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Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is ready to invite you in. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie, which chronicles the goings-on at a fancy hotel, like friendship, young love, art theft, and possibly — gasp! — murder. Check it out after the jump.

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Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists


What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.

We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »

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More people throw their hats into the Episode VII casting ring, some more sincerely than others, while George Lucas tries to get moving on his next, non-Star Wars-related endeavor. After the jump:

  • Could this guy be the new Chewbacca?
  • Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme “auditions” for Star Wars
  • J.J. Abrams says Episode VII won’t be Disney-fied
  • George Lucas‘s museum could move to Chicago
  • Jason Christman and Nick Scurfield debut new prints
  • Star Wars Pinball reveals another new trailer
  • Look for a Star Wars Rebels teaser on Monday

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Saoirse Ronan How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan was the first actor to let the cat out of the bag about auditioning for Star Wars Episode VII. The Hanna actress freely admitted she auditioned for a part and added that “everyone” was auditioning for the film.

If she could go back in time, the actress probably wouldn’t have said that. But she did. It’s out there. And in a new interview Ronan not only admits it again, she spoke about the actual process. Here’s a tease: “I had so much fun pretending to take out a lightsaber.”

Is she continuing to talk about this because she’s didn’t get the part? Or is she talking about it because she’s close, and wants to gauge fan reaction? Read her quote and discuss below. Read More »


One casting rumor is confirmed while another one pops up. In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, read about the following:

  • Saoirse Ronan confirms she’s read for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton also is rumored to have read.
  • The success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have breathed new life into a Star Wars TV series.
  • Disney uses Star Wars to launch a new parks campaign.
  • Check out a concept drawing from Return of the Jedi.

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Rumor: Saoirse Ronan Circling ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Another day, another Star Wars rumor. Unlike the talk about Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, however, this one involves someone who’s never worked with J.J. Abrams before.

According to a new report, Saoirse Ronan has read for a role in Episode VII. “Has read for” is a long way off from “finalized a deal for,” but personally, I’d love to see this one pan out. Hit the jump for more details on her potential casting — as well as the latest update to the Cumberbatch story.

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How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan has already seen the world end once this year, in the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. But in How I Live Now, the new drama by The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin MacDonald, the enemy isn’t invading aliens, but bitter humankind.

The Irish actress plays American gal Daisy, who’s sent to stay with distant relatives in the English countryside when World War III breaks out. Though she initially feels out of place, she eventually warms to her cousins and even strikes up a romance with one of them, the handsome Edmond (George MacKay). With Daisy’s aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) stuck in Oslo thanks to the war, the kids enjoy an idyllic freedom for a time.

But as the conflict worsens, soldiers arrive at their remote farm and take the kids away, splitting the boys and girls apart. Daisy struggles to survive and, eventually, reunite with her cousins. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Want to see more of that unused 1989 Batman poster? Would Saoirse Ronan like to appear in The Avengers 2? What’s going on with Nick Fury on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Did you see a digital Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3? Are superhero movies good date movies? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »


Byzantium may be the year’s ultimate horror movie, because it is about a girl who is sixteen years old forever, and I can’t think of many things more horrible than spending eternity in that transitional phase.

Saoirse Ronan plays a woman who appears to be young, but in fact is a vampire, and has been since she was sixteen… which was a couple hundred years ago. Her mother, played by Gemma Arterton, is also a vampire, and they must periodically flee to a new safe haven. The film finds them settling into a dilapidated coastal town, but secrets are revealed, and trouble brews.

Neil Jordan directs from a script by Moira Buffini, and Byzantium looks like it is cut straight from the cloth Jordan used for films such as Interview With the Vampire and The Company of Wolves. Jordan’s visuals, captured by Hunger and Shame cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, are lovely, and this first US trailer presents them well. Read More »