Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Our own Peter Sciretta stops by the Collider Jedi Council.
- Ahsoka Tano is getting a novel to explain where she went for thirty years.
- Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni answers some burning questions.
- Sabine Wren will have more to do in Star Wars Rebels season three.
- Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
- Walt Disney World teases its new Star Wars-themed half marathon.
- A look at the industry of creating cool lightsaber props for fans.
- And more!
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ewan McGregor‘s already had one movie out this year, the little-seen Jane Got a Gun, and he’s got another out next weekend, the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead. But if you still can’t get enough of the Scottish actor, you may want to keep an eye out for Rodrigo Garcia‘s Last Days in the Desert. The drama stars not one but two Ewan McGregors, going head-to-head as both Jesus and Satan. It’s not a trick every actor can pull off, but we have faith in McGregor to make it work.
It helps that he’s got some other great talents backing him up, including Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, and Tye Sheridan as a family who encounter the “holy man” in the middle of nowhere. And making everyone and everything look austerely beautiful is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who just picked up an unprecedented third consecutive Oscar win for The Revenant. Check out the Last Days in the Desert trailer after the jump. Read More »
Although the adaptation of John le Carré‘s spy thriller Our Kind of Traitor has been in the can since 2014, the film has taken a little while to make it to the big screen. But our friends across the pond will finally get a chance to see it this spring, and the first trailer finds Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) in the wrong place at the wrong time, suddenly caught up in a struggle between a Russian mafia money launderer (Stellan Skarsgard), a ruthless MI6 agent (Damian Lewis) and the British government.
Watch the Our Kind of Traitor trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Biopics are more traditionally associated with the year-end glut of prestige pics gunning for Oscar, but in 2016 the flood of biopics starts early. This month brings two sports biopics, Race and Eddie the Eagle, and this spring brings two music movies, I Saw the Light and Miles Ahead.
The last of those is a riff on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead has already hit the festival circuit, but it finally comes to theaters in April, and as of today we finally have the first trailer. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
JJ Abrams is one of those filmmakers who loves to hide easter eggs in his films and television shows. And we love to go on the easter egg hunt and find them. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is packed with inside jokes, cameos, fun references to past films, as well as some things that pay homage to the inspiration and fandom of the series.
How many Game of Thrones cameos did you spot? Is it possible the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark might be hidden in this movie somewhere? Find out this and over 50 other Star Wars: The Force Awakens easter eggs, after the jump.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally in theaters, so hopefully most of you have already ventured out to see how this new era of stories from a galaxy far, far away begins. Old heroes return as new heroes jump into the fray. And while most of the old heroes can be seen front and center on the big screen with the return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill as Han Solo, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker respectively, there are a couple other returning cast members that weren’t so prominent, but play an important part nonetheless.
Director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy), Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy) and Frank Oz (the voice of Yoda) were brought back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But since talking about their roles takes us into major spoiler territory, you’ll have to hit the jump to find out more. Read More »
Jane Got a Gun did not have the smoothest of productions, to say the least. When Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) exited the film on the first day of principal photography, co-star Jude Law (Spy) left with her. A lawsuit followed Ramsay’s sudden departure, and there was a whole lot of “he said, she said” going on. Ultimately, director Gavin O’Connor stepped in and possibly saved the day, reuniting with a frequent collaborator, Noah Emmerich (The Americans), and Joel Edgerton (The Gift) — the star of his last film, Warrior.
After the jump, check out the latest Jane Got a Gun trailer:
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Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
The long-promised Trainspotting sequel has taken one step closer to becoming a reality. Sony TriStar has just picked up the rights to the project, which will shoot next year. Original director Danny Boyle returns along with original cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle. Get more details on the Trainspotting sequel after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The mere fact that a Suicide Squad movie is coming out next year is proof that Warner Bros. isn’t afraid to dip its toe into the weirder corners of the DC comic book world. And that’s great news because the weirder corners of the DC universe are where the best characters tend to hang out. Forget about Batman and Superman and their dawn of justice – let’s see the dark and magical likes of John Constantine and Deadman and Swamp Thing and Zantana team up on the big screen.
While we’re bummed that Justice League Dark will no longer be a Guillermo del Toro joint, we’re excited that it’s still in the works and is still utilizing many of the characters and concepts from del Toro’s screenplay. The film is far enough along in development that the names of certain actors and actresses are starting to come crawling out of the rumor mill. So who’s in contention for Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Madame Xanadu? And who apparently the frontrunner to play villain Anton Arcane? Let’s dive in.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’ve heard of Jane Got a Gun at all, it was probably in the context of the film’s many, many behind-the-scenes troubles. Original director Lynne Ramsay dropped out at the last second, which in turn set off a bunch of casting shakeups. The project then rallied under new director in Gavin O’Connor and finished shooting in 2013, only to get shelved due to Relativity’s financial troubles.
But it’s finally coming to theaters in France next month, and so the first Jane Got a Gun trailer has revealed itself for our judgment. Natalie Portman produced and stars as the titular Jane, whose husband (Noah Emmerich) turns up half-dead after a run-in with an outlaw gang (led by Ewan McGregor). In desperation, she turns to an old flame (Joel Edgerton) for help protecting her farm and her family. Watch the Jane Got a Gun trailer after the jump. Read More »