'Star Wars Episode 8' Release To Go As Planned, Princess Leia’s Fate In Episode IX Still To Be Determined

Star Wars Episode 8 might be safe and will be released as planned on December 15, 2017. But with Carrie Fisher’s death came speculations about the fate of Princess Leia in Episode IX. Fortunately, Fisher has wrapped up filming for Episode 8. According to Variety, sources confirmed that Carrie’s parts in the eighth film finished in July and is currently in post production. During the Star Wars celebration in Europe in July, Fisher had let slip a little teaser involving “Han’s funeral.” It can be recalled that in Episode VII, Han Solo had died. Now a general, Leia Organa is the mother of villain Kylo Ren, the major force behind the First Order. It’s just ironic that Kylo Ren would turn out to be possibly an orphan in Episode IX. Star Wars Episode IX is due to commence filming in the summer of 2017. Such a big role would definitely be difficult for writers to write off unnoticed, and that’s why speculations have begun to surface about General Leia Organa’s fate. There are three paths open for General Leia. One is to go the CGI way, just as Princess Leia has appeared briefly in Rogue One. This would mean a more expensive Episode IX if Disney decides to go that route. Another option is to recast the role, which could be met with unfavorable reception from hardcore Star Wars fans. The third most plausible route is to kill off the character altogether. [Image by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney] So far, Disney has not released any comments or statements about the fate of General Leia in any films beyond Episode 8. Furthermore, news about Star Wars Episode 8 have been scarce. Not even an official title has been revealed. Understandably so, as Rogue One is currently in the limelight right now. According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, fans can expect some news about Episode 8 in the spring. We can only assume that this would be during the Star Wars Celebration. What we know so far is that Rian Johnson wrote and directed it. Actor Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, was all praises for the director in his interview with the Daily Beast. Meanwhile, Fisher’s tragic death has everyone reeling from sadness. Probably best known for playing Princess Leia, Fisher was more than just an intergalactic princess. She was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, the first of which is entitled Postcards from the Edge, published in 1987. The book satirized real-life events and revealed Carrie’s drug addiction in the 1970s. It was later on made into a movie, which starred Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaide. Aside from this, Fisher has also penned Wishful Drinking, The Princess Diarist, The Best Awful There Is, Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma, among others. She had unapologetically bared herself through her words, and has basically revealed that while everyone was seeing her as Princess Leia, these were the demons living in her head. For example, Carrie reveals in her second memoir, Shockaholic, that she went through electroconvulsive therapy to remedy depression. In layman’s terms, this is what is known as electroshock treatment. [Image by Michael Buckner/Getty Images] Fisher was also known as Hollywood’s “script doctor” and has worked on some big films in the ’90s including Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, Sister Act and The Wedding Singer. Obviously a gifted writer, Fisher has once described being invited to a mental hospital as “feeling very sane about her craziness.” “Carrie holds such a special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm, it is difficult to think of a world without her,” says president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit and a loving heart.” Lucasfilm, the Star Wars family, Disney, Hollywood, and all her fans really feel the loss of an amazing princess, and it is apt to say may her force be with us. [Featured Image by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Disney]

'Fifty Shades Darker' Every Steamy Secret We Know About Jamie Dornan And Dakota Johnson's Steamy BDSM Thriller

We’re only a few months away before Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return to the big screens as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker. Judging by the two trailers, the sequel might be the franchise’s most erotic film to date. What can fans expect to unfold in the erotic thriller? According to People, the trailers tease that Fifty Shades Darker will feature plenty of steamy scenes between Dornan and Johnson. Although the film received an R-rating for ual content and “graphic nudity and language,” it did not get an NC-17 rating. With James Foley helming the project, author E.L. James played a larger role in the production process. She even hired her husband, Niall Leonard, to help write the script. The film follows Christian as he tries to win back Ana following their split at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. The trailers reveal that there is a lot of ual tension between Christian and Ana, at least at the start. “I want you back,” Christian tells Ana in the video. “I had no idea what this was gonna become.” ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ avoided an NC-17 MPAA rating.[ Image by Universal Pictures] “I don’t see how this can work,” Ana answers back, while the trailer showcases the pair attending a masquerade ball. Later, Christian and Ana are shown making love in a shower. Apart from Christian and Ana, the story will also introduce a few new characters to the mix. According to Glamour Magazine, this includes Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), Christian’s former partner who taught him everything he knows about the world of BDSM. Bella Heathcote is also playing a woman from Christian’s past – Leila. The character is one of Christian’s past sub-doms who hasn’t gotten over her former lover. Both women will undoubtedly create problems for Christian and Ana as they attempt to rekindle their intense romance. The trailers also teased fans with some of the music that will accompany the movie. The first trailer featured a hot remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” while the most recent video featured the single, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik. Swift wrote the track with the help of Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew. The song was produced specifically for Fifty Shades Darker and Malik was the first to approach Swift with the idea. “We were kind of in separate places when I mentioned the idea to her. I spoke to her on the phone and she heard the song because Jack [Antonoff] had played it to her,” Malik shared. “So she really liked it and she went in the studio the next day.” Malik continued: “The interesting thing was she’s actually friends with [Gigi Hadid], so she already reached out because Jack had just played her the song anyway, just because we’d done it together and she really liked it.” Both Dornan and Johnson have claimed that ‘Darker’ has bolder scenes than the first movie. [Image by Universal] While fans wait for the release of Fifty Shades Darker, Dornan continues to fight rumors of his alleged romance with Johnson. According to Enstarz, the actor recently opened up about the rumors and officially denied ever having sparked a romance with Johnson outside of work. The actor is currently married to Amelia Warner and has two children. During production of Fifty Shades Darker, rumors surfaced that Dornan was sneaking around with Johnson behind Warner’s back. Reports also hinted that Warner was unhappy with her husband’s part in the erotic franchise. Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like Dornan and Johnson had anything romantic going on. Instead, Dornan admitted that he and Johnson are good friends and that he is more than happy with his married life. Fans can watch Dornan and Johnson in action when Fifty Shades Darker opens in theaters on Feb. 10, 2017, check out the latest trailer below. [Featured Image by Universal Pictures]

''Rogue One' Visual Effects Guru Defends Using Technology To Bring Back Dead Actor

Warning: There are some SPOILERS ahead for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So if you’ve not seen the blockbuster then you should proceed cautiously. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story not only introduced a brand new posse of characters for the franchise led by Felicity Jones as Jyrn Erso and Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, but at the same time it also saw the surprising return of characters from the series’ distant past, too, which included Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. Since Peter Cushing died in 1994, Industrial Light & Magic used special effects, as well as physical performance from actor Guy Henry, to create a digital likeness of Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. While the visual effects themselves have been praised, its usage has sparked a debate over whether or not they should have been used at all. [Image via Lucasfilm] Speaking to the New York Times John Knoll, who isn’t just the chief creative officer over at Industrial Light & Magic but was a visual effects supervisor on Rogue One and shared a story credit alongside Gary Whitta on the film, too, has defended the special effects in the standalone blockbuster. Not only did he insist that they were incorporated to aid the story, but he also denied speculation that we could see the return of more actors that have been dead for years in future Hollywood films, too. John Knoll explained, I don’t imagine that happening. This was done for very solid and defendable story reasons. This is a character that is very important to telling this kind of story. It is extremely labor-intensive and expensive to do. I don’t imagine anybody engaging in this kind of thing in a casual manner. We’re not planning on doing this digital re-creation extensively from now on. It just made sense for this particular movie. John Knoll admitted that discussions were held about how else they could bring Grand Moff Tarkin back for Rogue One, as he remarked, We did talk about Tarkin participating in conversations via hologram, or transferring that dialogue to other characters. But Kiri Hart, who is a story development executive over at Lucasfilm and a co-producer on Rogue One, told the New York Times that they really had no option but to incorporate Grand Moff Tarkin into the blockbuster in as realistic a fashion as possible because it wouldn’t have made sense if he wasn’t in the story. Kiri Hart explained, “If he’s not in the movie, we’re going to have to explain why he’s not in the movie.” Kiri Hart also discussed the decision to use technology to incorporate a digital likeness of 19-year-old Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa into the film, too. She insisted that you needed to see Leia Organa’s face right at the end of Rogue One to make the conclusion impactful. [Image via Lucasfilm] Kiri Hart explained, To deliver on that moment of hopefulness, that is really underscored by the fact that you do get to see her face. That’s the best possible use of effects, to enhance the meaning and the emotion of the experience for the viewer. On the afternoon of Tuesday December 27 the world was shocked and saddened to learn that Carrie Fisher had died at the age of 60. On December 23 Carrie Fisher had gone into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She battled valiantly for the following four days, but was pronounced dead at 8:55 am. In her book Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher detailed how she wanted her death to be reported, writing, via Vanity Fair, “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by own bra.” Carrie Fisher is survived by her daughter 24-year-old Bille Lourd, mother Debbie Reynolds, brother Todd Fisher, and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. [Featured Image by Lucasfilm]

'Star Wars: Episode 8' Rumors: Carrie Fisher Will Still Play Major Role In Next 'Star Wars' Movie, But Princess Leia Could Die In 'Episode 9'

Carrie Fisher will still appear in Star Wars: Episode 8, as the actress finished shooting before her shocking death this week, but another big question is still up in the air — will Princess Leia die in the next movie. Fisher died on Tuesday, three days after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack while on a flight to Los Angeles. The 60-year-old actress had been in the hospital in intensive care since suffering the heart attack, though some sources close to the family noted that her condition was more serious than media reports had indicated. Carrie Fisher’s death has brought an outpouring of love and condolences from fans, but has also raised questions about what will happen with Princess Leia character in next year’s installment, Star Wars: Episode 8. Fisher was known for her portrayal of Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and she reprised her role for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There was some concern after Fisher’s death about whether she would be able to appear in the movie. But as The Insider reported, Carrie Fisher was able to complete her scenes and will still appear in Star Wars: Episode 8 — and play a major role, at that. “Leia, now a general, holds an important role in the current trilogy. She is the mother of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the villain and a major force behind the First Order. This past summer, while at “Star Wars” Celebration in London, Fisher dropped a major hint that they may have shot a scene of Han Solo’s funeral. While it was unclear whether she meant that scene would be happening, or that event had happened off screen between episodes VII and VIII, it is clear that General Leia will still be a vital part of the next film.” Varietynoted that Disney and LucasFilm, the producers of the Star Wars series, will not have to address Carrie Fisher’s death until the 2019 installment, Star Wars: Episode 9. Fisher had done no work on the final movie of the series, Just Jared noted. “According to the movie’s IMDB page, the film is set to start shooting this coming Spring with a 2019 release date. It is unclear how director Colin Trevorrow will address Carrie’s passing in the film, and we’ll have to wait and see what they decide.” While the rumors about what happens to Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode 9 are not yet clear — and the decision of how to address Carrie Fisher’s death is likely still being discussed internally — there may be no way around the death of her character. In the past, actors who have died in the midst of production could be added to the final cut using CGI or body doubles, as the Fast and the Furious series did after the death of Paul Walker, but Carrie Fisher had nothing filmed for Episode 9. And given the central importance of her character, there may be no way around having Princess Leia die as well. [Image by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP Images] Fans of the late actress will have other chances to see her before Star Wars: Episode 8 is released. Fisher had a recurring role on the Amazon/Channel 4 comedy series Catastrophe, Variety noted, and was actually returning from London where she was working on the project when she suffered the fatal heart attack. The series is set to air its third season in the spring, and Fisher will appear in one of the six episodes. [Image by by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios] Fans who are able to see Star Wars: Episode 8 will see what will be Carrie Fisher’s last on-screen appearance. The movie is slated to be released on December 15, 2017. The fate of Princess Leia may not be known for another two years after that, however, with the 2019 release of Star Wars: Episode 9. [Featured Image by Disney/LucasFilm]

Superman Actor Henry Cavill Offers A Black Adam Tease For 'Justice League'

Henry Cavill has successfully picked up the Superman mantel from the late Christopher Reeve and, while he may never parallel what Reeve had done with the character, Man of Steel proves Cavill is far more apt than Brandon Routh’s attempt in Superman Returns (2006). Following Henry’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor is all in for pursuing his DC Entertainment career as far as it will go, which is something Cavill proved in a recent promotional stunt used to introduce Dwayne Johnson as Justice League‘s Black Adam. Superman And Black Adam Share A Drink, But Will Their Peace Last? Henry Cavill and Dwayne Johnson share a drink, but can their alter egos, Superman and Black Adam, be just as friendly? Image by Henry Cavill/Instagram. Unlike the version of Superman played by the aforementioned Christopher Reeve, Henry Cavill can’t seem to get along with anyone, including Batman, as seen in Dawn of Justice. /Film reports that Cavill took an opportunity to make peace with Dwayne Johnson, at least off screen, in a holiday posting to Instagram in which the two DC Entertainment actors shared a festive drink. Dwayne Johnson is set to play Black Adam in the planned Shazam film and its sequels, but the actor has said that, as far as he knows, there are no plans for Black Adam and Superman to come to blows. Johnson does confirm with certainty that there won’t be a conflict with Superman in the first Shazam film, but that doesn’t mean the two superheroes won’t do battle in another of the planned films. Henry Cavill posted the picture on Instagram, showing Dwayne and himself seated outdoors, each with their own preference of liquor, toasting to the holidays. “Merry Christmas a Happy New Year from Superman and Black Adam @therock. Today we drink like gentleman and come together as friends. We’re excited for what the future brings.. #DangerousGentleman #DCWorldsWillCollide #Superman,” Justice League‘s Cavill captioned the image. By suggesting that the two “come together as friends” for the holiday, is the Superman actor suggesting an on screen feud for their characters? While there’s no evidence either way, the Justice League star’s remark is just vague enough to keep DC fans speculating. Justice League‘s Superman Is Tempted By The Dark Side Henry Cavill loves playing Superman, but also sees himself going dark as a ‘Star Wars’ villain. Image by Henry Cavill/Instagram. There’s no denying that Henry Cavill loves his fandoms. A cursory review of Cavill’s Instagram posts is proof enough that the Justice League actor is grateful for the support his Superman receives and gives no indication that he plans to hang up his cape, but, as Comicbook recently shared, Cavill might like to wear a darker cape. As if one fandom isn’t enough, Henry has expressed an interest in joining the Star Wars universe as well. Cavill gave his Instagram followers another kind of thrill, when he recently posted an image of himself wearing a high tech diving mask and suggested that the mask might be adapted to look more sinister. “When you love being Superman but you secretly want to be a bad guy in Star Wars too!” Cavill captioned the image. Yes, while Henry does seem to have caught the Star Wars bug, he has no interest in crawling around as a rebel fighter, scavenging for supplies and secret plans. Instead, the Superman actor has his sights set on the dark side. Mr. Cavill wants to be a Star Wars villain. It will be interesting to see if Disney takes Henry up on his desire to join the Star Wars family and, if so, how they might cast the Justice League star. Certainly, bringing Cavill in on the Star Wars saga would do wonders for both franchises, melding the franchises that much more, as DC fandoms rush to the next Star Wars film to see an evil Superman. Justice League is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017. [Featured Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images]

Next 'Star Wars' Film Revealed? Boba Fett Anthology Outing Reportedly Back In Development, Could Follow Han Solo

For a while it was assumed that the long touted standalone Boba Fett film would never materialize. Back in June, 2014, Josh Trank was confirmed as its director, but less than a year later the filmmaker had left the project. It was rumored that the poor critical response to Fantastic Four, and Josh Trank’s attack on Fox ahead of its release, was the reason for his departure. With Josh Trank gone and the Han Solo Anthology film having been sped into development it was assumed that the Boba Fett solo outing was in limbo. But it has now been alleged that the Boba Fett effort is back in turnaround over at Lucasfilm. That’s because Boba Fett was added to the list of film productions by My Entertainment World, via Star Wars Newsnet. An alleged premise for the blockbuster has also been released, too. An origin story of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter. Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. It has also been reported that Boba Fett’s solo film will be shot at Pinewood Studios in London, however a date for its production wasn’t revealed. [Image via Lucasfilm] Just last month it was revealed by Entertainment Weekly that Josh Trank’s Boba Fett film was cancelled literally seconds before Disney and Lucasfilm were going to announce it at the Lucasfilm Celebration in March, 2015. At this event the spin-off was due to be officially confirmed, and Josh Trank’s name was even still primed to appear on a giant screen promoting the Future Filmmakers for the Star Wars franchise. However, Josh Trank and Lucasfilm pulled the plug on the announcement for the Boba Fett film, even though the studio had a concept art reel for it ready to showcase. In August of the same year Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy insisted that they were still developing the Boba Fett story, though, remarking, via Games Radar, “It’s absolutely one of the stories we want to tell. We’re trying to get to a point where we’re never rushing for anything.” Back in November Kathleen Kennedy also revealed that the plan for new Star Wars films was going to be ironed out in January, once Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had been released. When asked about the future installments to the Star Wars franchise outside of Episode 8, Episode 9, and the Han Solo film, the Lucasfilm president told Entertainment Weekly, That’s a conversation going on right now, too. I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but standalones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that. There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about. But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, ‘What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?’ [Image via Lucasfilm] When she was asked who was being tasked with figuring out what direction the Star Wars franchise will be heading in over the next few years after its upcoming slate has run its course, Kathleen Kennedy explained, The story team and the trust, and the visual effects team that we have been working with. We always pull in the directors and the writers that have been a part of these other three movies. We create pretty much a very collegiate group of people to share ideas. The next Star Wars film will be Episode VIII, which has been written and directed by Rian Johnson and is due out on December 15, 2017. The still untitled Han Solo Anthology film will be released on May 25, 2018, while Episode IX will be released in 2019, and another Anthology film, which is now expected to revolve around Boba Fett, will hit in 2020. [Featured Image by Lucasfilm]

Adam Driver Provides 'Star Wars: Episode 8' Update

Now that Rogue One has been released moviegoers are already looking forward to future installments in the Star Wars franchise, the next of which is Episode 8. The sequel to The Force Awakens will once again see Adam Driver portray Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and the actor has now provided an update on the film, lavishing praise on writer and director Rian Johnson. Johnson, who drew acclaim from the cinematic community because of his work on Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, and television’s Breaking Bad, has replaced J.J. Abrams at the helm of the Star Wars franchise. Adam Driver waxed lyrical to The Daily Beast about Rian Johnson, especially when it came to the script for Star Wars 8. [Image via Paramount Pictures] Adam Driver remarked, He’s a brilliant filmmaker. And he wrote the script also, and he understands the importance of ambiguity and nuance. He wrote something that I think is remarkable. Adam Driver also struggled to put into words just what it’s like to work on the Star Wars franchise, or the fact that he’s a professional actor at all. Adam Driver confessed that he actually tries not to think about it too much, and instead primarily looks forward. The 33-year-old actor explained, It is a trip! I’m not very good at analyzing it, I guess, or even making time to attach meaning to it. So much of it is luck, and timing. I work hard but I can work hard in a vacuum. I’ve been lucky to get these opportunities. It’s very surreal to me. In working on the jobs—and actually doing the thing—I block that stuff from my mind as much as possible, because it’s not good to get nostalgic or overthink it. That might be a good strength of mine: not thinking a lot. It’s been a rather successful past 12 months for Adam Driver. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released in December, 2015, drew impressive reviews and went on to gross $2.068 billion, making it the third most successful film of all time. Since then Adam Driver has also appeared in Midnight Special, Paterson, and Silence, which have each been met with positive reviews and saw the actor work with acclaimed directors Jeff Nichols, Jim Jarmusch, and Martin Scorsese, respectively. This is a trend that Adam Driver will continue in 2017, as he stars in Steven Soderbergh’s Lucky Logan before Star Wars: Episode VIII is released on December 16, while there have even been suggestions that Adam Driver might be nominated for an Academy Award for his performances in Silence and/or Paterson. [Image via Amazon Studios] It was hoped that we’d get to see the first trailer for Star Wars 8 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it was released earlier this month. However, it never emerged, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Lizo Mzmiba, via Comic Book, ahead of Rogue One’s release that was because they wanted to give the standalone Star Wars film room to thrive. After being asked when Star Wars 8’s first trailer will be released, Kathleen Kennedy remarked, Pretty soon. We’re giving this [Rogue One] a little breathing room. Probably heading into spring, you’ll start to see things. Daisy Ridley, who portrayed Rey in The Force Awakens, recently admitted to Empire Online that she has already seen some of the footage for Star Wars 8 and it made her very, very excited. Daisy Ridley remarked, I went to go see Rian in the edit, and that was very…[makes excited noise] Rian sounds very happy. It’s very, very exciting. Rian doesn’t love showing stuff. I’ve seen bits and bobs, but he likes it to be done. So I think probably the first time I see it will be when it’s fully done. I don’t think anyone will see an early cut outside of the main editing team…. [Featured Image by Lucasfilm]

'Star Wars Episode VIII' Trailer: Find Out When You Can See The Much-Anticipated Preview Of The New Film!

With the success of Rogue One, Star Wars fans are dying for their next fix, and that obvious “fix” is going to come in the form of the Star Wars Episode VIII trailer. And, according to the latest reports, the first Star Wars Episode VIII trailer is going to come much later than everyone expected, and before a rather interesting film franchise! That’s the word according to Cinema Blend, who talked to longtime Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII trailer. The news she had to share, needless to say, is rather disappointing. “Well, pretty soon. We’re giving [Rogue One] a little bit of breathing room, and then probably heading into spring you’ll start to see things.” This is a bit of a deviation from the promotion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who showed its first trailer more than a year before the original film was released. Cinema Blend speculates that the reason The Force Awakens had so much build-up behind it was that it was the first Star Wars film to be released in a decade, and they had to get people excited about it. 356 Days Until #StarWarsEpisode8!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NwA8z9n3Ma — Episode 8 Countdown (@Ep8StarWars) December 23, 2016 But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any news about the film before the release of the Star Wars Episode VIII trailer. According to the AVS Forum, the title for Episode VIII has been accidentally leaked by Disney due to a clerical error. When the executives at Disney filed a trademark in the European Union Intellectual Property Office, they registered the name “Star Wars Episode VIII: Force of Destiny.” This led many fans to speculate that this was, in fact, the name of the new Star Wars film. John Williams begins???? scoring @starwars Episode 8 soundtrack????#DaisyRidley pic.twitter.com/mLGm6vQ9sR — Daisy Ridley Updates (@RidleyUpdate) December 15, 2016 However, more eagle-eyed fans will be wise to remember that Lucasfilm has a habit of throwing up “red herrings” surrounding the names of films. Those of us Star Wars fans who are older than most (i.e., saw Return of the Jedi in theaters) will remember that, at the time Return of the Jedi came out in the days prior to social media and the Internet, speculation in the fan club suggested that Episode VI was, in fact, named Blue Harvest. Lucasfilm even went so far as to have stationery made up with a fake “Blue Harvest” logo on the top! Star Wars Episode 8 News – BIG SNOKE TEASES! https://t.co/pgPJBud3dx pic.twitter.com/HRKustekfQ — That Guy Greedo (@ThatGuyGreedo) December 14, 2016 Finally, according to the latest Star Wars Episode VIII trailer news released by the International Business Times, information from the set has been recently leaked, and suggests that there will be some battle scenes on the planet Ahch-To, which is where Rey (Daisy Ridley) found Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of The Force Awakens. News from the set suggests that filming for these scenes took place on the Irish island Skellig Michael, and featured Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. International Business Times speculates that these battles will take place between the Knights of Ren (who counts Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, in their ranks) and Luke and Rey. Further, the site speculates that there will be a special “teaser trailer” for Episode VIII that will be released right before the Star Wars Celebration ceremonies to get the die-hard fans excited about the upcoming films. What If Star Wars: Episode 8 Opened Without Ever Showing A Trailer? Here’s What Adam Driver Thinks https://t.co/W8JipB54nq #Film pic.twitter.com/i2ijnnguuQ — Film Hour (@filmhour) December 13, 2016 What do you think we will see in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII trailer? Leave your thoughts about the latest Star Wars Episode VIII trailer in the comments below. [Featured Image by Lucasfilm/Disney]

Alien: Covenant News: Red Band Trailer Shows Essential Scene? Cast Member Katherine Waterston Explains The Violence [Spoilers]

The disturbing and horrifying Alien: Covenant trailer released recently and with it some pretty gruesome scenes as it was a red band trailer. Fantastic Beasts cast member Katherine Waterston gave her take on the violence and there’s also a rather notable scene of a human transforming into a horrifying creature only it appeared to be emerging from the host’s back. “Backburster” A Valid Alien Creature? A confirmation was made by Alien vs. Predator Galaxy that “Neomorph” was the name associated with a whole new alien entity encountering the crew of the Covenant in this new movie, according to AVP Galaxy. See Michael Fassbender in a new photo from Ridley Scott’s #AlienCovenant https://t.co/0EEQytrWyn pic.twitter.com/OW44NFyKv8 — Variety (@Variety) December 26, 2016 A couple of months ago in October Michael Fassbender, who plays David / Walter, let slip the name “Neomorph” during a BBC interview. Could this be the very creature seen portrayed evolving in the Alien: Covenant trailer? The trailer also shows spore-like organisms going airborne with a mere footstep much like those brown puffball fungi found on forest floors in real life. Neomorphs are touted in the Alien lore as creatures who distribute themselves in a similar fashion while entering the nostrils/ears of the hosts. They are actually the next result of the accelerant/black goo which proceeds the next stage in the formation process, according to AVP Galaxy. This very “goo” was said to alter a planet’s ecosystem, so just imagine those real life fungal puffballs crossbreeding with that of such an alien entity to form the fictional microbes that possibly developed the “aliens” from the movies we know today or perhaps a corresponding variant/Neomorphs. The Alien: Covenant red band movie trailer features a scene where the “backburster” had spines coming out of the host’s back. The Neomorph is described emerging from their hosts in a similar fashion and that this, along with the Fassbender BBC slip-up, could further strengthen the rumors into being more valid regarding the alien threat to the crew of the Covenant. Violence Described Cast member Katherine Waterston, who plays Daniels in Alien: Covenant, talks about violence in the flick in a report by Heroic Hollywood. Of course, the Aliens franchise has always been known to be violent since the first Alien movie and thus how would this be any different? “It’s freaky. It’s definitely scary. I think people can handle it but it’s going to be a thrill. I don’t think it’s going to destroy anybody’s lives or anything but it is definitely scary. There’s levity in it, too, and wonderful interpersonal dynamics and stuff. That was something that was so great about the original film. You really felt you knew these people and that they were specific and lovely and sad to see them go.” It’s probably good to know to expect some levity was added into it which makes the characters show a humanistic side. It’s interesting to note that even Waterston acknowledged the nostalgia of the original movie and the connection she has made with the original Weylan crew. Although the Alien franchise may have a step up when it comes to violence of a disturbing nature compared to other sci-fi/horror movies. If you think about it, the creatures’ entire reproductive process is violent and/or disturbing depending on the stage of development. The idea of having an alien egg laid in your body leads up to the imaginative and flesh destructive end result. The first trailer for #AlienCovenant arrived today. It’s a Christmas miracle! https://t.co/1nC3Rpb2iu pic.twitter.com/hXsaVnXgJk — Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) December 25, 2016 Alien: Covenant is the second of three movies of the prequel trilogy that connects the the original 1979 flick. David is the sole survivor of the Prometheus from the first prequel movie. David is a synthetic non-human, so it’ll be interesting how his longevity may work for him as he rejoins humans once again. Alien: Covenant debuts come May 19, 2017 and is directed by Ridley Scott with story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green. The screenplay is by John Logan. The red band trailer has already been released and delves into the darkness of the prequel sequel. [Featured Image by Michael Loccisano /Getty Images]

'Moana' Hidden Easter Eggs Revealed

Moana has been a big hit at the box office, but not nearly as big of a hit as Frozen, according to Entertainment Weekly. The latest animated feature by Disney may have failed to challenge the all-time animated champ Frozen, but at least it has fun Easter eggs and hidden cameos all over it. Moana is centered around a girl in the South Pacific who goes on an adventurous trip across the ocean with a demigod. Only the most attentive die-hard fans of Disney have probably noticed that there were a few hidden Easter eggs in the new Disney film. I love pure #Disney animated movies! #Moana???? fun fun at #MyCoffeeChats pic.twitter.com/gf4FtpPKzr — Hima (हिमा) (@himabista) December 16, 2016 While it’s understandably easy to miss those hidden Easter eggs, Moana viewers have found references to at least four classic animated features: The Little Mermaid, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and, of course, Frozen. Flounder from The Little Mermaid popped up at least several times in Moana. And it doesn’t come as a surprise considering that the two animated features were helmed by the same directors. The Clever Little Mermaid Reference Found In Moana, According To Lin-Manuel Miranda https://t.co/YOHJ0tRdw7 #movies pic.twitter.com/prQ9uVlOTK — movie trends (@moviestrend) December 23, 2016 In particular, Flounder from the 1989 Disney classic can be seen a few times throughout Moana. In the post-credits scene, die-hard Disney fans noticed Flounder pop up when giant crustacean Tamatoa references Sebastian the crab. I already love #Moana but this Little Mermaid easter egg makes me like it just a little bit more. pic.twitter.com/Pj1E8wdSyO — Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) November 29, 2016 But Disney fans can get a better look at Flounder during a montage when Maui, a character voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, sings the anthem “You’re Welcome.” Disney wouldn’t be Disney if it didn’t have a Frozen reference in Moana. The reindeer Sven from Frozen made a pretty noticeable appearance in a scene when Maui fails to transform into different animals. It’s also tough to miss a reference to Frozen’s Marshmallow, the personal bodyguard of Elsa when baby Moana and Chief Tui look at a tapa featuring a monster etching. Sven’s cameo in Moana #movies #news pic.twitter.com/6ABUIINpgX — Charles (@CoolCharles1) December 20, 2016 Those who had watched Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph probably also noticed Wreck-It Ralph himself appear on those same tapa cloths that can be seen in the Motunui village. On the tapa, Wreck-It Ralph can be seen centuries before he begins his adventures in the internet data space described in the announced 2018 sequel. But what was probably the coolest cameo in Moana was the appearance of Baymax from Big Hero 6. The inflatable robotic synthformer inspired an outfit of one of those coco creatures who chases Moana and Maui across the ocean. RT @EW: Exclusive: #Moana hidden cameos include #LittleMermaid and #WreckItRalph: https://t.co/H36P0WWauF???? pic.twitter.com/twNwxy2Ko0 — Christina Sandefur (@cmsandefur) December 21, 2016 Those who haven’t seen Moana yet have an exclusive chance to get a glimpse of the new Disney animated feature on YouTube, according to the Verge. Pretty much all of the Moana reviews on the internet praise the animated film starring The Rock for its remarkable soundtrack. Apparently, Disney decided to repeat the same marketing strategy it did with Frozen three years ago. Disney made the 2013 classic’s hit song “Let It Go” fully and legally available on YouTube about a week after the animated feature hit theaters. With Moana, Disney has done basically the same thing. However, this time the company decided to leak more than just one soundtrack from its latest animated film. In fact, Disney has uploaded almost all major musical numbers from Moana to YouTube. The most recent musical number uploaded by Disney is the overly catchy “You’re Welcome” anthem sung by The Rock’s character Maui. The video has so far been watched nearly a million times, which is a far cry from “Let It Go,” which already has almost a billion hits on YouTube. The list of musical numbers from Moana available on YouTube also includes “How Far I’ll Go” by Auli’i Cravalho, “We Know the Way” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’I, and “Shiny” by Jemaine Clement. [Featured Image by Jesse Grant/Getty Images]