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After the jump:

  • Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage
  • Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer
  • Seth Grahame-Smith teases Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie
  • Duncan Jones addresses the possibility of Warcraft sequels
  • James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
  • Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot

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‘Escape From New York’ Remake Rights Land at Fox

Escape From New York remake

Face it: John Carpenter‘s 1981 film Escape From New York will be remade eventually. That future may have just become bit more immediate as 20th Century Fox took the film’s remake rights in an open bidding process. This kills off any previous rumors about the remake, so at least we can start from scratch on that front. Read More »

Edgar Wright directing Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright is set to make Baby Driver for his next project, but his next film beyond that is an adaptation of Andrew Smith‘s YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. It’s a doozy of a tale: at the center is a teenager who accidentally unleashes a plague of hungry, horny, six-foot-tall preying mantises on the world.

The material sounds right up Wright’s alley, with its mix of sci-fi, humor, and heart. But how did Wright even find his way to such a strange story to begin with? Apparently, it all comes down to Facebook. More about the Edgar Wright Grasshopper Jungle Facebook connection after the jump.  Read More »

Star Wars Detours

“Secrecy” is the word of the day in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, find out how two different stars are handling it, and learn hints of several things shrouded in secrecy, as well as the following:

  • The animated series Star Wars Detours might come out later this year.
  • The Star Wars Rebels finale is a “home run.”
  • Domhnall Gleeson talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens secrecy.
  • The cast of Girls has tried to make Adam Driver spill Force Awakens secrets.
  • Read the first few pages of Marvel’s Star Wars #1.
  • So, exactly how do you pronounce “Poe Dameron?”
  • See an official, Japanese Star Wars banner.
  • “Tri-Wing Fighter” concept art from The Force Awakens described.

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Star Wars episode 7 lightsaber

Of the innumerable questions raised by the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was right at the top. Fans were wowed by the visual power of the saber, which has a cross guard made of the same plasma as the primary blade, but immediately began questioning its functionality. Wouldn’t it cut off the user’s hands? Well, everyone up to and including Stephen Colbert came out to discuss the issue and most realized that it would be fine in the hands of a skilled swordsman.

Now, a new video has come to our attention that takes that proof a step further. A YouTube user named ThegnThrand created a mock version of the lightsaber, dipped the cross guard in paint, and did a full demonstration to prove not only is Kylo Ren safe with the lightsaber in hand, he has several advantages because of the additions. Check out the Episode 7 lightsaber video below. Read More »

Back to the Future 2 Concept Art Photos

This is a story for anyone sick of all the recent Back to the Future Part II posts. Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know that we’re now in the year that Marty McFly goes to as “The Future” in the 1989 sequel. And, of course, lots of things Robert Zemeckis and his team imagined in the film – hoverboards, flying cars, self-tying laces – are not yet real. But did you know those were only the beginning of how deep the film originally went with new technology?

Several pieces of Back to the Future 2 concept art have now been revealed that was created for the film but not actually used. More 2015 technology like a security droid, Robonanny, Compu-vend Kiosk and much more. Check out the Back to the Future 2 concept art below. Read More »

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Late last week, news quietly broke that Gary Whitta was no longer the writer of Gareth EdwardsStar Wars standalone movie. The departure seemed amicable, as both Whitta and Edwards released statements to The Hollywood Reporter. But it raised several questions about the film, which is scheduled to go in front of cameras at Pinewood Studios later this year once Spectre finishes production.

Primary among those questions was, if Whitta is out, who will be taking over the writing duties on the December 16, 2016 release? /Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie. Read More »

Real Humans

After years of bringing us rotting undead people, AMC is planning to bring us some shiny synthetic people. The cable network has unveiled the first look at its new sci-fi drama Humans, based on the Swedish show Äkta människor (a.k.a. Real Humans, pictured above).

Humans takes place in a world where humanoid robot servants are all the rage. But as anyone who’s ever seen a sci-fi drama could have guessed, these “Synths” don’t stay docile and oblivious for long. Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Gemma Chan, and William Hurt star. Get your Humans first look after the jump. Read More »

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