Sleight

Sleight hits theaters this week, and I loved this film when I saw it at Sundance last year. A few weeks back I sat down with director J.D. Dillard for an interview. We talk about how he started as a receptionist at J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus how the idea of Sleight came about, the fun and horrors of shooting a film on a super small budget, and his filmmaker aspirations. We also geek out over Matt Reeves’ Planet of the Apes reboots and briefly discuss his future projects: a mysterious project set up at Bad Robot, The Fly remake and his upcoming Blumhouse horror/thriller Sweetheart. We also talk about the possibility of a Sleight sequel.

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star wars episode 9 not written by rian johnson

With a different director from sequel to sequel, it would have been great synergy for Lucasfilm to get the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi to write the script treatment to its follow-up, Star Wars Episode 9. In fact, that’s what was reported back in June 2014, when it was announced that Rian Johnson would create a treatment upon which Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly would build the movie.

But alas, that was not meant to be, as Johnson himself confirmed that he has taken no part in the Star Wars Episode 9 treatment.

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Star Wars Original Cuts - Return of the Jedi

Every now and then a new rumor emerges that the original cuts of Star Wars are on the verge of getting a home video release without all the Special Edition modifications George Lucas has made over the years, some of which were made even after the new version of the movies hit theaters in 1997. Sadly, fans are always left disappointed when it doesn’t come true.

Due to issues with the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the supposed difficulty of getting the original versions in a format that can easily be converted to a high-definition video format, it might be a lost cause. But even if there was the possibility of making it happen, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy seems to indicate that she doesn’t want to mess with what George Lucas has already done to the original Star Wars trilogy. Read More »

luke skywalker's necklace

Let’s get started by laying our cards on the table. Yes, this is all rumor and speculation and if that kind of thing makes you roll your eyes, feel free to do so and move on. That’s fine. That’s cool. However, if you like picking through clues and tidbits and stories that may or may not be total B.S. because doing so is fun…welcome. Let’s take a look at the latest story surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which involves Luke Skywalker’s Jedi jewelry…which may be more than it appears.

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Sam Esmail Writing Star Wars

As of now, there are Star Wars movies scheduled through the summer of 2019. Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo spin-off starring Alden Ehrenreich takes Star Wars back to summer on May 25, 2018, and then Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on May 23, 2019. Anything after that is unknown, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what Disney and Lucasfilm have in mind. But now we may have a line on who will be writing one of the movies coming after 2019.

A new rumor says that Lucasfilm has been meeting with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail to write an upcoming installment of the Star Wars Story spin-off movies that tell standalone stories in the Star Wars universe like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In addition, there is even word on what the project might be. Find out more about the Mr Robot creator writing Star Wars after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Harrison Ford says watching the Han Solo movie will be weird.
  • Will the Han Solo movie feature a certain prequel character?
  • Could Jar Jar Binks show up in Star Wars Battlefront II?
  • Why did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side?
  • John Boyega practically confirms a few cameos.
  • Gold Leader drops an f-bomb.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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Rogue One - Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

There are plenty of dedicated Star Wars fans out there who pour money into creating intricate, detailed costumes that allow them to dress up as their favorite characters. There are even more technically skilled fans who have been able to build working versions of droids like R2-D2. But how does a fan build a droid like K-2SO?

The reprogrammed Imperial droid from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t the kind of droid brought to life by a man in a suit like C-3PO, and it’s not the kind of droid that can easily be built so that it can be operated from inside or with remote control lie R2-D2. But one fan didn’t want to give up on his dream of creating a build of K-2SO to show off at conventions, so he embarked on creating a life-size K-2SO puppet, and even though it’s not quite finished, it’s still impressive as hell. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Finn

In this edition of The Last Jedi Bits:

  • The controversy surrounding Kylo Ren’s scar.
  • The mines on the film’s new planet, Crait.
  • Tons of Photoshopped jokes involving The Last Jedi poster.
  • Finn and Poe’s ongoing bromance.
  • Was that Yoda in a brief shot in the trailer?
  • And more!

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Star Wars Land at Night

We are only two years away from being able to step inside the Star Wars galaxy in Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Star Wars-themed lands. This past week, we have learned a lot about Star Wars Land‘s highly immersive experience, including how your own personal interactive story will follow around the land and the possibility of a fully immersive resort hotel experience that would allow you to sleep and live on a starship.

A new Bloomberg article focusing on Disney World’s upcoming Avatar-themed land gives us a few new details about the Star Wars experience and it sounds awfully cool.

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