Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Here it is… the final trailer (and poster) for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Enjoy.

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UCB Comedian to Host “FELICITY”-themed “George Lucas Talk Show”

Felicity - The George Lucas Talk ShowFor the past year and a half, comedian Connor Ratliff has hosted “The George Lucas Talk Show” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre East in New York. Described by The Guardian as “surreal,” it’s a monthly talk show in which Ratliff pretends to be 70-year old filmmaker George Lucas while interviewing real guests accompanied by his sidekick, “Jar-Jar” (played by comedian Shaun Diston.) Now, in anticipation of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Ratliff is preparing to devote an entire episode to Abrams’ late 90s TV series, Felicity.

“The concept behind the talk show is that once Lucas retired from filmmaking he went into stand-up comedy to become a late night talk show host,” said Ratliff. “And since J.J. Abrams is about to release a new Star Wars movie, it makes sense that we’d devote an entire show to Felicity.”

Ratliff, a veteran UCB performer familiar to viewers of The Chris Gethard Show, has done more than twenty shows as Lucas (including a showcase performance at this year’s SXSW) interviewing guests from SNL, Broad City, The Tonight Show, Late Night, VEEP and The Colbert Report, along with musical guests like Wesley Stace, Mike Doughty and Emilyn Brodsky, but some of his most spectacular shows have been “theme” episodes, like when he celebrated “Life Day” (the Star Wars version of Christmas from the notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special“) or a recent episode about the peculiar relationship between Star Wars and M&Ms.

“We just did a whole hour about M&Ms,” he said. “It started as an offhand remark and before I knew it I’m at UCB East tossing over $500 dollars’ worth of M&Ms at the audience. It was insane.”

Ratliff’s version of Lucas is skeptical about J.J. Abrams, but Ratliff himself is a big fan. “The first two seasons of Alias are among the greatest television ever made, and he’s produced so much amazing TV since then, like Fringe and Person Of Interest, which is one of the very best shows on TV right now. And I don’t think you can watch his first Star Trek movie without becoming very excited to see what he’s gonna do with Star Wars. But my Lucas character is a little more threatened. My take on it has been to sort of question every move J.J. makes. That was sort of the origin of this Felicity show.”

For November’s episode, Ratliff is currently binge-watching all four seasons of Felicity so that his Lucas character can devote the whole hour to discussing the show, and he’s hopeful that maybe he can wrangle a surprise guest or two. When he recently did a “Labor Day” show, he went looking for guests who had really worked for Lucas, and ended up interviewing an actual former Industrial Light & Magic employee, a video game designer who had worked on an official Star Wars game, and an actor who had unsuccessfully auditioned for Episode VII. He has high hopes that November’s Felicity show might land a few guests who worked on the show at any point during its four seasons.

“That’s the dream: to get a cast member or crew person who worked on Felicity to come to UCB East and talk to me while I pretend to be George Lucas. If Keri Russell or J.J. Abrams want to come onto the show as guests, please let them know they are welcome. They don’t even need to let me know in advance, they can just show up and walk onto the stage, mid-show.”

The next George Lucas Talk Show (“The FELICITY Awakens”) is on November 6th at midnight at UCB Theatre East.


The George Lucas Talk Show

Celebrity Nerd-Off with Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams!

Stephen Colbert and J.J. AbramsJoin Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, for an evening of conversation and fun with director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Super 8). This event will feature the pair in a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work. Come and see which geek shall inherit the earth!

WHO: Stephen Colbert & J.J. Abrams

WHAT: Celebrity Nerd-Off!

WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

WHEN: Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 8:00pm

HOW: MFF Member tickets on sale NOW.
Tickets for the General Public go on sale September 11th.

PLUS! The Montclair Film Festival will team up with Omaze to raffle off a special fan experience, with details to be revealed soon.

Proceeds from this event and raffle to benefit The Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey’s leading film non-profit.

We hope you will join us and pass this info on to your fellow fans!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

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The Force Awakens Panel LIVE from Star Wars Celebration

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Revolution Returns in Comic Book from DC Comics

RevolutionFor fans that have been wondering if they’d ever see what happens next on Revolution, now that the series has come to an end after just two seasons, you’re about to get the answers you’re looking for. Even if it’s not the format that you would have liked, it definitely is something.

Here’s a message from Revolution creator and executive producer Eric Kripke to fans:

Dear Revolutionaries, Patriots, and Soldiers of the Monroe Militia,

So first of all—thank you. Seriously. Sincerely. The loyalty you’ve shown REVOLUTION these past months has been touching and overwhelming—it’s meant more to me than you’ll ever know. And in case you were wondering—yes, we’ve been listening. We’ve read the tweets. We’ve seen the incredible petition. We’ve followed #RelocateRevolution. Please know that you’ve been heard.

And solely because of your efforts, we wanted to pay you back—to give you something fantastic. And while, unfortunately, we simply can’t make more episodes of the show (alas, there are financial realities we can’t overcome), we can do the next best thing. Which is end the story. On our terms. Exactly the way we would have.

Revolution Comic Writer's RoomSo J.J. [Abrams], Jon [Favreau] and I are pleased and proud to announce the REVOLUTION endgame: a four-issue series coming soon from DC Comics. If you take a look at the attached photo, you’ll see that we brought back the entire writing staff to work on it. The band’s back together! (And if you study the photo closely, you’ll notice a certain young, plucky Matheson who also joined us). Everyone has generously agreed to work for little or no money. They’re doing it, because like you, they’re passionate about this story and want to see it end correctly.

So stay tuned. We’ve got lots of work to do. We’ll keep you posted—in the coming months, you can expect more details, sneak peeks, and early artwork. But Miles, Monroe, Rachel, Charlie, Aaron, Neville and the rest will return for the epic finale to the REVOLUTION storyline. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

And again—thank you. This is because of you. This is for you.

Much love,

According to ComicBook.comRevolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott handled the writing duties of the digital comic’s four chapters, after breaking the story in the writers’ room along with the rest of the Revolution creative team including Kripke, O’Bannon, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Trey Callaway, Anne Cofell Saunders, Ben Edlund, Matt Pitts and Jim Barnes.

Revolution Comic ArtworkThe comic will be released digitally in four separate chapters, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez. They will be released every two weeks starting on May 4. You’ll be able to find the comics first on before they’re released a week later to the Revolution Facebook page. Also pictured here is a sneak peek at three of the illustrated Revolution characters — Charlie Matheson, Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe.