Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Last week, just before the weekend, fans were all abuzz online after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn posted a picture of himself holding Mjolnir, the trusty hammer that is traditionally wielded by Thor. Since the filmmaker is currently busy at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel fans immediately assumed that Gunn was teasing a cameo from the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). After all, since Thor comes from another part of the galaxy himself, it would make sense that he might encounter the ragtag team of space criminals turned heroes.

However, after the internet went crazy with speculation, Gunn made sure to clarify that Thor wouldn’t be making a cameo with a quick little post. Have your dreams crushed of seeing Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 after the jump. Read More »

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Rogue One Reshoots

There have been a lot of details regarding the Rogue One: A Story Wars Story rehoots that will take place starting this month. The initial report indicated that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the movie from director Gareth Edwards and was followed up with details saying the tone of the movie needed to be lightened up a bit to match with the original Star Wars from 1977. Then a more worrisome rumor indicated that 40% of the film was going to be reshot with director Christopher McQuarrie overseeing the reshoots.

There’s been a lot of information to sift through, and now some clarification arrived regarding the reported details along with new information revealing who is helping with the reshoots and how. Get the new details on the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Warwick Davis talks about being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • A fan finds out what a middle-aged Anakin Skywalker would actually look like.
  • Simon Kinberg on the differences between making X-Men and Star Wars movies.
  • The loudest Star Wars shoes you will ever see.
  • A fascinating look at modern politics through the prequel lens.
  • More footage from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The probable final gasp of fame for the Chewbacca mom.

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Rogue One Reshoots

Update: A few hours ago, I reached out to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, which, admittedly, I should’ve done in the first place. McQuarrie firmly denied the rumor that he’s supervising the reshoots:

If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.

Reporting on reshoots or additional photography is one thing, but this false rumor regarding McQuarrie was dismissive of Edwards’ work, which was what Christopher McQuarrie took issue with. Reporting that Edwards required supervision wasn’t fair to him, McQuarrie, or anyone else involved in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Here’s the original story as follows:

A few days ago, it was reported that Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t too keen on the dark tone of Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apparently Disney believes the tone is too far removed from the original series and what director J.J. Abrams established with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the studio ordered reshoots. The last story regarding the reshoots said that they’d take place in June, but new details have emerged suggesting that the reshoots will take up to six weeks and that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is now heavily involved in the production.

Below, get more Rogue One reshoots details, which you should all take with a grain of salt.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Print

This month, on June 12, fans can celebrate the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that introduced us to archaeologist Indiana Jones and his passion for making sure historical artifacts end up in a museum instead of in the hands of Nazis. In honor of this anniversary, Bottleneck Gallery in New York City has teamed up with Acme Archives for a new Raiders of the Lost Ark print from artist Laurent Durieux. There will be three different editions of the print available for sale on June 2, and you can check them out after the jump. Read More »

the force awakens comic preview cover

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Take a new look at Marvel’s comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Lawrence Kasdan reveals when that Han Solo movie will begin shooting.
  • Dave Filoni teases the return of a legendary character in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Daisy Ridley discusses the death of Han Solo.
  • Star Wars Celebration reveals its full podcast line-up.
  • Tickets for Star Wars Celebration 2017 are on sale right now.
  • Is Han Solo the biggest problem with The Force Awakens?
  • You can now buy some very expensive First Order Stormtrooper armor.
  • New details on LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed.
  • Check out a new variant cover for Marvel’s Han Solo series.
  • And more!

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The Force Awakens Prop Replicas

If you’ve been anxious for top of the line Star Wars: The Force Awakens prop replicas, Disney and Lucasfilm announced some amazing news today, but it’s going to be bad news for your wallet.

Disney and Lucasfilm has announced Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition, a new line of prop replicas with flawless detailing made by the actual propmakers at Propshop in Pinewood Studios. New props include the melted Darth Vader helmet, FN-2187’s bloody Stormtrooper helmet, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber hilt and much more.

Check out The Force Awakens prop replicas after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Reshoots

Yesterday brought the worrisome news that four weeks of extensive and expensive reshoots needed to be completed on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At the time, there were no reasons given as to why the reshoots needed to be done, and Disney played off the news as just a normal part of production. While reshoots are built in to the production schedule of pretty much all blockbusters nowadays, the reason for those reshoots is important, and now we know why they’re happening for Rogue One.

Find out more about the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »

SNL Star Wars Auditions

The 41st season of Saturday Night Live might be over (read my review of the season finale hosted by Fred Armisen right here), but that doesn’t mean the late night sketch show is done releasing new material for us to enjoy.

You might remember last fall, when Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live, there was a sketch featuring footage of a bunch of auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega got in on the fun with the rest of the SNL cast and even Jon Hamm and Emma Stone popped up. Now more auditions that were cut from the final sketch have been revealed online, including one with Matthew McConaughey making a pretty poor pitch to play Lando Calrissian.

Watch the extra SNL Star Wars auditions after the jump. Read More »