Star Wars The Force Awakens Empire cover

The Dark Side takes the spotlight on the latest cover of Empire magazine, as revealed today. Click through to get a new look at Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and their faithful army of Stormtroopers.

Update: Empire has just revealed its other Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover, this one featuring heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and BB-8. See it after the jump. Read More »

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Fantastic Four script

There will be questions about Fantastic Four for years to come: what happened, what could the film have been, what comes next? We don’t have all the answers now, but even as we hear some of the stories behind scenes that were cut from the film, there’s talk of early material that was trimmed long before the movie got to the production stage. At one point, the 2015 film featured not only Doctor Doom, but more of the FF’s classic villains, like Galactus and the Mole Man.

A breakdown of an early script draft is online, and while much of this draft was destined to be cut before the film got out of the development phase, it’s interesting to see what the early ambitions were for the movie.  Read More »

SHIELD spinoff pilot

A couple months ago there was an effort to develop an Agents of SHIELD spin-off series starring SHIELD characters Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter, played by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Hunter, respectively.

That spin-off effort died, or was at least wounded, as there was still talk of it having a future. The big issue seemed to be frugality on the part of the network brass, who wanted to get a little more blood out of the characters on SHIELD. Now the two characters are indeed getting their own spin-off pilot. This incarnation is called Marvel’s Most Wanted, and it will feature the two characters on post-SHIELD adventures.  Read More »

Star Trek Beyond uniforms

It looks like director Justin Lin is bringing some changes to the Star Trek franchise. A video from the set of Star Trek Beyond reveals Kirk (Chris Pine) in a redesigned Starfleet uniform. In addition, we get a glimpse of Sofia Boutella as a new character who appears to hail from an entirely new alien species. See the new Star Trek Beyond uniforms and character after the jump.  Read More »

Toby Kebbell Sets Sail for ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Toby Kebbell

Fresh off a trip to Planet Zero, Toby Kebbell is preparing to set sail for Kong: Skull Island. The Fantastic Four baddie joins a high-profile cast that also includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) is directing. Learn all about the Kong Skull Island Toby Kebbell casting after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 composer

Guardians of the Galaxy composer Tyler Bates will return for director James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. More on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 composer after the jump.

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Fifty Shades sequel

Even as Fifty Shades of Grey was being released to theaters this past February, we knew that director Sam Taylor-Johnson wasn’t likely to be back to direct the adaptation of the sequel novel, Fifty Shades Darker. There was talk of a power play on the part of novel author E.L. James, who reportedly wanted to write the sequel script herself, the better to keep it close to the novel. The screenwriting gig for the sequel went to Niall Leonard, who is married to James, but the director’s chair for the sequel has remained open.

Now James Foley (House of Cards, Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross) has turned up as the likely Fifty Shades sequel director.  Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • See what Chewbacca looks like without hair.
  • Watch the Disney Infinity Star Wars Twilight of the Republic trailer.
  • See some of the best art from the Star Wars Art Awakens contest so far.
  • A new image from Star Wars Rebels season 2 and information on the 2015 New York Comic Con presentation.
  • Han Solo’s past finally confirmed or debunked in issue #8 of Marvel’s Star Wars comic book.
  • Two new spoiler-free synopses for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books
  • What is the X-Wing Squadron called in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • And your chance to bid on special artist-painted Stormtrooper Helmets to benefit Star Wars: Force For a Change‘s UNICEF efforts.

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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The Martian images

A new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of the novel The Martian went online earlier this week, but as with the first trailer, this one seems to lean pretty heavily on details some viewers might prefer to get from the movie itself. But for those who want to see more from the film without having too many of the story’s beats mapped out, we’ve got a new batch of The Martian images, mostly in high res, to show off the meticulous care that was put into the film’s costumes and sets.

In addition, you can watch a short video shot earlier this week that condenses a Q&A about the film, featuring Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, author Andy Weir, and participants from NASA. Read More »