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The ABC Murders

Kenneth Branagh played detective Hercule Poirot in last year’s Murder on the Orient Express and will soon be reprising the role in a sequel, but Branagh isn’t the only actor set to wear the character’s ludicrously large mustache. A new report says that John Malkovich will play the part in a new television adaptation of writer Agatha Christie‘s murder mystery novel The ABC Murders – and a Harry Potter star is set to join him.
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NBC got its first taste of glam rock musicals with the critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert earlier this year, and now it’s caught the rock musical bug. The network announced that its next live musical will be the original rock musical, Hair.

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Solo Black Mirror

In this edition of Star Wars Bits…

  • A standing ovation for Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A lot more information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • A very exciting expanded universe character becomes canon again
  • A secret tour around Lando Calrissian’s Millennium Falcon
    And much much more…

Solo: A Star Wars Story was the first Star Wars movie to debut at Cannes since Revenge of the Sith! And it was apparently very, very well received as the film garnered a standing ovation at the fancy film festival in the south of France earlier this month.

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Solo has been mired in controversy since director team Lord and Miller left early in production, and on the media trail for the film writer Jonathan Kasdan has been sharing how the split was “excruciating.” You can read the whole interview over at Indiewire.

It’s only a year until we can all visit the Galaxy Far, Far Away at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars parks, and this new YouTube video gives us a little insight into the expansive and immersive experience that’ll be coming to Anaheim and Florida in 2019!

There have been rumors floating around about where 2019’s much anticipated Star Wars Celebration would be, but the official Twitter account has announced that this year it’ll be in Chicago! So you’ll have to get your tickets and get ready to fly to the Windy City if you wanna get a glimpse at all the secrets that Lucasfilm will be revealing!

The writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gary Whitta, is always pretty funny on Twitter, but he outdid himself with this picture of a sketch that he did of the Death Star firing on Scarif from the last act of the bleak and beautiful Star Wars Story.

Alden Ehrenreich has been a total joy on the Solo: A Star Wars Story press circuit, and this great story about his first audition for Han Solo is no exception! “They have to be really secretive about Star Wars, so they can’t say ‘Oh, this is a scene with you and Chewbacca,’ and you have like a fake name,” he said. “Like, my fake name was Mike, and then they had me do a scene where I’m talking to a dog, and they had like a dog puppet in the audition, and then like a little dog sound effect.”

A fan favorite Expanded Universe character Ewok Princess Kneesaa has been brought back into canon via the fantastic Forces of Destiny cartoons. Luckily for the uninitiated, Star Wars Explained is on hand to give an introduction and comparison of her new canon version versus the one fans know and love from Legends.

Syfy Wire was on the scene at the Solo premiere, catching some great red carpet interviews with the cast. In a wonderful anecdote, Paul Bettany talked about the ridiculous secrecy on the sets of both Solo and Infinity War!

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge lightsabers

The long awaited Star Wars theme park is ever closer to becoming a reality, and as revealed on the Disney Parks website, Disney fans who head to the Galactic Nights event on Sunday, May 27 will be able to find out some of the secrets of Galaxy’s Edge at the exclusive panel that will be held at the evening events of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian is one of the most anticipated parts of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and according to this interview with Cinema Blend, the musician / actor is fully aware of how culturally relevant his role in the franchise is. “It’s almost like full circle like I’m getting to be part of like, The Bible or something, you know what I’m saying? Like it feels like I get to be something original but also something as old as time,” Glover explained.

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Black Beauty remake

Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books ever, and there have already been a half-dozen film adaptations of the story. But now a new Black Beauty remake is in the works, and this modern reimagining will update the story’s setting to modern day. Read More »

luke cage season 2 clip

The Marvel Cinematic Universe might still be reeling from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, but it looks like business as usual for the Marvel Netflix universe. Luke Cage season 2 is fast-approaching, and in a new clip, we get to see Luke Cage dealing with some angry Harlem residents. Watch the Luke Cage season 2 clip below.

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game of thrones creators star wars

Game of Thrones will soon close out its buzzy, critically acclaimed eight-season run next year, putting an end to the zeitgeist that the HBO series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ruled over for nearly a decade. But Benioff and Weiss will soon find themselves in the cockpit of yet another beloved franchise.

Lucasfilm announced the Game of Thrones creators’ Star Wars project earlier this year, but details on their new series remain scarce. We only have their prior work to pull from to imagine what Benioff and Weiss’ Star Wars films will look like, so our closest guess would be a grittier take on the sci-fi series. But Game of Thrones and Solo: A Star Wars Story star Emilia Clarke has a better suggestion for you: Star Wars on acid.

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the expanse season 4

UPDATE: Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have issued a statement, confirming that Amazon is picking up the show: “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show.”

Our original story from May 22, 2018 follows below.

Amazon Studios is poised to rescue The Expanse after Syfy cancelled the beloved science-fiction show just 10 days ago. But fan outcry — and business-savvy producers — may have saved yet another show that was a victim of this year’s merciless cancellation axe.

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Happytime Murders lawsuit

Dirty, filthy puppet movie The Happytime Murders just got slapped with a lawsuit from the makers of Sesame Street, who aren’t very happy about all this R-rated puppet stuff. Sesame Workshop, the folks who run Sesame Street, are suing the makers of the raunchy puppet movie, claiming the film tarnishes the Sesame Street brand. Big Bird could not be reached for comment. More on The Happytime Murders lawsuit below.

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lost in london clip

Lost In London is the very definition of an “experimental film.” The movie, which stars Woody Harrelson, was both shot and broadcast live last year. You may have missed your chance to watch the movie live, but you can now view it on Digital HD and Hulu. And you can also watch a clip below.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try and get past the velvet rope, speak out about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ community, watch Armie Hammer shill, survive a disaster to battle another day on the pitch, hit the Irish waves, and try and find our place in the world after being booted out of it. Read More »