Just Shoot Me Now: Michael Bay Remaking The Birds

June 28, 2015 at 11:22 am | Posted in Movies, News | 1 Comment
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The birdsI don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but The Guardian reports that Michael Bay is doing a remake of the Hitchcock classic, The Birds.  Rumor is that Naomi Watts is up for the Tippi Hedren role.

…the film will be directed by the Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, with Bay serving as a co-producer. The film looks set to be a co-production between Mandalay Pictures, Universal and Bay’s Platinum Dunes production house. It remains to be seen whether the birds will be giant, man-eating birds, or possibly armed with guns.

Remember the classic gas station scene?  I don’t even want to think about it.

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Book Giveaway: Signed Copy of ‘A New Dawn’

June 26, 2015 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Contest, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 9 Comments
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Want a free autographed paperback copy of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn? Then leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite Star Wars Rebels character is. Contest is open to all United States residents and the winner will be announced Monday June 29th.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

June 26, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Interview, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Drew Karpyshyn‘s A Minor Malevolent Spirit is now available in print format.
  • Timothy Zahn‘s Wayward Pines prequel novella is up for pre-order.
  • The Champions of Aetaltis: A Heroic Fantasy Anthology Kickstarter was successfully funded. For those who participated, you can look forward to new stories by Richard Lee Byers, Elaine Cunningham, Erin M. Evans, David Farland, Ed Greenwood and Michael A. Stackpole.
  • The upcoming Star Wars Trilogy book release now has a cover. The 688 page paperback will encompass all three original trilogy novelizations and will be out September 1, 2015.
  • You can check out a 60 page preview of Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden over on Penguin Random House’s official website. Just click on the book cover for the “Look Inside” option. It includes the first six chapters and one page of chapter seven. Dark Disciple will be out July 7th.
  • Jedi-Bibliothek has an update on upcoming book page numbers with some confirmation from Jennifer Heddle. It looks like Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars is going to be a lengthy novel running in at 560 pages.
  • As previously revealed, we’ll be getting a visual dictionary and an incredible cross sections book for The Force Awakens in December, but now we’ll also be getting a character anthology according to a new listing in edelweiss.

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Patrick McNee Passes

June 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Posted in News | 2 Comments
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the avengersThe dapper avenger Patrick McNee, has passed away at 93.  BBC reports that the actor died at home surrounded by his family.  Although he had a long and versatile acting career, McNee, along with Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel, is best known for the role of John Steed in the classic British spy show, The Avengers.

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Star Wars Insider: Sneak Preview Art

June 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Kindred Spirits is an original short prequel story to the novel Dark Disciple featuring Asajj Ventress and Lassa Rhayme, and written by author Christie Golden.  Insider issue #159 will be on sale July 21st.

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Podcasts in Review

June 25, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. It’s a shorter one as I’m catching up from my vacation last week, but we’ll be back in the swing of things next week.

80’s Reboot Overdrive Podcast: James Kahn Interview is a good one to listen to. James has been making the rounds lately with podcast interviews, and this one, while covering some familiar ground, also breaks into some new territory. It’s a good interview with good hosts, excellent sound quality and a lot of Goonies focus.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode 20 includes news highlights, Star Wars Weekends coverage with audio clips and interviews with Steve Blum and Daniel Logan, a special discussion on their ten favorite Star Wars musical moments, and a character discussion on Barriss Offee. Great episode.

Full of Sith: Episode CXIX is hosted by Mike and Bryan with special guest Holly Frey as they talk about legendary actor Christopher Lee who recently passed away. They cover a little bit of everything, from his role in Star Wars, to Lord of the Rings and his Hammer Films work. Entertaining as always, this is a good one to check out.

RebelForce Radio: Episode 6.19.2015 has Star Wars Weekends coverage with Jimmy Mac and Steve Glosson as they talk with James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Taylor Gray and Ray Park, do the RebelForce Radio listener meetup, recount their Star Tours and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular experiences and more. Definitely a fun episode to listen to.

Episode 6.12.2015 they cover some Star Wars book release dates, Jimmy discusses why he stopped reading Heir to the Jedi, they play Steve Glosson’s great Star Wars parody song of Nickleback’s “Rockstar”, they cover the upcoming mobile game Star Wars Uprising, the Han Solo bombshell from Marvel, and movie rumors. Lots of stuff packed into this one.

Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 82 features guest Kevin Reitzel for Star Wars Weekends #3 coverage then shifts to Christopher Lee highlights, history and audio clips. As a big fan of Christopher Lee, I really enjoyed this episode. From his early career to his upcoming, unreleased work, they cover it all. Highly recommend it, and it goes great with the Full of Sith Christopher Lee episode, so be sure to double up.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Back to the Future: Are We There Yet?

June 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous, News | Leave a comment
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According to Lexus, we are.

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Morgan Stanley: Not Bullish Enough on The Force Awakens?

June 24, 2015 at 10:38 am | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, News | Leave a comment
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The Force AwakensAccording to a report on Business Insider this morning, the investment firm Morgan Stanley is aware that their projected $1.95 Billion profit for The Force Awakens may not be bullish enough.

In a note to clients on Wednesday titled “Are We Bullish Enough on Star Wars?” Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne raises the firm’s outlook for what the seventh “Star Wars” installment will bring in at the box office.

Morgan Stanley’s “base case” breakdown assumes $650 million at the US box office and $1.3 billion internationally.

In 2014, Business Insider reported on the most fan-anticipated films of 2015, and the new Star Wars movie topped the list at number 1, with Jurassic World coming in at number 5.  With Jurassic World’s powerhouse box office, I’d say all bets are off when it comes to top box office projections.

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New Star Wars Comic Releases

June 24, 2015 at 5:17 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Out today from Marvel is some cover variants for the fourth printing of Darth Vader #2, the third printing of Darth Vader #3, the third printing of Darth Vader #4, and the fifth printing of Star Wars #2.

 

 

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Databurst From the 501st

June 24, 2015 at 4:56 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from June 24 to June 30th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

June 25

  • 70th Explorers Garrison will be in Cameron, MO for the Summer Reading Program Heroes event at Cameron Public Library from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.
  • Star Garrison will be in New Caney, TX for Tullis Library Comic Con.

June 26

  • Bloodfin Garrison will be in Indianapolis, IN for Indy Pop Con from June 26 to 28th.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Cheyenne, WY for the Relay for Life at South High School from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will be in Loughborough for the Holywell Primary Summer Fair from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and in Leicester for the Natwest T20 Blast at the Leicestershire County Cricket Club from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

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