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Shock news: Obama administration says NO to Death Star!

By Ed_Holden 15/01/2013 12:47

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Star Wars can add a new accolade to its already extensive list. It’s the first movie franchise to have one of its creations considered, and rejected, at The White House.

Over 25,000 American fans have been petitioning The White House to build a death star, signing an open letter stating that job creation, space exploration and national defence could all benefit from the construction of a death star, as seen destroying Alderaan in Part IV.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Obama administration has responded!

Here was the verdict on the petition as delivered by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

• The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
• The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
• Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Put Bin Laden and the re-election to one side. THIS is the Obama adminstration’s greatest triumph and an epic LOL if ever we saw one.

Now what else can we petition them for? Comments on postcard (or below if you can’t be bothered)…


This new shot of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man Of Steel, headed your way this Summer, hints at an all-out war between humankind and the forces of General Zod (Michael Shannon).

By Ed_Holden 05/01/2013 15:54

The most anticipated blockbuster of the year will continue to drip-feed hungry Superman fans a stream of videos, images and story details over the coming months.


This new image shows Henry Cavill's Superman in Man Of Steel with what appears to be a human army behind him. Michael Shannon will take on the iconic villain General Zod, against whom Cavill will fight for the future of Earth.


Man of Steel will be released in cinemas on June 14 2013.


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It's not a good press day for Twilight actor Bronson Pelletier, who was filmed urinating on the floor at an airport.

By Ed_Holden 04/01/2013 10:05

A video has leaked (sorry) onto the internet showing Twilight actor Bronson Pelletier drunkenly urinating on the floor at LAX airport.


The actor, who plays the werewolf character Jared in the Twilight movies, had been thrown off his flight for being too drunk. As a member of staff attempted to calm him down, he unexpectedly began relieving himself on the carpet.


As shocked passengers and staff looked on, the upcoming star was wrestled to the ground and cuffed by police. This will mean a second court date for Pelletier on top of his existing scheduled court appearance for crystal meth and cocaine possession.


His spokesman told TMZ that Pelletier "realises he has issues and will be entering a treatment programme for addiction in the near future".


The footage is as stark an image of a troubled young celebrity (Pelletier is only 25) as you're likely to see this year. Yeah we're calling this one early!


Robert Downey's Iron Man is going to be pushed to the limit in Iron Man 3, as evidenced by this new still.

By Ed_Holden 21/12/2012 15:58

Look at all the wear and tear on that Iron Man helmet!


Known for making it through with a cocky certainty that all will be well, Robert Downey's Iron Man will be having a tougher time of it than ever in Iron Man 3.


We love the comic book pane look of this new still.


Looks like Downey will be having a tougher time than ever at the hands of Ben Kingsley (The Mandarin) and Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian).


Iron Man 3 reaches us on 26 April.


I was lucky enough to catch the first nine minutes of footage from the highly anticipated 2013 blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness.

By Ed_Holden 14/12/2012 14:04

We begin in London in the year 2259, allowing JJ Abrams’ I-Max camera to sweep across a pretty amazing futuristic vision of the capital (we still have trees to go along with massive buildings and flying cars).


Noel Clarke (great part for him) is just about to give up on his terminally ill daughter when a sinister voice says “I can save her”. Yes, new villain Benedict Cumberbatch is about to leverage himself a new henchman. Yes, Cumberbatch, widely rumoured to be playing Khan (as in ‘Wrath Of’) is already a bit terrifying.


Cut to Class M Planet Nibiru, where our heroes Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) are escaping some hostile natives in a bizarre red forest. Meanwhile Spock (Zachary Quinto) is attempting to save the planet by dropping a ‘super ice cube’ into the volcano that’s about to blow them all to smitherines.


Sound like Star Trek much to you!? There’s definitely a nod to the original TV series in the way we launch straight into this planetary emergency scenario.


As you can imagine, it looks spectacular. Producer Bryan Burk told us that JJ Abrams fell in love with 3D and I-Max (in which the whole movie is shot) when he was introduced to the new technology and he’s actively pushing the boundaries here.


“Our villain is much stronger this time round,” Burk reports. And it’s true, Cumberbatch looks amazing in the brief flash we saw.


Currently billed as a character called John Harrison (though the weight of Khan rumours is pretty conclusive), Cumberbatch appears chuffed with his new villain. “He’s a terrorist. He does despicable things for what he thinks are good purposes,” he told us at the screening. “He’s a one-man army of destruction,” he added. And we can’t wait to see more of him!


By Ed_Holden 03/12/2012 10:41

The first poster for Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) has been released. This new artwork, depicting Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) back home on a destroyed planet earth, is accompanied by the following plot outline.

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.


When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.


With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.


As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Good luck JJ Abrams and crew. Can't wait!


Fans have been queuing for days to get a glimpse of those ever-popular Twilight stars...

By Ed_Holden 14/11/2012 12:39

Some fans have been queing since Saturday to get a look at their favourite Twilight stars. Insane or not, you have to admire their devotion!


They've sat through cold nights in 'a sea of sleeping bags and tents' as one reporter observed.


The fans have been communicating on Twitter under the hashtag '#tentcity' and reading their favourite 'Twilight literature' as they await the arrival of the premiere on Wednesday night.


Even some of the Twilight stars have been getting involved!



Actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the famous French erotic film Emmanuelle (1974), has died aged 60.

By Ed_Holden 18/10/2012 16:53

"She died during the night during her sleep," her agent Marieke Verharen said in a statement. Kristel had cancer and suffered a stroke in July.

Sylvia Kristel will be best remembered for Emmanuelle, the famous erotic film sometimes labelled ‘soft porn’. It told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife and was so popular that it played in some French cinemas for a decade.

Emmanuelle was considered a breakthrough movie for erotic cinema. In the UK it was given an ‘x’ rating by censors and was cut heavily before its release.

Kristel went on to star in several Emmanuelle sequels and more erotic films such as Lady Chatterly's Lover and Mata Hari.


There seems to be a sad reaction on Twitter from those who have 'fond memories' of the star and Emmanuelle.

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