Star Wars Benedict Cumberbatch

Over the past year, Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors have touched upon just about every big name in Hollywood — and even some not-so-big names as well. But one of the first to make the rounds was Benedict Cumberbatch, way back when.

Although the actor has already shot down the reports multiple times, the whole Khan debacle of 2013 has had everyone taking his word with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, Cumberbatch has gone on the record to deny those Star Wars Episode VII rumors yet again. Should we believe him this time? Read his Star Wars comments after the jump — plus, a word on what other insanely popular sci-fi franchise he won’t be starring in.

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Transformers Age of Extinction plot

Here’s hoping you like the next Transformers movie, because there’s going to be a lot more where that came from. Michael Bay reiterated in a recent interview that Transformers: Age of Extinction is intended as the beginning of a new trilogy, though he wouldn’t confirm whether or not he plans to direct the other installments.

To help fans navigate this new Transformers trilogy, Bay also spilled some details on some of the fresh faces we’ll be seeing in the film, and shared a new photo of Dinobot Grimlock. Hit the jump for a new photo and lots of new details.

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star wars 7 tatooine

The latest chapter in the Star Wars saga will return to the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Star Wars Episode VII will take place, at least partially, on the desert planet of Tatooine.

A new report confirms the previously reported information that filming in Morocco will, in fact, double for the famous desert planet C-3PO and R2-D2 landed on at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The same planet Luke Skywalker grew up on with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, where Obi-wan Kenobi grew old, Qui-Gon Jinn found Anakin Skywalker and on which Jabba the Hutt displayed Han Solo in Carbonite. Read about the Star Wars 7 Tatooine shoot below.

Update: In addition to the report about shooting in Morocco, THR now reports that Abu Dhabi will be used as a location, for up to four weeks. Shooting “in and around” the city will help recreate Tatooine. Original report follows.

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The Lego Movie

Details about Lego Movie 2 are being kept under wraps, but one thing Chris McKay says we can expect is more female characters. Also after the jump:

  • Ivan Reitman is still gung-ho about Ghostbusters 3
  • Camera tests are underway for Jurassic World
  • Karl Urban wants you to sign the Dredd 2 petition
  • Those “Penelope Cruz for Bond 24” rumors might be true
  • Kevin James has a new love interest for Paul Blart 2
  • Here’s another How to Train Your Dragon poster
  • Check out some Mad Max: Fury Road concept art

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i origins trailer

The first trailer for the Sundance sci-fi hit I Origins is now online. Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), it stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists studying the evolution of the human eye. They make a discovery that raises some serious questions involving God, the afterlife, science and more.

After its Sundance premiere, Peter said it was “a haunting film that explores the idea of a supreme maker, the afterlife and the concept of souls through the eye of a science-grounded sceptic, delivers more successfully on that mind-bending premise.” Fox Searchlight bought the rights and will release the film July 18. Below, check out the first I Origins trailer. Read More »

star-wars-logo-2013

Despite names of every popular actor being rumored for Star Wars Episode VII, there was always a good chance J.J. Abrams would cast unknowns. That was the point of widely publicized, worldwide open auditions. Plus, it would be in the spirit of the 1977 original, when actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford themselves were relative unknowns. It’s become very obvious Abrams loves harkening back to the originals.

In that spirit, a new name has been mentioned for a potential role. Her name is Maisie Richardson-Sellers; she’s a U.K. based actress and Oxford student who has no film credits, but gained some acclaim for British stage performances. Read More »

Matt Damon Martian

The past few months have been kind to Drew Goddard, as he’s been selected to direct Sony’s Sinister Six and run Netflix’s Daredevil series. But all of these new projects mean he doesn’t have room anymore for some of his old ones, and so he’s had to drop Fox’s The Martian from his plans.

Nevertheless, the project is forging ahead without him and might even be closing in on a big bright star. Matt Damon is reportedly circling the sci-fi pic, which is based on the e-book by Andy Weir. More details after the jump.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

Lots of blockbuster sequels are headed our way in the next few months and the one we probably know least about is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves‘ sequel to the surprise 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes places several years later as humanity is attempting to put itself back together after a deadly virus wiped out much of the world. Meanwhile, the leader of the apes, Caesar, has also been building up his superhuman race of animals. What will happen as the two sides clash? Get a glimpse in ten new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photos that’ve now come online. Read More »

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