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ABC News(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Almost as soon as Imperial Stormtroopers blasted their way onto the big screen in 1977, Star Wars fans have wanted to know where and how to get their own suit of ultra-cool white armor.

But you either had to have the serious skills needed to build your own or had to deal with an often confusing web of unauthorized armor builders with wildly varying reputations and quality.

Now a company called Anovos is bringing classic and the new Stormtrooper armor from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens to the masses - for a price.

The "Star Wars" production company, Lucasfilm, and ABC News are owned by The Walt Disney Co.


 
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Emily Shur/FOX(NEW YORK) — Chris Messina is making his directorial debut with Alex of Venice, in which he also stars. So what's the film all about?

"Alex of Venice is about a woman, Alex, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and she's left by her husband with their 10-year-old son and kind of forced to put the pieces of her life back together again," he tells ABC Radio.

"It's a slice-of-life film. It's definitely inspired by films that I love, '70s movies, that kind of made me want to be an actor, so that's why I wanted to do it," Messina adds.

"All the characters are going through some sort of change," he continues. "Some of them are choosing it and some of them are not. But change is obviously inevitable and it is often really painful even when it's good."

The Mindy Project star says he was more than prepared to step behind the camera.

"I liked going behind the camera. I've had the great fortune of working with some great directors that I have stolen from for this movie and then some bad directors that I've also kind of stolen from in terms of what not to do," he admits. "One of my favorite things about acting is collaborating. This time as a director you get to collaborate with everybody, but at the end of the day you're the final voice in it. It's refreshing and it's nice and it's nerve-wrecking because if people don't like it, there's only one director."

Not only is Messina the director, but he also portrays the fleeing husband, George, in the film. The actor warns that his character isn't completely a bad guy.

"In truth he might be doing a sh**ty thing or he might be doing it sh**ty, but I actually think in this particular situation they are inevitably going to break up and actually he's calling attention to the problems," he explains.

Alex of Venice
, which also stars Don Johnson and Derek Luke, is out Friday.


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StonePhotos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Some of today's biggest stars will be on hand to induct -- and perform tributes to -- the iconic musicians entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year at the hall's induction ceremony Saturday in Cleveland.

Miley Cyrus, who's often spoken about her admiration for '80s rock icons Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will get to usher them into the hall, though it is not clear if she'll perform, as well.

Meanwhile, fun.'s Nate Ruess, who just kicked off his solo career, will perform in honor of another of this year's inductees, the late Lou Reed.

John Mayer will induct one of his heroes, the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his band Double Trouble, and will take part in a tribute performance.

Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers, and John Legend will perform in honor of Withers, the soul singer best known for the hits "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me."

Paul McCartney will induct his Beatles band mate, Ringo Starr.

Fall Out Boy will induct this year's youngest honorees, Green Day, and is going to great lengths to do it: Earlier in the day, the band will be performing at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert in Washington, D.C., along with Usher, Train and other acts. Then, the band members will hop a plane to Cleveland to take part in the Hall of Fame ceremony.

"It's really exciting for us," Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz told ABC News about participating in ushering Billie Joe Armstrong and the guys into the hall. "I think that, as punk rock bands, it's cool. When one of us makes it, it's kind of like all of us [do], it seems like. To me, I think Green Day is definitely Rock Hall of Fame-worthy."

Green Day and its hit-packed 1994 album, "Dookie," had a huge influence on Fall Out Boy, said Wentz, and that's why he's so happy that the band is being given such a prestigious honor.

"I think about [Green Day] on the iconic scale of a band like U2, and it's a cool moment to see that happen," Wentz said. "I think without Green Day putting out 'Dookie,' I don't know if Fall Out Boy ends up in the same place that we end up. So I think that it's really special for us, personally."

Fall Out Boy hasn't been announced as actually performing at Saturday's induction ceremony, but is perfectly happy just to be there.

"I would love to [perform], but I don't know if we do," Wentz said. "In 2009, we used to cover 'Basket Case' by Green Day. You can find those videos online somewhere.

"It'd be cool," he added. "I have no idea. I don't know. We're just lucky enough to be going."


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Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) -- It’s a busy weekend at the box office. Several movies with big-name stars are opening, but it seems studios are using the time between box office champ Furious 7’s release and the May 1 opening of The Avengers: Age of Ultron to dump some duds.

First up, the drama True Story, which has so much star power that on paper, it looks like an Oscar contender: Academy Award nominees Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Felicity Jones head the cast, and Brad Pitt is a producer. But once you see it, you realize why it’s being burned off in mid-April and not opening later in the year, where most awards contenders debut.

As the title declares, True Story is based on a true story, about disgraced journalist Michael Finkel and his discovery that an accused murderer was assuming his identity. Hill plays the former writer for The New York Times, who gets drawn into the mind of Christian Longo (Franco), on trial for killing his wife and three kids in 2001. It’s a fascinating story, ripe for a film adaptation and probably a slam-dunk in the right hands, but here it’s not nearly as juicy or as gripping as you want it to be.

The acting and directing are solid -- Franco knows his way around a creep, Hill is serviceable but forgettable, and Jones does a lot with little to chew on as Hill’s long-suffering wife. The script appears to be the weak link here: at times boring, at time just ridiculous, with one jailhouse speech given by Jones that’s meant to be chilling, but just comes off as absurd.

Then again, it’s no more absurd than Child 44, another star-packed film that fails to deliver. Tom Hardy stars as a Stalin-era Soviet soldier hunting down a child murderer. The main problem with this movie is its lack of focus: it starts out as a gripping thriller about the destructive nature of communism, and by the end it’s basically an episode of Law & Order: Moscow. With mud wrestling. Seriously.

Again, there are solid performances from the big names involved, including Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman. But you have to wonder if they burst out laughing after each take -- some of the lines are just that silly.

Speaking of silly, there’s Kevin James’s return as the title character in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which actually may not be silly. I have no idea -- the studio didn’t screen it for review, which is never a good sign. So why did Sony feel the need to make a sequel to the 2009 comedy? Because it made over $180 million on a budget of just $26 million, numbers no studio is going to ignore.  

Which bring us to our final wide release of the week -- the horror film Unfriended. If you’d told me before I saw it that a movie filmed almost entirely on Skype, and starring five little-known actors, was going to be a whole lot more enjoyable than movies starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Tom Hardy, et. al., I would have suspected you’d smoked too much of Jonah Hill’s stash. And I’d have been way wrong.

Unfriended is basically a scary version of that Modern Family episode from February that took place entirely on mobile devices. You’re watching five of the most annoying teens in the world having an inane conversation, and then they satisfyingly get killed off one by one. It drags a little here and there and could have actually used more gore, but in the end, Unfriended’s moral of “bullying people online leads to stupid teens getting dead” should be mandatory high school viewing.

Our scoreboard:

Unfriended (R): Three-and-a-half out of five stars.
Child 44 (R): Two out of five stars.
True Story (R): Two out of five stars.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (PG): ?


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Warner Bros(NEW YORK) -- After the first trailer leaked late Thursday night for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zach Snyder took it upon himself to release the official 2-minute clip late Friday.

So, here it is and now we can talk about it!

 



Here are the highlights:

1 - Society Doesn't Know What to Make of Superman

He may have saved our planet in Man of Steel, but he's still basically invincible. The clip opens with "Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?"

2 - The Masses Want Him to Leave Earth

After Holly Hunter's voice says "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," we see a statue in Superman's honor with the writing "false God," as you hear the crowd chant "go home!" With this said, it seems some authority has bowed down to him as seen in another scene that looks to be police letting him take over in some kind of situation.

3 - Batman is Not Nolan's Batman

"That's how it starts, the fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness, that turns good men, cruel," Alfred (Jeremy Irons) says as Ben Affleck stares at his Batsuit, thinking about his current situation.

Is he jealous of Superman's power. He's an older Batman, has he retired and now wants back in with this alien running justice?

4 - There Will Be Blood

In an epic scene, Batman, in his iron Superman-busting special suit, looks up and asks him, "Tell me, do you bleed? ... you will!"

5 - The Raspy Voice is Back

Yep, Bale did it, now Affleck will too. His Batman sounds more robotic, but raspy and altered nonetheless.

Bonus - Jesse Eisenberg has a creepy voiceover as Lex Luthor in the intro, where he shows his hatred for Superman already.

Anyway, the trailer looks pretty epic and March 2016 can't get here any sooner.

 


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