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[UPDATED!] Expect Those ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs to be Origin Stories – But Whose Origin?

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[UPDATED! The Hollywood Reporter is now confirming Disney's and Lucasfilm's plans to release one of these spinoff, origin films every other year, alternating with the release of Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. Our original story continues below.]

The acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney has brought about the final installment of the Star Wars saga, but wait, there’s more! It also means Disney, being the media powerhouse they are, isn’t only interested in Episode VII, VIII, and IX, but rather an entire new franchise of Star Wars films. We’ve been hearing rumors of Star Wars spinoffs ever since Disney consumed Lucasfilm like a smaller, feeble twin in the womb, but now they’re actually talking about them!

Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has described these spinoff to Variety as “origin story film[s],” and hinted these flicks would reveal how many of the saga’s most famous characters became so famous (or infamous).

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger earlier told CNBC,

Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga.

Obviously, we still don’t have any concrete details about what these spinoff, origin stories will be about. Rumors have continued to suggest they’d focus on characters such as Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett. All good candidates, in my opinion, for a little more characterization and development. And with the plan still being to release a Star Wars movie every year, beginning with Episode VII in 2015, we’ll likely be hearing more solid news about the spinoffs sooner than later. Stay tuned!

Source: Coming Soon

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No Female-Led Marvel Movie Before 2017

Don’t expect to see a “Captain Marvel” movie from Marvel Studios any time soon – or at least, not one with the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. Or any female-led movie, for that matter.

That is the word from Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, and therefore the person most likely to know about these things. He did an interview with the site Movies.com about the future plans for Marvel movies, and it was picked up all over the comic book blogosphere. When asked straight out if Marvel would have a movie with a female lead character, Feige said there wasn’t one in the works currently, and Marvel is planning out the 2016 and 2017 releases. He went on to justify this by citing the many heroic, world-saving performances by female characters in movies like “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3.”

As the site The Daily Dot points out, however, Black Widow wouldn’t have even had a chance to save the world in The Avengers if Joss Whedon hadn’t insisted on having her in what was planned as an all-male cast.

Many sites and commenters have pointed out what seems like a discrepancy in the level of risk that the studios seem to claim for a female-led superhero movie, and the risk of making a movie with characters like a sentient tree and a machine gun toting raccon. DC received the brunt of this criticism for its statement about how risky it would be to make a Wonder Woman movie, and now Marvel may be about to get lambasted by the same critics. But, if you look at the numbers the comic book studios have to go on, the decision is understandable from a business sense, if not acceptable from a social sense.

Just last week, Marvel announced it was cancelling one of the MarvelNOW launch titles with an all-female cast, The Fearless Defenders. As a business, Marvel doesn’t make such decisions based on any kind of deep-seated misogyny, it does so for one reason – sales numbers. As a movie studio, Marvel Studios sees that, overall, female-led books sell less than male-led, or mixed group books.

Does that mean it shouldn’t take on that higher level of risk? Absolutely not. And maybe this is where Marvel’s parent, Disney can come in and slap some sense into them. Disney has made successful movies with female leads for more than half a century. Look at “Mulan” for example. If Disney can have a hit in the US with a movie set in ancient China (not America) with a Chinese (not white) female (not a dude) lead that pretends to be a guy (gender identity), how much risk would Marvel really take on by making a movie featuring a strong-willed white blonde woman from Boston in a butt-revealing bathing suit-like uniform?

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Historical Disney Princesses In Period Accurate Dresses

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Here’s an interesting take on the Disney princesses that alters their existing gowns into period-accurate costumes. DeviantArtist Claire Hummel researched different periods and then made adjustments so the dresses would fit a specific time in history. She even explains how she altered each dress. Of Ariel from The Little Mermaid she says,

The Little Mermaid is hard to place from a time period standpoint – Grimsby’s wearing a Georgian getup, Ariel’s pink dress with the slashed sleeves subscribes to several eras from the Renaissance to the 1840s, Eric is… Eric.

I went with Ariel’s wedding dress as a starting point since those gigantic leg-o-mutton sleeves (so embarrassingly popular in ’80s wedding fashion) were a great starting point for an 1890s evening gown. It’s also not unfeasible that Eric’s cropped tailcoat could be from the same era, so I’m sticking with my choice. PLUS Ariel with Gibson girl hair? COME ON IT IS AWESOME

Yes, yes it is.

See more pictures after the break…

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(via io9)

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Samuel L. Jackson Wants To Talk Star Wars VII

Samuel L. Jackson, (Mr. Jackson if you’re nasty), is throwing his hat into the Star Wars VII ring. He recently talked with E! News about his desire to remain associated with the franchise he loves.

“I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars. It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”

“I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care, I just want to stay associated with the franchise.”

“I just always loved it. I always loved the idea of it, that there’s this whole civilization out there somewhere else that’s just as much fun and different and diverse and wild as we are.”

What do you think? We never really saw the body so there’s plenty of wiggle room to bring Mace Windu back. We saw Anakin fall through the speeder filled sky of Coruscant, so it’s not a stretch to see a Jedi Master like Mace Windu save himself as easily.

Star Wars VII is scheduled for release in 2015.

Via: Comingsoon

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The BastardCast vs. Darth Disney And The Raiders Of The Lost Podcast

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This time on The Bastardcast: Jeremy busts out of a courtroom and Jason escapes a post-apocalyptic New Jersey to talk about Nic Cage, a WOW playing senator, Doctor Who, the Justice League (of Alabama) and a few things Superman. Then briefly breaking to sexually fantasize about Joe Biden before taking on the main event.

The sale of LucasFilm to Disney and why it will consume the Internet over the 36 months.

After that melange of mayhem, the boys tackle this week’s ultimate question in VS: Whose the better commander n’ chief, Pullman in Independence Day or Camacho in Idiocracy?

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Watch Disney Characters Audition for ‘Star Wars’ Roles

With Disney buying up Lucasfilm, the only thing people seem to be talking about lately is the fate of the Star Wars franchise and the inevitable arrival of Episodes VII through IX. And with the speculation, rumor and endless banter comes the opportunity to poke fun at this fodder-rich merger of Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader. The folks over at Screen Junkies have decided to see what it would be like if Disney characters had the chance to audition for past Star Wars films and made a video for us. Enjoy.

Somehow I don’t think they’d have gotten the parts. Though even if they did, the movies still would have probably turned out better than the current incarnation of Episode I.

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

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Matthew Vaughn Is The One Rumored To Be Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ This Week

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Collider is passing along an unconfirmed rumor that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. They say the “deal has been in the works for awhile,” and this is why he dropped out of directing X-Men: Days Of Future Past and was replaced by Bryan Singer.

Why would Vaughn abruptly drop out of helming the X-Men sequel when the head of 20th Century Fox (Tom Rothman) is leaving the studio? After all, while Rothman helped make some great movies over the past few years, he’s also known as a micro-manager that can rub some filmmakers the wrong way. With Rothman out, I imagine Vaughn would have had more creative control on the sequel and it would have been an easier film to make. But if Lucasfilm offered Vaughn the keys to Star Wars, that’s something he’d likely jump ship for. [Collider via Zimbio]

Matthew Vaughn could probably handle the job, judging from his work in action ensembles for X-Men: First Class, but we’re still pumped about that Brad Bird rumor. Oh well, as long as it’s not Brett Ratner or Michael Moore everything should be all right. Oh, and Disney? If a large, neck-pouched guy wearing a fake mustache over his real mustache approaches you claiming his name is Lucas Georgas, don’t hire him.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’: What’d You Think?

So, Wreck-It Ralph did pretty well, as you may have heard, landing almost $50 million this weekend.

It’s an odd duck of a movie, to some degree. Calling it the best movie about video games is actually an insult in the sense that it’s pretty much the only (fictional) movie about video games worth watching, unless you have a serious blind spot for The Wizard.

It’s also a pretty good movie, in the sense that it’s funny and engaging, and old-school gamers will enjoy the dozens of gags about classic arcade and console games, although for copyright reasons it’s largely parodies instead of the real thing.

But that said, it’s very much a Disney movie, with all of the baggage that implies. It could have been more, and instead, quite consciously, chose to be “good enough.”

Wreck-It Ralph has been drawing unfair comparisons to both Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Toy Story, and it’s not trying to be either. It’s essentially your typical Disney narrative set in an arcade fantasyland instead of a fairy-tale one, complete with an unjustly displaced royal and a lowly misfit hero nobody appreciates. It just also has the problems of this stock setting and it’s a little baffling that nobody bothered to fix the problems in the script.

The movie actually does a pretty good job of establishing why everybody thinks Ralph is a tool; he’s got anger issues and he’s clumsy, so he often comes off as a rage case even when he’s just confused. That said, the script leans a little too hard on Ralph being a bumpkin to drive the plot. Similarly, the movie never makes a good argument for why Ralph shouldn’t just leave the fat complacent douchebags who treated him like dirt for thirty years to their fate. Yeah, Ralph is such a terrible person for wanting to be treated with some basic decency. Shame on him.

On a far less overthought note, the product placement is egregious. The Sugar Rush arcade game crams just about every possible type of candy into its scenes, to the point where the plot actually hinges on Mentos to some degree.

All that said, it’s by no means a bad movie. It’s cute, the jokes range from the entertainingly goofy to the unexpectedly clever, and the voice cast does a uniformly superb job. It’s just, unlike its hero, lacking in ambition.

What’d you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Another Anime Convention Cosplay Gallery

Check out these amazing pictures by John Riley of Red Zebra Photography of Steampunk, Adventure Time, Homestuck, DC Comics hero and villain cosplayers at Another Anime Convention 2012!

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Leia Joins The Disney Princesses [Comic]

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(via Facebook)

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