Disney May Release Unmodifed Star Wars Trilogy On Blu-ray, But Probably Not

star warsThere are so many rumors swirling around involving J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that someone will probably need to build a second Internet to contain them all. And while we ponder who the Inquisitors are and what Han Solo is going to look like, an old chestnut of a rumor has resurfaced to provoke a new hope in everyone. According to sources close to ComicBook.com, Disney/Lucasfilm is finally planning on officially trotting out the original, untouched Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Are you cheering? Jeering? Or maybe wisely laughing at the computer screen in jest?

To anyone who’s paid any attention to rumors of this sort in the past know that there is one hulking obstacle standing in the way of Disney’s Star Wars Blu-ray legitimacy: Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to the original Star Wars trilogy. (Or the prequel trilogy for that matter, but absolutely no one is worried about getting those re-released.) 20th Century Fox currently holds the rights to all the films, and ComicBook.com makes no mention of them being involved. Now, Fox will eventually have to give up the rights to the prequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in May 2020, so it’s technically feasible that Disney/Lucasfilm is planning to put the second two Star Wars films on Blu-ray in June 2020. But Fox will forever retain the rights to George Lucas’ first film, which means no Star Wars Blu-ray, original cut or otherwise, will ever come out without their say so.


Star Wars: Rian Johnson Talks Pressure And Episode VII’s Practical Effects

Rian JohnsonYou may be burnt out on all of the Star Wars: Episode VII news (read: rumors) that has dropped over the course of the last couple of days, but what about Star Wars: Episode VIII news? We know even less about Episode VIII, which will reportedly hit theaters in 2017, than we do about Episode VII. All we know is the supposed release date and that Looper’s Rian Johnson will both write and direct the film. And we’ve heard that Daisy Ridley’s character will also appear in that movie. Johnson hasn’t said much since getting the gig, but he recently opened up about it a bit, as well as expressing his feelings and thoughts on Episode VII.

Talking to the Girls in Hoodies podcast (starting at approximately the 35 minute mark, but it’s all worth a listen), the topic, naturally, shifts to Star Wars talk, as will, I imagine, damn near every conversation he’s destined to have over the course of the next few years.


Ivan Reitman Talks Ghostbusters 3 And Why He’s Not Directing

Ivan ReitmanWhether we like it or not, it’s fairly certain that we’re going to get a Ghostbusters 3. What’s not as certain is what it’s going to look like. Right now, only two members of the original team, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, are on board—Bill Murray wants nothing to do with it, and Harold Ramis tragically passed away earlier this year. And the most recent news we’ve heard about the project is that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig could reboot the title with an all female cast. Being involved with this, Ivan Reitman, director of the 1984 original, has a close working knowledge of the situation, and took some time to share pieces of what he know with fans.

Talking to Coming Soon, Reitman, who also directed 1989’s Ghostbuster 2, talked about the future direction of the franchise, who might be involved, and why he, himself, declined to helm this new film.


The Walking Dead Season 4 Deleted Scene Brings Hershel Back From The Dead

Season 4 of The Walking Dead hits the home video market later this month—on August 26 to be precise—and the Anchor Bay product is sure to full of extras and bonus materials (you can even get the sweet special edition Blu-ray with unique “Tree Walker” packaging designed by McFarlane Toys). If you just can’t wait until then, here’s a new deleted scene from season 4 that features Michonne (Danai Gurira) and a back-from-the-dead Hershel (Scott Wilson).

This scene, which appeared over at EW, comes from near the end of the first half of the season, when the Governor (David Morrissey) is plotting his full frontal assault on the prison where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company are holed up. Set between the time when the former Woodbury despot kidnaps Michonne and Hershel, you understand why this was cut, but it does provide a nice glimpse of what they went through while in his nefarious clutches. We know how all of this ends, with the prison in ruins and Hershel’s severed head rolling around on the ground. It’s a bummer all around.


Doctor Who Themed Restaurant May Or May Not Be Bigger On The Inside

The PandoricaTheme restaurants are a tricky affair. Base your eatery on a popular movie or television show, and you run the risk of becoming dated in rather short order. There are some you could get away with, movies like Star Wars and shows like Star Trek have sticking power and aren’t going away any time soon (there’s a coffee house in Seattle that started out with a Firefly specific theme, but gradually expanded to incorporate a wider, general sci-fi vibe). Another on this list is Doctor Who. With 50 years in the bag, it shows no signs of slowing down, and one New York restaurant called The Pandorica took this idea and ran with it.

Situated in Beacon, New York, north of New York City, The Pandorica not only features food items (including “faux fish fingers”) inspired by the Time Lord and his five plus decades of adventures, but they’ve also incorporated various elements from the series into their décor and design, and even the appearance of the menus themselves.


Star Wars: Episode VII: Han Solo May Have A Kick-Ass New Ship

Star WarsLet the deluge of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors continue. Yesterday we got our first look at the redesigned stormtrooper helmets, a peek at a couple of Han Solo’s possible costumes from the J.J. Abrams-directed space opera, hints about important flashbacks, and rumors about who the villain(s) might be (including a concept artist’s rendition of one of them). That makes for a busy day, but that’s not all. Now we have heard rumors about the vehicle, or at least one, that Han will be driving around that far, far away galaxy.

Possible SPOILERS for Episode VII await you beyond this point. You’ve been warned. Also, these are unofficial rumors, don’t take them too seriously. We don’t actually know anything.