[VIDEO] Check Out the 88 Second Early Teaser Trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

It’s finally here! Check out the :88 second, early teaser from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on iTunes Trailers now.

A possible renegade Stormtrooper, a desert speeder-bike type vehicle, a soccer ball looking astro-mech droid, low-flying X-wings skimming over water, Stormtroopers about to deploy out the back of a shuttle, the new villain with a awesome new lightsaber and the Millennium Falcon in a tie-fighter battle over what we can assume to be Tatooine?!?! WOW!!!

Check out some high rez stills below provided to us by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd.

And if you’re heading out to the movies this weekend, the teaser can also be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning today. Following this weekend, the teaser can be seen in theaters around the world this December. Check out StarWars.com for a complete list of theaters.

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 2: How to Improve Sequel Titling


A sequel by definition is unoriginal, so movie sequels already have one strike against them. Strike two comes from studios saddling them with unoriginal titles.

  • Cars 2
  • The Expendables 3
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Final Destination 5 (If they’re on the 5th film, then how final is this destination? Just saying.)

Humdrum titles like these do not instill audiences with confidence that the sequels themselves will be any good, though they are a great source for teaching kids how to count. The origins and motives for uncreative sequel titling are covered in the first part of this article, as is the case for creative sequel titling, so Analyze That…

Sequel-Title-Itis Part 1

…before you Analyze This.

Once Upon a Time “Smash the Mirror”- Season 4 Episode 8 (TV Review)

Previously on Once Upon a Time… Emma became fully aware how without training and control her magic could harm her loved ones. More specifically, the Snow Queen was able to manipulate Emma against her parents and in many respect her parents against her.

We saw what turned the once light magic that filled Ingrid, the Snow Queen’s heart into black magic, it was the isolation she felt from her sisters, and how Ingrid risked everything to protect her sisters from public scrutiny. Yet in the end it was the outside influence of the Duke of Wessleton, that penetrated the bond of sisterhood, that saw Ingrid into the urn, and her sister to the throne.



Lastly, Regina and Robin Hood’s love for one another could no longer be held back, but at what cost to Robin’s first love Maid Marion.

Read below for our recap and review of this weeks 2 part special of  “Once Upon a Time.”

TRAILER TUESDAY: Jurassic World, Pan, Cinderella, Strange Music, Pitch Perfect 2 and MORE!!!


Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!!!

Instead of bouncing around the net trying to find the latest trailers for the hottest films, just drop by Beyond the Marquee on TRAILER TUESDAY and we’ll load you up with what you need. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie or mind-provoking independent film, we always have a fun mix of the best of what’s to come.

So click ahead to check out this week’s trailers …


Penguins of Madagascar are Back! Cute and Cuddly as Ever (Film Review)



Cute, cuddly and comical Penguins of Madagascar puts on a good show for the kiddies and even us older folks. The story is quite silly, but that’s what makes this quartet of best buddies fun to watch. The soft CGI animation delivers a good look, especially the characters who are nice and squishy. Did I say that? Well anyway the film targets the right audience with tykes to teens loving all the humor that should even give dad and mom a few chuckles.

Part Two Of An Exciting STAR WARS: REBELS Story Arc Airs Tonight!


New episode airs tonight!


Tune into Disney XD tonight to see the second part of a STAR WARS story arc which began with last week’s “Empire Day” episode. Follow the Rebels as they continue to fight in their struggles against the oppressive Empire! Read on for more!

FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Win a DVD & T-Shirt from the Caped Crusader Inspired Movie About Real Heroism; LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT

It’s finally here! The powerful, feel-good documentary Legends of the Knight is out on DVD and on-demand platforms from Virgil Films!

Because Batman is a super hero without any actual super powers, he has spurred countless ordinary people to do the extraordinary. Whether facing a tough diagnosis at age five or dealing with a permanently disabling disease or visiting pediatric wards in full Batman attire, the Caped Crusader has inspired all kinds of everyday heroism for those facing great challenges and is the basis for this new Documentary by filmmaker Brett Culp.

In celebration for the release of the film, the team behind Legends of the Knight are offering up one of our Beyond the Marquee readers with a Limited Edition DVD and T-Shirt for this week’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY contest.

Click ahead for the trivia question and the official links on where you can learn more about the movie and order a copy for your home-video library.

FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Win a DVD Copy of the Superhero Crime Fighting Film “SEXINA” *PLUS* a Limited Edition “SEXINA” Movie Poster from Illustrator; Drew Struzan

Win the Sexina DVD and Movie Poster this week on FREE STUFF FRIDAY

Win the Sexina DVD and Movie Poster this week on FREE STUFF FRIDAY

Hey there, it’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY and our good pal, Director Erik Sharkey (who brought us the documentary “Drew the Man Behind the Poster“), now offers up to our Beyond the Marquee readers, a few DVD copies of his latest campy, super-hero comedy called “Sexina”. In addition, the 3 lucky BTM winners will also receive a limited print of the “Sexina” movie poster, designed by Drew Struzan himself.

Now on DVD from Wild Eye Releasing, Sexina is the world’s hottest teen pop star, but she’s also a secret crime-fighting detective battling evils in the music industry. When she discovers a missing scientist has been forced to create cyborg bands for “”The Boss”” of Glitz Records (TV Batman’s Adam West), the fists and power ballads fly!

“Sexina” features music by Davy Jones (The Monkees), and also starring Annie Golden (Orange Is The New Black).

Click ahead to check out our “Sexina” trivia question for your chance to win one of 3 sets of both the “Sexina” DVD and the movie poster!

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.08: The Things we Bury (T.V. review)


My wife and I usually watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together, a series that she initially didn’t want to watch at all. Now, however, she’s so into it that she watched the newest episode without me. Without me, the person who got her into it in the first place! (Same thing happened with Lost, though the roles were reversed.)

I was laid up by a cold and/or allergies (the jury’s still out) and didn’t watch the show until the following day. Nevertheless I had a heads up as to what to expect due to my wife’s unprompted bedside dialog:

“How you feeling? Can I get you anything? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is really dark. Maybe too dark.”  

The series is definitely dark, particularly of late, and episode #8 is no different. With a title like The Things we Bury, how could it not be? The title refers to physical burials involving dead bodies and a buried wishing well, plus emotional burials of past traumas, some involving said wishing well.

Most of this darkness stems from Grant “is he bad or good” Ward and his “Conjunction Junction, What’s your Dysfunction” family. He seems to want redemption, but he darkens so much in this episode that I join my wife in wondering — is he redeemable?

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1, Let the Rebellion Begin (Film Review)


It’s time for the rebellion to start and in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 the volatile story of Katniss Everdeen continues with able direction, adequate acting, but with the usual predictable storyline. The filming and CGI gets better than the last installment showing explosive battles that are more realistic looking than the games in Catching Fire. Characters are added and the rebel skirmishes become intense with Director Francis Lawrence cutting the film at a fairly reasonable intermission point. But most of the fan based audience will walk away empty with little more than a taste of what they hope will come in the finale.

*BTM EXCLUSIVE* Bob Gale Reveals the Dust Jacket of the New BACK TO THE FUTURE Collectibles Almanac

Bob Gale, co-writer and producer of the BTTF Trilogy holds the printers proof for the “Back to the Future Almanac”

Today, history…future history, just happened to be made when Bob Gale, co-creator/writer/producer of the Back to the Future trilogy, succeeded in signing off on the printer’s proof of the new, soon-to-be-released, “Back to the Future Almanac”.

Jennifer Smith, co-author of the book and our resident Beyond the Marquee Sci-Fi correspondent, sent BTM staffers a picture of our good friend, Mr. Gale, proudly holding up the new book complete with dust jacket. No word yet on whether they opted to utilize dust-repellent paper. Underneath the customized jacket, the book’s cover actually does resemble the 2015 Grays Sports Almanac as seen in Back to the Future Part II. A fitting tribute and design for a real life Back to the Future Almanac.

Published by Arkitext Ltd., the “Back to the Future Almanac” (1985-2015) will be the Official Collector’s Guide for all things Back to the Future covering merchandise made throughout 30 years of the complete movie trilogy, “Back to the Future: The Animated Series,” the Universal theme park rides, the comic book series, and beyond. It’s the best thing fans can get for time-travelling back through decades of memorabilia, artwork, books, time machines and the toys created for the greatest film trilogy of all time.

Hover on to read more about how you can bet on getting this Almanac in your collection.

Check out Annie Leibovitz’s Photography of Lily James in the New Poster for Disney’s CINDERELLA

Cinderella Payoff Poster

Cinderella Payoff Poster

This morning Walt Disney Studios released the final one-sheet poster for their upcoming 2015 release of CINDERELLA. Featuring Lily James as Cinderella, the character images were photographed by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for the film’s campaign.

This live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Additional photos by Annie Leibovitz featuring the cast from the film can be seen in the costume feature of Vogue magazine’s December issue, on stands now.

Click ahead for a look at the films trailer and to read more about this classic fairy-tale come to life when it opens in theaters March 13, 2015!

TRAILER TUESDAY: 50 Shades of Grey, Mortdecal, The Peanuts Movie, The Cobbler, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and MORE!!!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Instead of bouncing around the net trying to find the latest trailers for the hottest films, just drop by Beyond the Marquee on TRAILER TUESDAYS and we’ll load you up with what you need. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie or mind-provoking independent film, we always have a fun mix of the best of what’s to come.

So click ahead to check out this week’s trailers …

Visual Futurist Syd Mead Presents “Christmas Fantasies” for the First Time Ever!

Syd Mead presents Christmas Fantasies for the first time ever!

Syd Mead presents Christmas Fantasies for the first time ever!

Illustrator of the future; Syd Mead is best known for his industrial and film design of science fiction films including: Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron, Mission Impossible III, and most recently the soon to be released Tomorrowland starring George Clooney.

If you or a someone you know who is a fan of Syd Mead and live in the Southern California area, you’ve got to check out Syd Mead’s never-before-seen Christmas Fantasies presentation and celebration with visual futurist and concept artist Syd Mead himself.

This rare event that presents a glimpse into the future of our most cherished fantasies as only Syd can do, takes place on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00pm at Forest Lawn Museum. Syd will be unveiling for the first time to the public his Christmas card series, followed by a special Q&A and Sentury II book signing session with Syd!

This is a one time only event that promises to be a memorable experience! Admission and parking are FREE!!!

Click ahead for more details about the event and if you can make it, RSVP ASAP because seats are limited, oh and let them know you heard about it on BeyondTheMarquee.com

STAR WARS: REBELS “Empire Day” Airs Tonight on Disney XD!

Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD

Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD

In the first of a two-part story arc, someone from Ezra’s past needs help to escape Imperial forces on Lothal in “Empire Day,” an all new episode of Star Wars Rebels!


The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions, the Perfect Gap Filler (Video Review)


If you are a lover of space travel science fiction, especially Star Wars, then you should run out and pick up Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions now on Blu-ray. This very cool animated series has all the characters, space ships, exciting battles and drama that the theatrical films have. This series fills in the gaps between Star Wars II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith.


Phineas and Ferb Join the Rebels in Star Wars (Video Review)


The youngsters will have a blast watching the newest Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars now on Disney DVD. Revitalizing the classic space adventure with their adolescent comedy, the popular television cartoon series by Disney is a hoot. And, the DVD Includes Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars full-length adventure along with five added episodes. There’s a special carbonite keychain of Perry in the box for the serious Phineas and Ferb fans and replicates Han Solo’s encrustation by Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.07: The Writing on the Wall (T.V. review)


I could easily sit here and summarize the plot for this week’s episode entitled The Writing on the Wall. I could synopsize the subplots and truncate the character arcs. If given enough time, I could recap, rehash, reiterate, and regurgitate the hell out of it and then, once the proverbial dust had settled, I could regurgitate that regurgitation into more regurgitation just like a mother bird feeding her young!

But I digress.

Wouldn’t you rather read my thoughts on Agent ________’s eyebrows instead? Of course you would. So with that in mind, I’ll let Skye sum up the show…

SKYE: “Ward has information about my father who just happens to have the alien buzzkill device, which is somehow connected to the writing that is related to the G.H. serum that is in our blood. It’s like we’re pieces to a puzzle.”

That was more of a “you are here” reorientation than a summary, but so be it. On to the episode/eyebrow review.

Now You Can Own an Authentic TOP GUN Jacket


Now you can be a Top Gun with this replica movie jacket

If you or someone you love absolutely loves the 1986 movie Top Gun, and we mean REALLY loves the movie, Top Gun, then you’ve got to head over to online shopping site, Hammacher Schlemmer, and check out the recently added, Authentic Top Gun Jacket!

If you enjoy the SkyMall catalog in the back seats of airplanes, then it’s worth your time to check out Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s longest running catalog for Unique Gifts, Gadgets, Electronics, and More. And one of those “mores” now happens to be a leather bomber jacket, meticulously reproduced with all of the details of the jacket worn by Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the iconic movie, Top Gun.

And the retail price? Hold onto your flight-stick, ONLY, $849.95 (and this is why we emphasized you must REALLY Love Top Gun)!

The jacket has all 17 patches found on the original, including those honoring the USS William H. Standley, the USS Galveston CLG 3, and other destroyers for their support during naval aviation strikes. It is made from vegetable tanned goatskin that is hand-cut, sewn, and gently aged to create subtle creases and a warm patina that evokes a classic, battle-tested jacket. The jacket has the iconic mouton collar and small details such as the Navy anchor pin on one of the front pockets and the wool and nylon cuffs and waistband that were hallmarks of Maverick’s coat. With a satin smooth lining, zippered front with a full wind flap, and vented underarm gussets. And here’s the best part, it has a Lifetime Guarantee!

With only 6 more Friday’s until Christmas, there is no time like the “present” (see what we did there?) to start your holiday shopping. Why not start with this!

Once Upon a Time “The Snow Queen”- Season 4 Episode 7 (TV Review)

Previously on Once Upon a Time… Emma and Elsa realized that the Snow Queens intention was to create a new family, with the two of them as her specially selected sisters.

"ONCE UPON A TIME"- The Snow Queen

“ONCE UPON A TIME”- The Snow Queen

Meanwhile, through Belle’s insecurities, in terms of her knowledge about the whereabout of Anna, Belle faces the truth by telling Elsa the truth about Anna.

Regina had demanded that Robin Hood keep her out of his life, so that he could fall back in love with his first true love, Maid Marion.

Lastly, there was a huge can of worms presented when Grand Papi told Anna that Gerda did have two older sisters and that they had been erased from the public record. When Anna pressed him why, he said that Ingrid and Helga had disappeared in the royal garden, and that they were never spoken of or heard of again.

Click ahead for our recap and review of this weeks latest episode of “Once Upon a Time.”

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