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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 »

violentyear

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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Apocalpyse costume

Casting an amazing actor like Oscar Isaac in a superhero movie is always a great idea, even when you don’t get to see him. Isaac is playing Apocalypse in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Apocalypse, a character that – as you can see from the image above – doesn’t really have many human looking qualities. He’s alien, he’s got this huge costume, you’d think Isaac would be unrecognizable as the character. However, we’ve already seen a glimpse of his younger self in Days of Future Past so there’s no guarantee that the film version of Apocalypse will be similar to the comic book version.

In a new interview, Isaac talked a bit about the look of his character, Apocalypse. He admitted that while there will be some digital effects, large parts of it will be physical too. Read Isaac’s Apocalypse costume quotes below. Read More »

Star Wars Detours

“Secrecy” is the word of the day in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, find out how two different stars are handling it, and learn hints of several things shrouded in secrecy, as well as the following:

  • The animated series Star Wars Detours might come out later this year.
  • The Star Wars Rebels finale is a “home run.”
  • Domhnall Gleeson talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens secrecy.
  • The cast of Girls has tried to make Adam Driver spill Force Awakens secrets.
  • Read the first few pages of Marvel’s Star Wars #1.
  • So, exactly how do you pronounce “Poe Dameron?”
  • See an official, Japanese Star Wars banner.
  • “Tri-Wing Fighter” concept art from The Force Awakens described.

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Oscar Isaac has a message for Star Wars theorists out there: You’re wrong. In a new interview, one of the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens says that most of the theories based on the first trailer for the film “couldn’t be more far off-base.” And while you’d love to believe him, I wonder just how deep into the online speculation he’s dug. Read more from Isaac and about these claims below. Read More »