Mark Hamill Says Luke Just Meant To Scare The Wampa in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Not Dismember It

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Its one of the most iconic sequences from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke hanging from the ceiling of an ice cave on the surface of Hoth, about to become the meal of the ferocious Wampa. Luckily, the young Jedi trainee was able to use the force to grab his lightsaber and slice and dice his way out of the chilly death hole. But according to actor Mark Hamill, he never thought his character was going to dismember the wild creature.

Hamill revealed this bit of information as he responded to a tweet about a cake shaped like a severed wampa’s arm. He explained that while filming The Empire Strikes Back, he was told that Luke would just singe the wampa’s fur in and scare it off. But it wasn’t until later that he learned how Luke actually ended up chopping the poor animal’s arm off.

If you actually go back and watch the infamous scene it makes perfect sense, Luke merely flicks his lightsaber at the Wampa, a movement that would imply a less devastating blow. But then the scene jumps to another shot of the severed arm dropping to the ground. We never actually, you know, see it being properly cut off.  Here is the scene:

Are These Images Our First Look at Netflix’s New Sci-Fi Series ALTERED CARBON?

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We know that Netflix is working on one of its most expensive projects in the streaming company's history. It's a sci-fi series called Altered Carbon, a 10-episode series based on the bestselling novel by Richard K. Morgan. Up until now, we have not seen any teasers or stills from the production but i09 pointed out recently, that several gifs have been making the rounds on Reddit that look like they’re for the upcoming television adaptation. The images have not been confirmed by Netflix but show various businesses in Bay City circa 2384, matching the location and date that the novel takes place. 

Altered Carbon takes place in a distant future where people can transfer their consciousness from body to body, making immortality a reality. Society is divided between people who can afford to live forever and those who can't, creating modern gods who keep themselves above and apart from everyone else. The story follows a soldier (played by Joel Kinnaman) who is “resleeved,” or transferred, into a police officer’s body in order to investigate a conspiracy.

The series is written and produced by Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis, is rumored to be Netflix’s most expensive genre show to date, at $6 to $7 million per episode. Altered Carbon comes out sometime in 2018.

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Alexander Skarsgard Joins The Cast of Park Chan-wook’s THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

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Emmy Award winner Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies, Tarzan) is joining Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), in Park Chan-wook’s (Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker) television debut The Little Drummer Girl. The series based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré. Comingsoon.net reports that production on the six-part mini-series is expected to begin early next year.

In The Little Drummer Girl, young actress Charlie strikes up an friendship with an interesting stranger while vacationing in Greece, but it quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who drags her into a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she is forced to take on the role of a lifetime in the scheme. The story is set in the late 1970s, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal.

Skarsgård will next be seen in Duncan Jones’ Mute co-starring with Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. Skarsgård was most recently in Jean-Marc Vallée’s award-winning HBO series Big Little Lies, for which he won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series.
 

Cool Video Compares Shots From STRANGER THINGS Season 2 To The Movie Scenes That Inspired Them

We already know that Netflix's massive hit Stranger Things is greatly inspired by many classic films from the 1980's. Even though the writing and characters are great a lot of the show's popularity is built on the foundation of familiarity. Season 2 follows a lot of the same patterns. IMDB has put together a pretty amazing video that compares shots from the series and the cinematic shots that inspired them.  To name a few of the films, Ghostbusters, Aliens, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins among others.

Here’s the video:

Warner Bros. Faces a Massive Loss at the Box Office on JUSTICE LEAGUE

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The members of the Justice League may have saved the world in their new movie, but they are suffering a major loss for Warner Bros. at the box office. 

Forbes reports that the current box office suggests that Justice League is the lowest-grossing movie among the five DCEU releases so far:

"Total estimated costs: $600 million. Deduct that from the $545 million in studio revenue and we wind up with a $55 million loss. Against Warners' $475 million in upfront production and marketing expenditures, that works out to a negative 12% ROI."
That's the worst performance by far among when lined up against comparable recent films. Assuming my estimates for Justice League are in the right ballpark, then the film appears to have been a very bad investment for Warner Bros. Even if my loss estimates are off by $100 million and instead of losing $50 million the picture made $50 million in profit, it would still be the 19th worst performing picture on my 20-picture list.

Will this underperformance of Justice League impact DC’s future releases like AquamanShazam, and the Justice League and Wonder Woman sequels? I would assume it will. And despite Marvel's overall success with their MCU, this could even have a ripple effect on the upcoming Marvel movies.

What do you think? Will Warner Bros. look past this shortcoming and move forward with the same game plan? 

James Cameron Talks About Using Underwater Motion Capture for the AVATAR Sequels

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One of the very first things we learned about The Avatar Sequels was that writer/director James Cameron would be taking the characters underwater on Pandora. Cameron has been hyping that the follow-up films will offer brand new visuals and a good chunk of these will happen underwater. But shooting motion capture underwater is something that has pretty much never been done before. It turns out that developing this process is part of the reason it has taken so long for The Avatar Sequels to happen.

Recently Cameron sat down with Collider and talked about the process of shooting underwater motion-capture for Avatar 2 and 3 which is currently in production and as Cameron explains, it sounds incredibly hard:

“Well, we’re doing it. It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras. The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and it creates a bunch of false markers. It’s a little bit like a fighter plane dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile. It creates thousands of false targets, so we’ve had to figure out how to get around that problem, which we did. Basically, whenever you add water to any problem, it just gets ten times harder. So, we’ve thrown a lot of horsepower, innovation, imagination and new technology at the problem, and it’s taken us about a year and a half now to work out how we’re going to do it.”

Even though it has been tough, Cameron said he is happy with the how things have turned out so far:

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of testing, and we did it successfully, for the first time, just last Tuesday [November 14th]. We actually played an entire scene underwater with our young cast. We’ve got six teenagers and one seven-year-old, and they’re all playing a scene underwater. We’ve been training them for six months now, with how to hold their breath, and they’re all up in the two to four minute range. They’re all perfectly capable of acting underwater, very calmly while holding their breath. We’re not doing any of this on scuba. And we’re getting really good data, beautiful character motion and great facial performance capture. We’ve basically cracked the code.”

Cameron also explained that most of the underwater stuff in The Avatar Sequels will happen in the second and third installments, but the final two movies will only have some:

“Now, we’re still working in our small test tank. We graduate to our big tank in January. There’s a tremendous amount of water work across Avatar 2and 3. It’s ongoing into 4and 5, but the emphasis is on 2 and 3.”

Cameron is shooting a lot of these movies at the same time, for example Avatar 2 and 3 are filming simultaneously, then Cameron will take a break to finish post-production on those two sequels only to go back in and shoot Avatar 4 and 5 at the same time to wrap things up. 

Avatar 2 is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

STAR WARS: Galaxy’s Edge Planet will be Featured On STAR TOURS

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We already know that Star Tours is getting a new segment inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but now there’s a new planet that rider will get to visit in a galaxy far, far away: Batuu.

StarWars.com reveals that Batuu — the location of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — was announced as a surprise addition on Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park.

Batuu is described as follows:

“This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.”

I'm glad that they are not only embracing locations from the Star Wars films, but now the ride will feature the planet that so many of us will come to know as "Star Wars land" at Disneyland.

Below is a video that gives you a look at what Galaxy's Edge will be like;

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019.

Lizzy Caplan In Talks To Join Channing Tatum in GAMBIT

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Lizzy Caplan (Master of Sex, The Disaster Artist) is in talks to join Channing Tatum in Fox's X-Men spinoff Gambit. Deadline reports the actress is seriously being considered to join the film that will be directed by Gore Verbinski from a script by Josh Zetumer. It's not clear who Caplan would play, but that she would have a significant role in the 20th Century Fox movie that is set to release on February 14, 2019.

Gambit was created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990. Gambit/Remy LeBeau has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, his favorite form or matter being playing cards, causing them to explode on impact. Gambit had a brief appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he was played by Taylor Kitsch.

Who do you think Caplin could end up playing?

Christopher Eccleston Says Marvel Was Dishonest and That He Only Did THOR: THE DARK WORLD For the Money

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It's a common understanding among fans of the MCU that Thor: The Dark World is one of the least-liked films in the expanded universe. So, it comes as no surprise and no disappointment that actor Christopher Eccleston is now calling his performance as the film's main villain "Not my greatest moment." 

Eccleston, who played the dark elf Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, is making it clear to Express he didn't enjoy working with Marvel:

"The first couple of days it was about seven hours, eight hours [in make-up]. I think we got it down to six and a half. It's a day's work before [anything]. Marvel were dishonest to me because they never, ever let me know that there'd be that amount of make-up." 

It is understandable that sitting in the makeup chair for that many hours a day would be pretty difficult, but he also made it clear that he only took the job for an easy pay check: "Money. That’s exactly what I felt," he answered when the interviewer suggested that was a good reason to play the villain.

Eccleston doesn't have to worry too much about working for Marvel anytime soon, of all the characters Marvel could bring back from the dead, Malekith is probably at the bottom of the studio's list.

Watch STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’s Crystal Fox aka the Vulptex Come to Life

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The Porgs have had the spotlight for long enough, now it's the time for the Vulptex. When the Star Wars: The Last Jedi BTS reel debuted we got our first look at some of the amazing new creatures that will be in the movie, including the Porgs and the amazing-looking crystal foxes. Well thanks to EW, we now know this blinged out creature is known as a vulptex. (A pack of them would be vulptices.)

The lifeforms live on the mineral-rich world of Crait and run across the salt flats and burrow deep within the tunnels of an old Rebel Alliance hideout, which dates back to the events of the original trilogy.

EW spoke with the head of the Star Wars creature shop, Neal Scanlan, about the creation of these sparkly survivors.

“The idea is that these wonderful sort of feral creatures had lived on this planet and had consumed the planet’s surface, and as such had become crystalline,” Scanlan says. The designers took inspiration from “crystal glass chandeliers and the sort of luminosity and elements of refraction” they create.

The vulptices were designed by Aaron McBride and the name “vulptex” came from Lucasfilm story group member Pablo Hidalgo, who galacticized vulpes, the Latin word for “fox.”

Describing a fox covered with gems instead of fur is an easy thing to do, but it's no simple task to create on in real life. For help, they turned to man’s best friend.

“We had a little dog come in and we built a little suit for it, and we covered that suit with clear drinking straws,” Scanlan said. “It was amazing to see him run around. It could run and jump, and it had this wonderful sort of movement to it. It had a great sound to it, as well, because all the little straws moved and flexed with the animal.”

The dog showed them how a creature covered with long crystals might actually move around, and where spaces between the crystals would be necessary. After that, the creature shop built animatronic puppets that could perform in scenes with live actors, while separate models that didn't move were made and digitally scanned for animators.

And the Vulptex won't just be something pretty to look at in the background on Crait, apparently, they will have an important part to play in the story.

“They live within the burrows and within the tunnels beneath the planet,” Scanlan says. “So there is a time where their ability to shine within the darkness, should provide a guiding light to our heroes.”

Check out this short featurette about the making of the vulptex: