Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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Penguins of Madagascar footage

It only took “three movies, ten video games, and 80 television episodes” by one director’s count, but the scene-stealing penguins from Madagascar are finally getting their own movie this fall. And based on what we saw at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel on Thursday, they certainly deserve it.

Directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and star/producer Tom McGrath were on hand to present twenty minutes of never-before-seen footage from the animated adventure, while stars John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch helped crank up the excitement just by being their charming selves. Hit the jump to get the panel highlights including recaps of the footage.

[Update: A new clip and a new poster have just hit the web -- check 'em out after the jump.]

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Imitation Game trailers

Prickly geniuses aren’t the only thing Benedict Cumberbatch knows how to play, but they do kind of seem to be his specialty. The Sherlock star’s latest movie is The Imitation Game, in which he plays brilliant but troubled mathematician / cryptologist / computer scientist / etc. Alan Turing.

During World War II, Turing was called upon to help Britain crack Germany’s codes. He was spectacularly successful, and is credited with helping turn the tides in the Allies’ favor. Hit the jump to watch the first The Imitation Game trailers. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode also star.

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Sherlock Christmas special

UPDATE: Martin Freeman was right. Deadline is reporting Sherlock will be back in 2015, starting with a special that’ll film early in January. Later, they’ll get to work on season four for a probable 2016 premiere. Head there for more details. Original article follows.

Sherlock season three came and went all too fast. Each of the show’s tightly-scripted seasons is so easy to devour in a day or two. The 90-minute episodes merit multiple views, but the four and a half hours of story we saw in January of this year only made us want a fourth season even more.

Trouble is, scheduling a new season is difficult. It is essentially like shooting three films, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are wildly busy. (Due in no small part to the popularity of this very show.) So while a fourth season could happen, we don’t know when cameras could roll.

We’ve heard, however, that a one-off special was possible, to bridge the gap between seasons. Now Martin Freeman says a Sherlock Christmas special is looking likely… but not until 2015.  Read More »

Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel’s Doctor Strange has become one of those projects that seems to inspire a new casting rumor every other day. Earlier this week, Jared Leto was said to be one of Marvel’s picks, and today we have word that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are also being considered. Hit the jump for more details.

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Whitey Bulger Benedict Cumberbatch

The bad news about Scott Cooper‘s Whitey Bulger biopic (formerly titled Black Mass) is that it’s just lost Guy Pearce. The good news is, it’s just added Benedict Cumberbatch as his replacement — and Adam Scott, Sienna Miller, and Julianne Nicholson besides.

The quartet join a star-studded cast that also includes Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Rory CochraneJesse Plemons, and Johnny Depp as Bulger himself. Hit the jump to learn whom the new actors are playing.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Yellow Birds

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery is on a huge roll, with directorial attachments and screenwriting gigs coming out of the woodwork since the Sundance 2013. He’s writing and likely directing Pete’s Dragon, has a possible reunion with Casey Affleck in the project Two, and seems to have plenty of other projects brewing, such as The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford, and an adaptation of the graphic novel Torso. Now Lowery has been set to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in The Yellow Birds.

The film will be an adaptation of the novel by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers. The book follows two men who are sent to Iraq, and the bond between them as one, slightly older, tries to protect his younger comrade. Read More »

Star Wars Benedict Cumberbatch

Over the past year, Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors have touched upon just about every big name in Hollywood — and even some not-so-big names as well. But one of the first to make the rounds was Benedict Cumberbatch, way back when.

Although the actor has already shot down the reports multiple times, the whole Khan debacle of 2013 has had everyone taking his word with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, Cumberbatch has gone on the record to deny those Star Wars Episode VII rumors yet again. Should we believe him this time? Read his Star Wars comments after the jump — plus, a word on what other insanely popular sci-fi franchise he won’t be starring in.

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