Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Harrison Ford says watching the Han Solo movie will be weird.
  • Will the Han Solo movie feature a certain prequel character?
  • Could Jar Jar Binks show up in Star Wars Battlefront II?
  • Why did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side?
  • John Boyega practically confirms a few cameos.
  • Gold Leader drops an f-bomb.
  • And more!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) make for a great team in Guardians of the Galaxy. They work so well together it’s hard to imagine one without the other. We may see them disband at some point, though, and maybe after Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which Gunn called the other day “the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Below, learn more about a possible change-up for the Guardians of the Galaxy team that’s likely very far off into the future.

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the jurassic games

If there’s one movie that can unite movie fans of all ages, it’s Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Here’s the rare blockbuster that has won the hearts of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials alike. We all love it. We all cherish it. We all reference it in day-to-day life as an instantly understood shorthand.

It’s also becoming an increasingly popular movie to rip off and mash up, as the mere existence of The Jurassic Games suggests. Yes, this is a blend of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games and it is a real movie that people are making and there are stills you can look at and everything.

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Free Fire Clip - Sharlto Copley

If you’re lucky, this weekend brings the action shoot’em up flick Free Fire to a theater near you. It’s the latest film from High Rise and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. But don’t worry if you think the filmmaker’s work is a little too weird or twisted for your tastes, because this is easily his most accessible film yet.

Free Fire follows a black market arms deal gone wrong in 1970s Boston as an IRA buyer (Cillian Murphy) and a South African gun runner (Sharlto Copley) end up in a gun fight in the middle of an abandoned warehouse, with both their sides exchanging shots, trying to get the money and attempting to make it out alive. It’s relentlessly brutal, but it’s also extremely funny, as evidenced by a new clip from the movie that will probably make District 9 fans grin a bit.

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Poe Dameron The Last Jedi

Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is a straightforward, no fuss hero. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s all about doing the right thing. There isn’t anything boring about that, either. Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to see a character as heroic as Poe, someone who’s not going to question or doubt himself.

Maybe we’ll see him wrestle with more conflicts in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, though, which revealed its first teaser last week. According to Isaac, we will learn more about the best damn pilot in the galaxy in Rian Johnson‘s (Looper) sequel.

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Kurt Russell's Action Movie Crossover

Nowadays, everyone wants to make a shared cinematic universe in the same vein as the world that Marvel Studios has created for their comic book characters. But back in the 1980s, that idea was rather unique. In fact, the idea was so off-the-wall that when Kurt Russell proposed a shared universe that would bring together signature characters played by himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, no one really wanted to listen to him.
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Avengers Infinity War Set Photo - Thanos

With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket happening this week in Los Angeles, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been participating in numerous interviews talking about the future of the company’s films. We’ve collected a few choice quotes below, including Feige talking about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be “very, very different” after Avengers: Infinity War, his plans to hire more top caliber Hollywood veterans, and an update on the studio’s filming slate.

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guardians in infinity war

One of my biggest fears about Avengers: Infinity War is that the film might be too big for its own good. With so many moving parts in Marvel Studios’ biggest movie yet, there’s a real danger of many of the characters we love getting lost in the shuffle and ending up without much to do.

But when I spoke with actor Chris Pratt yesterday during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 junket in West Hollywood, I asked him about Infinity War and his comments about the Guardians’ involvement assuaged some of my fears.
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fantastic beasts sequel

Reactions to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them felt a little muted last year, but that didn’t stop the first Harry Potter spin-off from making $814 million worldwide. The ambitious plans to make four sequels and further bridge the gap between the first movie the rest of the Potter series has continued apace, with J.K. Rowling penning the sequel for returning director David Yates, who has already cast Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel.

Now, another English actor has joined the cast, furthering the franchise’s mission to one day employ every single actor in the United Kingdom: Green Room star Callum Turner.

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Armie Hammer interview

If there’s one character who stays calm in most of Free Fire, it’s Ord. The American criminal is as well-composed as his swanky gray jacket and black turtleneck. Rarely is Ord the character shouting and screaming in director Ben Wheatley‘s (High-Rise) new, 85-minute-long shoot ’em up..

Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump don’t waste a second of Free Fire‘s runtime, which couldn’t come at a more right time before some bloated action movies arrive this summer. The film is as lively as some of its characters, most of whom you’d like to see make it out of the warehouse. Especially Ord.

We recently discussed the role with actor Armie Hammer, who also told us a bit about the character’s backstory, working with Wheatley, and more.

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