Alex Garland interview

Writer/director Alex Garland set a high bar for himself with Ex Machina, his stellar 2015 directorial debut. That sci-fi movie had a lot on its mind, but his newest film, Annihilation, is far more cerebral. It’s one of the most challenging movies of the year: bold, beautiful, and haunting in a way that occasionally verges on being experimental.

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Garland and actor Oscar Isaac, who plays a key role in the film, to talk to them about bringing this story to the big screen. We touched on the film’s behind-the-scenes clashes, whether or not Garland was concerned with audiences being able to keep up with what he’s doing in this movie, Isaac’s approach to his troubled character, and much more. Read our full Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland interview below. Read More »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni dishes on the latest episodes of Star Wars Rebels
  • An update on Star Wars mobile game Rise to Power
  • A petition to get Ava DuVernay into the director’s chair
  • Confirmation from the Master Codebreaker himself on a certain ship…
  • And much more!

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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the company has been trying to reinvent the vast, fluid, and beloved Star Wars Expanded Universe. For those of us who loved the EU, it was an upsetting decision, but one that made a whole lot of business sense. Disney is a corporation who likes to control the narrative, so it’s unsurprising that they want to stay on top of the new Star Wars canon.

It’s been six years and Disney has actually done a pretty fantastic job of diversifying and solidifying the greater world of Star Wars outside of the movies, with a huge selection of novels and comics that expand the universe of the new films. It can be a little overwhelming working out where to start, but these fantastic Marvel and IDW comics offer the best possible entry point for the updated Star Wars galaxy.

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Solo ship

During production of Solo: A Star Wars Story, director Ron Howard wasn’t shy about sharing images from the set – including one particular easter egg that was a shout-out to the work of famed Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. But now we know Solo will put another concept artist’s work from the original movie to good use in the form of a retro spaceship. Read more about the new (or is it old?) Solo ship below.
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jurassic world 3

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hasn’t hit theaters yet, but plans for Jurassic World 3 are already stomping forward. The sixth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise will hit theaters in June 2021, with Emily Carmichael tapped to write the script alongside Colin Trevorrow.

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The Dungeons & Dragons movie may have finally found its Dungeon Master.

Fresh off helming last year’s Lego Batman Movie, Chris McKay is reportedly in talks to direct the feature film adaptation of the fantasy tabletop role-playing game.

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“Danger, Will Robinson!”

Lost in Space is a classic television series in that it’s iconic. Everyone can quote it. Everyone is familiar with its iconography. But it was never a great show – it was merely a show that a lot of people grew up watching. Now, a promising reboot of the series could change that. The first Lost in Space trailer has arrived, teasing the new version coming to Netflix in just a few months. And yeah, it’s pushing my classic Star Trek buttons pretty hard.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home. Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi sequel has officially announced its Blu-ray and Digital HD release, along with a slew of special features. Among those features are 14 deleted scenes — so you can finally find out the origin of those mysterious unused moments from the trailer.

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Mondo Empire Strikes Back Poster

Mondo has unleashed a cool new Empire Strikes Back poster from artist Jock. The poster recreates a moment from the Star Wars film in which Luke Skywalker takes down an AT-AT Walker. See the Mondo Empire Strikes Back poster, and its variant, below.

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There’s a moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where the sound completely cuts off for 10 seconds. You probably remember it — or at least heard about the viral AMC signs assuring Star Wars fans that yes, that silence is supposed to happen. It’s a powerful moment, one where silence speaks louder than words. But it couldn’t have achieved that level of power if not for the stellar sound design in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Force of Sound is a new documentary from ABC News Features that delves into the Oscar-nominated sound design of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From the crying of porgs to BB-8’s rattling, you’ll get to learn about all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating the sound of Last Jedi. And yes, you will find out how they make lightsaber sounds.

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