Forest Whitaker began his acting career at 21 in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and nearly four decades into his career has a filmography that stretches into triple digits. The 6’2 actor has made a career out of gentle, and not so gentle giant roles, both starring and supporting. Whitaker’s career got out to a fast start in the 1980s with roles in films like Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, and The Color of Money, but stalled as Whitaker’s penchant for doing a tremendous amount of projects has littered his resume with some of the biggest bombs in recent memory (Battlefield Earth anyone?). His career got back on track in the 2000s when he became the fourth African-American (after Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx) to win Best Actor for his role as the African dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He also became part of the Star Wars and MCU franchises, and continues to be one of the hardest working actors in the business. Continue reading Forest Whitaker’s 10 Best Movies→
The Killing Time Community has spoken, and our favorite character from Star Wars: Rebels is everyone’s favorite explosive-obsessed Mandalorian: Sabine Wren. Voting was neck and neck with Sabine, and the show’s two Jedi: Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger (who finished in a tie for second place) the whole month. Tying for fifth were the two Rebels we know for sure will survive the show’s final season (as they both have cameos in Rogue One): Captain Hera Syndulla and Chopper.
Grand Admiral Thrawn was the only villain originating from the show to get any votes. Its proximity to A New Hope has allowed the show to use classic villains like Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, and-of course-Darth Maul. Sabine’s win continues a trend of awesome, well-written female characters that have emerged during Disney’s stewardship of Star Wars, and the galaxy far, far away is far better for it.
The fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels can be seen on Disney XD. Thanks for voting, and we’ll have a new poll up in a bit.
This month marks the premiere of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels. The show, which continued in many ways on from the six seasons of Star Wars: Clone Wars, marks a decade in animation bridging the gap between the prequels and the original trilogy. Many characters (Ahsoka, Rex, Hondo, etc.) that were introduced in Star Wars: Clone Wars have had big parts to play in Rebels, but who is your favorite character introduced into canon during Rebels’ run? This includes fan favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn, the main adversary for the back half of the series (Thrawn was introduced in the novels, but made ex communicado by the rebooting of the EU; Rebels reintroduced him into the canon). Continue reading POLL: Favorite Character from Star Wars: Rebels?→
Hero Fan Productions is a channel you MUST be following on YouTube. A week ago, I shared their video “The Last”, which depicts Luke Skywalker’s journey through Episode IV to the trailer to Episode VIII (click here if you missed it). In “The Chosen One”, HFP looks at Luke’s father, Anakin, from Episodes I-VI (and Rogue One) plus footage from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Vader’s legacy still loomed large over his family in Episode VII. Even 30 years after his death, Anakin’s fall was still dividing and hurting his family, the irony being that it was the mad protection of his family that drove him from them into the arms of the Dark Side. Everyone has their own view on the Prequels, but the information provided from them (mostly from Episode III and the 10 years of animated series) makes Vader’s story even more tragic. The notions of “balance to the force” and “the chosen one” appear to be something that we’re going to be dealing with again in The Last Jedi, which is promising the BIGGEST jaw-dropping plot twist in the Saga’s history. HFP does a great job with this (I wish they’d have stuck to using Williams’ score instead of epic music that gets a little distracting), and it gets you thinking about those parts of Anakin’s story that still may affect the stories yet to come.
Deleted scenes are sometimes more than just cool features on a Blu Ray; little gems that didn’t quite make the final cut. Sometimes deleted scenes are deleted swaths of the film that make a huge impact on the film’s tone, budget, and shooting schedule. Looper (which is a great channel to follow on YouTube for cool videos like this) has put together a piece on the most expensive deleted scenes in Hollywood history from recent films like World War Z and X-Men: Days of Future Past all the way back to The Wizard of Oz. I’m fairly certain the video was made before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s massive reshoots last summer. Though Disney hasn’t released a figure on how much it cost (and don’t expect them to), bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to help with the process cost $5 million before they even began reshooting 20-30 scenes, so it’s safe to say it would make this list as well. However, when you end up with the #7 grossing film in US history, fiscally it all balanced out.
The piece also mentions the $10 million original opening sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that was cut in which the film originally opened with a silent exploration of the ruins of Krypton by Superman in his ship. Superman Returns is a polarizing film, but it’s still my favorite Superman film of the bunch, but this was definitely a good cut. If you have never seen it, it was released back in 2011 in the Superman Anthology Blu Ray set, but thanks to the awesome power of YouTube, I can just plop it below.