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Either J.J. Abrams has just raised his mystery box tactics to a whole new level, or people are terrible. You decide.

For the past five months, Abrams has been all over the world filming Star Wars Episode VII with a near-unprecedented level of curiosity surrounding the production. Paparazzi have been clamoring for set photos. Images of the actors simply walking on the streets are news. Recently, drones captured set images Abrams was surely not happy to see. That’s not even counting the online leaks about plot points, characters and more.

The whole time, the two safest and most exciting sources of Star Wars news were Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The young actors, likely the two leads of the film, had been carefully documenting the process on social media. Both loved to tweet their thoughts about the process, posting funny videos and photos on Instagram, all the while never revealing anything.

The most we knew about Boyega’s character was the actor listened to lots of great Hollywood scores to get pumped for his scenes. Ridley revealed even less, mostly that she was spending a lot of time with Boyega and was genuinely ecstatic about the whole process. All in all, the two exuded passion that was infectious and harmless. If anything, it was helping get fans even more excited for the film.

Then, over the past few days, both accounts disappeared. Boyega’s Instagram remains (as of press time) and a Lucasfilm representative told /Film they were just as surprised as we were to see the accounts gone. That leads us to ask the question, why did John Boyega and Daisy Ridley leave Twitter? Read More »

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One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
  • Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
  • What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
  • David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.

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Clerks 3 news

Like almost all Kevin Smith films, Tusk has been incredibly polarizing. I found myself in the middle of the road, seeing great promise in a film with some major problems. Some loved the audaciousness of Smith’s horrific tale, while others just hated everything about it. Smith himself is very proud of Tusk, calling it the closest thing he’s ever done to what he imagined he’d be making as a filmmaker.

The box office tended to agree with the haters. Over its opening weekend, Tusk only grossed on $1.4 million in over 600 theaters, pretty much guaranteeing a certain cult status.

The legacy of Tusk is already paying dividends, however. The project lead to a friendship between Smith and Johnny Depp, and spinning Tusk off into Yoga Hosers.  Plus, in a new podcast, the director also revealed Tusk gave financiers confidence to give him money for Clerks III. Read More »

Tom Whalen Bust'd header

Philadelphia-based artist Tom Whalen just keeps getting bigger. But, for his latest show, everyone is getting smaller. Whalen is extremely well-known as one of the work horses for Mondo. If there’s a Disney property being turned into a poster, Whalen is usually doing it. But he’s also tackled such iconic films as RoboCop, Terminator 2, The Iron Giant and Army of Darkness this year alone. His bright, geometric style is recognizable and universal, leading to a steady rise in ppopularity

Even before that though, Whalen was working for Gallery 1988 and this week, they’re giving him a solo show. It’s called Bust’d and is comprised of 35 8×8 inch art prints showing the busts of character from all walks of pop culture. There are big, recognizable characters, fun supporting characters, characters from movies, video games, anime, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the size and cost makes them incredible easy to frame and affordable for everyone.

We’re excited to exclusively debut just a handful pieces that’ll be in the show, which opens Friday October 3 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles CA. Check them out below, along with more specifics. Read More »

David Fincher

From what we’ve heard, J.J. Abrams was always the director Kathleen Kennedy wanted to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams had the ability and the insane Star Wars fandom to please executives and fans alike. However, don’t forget, he initially turned it down. History gets murky after that, with an incredible list of A-list directors who were rumored to, and reported to, have been contacted. Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro and many others were mentioned in tandem with the film. Then, of course, J.J. Abrams changed his mind and the rest his story.

Probably the most interesting name mentioned in regards to Star Wars Episode VII was David Fincher. We published a rumor about Fincher meeting with Lucasfilm in November 2012 and, it turns out, that was correct. In a new interview, Fincher confirmed he met with Kennedy about the film but has a much different view of Star Wars than what she had in mind. Read the David Fincher Star Wars 7 quote below. Read More »

Jon Favreau Chef

Jon Favreau‘s Chef is one of the biggest surprises of 2014. Not just the fact that the movie is so good, but because it did so incredibly well. In an era where small movies consistently struggle to find an audience, the combination of food culture and high powered Hollywood stars shot Chef, a modestly priced film to say the least, to a take of over $45 million worldwide. The film hits Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday September 30 and that’s just one step in keeping Chef alive for Favreau.

In a new interview, the writer/director confirmed he’s looking at potentially opening a Chef movie restaurant with Roy Choi, the celebrity chef who created all the food in the film. Read More »

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Captain America The Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios has turned unknown characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy into major stars, but we still don’t have a Black Widow movie. It’s a touchy subject, considering Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has told the fans a Widow film is in development for sometime. They have one of the most popular actresses in the world in the role – Scarlett Johansson - who just starred in a superhero-esque action film, Lucy, which became a big surprise hit. You’d think all the boxes are checked, but it still hasn’t happened yet.

The interesting thing is, it almost happened in 2004. Ten years ago, and four years before Marvel Studios hit the scene with Iron Man, X-Men and X2 writer David Hayter wrote a Black Widow movie that was almost made. But Hollywood politics cut it off at the pass. Read the full story below. Read More »

Scott C - Guardians

Which videos are the newest in the X-Men: Days of Future Past viral campaign? What are the latest rumors about Fantastic Four? Did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tease at the Black Panther this week? Does Jeremy Renner think Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to work? Want to see some cool, new Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise? Is Rob Liefeld excited about the Deadpool movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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