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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Rumor: Simon Pegg Has Filmed A Secret Role In 'Star Wars Episode VII'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 9:01 AM
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We can't even go to sleep without some new "Star Wars" rumor hitting the internet. Yesterday brought whispers that "Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan might be penning a Boba Fett movie (which in turn, means that Gareth Edwards is probably making something else for his 2016 spin-off film), but this morning there's some more tittle-tattle, suggesting that a crown prince of cinematic geekery will be cropping up in "Episode VII."

So If Lawrence Kasdan Is Writing The Boba Fett Movie, What's Gareth Edwards' 'Star Wars' Spin-Off About?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 4:32 PM
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Gareth Edwards, Star Wars
Another day, another "Star Wars" rumor, but one that, if it turns out to be true, would throw an interesting twist into the developing details over the grand Disney plan over the next few years. At this point, we know that "Episode VII" is coming out at Christmas 2015, with at least "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX." to follow at some stage. We also know that "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards is directing the first of the stand-alone spin-off movies, to be written by "The Book Of Eli"'s Gary Whitta, and scheduled for release in December 2016, and that "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" helmer Josh Trank will do another spin-off at some point after that.

Cancelled 'Star Wars: Underworld' TV Series Would Have Featured Young Versions Of Han, Chewie & Lando

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 11:59 AM
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We're about to hit an era of non-stop "Star Wars"—next year will bring J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII," with Gareth Edwards' spin-off a year later, and "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX" following, with the Josh Trank stand-alone picture coming down somewhere in between. But the new phase of "Star Wars" could have looked very different back in the days before Disney snapped up the rights to George Lucas' universe.

'Chronicle' & 'Fantastic Four' Director Josh Trank To Helm 'Star Wars' Standalone Spinoff Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 12:10 PM
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Josh Trank, Star Wars
We gotta say, we like Disney's gameplan here. With J.J. Abrams shepherding the mainline saga continuing "Star Wars: Episode 7," the studio is tapping rising young talent for their planned standalone spinoff films. "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards will be doing the first one, due into cinemas in 2016, and now another exciting name has joined the franchise.

J.J. Abrams Hits Twitter To Ask For 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Set Photo Leaks And Speculation To Stop

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 11:40 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
Here's something that in light of the "Ant-Man" news and this current "Star Wars: Episode 7" update, that might be worth remembering: studios, directors and artists working on films owe you absolutely nothing until they are ready to show off what they've been putting together. But over the past week, impatient fans and blogs have been posting or linking to set photos from "Star Wars: Episode 7." TMZ has been the main culprit, managing to get their hands on creature photos and other pics from the secure set of the highly anticipated sequel, while also claiming, due to photo evidence, that the Millennium Falcon is returning to the franchise as well. (Sorry, we're not linking to them but you know how to use Google, if you're really curious). But all of this has led to a much larger debate about the nature of spoilers and leaks in general.

Watch: All The Words From 'Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope' In Alphabetical Order In 45 Minutes

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 4, 2014 11:05 AM
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Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
There are things in life you didn't know you needed until you have them, and then suddenly you can't live without them. A 40-minute YouTube video of very word spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” rearranged alphabetically... is not one of those things. But the internet is one of those things (not that you remember a time before it, probably, you whippersnapper), and it is the thing that brings us things we don't need at all but turn out to be really great. Like, say, a 40-minute Youtube video of very word spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” rearranged alphabetically. Which is amazing.

Watch: 2-Hour Annotated 'Star Wars' Video Explores The Myriad Influences That Shaped A Classic

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 30, 2014 10:26 AM
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Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope George Lucas
Let's talk about the influences that shaped "Star Wars" for a moment—everyone name checks Joseph Campbell's "The Heroes With A Thousand Faces," Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Forteress" and countless "Flash Gordon" serials. Those are certainly among the key touchstones that George Lucas re-imagined into the most influential franchise in movie history, but there are countless other points of reference that shaped the fertile mind of a young auteur.

'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards To Helm 'Star Wars' Spin-off Set For 2016 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 7:00 PM
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Gareth Edwards, Star Wars
The career of Gareth Edwards is one that would make a film school student envious. His first film, "Monsters," was a labor of love, made on a shoestring budget, with the VFX largely done a laptop. The result? A solid indie highlighting a director with a real sense of mood and craft. That effort found him leveraged into the blockbuster "Godzilla," and no matter what you thought of it, the movie was a huge smash, opening last weekend over $90 million at the box office. So what does Edwards do next? He's doing to Disneyland. Kinda.

Wedge Antilles Actor Says He Passed On 'Star Wars 7,' Lando Calrissian Appears In 'Star Wars Rebels' As Consolation Prize

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2014 6:30 PM
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Wedge Antilles, Empire Strikes Back
Wedge Antilles is perhaps one of the most beloved minor characters in the original “Star Wars” universe. The rebel pilot and friend of Luke Skywalker appeared in all three of the original George Lucas films, survived the original successful attack on the Death Star, the defense of the Rebel base on Hoth, and along with Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon, was one of the lead pilots instrumental in taking down the Death Star for a third time in “Return Of The Jedi.”

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