There’s lots of Star Wars Episode VII rumor and speculation, along with merchandising and original trilogy memories, in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- The Episode VII Millennium Falcon dice were reportedly bought for $37 on eBay
- Daisy Ridley comments on her role in Star Wars Episode VII.
- John Boyega tweets about Star Wars character names.
- More rumored details leak about sets being built at Pinewood for Episode VII.
- Star Wars Rebels producer Dave Filoni seemingly confirms a Comic-Con appearance.
- Watch John Ratzenberger talk about his role in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Multiple new licensing partners will be making Star Wars merchandise.
- How many Lightsabers are bought per year?
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An unexpected photo from inside Pinewood Studios emerged late Tuesday. That’s where J.J. Abrams is filming Star Wars Episode VII and the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, paid a visit to announce the next spin-off film will be shooting there. Granted, we knew this because Lucasfilm/Disney had locked up Pinewood for multiple years, but no matter.
The coolest bit is, while on set, Osborne was allowed to tweet a photo featuring himself, Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, R2-D2, and a strategically placed Falcon in the background. Check it out below. Read More »
Briefly: Lots of rumors have been circulating in recent days in regards to Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World. Is it set at a park? Is that park functioning? Are there good dinosaurs there? Have humans tamed the dinosaurs? We’ll hopefully have some answers to those questions soon. In the meantime, the director took to Twitter to tease a few of those answers.
He’s posted an image of a Jurassic World patch for “Veterinary Services.” Check it out below. Read More »
There’s no good spin on the news filmmaker Edgar Wright has decided to leave Marvel’s Ant-Man. Wright is one of our most exciting cinematic voices, with a small but powerful resume that had film fans salivating over his take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, his version of the film is something we’ve always assumed would happen, as Wright was attached to Ant-Man back in 2006, long before Iron Man kicked off the current crop of Marvel Studios films.
But now, because of creative differences, Wright has removed himself from the July 2015 film. A replacement is to be announced. So what do we, as film fans, do? We take to Twitter to bitch.
Below, we’ve grabbed the best Twitter responses to Edgar Wright leaving Ant Man. Some funny, some poignant, even some with potentially cryptic knowledge of the backstory. Check them out below. Read More »
Star Wars Day, May 4, is less than a week away, and Star Wars is already turning up everywhere. The official Twitter account has been promoting the “holiday” for weeks, various retailers have been pushing new merchandise, previews of Star Wars Rebels are airing, and all evidence points to the fact Star Wars Episode VII news is coming this week.
The biggest clue is Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have all been spotted in London. That’s where Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn visited writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy last week to finalize the script. London, where the film will be shooting come May. Check out the evidence of Star Wars 7 news below. Read More »
These days, it’s easy to say you love Brad Bird. After The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like his work. But many of us were on board from the beginning with The Iron Giant.
In the summer of 1999, Bird was just another untapped talent from The Simpsons who went to college with lots of famous people. He was making his first feature. Unfortunately, the film was released on the same weekend as The Sixth Sense. Warner Bros. didn’t know what to do with the film, or how to market it, and it did not connect with audiences. From a reported $70 million production budget, The Iron Giant only grossed $23 million and was deemed a failure. However, the few people who actually saw the movie instantly fell in love with it. It was obvious the film had incredible heart and ambition, and was the work of someone with a bright future.
Despite the cult following that’s developed over the years, Warner Bros. has never released a The Iron Giant Blu-ray. Recently on Twitter, Bird admitted he’s been talking to them about it and they’re interested. They just don’t want to give the film the kind of release it deserves. He feels you can help. Read More »
Tuesday, Robert Downey Jr. revealed via Twitter Tony Stark/Iron Man had finally arrived on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, his co-star Mark Ruffalo did the same. The difference being Bruce Banner/Hulk revealed the entire team has once again reassembled; he also posted a few images from the set. Nothing particularly revealing, but they’re pretty cool nevertheless. Check out Ruffalo’s Avengers: Age of Ultron updates below.
Update: There’s a new shot from Robert Downey, Jr., too.
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In the U.S. we have to wait until May 2 to see Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it opens next week, April 16, in the U.K.. Tuesday night, the first full screening of the film was held across the Atlantic and the reactions were all over the map. Most agreed the sequel, which stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and others, is much better than the first. Some said it lived up to it’s title as “Amazing” while others felt it was a mess. Read a bunch of early buzz on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below. Read More »