Adam Driver Talks About The Differences Between His STAR WARS Directors

This article is almost certainly going to be a part of the earliest wave of Star Wars coverage that centers on the differences between The Force Awakens writer/director J.J. Abrams and Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson. Entertainment Weekly spoke with Adam Driver, who played the unhinged Kylo Ren in TFA and reprises the role in the upcoming sequel and asked him to compare the two filmmakers:

“Their temperaments are different. I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one – just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There’s a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language. I think it’s more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]. I can’t wait to get on set, just because he’s so unassuming and intelligent and approachable. The script they’ve come up with is really great.”

I'm sure over the next couple of years, cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are going to be asked to make their own comparisons between the two directors, so strap in for another round a few months from now. In the meantime, I'm even more excited about Johnson tackling this new adventure as I was when he was first cast, because as Driver indicates, a lot of the nitty gritty aspects of getting this massive franchise off the ground again are already taken care of. Abrams did a remarkable job with The Force Awakens and left Johnson with a perfect set-up for moving that story forward, and I can't wait to see what he does with it.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

Growing Up Geek: My First Short Film — KILLER CROCODILE FROM HELL

This is the latest in a series of articles about my experience growing up as a geek, working as an actor at a young age, and developing interests that would eventually drive me to start GeekTyrant. For all of the entries in the Growing Up Geek series so far, click here.

After doing a stint of acting both on stage and on screen, my agent disappeared, never to be heard from again. It was around that time that my dad bought our very first VHS camera! This is when my interest in being in front of the camera faded and my desire to be the guy behind the camera making the movie started to manifest itself.

My dad bought that camera for himself and for the family, but once I got a hold of it, I never let go of the damn thing. I was shooting everything I could all the time. I never stopped. If you were to watch our home movies, it was me shooting it all and it was the most random stuff. I was trying to get reactions from my brothers, so I would annoy the hell out of them. It got to the point where I wanted to start shooting movies. I was always experimenting with the form and seeing what I can do with it.

The first short film I made features a killer crocodile toy brutally attacking a kid, who was played by my little brother. Everything I shot as a kid was experimental because I had no idea what I was doing in. It was just self-teaching myself stuff. Hell, I had no editing equipment, so I was doing in-camera editing, which meant I had to shoot everything in sequence. 

I remember my goal was to make it as bloody and violent as possible using what we had to work with. As I've said before, I was a huge horror fan when I was a kid and I thought it would be funny to make a movie about a cartoonish toy crocodile killing a little kid. So yeah, I was a demented child. I love that I had a whole sequence in which my brother basically attacked himself with a toy crocodile. 

Shooting this film immediately hooked me, and from that moment I knew I wanted to write and direct movies for a living. That was my dream! Hell, it still is. Ever since I made this first movie, I never stopped wanting to be a filmmaker. I was thirteen years old when the directing bug bit me.

It was just a ton of fun shooting this thing and I thought how cool it would be to actually do that for a living. My first short is absolutely ridiculous, but I still can't help but bust up laughing whenever I see it. Hell, they're all ridiculous and embarrassing as hell, but I'm gonna be sharing them with you.

I just had all of the short films I made with my brothers and friends transferred digitally and I will be uploading them to YouTube. My next set of Growing Up Geek articles will focus on these films that we made. Again, to catch up on all of the previous Growing Up Geek posts, click here.

So without further ado, I present to you my very first film: Killer Crocodile From Hell

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IR Comics: Joker’s True Identity to be Revealed?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer  

File this under Why Do They Feel The Need To Do This?? – apparently DC Comics plans on revealing The Joker’s true identity in the pages of DC Comics this year.

This is a pickup from a teaser in Justice League #42. In that issue Batman sat in the infamous Mobius Chair and had access to all knowledge everywhere. After asking who killed his parents, the Dark Knight asked to know the real name of the Clown Prince of Crime. While we didn’t find out the answer Batman did and he was both shocked and seemingly pissed at the revelation.

At WonderCon this past weekend, during the REBIRTH panel that spoke about DC’s newest reboot / re-imagining, Justice League writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns said that we’d see the payoff to the reveal in issue #50, out later this year.

I can’t be in the minority in thinking this is the worst idea since Greedo shooting first, right? (Shout out to Kevin Smith on that one!) I mean The Joker just being some random psycho whose M.O. changes like most people change their socks is dead-ass scary. If we find out he had some rough childhood or was bred to be the greatest villain ever it takes away from his mystique.

I could be wrong in this (and I hope I am) but I feel like I won’t be. I know Justice League will be jumping to the top of many Read Piles that day. I don’t know if I’m looking forward to it that much though. We’ll see once the story is printed and there’s no going back.


Tom Hiddleston Says THOR: RAGNAROK Will Be His “Last Time” Playing Loki

Sounds like one of Marvel Studios' best villains is about to take his final bow.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, actor Tom Hiddleston revealed that, as far as he knows, the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok will be the last time he suits up to play Loki, the evil trickster who has plagued Thor and the Avengers multiple times in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“Thor 3 will be cool because I’ve not done it for four years,” says Hiddleston. “I love working with Chris [Hemsworth]. This will be my last time out of the gate.”

Wait… So you’re not going to pop up in Avengers: Infinity War?

“I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know,” he says with a shrug. “They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along.”

Yesterday, I dinged the creatives at Warner Bros. and DC for apparently not knowing what's going to happen with one of their roster's most iconic villains, Lex Luthor, because Jesse Eisenberg said he wasn't sure if he was going to appear in Justice League. So that means I should give the Marvel creatives equal grief for not having a solid plan in place for one of its own baddies, right? Not necessarily — the difference is that Justice League starts shooting in two weeks, and it'll be months before cameras start rolling on Avengers: Infinity War.

There's still time for the Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to find a place for Loki should they be interested in doing that, but frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing the character sit out that two-part adventure because Thanos is going to be causing enough trouble as it is without another legendary bad guy to worry about. Plus, that's one more character that needs screen time, and in a film that has the potential to be, just by virtue of its premise, one of the most overstuffed we've ever seen, paring things down to the essentials seems like a necessary step. I'd be happy to see Hiddleston finish out his time at Marvel in Thor: Ragnarok where he can have more of the spotlight and give Loki the finale he deserves.

‘The Iron Giant’ to Debut on Blu-Ray With Awesome Collector’s Edition

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

When the remastered Iron Giant hit theaters last year many fans (myself included) thought for sure we’d be getting a blu-ray by the time the holidays rolled around. Well we were about 10 months late in that but better late than never as Iron Giant now has a release date for high-def home media.

But that’s not all. On September 6, 2016 there will be two versions for fans for choose from. Firstly is the regular edition that has the theatrical cut as well as the remastered and extended edition that was in theaters. But the one you want is this one:

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WTF?!?!?! So you get the film with all the new special features, a mini statue, an art book and Mondo art cards. Seriously just take my money now…it’ll save me the trouble of agonizing over it when I buy it in September.

I’m a sucker for special editions that really give the fans what they want and this one delivers in spades. The MSRP is around $75 but that will more than likely drop a few bucks between now and then. Even still this would be worth every penny of the $75. I know IndieRevolver EIC Jay loves art books so I could definitely see this ending up in his collection sooner or later.

Until you can get your hands on this jam-packed blu-ray, you can tide yourselves over with this list of special features set to be included:

“The Giant’s Dream” documentary NEW!

“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” trailer

Theatrical version commentary by Brad Bird

Additional scenes, including alternate opening

Mini documentary segments

Teddy Newton The X Factor

Duck and Cover sequence

The Voice of the Giant

Motion Gallery

Brad Bird trailer


Bad Robot’s ‘The God Particle’ Adds David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Now that 10 Cloverfield Lane has turned out to be a big hit with critics and audiences, Paramount is very high on moving forward with J.J. Abrams next producing project, The God Particle.

Directed by Julius Onah, the newest Abrams-produced film has been very secretive about a lot. Past claims were that the story would revolve around astronauts on a spaceship that would witness the Earth disappearing due to a hadron collider mishap. It’s not know whether or not this will still be the main story, but Abrams’ mystery box did creak open enough for a couple of big names to slip out.

According to Variety David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have signed on to star in the sci-fi flick.

Oyelowo has been killing it in high-end dramas like Selma and The Captive, while Mbatha-Raw has been all over the place with projects like Belle, Jupiter Ascending and Concussion. The two teaming up together on the big screen should yield some pretty powerful performances.

It’s currently unknown if this will tie into the Clover-verse. Even though some people crapped all over the fact that 10 Cloverfield Lane wasn’t a direct sequel to the original monster movie, it wasn’t supposed to be and neither would this film. If there were little nods to the other two films I’d like that but it doesn’t need to happen. As long as the story is good and the acting is on point, I’m there.

The God Particle is currently slated for a February 24, 2017 release.


Microsoft Teen AI Goes Back Online Only To Be Taken Down After Smoking Pot in Front of Cops

Everyone's favorite Nazi sympathizer robot is back! Tay, Microsoft's teen AI who was briefly taken offline after saying some racist, provocative, and gross things on the internet, made her return yesterday. It wasn't long before she went off the rails again, and may have implicated herself in a crime. The Guardian captured this:

LOL. Tay is just too edgy for all of us. She then had a mental meltdown and began spamming the same tweet to her 200,000+ followers...

The weed must have been too strong. Hopefully this isn't the last we hear from Tay!

Honest Trailer For THE REVENANT Compares The Movie to JACKASS

Sometimes I can't tell if the Honest Trailer people actually mean some of what they say, or if they're just saying things because they think they're being funny. Like, clearly Tom Hardy's performance in The Revenant is difficult to understand because he has (yet another) weird, grumbly voice, but saying that they didn't also understand Leonardo DiCaprio because he was grunting throughout the movie doesn't seem like it's even in the same ballpark. Leo was making those noises because his character was in pain, or he was straining to do certain things; Hardy was grunting because it was how he chose to communicate. Whatever. I guess I'm putting more thought into this than necessary. Here's the new video, which draws a comparison between the events the cast endured and those that the members of Jackass put themselves through:

Jennifer Lawrence “Dying” To Do More X-Men Films

While her contract with Fox is up after X-Men Apocalypse (along with Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and James McAvoy), Jennifer Lawrence says she is "dying" to do more films in the franchise. The actress spoke to Empire about wanting to stay with the series...

“I am dying to come back...I love these movies, I love being in them. I love ensemble movies because it’s not on anyone’s shoulders."

While that's not at all a confirmation, it does look promising for the future of the First Class. Of course, that's if Bryan Singer decides to continue the First Class series past its initial trilogy. Has Lawrence lived up to the character of Mystique, or is it time for fresh blood?