venerdì 28 novembre 2014

How The “Star Wars” Teaser Awakens Excitement In People Who Thought They Were Over It

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The trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel is careful not to show glimpses of familiar characters, but it feels like a calculated throwback just the same.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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"Dude, come here, you're going to want to see this."

My kid pulled his face cheek-to-cheek with mine and I tapped the phone screen to hit play. He had just spent hours yesterday on a long cross-country flight watching Star Wars: Rebels, fully engrossed in Darth Squizzle or Crash Bandicoot or whoever these new cartoon characters were that existed in some vaguely canonical but unrecognizable corner of the galaxy, and 88 seconds later — not that anyone was counting — it was over and he walked away and did something else. By the time The Force Awakens comes out next year, he will be the same age I was when Star Wars came out; this movie and its ensuing franchise onslaught are, I thought, literally made for him. But buying wholly into that might be a bit of a defense mechanism.

Certainly J.J. Abrams could have poured it on by dramatically revealing familiar faces, and the internet would have broken in ways Paper magazine could only have dreamed of. Leading with new faces, even in a teaser like this, is a statement unto itself that he's not going for the easy nostalgia. Rather, the teaser is a dog whistle in more subtle ways: the orange of the desert, the dirt and rust on an X-wing, and more crucially, the howl of the TIE fighters and the swelling of the John Williams score, which apparently can raise goose bumps by merely typing a reference to it. The final moment of the trailer is not an image, but the distinctive hum of a lightsaber.

These are more powerful cues than faces, and they're hopelessly embedded in the DNA of people of a certain age who maybe think they should know better. The ease of these cues' effectiveness is nothing short of embarrassing; Abrams knows the power of what he's holding and knows to only dole out a drop of it for now. Making two Star Trek movies prepared him for navigating a fully mobilized geek gauntlet, but that may not have brought the same baggage that this does. We can grow up and grow old and think ourselves past certain things, then the whoosh of a fake laser sword pulls us inescapably back, like some sort of giant totemic emotional — oh fuck it, it's like a tractor beam.

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POLL: What Do You Think About The New Lightsaber In "Star Wars"?

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It’s got a crossguard, and people have thoughts on that.

There is a new Star Wars trailer, and there is a new light saber.

There is a new Star Wars trailer , and there is a new light saber.

It has a hilt.

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The Best Of The Internet's Reactions To The New "Star Wars" Trailer

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May the lols be with you.

On Friday the moment we've all been waiting for finally arrived: The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally unveiled.

On Friday the moment we've all been waiting for finally arrived: The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally unveiled .

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The "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Trailer Is Here

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Internet, you may break now.

Brace yourself.

You can also watch the trailer on the iTunes website.

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How A Big Change In "Mockingjay – Part 1" Will Affect "Part 2"

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The filmmakers behind the final Hunger Games movies talk to BuzzFeed News about Katniss’ motivation and how dark the climactic film will be. WARNING: ALL OF THE SPOILERS ahead.

Warning: The following story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.

Warning: The following story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2 .

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

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Fans of Suzanne Collins' novel Mockingjay have likely recognized several significant changes in the feature film adaptation The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD): Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) clearly takes a more active role in the revolution against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Captiol; Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), MIA for most of the book, is brought back into the main story; President Coin (Julianne Moore) and District 13 aren't immediately as ominous a presence as they are in the book; and the film itself ends roughly halfway through the book, with the rescue of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) from the Capitol and the discovery that he had been brainwashed (or "hijacked") into an assassin to kill Katniss.

There is another change, however, that could make arguably the biggest impact in the final film of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay – Part 2: Katniss does not demand to kill Snow.

In Collins' novel, it is one of Katniss' key stipulations to Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) before she agrees to take on the role of the symbolic Mockingjay in the rebellion against the Capitol. In the film, however, Katniss' list of demands includes no mention of Snow at all.

The reason, according to the filmmakers, had to do with the decision to break Mockingjay into two movies, and allow each film to have a clear objective.

"That's probably one of the biggest changes in the splitting of the book," director Francis Lawrence told BuzzFeed News. "The way that you can tell the two stories, for us, is that each story has its own dramatic question, has its own objective. In this one, Katniss is finally taking on the role as the symbol of the revolution and starting to step up and fight back. But the dramatic question is: Will we get Peeta back? … Part 2 is: Let's go get Snow."

Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

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When asked about this specific change, the Hunger Games team became wary of wading into tricky spoiler-filled waters for Mockingjay – Part 2 — Katniss' desire to kill Snow in the book has some surprising ramifications, to say the least. "For people who don't know the books, then I don't want to spoil that for them," producer Nina Jacobson told BuzzFeed News. "But … we wanted to let Katniss arrive [at the demand to kill Snow] a little bit more gradually. What's happened to Peeta informs that demand."

Even beyond the main objective to take out Snow, the second half of Collins' novel presents a far darker climax than most blockbuster franchises ever dare to go. And that is exactly why Lawrence wanted to direct the Mockingjay movies. "I went in saying, 'I want to make the books. I don't want to reinvent,'" he said. "There's always adaptation, because you have to take something from the page … and make it cinematic and visual. So there will always be some change. But I wasn't looking to reinvent."

At the same time, it sounds like the Mockingjay – Part 2 team also worked to be sure the film will not be just wall-to-wall bleakness and gloom. "We knew it was dark, and we looked at what wasn't dark, and really paid a lot of attention to it," screenwriter Peter Craig told BuzzFeed News. "Part of it is there's a lot of affection between the characters that you can't always show in moments where they're fighting in arenas, or when they're separated from each other. There's a love story that's emerging between Katniss and Peeta that is actually really, really sweet at its core. There's all these characters that have been reunited and genuinely care for each other."

If the main objective of Part 2 is "Let's go get Snow," then that conceit of characters reconnecting with each other — literally and figuratively — appears to be the film's emotional spine. "I feel like you can have darkness if you've got some redemption at the center of it," said Craig. "[Mockingjay – Part 2] is really completely about redemption, and all these people forgiving each other, and finding each other again. It might take you through a thicket, but you come out the other side."


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64 Reasons Growing Up At Hogwarts Ruins You For Life

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“The stories we love live in us forever.” –J.K. Rowling

Because you’ll never forget the first time you saw it.

Because you’ll never forget the first time you saw it.

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Because the journey there was one of the best parts.

Because the journey there was one of the best parts.

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Because everywhere you look is breathtaking.

Because everywhere you look is breathtaking.

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Because you'll never tire of the Great Hall.

Because you'll never tire of the Great Hall.

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Watch These Grandparents Cluelessly Play "Call Of Duty" For The First Time

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n00bs.

YouTube channel REACT have posted a hilarious video of grandparents reacting to playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Some where overwhelmed by their characters.

Some where overwhelmed by their characters.

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Where some were not impressed.

Where some were not impressed.

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Then it became time to jump into the action.

Then it became time to jump into the action.

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How Well Do You Know Benedict Cumberbatch?

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The Penguins of Madagascar and The Imitation Game star reveals to BuzzFeed News everything from how he takes his tea to which mispronunciation of his name is his favorite.

LINK: Related: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Completely Random Opinion On Totally Random Things

16 Perfect Gifts Every Fan Of "The Hobbit" Should Own

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Go ahead, satisfy your inner Gollum with a little self-gifting.

Bag End Hobbit Hole Door Locket

Bag End Hobbit Hole Door Locket

Be sure to keep this necklace far from the Sackville-Bagginses, who still very much desires to own Bag End!

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The Hobbit Secret Safe Book

The Hobbit Secret Safe Book

This is the perfect spot for your small treasures and mementos from your own adventures. The interior is lined with Thrór's Map and has a magnetic closure so your secrets won't slip out. More Tolkien Secret Safe Books here.

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Bilbo's Contract

Bilbo's Contract

Handcrafted (meaning, hand-lettered with a calligraphy pen, stitched by hand, and dripped with real wax by hand!), by calligrapher and artist Daniel Reeve, who made the iconic original contract used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this is an absolutely authentic prop replica.

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Hobbit Beer

Hobbit Beer

Meet the Fish Tale Brewpub lineup of Hobbit Beers:

Gollum Precious Pils
A strong imperial pils that's as tough and determined as Gollum himself.

Smaug Stout
Styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, it has a subtle dosing of Habanero chili's to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting you in your journey to The Lonely Mountain.

Bolg Belgian Style Tripel
An Orc chieftain who ruled for 150 years, Bolg would drink his grog of choice and no one would tell him otherwise – a flavorful strong Belgium Tripel.

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martedì 25 novembre 2014

If Hermione Granger Had Instagram

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#TBT to that time I turned myself into a cat.

When she's reminiscing:

When she's reminiscing:

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When she's fangirling:

When she's fangirling:

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When she's feeling sentimental:

When she's feeling sentimental:

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And when she's sharing her style:

And when she's sharing her style:

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Did You Know The IMDB Rating For "Spinal Tap" Goes Up To 11?

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Best IRL easter egg ever.

So if you've never looked up This Is Spinal Tap on IMDB, you might not have noticed this adorable nod to the movie.

So if you've never looked up This Is Spinal Tap on IMDB, you might not have noticed this adorable nod to the movie.

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The rating goes all the way up to 11!

The rating goes all the way up to 11!

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Unfortunately you can't actually give it 11 stars :(

Unfortunately you can't actually give it 11 stars :(

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But we all know what the true rating is in our hearts.

But we all know what the true rating is in our hearts.

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The Hardest Buffy The Vampire Slayer Quiz You'll Ever Take

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Can you stand against the questions, the trivia, and the forces of darkness?

The First Image For Next "Sherlock" Episode Has Now Been Released

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have never looked so dapper, even if part of Benedict’s shoulder is missing.

And my word what an image it is.

And my word what an image it is.

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But the image is really odd if you look at it closely.

But the image is really odd if you look at it closely.

Part of Benedict Cumberbatch's shoulder is missing. REPEAT. IT IS MISSING.

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It also raises many questions.

It also raises many questions.

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"Wonder Woman" Movie Lands "Breaking Bad" Director Michelle MacLaren

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MacLaren, who has also directed episodes of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead , will be the first female director of a DC Comics superhero movie.

Michelle MacLaren

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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She is also developing the screenplay with producers Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, and Deborah Snyder, with Gal Gadot playing the title superhero after first appearing as Wonder Woman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This film has a planned release date of June 23, 2017. (The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.)

With MacLaren officially taking the director's chair, Warner Bros.' upcoming slate of DC Comics superhero movies continues to break new ground in diversity both in front of and behind the camera. She will be the first female director of a DC Comics superhero movie ever, and Wonder Woman will be the first female-centric superhero movie of the current "golden age" of comic book films, which unofficially commenced with the launch of rival Marvel Studios in 2008. (Marvel Studios will release their own female-centric superhero film, Captain Marvel, in 2018.) Warner Bros. was also the first to announce a superhero film with a black lead (Cyborg, in 2020), and the first to cast an out actor in a lead role (Ezra Miller for The Flash in 2018).


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lunedì 24 novembre 2014

18 Feels Only Fangirls Feel

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*clutches chest*

A deep and personal connection whichever to god gave us Chris Evans.

A deep and personal connection whichever to god gave us Chris Evans.

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The deep satisfaction that you're only a sonic screwdriver and a TARDIS away from taking over the world.

The deep satisfaction that you're only a sonic screwdriver and a TARDIS away from taking over the world.

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FOMO.

FOMO.

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"X-Men: Apocalypse" Has Found Its Main Villain

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It’s Oscar Isaac!

Oscar Isaac

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Which "Harry Potter" Creature Are You?

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Are you more of a creature or Kreacher?

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Woody Harrelson Only Recently Realized That Liam Hemsworth And Chris Hemsworth Are Brothers

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“Honestly, never put that together.”

Last year, in an interview for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Woody Harrelson had a hilarious realization about his co-star. Watch how it all went down.

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How Cersei Lannister Are You?

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You yelled, “More wine!” just last night…

Is your resting bitchface channeling Cersei's?

Is your resting bitchface channeling Cersei's?

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How The "Hunger Games" Team Brought "Mockingjay – Part 1" From The Page To The Screen

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Director Francis Lawrence, screenwriter Peter Craig, and producer Nina Jacobson spoke to BuzzFeed News about adapting the final installment of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling franchise. MAJOR SPOILERS!

Warning: The following story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Warning: The following story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 .

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

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When screenwriter and author Peter Craig (The Town) first got the call about adapting Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel Mockingjay — the culmination of the wildly popular Hunger Games series about reluctant revolutionary Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) — into two feature films, he dropped the phone.

His shock could have been due to the daunting task of transforming Collins' darkest and most psychological novel into a global commercial blockbuster, or having to artificially split the book's narrative into two franchise-extending movies. Instead, the reason was much more straightforward.

"I have daughters," he told BuzzFeed News in his first major interview about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which opened worldwide this weekend. "Both [are] massive fans. Like, my oldest daughter actually took up archery — a crazed Katniss fan, basically." Before his first meeting with the film's producers to pitch himself for the job, Craig even ran one of his ideas — breaking from Collins' book to depict part of the Panem rebellion in the lumber-generating District 7 — by his daughter's carpool. "They were really into it. 'Yeah yeah yeah, Dad, do the tree thing!'"

Producers Jon Kilik, Nina Jacobson, author Suzanne Collins, and screenwriter Peter Craig at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 on Nov. 17, 2014.

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His daughters steered him in the right direction. Craig got the job as Mockingjay's primary screenwriter, when Danny Strong (Lee Daniels' The Butler) moved on after writing the first drafts. And Craig's idea about District 7 was just the first of several significant changes from Collins' book that he integrated into the films, along with director Francis Lawrence (who also helmed the second film in the franchise, Catching Fire), producer Nina Jacobson (who first optioned the rights to Collins' novel), and Collins herself.

Craig, Lawrence, and Jacobson recently spoke to BuzzFeed News in a series of phone interviews about the complicated process of adapting Mockingjay – Part 1 — meaning that the rest of this story contains several MAJOR SPOILERS for the film, even for those who have read Collins' novel.


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