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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Split in Two

On the February 20, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.

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predator comic

Dark Horse has made a habit of turning unused screenplays into comics. They previously adapted William Gibson’s Alien 3, and recently announced plans for Alien: The Original ScreenplayNow they’re adding an Alien-adjacent title to the line-up: Predator. The five-issue Predator comic will adapt the unused 1987 screenplay for the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

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the batman costume

Since Robert Pattinson stepped into the cape and cowl, it was clear that Matt Reeves‘ The Batman would follow a younger Caped Crusader. But just how early? We still know very few details about the plot of The Batman, but previous reports suggested that the film would show the early days of Batman’s career, barring the origin story that we’ve already seen dozens of times before. Now a new tweet from Reeves hints that The Batman will draw inspiration from one of the most iconic depictions of Batman’s early career: Frank Miller’s acclaimed comic book Batman: Year One.

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Hunters Showrunner Interview

Al Pacino takes on his first streaming television series in Amazon’s new series Hunters. He plays Meyer Offerman, a Holocaust survivor leading a team of Nazi hunters in 1977 New York. While David Weil created the series, he shares showrunner duties with Nikki Toscano. Toscano comes from shows like 24: Legacy, Shades of Blue, State of Affairs, Revenge and Bates Motel. Jordan Peele’s company Monkeypaw Productions produces Hunters.

Toscano spoke with /Film by phone this week about the show’s stylistic flair, its provocative themes, and the basics of its production. Hunters premieres Friday, February 21 on Amazon. 

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ahsoka tano dead

Ahsoka Tano is one of the most popular new characters to emerge from the Star Wars animated universe — with one of the coolest character designs. So why hasn’t she made it to the big screen? Well, she sort-of has with a sight unseen cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but in a way that devastated fans of the character. However, Dave Filoni, Ahsoka’s creator and the mastermind behind the acclaimed Star Wars animated series like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, suggests that Ahsoka’s apparent fate as hinted by her voice cameo in The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t spell out her doom, as many had assumed.

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Hollywood Netflix

The always-busy Ryan Murphy has a new Netflix series debuting this May. It’s called Hollywood, and it’s set in post-World War II Tinseltown, following a group of aspiring film folk looking for their big break. The series features Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Patti LuPone, and more. It also includes real-life figures from the era, including Rock Hudson.

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peninsula

Train to Busan took the world by storm when the zombie horror hit debuted in 2016, spawning an animated prequel from director Yeon Sang-ho and the inevitable English-language remake. Now it seems like it will spawn a bonafide horror franchise over in South Korea, with Yeon directing a Train to Busan follow-up called Peninsula. But unlike many horror follow-ups, this won’t be a direct sequel.

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westworld season 3 trailer full

The full Westworld season 3 trailer is here, and it looks…big. Not only big, but different. The series is clearly about to go in a much different direction for its third season, taking the characters – and us, the viewers – far beyond the park and into the real world. That brings with it a whole new set of complications for the inhabitants of this show, as you can see below.

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Animatronic Baby Yoda Toy

America demands more Baby Yoda merch, and that’s what they’re getting. Hasbro just unleashed details on a whole slew of Star Warsrelated merch, including an robotic Baby Yoda toy which moves around, makes noise, and may or may not gain sentience one day and come after you, Chucky-style. There’s also a Baby Yoda-themed Operation game, a Mandalorian version of Trouble, and more.

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Mandalorian Behind-the-Scenes Video

It’s hard to believe, but much of The Mandalorian was, well, not real. Not physically, anyway. The series employed a relatively new technology called StageCraft, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment that moves with the camera. It’s kind of like green screen, but better – and far more advanced. A new The Mandalorian behind-the-scenes video shows off just how this works in all its impressive glory.

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