Ezra Star Wars Rebels

The effects of Star Wars Episode VII are being felt everywhere: Industrial Light and Magic, the Internet, the acting community. Read all about that — and a lot about Star Wars Rebels —  in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Meet Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Two new trailers for Rebels will debut February.
  • Industrial Light and Magic opens a London office to work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Lucasfilm relaunches their website.
  • See high quality images of the Star Wars Rebels Lego sets as well as the Hasbro version of Kanan…
  • … as well as two new not-yet-revealed characters too: Zeb Orrellos and Hera Syndulla.
  • Actor Daryl McCormack describes multiple call backs for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Endless Love star Alex Pettyfer confirmed he was contacted about Episode VII.
  • Tom Hiddleston was not contacted, however.
  • An update on Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

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Magic Mike

Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:

  • Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
  • Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
  • Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
  • Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster

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Endless Love

Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be complete without a movie romance, and this year we’re getting three. One is Winter’s Tale, a romantic fantasy starring Colin Farrell as a handsome thief. Another is About Last Night, a cheeky comedy about singles in the big city. And the third is Endless Love, a Romeo and Juliet-flavored drama about a prim-and-proper gal (Gabriella Wilde) and the bad boy (Alex Pettyfer) she falls for.

Based on just those descriptions, you’ve probably already made up your mind about which one is best for you and your date. But if you need a little more information, maybe this final trailer for Endless Love will help. Check it out after the jump.

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The 1981 romance Endless Love had a theme song by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross that was one of the biggest singles of the year. So naturally this trailer for the remake features a cover version of the song… ‘Addicted to Love,’ originally by Robert Palmer.

In fact, that’s probably a better song for the story; while the earnest and sweet Ritchie and Ross duet gave Endless Love a similar image, in fact the story is a lot more weird. It  features a straight-laced boy and bohemian girl who fall in love and start having loads of sex, thanks in part to the girl’s permissive free-spirit parents. But her mom starts to get off on watching the kids go at it, and eventually there’s an inappropriate attempt a seduction, and arson, and a mental institution. So sweet!

The original, an adaptation of the novel by Scott Spencer, was critically trashed. How will this remake fare? This version stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, and it seems like the roles have been flipped as she’s the one from the uptight home and he’s the free spirit. Some other elements seem to be in place, but it’s difficult to tell what else has been changed. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

I Am Number Four Pettyfer

I had a long conversation at Fantastic Fest with Evan of Badass Digest about our growing mutual interest in Lee Daniels, director of Precious, The Paperboy and The Butler. Our shared opinion boiled down to the fact that Daniels is a rare man, the sort of director who straddles fringe and mainstream, and who makes weirdly personal exploitation films that still manage to attract a top-flight cast.

I mean, have you seen The Paperboy? It is amazing. Many directors deliberately try to channel a weird, subversive spirit, but Daniels can’t seem to do anything else. I don’t think the guy could make a straightforward movie if you put a gun to his head. His stuff may not be good, but my growing interest in his stuff isn’t ironic — it is genuinely rooted in a fascination that a person exists who thinks that his movie The Paperboy is the way to tell that particular story.

What does that have to do with anything? Well, now Daniels is saying he wants to cast Alex Pettyfer — an actor I think is best suited to playing sculptures carved out of wood — as one half of a gay interracial action duo. What a perfect concept. But beware: according to Daniels, even giving away that concept spoils the movie. Hey, don’t look at me; he did it first. Read More »

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Casting for Star Wars Episode VII is an ongoing and very secretive process. So leave it to the crew at Latino-Review to get the names of two more actors who either have, or will soon, audition roles in the film. They are Peter Pan’s Rachel Hurd-Wood and Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer. Read More »

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Left to his own devices Lee Daniels makes films that are eccentric and sometimes just way the hell out there. (The Paperboy) But he has called his newest film, The Butler, “a big compromise” and explained that the film might be “the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire.” Does that mean that, on the relative scale of whackadoo films, The Butler will be far closer to “normal” than anything else he’s made?

Hard to say at this point, but the first trailer suggests that there’s some weird stuff going on here. There’s the parade of cameo players appearing as a string of US Presidents. Among them is John Cusack‘s turn as Richard Nixon, which is… interesting. Then there’s Alex Pettyfer playing an uber-douchebag cotton farm overseer, and the digital effects and makeup that shave a few decades off lead Forest Whitaker in some scenes.

Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served several different President as the White House butler, and the trailer suggests the film traces his entire life story, using it to frame the sweep of the civil rights movement. It’s a good story, but this trailer looks a lot like a parody that might show up on SNL. So we’ll see — maybe The Butler will be just as crazy as the rest of Daniels’ work. Read More »

For another perspective on Magic Mike, check out Angie’s review.

There is no need to see Magic Mike for its plot. The moment things start to spiral out of control, it becomes quickly apparent that you already know how this cautionary tale of glitz and glamour ends. Boy meets world. World enraptures boy. Boy loses himself to world.

But Boogie Nights this is not. This is a Steven Soderbergh film, which means it lacks the sort of seedy sensationalism that characterized that film’s porn underworld. Magic Mike is a more observational, subtle affair, joyfully capturing the narcissistic pleasure of flaunting your body to a room full of howling women and then softly exposing the limitations of that pleasure.

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