Tomorrowland walt disney

Walt Disney and his theme parks exist in the world of Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. That’s a secret the cast and crew kept for a long time but in the past few videos and trailers, it’s become abundantly clear. The question then becomes, how much of an influence was Walt on this movie, which is named after something he first created in the 1950? A few new featurettes give some tantalizing teases at these connections alongside glimpses of a few other things from the film.

Plus, a new novel serves as a prequel to Tomorrowland and offers even more context. Find out more about the Tomorrowland Walt Disney connections below. Read More »

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Star Wars Celebration leads the charge in this edition of Star Wars Bits, with lots of info on the event. Plus, video games, set stories and more. Below, read about the following:

  • Felicity Jones says she’s starting to get ready for Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Hear Carrie Fisher talk about being scared on the set of Star Wars.
  • Get details on attending Thursday’s Celebration Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel and see the floor plan.
  • Daredevil’s showrunner would love to do a live action Star Wars series.
  • Oscar Isaac explains how he learns about Force Awakens online spoilers.
  • Footage from Visceral’s untitled Star Wars game likely to debut at E3.
  • A tease from the Star Wars Battlefront reveal, as well as a potential release date.
  • See the Boba Fett action figure variant cover of Star Wars #4.
  • Details have been revealed of the Star Wars cruise packages.
  • The cast has been revealed for the Smuggler’s Bounty reading at Celebration.
  • The Force Awakens novelization might be delayed until 2016.
  • Listen to the funny advice Harrison Ford gave to Oscar Isaac on the set of The Force Awakens.

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Alex Garland Ex Machina

Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina feels familiar while also being unique. It may be the latest in a string of films about artificial intelligence, but the look of the movie, the tension it creates, and the surprises within do everything to separate it from films such as Her, Transcendence and Chappie.

Garland, making his directorial debut, had all of that in his head when shooting Ex Machina. He purposely avoided every other piece of new pop culture out there that may have lined up with his movie, but he also used older movies as a reference to make something fresh. The result is an electric, frightening film that’s achieves great deal from three characters (played by Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson) dealing with some very heavy issues.

In our interview with Garland, we talked about how he maintained tension on set, as well as the connections the film may have had with stories like Black Mirror, some of his aims in creating this story, the beautiful design of the robot Ava and whether or not he asked his lead actors about their roles in Star Wars. Below, read our Alex Garland Ex Machina interview. Read More »

Terminator Genisys

Everyone’s favorite time-hopping robots and resistance fighters are back in the latest Terminator Genisys trailer. Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke is her son John Connor, and Jai Courtney is his dad Kyle Reese. Which I guess makes the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) John’s adopted grandfather, sort of, since he’s Sarah’s guardian.

It all adds up to a pretty unconventional family, but a family all the same. And like all families, they tend to bicker when they get together. It’s just that their infighting has vast repercussions for the decades-long battle against sentient killer machines. Watch the Terminator Genisys trailer after the jump.

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Power Rangers director

When Saban and Lionsgate announced development of a Power Rangers movie it was a notable bit of development, as the property has plenty of active fans. But that was before Joseph Kahn’s short film Power/Rangers went online. That short blew the ’90s TV property (which has enjoyed continuous production through to the present) into the stratosphere.

But we know that Kahn isn’t in the running to make the Lionsgate feature, and isn’t interested in the gig regardless. But there’s a director almost set. Dean Israelite, whose film Project Almanac was released early this year after a couple delays, is in talks to be the Power Rangers director. Read More »

oscar isaac Ex Machina

Fans love to complain that good sci-fi isn’t released any longer. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina, however, is good sci-fi. The passage of time may even turn it into great sci-fi. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Nathan, a billionaire savant who created a fictional analog to Google. He invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), one of his employees, to his secluded home in order to test a new piece of technology. That technology is a beautiful, mysterious, artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander)

After that setup, the film is very careful about letting us know what is really going on. Caleb, Nathan and Ava all seemingly have their own agendas in a very tense, very exciting sci-fi story that surprises from the first moment to the last.

We were lucky enough to speak to Isaac about this great movie. He discussed how he shaped such a fascinating, yet seemingly familiar character, creating tension on set, the influences on the character – including Stanley Kubrick – and, of course, some discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men Apocalypse.

There are no spoilers here. We’ll post those after opening weekend. For now, read our Oscar Isaac Ex Machina interview. Read More »

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Star Trek 3 is ramping up, with a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, with Justin Lin set to direct. We know very little about the film at this point, but we can presume that cast members such as Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana will return, and we know that Idris Elba plays a villain. Now the cast has a new member, as Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, last seen in Kingsman: The Secret Service, has signed on to play “a lead role.” Read More »

new star wars fox fanfare

Over the decades, the 20th Century Fox fanfare has become synonymous with Star Wars. It’s so intrinsically part of the feel of those first six movies that some versions of the soundtracks actually include it as the first track.

That’s going to change. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was pretty obvious no future Star Wars movies would have those recognizable drums and horns in front of them. So one of the first questions (literally) we asked after hearing this news is what would Lucasfilm do without that music? We now know.

Though 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to the first six films, most of the new digital releases remove the Fox logo and fanfare, going instead with a John Williams-penned riff over the Lucasfilm logo. Listen to the new Star Wars Fox fanfare below. Read More »

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Three things I love: Star Wars, Lego and posters. So I just about flipped when I saw that Lego had recreated Drew Struzan‘s posters for the first six Star Wars films. There’s no real rhyme or reason behind it, other than these six movies are now available digitally for the first time ever, but they’re still super cool. Check out the Lego Star Wars posters below. Read More »