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When Ridley Scott‘s The Martian was first announced, it drew a lot of knee-jerk comparisons to Gravity thanks to its stranded-in-space hook. But as casting continues, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that The Martian is a different beast. For one thing, instead of just two lonely leads, The Martian boasts a star-studded cast that seems to get bigger by the day.

The latest big names to climb aboard are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis, who join Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, and Jeff Daniels. Hit the jump for more details on the latest The Martian casting.

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Beer and parties are two of the things in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Yes, for real. There’s also Episode VII speculation and all of the following:

  • Star Trek star Brent Spiner has joined Star Wars Rebels.
  • Read a rumor of how performance capture is being used in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Footage from the cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 3 game is out.
  • Watch Rebels Recon, the official Star Wars Rebels recap show.
  • See photos from the London birthday celebration of Carrie Fisher.
  • Daisy Ridley gets a new agent.
  • Lucasfilm considers legal action against a beer company over their latest brew.
  • Will Star Wars Episode VII steal a gag from Episode IV? And are there set photos of it?
  • A possible scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca is described.

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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.

UPDATE: We’ve added the reactions of some of Hollywood’s most well respected filmmakers and fans such as Rian Johnson, Patton Oswalt and more. Read More »

Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell Team for ‘IQ 83′

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It’s been a while since we had a new Charlie Kaufman project to ooh and ahh over, though that hasn’t been for lack of effort on his part. He shot an FX pilot called How and Why that got turned down, and his planned directorial effort Frank or Francis fell apart at the last minute. But now, happily, he’s moved on to a new film.

Kaufman is set to do a page one rewrite of IQ 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog‘s 1978 sci-fi novel. Steve Carell, who was supposed to star in Frank or Francis, is set to lead. In typical Kaufman style, it all sounds rather bizarre. Hit the jump for more on the Charlie Kaufman Steve Carell team-up.

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Halo: Nightfall trailer

The second Halo: Nightfall trailer — that being the Ridley Scott-produced digital series directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan – shows a bit more scope than what we saw in the first trailer. There’s a ship or two, a hint of the Covenant, and at least the backdrop of the vista of a Halo ring. Mike Colter (The Good Wife) stars as Jameson Locke, who is caught in a plot that is potentially both a political conspiracy and something like a bug hunt. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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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