LeVar Burton has some issues with J.J. Abrams‘ attitude toward the Star Trek franchise, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with that Star Wars gig. Also after the jump:

  • Producer Joe Roth talks a bit about Alice in Wonderland 2
  • Transformers 4 will be darker and grittier, says Mark Wahlberg
  • Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison is a “warrior” like Nero
  • Steve Carell thinks it’s better that Anchorman 2 took so long
  • Sofia Vergara literally has a killer bod in the Machete Kills poster
  • Kermit gets a doppelganger or two in The Muppets… Again
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation unveils new character-centric featurettes

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J.J. Abrams‘ flip-flop in regards to Star Wars Episode VII certainly felt like a Jedi Mind Trick (thanks to Blastr for the above image) and the rest of today’s Star Wars Bits also cover both ends of the spectrum. Movies and games, positive and negative. Read about the following below:

  • Star Wars fan filmmaker Michael “Dorkman” Scott writes an open letter to J.J. Abrams.
  • Star Trek star Chris Pine is fine with Abrams switching franchises, as long as he comes back for Star Trek 3.
  • Warwick Davis says if he’s cast in Star Wars Episode VII, it would be historic.
  • An update to Star Wars Angry Birds called Escape From Hoth is now available. Read More »

There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:

  • Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
  • Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
  • The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
  • WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
  • Flip through more images from Before Midnight

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With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:

  • Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
  • Ricky GervaisLife’s Too Short will end this season
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
  • NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
  • Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
  • Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
  • Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
  • Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
  • Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
  • Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons

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Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was never the obvious choice to direct Star Wars Episode VII, but thanks to reports that he’d met with Lucasfilm producers, he’s been rumored to be in the running for the past several weeks. While Trevorrow’s never confirmed that he was in the mix, he hasn’t explicitly denied it, either. Until now.

“It’s not going to be me for Episode VII, and I can’t believe I’ve actually had to come out and say that,” the filmmaker told THR. “That was the most shocking thing, like around the dinner table when I was 8, I had to assure everyone that it wasn’t me, but now actually for real. But there are a lot of things that have come up that are a lot of exciting opportunities that have come up because of this.”

Technically, that statement still leaves the door open for Episodes VIII and IX, neither of which have directors either at this point. Or, a more cynical interpretation could be that he’s purposely avoiding squelching the rumors completely, since — as he himself says above — the Star Wars buzz has been helpful for his career. In any case, it seems we can cross him off the list of possible Star Wars helmers for now.

After the jump, a Once Upon a Time star would love to see Star Wars come to Storybrooke, and Warwick Davis says Ewoks are misunderstood.

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So much for Beetlejuice being a reboot and not a remake. Now writer Seth Grahame-Smith it’s not a reboot either, but a straight-up sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Madagascar 3 gets a cute new poster to go with its cute new trailer
  • There’s a teaser for the upcoming teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
  • Maggie Grace talks Taken 2 and not fixing things that aren’t broken
  • Warwick Davis does not want a Leprechaun remake, but he has an idea for a sequel

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My feelings about Ricky Gervais have become more complex than they once were as some of his comedy and general public statements have veered into mean-spirited territory over the past year or two. But he can still deliver and/or enable a very biting and hilarious sort of comedy, as evidenced by clips from Life’s Too Short, the show he is doing with Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant.

The last time we saw anything from the show Gervais was being berated by Johnny Depp. This time, Liam Neeson shows up to announce that he wants to break into comedy. The attempts at comedy that ensue are dreadfully unfunny. Which means, ironically, that they are hilarious. Check out the five-minute clip below. Read More »

VOTD: Johnny Depp Isn’t Very Happy With Ricky Gervais

OK, fine, Johnny Depp isn’t really upset with Ricky Gervais. But in this preview from Life’s Too Short, the new show Gervais, Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant are doing for the BBC, we watch as Davis introduces Depp to Gervais. Thanks to a few jokes made as Gervais hosted the Golden Globes, the conversation doesn’t go very well. But Tim Allen will be happy to know that someone has his back, I expect. Check out the clip below. Read More »

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