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While fans anticipate official news in regards to Star Wars Episode VII, we have some official news about Star Wars: Rebels instead. Rebels is the upcoming Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episodes III and IV. It details the creation of the Rebel Alliance which will eventually transport blueprints in an R2 unit. The show premieres next year, and its promo team is hitting New York Comic-Con on Saturday with lots of new info. Before that, there are a few new details and a new poster. Check it all out below, along with the following:

  • Watch Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch awkwardly avoid Star Wars Episode VII questions.
  • Read an official description of Star Wars Rebels
  • Check out the official toy packaging for the show.
  • A new classic Star Wars comic is on the way.

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Another day, another Star Wars rumor. Unlike the talk about Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, however, this one involves someone who’s never worked with J.J. Abrams before.

According to a new report, Saoirse Ronan has read for a role in Episode VII. “Has read for” is a long way off from “finalized a deal for,” but personally, I’d love to see this one pan out. Hit the jump for more details on her potential casting — as well as the latest update to the Cumberbatch story.

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Production has just begun on The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). It tells the story of Alan Turing, a British computer pioneer who is (among many other achievements) credited with cracking a top-secret German code during World War II. Cumberbatch plays the lead (which we already knew), Keira Knightley is a fellow code-breaker, and they’re joined by Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear.

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But Mansell has also done music for Filth, the Irvine Welsh novel adaptation that stars James McAvoy. You can get a sample of that below, along with info on the film Mansell will score after he finishes Noah for Darren Aronofsky. Read More »

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.

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Though not a “light” film by any measure, this is a well-executed drama dealing with a horrific historical occurrence. Director Steve Mcqueen has proven that he’s a burgeoning young auteur, a vibrant force that should deliver us a slew of great films in the decades to come. Just as with his previous film, Shame, this is a gutting experience, and McQueen, as channeled through the extremely capable cast of Chewitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt, crafts a two-hour story that can’t help but leave you drained as the credits come up. Read More »

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