Jacob Hall Biography
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From The Force Awakens, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a Star Wars tabletop game drops something very interesting, Drew Struzan gets hyperbolic, and J.J. Abrams discusses his new bad guys.
By the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December, it will have graced the cover of every major magazine in the world. Following cover stories in Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, the highly anticipated sequel to the world’s most popular movie trilogy has landed on the cover of Empire. Heh. Empire. Because, you know, Star Wars. Insert your own joke there. And, like any magazine issue that fancies itself a collector’s item, Empire’s 2015 Winter Preview issue will have two covers – one for the heroes and one for the villains.
Captain America: Civil War has a lot on its plate before you get to the part where it has to adequately introduce Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man and it make it matter that he’s punching some of our favorite superheroes in the face. Sure, Spidey is getting his own solo movie in 2017, but you know what they say about first impressions. While we ponder how the movie will bring Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can tear apart and reassemble a single scrap of news to keep ourselves occupied … and we now know just a little bit about one of Spider-Man’s action scenes.
Make a mental checklist of things you’d expect to see in a red band trailer for a movie titled Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Got it? Okay. Now watch the trailer above and realize that this movie, for better or worse, has it all. We can reserve actual judgment for when the movie actually opens in theaters, but based on this preview, no one can accuse this movie of not going for a “kitchen sink” approach to this concept.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is our most anticipated movie of 2015 that doesn’t have the words “star” or “wars” in the title, so pardon us if we can’t help but get excited over the complete batch of posters that have arrived online. The film’s eight characters are spread across seven posters, showing off one seriously impressive ensemble. One film would be lucky to get two or three of these people. But all together? Speaking Quentin Tarantino dialogue? Can we buy a ticket now?
The most obvious draw in Captain America: Civil War is getting to see so many superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe throw down. The quieter, more appealing draw is getting to watch the unlikely partnerships that develop on each side of this conflict. A new photo from the set has revealed a duo that’s going to stop the hearts of fan fiction writers all over the internet.
We have spent our fair share of time sifting through the ashes of the new Fantastic Four movie, desperately trying to figure out exactly what happened here. Call it a morbid fascination. Call it professional curiosity. All we know is that the finished movie is not what anyone involved set out to make. Now we have another item of interest – a glimpse at an early screenplay for the film and it couldn’t be more different than the final film.
In a few months, more people will watch John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its opening day than have ever watched his breakthrough performance in Attack the Block. He’s going to stop being a well-kept secret and start literally being a Movie Star overnight. So how does an actor with newfound career powers keep himself from getting stuck in a rut? Simple – you sign up to star alongside Tom Hanks in a movie directed by a very interesting filmmaker that couldn’t sound more different than a space opera.
The current state of the Alien franchise is a little confusing, to say the least. In one corner, you have Ridley Scott planning to make a sequel to his prequel, Prometheus. In the other corner, you have Neill Blomkamp, still plugging away at Alien 5, which may or may not ignore the third and fourth entries in the original series. In fact, the sheer amount of Alien stuff in the works seems to have clogged up the pipes. If a new report is to be believed, Blomkamp’s film is being put on the back burner until Scott can make Prometheus 2 a reality.
The modern charm of Zorro is that he’s an old fashioned character from another era. He’s pure pulp – a masked, swashbuckling swordsman who acts as Robin Hood to the people of California in the age of colonialism. He’s defined by his very specific time and place, so of course he’s getting sent to the post-apocalypse for a new cinematic reboot. Hooray for Hollywood.