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LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

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LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation is the latest installment in the LEGO Star Wars saga. The movie promises to be another fun-filled family getaway in a galaxy far, far away. With all your favorite characters from Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and many more from all over the franchise, it’s sure to delight every fan, young and old. And if you plan to watch this movie in a bad mood, be careful, it’s a trap!

LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation is the third movie in its franchise and will follow up 2020’s Holiday Special and 2021’s Terrifying Tales. It’s also, technically, a sequel to The Rise of Skywalker since the movie will take place after the events of Episode IX, when our heroes defeated the evil emperor. Everyone seems to be in good spirits, though, because summer vacation is in full swing when everyone sets off for an adventure without any nasty bad guys to worry about. Obi-Wan Kenobi even sneaks his way into the shenanigans as a Force ghost.

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There’s lots to look forward to with the crew’s adventure. There’s even one surprise star that will feature his music and get you laughing with jokes. Everyone’s got a story about a crazy vacation. Now, see vacation go crazy in the Star Wars universe! Here’s everything we know about LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation.

Summer Vacation: The Plot

This summer vacation is bound to be more than just a day at the beach. David Shayne, writer and producer of many LEGO Star Wars films, gave everyone just a little taste of what might happen, “I don’t know how all your vacations went, but my family vacations have often gone a little awry. That’s going to happen to them, maybe.” It sounds like someone’s vacation might be in danger of going off the rails a little bit. This movie might be one where we get a bit of a surprise.

In the recently released trailer, Finn plans to take everyone on one last big hurrah for the end of summer. So, he gathers up all his friends, including Rey, Poe, Rose, Chewie, BB-8, R2-D2, and C-3PO, and heads out for good times and relaxing vibes. But that’s not everyone who will be joining the party. They all board the extremely fancy star cruiser, the Halcyon, built for awesome parties, but plans quickly fall apart when Finn gets separated from the rest of the group.

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It seems that Finn might have a few lessons to learn about what it really means to go on an adventure. Three force ghosts, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Leia Organa, all appear to Finn, each telling him a story of how one of their trips has gone wrong but still turned out great in the end anyway. It looks like Finn may need to find out that vacations are about more than just having fun.

Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are also on board to cause some trouble. In the trailer, Palpatine is instantly obsessed when someone announces a party contest to see who will become “rulers” of the beach. Palpatine’s megalomaniac side kicks in, and he commands everyone to start a limbo contest. Darth Vader raises the stakes when he replaces the limbo bar with his fully ignited lightsaber. The whole movie is filled with good spirits. Even though Palpatine may have been defeated, his grumpy face and sheer denial of the fact he is not the greatest being in the universe make for a hilarious parody of the real Star Wars movies.

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Summer Vacation: The Cast

If this movie didn’t sound weird enough already, it’s about to get a little weirder because it features music and parody star Weird Al Yankovic! That’s right, Weird Al will be joining the cast to voice Vic Vankoh, the human musician who once performed on the planet Scarif for an audience of Sith Lords. LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation will also feature some of Weird Al’s music, making it sure to tickle your funny bone.

Related: LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation Trailer Breakdown: Surf’s Up on Scarif

The movie will also star Yvette Nicole Brown from Community as Colvett Valeria; Paul F. Thompkins from BoJack Horseman as Rad; Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced the famous Captain Rex in The Clone Wars, will play Boba Fett; Matt Lanter, who voiced Anakin Skywalker in the same series, will reprise his role here. James Arnold Taylor, who was also in The Clone Wars, will join them to play Obi-Wan Kenobi. Helen Sadler, who has voiced Rey in LEGO Star Wars movies before this, will be doing so again.

Summer Vacation will also include some stars from the feature films, including Kelly Marie Tran reprising her role as Rose Tico; Billy Dee Williams showing up to voice Lando Calrissian; and the eternal voice of C-3P0 all the way from A New Hope, Anthony Williams will be here as well. It is an excellently assembled cast to create a wonderful new family adventure for the LEGO Star Wars series.

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Disney+ will release the movie on the platform on August 5, 2022.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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