Winnie the Pooh inspirations

More than a few people were confused when writer/director Alex Ross Perry signed on to write Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh film. Perry is known for his brutal and darkly funny dramas, like the fantastic Listen Up, Phillip, so he isn’t the first name you associate with a property like Winnie the Pooh.

Once you learn what the director’s inspirations are for the live-action Disney film, his involvement in the project makes more sense. After the jump, learn why A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a template for the project.

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adds Sam Riley as Villain

Sam Riley in On the Road

After years of development, Ghost in the Shell made some big leaps forward last year when Rupert Sanders signed on to direct and Scarlett Johansson to star. And now that it’s got a spring 2017 date locked in and everything, the project is really picking up steam. Just a couple of weeks ago Pilou Asbæk landed one of the big roles, and now Sam Riley looks likely to play the villain.  Read More »


In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following tidbits:

  • Mark Hamill possibly hints that The Force Awakens could have a huge Empire Strikes Back twist.
  • Adam Driver doesn’t think Kylo Ren is evil, says he feels he’s “morally justified.”
  • C-3PO’s Force Awakens prequel comic has been pushed back from December 2015 to February 2016.
  • Mark Hamill talks about how The Force Awakens will be different from A New Hope.
  • Star Wars Celebration Europe is SOLD OUT.
  • Video of the Millennium Falcon experience on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
  • First Order Stormtroopers are now patrolling Disneyland.
  • Star Wars Battlefront sequels in development?

All that and more, in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace to find out more.
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The Force Awakens Trailer Sweded

Last night we were caught off guard by the unveiling of a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This time the focus was on Finn, likely as a way of keeping fans guessing as to whether it will be John Boyega’s Finn or Daisy Ridley’s Rey who becomes the new new hope of the Star Wars saga. You can check it out right here.

But if you’re done watching any new footage after the final trailer for the movie, then you can kill some time by checking out the final The Force Awakens trailer sweded, with some of the worst Stormtrooper helmets you’ve ever seen. But there is some real fire used at one point that’s pretty cool. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Finn

As excited as we are to see Han, Chewie, and Leia (and presumably Luke, whenever we get around to seeing him) back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re also dying to spend some quality time with the new heroes of the franchise. Like Finn, the young stormtrooper played by John Boyega. His was the very first face we saw in the very first teaser trailer for the movie, but a year later, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know about him.

So it’s a pleasure to get to know him a tiny bit better today, as a new TV spot shines a light on this brand-new badass. Don’t worry — your other faves, like BB-8, make appearances too. Watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn spot after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront Reviews

We regularly do “Early Buzz” reports for movies, and sometimes the occasional television series, but in the ten plus years of the site history, we’re never done one for a video game… until now. Yes, Star Wars warrants a break out of our usual boundaries because everyone is so excited for Star Wars Battlefront, which was released for Playstation and Xbox this week. So lets take a look at the early Star Wars Battlefront reviews and see what the video game critics think of the first big Star Wars video game of the Disney era.

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star wars marketing integration with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert has a long history with Star Wars. He’s defended that crossguard lightsaber, called out Star Wars creator George Lucas, and even attempted to guess the entire plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens based on just the images in the trailer. While its clear Colbert is a Star Wars fan, he wasn’t afraid to take on the evil empire last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a segment on last night’s show, Colbert blasted the brand’s past and present pieces of ridiculous marketing integration, or more specifically Cover Girl’s new line of Star Wars collection makeup.

“The forced marketing integration is strong with this one,” remarked Colbert, who went on to mock the product: “They were previously available in containers that didn’t say Star Wars!”

Watch the whole segment embedded after the jump.

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merlin origin story

There’s a need to explain where characters came from these days. Obviously this trend makes it easier to launch a potential franchise, but creatively, it’s not the most enticing idea. In the case of The Merlin Saga, a series consisting of 12 books, it begins with the famous wizard as a boy, with his memory erased. Would audiences rather see Merlin’s untold coming-of-age story or see the wise, old Merlin we all know? Disney is going with the former, so they’re moving forward with their adapting T.A. Barron‘s The Merlin Saga. To write the adaptation, they’ve enlisted Academy Award-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings).

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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new hope ending

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially one month away (technically under a month since the movie starts playing December 17th), there’s no better time for an Honest Trailer to start taking shots at the original trilogy, beginning with the sci-fi adventure that started it all.

The Star Wars Honest Trailer will tickle the fancy of saga fans if only because it refuses to call the movie by its later added subtitle of A New Hope. And really, there’s not a lot to skewer besides the legacy of Star Wars that has wrought a huge fanbase that puts together Wikipedia pages for nearly every facet of the Star Wars universe, so that’s what they do. Read More »

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