captain Phasma

Gwendoline Christie plays one of the most mysterious characters in JJ Abrams‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — she’s Captain Phasma, the unique stormtrooper commander in the chrome armor and flowing cape. Christie’s presence in the film is intriguing and exciting, and it offers her a chance to further explore some of the same ideas we see in her Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth: a woman who is powerful and interesting because of her personality and skills.

Now, Christie is discussing her Star Wars character in a bit more detail. Not giving away story points, mind you, but going into the appeal of the character, and what it means to play a woman in this specific situation. Read More »

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Liam Neeson Finds New Thrills in ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson The Commuter

Liam Neeson may not end up in the TV version of one of his most famous movie roles, but the actor is carrying on in the thriller mode that has defined the last few years of his career. Now, Liam Neeson… is… The Commuter! That relatively underwhelming title decorates the front page of a script about a businessman’s white-knuckle trip home, during which he is embroiled in a conspiracy.  Read More »

Pan early buzz

The new version of J.M. Barrie’s classic fairytale doesn’t hit theaters until October 9th, pushed back from an original summer release earlier this year, but the premiere of Pan from director Joe Wright just had its premiere across the pond this weekend, and the first reviews are pouring in.

The trailers for the film starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and newcomer Levi Miller have painted quite the visual spectacle with energetic adventure and a live-action take on the familiar tale that takes to the skies in a way that we haven’t really seen before, complete with flying pirate ships and an origin story of Peter Pan where he begins as a friend of James Hook, only later to become sworn enemies.

So how does the movie fare? Get the Pan early buzz after the jump! Read More »

DEADPOOL

Deadpool and X-Men producer Simon Kinberg talks about the fact that the team at Fox has talked about a sequel featuring the Merc With a Mouth, even though the first film is months from release. In addition to that story, we’ve got info on the following developments in this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • There’s new casting for The Purge 3,
  • Pirates 5 producers want to get back to the appeal of the first film,
  • See images of Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson in Ip Man 3,
  • Alex Gibney may do a sequel to his documentary Going Clear,
  • and Emily Blunt comments on a potential Edge of Tomorrow sequel and her work in the Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we pledge allegiance to the Prince of Dark Metal, watch waxed mustachioed dudes make a pot of coffee, ponder the existence of Russell Brand for a moment, blow stuff up like it’s a 1986 action movie, and see what made Bryan Cranston put on those purple tights.

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Star Wars Episode VIII shoot

Writer/director Rian Johnson is getting to work on the new Star Wars film, with the Star Wars Episode VIII shoot set to begin this month in Ireland. We know this because a report out of the country initially indicated that The Force Awakens reshoots were being undertaken.

In fact, however, the new work is the beginning of production on Episode VIII. Now, whether this is a bit of second-unit shooting before the real production begins, or the official start of production, remains to be seen.

Note that some potentially minor spoilers for The Force Awakens follow.

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Welcome to Death Row movie

Movies are following the pattern set by the record industry decades ago. No one believed in rappers from Compton until NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ got national attention, after which the LA scene exploded. Now, with the biopic Straight Outta Compton taking the top box-office spot for three weeks running, agents and producers are scrambling to come up with related stories that can be turned into movies.

We’ve heard about one would-be de facto sequel already, and the latest project to be taken around Hollywood is a dramatic film based on the documentary and book Welcome to Death Row. Read More »

Apple Original programming

If you’ve thought that Apple is surprisingly absent from the original programming race that has begun to dominate the competition between streaming companies like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, it looks like Apple execs agree. The company is reportedly having early conversations with execs around Hollywood about acquiring and/or creating series that could be Apple original programming to stream via iTunes and Apple TV, which would compete directly with companies such as Netflix. Read More »

Star Wars Card Trader

Sure, you’ve already watched the new Force Awakens footage and cooed over that adorable BB-8 magazine cover. But there’s still more where that came from. After the jump:

  • A Star Wars: Card Trader explainer for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon
  • More details on the Skellig Michael shoot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is that a lander we see in these new Star Wars: Rogue One set photo?
  • The original Star Wars trilogy radio adaptations are getting rereleased as audiobooks
  • Get info on the Star Wars Force Friday merchandising event at Disney parks
  • Here’s how you can snag a Drew Struzan Episode VII poster on Force Friday
  • Target prepares for Force Friday with Star Wars-themed conveyor belts

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