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Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode VII – check out the first official footage

- September 18th, 2014

I guess the thinking from J.J. Abrams and Co. is, ‘Leaks be damned.’

After a series of tweets that have shown full-size versions of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing being built for Star Wars: Episode VII, and Adam Driver in good guy gear, Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, tweeted out a YouTube video showing the exterior of Han Solo’s famous ship. The brief 37-second clip – titled Hunka Junk – starts off with John Williams’ famous Star Wars theme, before using snippets from Hans Zimmer’s music from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The spot ends with what looks like the Batmobile stuck on the bottom of the Falcon.

This is a none-too-subtle dig at Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, who has been tweeting photos blaming a Stormtrooper for swiping the Batmobile, and others showing Superman as a Jedi and Batman with R2BIN.

 

 

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now in the U.K. and opens Dec. 18, 2015.

Adam Driver playing a good guy in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?

- September 17th, 2014

For a guy who is notoriously great at keeping plot details a secret, J.J. Abrams has been faced with a variety of leaks from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – shooting now in England.

Last week, images from an aviation company showed Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon under construction and an X-Wing Fighter under a tarp. Today, eagle-eyed Twitterers @henricku75 and @JamesDeanGB posted photos of Adam Driver in what looks like an X-Wing pilot uniform.

Until now, the scuttlebutt on the Internet had posited that Driver would be playing a Vader-like villain in Episode VII. So if he’s playing a good guy, then who’s the baddie? Or maybe he starts out good and turns bad a la Anakin Skywalker?

With all these leaks, it doesn’t look like Abrams is going to be able to keep the plot genie in the bottle.

Check out the new poster for Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Interstellar’

- September 16th, 2014

It’s still a little over a month away, but Paramount is giving us a fresh look at Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar that shows star Matthew McConaughey exploring a foreign planet’s icy terrain. “The end of Earth will not be the end of us,” the tagline reads.

The plot details for the film are a tightly guarded secret, but we do know that McConaughey plays an engineer who is sent into space to help save humanity. A short synopsis from a fan website says the film is “Mainly based on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne.”

In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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Interstellar opens Nov. 7.

‘Star Wars 7′ shocker: Millennium Falcon spotted from the sky

- September 10th, 2014

So you never know what you’ll see when you’re out flying a plane near the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The film is currently filming in England and Matthew Myatt from the Airbourne Aviation flying club was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing fighter from the sky.

In the image below, you can see the Falcon under construction and an X-Wing fighter under what looks like a tarp. Both of them appear to be built to scale.

Director J.J. Abrams is reportedly using more traditional effects in the upcoming instalment and relying less on the CG effects of Episode I: The Phantom Menace and its sequels. In an recent Girls in Hoodies podcast, Rian Johnson, who will helm Episode VIII said that there was a lot of “practical building for this one.”

 

A video was posted just a few hours after the photo made its rounds on the internet, showing off more of the secretive set.

In interview with my colleague Steve Tilley at TIFF his week, Abrams’ pal Simon Pegg talked about his recent set visit, saying that the film looks fantastic. “I cannot tell you a single thing,” he added. “People sometimes criticize J. J. for how protective he is of his stuff, which I find baffling because all he’s doing is trying to protect the audience experience.”

Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

First photo of Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

- August 19th, 2014

Marvel has begun production on Ant-Man – the first film in its Phase Three slate of films.

The superhero film starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (AKA Ant-Man) will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta. Marvel tweeted out the first official image early Tuesday.

Ant-Man will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron when it opens July 17, 2015, taking over that date from DC’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Michael Douglas appears as Lang’s mentor Dr. Hank Pym, with Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, John Slattery and T.I. co-starring. Corey Stoll stars as the main villain, Yellowjacket.

The film has had a bit of a tumultuous history. Previous writer-director Edgar Wright exited over script changes and was replaced by Peyton Reed – the man who brought us Yes Man and The Break-Up. Not exactly a great sign for what is presumably Marvel’s next tentpole franchise, but considering two of the guys behind Community successfully helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I’m game for anything.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

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