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  1. Disney CEO Bob Iger Reassures Fans They Won't Trim Carrie Fisher's Role In 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
    After Carrie Fisher passed away in late December, we heard that she had completed her role in the eighth installment of the Star Wars series, which is officially known as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But what about the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX? The official Star Wars site assured fans that "Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa." Still, that left some questions unanswered. Would Star Wars: The Last Jedi be modified somehow to bring Leia Organa's story to a conclusion in the movie? Or was that the plan all along? Disney CEO Robert Iger now says (via Slashfilm): "We’ve had to deal with tragedy this past year because Carrie Fisher passed away tragically in December, and she...
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  2. Movie News: Jake Gyllenhaal Reteaming with 'Life' Director; New 'Barbie' Needed to Replace Amy Schumer
    The Anarchists vs. ISIS: Jake Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Espinosa (Life, above) will reteam to make The Anarchists vs. ISIS. It's based on a Rolling Stone article by Seth Harp about a group of American "volunteers, socialists and outcasts" who are fighting against the terrorist organization ISIS in Syria. Gyllenhaal will star and also serve as a producer; Espinosa will direct. [THR]   Barbie: In December, we heard that Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, above) was in talks to star in Barbie, a live-action movie inspired by the Mattel toy line. Now, however, she has dropped out of the project due to a scheduling conflict. Among other things, she'll be starring with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman in the comedic drama She Came to Me. Meanwhile, Barbie is still...
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  3. Today in Movie Culture: Imagining Michael Shannon as Cable, Deadpool Sings His Version of "Gaston" and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Casting Rendering of the Day: With Michael Shannon the frontrunner to play Cable in Deadpool 2, BossLogic shows us what that might look like (via ComicBook.com): Whipped up a Michael Shannon version of #cable for @ComicBook I'm happy with the short-list bring on the announcement :D @robertliefeld pic.twitter.com/43olsYGDuI — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 23, 2017   Movie Parody of the Day: Deadpool and friends do their own version of "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast in this well-done musical spoof (via Geek Tyrant):   Cast Reunion of the Day: See how well everyone from Love, Actually has aged in this TV spot for the short...
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  4. The Han Solo Movie May Reveal He's Not Actually Han Solo
    Han Solo is one of the best character names ever created. It's distinctive. It evokes the character's selfish side. And it's simple enough that even a three year old can say it right. It is a universally cool name. But apparently it may not actually be Han Solo's real name. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who just today renewed his contract to stay on with the company for one more year, revealed a few tiny details about the young Han Solo movie in the works. It's mostly stuff that's to be expected, but his last talking point is raising all kinds of eyebrows. According to Iger, the movie will show us: - Han Solo from age 18 to 24 - Getting the Millennium Falcon - Meeting Chewbacca - How he got his name That last one is a direct quote from Iger. "You...
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  5. Watch: Frances McDormand is Fed Up and Foul-Mouthed In Fantastic 'Three Billboards' Trailer
    If you want to see Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand kick teens in the crotch and swear up a storm, then Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri looks like the movie for you. The new movie from Oscar-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) dropped its first trailer, and it's the Red Band kind. Actually, it's hard to imagine how they'd even cut a Green Band trailer for this extremely profane movie. Take a @#%*&$# look:   When it comes out: TBD, but sometime this year Who is in it: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish What it is about: McDormand plays a woman infuriated by the fact that the local police haven't found her...
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  6. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Is Alive In The First Trailer For The New Series
    Anyone can make fun of a bad movie. It's not exactly hard to point out awful special effects or amateur actors struggling with a goofy script. It takes a very, very special skill to make fun of a bad movie in a way that is loving, respectful and hilarious all at the same time. This was Mystery Science Theater 3000's gift. It was a show that wasn't about beating up terrible old movies, it was about actively engaging with them, about pointing out what's going wrong in order to understand what made them - and their observers - tick. It was also about silly robots, puppets, cardboard special effects, and delightfully absurd characters and situations. And now they're all coming back! The original run of the beloved series lasted 197 episodes over the course of...
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  7. 'Justice League' Teases Its Coming Trailer With New The Flash Footage and a Poster
    Update: Batman's clip is now online as well. Check it out below. There's a lot riding on Justice League. For fans, it's the first time we're ever seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Superman (in some form) together on the big screen. For Zack Snyder, it could possibly be the final film he directs in the DC Comics Extended Universe. And for Warner Bros., it's obviously a massive investment the success of which, critically and commercially, will determine the entire future of the DCEU. So, yeah, Justice League is kind of a big deal, and everyone involved knows it. That's why they've been incredibly active trying to keep fans engaged, offering them tidbits every few weeks to keep the hype train on its tracks. But now they've...
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  8. Spider-Man Regulars Silver Sable and Black Cat to Star in Their Own Movie
    #SpiderMan spinoff: Thor writer is working on a Silver Sable/Black Cat movie (exclusive) https://t.co/g0yrt1QE7f pic.twitter.com/VoxGcJHKVh — Heat Vision (@HeatVisionBlog) March 22, 2017 Last week we heard that a release date had been set by Sony for Venom, a movie built around the villainous character and occasional antihero. It was made clear that Venom will be completely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the movie is expected to kick off its own franchise. Now it appears Sony is not just planning an individual franchise, but an entirely new superhero universe. The studio is developing a project revolving around Silver Sable and Black Cat, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Yost is writing a new script; Lisa Joy (HBO's Westworld...
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  9. Movie News: Brie Larson Will Be Amazon's President; Ian McKellen to Play Gandalf Again
    Victoria Woodhull: Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, above) will star as the titular character in Victoria Woodhull. It's the true story of the first woman to run for U.S. President back in 1872; she was described as "a women’s liberator, non-conformist, conniver, narcissist, politician, and rebel." Amazon Studios just acquired the project, which will be written by Ben Kopit; Larson will also serve as a producer. [Deadline]   Ian McKellen: After portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy (The Battle of the Five Armies, above), Ian McKellen will play the role once again, only this time on stage in London. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You is a one-man show in which McKellen will act out moments from his...
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  10. Today in Movie Culture: 'Rogue One' Compared to 'Star Wars,' a Perfect 'Logan' Post-Credits Scene and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Comparison of the Day: See how similar Rogue One is to the first Star Wars in this side-by-side shot comparison by Zackery Ramos-Taylor:   Alternate Ending of the Day: If Logan had a post-credits sequence, it could have been like this excellent fan-made stinger starring Deadpool and our wishes for a crossover between him and Wolverine:   Fan Theory of the Day: Speaking of Logan, MatPat offers a theory on why Wolverine is really dying in the movie in the latest edition of Film Theory:   Movie Trivia of the Day: With T2: Trainspotting now in theaters, check out some trivia about the original movie from...
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