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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A description of a new planet in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • The new R2-D2 actor (that we already knew about) has been officially announced.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Felicity Jones will attend Star Wars Celebration.
  • John Williams just won his fifth Star Wars-related Grammy award.
  • Daisy Ridley won’t answer your Star Wars: The Last Jedi questions.
  • Some people still think Snoke is Mace Windu.
  • Marvel’s Star Wars comics are coming together for a new crossover event.
  • Details on upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
  • A rumor about the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Doug Chiang answers a bunch of your Rogue One design questions.
  • And more!

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Three More Board ‘Star Trek Discovery’

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Star Trek Discovery has recruited three new members of Starfleet. Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Terry Serpico (Sneaky Pete), and Sam Vartholomeos are all set to board the sci-fi drama, joining Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug JonesMichelle Yeoh, and Anthony Rapp. Find out which characters they’re playing below.  Read More »

The Bad Batch

Ana Lily Amirpour‘s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, felt simultaneously fresh and familiar: it borrowed from the iconography of several decades’ worth of cinema, but it combined those elements in a way we’d never quite seen before. Her sophomore effort, The Bad Batch, looks every bit as attention-grabbing. Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa star as two very different people whose paths collide in a dusty dystopia overrun by cannibals, while Keanu Reeves shows up late in the game as a charismatic cult leader.

If that description doesn’t pique your interest, I can’t help you — this movie might just be Not Your Thing. But if it entices you, click through to get a little taste of this weird, colorful world that’s equal parts Mad Max and Spring Breakers. Watch the first The Bad Batch teaser trailer below.  Read More »

R-Rated Power Rangers Animated Series

There’s a new big screen take on Power Rangers coming to shelves next month that looks like it’s in the same vein of the Transformers film franchise. The movie shouldn’t have any problem luring in kids to check out the latest iteration of the superheroes who originated on television back in the 1990s, but it remains to be seen how many adults will be lured in by their nostalgia.

For those children of the ’90s who find themselves disinterested in the new Power Rangers, there might be hope for something drastically different on the way. You might remember that almost exactly two years ago, producer Adi Shankar (executive producer of Dredd and Lone Survivor) released an R-rated Power Rangers short film directed by Joseph Kahn that offered a dark, gritty take on the TV characters. Now Shankar wants to dig deeper with an animated Power Rangers series that has the same mature style.

Find out about the R-rated Power Rangers animated series after the jump. Read More »

kylo ren and rey connection

Here’s what happens when Star Wars fans start getting thirsty for news and start poking around in the desert: they find tiny updates in the official StarWars.com biographies for two major characters and start to wonder what it all could mean. In this case, two small additions to the pages for Kylo Ren and Rey tease something that fans have been wondering about since Star Wars: The Force Awakens: a mysterious “connection” between the evil son of Han Solo and the mysterious desert scavenger.

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star wars first female droid

Last week it was reported that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be joining the Han Solo movie as a performance capture character. At the time I speculated that this either meant that she would be playing some sort of alien creature or a new Droid. A new unconfirmed report claims that Phoebe will be playing the first significant female droid in the Star Wars universe. Learn more about Star Wars first female droid, after the jump.

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Stranger Things Season 2 - Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Will

We’ve written before about how much fun it was to discover Stranger Things last year when it arrived on Netflix with limited fanfare and became a phenomenon overnight. But like a newly minted movie star who suddenly himself hounded by fans in the streets he could once walk through unnoticed, the throwback science fiction series now has to deal with all of the problems that come with fame. Especially, all of the people who want to get up in its business. More specifically, all of the people who wouldn’t mind learning a thing or two about the new season’s plot in advance of its October arrival date.

Thankfully, the Stranger Things crew could turn to Game of Thrones, a veteran member of the Popular Television Show Club, for tips on how to keep its secret safe.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Score

The release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost exactly 10 months away, and we haven’t seen a single frame from the film yet. Word on the street is that we won’t see the first footage until Star Wars Celebration in April, but there have been rumblings of a teaser trailer maybe being attached to Beauty and the Beast in March. We’ll find out soon enough.

Meanwhile, we do have some new details from behind the scenes of the anticipated Star Wars sequel. It seems franchise composer John Williams is already hard at work on the score, which is surprising, since that’s not usually how the post-production process works. Find out more about the Star Wars The Last Jedi score development after the jump. Read More »

Ghost in the Shell trailer

While Marvel continues to hem and haw about giving Scarlett Johansson her own solo superhero movie, Paramount’s swooped in and made her the centerpiece of her very own would-be sci-fi action franchise. She stars as the Major in Ghost in the Shell, a new live-action adaptation of the classic Japanese manga. With director Rupert Sanders behind the camera, the film seems to have no shortage of stunning visuals. But can the rest of the movie live up to those cool designs?

A new Ghost in the Shell trailer offers a bit more story, so you can judge for yourself. Plus: find out what Johansson has to say about the ongoing whitewashing controversy over the casting of this film. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

When David Bowie died in January of 2016, director James Gunn expressed his grief and also mentioned that there was once an idea tossed around to have the iconic musician make a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Unfortunately, at the time, Bowie’s health was already keeping him from doing things like that.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy featured the track “Moonage Daydream” from David Bowie, and following Bowie’s death, James Gunn said he was trying to get another song off the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It appears we may know what that song is thanks to a new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 TV spot, which you can watch below. Read More »