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The first image from the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is burned in our brains. A speeder races along a vast desert, and as the camera follows it, a crashed Star Destroyer is revealed. Soon, we learned this is the planet Jakku, home of Rey, and location of an epic battle between the Empire and Rebellion some time after Return of the Jedi. In a single shot, director J.J. Abrams tells his audience how the galaxy has changed since Jedi and sets up the world we’ll see in The Force Awakens.

Soon after that trailer was released, we found out fans will get to participate in the Battle of Jakku when the video game Star Wars Battlefront is released before The Force Awakens.

Now, fast forward to this week and E3. EA released a new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront which takes place on a desert planet and ends with a Star Destroyer crashing. Some have speculated this is our first look at the Battle of Jakku. Is that true? Find out below. Read More »

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Aaron Paul the way

Aaron Paul may have teased fans that Jesse Pinkman would be returning to the small screen but now his actual post-Breaking Bad TV plan has been revealed. Paul has signed on to produce and star in The Way, a new Hulu series from Jason Katims, the executive producer of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

Co-starring Michelle Monaghan, The Way will debut this Winter and focus on a family “at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.” Read more about the Aaron Paul The Way developments below. Read More »

Secret Lives of Pets teaser

Take the idea of Toy Story, but feature animals as the central characters rather than toys, and you have the setup for The Secret Lives of Pets, Illumination’s Summer 2016 animated film. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Burress and Albert Brooks the film answers the question what happens with your pets as they’re home alone all day.

Check out the first Secret Lives of Pets trailer below, along with a poster and some stills. Read More »

Emma Stone Passed on New ‘Ghostbusters’

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Fan casting for Paul Feig‘s female Ghostbusters reboot almost always included Emma Stone. Fans wanted her in the film, and Stone has proved time and time again that she has not only dramatic chops, but a spot on comic sensibility, too. Seeing her busting ghosts seemed like a no-brainer. Then, when the four main leads were announced, Stone wasn’t there. It didn’t really matter, because Feig had knocked casting out of the park with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Now, in a new interview, Stone reveals she was offered a role in the film but passed. Read the Emma Stone Ghostbusters quote below. Read More »

Toy Story honest trailer

No one argues the impact of Toy Story. The 1995 film totally changed the world of animation, making hand-drawn films all but obsolete. Pixar’s way of thinking changed filmmaking, too. The studio’s incredible success rate, which started with Toy Story, was due in part of their Brain Trust method of making movies. Since then almost every major studio has adopted this thinking in one way or another. Not to mention the film is just delightful. It is funny, introspective, and smart, a true cinema classic.

So is there anything wrong with it? Well, maybe. The team at Honest Trailers have made a Toy Story Honest Trailer that celebrates the film for its quality and cultural significance, but also questions some of the film’s philosophy and context. It’s a very interesting and entertaining watch. Check out the Toy Story Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Deadpool SDDC Exclusive

What’s the buzz on the Gambit script? How is Bryan Singer doing on the set of X-Men Apocalypse? Want to see new footage from Ant-Man? How is Batman: Arkham Knight being promoted at E3? Is Peyton Reed still working on Ant-Man? Would you like to see a hint of the Days of Future Past Rogue Cut? How will Aquaman and Flash show up in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Meg movie

It’s been lurking in the waters of Hollywood for almost a decade, the monster movie Meg may be resurfacing once again.

Meg is a killer shark story based on a 1997 book written by Steve Allen that has been at multiple studios over the past decade, with many of different names on board. The project had been thought dormant for a good long while, but now a script by Dean Georgaris reportedly has Warner Bros. excited by the monster movie. In fact, the studio is currently in talks with Eli Roth to helm what it hopes could be a new franchise. Read more about the Meg movie below. Read More »

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter contest

NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED.

Did you ever watch Fargo and think, “Maybe I can go and get that snowbound money?” Well Kumiko has. That’s the super broad description of Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, co-written and directed by David Zellner and starring Rinko Kikuchi as the title character. Kumiko is a confused, but determined young woman who sees the movie Fargo and believes it’s a clue to a pile of hidden money. So she travels across the world, with her trusty bunny Bunzo, to attempt and recover the money Steve Buscemi’s character buried in the film.

Though the plot sounds a bit silly, Zellner handles it with the utmost respect and sympathy. It’s a complex, rewarding film that’s comes to Digital HD on June 19, as well as Blu-ray on June 30, and /Film has five codes you can win to download and watch the film for free. Find out how to enter our Kumiko The Treasure Hunter Contest below. Read More »

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Many forms of media are present in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Vinyl, video games, television, movies, comic books and so much more. Below, read about the following:

  • John Williams‘ score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is now on vinyl.
  • Photos of Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens leak.
  • See the Boba Fett Disney Infinity 3.0 figure and a new E3 trailer.
  • Visceral Games continues to tease a new Star Wars game.
  • Watch a new clip from Star Wars Rebels season 2.
  • See a variant cover for the comic Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1.
  • Watch a conversation with Frank Oz from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
  • Gawker Media offers to buy the script for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Mark Hamill‘s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is questioned.
  • What Force Awakens ship could also appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One?
  • How does Finn fit in between the Resistance and First Order?

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