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Strap on your cosplay and puff on your inhalers, it's almost time for Comic-Con.

Even though Marvel is sitting this year out, SDCC 2015 is proving to be one of the biggest events in Nerd History. From "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to "Orphan Black," there are literally tons of panels for folks to see from July 9 to 12.

But which ones should you sweat in line for? Here are the 11 panels you need to line-up for now.
There is a great disturbance in the Force at Comic-Con.

Contrary to internet rumor, Lucasfilm will not unveil a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at San Diego this weekend, EW reports.

Lucasfilm's panel, scheduled for Friday, July 10, will instead include a behind-the-scenes look at the production, with director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and cowriter Lawrence Kasdan in attendance.

Now don't Force choke anyone just yet. According to EW, word 'round the campfire is that "Force Awakens" cast members will also be in attendance (Harrison Ford, perhaps?), specifically those who have yet to speak publicly about their roles in the film.

Fans can expect to see the new trailer sometime this fall. Or, if we're lucky, later this summer at Disney's D23 fan convention in Anaheim this August.

Until then, rewatch the most recent trailer for the fabillionth time below.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters Dec. 18.


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UPDATE: Disney has now confirmed THR's report about the Han Solo spinoff, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller's involvement in the project. Check out the new details in our update below, followed by our original report.

That was fast. Less than an hour after The Hollywood Reporter posted a story about "The LEGO Movie" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller taking the helm of a new, Han Solo-centric "Star Wars" spinoff, Disney has confirmed the project, and also announced a new synopsis and release date for the flick.

The as-yet-untitled film is due out on May 25, 2018, and will focus on Solo as a young man. The official logline: "The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley."

Lord and Miller also released a statement about the flick, and it's just as geeky and fan service-y as you'd expect from the affable directors.

"This is the first film we've worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with," the statement said. "We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you're late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you've loved since before you can remember having dreams at all."

Original "Star Wars" trilogy scribe Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-write the script for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will co-write the Solo spinoff with his son, Jon Kasdan.

With such a powerhouse creative team, this movie already sounds like a winner. We can't wait for 2018.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Rumors about the plots of the planned "Star Wars" spinoff films have been circulating for years, but now, it seems that one scenario -- and set of directors -- has been squared away.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that a Han Solo-centric spinoff is currently in the works, and has already landed a directing duo: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who helmed "The LEGO Movie" and "21 Jump Street." According to the trade, Lord and Miller's project is separate from one that was to have been directed by Josh Trank ("The Fantastic Four"), who left that film earlier this year.

This new Solo movie is a different tale entirely, per THR's report, and will focus on Han Solo as a young man. It's unclear, however, if this new film has any connection to the rumor that was passed around late last year about another potential Solo spinoff film. Aaron Paul was the rumored choice among producers for a part in the project (not necessarily to play Solo), though the star later said that he was never approached.

No word yet on whether or not Lord or Miller will also write this flick, though THR's report indicates that taking on the project means they may have to forgo a slew of others, including "23 Jump Street" and the rumored "Flash" film they were developing.

Disney and Lucasfilm declined to comment on THR's report, so we'll have to wait for official word before we know more details. Suffice it to say, we're excited to see what Lord and Miller can build with the "Star Wars" universe.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Horror filmmakers have a special fondness for shedding teenage blood.

After all, teens are horror's primary audience, so it's especially frightening -- and cathartic -- to see teens like themselves targeted by deadly evil, often just for behaving like normal adolescents. In the last four decades, movies about teens targeted by slashers have become the mainstay of movie horror.

With "The Gallows" hitting theaters this Friday -- a teen horror movie with echoes of "Carrie," "Prom Night," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and more -- it's worth looking back at some of the most celebrated teen horror movies of all time. Just remember, don't separate from the group, and don't have sex.

In honor of the upcoming return of beloved sci-fi series "The X-Files," Fox is encouraging fans to catch up with the first nine seasons of the show -- and offering an ever-so-brief look at the new batch of episodes.

The promo, called 201 Days of The X-Files, is a nod to the fact that there are 201 days between today, July 7, and the show's return premiere date, January 24 -- which just so happens to be the number of episodes of the show that already exist. That's plenty of time to catch up with classic installments of the series, the network says, offering a few clips from episodes past (the scene where David Duchovny's Mulder asks Gillian Anderson's Scully if she believes in aliens, for instance) to whet fans' appetites.

It's a clever bit of marketing, since it also includes snippets of the show's iconic, nostalgia-inducing theme song, and taps in perfectly to our culture's current binge-watching obsession. And if that weren't enough, there's a couple scenes from the new episodes, too, to really get audiences excited.

What little new footage there is doesn't tell viewers much, though it does feature some cryptic, weary dialogue between Mulder and Scully that seems perfectly at home on the series. The pair storm into a darkened room, guns drawn, as they discuss in voiceover a mystery that Mulder is certain can be solved by dipping into the show's titular records.

"The truth is in there," he insists.

"I've heard the truth, Mulder. All I want are the answers," Scully replies.

Sounds like we'll be getting at least a few of those soon. Until then, enjoy the promo below.

Watch the promo.

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