The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »


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Late last week, news quietly broke that Gary Whitta was no longer the writer of Gareth EdwardsStar Wars standalone movie. The departure seemed amicable, as both Whitta and Edwards released statements to The Hollywood Reporter. But it raised several questions about the film, which is scheduled to go in front of cameras at Pinewood Studios later this year once Spectre finishes production.

Primary among those questions was, if Whitta is out, who will be taking over the writing duties on the December 16, 2016 release? /Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie. Read More »

Olly Moss Star Wars gift

Star Wars Bits is back with a vengeance. We’ve got The Force Awakens, we’ve got the spinoffs, we’ve got Clone Wars, comic books, art and so much more. Below, read about the following:

  • New spin-off rumors suggest it’s about Han Solo, Aaron Paul is involved and filming starts after Spectre.
  • Watch a sueded version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
  • The stunt actor playing Chewbacca in The Force Awakens may have been revealed.
  • Marvel will rerelease their original Star Wars comics in remastered editions.
  • Watch a trailer for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
  • See the animated Lucasfilm holiday card.
  • Matt Lanter recorded some new Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars voice over last week.
  • Oscar Isaac got his Star Wars obsessed uncle a role in The Force Awakens.
  • A new rumor says Lupita Nyong’o‘s Force Awakens character is nothing like you’ve heard.
  • What box office records could Star Wars: The Force Awakens break?
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca Force Awakens concept art, villain rumors, Imperial ships and more.

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2016 Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Plot Revealed

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This morning, our scoop about the theatrical placement of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was confirmed. Now, we have another Star Wars scoop for you.

Recently, we learned a juicy rumor about the plot to Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta‘s 2016 Star Wars spin off movie. The information came second hand from a single good source, so we began to dig. All we wanted was one more person to tell us we were on the right track. Literally dozens of people were contacted at all levels and while there were a few nibbles, we could never get a solid second confirmation. We contacted Lucasfilm, which declined to comment. So for that reason, take this story with a grain of salt and a huge rumor label.

That said, we think there is enough evidence to present you a rumored plot of the 2016 Star Wars spin off movie.

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Star Wars spinoff cinematographer

We don’t know what the Star Wars spinoff directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is about, and in fact we don’t know much, beyond the release date — the current date for the film is December 16, 2016 — and fact that Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is writing, But now we know who is shooting the movie. The first Star Wars spinoff cinematographer is Greig Fraser. He shot Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, and will now oversee the camera department for Edwards. Read More »

Walter White Breaking Bad Godzilla Easter Egg

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros dropped a fun Breaking Bad easter egg in Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, did you notice it? The Walter White appearance happens in the first 50 seconds of the film, in the opening title sequence. See the Walter White’s Breaking Bad Godzilla easter egg after the jump.

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Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

We haven’t really featured many of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos on the site because we try to cover entertainment news and rumors but not celebrity. And I’m sure you’ve seen enough of these ice bucket challenge videos in your social timeline already. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised nearly $80 million for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord) which is amazing. I personally have not done the challenge but have instead donated to the ALS association, and I highly recommend you do the same (and if you have time, learn a bit about the disease). Recently the Star Wars galaxy has been called upon to take the Ice Bucket challenge, which has seen responses from Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Peter Mayhew, new Star Wars Episode VII castmembers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars Episode 7director JJ Abrams, as well as future Star Wars series filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and more. Other members of the crew have yet to respond to the challenge. Watch all of the Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos embedded after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode 7 fan posters

Today in Star Wars Bits, we take a look at:

  • Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo clarifies his Comic Con “no flashbacks” comment.
  • Were all the recent Episode 7 rumors fake and actually passed off from the Dark Horse comic book series Star Wars: Legacy?
  • Star Wars spin-off director Gareth Edwards accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge in the LucasFilm Yoda fountain.
  • Harrison Ford more active after leg injury
  • Read the rumored plot synopsis for Christie Golden‘s upcoming Star Wars novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos
  • The special features included in the Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD/Blu-ray
  • The trailer and release of the Star Wars: Commander iOS game.
  • Also: The above three posters were fan created, by AndrewSS7.

All this and more, after the jump.

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‘Godzilla 2′ Release Date Set for 2018

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That Gareth Edwards is a busy man. After completing this year’s hit Godzilla, he moved immediately to a 2016-dated Star Wars spinoff film. From there, he’ll now have to move directly to Godzilla 2. Warner Bros. and Legendary have set June 8, 2018 as the Godzilla 2 release date. Read More »