Since the iconic character Grand Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars Rebels for the Disney XD animated series’ third season, there are probably some Star Wars fans out there keen on seeing how that plays out, even if they haven’t watched a single episode of the show yet. There’s only two seasons to catch up on made up of 37 episodes, but if you find yourself short of time to watch all those episodes, a new video will allow you to catch up on all the key things that have happened so far in just three minutes. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- New character details are revealed for the new Star Wars: Battlefront Death Star DLC.
- Explore a beautifully crafted Mos Eisley developed by some game designers in their free time.
- Meet Bendu, the new Star Wars Rebels character voiced by Tom Baker.
- Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund explains his contribution to the Star Wars universe.
- The Star Wars Rebels season one soundtrack is finally available for purchase.
- Learn what else you can do with Sphero’s new Force Band accessory.
- And More!
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We’ve seen trailers for most of the wide releases coming out this Christmas, including Assassin’s Creed, Gold, Collateral Beauty, Why Him?, and of course Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the films we’ve yet to see a trailer for is director Morten Tyldum‘s (The Imitation Game) sci-fi romance Passengers, but that’ll change tomorrow.
Below, watch the Passengers trailer teaser.
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The Westworld pilot is excellent. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gradually introduce their high-tech theme park, which is home to all sorts of thrills and horrors. Most of the exposition expected from a pilot doesn’t come into play until episode two, and by that point, you’re completely invested in the world and characters, so every piece of information goes down smoothly. At the start of Westworld, the worldbuilding is subtle and transfixing, but the drama is every bit as captivating.
There’s so much the pilot gets right. Before it airs next month, HBO has released more materials for their sci-fi series, including a Westworld featurette, some TV spots, and a synopsis for the pilot that teases the future of the season one.
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In 1976, Alan Dean Foster was contracted to ghostwrite a novelization for Star Wars, as well as a second novel which would have been used as a basis for a low-budget sequel to A New Hope in case the film was not successful. Of course, Geroge Lucas’ film opened to great acclaim and massive box office so that Star Wars sequel was never produced.
The novel was instead released in 1978 under the title Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, taking place between A New Hope and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back, making it one of the first pieces of what would become the Star Wars expanded universe. That universe is no longer canonized, but a new video essay takes us back in time for a look at the lot Star Wars sequel. Hit the jump to find out the story behind Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and discover what could have been.
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UPDATE: A reliable source in the Jurassic World camp has revealed to us that J.A. Bayona did not reveal the budget for Jurassic World 2. In fact, development hasn’t even reached a point where a budget can be finalized, though our source said that the budget will not be anywhere near $260 million. Despite the fact that this was a tangible print source, the information about the budget was either misinterpreted or fabricated. Our original story from the morning of September 19th follows.
About a week and a half after Jurassic World dominated the box office last summer, Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic World 2 would arrives a few years later on June 22, 2018. Since then, studio chairman Donna Langley has confirmed that a trilogy is in the works, and director J.A. Bayona just recently reiterated that fact while confirming that Colin Trevorrow is still very much involved with the development of the sequel.
Now another interesting detail about Jurassic World 2 has just surfaced as J.A. Bayona is making the rounds promoting his latest film, an adaptation of A Monsters Calls, on the festival circuit. The director has revealed that the Jurassic World 2 budget will be $260 million, which is more money than most of us will ever see in our lifetime. Read More »
When it was first revealed that Disney would be making standalone anthology movies in the Star Wars universe, one of the many rumored projects in development included a Yoda film which would have been focused on the master Jedi in his early years. We even heard rumors of filmmaker Zack Snyder pitching Lucasfilm on a Seven Samurai-style movie which would have featured a younger Yoda.
Now Lucasfilm has revealed that a new Star Wars comic book series will explore Yoda’s past adventures. Learn more after the jump.
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The future of the Mad Max franchise has been a little uncertain at Warner Bros. Pictures. Even though the film was a massive critical success, it wasn’t a runaway hit at the global box office, only earning just over $378 million. Home video releases may have helped earn more, and Warner Bros. is already double dipping to maximize their profits by releasing Mad Max: Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition. but there’s been no indication that the studio has gained more confidence in a sequel, However, a new rumor says a follow-up to the 2015 hit film may be coming sooner than we thought.
Straight out of Australia, a new report indicates that a Mad Max Fury Road prequel is currently in pre-production in Australia with filming potentially beginning before the end of the year. Find out more below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
In today’s Stranger Things bits:
- Behind-the-scenes photos from season one.
- Pictures of a familiar set being worked on for season two.
- Covers of the theme song, including one from Tangerine Dream.
- The kids being adorable on late night television
Find all that and more in all the Strangers Things bits after the jump.
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