Ash vs Evil Dead

San Diego Comic-Con tries its best to stay family-friendly. Every once in a while, the powers that be deem some footage too mature for kids in attendance. That’s what happened with the latest trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead season two, which features plenty of limbs flying through the air and some great, messy practical blood effects.

Below, watch the Ash vs Evil Dead Banned Comic Con trailer.

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Knights of Ren Movie

There’s a whole slate of Star Wars films coming out over the next few years with every other one being A Star Wars Story, a spin-off adventure that takes place outside of the primary saga storyline. The first one will be Rogue One this December, followed by a Han Solo standalone movie a couple years later with Alden Ehrenreich inheriting the role from Harrison Ford. There’s rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off to follow in years to come, but we’ve yet to get confirmation on that front.

But if J.J. Abrams had his way, there’s one other spin-off movie he’d like to see involving some characters who were revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who we don’t know much about. Find out more below. Read More »

xXx Return of Xander Cage trailer

I’d say “I can’t believe they made another xXx movie,” but in a year where we’ve gotten sequels for everything from Independence Day: Resurgence to Snow White and the Huntsman, of freaking course they made another xXx movie. After all, Vin Diesel is bigger now than he’s ever been, but even he can’t make another Fast and the Furious movie every year. Why not squeeze him into a different action-adventure in the meantime?

Directed by D.J. Caruso, xXx: Return of Xander Cage brings the extreme-sports-enthusiast-turned-spy out of retirement for a dangerous new assignment. Samuel L. Jackson is back as his handler, Augustus Gibbons, and the supporting cast includes Ruby RoseNina DobrevDonnie YenTony Jaa, and Kris Wu. Watch the first xXx: Return of Xander Cage trailer below.  Read More »

The Force Awakens

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic book adaptation has been extended.
  • Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Timothy Zahn on the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • A clip from LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
  • Star Wars: Force For Change wraps up with a goodbye video.
  • A breakdown of who has the most screen time in The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on Starz this September.
  • Rian Johnson plays Pokemon Go on the set of Star Wars: Episode 8.

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Suicide Squad TV Spots

Yesterday, Warner Bros. released an extended promo introducing audiences to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), “one of the scariest characters in the movie” and the mastermind who puts the Suicide Squad together. One of the leaders of that squad is Deadshot (Will Smith). Smith, who’s probably most famous for playing heroes, stars in David Ayer‘s film as the assassin/supervillain. The newest promo tells you all you need to about the character, including the fact only his friends call him by his real name Floyd.

Below, watch the Suicide Squad extended promo.

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in a valley of violence review

Ti West is changing things up with In a Valley of Violence. The writer/director behind The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers has made a western. The film, which we first heard about over two years ago, doesn’t blend horror and western tropes together; it’s just a pure, revenge-driven western. The film stars Ethan HawkeJames RansoneTaissa FarmigaJohn Travolta, and Karen Gillan.

Below, watch the In a Valley of Violence trailer.

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Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts it’s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But there’s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration — Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchin’s character Chekov going forward?

Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out it’s still “too early” to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely won’t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor.  Read More »

David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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van helsing movie

There’s an entire generation of moviegoers who only know the character of Van Helsing from the abysmal 2004 movie starring Hugh Jackman, and that should be a recognized as one of our great international shames. Introduced in the pages of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is one of the horror genre’s greatest heroes, a character who has endured as long as the titular vampire himself. Before he was reimagined as a globetrotting 19th century James Bond, Van Helsing was a scientist and a scholar, a professor whose greatest weapon against the supernatural was his vast knowledge of science and the occult. Although his presence in the public domain has allowed any number of actors to play him (Casper Van Dien, anyone?), Van Helsing has been memorably portrayed by brilliant actors like Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence Olivier, and Peter Cushing, who built a cornerstone of his magnificent career around hurting Christopher Lee’s Dracula.

My fondness for this character made the Hugh Jackman movie hurt even more, but it also gives me hope that the new solo outing for the character being planned as part of Universal’s new cinematic monsters universe could be good. There have been incredible cinematic Van Helsings before and there is always room for more…and screenwriter Eric Heisserer is saying some very interesting things.

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