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The Thunderbirds TV series that captured imaginations in the ’60s is about to get a new revival. The 50th Anniversary of the original show will be celebrated in part with a new series from ITV called Thunderbirds Are Go!, with effects from WETA. A new Thunderbirds teaser is now available, and though it doesn’t show off very much, it might be enough for fans who have been excited about the new show.

Update: Previously, we had seen only an image of the backs of the new Thunderbirds team design. Now we’ve got the reverse of that shot, showing off the faces of the puppet-based CG designs. Check it out in full below.

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Comic book, TV shows and of course The Force Awakens are all covered in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Mark Hamill reveals he boards the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • A UK reporter uncovers several young actors reportedly cast in The Force Awakens.
  • George Lucas has now seen The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
  • Oscar Isaac uses a surprising word to describe Poe Dameron.
  • Check out the Star Wars #1 Loot Crate variant cover.
  • Is there a Force Awakens easter egg in Star Wars #1?
  • Watch a featurette on Star Wars #1.
  • See sketches from Kanan: The Last Padawan comic.
  • Is there a Lando Calrissian comic coming out too?
  • Will Marvel do comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
  • Read the titles of some upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
  • The George Lucas Museum may end up in LA if Chicago doesn’t work out.
  • Three rumored pieces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leak.

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‘Minority Report’ Pilot Gets a Director

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Fox’s planned Minority Report pilot has taken a step forward, as the network has announced a director for the show. Mark Mylod (Once Upon a Time, The Affair) will now helm the debut outing for the show based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie. Read More »

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Last week, Latino Review ran an article about next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting with Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, since you read /Film, you already knew that because we broke that news a month prior. What our friends at Latino Review mentioned that we didn’t though was the trailer would include footage of Han, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca. That was news to us.

You see, the source who tipped us off to the new trailer told us something almost totally different. They said the original trilogy characters would not be featured in the marketing because Lucasfilm wants to keep their specific roles as secret as possible. Plus, with so many new characters, worlds, ships, etc. to sell people on, they don’t want to show too much familiar stuff. They want it to be Star Wars, but a new Star Wars, like the first teaser trailer. Familiar yet different.

Our source never said we wouldn’t see the characters at all. It was just strongly implied they would be in the background. Could this strategy, one we heard about in late November, have changed? Could Disney have decided to put the original trilogy characters in the marketing? Like most things, the truth will most likely be found in the middle. Read More »

Fox Wants to Revive ‘The X-Files’

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Talk of a third X-Files movie has cropped up often in the past few years, but now it seems like a new TV installment might be more likely than anything else. Fox execs have revealed that they are pursuing an X-Files return — ideally with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Read More »

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When we heard Jordan Vogt-RobertsKong: Skull Island was going to be a prequel to the already known King Kong stories, everyone assumed it would be set in the (possibly) distant past. Maybe even a Land of the Lost type thing. It would have to be, right? If Kong hasn’t yet become the King, and we know he gets taken to New York City in the 1930s, you’d assume the story would have to be how he became the ruler of Skull Island. And that would’ve happened a long time ago.

Well, we now have our first clue that Kong: Skull Island isn’t going to be what we thought. At all. In a new interview, one of the film’s co-stars, Oscar frontrunner J.K Simmons, said part of the movie will take place in 1970s Detroit. Could that be the basis for a flashback? Is the whole Kong myth being revamped? Who knows, but we’ll explore the Skull Island movie news below. Read More »

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Every single piece of media released about Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been carefully selected. Each video, photo, quote, everything has been checked, double checked and perfectly timed to reveal to fans just enough information that Lucasfilm feels appropriate. And, so far, nothing has been particularly spoilery.

That either just changed, or there’s some deliberate shenanigans going on. I’m thinking the latter. But either way, confirmed Force Awakens star Warwick Davis appeared on the BBC’s The One Show and showed two selfies he supposedly took from the set. One with Chewbacca, and another with a character that, well, might be a big spoiler. See the Warwick Davis Force Awakens photos below.

UPDATE: Davis responded to the photos on Twitter, saying they were not actually from the set. But there’s still an interesting discussion to be had.  Read More »

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There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
  • Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
  • Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
  • There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
  • George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
  • Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.

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