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Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule Star Wars Bits as father and son. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes: John Boyega on getting the part of Finn, advice from Robert Downey Jr. and racism Dave […]
- Ethan Anderton
A brand new line of Disney-themed bionic hands aim to help young amputees feel like superheroes.
Disney is partnering with Open Bionics to create a range of medically-approved prosthetic devices decorated with imagery from Marvel, Star Wars and Frozen.
Youngsters who love the Marvel Universe can get a prosthetic designed to look just like Tony Stark's Iron Man glove, while lightsaber and snowflakes adorn two other devices.
Each bionic hand is designed in coordination with Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB for maximum authenticity, right down to the intricate design work and Led lights.
Meet Avenger Sydney and Jedi Logan wearing their #3Dprinted #bionic hands! Next generation bionic hands for #amputees pic.twitter.com/4NSoxuWcwP
— Open Bionics (@openbionics) October 7, 2015
Open Bionics hopes to release the fully-functional product at low cost, so that children around the world can have easy access.
Disney waived its royalties for the product range, which will boast even more variety »
Thanks to ComicBookMovie, we’ve got a look at some of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series action figures from Hasbro, including Han Solo, General Hux, Resistance Pilot Ello Asty, Resistance Trooper, First Order Snowtrooper and First Order Tie Pilot. Check them out here…
See Also: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo images courtesy of Topps
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina »
- Gary Collinson
As you’re probably well aware, Ubisoft has big plans afoot when it comes to mvoies. It’s set up a new arm of its business, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which will handle the tricky task of adapting several of its big-name games for the silver screen.
To borrow a phrase from Jurassic Park, Ubisoft is sparing no expense in the process, with the adaptations of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell imagined as multi-million dollar event movies with some attention grabbing names attached - Michael Fassbender’s playing the lead in the sci-fi action film Assassin’s Creed, while Tom Hardy will play the stealthy military operative in Splinter Cell.
Overseeing all of this is Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean Julien Baronnet, and he’s »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? Conan offers a new parody of Steve Jobs, actual scientists break down The Martian and The Walking Dead gets a zombie kill supercut. But wait, that's not all! You can also find out how Ant-Man should have ended and get a breakdown of Star Wars fan theories! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Walking Dead Zombie Kill Supercut
With just two days left until Season 6 of The Walking Dead premieres, Fast Company has put together a supercut of the most inventive zombie kills throughout the show's first five seasons. While it doesn't exactly serve as a recap of the ongoing story, it does provide a refresher »
2 | What’s the consensus, Fear the Walking Dead fans — was the seaweed at the end of the finale toxic, or did it just happen to float into the shot? And is anyone not assuming that the plane we saw in “The Dog” is the web »
2015’s not even over and it looks like we already have a winner for Movie of the Year 2016. The trailer for Hail, Caesar, the Coen brother’s latest, has just dropped and I don’t think any other tease for an upcoming movie has got my expectations so high (well, expect Star Wars, but I’m so giddy for The Force Awakens that excitement for that has basically become my average state). Part Golden Age of Hollywood satire, part caper, Hail, Caesar centres on Josh Brolin’s celebrity scandal fixer, who must deal with the usual indiscretions on top of the kidnapping of star of the eponymous movie-within-a-movie (George Clooney) by a mysterious group.
To say the Coens are currently on a roll implies that at any point they went off the boil (Ok, we’ll overlook The Ladykillers) but their recent output has been nothing short of outstanding – in fact, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Lucasfilm has released a New York Comic Con trailer for the upcoming second season of Star Wars Rebels, and we have it for you here…
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In “Star Wars Rebels” Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever. The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors are dispatched by Darth Vader and sent to crush any threat of rebellion. »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel has released a first look preview of issue #1 of its latest Star Wars limited series, which focusses on everyone’s favourite Wookie, Chewbacca. Check it out here and click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca will star in his very own limited comic series! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, 1872, Hulk) and artist Phil Noto (Black Widow, X-23, Uncanny X-force) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.
- Gary Collinson
John Williams will be the recipient of the American Film Institution Lifetime Achievement Award - the first for a composer.
Williams has written the scores for some of the biggest films and has been nominated for 49 Academy Awards for his efforts.
He has also received three Golden Globe Awards, five BAFTAs and 22 Grammy Awards for his work.
"Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired »
Time to head back to the galaxy far, far away. Or at least the animated version.
The first, full trailer for the second season of Disney Xd’s Star Wars Rebels was released on Thursday with old faces and new enemies popping up to take on the squad.
The trailer teases the return of Darth Vader (with James Earl Jones also returning to voice the character) as well as Captain Rex from The Clone Wars series. The gang is also set to take on a host of new enemies after the events of the first season and a clash with Vader is clearly an end game following the special, The Siege of Lothal, that premiered over the summer.
The series is part of the new Star Wars canon and it’ll be interesting to see if there are any links with The Force Awakens when that premieres later this year. »
- Zach Dennis
One of the most recognizable movie composers of all-time is about become the very first to win an AFI Life Achievement Award.
John Williams — known for his work on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Superman — is set to awarded the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award, the organization announced on Thursday. Previous winners include John Ford, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, and Meryl Streep.
Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees said that Williams has written some of the more iconic scores, making him an obvious choice for this award.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives. Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations »
- Zach Dennis
Make no mistake, the ongoing Star Wars Battlefront beta is the talk of the town in the video game industry, with vast swathes of players populating Hoth and Tatooine to stress-test Dice’s high-profile licensed title. In fact, such was the demand on PC that the studio – along with publisher EA – was forced to boot up additional servers to cope with the unforeseen player count.
Taking to the game’s official Twitter account, EA acknowledged that connectivity had been less than stellar on the platform, and users should experience a marked improvement once the extra servers go live later today – even as the traffic increases over the course of the weekend.
A lot of interest around the beta. We’re bringing more PC servers online and appreciate your patience #StarWarsBattlefront
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) October 8, 2015
In related news, eagled-eyed PC users uncovered a whole host of unconfirmed information just yesterday. Upon data-mining »
- Michael Briers
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just around the corner, but as J.J. Abrams puts the finishing touches on that highly anticipated release, Rian Johnson is already hard at work assembling the cast of Star Wars Episode VIII. We already know that Benicio Del Toro has landed a villainous role in the movie, but now Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Josh Wilding
The undeniable and frankly fatal issue with any prequel is that the audience knows walking in where the story must end. You don’t see a movie called Dracula Untold and expect that at the end of the film the title character will not become a vampire. You don’t see the Star Wars prequels and hold out hope that Anakin Skywalker will resist the pull of the Dark Side. The only way to make a prequel work is to show us a proto-version of characters we think we know well, re-contextualize their relationships, and give them a fresh story that doesn’t depend on the stories we know to be inherently interesting.
Perhaps surprisingly, Pan does all of these things, and, a few tin-eared allusions and bits of wordplay aside, serves as a thrilling adventure yarn in its own right, divorced of its source material. The film begins before »
- Brian Roan
By Cate Marquis
Audiences might expect the Peter Pan prequel Pan to be a big screen adaptation of humorist Dave Barry’s and writer Ridley Pearson’s bestselling “Peter and the Starcatchers,” a funny, clever, imaginative prequel to J.M. Barrie’s beloved classic “Peter Pan,” or perhaps an adaption of the smart, funny, creative Broadway musical they wrote, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Tony Award-winning production that delighted grown-ups as well as kids.
Sadly, Pan is neither.
Pan is a kind of prequel to Peter Pan, but the cleverness, charm and humor of “Peter and the Starcatcher” are entirely missing in this disappointing big-budget extravaganza. Instead, “Pan” features a line-up of Hollywood stars, lavish costumes and sets with dazzling visual effects but a script cobbled together from tired, overly familiar kid’s adventure movie tropes, a movie that brings to mind 2013’s “The Lone Ranger.” It seems like the filmmakers »
- Movie Geeks
When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas, the initial reaction was one of disappointment (if not quite the mass hatred which that evolved into), although not without a few clear positives. The story got thrashed for its reliance on pseudo-politics, the acting was found more wooden than an Ewok city and everybody finally agreed with Harrison Ford that George Lucas might not be the best wordsmith. But one thing everyone could find time to praise was the visuals.
The world Lucas created for Star Wars is phenomenal, an oft-described used future that serves as a fantasy realm of knights and rogues, and is so expertly realised that even cynics (be they prequel haters or those who “don’t get” the saga in general), can’t deny that the galaxy far, far away looks great.
That’d be all for nothing, though, if it was for the cinematography, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The British actor has responded to the minority of fans who have a problem with the idea of a black stormtrooper
In an interview with V magazine, Boyega said that the negative reaction of some fans “was unnecessary”. “I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t.” He also asserted that increased onscreen diversity was a fact. “I’m not saying get used to the future ... [it] is already happening. People of colour and women are increasingly being shown on screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense.”
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- Andrew Pulver
Does your morning routine include humming the "Star Wars" theme and singing a tune from "Singin' in the Rain" and an original ode to "My Little Pony"? If not, you might want to reassess your priorities.
Neil Patrick Harris proved that that's the only way to start your day, especially when his adorable 4-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon, are the ones making music and just generally being too cute to handle. Harris shared on Facebook a clip of his family's prep for preschool this week, which included lots of singing and smiling as Harper and Gideon munched on their breakfasts.
Gideon kicked things off with "Star Wars" before Harris cut to Harper, who seems to be following in her famous dad's footsteps, if her love of the camera -- and request to sing not one but two songs -- is any indication. Gideon also holds his own, though, saving a »
- Katie Roberts
Remember when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer first came out? Everything seemed copacetic, but then there was that backward slice of the fandom that was wondering why John Boyega's Stormtrooper character, Finn, was black. (Some close-minded commenters insisted the Stormtroopers had to be an army of all-white clones.) Boyega initially responded to the racist questioning and disapproval with a succinct "Get used to it," on Instagram. But in a recent interview with V Magazine, the actor elaborated, saying, "[The negativity] was unnecessary ... I'm in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don't. I'm not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense."The Attack the Block actor pointed out that his past films especially have "had »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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