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Joss Whedon is currently working very hard on giving audiences a worthy follow-up to one of the biggest films of all time, The Avengers. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a few short months away and the new issue of Empire Magazine had a bunch of new images about that film. They also asked Whedon about his future in the Marvel Universe, specifically whether or not he’ll be back for Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. We’d heard that the Russo Brothers would be helming those films after Captain America: Civil War so Whedon’s quote probably won’t surprise you, but you can read it and see the new images below. Read More »

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Emma Watson will be Disney’s next fairy tale princess. The Harry Potter alum has just signed on to lead Beauty and the Beast, which Bill Condon is directing from a script by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spilotopoulos.

If the news is giving you déjà vu, that’s because Watson was previously attached to star in a competing Beauty and the Beast project over at Warner Bros. with Guillermo del Toro directing. More on the Emma Watson Beauty and the Beast casting after the jump. Read More »

Kaya Scodelario in The Maze Runner

UPDATE 1/26/2015: Kaya Scodelario has just been confirmed for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Click through for the official announcement by producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The original story from 1/22/2015 follows.

The Pirates of the Caribbean 5 crew is about to get a little bit bigger. Kaya Scodelario is in early talks for the female lead, joining returning stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom and series newcomers Javier Bardem and Brenton Thwaites. More details on the Kaya Scodelario Pirates of the Caribbean 5 casting after the jump.  Read More »

Han Solo

For months, we’ve heard two seemingly conflicting rumors about one Star Wars spinoff: one, that it’ll be about Boba Fett, and two, that it’ll be about Han Solo. The common assumption was that one or the other had to be false — but if this latest rumor is true, it could mean both of the other ones are, too.

Word is the Star Wars spinoff won’t be a Han Solo story or a Boba Fett story, but a single film that includes both fan-favorite characters. More on the Star Wars spinoff rumor after the jump.  Read More »

top grossing movie of 2014

It was fun while it lasted. But after several months in the top spot, Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer the top grossing movie of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 overtook the Marvel film Wednesday when it passed the $333.17 million Guardians grossed domestically. Adding more fuel to the fire, Mockingjay Part 1 did this without a bump for 3D ticket prices.

Oddly enough, a similar scenario happened in 2013 when Iron Man 3 was the top grossing film of the year into early 2014 when a November release finally surpassed it. That film was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so it seems like Marvel and Katinss definitely have a beef. At least later this year, when The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 is released, it’ll have to beat more than just Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’ll have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to contend with too. [Box Office Mojo]

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Gareth Edwards has begun testing actresses for a lead role in his 2016 Star Wars standalone movie. There’s no word what the role is but The Hollywood Reporter reports Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, and recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones are all testing for a part in the film.

UPDATE: Variety reports that Kate Mara also read for the role. Read More »

Star Wars game

When an installment of Star Wars Bits contains possible Force Awakens spoilers and love connections, you know it’s going to be good. Below, read about the following:

  • Gareth EdwardsStar Wars standalone could have lots of location shooting.
  • Actress Leanne Best has reportedly been revealed as a cast member of The Force Awakens.
  • Artist Robert Bailey posts some beautiful Force Awakens images.
  • Watch Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy and Kilian Plunkett talk Rebels, Clone Wars and Star Wars #1.
  • There will be at least seven new Lego sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus news on other sets.
  • Marvel may, in the future, do Star Wars stories during the prequel era.
  • Several old Star Wars games are now available digitally for the first time.
  • Star Wars: A New Hope will screen in Navajo at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Star Wars speed dating. Yes, you read that right.
  • Read what may be a massive spoiler from The Force Awakens.

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George Lucas star wars 7

In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.

The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »

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