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As the very positive reviews for Captain America: Civil War have begun to arrive on the internet, many critics have addressed how well the movie has been sold to audiences. It seems that the important beats, characters, and sequences have been left out of the marketing altogether, preserving more than a few surprises for audiences who buy tickets for the film when it opens in a few weeks. One those characters absent from every trailer, clip, TV spot, and poster is Baron Zemo, the old school Captain America villain who is played by Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl in the film.

And while we’ll probably have to wait until the film is released to get a look at the character in motion or to hear him speak, the first official look at the character is here and…well, it’s not what you’d expect.

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Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 Preview Pages

How did C-3PO get his new red arm seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The upcoming Marvel comic book Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 will answer this question. And today Marvel and Disney has released a sneak preview. Hit the jump to get a first look at Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1.

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star wars magazine covers

By this time next month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have graced the cover of just about every major entertainment publication on the planet. Any editor worth his or her salary would have arranged to have the most anticipated movie of 2015 appear in the pages of their magazine. It’s the Circle of Blockbuster Hype: The Force Awakens has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of all time, so everyone keeps on talking about it… and since everyone is talking about it, it has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of all time. Insert signing lions here – Disney does own Star Wars, after all.

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled four new Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers, each of them showing off a separate character. Depending on your personal taste (or which one randomly decides to show up in your mailbox, if you’re a subscriber), you can pick up a copy featuring Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and C-3PO and R2-D2 as themselves. Well, technically those last two are Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. Check out the covers for yourself after the jump.

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fantastic beasts first look

You’ve got to hand it to J.K. Rowling – she’s certainly not resting on her laurels. In the years since she wrapped up her seven-novel Harry Potter series, she’s dabbled in new genres, even writing under a pseudonym (which ultimately became the worst-kept secret in the world) for a few books. And now that she’s returning to her Wizarding World, a universe that helped the define popular culture for a generation,  she seems intent on exploring as many mediums as possible.

With the actual Harry Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, heading to the London stage, Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film set in the same universe as The Boy Who Lived, just 80 or so years earlier. And now our first look at the film, and its hero, played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, has arrived.

UPDATE: Several more images from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have been released, and you can find them all after the jump.

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With Force Awakens rumors, social media, spoilers, merchandise, it’s another jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Check out our first possible look at Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Disney is deliberately pacing marketing and merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Check out Tim Doyle‘s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
  • Read Vanity Fair‘s extended interview with J.J. Abrams.
  • Watch an interview with the production designers of The Force Awakens.
  • John Boyega won’t even share Force Awakens secrets with his family.
  • Carrie Fisher‘s Mother’s Day Tweet was amazing.
  • Billie Lourd confirms she’s not playing a young Leia in The Force Awakens.
  • Check out the cover Marvel Comics’ Lando #1.
  • Listen to audio from inside a theater in 1977 showing Star Wars.
  • Read some potential spoilers about a scene involving Rey and Kylo Ren.

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Hateful Eight first look

Our first look at Quentin Tarantino‘s new film The Hateful Eight came via an animated teaser trailer (above) that was created before the film even shot. Now there’s an actual photo, showing the characters played by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. We’ve got that proper Hateful Eight first look below, replete with a black eye and mustache enough for more than eight men. 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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See Four New ‘Fantastic Four’ Photos

Michael Jordan new Fantastic Four photos

Each member of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four gets a close up in a brand new set of Fantastic Four photos. Courtesy of Empire Magazine, the images give team members Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell their own little moment in the sun. Check out the new Fantastic Four photos below. Read More »

Mad Magazine Star Wars Force Awakens header

MAD Magazine has a long history of spoofing, well, pretty much everything and they’re ready to set their sites on the latest Star Wars. In issue #532, which hits iPad on February 13 and newsstands February 24, a two-page spread spoofs Star Wars: The Force Awakens, under a cover featuring Alfred E. Neuman as one of the slick new stormtroopers.

So how exactly did MAD take aim at The Force Awakens and how did it all go down? Below, get an exclusive look at the MAD Magazine Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoof and read some thoughts about it from MAD Editor in Chief John Ficarra. Read More »

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Joss Whedon is currently working very hard on giving audiences a worthy follow-up to one of the biggest films of all time, The Avengers. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a few short months away and the new issue of Empire Magazine had a bunch of new images about that film. They also asked Whedon about his future in the Marvel Universe, specifically whether or not he’ll be back for Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. We’d heard that the Russo Brothers would be helming those films after Captain America: Civil War so Whedon’s quote probably won’t surprise you, but you can read it and see the new images below. Read More »