luke skywalker's necklace

Let’s get started by laying our cards on the table. Yes, this is all rumor and speculation and if that kind of thing makes you roll your eyes, feel free to do so and move on. That’s fine. That’s cool. However, if you like picking through clues and tidbits and stories that may or may not be total B.S. because doing so is fun…welcome. Let’s take a look at the latest story surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which involves Luke Skywalker’s Jedi jewelry…which may be more than it appears.

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ang lee gemini man

Ang Lee has become quite fixated on technology advances in film, with his latest films like Life of Pi and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk experimenting with everything from 3D filming to high frame rates.

Despite the meager reception to the experimental Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, it looks like Lee won’t be shying away from boundary-pushing high-tech storytelling, as he’s reportedly eyeing the director’s chair for Gemini Man, a spy thriller about an aging assassin who is hunted by a younger clone of himself. Gemini Man has been gestating in development hell for nearly 20 years — until now. Could that have something to do with the de-aging tech we’ve seen blossom over the past few years?

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Stephen Colbert Alien Sketch

Next month will bring a new chapter of the Alien franchise to the big screen with Ridley Scott back behind the camera for Alien: Covenant. The film is both a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to Alien, and there are apparently several more stories left to tell in between.

The new line-up of Alien films forced Neill Blomkamp to cancel his alternate sequel that would have brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, but that movie seems to be on the backburner indefinitely. Thankfully, someone else was able to give us our fix of Ellen Ripley, albeit in the form of a comedy sketch where she has some trouble getting proper healthcare from The Late Show host Stephen Colbert after all the xenomorph encounters she’s had over the years.

Watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Alien sketch after the jump. Read More »

Star Trek 4 Development

News of Star Trek 4 officially being in development first surfaced last summer. Producer J.J. Abrams confirmed work on the sequel and revealed it would somehow bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, the father of James T. Kirk who perished in exciting opening sequence of the first installment of the reboot that established a whole new timeline in the Star Trek universe. Since then all we’ve heard is vague hype about the sequel, and it sounds like the cast is unsure whether it will actually happen.

In a recent interview, Star Trek franchise star Zachary Quinto says that he’s still waiting for the script to be completed, and despite being hopeful that he’ll be able to reprise his role as Mr. Spock, the movie doesn’t seem to have been greenlit yet. Find out more about Star Trek 4 development after the jump. Read More »

Sam Esmail Writing Star Wars

As of now, there are Star Wars movies scheduled through the summer of 2019. Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo spin-off starring Alden Ehrenreich takes Star Wars back to summer on May 25, 2018, and then Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on May 23, 2019. Anything after that is unknown, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what Disney and Lucasfilm have in mind. But now we may have a line on who will be writing one of the movies coming after 2019.

A new rumor says that Lucasfilm has been meeting with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail to write an upcoming installment of the Star Wars Story spin-off movies that tell standalone stories in the Star Wars universe like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In addition, there is even word on what the project might be. Find out more about the Mr Robot creator writing Star Wars after the jump. Read More »

Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight

The most recent trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight showed off plenty from the sequel that is supposed to be the last installment of the franchise directed by Michael Bay. However, one character that we still haven’t seen much of is Hot Rod.

The Autobot has origins going all the way back to the 1986 animated movie when he was granted the Matrix of Leadership and became Rodimus Prime in the wake of the death of Optimus Prime. We’re not likely to see that same story unfold on the big screen, if only because it was a storyline that fans hated, but Hot Rod will still play a key role in the sequel.

A new image of Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight has emerged online along with a slew of details explaining what role the Autobot plays in the story. It turns out that he has played quite a pivotal role in the life of one of our new human characters. Find out more below. Read More »

Avatar

It’s become a running joke by now: they set a date for Avatar 2 and then, after months (or years!) of nothing, it gets delayed. The sequel to the highest grossing film of all time was originally supposed to arrive in 2014…and then it was pushed back to 2016…and then it was pushed back to 2018. So when writer/director James Cameron revealed that the film wasn’t going to meet that last date, no one even blinked. Of course Avatar 2 wasn’t going to be released next year!

Because it’s going to be released in three years. Production has officially begun on the four sequels to the 2009 original, with the first movie now due out in 2020.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Harrison Ford says watching the Han Solo movie will be weird.
  • Will the Han Solo movie feature a certain prequel character?
  • Could Jar Jar Binks show up in Star Wars Battlefront II?
  • Why did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side?
  • John Boyega practically confirms a few cameos.
  • Gold Leader drops an f-bomb.
  • And more!

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the jurassic games

If there’s one movie that can unite movie fans of all ages, it’s Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Here’s the rare blockbuster that has won the hearts of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials alike. We all love it. We all cherish it. We all reference it in day-to-day life as an instantly understood shorthand.

It’s also becoming an increasingly popular movie to rip off and mash up, as the mere existence of The Jurassic Games suggests. Yes, this is a blend of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games and it is a real movie that people are making and there are stills you can look at and everything.

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Poe Dameron The Last Jedi

Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is a straightforward, no fuss hero. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s all about doing the right thing. There isn’t anything boring about that, either. Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to see a character as heroic as Poe, someone who’s not going to question or doubt himself.

Maybe we’ll see him wrestle with more conflicts in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, though, which revealed its first teaser last week. According to Isaac, we will learn more about the best damn pilot in the galaxy in Rian Johnson‘s (Looper) sequel.

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