James Cameron Force Awakens

What did Aliens/Avatar director James Cameron think of JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? While he won’t come right out and say it, it doesn’t sound like he liked the new Star Wars film very much. Watch a clip from a new interview with the Titanic/Terminator filmmaker trying artfully to dodge around the question of if he liked Disney’s new Star Wars film. Hit the jump to hear the James Cameron Force Awakens comments.
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The Force Awakens Ending - Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death

At a charity event in London this past weekend, Mark Hamill made a comment that has led many fans and some news outlets to believe that Star Wars: Episode VIII may be Luke Skywalker’s last appearance in the Star Wars saga. We originally weren’t even going to cover this story but some rather big sites picked up on it so now it’s time to debunk the reports. Hit the jump to read Mark Hamill’s response to the Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death reports.
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Disneyland Paris Hyperspace Mountain

Disney is currently constructing Star Wars-themed lands in their Orlando and California theme parks, but what about the international Disney parks? When will they get the Star Wars love? A new rumor claims that Disneyland Paris might be getting a revamped version of Space Mountain that will incorporate an entirely new Star Wars storyline. Learn the details of a possible Disneyland Paris Hyperspace Mountain, after the jump.

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Zootopia Deleted Scene

If you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, the movie is available on home video now, so take some time to sit down with your family and watch one of the best original Disney movies the animation studio has ever made. Then I’d recommend diving into the making of Zootopia, because it provides some unique insight into how the story for an animated movie changes as the film is being made. In the case of Zootopia, some big changes were made throughout the years of production, including the omission of one particularly depressing story element.

A Zootopia deleted scene has made its way online in the form of some animated storyboards with temporary voice over, and in it you’ll learn about how the predators of the animal city were treated even more differently than their former prey. In addition, you’ll see how depressing it was to explain this story detail as it plays out in a sequence where Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) find themselves sneaking around something called a “taming party.”

Watch the Zootopia deleted scene after the jump. Read More »

Indiana Jones 5

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. At the moment, Disney is still developing Indiana Jones 5. The studio has already announced that Steven Spielberg will be back to direct, with Harrison Ford starring and John Williams scoring. Now we’ve learned that George Lucas will be back as well, serving as an executive producer.  Read More »

Star Wars Rogue One Character Names

After this morning’s revelation that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it looks like we’re in for a plethora of news from Lucasfilm’s first standalone Star Wars spin-off. The new Entertainment Weekly cover issue for the sci-fi flick hits stands on Friday, so we’ll likely be getting plenty more information then.

Leading up to their big issue, some details are already being released by the magazine. That includes all the Rogue One character names of the primary players, including one new villain, plus some brief character details for each. Get all the new Star Wars Rogue One character names and details below. Read More »

Finding Dory Easter Eggs

Whenever a new Pixar Animation movie hits theaters, you just know there are going to be a bunch of Easter eggs and references to other movie from the computer animation studio. Finding Dory is no different, and even though the film has only been in theaters for a few days, there’s already a list of Easter eggs out there that you may not have noticed.

Some of the Finding Dory Easter eggs are really easy to spot, such as the traditional A113 nod to the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts where many Pixar and Disney animators got their start. Others, like references to the brace-face Darla from Finding Nemo and a reference to WALL-E are a little more difficult to spot in your first viewing. Plus, there’s a few Easter eggs that we know are in the movie, but we’re not entirely sure where they are

Get a rundown of the Finding Dory Easter eggs we know of so far after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

Darth Vader

For months now there has been speculation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And unlike some of the other theories and rumors floating around, this one passes the sniff test: the timing lines up (the story takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope) and so does the premise (the Rebels are out to steal the Death Star plans). But it’s only now we’re getting ironclad confirmation.

Yes, we will see Darth Vader in Rogue One, as revealed on a new Entertainment Weekly cover.  Read More »

Finding Dory

A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)

I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
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