You Can Watch Movies on Your Phone for Free With IMDb’s New App

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In January, IMDb launched a free streaming platform called Freedive, but in June changed the name to IMDb TV. Through the website and Amazon Fire, you can stream more than 100 movies and TV shows for free (though, yes, there are ads). Now, Lifehacker reports, IMDb TV has finally launched a free downloadable app. Which means that you can now stream everything in their catalog on your Android, iPhone, and iPad.

IMDb TV recently inked deals with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM Studios, Paramount, and Lionsgate to bring more variety to the platform, too. Their catalog of movies includes 1980s and early 1990s hits like The Karate Kid (parts I through III), Stand by Me, Flatliners, and Young Guns II; rom-coms like My Best Friend’s Wedding; classic films such as Easy Rider, Funny Girl, The Way We Were, High Noon, and Love Story; chillers like The Craft, Wild Things, Donnie Darko, Single White Female, the Keanu Reeves Dracula, and Drive; and several Oscar-nominated (and winning) films including Jerry Maguire, Dances With Wolves, The Age of Innocence, The End of the Affair, An Education, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The service also has an entire section of family entertainment that currently includes Monsters vs. Aliens, Max (about a military dog), Step Dogs (not to be confused with Step Brothers), and the Olsen twins film It Takes Two.

As for TV, IMDb has a pretty great lineup of classic series. You can choose from Alf, all 14 seasons of the original Dallas, plus every season of Quantum Leap, The A-Team, Columbo, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gilligan’s Island. Reality show classics including The Bachelor, Kitchen Nightmares, The Surreal Life, and, um, Duck Dynasty are also available. (Though, as with any streaming service, the titles rotate monthly.)

Besides the films and series, IMDb TV also has a section entitled IMDb Originals, in which they attend the Oscars and films fests like SXSW and Toronto International and interview celebrities. In order to watch, you do need to register with IMDb or Amazon. The best part about IMDb TV is that, while you’re streaming something like Step Dogs (come on, you know you're curious), you can easily look up information about the title as well—after all, the service is through IMDb.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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