Lots of good Force Awakens teasing, and then some flat out spoilers, bookend this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Felicity Jones has officially begun non-talking about Star Wars: Rogue One.
- See some new authentic Star Wars: The Force Awakens crew apparel.
- Prices for some new Force Awakens toys have made it online.
- Help build a Cloud City Diorama at Star Wars Celebration.
- EA dropped a short tease of Star Wars Battlefront on their Twitter.
- Simon Pegg offers more details on his Force Awakens set visit.
- Read a detailed description of the first 30 set ups in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Furious 7 is a little over a week away and fans of the franchise are going to flip. The action is bigger, the emotion is deeper, and the way the franchise pays tribute to the tragedy of Paul Walker‘s death is incredible. No spoilers, but watching the film, I cried more than I’ve cried in a movie in years. It’s a truly beautiful send-off that was put together using many different techniques. We’ve already reported that Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb were on set to help out. But producers also used unused footage from previous movies to complete some key shots.
Again, we won’t spoil any of the specifics but Weta Digital was reportedly employed to complete a process that used old footage digitally composted onto new shots. Director James Wan wouldn’t confirm that to us, but a new report does. Below, read his quotes about the Paul Walker Furious 7 magic and more. Read More »
UPDATE: We spoke to Isaac and he clarified the intentions of his quote. Original story follows.
If J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm were a bit more open about who and what the characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were, what follows might not be news. But right now, even though we know Oscar Isaac plays a character named Poe Dameron, we don’t know who that is. We’ve heard some rumors, and those rumors are that he’s very important to the sequel trilogy; the Han Solo of the younger generation. But those are just rumors. The fact of the matter is we don’t know who or what is important to this trilogy of films.
In a new interview, Isaac discussed Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. His quote, albeit brief, could be construed as a spoiler for anyone avoiding info on who or what makes it to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the Poe Dameron Episode 8 quote below, but proceed with caution.
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In official images from two upcoming Marvel properties, we’re not seeing things that we’re used to seeing with the characters. There’s Netflix’s Daredevil, where we’ve see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in a simple, black costume. Then there’s Fox’s Fantastic Four, where the characters have so far been seen in functional, flexible suits. The link between the two is that neither project features the primary costumes we know from the comic books: the red Daredevil suit and the brighter blue Fantastic Four outfits with a big “4” on the chest.
Well, according to people involved with both projects, all those costumes will be in their respective projects. And while the Daredevil suit isn’t that surprising, the Fantastic Four one is. Read more about the Daredevil and Fantastic Four movie costumes below, plus see a new motion video from Daredevil. Read More »
There are lots of comic book writers who know story. Men and women who weave exciting, layered, multi-dimensional tales across various books. However, very, very few of them are currently doing that in another medium. One who does is Robert Kirkman. The writer and creator of The Walking Dead comic is also an executive producer on the super popular TV show of the same name. It’s a show that, after several successful seasons, is adding a companion series which will expand the franchise.
With that expertise in comic book writing, TV producing and now franchise expansion, Kirkman is a very interesting person to discuss the current movie trend of comic book shared universes. In particular, he thinks the way Marvel slowly rolled out their films was surprising and well-done. On the other hand, he feels Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to be fighting “an uphill battle” with the intense pressure on it to launch a universe that hasn’t even been blessed by audiences yet.
Read and discuss Kirkman’s Batman v Superman thoughts below. Read More »
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When you’re the most famous horror author of all time, you get a bunch of perks. One of which is sometimes you get to see major motion pictures seven months early with a plus one. I’m talking of course of Stephen King, who recently took to Twitter to heap praise on Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, which he apparently had a chance to see in recent days. King’s son, accomplished author Joe Hill, also saw the film and he too had some wonderful things to say about the movie, which opens October 16. Read the Stephen King Crimson Peak reaction below. Read More »
“I hate to disappoint people but, yes, I am doing a Mallrats sequel.” That was Kevin Smith speaking last Friday on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. He made the statement after a tweet of his suggested he plans to do a follow-up to the 1995 cult comedy which bombed at the box office but became a fan favorite in the years since. Now we know he is making the film.
Smith also told his listeners the reason why he’d decided now, 20 years later, to do Mallrats 2. It’s simple: producer James Jacks. Jacks produced Mallrats and would always joke with Smith about making a sequel. He passed away last year and Smith decided that finally making the movie Jacks wanted to see would be a beautiful tribute to him.
Below, listen to and read the Kevin Smith Mallrats 2 quotes and find out how far along the film is. Read More »
Ghostbusters has been the talk of the movie community for the past few weeks. It started with director Paul Feig announcing his all-female team for a film that’ll be released in Summer 2016. Then, things got taken up a notch when it was revealed Sony was doing a full Ghostbusters universe. Part of the news was a second Ghostbusters film directed by the Russo Brothers and potentially starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. However, no involved in any of it had officially commented on that last part.
That changed Friday as Variety talked to Feig. He confirmed filming on his Ghostbusters starts in June and that while he’d heard rumblings of the other version, it has nothing to do with him. The director also commented on backlash against his film. Read the Paul Feig Ghostbusters quotes below. Read More »
A few months back, news broke that Con Air director Simon West was going to be remaking The Blob. It sounded like a smart move as The Blob is a horror franchise that’s somehow simultaneously incredibly well-known, but also not incredibly popular. Everyone has heard of it and knows the premise just based on the title, but the number of people who actually champion the films is much smaller. That’s just the right formula for a remake.
Now, the director has explained a few more details about his Blob remake. He compares the Blob itself to the villains of the Alien and Predator franchises and says, in the same way dinosaurs are made believable in Jurassic Park, The Blob will be believable in this. Read more about the Blob remake below.
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