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Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope | Watchalong!

The Jedi Alliance hosts sit in for a WatchAlong with Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope! Join Mark Donica, Joseph Scrimshaw for commentary on today’s movie! Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars saga, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew co-star in supporting roles. The plot focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire‘s space station, the Death Star. This conflict disrupts the isolated life of ambitious farmhand Luke Skywalker (Hamill) when he inadvertently acquires a pair of droids that possess stolen architectural plans for the Death Star. After the Empire begins a destructive search for the missing droids, Skywalker agrees to accompany Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness) on a mission to return the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance and save the galaxy from the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. Download, Rate and Review the Audio Version on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/watchalong!/id1050050922?mt=2

V For Vendetta | Watchalong!

Popcorn Talk Personalities sit in for a WatchAlong with V For Vendetta! Join Steve Kaufmann, Alan Kistler, and Bill Posley for commentary on today’s movie! Download, Rate and Review the Audio Version on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/watchalong!/id1050050922?mt=2 V for Vendetta is a 2006 political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Hugo Weaving portrays V, an anarchist freedom fighter who attempts to ignite a revolution against the brutal neo-fascist regime that has subjugated thedystopian United Kingdom and exterminated its opponents in concentration camps. Natalie Portman plays Evey, a working-class girl caught up in V’s mission, and Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to stop V. The film was originally scheduled for release by Warner Bros. on Friday, November 4, 2005 (a day before the 400th Guy Fawkes Night), but was delayed; it opened on March 17, 2006, to positive reviews. Alan Moore, having been dissatisfied with the film adaptations of his graphic novels From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), declined to watch the film and asked not to be credited. V for Vendetta has been seen by many political groups as an allegory of oppression by government; libertarians andanarchists have used it to promote their beliefs. David Lloyd stated: “The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way.”

Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith | Watchalong!

The Jedi Alliance hosts sit in for a WatchAlong with Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith! Join Mark Donica, Joseph Scrimshaw and guest Alexis Torres for commentary on today’s movie! Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman,Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Frank Oz. In Revenge of the Sith, set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the Jedi Knights are spread out across the galaxyleading a massive clone army in the war against the Separatists. The Jedi Council dispatches Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobito eliminate the notorious General Grievous, leader of the Separatist Army. Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, separated from his former master, grows close to Sheev Palpatine, the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, unknown to the public, a Sith Lord. Their deepening friendship manages to threaten the Jedi Order, the Republic and Anakin himself, who eventually yields to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader. Lucas began writing the script before production of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones began. Filming took place in Australia with additional locations in Thailand and Italy, and lasted over three months. Revenge of the Sith premiered on May 15, 2005 at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France and had its general release on May 19, 2005. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, especially in contrast to the mixed reviews of the previous two prequels. It is the last film in the Star Wars franchise to be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Revenge of the Sith broke several box office records during its opening week and went on to earn over $848 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film in the Star Wars franchise, unadjusted for inflation. It was the highest-grossing film of 2005 in the U.S. and the second-highest-grossing film of 2005 behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[1] At 140 minutes, it broke the streak of each Star Wars movie being longer than the last. As of June 2015, it is the42nd highest-grossing film of all-time. Download, Rate and Review the Audio Version on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/watchalong!/id1050050922?mt=2

Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones | Watchalong!

The Jedi Alliance hosts sit in for a WatchAlong with Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones! Join Mark Donica, Joseph Scrimshaw and guest John Rocha for commentary on today’s movie! Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (also known by its subtitle as, Attack of the Clones) is a 2002 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman,Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee and Frank Oz. The film is set 10 years after the events in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, when the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of planetary systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi is assigned to investigate the assassination attempt. Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan are drawn into the heart of the Separatist territories and the beginning of a new threat to the galaxy, the Clone Wars. Development of Attack of the Clones began in March 2000, after the release of The Phantom Menace. By June 2000, Lucas and Hales completed a draft of the script and principal photography took place from June to September 2000. It was primarily shot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, Australia, with additional footage filmed atTunisia, Spain and Italy. It was one of the first motion pictures to be shot completely on a high definition digital 24-frame system. Download, Rate and Review the Audio Version on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/watchalong!/id1050050922?mt=2

Thor: The Dark World | Anatomy of a Movie

In this show, AOM hosts Phil Svitek, John Comerford, Sara Stretton, Marisa Serafini and Demetri Panos discuss the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World, an American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the second Thor film following 2011’s Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Alan Taylor, with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins reprising their roles from the first, with newcomers Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Zachary Levi and Clive Russell joining the cast. The AOM hosts discuss everything from filmography, to casting/acting, directing, cinematography, editing, score, sound editing, etc. Helpful Links: Thor 2 IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/ Thor Official Website – http://marvel.com/thor Thor 2 Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hwGggrQL2g Tom Hiddleston Sings – http://www.thewrap.com/loki-thor-tomhiddleston-stand-by-me-karaoke Box Office Overview – http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2013/11/09/friday-box-office-thor-2-hammers-strong-31-million/ Article About “Guy” At End of Thor – http://www.slashfilm.com/whos-the-guy-at-the-end-of-thor-2-and-what-does-he-mean-for-the-marvel-cinematic-universe/ Jaimie Alexander (Sif) Denies Going Comando – http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/jaimie-alexander-denies-going-without-underwear-at-thor-2-premiere-wore-something-under-sheer-dress-20131511 What Happened to Odin? – http://screencrush.com/thor-2-odin/