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J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” may just now be filming, but some big news has come out about “Episode VIII”. Rian Johnson (“Looper”) will direct the installment!

Johnson joins Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) as the other directors joining the universe.

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There will be no “Star Wars” news or panel of any kind from Comic-Con. Disney did confirm, however, that “Star Wars Episode VII” will have a “presence” at D23, which happens Aug. 9-11. People are expecting casting announcements, including the much rumored return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. No concrete details have been released but the J.J. Abrams directed film will begin production in early 2014 so news has to come soon.

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He’ll be back…and sooner than you think. Paramount announced a new “Terminator” film will be released June 26, 2015. But plans to call it “Terminator 5” might be premature as reports are that it will be the first film in a stand alone trilogy. Also, no mention of Arnold Schwarzenegger despite him saying he’d be back for the film. Though, that doesn’t mean he’s not returning. The big issue for this film is 2015 is a busy summer already with “The Avengers 2”, “Star Wars Episode VII”, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” and “Independence Day 2”.

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Neill Blomkamp is preparing to see his latest movie “Elysium” to hit theaters this summer starring Matt Damon. But Blomkamp isn’t forgetting his “District 9” fans.

“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.

“I don’t know if it works for other directors, but the amount of ideas and the amount of different places I want to go through the duration of making one film, means that I have no idea what else I want to do during that process. I only know at the end. So if I say I want to make District 10, and then I have 50 ideas while I’m making [next film] Chappie, and when I get to the end I don’t want to make it, it’s not a good place to be at. But I know I want to make District 10 at some point.”

Blomkamp’s name has been possibly attached to joining Star Wars, since J.J. Abrams is only contracted for Episode VII.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Paranoia” trailer

Here’s the first trailer for “Paranoia”.

The film looks pretty decent. Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Amber Heard star.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Disney and Disney XD will be releasing a new TV series, hoping to continue the tradition from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” with “Star Wars Rebels”. Here’s part of the press release:

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Disney is of course releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII” with director J.J. Abrams at the helm.

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J.J. Abrams might just have released “Star Trek Into Darkness”, but that means the focus is going to be solely on “Star Wars: Episode VII”. The Latino Review is reporting that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is up for a starring role. No word on who he’d play and Abrams isn’t going to confirm anything until he has to. So this may just be a rumor as well, given Meyers is going to star in NBC’s “Dracula”. But Meyers has starred in films like “Match Point” and “From Paris With Love” and also is the star on HBO’s “The Tudors” so he’s had a pretty varied career and this would be an interesting choice.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Brad Bird is a talented director. He helmed “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” as well as “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. But despite fans campaigning for him to helm “Star Wars Episode VII”, Bird said he turned down the job in an interview with THR:

“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland.…We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.”

Bird is working on “Tomorrowland” and if the job’s available for “Star Wars Episode VIII” perhaps he could helm that one? Oh he’s also considering one big sequel:”The Incredibles”.

“I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.…I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.”

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Robert Redford tends to do serious fare like “Lions for Lambs”. But he’s branching out. He’s playing the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Captain America:Winter Soldier” and his directorial effort “The Company You Keep” now. His next film he is directing and starring in is “A Walk in the Woods”. Here’s the synopsis (From Firstshowing.net): The story follows Bryson, an Iowa native who has been living in England for 20 years, as he aims to reconnect with America by hiking the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail. But his connection with the homeland isn’t very smooth as he learns some hard lessons about being a woodsman, falling into plenty of mishaps and problems, many hilarious. Along the way he encounters a group of terrible Boy Scouts and a seemingly always lost old man named Chicken John. But the story is made really interesting because of his grumpy hiking partner Katz, a reformed substance abuser.

Michael Arndt is writing the script. Arndt wrote “Little Miss Sunshine” and is writing “Star Wars Episode VII” for J.J. Abrams.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Star Wars” actors are re-teaming on screen! But no, I’m not talking about “Star Wars Episode VII” from J.J. Abrams. Ewan McGregor is joining “Jane Got a Gun” with Natalie Portman. He’s playing the role of the villain after Bradley Cooper was force to leave because of scheduling conflicts. Cooper had joined the cast because Jude Law dropped out of the project after Lynne Ramsay (former director) was a no-show. Law had joined because Joel Edgerton moved from playing the villain to the hero after Michael Fassbender left the project. Whew.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.