Episode #46 – We’re Heading Back Up The Uncanny Valley

This week the guys are talking a little known SciFi movie that hit the cinemas a few of you may have seen… Rogue One (Spoilers from 01:17:00 – 01:24:45). Also all the news bits from last week like:

  • F8 of the Furious Tr4il3r.
  • Pacific Rim and Godzilla sequels get lacklustre title changes.
  • King’s Revival gets a Crowe.
  • The next Pirates movie gets Knight(ley)ed.
  • Incredibles 2 starts recording so we talk for too long about other Pixar movies.
  • The most TV reboots imaginable. Single White Female, Taken, Star Trek, The Honeymooners, How I Met Your Father, Riverdale, Foxy Brown, Ducktales etc.
  • Marco….Polo….Marco…Polo… I can’t find the $200m you lost. You’re Cancelled.
  • Amazon gets Sneaky with Pete.
  • Julia Roberts heads to TV while Taran Killam heads to Broadway.
  • F*ck this F*cking Universe gets an Ocean Master, Batflick News, and Gotham City Sirens might happen
  • Hugh Jackman gets paid less to make something more for Logan.

All of that plus the Weekend Watched and all of the usual tangents.

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Let’s Talk About The Newest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Yep, still in for this movie.

This is the second full trailer we’ve gotten for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and it’s still pretty damn good. I won’t lie and say that it didn’t give me chills like the first one did but it doesn’t have to.

The trailer that came out today is what we’d call the “story trailer”, the trailer that tells the audience the basic story after they’ve presumably seen the “hype trailer”. Here we find out more about Jyn’s back story and connection to both the Empire and the Rebellion.

Don’t get me wrong though, this trailer still has a ton of awesome footage to unpack. Let’s not waste any more time and Let’s Talk About The Newest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer:
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Episode #31 – Stranger Things Have Happened

We swear one day Ryan is coming back but until then we’ll have some great guests. Like this week, The Lady makes her return to the Hollywood Picture News to discuss Stranger Things Season 1 and what’s in store for Season 2. 

She and Loren also talked some news bits like:

  • Amy Pond plays board games with Rock Johnson and Kevin Hart.
  • Demi Moore and Colton Haynes Rock That Body and it’s probably not as sexy as it sounds.
  • Orson Krennic makes Galen Erso do some bad stuff. Don’t worry, those names will make sense soon.
  • CBS tests All Access with a Fall Big Brother and will go commercial free. 
  • Supergirl gets a warm welcome to the CW and tries to warm Metallo’s kryptonite heart.
  • So much talk about Barb. Riverdale, Squirelgirl, other things. 
  • Netflix doubles down on the science shows with Bill Nye and the former Mythbusters Build Team.
  • We “Discover” (get it?) new information about Star Trek.
  • Bat-fleck teases a villain for his movie that comes out in like 2 years. 
  • Gotham season three sounds exactly how you think it would. 
  • And Happy Hogan isn’t the only “Shocker” of a casting note for Spider-Man: Homecoming

All that plus a couple of tangents.

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Episode #28 – We’re Cool For the Summer

This week we’re talking about how this Summer Movie season was kind of a let down. We liked a couple things but over all, not the best. Also, an open letter was written to Warner Bros. executives so you know we got in on some of that.

All that plus news like:

  • That Rogue One trailer we’ve been waiting for.
  • Is Lando a real DonGlover?
  • Carl Drogo is Eric Draven.
  • Whatever Awkwafina is will be in Ocean’s 8.
  • Cartoons from your childhood are still being turned into movies.
  • Sequels to Bad Boys but maybe not Men Black, 21 Jump Street, or Ghostbusters.
  • NBC-ya later to some SNL cast members.
  • Tons of Star Trek: Discovery info, a week after we needed it.
  • Another week, another huge amount of DCCW news.
  • Can your TV handle DeNiro and Moore?
  • We bet you’ll never guess who the villain is in Aquaman.
  • Shazam will be part of the JLA, maybe.
  • Doctor Strange is a real magic man.
  • Capt. Marvel is not the Green Lantern, stop asking.
  • And we get to Tinker a bit in Spider-Man: Homecoming. 
  • All that, plus the usual tangents.

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Let’s Talk About The NEW “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Trailer

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again,  AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!1!One!!!!ExclamationPoint!!

That’s a damn good trailer. It’s no secret that 75% of the staff here at The Hollywood Picture News is really excited for this movie. (I’m looking at you Rick). Not only is it the first theatrical release to not directly deal with the Skywalker family, it also apparently has a much darker tone, it being more of a war movie after all. We get an actual sense of the universe the Rebel Alliance is dealing with in A New Hope and it’s not a nice place.

After seeing the teaser a few months ago and the costumes and character descriptions at Star Wars Celebration Europe we finally get a full trailer and let me just say I am SUPER in for this movie.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Rogue One Original Movie Costumes

Hey guys! Loren checking in from beautiful, sunny, London England (it rains here like once a day)!

Even though it’s only the first day of Star Wars Celebration Europe, it’s already let me check out some totally amazing stuff. The coolest of which might have been the Costumes and Props exhibit from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Here’s what they had on display:

Rogue One Costumes

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Let’s Talk About The New Star Wars: Rogue One Teaser

Once again let me get this out of the way so we can get into it:  AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!1!One!!!!ExclamationPoint!!   *Ahem* Better.

I’ll get into the actual breakdown in just a minute, but first I just want to say how exciting it is to get a new Star Wars movie that (as of right now) doesn’t have anything to do with the Skywalker story. I love the world that George Lucas created and between Star Wars Rebels and this we’re starting to really open it up. Even though this (and Rebels) take place just before the events of A New Hope and are about the start of the rebellion they feel fresh and, I don’t know, bigger than the galaxy we’ve been dealing with for 7 previous films and other tv series.

And let’s not sleep on the fact we’re getting what looks like another super badass lady in the leading role. I always felt that Padmé left something to be desired in terms of being a character, but between Rey and Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, I feel like we’re getting back on the path that Leia started us on.

I love the look and feel that we get from this teaser too. It’s heavy and dark but without being Grimdark like our much maligned DCEU. This looks like a war has been raging and the people have been beaten and oppressed for too long. It’s time for rebellion.

Without further ado, here’s a brief rundown of what we saw in this teaser:

  • It all starts with that familiar score.
  • We see Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso in handcuffs being escorted through a rebel base. Why the handcuffs? What did she do to get her “arrested” by the rebellion?
  • Those dumb looking rebel helmets are back!
  • Overdubbed list of Jyn’s crimes. Including: Forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.
  • While her crimes are being listed we get a great shot of the interior of the rebel base with troops running about, droids (GONK!) and even an X-Wing. Is this the base on Dantooine or maybe Yavin-4?
  • Next we have our first shot of Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma. Standing in front of her glowing star map. It’s pretty much the only place she ever is.
  • A quick shot of Diego Luna’s unknown character as Mon Mothma says that Jyn is reckless and undisciplined. Will he be the love interest? Will there be a love interest? It’d be pretty great if there wasn’t one. No time for love Doctor (Felicity) Jones.
  • Jyn being a badass and taking out a group of Stormtroopers as she’s saying to Mon Mothma, “This is a rebellion isn’t it? I rebel.” Mothma smiles. F*ck yeah!
  • Jyn is told of her mission to gather intel on a new super weapon, as we see the focusing dish placed onto the first Death Star while it absolutely dwarfs a couple star destroyers. People will now complain that we’re getting another Death Star, completely missing the point that this is a prequel. The world will keep turning.
  • We hear an alarm going off at the rebel base as the troops scramble. We get our first full shot of Diego Luna running beside Jyn.
  • Next we get an absolutely stunning shot of Ben Mendelsohn’s Imperial character in a white uniform with a long white cape. Rad. After doing a little internet digging it may be that he’s part of the ISB (Imperial Security Bureau) or maybe it’s a Grand Admiral uniform like the former EU character Thrawn.
  • We get a shot of storm troopers patrolling a city (Lothal?) and the feeling that Empire has gotten control of every nook and cranny in the galaxy.
  • We see Forest Whitaker’s character walking through a pipe/entrance. He gets voiceover now asking someone, “What will you do when they catch you?”
  • Shadow Troopers!!!
  • A group of rebel pilots are shown in Imperial custody.
  • Jyn and Luna are running through an Imperial base perhaps with a droid. The stormtroopers are scrambled. Some might be camouflaged.
  • We’re treated to the badassery of Donnie Yen space samurai-ing (it’s a thing) a group of Storm Troopers.
  • Next there’s a large beach battle with a shuttle blowing up, and troopers shooting at rebels.
  • We see Mendelsohn’s character trailing his dope cape in the water (that shit’ll stain dude) walking up to the battle aftermath with dead Storm Troopers in the water.
  • A cloaked figure enters a room with Crimson Guard members and kneels. Is this Vader? Maybe an Inquisitor type character that’s going to speak to Vader? Maybe this is Mads Mikkelsen’s character, but I thought I read that he was a member of the squad. I may have the most questions about this one shot. 
  • Next we see the squadron running down the same beach from before but being shot at by new (old) and frankly scarier looking AT-ATs.
  • This is all over dubbed with Forest Whitaker’s character saying “If you continue to fight, what will you become.” Closing on a shot of Jyn in a Tie Pilot/Death Star trooper uniform.
  • The last thing we see/hear is the title card with a very cool mash up of the Light Side theme and the Imperial March.

And that’s it, a fantastic trailer that leaves me a bit breathless. I might be more excited for this movie than I am for Episode VIII. What about you guys? Let us know in the comments what you think about this teaser.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in December in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.

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