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With your wisdom, I’m sure that we can work out an arrangement which will be mutually beneficial and enable us to avoid any unpleasant confrontation. As a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift: these Star Wars Bits. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Target confirming participation in Force Friday
  • Lucasfilm & Mark Hamill‘s reaction to Amy Schumer‘s racy photoshoot
  • Star Wars Commander mobile game update
  • The Force Awakens box office prediction
  • Details learned from Star Wars: Aftermath excerpt
  • Oscar Isaac chats The Force Awakens at Comic-Con
  • The Force Awakens theories based on sizzle reel
  • Kanan: The Last Padawan issue #4 sneak preview
  • Zachary Levi plays Star Wars Battlefront at Comic-Con
  • Star Wars gets the Little Golden Books treatment

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why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

There were plenty of people who were excited when reports surfaced of Selma director Ava DuVernay being in the running for either Captain Marvel or Black Panther. But sadly, even after Kevin Feige confirmed talks with the filmmaker, she ended up turning down the job to direct Chadwick Boseman as the latter superhero from Wakanda.

Rumors had swirled about Marvel overbearing with their directors in order to keep their cinematic universe on the track that they have planned, which also seemed to be one potential reason Edgar Wright left Ant-Man. Now DuVernay has seemingly confirmed those rumors, saying that too much compromise made her think she wouldn’t be able to make the film she wanted to make.

Find out why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther after the jump! Read More »

Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow hospital visit

The internet has been rather charmed in the past by the charitable activities of Marvel Studios’ stars Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, stopping by a couple children’s hospitals as Star-Lord and Captain America respectively. But now another iconic Disney actor has been captured using his stardom to bring joy to some kids who need it the most.

Johnny Depp took a break from filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to stop by Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia in full wardrobe as Captain Jack Sparrow. And thankfully, an Australian children’s show was there to film some of the adorable antics of the perpetually drunk pirate interacting with the kids.

Watch when Johnny Depp visits a children’s hospital as Jack Sparrow after the jump! Read More »

The Force Awakens LEGO sets

Just last week, some leaked photos of LEGO sets from Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed a couple new characters that we previously didn’t know about. A new character named Tasu Leech was revealed, along with a member of a group called the Kanjiklub gang, though details are scarce on how they might be involved in Episode VII.

Now details on even more LEGO sets coming to shelves on Force Friday this September have been revealed, teasing new vehicles and new characters from the continuing sci-fi saga. There may be some minor spoilers in the LEGO set specs, so beware from here on out.

Get the details on The Force Awakens LEGO sets after the jump! Read More »

Disney sequel spin-off chart

If you’ve been paying attention to movie news over the past year, then you’re probably aware that Disney has been digging around in their vault for inspiration by giving some of their animated classics the live-action treatment with revisionist takes on the same story, or spin-offs following other characters from the movie.

Just this year alone we’ve gotten word of Tim Burton directing Dumbo, Alex Ross Perry writing Winnie the Pooh, and Reese Witherspoon starring in a Tinkerbell movie, not to mention live-action takes on Mulan, Pinocchio, Prince Charming and now an Aladdin prequel called Genies.

It’s a lot to keep track of, but thankfully, a helpful new chart has surfaced online to help Disney fans keep track of all the sequels, spin-offs and remakes from the past and the future, and there’s even some interesting information to be gleaned from the chart as well. Check out the Disney sequel spin-off chart after the jump! Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: john boyega and daisy ridley

The hype around Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been more exciting than usual over the past week and a half, thanks to the Comic-Con panel that revealed an awesome new behind the scenes sizzle reel, not to mention that awesome surprise concert for the fan who were in Hall H for the presentation.

However, the Comic-Con panel also brought news that we wouldn’t be getting a new trailer for The Force Awakens until the fall, likely around the same time all the merchandise starts hitting shelves on Force Friday. So in the meantime, we’ll have to take whatever Star Wars scraps we can get, and thankfully a new promo image has arrived courtesy of John Boyega‘s official Instagram account. It’s an image that features his character Finn and a familiar hero. See the new Force Awakens promo banner image after the jump! Read More »

‘Ant-Man’ – What Did You Think?

Ant-Man water in bath tub

It’s been years in the making, over a decade in truth, but Marvel’s Ant-Man is on the big screen this weekend. Kickstarted by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish in 2003 and ultimately directed by Peyton Reed with Paul Rudd starring, the film acts as the final chapter in Marvel’s “phase two” of universe building. In fact, the film is something like an intermission for the great forward push in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with connections to recent films, but also a structure and tone that is more akin to Iron Man than anything else.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the film, we’d love to hear what you thought. Sound off on the highs and lows of Ant-Man in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged. Read More »

 The First Two Children To Visit Disneyland

Today is the day, Disneyland celebrates its 60th birthday. We’ve all seen video of Disneyland’s grand opening from July 17th 1965, but have you ever wondered what happened to the first children to enter the latest of Walt Disney‘s first theme park? The story is pretty interesting — they weren’t even supposed to be at the park’s opening and were given lifetime passes by Walt Disney himself. The image of the two kids being greeted by Walt Disney can still be seen on Disney California Adventure’s latest edition of their spectacular “World Of Color” water show. Hit the jump and find out.

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Marvel cinematic universe breakdown

Even if you’re a fan of Marvel Studios movies since they created their own cinematic universe that began with Iron Man in 2008, there’s still some pretty confusing elements that have surfaced throughout the first two phases of these interconnected comic book franchises, especially if you’re not a die hard Marvel fan.

Thankfully, YouTube user Garcatch has decided to put together an unhelpful, overly snarky, breakdown of the entire Marvel cinematic universe so far. If you’ve been watching the Marvel movies so far, you won’t find any new information here. But you will find a series of quips trying to describe the motion picture phenomenon in eight minutes.

Watch the Marvel cinematic universe breakdown after the jump! Read More »

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