LEGO star wars force awakens prequel short films

Back in February, Disney announced a new series of Star Wars animated short films titled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises a prequel to Episode VII featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first short in the series, titled Poe to the Rescue premiered on DisneyXD, and was later put online for everyone to enjoy. Disney has now released three more LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises shorts, titled The Trouble with Rathtars, Hunting for Han and Rey Strikes Back. All three shorts are a fun watch and well worth your time. I wish Disney would make an actual animated series out of these and not just shorts. Watch the two new LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises short films now after the jump.

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Alien Covenant

As with any holiday, everyone celebrated Alien  Day in their own special way. Some fans attended screenings or bought sweaters and posters and limited-edition shoes; others posted concept art suggesting they might just go ahead and pretend the last two Alien movies never happened. And the guy who started the whole thing, director Ridley Scott? He marked the special day by sharing the first official photo from the next installment of the still-beloved franchise, Alien: Covenant. (Or at least some social media coordinator working with him did.)  Read More »

alita battle angel casting

James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!

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star wars bloodline

A steady stream of Star Wars novels have been published since Disney wiped out the original expanded universe and started rebuilding the larger canon from scratch, but only a few of them have felt like required reading. The upcoming Star Wars: Bloodline is being promoted as something more than just another story set in this beloved universe – it sounds essential to understanding the state of the galaxy as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Now, it’s been revealed that Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson contributed to the novel in some capacity, which is an intriguing prospect. It certainly sounds like the seeds of the next movie will be found here.

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Newt

Alien Day may be a fake holiday cooked up to promote Alien-related products and projects, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it. Director Neill Blomkamp, for one, got in on the festivities by unveiling a bit of concept art from his delayed Alien sequel that Sigourney Weaver says is still happening. It’s especially intriguing because it shows an adult Newt, fitting with earlier reports that the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Check it out below.  Read More »

Alien Day Artwork

Don’t let your chest burst open from nerdiness, but it’s officially Alien Day! In honor of LV-426, there are all sorts of celebrations happening today including double feature screenings of Alien and its sequel, releases of new memorabilia, and a handful of new collectible prints from a few different artists.

Today Bottleneck Gallery has three new prints that are going on sale. One of them may be more difficult to get than the other two, but if you’re a fan of artwork by Laurent Durieux, Mark Englert and Chris Skinner.

Plus, Mondo has two new vinyl releases featuring the scores for Prometheus and Aliens. Get a look at the Alien Day artwork and the Mondo vinyl releases after the jump. Read More »

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Voltron LEGO

For me, there’s something that’s not only fun but almost relaxing about building a cool vehicle or building from various pop culture worlds out of LEGO pieces. Whether it’s the Ghostbusters firehouse or the Batcave from the 1966 Batman TV series, I just love piecing together a LEGO set. And if you’re a fan of Voltron, you’ll want to support this latest LEGO Ideas proposal.

A new custom Voltron LEGO set not only allows you to build the robot from LEGO bricks, but it allows you to assemble the robot from five individual LEGO lions, just like Voltron. Check out the Voltron LEGO set after the jump. Read More »

Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Nathan Fillion and James Gunn are good friends, so fans of the Firefly and Castle star were hoping that the director might give the actor a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, it appears that neither Gunn nor Fillion wanted to give him a role that would preclude him from having a more significant part in the Marvel cinematic universe, because he ended up having a more secret cameo as the voice of the blue alien who gets his sinuses cleared out by Groot in the Kyln.

In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 though, it appears as if Fillion may have a more significant role. Or at the very least, it’s a role where we’ll see his face on screen. However, explaining the role of Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 dives into some potential spoiler territory so continue at your own risk. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Simon Pegg and Justin Lin discuss Star Trek Beyond.
  • Yes, Karl Urban is still down for Dredd 2.
  • Jerrod Carmichael joins the cast of Transformers 5.
  • The first image from Mechanic: Resurrection is unleashed.
  • HBO reveals a new trailer for Ballers season 2.

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