Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown DAY ONE!!! Your challenge is to SCREAM!!!

The day is HERE.  At LAST.

Big thanks to JPX for taking the reins these last couple of days, as I've been crizazy.  Please scroll down to his post below for a more established Horrorthon 2014 discussion, and on the way check out the last couple of Daily Spider-Man's because they're some of the funniest yet.

I've invited my friend Max to join us this year, but I just sent the official invite today so he's excused for testing the waters at whatever pace he likes.  He's got an amazing VHS horror collection and he'll fit right in here.

Also, I'm going to be in Seattle from tomorrow night thru Sunday getting my geek on at Northwest BrickCon 2014.  It's the cool kids' Lego convention, or so they tell me.  If you're missing my posts during those days, please believe I'll make it up.

Cheers!  You guys are my favorite internet people.

HORRORTHOOOOON!!!

Daily Spider-Man Horrorthon's-a-Comin' Triple Shot! Doc Ock serves Ox like a coked-out drag queen!


 "No, I'm not calling you stupid, I'm calling you someone who broke the law because a sock puppet told you to."


Caring about what Spidey's doing right now is like picking a random window in the background of a Godzilla fight and wondering what they're watching on TV. 


Dayang!  It's like a Sick Burnathon!

Horrorthon 2014!


"Hee, hee! Greetings, boils and ghouls, welcome to Horrorthon 2014! Starting at midnight tonight our little contest begins. I expect a lot out of you, jerks! I don't want excuses - whaaa, I have kids, whaaa, I have to work, whaaa, I was too tired...whaaa, I have a busy life!  I want to see some serious output this year.  Gretchen was disappointed to see that some of you slacked last year, and you don't want to disappoint Gretchen.  I know where you all live...

Once again the rules:

1) Watch as many horror movies as you can stomach from midnight October 1st through 11:59 PM October 31st.

2) Post reviews: a limit of 2 reviews per day are allowed through the month of October. Beginning November 1st until Thanksgiving you can post as many per day as you can. Rate the reviews on a scale of * to *****.

3) We're pretty lenient as to what constitutes "horror" but as a general rule of thumb the movie in question should be intended to scare the audience (e.g. 'The Ring' = horror, 'Gravity' = not horror).

4) Have fun! Or don't! I couldn't care less! If I'm forgetting anything please say so in the comments.

Bad luck!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown Day Two! Let JPX do it!


Yeah sorry folks I fizzled yesterday.  Thanks for carrying the banner, buddy.

Horror!

Horror!

Horrorthon!

It's almost time




Greetings, Horrorthonners!  It's that time of the year again  With the start of our little contest a mere 2 days away I wanted to request that everyone look at their scores from last year on Scorrorthon to ensure that all the films you viewed are included.  Near the end of the contest I often get lazy and I want to ensure that you get credit for all of your hard work.  Also, JSP needs the lists to be accurate in order to link them to the Monster List.  I am in the process up creating this year's Scorrorthon.

It's almost time...

Box Office



From ew, Lots of high fives at the Sony offices today, as their don’t-mess-with-Denzel-Washington revenge flick The Equalizer walked away with a $35 million opening. “We’re really, really happy, but we were very bullish on the movie,” says Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution. “It’s a film that we all love and it just delivers in a big way. Denzel couldn’t be more terrific in the role – you can’t take your eyes off this guy.” The movie’s success—director Antoine Fuqua’s best opening to date, Washington’s third best—is a testament to audience’s appreciation of Washington in tough lone wolf roles. Reviews were decidedly “eh”, but audiences gave the film a hearty A- CinemaScore. (Women too like their Washington on the fearsome side; females made up 48 percent of the audiences.) The Equalizer fared well in its IMAX release as well, playing on 352 domestic screens and raking in a global IMAX cume of $5 million.

Washington left the other new releases in the dust. The Boxtrolls collected $17.25 million, thereby narrowly ceding the No. 2 spot to last week’s No. 1 The Maze Runner. (The YA adaptation dropped 46.2 percent from last weekend, pulling in $17.5 million. That brings Maze Runner‘s domestic tally to just over $58 million.) Folks behind The Boxtrolls, the first animated film since July, have reason to cheer. The fantastical film, which benefitted from the voices of Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, and Ben Kingsley, marked the best debut for animation studio LAIKA (Coraline, Paranorman) and should continue to play well to family-friendly audiences.

Meanwhile audiences craving adult dramedy helped This Is Where I Leave You, the star-studded adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s tragicomic novel, helped keep the movie afloat. In it second week of release the film pulled in $7 million, dropping just 39 percent to hold onto the No. 4 spot.

Rounding out the top five is the earnest-hearted Dolphin Tale 2—starring dolpjins, some innocent-faced children and Morgan Freeman in a snazzy fedora—which squeaked out $4.8 million. Liam Neeson has been on a great roll lately but his latest shoot-em-up A Walk Among the Tombstones dropped out of the top 5, plunging a whopping 67 percent in its second week of release and limping away with $4.2 million. That brings the violent film’s domestic total to $20.9 million.

In limited release, CBS Films gay and labor rights movie PRIDE grossed an admirable $84,791 in six locations. Armed with a solid A CinemaScore, look for word-of-mouth to grow.

Top Five Films of the Weekend:


The Equalizer — $35 million


The Maze Runner — $17.5 million


The Boxtrolls — $17.25 million


This is Where I Leave You — $7 million


Dolphin Tale 2 — $4.8 million

Surreal Don Hertzfeldt 'couch gag' kicks off The Simpsons' 26th season

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown Day Three! Chill out...


Yeah, it's Sunday.  Just chill.  Horrorthon's coming, so save your energy.  Maybe write that horror movie list in your head on a napkin or something.  Most of you are probably in bed anyway.

Here, check out these horrified foods.  Back on our game tomorrow.  Luv ya.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown Day Four! Staff Picks!


One of my favorite... challenge-y type things!  Hit us up with some excellent Horrorthon experiences from times past and lay 'em down!  I'm going with the unbelievable Godmonster of Indian Flats.  Read my review for my reasons!  I gotta get outta here!

HORRORthon.  HorrorTHON.

HORRORTHON!

Daily Spider-Man! Doc Ock says things that are pretty reasonable! Meanwhile the room is full of casually writhing tentacles! Weird!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Who's making you laugh these days?

Yes, I know, it's time to get all scary.  But a girl can't live on horror alone, and I'm always looking for something light to balance out the dark.  Some shows that have made me LOL in the past year include Louie, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Archer, and Broad City.  And JSP, via JPX, has just turned us on to BoJack Horseman (thanks, guys!).  Any other current comedies worth watching?





Abattoir

Posting Something...getting ready!!!!

RE: Post anything


Horrorthon, horrorthon, so glad you are here.
'cause AC won't watch scary movies with me any other time of the year!



Vote For Your Favorite Darwin Award







This is my post something, the year is winding down so cast your vote for the dumbest of the dumb before its too late. See all the candidates here.

Posting Something!

I recently came across the following articles regarding "The best horror movies you've never seen" (from mandatory.com)

Hopefully I'm not tipping my hand - as there are a couple I actually DID NOT find on our Monster List! - but I'm a giver like that.  Obviously there are a lot of them that our collective group has seen and the opinion of "best" is purely subjective.  I thought it would generate some interesting discussion though!  Horrorthon!
Here are the links - there are 3 separate articles:

Volume One
Volume Two
VolumeThree!

Horrorthon Countdown Day Five! Post Something!


Good afterdawn, Horrorthonerinos!  Time to shake off those crusty bloggery cobwebs and slap something up on the interwebs!  Post anything!  Just some picture!  A word!  (Okay don't post a word, that'd be lame.)

Happy Friday too!  After the weekend there's only two more days of non-Horrorthon, and then...BLAMMO.  So flex your finger muscles and make us watch.  I promise I'll comment on every post.  Off with you!

Daily Spider-Man! I'm glad Ox stopped at home to get his trusty vest!


'Shrew's Nest' trailer

Just in time for Horrorthon: 'The Houses October Built' trailer

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown Day Six! Good Monster/Bad Monster!


We've got some excellent chatter going on, folks!  I loved it when Landshark mixed up Jason and Michael Myers.  Whoop!

Today's challenge is just like it sounds.  Gimme an awesome monster and than flip it up with a laaaame one.  I'm going with Classic Godzilla and...

Classic-in-its-weird-way Godmonster!  I'm having too much fun with the word God today!

First thing that pops into your head!  Go!  God-go!

You're Welcome


This Mom Is Rewriting 'Harry Potter' to Replace the Witchcraft With Christianity

An excerpt (via Mommyish):
“What is a Christian?” Harry queried innocently; and scuffed his shoe on the shaggy, yellow carpet which had not been vacuumed in quite some time.
“Christians are people who want to be good,” Hagrid explained wisely; and crouched down so he was on eye level with Harry. “We want to go to heaven after we die. Do you know what heaven is, Harry?”
Harry shook his head; and his big eyes were wide and curious.
“Heaven is a beautiful place where we can be with God.”
Aunt Petunia smacked her hands over Harry’s young ears; and her voice was sickly sweet when she said, “Thank you very much for your concern, sir, but he does not need your religion, he has science and socialism and birthdays. Haven’t you heard of Evolution? I have a very good textbook on Evolution that I could give you on it if you would like to learn things.”
Hagrid laughed wisely. “Evolution is a fairytale. You don’t really believe that, do you?”
“Yes, I do!” Aunt Petunia screeched.
“Well then prove it!”
Aunt Petunia could only stare at him; and her big mouth hung open dumbly. Here she thought she was so educated; and always demanded that Christians prove what they believed in; but she couldn’t even prove her own religion. It was then that Harry knew who the smart one here was!
Hagrid then proves that God exists (which seems kind of not-the-point, right? Aren’t you supposed to have faith that God exists even though you can’t prove it? Anyway...) and they pray their way to Hogwarts (which is kind of like the floo network! Kinda).

 https://tv.yahoo.com/news/mom-rewriting-harry-potter-replace-witchcraft-christianity-221000371.html

Daily Spider-Man! I kinda want Doc Ock to say "Eh, fuck it" and punch a tentacle through Spidey's face. Is that mean?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown day Seven! Death!


DEATH!  As in, that little voice that is asking what happened to Countdown Day Eight -- kill it!

The other day I was thinking about horror movie deaths and for some reason flashed on this guy here from the SyFy-grown Tasmanian Devils.  He was my  Most Memorable Death last year (and I did remember it!) because this awful outcome was the direct result of him just suckin' it up and bein' a man and fuck YEAH going for that first ever base jump.  Fool.

So anyway, first horror flick death that pops into your head, let's hear about it!  Good one, bad one, really stupid one... as long as somebody dies.

Daily Spider-Man! "I'll soon be too wealthy to care" wins as best thing to say ever.


Blu-ray Today: Boxes of Halloween, Saw and The Exorcist



Halloween: The Complete Collection - Occasionally, very occasionally, a cinematic franchise will come along in which every entry has some merit, enough so that the entire series is worth buying. Almost never is that franchise in the horror genre, as this and some other entries today will show, and it's certainly not true for Halloween, which defined most of what we think of as the rules of slasher movies, only to keep following them by the numbers.

The first Halloween is a classic; the second an adequate sequel, the third a bonkers and unrelated story that makes no sense whatsoever. 4 and 5 are mediocre, 6 is crap, 7 is an adequate sequel and 8has Busta Rhymes saying "Trick or treat, motherfucker!" People bag on the two Rob Zombie remakes, but they at least tried to do something different. I stand by my position that a Rob Zombie remake of part 1 was preferable to a Part 9 with more Busta Rhymes.

The network TV edits of the first two movies are included, as is the "producers cut" of part 6 that apparently doesn't suck...but it seems this may contain only the unrated versions of the Rob Zombie films. Even if it does have both versions of each, this is hardly a "complete collection" - talks are currently in progress to make yet another installment in the series. Frankly, Season of the Witch is the one that could most benefit from a Rob Zombie remake, but I doubt they'll go that weird way again.

Exorcist: Complete Anthology - Doubly proving my point, this is a horror series where you really don't need to own more than the first installment, a classic many people will still tell you is the scariest film of all time. Yes, there are two different cuts, but they can be owned on the same disc already. Two misguided prequels that tell the same story different ways, and two sequels that vary from adequate to Worst Ever, depending on who you ask, don't make the ultimate Catholics vs. Demons movie any better. The only reason to own them all is misguided curiosity, and that should be satisfied by rentals at this stage. Each movie is also available separately.

Saw: The Complete Movie Collection - Here's how you get people to buy the whole series of films about righteous, ironic traps: 7 movies on 3 discs for less than $30, which is cheaper than buying just 1-3 (the good ones) alone. After the elaborate deathtrap-rigging toymaker John Kramer died in part 3, the subsequent movies tied themselves into knots trying to justify their own continued existence...but at least part VI seized on the zeitgeist and relished in the torment of health insurance executives.

[via toplessrobot]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Police Academy Stars Reunite for Syfy's Lavalantula



From toplessrobot, Not just any Police Academy stars, either: Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and Leslie Easterbrook will be L.A.'s last line of defense when...
Giant lava breathing tarantulas - Lavalantulas - erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction

And there's even better news: the director is Mike Mendez, whose own Big Ass Spider! was a better giant monster campfest than pretty much any Syfy original.

Still - didn't one of you readers pitch almost this exact thing in one of our previous contests?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Horrorthon Countdown Day Nine! Flex your opinion!


Hey heeeyyy!  This is only technically Day Nine because I'm just squeezing this out on Monday night, but no matter!  I'll double shot more later or something.  It's time to bitch!

Real easy, cover at least one media experience you had recently (movie, TV show) and what you thought of it.  Not a post, we'll do that later, just a comment.  Oh my god did you see that thing!  It totally sucked!  That's what I'm looking for.  Bang it out!

Daily Spider-Man double shot! Hero restrained, plot explained -- we are moving right along!

Rather hilarious re-cap effort on the part of our players, including the all-important word "booby."

The way Dock Ock played EVERYBODY in the Daily Spider-verse makes me wish they'd simply declare him the boss of everything.

Man Visiting Hometown Amazed To Find All His Childhood Insecurities Still There


MANSFIELD, OH—While walking through his old neighborhood, Mansfield, OH, native Peter Grogan, 37, was reportedly surprised Thursday to find that each and every one of his childhood insecurities remains in his hometown. “I was heading down Marion Avenue, where Jeff Bilderman used to pick on me every day, and noticed that my old anxieties, fears, and constant sense of shame are all still here,” Grogan told reporters, marveling that the dozens of uncertainties that plagued him throughout his adolescent and teenage years were still thriving exactly where he left them. “I haven’t been back for long, but it doesn’t seem like my timidity and self-doubt have changed even a bit. And it looks like my feelings of inadequacy are still going strong, judging by the fears of rejection that came flooding back when I walked past my old high school. It’s all exactly the same as it was almost 20 years ago.” Grogan added that the one difference he could identify was that walking through his hometown now fills him with newly established insecurities regarding his financial situation, relationship with his parents, and own impending mortality.

[via the onion]

Woman Has Surgery To Get A Third 'Total Recall' Breast





From geekology, ntertainer Jasmine Tridevil (because apparently tits are devils) allegedly underwent plastic surgery to have a third breast added between her existing breasts, with the hopes of scoring a reality television show and not five extra minutes on stage at Bob's Boobie Bungalow like I expected. Dare to dream, Jasmine. No word where she managed to find a three-tit bikini top.
Tampa resident Tridevil, who recently celebrated her 21st birthday, says her parents have not taken the news of her transformation well.

She said: "My mum ran out of the door. She won't talk to me. She won't let my sister talk to me. My dad... he really isn't happy. He is kind of ashamed of me but he accepted it."

Tridevil says the surgery cost $20,000 and that included a "nipple" implant. She claims to have had an areole tattooed around the nipple after the surgery.

God willing, the extra breast is actually a convincing prosthetic and not real. Besides, what kind of doctor is willing to give a woman a third breast anyways? Not one that should still have a medical license, that's for sure. A nipple implant? WHERE DID THE EXTRA NIPPLE COME FROM? I have so many questions. Namely...Psst, doc -- what do you say, can I get a couple extra penises above and below my existing one? The traveling freakshow said I was too weak to be the new strongman and I'm looking for an in.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

HORRORTHON COUNTDOWN!!! Day Ten! Today's challenge: SOUND OFF!


You heard me!  It's Horroahthoon Toime!  WoooOOOoooOOOooo!  And as usual this time of year, I am PUMPED.  Been reading old reviews and making weeeird lists in my head.

Which brings us to my favorite list, who's on board this year?  Where y'all at?  You're busy, right?  (Me too.)  What challenges are you facing?  (Here's mine:  I'll be at a Lego convention in Seattle for the first five days of October.)

It's funny I'm posting this on a Sunday, since that's usually the time of the least bloggery.  On the other hand I'm posting it really late, when there's actually been a fair amount of chatter today.  Ah well.  We all do what we can.  I'll leave this up for Monday and you people start making some NOISE.

And think about some Countdown stuff to come, things like movie recommendations and maybe something you saw this summer you'd like to practice your praising/bitching skills on.

October is coming...

Daily Spider-Man double shot! Doc Ock makes it interesting right before Horrorthon!

I probably shouldn't admit this, but Ock's stance immediately made me think we're not seeing every body part he's waving around right now.

Oh my god just look at the Classic Supervillain Strut!  Hero chained, banter exchanged, and a big evil device revealed from under a tarp!  Clap.  Clap.  Clap.

Friday, September 19, 2014

File under awesome: 6-Year Old Make-A-Wish Girl Gets To Meet A Unicorn



From geekology, In heartwarming news, 6-year old Addison, who's in remission from leukemia, got to travel to Hawaii and go on a unicorn-meeting adventure as part of a Make-A-Wish project. Addison believes unicorns are real and live in Hawaii, clearly because she knows what's up.

Addison, who is in remission after a two-and-a-half year battle with leukemia, traveled all the way from Georgia to Oahu. There, playwright Alvin Chan joined volunteers from Diamond Head Theatre to write and produce a magical adventure for her. They transformed Waimea Valley into the fairytale town of "Arboretia," and had "Princess Addison" accomplish special tasks in order to release a mythical unicorn and free the town's Queen.

Addison's journey took her through Waimea Valley to find the prettiest flower in the forest and then the prettiest fruit. When it came to searching for the long lost unicorn, played by a horse named Sonny, Addison had to sing a song -- "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

Eventually, the pink unicorn emerged.

Beautiful. If you got to meet any mythical beast, which would you choose? I think I'd choose a fire-breathing dragon, but only if I got to keep it as my own flying mount. Could you imagine me riding a dragon into battle? "You'd fall off." That bastard would probably drop me in a volcano." Good luck Addison, and keep believing.

Keep going for several more shots of Addison meeting the unicorn, but be sure to check out the official Make A Wish project page for the pictures and story of her whole adventure.

It will be fun to find out...



I wish they would re-do this ad with the same cast.  It would be fun to find out how they turned out.  I bet Karen has a smoker's voice now...

Daily Spider-Man! Nobody puts Spider Sense in the corner!


Ahoy! Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRrrrr!


V/H/S 3 trailer looks awesome!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Birthday AC

Please join me in wishing AC a super happy birthday!

If I haven't been banned for inactivity...HandsomeStan Senior wrote a book!



Hey gang! I'm appearing out of nowhere with a shameless plug for my dad's new debut novel - Song Of Atlantis. I tagged some of you in my Facebook post about it, but I thought I'd try to re-emerge here with an offer of something cool that I know everybody here will get a kick out of. He's self-publishing through Amazon, and my brother and I have been roped in as his de facto "social media" experts, due to the sole fact that we actually know how to use our Facebook pages.

Global conspiracies, the Pyramids, Atlantis - it's generally awesome nerdy sci-fi stuff that is right up everyone's alley here. I also felt like I deserved a co-writer credit, or at least the epigraph, as I helped him edit and re-work a sizable chunk of the book. Anyway, it's some great stuff, and he poured a ton of time and effort into it. 98 shopping days until Christmas!

I figured I'd capitalize on the few slow weeks everyone has before the titular Horror season begins. I miss all of you terribly, and I'm so sorry to have vanished. At the end of an 80-hour workweek, I then go immediately to work for StanJr all weekend long. Fortunately he's happy and healthy after a tumultuous first year of life:



Love to everybody! THONNNNNNNNNNN!!!!

Daily Spider-Man! Actually Spidey, he is expecting exactly one visitor twenty stories up. Did you forget that Doc Ock is aware of your existence?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Box Office



They might be enemies in No Good Deed, but the combined star power of Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson helped the thriller take control of the box office this weekend. No Good Deed opened in first place with an impressive $24.5 million from 2,175 locations.

Even though mid-week tracking predicted a mid-teens opening for the $13 million pic, this debut wasn’t exactly a surprise for Screen Gems. “We really felt we were going to win. We felt we were in the zone and had a film that people were really going to like,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, tells EW. “We were always very high on the film and felt that it would really work. When you put all the elements together—great casting with Idris and Taraji, and this very, very suspenseful, taut thriller that Sam Miller delivered—it worked really well.”

Both stars were extremely active in promoting the film via their social media accounts. Sony suggests this helped the film play so well opening weekend. Audiences, who were about 60 percent female and 41 percent under the age of 30, gave the PG-13 rated pic a B+ Cinema Score This indicates that the film was not exactly what they’d expected, which could affect word-of-mouth buzz and future earnings. Still, No Good Deed doesn’t have much more to prove after such a strong debut. “It’s going to be hugely profitable for our company. It was made on a very reasonable budget and we almost doubled that in our first weekend,” says Bruer. “It’s going to be a very successful movie for us.”

Dolphin Tale 2, meanwhile, failed to match the $19.2 million debut of the first film, earning an estimated $16.5 million from 3,656 theaters to take second place. The Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment family pic cost a reported $36 million to produce and was expected to open in the $20 million range, but all hope is not lost: Audiences, who were 63 percent female and 44 percent under age 25, gave the film an A Cinema Score. It has the potential to hold pretty well in weeks to come. It’s also worth noting that the first film was released in 3-D, while the sequel was not shown in that format.

Holdovers took the remaining spots on the top five, including Disney and Marvel’sGuardians of the Galaxy, which took in $8.04 million domestically and $9.3 million internationally (42 territories), pushing both its domestic and international totals over $300 million for a $612 million global total. It’s the sixth Marvel release to cross the $600 million landmark and the film has yet to open in China.

Here’s the top five:

1. No Good Deed — $24.5 million
2. Dolphin Tale 2 — $16.5 million
3. Guardians of the Galaxy — $8.04 million ($305.9 million domestic total)
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $4.8 million ($181.04 domestic total)
5. Let’s Be Cops — $4.3 million ($72.9 million domestic total)

The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini opened in 809 theaters this weekend and took in an estimated $4.2 million, just missing a spot on the top five. The Dennis Lehane crime thriller will expand to around 1,000 theaters next weekend, though.

In limited release, The Skeleton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, took in an estimated $411K from 15 locations and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain earned an estimated $77.2K from four locations.

Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi Stand-Alone Film In The Works



From slashfilm, As little as we know about Star Wars Episode VII, we know even less about the Star Wars stand-alone films. We know Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank and directing the first two. We’ve heard they may be origin stories and rumors have run rampant of all the various characters that might be featured. Han Solo and Boba Fett are two of the best bets, but Yoda has been mentioned too, possibly a side character in Episode VII and now another name has entered the mix. A new rumor has hit that Lucasfilm is developing an Obi Wan Kenobi stand alone film. Out of all of those rumors, this is the one that makes the most sense.

The Obi Wan Kenobi stand alone film rumor comes from a source at MakingStarWars. Here’s the excerpt:

Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.

The official site voting mentioned there is the recent This is Madness Tournament, where Kenobi was voted the top character of all Star Wars characters including Han Solo, Boba Fett, Yoda, even Darth Vader. That’s incredibly surprising when you look at merchandising and stuff, where characters like Vader, Fett and Solo dominate. However, The Clone Wars is incredibly popular with kids and Kenobi is a big star on that. The younger Star Wars generation has certainly embraced Kenobi and lead to his surge in popularity.

As for logistics, Lucasfilm already has a wonderful and popular actor in the role: Ewan McGregor. That takes casting, arguably the biggest hurdle in these stand-alone films, out of the equation entirely. Plus, McGregor himself has said he’d love to return as Kenobi and even offered his own idea of what could happen in a Obi Wan Kenobi stand alone film.

McGregor says the only time period he could get away with would be between Episodes III and IV. That would also allow the film to tie into, or allow references to, the events in Star Wars Rebels. We know that series will tease atEpisode VII and Lucasfilm is all about synergy in the new films. All things considered, an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone movie almost seems like it should be the first one in 2016. They have the star, they have the tight window for a story, they have a popular character and they would get zero blow back from fans who might not want to see Han Solo as a kid or Boba Fett learning to fly.