Simon Pegg Star Wars

When director J.J. Abrams was confirmed to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before we even knew what the title for Episode VII was going to be, some fans were a little annoyed at his hiring. Abrams after all, already had a hand in rebooting Star Trek in 2009, and also directed the less-impressive sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. But it turns out Abrams isn’t the only Star Trek talent with hands in both sci-fi cookie jars.

As we know now, Simon Pegg has some kind of minor role in The Force Awakens as an unknown alien, because we saw him suited up on set in the behind the scenes reel that was revealed at Comic-Con. But Abrams has just confirmed that the Simon Pegg Star Wars connection also extends to helping shape the script, being an occasional part of the brain trust who brought ideas and insight into the story as well. Read More »

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Where are those transmissions you intercepted? What have you done with those Star Wars Bits? This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Adam Driver comments on Star Wars experience
  • New planet name from The Force Awakens revealed?
  • Catch up on Star Wars canon updates from July
  • How LucasArts fell from grace
  • Mark Hamill gives the best autographs
  • Simon Pegg ranks all the Star Wars movies

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

We’ve got more sequel bits than you can shake a stick at. After the jump:

  • Syfy’s Lavalantula sequel gets a brilliantly bad title
  • Kung Pow 2 is happening, says director Steve Oedekerk
  • The Transporter Refueled drives into IMAX theaters this fall
  • Ride Along 2 gets a PG-13 rating from the MPAA
  • Neighbors 2 and Sinister 2 get release date changes
  • Simon Pegg has an issue with the Mission: Impossible marketing
  • Tom Cruise is adamant Top Gun 2 won’t be filled with CG jets
  • Chris McQuarrie explains why he’s not doing Jack Reacher 2
  • Josh Gad gives a (jokey) tease about the Frozen 2 plot
  • Charlie Hunnam hopes Pacific Rim 2 is more character-driven
  • Idris Elba will be “interesting” and “complex” in Star Trek 3
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 unveils a new travel promo

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LEGO Star Wars

I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I’m talking about the big Star Wars Bits now. Here’s the updates we have from a galaxy far, far away this time:

  • Are three live-action Star Wars shows planned for Netflix?
  • Bob Iger has already seen The Force Awakens…mostly.
  • Simon Pegg talks his experience on The Force Awakens set.
  • Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens confirmed?
  • New LEGO Star Wars photography book coming in November.
  • Gary Whitta talks Star Wars: Rogue One writing process.
  • J.J. Abrams on pressure of directing The Force Awakens.

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Drunk Ron Weasley

Were Harry Potter a real person, he’d be turning 35 this Friday. To wish him a happy birthday, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon brought on a special guest in last night’s episode: Drunk Ron Weasley, played by Simon Pegg.

Unfortunately, Ron pretty quickly gets sidetracked, threatening to show off his “Fifty Shades of Ginger” and weeping over his recent marital woes with Hermione. Watch the Drunk Ron Weasley video after the jump.  Read More »

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

As it stands, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has no shortage of crowdpleasing stunts, twists, and turns. But as happens with every movie, there were some bits that just couldn’t make it in the final cut. During a recent interview in New York City, director Chris McQuarrie dished some details on a big moment for Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) that sadly didn’t make the cut.

Read all about the Mission Impossible 5 Benji deleted scene after the jump. Read More »

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Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile

Okay, so you’ve been hearing how great the latest Mission: Impossible film is. The film tested higher than Ghost Protocol in test screenings and even the film critics are loving it. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is currently scoring a whopping 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, which is incredible for a big budget blockbuster film. This is one of those film franchises that keeps getting better and better.

One of the things I loved about the latest installments is how much more action and screen time we see from Simon Pegg‘s character Benji Dunn. So when Paramount Pictures asked me to debut a Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile, I said yes. The video focuses on Simon Pegg’s involvement in the latest installment, showing some behind the scenes footage of Pegg on set. Watch the Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile now embedded after the jump.

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Star Trek Beyond charity video

The last video promoting the fund-raising collaboration between charitable organization Omaze and the producers and cast of Star Trek Beyond featured a walkthrough of the Enterprise set and some sweet dance moves from new Trek villain actor Idris Elba.

The new charity video is short on dancing (you’ll just see Elba in b-roll footage from the last video) but it does have quite a lot of entertaining patter from writer and co-star Simon Pegg and actor Anton Yelchin. Oh, and there’s a little art department visit with a few props and one alien head.

Check out the new Star Trek Beyond charity video below. Read More »

Daniel Craig Star Wars cameo

It’s no surprise that when a rumor pops up online about Star Wars, there’s usually no confirmation whatsoever, and denial is nearly as rare, usually only coming from the talent involved in the rumors. Meanwhile, Lucasfilm just sits quietly and lets the rumors flow.

However, one of the more interesting rumors that seemed to get solidified was the involvement of James Bond star Daniel Craig in a very minor role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was a crazy rumor back in September of 2014, but then Simon Pegg seemed to confirm it, saying that 007 would be suited up as a Stormtrooper. But now Craig has fired back and denied that claim entirely. Find out more about the Daniel Craig Star Wars cameo denial below! Read More »