TV & Film

Obsessive ‘Star Wars’ Fans Are Creating a ‘Despecialized Edition’ to Undo George Lucas’s Alterations

In case you couldn't tell from the 200 posts we did on Episode VII casting rumors, this whole Star Wars thing is kind of a big deal. In fact, you might say people obsess over it.

That being said, when it comes to Star Wars, there are obsessions, and then there are OBSESSIONS. It's one thing to read every casting rumor, but quite another to completely remaster the original trilogy.

Oh yes. Remaster the original trilogy.

As you probably know, about 30 different editions of Star Wars have been released over the last 15 years, and every time George Lucas has gone back and made tweaks and changes. In each case, Lucas has justified these alterations by saying he only does the stuff he originally wanted to do, but could not because of technological limitations. But hardcore fans don't want to hear any excuses. They like the original trilogy the way they first saw it, and in their eyes Lucas is just messing with perfection.

Still, they wouldn't even mind so much if they could still go back and watch the original, unaltered trilogy. And earlier this week there were rumors that such an edition was going to be released on BluRay. But Disney put an end to that pretty quickly. So Star Wars nerds are left with just two options: dig the old VCR out of their parents' basements and watch the trilogy in brilliant 25p, or just create a NEW old (but completely remastered) Star Wars of their own.

Well, one group of obsessed fans decided on option B. They've been painstakingly piecing together a version of Episode IV that's as close to the original as possible. And they call it the "Despecialized Edition."

Take a look:

Now that's a labor of love. Passionate, obsessive, nerdy love.

[via MTV]

Aaron Paul Is Putting on a ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate the Show’s Last Emmy Awards

If you're a Breaking Bad fan, on Monday you're going to want to call in sick at work and get yourself on out to Hollywood. Aaron Paul, a.k.a. Jessie Pinkman, is having a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt.

Of course, the show has been over for almost a year now, so it's not a promotion. Instead, Paul says he just wants to thank fans for helping make Breaking Bad—and in turn, him—such a huge success.

But why Monday? Because the 2014 Emmy Awards are on Monday. And even if you have already said goodbye to Walt, Jessie, and the gang, for the people who worked on the show for seven years, the Emmy's will be their last time all together in one room. So it's only natural that Paul would want to celebrate the show one more time.

Here is Paul's official announcement, which came via Instagram:

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a Saul Goodman action figure, or maybe a painting of Walter White on black velvet.

[via Variety]

Evangeline Lilly’s New ‘Ant-Man’ Hairdo Certainly Won’t Quell Rumors that She’ll Eventually Become ‘The Wasp’

At Comic-Con 2014 it was officially announced that Evangeline Lilly would join the cast of Marvel's Ant-Man as Hope Pym, daughter of Hank Pym, who is being played by Michael Douglas. And that was nice. But since then there's been speculation-a-plenty that Lilly won't only be playing Hope Pym. With Marvel reportedly looking to diversify their stable of white male superheroes, a lot of people have been suggesting that Lilly might eventually become The Wasp.

Now, as you comic experts out there already know, Hope Pym was not The Wasp in the original comics. It was Janet van Dyne. However, The Wasp was one of the founding members of The Avengers and the partner of Hank Pym, so bringing this character into the mix just makes all kinds of sense. And it just so happens that Evangeline Lilly looks quite a bit like The Wasp comic nerds know and love.

Just take a look at her new Ant-Man hairdo:

See what I mean? Evangeline would make a perfect Wasp, and fanboys already love here. It's a match made in heaven.

[via Screen Rant]

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Join Julia Louis-Dreyfuss for Pawn Parody Emmy Promo

And It's Really Good
It might even make you consider watching the Emmy Awards...

Generally speaking, I'm about as interested in watching the Primetime Emmys as I am in watching professional darts over on ESPN2. And in case you didn't pick up on my sarcasm, just so we're clear, I have absolutely no interest in watching professional darts over on ESPN2.

However, if the promo the Television Academy yesterday is any indication whatsoever of the direction the actual awards ceremony is going to take, I'm all in. Because the promo is brilliant. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to play slimy pawn brokers trying to make a deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss who, playing herself, has come into their store—Barely Legal Pawn—to sell her Seinfeld Emmy. The thing is filled with little winks and references that to Breaking Bad, which makes you, the viewer, feel smart. But mostly it's just funny because Cranston, Paul, and Louis-Dreyfuss are all damn fine actors.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on ABC on Monday, August 25, at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.

The Rock Says He’s Definitely in ‘Shazam,’ But Hasn’t Decided Whether to Be the Good Guy or the Bad Guy

Back in January, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-Hercules got on Twitter and announced that he was "partnering" up with WB for an upcoming DC Comics superhero flick. And while "partnering up" seemed like a bit of a stretch—in my experience it's the studios, not the actors, who tend to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to getting movies made—after months of rampant speculation and eager anticipation (okay, I honestly forgot all about it), we know which project Herc will be in. And as you know from reading and clicking on the title of this post, it's Shazam.

Here's the interesting part, though. We still don't know who Johnson is going to play. It could be the titular good guy, Shazam, a.k.a. Captain Marvel (yes, I know that's confusing, which is why Marvel sued DC Comics to make them stop officially calling him that). Or it could be his arch enemy, Black Adam.

Long ago, before Batfleck and the Justice League, when Man of Steel was just a glint in Zack Snyder's eye, Dwayne Johnson was in talks to appear in a Shazam movie. And at that time, it was Black Adam he wanted to play.

Now, word on the street is that Johnson would still prefer the challenge of playing the bad guy. However, with the DC heroes universe in development, playing the good guy in multiple pictures would make him a hell of a lot more money. So it's understandable why the guy would reconsider.

Personally, I'd love to see The Rock play the good guy. But I highly doubt anyone is going to ask me for my opinion.

[via Screen Rant]

Don Pardo, Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Passes Away at the Age of 96

The English speaking world lost one of it's most iconic voices on Monday. Don Pardo, who announced "It's Saturday Night Live!" to the world for an incredible 38 years, passed away in Tucson at the age of 96.

SNL wasn't Pardo's only gig, of course. He got his start in radio in the 1940s, and long before Lorne Michaels hired him in 1975, Americans new him—or rather, they knew his voice—from both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!.

Still, if you are under the age of 40, chances are Pardo's rich Baritone and old-fashioned cadence are etched into your brain because you grew up watching Saturday Night Live. Pardo literally introduced the world to such superstars as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Mike Meyers, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey. And that alone is one hell of an achievement.

According to the New York Times, Lorne Michaels said SNL will certainly do some sort of tribute to Pardo next season.

It'll probably be pretty damn good.

Ivan Reitman Elaborates on Why He Won’t Direct ‘Ghostbusters 3′

We learned back in March that the folks trying to make Ghostbusters 3, a film that's been in the works for decades, hope to begin filming in 2015, despite the fact that Harold Ramis (Egon Spangler) has passed away and Bill Murray (Peter Vankman) simply has no interest. We also learned, not coincidentally, that it will basically be a kind of reboot, and that Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two instalments of the franchise, would not be returning for numero tres.

At that time, Reitman said the passing of Ramis was a major factor in his decision. Now, however, in an interview with SuperHeroHype, he's elaborated on his thought process, and it turns out that it's not just because his longtime collaborator is gone.

I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn’t necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn’t need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way... I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we’re going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film. But the franchise could benefit from somebody else’s point of view. I’ve done it twice before and it will be great to get somebody else to lend a hand as well.

Reitman hasn't directed a hit movie in a long time, but he's still a successful producer and a very smart guy. So he understands that the franchise would actually be better off getting a completely fresh start with a more relevant director, just like Star Wars is better off with J.J. Abrams over George Lucas. And the latest directing rumor, in case you were wondering, has him looking at Paul Feig (Bridesmaids).

Stay tuned.

[via Screen Rant]