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Intriguing New Details About Rey's Training in Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

J.A. Bayona gets in-depth on A Monster Calls. We’ve got new, hilarious Lego Batman Movie footage. Marc Guggenheim discusses the future of Trollhunters. Plus, new looks at the returns of Flash and Supergirl, and some depressing posters for The Emoji Movie. Spoilers Now!

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Star Wars: Episode VIII

Making Star Wars has a new report about the scenes shot at Skellig Michael—which stands in for Ahch-to, the planet Rey and Luke are on at the climax of The Force Awakens. It is, weirdly enough, mainly about the Puffins that call Skellig Michael home, who will appear in a modified, Star Wars-y form as creatures in the film that Luke looks after as “protector of the island(s) on Ahch-To.”


But interestingly, the report also mentions that Luke has a connection to the animals on the island that Rey doesn’t—who shun her as she has no “right” to be there. Part of her training with Luke will apparently see Rey battle a gigantic sea creature, defeating which earns her approval to be on the sacred islands from Luke’s Space-Puffin friends.

The Emoji Movie

The world is hell and so are these new posters for the Emoji movie. See the rest, if you dare, here.


A Monster Calls

Here’s an extensive interview with director J.A. Bayona about the film.

The Lego Batman Movie

Batman struggles with the idea of teamwork in a new TV spot for the movie.

The Good Place

Executive Producer Michael Schur discusses why the show’s first season is just 13 episodes long:

When I pitched the show to NBC, I felt pretty strongly it was kind of a big swing, and everything was gonna be really heavily serialized. It just felt like it made sense to keep that to a shorter season. And they very kindly and reasonably agreed with that.


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Marc Guggenheim tells Coming Soon about some plans for the show beyond its initial season.

CS: Is there a future for “Trollhunters” already planned past the first season?

Marc Guggenheim: As with all things, it has to be a success in order to contemplate the future. That said, we’re feeling pretty bullish about the series and we have some plans. Some of them are short term and some are long term. All of them are things that remain — I wouldn’t say “closely-guarded secret,” but stuff that we’re not quite ready to announce yet. I think that our focus right now is getting those 23 episodes out into the world and, hopefully, people react to them the way we hope and expect them to. This is a weird show. This is one of those rare animated projects that the whole family can watch together. The production value is game-changing. We’re really trying to push the limits of what people should expect from computer animation on a serialized show. It started off as a feature film and all the development was done as a feature film. I think that really shows up on screen now. We basically traded features for series, but we never lost our feature roots. I think that, if we’re successful, it will feel like a really long movie instead of individual TV episodes.


Agents of SHIELD

Here’s a brief new synopsis for the second half of the fourth season that basically catches you up with everything you need to know. Also, there are robots.

On the heels of their encounter with Ghost Rider, their strangest phenomenon yet, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suddenly find themselves up against a myriad of new and ongoing threats: the anti-Inhuman Watchdogs are gaining political influence with Senator Nadeer, and uniting behind a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the team, Aida has kidnapped Agent May and replaced her with a Life Decoy Model. Aida’s evil plans for May and the team remain a mystery.


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Kara bleeds and Guardian suits up in a new teaser for the show’s returning episode, “Supergirl Lives.”

The Flash

Iris learns about Barry’s vision of her death in a teaser for the show’s return.

The Expanse

Take a tour of the Rocinante with Adam Savage in this new behind-the-scenes video.

Doctor Who

Finally, Steven Moffat discusses his fascination with superheroes, and bringing the concept into the show for its Christmas special.

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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The Good Place

Executive Producer Michael Schur discusses why the show’s first season is just 13 episodes long

Are there any shows airing which benefit from the 20+ episode format of yore? I can think of a few older series where that worked, but can’t recall having seen anything in the past few years where a season couldn’t benefit from being anywhere from 8 - 13 episodes long.

I hope Luke stops being angsty for a few minutes and gets to enjoy putting Rey through her paces. He earned it, after Yoda.