the mandalorian

Just a day ago, the news broke that Jon Favreau‘s mystery Star Wars TV series would be titled The Mandalorian and follow the escapades of a lone gunfighter on the Outer Rim planet of Mandalore.

Along with the title, the star-studded roster of episode directors were announced, including Star Wars stalwarts like Dave FiloniThor Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi, and two of the first female directors for a Star Wars live-action project. Now, more information has been released about which episodes these high-profile directors will helm.

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the mandalorian

Production on the Star Wars live-action television series has officially begun and we have our first look at Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which is being produced for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Hit the jump to learn more about The Mandalorian.

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The Meg

A couple of weeks back, I sat down with filmmaker Jon Turteltaub to talk about his new movie, The Meg. In the discussion, we talk about how the filmmaker earned a credit on one of Taika Waititi‘s early films, his ambitions to make a Marvel or Star Wars movie, transitioning into making a horror movie with jump scares, cinematic inspirations for The Meg, the existence of the real Megladon, the possibility of Meg sequels, where to draw the line between logic and fun in a big blockbuster, the possibility of National Treasure 3, and the It’s A Small World movie he’s developing.

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When a Marvel Studios movie is set to hit theaters, we often times get the opportunity to sit down in a room with the man responsible for it all and ask him anything we want about that film and the future of the company. With Ant-Man and The Wasp, it was strangely different than past conversations with Kevin Feige, as the whole Marvel Universe is in flux following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and this Ant-Man sequel is one of the most standalone stories Marvel has created to date. There is a reason Marvel isn’t having a presentation at Comic-Con this year – there isn’t much to reveal at this time as it all hinges on the next couple films.

Our conversation began with us talking about Taika Waititi‘s production office decor of E.T., and continued on through Star Wars rumors, the Quantum Realm, de-aging technology and the idea of using it for prequels, how Marvel planned Ant-Man and the Wasp alongside Infinity War, the possibility of Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: Far From Home, how they plan on marketing the Spider-Man sequel before the release of Avengers 4, how involved with Feige be with the Disney Streaming service, designing sets with theme park adaptations in mind, playing with audiences expectations, and how they shot that after credits scene.

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wellington paranormal trailer

The clueless cops from What We Do in the Shadows have their own TV series now: Wellington Paranormal. The series hails from Shadows creators and stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, and is set to hit New Zealand TV next month. No U.S. home for the show has been announced yet, and I need that to change immediately. Watch the Wellington Paranormal trailer below.

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Taika Waititi Funko POP Figure

Just yesterday, Aquaman and The Conjuring director James Wan was added to the small but growing line-up of filmmakers who have been lucky enough to be immortalized as Funko POP! vinyl figures. The figure had James Wan’s signature pink streaked hair, but now he’s no longer the coolest Funko POP on the block.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who has also brought us the phenomenal films Eagle vs Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, is the latest to get his own Funko POP! as an exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con. And as you can see, he’s dress in his signature, godlike pineapple short and shirt set. Read More »

jojo rabbit cast

The cast of Taika Waititi‘s World War II comedy Jojo Rabbit is multiplying like…well, rabbits. British writer/director/actor Stephen Merchant is the latest quirky talent to join the cast. Best known Stateside for his role in last year’s Logan and the short-lived HBO series Hello Ladies, Merchant will be playing a Gestapo agent in the Nazi satire.

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jojo rabbit cast

The cast of Taika Waititi‘s comedy Jojo Rabbit has a new addition. Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen has joined the film, a World War II satire about a young boy and his imaginary friend…who just happens to be Hitler.

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Jojo Rabbit first look

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi began filming his next movie a few days ago, an anti-war comedy called Jojo Rabbit that also stars Waititi in an unexpected role: he’s playing a young boy’s imaginary friend. Oh yeah – and the kid’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler.

Now the filmmaker has shared the first photo from the set, giving us a good look at him in costume as the notorious German dictator as he sits across a table from co-star Scarlett Johansson. Check it out below. Read More »

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Jojo Rabbit

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has begun production on his next film, Jojo Rabbit, a dark comedy that features Waititi playing a child’s imaginary friend…who just happens to be Hitler.

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