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Sometimes I think that I could easily just run a full-blown Star Wars fan site, as there's so much news happening right now. These past few years have been exciting times to be a Star Wars fan, and while some very vocal folks in the online world have found recent offerings divisive, there's unlimited potential for stories yet to be told on-screen that can all exist within "a galaxy far, far away." Today it was announced that "a new series of films" is being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. This new series will be separate from the episodic "Skywalker Saga," and from Rian Johnson's recently-announced new trilogy. 

Don't play this with the kids around. Also, unless you work somewhere cool, you can probably consider this NSFW (not-safe-for-work) as well. Those helpful tips out of the way, today brings a third trailer for MGM's DEATH WISH remake, and this time around the Eli Roth-directed action flick is getting the GRINDHOUSE treatment. With a new, 70's-style trailer that recalls the 2007 Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration to which Roth contributed the infamous "Thanksgiving," you can see the splatter-iffic action below. Again, don't show it to the kids. There's brains involved. 

It's the smallest gap ever between Star Wars movies - a December release for Star Wars: The Last Jedi followed by the "standalone" Solo: A Star Wars Story less than six months later. While we know that Lucasfilm doesn't like to market their films on top of one another, it's almost unheard of to debut a first-look just four months ahead of a new release, but that's exactly what's happened here... and I don't mind it. During Super Bowl LII, many (like myself) weren't tuning in to see the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots - they were tuning in for the rumored first-look at footage from Solo. That was a promise quickly delivered on, and with that 45-second teaser came another one... "Trailer Tomorrow." That day has come, and after a debut on Good Morning America, here's the full teaser trailer for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story!

What would happen if all hell broke loose atop the most advanced building in the world? In Universal Pictures' SKYSCRAPER, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson answers the call when his family is trapped inside The Pearl, a building touted as being "the tallest and safest in the world." As the Titanic has shown us, bold claims seldom end well. After a teaser spot during the Super Bowl, the full trailer for SKYSCRAPER made its debut during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. See it below...

Sunday, February 04 2018 17:48

First-Look TV Spot for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY!

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After weeks of rumors and Lucasfilm staying mum on the subject, the world got their first-look at SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY during Super Bowl LII. The 45-second teaser has ignited social media, setting the stage for the full trailer debut on Monday, February 5, 2018 on ABC's Good Morning America. Here's your first-look at our next visit to a galaxy far, far away...

It's awards season, and one of the most buzzed-about films is THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. Now comes word that the film will come home this month, available for your digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning Feb. 13; and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 27. Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) delivers a stunningly powerful performance in this darkly comic drama that has been hailed as one of the year’s best films. A murdered girl’s defiant mother (McDormand) boldly paints three local signs with a controversial message, igniting a furious battle with a volatile cop (Sam Rockwell) and the town’s revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson). Check out the trailer and pre-order info below...

On February 13, 2018, PBS Distribution will release two all-new themed DVD collections featuring episodes of their hit PBS KIDS series. PBS KIDS: Outer Space Adventures and PBS KIDS: Ocean Adventures each feature 10 stories at a value price. No word on the exact episode listings for these just yet, but you can see the cover art and included series listed below...

It was rumored right around the time that my girls and I paid a visit to Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington last fall, and now it's official - a new Super Mario Bros. movie is happening. Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri. Universal will be distributing the film, but no additional details  are available just yet, making today's news about as simple as it gets.

It doesn't seem like it's been three years since Marvel brought Ant-Man to the big screen, but is has been. 2015 was a banner year for me personally, and part of that was being invited to interview the cast and crew of Ant-Man in Los Angeles. Fast-forward a few years and Ant-Man has shown up in Captain America: Civil War, will soon appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and come July it's time for a team-up as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly suit-up for Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP! At the premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles, it was teased that the masses would soon see the first trailer for the next Marvel adventure, and this morning that was a promise delivered. Here's your first-look at ANT-MAN AND THE WASP!

They might be immigrants from Transylvania, but the Hauntley family has been welcomed into U.S. homes with open arms...

Disney Junior's VAMPIRINA is a series that I pegged as a hit months in advance of its Fall 2017 debut, and that's something that was quickly proven true. Today, Disney announced that they've officially ordered a second season of VAMPIRINA, setting the stage for even more supernatural adventures for the younger crowd. The series follows young Vampirina (aka "Vee") as she faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town, including making friends and attending a new school in the human world. VAMPIRINA stars Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti as the Hauntley family, friendly vampires who have recently relocated from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

As a new trailer was recently released for 2018's refreshed take on the TOMB RAIDER franchise, many were curious not about the visuals - but about the song. Continuing a trend of slowed-down, haunting versions of famous pop songs in trailers and commercials (and it's a growing list), this time around it's "Survivor," the 2001 hit by DESTINY'S CHILD getting the re-working. With the socials lighting up to locate the artist, we now have the answer: 2WEI. The German duo is responsible for the music heard in many movies, trailers and commercials, and their cover of "Survivor" is just the latest to gain attention. Stream the track and see the new trailer below, then look for 2WEI's version to hit Spotify very soon... They say it's Beyonce-approved!"

I've been trying to stress this for years, but now is the last time I'm going to say it: If you are a fan of the STAR WARS films that's been hungry for more, yet doesn't typically venture into the expansive world that Lucasfilm has long-explored in comics, books, games and more, you need to be watching STAR WARS REBELS. As the series heads toward its conclusion with the last run of episodes, now is the time to catch-up on the four-season series to see how it all wraps up. Set in the years prior to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Rebels is a fitting example of a Star Wars tale that can introduce new characters into the timeline established by the feature films, while showcasing new adventures in new corners of the galaxy that have previously remained unexplored. This spirited adventure is very much in-line with where I personally hope that Rian Johnson will take his currently-in-development New Trilogy. See the mid-season trailer below, complete with the return of Emperor Palpatine, making his series debut in these final episodes, voiced by actor Ian McDiarmid from the original films!

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