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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was filled with so many visual stimulants, it’s funny how the auditory one has become the most interesting point of conversation. After some debate, we found it was Andy Serkis delivering the clip’s chilling monologue. Not only was it chilling because of the voice itself; it was the words delivered. This character would have to be incredibly important to have felt a literal awakening in both sides of the Force. Rumors began running rampant about the character. Is Serkis a Sith? How old is he? Could he be more than one character? Will be play a performance-capture or human character?

Now the actor has answered a few of those questions. We still don’t know his name and exact purpose, but Serkis did confirm he’s only playing one character, and that it was his unaltered voice in the trailer. Read more about the Andy Serkis Star Wars rumors, and their answers, below. Read More »

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Jurassic World wrap photo

You’d think anyone who saw the first Jurassic Park would know better than to get too close to the raptors. And Chris Pratt has called Jurassic Park “my Star Wars,” so we can definitely assume he’s seen that kitchen scene a few times.

Yet here he is in the latest photo from Jurassic World, hanging out with to a raptor like it’s no biggie. Maybe when you’ve gone head-to-head with a tiny plastic despot and an evil alien overlord, a dinosaur seems less threatening. See the new Jurassic World photo after the jump.  Read More »

Empire Strikes Back live read

Jason Reitman‘s live-read series has been a hot ticket at LACMA for a few years. The director chooses a new cast to read a well-known, sometimes classic script live on stage as a one-time performance. (We’ve covered many of these events in the past.) This year, among other films, Reitman has chosen one script with a particular appeal: The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the scripts chosen for live reads are oriented very much around character and dialogue; the event is just a bunch of people sitting on stage, after all. But the Empire Strikes Back live read will be one of the few to feature a script that is effects-heavy — meaning the audience will have to imagine a lot of what’s going on as the actors read the pages.

But the cast of characters is still tremendous, and some of the actors have now been revealed. They include Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader. Read More »

Terminator Genisys Paradox

The new film Terminator: Genisys appears to create a whole new parallel timeline connected to the first couple films in the series, by doing even more mucking about with time travel than those two films did. We know that the new film dramatically recontextualizes major characters from the first film, but just how does the chronology of the series now fit together? And exactly how many versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger have now been sent back in time? Check out a fan edit of the film’s first trailer to explore (and heavily mock) the Terminator Genisys paradox.

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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

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I have to say, this is a particularly good edition of Star Wars Bits. Dare I say, it’s a must read. Let’s get right to it. Below, read about the following:

  • Watch how Ben Burtt created the sound for the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive failure.
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.
  • Sunday afternoon, Disney XD will air a video revealing new secrets of The Force Awakens trailer.
  • A Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser poster could be coming next week.
  • And while you wait, see some really awesome new Force Awakens fan art.
  • Disney’s ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue could get A Force Awakens upgrade.
  • An interesting piece of speculation about Luke Skywalker’s purpose in The Force Awakens.
  • Do the Force Awakens Topps card number match with the old Topps Star Wars cards?
  • What do the Star Wars: The Force Awakens names actually mean?

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Blade Runner 2 script

That’s according to Ridley Scott, at least. During a conversation about the intersection of making films based on some of the oldest stories (such as Scott’s new Exodus) and science fiction, the subject of Blade Runner 2 came up. Scott has recently said the Blade Runner 2 script was going well, and that he was very happy with the results. And now he says that Harrison Ford is also incredibly happy with the draft — Scott none-too-humbly reports that Ford called the draft Scott and Hampton Fancher have been working on “the best thing I’ve ever read.” Read More »

Mark Hamill Episode VII Set

Lucky for us, Mark Hamill has a lot of other things going on besides returning to Star Wars. It means there’s plenty of opportunities to ask him about Star Wars! The actor recently completed shooting on J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens and gushed about how it made him feel to see such a huge reaction to the first trailer. Now, in yet another interview, Luke Skywalker himself talked about how he did not like growing a beard for the new film but how much he loved playing with the new droid BB-8. And yes, that droid is a practical effect.

He also talked about being hesitant to come back and surprised at Harrison Ford‘s enthusiasm. There are really some great quotes here, so check them out below. Read More »

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