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Star Wars Bits is back with a vengeance. We’ve got The Force Awakens, we’ve got the spinoffs, we’ve got Clone Wars, comic books, art and so much more. Below, read about the following:

  • New spin-off rumors suggest it’s about Han Solo, Aaron Paul is involved and filming starts after Spectre.
  • Watch a sueded version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
  • The stunt actor playing Chewbacca in The Force Awakens may have been revealed.
  • Marvel will rerelease their original Star Wars comics in remastered editions.
  • Watch a trailer for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
  • See the animated Lucasfilm holiday card.
  • Matt Lanter recorded some new Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars voice over last week.
  • Oscar Isaac got his Star Wars obsessed uncle a role in The Force Awakens.
  • A new rumor says Lupita Nyong’o‘s Force Awakens character is nothing like you’ve heard.
  • What box office records could Star Wars: The Force Awakens break?
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca Force Awakens concept art, villain rumors, Imperial ships and more.

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Orci off Trek 3

Maybe one day we’ll get the full story of the behind the scenes drama on Star Trek 3. How people reacted when J.J. Abrams left, the potential directors coming in to pitch, Roberto Orci being hired as a first-time filmmaker, his subsequent departure, a second director search, the hiring of Justin Lin and more. It sounds like plot to a political thriller. Now, another twist has been revealed.

Orci, who was thought to still be writing and producing the film, took to a Star Trek message board to reveal, despite working on a script for well over a year, he’s now only producing the film. He also teased his thoughts about what’s going on with the 2016 sequel and defended the first film’s idea of an alternate timeline. Read Orci’s quotes about the Star Trek 3 script below. Read More »

The Interview live read

Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Everyone assums Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is some kind of bridge movie to set up a big crossover in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2. The release date, which comes exactly one year before Infinity War Part I, certainly suggests that, as does the probability of Thanos playing in role in both movies. But writer/director James Gunn wants to be very clear about this. That’s simply not the case. Read Gunn’s Avengers 3 prequel quote below. Read More »

Team America sold out

They say any publicity is good publicity, and apparently that’s even the case if your movie starts an international incident. Thanks to Sony’s delay of The Interview, interest in not only that film, but other similar ones, has risen exponentially. For example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 comedy Team America: World Police (which Paramount wouldn’t allow to be screened in the middle of this controversy) sold out on Amazon.com. Plus, though the large majority of people haven’t seen The Interview, tens of thousands of them have voted the film up on IMDB. At one point, it was rated a staggering 10 out of 10. Read more about each below. Read More »

Obama Says Sony Made a Mistake

The irony of social and political tension is that it can be created not just by large and important actions, but by anything at all. And so, today, we heard President Barack Obama deadpanning “I think it says something about North Korea” that the country would “mount an all-out attack over a satirical film… starring Seth Rogen.”

This is the world we’re in now, where entertainment news and geopolitics are the same thing, where the leader of the United States devotes time in a press conference to a comedy movie.

In the wake of Sony scrapping the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s film The Interview, arguments have erupted over the wisdom behind the move. The Sony hackers — now identified by the FBI as elements of the North Korean government — responded with a new message saying that retaliation would follow if Sony released The Interview in any form, ever. Responding to a question about the hack and the decision to pull the film, Obama says Sony made a mistake pulling the movie, and that retaliation will follow.

UPDATE: Sony responded to the President’s claims later in the afternoon. In the statement, they say “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” Unfortunately, every VOD outlet has turned them down. Read the full statement below.
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Team America the interview

Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that reason just got knocked off the top spot.

Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, in its place, they’ll screen Matt Parker and Trey Stone‘s Team America: World Police.

This won’t be at every theater for every screening unfortunately. In fact, as of right now, it’s just one night, one show, at one theater. But it’s a clever, wonderful piece of programming from a chain known for that kind of thing. Read more about the Team America The Interview screening below.

UPDATEParamount Pictures is shutting down this and any other planned screenings of Team America. Read more below.

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The Interview pulled

Tuesday, the hackers that exposed Sony’s internal workings went a step further and issued a big threat, invoking 9/11 in a statement that promised action against theaters showing The Interview. But the Department of Homeland Security — a group that really doesn’t mess around when it comes to this sort of thing — said there was no credible information to indicate an actual threat. Sony was fairly magnanimous about the situation, saying it would allow theaters to make the decision to show the film or not, even if bookings had already been locked in.

Last night Carmike Cinemas and Bow Tie Cinemas pulled the film, and today in a precedent-setting move, the five major theater chains in the US and Canada all dropped The Interview.

Update: Sony is now considering a VOD release of the film; more info below.

Update #2: Sony has canceled the December theatrical release of The Interview. Full statement below.

Update #3: Sony has now confirmed they have “no further release plans” for the film while American Intelligence has officially linked North Korea to the Sony hack. Details below.

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Pyongyang movie canceled

One ripple from the decisions being made about Sony’s film The Interview is already being felt at another company. New Regency had been setting up a darkly comic film called Pyongyang to shoot in early 2015. The film, to be directed by Gore Verbinski with Steve Carell starring, was written to take place in the North Korean capital city after which the movie is named. Now, however, the picture has been scrapped. Read More »

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