Oscar Isaac Annihilation interview

Poe Dameron, the cocksure flyboy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Kane, the mysterious character whom Oscar Isaac plays in the upcoming sci-fi movie Annihilation, could not be more different. But while an actor typically has the ability to immerse themselves in a single character when he or she makes a movie, Isaac was sometimes shooting scenes from both movies on the very same day.

We spoke with Isaac and Annihilation writer/director Alex Garland at the film’s press junket last week, and the two explained Isaac’s intense shooting schedule, why it reminded the actor of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and how Rian Johnson and his Star Wars team went out of their way to help the Annihilation production achieve what they needed.
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Comcast Fox deal

UpdateA report from The Wall Street Journal confirms that Comcast is considering making another bid for Fox, after its initial bid was rejected by the company. Comcast’s original bid, which was in the low $60 billion range, was reportedly higher than Disney’s by 15% but Fox turned it down over antitrust concerns. Our original story continues below.

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The Walt Disney Company finalized its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets back in December, but the Mouse House still has to wait on governmental regulatory approval before the deal actually goes through. In the meantime, everyone at both companies is in limbo, watching and waiting to see what happens.

Now another contender has emerged: a new report suggests that Comcast, the parent company of Universal Pictures and NBC, could swoop in and top Disney’s $66.1 billion bid for the Fox assets that are on the table. That includes the 20th Century Fox film studio (and its library of movies), Fox Searchlight, FX Network, and more. Read about the potential Comcast Fox deal below. Read More »

Dundee Chris Hemsworth

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Pacific Rim Uprising gets new Jaeger-centric posters and an international trailer
  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld talks about her Transformers spin-off Bumblebee
  • A Phantom Thread actress joins The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel
  • Chris Hemsworth‘s feelings about turning that fake Dundee trailer into a real movie
  • And more!

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Thor Ragnarok deleted scene

After the bland Thor: The Dark World, Taika Waititi completely turned the Thor franchise around with last year’s Thor: Ragnarok by making one of the funniest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also one of the strangest, and as a newly-released Thor Ragnarok deleted scene reveals, it was almost even stranger.

Take a look at the new scene below, which features a bizarre hologram of Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, and some nice banter between Thor and Bruce Banner. Read More »

Disney streaming service

While Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are currently having all the fun in the streaming realm, Disney is hovering on the sidelines and patiently waiting for its time to strike. A new Disney streaming service is coming in 2019, and now we finally have some concrete ideas of what sorts of films and TV products the company will debut on it.
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Hanna TV show

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, who co-starred on AMC’s The Killing, have been cast in leading roles in Amazon’s Hanna TV show, a small screen adaptation of Joe Wright’s 2011 teen assassin thriller. Holder and Linden ride again!

But since Kinnaman is currently starring on Netflix’s new sci-fi series Altered Carbon, what does this mean for his participation in season 2 of that show?

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Little America

Apple already has one anthology TV series planned with Amazing Stories, but now the tech giant is teaming with Oscar-nominated talent to develop another one. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who earned an Oscar nom for writing last year’s indie hit The Big Sick, have been hired to write Little America, an anthology series that tells the true stories of American immigrants.

And while Nanjiani and Gordon’s names alone would make us pay attention to this project, the additional talent involved here makes us even more excited. Read More »

Cloverfield sync

It’s been less than three days since Netflix surprised the world by releasing The Cloverfield Paradox immediately after the Super Bowl. If you think that’s not enough time to pinpoint incredibly obscure Easter eggs, you don’t know Cloverfield fans. These people are hardcore, and someone has already discovered a surprisingly cool thing that happens when you sync up the 2008 movie with the latest entry in the franchise. Check out video of this amazing Cloverfield sync below.
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Bryan Fuller Amazing Stories

Apple’s Amazing Stories has found itself without a showrunner before the show has debuted. Bryan Fuller, the man behind shows like Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, tried to get an Amazing Stories reboot off the ground for years and succeeded when Apple came looking for original programming. But a new report says he’s now parted ways with the show. Read about the Bryan Fuller Amazing Stories split below.
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Star Wars women

Lucasfilm has taken some flak for almost exclusively hiring white men to shepherd the Star Wars franchise, but is that era coming to an end at the studio? A new rumor indicates that the company has secretly hired women and people of color to shape the future of a galaxy far, far away. Read on to learn more about the potential Star Wars women and non-white guys who could provide a new perspective for the franchise. Read More »