SNL Star Wars Auditions

The 41st season of Saturday Night Live might be over (read my review of the season finale hosted by Fred Armisen right here), but that doesn’t mean the late night sketch show is done releasing new material for us to enjoy.

You might remember last fall, when Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live, there was a sketch featuring footage of a bunch of auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega got in on the fun with the rest of the SNL cast and even Jon Hamm and Emma Stone popped up. Now more auditions that were cut from the final sketch have been revealed online, including one with Matthew McConaughey making a pretty poor pitch to play Lando Calrissian.

Watch the extra SNL Star Wars auditions after the jump. Read More »

John Boyega Star Wars Force Awakens Jakku

UPDATE: John Boyega will not be in Black Panther, according to his agent.

Well, at least the film still has all those other incredible stars. Our original story follows.

As it is, the cast for Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther is almost staggeringly great. In addition to Chadwick Boseman as the title character, it’s got Lupita Nyong’o as a possible love interest and Michael B. Jordan as a potential villain. Plus, there’s a decent chance Andy SerkisMartin Freeman, and Florence Kasumba could reprise their roles from previous Marvel movies.

But Coogler’s not done. A new rumor going around this week suggests Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega could also be up for a part in Black PantherRead More »

Star Wars Episode VIII Details

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production right now on the other side of the world, and while set photos have leaked here and there, showing off some of the new locations and the return of ships like the Millennium Falcon and some X-Wings, any significant details are still firmly under wraps.

But John Boyega, who played the new character Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently took a break from filming to stop by the Cannes Film Festival (he received the Chopard Trophy along with Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley), and he ended up chatting briefly about Episode VIII, including what we can expect from the sequel, and one thing that we probably shouldn’t count on in the romance department.

Find out some of the Star Wars Episode VIII details after the jump. Read More »

watership down

The beautiful and frightening 1978 adaptation of Watership Down holds up remarkably well, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another interpretation of Richard Adams‘ novel. This won’t be the first time Adams’ story has been retold for television, but it’s just been announced BBC and Netflix are teaming up to make a Watership Down animated miniseries. The series, which is set to premiere in 2017, will feature voice work from Ben KingsleyJames McAvoyJohn BoyegaNicholas Hoult, and more.

Learn more about the Watership Down animated miniseries below.

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The Force Awakens deleted scenes

Over 20 minutes worth of scenes were removed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An early cut of the sequel was two hours and forty minutes, but considering the film moves like a bullet, as director J.J. Abrams‘ movies tend to, they were probably all wise cuts.

Below, Abrams explains why these scenes didn’t make the final cut, and reveals some first look photos at some of the deleted scenes we’ll see on the home video release. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)

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John Boyega Screen Test

Those lucky enough to be attending SXSW today will have a chance to see Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, and feel the presence of the First Order descending on Texas. The rest of us will be waiting until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD next month to check out the feature-length documentary that looks at every facet of the film’s production.

Until then, some of The Force Awakens documentary footage has been unveiled in a new teaser clip, giving us a taste of what we’ll get to see from behind the scenes. Some of the sneak peeks include footage of the John Boyega screen test that would eventually land him the part of Finn, Gwendoline Christie in her Captain Phasma wardrobe, but without her helmet, and much more. However, if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, beware of major spoilers. Read More »

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The entire world is now familiar with John Boyega as one of the new heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now he’s a hero in real life as well.

This past weekend, the Attack the Block star stopped by the Royal London Hospital to pay a visit to some sick children on behalf of the Rays of Sunshine charity program. A five-year old boy named Daniel Bell, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, made a wish through the program to meet Finn, the character Boyega plays in The Force Awakens. But the little boy didn’t want to keep Finn all to himself. Instead he wished that they could hand out toys to some of the other kids in the hospital together.

Thankfully, some photos were snapped during this adorable visit, and a lightsaber battle definitely ensued. See what happens when John Boyega visits a children’s hospital after the jump. Read More »

finn and poe

Star Wars: Episode 8 is actually filming right now and all have for you is a bunch of scraps. But you know what? Scraps of Star Wars is better than nothing at all! In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Another spark for your Finn and Poe fan fiction.
  • Cast and crew react to the first days of shooting.
  • The return of a very cool stuntman.
  • Details on Episode 8‘s Croatian shoot.
  • Details on Episode 8‘s Irish shoot.
  • Peter Mayhew officially hits the Episode 8 set.
  • And more!

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Imperial Dreams Trailer

It’s been two years since the indie drama Imperial Dreams debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and that was just before star John Boyega landed what will likely be the biggest role of his career in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sadly, the film, which isn’t about Finn having dreams of joining the Empire, still doesn’t have distribution despite the fact that it’s deserving of an audience. That’s why the Imperial Dreams trailer has made its away online in an effort to get some more buzz and interest on the film again. Check it out below! Read More »

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leia rebels

Today’s edition of Star Wars Bits is jam-packed with galactic-sized goodness, so we don’t even time for a proper introduction. We don’t! Honest! We really just need to dive into the details as fast as possible and not waste time at the top here. Cool? Cool. Okay, here’s what you’ll find contained within:

  • Princess Leia arrives on the next episode of Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega teases a dark future for Finn.
  • J.J. Abrams has advice for the young Han Solo actor.
  • A glimpse of a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story X-Wing.
  • Jabba the Hutt may return in a future Star Wars movie.
  • A Kickstarter-funded Star Wars documentary has found a distributor.
  • Benicio del Toro chats about Star Wars: Episode 8 and his villainous role.
  • A fascinating interview with the man who played Jar Jar Binks.
  • Take a look at every type of lightsaber out there.

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