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You’re in luck today because there’s a whole bunch of great information in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are first actors confirmed for Star Wars Celebration.
  • Matthew Vaughn would love to direct a Star Wars movie.
  • Watch J.J. Abrams accept a visual effects award, mention directing Star Wars.
  • Mackenzie Davis was reportedly also up for the Star Wars standalone.
  • Three major characters are rumored to appear in the Star Wars Rebels Season Two premiere.
  • Mark Hamill did a great Don’t Talk PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse.
  • Marvel’s Princess Leia comic has over 250,000 pre-orders; See a few new covers.
  • John Boyega talks about Star Wars: The Force Awakens excitement.
  • Female Stormtroopers are canon.
  • A small update on the production status of the Star Wars standalone.
  • Billy Dee Williams thinks he’ll appear in a new Star Wars movie.
  • Could Han Solo appear in Star Wars Rebels?
  • See a homemade Millennium Falcon drone.
  • Get a glimpse of what Princess Leia’s outfit might look like in The Force Awakens.

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One of the things I love about films by Matthew Vaughn is the sense of fun. In everything from Layer Cake to Stardust, X-Men First Class and especially Kick-Ass, Vaughn takes a film you think will be one way and spins it into something more. His latest, Kingsman: The Secret Service, looks to continue the trend. A spy film on the surface, it features superhuman feats of action, humor and violence that give it a distinctly unrealistic, comic book feel.

A “comic book feel” is not a phrase used to describe the Christopher Nolan Batman films. In fact, many think they’re the best comic book movies ever specifically because they reject a “comic book” style. Each film is very rooted in reality, and that means they get pretty dark.

In a new interview, Vaughn takes aim at those films. He believes films like Guardians of the Galaxy prove that audiences are no longer interested in superhero films like the ones from Nolan. Do you believe him? Read the Matthew Vaughn Christopher Nolan quotes below. Read More »

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Now that the buzz surrounding Spectre has calmed down a bit, it’s time to check in on 2015’s other action-packed thriller about a suave British spy with a taste for finely tailored suits and outrageously advanced gadgets. Fox has just released a new red-band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a secret agent who recruits a street kid (Taron Egerton) into the service.

Matthew Vaughn is directing the film based on a Mark Millar comic, and we all remember how much fun we had the last time that happened. Kingsman: The Secret Service seems to be cut from the same crazy, bloody, “fuck”-filled cloth. Watch the Kingsman The Secret Service red band trailer after the jump. Read More »

Ready Player One director

If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.

Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.

Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »

Ghostgirl movie

Tonya Hurley has written five novels about a teen girl whose problems with adolescence are complicated by the fact that she is also dead, and now the first book is en route to the big screen. The Ghostgirl movie is being guided into movie form by Kick-Ass and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, who is producing along with Valerie Van Galder. Read More »

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With all the release date shuffling Matthew Vaughn‘s latest film has endured, one could assume it is no good. The film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, had multiple release dates before settling on February 13, 2015 in the U.S. Usually that’s a sign of weakness, but perhaps not in this case. Based on a comic written by Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service has begun screening for critics and fans in the UK and the buzz is as if the film never moved a muscle. It seems Vaughn has made a film that’s very much in line with Kick Ass, but with bigger action, bigger stars and even bigger possibility for franchising.

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