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Who are the USAvengers and just how patriotic are they? Will Kevin Smith end up directing an episode of Arrow next season? Which Marvel superhero is Anna Kendrick potentially interested in playing thanks to her brother? How did James Gunn‘s dog, who was a Guardians of the Galaxy cast member, almost die? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Mel Gibson pic

Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fanRobert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson has had great success as a filmmaker. His most recent performances, however, have failed to connect with audiences. As an actor, he’s not the draw he used to be, but will that stop moviegoers from seeing one of his directorial efforts? We’ll find out this November.

Below, check out the poster for his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.

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pixar sequels

Pixar has been going a little sequel crazy as of late. And while the Emmerville animation studio has a better track record of sequels than most, Pixar president Jim Morris confirms that there are currently no plans to sequelize Ratatouille, UpWALL-E, or Inside Out. In fact, beyond the announced sequels the studio is slated to make, Pixar is only currently developing original ideas — four new films which have no attachment to any previous Pixar franchise.
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It’s been a brutal summer at the box office. We’ve seen one high-profile studio release after another open to disappointing figures, if not outright awful ones, prompting concerned conversations about “sequelitis” and “superhero fatigue” and the like. So will this trend extend into the rest of the season? Or could July be the month that Hollywood turns its fortunes around?

Well, only time will tell. But one of the next big-budget sequels to try its luck will be Star Trek Beyond. Early tracking indicates the sci-fi adventure is on track for a domestic opening in the $48-60 million range, which puts it behind the two previous Star Trek films but ahead of a lot of other movies that have hit so far this summer.  Read More »

star wars celebration

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The full schedule for this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
  • Ewan McGregor is tired of your Star Wars questions.
  • Did Ben Affleck turn down the chance to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • A new excerpt from Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Writer Chuck Wendig on adapting The Force Awakens into a comic.
  • DK announces three new Star Wars books.
  • Preview new art from the latest Star Wars comic.
  • Bill Hader explains how he “voiced” BB-8.
  • And more!

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Zach Braff

As a director, Zach Braff has proven divisive. His first film Garden State opened to a warm reception, and its Shins-heavy soundtrack was an instant hit — but its quirky hipster vibe has not aged well, and these days it’s easier to find movie geeks who’ll claim they’ve hated it all along than ones who’ll proudly declare that they still love it. His second film Wish I Was Here got a lot of flack before it even started shooting, thanks to Braff’s decision to launch a Kickstarter campaign — but it was still able to clear its $2 million goal in less than a week, and eventually secure a Sundance Film Festival premiere.

And like it or not, Braff isn’t going anywhere. He’s just been set to direct Bump, a 2015 Black List script by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland. However, for those who’ve grown tired of Braff’s brand of indie dramedy, this one sounds like a pretty big change of pace.  Read More »

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In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The latest wacky rumor about Rey’s family.
  • Director Rian Johnson hits social media as filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 begins to wind down.
  • Rian Johnson, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord will share the stage at Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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Karl Urban

In J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek films, Bones (Karl Urban) mostly interacts with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Now and then he’ll have a tense or fun side conversation with Spock (Zachary Quinto), but in the upcoming sequel, Star Trek Beyond, the two clearly have more to do together — which is a good thing, since Quinto and Urban are consistently reliable comedic relief in these films.

The new Star Trek Beyond clip also features Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Her words with Spock may qualify as a spoiler, but if you’re not particularly spoiler sensitive, then check out the latest look at director Justin Lin‘s film.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

We’re still a little under five months away from seeing how the Harry Potter cinematic universe expands with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The spin-off takes place about 80 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise, but this time over in the wizarding world of the United States. From the beginning, the film was said to be the beginning of a hopeful trilogy, and now we have further confirmation that’s still the plan. Read More »