Welcome to Indie Revolver

We’ve gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple days and, understandably, a lot of messages from other fans and entertainment sites. With that in mind,  I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves to the newcomers and answer some of your more frequent questions!

I’m a fan of film and art and I gravitate towards most of the same pop culture touchstones that mean so much to most of our generation. I started this site to open up the conversation; to expand and add to the discussion of these stories and artists which mean so much to all of us.

We’re allowed to attend some events and concerts, permitted interviews, and sometimes even manage to break a good story because we work at it pretty hard, making phone calls and sending emails and visiting friends and contacts who we’ve met. That’s been my main hobby since I was a kid, and I’ve always devoured every scrap of news I could find on sites like Ain’t it Cool and Variety. One thing that has changed since I was younger is that I don’t see a group of friends every day to quote our favorite dialogue and trade rumors and debate the finer points of our beloved films. I thought that this blog might be a way to bring some of that dynamic back to my life, and since I started it a few months ago it has actually brought some new friends into the fold to help build it. This is the most fun I’ve had with my hobby in many years, and I’m very thankful to everyone who’s jumped in to enjoy it with me.

While it’s my nature to mine for every nugget I can unearth, I always want to be careful about ruining things for anyone else. We include spoiler warnings when that stuff comes up, of course – but it goes further than that. We posted our images of the new troopers only once they’d been described in detail by other sites and sketched (pretty well from memory, apparently from one grainy black and white photograph!) by Tom Hodges. We unveiled the illustration of the Inquisitor only after his appearance and motivations were impressively mapped out by Latino Review and Badass Digest. Fleshing out the conversation, adding to it – talking about what’s already out there in as much depth as we can. That’s our sweet spot, what we really enjoy. Some of you have sent us some truly fascinating information and insights. When you see those pop up on another outlet first after weeks or months of waiting, this is why. Similarly, we will not post anything we’ve been asked not to post nor will we keep up anything we’ve been asked to take down.

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When we watermark an image, it’s because it was given to us for use on our site. We will not watermark any images which we re-post from other sites, and we will not watermark exclusive images for which a watermark is not requested. Sorry to say, we cannot supply you with non-watermarked or higher resolution versions of the ones that are. For some of our sources, it matters that it lives in a context that’s really about the love of the story. If you take a look around, you’ll notice there are no ads. It cost me $12 dollars to buy the domain name and another $13 to redirect to the WordPress page. The site is hosted for free on WordPress’ free servers, and laid out using one of their inexpensive templates at a cost of $30. Since then, I’ve spent another $30 to remove WordPress’ occasional ads to keep things cleaner and give our community a more enjoyable experience. Those are our ledgers – I’m out about $85 dollars and we don’t earn a penny here. I shudder to think what kind of expenses would go along with this week’s traffic if I had to support that on my own site/server, so I understand why most sites need to display ads (if you like what a site is doing, clicking on their banners is a great way to support them!). I’m aiming for something simpler here. On that note. this seems like a good time to thank our team – all of our contributors write/edit/research for free, in their spare time (and perhaps some hours that they should be working at their day jobs).

We do not represent a controlled leak from JJ Abrams. Man, if only…

We do not post anything that we don’t think is reliable. We verify everything we can within reason. It’s okay if you don’t always agree that the more sensitive kinds of stories are accurate! We have faith in them. If we ever doubt them, we’ll issue a retraction. We will not connect you with our sources nor identify them. In some instances, we don’t actually know who they are ourselves. Regarding Star Wars, we’re pretty sure what we write will hold up and everything we see come out elsewhere seems to support everything we’ve seen so far. We don’t know most of it, and we’re just as excited as you are to see how it all comes together next Christmas.

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Jay Carlson
Editor-in-Chief, Indie Revolver

Supernerd Likes What He Sees in ‘Open Windows’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

We’re all a little voyeuristic at heart. Looking at celebrity photos online. Checking out the hot girl in line at the coffee shop. Even just glancing in a neighbor’s windows while out for a stroll. We watch and we watch and we watch and we crave more. And in the world we live in today hackers are the new paparazzo. They worm their way into the most private of information and lay it bare for the entire world to see. With his new film Open Windows, his first foray into English speaking cinema, director Nacho Vigalondo shows us just what happens when someone is given unfettered access to their favorite celebrity.

The film opens with Nick Chambers, played by the wonderful Elijah Wood, watching actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) promote her new film at a convention near the hotel that he’s staying at. Chambers runs a fan-site dedicated to Goddard, his favorite actress. While waiting for a meet and greet with Jill that he won, Nick is suddenly called by someone claiming to be her campaign manager. This man, known only as Chord, lets Nick know that Jill has called off the meeting. But he offers him something far greater in return – unrestricted access to Jill Via security cameras and her phone. Nick can see all of her information, listen to her calls, and even watch her through the phone’s camera.

Soon though, Chord is manipulating situations, talking an emotional Nick into taking risks that he normally wouldn’t. It begins to feel like this is no longer about gaining recompense for being slighted and ignored. Things spiral quickly out of control and Nick realizes too late that Chord is pulling his strings like a puppet for his own sick pleasures. With Jill’s and his well-beings on the line, Nick needs to think fast to stop a bad situation from escalating into something worse that they all can’t come back from.

Bravo to Elijah Wood for an outstanding performance as Nick Chambers. Wood carries this movie with nervous electricity, at first looking to please and be as accommodating as possible until he realizes that he’s gone too far. He does a great job of subtly letting it show that his emotions are in the driver’s seat for the first act of the movie. It’s only after he takes it that one step too far that he realizes things aren’t what they seem and that he can’t turn back even though he’s playing a game that he is woefully unprepared for.

Sasha Grey was excellent as well, but I can’t help feel that this film didn’t use her to her full potential. The role of Jill Goddard, to me at least, seemed like a generic Macguffin, used to move the plot along between Chord and Nick in their game. It’s completely understandable though, as Jill is supposed to be completely unaware of the events unfolding around her. I just wish she were as interesting throughout the film as she ended up being in the climax.

And I can’t give enough praise to the groundbreaking manner that the director decided to take this film. It was risky, but fresh and innovative to do the whole movie via video chat boxes and webcams on a computer screen. It’s a little jarring at first but once you get used to its quite ingenious. I’ll probably catch a lot of flack for this comparison, but much like how The Blair Witch Project blazed a new trail and gave us the Found Footage genre, Nacho Vigalondo may have stumbled onto something wonderful here and given us the Chat Screen genre. It can only work with the right script and story though, so let’s just hope this doesn’t get overused and play out its welcome too soon.

With an excellent and smart script punctuated by excellent performances from everyone involved, I thought Open Windows was a delightful slow-burn thriller. The plot moves along at a brisk enough pace as the intensity gets amped up at just the right moments and never lets you come back down until near the end. It had my heart racing with excitement and nervous anticipation almost the whole way through.

I highly recommend you check it out on VOD on 10/2 or in theaters on 11/7.

 

Trailer: The Band is Back Together for Horrible Bosses 2

I enjoyed the first film a bit and I love the cast of this one but I have to ask… Why? The premise seems thin at best. Hopefully, there’s enough laughs to distract us from the plot.

 

The follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt.

Jennifer Aniston (“We’re the Millers”), and Oscar® winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) and Kevin Spacey (“American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) also reprise their “Horrible Bosses” starring roles, while Chris Pine (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and Oscar® winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained,” “Inglourious Basterds”) star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

“Horrible Bosses 2″ was directed by Sean Anders and produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern, Chris Bender, John Rickard and John Morris. Serving as executive producers were Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, John Cheng and Diana Pokorny. The screenplay was written by Sean Anders & John Morris (“We’re the Millers”), story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, based on characters created by Michael Markowitz. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz (“Horrible Bosses”).

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Julio Macat (“Pitch Perfect”), production designer Clayton Hartley (“We’re the Millers”), editor Eric Kissack (“The Dictator”), and costume designer Carol Ramsey (“Identity Thief”).

A New Line Cinema Presentation, a Benderspink/RatPac Entertainment Production, “Horrible Bosses 2″ is set to open beginning November 26, 2014. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.

Trailer: Liam Neeson in Taken 3

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

Taken 3 opens January 9th 2015.

Dominic Cooper Boards Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’

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Dominic Cooper has signed on to reprise his role of Howard Stark in Marvel’s upcoming Agent Carter TV show.

Agent Carter will focus on Steve Rogers’ girlfriend and secret agent, played by Hayley Atwell, a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. 

Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, JamesD’Arcy and Shea Whigham round out the cast.

Cooper was last seen in Need for Speed with Aaron Paul.

‘Zombieland’ Sequel Shambles Forward

 

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Sony has hired writer David Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables Series, Ant-Man) to write a script for Zombieland 2. 

Original Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will oversee the script as well as direct the sequel.

Fleischer burst onto the scene with the original Zombieland back in 2009 but hasn’t quite lived up to the hype in his subsequent films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad. He was rumored to be in the running for Ghostbusters 3 a couple months ago.

No word on whether the sequel will focus on the original cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin.

Amazon tried to unsuccessfully launch a TV series in 2013 based on the first film. It’s major fault, in my opinion, was trying to re-cast the characters from the film rather than expanding that universe.

I really enjoyed the first film. It was a fun take on the well tread zombie tropes. I would love to re-visit the world that Fleischer created, with or without the original cast as long as it keeps the spirit of the first film (and maybe Woody Harrelson).

 

Trailer: V/H/S Viral

“Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video discover they are the stars of the latest internet sensation. V/H/S VIRAL is the third and most intense installment in the groundbreaking horror franchise from the world’s top genre filmmakers.”

Release Date: 23 October 2014

Supernerd Struggles With Kevin Smith’s odd mix in ‘Walrus’

Please be aware that the following review does contain spoilers. If you wish to see the movie fresh you should avoid the review below. You have been warned.

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

I’ve been agonizing over how to write this review. Tusk is just a strange movie that doesn’t really lend itself to easy explanation. It’s not quite a horror movie but it’s not really a black comedy either. It’s just there to be watched and I think that is this movie’s biggest weakness. Kevin Smith didn’t seem to know exactly what he wanted to do, other than make a weird little film where an eccentric favorite actor of his can ramble on about the darkness inside of men like some third rate philosopher and quote from Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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Justin Long plays Wallace, a rude and crude podcaster, who goes to Canada looking to score an interview with the latest viral video internet sensation. When that proposition falls through he finds a back-up plan in Howard Howe, played by Michael Parks. Howe leaves a posting in a men’s bathroom in a bar asking for a companion to keep him company and do various household chores, in exchange for free room and board. Wallace arrives looking to hear stories of Howe’s amazing life at sea that were hinted at in the flier. He soon finds himself drugged and at the mercy of a madman.

It seems Howe never truly wanted companionship. Well, not from a human anyway. He instead is looking to transform one “lucky” person into his long dead friend Mr. Tusk, a walrus who saved him when he nearly died at sea. Through surgeries and amputations unwanted, painful body modification and psychological torture, Wallace is turned into a grotesque walrus-like creature.

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This was an odd movie to watch. As stated above, it wasn’t truly a horror movie, but it did have some horrific aspects to it. I’m not a big fan of surgery horror. Someone operating on me without my consent sets my skin tingling. This is the reason why I haven’t watched the Human Centipede movies. To see Wallace have limbs chopped off and body parts sewn together and tusks shoved into his mouth is actually very creepy to me. The end result is a little laughable though. The suit is a comedic patchwork that had me shaking my head in disbelief. It looks a little too much like a bad Halloween costume, but in this film it works.

One of the most terrifying moments during the movie was actually played for laughs in the trailer. After Wallace’s initial drugging he wakes up to find that he’s missing part of one of his legs from the knee down. Once he finds out that his kidnapper is a total nutcase, Wallace attempts to call for help but only gets the voicemail for his girlfriend and best friend. As we see Howe stalk Wallace from the shadows, his plea of “I don’t want to die in Canada” sounds heartfelt and quite sad, like it may be the last words he ever says to another living person (which technically it is).

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The comedy felt forced at times. Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment clicked very well. Their shtick worked for me. Long, on his own though, felt cruel and insulting. Osment never had much time of his own on screen to really make an impression on me. And Johnny Depp, sporting some awesome makeup and prosthetics and a heavy Canadian accent, was funny at times but too often brought it to overbearingly unfunny and awkward and forgot to veer back. I wonder if Smith had some problems reeling him in, not wanting to step on toes and such, or if this was his intent.

And the constant referencing of the podcast name and the mix-ups that ensue (Not-See Party / Nazi Party) got real old real quick. Of course the police are going to hang up on you if the hear something that sounds like Nazi. Why even say it?!?!?!?! Your friend’s life may be in danger.

I had to call shenanigans though on something even crazier than the human walrus suit though, was Justin Long’s girlfriend. No way does someone that hot date a loser that does a podcast like Wallace. I don’t care how funny he is. I don’t care how much money he brings in. I know it seems nitpicky, but in a movie where a man is turned into a human/walrus hybrid, Wallace dating Ally is probably the most unbelievable thing.

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Tusk was an odd hodgepodge of a movie. As I said, not quite horror and not quite comedy. It had a few moments that stuck out to me, but a few cool bits here and there don’t make a great movie. It’s worth a watch at least once though. I guess that’s something. But much like Haley Joel Osment’s character Teddy, this movie just didn’t make that much of an impression on me.

Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice!

“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom.

Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.

Anderson’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), production designer David Crank (“The Master”), Oscar-nominated editor Leslie Jones (“The Thin Red Line”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“The Artist”). The music is by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with IAC Films, a JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company production, “Inherent Vice.” Opening in limited release on December 12, 2014 and expanding on January 9, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“Inherent Vice” has been rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence.

Sneak Peek at Hero Complex Gallery’s “Invasion!” Art Exhibition OPENING TONIGHT!

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The fine folks at Hero Complex Gallery are at it again. This time they are bringing the Invasion to Earth.

Take a look below and let us know what you think. I LOVE that World’s End poster a LOT.

 

 

Who:                     Hero Complex Gallery

What:                    “Invasion!” Art Exhibition

Description:          Art Show Celebrating Alien Invasions!

Curated by:          RAID71

Artists:                  Gordon Reid, Kyle Wilkinson, RAID71, Steven Bonner, Tony Hodgkinson

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Attendance:          RAID71, Gordon Reid, possibly Steven Bonner

When:                   Opening Reception: Saturday, September 27th, 7-10pm

On Display:           September 27th – October 12th, W-Sun, 11am-6pm

Where:                  HCG, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, LA, CA 90034

 

Please RSVP on HCG’s Facebook Event Page: HERE

Online Sales (will be live on Sun, Sept 28th, approx. 1pm Pacific): HERE

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SHOW OPENING HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY 9/27 TO ACCOMMODATE RAID71’S VISA***

 

 

INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: The Millenium Falcon and Lightsabers in Inspiring STAR WARS: Episode VII Concept Art

 

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by: Jay Carlson

The Star Wars: Episode VII set has been filthy with James Bonds of late. First, there was the story about Daniel Craig possibly shooting something for J.J. while visiting the set (he’s set to start shooting the new Bond film with Sam Mendes at Pinewood Studios soon). Now we have confirmation that another Bond, Roger Moore, visited J.J.’s Star Wars set.

Moore said the following, regarding his visit to the Star Wars set, in an interview with Graham Norton at BBC Radio (starting around 1:48:50):

Roger Moore: …Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see – on a very closed, secret set – my friend J. J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars.

BBC: Ooh, wow!

Moore: …With Harrison Ford.

BBC: So, what were they filming that day? Can you tell me?

Moore: Well, yes! They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.

It sounds as though they’ve built a studio set for some scenes to match the Forest of Dean location in England, where the cast & crew shot over the summer and left some gear behind. We heard at the time that the lush green forest would be altered in the film to reflect a snowy landscape. We believe that this is the setting in which we’ll see the new scout/snowtrooper hybrid in action. Everything we’ve heard about the location feeds right into our favorite piece of production art that we’ve seen from the film:


As exciting as pictures of a real-life Falcon constructed at full scale have been, seeing it in a story context hovering over a lightsaber battle in a forest is magical – even just in illustration. The tall, slender figure is instantly reminiscent of Vader, though it could easily represent the new hooded cyborg or Lupita Nyong’o’s rumored sith villain. Dare we hope that it’s Luke wielding the green saber? The person in the foreground taking aim at the confrontation would either be a good guy or a bounty hunter by every Star Wars metric – lots of texture in the costuming, rag tag gear strapped on everywhere, and operating alone (or with one friend, who appears to be busy) rather than as part of a larger force.

If you’re not dying to see JJ Abrams’ STAR WARS sequel yet, I simply can’t relate to you. Let us know what you think below in the comments, or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook!

 

UPDATED With Second Image! INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Star Wars: Episode VII’s Chrome Trooper

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by: Jay Carlson

UPDATE: Our source has provided us a second concept image of the new Chome Trooper that has been added to the bottom of the post.

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Star Wars, Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams have done a great job raising money for Unicef when giving us their official teases for Star Wars: Episode VII. Continuing in that spirit, we encourage everyone who enjoys these stories to head over to the Unicef site (link again) and donate to a great cause as well. We may each not be able to donate the $1m Disney did through Force for Change, but every bit helps!

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For months, there have been reports of chromed stormtroopers in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but those closest to the production have been extremely tight-lipped in regards to this new variant. We’re finally seeing our first glimpses of this new armor’s look:

I’d been worried that the chrome armor was going to be a clear gimmick, but as it turns out this is the most imposing of the new stormtrooper designs we’ve seen.

It’s refreshing to see that he’s not simply a shiny black metal version of the standard-issue Episode VII Stormtrooper. While the overall contours are again in line with the classic design, this helmet has clearly evolved on a different path.

Rather than squared tubes along the cheeks, the bottom of this helmet flares out into a fairly sharp-edged arc. Where those contours end at the front of the helmet, there does not appear to be an aerator or vent on either side.

Once again, we see the appearance of a connected band across the eyes. This is a complex shape, flaring downward at the cheeks and back up towards the temples at the ends.

There’s a seam edge similar to the Episode VII TIE pilots and Forest/Snowtroopers along the mouth. If any of these faceplates are actually removed in the film, it will be interesting to see if they are a window to the character’s face or an access panel for maintenance.

Fans of the original trilogy trooper design will be glad to see that this helmet appears to retain the classic proportions. It’s wide, where the new white troopers have a surprisingly narrow face when seen from the front (in line with Ralph McQuarrie’s design sketches for ANH). The chrome trooper also includes the classic stormtrooper frown instead of a floating nose plate.

The chrome troopers do not actually wear a hood or covering in the film. The metal collar stands up from the torso armor and curves up on the sides before dipping down again at the back.

We’ll never post rumors as genuine news or fact here, but we love nothing more than to speculate with you! Let’s take a few leaps and try to guess how this guy may fit in: A couple sources have expressed that the chrome troopers are a private security force for Adam Driver’s character – silver mercenary rent-a-cops rather than true Imperial Forces for Adam Driver’s character. While we’ve not heard this from anyone directly, the most abundant rumor about Driver is that he’s a wealthy aristocrat with an interest in Sith artifacts. While this production seems eager to distance themselves from the prequel era, of all the films’ props this design shares DNA most closely with the Naboo ships. The chrome finish and elegant curves fit in with that established aesthetic perfectly. Might JJ try to make lemonade out of lemons with Padme’s home planet? Could our Sith-obsessed aristocrat hail from the same planet/society as Vader’s wife? Or is this just a natural result of bringing the prequels’ Doug Chiang back as production designer lead concept artist (Thanks for the correction, Matthew Palanca!)? Chime in with your thoughts below or on our Facebook and Twitter!

While we’re on the topic of Doug Chiang, we’re fairly certain that he was the artist behind this chrome trooper concept art:

 

Happy Birthday, Mark Hamill!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Hamill!

Let’s take a moment to consider that Mark Hamill is now 63 years old. 63 is the same age that Alec Guinness was when the original Star Wars came out in theaters. The student has become the master. Something about that makes me very happy deep down.

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Keep your eyes open, I have a sneaking suspicion that the force is going to be strong today…

‘Whiplash’ Director to Tackle Neil Armstrong Biopic ‘First Man’

 

Damien Chazelle, director of Sundance favorite Whiplash, is circling First Man, focusing on Neil Armstrong’s journey to become the first man to set foot on the moon.

The script, being written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) will be based on First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen.

Chazelle’s Whiplash is poised to be a awards dark horse this year. It’s set to open on October 10th.

Aaron Paul Teaming up with Alexandre Aja for ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’

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Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is set to star in Alexandre Aja’s next film The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. Aja is best know for his remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha. His next film, Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is set to open on October 31st.

In The 9th Life Of Louis Drax Paul will play father to a boy who suffers a fall from his bicycle and winds up in a coma from the subsequent fall. The boy receives a special treatment from a psychologist played by Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey). 

The 9th Life Of Louis Drax is based on Liz Jensen’s 2005 novel of the same name.

Paul will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. 

Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco in a Green Band Trailer for ‘The Interview’

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Trailer: Fantastic Fest’s ‘Felt’

Felt “is the sophomore effort of TOAD ROAD director Jason Banker, and stars Amy Everson, Kentucker Audley, and Roxanne Knouse.

Amy is coming unglued. A young woman working a nothing job to finance her artistic endeavors, she has been plagued by nightmares for god knows how long; vivid and horrible things that plunge her into past trauma. Her only outlet is the increasingly outrageous artistic project and alter egos that may very well isolate Amy from her few remaining friends, but at least they also provide some distance from the pain. Then Amy meets Kenny, who’s kind and gentle and understanding, and for a moment, it appears as though life could get better.”

Is Viggo Mortensen Hateful Enough for Tarantino?

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The New York Daily News is reporting that Quentin Tarantino was spotted having a boisterous conversation with Viggo Mortensen at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. A nearby eavesdropper is said to have observed the pair going through a script and discussing a role of a “ruthless gang leader.” We would have to assume this meeting was to discuss Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.

Mortensen would be an excellent addition to the cast. He’s a hell of an actor with a lot of upside. He’s been flying under the radar lately, following his muse and focusing on more independent, character driven roles. Hateful Eight would be an excellent film for him to jump back into the spotlight with.

What do you think? Does Mortensen appearing in a Tarantino film do it for you?

Vince Vaughn and Director Justin Lin Confirmed for ‘True Detective’ Season 2

 Vince Vaughn

Hot on the heels of Colin Farell confirming that he’ll be starring in True Detective season 2, we have official confirmation that, as rumored, he will be joined by Vince Vaughn and Fast and Furious director Justin Lin. Season 2 is said to focus on two police officers and a career criminal who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. 

“Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn is set as Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”

No word on the second Detective, but rumors so far have focused on Taylor Kitsch.

As I stated previously, I am not at all psyched to break this next season’s directing duties between multiple directors. One of the biggest strengths was Cary Fukunaga’s consistent and balanced direction for all eight season one episodes. Creator Nic Pizzolatto told The Hollywood Reporter “that a move to multiple directors for season two has more to do with being able to move at a faster production pace than anything else.”  It’s not unexpected, but I feel like it could potentially detract from the consistency second season’s success. Thankfully, Pizzolatto is writing all eight episodes again for season 2.    

I’m excited to see what Pizzolatto and crew have up their sleeves for Season 2. I have my doubts they can match the amazing first season but I’m more than willing to go on another ride along.

Source: Hollywood Reporter