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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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Our first and only proper tease of Andy SerkisStar Wars: The Force Awakens character, Supreme Leader Snoke, arrived almost a year ago. It was his gravelly croak of a voice that spoke over the first trailer, the same batch of footage that gave us our first glimpse of Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren, John Boyega‘s Finn, Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron, and the instantly beloved BB-8. Since that teaser, we’ve learned our fair share about most of those characters, but Snoke remains an enigma. All we know is what we’ve scraped off the bottom of the internet rumor pile and even that remains questionable.

Well, that was true until right now. Serkis has finally opened up about his mysterious villain, who is supposedly intended to be a key figure who looms over the next few films in the series. In a new interview, the veteran character actor and motion-capture pioneer offered our first official information about Snoke, including why he had to be a digital character.

All of the Supreme Leader Snoke news you want (as well as a new The Force Awakens IMAX poster!) after the jump.

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War for the Planet of the Apes first look

Production on War for the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to last year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has begun. Director Matt Reeves is back behind the camera for the sequel that continues the Planet of the Apes origin story that began back in 2011, and he just revealed a photo from the set of the sequel that serves as a nice tease for fans of the original 1968 movie.

Check out the War for the Planet of the Apes first look photo below! Read More »

Kylo Ren is Not a Sith

We’re just under four months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and even with a large chunk of the toys hitting shelves on Friday having leaked online, the Mystery Box surrounding the Star Wars sequel is still very much intact.

However, the latest issue of Empire shines a light on Episode VII, the beginning of a new trilogy, and director J.J. Abrams has confirmed what some fans have long presumed about the new villain. Kylo Ren is not a Sith. More below! Read More »

Best Stories of the Week

Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week.

This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar’s Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week’s worth of the biggest stories.

Update: The news of Disney shutting down Tron 3 broke after this roundup was published, but definitely factors into the big news of the week. We’ve added that below.

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Add another name to your list of new Star Wars characters. An interview on StarWars.com has revealed that Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture.

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Most of the Avengers: Age of Ultron marketing has, quite reasonably, focused on the franchise’s marquee superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the like. But as the superpowered sequel nears release, Marvel Studios has released a batch of images that put some of the supporting players in the spotlight.

That includes Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), and Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis). Though the big names get some love too. After the jump, flip through the latest Avengers Age of Ultron images. Plus, check out another Avengers Age of Ultron clip and featurette.

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Next week, the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be revealed. You can read more about that here. It’ll then be in theaters with Avengers: Age of Ultron. But what, specifically, will the trailer feature? MakingStarWars has a very intriguing list of images they believe are going to appear in the trailer. If it’s true, this is going to be insane. Read the Force Awakens trailer 2 details below.

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Avengers age of ultron trailer analysis

This morning, Walt Disney Pictures released the third trailer for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of UltronYou can watch the third Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer here, in case you haven’t seen it already. For those of you who really want to take in all of the visuals revealed in the new Avengers 2 trailer, we have compiled a batch of 65 high resolution screenshot images from the film to let you take in all the goodness one shot at a time, complete with an image by image analysis by Russ Fischer and myself (we also did this indepth over analysis with the second Avengers trailer).

We have a few questions: like who is the guy with the metal claw device and who is in that big mac truck that Captain America and Ultron are battling on top of? Hit the jump to read the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer analysis now.

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