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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The U.K. court case surrounding safety regulations on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached its conclusion.
  • The next Star Wars: Aftermath book will feature the Battle of Jakku.
  • Conan O’Brien offers up a dead Tauntaun for a cozy place to sleep.
  • Cool art combines Star Wars with World War II photographs.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces prequel trilogy characters.
  • A guy dressed as a Rancor at Comic-Con and it looks amazing.
  • Marvel announces a gigantic Star Wars comic set.
  • A whole bunch of new Star Wars toys were unveiled at Comic-Con.

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Transformers The Last Knight Onslaught Vehicle

Production on Transformers: The Last Knight is underway right now, and we’ve seen plenty of firewroks from the set as Michael Bay shoots his action sequel around the country. But the franchise director took a break from blowing stuff up to reveal yet another one of the Transformers we’ll see, and it’s one that calls back to the days of the Transformers animated series from the 1980s.

Michael Bay revealed the Decepticon known as Onslaught will be part of the villain line-up this time, and while his vehicle form doesn’t look exactly like it did when he first appeared in the original series, he’s still a pretty intimidating truck. Check out the new new Transformers The Last Knight Onslaught vehicle after the jump. Read More »

jurassic world trilogy

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jurassic World is set to begin filming in Hawaii in February.
  • Fast 8 has reached the halfway point of production.
  • Don’t expect Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross to meet up.
  • A Warm Bodies 2 is apparently in the works.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is getting a North American release.
  • Kevin Smith offers an update on Mallrats 2.
  • Dave Bautista gets kicked in the face on the new Kickboxer Vengeance poster.
  • Danny McBride celebrates the end of filming on Alien: Covenant.

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Joe Cornish directing Attack the Block

Shortly after Attack the Block knocked the socks off of audiences around the world, director Joe Cornish signed on to helm Snow Crash, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson‘s iconic novel. Four years later, we still haven’t seen or heard much about it. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Producer Frank Marshall says Cornish is still chipping away at the project, and that it could even start shooting next year.  Read More »

new han solo actor

When Lucasfilm announced earlier this month that Alden Ehrenreich would lead the Han Solo anthology film, they were just confirming what fans already knew — the trades had revealed the casting months ago. But not every report and rumor pans out so nicely. For example, there’s been a lot of speculation that Ehrenreich’s Han Solo could cameo in this winter’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, director Gareth Edwards has gone on the record to shut down the rumors.

Meanwhile, over at Warner Bros., Suicide Squad director David Ayer is battling a pesky and persistent fan theory of his own. Many have wondered if Jared Leto‘s Joker could be Jason Todd, whose defaced costume was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ayer insists that’s not the case.  Read More »

blade runner 2 lennie james

The jury is still out on whether or not a sequel to Blade Runner is a good idea in the first place, but I’ll say this much: director Denis Villeneuve has been assembling a cast that certainly makes it look like a good idea. The latest actor to join the increasingly large ensemble is British character actor Lennie James, best known to audiences for playing Morgan Jones on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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alien covenant scary

20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s 2012 prequel remains divisive and the public details about the new film paint the picture of a production that keeps everything that worked in that first film while quietly throwing away everything that did not.

And while Prometheus was bold and bizarre, it was never especially frightening, at least not in the ways that the original films were frightening. Star Michael Fassbender says that Alien: Covenant will correct that.

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Stranger Things

More than a few of you probably spent your time last weekend binge-watching Netflix’s latest series Stranger Things. Matt and Ross Duffer‘s sci-fi show was embraced so quickly by the streaming service’s customers that a season two is already confirmed. The Duffer Brothers have shared a few details about what to expect from the next season of their hit show.

Below, learn more about Stranger Things season two.

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Star Trek Beyond Tribute to Justin Lin's Father

Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.

More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.

Find out about the Star Trek Beyond tribute to Justin Lin’s father after the jump, but beware of some spoilers. Read More »