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E-Mails Between Master & Padawan About Ahsoka’s Decision

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By Ashley Eckstein | March 6, 2013

By now, I’m sure you’ve all had a chance to digest what happened in the Season Five finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was very emotional and like I teased all season long, I’m sure you now have more questions than answers about what happened and what’s going to happen next.

Imagine being in my position, having to keep this a secret for so long! The suspense has been killing me! We recorded these last four episodes a year ago and I was definitely shocked when Dave Filoni told me that Ahsoka was going to walk away from the Jedi Order. It took me awhile to digest this news and I clearly remember, like it was yesterday, when it finally hit me that Ahsoka’s life and my life was changing forever. Dave Filoni sent me an email about recording the final scene with Matt Lanter. The word “final” hit me like a ton of bricks. We’ve been recording The Clone Wars for seven years now. I’ve grown extremely fond of my time in the recording studio, especially getting to record the scenes between Anakin and Ahsoka with Matt. They had become routine, commonplace and when I realized that the final scene of the season was the final scene with Ahsoka and Anakin, it broke my heart. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that change.

I immediately emailed Dave back with several questions so I could understand WHY? In order to give the emotional performance needed for the final episode, I needed to get inside Ahsoka’s head. His answers were amazing and I wanted to share them with you just in case you have some of the same questions I did.
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A Padawan’s Journal: Ooo, Shiny

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By Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff | March 7, 2013

I sometimes hear writers whine about questions they hate to answer.

For example: “If one more person asks me where I get my ideas, I’ll scream! (I’m gonna say they’re delivered by stork.)”

Or: “I’ll strangle the next fan who asks ‘Why did you have your character do X? (Blame it on my unhappy childhood.)”

Or: “How am I supposed to describe my writing process? It’s ART, for criminy sake! I sacrifice a fatted reader to the gods of creativity and Snoopy dance under a full moon.)”

I am puzzled by this whining because these are all questions I’m perfectly happy to answer. Repeatedly.
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The Lex Luthor Story Trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us

GameRevolution has your first look at the new Lex Luthor Story Trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us. Check it out in the player below!
“Gods Among Us” debuts as a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Solomon Grundy, Superman, Lex Luthor, The Flash, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Bane, Catwoman, Shazam, the Joker, and more. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on April 16 in North America and April 19 in Europe.

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Joss Whedon Calls Planet Hulk Rumors Nonsense

Source: IGN
March 5, 2013

About a month ago, the rumors began to circulate that the ending of The Avengers sequel would see the Hulk being abandoned in space and would be followed by a solo Hulk film inspired by the “Planet Hulk” storyline. Many have already disputed the legitimacy of these rumors, but the ultimate source on its truth has spoken, The Avengers 2 writer and director Joss Whedon.

When asked about the rumors in an interview with IGN, Whedon said, “Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.”

Straight from the horse’s mouth, no dice on “Planet Hulk,” sorry folks. Whedon would in fact know because he already has an outline written for The Avengers sequel and says the script should be done in a few months.

The Avengers 2 will hit theaters on May 1, 2015, and while the cast is currently unconfirmed, its very likely to again include Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.




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Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III – Am I really the only person who does not absolutely hate them?

With all the Star Wars Talk going on as of late I am seeing a resurgence of the bashing that follows the prequel trilogy, and for the record – yes they were bad, yes that had flaws, and yes they cursed us with the knowledge that Jar-Jar Binks is now part of our Star Wars collective consciousness – BUT IT IS STILL STAR WARS!!! I think the beating they have gotten if far worse than they deserve.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Production Budget: $115,000,000.
Domestic Total Gross: $431,088,295
Domestic Lifetime Gross: $474,544,677

Flaws: An awful introduction of Anakin Skywalker, An attempt to explain The Force using “science” (Midichlorians), FUCKING JAR-JAR BINKS, Underuse of Darth Maul, terrible dialog, and too much focus on the special effects juggernaut that was the pod races.

Strengths: Liam Neeson as Quai Gon Jin, Ewan McGregor as a fucking fantastic young Obi Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala, and some of the BEST saber fights that have ever been brought to the big screen.
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Sinister 2 In The Works

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By Author: Kristy Puchko, 2013-03-01 14:45:02

Producing horror movies on micro-budgets has proven good business for Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the Paranormal Activity franchise. Last fall they debuted the slick mystery horror story Sinister. The $3 million dollar movie from Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill not only won rave reviews from critics, but also earned a whopping $77 million worldwide. So, it’s no surprise that Blumhouse is looking to build a new franchise from this solid base.

Deadline reports Derrickson and Cargill, who wrote the first film together, are back on board for the sequel as writers. Derrickson will also produce, and is in talks to return to the directors chair. As to cast that might return (spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Sinister), it wouldn’t make sense for Ethan Hawke to return, though it seems likely we’d see little Clare Foley again in some capacity. No details are being dropped on where the sequel might lead, but based on the first film, it’s pretty easy to guess.

Again, spoilers ahead, but really, if you haven’t seen Sinister, I don’t know why you’d be reading this.

Anyhow, in Sinister, Hawke starred as Ellison Oswalt, a formerly famous true crime novelist in desperate need of another hit book. So, he moves his family to another town with a savage and unsolved murder mystery. Moreover, he moves them into the house of the victims. Trying to uncover what happened to the family who was mercilessly murdered where his now lives, Oswalt uncovers a ghostly serial killer who torments families into fleeing to a new home…then invades once more to kill them. It creates a ghastly pattern that was completed in the film’s final act, leaving the Oswalt home vacant, and ready for its next unwitting victims.

Looking back, it’s obvious Derrickson and Cargill left themselves a door to a possible franchise. Of course more of the same won’t be good enough for horror fans the second go ’round. But I’m not worried. The first film showed both of these writers to have a deep respect for the horror genre as well as an intriguing and sick imagination. So, I’m confident that with this sequel they’ll take the opportunity to dig deeper, and show us something freshly terrifying.

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Joe Wright To Direct Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Originally published at 2013-03-01 00:58:21
Author: Nick Venable

Even though we’ll probably never see a proper Sandman film, fans of author Neil Gaiman have been pretty spoiled in recent years, with Stardust, Mirrormask and Coraline adaptations all getting time on the big screen, as well as Beowulf, which he wrote the screenplay for. With the upcoming HBO production ofAmerican Gods still not cancelled or postponed, and Ron Howard’s name attached to The Graveyard Book, it looks like 2014 will be another banner year for the clever Brit.

As if those weren’t enough, Deadline reports Gaiman’s upcoming novelThe Ocean at the End of the Lane has already found a home with Focus Features and Playtone, the production company owned by Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman. Carrying on the Gaiman adaptation trend of acquiring great directors, Joe Wright, responsible for drama such as Anna Karenina and Atonement, is attached to direct.

Considering the recent success Goetzman and Hanks have had lately, with the award-winning political miniseries Game Change and the award-winning post-apocalyptic web series The Electric City, Gaiman’s involvement will only solidify Playtone’s ability to balance reality-based fiction with imaginative fantasy.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, like most Gaiman works, is a multi-layered tale full of darkness and redemption. I can’t say it any better than the publisher can, so here’s their description:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duck pond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac — as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.

The book was already highly anticipated, but this just ratcheted things up a few levels.The Ocean at the End of the Lane hits bookstores on June 18, 2013.

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Gary Oldman Joins Cast Of ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel

The great Gary Oldman has joined the cast of Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.Oldman will play a character named Dreyfus, who is the leader of the human resistance after the apes take over control of power from people.

The actor has of course starred in a list of great movies playing a bunch of great characters, last being seen in The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless and with the RoboCop remake up next. He joins a cast that already includes Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road, Paranorman), William Clarke, and of course, Andy Serkis.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), and is currently slated for release on May 23, 2014.

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The M Cluster Discusses The Incredibles

The Incredibles is at the top of my list of favorite animated movies, but on reflecting on the film – the animation has very little to do with it. Anyone who knows anything about my interests know that I am fascinated with the idea of what superheroes do in their off time – or more to the point – when they are not being “super.”

The story begins with a very humanizing reel that immediately has you identifying with the Supers as people and not just the larger than life figures. We learn that they have lives outside of saving the day and that they think about things like life, love and family. We also learn that they are not immune to the monotonies of life – like having to do the grocery shopping. On the surface this seems like just a nostalgic look on the lives of the supers. The reality is that this sets up the entire tone of the story – and it is a really great story.

We then switch gears to the golden days of the supers where we see them in their prime, saving the day, catching the bad guys – but they do this in between the course of their normal days activities, again underscoring the idea that these heroes are people first. In my opinion, what makes this story great is the fact that it is about the people and not about the powers.

This is shown when a civilian sees an opportunity to take advantage of the Supers heroic acts and sues Mr. Incredible for saving his life. The character spits the phrase “You didn’t save my life you ruined my death!” – highlighting the selfish and darker side of human nature.

“You didn’t save my life you ruined my death!”
Fast forward to the present of the film and we are following the life of Mr. & Mrs. Incredible (Elastigirl) and the family they have started. We see them trying to fit in to a non-super life: working a mundane job, raising a family, and dealing with school life. This is the real genius of this film and what makes the life of the characters so relatable. We are watching the struggles of a family wrapped in the excitement of a super hero film.

The Pixar animators constructed a universe where if the Supers were real, these scenarios would not only plausible but likely. Director Brad Bird and his production staff gave us characters, stories, visuals and dialog which are nothing short of – well, Incredible! (Insert theme music here)

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Deus Ex Adaptation Will Be A Cyberpunk Movie, Not Just A Video Game Movie

Originally posted at by Nick Venable

Think back a couple of years, before Battleship went into production, when the rights a host of board games were snatched up by Hollywood production companies assumed the movie-going population would want to spent two hours of their lives watching a haphazard plot thrown onto a popular game. Twenty years of mostly critically-panned video game adaptations, and some people thought that problem could be easily solved by severely simplifying the source material. Luckily, filmmakers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill– who last teamed up for the horror film Sinister– are going the opposite route, taking on one of the more morally and physically complicated video games out there. Just don’t call it a video game adaptation.

For an interview with Crave Online, Derrick son and Cargill spend a lot of time talking about their upcoming Deus Ex film, taking every opportunity possible to reaffirm their chief philosophy: “We’re not making a video game movie; we’re making a cyberpunk movie.” Their take on the game’s third entry Deux Ex: Human Revolution is “moving like a rocket,” but the duo continually stress that their approach was not to rehash the entire game, but to flesh it out to include elements unavailable within the gaming world, all while keeping it grounded in reality. A cyberpunk reality.

Wisely avoiding films like Johnny Mnemonic and New Rose Hotel, Derrickson and Cargill namecheck films like District 9, Looper and Inception as inspirations for how to cloak extremely high-concept science fiction in every day realism. Derrickson calls them “all movies that took certain familiar science fiction methodologies and turned them upside-down…Those are all things you’ve seen a dozen bad versions of, and a dozen decent versions of that.” They want to break free from the Blade Runner and Matrix curses that “aren’t really cyberpunk films but they are so iconic and so insurmountable.” With Deus Ex, even though they aren’t able to showcase the vast open world of the game, the duo are confident that their non-traditional storytelling and aesthetics will win people over.

Admittedly, while cyberpunk is an amazingly original genre, it’s a term that might not strike film fans of all ages as the most approachable. But then most of science fiction appears that way at first, and a film’s quality will often bring in the audiences no matter what the subject matter. Considering Derrickson and Cargill combined on the spooky-but-empty horror film Sinister, while Derrickson was behind the mostly awful The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, maybe we should keep our skepticism at close hand. Possessions and evil monsters hidden in celluloid don’t make the easiest transition to secret societies and biotechnological warfare.

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