Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers dismisses the Episode VII talk, while Mark Hamill all but confirms his casting by hitting the gym. Also after the jump:

  • Star Wars Rebels will drop by New York Comic-Con
  • See a trailer for Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force
  • Steve Sansweet‘s Rancho Obi-Wan sets a Guinness record
  • A “lost” short with Star Wars ties will return to the screen

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The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

The combined powers of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have opened the floodgates for a tidal wave of sci-fi / fantasy YA adaptations — it seems like a new potential franchise goes into development every week. As with any genre, though, not all of these films are created equal.

The best ones capture the imaginations of young and old alike, while the worst are forgotten almost before they even open. Time will tell where on the spectrum The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will fall, but feel free to make an educated guess based on the new trailer after the jump.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Not all Star Wars Episode VII rumors are created equal. While a handful of the ones we’ve heard have proved to be true (the return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, for example), many more have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking.

According to a new report making the rounds today, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is already in talks for the new film. On the surface of it, the rumor doesn’t sound more or less plausible than any other we’ve heard. Considering the source, though, there’s reason to treat this one a little more seriously than most. Hit the jump to get the details.

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The Michael J Fox Show

As last fall’s new shows head to their season finales, the broadcast networks are readying a new crop of shows for this fall. NBC has unveiled first looks for several of theirs. Among them are the obviously-titled The Michael J. Fox Show; Sean Saves the World from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco; and the James Spader-starring The Blacklist. See them and more after the jump. Read More »

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Nothing can stop the wave of YA adaptations coming to movie theaters in the next year or two — not even the relative disinterest in the movies. Beautiful Creatures and The Host didn’t really hit so far this year, but there are more to come. Earlier today we saw the trailer for the new Percy Jackson film, and now here’s the first full trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The film features Lily Collins as a young woman who learns that there is a shadow conflict just out of sight, with half-angel warriors battling demons right before the unseeing eyes of humanity. With her own eyes open to the conflict, Collins’ character is quickly drawn in. This trailer shows far more of the newly-done effects than did the teaser, and it also makes the film look rather like a revamped Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Have a look below.

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It’s not always a bad sign when a film gets shelved. Sometimes a perfectly good film gets tangled in legal woes, or becomes the casualty of a studio’s financial setback. Other times, though, the delay is exactly the vote of “no confidence” it appears to be.

I don’t know precisely why The Weinstein Co. decided to delay Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein‘s horror thriller 6 Souls indefinitely in the U.S., but the new trailer suggests it may be in the latter category. Julianne Moore stars as a psychiatrist whose patient Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) suffers from multiple personality disorder. But his case is unusual in that his extra personalities are people who actually existed — murder victims, to be exact. Watch the video after the jump.

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In this edition of TV Bits, your can see script pages, read about lawsuits, sickness and advertising. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Ron Howard tweeted the title of the first episodes of Arrested Development‘s fourth season.
  • HBO is developing a new comedy called The Landlord by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes.
  • The head of NBC Bob Greenblatt spoke about the future of Community with its new night and loss of Dan Harmon.
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers will be playing Dracula on a new NBC drama.
  • The CW has changed its slogan and ad campaign.
  • Comedy Central has ordered a pilot of the web series Tiny Apartment.
  • Despite contract disputes, the cast of Modern Family went back to work Thursday.
  • Production on Fringe was shut down for two weeks to accommodate John Noble.

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Fantastic Four Reboot Casting Rumors

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When word first came out that a Fantastic Four reboot would be made, /Film asked if you guys cared. The consensus?

A resounding: “Meh.”

But could anything change your minds? How about the casting of Adrien Brody and Amber Heard? Read More »

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