avatarland animatronic

Over the weekend, Walt Disney World previewed Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: The World Of Avatar to a bunch of press. We weren’t invited, and we’ve decided to keep calling it Avatar Land because the official name is not very good (and it’s more fun to say). Anyway, we are living vicariously through the photos and videos that have come out of the event. Below, watch some of the best videos from the preview, which give us our first look at this new theme park land, the incredible animatronic Na’vi, the lush bioluminescent environment Disney Imagineers have created, the food, merchandise and more.

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rey costume the last jedi

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at new images showing off Rey and Kylo Ren’s costumes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, video footage from the largest gathering of Star Wars droids that I’ve ever seen, the names of two major characters from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rian Johnson talks about the pressures of following up Force Awakens and his approach to The Last Jedi, a closer look at Johnson’s Millennium Falcon graffiti, how Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy discovered Star Wars in film school, A new theory which suggests that Rey’s parents were shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but are no one you might suspect, get a first look at the blockbuster Star Wars comics crossover with Doctor Aphra in Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, Kathleen Kennedy talks about the progress of future Star Wars spin-offs, a new video explains how Grand Admiral Thrawn was able to rise to one of the most powerful positions in the Galactic Empire despite being a nonhuman in an alien-hating military, Han Solo is shooting for a few weeks on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura but what planet is it? Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Sleight

Sleight hits theaters this week, and I loved this film when I saw it at Sundance last year. A few weeks back I sat down with director J.D. Dillard for an interview. We talk about how he started as a receptionist at J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus how the idea of Sleight came about, the fun and horrors of shooting a film on a super small budget, and his filmmaker aspirations. We also geek out over Matt Reeves’ Planet of the Apes reboots and briefly discuss his future projects: a mysterious project set up at Bad Robot, The Fly remake and his upcoming Blumhouse horror/thriller Sweetheart. We also talk about the possibility of a Sleight sequel.

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The Boondock Saints: Origins

DCTV is reteaming with The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy to reboot the cult classic film franchise for television. They are basically trying to kickstart The Boondock Saints: Origins with an independent pre-sale campaign with ridiculous pledge options. Find out more and watch The Boondock Saints: Origins trailer, after the jump.

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guardians of the galaxy vol 2 imax

The best way to experience Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is probably in IMAX. Filmmaker James Gunn designed a good portion of the movie to include an expanded aspect ratio. In those sequences, the picture expands to fill the full IMAX screen, allowing moviegoers to see 26% more of the image than standard theaters. IMAX has given us a featurette to exclusively premiere which demonstrates the aspect ratio difference. So if you’re not sure if you should see the film in IMAX, hit the jump and watch the video to see the IMAX difference.

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guardians of the galaxy mission breakout

Disneyland is getting ready to open their first Marvel attraction next month. As you know, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is a retrofit of Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror in Disney California Adventure park. Yesterday, Walt Disney Imagineering gave a hardhat tour of the ride to a bunch of journalists. We weren’t invited, because why would a movie website that writes daily about the MCU and theme park rides be invited to such an event? We have compiled together the more interesting information revealed during the tour. Hit the jump to learn more about the Guardians of the Galaxy ride.

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unbreakable

M Night Shyamalan has announced that Universal Pictures will release his next film, an Unbreakable sequel titled Glass, on January 18, 2019. Hit the jump for more info including returning cast/characters.
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jonathan demme

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died at the age of 73. The filmmaker’s career spanned five decades, including Philadelphia, 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense.

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Kiersey Clemons

Blumhouse quickly acquired J.D. Dillard‘s Sleight coming off the movie’s premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie got rave reactions, including a review from yours truly. A couple weeks later it was announced that Blumhouse would be producing the next film Sweetheart starring Dope star Kiersey Clemons. As with all Blumhouse films, the logline is being kept under wraps, but talking to Dillard in advance of the release of Sleight, I was able to learn some more details.

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jeff goldblum in jurassic park

Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise his Jurassic Park character of Ian Malcolm for J. A. Bayona‘s upcoming sequel Jurassic World 2. Hit the jump for more details on the Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World 2 casting.

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