Star Wars Force Awakens trailer 2

Next week, the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be revealed. You can read more about that here. It’ll then be in theaters with Avengers: Age of Ultron. But what, specifically, will the trailer feature? MakingStarWars has a very intriguing list of images they believe are going to appear in the trailer. If it’s true, this is going to be insane. Read the Force Awakens trailer 2 details below.

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UPDATE: We spoke to Isaac and he clarified the intentions of his quote. Original story follows.

If J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm were a bit more open about who and what the characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were, what follows might not be news. But right now, even though we know Oscar Isaac plays a character named Poe Dameron, we don’t know who that is. We’ve heard some rumors, and those rumors are that he’s very important to the sequel trilogy; the Han Solo of the younger generation. But those are just rumors. The fact of the matter is we don’t know who or what is important to this trilogy of films.

In a new interview, Isaac discussed Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. His quote, albeit brief, could be construed as a spoiler for anyone avoiding info on who or what makes it to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the Poe Dameron Episode 8 quote below, but proceed with caution.

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new Ex Machina trailer

Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter and producer Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) may be the antidote for your original sci-fi blues. At least that’s what the response in the film’s run in the UK and other countries suggests, and what the very positive reviews out of SXSW seem to indicate. The film went over particularly well in its US debut at the festival last weekend.

Garland has crafted a film in which a programmer and a CEO, played by Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac test, and are tested by Ava (Alicia Vikander), a powerful artificial intelligence. The film sounds like the next step in an evolutionary ladder that goes from Frankenstein to Blade Runner, and you can see a new Ex Machina trailer below.   Read More »

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Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron takes a starring role in this latest Star Wars Bits, but there’s much more too. Below read about the following:

  • Does Star Wars Episode VIII have a Japanese component?
  • Read a great history of what Rogue One actually means.
  • The Rogue One trademark contains the words “Star Wars.”
  • Find out when each of the shots in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser take place in the movie.
  • Domhnall Gleeson forgot we knew the name “Poe Dameron” in this interview. Proceeds to freak out.
  • Find out a bit more about Poe Dameron’s X-Wing.
  • The author of Star Wars: Aftermath has been revealed.
  • Learn some of the Luke Skywalker revelations in Heir to the Jedi.
  • Will we see Star Wars Battlefront at Star Wars Celebration?

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Ex Machina

The subject of A.I. (and/or the singularity) is one ripe for cinematic exploration, and explore it we have — in Her, in Transcendence, in Chappie, in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator: Genisys. But as that list shows, the actual quality of those films has been all over the map.

Happily, Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina seems to fall on the higher end of the spectrum. After years of writing haunting sci-fi scripts for other people, Garland finally makes his directorial debut with this simple story about two men (Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson) and a beautiful but slippery A.I. (Alicia Vikander). Get the Ex Machina early buzz from SXSW after the jump.  Read More »

Ex Machina

Before Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson go gallivanting about some galaxy far, far away, they’ll be tangling with robots right here on planet Earth. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina has Gleeson playing Caleb, a programmer selected to help his company’s CEO Nathan (Isaac) test his new artificial intelligence experiment Ava (Alicia Vikander).

At first all seems well, with Ava impressing both men. But as in every AI movie ever made, things don’t quite turn out the way the guys expected. Watch the new Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

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This edition of Star Wars Bits jumps all over the timeline. Below, read about the following:

  • Own the first ever autographed cast photo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Oscar Isaac says he’s “in the dark” about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Dave Filoni offers a fascinating look at the development of Star Wars Rebels
  • See some images from a new Star Wars poster book.
  • Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
  • What locations does the Millennium Falcon show up at in The Force Awakens?
  • A fascinating, new rumor has surfaced about Luke Skywalker‘s role in The Force Awakens.

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POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2015 Hollywood Issue Cover

Vanity Fair Hollywood issue 2015

We’re at the height of Oscar season madness right now, and so right on cue Vanity Fair has come out with their annual Hollywood issue. Each year they collect the industry’s best, brightest, and prettiest, shove them into designer tuxes and thousand-dollar dresses, and crowd them all in for a fancy class photo.

This year, the group includes four current Academy Award nominees, two Jupiter Ascending actors, two future superheroes, one Star Wars star, and one former People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. See the full image after the jump. Read More »

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A Most Violent Year is a slow burn of a film, primarily centered around a simple land deal that entrepreneur Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to put together to sustain and grow his young oil business. Yet somehow, writer/director J.C. Chandor is able to up the stakes until they are almost unbearably tense. What hangs in the balance is not merely Morales’ business and the future of his family, but also his sense of self, his moral center. If you extrapolate it further, the film becomes and indictment of American capitalism, in the same way that films like Nightcrawler did in 2014.

With some beautiful cinematography from Bradford Young and some dynamite performances from the leads, A Most Violent Year manages to be haunting, wistful, and unforgettable. Hit the jump to see my full video review of the film.

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