NEED FOR SPEED sequel

Many people thought Need For Speed was one of the worst films of 2014. I was not one of those people. Sure the story was paper thin, as were the characters, but the passion it showed for its cars, practical stunts and intense action won me over. Though that formula stalled in the U.S., where the $70 million film only grossed $43.6 million, overseas it took in $160 million which likely put the film in the black.

Over a year has passed since the film’s release and there hasn’t been word one about a sequel. Then Furious 7 grossed nearly $400 million in its first weekend worldwide. Now three companies in China – where the film grossed $65 million – are teaming up to help co-finance a Need for Speed sequel, Need for Speed 2. Read More »

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This is a can’t miss edition of Star Wars Bits with info ranging from The Force Awakens and Rogue One, to Rebels, the books and Celebration. Below, read about the following:

  • Harrison Ford has been released from the hospital after his plane crash.
  • See an updated Star Wars canon timeline.
  • A 50 page preview of Star Wars: Lords of the Sith hits the net.
  • A bit of insider information on Star Wars actor contracts.
  • See a preview of Marvel’s Kanan: The Last Padawan #1.
  • A Star Wars episode of The Big Bang Theory airs this week.
  • Watch videos of Anthony Daniels at Emerald City Comic-Con.
  • Check out Funko’s Star Wars Celebration exclusives.
  • An update on several Rogue One rumors including Aaron Paul.
  • Read some potential spoilers on the size of the villain roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars spin-off casting

Recent reports said that a set of young women including Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were reading for a central role in the Star Wars spin-off film to be directed by Gareth Edwards. But counter to previous rumors, it won’t be Maslany who gets the lead role. The first official Star Wars spin-off casting news is out, and Felicity Jones is in talks to take the lead role in the mysterious standalone film.

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Star Wars Bits is back with a vengeance. We’ve got The Force Awakens, we’ve got the spinoffs, we’ve got Clone Wars, comic books, art and so much more. Below, read about the following:

  • New spin-off rumors suggest it’s about Han Solo, Aaron Paul is involved and filming starts after Spectre.
  • Watch a sueded version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
  • The stunt actor playing Chewbacca in The Force Awakens may have been revealed.
  • Marvel will rerelease their original Star Wars comics in remastered editions.
  • Watch a trailer for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
  • See the animated Lucasfilm holiday card.
  • Matt Lanter recorded some new Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars voice over last week.
  • Oscar Isaac got his Star Wars obsessed uncle a role in The Force Awakens.
  • A new rumor says Lupita Nyong’o‘s Force Awakens character is nothing like you’ve heard.
  • What box office records could Star Wars: The Force Awakens break?
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca Force Awakens concept art, villain rumors, Imperial ships and more.

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Empire Strikes Back live read

Jason Reitman‘s live-read series has been a hot ticket at LACMA for a few years. The director chooses a new cast to read a well-known, sometimes classic script live on stage as a one-time performance. (We’ve covered many of these events in the past.) This year, among other films, Reitman has chosen one script with a particular appeal: The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the scripts chosen for live reads are oriented very much around character and dialogue; the event is just a bunch of people sitting on stage, after all. But the Empire Strikes Back live read will be one of the few to feature a script that is effects-heavy — meaning the audience will have to imagine a lot of what’s going on as the actors read the pages.

But the cast of characters is still tremendous, and some of the actors have now been revealed. They include Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader. Read More »

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Aaron Paul is well-known for his pleasant interactions with fans, and now he’s offering Breaking Bad fans a chance to get their hands on mementos from the show. Paul has announced a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt in LA, taking place this coming Monday, August 25, as part of a celebration of Breaking Bad’s final run at the Emmys. Details on the Breaking Bad scavenger hunt are below. Read More »

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Sorry, Breaking Bad fans: Aaron Paul says he won’t appear in Better Call Saul after all. Also after the jump:

  • The next Beverly Hills Cop will head to Michigan
  • Mission: Impossible 5 might film in the Houses of Parliament
  • Benjamin Bratt hops on for Ride Along 2
  • Pitch Perfect 2 adds Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • A top GM designer has a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Mark Wahlberg promises Ted is as lovably awful as ever
  • Stanley Tucci is glad Mockingjay was split in two
  • David Duchovny wants more X-Files movies
  • Watch another Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip

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BoJack Horseman trailer

Here’s the trailer for the first Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman. The show features Will Arnett as the voice of the title character, a horse and former sitcom star who is now washed up and dealing with the downside of fame. OK, mild fame. BoJack is drinking himself into a pit to escape his problems, and trying to deal with human friend Todd (Aaron Paul), feline agent and Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris), and his human girlfriend (or perhaps ex-girlfriend) voiced by Alison Brie.

The show debuts on August 22; watch the BoJack Horseman trailer here now. Read More »