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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

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For the past few years, Marvel has ruled Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Their panels have consistently had the most surprises, the most news, and the most new footage. At the end of the weekend, they’re what everyone’s usually talking about. Then 2013 happened.

Marvel once again had a strong panel, but a few hours earlier, Warner Bros. had the biggest, most awesome news by far. They announced a sequel to Man of Steel would feature Batman. Fast forward a year and we now know a lot more about the film, titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What we don’t know is what Warner Bros. has planned next for their DC properties. The subtitle “Dawn of Justice” is a not-so-subtle hint that Justice League is coming, and the rumor was Comic-Con is where an announcement of that film would happen. Plus, we heard more movies were going to be announced too.

But, maybe not. An early glimpse at the Warner Bros. Hall H panel taking place Saturday July 26 has been revealed. Peter Jackson will present The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, George Miller will bring Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Wachowskis will bring Jupiter Ascending. However, there is no mention of Batman v Superman or anything DC Comics related. Does that mean it won’t be there? No, it could be a surprise, but it’s not a good sign.

Also of note, the official Star Wars website revealed Star Wars Episode VII won’t be represented at the event, but Star Wars Rebels will be.

Read more about the Star Wars Episode VII and Batman v Superman Comic Con omissions below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 script reading

We thought it might be true, but Twitter and IMAX have now made it official. J.J. Abrams is shooting Star Wars Episode VII in IMAX. See the proof below. Read More »

star wars episode vii pip andersen

JJ Abrams held open casting calls around the globe and online to find new actors for Star Wars Episode VII, and now he’s revealed two of his choices. While Pip Andersen isn’t exactly unknown, as he is a star in the world of parkour, he’s one of the two new actors added to Episode VII. The other is Crystal Clarke, an American actress currently studying in Scotland. She’s about to make her feature debut in The Moon and the Sun, which stars Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt.

But the biggest news may be that the Episode VII shoot plans a two-week hiatus in August, to help work out issues arising from Harrison Ford’s recent leg injury. Read More »

Kevin Smith

Last week Kevin Smith posted a photo of him crying with tears of joy as he left the London set of JJ AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. The filmmaker explained that he signed an NDA and was unable to talk about his experience, but left his followers with the photo. /Film reader David B alerted me to a video of Kevin Smith’s Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, where he talks at length about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit. Watch Kevin Smith talk about his Episode 7 adventure, after the jump.

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Andy Serkis

During my marathon interview with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, I asked if he had exchanged advice with his childhood friend JJ Abrams on Star Wars, or taken any advice from him for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves admitted that he might be part of the reason Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Princess Leia Carrie Fisher

Considering the long casting process J.J. Abrams and crew went through for Star Wars Episode VII, it’s surprising some missed one simple way to get in the movie: nepotism. The latest rumor surrounding the film is that Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher, has been cast in the movie. A second rumor on top of that says that she’s playing either Leia’s daughter or, oddly, a younger version of Leia herself. We’ll explore both Billie Lourd Star Wars rumors below. Read More »

Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis

Many of us are huge Star Wars fans, and the mere thought that there’s a new film being shot right now is enough to give chills. Now go beyond that thought and daydream about visiting the set. Seeing the Millennium Falcon, touching it, learning a few pieces of information, would be a feeling that’s almost too wild to imagine. Most fans would probably have an emotional breakdown right there at Pinewood.

Kevin Smith is a long time Star Wars fan. Since Clerks, almost every one of Smith’s movies and projects has talked about the franchise, or featured some kind of fleeting reference to or influence from Star Wars. So it must have been pretty awesome for the director to travel to London and visit the set of J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII. How awesome was it? Smith broke into tears. Read More »

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