First Kill trailer

Bruce Willis has three action movies coming out over the next few months. Next week, we can watch him team up with John Goodman for Once Upon a Time in Venice, a movie that doesn’t like as fun as its cast. A couple of weeks later, he’ll be back in theatres (or on demand) with First Kill. Willis’ latest collaboration with director Steven C. Miller, who’s currently in post-production on Escape Plan: Hades, co-stars Hayden Christensen as a man whose son (Ty Shelton) gets kidnapped. He may need help from the one and only Bruce Willis and his signature smirk.

Below, watch the First Kill trailer.

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Numb at the Edge of the End trailer

If you woke up this morning and thought, “Hey, I wonder what Hayden Christensen has been up to lately?”, today’s your lucky day. The former Anakin Skywalker has a new movie in post-production called Numb, at the Edge of the End, and we have the first NSFW trailer for all of you Christensaniacs (that’s what you die-hard Hayden fans call yourselves, right?) to check out below.
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Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Original Ending

Even though Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a far cry from measuring up to the original trilogy. One of the biggest issues with the final chapter in the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became Darth Vader is how the former Jedi’s relationship with his secret lover Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) comes to an end.

On one hand, seeing Anakin’s judgment clouded by the dark side, so much that he nearly kills her, is a powerful tragedy. But the fact that Amidala ends up essentially dying because she “lost the will to live” is a bit silly. It doesn’t help that Padmé, who was once a strong, independent leader, never willing to walk away from a fight, just cries and whines when Anakin clearly isn’t himself anymore. But in the original ending, she didn’t take Anakin’s betrayal the same way. In fact, in the Revenge of the Sith original ending, Padmé made some bold moves to stop him. Find out more below. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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How did Star Wars: the Force Awakens evolve during the development process? What were some of the early ideas they were playing with that didn’t end up in the final film? The new book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us a peek inside the development of Episode 7, from the earliest concepts to post production.

Did you know that Starkiller Base was originally called The Doom Star? That Poe Dameron’s character began as a Jedi or Bounty Hunter? Or how about that they toyed with the idea that Anakin Skywalker would appear in the film as a Force Ghost? Learn about how The Force Awakens changed from the earliest story ideas to the movie you’ve now experienced.

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First Order Snowtroopers

Who’s in the mood to speculate about a totally bonkers casting rumor? After the jump:

  • Telefonica announces a Star Wars pop-up channel in Spain
  • What was the most best selling Force Friday toy?
  • Hot Toys unveils a 1/6 scale First Order Snowtrooper figure
  • One fan argues the Star Wars spinoffs avoid origin stories
  • A handy chart outlines the Star Wars canon chronology
  • Luke and Vader will be playable in Battlefront; get the details
  • A nutty rumor says Hayden Christensen is in Episode VIII
  • … and another rumor claims Darth Vader will be in Rogue One

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Grand Moff Tarkin Rebels

This is a really good edition of Star Wars Bits. Rumors, spoilers, video clips, video games, this has it all. Below, read about the following:

  • Could the Standalone be about Boba Fett‘s family?
  • Episode VIII director Rian Johnson trolls Star Wars nation.
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger talks Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer and broadband channel.
  • Grand Moff Tarkin is coming to Star Wars Rebels this week. Watch a clip.
  • Nicolas Cage enjoyed Hayden Christensen‘s work in the Star Wars prequels.
  • Star Wars is coming to Madame Tussauds in London and there’s a video.
  • See some awesome clothing made for the Episode VII special effects team.
  • Download a ton of old school Star Wars video games via Humble Bundle.
  • Multiple major spoilers about the identity, stories and fates of characters in The Force Awakens are discussed.

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American heist trailer

Joke all you want about Hayden Christensen‘s performances in the Star Wars prequels, but the guy has some chops. Sure, those two films weren’t great, but around the same time he crushed Life as a House and Shattered Glass, two highly underrated films. Since then he hasn’t exactly stayed in the spotlight, choosing to only do movies every few years. In part because of good will generated by those two indie roles, it’s always great to see him.

His latest role is in American Heist, where Christensen plays the brother of Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. Brody plays a hardened criminal who coaxes his rehabilitated brother (Christensen) to do one more big job. It’s a familiar set up to be sure, but with co-stars Jordana Brewster and Akon, there’s a distinct Fast and Furious vibe to this one. Check out the American Heist trailer below. Read More »

Outcast trailer

Ever wonder what Hayden Christensen is up to these days? I mean, probably not, because like most people, you probably forgot he existed in the first place. But today we have an answer for you anyway.

According to the first Outcast trailer, he’s gallivanting around ancient China with none other than Nic Cage, trying to help a couple of kids reclaim the throne or something. And it’s just as hilariously bizarre as you’d expect. Watch the Outcast trailer after the jump.

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Last month I received a cryptic e-mail inviting me to a private screening of a new Star Wars film edited by Topher Grace — which is funny because I had no idea there was a new Star Wars film in the works, with or without Grace’s involvement. I was told the screening was a secret private event arranged only for friends only and was asked not to talk about it beforehand. The event was held somewhere in the Hollywood area in a a screening room filled with filmmakers, editors, actors, actresses and only a few press friends. I was told I could blog about it afterwards if I wanted, so here goes…

For those of you who don’t know, Topher Grace is a film geek. He loves the Star Wars films, the Back to the Future movies and all the same signature titles of any film geek who grew up in the 1980s. He recently became interested in the editing process and wanted to learn more about the art form. Instead of cutting a short film, he wanted to use something he was more familiar with.

His idea was to edit the Star Wars prequels into one movie, as they would provide him a lot of footage to work with. He used footage from all three prequels, a couple cuts from the original trilogy, some music from The Clone Wars television series, and even a dialogue bit from Anthony Daniels’ (C-3PO) audio book recordings. He even created a new opening text crawl to set up his version of the story.

The result is an 85-minute movie titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. It should be noted that the Star Wars prequel trilogy is almost 7 hours in total length, and the shortest film (Episode 1) is more than 51 minutes longer than Grace’s fan cut. What this means is a lot of footage ended up on the editing room floor, and a lot of creative choices were made in the editing process. And the result? Topher Grace’s Star Wars film is probably the best possible edit of the Star Wars prequels given the footage released and available.

Whats most shocking is that with only 85 minutes of footage, Topher was able to completely tell the main narrative of Anakin Skywalker’s road from Jedi to the Sith. While I know the missing pieces and could even fill in the blanks in my head as the film raced past, none of those points were really needed. Whats better is that the character motivations are even more clear and identifiable, a real character arc not bogged down by podraces, galactic senates, Jar Jar Binks, politics or most of the needless parts of the Star Wars prequels. It not only clarifies the story, but makes the film a lot more action-packed.

UPDATE: The movie still isn’t online but Topher Grace has published a trailer of his Star Wars Prequel edit online, watch it here.
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