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In the rebooted Star Trek franchise, it’s all about the villains. Or at least pre-release, it is. Everyone knows who the main characters are but there’s always a question of who they’ll be tangling with. In the second film, the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was a particular spot of controversy. So that begs the question: will villain questions continue into part three?

The early answer to that question is “Yes.” Variety reports that Idris Elba is in early talks to play a villain in Star Trek 3. However, there are no details on who – or what – he could be playing. Directed by Justin Lin, the film is scheduled for release July 8, 2016. Read more about the Idris Elba Star Trek 3 news below. Read More »

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For months we’ve wondered what Jesse Eisenberg was going to look like as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Would he be bald? Would he show some other distinguishing characteristic? Now, exactly one year until the release of the film, the first official image of Eisenberg in character is out, and he’s pretty much as expected:  Bald and mean. The pic also just shows a disembodied head so we don’t learn too much else beyond that. Check out the first Jesse Eisenberg Lex Luthor photo below.

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Jason Lee Will Also Return for ‘Mallrats 2′

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Kevin Smith is well on his way to getting the entire gang back together for Mallrats 2. Jason Lee is the latest actor confirmed to return for the comedy sequel, as announced by Smith in the most amusingly appropriate fashion. See the Jason Lee Mallrats 2 casting announcement after the jump.  Read More »

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The first two Ip Man films are quite good, but the third, which is just starting to go into production, is already starting to sound like it features some odd decisions. Not only will Mike Tyson show up in a significant role in Ip Man 3, but the producers of the film are resorting to visual effects to revive one of the title character’s most famous students.

This third chapter in the story of the martial artist who ended up teaching the late Bruce Lee will finally feature Lee himself. (OK, Lee appeared as a child at the very end of Ip Man 2.) But while the people behind Ip Man 3 tried to find someone who could play a young version of Lee in the movie, they failed to do so. So they’re just going to use a CG Bruce Lee instead.  Read More »

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Animator Paul Johnson (youtube user name OtaKing77077) spent four years worth of weekends animating this incredible Star Wars anime fan film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Paul explains:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

The resulting fan film is beautiful and makes me wish Disney had opted for a more stylized look for Star Wars Rebels. (No complaints, I’m sure we’ll have years of animated Star Wars television shows to look forward to.) Watch Paul Johnson’s seven-minute Star Wars anime short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter embedded after the jump.

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Insidious 3 set visit

Walking onto the set of Insidious Chapter 3 is almost exactly like walking into the Further. That’s not just because, on day 25 of a 29 day shoot, they’re shooting scenes in the Further. It’s because first-time director Leigh Whannel likes a very quiet set and everything is kept incredibly dark. How dark is it? So dark, PAs walk around the stage with flashlight head attachments. So dark that even the dim monitors around which a small group of journalists huddles in far the corner are putting off too much light. A ceiling to floor curtain is dragged in front of us to just make sure things remain dark.

After writing and co-starring in the first two films, Whannel is doing both those jobs as well as directing Insidious Chapter 3. It’s a prequel to the first two, set three years before the first movie, and is described as an origin story for Elise, Lin Shaye’s character. She’ll be called in to help the Lambert family (Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney) deal with some issues in the Further, the alternate plane of existence that’s home to some of the most terrible creatures imaginable. In Insidious Chapter 3, the main villain is described as “the physical manifestation of cancer” and he was the star of the brief, frightening scene we saw shot. It’s August 12, 2014 at Delfino Stages, about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles and this is our Insidious 3 set visit. Read More »

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The cast of Independence Day 2 continues to grow. Today’s new addition is Vivica A. Fox, who’ll reprise the role of Jasmine Dubrow from the 1996 original. She’s the second returning cast member after Jeff Goldblum. Get all the details on the Vivica A Fox Independence Day 2 casting after the jump. Read More »

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Comedy, animation, action, fantasy, pretty much every genre is in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Shannen Doherty will be back for Mallrats 2.
  • New photos from Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky won’t do Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • Alex Winter thinks if Bill & Ted 3 doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen at all.
  • A fourth Girl With Dragon Tattoo book could reignite the franchise.
  • See a intriguing set photo from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Pirates 5 puts out an interesting casting call.
  • Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland talks Dredd 2.
  • Sam Jones says the wheels are in motion for a Flash Gordon sequel.
  • Judd Apatow – and no one else – wanted to make Superbad 2.
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  • Ninja Turtles 2 starts shooting soon.

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Jennifer Lawrence will be down one major franchise after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens later this year, and now it seems she’ll be down another after next year. The actress confirmed that 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse will be her last turn as shapeshifting mutant Mystique.

Read the Jennifer Lawrence X-Men comments after the jump.  Read More »

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