episode 9 footage

We’re only nine months away from the release of J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode 9, but Lucasfilm still hasn’t revealed the title or unveiled any official footage to the public. But the first Episode 9 footage played this morning to a select group of people during a Disney shareholder presentation, and some descriptions have made their way online. Here’s what the shareholders saw. Read More »

Brendan Fraser Auditioned for Superman

Brendan Fraser can currently be seen as the DC Comics character Robotman on the DC Universe series Doom Patrol. Well, you don’t necessarily see him since he’s just providing the voice of a, well, robot man. But long before this opportunity came along, Fraser was in line to play one of the biggest DC Comics superheroes of all time.

Back in the early 2000s, Brendan Fraser was still enjoying the success of The Mummy franchise and the various comedies he made throughout the ’90s. He was a pretty big star, and he looked like a hero. That’s how he ended up auditioning to play Superman in a movie that Brett Ratner would have directed from a script written by J.J. Abrams. He didn’t end up getting the job, but now he’s finally opened up about that opportunity and why it went away. Read More »

Zanbato movie

Guillermo del Toro hasn’t set up a live-action directing project since winning an Oscar for The Shape of Water, but it looks like that’s about to change. The filmmaker is writing and directing a movie a for Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot which is said to be about “young female ninja”, although del Toro himself has weighed in to say that’s not 100% accurate. Let’s call it an action movie for now. In any case, it’s called Zanbato, and the filmmaker has been secretly developing it for the past six years. More on the Zanbato movie below.

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Contest: Win an ‘Overlord’ 4K Blu-ray

Overlord 4K Blu-ray

Overlord, the special-effects heavy B-movie that got a major release, is headed to Blu-ray this week. If you’d like to bring home this action-horror-sci-fi flick full of Nazi zombie mayhem, stamped with J.J. Abrams‘ seal of approval, we have some good news. We’re giving away a few copies of the Overlord 4K Blu-ray, and you could be a lucky winner.

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JJ Abrams Funko POP

Funko already has countless collectible vinyl figures for almost every movie, TV show, video game, sports team, and more. But the one arena where Funko is only just starting to tap into is the directors and creators of film and television. Alfred Hitchcock was given a black and white collectible figure, and Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff got a two-pack of their own. Now someone with accolades on both the big and small screen is getting a Funko POP, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director and LOST creator J.J. Abrams.

Check out the JJ Abrams Funko POP figure below. Read More »

time's up challenge

2018 saw a dramatic dip in female directors working in Hollywood — an already low-statistic that can’t afford to take any more hits. This in spite of the work of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements that have taken Hollywood by storm, making accountable the powerful men and abusers who had eluded justice before.

But it’s not enough just to call out abusers, Hollywood needs to prop up underrepresented women as well. That’s what the new Time’s Up Challenge is about: encouraging Hollywood’s movers and shakers to work with a female director in the next 18 months. Proposed by Tessa Thompson, the challenge is called the #4PercentChallenge, based on the measly fraction of women who have directed the top 100 studio films in the last decade, and has already been accepted by dozens of directors, producers, writers, and actors.

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Star Wars Episode 9 Crew Gift

We’re over a week into 2019, and we still don’t have a teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 9. Word on the street is that might change sooner than later, but at this point, who knows when director J.J. Abrams wants to start opening the mystery box to let some secrets out.

In the meantime, it looks like a gift given to crew members may have revealed a new detail about one of the locations featured in Star Wars Episode 9. However, the source of this latest reveal also raises another mysterious question. This revelation comes from a Star Wars Episode 9 crew gift that was regifted for Christmas to a Reddit user by someone who actually worked on the set. But diving into the new details may be considered a spoiler for some people, so proceed at your own risk. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Filming continues on Star Wars: Episode 9 over at Pinewood Studios in London, but even as Lucasfilm and Disney’s grip on spoilers for the film tightens, rumors inevitably make their way back across the pond. A few new Star Wars Episode 9 rumors suggest plot details that could fly in the face of the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi or further expand the universe in ways we don’t expect.

Let’s dive into those rumors below and beware of potential spoilers.

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Star Wars Episode 9 set

Writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith has visited J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode 9 set, and he hated every second of it. “It was dumb,” Smith said of the set. “I looked around, shrugged my shoulders, and said, ‘This is the best you got?’ I interrupted J.J. in the middle of a take and just said, ‘Hey man, thanks for the invite, but this sucks. I’m outta here.'”

I’m kidding, of course. Smith, as rabid a Star Wars fan as you’ll ever find, brought back several tidbits from his travels to the film’s London set, and they’re all overwhelmingly positive – including how he witnessed a performance that drove him to tears. Watch him recount his visit in a video below.

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Bad Robot movies

In an unusual move for the typically-secretive company, J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions has announced six new films are in development, including a possession film and a time travel movie. How many of these are actually secret Cloverfield movies? All of them! (I’m kidding, we have no idea.)

But the one I’m the most excited about is a thriller written by Megan Amram, the writer behind some of the best and funniest shows on television. Learn more about these upcoming Bad Robot movies below. Read More »