Mark Hamill in Force Awakens
Mark Hamill took the stage for the first big presentation for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a one hour question and answer session with the Jedi Master. Up front Hamill warned that he is contractually obligated not to talk about Star Wars Episode 8 or the future of the Star Wars movies, but this was one of his first public appearances where he could really talk openly about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand and sold out theaters across the country, the one night only theatrical debut of Batman: The Killing Joke now has an additional 300 screens playing the animated adaptation of the iconic comic book storyline. Fathom Events now has over 1,000 screens playing the film’s debut on Monday, July 25. You can find out which theaters are participating in the screening and buy tickets over at Fathom Events right now.

Our original post from June 8, 2016 follows below.

Late last year, we heard that an R-rated animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 The Killing Joke was in the works, which almost sounded too good to be true. A month and a half ago the story was confirmed: This interpretation of Moore’s classic comic book is indeed rated R.

Directed by Sam Liu (co-director of Batman: Year One), Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on Blu-ray this August, but a few days prior you may have the opportunity to see it in a select theater. Below, learn more about The Killing Joke theatrical release.

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The Killing Joke

An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.

Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.

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In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The latest wacky rumor about Rey’s family.
  • Director Rian Johnson hits social media as filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 begins to wind down.
  • Rian Johnson, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord will share the stage at Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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The Force Awakens Ending - Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death

At a charity event in London this past weekend, Mark Hamill made a comment that has led many fans and some news outlets to believe that Star Wars: Episode VIII may be Luke Skywalker’s last appearance in the Star Wars saga. We originally weren’t even going to cover this story but some rather big sites picked up on it so now it’s time to debunk the reports. Hit the jump to read Mark Hamill’s response to the Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death reports.
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the force awakens alternate opening

About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, months before the arrival of the first trailer, a pretty wild rumor stampeded across the internet. According to a report, the film would feature an oddly macabre opening shot, with the camera panning away from the table-setting crawl to reveal the severed hand of Luke Skywalker, still clutching the lightsaber he lost in his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, floating through space.

Of course, the finished film has nothing like that and the rumor was gutted left and right, becoming a bit of a joke amongst some Star Wars fans. But now, months after the release of the finished film, Mark Hamill has loosened his lips: yep, that was the original opening of The Force Awakens.

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Batman The Killing Joke

Following last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a very different Dark Knight takes on a very different nemesis in this year’s other Batman movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. This one, as the title suggests, is an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s famous comic book storyline, and Warner Bros. / DC has gone to great lengths to make sure it’s the movie fans want. Not only does the animated direct-to-video feature reunite voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, it boasts an R rating, lest you worry it’ll smooth over the darker, uglier aspects of the source material. Watch the first Batman: The Killing Joke trailer below. Read More »

The Force Awakens Ending

The end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is such a big tease for what’s to come in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We’re left with Rey (Daisy Ridley) reaching out to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with his father’s old lightsaber in her hand, waiting for some kind of recognition, reaction, anything. But that scene required some convincing to actually happen.

While speaking at a special event at the Tribeca Film Festival, director J.J. Abrams revealed that Mark Hamill was initially resistant to return for The Force Awakens. However, it didn’t have anything to do with a lack of desire, but rather with the fact that he was worried it would be silly for him to show up and not even say anything. Hear what Abrams had to say about locking down Mark Hamill for The Force Awakens ending. Read More »

episode 8 bits

While that new Rogue One trailer grabbed all of the recent headlines, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has continued in full force. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The great Frank Oz has apparently reported to Episode 8‘s Pinewood Studios set.
  • A look at Poe Dameron’s new wardrobe.
  • Details of a “casino” scene and other potential spoilers.
  • Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson get silly on Twitter.
  • Adam Driver chats about the differences between Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams.
  • Daisy Ridley explains why Rey’s parents don’t matter.
  • A new look at the film’s Irish sets.
  • John Boyega calls Kelly Marie Tran one of Episode 8‘s leads.

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