Justice League director's cut

Remember Fanboys? It was a comedy released in 2009 following a group of friends in 1999 who decide to break into Skywalker Ranch in an attempt to steal a rough cut of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. But it’s not just because they want to see it early. The group learns that one among them has been diagnosed with cancer, and they don’t know if he’ll make it in time to see the movie. It’s a fairly cheesy comedy with some heightened elements, but it’s a fun romp for Star Wars fans.

However, it sounds like a whole new group of fans might get a similar treatment with a Fanboys sequel. Writer Adam F. Goldberg recently revealed that he’s meeting with the original film’s director Kyle Newman to discuss possibilities for Fanboys 2, and it sounds like it could focus on an attempt to steal the elusive Snyder Cut of Justice League. Read More »

obi-wan Kenobi

On the August 18, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Ben Pearson and Brad Oman join Peter Sciretta to discuss the Galaxy Quest tv show news, and in the feature presentation we are joined by filmmaker and Star Wars fanatic Kyle Newman (Fanboys, Barely Lethal) to discuss the big news that Disney is developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and in the Mail Bag we answer a question about lingering Force Awakens questions and what we want and expect from Star Wars: the Last Jedi.

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Barely Lethal trailer

Barely Lethal appears to fuse the high school movie with the actions sequences from an espionage thriller. Hailee Steinfeld is the orphaned and highly trained operative who escapes life as an agent in order to experience “normal” teen life. Samuel L. Jackson is the taskmaster who wants her back; Sophie Turner is the rival; and Jessica Alba is the enemy agent who provokes everyone into a frenzy. Check out the new Barely Lethal trailer below. Read More »

Love Carmichael Star Wars The Force Awakens

This latest Star Wars Bits might be the most jam-packed yet. Below, read about the following:

  • Kylo Ren may be on all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy packaging and those toys might be out September 4.
  • Read about 13 brand new Star Wars Lego sets including some from The Force Awakens.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will present an original Star Wars live read at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Buy cute Force Awakens inspired art prints of Finn, Rey and Poe.
  • Drew Struzan is once again rumored to be working on the Force Awakens poster.
  • Watch a five minute video about the locations of Return of the Jedi.
  • What did Oscar Isaac‘s latest costar Jessica Chastain think of The Force Awakens trailer?
  • Check out two collections coming soon of Star Wars comics published by Dark Horse.
  • ComiXology just added a ton of Star Wars content.
  • Rumor has it Marvel’s Star Wars #1 will have no less than 100 variant covers.
  • Wired figured out how fast Rey’s speeder goes in The Force Awakens.
  • BB-8 has more than meets the eye, according to rumored concept art.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game

After taking on forbidden love in Romeo & Juliet and Battle School in Ender’s Game (above), Hailee Steinfeld is ready for a real challenge: high school. Well, that and killing people.

Kyle Newman‘s upcoming action-comedy Barely Lethal stars the True Grit actress as a teen assassin who’s ready to leave her killer life behind and try her hand at a normal adolescence. Unfortunately, her former handler (Jessica Alba) has other ideas. Hit the jump to check out the first stills from the film, featuring Steinfeld, Alba, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Harrison Ford Han Solo

If J.J. Abrams really does cast Leonard Nimoy in Star Wars Episode VII, as the Star Trek actor suggests, do you think that’s more likely to heighten or defuse the Wars / Trek rivalry? Also after the jump:

  • Al Pacino explains why he said no to Han Solo
  • See Episode II in 3D at Star Wars Celebration Europe
  • Kyle Newman offers a longer cut The Return of The Return of the Jedi
  • Nerdist promotes the Star Wars: Course of the Force charity run
  • See an unused poster concept for the original Star Wars

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Jaime King Return of the Jedi

Thirty years ago this Saturday, the Star Wars trilogy came to an end. Return of the Jedi hit theaters May 25, 1983 with the kind of hype and anticipation that’s become almost standard for big movies. In 1983, however, it was not. Fans were rabid to find out the fates of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader with most assuming it would be the last time we’d see these characters on screen. The film went on to gross $252 million that summer, making it the number one movie of the year.

So much has changed since then. We’ve seen three new Star Wars movies, we’re on the eve of seeing many more, and the film itself has seen some major changes. (Jedi Rocks, the Ewok song, the addition of Hayden Christensen.) Something that hasn’t changed is our memories of Return of the Jedi.

One of the biggest Star Wars fans in Hollywood, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, put together a short documentary about those memories. It’s called The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting. Featuring interviews with Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth and Jason Mewes, the film originally played at the Entertainment Weekly Capetown Film Festival to raucous applause and, now, it’s finally online.  Read More »

Did the President’s fiscal policy help make the new trilogy a reality? Also after the jump:

  • Listen to Kyle Newman‘s Han Solo-centric radio drama
  • Who wants Tommy Wiseau to direct the new trilogy?
  • Ewan McGregor is totally willing to return as Obi-Wan
  • George Lucas is giving the Bay Area another Yoda statue
  • Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet shows off his collection

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One of the most-liked scripts on last winter’s Black List was Evan Susser and Van Robichaux‘s Chewie, about Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and his work on the Star Wars set. But whereas some of the screenplays on the compendium already had stars, producers, and directors attached, Chewie wasn’t very far along at all — and considering the no doubt complicated rights issues surrounding it, it seemed totally possible it’d never get made at all.

Turns out that was a really pessimistic way of looking at things, as Chewie is now on its way to the big screen. Not only that, it’s already off to a strong start as Fanboys director Kyle Newman has just signed on to develop the project. More details after the jump.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Controversy, casting and consensual exits are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • See a photo of how the George W. Bush head from Game of Thrones was fixed.
  • Rocker Marilyn Manson joins Showtime’s Californification.
  • Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will have an arc on the Broadway drama Smash.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will join wife Jaime King to voice a character on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Steve Carell told the Los Angeles Times why Michael Scott won’t return to The Office.
  • Elizabeth Moss suggests a possible spoiler about her Mad Men character.

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