Back to the Future

Today is October 21, 2014. In exactly one year, we’ll have Hoverboards, flying cars, Jaws 19 and a Cubs World Series victory. At least, that’s what Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future Part II surmised. And while it’s going to end up being totally wrong about all of it, it’s a date everyone is looking forward to.

2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of the first Back to the Future film, released on July 3, 1985. Much like we saw with Ghostbusters this year, plenty of celebrations are expected for the milestone from merchandise and screenings to documentaries and more. One new addition to the list is the announcement of special 30th anniversary screenings that’ll play at concert venues all over the world. There, the soundtrack of the film will be edited out so a full orchestra can perform Alan Silvestri‘s iconic score live. Even better? Silvestri is writing 15 minutes of new score for the performances.  Read More »

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A man walks in the woods and sees a scene from Star Wars Episode VII. Fact or fiction? Read about it, and the stories below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumored descriptions of vehicles in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A man walking near Pinewood Studios said he heard and saw J.J. Abrams filming a scene.
  • Daniel Radcliffe visited the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch the official sneak of Darth Vader‘s Star Wars Rebels cameo.
  • Listen to Dave Filoni talks Star Wars Rebels for 15 minutes.
  • Read some excerpts from Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno.
  • A Star Wars helmet showed up on Antiques Roadshow.
  • See the Skywalker cameo in Star Wars Rebels.
  • What happened to the Tie Fighter In Star Wars Rebels “Fighter Flight?”

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Sean Bean the Martian

As Ridley Scott‘s The Martian approaches the start of shooting, yet another high-profile name has entered its orbit. Sean Bean is reportedly set to star in the space survival drama, which centers on an astronaut played by Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on the Sean Bean The Martian casting.

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Interstellar McConaughey Nolan

Two weeks from Tuesday, theaters with film projectors start screening Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. That means a few things. One, you better get your tickets. And two, it’s time to begin managing expectations and avoiding spoilers. Over the past few days, the film has begun screening for general audiences, celebrity audiences and press alike. Attendees are usually embargoed from going on social media about early screenings but that very rarely stops people. And if the reactions are positive, studios usually don’t care.

As expected some of those early Interstellar reaction tweets are positive. Very positive. Plus, they suggest while Nolan continues to compare his film to 2001: A Space Odyssey, he’s made something that has wider appeal than Kubrick’s polarizing masterpiece. Below, read about some early Twitter buzz about Interstellar. Read More »

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Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat.
  • Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information.
  • Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.
  • George Lucas has some harsh words for the Hollywood studio system.
  • Star Wars Episode VII made Abu Dhabi a hot filming spot.
  • German TV is getting an all Star Wars TV station in December.

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When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this year.

So how did RoboCop come to be? What’s the story behind the silver and chrome character? A new book called RoboCop: The Definitive History hits shelves Tuesday. Written by Calum Waddell, it has all the answers. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a set of amazing RoboCop behind the scenes photos like the one above. Check them out below. Read More »

Terminator 2

On paper, James Cameron has nothing to do with 2015′s Terminator Genisys. It’s a film based on characters he created, starring an actor he cast, but that’s about it. A few months ago, he did reveal he was “loosely attached” in an advisory role, but wouldn’t be credited. He said his biggest contribution was in regards to the role of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 5 character. But what exactly did that mean?

Apparently, a lot. In a new interview Cameron revealed his contribution to Terminator Genisys was the seed that made it possible for a 67-year-old Schwarzenegger to return to his iconic role as the T-800. Read the specifics below as well as what Cameron thought of the script and his feelings on returning to the franchise. Read More »

Scarlett Johansson Offered ‘Ghost in the Shell’

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With Margot Robbie looking to get into the superhero game with Suicide Squad, Rupert SandersGhost in the Shell is down a lead actress. So now another superheroine might take Robbie’s place.

Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered the lead role in the 3D live-action, English-language manga adaptation. Hit the jump for more on the potential Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell casting.

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