Aside from #Turkey and #BlackFriday, the interwebs were a blaze this holiday weekend with an equally searched for and buzzed about search: the official Star Wars Ep. VII teaser. Sure, you could see all 88 glorious seconds in a handful of theaters around the country, but it really got a fire strom of attention when it was released online.
Rumor had it that the trailer picked up more than 4 million views in 72 hours.
In case you need some perspective as to why a new Star Wars is huge news, wrap your head around this. The Force Awakens will be the first new SW film in which fans have no idea what to expect. Now we can speculate all we want, but the fact that no one one has anything to base the story on (save for the handful stars reprising their iconic roles) is perhaps the most exciting part of this whole new trilogy.
J.J. Abrams (who, in case you forgot, did a smashing job rebooting Star Trek) has taken the helm for this massive, and long-awaited follow-up to Return of the Jedi and it’s hopeful he’ll give film fans the greatest Christmas present of this century.
Now that’s all well and good but don’t be blinded by the awesomeness (or rather lack of) lens flares. As good as the trailer looked, it wasn’t the only noteworthy trailer in the last week or so.
If you by chance partook of too much pie, shopping or napping, and missed the likes of many upcoming titles, like Matthew Vaughn’s return to the world of comics (which seems to be his calling if you ask us), then enjoy this little catch all we put together. Hold on to your butts!
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
A recovering gambling addict finds work providing protection to his friends.
A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
Dave Skylark has landed the Interview of a lifetime as they head to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) and starring Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The First Avenger), Taron Egerton (The Smoke, Lewis) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises). Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Finally, for no other reason than because it’s funny and true (well, let’s hope not), some brilliant and diligent SW fans cobbled this little “Lucas version” of the Ep. VII teaser as if seen through the eyes of one George Lucas. It’s everything you’d expect and more…
This is just a small sampling of why (except for The Interview of course) 2015 is going to be a banner year for cinema.