Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy

In September 2013, I visited the London-based set of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. (You can find out more about what we learned and watch a video blog reaction here.) While on set, we are able to talk with many of the key cast and crew and will be posting transcripts from those roundtable interviews all this week.  You can read our on-set Zoe Saldana interview now after the jump.

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The news of a Pacific Rim sequel came with good and bad details. That it’s happening at all is the biggest bit of good news. Guillermo del Toro‘s film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States but did well enough internationally to warrant a sequel. The downside is that fans will have to wait about three years to see the film. Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for release April 7, 2017.

In the meantime we’ll get two other del Toro movies as well as a nice, sizable appetizer in the Pacific Rim world. A Pacific Rim animated series is in the works. In a new interview, the producer/writer/director explained what the animated series might entail. He exampled how the story would be told and where it might air. Development is still in very early days, but the idea is to bridge the gap between the first and second movie in serialized form. The show is currently being shopped around. Read more about the Pacific Rim animated series below. Read More »

Elle Fanning How to Talk to Girls at Parties

While we wait to see what becomes of those long-gestating Sandman and American Gods adaptations, another Neil Gaiman tale is taking a step toward the big screen. Elle Fanning has signed on to lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a 2006 short story by Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell is directing. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Agent Kallus Star Wars Rebels

Just when you thought we’d met all of the major characters in Star Wars Rebels, there’s another bad guy to introduce. His name is Agent Kallus and he’s voiced by David Oyelowo. Kallus is described as a “Rebel Hunter,” a member of an internal group whose only purpose is to find and exterminate enemies of the Empire. Which basically means Rebels, like our stars. And some Jedi as well, I’d imagine.

Below, check out a full video introduction of the character. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype

While you’re watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you won’t suspect anything unusual about the way the film was made. But some scenes were shot with actors performing their roles more than 1,000 miles away from each other while director Matt Reeves directed over Skype, from 6,328 miles away. Reeves reveals to me that he directed sequences using Skype video conferencing with Andy Serkis performing Caesar in his performance capture studio in London while Jason Clarke interacted with the ape from a hotel room in Rome. Find out more about the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype filming, after the jump.

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Matt Reeves Michael Giacchino Reddit AMA

When two popular filmmakers hop on Reddit together, anything can happen. And lots did happen Wednesday night when Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino did a simultaneous AMA to promote the excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

First up, the director dropped some super-interesting information about the making of the film and how he plans on working toward the 1968 original. Later, he got Giacchino to confirm he’ll be back for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2, or whatever it’ll be called. Both said they’d love to do a Star Wars movie (as long as they could do it together), and talked about future projects like The Invisible Woman and Jurassic World, the work load possible for a composer and so much more. It was a lively, interactive AMA and we’ve got some of the highlights below. Read More »

Inquisitor TIE Starfighter

Rumors, confirmations, Rebels and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • A new rumor connects Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat to Star Wars.
  • Andy Serkis hasn’t started shooting his Star Wars Episode VII role yet.
  • Watch some viral “leaked Star Wars Episode VII” footage.
  • Original Star Wars sculptor Brian Muir is working on Episode VII.
  • Watch an hour long, pre-Star Wars interview with George Lucas.
  • Read some potential spoilers about the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega reflects on the job he’s currently doing.
  • Has The Inquisitor‘s custom TIE Fighter been revealed?
  • Gizmodo report on the worst Star Wars exhibit ever.

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drax guardians of the galaxy

Last September, I traveled to London to visit the set of Marvel Studios’ upcoming comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. Throughout the week we’ll be posting interviews with the cast of James Gunn‘s latest. You can read our on-set Dave Bautista interview now after the jump.

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