flash’: “Invasion” Clip; Producers Preview

The four-night crossover event officially began at the end of Supergirl last night Well, sort of… The crossover will feature the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow coming together to take on the evil alien invaders, The Dominators. The Dominators are an Alien race interested in harnessing the gene that gives metahumans their powers to enhance members of their own species.

Ahead of tonight’s episode of The Flash — which is technically part two of the crossover but really the beginning — The CW has released a clip which has all of the heroes trying to decide just who exactly is in charge as the heroes take on their greatest challenge yet. It’s going to be interesting see the three major teams from their respective shows learn how to work together in effort to save the world.

Executive producer Todd Helbing takes us inside the episode to give us a preview of the formation of the super-team, teasing The Dominators as the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t quite describe them as the creepiest things ever but they are sure are ugly.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Part three of the four-night crossover will continue tomorrow night on Arrow before concluding Thursday night on Legends of Tomorrow.

SOURCE: THE CW

Star Wars: Force For Change is Back!

Star Wars fans, you no longer need an excuse to buy more Star Wars t-shirts, now you can do it for a great cause. Lucasfilm has partnered with Target to bring you Star Wars: Force For Change: Force 4 Fashion. Seven exclusive Rogue One tees designed by the film’s director Garreth Edwards as well as the cast are now available for purchase at Target. $5 from every sale will be donated to UNICEF Kid Power.

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SOURCE: LUCASFILM

Kevin Smith Exits Buckaroo Banzai With Class

It would seem Amazon Studios television adaptation of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension has landed in development hell. MGM recently filed a lawsuit against the original 1984 film’s director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch. Whether or not the project will come to fruition will remain uncertain until both parties can reach an agreement regarding the series. So far, neither has offered to comment on the legal battle. But on the heels of this misfortune, the series’ director Kevin Smith has emerged with his head held high above the drama as he took to Facebook Live to announce his exit from the project respectfully and with class.

Smith, who first made a name for himself with cult classics such as Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, began directing television just last year with an episode of The CW superhero hit The Flash. This year Smith has not only directed another episode of The Flash, but an episode of Supergirl as well. The comic book superfan announced via his Fatman on Batman Smodcast just a few months ago that he would be in the director’s chair for a planned television reboot of Buckaroo Banzai. But with the drama now surrounding the project, Smith did what plenty of men should do but don’t and pulled out of the project:

“I’m no longer involved. I don’t wish anybody harm; I wish all parties well. I hope these dudes come to an agreement, and if they do and they still want me involved down the road, I’ll be here. But why would they?”

Regarding the legal dispute between Amazon and the original films writer and director Smith said:

“Without those two dudes, I don’t fall in love with that property,” he said. “I don’t want to make anything unless those two dudes are involved. They had the vision. Like, all we’re doing is taking their amazing vision and making a TV show of it.”

While it’s a bummer to have Smith remove himself from the project, it’s impossible to have nothing but respect for the man. Smith has always been brutally honest about his film’s to the point that it has been to his own detriment. He’s also not one for putting up with Hollywood bullshit unless Bruce Willis is attached.

Smith then offered some insight into what the actual dispute could be about:

“Let’s say one day that the people that own Miramax now [said], ‘Hey, we want to make Clerks,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t want you to make Clerks — not while I’m alive.’ And then they sue me to make sure that they can make Clerks without me being involved. Well, what goes around comes around in life. I’m not saying anybody is wrong in this situation, but what I’m saying is — respectfully to all parties involved — I’m out.”

As much as it is a loss for Smith, it’s an even bigger loss for Amazon. Smith is a respected voice in the community mainly because everyone knows he’s a fan and he brings a tremendous amount of passion to his craft. Having grown up a major fan of the original film, Smith would have been the perfect director for the television adaptation. Hopefully, if the project gets back on track, Smith will be brought back on board. But chances are the studio will replace Smith with some generic tool that has no affinity for the original film, therefore the director won’t be morally conflicted when MGM wins the legal battle to cut out Richter and Rauch from the project. Meanwhile, Smith will continue to lend his talents to the Arrowverse, crafting what are some of the best directed episodes in the history of all of The CW superhero dramas.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

‘Rogue One’ Live-Stream To Offer Sneak Peek

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Lucasfilm and People Magazine are partnering to bring Star Wars fans an unprecedented live-stream experience on twitter this Friday, December 2 at 10 am PT. Collider reports the stream which will be available on rogueone.twitter.com, will offer fans a sneak peek of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead of its release on December 16th.

On hand to answer fans questions will be director Garreth Edwards, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, as well as cast members including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, and Riz Ahmed. The event will be moderated by People’s deputy editor JD Heyman. All fans have to do is submit their questions for the cast along with the hashtag #AskRogueOne.

People Magazine will also be releasing a special newsstand edition titled “Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One”. The special issue will include goggles for a virtual reality experience that will take fans inside the film.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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SOURCE: COLLIDER

‘The Flash’: “Behind The Teams” Featurette

The CW is set to make history tonight as it begins it’s four-night crossover event “Heroes v Aliens”. The crossover will see the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow come together to take on the evil alien invaders, The Dominators. The Dominators are an Alien race interested in harnessing the gene that gives metahumans their powers to enhance members of their own species.

Ahead of the crossover, The CW has released a behind the scenes video from The Flash titled “Behind The Teams”. The featurette offers a look into the filming of the scene that features the heroes of all four shows uniting to face the alien threat. It’s good to know that no matter what the Arrowverse is facing, HR will always have his coffee on hand.

The four-night crossover event “Heroes v Aliens” begins tonight at the end of Supergirl. The crossover will then continue tomorrow night on The Flash, Arrow on Wednesday, and conclude on Legends of Tomorrow Thursday night.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SOURCE: THE CW

BD Wong Will Return in Jurassic World 2

Whether you loved Jurassic World or hated it, you’re going to get another one in 2018. The film itself was a bit of a tongue in cheek commentary on the influence greed has had on all industries including Hollywood. With corporate mandates calling for bigger, better, and scarier dinosaurs, it wasn’t very surprising to see the kind and friendly Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) from the original Jurassic Park succumb to the pressures of his corporate masters and become an evil greed lusting villain in Jurassic World. Wu was last seen in possession of dinosaur embryo’s as he made his escape from Isla Nublar via helicopter.

CinemaBlend recently spoke with executive producer Frank Marshall who teased the return of Wu in Jurassic World 2:

When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.

The return of BD Wong would be a welcomed addition in Jurassic World 2. While Wong didn’t turn in the best performance in Jurassic World, which I would not fault him for, the man can play a chilling villain given the right material to work with. In the USA Network series Mr. Robot, Wong delivers a terrifyingly disturbing performance as White Rose, the enigmatic head of a chinese cyber-terror organization.

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‘Rogue One’: “Living in Star Wars” Featurette

The marketing barrage for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not letting up. Ramping up the film’s release in under three weeks, Lucasfilm has released another behind the scenes featurette which spotlights actor Diego Luna who plays the rebel recruiter Captain Cassian Andor. Luna describes how special it is for him to be involved in the franchise having grown up a fan while promising both heart, heroics, and adventure in the first standalone feature of Star Wars. The featurette offers glimpses of every shooting location in the film as well as a few new shots from when Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO infiltrate the Imperial base on Scariff.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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SOURCE: LUCASFILM