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A man walks in the woods and sees a scene from Star Wars Episode VII. Fact or fiction? Read about it, and the stories below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumored descriptions of vehicles in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A man walking near Pinewood Studios said he heard and saw J.J. Abrams filming a scene.
  • Daniel Radcliffe visited the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch the official sneak of Darth Vader‘s Star Wars Rebels cameo.
  • Listen to Dave Filoni talks Star Wars Rebels for 15 minutes.
  • Read some excerpts from Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno.
  • A Star Wars helmet showed up on Antiques Roadshow.
  • See the Skywalker cameo in Star Wars Rebels.
  • What happened to the Tie Fighter In Star Wars Rebels “Fighter Flight?”

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Two weeks from Tuesday, theaters with film projectors start screening Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. That means a few things. One, you better get your tickets. And two, it’s time to begin managing expectations and avoiding spoilers. Over the past few days, the film has begun screening for general audiences, celebrity audiences and press alike. Attendees are usually embargoed from going on social media about early screenings but that very rarely stops people. And if the reactions are positive, studios usually don’t care.

As expected some of those early Interstellar reaction tweets are positive. Very positive. Plus, they suggest while Nolan continues to compare his film to 2001: A Space Odyssey, he’s made something that has wider appeal than Kubrick’s polarizing masterpiece. Below, read about some early Twitter buzz about Interstellar. Read More »

max landis super mario script

“This script sucks.” Those three words are emblazoned across a new file screenwriter Max Landis has uploaded to his website. It’s a 436 page script for a movie version of Super Mario World. Yes, the first Super Nintendo entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Landis uploaded the script as a joke. Just to make sure we’re all in on it, he wrote a few pages of preamble explaining himself.

In those first few pages, Landis explains he wrote the script at 19 and admits “this script sucks” for a ton of reasons. Most scripts equate to a minute per page. Who was going to make a seven hour Super Mario Bros. movie? Not Nintendo. They tried and failed to make a much shorter version in 1993. Landis was 8 at the time so he was very aware of that film.

Still the aspiring screenwriter pressed on and wrote a script where he made cardinal mistakes like describing every beat of every action scene, introducing too many tangential characters and typing out long sections of songs into the screenplay.

Basically, this was an epic time wasting exercise by a talented, possibly crazy, 19-year-old kid figuring out screenwriting. But at least he was writing…and writing…and writing. Below, check out the Max Landis Super Mario script and even see some concept art Landis had drawn for the film. Read More »

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Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat.
  • Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information.
  • Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.
  • George Lucas has some harsh words for the Hollywood studio system.
  • Star Wars Episode VII made Abu Dhabi a hot filming spot.
  • German TV is getting an all Star Wars TV station in December.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Tape

How can you get the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Volume 1 on cassette tape? What did Robert Downey Jr. finally say when asked about appearing in Captain America 3? Which former X-Men villain has joined the cast of Arrow? What film does David Ayer compare Suicide Squad to? Which effects milestone will Avengers: Age of Ultron set for Marvel? Is there a problem with those Batman stamps? What exactly is being shot at Michigan State University for Batman v Superman? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Good Dinosaur changes

There’s no new Pixar movie in 2014, but we’ll get two from the studio in 2015. June brings Pete Docter’s Inside Out (which you can read lots about here) and then, November 25, 2015, they’ll release The Good Dinosaur.

The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled to hit theaters in Summer 2014, but a change of directors and lack of confidence in the story pushed it back over a year. New director Peter Sohn doesn’t want people to forget the film is coming, though, and released a cute, short little teaser on Twitter. Check it out below. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy

The second rumors began circulating of an all-female Ghostbusters, the first person people though of was Melissa McCarthy. The Bridesmaids star is the most popular female comedic actress out there right now and her inclusion seemed like a forgone conclusion. That got even more likely when her frequent collaborator, Paul Feig, signed on to direct.

However, while McCarthy will probably, eventually, end up in the new Ghostbusters film, she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she not yet been cast. Watch McCarthy talk about the film, along with Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres, below. Read More »

sharknado 3 location

First it was Los Angeles, then it was New York, so where will the Sharknado hit next?

Sharkando 3 is in the works for the Summer of 2015 and now we know it’ll take place all up and down “The Feast Coast,” ranging from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida. Read more about the Sharknado 3 location below. Read More »

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