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The First Publishing Works For Star Wars: The High Republic Land On Shelves

The first publishing works for Star Wars: The High Republic, an all-new epic series of books, novels, and comics, is now available!  Whether you’re a core fan or new to Star Wars, young or young-at-heart, this vast, interconnected saga brings a new era never before seen in the Star Wars galaxy.

In this new saga, five high-profile, fan-favorite Star Wars authors tell an epic, interconnected story – across multiple publishers and formats for different age groups – establishing a new timeline of Star Wars storytelling for generations to come. 

This initial release of Star Wars: The High Republic works include Light of the Jedi, an adult novel by Charles Soule; A Test of Courage, a middle grade novel by Justina Ireland, and a Marvel comic book series and children’s picture book, both by Cavan Scott. Additional titles will come in February including Into the Dark, a YA novel by Claudia Gray, and The High Republic Adventures an IDW comic series for fans of all ages by Daniel José Older. 

The era of The High Republic takes place centuries before The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy, during a golden age of the Republic, when the Jedi Order are in their prime. Noble and wise, the Jedi serve as protectors in a much more peaceful and prosperous time in the galaxy.  The story begins as the Jedi face The Great Disaster, an intergalactic catastrophe that spins the galaxy in a dangerous new direction. 

You’ll be introduced to a new group of courageous heroes, as well as menacing villains. The young, diverse Padawans run the gamut of skill, devotion, and personality.  Keep a look-out for Burryaga, a Force-sensitive Wookiee who is skilled with a broadsword-like lightsaber in Light of the Jedi; Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh, a teenage Jedi Knight with a lightwhip in A Test of Courage, and even some familiar faces like Yoda. 

With new heroes comes a barrage of new villains to terrorize the galaxy including the Nihil—dangerous marauders who wreak havoc from the Outer Rim- and the menacing Drengir, a carnivorous plant-like species with tentacles and teeth!

In February, look for Into the Dark, a young adult novel by Claudia Gray and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an all-ages comic book series by Daniel José Older.  

Lucasfilm’s Publishing and Story Group teams have carefully crafted this initiative, and these books, comics, and magazines are being published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, Marvel, and more. The authors of this publishing initiative also participated in a virtual launch event today, where they shared insights about what to expect, as well as some new announcements:

You can purchase the first books from Star Wars: The High Republic wherever books are sold. Download a free digital sampler of books HERE.

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The FIRE WIRE’s 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies

2021 is FINALLY here and it’s time for THE FIRE WIRE to present our 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies. Check out the list below!

20. A Quiet Place Part II (April 23)

Following the success of 2018’s A Quiet Place, John Krasinski returns (as both actor and director/writer) to helm A Quiet Place: Part II. The sequel again follows the Abbott family as they adapt to the outside world plagued by creatures that hunt by sound (among other things). Joining the cast is Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.

19. Uncharted (July 16)

The long-awaited take on Naughty Dog’s beloved Uncharted series finished filming this year. Ruben Fleischer’s film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan, and will serve as a prequel to the video games. Here’s hoping it’s even remotely as faithful as that Nathan Fillion fan film from 2018. 

18. West Side Story (December 10)

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name will explore forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The cast includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose.

17. Encanto (November 24)

The Colombia-set Encanto with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled), co-writer Jared Bush (Zootopia), and co-director Charise Castro Smith (The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez) follows a young girl named Mariana, who grows up being the only non-magical member of her family. The film features all-new songs by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana, In the Heights). 

16. Elvis (November 5)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic stars Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Dead Don’t Die) the King alongside Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Olivia DeJonge will play Presley’s only wife Priscilla. It will star Maggie Gyllenhaal as Gladys Presley, Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley, and English musician Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

15. Halloween Kills (October 15)

2018’s Halloween brought the iconic slasher franchise back to its roots (serving as a direct sequel to the 1978 original) and returning Jamie Lee Curtis to the role of Laurie Strode. Halloween Kills will continue the “adventures” of Michael Meyers and company on October 15, 2021.

14. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25)

Andy Serkis directs the second Venom film after appearing in two Marvel Studios movies. Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage sees Tom Hardy his role as Eddie Brock alongside Michelle Williams as Anne Weying. Venom’s archenemy, Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who was briefly introduced in the first film, will serve as the antagonist as Venom’s archenemy. Naomie Harris will also play the role of villain Shriek, who is Carnage’s love interest and accomplice.

13. F9 (May 28)

Fast & Furious 9 reunites Justin Lin ( Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6) with the franchise in an entry that sees the bulk of the original cast starring as well as newcomers John Cena, Cardi B, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, and Keanu Reeves himself. It peels into theaters on May 28, 2021.

12. Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise again as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he mentors a new generation of fighter pilots and rides another Kawasaki Ninja (presumably). The film also star The film stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. 

11. No Time to Die (April 2)

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond sees 007 leave retirement to help Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) rescue a kidnapped scientist, leading to a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) with a treacherous plan. No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik. 

10. Godzilla vs Kong (May 21)

In the culmination of the monster-verse, Godzilla and King Kong will square off in an epic battle for dominance as humanity deals with the two’s destructive existence. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9)

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) as the titular hero in Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero-led movie. Joining Liu are Golden Globe-winning actress Awkwafina (The Farewell) and renowned Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who is portraying the role of The Mandarin. 

8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11)

Ignoring 2016’s lackluster Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will serve as a sequel to the original two films while simultaneously adopting a new look and feel. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films.

7. Mission: Impossible 7 (November 19)

Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7 will be his third entry in the franchise. It will see Tom Cruise return as MIF agent Ethan Hunt alongside Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett, all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films. Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales join the franchise as new characters. 

6. Eternals (November 5)

Marvel’s game-changing Phase 4 film about a group of immortal (kind of) humanoids tasked with defending earth is set to redefine the MCU. Its star-studded cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington.

5. The Suicide Squad (August 6)

Famed Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will serve as a quasi-sequel/spiritual reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad. It stars Pete Davidson as Blackguard, John Cena as Peacemaker, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Alice Braga as Sul Soria (new character), Nathan Fillion is T.D.K. (another new character), Michael Rooker as Savant, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 (presumably related to the original Ratcatcher), and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will be reprising their roles from 2016’s Suicide Squad. 

4. Black Widow (May 7)

After her demise in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow will see Scarlett Johansson reprise her role in a prequel, taking place between Captain America: Civil War and Endgame, might feature the rumored return of Tony Stark (and a handful of other characters from the comics). The main cast also includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.  

3. Dune (October 1)

This new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s source material by director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) will be the first of two parts. Its ensemble cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. 

2. The Matrix 4 (December 22)

Lana Wachowski returns to helm The Matrix 4. The film will see Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt reprise their roles from previous films in the series and Yahya Abdul Mateen II will reportedly play a young Morpheus. How will Neo and Trinity return? Will time travel/flashbacks be involved? 

1. Untitled Spider-Man 3 (December 17)

The untitled Spider-Man Far From Home sequel will see Tom Holland reprise his role as Peter Parker (whose secret is out). It will also see the return of Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei. Joining them will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange who will presumably be dealing with some multiverse madness. That said, Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are reprising their roles from past Spider-Man films and Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are heavily rumored to appearing as their versions of the web-slinger. With the multiverse open, there’s no telling who may show up in this movie or the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large moving forward. 

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Rock Camp The Movie Trailer

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes – and learn to rock like the legends. 

From filmmaker Doug Blush, whose editing and producing credits include three Oscar-Winning Films: 20 Feet From Stardom, Period. End of Sentence, and Icarus. Rock Camp The Movie follows four campers (and their families) through their journeys to shred with their heroes and see how they overcome their fears and transform their lives.

In Theaters and Virtual Cinemas starting January 15, 2021. On Demand everywhere starting February 16, 2021.

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Stephen King – Dollar Baby: The Book By Anthony Northrup

In the late 1970s, Stephen King had the idea of selling his short stories for one dollar and a contract to let young filmmakers make their own films based on his works. After King’s approval, these films were only available for viewing at film festivals around the world. For the last forty-plus years and over hundreds of films made, The Dollar Baby program has made a serious impact not only on the Stephen King world, but the film industry itself.

Unfortunately, for Stephen King fans, unless you attended these film festivals, you basically would never be able to see them. In fact, most Stephen King fans have never even heard of the Dollar Baby program. Well, that’s where Anthony Northrup comes in. He has been interviewing Dollar Baby filmmakers and reviewing their films for eight years. During that time he has hosted two Dollar Baby Film festivals at Crypticon Horror Con in Minnesota. 

As a major Stephen King fan, Northrup decided it was time to pull the curtain back and show the fans just what they have been missing. In this book, readers will learn all about the Dollar Baby program, fun facts, trivia, personal stories from the fans themselves, special guests contributors, essays, Where Are They Now?, 55 exclusive interviews with the Dollar Baby filmmakers and reviews of their films, and a whole lot more! 

The author covers every possible angle of the Dollar Baby program and it’s all here to enjoy! So, sit back, relax, and get ready to go behind the exclusive curtain and prepare yourselves to enter…Stephen King Dollar Baby: The Book! 

Pre-order the hardcover book HERE for $43.00.

Pre-order the softcover book HERE for $33.00.

Release date January 19, 2021.

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Merry Christmas!!! Netflix’s Cobra Kai Season 3 Coming Early – Will Stream On January 1, 2021

Netflix is giving us a well needed Christmas present this year as the streamer just announced that season 3 of their popular series Cobra Kai will premiere one week early on New Year’s Day – January 1, 2021.

Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season 3 finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.

The series stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso), Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), Jacob Bertrand (Hawk), Gianni Decenzo (Demetri) with Martin Kove (John Kreese) and Peyton List (Tory)

Netflix previously renewed Cobra Kai for a fourth season.

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Celebrate National Christmas Movie Marathon Day On December 23, 2020

National Christmas Movie Marathon Day is celebrated annually on December 23. Get ready to snuggle in your warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite holiday snacks! There are so many ways to get into the spirit of Christmas and we just love curling up on the couch for a movie marathon with our favorite Christmas movies. Whether you are in the mood for a classic or a rom-com, it is surprising just how many genres are covered by Christmas centered movies. 

America’s Top 10 Christmas Movies:

Home Alone
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Polar Express
Christmas Chronicles
Elf
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Die Hard
The Santa Clause
Love Actually
The Princess Switch

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Watch The Coming 2 America Trailer

Amazon Studios has released the trailer for the highly-anticipated Eddie Murphy-led sequel Coming 2 America. 

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, Coming 2 America continues to follow newly-crowned King Akeem and his trusted confidante Semmi embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

The sequel will feature the return of original cast cast members Eddie Murphy as Akeem, Arsenio Hall as Semmi, James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Shari Headley as Queen Lisa, John Amos as Cleo McDowell and Louie Anderson as Maurice, and the motley barbershop crew. Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.

Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer from a screenplay written by black-ish creator Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, with story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy. It is a co-production by Paramount Pictures, New Republic Pictures and Eddie Murphy Productions. The producers are Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy, executive producers are Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile and Andy Berman.

Coming 2 America will release exclusively on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.

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Universal Pictures & Illumination Announce Sing 2

Universal Pictures and Illumination have announced Sing 2. 

The animated sequel features returning stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, and Nick Kroll. 

Bono, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre, and Chelsea Peretti will also join the cast.

Next holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by legendary music icon Bono, making his animated film debut—to join them.

Buster (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) and his cast have turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City. But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother pig Rosita (Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, porcine provocateur extraordinaire Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by a ruthless mogul wolf named Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife and hasn’t been seen since. As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings. The film is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy. The sequel combines dozens of classic rock and pop hit songs, electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry, and Illumination’s signature humor and heart into the definitive feel-good cinematic event of next year.

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Watch The Karate Kid And Cobra Kai Reunited Apart Episode

Sweep the leg of 2020 and kick your way into a New Year with the cast of The Karate Kid films and the hit Netflix Series Cobra Kai in support of Action Against Hunger.

This Reunited Apart Episode with Josh Gad features: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Tony O’Dell, Ron Thomas, Randee Heller, Juli Fields, Elisabeth Shue and many more!

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Planes, Trains And Automobiles Artist Proof Prints By JJ Harrison And Bill Galvan Available On December 22

Artists JJ Harrison and Bill Galvan created these amazing prints of Planes, Trains And Automobiles as a special limited commission. Watching the hilarious film is a Thanksgiving tradition in our home and these prints really capture the comedic hijinks of the beloved Steve Martin and John Candy movie!

This Tueday, December 22nd at 10AM (PT), the few remaining personal copies of the sold out poster will go on sale HERE. Please note, these are extremely limited and will sell out instantly so be quick on your keyboards.

Planes, Trains And Automobiles Print
By JJ Harrison and Bill Galvan
Artist Proof
Regular Edition of 20
Signed by JJ Harrison
24 x 36” screenprint.
$200

Planes, Trains And Automobiles Print
By JJ Harrison and Bill Galvan
Artist Proof
Wrong Way Edition of 18
Signed by JJ Harrison
24 x 36” screenprint
$220

There will also be a couple sets of both versions available.

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