San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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Shakespeare - Revenge of the Sith

These Star Wars Bits are now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest you use them. Here’s what you can expect from this round of Star Wars updates:

  • Simon Kinberg talks Darth Vader on Star Wars Rebels
  • See the Star Wars LEGO Dagobah Comic-Con exclusive set
  • Mark Wahlberg probably won’t see Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • JAKKS Pacific Boba Fett parade-inspired action figure
  • Second teaser for Episode VII sets a Guinness World Record
  • Mark Hamill growing his Jedi beard again
  • Original Star Wars screens theatrically in China for the first time
  • William Shakespeare’s Revenge of the Sith cover art revealed
  • New The Force Awakens promo image with Finn, Chewie and more
  • Ken Leung may have small role in The Force Awakens
  • Jon Favreau likely not directing any Star Wars movies
  • LEGO BB-8 is as adorable as you think

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Han Solo Lando Calrissian

Over the past month, the second Star Wars Anthology film has been the subject of much debate. Josh Trank left the project and we heard that Boba Fett was going to be the center of the film. Now, a new rumor adds more to that Boba Fett news by saying Fett’s rivalry with a certain smuggler named Han Solo between Episodes III and IV is the specific drive of the film. Among the characters who are part of that story? Lando, Chewbacca and Bossk.

But there’s more. The report also says Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn, two directors who were right in the middle of talks to direct Star Wars Episode VII, are potentially circling the 2018 project.

And that’s not it! The story says the third Anthology film could be that Yoda movie we’d heard about months ago too. Read more about this latest Han Solo Boba Fett Star Wars rumor below.

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Misery Loves Comedy trailer

Misery Loves Comedy is one of the films I wish I could have seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was presented as a special screening, slotted at a very inconvenient time all the way on the top of Main Street at the Egyptian. Thankfully, actor/comedian Kevin Pollak‘s documentary film was sold at Sundance to Tribeca Film, which will allow all of us to see it when it is released on iTunes on April 14th and in limited theaters on April 24th 2015. The documentary features over 60 famous funny people “featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.” Hit the jump to watch the Misery Loves Comedy trailer, and leave your thoughts int he comments below.
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Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art

The first piece of concept art from Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book revealed what the project might look like once it is done. A new batch of behind-the-scenes images show what it looks like now, while it’s still in progress.

Favreau himself shared these casual snaps, showing actors like Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson at work. See the Jungle Book behind the scenes photos after the jump.  Read More »

First Look: Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau The Jungle Book logo

Disney has released the first look at concept art for Jon Favreau‘s new “live-action” version of The Jungle Book. I use quotation marks around live action because the film will seamlessly blend live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, “using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.” So basically imagine how James Cameron shot Avatar with some live-action elements but mostly a computer created world populated with photo realistic animals of Life of Pi or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. See the full piece of Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art after the jump

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Jon Favreau Chef

Jon Favreau‘s Chef is one of the biggest surprises of 2014. Not just the fact that the movie is so good, but because it did so incredibly well. In an era where small movies consistently struggle to find an audience, the combination of food culture and high powered Hollywood stars shot Chef, a modestly priced film to say the least, to a take of over $45 million worldwide. The film hits Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday September 30 and that’s just one step in keeping Chef alive for Favreau.

In a new interview, the writer/director confirmed he’s looking at potentially opening a Chef movie restaurant with Roy Choi, the celebrity chef who created all the food in the film. Read More »

Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The first part of the podcast was published yesterday, which is what we originally reported on. The second part of the conversation is now online, and I have updated the bottom of this story with additional information including Episode VIII shooting schedule, the process of writing the script and shooting location. The original post from September 18th 2014 follows, followed by an BOLDED marked update with the additional information.

Rian Johnson talked a bit about the creative freedom he has been given working on Star Wars Episode VIII (and IX?) while talking to fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse podcast. Find out what Johnson said about writing the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, what it’s like to be working in someone else’s world, the obligation to bring Yoda and puppets back to the series, and an idea to have Gilliam have a cameo which might reveal a possible character in the upcoming eighth film. All this and more can be read and heard in the Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars discussion, after the jump.

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Bill Murray

Jon Favreau just bagged a white whale while casting his Disney remake of The Jungle Book. Or, maybe more to the point, a great big bear. Bill Murray will provide the voice of Baloo, the second lead, in Favreau’s CG live action hybrid. He joins an already rich voice cast that includes Scarlett Johnasson, Idirs Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley. The film is scheduled for release October 9, 2015. Read More »