G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Spin-Off

Over the weekend, producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura spoke to /Film about the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. Since DiBonaventura is also the producer of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe franchise, we asked him about the upcoming Snake Eyes spin-off film.

Announced in May, the Snake Eyes movie found its director in Robert Schwentke just last week. Still in question was whether Ray Park, who portrayed Snake Eyes in both live-action G.I. Joe films, would reprise the role.

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Solo A Star Wars Story Cameo

Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is out on home video (on digital download, with a Blu-ray and DVD release this week), the folks over at Lucasfilm are diving into the making of the film. That includes revealing several pieces of concept art with drastically different designs for a certain surprise cameo in the movie that completely caught fans off guard. Find out more about the thought process and alternate designs for that Solo A Star Wars Story cameo below. Read More »

Solo deleted scene

Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on digital home video this week, so some of its bonus features are beginning to make their way online. We have two Solo deleted scenes for you to watch below: one features Han Solo facing the consequences of crashing a TIE Fighter, and the other involves Han and Chewie getting in a snowball fight. Plus, actor Ray Park talks more about his top-secret cameo as Maul.
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Darth Maul Solo Cameo

When Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters back in May, fans thought they had anticipated most of finer points of the origin story for one of the most charming and skilled smugglers in the galaxy. Of course Han Solo was going to meet Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, get in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, make some wisecracks, get into trouble, double cross someone. It’s all standard in the life of a smuggler. But the end of the movie featured one shocking surprise that no one was expecting.

Find out about this surprising cameo after the jump, but beware of major spoilers. Read More »

Ray Park Solo interview

Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t land with quite the splash that Disney and Lucasfilm wanted, but one moment that was a big hit with fans was the secret cameo of Darth Maul, embodied once again by actor Ray Park.

I had a chance to catch up with Park in advance of Solo‘s home video release, and he told us about Lucasfilm’s hardcore secrecy, shooting that sequence, working with actor Sam Witwer (who provides the character’s voice), and more. Plus, he even showed us a few lightsaber moves and shared a story about filming the iconic lightsaber duel at the end of The Phantom Menace. Check out our Ray Park Solo interview below. Read More »

Palpatine

The big Star Wars Episode VII story coming out of D23 this weekend was that there was no big Star Wars Episode VII story. To the disappointment of many, the studio chose not to reveal any new info at all during the event. But luckily for those craving a bit of Star Wars gossip, we have some rumor and news coming from other corners of the world. After the jump:

  • Ian McDiarmid is rumored to return for Episode VII
  • Meanwhile, Ray Park is hoping he’ll get asked back too
  • George Lucas and his wife welcome a baby daughter

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Shakespeare Star Wars

A confirmed filming location for Star Wars Episode VII, a possible actor for the film, two new languages and even a national award. This edition of Star Wars Bits is everywhere. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VII is confirmed to shoot at Pinewood Studios. 
  • Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan hinted he might be up for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Gamers can now play as an Ewok in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has been dubbed into Navajo.
  • Ray Park would love to reprise the role of Darth Maul.
  • George Lucas is going to be given the National Medal of Arts.
  • Darth Vader is once again a spokesperson, this time for Pringles.
  • A new book has translated Star Wars into Shakespeare; see a trailer.

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This past weekend, Paramount brought footage from the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation to Harry Knowles’ annual 24-hour movie marathon in Austin, TX. I wasn’t in attendance, but the consensus on the Joe footage, which featured that mountainside ninja battle, was easy to read: everyone I talked to said the sequence had some of the best post-converted 3D they’d seen. Many films and quite a few clips of upcoming releases were screened at BNAT14, but the Retaliation footage created more positive talk than some other new stuff did. Doesn’t mean the movie is a winner, necessarily, but it sounds like the 3D conversion was a success.

You won’t get to see that 3D online, but this new trailer for the March release does show some new footage. It also includes slightly more of Channing Tatum than any previous trailer for the film has — whether that is due to the reported beefing-up of his role in the movie still isn’t something we know at this point. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Lots to see in today’s Sequel Bits, including a DVD featurette, a blooper reel, a TV spot, posters, and a (not at all revealing) set photo. After the jump:

  • Another new TV spot debuts for Men in Black 3
  • Gary Busey goes nuts in Piranha 3DD outtakes
  • Watch a featurette from the Underworld: Awakening DVD
  • Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto tweet wrapping Star Trek 2
  • Check out the Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters
  • Donnie Yen is set to return for Ip Man 3D
  • Who wants to be an extra on Atlas Shrugged Part 2?

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer

Cinemacon delivered a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this week, and now a new international trailer features a great deal of new footage. It’s pretty much entirely big, cheesy stuff in which the betrayed Joes battle the devious forces of Cobra with high tech and charming brawn, the latter courtesy of The Rock and Bruce Willis.

But like most of the other footage from Jon M. Chu‘s sequel, it looks like it might be just as entertaining as it is fluffy. Is it possible that Chu has his the sweet spot for summer movies with this cartoonish action film? Let’s hope. Check out the new stuff below. Read More »