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Tuesday’s Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement made international headlines. The world stopped and looked at the photo posted on Star Wars.com featuring returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and new additions like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. That’s partially because social media has changed how we digest news and also because fans have wanted to see what’s next since 1983.

Things were a tad different in 1975 when the cast for a film then called The Star Wars was announced. Small blurbs in Box Office Magazine, the LA Times and Variety revealed to the world little known actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were going to be in an ambitious sci-fi film from the guy who did American Graffiti.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences dug deep into their archives and posted those original Star Wars casting announcements online. Check them out below. Read More »


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The second Godzilla trailer hit on Tuesday and fan anticipation for the film went through the roof. Almost every shot crafted by director Gareth Edwards looked like a painting, and then there was that huge-ass monster popping out of the sea. We’ve had a few days to digest the trailer, and now Empire got Edwards to break down the trailer scene by scene. He offers up some cool teases and interesting info in the ten-minute plus video.

Watch that below, and see a bunch of new images, an infographic showing the creature’s size, a Godzilla Snickers commercial and a reaction to 20 minutes of footage that screened overseas. Read More »

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The Hunger Games may be one of the biggest franchises in the world, but leave it to MAD Magazine to really boil it down. It’s just a movie about a world where kids kill each other over food. Sure, there’s more to it, but in the latest issue of the iconic publication, there’s a beautiful two page skewering of the franchise, specifically its latest theatrical incarnation The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and we’re proud to exclusively debut the image. Check it out below, along with some thoughts on the spread from MAD editor John Ficarra. Read More »

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One of the biggest questions during production of Gareth Edwards‘ remake of Godzilla was the look and sound of the creature himself. Would Edwards stay true to the classic, original look of the Japanese monster or try something new? The answer, not surprisingly, is a little of both. We have yet to see a clear, full image of the beast but a special cover of the latest issue of Empire has the best look yet. In addition, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures – which will release the film on May 16 — has officially released audio of Godzilla’s mighty roar. Look and listen, below.

UPDATE: A visual version of the roar has been released, as well as a tease of the trailer, which hits 10 a.m. February 25. Read More »


There might be a lot of new stuff to see from X-Men: Days of Future Past today. Empire Magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and will be revealing 25 different Days of Future Past covers over the course of the day. We’ll update as new installments come in. Maybe there’ll be some new footage, too.

The first features our best look yet at one of the versions of the Sentinels. Those are the giant robots which, based on early marketing, may serve a general military purpose in parts of the story’s timeline. Eventually, however, if the film holds true to the comic book story from which it takes its name, the Sentinels will be adapted to hunt and kill mutants. They’re relentless; a massacre is coming.

Other covers feature mutants and humans both familiar and new, including the Days of Future Past versions of Bolivar Trask, William Stryker, Toad, Magneto, Quicksilver, and many more. Bryan Singer’s portrait seems to be the midpoint of a giant scroll image, which now moves forward with the “future” version of Wolverine. So previous images of characters like Magneto and Charles Xavier will probably be duped with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Will the end feature the final Sentinel design? We’ll be updating this post as more covers are revealed, so check back throughout the day.

Update: As expected, the final cover is the previously-unseen design for the Sentinel of the future. Check it out below.

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Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have passed, so it’s time to bring on the Captain. Captain America: The Winter Soldier with be the first of two Marvel Studios films released in 2014. Four new stills have just been released thanks to Empire Magazine. In them, you’ll see Cap himself, played by Chris Evans, as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and even the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan. Read More »

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Last week, a three-poster array from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leaked out that answered a major question about Marc Webb‘s sequel. The poster confirmed the film features at least three villains, including Dane DeHaan as the Green Goblin (as well as Paul Giamatti‘s Rhino and Jamie Foxx‘s Electro). At the time though, the images were only low-res. Now, Sony Pictures has released the high resolution, official images, and you can blow them up and dissect the images to your heart’s content. Check them out below, along with a new synopsis.

UPDATE: Five new images, not from these posters, have also come online.

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Previous live-action film incarnations of Optimus Prime have had a specific look, but for the fourth film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, things have been changed. The first official image of the character isn’t the best for picking out fine detail, but it looks like many vestiges of the leader’s truck disguise have been stripped away, leaving just one pissed-off robot. See the image below. Read More »

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