Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The story below originally titled “When Is Universal Going to Move ‘Warcraft’ to a Galaxy Far, Far Away From ‘Star Wars Episode VII?’” was written by Germain Lussier on November 13th 2013. Looks like we were able to predict this inevitability as Universal Pictures has announced today they are moving Warcraft from December 18, 2015, to March 11, 2016, out of the way of the evil Empire, Germain’s original story follows after the jump.
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Some people who just wants to enjoy the beauty of falling snow, without knowing much about it; they might not be interested in knowing about the ways that temperature, humidity, and other factors conspire to create specific types of snow. But that information is so cool, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to know more.
Likewise, the animation in Frozen, complete with some lovely and detailed depiction of snow, might be all some people want to see. But if you want to know more, a video has hit YouTube that explains a bit about how the film’s animated snow was achieved. Read More »
If you missed J. J. Abrams talking about his relief over the new release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, and his mocking of a pretty spot-on Jar Jar impersonation, watch the video below. In addition, Star Wars Bits features:
- John Williams is quoted saying he’s looking forward to scoring Episode VII and Indy 5,
- An old George Lucas interview is unearthed,
- There’s a new Star Wars Rebels recruitment poster,
- And a new set of Star Wars lithographs,
- As well as a rumor of release dates for the 3D conversions of Episode II and Episode III
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There’s some potentially soul-crushing news for Disney theme park fans in the latest installment of the excellent insider column MiceAge. None of this is officially confirmed by Disney (then again, when is it?) but the latest column claims plans to turn Disneyland’s Tomorrowland in Anaheim into a more Star Wars centric world have been on hold. Similar plans in Orlando, FL have all but been cancelled.
Then there’s the rumored Monsters Inc. roller coaster that was discussed for Disney’s California Adventure. According to MiceAge, those plans have now been totally scrapped. Read some more details, and find out why, below. Read More »
Over the past few weeks, it’s become pretty obvious casting Star Wars Episode VII is a priority at Disney and Lucasfilm. Besides all the major actors who’ve read for roles, open casting calls literally all over the world are still ongoing, hoping to find two teenagers who are believed to anchor the film.
A new report in the Hollywood Reporter suggests that search is still ongoing and adds a new wrinkle. The piece says, because of the recent rewrite by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, they’re also casting “a 40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium.” Read More »
The time is almost here. Once the calendar turns, writer/director J.J. Abrams will finally head across the Atlantic to shoot Star Wars Episode VII in England, where much of the original was made. (Episode VII will shoot at Pinewood Studios, rather than Elstree, where the original Star Wars work was done.) Abrams, however, has hinted in the past he didn’t want to film there simply because it meant leaving his family in the United States for a long period of time. As expected tradition won out and Abrams is going to film across the Atlantic, so he’s now putting as positive a spin on it as possible.
Below, read some new quotes about his reluctance -and excitement – of filming in London, as well as the opportunity to work with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Read More »
Marvel Studios finally confirmed what we’ve known for some time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are joining Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015. They’ll play the brother sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, who might have a bit of a problem with how The Avengers are doing things. Read the full press release below.
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Briefly: Wow, that was fast. Mere weeks after first hearing about Jon Favreau‘s live-action 3D remake of The Jungle Book, Disney has given the film a release date. It’ll open October 9, 2015, making it the first film to claim a date in that month. But that’s not all. Disney also announced the follow up to the billion dollar hit Alice in Wonderland will come out a year later. Alice in Wonderland 2, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, opens May 27, 2016. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.
Also, Ron Howard‘s sea-bound film, Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, will be released March 13, 2015. [ERC]