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the force awakens alternate opening

About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, months before the arrival of the first trailer, a pretty wild rumor stampeded across the internet. According to a report, the film would feature an oddly macabre opening shot, with the camera panning away from the table-setting crawl to reveal the severed hand of Luke Skywalker, still clutching the lightsaber he lost in his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, floating through space.

Of course, the finished film has nothing like that and the rumor was gutted left and right, becoming a bit of a joke amongst some Star Wars fans. But now, months after the release of the finished film, Mark Hamill has loosened his lips: yep, that was the original opening of The Force Awakens.

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The Avengers: Infinity War Part II

It’s no secret Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part II are going to be big movies. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo have called the sequels the Nashville of superhero movies, “a culmination of everything that’s occurred in the Marvel Universe up to the point where the Marvel Universe is released.” There is no shortage of characters in the two-part film (which will undergo a title change at some point), but there are a handful of relationships, in particular, that the Russo brothers are already excited about exploring further.

Below, the Captain America: Civil War directors discuss a few conflicts and dynamics that’ll play key roles in Infinity War (SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War are ahead.).

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Jurassic Park Tortoise

Unfortunately, geneticists haven’t figured out how to bring dinosaurs back from extinction just yet. Or perhaps they figured it out awhile ago, but they’re just not telling anybody for feat that someone would actually try to make Jurassic Park, or even Jurassic World, a reality. Instead, people have opted to just take on exotic pets like snakes, turtles, ferrets and more.

Now one fan has decided to combine his love for one of his exotic pets with his love for Steven Spielberg‘s modern classic, and the result is a tiny version of Jurassic Park that a tortoise named Louie calls home. Check out the Jurassic Park tortoise house below. Read More »

How Superhero Movie Costumes Are Made

The suits that your favorite superheroes wear are iconic. From the helmet of Captain America to the cowl of Batman, these are the some of the most recognizable costumes in movie history. But because they come from the world of comic books, there’s already an influence from another artist. It’s up to the costume designers to determine which versions of a given comic book superhero or villain will influence their own designs to bring that character to the big screen, and some of them don’t make it in front of camera.

Ironhead Studios is one of the companies who creates superhero wardrobes, and the folks at Tested talked with founder Jose Fernandez about some of the work they’ve done which includes Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and non-superhero flicks like TRON Legacy. Find out more about how superhero movie costumes are made after the jump. Read More »

xmen-arcade-mutantconquest

What if Gladiator had Iron Man in the lead role instead? What does President Ellis think about The Avengers leading up to Captain America: Civil War? When does Batman: The Killing Joke hit Blu-ray and Digital HD? What are the latest opening weekend numbers for Captain America: Civil War? Will Thanos allow Marvel to fix their villain problem? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Lestat

Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex KurtzmanRoberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.

Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.

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As you’ve surely noticed by now, today is May the 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. Normally, this would have absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming premiere of a made-for-TV B-movie about improbable weather events. But the geniuses at Syfy and The Asylum snuck onto the Star Wars bandwagon last month by revealing the title of their sharks-in-tornadoes sequel to be Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. And so they’re celebrating today with the first Sharknado 4 poster, which is an endearing homage (or a infuriating ripoff, depending on how you feel about this series) of that now-iconic Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.

See the first Sharknado: The 4th Awakens poster, and get the full Sharknado: The 4th Awakens cameo list, after the jump.  Read More »

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In season two of Wayward Pines, another man (Jason Patric) finds himself just wanting to go back home. The set up is quite similar to season one’s, but the current situation in the small town and the new cast should add some distinction to the upcoming season of Wayward Pines. Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit), the thriller returns this month to Fox.

Watch the Wayward Pines season two teaser trailer below.

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G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

As his latest film Now You See Me 2 prepares for a summer release, director Jon M. Chu has lined up his next magic trick: he’s going to conjure up an adaptation of Kevin Kwan‘s 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians. The project sounds miles away from the action- and dance-driven spectacles that Chu’s built his career on, and not just because it takes place on the other side of the Pacific.  Read More »