Star Trek Beyond uniforms

It looks like director Justin Lin is bringing some changes to the Star Trek franchise. A video from the set of Star Trek Beyond reveals Kirk (Chris Pine) in a redesigned Starfleet uniform. In addition, we get a glimpse of Sofia Boutella as a new character who appears to hail from an entirely new alien species. See the new Star Trek Beyond uniforms and character after the jump.  Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 composer

Guardians of the Galaxy composer Tyler Bates will return for director James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. More on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 composer after the jump.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • See what Chewbacca looks like without hair.
  • Watch the Disney Infinity Star Wars Twilight of the Republic trailer.
  • See some of the best art from the Star Wars Art Awakens contest so far.
  • A new image from Star Wars Rebels season 2 and information on the 2015 New York Comic Con presentation.
  • Han Solo’s past finally confirmed or debunked in issue #8 of Marvel’s Star Wars comic book.
  • Two new spoiler-free synopses for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books
  • What is the X-Wing Squadron called in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • And your chance to bid on special artist-painted Stormtrooper Helmets to benefit Star Wars: Force For a Change‘s UNICEF efforts.

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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The Martian images

A new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of the novel The Martian went online earlier this week, but as with the first trailer, this one seems to lean pretty heavily on details some viewers might prefer to get from the movie itself. But for those who want to see more from the film without having too many of the story’s beats mapped out, we’ve got a new batch of The Martian images, mostly in high res, to show off the meticulous care that was put into the film’s costumes and sets.

In addition, you can watch a short video shot earlier this week that condenses a Q&A about the film, featuring Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, author Andy Weir, and participants from NASA. Read More »

Clive Owen Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Clive Owen in The Knick

Clive Owen is going from early 20th century New York to futuristic outer space, thanks to director Luc Besson. The Knick star has joined Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian, a sci-fi epic based on a long-running comic series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Get all the details details on the Clive Owen Valerian casting after the jump.  Read More »

Men in Black airline safety video

For years, Air New Zealand has embraced the fact that they’ve become a tourist destination for those who are fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film adaptations by using the director and his big screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters for their airline safety videos. But now that the Middle Earth franchises are over, it’s time for a new film franchise to step up.

The newest Air New Zealand partnership is with Sony Pictures, and together they’ve made a Men in Black airline safety video, merging the secret organization that fights the scum of the universe with the trusted Kiwi airline. Read More »

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Lydia Wilson Boards ‘Star Trek Beyond’

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Justin Lin‘s got an entire universe of characters to populate in Star Trek Beyond, so no surprise he’s still casting as cameras continue to roll. His latest find is Lydia Wilson, a British TV, film, and stage actress best known for playing Domhnall Gleeson’s kid sister in About Time. Read about the Star Trek Beyond Lydia Wilson casting after the jump. Read More »

Valara Saar in Lucasfilm trademarks?

Lucasfilm has filed new trademark registrations this week for Star Wars character names from the non-canon expanded universe — how mysterious. You might remember that we first learned of Gwendoline Christie’s character name Captain Phasma from trademark filings, so these two names might provide interesting clues to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Rogue One or the future of the Star Wars saga.

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