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Robert Zemeckis has never talked much about recasting Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future. The actor was completely wrong for the movie, and after a few weeks of shooting, Zemeckis decided to recast the role. To see the director of this weekend’s The Walk discuss the casting change, check out the video after the jump.

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There are secrets, there are games, there are rumors and there’s so much non-spoiler awesomeness in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following

  • See the first images of Star Wars Disney Infinity.
  • Rumors have begun to swirl of an AMC Star Wars Movie Marathon in December.
  • A simple Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser poster has been spotted in theaters.
  • Watch the unfinished Bad Batch episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • The full Untold Clone Wars and Bad Batch Celebration panels are online.
  • Where did the Millennium Falcon‘s new satellite come from?
  • Check out yet another Ralph McQuarrie influence in the design of The Force Awakens.
  • Stunt doubles for several stars of The Force Awakens reportedly did reshoots recently.
  • Watch Kathleen Kennedy and Daisy Ridley talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Japan.

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Jack Reynor in Transformers Age of Extinction

The list of confirmed Star Wars Episode VII actors still hovers around zero, but the list of rumored stars seems to grow longer every week. The latest subject of speculation and gossip is Jack Reynor, who’s probably best known for a role that hasn’t even hit theaters yet — he’s the star of upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. More on this story after the jump.

Update: The Irish Independent prints a statement from Reynor’s reps saying “There is no truth in that — Jack is not taking on a role in the latest Star Wars film… He has not been approached about a role and there has been no discussion… The rumours started online, but there is no foundation to them.”

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Harrison Ford Han Solo

Though casting for Star Wars Episode VII has not yet been made official, once piece is all but assured. Harrison Ford is coming back as Han Solo. This was first reported in February by Latino Review and Ford himself all but confirmed it on The Graham Norton Show in the UK. So while Lucasfilm and Disney have yet to comment on any of this, it seems pretty likely. Now, the latest rumor gives a bit more details on his potential return.

Apparently, Ford had quite a few stipulations that had to be met for him to return for Star Wars Episode VII. And they were. Among the rumored stipulations were assurances progress would be made on Indiana Jones 5 (an idea he’s more excited about than Star Wars) and he wanted approval on Solo’s arc in not only Episode VII, but beyond. Meaning, yes, the character should survive into following films.

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Saving Mr. Banks helmer John Lee Hancock is going to help rescue another iconic Disney character. Hancock has been brought in to assist first-time director Robert Stromberg in shooting new scenes for Maleficent, intended to strengthen the opening of the film.

While it’s not uncommon for big-budget studio productions like this one to go in for reshoots, it is a bit unusual for a studio to bring in another director to help film new material. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

Update: The header image is now the new logo for Malificent which was found via a Spanish blog.

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A quick glance at the /Film archives reveals the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been in the public eye since early 2009. Four years is a normal amount of time for fans to be aware of a movie’s existence (we sometimes hear about movies before scripts exist, for example) but what makes Fury Road so unique is it was supposed to shoot in 2010, then was delayed to a 2012 shoot, and now it’s 2013. The film’s in the can and there’s still no release date in place. The photo above is all we’ve seen.

While most experts tend to think we’ll see George Miller‘s 3D sequel starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in 2014, there’s apparently still work to be done. A new report says the director – who shot the film in Africa last year – is heading to Australia in November for three more weeks of filming. Read More »

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If that thunderous reception in Hall H was any indication, Loki, the villain of Thor and The Avengers, is every bit as popular as any of Marvel’s do-gooders. Unfortunately, since he’s not a hero, there doesn’t seem to be much place for him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Even Tom Hiddleston has admitted that his character has nothing else to “contribute to The Avengers, narratively.”

But Alan Taylor has heard the cries for more Loki, and is happy to fill that need in Thor: The Dark World. The director revealed in a recent interview that the film is now going in for reshoots, not because they messed up the first time but because they want to give the trickster god more screentime. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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You might know the story: the day after the world premiere of The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. let the cat out of the bag that everyone would be filming one additional scene. Director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige initially denied it and later retracted that statement. Since the film was already complete, including a post-credits scene, speculation ran rampant as to what could possibly be added to the film. Feige created more speculation with the statements that “It was not a scene” and “It’s not a big thing.”

It seems the new addition has been made, it is at the very end of the credits, and we’ve got the description below. Read More »

How Did ‘The Muppets’ Originally End?

Over its first five days, The Muppets pulled in over $40 million, making it a bona-fide success for Disney. That’s in large part to the simple fact that the movie is just plain good.

Angie gave The Muppets a great review on the site and it’s still kicking at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the film wasn’t always a rainbow connection. The film had several problems before, during and after production, ranging from original puppeteers not wanting to be a part of the project; current puppeteers not agreeing with character choices; and major changes to the script at almost every stage. Nowhere is that flux better illustrated than the film’s ending. In fact, the ending you now see in theaters is not how the movie originally ended.

After the jump, we’ll reveal the original ending which – of course – will force us to spoil the current ending. If you haven’t seen The Muppets yet, go do that, then come on back. Read More »