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J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII Tease

A new tease from Episode VII director J.J. Abrams features the Millennium Falcon and Batmobile.

Abrams’ clip, shot on his U.K. set, gives fans their closest look yet at Solo’s ship, the painstaking detail on it more evidence of his pledge to return to the Star Wars saga’s roots with physical, non-pc-generated sets. In the clip, just as the camera zooms in on a detail of Batman’s Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, painted into the ship.

Quick note, Abrams has hidden similar Easter eggs in other movies. Abrams smuggled R2-D2 into both his 2009 Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release, while Batman v. Superman swings into theaters March 25, 2016.


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No Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike Sequel

According to Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs, Matthew McConaughey won’t be reprising his role the upcoming sequel.

Jacobs didn’t say why McConaughey isn’t coming back when asked, only to say the film would be very different.

“It’s road trip movie, and put it this way: it’s different enough that once you see it, you’ll understand why we made a sequel,” Jacobs said. “No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

He truly means is, because Jacobs said he plans to hire a whole new cast.

We’ll all just have to wait and see when Magic Mike XXL drops into theaters July 1, 2015.


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Neil Patrick Harris Dishes About His Wedding

NPH stopped by The View this week to spill it all about his Italian wedding to David Burtka earlier in the month.

“We’ve been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of why questions, to have a clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great,” Harris said of why he tied the knot. “He’s my husband and it was easier than partner or boyfriend or something like that.”

Neil Patrick said only about 45 people were at the wedding and “I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people that matter the most to us. It was less about a proclamation and more of a declaration.”

“It was so crazy, because when you watch other people say their vows and get all chocked up, you say ‘Come on! Pull it together man,’” Harris added. “Then when you are standing there and it’s you and you have this piece of paper in your hand and it’s shaking … you can’t help but just get super-duper choked up.”

To top things off, Elton John performed at the rented castle ceremony.


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Leonardo DiCaprio Named to UN Post

Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” Ban said. “I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change.”

As part of the gig, DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit on Sept. 23rd.

In 1998, DiCaprio founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.

Leo is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who are messengers of Peace, and the U.N. says are, “individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the ideals and activities.”


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George Clooney to Receive Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award

George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 2015 Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday.

Clooney has been nominated for a 13 Golden Globe awards during his long career. He’s won three times for his acting, for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana, and The Descendants.

Clooney also owns a Golden Globe as co-producer of best picture winner Argo.

The Golden Globes will take place on January 11, 2015.


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