Rumor: STAR WARS Spin-Off Plot Is a Heist Film Involving Bounty Hunters and the Death Star

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You can see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this weekend, but we can now look even further ahead as a new rumor has surfaced regarding Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off plot.  These spin-offs have the unique ability to take place anywhere in the Star Wars timeline.  The new episodes will be tethered to each other and must take place post-Return of the Jedi, and that’s fine, but the spin-offs can do what Star Wars does best: build its universe.  I would put Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic right next to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as my favorite Star Wars story.  I want to see behind all the corners and know what’s going on beyond the saga of the Skywalkers.

The rumor for the Star Wars spin-off hints at a very cool plot that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and yet has a huge impact on the mythology we all know and love.  Hit the jump for more.  The untitled Star Wars spin-off is slated to open on December 16, 2016.

ZERO DARK THIRTY Cinematographer Greig Fraser Will Shoot Gareth Edwards’ STAR WARS Movie

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While Lucasfilm and Disney have been incredibly tight-lipped with regards to director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the studios have unveiled essentially nothing about the other Star Wars films in the works.  We know that starting next year, there are plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year, and we also know that the first film after Episode VII will be a “standalone” Star Wars feature directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards.  After that we have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and then Josh Trank’s “standalone” feature, so the studios certainly have a pretty deep bench and no doubt have a master plan of sorts.

With Edwards on deck, he’s started to put together his crew in anticipation of starting production on his secretive Star Wars project in London next year, and the first major addition is a rather exciting one: cinematographer Greig Fraser.  More after the jump.

GODZILLA Blu-ray Review

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Gareth Edwards made a big leap from the small scale of 2010’s Monsters to the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla, and in doing so he showed that he has the skills for big budget movie-making (which may be why Lucasfilm scooped him up to direct a standalone Star Wars film).  Godzilla features a number of epic set pieces that show Edwards has a great skill and understanding of how to stage and build action.  But the film also has a huge weakness: none of the human characters are as interesting as the titular monster.  Perhaps that’s to be expected, but it’s why the film is impressive while also being a little boring.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson leads the film, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn.  My Godzilla Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Exclusive GODZILLA Blu-ray Clip Highlights the Importance of Practical Effects and Location Shooting

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When you’re dealing with a big budget iteration of a property involving a ginormous monster, you’re gonna have to utilize a significant amount of visual effects.  However, as seen in a new exclusive clip from the bonus features found on the Godzilla Blu-ray, director Gareth Edwards made sure that even though his titular character would be created in a computer, the film would be grounded in reality.  This clip sees Edwards discussing the importance of shooting on location in Hawaii and how they used a lot of real-world locations in concert with the VFX to create the illusion of the monster’s destruction.  I think they did a bang-up job and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other Godzilla goodness is in store for us in the sequel—after Edwards directs a little something called Star Wars first, that is.

Watch the Godzilla Blu-ray clip after the jump.  The film is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

GODZILLA 2 Release Date Set for June 8, 2018

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Shortly after Gareth EdwardsGodzilla scored $93.2 million during its opening weekend run, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. revealed that a sequel was in development.  Two months later they made Godzilla 2 official at San Diego Comic-Con and now we’ve got a release date to go along with it – June 8, 2018.

At the moment, Godzilla 2 has that June 8, 2018 slot all to itself, but summer 2018 is a long way away, so it’ll probably get some company as we get closer.  Hit the jump for more on the Godzilla 2 release date.  The first film is actually still playing in a handful of theaters and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago.  The teaser was unannounced, but when we heard the King of the Monsters’ might roar, it brought the house down.  The film finally came out this summer, and it was a huge hit.  Soon after, a sequel was announced.  The question then became what other monsters we would see.  Godzilla has a tremendous rogues’ gallery, and none of them were featured in the first movie.  Now it was time to reward the fans with not just a “Thank you” but with a taste of what’s next.

Hit the jump for more about the Godzilla 2 monsters.

STAR WARS Spinoff Collaborators Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Meet Their New Boss, Darth Vader

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While many figured that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ next film would be a Godzilla sequel given the monster pic’s success at the box office a few weeks ago, we were taken aback last week when it was announced that he will instead be directing the first Star Wars spinoff film.  We still don’t know anything about the nature of the spinoff, but Lucasfilm also announced that The Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta will be penning the screenplay.  As a December 16, 2016 release date is already set for the untitled pic, Edwards and Whitta are getting to work straight away, and the latter recently shared an image on Twitter of the two standing in front of their “new boss”, Lord Vader.  The photo reveals nothing about the film, but it’s clear that both are eager to dive deep into the Star Wars universe.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image in full.  Before the spinoff hits theaters, Lucasfilm and Disney will release Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS Spinoff to Be Directed by GODZILLA Helmer Gareth Edwards; December 16, 2016 Release Set

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After the gargantuan success of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, many figured that director Gareth Edwards’ next step would be a sequel to the monster movie.  After all, Godzilla 2 was recently confirmed as being in the works and Edwards had been catapulted into the director’s chair of a massive studio tentpole after helming a tiny, tiny budget sci-fi drama called Monsters.  He steered Godzilla to both commercial and critical acclaim, but it appears that Legendary and WB weren’t the only ones to take notice, as Edwards has now been enlisted to take the helm of one of the Star Wars spinoff films.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s writing Edwards’ film and the news that he’s also attached to direct a pair of Godzilla sequels. [Update: We've also added a statement from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull regarding the Godzilla sequels.]

GODZILLA Review

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Godzilla is a difficult character.  He’s been a hero and a villain.  He’s been a loaded symbol and an empty set piece.  He’s a cultural icon and a punchline.  He’s fought on our planet and in other worlds.  He has decades of history and still defies simple definition beyond being a big, rampaging monster.  And while this size and action is all we truly demand of the character, he can be so much more.  In the character’s latest film, Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has created a labor of love that attempts to draw from the monster’s rich history to appeal to his fans, but not make him so esoteric as to alienate those who only know the name.  Although the characters and plot can barely hold the grim vibe, Edwards’ respectful and careful approach to the big guy is more than enough to hold the tension and make us cheer for monster mayhem.

2 New GODZILLA Images Offer Clear Look at the Full Monster; New Featurette Focuses on Alexandre Desplat’s Score

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We’re just a day away from early screenings of Godzilla, but in case you can’t wait that long, Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Godzilla images that reveal the titular monster in full.  I liked the film a lot, and director Gareth Edwards does an excellent job of teasing out the Godzilla reveal through a slow build to the thrilling climactic finish.  It’s essentially a masterpiece of foreplay, and it’s a refreshing reprieve from the current trend of bludgeoning the audience’s eyeballs with CG-overload for two hours.  If you want to go in as cold as possible, I might suggest steering clear of these images until after you’ve seen the movie.  But if you really want to get a look at the full creature design, help yourself.  We’ve also included a new featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes look at composer Alexandre Desplat’s fantastic score.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla images and featurette, and be sure to read our interviews with Edwards and producer/Legendary CEO Thomas Tull.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan CranstonGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Making the Leap to Blockbuster Filmmaking, the Inspiration for the Monster’s Design, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group interview with Gareth Edwards.  He talked about Godzilla’s new design, how he represents nature, the massive scale of the film compared to Monsters, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

5 New GODZILLA Clips Plus 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Gareth Edwards’ Monster Movie

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Director Gareth Edwards’ mega monster movie Godzilla roars onto screens in just a few days, but we’ve got five new clips from the film to give you a taste.  Additionally, we’ve posted 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage the offer up a look at the amount of work that went into getting the iconic monster back into theaters, as well as the massive scope of the production.  If you still want more, be sure to check out these newly released images from the film, as well as getting caught up on Matt’s set visit report.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, and opens May 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the Godzilla movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

27 New Images from GODZILLA Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and More

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution Godzilla images from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot.  The film is a new take on the classic monster, as Edwards populates the pic with an absolutely stellar ensemble led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.  Story details are still firmly under wraps, but the trailers and TV spots have teased a terrifying tone with a “man on the ground” point of view, not unlike Edwards’ previous film Monsters.  These new images offer a couple of new looks at the titular creature as well as the fantastic cast and destruction that ensues.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Godzilla images.  The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

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