Benicio del Toro - Guardians of the Galaxy

This is a great year for Benicio Del Toro. The actor seems poised to earn an Oscar nomination for his intense performance in Sicario, and to sweeten the pot, he recently signed up for a major role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Last year we saw the actor in James Gunn‘s The Guardians of the Galaxy, in a fun bit part as the Collector, and it’s just been confirmed Del Toro will return for the sequel. Read more after the jump.

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Gugu Mbatha Raw in Jupiter Ascending

UPDATE: Collider is now reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has indeed been cast in Star Wars Episode VIII. Disney has yet to confirm her casting, and no details about her character have been revealed. Original story from 10/2/15 follows.

As if that earlier Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist — which included Orphan Black‘s Tatiana MaslanyJane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s Olivia Cooke — weren’t intriguing enough, a new report claims there’s one more name in the mix. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is reportedly also in the running for film.

Read all about the Star Wars Episode VIII Gugu Mbatha-Raw rumor after the jump.  Read More »

Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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alien: paradise lost

No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 start date and Scott has been slowly spilling plot details to anyone who will listen. The latest news: the survivors of the first film will be joined by a new crew of characters. After all, what good is an Alien movie without a body count?

Everything we know about this so far can be found after the jump.

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terminator franchise

The Terminator franchise isn’t dead – it’s resting. At least that’s the message coming out of Skydance Productions, who had to watch Terminator Genisys take a pummeling at the domestic box office this summer. Still, there’s fight left in this ‘ol franchise and Skydance Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg insists that after a few weeks of recuperating at the spa and maybe a little counseling, the series will be back and ready to win over the hearts and minds of the American public once again.

Hit the jump for her full comments regarding the future of the Terminator franchise.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
  • The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
  • When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
  • New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
  • See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
  • Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
  • See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
  • And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.

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Ellen Page Flatliners remake

Ellen Page may be this generation’s Julia Roberts. The Freeheld star could lead a remake of Roberts’ 1990 sci-fi thriller Flatliners, about a group of medical students who experiment with near-death experiences. (Because what could possibly go wrong?) Niels Arden Oplev, of the Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, is directing.

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Mockingjay Part 2 trailer

The previously released trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockginjay – Part 2 did a little more than hint at a big spoiler for the franchise’s finale, at least for those who haven’t read the young adult franchise on which the movies are based. Thankfully, the latest Mockingjay Part 2 trailer keeps the spoilers to a minimum, and shows off plenty of the action to come in the conclusion of the blockbuster film series. Read More »

Star Wars holochess

There’s a scene in Star Wars: A New Hope where Chewbacca and R2-D2 are passing the time by playing some kind of holographic board game. One clever move by the Astromech droid prompts and angry howl from Chewie, and after Han Solo warns the droids about a Wookie’s tendency to pull people’s arms from their sockets when they lose, C-3PO utters the famous line, “Let the Wookiee win.” It’s one of many classic scenes from the film.

More casual fans of the movie merely refer to the game as holochess, but the hardcore fans know that the game is called Dejarik, and one of those fans, Ian Martin, has been working on creating a full-size working Dejarik board that’s a 1:1 scale replica of the one we see in the film. And while it currently doesn’t have hologram technology implemented yet, it’s still pretty damn cool. Read More »