After a day of Zack Snyder Samurai Star Wars talk, it’s back to your regularly scheduled bits. After the jump, read about the following interesting goings on in the Star Wars Universe:

  • Joe Carnahan pitches two fan filmmakers as directors for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Looper director Rian Johnson comments on directing the film.
  • After the White House denied us a Death Star, the Galactic Empire responds.
  • Princess Leia can now fly an X-Wing Fighter.
  • The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force is now an eBook.

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Welcome to the first Superhero Bits of 2013! Want to read a possible roster for Justice League? How is Joe Carnanan‘s Nemesis coming along? Does Marc Webb have some Amazing Spider-Man regrets? Is Alan Taylor doing something different with Thor: The Dark World? Where can you see dozens and dozens of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Rises storyboards? Why is a Pixar animator creating a new superhero every single day? Was that Superman flying along the California coast? Does Arnold Schwarzenegger regret doing Batman and Robin? What are the best graphic novels of 2012? Read about all of this and more in the new year return of Superhero Bits! Read More »

With the arrival of December, awards season is in full swing, and usually that just means limited releases of some big new films, to establish them as Oscar contenders. And so a film like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty will open in New York and LA on December 21, but won’t go wide until January 11.

But we also see the occasional re-release, meant to remind Academy voters that films are worth considering for awards. And so December 7 sees two films re-opening, the better to angle for Oscar. Open Road is doing a nationwide re-release of David Ayer‘s End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LA cops. And as the following tweet shows, Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey is getting a two-week run at two LA-area theaters:

Granted, Carnahan’s film, starring Liam Neeson as one of a team of roughnecks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, has been on DVD for months; you can even stream it on Netflix right now. But it’s a solid film, and I’m happy to see it get a small shot at awards recognition.

Ever since The Grey roared into theaters earlier this year, Joe Carnahan‘s been adding projects left and right. Even with his gritty Daredevil reboot in the scrap heap, he still has the Groundhog Day-esque Continue, the low-budget Stretch, and the Death Wish remake to keep him busy. Now he’s also making room for Undying Love, the Warner Bros. adaptation of Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman‘s romantic vampire thriller. More details after the jump.

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It’s a damn shame that Joe Carnahan‘s gritty Daredevil reboot never got off the ground, but at least the filmmaker’s got plenty of other projects to keep him busy. Among them are a remake of Charles Bronson’s Death Wish and the Groundhog Day-ish actioner Continue, but first, apparently, he’s going to do the low-budget Stretch with Patrick Wilson. Don’t worry, that’s not “Stretch” as in “Armstrong.” As far as we know. More after the jump.

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Here’s another sizzle reel from director Joe Carnahan. Not long ago we showed you Carnahan’s assembled reels meant to pitch Daredevil, and now here’s another, for the canceled Disney film Gemini Man. The project, based on a script by David Benioff, has a good high-concept premise: an older government agent discovers that he’s in the crosshairs of a younger, more capable assassin. The reveal, however, is that the assassin is a clone of the agent.

The last time we reported on Gemini Man was in 2009, when Curtis Hanson was looking like a possible director. But there was a point more recently when Carnahan was anging to make the movie with Clint Eastwood playing the older character. As he does, Carnahan assembled a sizzle reel to pitch his tone and general intent to Disney, and you can watch that below. Read More »

After four features including this year’s The Grey, it’s no surprise Joe Carnahan is considered a solid filmmaker. The bigger surprise is that he’s now becoming an innovator in the world of social media too. Carnahan made big headlines last month when he posted two pitch trailers created for a possible Daredevil reboot at 20th Century Fox. They were rare but welcome glimpses into the development of a major property, similar to Kevin Tancharoen’s Hunger Games pitch trailer.

Now Carnahan is sharing again. Thursday he posted a screen test for a film he wrote and is hoping to direct, called Continue. He describes it as “Groundhog Day as an action movie.” Unfortunately, Carnahan has since removed the clip. After the jump, read what he had star Frank Grillo doing, and thoughts on whether or not we’ll ever get to see the film. Read More »

Want to finally watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises? How can you get the latest updates on The Wolverine? Which ad for The Avengers is causing controversy overseas? What does Joe Carnahan have to say about his Daredevil movie? Have designs from the computers in The Dark Knight Rises made it onto the internet? And how cool does the Deadpool video game look? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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