Riddick Sequel

It took a long time for Riddick to make it to the big screen. The sequel that followed Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick wasn’t exactly a runaway hit, pulling in $98 million worldwide. But it did that on a budget of $38 million, and the sci-fi franchise starring Vin Diesel has quite the cult following that made it the #1 movie on the home video charts when it was released back in January of 2014. That prompted Universal to tell the actor that they wanted to make another sequel, and now that’s finally happening. Read More »


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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following tidbits:

  • Mark Hamill possibly hints that The Force Awakens could have a huge Empire Strikes Back twist.
  • Adam Driver doesn’t think Kylo Ren is evil, says he feels he’s “morally justified.”
  • C-3PO’s Force Awakens prequel comic has been pushed back from December 2015 to February 2016.
  • Mark Hamill talks about how The Force Awakens will be different from A New Hope.
  • Star Wars Celebration Europe is SOLD OUT.
  • Video of the Millennium Falcon experience on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
  • First Order Stormtroopers are now patrolling Disneyland.
  • Star Wars Battlefront sequels in development?

All that and more, in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace to find out more.
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Kathy Bates in American Horror Story Hotel

Billy Bob Thornton‘s Willie Soke is back for Bad Santa 2, as are Tony Cox‘s Marcus and Brett Kelly‘s Thurman Merman. But now the sequel has made its first new addition. Kathy Bates is joining the black-hearted holiday comedy, which will be directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters. More on the Bad Santa 2 Kathy Bates casting after the jump.  Read More »

Mission Impossible 6 director

Despite concerns about the film’s ending rumored to need some extensive work, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation turned out to be quite the excellent blockbuster to finish out the summer, and it appears Paramount Pictures and Skydance are anxious to keep director Christopher McQuarrie around to keep the franchise going with Mission: Impossible 6. Find out more after the jump!

Variety has word that McQuarrie has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 6, but it’s not clear if he will be back to direct as well. As of now McQuarrie is still in talks with the studio about the project, but they’re getting close to wrapping up negotiations because the hope is for the sequel to be in production by next August. Read More »

hobbit movie problems

Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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han solo

Hey… we hear you’re interested in some Star Wars Bits. Follow us. C’mon. We’ve got all the Star Wars Bits you could possibly want. In today’s batch:

  • Harrison Ford surprises Star Wars fans… for charity!
  • George Lucas explains why he’s done with the series.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse reveals a stunning Star Wars commemorative magazine.
  • John Boyega loves his lightsaber.
  • Riz Ahmed‘s Rogue One character name, revealed.
  • The surprising origin of Captain Phasma.
  • One insane The Force Awakens tattoo.

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creed review

Creed is a very, very good movie… but it’s a perfect Rocky movie. Here is that familiar, tried and true template given a fresh coat of paint and lovingly restored by people who give a damn. If you’ve ever liked any of the films in this series, this spin-off is going to get your blood pumping and eyes leaking. It’s the movie you want.

However, the real miracle of Creed is that isn’t anything like the Rocky sequels. The follow-ups to the original masterpiece (which is one of the best movies ever made) took a turn for the ridiculous. They got silly and began to lean too hard on series star Sylvester Stallone‘s action hero persona. The warmth, the charm, and the honesty of the first film was resurrected for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but it’s back in full force in Creed. This spin-off, which finds an aging Rocky training the son of the late Apollo Creed, is second only to the first movie, and that’s because it recognizes what the first movie did so right.

Like them or not (and Rocky III and Rocky IV do offer some absurd pleasures), the Rocky sequels feel like Saturday morning cartoon versions of a genuinely great movie. Creed does the impossible: it coexists with them while avoiding everything they did wrong.

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The Force Awakens Trailer Sweded

Last night we were caught off guard by the unveiling of a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This time the focus was on Finn, likely as a way of keeping fans guessing as to whether it will be John Boyega’s Finn or Daisy Ridley’s Rey who becomes the new new hope of the Star Wars saga. You can check it out right here.

But if you’re done watching any new footage after the final trailer for the movie, then you can kill some time by checking out the final The Force Awakens trailer sweded, with some of the worst Stormtrooper helmets you’ve ever seen. But there is some real fire used at one point that’s pretty cool. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Finn

As excited as we are to see Han, Chewie, and Leia (and presumably Luke, whenever we get around to seeing him) back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re also dying to spend some quality time with the new heroes of the franchise. Like Finn, the young stormtrooper played by John Boyega. His was the very first face we saw in the very first teaser trailer for the movie, but a year later, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know about him.

So it’s a pleasure to get to know him a tiny bit better today, as a new TV spot shines a light on this brand-new badass. Don’t worry — your other faves, like BB-8, make appearances too. Watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn spot after the jump. Read More »