When the first teaser trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released, many people noticed that John Gallagher Jr.‘s character Emmet was looking at a VHS tape of a fake movie called Cannibal Airlines. It’s one of those fun little details that sent many fans on a hunt to find out what it may mean, or if whether it’s somehow connected to the film’s ARG (it wasn’t). When I talked to 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg last week, I found out the story behind the movie within the movie. And you might be surprised to learn that the VHS tape came from the mind of the man who is currently directing The Lego Movie 2.
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Do we need to know how Han Solo was raised as a kid? Not really, but from what we’ve heard so far about the untitled Han Solo spin-off, that’s not the type of origin story director Phil Lord & Chris Miller are cooking up for audiences. Of course some familiar faces are bound to appear in the film, including Han Solo’s loyal pal and co-pilot, Chewbacca.
This isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s been confirmed the lovable Wookiee is a part of the film.
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It seems like Phil Lord and Chris Miller can do no wrong. They turned what could have been a boring film adaptation of an old TV series into something hilarious with 21 Jump Street and the equally as good sequel. They crafted the brilliance that was The LEGO Movie. And they also made some magic on TV with Fox’s comedy The Last Man on Earth. Now they’re sticking with the sci-fi comedy realm for a new series at Fox called Making History, and it involves time travel. Is there a way I can set my DVR to record this now? Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Harrison Ford is Han Solo, as much as any real person can embody any fictional character, and it’s tough to imagine anyone else stepping into the role after nearly 40 years. But with a “young Han Solo” spinoff in the works from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the time has come for us to meet and hopefully fall for a different stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.
The filmmakers have taken their time, reportedly looking at thousands of young actors for the part, and now they’ve finally started to narrow down their choices. Among those on the shortlist are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, and Logan Lerman. Hit the jump for more on the Han Solo shortlist. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a special kind of disaster. A year and a half removed from the wreckage, it has become fascinating in an anthropological sense – here is a movie that broke one of the most popular movie franchises in Hollywood industry and gave a major studio a black eye so severe that they had to sit down with Marvel Studios and Disney because they no longer had any idea what to do with the world’s most popular superhero not named Batman.
The end results: Sony signed off on Peter Parker joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own solo movie that is set for release on July 28, 2017…and a new animated Spider-Man movie with no connection to his live action counterpart from directors/miracle workers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. However, that second project has undergone a delay and will no longer open in the summer of 2018. It has shifted to a new date with a handful of interesting, if not solid, implications.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Recasting Han Solo for a spin-off movie about the charming scoundrel’s early adventures across the galaxy sounds like such a disastrous folly that of course directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are involved. Only the directors of 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, guys whose modus operandi seems to be “How do we take this terrible idea and make it glorious?”, could make us feel like this one is going to be totally okay.
But still: how the heck do you recast Han Solo, a character who is built entirely on the specific charms of the great Harrison Ford? Fortunately, Miller, Lord, and Lucasfilm know just how tricky and important this is going to be. If they don’t find the right actor, this whole thing falls apart. And that’s why they’ve already looked at thousands of actors for a movie that doesn’t even begin filming for well over a year.
The hunt for a new Han Solo actor is officially underway and there are all kinds of people, known and unknown, in contention for this potentially career-defining (or derailing) role.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Hey… we hear you’re interested in some Star Wars Bits. Follow us. C’mon. We’ve got all the Star Wars Bits you could possibly want. In today’s batch:
- Harrison Ford surprises Star Wars fans… for charity!
- George Lucas explains why he’s done with the series.
- The Alamo Drafthouse reveals a stunning Star Wars commemorative magazine.
- John Boyega loves his lightsaber.
- Riz Ahmed‘s Rogue One character name, revealed.
- The surprising origin of Captain Phasma.
- One insane The Force Awakens tattoo.
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Earlier this week Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) dropped out of The Rosie Project. Now Richard Linklater (Boyhood), has followed her lead, leaving the Sony project without a star or director. Learn why Linklater exited The Rosie Project after the jump.
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The popular podcast Serial, which was spun off from the podcast series This American Life, is going to return as an audio series sometime in the next few months. But there’s also a Serial TV series on the way, and now we know some details. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films as well as Fox’s series The Last Man on Earth, will produce the Serial TV series. Read More »