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Movie Morsels: Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill Do Some Jedi Training

I can’t think of anything more perfectly suited to brighten up a Monday than the latest photo from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Don’t believe me? Scroll down to the lead-off story in today’s Movie Morsels. But just in case you’re immune to the charms of our favorite Jedi, we’ve also got the latest from X-Men: Apocalypse, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and lots more!

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Oh Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley, as if we didn’t love you enough… Whether or not Yoda actually appears in Star Wars: Episode VIII, the film’s resident Jedi and Padawan are doggedly channeling his spirit in the latest behind-the-scenes pic from the film, tweeted by Hamill himself for Ridley’s birthday. Adorable doesn’t begin to describe it…

Directed by Rian Johnson and co-starring Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran, Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.


X-Men: Apocalypse

Last week we got a slew of character posters from what looks to be director Bryan Singer‘s final X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalyspe. And today we have two additional posters featuring some of the film’s most enigmatic characters, the titular villain himself (played by Oscar Isaac), and the fourth of his Four Horsemen, the high-flying Angel (Ben Hardy). Thankfully, Apocalypse looks a lot less like Ivan Ooze here than he has in other images…

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse 2

Co-starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till, X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27th in 2D and 3D.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Game of Thrones

Like most Game of Thrones fans, I still miss Pedro Pascal‘s Oberyn, that laughing, leaping, swordsman with the oh-so-crushable skull. Fortunately, the actor will soon be back in the genre spotlight — he’s signed on for the increasingly eclectic cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle as a character named Jack Daniels. Matthew Vaughn’s sequel has already enlisted the services of Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, the returning Taron Egerton and Edward Holcroft, and, if speculation proves true, Colin Firth.


The Goon

The Goon Library Volume 1 Hardcover Zombie Priests, undead armies, and organized crime—these are three of the ingredients that make Eric Powell's The Goon such a darkly funny read. Now the action-packed comic is collected in a 496-page hardcover collection from Dark Horse Comics, spanning volumes 0 through 3. Even though it's nearly 500 pages, you'll tear through The Goon Library Volume 1 with a quickness as our musclebound hero, The Goon, and his motormouth sidekick Franky do not-so-righteous battle with crime bosses, supernatural monsters, and everything else that goes bump in the night.

Few comic books have had such a long, troubled road in reaching the big screen as cartoonist Eric Powell’s The Goon. But things may finally be looking up for the tongue-in-cheek horror title, thanks to a certain Wade Wilson. Deadpool director Tim Miller, who is set to co-direct the Goon animated movie, tells Collider that the Merc with a Mouth’s success may be trickling down to the indie fan-favorite character…

“If Deadpool shined any light in the direction of the studio, we wanna use some of that light to shine it on Goon. So we’ve been doing a lot of work lately, we did some voiceover last week I do think that there is a corollary. Deadpool proves it, in a big way, that there is a market for this stuff out there… Goon has a lot of heart, it’s got a lot of comedy, it’s got a lot of similarities to what I think was successful in Deadpool, and so I think it’s not a stretch to compare those two things and say the world is a little more ready than they used to be for this kind of material. In the past, there’s reasons why The Goon wasn’t made, it’s because people were afraid of edgy animation. Now I think that Deadpool has proved that that audience is out there in a bigger way than some people thought.”


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Stephen Amell as Casey Jones and Megan Fox as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set to debut today. And to help whet our appetites for it, star Stephen Amell (the newly minted Casey Jones) has a video tease on his Facebook page. Since Facebook insists on making their videos difficult for us to embed, however, you’ll have to check it out here.


A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Seth Green

Director David Wain’s upcoming feature-film biography of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney has secured a few new actors to join its roster of real-life comedians who got their start with the magazine’s live stage show. Joining the already cast Will Forte (as Kenney), Domhnall Gleeson (as fellow co-founder Henry Beard), and Joel McHale (as Chevy Chase) in A Futile and Stupid Gesture are Broad City‘s John Gemberling as John Belushi, Rick Glassman as Harold Ramis, Jon Daly as Bill Murray, and the above-pictured Seth Green as Christopher Guest.


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