Avatar sequels

We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.

Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art

Earlier this month, we showed you some Guardians of the Galaxy concept art which revealed Star-Lord’s comic book origins, which were abandoned in the final film. Today we bring you some concept art from earlier in the production process which shows extremely different character designs for our main heroes.

For example, Rocket Raccoon in the final film was a little cute raccoon with a grizzled attitude and badass skills, but what 2012 concept art shows a very different picture: a grizzled and battle-worn badass war veteran. But thats not all, the new concept art also shows very different versions of Groot, Gamora, Drax and Star-Lord. Also we get our first look at what Nova would have looked like if he were in the film in proper Nova Corp outfit. Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art now.

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You would need an encyclopedia to know how many different versions of the original Star Wars Trilogy are out there. From obvious changes made to create the Special Editions, or the addition of “Episode IV” to the first film, to more subtle ones like color correction or audio tweaks, there are dozens of different versions of each film. All fans want, though, are the original negatives, with no “special” additions, but corrections to make them look and sound as good as modern technology will allow.

Unfortunately, that’s probably never going to happen because of rights issues and George Lucas’ wishes. So a group of fans made the Star Wars Despecialized Edition, a painstaking project that’s still in progress. The Despecialized Edition removes all the additions and tweaks slathered onto the films over the years, while simultaneously upgrading the sound and picture to modern standards. The results are pretty incredible and a new featurette shows the jaw-dropping changes and work put into the project. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 x-wing

What you’ve got to love about Twitter are the windows it opens. The way a single tweet can just set your imagination on fire with possibility. Monday night, that happened twice. First as a joke, and then as a photo.

The photo featured Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams with his two co-stars, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. It made you dream about the conversations being held between these three. Then, in the background, was someone else. Another famous director who, earlier that evening, made you wish if you could be one place in the world last night, it was with him. Edgar Wright tweeted that he too was hanging out with Abrams. Read More »

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UPDATE: Disney has officially announced that Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney Channel October 3 and the full series will start October 13 on Disney XD. Original article follows, full press release after the jump.

One of the biggest mysteries regarding the new Disney cartoon Star Wars Rebels hasn’t had anything to do with Jedi, Sith, or new characters. We’ve just been wondering when we’d get to see it. At Comic-Con, the news was quietly leaked that the first episode (for which you can watch our full review here) will premiere in October 2014. Lucasfilm and Disney have not settled on a specific Star Wars Rebels release date just yet, but will do so in the new few weeks. That premiere will be in October, on the Disney Channel, before moving to its regular spot on Disney XD. Below, read more about Star Wars Rebels and watch a few new clips. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Art Attack Short Film: "Art Attack"
Last Week, Disney XD released the first Star Wars Rebels short film “Ghost in the Machine” which focused on the animated series’ new astromech droid Chopper. This week Disney has released another Star Wars Rebels short film titled “Art Attack” which focuses on Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian Human female weapons expert who is part of the new series.

In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.

Watch the Star Wars Rebels Art Attack short film embedded after the jump.

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Ghostbusters 3 Ivan Reitman - Why Isn't Ivan Reitman Directing Ghostbusters 3

Ghostbusters 3 has been trying to make its way to the big screen for years now, but for whatever reason Sony has yet to give the threequel a greenlight. Following the passing of Harold RamisGhostbusters series director Ivan Reitman stepped down for the prospective directorial duties, instead stepping into a producer role. But why isn’t Ivan Retiman going to direct Ghostbusters 3? The comedy filmmaker answers the question: “Why Isn’t Ivan Reitman Directing Ghostbusters 3?”

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Star Wars Imperial Assault

GenCon is like the Comic-Con or E3 of the board gaming world. 50,000 gamers travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the largest gathering of tabletop gamers in the United States. New games are released by popular designers and the major publishers hold presentations to announce new games, many of which no one was expecting. Someday I hope to go to GenCon, but for now I watch from afar via the interwebs. The biggest publisher at the con is Fantasy Flight Games, who take the stage with their yearly In-Flight Report where they announce games coming out over the next two plus years. Not only is Fantasy Flight Games one of the largest publishers, but they own the license to produce Star Wars-themed games, which helps make their yearly announcements even more highly anticipated.

At 2014 Gen Gen, Fantasy Flight announced two new Star Wars games, as well as a Scum & Villainy expansion to their popular X-Wing Miniatures games. Lets a take a look at the most interesting of the newly announced games, Star Wars Imperial Assault, which has tabletop geeks from around the world frothing at the mouth to get their hands on.

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