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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Kelly Marie Tran talks Rose Tico
  • Even more Kelly Marie Tran talking Rose Tico
  • Oscar Isaac on what lies ahead for Poe Dameron
  • Daisy Ridley is proud of her stuffed Porg
  • A new look at Laura Dern‘s character
  • John Boyega confirms a few cameos
  • And more!

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Jude Law Captain Marvel

Jude Law is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor will star opposite Brie Larson in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Details on Law’s role are slim, but reports say he’ll be playing Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel and a mentor to Larson’s Carol Danvers. Here’s everything we know about the Jude Law Captain Marvel casting

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snoke backstory

Disfigured, crippled, and cruel, Supreme Leader Snoke cuts an intimidating figure. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he will be finally rendered in the flesh after making a brief holographic appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But there may be more to him than his opulent throne room and gaping maw suggests. Andy Serkis, who adds Snoke onto his growing list of motion-capture characters, revealed some details about the Snoke backstory, and how he came to be the powerful villain seen in The Last Jedi.

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star wars the last jedi box office tracking

The opening weekend haul for Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi may well be the Jedi Knight swooping in to rescue an ailing box office, which has seen steadily decreasing numbers since the summer.

Early Star Wars: The Last Jedi box office tracking numbers predict that the sci-fi sequel will make $200 million-plus debut at the domestic box office, which is a milestone that only three other blockbusters have been able to achieve — one of which was a previous Star Wars film.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Poster

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been playing its cards close to the vest, but that may change soon. The secretive sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World finished filming over the summer, but good luck finding any details beyond a handful of returning actors and a bigger handful of newbies, most of whom will probably get eaten by dinosaurs before the credits roll. But the first footage from director J.A. Bayona‘s sequel has arrived online and it features something for everyone…because everyone loves either Chris Pratt or baby dinosaurs, right?

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peter cullen interview

Voice actor Peter Cullen has been playing Optimus Prime, the righteous leader of the Autobots, for over 30 years. After originating the character in 1984 with the original Transformers animated series, he has returned him countless times in the decades since, playing Optimus in TV shows, video games, and even Michael Bay’s live-action movies. While he’s played plenty of other characters over the years, Cullen is forever tied to this iconic warrior robot.

And if you talk to him, he seems perfectly okay with that. Cullen is back as Optimus Prime in Transformers: Titans Return, an animated internet web series that acts as a sequel to the Transformers: Combiner Wars series. You can watch the show on go90 right now. But first, why not join us for a little chat with Cullen, where he talks about his personal connection with Optimus, the state of the voice over industry, and the passion project he’s working on with NASA.

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avatar sequels underwater motion capture

Avatar 2 will finally hit movie theaters in 2020, 11 years after the first Avatar was released in 2009 and three years after the great SNL sketch poking fun at Avatar‘s font. The primary reason for the decade-long delay? The technology required to film director James Cameron‘s ambitious vision of a world submerged in water didn’t quite exist yet. So they invented it.

Cameron had been hinting for years about his grand plan to set the Avatar sequels primarily underwater, and shoot them using underwater motion-capture technology — but no one quite believed him until shooting for all four (!) sequels finally went underway this fall. Now that Cameron is in the full swing of production for Avatars 2 and 3, he can give us the scoop on what it’s like to shoot with this newfangled technology. Long story short: it’s really hard.

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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Review

Hollywood’s next live-action Godzilla movie is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019, just a few months before its title character turns 65 — an age traditionally associated with retirement for a lot of us frail human beings. This film is the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot, which hit theaters a few months before the character turned 60, the age when AMC moviegoers start collecting senior citizen discounts.

While he may be getting a little long in the tooth by human standards, to write the king of the kaiju off as geriatric would be to ignore his prodigious lifespan. In Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the 30th Toho production and first-ever animated feature based on Japan’s greatest pop cultural export, that lifespan is established to be at least 20,000 years. As we reported last month, the film is coming to Netflix in 2018 as part of a slate of 12 original anime series that the streaming service plans to release over the course of the year. It already had its opening weekend in Japan, however, and I saw it at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, a landmark Tokyo movie theater housed in a building topped with a life-size Godzilla head.

So let’s take a deep dive. Here’s what you should know about Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters before you stream it next year.

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Star Tours The Last Jedi

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi under a month away, Disney is starting to pull out all the stops when it comes to all the cross-promotions for the movie, especially at their theme parks.

Disneyland’s signature Star Tours ride has just received a special update to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi. Not only does the ride now take fans to the new planet of Crait, which plays a big part in the sequel, but it also makes a stop at Batuu, the planet where the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion of the theme park will be set.

To help celebrate the new ride addition (which you can preview below), Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, made a surprise appearance and shocked the hell out of some excited fans. Watch the surprise appearance before the Star Tours The Last Jedi ride experience below! Read More »

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The last Jedi Laura Dern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than a month away! The next chapter in the never-ending Star Wars saga is bound to introduce audiences to exciting new locations and characters. One such exciting character: Laura Dern‘s Vice Admiral Holdo. Up until now, the specifics regarding Dern’s new character have be slim, but brand new The Last Jedi Holdo details are here for your consumption.

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