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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Disney has released a new video introducing us to the hero characters from the new Star Wars television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. The show will premiere on Disney XD this summer, but this video gives us a sneak peek into the characters of this new adventure and also reveals the voice actors behind the new heroes. Watch the video and learn more about this new Star Wars TV show, after the jump.

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The Force Awakens Ending

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill is heading to London for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.
  • Casting director Nina Gold on finding John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
  • David Prowse talks getting dubbed by James Earl Jones.
  • The score for The Force Awakens will soon be performed in concert.
  • A look at the sound editing of The Force Awakens.
  • A very cool (and very expensive) Death Star fire pit.
  • The Making of The Force Awakens book has been cancelled.
  • Disney reveals a bunch of future Star Wars theme park plans.

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Captain America Civil War Clip

With just one week until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in the United States (it’s already playing overseas, with a second credits scene detailed from international screenings), fans are getting hungry to see the superhero conflict. Plenty of TV spots are arriving all the time, and now a new clip from the movie delivers something Marvel fans have been anxious to see: Black Panther in action.

In this Captain America Civil War clip, Chadwick Boseman is fully suited up as his superhero alter ego and taking on the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Meanwhile, Captain America (Chris Evans) is still playing catch-up and is more than curious to see who this new masked man may be. Watch the clip after the jump, but beware that after the video, we’ll dive into minor spoilers about where this scene comes into play. Read More »

Ron Howard National Geographic series

Director Ron Howard is currently in post-production on another one of Professor Robert Langdon’s (Tom Hanks) adventures, Inferno, but he’s already found another project to focus on once he’s finished with his third Dan Brown adaptation. Howard will direct the pilot of National Geographic’s first scripted series, Genius, an anthology drama about the world’s greatest innovators. Season one of Genius, which has already been given a straight-to-series order, will focus on Albert Einstein.

Learn more about the Ron Howard National Geographic series below.

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The Family Fang trailer

Actor Jason Bateman made his feature directorial debut with the 2013 comedy, Bad Words. Bateman’s sophomore effort, The Family Fang, is a slightly less aggressive film. Bateman’s adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), simply called for a more reserved approach than his first film –although The Family Fang isn’t without its comedic moments, like when Bateman’s character gets beamed in the head by a potato gun.

The Family Fang stars Bateman, Nicole KidmanChristopher Walken, and Maryann Plunkett. Growing up, the Fang siblings were involved — or “used,” depending on how you look at it — in their parents’ performance art. When the famous performance artists go missing, the brother and sister (Bateman and Kidman) begin to dig deeper into the past, trying to understand the exact effect their parents had on them.

Read our Jason Bateman interview below.

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episode 8 set photos

Like with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has managed to keep its veil of secrecy almost completely intact. Other than distant photographs of the sets being constructed in Ireland and blurry photos of aliens and stuntmen in Dubrovnik, Disney and Lucasfilm’s investment in extensive security (which reportedly includes drones designed to take down other drones equipped with cameras) has paid off. So far. Filming isn’t done yet.

Our best look at the film’s sets so far have come from director Rian Johnson, who occasionally shares behind-the-scenes images on his social media. Now, he’s shared two new images and announced that filming had officially reached the halfway point.

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watership down

The beautiful and frightening 1978 adaptation of Watership Down holds up remarkably well, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another interpretation of Richard Adams‘ novel. This won’t be the first time Adams’ story has been retold for television, but it’s just been announced BBC and Netflix are teaming up to make a Watership Down animated miniseries. The series, which is set to premiere in 2017, will feature voice work from Ben KingsleyJames McAvoyJohn BoyegaNicholas Hoult, and more.

Learn more about the Watership Down animated miniseries below.

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Netflix Orders Marvel’s ‘Punisher’ Spinoff

Punisher

Even before the Punisher made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the second season of Daredevil, rumors abounded about the possibility of a Punisher spinoff. He’s a popular character to begin with, after all, and Jon Bernthal couldn’t be a better choice to play him. Then the character actually appeared on the show, and proved to be everything fans had hoped for. The calls for a Punisher spinoff only got louder. And now, Marvel is finally ready to make its move.

A Punisher spinoff has reportedly been ordered by Marvel, with Bernthal set to return as the vigilante character. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner. Read More »

Southside With You

As Barack Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, a new indie drama looks back at an early turning point in his life. Set in 1989, Southside With You follows Barack (Parker Sawyers), a law firm associate, and his colleague Michelle (Tika Sumpter), on an afternoon out together — and though she insists it’s not a date, we in the future know better. It plays sort of like a Before Sunrise for the political set, full of meandering walks and thoughtful conversations and loads of romantic chemistry. Only unlike with Before Sunrise, we know exactly what happens to these characters after the credits roll. Watch the Southside With You trailer after the jump.  Read More »