Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

CinemaBlend – Cobie Smulders Could Return As Maria Hill In Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. – which makes sense seeing as she’d be much cheaper to get than Jackson or the actual Avengers.

ComicBookMovie – The 14th Annual Golden Tomato  Award Winners – Avengers got some top honors.

ComicBookMovie – Ten Actors Who Should Be Considered To Play THE FLASH – I like Hedlund or Cooper on this list.

ComicBookMoive – Jon Favreau On Not Directing  IRON MAN 3 – Episode VII: Abrams says snagging Star Wars is “an incredible thing;” Could release date get pushed back?

Entertainment Weekly – ‘Star Trek’ Meets ‘Star Wars’: Artists’ Renderings

''Star Wars on deck'' by Kevin Lingenfelser

”Star Wars on deck” by Kevin Lingenfelser

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The Galactic Empire has responded to the White House’s response to the Death Star Petition:

IMPERIAL CENTER, CORUSCANT – The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”

Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility. “The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this miniscule planet does not have our massive means of production,” added Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet.

Emissaries of the Emperor also caution any seditious elements within the Galactic Senate not to believe Earth’s exaggerated claims of there being a weakness in the Death Star design. “Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture,” added Motti.

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SuperHeroHype – Anthony Mackie on Playing The Falcon in Captain America Sequel
“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”

BleedingCool – Marvel Tries To Pull Back The Spoilers On Gambit #10. Warning, Spoilers
Was it a mistake or did they want to jump in and get the Romy’s on their side?

CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Wishes He Could Direct Star Wars 7, Too
I’m actually glad for this cause Whedon, as much as I adore Firefly and Avengers… I just don’t think I trust him…

ComicBookMovie – DREDD Director Pete Travis On  The Chances Of A Sequel; Shares His Thoughts On CBMs

ComicBookMovie – COMICS: Mysterious XX Teaser Is  For All Female  X-MEN Relaunch
“Wood says he plans to challenge the notion of female promiscuity, that is the  double standard that Wolverine can sleep with as many females as he likes but if  Storm or Rogue sleep with more than one man then they’re labeled promiscuous.”

X-Men (2013)

X-Men (2013)

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The White House promised to respond to any petition that gets 30k signatures and the “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” met that mark. See the response below.

Official White House Response toSecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.                        

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

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CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Will Be Set After The Avengers
So begs the question… how is Coulson alive? Not that we’d argue with whatever excuse he comes up with.

ComicBookMovie – Joss Whedon Updates On THE  AVENGERS Sequel, S.H.I.E.L.D. And Oversight Of PHASE TWO

Newsarama – Court Rules In Favor of WB in SUPERMAN Case, WB Responds

ComicBookMovie – ARROW To Explore The Dark Archer’s Origins
Which I think counts as the first time any other character than the Queen’s get any kind of real back story other than a few throwaway lines.

BleedingCool – Star Wars Live Action TV Series May Be Headed To ABC, Fresh Details Arrive
As the article points out… if S.H.I.E.L.D. works out then doing Star Wars would be a no-brainer to ABC.


ComicBookMovie – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY To Shoot  This Summer At Shepperton Studios

io9 – The Avengers FX reel will blow you away!

io9 – Eye-Popping New Concept Art from Avengers, Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class!

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel And The Wolverine Deliver New Stills

Entertainment Weekly First Look

Entertainment Weekly First Look

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CinemaBlend – Call Of Duty Movie Won’t Happen Due To Fear Of Disappointing Fans
Basically, because there has been no good Video Game Movie, they won’t let any of their product become movies. This is interesting though, if we can gave great Comic Book Movies, why not VBM’s? They work essentially the same.

ComicBookMovie – Jaimie Alexander Offers Advice  For Making WONDER WOMAN Work
HINT: get rid of the spandex and boobage for a starter

SuperHeroHype – Exclusive: Famke Janssen on X-Men: Days of Future Past
They apparently haven’t asked her for DOFP yet, which now puts the rumors of her in The Wolverine as suspect, but I suppose it could still work.

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

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Who said the lead character in Star Wars Episode VII is going to be a male star? 🙂

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 3, 2013

Luke was originally a girl in the early drafts of ANH so this is nothing new, really. SW has always been lacking in the gender equality, both sets having a single strong female character who kinda tanked in the third movie, so having the main lead of the new set be a strong female who manages to carry that out through all three sequels would be quite a feat.

However, are they doing this because they want to be seen as gender-sensitive or because they are capitalizing on the recent success of films like Hunger Games? Either don’t sound appealing to me at all. If they can make it work organically then I’d love to see a female lead but I’d rather they had a male character that works with the storyline than shoehorn in a female lead that doesn’t.

Lastly, I  don’t mind if it’s Jaina, just as long as it’s not Goddess!Jaina who seriously needed a slap or two. Romance is good, worked in SW, but it was understated and not dragged out nor did you see Leia emo-ing over it all. If these sequels turn into some psuedo-Twilight love triangle crap it will seriously damage my calm.

Thanks to for the heads up.

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