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Star Wars Essential Legends Collection Coming From Del Rey

The Star Wars novels that are now under the label “Legends” are, for many fans, the ultimate Star Wars books. Back in the 90s, before George Lucas announced the prequel trilogy, there were the dark times. There hadn’t been any movies since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and the cultural phenomenon that happened in the late 70s, early 80s around the galaxy far, far away, had dissipated. The Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire trilogy kept the Star Wars flame alive for a few years before 19990s The Phantom Menace.

Even after the release of Revenge of the Sith, great books like Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane trilogy served as food for many hungry Star Wars fans. In 2014, after Disney bought Lucasfilm, they decided to hit the reset button on all Star Wars media besides live-action movies and The Clone Wars, both the movie and the Dave Filoni show. This meant that all of those stories are no longer part of the continuity, but despite that, many fans are still revisiting them and even discovering them for the first time. Del Rey has now decided to celebrate those stories with the fans and will create the Essential Legends Collection, with some of the best Star Wars novels from the “Legends” section. To make it even more special, they have created new book covers for them.

The first three books added to the Collection are Heir to the Empire, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, and Shatterpoint. From Del Rey:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, Del Rey is curating a collection of essential and beloved ‘Star Wars’ novels from the past.

Novels set in a galaxy far, far away have enriched the ‘Star Wars’ experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond the screen. When he created ‘Star Wars,’ George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became known as the Expanded Universe, or EU, of novels, comics, videogames, and more.

To this day, the EU remains an inspiration for ‘Star Wars’ creators and is published under the label Legends. Ideas, characters, story elements, and more from new ‘Star Wars’ entertainment trace their origins back to material from the Expanded Universe. This Essential Legends Collection curates some of the most treasured stories from that expansive legacy.

The collection will launch on June 15, 2021, with new trade paperback editions of ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn, ‘Darth Bane: Path of Destruction’ by Drew Karpyshyn, and ‘Shatterpoint’ by Matthew Stover. 

Each edition will have a new book cover with original artwork. Tracie Ching is the cover artist of ‘Heir to the Empire,’ Simon Goinard is the cover artist of ‘Path of Destruction,’ and Jeff Manning is the cover artist of ‘Shatterpoint.’

Del Rey will be continuing to add classic titles to the Essential Legends Collection, with the next additions publishing in Fall 2021.

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Watch The Army of The Dead Teaser Trailer

Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Michael Cassidy, and Garret Dillahunt.

A Zack Snyder film. On Netflix May 21. 

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Watch The New Black Widow Trailer

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A new trailer for Marvel Studios’ long-awaited “Black Widow” is available now, showcasing Natasha Romanoff’s struggle to face her past and deal with unfinished business. The action-packed spy thriller will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on July 9, 2021. 

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.

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Watch The Space Jam: A New Legacy Trailer

Welcome to the Jam! LeBron James, NBA champion and global icon, goes on an epic adventure alongside Bugs Bunny and his looney friends.

When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.

Available in theaters and to stream on HBO Max on July 16, in the US only, for 31 days from theatrical release, at no extra cost to subscribers.

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Theory 11 Avengers: Infinity Saga Playing Cards

Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has captivated the hearts and minds of loyal fans all over the world. Follow the eleven year journey of Marvel Studios’ The Infinity Saga and the adventures of your all-time favorite heroes.

These Theory 11 Infinity Saga premium playing cards feature all of your favorite heroes! Assemble your own squad of Avengers every time the cards are brought out for play – and relive the most memorable moments of the iconic film series.

The outer packaging is simply jaw-dropping. The iridescent, cosmic foil shimmers and alters its color at every angle. Complete with gold foil accents and precise embossing, the ultra-lux outer packaging is truly representative of the legendary Infinity Saga.

Avengers: Infinity Saga playing cards feature completely custom artwork in every aspect of the design, with the Aces, Jokers, box design, and court cards inspired directly by fan-favorite characters quintessential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Inside the box, even the Aces feature callbacks to characters like Doctor Strange, Vision, Winter Soldier, and Gamora. And this wouldn’t be an Infinity Saga deck without a little bit of mischief and balance: Loki and Thanos make their presence known on each Joker!

Your favorite characters are brought to life! Thor and Hulk sport their Ragnarok attire, Hawkeye and Ronin share the spotlight (with a special appearance from Ant-Man!), and Iron Man wields his own Nano Gauntlet – alongside Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America, and many more.

Order HERE for $10.

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Animation Studio LAIKA Expands Into Live Action; Acquires Rights To John Brownlow’s Debut Action Thriller Novel Seventeen

LAIKA, known for the Academy Award-nominated animated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, is expanding into live action. The studio has optioned Seventeen, the upcoming first novel by acclaimed screenwriter John Brownlow (The Minaturist, Sylvia).  

Currently in production on its sixth animated feature film, LAIKA secured the rights in an intense bidding war and plans to adapt it as a live action project. The announcement was made today by Travis Knight, President & CEO. 

Travis Knight, President & CEO LAIKA

“For the past 15 years, LAIKA has been committed to making movies that matter,” says Knight.  “Across mediums and genres, our studio has fused art, craft, and technology in service of bold, distinctive, and enduring stories.  With Seventeen, LAIKA is taking that philosophy in an exciting new direction.”

“Seventeen is a stiff cocktail of wicked wit, exhilarating action, and raw emotion,” Knight continues.  “John has such a wonderfully unique voice.  He’s crafted a brilliant universe with its own powerful identity.  Seventeen is a thriller with soul, a sinuous adrenaline-fueled actioner with a sincere heart beating underneath its rippling pectorals.”

Author and screenwriter John Brownlow

Author and screenwriter John Brownlow is well known for his film and television credits.  He is the screenwriter of the feature film Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig and wrote and executive produced the three-part BBC limited series The Minaturist, which starred Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit).  He also wrote the four-episode limited series Fleming, which starred Dominic Cooper as James Bond author Ian Fleming. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be developing Seventeen for the screen with LAIKA,” says Brownlow. “As a long-time fan of LAIKA’s movies for their vision, heart, craft, intelligence and ambition, I couldn’t have hoped for the novel or the universe it inhabits to have found a better or more exciting home. I’m beyond honored to be part of their plans for the future.” 

UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton has preemptively acquired worldwide publishing rights to Seventeen. Hanover Square will publish the book in the US in 2022.  

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Watch The Mitchells vs. The Machines Trailer

Netflix has released the official The Mitchells vs. The Machines trailer from producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in their new animated adventure. The movie, written and directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls) and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Disenchantment), is set to premiere on April 30 on the streamer. The film follows a dysfunctional family’s road trip that is upended when they find themselves in the middle of a robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines centers on Katie Mitchell, a creative outsider who is accepted into the film school of her dreams, only to see her plans of meeting “her people” dashed when her nature-loving dad Rick elects to take the whole family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda, her quirky little brother Aaron and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi, on a road trip to Katie’s school for one final family-bonding trip before she leaves for college. Their plans are interrupted by a tech uprising all around the world as the electronic devices people love decide it’s time to take over and, with the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

The voice cast is led by Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) as Katie Mitchell, Danny McBride (Despicable Me, The Angry Birds Movie) as Rick Mitchell, Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6) as Linda Mitchell, director Mike Rianda as Aaron. It will also feature the voices of Eric Andre (The Lion King) as tech inventor Mark Bowman and Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Siri-like voice assistant called PAL. Additional cast includes Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Charlyne Yi, Sasheer Zamata, Jay Pharoah, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Conan O’Brien, Elle Mills, Alex Hirsch, and Griffin McElroy.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines marks the feature directorial debut of Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls), who penned the script with co-director Jeff Rowe, and with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are producing through their Lord Miller Productions banner along with Kurt Albrecht.

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Watch The Spiral Trailer

Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, teasing that a new game is beginning! The trailer also sees further references to where the film sits in the overall storyline of the series, addressing John Kramer, aka Jigsaw’s, demise in the past films and even showing a photo of Tobin Bell’s character and teasing a number of main characters in grave danger of being in the terrifying new game itself, including stars Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

In the latest chapter of the Saw franchise, Rock stars as Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks, a brash detective working in the shadow of his esteemed police veteran father (Jackson) and must take charge of a grisly investigation into a series of murders eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past alongside his rookie partner William Schenk (Max Minghella).

Alongside Rock, who wrote the story treatment for the film, Jackson and Minghella, the cast for the film includes Marisol Nichols (Riverdale, 24) as Captain Angie Garza, Banks’ boss, and Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter, Wynonna Earp) in the unknown role of Kara Boswick.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw hits theaters on May 14!

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Warner Bros. Unveils Character Posters For Space Jam: A New Legacy

With only a few months left until the arrival of the long-in-the-works family-friendly sequel, Warner Bros. has unveiled a new set of character posters from Space Jam: A New Legacy showing off its roster of heroes from the Looney Tunes world and star LeBron James!

Produced by Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler, the film centers on James and his young son Dom (Cedric Joe) — who dreams of becoming a video game developer — as they find themselves trapped in a virtual space by a rogue AI named Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle). In order to get back home safely, he must lead Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the rest of the undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over Al-G’s digitized players on the court.

Alongside James, the film will feature an impressive roster of professional talent including Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks’ siblings Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike. The cast for the film also includes Star Trek: Discovery and The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green as James’ wife Kamiyah.

Space Jam: A New Legacy will arrive in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16.

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The Maya-ing

In last week’s SNL pre-taped sketch “The Maya-ing,” host Maya Rudolph pays homage to the Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining based on the popular Stephen King novel.

In the Saturday Night Live parody, Kenan Thompson explains that now that Rudolph has returned as a host, she has “the Shine,” a.k.a. the ability to see ghosts like early SNL writer Gloria Zelwig, played by Tina Fey, who was “the first one to have the idea that maybe the women could talk,” and who died of “perm cancer.” Other haunting apparitions include Rachel Dratch in a bathtub; she isn’t a ghost, her water’s just out.

Enjoy!

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