The Craziest Star Wars: Episode VII Rumor Yet!

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Is Disney going to destroy the integrity of Star Wars after all? That's what a ludicrous new rumor claims. Also, a surprising Avenger could be showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy. Zack Snyder has some hints about the tone of Man of Steel. Guillermo del Toro's vampire TV show could start filming pretty soon. Plus brand new posters for The Host and Warm Bodies, and your first pictures of Thor in Thor 2.


Spoilers ahead!

Star Wars VII

We've got a few more directors backing away in casually non-committed way from the project.


Colin Trevorrow, who directed the indie time-travel flick Safety Not Guaranteed, was rumored to be considered for the project, but when asked about it replied:

"I have very little to say about it. Certainly, no specifics about whats going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why it's important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us it's almost a belief system. It's harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology.


And many fans' favorite option, Guillermo Del Toro, might be interested in the job, but he's not about to chase after it,

You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven't approached them, they haven't formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it's really - I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don't do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this becomes ever a reality, and there's an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but - it's like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don't think about these things.


It is important to note that the emphasis on "formally" is Del Toro's, so there may be hope yet! [IGN]

Get out your salt shakers, because you're going to need all the grains of salt for this next rumor: Disney wants to bring Darth Vader back. The U.K. tabloid, The Express, quotes an industry source as saying, "He's an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films."


First, UK tabloids are notorious for just making things up – but it totally sounds like something Disney would at least want. Darth Vader sells a lot of lunchboxes and, honestly, Darth Maul kind of sucked. Second, while some people wonder how this could happen post-Jedi, it's important to remember just how advanced cloning technology is in the Star Wars universe. [Slashfilm]

Man of Steel

Sober minded, pensive director Zack Snyder talked to the L.A. Times about the tone of his upcoming cinematic foray:

"It's a more serious version of Superman. It's not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made.


He also gushed about Superman's place in superhero mythology.

He's the king-daddy. Honestly that's why I wanted to do it. I'm interested in Superman because he's the father of all superheroes. He's this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It's been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes.


[Super Hero Hype]

The Host

When asked about the structure of this adaptation of Stephenie Meyers non-Twilight novel, star Saoirse Ronan said, "In the cut that I saw there were still quite a few flashbacks which is good because it gives you a chance to see the relationship between Melanie and Jared." [MTV]

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And here's the poster, to tide you over until the trailer is available. [Fandango]


Warm Bodies

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The zombie romantic comedy has a sweet new poster! [EW]

Assassin's Creed

For a non-gamer, I'm a big fan of the AC games, but I'm personally having trouble believing that the multiple timeline / DNA memory / Chariot-of-the-Gods-esque plot / historically Catholic organization is evil / Muslims are good / liberal all the way back around to libertarian worldview of the games could ever be a movie. Even after they cast Michael Fassbender, I didn't believe it. I am also wrong, since Ubisoft's chief marketing officer has now said, "we have the movie in the coming year."


It's unclear if that refers to the start of filming, a release date or possibly the fiscal year, with a release date in 2014. But it's really happening. [IGN]

Guardians of the Galaxy

The interstellar superhero team might be getting a familiar face plate in their upcoming film. Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man might have a cameo, possibly similar to his appearance in The Incredible Hulk. [Comic Book Resources]


Thor: The Dark World

The sequel has begun filming, and here's the photographic evidence! Check out a behind the scenes look at Chris Hemsworth in full Thor regalia, at the link. [Splash News]


The Breach

David Goyer, the screenwriter for The Dark Knight and Man of Steel is moving into producing – because all anyone wants to do is produce – for the adaptation of Patrick Lee's novel about

ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase [who] is dragged into a battle for the future that revolves around an amazing artifact.


Relative newcomer Justin Rhodes will write the actual screenplay. [Film School Rejects]


Here's the plot synopsis for episode 4x05:

Finn finally tracks down his real father, only to discover that he's close to death. As he tries to build a relationship with him, Finn realises that his newly discovered half-sister might know more about their father's illness than she's letting on. Finn continues his sleuthing in an attempt to win Jess's affection by discovering Alex's hidden secret.



The Strain

MTV interviewed Guillermo Del Toro about his upcoming adaptation of his book into an FX television show. The pilot has been green-lit and filming will begin in August, after Pacific Rim premieres. In the fall we'll know if FX plans to pick up the series for its 2014 schedule.


As far as the look of the show, Del Toro describes it thusly:

It's real but it feels a little stylized. But the way the camera work will be is very realistic. We want to keep the camera very documentary even if the look of the show is not. The look of the show is very designed. The style of the camera and the storytelling will be very loose. It will evolve from that feel of reality, and little by little we want to evolve into more stylish, horror feel that requires smoother camera moves, more suspense and atmosphere-driven moments so it will be a mixture.




Here's a sneak peek for episode 1x06, "Legacies."

Game of Thrones

Tim Plester, who had minor roles in Kick-Ass and Doctor Who, has been cast as Black Walder. [SpoilerTV]


American Horror Story

Ryan Murphy tweeted that the identity of Bloodyface would be revealed in this week's episode, "I am Anne Frank Part 2." [SpoilerTV]


Once Upon a Time

We now know the plot of episode 2x09, "Queen of Hearts," airing December 2:

Cora and Hook face off with Mary Margaret and Emma in a race to secure the compass, which will point its holder to the portal into Storybrooke. But back on the other side, Regina and Mr. Gold, desperate to keep Cora out, put a plan into action that would kill anyone entering the portal – placing Mary Margaret's and Emma's lives in danger as well. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Captain Hook travels to Wonderland and meets up with a vengeful Queen of Hearts.



Here are photos from episode 2x08 "Into the Deep". [SpoilerTV]

The Walking Dead

Here's the sneak peek for episode 3x06, "Hounded."

And here are some photos from the same episode. [SpoilerTV]


Here are some pictures of the locations for episode 8x11, "LARP and the Real Girl," which will feature the return of Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury. [YVR Schoots]



Here's a plot synopsis for episode 5x09:

Merlin knows he must act fast before Morgana's twisted control over Gwen gets further out of hand. But only the most powerful magic can save the Queen and this will not be easy, even for Merlin. As the High Priestess tightens her grip on Camelot, one thing is clear - she will not give up her puppet without a fight.



Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Does Darth Vader have to be Anakin Skywalker? It's a scary guy with Sith powers in a big black suit. Even if he did return, there's nothing to say that the man behind the mask has to be the same one.

Think about it in terms of propaganda, and public opinion. Yes, the Rebel Alliance is likely to announce that the Emperor and Darth Vader are both dead. However, are they going to come out and say that the most feared and dangerous man in the galaxy is a fallen Jedi? Worse, are they going to come out and say that it was Anakin Skywalker: the father of two of the Rebellion's biggest heroes? It might be better if those in the know stick to Obi Wan's "certain point of view".

Then suddenly, whatever is left of the Empire starts following under the banner of someone dressed like Darth Vader, who they insist is the real him: they insist that the Rebels lied about Vader dying. With his body conveniently absent (because Luke burned it), there's no evidence to disprove their claims... at least, no evidence without admitting the truth, and having it come out that the incorruptible Jedi aren't so incorruptible after all.

The identity of this faux Vader could be an ongoing mystery that drives the new trilogy. Are they a clone? Are they an imposter? Do they know Vader's real identity? Have we - the audience - met this Jedi/Sith before? Are they Vader's secret apprentice? Vader's secret 'son'? Will Luke saccrifice himself, Obi Wan style, in order to protect his father's memory/legacy?

I wouldn't panic about it just yet: I'm personally waiting to see who the director will be before I worry about the prospect of Vader 2.0.