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Reading Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. Here’s what we have from a galaxy far, far away today:

  • The Force Awakens production designer at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Behind the Scenes of the Star Wars Weekends creative campaign
  • Details and cover art from deluxe edition of Star Wars Battlefront
  • Details on some tracks from The Force Awakens score
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy mourn passing of Christopher Lee
  • Weird Al Yankovic records an a capella version of his song Yoda
  • Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back event is now open
  • Star Wars Rebels characters join Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Rumored details on locations, aliens and more in Star Wars: Rogue One
  • New shots of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper
  • Industrial Light & Magic working on Star Wars virtual reality experience

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Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday we lost big screen legend Sir Christopher Lee. The man who brought such gravitas to his iconic turns as Dracula and Frankenstein in decades past became a very familiar face to a much younger generation as a villain in both the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His passing at 93 years old is truly a loss.

And to pay further tribute to the icon, director Peter Jackson took to Facebook for a touching tribute that just might bring a tear to your eye. Read the Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute after the jump. Read More »

Christopher Lee Has Died at 93

Christopher Lee in Lord of the Rings

Sad news this morning: Christopher Lee, known for his work in the Hammer Horror films as well as the James Bond, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings movies, has died. He was 93. Lee will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind a staggeringly accomplished career for us to remember him by. More on Lee’s passing after the jump. Read More »

Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson‘s first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later.

The development of a film based on Tolkien’s original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director’s chair.

Now the first teaser trailer — a long teaser, at that — has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, after the break. Read More »

John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are set to star in Carnaval, a comedy directed by Josh Stern. Cusack will play a sports scout who tavels to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval in order to sign a soccer star, while Knoxville has been cast as Cusack’s musician best friend who tags along. Cusack’s character needs to bring the player on board so that he can take over his agency, but his plans go awry when Knoxville’s character sleeps with the player’s girlfriend. Carnaval will begin shooting in Rio this January.

Knoxville’s been on a roll lately in terms of landing roles. Over the past few months, he’s signed on for the teen comedy Fun Size, an untitled camping comedy with Patton Oswalt, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand. Cusack also has a handful of movies lined up for next year, including Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, the Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven, and the serial killer drama The Frozen Ground. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, TV actress Katherine LaNasa gains two movie husbands, and a whole bunch of people board Night Train to Lisbon.

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Over the past week there has been word that a major film would have a surprise showing tonight at the New York Film Festival. This morning the film was revealed as Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo, which will be shown as a ‘work in progress’ print.

The film is Scorsese’s adaptation of the young adult book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and it marks the director’s first foray into family films and 3D. To mark the occasion of the film’s debut, Paramount has released a two-minute featurette in which the director enthuses (with his characteristic energy) about the project. Check it out below. Read More »

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At this point what more is there to say about yet another dwarf reveal from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? (Other than, perhaps, “uh, where’s Thorin?”) Here is the latest image dispatch from Peter Jackson‘s version of Middle-Earth, featuring Ken Stott as Balin (on the left) and Graham McTavish as Dwalin.

These two guys are peers, more or less, for Thorin, the dwarf who assembles the company that travels from the Shire to the Misty Mountain. We’ll likely see Thorin next week, and hopefully a couple of the new human character, too. In the meantime, see the full new image below. Read More »

Trailers abound this week! But with a bumper crop that includes Contagion, The Thing, John Carter, Pirates!, and soon The Dark Knight Rises, who’s complaining?

Now here is the beautiful trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Hugo. As we’ve said so many times before, it is his first 3D film, and his first family-oriented movie. (Or, his first movie for the traditional family, rather than for the Family.) It is invigorating to see a master like Martin Scorsese turn his tricks to some classic tropes of the family film. When Sacha Baron Cohen, playing a zealous Parisian train station guard, chases Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz, it’s like some strange combination of the Keystone Kops and Home Alone. And while many fantasy-oriented family films try for ‘beautiful’ and merely end up with ‘shiny,’ there are truly lovely sights here. Hugo looks like a 3D film to be actually excited for. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ Teaser Poster

Martin Scorsese has taken his first plunge into both family filmmaking and 3D with Hugo, which adapts the Brian Selznick book The Invention of Hugo Cabret with Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the lead roles. We’ve got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, in advance of the upcoming trailer release. Appropriately for something arriving the same week as the final Harry Potter film, there’s a serious Potter influence here. But as this is one of the first official images we’ve seen for Hugo, which also happens to confirm the recent title change, I’ll accept that for now. Read More »