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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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 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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Star Wars Episode VIII Set Photo

With the exception of some sneaky spy photos from a few different shooting locations for Star Wars: Episode VIII, we haven’t seen much from the sequel so far. An announcement of production showed off the return to Skellig Michael with Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempting to hand off the lightsaber MacGuffin from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but we don’t know what’s going to happen when we return to that moment right at the beginning of Episode VIII.

Now a new photo from Pinewood Studios has been revealed by Mark Hamill himself, in honor of Daisy Ridley’s birthday. Sadly, it doesn’t show us anything from the actual set, but it does recreate a very familiar pairing from The Empire Strikes Back, one that Luke Skywalker is all too familiar with on a little planet called Dagobah. See the Star Wars Episode VIII photo from the set below. Read More »

Batman The Killing Joke Featurette

At Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the iconic Batman comic book storyline The Killing Joke was being turned into an animated movie. Just recently it was officially confirmed that Batman: The Animated Series stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would be reprising their roles as Batman and The Joker respectively for the project, complete with executive producer Bruce Timm on board. Now we finally get to see the pages of this controversial storyline in motion as a new featurette has surfaced that dives into the legacy of  Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel and also gives us a first look at the movie itself.

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If you’re looking for the latest news on all things Star Wars: Episode 8, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The nature of Laura Dern‘s character has been revealed.
  • A look at a stunt being shot on the Dubrovnik set.
  • Andy Serkis can’t talk about Episode 8 because he hasn’t read the script.
  • Details on two of the film’s Irish locations.
  • Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill goof around on Twitter.

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