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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson argues about the Force
  • Porgs take over the Millennium Falcon in a new game
  • The most popular Star Wars baby names
  • An unexpected version of Boba Fett appears in statue form
  • The Last Jedi‘s costume designer on Kylo’s shirtless scene
  • And much more!

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maze runner the death cure clips

This YA dystopian movie has everything: zombies, explosions, deadly missiles, and Giancarlo Esposito in a fabulous coat. Aiden Gillen’s also rocking a sweet turtleneck, but the fashion choices of the prestigious character actors is besides the point: the Maze Runner trilogy is officially reaching the end of the labyrinth.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is closing out the YA dystopia series — admittedly, one of the better ones we’ve seen in the past decade — with a bombastic third and final act. That means the Gladers, led by Dylan O’Brien‘s Thomas, will be going back into the deadliest maze they’ve faced yet. Because as everyone knows, the only way to move forward is to go back.

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The Kindergarten Teacher Review

At one point in the beguiling remake of the 2014 Israeli of the same name, a character in The Kindergarten Teacher evokes the name of Mozart as being a prime example of a child prodigy who was nurtured and otherwise taken care of by those who appreciated his unprecedented talent to the point where the young composer only had to focus on creating. When teacher Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal, who appears in every frame of this film) discovers a possible poetry genius in her class of five year olds, she dares to consider what life would be like for young Jimmy Roy (newcomer Parker Sevak) if all he had to concern himself with was being creative. Read More »

Gerard Butler interview

Gerard Butler is more often than not the biggest guy in the room. Or at least in his movies. Whether he’s going after the justice system, protecting the president, or delivering Shakespeare, he’s going bigger than everyone else…and he’s usually ripped. In Den of Thieves, playing a bull of an LAPD cop, Big Nick, he looks like a mammoth compared to some of those past roles.

The character’s size isn’t the only reason Butler disappears as Big Nick – it’s also his attitude. Christian Gudegat‘s directorial debut has one of Butler’s meatiest roles to date: a deeply flawed, isolated and dedicated cop. We spoke with the actor about how he wanted to play Big Nick, the transformation he made with the role, and some of his favorite actors.

Below, read our Gerard Butler interview.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor Clip

One of the standout documentaries premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is undoubtedly Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film from 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville looks back at the lasting legacy of the children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by painting an intimate portrait of the man who hosted the show: Fred Rogers.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? goes beyond the zip-up cardigans and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to talk with Fred Rogers’ family, friends and colleagues about the man himself and what led him to become such an influential part of so many children’s lives. A new clip from the documentary gives us a small taste of the kind of revelations we can expect from this documentary. Read More »

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The French may gladly die for love, but hopefully they’re not as dead set with their linguistics choices.

The Fantastic Beasts franchise is proving itself to be quite the globetrotting series, taking place first in New York City before jetting off to Paris for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. And with Paris come French witches and wizards, who have their own lingo for non-magical people. Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has revealed what that French word for “muggle” is, and to be frank, it’s a bit disappointing.

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mondo universal monsters show

The last time Mondo put together a gallery show celebrating the Universal Studios monsters, it was 2012 and it set a high bar for all of their future events. And now, their second monsters-centric show is here and it resets the bar again.

Mondo’s latest gallery, dedicated to Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the rest of that creepy and unnervingly sympathetic family of things that go bump in the night, opened tonight and it’s spectacular. You can check out all of the posters that debuted below.

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Psychokinesis trailer

Yeon Sang-ho, the South Korean filmmaker behind the completely bonkers 2016 zombie movie Train to Busan, is back. And on the off chance you were worried he might tone things down a bit in his newest movie, you can safely put those worries to rest: Psychokinesis is bursting with a new batch of wild antics, and this thing looks like a total blast.
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Rust trailer

The Sundance Film Festival has been a launchpad for talented filmmakers all over the world, and a trailer for a new Brazilian drama called Rust has me wondering if director Aly Muritiba‘s name is one we’re going to become familiar with as this year’s fest gets underway this week. His film tells the story of a high school girl who suffers the consequences and shame of a compromising video leaking to her entire high school. Check out the full trailer below.
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Counterpart trailer

Starz’s new original series Counterpart gives J.K. Simmons the role of a lifetime. Well, at least by sheer volume – playing a double role gives him twice as much material. Simmons plays Howard, a regular joe working a desk job, who one day meets himself. The other Howard comes from a parallel world that was just discovered,and he’s a badass spy. Normally regulated so that counterparts never meet, the spy Howard needs to involve the original Howard, which raises many questions for the Howard finding out about this for the first time.

/Film spoke with series creator Justin Marks after Starz’s panels for the Television Critics Association. The screenwriter of The Jungle Book, its upcoming sequel, and Top Gun: Maverick, Marks told the TCA that he had a 100 page bible of how the parallel worlds work that read like stereo instructions. He shared more details with us in our one-on-one interview.

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