Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars

There’s a galaxy of Star Wars news out there, so let’s dive into today’s Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • The Star Wars film canon is limited to the films.
  • Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch jokes about Star Wars Episode VII return.
  • Behind the Scenes stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim revealed.
  • A secret, high level Star Wars meeting might be taking place this week.
  • Watch a full panel about writing for the Star Wars expanded universe.
  • Four new kids books will bridge the gap to Episode VII.
  • Are the Star Wars films coming to 3D Blu-ray?
  • William Friedken talks about Star Wars legacy and turning down the film.
  • Actor Anthony Ingruber hints he’s in Episode VII.
  • Super 7 will release limited edition Star Wars screen printed posters.

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Terminator Genesis filming

Today, Skydance Productions uploaded an interesting photo to the company Facebook account. It shows a slate marking roll one, take one of a film directed by Alan Taylor. On the side, it says “R.I.P Sarah,” likely in honor of the late camera assistant Sarah Jones. The slate is a good announcement that Terminator Genesis filming is under way. The movie is aimed at a July 1, 2015 release. Check out the image below. Read More »

James Cameron Bill Paxton in Avatar 2

Bill Paxton and James Cameron are more than just co-workers. Besides the fact they’ve worked together on The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss, they’re actually real life friends too. Could we see Bill Paxton in Avatar sequels?

So at this year’s Warner Bros. WonderCon panel, which Paxton was attending to promote Edge of Tomorrow, a valid question was asked about Cameron’s upcoming films. Cameron is currently finishing pre-production on three Avatar sequels and the panel moderator, Drew McWeeny of Hitfix, asked Paxton if there was any role for him in the three films. His answer was hilarious.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

We all know where first Rise, and now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are going. To a planet totally inhabited and ruled by hyper-intelligent apes who speak fluent English and have never seen a human. In Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Fox release, an important new wrinkle is added to that possibility. Was there ever a time humans and apes might have tried to co-exist? The answer is “Yes” but, of course, it didn’t quite work out.

Star Andy Serkis recently screened five scenes, about 20 minutes total, from the July 11 sequel to a group of press. The scenes contained very little action, instead focusing on relations between the two species and the rising tension among members of both sides to distrust the other. They set up a film surprisingly emotional and complex for a typical summer blockbuster. A film whose themes, according to Serkis, are “family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice.” Below read about, and watch a video blog reaction to, five brand new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips. Read More »

LFO trailer

Hypnotism is a pretty classic concept in films, especially when it is used to change peoples’ behavior, at times against their will. But the strange Swedish sci-fi thriller LFO takes it a step further — here, a man finds he can use sound to influence the people around him. And then he pushes the concept a little too far. The first LFO trailer (kinda) shows how.

This trailer is not new, but we haven’t featured it in the past. With Dark Sky Films banner setting a fall 2014 theatrical release date, with Elijah Wood’s company SpectreVision as exec producers and “presenters,” there’s good reason to promote it now. So if you missed the film when it did some festival appearances last year, this is a good time to get to know what it’s all about. Read More »

‘Godzilla’ TV Spot: The Monster Roars

Godzilla roars

Trailers and TV spots for Godzilla have been doling out information about the film in small chunks over time. That especially goes for the monster, which has been seen in the distance, through fire and smoke, and in fractured form. But Warner Bros. and Legendary aren’t being shy with the creature; there are quite a few full images out there — we just haven’t seen much in motion so far. This new TV spot gives up some new footage, including a great shot of Godzilla as he roars the “bending girder” sound that is so familiar. Check out the spot below. Read More »

Candykiller Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints

Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, available for purchase on Big Cartel. He has also uploaded a preview of his poster for Legend, and I’m sure there will be more in this series. Check out the Candykiller Ridley Scott poster artwork after the jump.

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Transcendence review

In his directorial debut, Christopher Nolan‘s longtime DP Wally Pfister serves up a dire warning about all the things that can go wrong when someone other than Christopher Nolan tries to make a Christopher Nolan movie. Transcendence is Inception, in spirit if not in plot, only without the heart, style, intelligence, or grace.

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