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George Lucas has seen The Force Awakens trailer. “It was intriguing,” he told Page Six at a New York screening of Strange Magic. He had more to say on the animated film, of course: “I have been working on this film for 15 years. I was thinking about Star Wars being designed for 12-year- old boys, and I thought maybe I’ll make a film for 12-year-old girls, because I have a lot of daughters. And girls go to the movies. I worked on it on the side for those years, and we finally got it done.”

David Oyelowo, The LEGO Movie big snubs of Oscars

SelmaOscar nominations came out this morning (with a little help from J.J. Abrams as a presenter) and the main story seem to be how very, very male and white they are. The most noteworthy snub? Civil rights drama Selma, which earned a Best Picture and Best Song nomination, despite nothing for director Ava DuVernay or the cast, led by Rebels’ David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. The saddest thing, maybe? Shutting out one movie is all it took to whitewash the acting nominations.

The other big snub? The LEGO Movie, which is up for Best Song (‘Everything is Awesome’) but totally shut out of Best Animated Feature. At least one of the directors has a good attitude about it.

But as usual, the only field that’s heavy in genre is Visual Effects, which sees nods for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Video: Jurassic World may not be the trailer you’re looking for…


…Unless you’re a huge dinosaur fan, I guess. Still, it prompted this very interesting tweet from Gary Whitta:

Man, do I hope that’s the case. The Jurassic World trailer was supposed to premiere during a football game on Thanksgiving day.

Lucasfilm’s animated fairy musical, ‘Strange Magic’ out in January

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Remember the fairy musical that we heard Lucasfilm was working on way back before the Disney sale? It’s called ‘Strange Magic’ and it’ll finally see the light of day on January 23, 2015. Lucasfilm calls it “a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it’ll feature popular songs “from the past six decades.”

The film’s story is by George Lucas, and it’s directed by Gary Rydstrom. Voices include Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph. No sign of Brenda Chapman, though…

The film is being released by Touchstone, a division of Disney.

Marvel announces Captain Marvel, Black Panther films as part of their Phase 3 slate

Black Panther concept art (Marvel)

Black Panther concept art (Marvel)

Carol Danvers will be the MCU’s first female superhero to headline her own film, with Captain Marvel in 2018, Marvel announced at a massive event today. But first, they’re planning a Black Panther film, starring Get on Up’s Chadwick Boseman, for 2017. Boseman will first appear in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, along with vets Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. (Who tweeted a backstage picture of the three.)

And that’s not all. Marvel has revealed their (nearly complete?) slate for Phase 3, which also includes Doctor Strange, a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Thor: Ragnarok, the much-rumored Inhumans and a two-part Avengers: Infinity War.

The Wrap reported yesterday that Benedict Cumberbatch (of course) is in negotiations for Strange, but Marvel did not announce any new cast aside from Boseman. Civil War and RDJ’s involvement were also rumored a few weeks back. The Civil War comic series was fairly controversial (I saw a few fans describe it as Marvel’s New Jedi Order) but the movie version will take a slightly different angle.

Still no standalone Black Widow (or Hulk) films, but Captain Marvel and Black Panther are a big step forward… Hopefully not the last.

Wonder Woman is getting her own film (and so are a lot of other DC superheroes)

wonder-woman-snyder-cropWarner Brothers dumped the next several years of DC Comic films on the internet today – but the highlight, at least for our purposes, is the news that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will get headline her own film in 2017.

Gadot will debut as Wonder Woman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. (Who will be getting their own solo films, too.)

Three other new hero-centric films – and leads – have been added: 2018 will see the long-rumored Jason Momoa in Aquaman as well as The Flash starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower.) 2019 will bring Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher. (Who we heard was in the running for Episode VII at one point.) Momoa and Fisher reportedly also show up in Batman v Superman. (Momoa was definitely in Detroit, where BvS has been filming.)

There’s also Suicide Squad (2016,) Shazam (2019) and a new Green Lantern (2020.)

There have been female-led superhero films in the past – 1984’s Supergirl, 2005’s Elektra, and (arguably, depending on your feelings about antiheroes) the infamous 2004 Catwoman. None of these films did very well, but none of them are regarded as very good films, period. Supergirl is getting a TV show, but this cast list seems to make it very clear that Warner Bros. isn’t including DC’s TV shows in the same universe, as they just debuted a Flash TV show starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. However, there have been multiples Flashes in the comics…

Whatever the case, and as weird as this huge infodump of movies and actors is, it’ll be interesting to see how BvS incorporates the proto-Justice League – and if it’ll be enough to launch this ambitious slate successfully.