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Netflix Secures deal to stream “Star Wars VII,” but only in Canada

Disney just helped Canada become “one of the places to visit,” for next year.

Just two months away from the theatrical release of the new Star Wars film, the only “new” discussion is the new deal that has allowed Netflix subscribers in Canada to stream Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens eight months after the theatrical release.

Disney’s new multi-year licensing deal with Netflix that started in 2015, has agreed to release titles from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios.

Although in the U.S., there hasn’t been a deal between Netflix and Disney about Star Wars VII, on the bright side, starting on January 1, 2016, there is a possibility to release all the previous Star Wars films. This is similar to a deal that was struck last month with Disney and Fox to screen the Star Wars franchise through Tencent, one of China’s biggest social media company. This is to promote and create interest of the franchise ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

As of now, Netflix Canada is the only country that has obtained the streaming rights to the new film, but according to a Netflix representative, negotiations are still ongoing for other parts of the continent.

How the Goosebumps Movie Made It Out of Development Hell

For those of you too busy paying attention to the Star Wars trailer, the king of the the box office last weekend was the Goosebumps movie. That’s right the Goosebumps movie! A motion picture that was in development so long the author of the series R.L. Stine was once quoted of saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Originally developed by Fox Family who had Tim Burton (would’ve been very interesting to see the route he would’ve taken) set to produce, it quickly became clear that there was going to be a difficult process to bringing any one story to the silver screen so instead a TV series ran from 1995-­1998 on Fox Kids.

After multiple attempts for a film fizzed out Columbia Pictures aka Sony was able to buy the rights in 2008 and hired writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. In a beautiful brilliant meta twist a script was born where a fictional Stine was put in a world and story format that he so brilliantly created and was able to have all these great monsters live together in the same world. A similar final draft was finally written by Darren Lemke in January 2012.

L-r, Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee and Odeya Rush star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

In 2013 news broke that Jack Black would be cast to play Stine or at least a version of the author himself and the film would be directed by Rob Letterman who Black worked with on Sharktale and Gullivers Travels. The movie was shot from April 2014 through July of 2014 in Madison, Georgia.

Sony pictures estimated the film to make somewhere between 10­12 million as it was up against movies like Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak, and The Martian. As it turned out the opening weekend ended up with a gross of 23.5 million dollars landing Sony their 4 the fall.

The film has gotten mostly positive reviews and to be honest I have not seen the new Goosebumps movie and I probably won’t until it’s released to DVD. Seeing it will eventually be a priority mainly just because Goosebumps holds a dear place in my heart as it was a huge part of getting me loving to read fictional novels.

Stines format of writing so perfectly appealed to kids in the way that the protagonist was usually a kid themselves telling the story from a first person narrative who was put in some type of isolated scenario. A flashback of me reading the Night of the Living Dummy one summer evening in one sitting still comes to mind. These books were the first thrillers and I consumed many a

Goosebumps book to pass time as a youth. Who knows maybe a movie could actually in some way inspire a new generation of kids to pick a Goosebumps book themselves. Sony has already announced there will be a sequel and is currently searching for a writer. For fans old and new of Goosebumps let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as the last one to be made.

The Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren Connection

Is Luke Really Kylo Ren in disguise?

No.

No he isn’t. Kinda.

Since the release of the third and final The Force Awakens trailer, the internet seems to have gone crazy multiple ways. The trailer broke the record for most amount of views in a single day with 128 million. Advanced ticket sales for the film which went on sale as the trailer released also smashed the previous record for The Hunger Games eight times over.

Everything seemed right in a galaxy far far away until a disturbance in the force was felt in the days following the trailer’s release. As great as the trailers are, the one complaint has been the total lack of all things, Luke Skywalker. You know, the main character from the original trilogy.

As rabid fanboys tried to make sense of this apparent oversight a crazy fan theory started to make it’s way through the internet. Maybe Luke has been hiding in plain sight all along! Maybe he’s really Kylo Ren in disguise!

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According to supporters of the theory the evidence is overwhelming. (it isn’t and SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!)

  • Kylo walks around in a black hood and robes just as Luke wore in Return of the Jedi.
  • Who else would have the knowledge to build their very own lightsaber as Kylo Ren clearly has, except for Luke?
  • Kylo appears to be in possession of Vader’s burnt and melted mask. Only Luke would know the location of Vader’s mask since he was the last to see Vader’s body as he burned it on a giant funeral pyre.
  • Luke has been tempted to turn to the dark side before and a tendency to do so kinda does run in his family. 30 years is plenty of time to fall off the wagon.
  • In a perfectly planned coincidence, days after the trailers release video footage of a conversation between Mark Hamill and J.J Abrams appeared on the internet where Hamill pitches the idea of an evil Luke to the future director of the franchise 10 full years ago.
  • In the wiped away Star Wars expanded continuity, there was a story line where Luke did indeed go over to the dark side. However studio execs have said on record that because of the depth of material in the expanded universe it would nearly impossible to disregard it completely and that some story elements from 30 years of books may still make it into the new films.
  • J.J. Abrams has pulled off fake outs before. Noticeably in Star Trek Into Darkness where he secretly cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn, but instead publicized him as a new character named  John Harrison.
  • In the new trailer Kylo mentions he wishes to finished the work that Vader has started. Which fans of the theory say Luke all of the sudden now wants to do.
  • Although Adam Driver has been cast as Kylo Ren, he could merely be the actor in the suit for the much older Mark Hammil in the same way David Prowess played Darth Vader who was voiced by James Earl Jones.
  • Others admit Kylo Ren may just be a secret apprentice of Luke who has trained him in the ways of the force.
  • Disney doesn’t want to give such a major plot twist like Luke being the main villain away so they’ve buried the revelation deep in the promotional materials while also hiding it in plain sight.

As you can see, the evidence behind Luke Skywalker-Kylo Ren connection is pretty weak.

There are also numerous reasons why Luke Skywalker isn’t Kylo Ren but instead of going over every obvious detail why I’ll just let the following two pictures do the talking. The first a officially released photo from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue of Vanity Fair. The other a leaked picture of Mark Hamill taking promotional photos in full costume.

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Ok, can we move on?

However another more recently leaked picture of Luke from the actually film is a bit more interesting.

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Again, obviously not Kylo. But what’s interesting is that over the years, Luke’s cybernetic hand has become much more primitive in appearance. I normally I would just write this off as creative license and pay it no mind. This is very good confirmation we have seen Luke in the trailer’s as he’s the one reaching out to touch R2-D2 that’s been shown a couple times now.

In the words of Yoda, “another, there is.”

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In a previous article written almost a year ago,  I thoroughly examined leaked Force Awakens concept art and went deep on this guy. At the time I was pretty sure we were looking at the reconstructed remains of none other than the Emperor himself. As he was clearly on a Star Destroyer, cloaked in black, partially destroyed and heavily rebuilt with cybernetics, and longingly gazing at the smoking gun of Vader’s charred helmet who else could it be?

It was a good guess at the time but doesn’t seem to hold up now.  (I totally nailed Jakku though) Some have speculated that this could somehow be Anakin reborn, or Supreme Leader Snoke as played by motion capture genius Andy Serkis. It’s been confirmed that it was Snoke’s voice we hear talking about an awakening of the force in the first trailer after all.

I currently think this is just early concept art for Kylo Ren. The latest trailer put Kylo on the bridge of a Star Destroyer followed quickly by a glimpse of Vader’s destroyed mask as seen in the concept art above. Everything matches except for the character design which changes often in the early stages of production.

But look at this guy’s hand, known simply as the Grave Robber on the internet . It looks ALOT like Luke’s mechanical hand. Like identical.

In the third trailer we finally hear Kylo Ren speak for the first time as he talks about finishing what Vader started while looking at Vader’s burnt mask. We presume it’s Kylo looking at it but let’s remember we don’t actually see them in the same frame. It could be that Vader’s mask is entirely in somebody else’s possession.

The question is what unfinished work of Vader’s is Kylo Ren vowing to finish? On my initial breakdown of the trailer I took the quote at face value that Kylo was intent on restoring peace to the galaxy through the iron fist of his rule. But the more I think of it, the more sinister I believe Kylo’s intentions are.

Think about it. Yes ending the Rebellion and regaining control over the galaxy was a main goal of the Empire, Palpatine and Darth Vader through the original trilogy. But beginning in the Empire Strikes Back, Vader had a new goal. To capture and turn Luke to the dark side as a key cog in their plan for galactic domination. Remember that both the Emperor and Obi-Wan foresaw that Luke would one day become a powerful Jedi. More powerful than Luke could even imagine. If you’ve had your ear open to the latest coming out of the rumor mill there’s a good chance that this may have happened to Luke after he events in Return of the Jedi, as he’s become force crazy and gone into hiding for fear of what he’s capable of.

This would be a way to keep many of the familiar themes going from the previous movies while raising the stakes. What’s the most powerful weapon you could posses in the galaxy? A fully operational battle station reincarnated? Or a force mad Jedi turned Sith?

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Another interesting piece of leaked concept art from last year shows what appears to be Rey discovering what know appears to be Luke in seclusion hidden in a cave. The walls look a lot like the ones behind Luke in the leaked picture above too for further proof.

The composition of the piece clearly shows that Luke is caught between the light and dark sides of the force. Interesting don’t you think?

One thing is certain.

Luke Skywalker is not Kylo Ren.

But that does not mean he may not be joining his side by the time the movie ends.

What do you think? Is Luke really Kylo? Or is Kylo really Luke? Will Luke go over to the dark side? Explain your thoughts in the comments section below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 3 Exposed!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 3 Complete Breakdown

With only 60 days left until it’s December 18th theatrical release Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the final trailer for The Force Awakens on fans everywhere during the halftime of Monday’s Giants vs. Eagles football game with what could arguably be the greatest half time show in football history.

And Oh. My. Goodness.

There is so much Star Wars goodness contained in this trailer.  Wow. One wonders how safe the second trailer’s Youtube record for the number of views in a 24 hour period is after this beauty hits the internet.

You’d think with all the information we have about the film already from toys, leaks, concept art etc, there wouldn’t be much more to surprise

Let’s not waste anytime dissecting the newest trailer to see what we can find about The Force Awakens before it hits theaters. Just as we did before with trailers one and two.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster Revealed!

New poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens released!

The wait is getting unbearable.

Every day we are getting closer and closer to the December 18th release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it becomes that much harder to stay patient when new images, toys, and details emerge from the shadows like the Sith themselves.

Take today for example, when the official poster for The Force Awakens was released onto the internet. And what a poster it is!

However, three things stand out to the Star Wars geek inside me right away.

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Wait! Where’s Luke?

It’s no surprise to see classic characters like Han, Leia, Chewie, R2, and 3P0 front and center in the poster. But where’s Luke? There’s been rumors floating around that a majority of the movie centers on a search for Luke who has gone into hiding shorty after the events of Return of the Jedi and that he won’t be seen until the final act. This poster would seem to back up that claim as even Luke can’t make an appearance. Also it’s worth noting we haven’t had a sniff of him the two trailers released so far/ His absence from any marketing material seems to be deliberate and is building towards a major reveal for him when his time comes in the film.

That’s no moon! It’s a space station.

On second thought, maybe it is a moon.

What probably stands out on the poster right away is what appears to be a third version of the Death Star. It’s no surprise the Empire, or more correctly the First Order now (still haven’t gotten used to their new name), has another planet destroying weapon up their sleeve. Whatever this new version is called it looks quite sinister with a giant red eye surrounded by menacing looking eyelash type towers around it. But upon closer inspection you’ll notice the weapon appears to built into a giant dug out trench within the planet. If you look above and below you’ll see geographic features instead of mechanical structures.

It makes sense the Empire/First Order would be unable to build another weapon on the scale of the previous two Death Stars considering they’ve become much weaker and scattered following the Emperor’s death in Return of the Jedi. Building a weapon into a planet seems much more economical and also smarter as there’s no exhaust ports or vulnerable reactor cores around to blow it up. But how practical is it to stick a giant laser on a planet? You would only be able to target objects adjacent to the planets orbit for example. And the planet it’s built into, is stuck in orbit itself. As crazy as it sounds, the Death Star was actually built with a hyper drive so it could zip around the galaxy for drive by galactic hit and runs. This thing seems quite limited when you think about it. One possible solution, that may explain the open trench is that the ocular laser could rotate around the planet’s equator. There seems to be a track ringed around the middle if you look closely.

I would hope so because without a way to actually aim this thing it would end up being the Empirical equivalent of the Alaska pipeline to nowhere.

Kylo and Rey

The other aspect I found interesting was the position of Kylo Ren and Kira Rey side by side. Although nothing is a substitute for composition, artists do put a lot of thought into what they paint and there must be a reason the placing of Rey and Kylo.

Not only are they both facing the same direction and looking out into space, each holds their respective weapons in a similar angle with Kylo’s red lightsaber creating a nice divide between them.

There’s been some dispute online, but I still hold onto the idea that these two are related and this poster only solidifies that belief for me. If they didn’t have something in common wouldn’t it make more sense to have Rey next to Finn on the blue hued light side of the poster?

Man oh man, December 18th cannot get here soon enough. I swear, all I want for Christmas is The Force Awakens.