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An early look at The Making of The Force Awakens. Disney kicked things off with a bang in Anaheim with the opening panel of Star Wars Celebration, taking place this weekend in Southern California. The panel included an hour long discussion and first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, guided by director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy. They told stories of growing up with Star Wars, making sure the fans are satisfied (in every way), the daunting task of continuing this legacy when George Lucas decided to hand it over. In the background were slides showing various behind-the-scenes production photos, including on the desert planet Jakku (or is it Jaku?). And, to be frank, we love behind-the-scenes photos. This recap comes directly from the live stream of the Star Wars Celebration opening presentation.
Before we saw the fantastic second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some promotional art for the film surfaced online. But since we didn't want to jump the gun and show you some mediocre images of certain characters from the film before they were revealed in the trailer, we waited until now to show them off. These look like the kind of posters you'd find at Wal-Mart or maybe in some kind of small poster book for kids, but they do give us a great look at the new villain Kylo Ren, who is believed to be played by Adam Driver, with his metallic mask on, as well as a chrome stormtrooper, rumored to be named Captain Phasma and played by Gwendoline Christie, and the Empire troops in formation. Look!
Just how big is an IMAX camera, really? Here's a fun photo that should give you a good idea. Director Zack Snyder (currently working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) tweeted out a photo showing him holding a huge IMAX camera inside an office, presumably in preparation for some IMAX filming. He didn't add any other description aside from the hashtag "#workout". In the background you can see posters for The Dark Knight, Skyfall and IMAX's Space Station 3D movie, which means Zack was visiting one of IMAX's offices when they snapped this. We already know that Snyder shot some footage for Batman v Superman in IMAX, and hopefully we'll know more about exactly how much footage there will be soon. Take a look below.
When we featured our list of the 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015, one of the comedies on the list was the reboot of the 1983 classic comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. Now the film is simply called Vacation, but there are still solid ties to the original franchise with Ed Helms leading the film as a grown up Rusty Griswald, getting ready to take his own family out on a vacation just like his father (Chevy Chase) and mother (Beverly D'Angelo) did when he was a kid. The two original stars of the four-film comedy franchise reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, and now we have an official first look at the film.
Production is underway for Zoolander 2, the sequel to the 2001 comedy starring Ben Stiller as the titular really, really, really, ridiculously good looking male model. The original film had the unfortunate task of opening in theaters just a couple weeks after the attacks on 9/11, and it's been a long road to get a follow-up off the ground, but it's finally on the way. We've gotten some teases of the film with a big announcement at fashion week in Paris followed by a real photo shoot with Zoolander himself, as well as Owen Wilson has Hansel. And now we have a glimpse at a new character, Zoolander's teenage son, played by Cyrus Arnold.
Ever since production on Deadpool began, we've gotten little tidbits of information on the Marvel film from 20th Century Fox starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth. The first photo showed off Deadpool in an alluring pose, Reynolds revealed the film is R-rated, and co-star Ed Skrein confirmed that he's playing the villain Ajax. And now we have another glimpse at the forthcoming comic book flick, and it reveals a character that comic book fans should be excited to see. Brianna Hildebrand plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a telepath with precognitive abilities, named after a song by Monster Magnet. Look now!
For those who didn't know, Sylvester Stallone is heading back to the big screen as the iconic fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. But this time, he's not putting on the gloves himself for another fight. Instead, the spin-off Creed focuses on Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, son of the late world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), as he attempts to follow in his father's footsteps by asking Rocky, who is now retired, to be his trainer and help lead him to a title of his own. The film shot on location in Philadelphia, and now Stallone has unveiled the first photo from the film with himself and Jordan. Look!
Hahaha! Oh, how David Ayer teases. The next photo from Suicide Squad has appeared on Ayer's Twitter, following the group shot of the cast yesterday. It addresses the question of "where is Jared Leto?" The actor was noticeably absent from a cast shot that included everyone else, from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman to Viola Davis. The new photo shows Jared Leto, with short green hair preparing to play The Joker, hiding behind half a camera. At what first seems like a bad shot, is actually a reference to the cover of the acclaimed Joker graphic novel The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland. Nice one, Ayer. It's a cool shot, I just wish we'd get more than this tease and the hair shot from before. In time…
After revealing a new piece of concept art from X-Men: Apocalypse last month that showed off Angel, director Bryan Singer has given us another look at the winged mutant, along with confirmation that Ben Hardy will indeed be playing the comic book character in the film. What's interesting though, is this new piece of concept art also seems to confirm that Angel will indeed become Archangel at some point, because the character has metal wings that are completely different from the regular, feathered wings we saw in last month's art. So it sounds like Angel will become a villain in Apocalypse, but will he stay that way in the end?
Just last month, we got our first good look at the front of The Thing in an international banner for Josh Trank's comic book reboot of Fantastic Four. But the photo wasn't very good quality, so we're happy to point your way to three new photos from the late summer release, one that gives us a much better glimpse at Jamie Bell as the rocky hero. Honestly, he doesn't look too far removed from the version Michael Chiklis played in Fox's old Fantastic Four franchise, though he looks more jagged and less rubbery. In addition, there's a new photo of the team as astronauts, and Miles Teller as Reed Richards getting stretched a bit.
Here they are…! Get your first look, sort of, at the cast of David Ayer's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros, featuring one hell of a line-up of actors for a one-off DC romp. The photo was tweeted out by writer/director David Ayer today, since (bring it on) production is about to begin on this, and it shows Ayer plus twelve other actors gathered for a "read through", meaning they read through the script to get a feel for their roles. It features everyone from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, Jim Parrack (looking a lot like Tom Hardy) and even comedian Ike Barinholtz. Oddly, Jared Leto is missing, but I think we'll be seeing more of him soon enough.
So far, we've only been given glimpses of Paul Bettany's new character Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It appears they're saving most of his action for fans to see in the big screen (could he be the scene staler like Quicksilver was in X-Men: Days of Future Past?). But now we finally have a shot of the pink and green superhero with all the rest of our Avengers and even the title robotic villain. The only downside is that it's one of the most heavily Photoshopped images I've ever seen, and it has so many perspective problems. In looking at this image, you'd have no idea Hulk was supposed to be bigger than any of them. Look below!
Following the recent new trailer for Paul Feig's comedy Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, now we have another look at the future Ghostbusters star's next comedy coming next spring. Michelle Darnell follows McCarthy as the title character, a titan of industry sent to prison after she’s convicted of insider trading. Once released, she aims to be rebranded as America's next sweetheart. And the first photo from the film features McCarthy working to restore her image as she leads a troop of girl scouts called Darnell's Darlings in a scheme to sell brownies. And Kristen Bell is also there alongside the troop as Darnell's assistant.
Last year, director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) brought the ambitious live-action, animated hybrid film The Congress to the big screen, and now he's doing something else innovative with animation for his next project. Folman is currently working on an animated drama that tells the story of Anne Frank with a blend of stop-motion and traditional 2D animation. The filmmaker is using stop-motion backgrounds while the characters themselves are 2D animated. The film has been in production since last winter, and now we have some photos showing off the style of the film along with some behind the scenes shots. Look!