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Parents: Meet the New Generation of ‘Star Wars’ Heroes

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:32

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac may not be household names like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, but that’s about to change. Stepping into the roles of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron in the oh-so-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, these three actors are on the cusp of worldwide notice. So far, they’ve been able to walk down the street, do their own shopping and not yet turn heads everywhere they go, but soon they won’t be able to go anywhere without...

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Should Your Kids See ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:01

Nearly every adult in America has one thing in common: We were all raised on Star Wars. Now, with a new film in the canon, many (most? all?!) parents are excited to find out if The Force will awaken inside their kids just as it did all of us.  But, different than Episodes IV through VI, Episode VII is PG-13. So, as Yoda might ponder, OK for your young Padawan The Force Awakens is? Here’s what you need to know: Stormtroopers: In the previous films, Stormtroopers behaved more...

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A Dad Goes Behind the Curtain of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:32

There wasn’t a sign to be seen, at least nothing that hinted at a galaxy far, far away or anything feeling slightly like the Force. Rather, there was a lone white curtain against a large white wall, and when you approached it a guard would nod and, assuming you were on the approved list, allow you to enter through a flap in the corner. On the other side was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, and frankly, it was pretty spectacular. The droids were all there, even...

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This New Image from the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Is Badass

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 07:09

Oh, they ain't afraid of no ghosts.  That's fairly obvious from this new official image of the new ladies at the center of next summer's Ghostbusters reboot, starring (from left to right) Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. Unlike some of this year's more memorable franchise restarts (Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Ghostbusters is very much a clean reboot and not connected to the other...

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is Exactly the Movie You Want It to Be

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 07:05

Note: The following does not include any major spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   The year 2015 has saved its best for last. It might be the most anticipated movie in your lifetime, and it’s most definitely the most anticipated movie of the year, but does Star Wars: The Force Awakens live up to Death Star-sized expectations? It does. And here are a few reasons why…   It’s like a “greatest hits” of Star Wars movies...

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News Briefs: Kurt Russell Touted for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 23:53

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, above) is under consideration to play the father of Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The actor is said to be director James Gunn's top choice for the role in the sequel, but he's not yet been offered the part and, in fact, has not even read Gunn's script at this point. Production is scheduled to begin early next year; the movie will open in theaters on May 5, 2017. [The Wrap]   Image:...

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FANDANGO ON LOCATION: Visit the Set of 'The Choice'

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 08:50

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into a Nicholas Sparks film? To travel to a simpler time in a sleepy coastal town where romance and tragedy intersect at regular intervals? Well, Fandango correspondent Tiffany Smith did just that when she visited the set of The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be turned into a film. The Choice tells the story of two neighbors in a small coastal North Carolina town who, after an initial dislike of each other, find...

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EXCLUSIVE TRAILER: 'The Choice'

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 08:50

Okay, get your tissues ready. This is the 11th film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel and if we've learned anything, it's that there will be tears. In this exclusive Fandango Movieclips trailer for The Choice we meet new neighbors Travis and Gabby, who share a common interest in each other that is obvious to everybody except the two of them. She's in a relationship and he's used to getting what he wants. Add to that some of life's most trying hardships and you've...

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Where to See the "Roadshow" Version of 'The Hateful Eight'

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 06:01

Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated eighth film, The Hateful Eight, is set in the scenic and snowy wilds of Wyoming after the Civil War. As teased in the trailers so far, the wilderness landscapes look absolutely spectacular on the big screen and Tarantino has gone to great lengths to ensure a unique viewing experience is available for discerning moviegoers. To begin with, Tarantino wanted to shoot the movie in a widescreen 65mm format, and decided upon Ultra Panavision 70, using...

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Watch: First 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Trailer Returns Us to the Wizarding World

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 05:51

What happens when a wizard arrives in New York with a case full of magical creatures.... and those creatures escape? That's what the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them announcement trailer sets up. Due out November 18, 2016 and based on J.K. Rowling's 2001 encyclopedia beastanica, the film stars a dashing Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a world-famous magizoologist. The first Fantastic Beasts (ah yes, this will indeed launch a new franchise) will...

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News Briefs: Mark Wahlberg Says Yes to More 'Transformers'

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 21:15

Image: Everett Transformers 5: Mark Wahlberg will star in the next Transformers movie. He joined the franchise for Transformers: Age of Extinction last year and suggested he would probably be doing one or two more installments, but this is his most definitive statement yet. A script is currently being written by the team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), together with Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). It's not known if Michael Bay will return to direct. [Cinepop via Coming Soon]...

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EXCLUSIVE POSTER DEBUT: 'Norm of the North'

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 14:00

What do you do when big city developers threaten to turn your home into luxury condos? You head to the big city and fight for your rights  -- even if you're a polar bear from the Arctic Circle named Norm. Norm of the North is a hilarious animated comedy starring the voice talents of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias and Bill Nighy. Take a look at this exclusive Fandango debut of the new poster for Norm of the North featuring Norm and his...

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First 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Trailer Sends Jeff Goldblum to the Moon

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:43

The spectacular first trailer for Independence Day debuted during Super Bowl XXX on January 28, 1996, a day that will live in infamy for movie lovers. The trailer featured disaster on an unprecedented scale as an alien race launched a coordinated attack upon mankind; it's safe to say that the special effects sent a thrill down the spines of everyone who saw it. We've seen so many epic scenes of mass destruction over the 20 years since, made possible by advances in visual effects,...

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Here's More Proof That 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Has a Serious Shot at Best Picture This Year

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:37

The nominations for the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards have been doled out, and Mad Max: Fury Road once again surprises by leading the pack with 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Charlize Theron for both Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie, Tom Hardy for Best Actor in an Action Movie, George Miller for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Action...

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Why Han Solo Is Still Flying the Millennium Falcon 30 Years Later

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:33

The lifespan of an automobile varies. Some folks can't hold onto a car for more than a few years, while others will make that sucker last for a decade or more. Meanwhile, your average commercial jet lasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 years. Han Solo, on the other hand, has been flying the Millennium Falcon for decades... or roughly 40 years, when you count up the time between the first three Star Wars movies and also The Force Awakens. Prior to Solo, though, the Falcon belonged...

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First 'Star Trek Beyond' Trailer Gets a Blast of Energy from 'Fast & Furious' Director

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:27

Even though it did OK financially and critically, there was a time when it seemed like Star Trek Into Darkness may have killed the future of Star Trek on the big screen. Into Darkness was voted the worst Star Trek movie ever made at Las Vegas' annual Star Trek convention. Seemingly out of spite, the attendees voted Galaxy Quest a better Star Trek movie than Into Darkness. And then, as final salt in the wound, J.J. Abrams went and abandoned ship, moving from Star Trek to Star...

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EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK: 'Star Wars' Yearbook Pages from a Long Time Ago...

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:00

A long time ago in a high school far, far away... Let's face it, the '70s and '80s were a time of some seriously cringe-worthy style and fashion faux pas. From feathered hair to flipped-up collars, everybody had their signature look -- including young Jedi masters, princesses and Wookiees. Artist and Star Wars fan Roman Cortez created these fun yearbook pages that feature some of the most beloved characters from the Star Wars universe in all their high school...

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EXCLUSIVE ARTWORK: Alvin and the Chipmunks

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:00

Are you ready to get your chipmunk on? Well, ready or not, Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back for their fourth big screen adventure. Don't miss Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip when it cruises into theaters December 18. Artist Tracy Tubera created this fun chipmunk-inspired original artwork exclusively for Fandango.

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Gifts for Horror-Movie Fans

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:00

It's the gift season, and whether giving or receiving, it's always more fun if a little knowledge goes along with the generosity. That's especially true for movie fans and their loved ones. The first gifts that pop into mind are probably movie tickets, DVDs and Blu-rays, and those are the perfect gifts for many friends and acquaintances. For a select few, however, you may want to do more, and make the gift more personal. If you're in a gift-giving mood and want to surprise a...

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Star Wars: The Force is Strong in This Family

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 08:59

It all started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . Arizona, actually. I was in first grade, my back against the rough concrete curve of the giant pipes that someone had painted in soft pastels and passed off as playground equipment. My friend and I sat in the sliver of shade that the tubes provided, and we talked about Star Wars. I remember that conversation as the start of something, a disturbance in the only force I knew, for I recall it clearly, not with the words we shared but in...

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