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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.

‘Teen Titans’ may get live action TV show

- September 11th, 2014

DC may be sending their junior varsity team into the realm of television.

DC’s legendary all-star youngster fighting team, the Teen Titans, may be headed to TNT for a live action series based on the original comic book series, Entertainment Weekly reported Thursday evening.

While Teen Titans might be remembered for its short-lived span as an animated series on the WB from 2003 to 2006, the new TNT series will drop the childish antics and elements, kicking the action sequences and dramatic undertones into overdrive.

According to EW, Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, I Am Legend) will helm the series as executive producer and has signed on to write for the series as well.

Teen Titans follows the adventures of a young Nightwing (more commonly known as Robin in the Batman series), Starfire, Raven, Beast, and Cyborg as they fight crimes.

Often criticized for being too childish and dealing with B-level villains, Teen Titans developed a cult like following within the DC fan universe.

If Teen Titans does get greenlit, it will join an array of DC heroes and antagonists making their way to the small screen.

Gotham, Constantine, and the Flash are all premiering this fall, with Arrow heading into its third season.

Zack Snyder releases photo of real Batmobile

- September 11th, 2014

Turns out Zack Snyder was just as unimpressed with the photo of the “real” Batmobile circling the web.

After much deliberation (and assumed countless emergency PR meetings), Snyder has decided to release an official photo of the “actual” Batmobile.

My oh my, is it an improvement…kind of.

Snyder may be trying to play off that the cars are different, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear they’re one in the same.

The spoiler, hood design, and side details are all identical, and while the side profile may be hidden from view in Snyder’s promo photo, it’s clear that it still curves inward rather violently around the middle.

The only difference is that unlike in the previously “leaked” photos, Snyder’s official Batmobile is menacing down to the last nut and bolt on the carbon fiber chassis.

Layer upon layer of military style pieces are surrounded by an aggressive number of weapon choices, including the turret sitting front and center.

As far as ornament hoods go, it’s certainly going to take a lot more maintenance than your average Mercedes.

Snyder’s Batmobile isn’t so much a vehicle as it is a naval ship on wheels.

It’s clear from the image that Snyder has decided to approach the prized car with a military aesthetic, unlike Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) who used a much more fantastical design.

While it’s difficult to gauge whether or not the arc from Nolan’s infamous Batmobile will be sported on Snyder’s, it certainly looks a little squarer.

One negative quality this Batmobile certainly has to offer is the ridiculous spoiler its armed with.

It just seems superfluous at this point, situated behind the other mechanized add-ons.

Regardless, the official Batmobile is a menacing beast that I for one am still a little hesitant to see flying down the streets of…Gotham? Snyder hasn’t officially announced if Gotham will play a part in the film, but I can’t imagine any kind of Batman film that doesn’t at least include a reference to the legendary, crime filled city.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled release on March 25, 2016.