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Mark Hamill - The European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' held at the Odeon and Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon and Empire Leicester Square, Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Mark Hamill, Marilou York , Chelsea Hamill - Mark Hamill is swarmed by 'Star Wars' fans as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with his wife Marilou York and daughter Chelsea Hamill - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 18th December 2015
Mark Hamill - The European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' held at the Odeon and Vue, Leicester Square - Arrivals at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015
30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more.
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The Rebel Alliance struck a terrific blow to the Galactic Empire with the destruction of the Death Star. But now, with the Emperor's right hand man, Darth Vader, on the hunt for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the Alliance are going to have more difficulty fighting them off. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is reluctantly still fighting alongside the Alliance, although his smuggling past and loner demeanour still rub wrongly with Leia Organa (Carry Fisher), who finds him to be nothing more than a stuck up, scruffy-looking Nerf herder. But their petty squabbling will have to be put aside when the Empire comes in search of Luke.
Continue: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Trailer
The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic Empire but they are still marginalised and easily defeated. The Empire has a secret weapon, something that will ensure their continued hold on the galaxy: The Death Star. The giant space station has the ability to destroy an entire planet, although the Rebel Alliance have successfully stolen the secret plans for it. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderan (Carry Fisher) is captured on her way to deliver the plans to the Alliance, she is forced to send them inside a droid to the closest planet - Tatooine. There, a young moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who dreams of something greater for himself, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and save the galaxy along the way.
Continue: Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer
The Rebel Alliance has fallen into an incredibly dark time. With the destruction of their base in the Hoth system, they have suffered numerous setbacks and defeats across the galaxy. It has been a crushing time for the heroes of the Rebel Alliance as well, as Han Solo (Harrison Ford) has been captured by the ruthless Darth Vader and sent to the vicious crime boss Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has suffered greatly, too. Not only has he learned the truth about Vader being his father, but he has lost his hand in a battle with the dark lord of the Sith. Luke must first rescue Han, and then face up to his destiny and battle Vader for the fate of the galaxy.
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The majestic order of honourable, strong Jedi, do all they can to keep the peace in a galaxy slowly tearing itself apart through trade disputes and separatist uprisings. All the while, they are becoming aware of the steady growth of an ancient group of darker, hate filler Jedi known as The Sith, are returning. In amongst their troubles, a young boy is discovered; a boy who could be more powerful than any Jedi that has ever lived. If a legendary prophecy can be believed, he is the one who will destroy the Sith and bring balance back to the Force - the energy which binds all life together.
Mark Hamill just said 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is rubbish. Sort of.
Mark Hamill, the American actor who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says fans of the sci-fi franchise should manage their expectations of J.J Abrams' movie and suggests those over-anticipating the film are "bound to be disappointed."
Mark Hamill and his cast-mates at the script read through for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
"Oh, my God! It's just crazy town," Mark Hamill told Hero Complex about the back stage security and the fear of script leaks on the set of Force Awakens.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Says Star Wars Fanboys Are "Bound To Be Disappointed"
With virtually the same tone as they used in their superhero spoof Kick-Ass, filmmakers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman take another riotously adult approach to pastiche, this time tackling the James Bond genre. Essentially they have made a 007 movie that refuses to tone itself down for the PG-13 audience, indulging in the profanity and excessive violence other films shy away from. So it doesn't really matter if the plot itself isn't quite as rebellious as it pretends to be.
Kingsman is a top-secret spy agency located in a Saville Row tailor, beholden to no corporation or government. Led by Arthur and Merlin (Michael Caine and Mark Strong), these gentlemanly super-agents use the names of the knights of the Round Table. And when one of them dies, they know it's time to get with the times and recruit someone young and hip. So they set up a rigorous school for trainees, with one lucky graduate set to earn a spot at the table. Harry, aka Galahad (Colin Firth), chooses rough East End teen Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as his candidate. The son of a former agent, Eggsy shows considerable promise even if he lacks the expected refinement. Then just before the final selection is made, they discover that mobile phone billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is up to something nefarious. So Eggsy and fellow rookie Roxy (Sophie Cookson) kick into action to figure out what he's up to, and stop him.
Despite constant reminders that "this isn't that kind of movie", it clearly is. Every Bond element is here, including the crazed villain with an elaborate lair and a technically augmented sidekick (Sofia Boutella's vicious blade-footed henchwoman Gazelle). The only difference is that where Bond hints cheekily at violence and sex, Vaughn and Goldman go for it. This film is packed with outrageous, over-the-top carnage and intensely rude dialogue, delivered with relish by the expert cast. Firth, Caine and Strong are terrific at combining tweedy propriety with public schoolboy naughtiness, while Jackson merrily plays around with Valentine's god-complex.
Continue reading: Kingsman: The Secret Service Review
The Luke Skywalker actor ventured to the dark side for the star studded event in Los Angeles.
Mark Hamill surprised and delighted Star Wars diehards on Thursday evening in Los Angeles, when he appeared at a live reading of The Empire Strikes Back at the Ace Hotel Theatre. Hamill joined stars including Jessica Alba, Aaron Paul and Ellen Page at the reading, which was hosted by director Jason Reitman as part of Film Independent’s Live Read series.
Mark Hamill took on a different role during a live reading of The Empire Strikes Back
But Hamill wasn't in his familiar role of Luke Skywalker, instead he joined the dark side for the evening, reading the role The Emperor as well as mimicking Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. As the audience gave the Star Wars icon a standing ovation Hamill joked, “I hope I pass the audition.”
The actor also revealed he never thought he’d be involved with the franchise again.
Mark Hamill, who will reprise his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has said he was not surprised his character wasn’t included in the movie’s first teaser trailer. Released last month, the just under 90 second teaser didn’t show Hamill as Skywalker as well as fellow original cast members Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Mark Hamill doesn't mind that he was left out of the new Star Wars trailer
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing," Hamill told Yahoo! Movies . ”It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling.”
Mark Hamill has urged internet users not to spoil the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mark Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in J.J Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says he wouldn't be surprised if the entire script for the new movie leaks online before its fall 2015 release. Responding to rumors that the plot-line for the movie is already online, Hamill concluded that it was "the world we're living in".
Mark Hamill [left] has urged people not to spoil the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
"I just don't understand the motivation for people wanting to ruin it for people, but that's the world we're living in," Hamill reflected to IGN. "I'll be surprised if they don't leak the whole script between now and next year. But I hope not!"
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Expects 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Script To Leak
The 63-year-old actor first portrayed the villainous role in the original 1990s CBS version of 'The Flash.'
As well as reprising the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in J.J. Abram's forthcoming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Mark Hamill will also return to television to play a new version of the Trickster on The CW's 'The Flash,' a character he first portrayed on the original 1990s CBS TV series.
Hamill will reprise the role of the Trickster in The CW's 'The Flash'
Hamill played the villainous role in two episodes that aired in 1991, and he also voiced the character in the animated 'Justice League' TV series.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Set To Reprise Role As Trickster On 'The Flash'
Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars:
Not quite an unknown, Chong has appeared in 24: Live Another Day
Chong is best known for her role on 24: Live Another Day - she also appeared in Madonna's directorial film début W.E and British TV series Monroe. Her casting follows the news that two unknowns have joined the cast: Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.
Continue reading: The Latest Star Wars Episode VII Cast Member: Christina Chong
The sporting director posted a light-hearted response to all the secret leaking that has been going on lately.
With a movie as large and far-reaching as the new Star Wars, Episode VII, it was always going to be impossible to stop certain juicy details from leaking to the eager fanbase. Director Jj Abrams is notoriously secretive but even he has had to give in after a sneaky production team member shared several shots of the Millennium Falcon spaceship being built in some kind of hangar.
The director tweeted a photo of what appears to be the hologram chess board that appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy bearing a note that read "I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie. - JJ."
Basically, Abrams is making fun of all the people speculating over whether the Falcon will be featured in the movie by saying 'yes fools, of course one of the most famous spaceships of all time is going to be in my movie.'
If there's 7 things we really, really want to see in 'Star Wars Episode VII' it's got to be these.
There’s about a million reasons we can’t wait for Star Wars Episode VII to come out. Yes, we know it’s not due for release until the end of 2015, but that’s not stopping us from a spot of Star Wars speculation! We’ve already got an inkling that the Millennium Falcon will make an appearance from scanning the background of production pics, but if there’s 7 other things we absolutely must see in the new film it’s got to be these.
The Cast of Star Wars Episode VII At The First Script Read-Through
1. A Gamorrean
Continue reading: 7 Things We NEED To See In 'Star Wars Episode VII'
It looks like JJ Abrams and his team are building a full-size Millennium Falcon for the new movie.
We have been given our first look at the brand new Millennium Falcon that is being built for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, thanks to an alleged photo leak TMZ has published. The new shots, which are purported to feature full-size space vehicles from the sci-fi franchise, have strongly hinted that Han Solo's iconic spaceship and others will be included in Jj Abrams upcoming reboot.
If the photos are real, they are evidence that Abrams' team has decided to create full-size versions of the vehicles that George Lucas' movies only made in miniature model sizes. It will also indicate that Episode VII will use minimal CGI effects in favour of high spec props and spacecraft models. Eagle-eyed observers also spotted what looks like an X-Wing starfighter amongst the other unknown constructions.
The photos were evidently taken in some kind of cavernous hangar which fans are speculating could be England's Pinewood Studios, where much of the movie's filming will take place. Vast sets are shown being built out of wood and covered with ladders and scaffolding as Abrams' vision slowly takes form.
Continue reading: Millennium Falcon Photos From 'Star Wars 7' Set Leak: Could It Be?
The rumours were right all along.
Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have finally been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It has been rumoured for some time that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita had been picked for the sci-fi reboot in her first live action role since winning her Oscar this year and now we have the confirmation.
In the latest wave of casting announcements since the big reveal at the end of April, Lupita is joined by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie in Jj Abrams addition to George Lucas' much-loved franchise. "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!" Nyong'o excitedly posted via Instagram.
'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' has been named the greatest film of all time in a recent Empire Magazine poll. Does it deserve the prestigious top spot?
It may come as a bit of a surprise to hear that Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has been voted Empire Magazine's greatest movie of all time. The new poll, which included 250,000 film fans, saw the second Star Wars movie, or the fifth, depending on whether you take chronology or date into account, beat The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction. Traditionally, all three films tend to rank higher than The Empire Strikes Back, in movie polls taken by film fans.
Is The Empire Strikes Back truly the greatest movie of all time?
Empire Magazine’s list is compiled of 301 films, which also includes two other Star Wars movies, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith. This surely bodes well for the franchise, which is currently working on Star Wars Episode VII, which is due for release in 2015.
A young teen with an incredible IQ and first-rate academic performance takes the wrong path in life by getting involved in drugs and petty crime. He is caught by police during one dramatic car chase but is released unexpectedly by Secret Service agent Uncle Jack. Jack sees a lot of potential in the kid and introduces him to the world of International Intelligence. Initially impressed by the gadgetry and glamour of the Service, Uncle Jack introduces him to a new division: the Kingsman. There’s a job going for the brightest young adults in the country and Jack wants his new recruit to prove himself against the upper class kids who rival him. It soon becomes clear, though, that the world of Intelligence is not just a fun game when the training starts getting intensely scary.
Continue: Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer
Director J.J. Abrams has sent the cast and crew of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ an enthusiastic note thanking them for their hard work and hoping can make “something great”.
J.J. Abrams has written to the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VII, encouraging them in the production began shooting last Friday (16th May) in London.
J.J. Abrams is directly Star Wars Episode VII.
Abrams sent a touching note to every member of the cast and crew stating what “an honour” it was to work with them and thanking them for all the “work past and future.” Abrams, who is directing the upcoming instalment in Star Wars, wished the actors well and asked they “take good care” of themselves and “each other”. The picture was obtained by moviefone and appears to have been written on a discarded piece of script paper. He also reminded them of the magnitude of the task they are taking on. Towards the end of his note he wrote “the world awaits this film,” encouraging his cast and crew with “let’s give ‘em something great!”
Ready to play I Spy?
The cast of the new Star Wars movie has been revealed in a new teaser photo posted on the Star Wars website. The team shot shows includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max Von Sydow.
The franchise's new faces join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2D2). The photo shows the cast plus director JJ Abrams chilling out in comfy chairs as they lay the foundations for Disney's reboot of George Lucas' well-loved sci-fi movies.
Continue reading: Guess Who? 'Star Wars 7' Cast Revealed In Team Photo
The Star Wars team building session let the cat out of the bag...
Jj Abrams' team building sessions for Star Wars Episode 7 appear to have given away the cast for the forthcoming sci-fi epic. Sources speaking with The Sun reveal that Abrams took his new cast and crew out to a swanky London eatery in a bid to get the team "gelling."
Harrison Ford, Chilling in Brentwood
Attending the meal was Harrison Ford, who played Hans Solo in the original movies, Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca. Joining them around the table was 'Girls' star Adam Driver, who has been cast to play a villain, and Andy Serkis, whose role is yet to be determined.
Continue reading: Did JJ Abrams' Team Building Star Wars Session Reveal Cast?
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all in the UK: could it be..?
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all currently in London, prompting speculation over whether the original Star Wars trio will be reuniting to film Jj Abrams' upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams' new instalment to George Lucas' sci-fi films is about to begin shooting just outside of the English capitol at the legendary Pinewood Studios nearby.
Carrie Fisher Has Told Friends She'll Be Filming In The UK For 6 Months.
Not that any of the three have been particularly trying to disguise themselves, but there has been no grand fanfare upon the actors' touch-down in the UK. Since the franchise reboot was announced they have been rumoured to be involved, which is why their recent sightings seems to much of a coincidence.
JJ Abrams will not have the "expanded universe" novels at his disposable for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Disney has confirmed that storylines running through the "expanded universe" Star Wars novels will not inform J.J Abrams' forthcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII. The books were written to satisfy the appetite of fans following the release on 1983's Return of the Jedi, but Disney said in a statement that only the six Star Wars feature films and animation Star Wars: The Clone Wars are considered part of the official canon.
Jj Abrams Is Helming Star Wars: Episode VII
"These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align," said the statement. "In order to give maximum creative freedom to the film-makers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi expanded universe."
Continue reading: Disney Rule Out 'Expanded Universe' Novels For 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Without a confirmed cast, Episode VII has already begun filming
Maisie Richardson-Sellers’ name has become major news in the movie industry just by being linked to the Star Wars Episode 7 cast. And if LucasFilm – now owned by Disney – decide to keep their ‘unknown actor’ tradition alive, Richardson-Sellers will go from relative unknown to household name within seconds.
The Oxford-educated actress with no movie credits to her name is a frontrunner to land a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII according to The Hollywood Reporter, and as hard core fans of the franchise will know, taking on inexperienced, unknown talent isn’t anything new.
JJ Abrams is eschewing the CGI techniques adopted by the prequel Star Wars movies.
Jj Abrams is re-creating the desert planet Tatooine from the original trilogy for Star Wars: Episode VII. Scenes will be shot in what is being described as a "Morocco-like environment," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
JJ Abrams Is Helming Star Wars Episode VII
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Building Desert Planet Tatooine For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Will Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher be the "familiar faces" in Star Wars Episode VII?
If we don’t find out some serious Star Wars facts stat we think we may burst! Although fortunately the most recent press release did give us some food for thought and Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the next installment will take place 30 years after the ending in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Just to recap, at the end of Episode VI the Empire has fallen and while the Luke, Han and Leia celebrate the victory we see the spirits of Obi Wan Kenobe and Anakin Skywalker finally reconciled and reunited.
Will Harrison Ford reprise his role as Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie?
Fans of the Star Wars franchise have been most excited to find out who the “familiar faces” indicated in the press release would be. Since Disney paid over $4bn for the franchise in 2012 and announced they would release three new movies, there has been much speculation about the direction the movies would take. While Bob Iger didn’t discuss Star Wars Episode 7 casting for the new trilogy, he did confirm that cheeky droid R2D2 would be returning. Will R2’s old friends Luke, Leia, Han and C-3P0 be joining him?
Rodarte's Star Wars collection debuted on the same day as details for Star Wars Episode VII.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...Oh OK, not too long ago, on a catwalk in New York City.Rodarte fashion designer duo, Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented their new collection on Tuesday at New York Fashion, and the grand finale pieces were absolutely out of this world! The Mulleavy sisters founded their fashion line in 2005 and Rodarte has since gone from strength to strength, with celebrity clients including Cate Blanchett and Keira Knightley; however, their Fall 2014 collection is by far their most inventive and show-stopping collection yet.
The Rodarte sisters were fans of the Star Wars franchise as children
Closing the show, crowds were taken aback to see five fabulous and floaty finale gowns. That’s not so unusual, right? Well, each of the five romantic and silky gowns were printed with images from George Lucas’ super franchise, Star Wars! The stunning gowns wouldn’t have looked out of place on a red carpet or at a stylish do, had each of them not been sporting an image from the iconic sci-fi film. Printed on the sweeping skirts were movie stills of Luke Skywalker, chatterbox C-3PO, Jedi master Yoda and lovable droid, R2-D2. Somehow, the images don’t detract at all from the elegance of the gowns and the colour palette seems perfectly picked in order to compliment the stills. Incidentally, the show came on the same day that casting was confirmed as complete on Star Wars Episode VII, with the intention to shoot in London's Pinewood studios from May till September.
Continue reading: You Luke Beautiful: Rodarte’s NYFW Star Wars Inspired Dresses
The young star misses out, but 'Star Wars' is set to launch a number of other talents.
Saoirse Ronan may be one of Hollywood’s most promising young stars, but she won’t be yielding lightsabers or galaxy-hopping when the Star Wars franchise is rebooting with Episode VII. The New York-born actor announced that she would be auditioning for the role.
Saoirse Ronan missed out on a 'Star Wars' role
"I don't have 'Star Wars.' I don't have the role," Ronan said told Indie Wire's The Playlist, who noted that she sounded “defeated when she told them the news. "I just shouldn't have said anything. I just auditioned for it, like everyone else did."
Filming is due to get underway with the first of the new trilogy, and so far we don't really have much of a clue as to what's going on.
Star Wars: Episode 7, is a phrase that either strike fear into the hearts of Star Wars fans the world over, or instil a sense of reluctant optimism in others. No matter how you feel about the rebooting of George Lucas' genre-defining sci-fi series, it is happening and there is nothing we can do about it. What we can do though is mull over every little rumor and tidbit that Disney have managed to let sneak on to the internet, and try to understand exactly where the movie's makers are in the filmmaking process.
Lucas is handing the baton over to Abrams
We do have some concrete facts about the movie so far; that Jj Abrams is directing it, or at least we're pretty sure that he still is anyway. During the summer there were rumors that the Lost creator was on the verge of stepping down from the project amidst creative differences with Disney. Having initially declined the invitation to direct the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, his commitment to the project had always seemed somewhat in doubt, but as the months have gone by it does look as though he is committed to the job. Abrams is a pretty competent director and his involvement in the project is a promising one, providing that he doesn't go overboard with the lens flare like he did on Star Trek.
Continue reading: What Do We Know About 'Star Wars: Episode 7' So Far?
Williams will be part of a returning force from the original movies that includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Last Saturday (27 July), John Williams became the latest name to be tied down to the upcoming re-boot of the beloved Star Wars franchise. The composer, who has written the score for all six of the movies so far, was confirmed as a contributor by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy during a Star Wars fan convention in Essen, Germany, with an interview with Williams emerging online soon after on the oficial Star Wars YouTube page.
John Williams, here with Samanta Wimslow, will compose the next Star Wars film
The film's confirmed director Jj Abrams had already indicated earlier this year that he hoped to have Williams return for the latest reboot of the franchise, which is expected to arrive in cinemas by summer 2015, and now with the weekend's announcement it looks as though Abrams' first wish as director has become reality.
Continue reading: John Williams Confirms His Place On Upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII
The legendary composer will once again be on hand to provide the score for the next Star Wars film. Whilst in Germany, fans of the series were given their first look at the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series
There is still an air of apprehension surrounding the planned re-boot of the Star Wars franchise - which is now owned by Disney - however a recent interview with the great John Williams has given fans something to be a little less cautious about, as he has signed on to score the soundtrack for the seventh instalment of the sci-fi movie series. In a video interview posted on to the official Star Wars YouTube page on Saturday (July 27), the composer pledged his commitment to the franchise for at least one more film, as he also detailed his own love of George Lucas' beloved sci-fi epic.
Williams, pictured with Samanta Winslow, will be back to compose the score for the new Star Wars
The five-time Oscar winner, who won one of his golden statuettes in 1977 for his work on A New Hope, the first movie released from the series, said that he is working on the score for the upcoming film as he plans on maintaining his healthy relationship with the long-running series. Williams is the latest returnee slated to feature as part of JJ Abram's upcoming reboot, with original stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) all rumoured to be returning to the franchise. The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan has also been announced as a returnee, taking on the role of creative consultant for the film, with Lucas himself said to be involved in the filming to ensure it adheres to his own vision of the galxay far, far away. Williams and his other returnees will be working on a script that is being penned by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3), with the film expected for a summer 2015 release.
Mellody Hobson sits on the board on some of the world's biggest companies.
Mellody Hobson has married her long-time partner - Star Wars director George Lucas - at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. The ceremony went ahead on Saturday afternoon (June 29, 2013), with former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley giving away the bride and George's son Jett serving as the best man. The director and producer's daughters Amanda and Katie served as bridesmaids, according to the movie mogul's spokesperson.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison played live at the reception, with the soulful Janelle Monae also playing a set. Steven Spielberg was also in attendance and director Francis Ford Coppola read a poem by Maya Angelou. That's some guest-list.
Lucas became engaged to DreamWorks Animation chair Hobson, 43, in January. She is also head of the Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds. Oh, and she's a director at Estee Lauder, Groupon and Starbucks as well as a regular contributor at CBS - in other words, she's a big player. A huge player. It will be her first marriage, though the second for Lucas, 68.
Continue reading: Mellody Hobson Marries George Lucas, But Which Legend Played Live?
Carrie Fisher says she will appear in Star Wars Episode 7.
Carrie Fisher has confirmed she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in Disney's new Star Wars movie, Episode 7. When asked by Palm Beach Illustrated whether she had signed on for J.J. Abrams' new movie, Fisher responded with a simple and definitive "Yes."
Abrams is understood to want Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill to play older versions of their original characters, and when asked what Princess Leia would be like today, Fisher joked, "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle." Known for her dry sense of humour, it's possible Fisher could be winding everyone up on her involvement in the movie, though it's unlikely she would give such confirmation without having any intention of appearing.
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker himself - recently revealed he and the other original actors are in talks to return to Star Wars, while Harrison Ford is reported to have already signed a contract.
Mark Hamill has confirmed he is in talks to star in J.J. Abrams forthcoming Star Wars movie, Episode 7.
Mark Hamill returning to the Star Wars franchise for J.J Abrams hugely anticipated Episode 7? Could it be? Looks like sci-fi fans are getting a very early Christmas present this year, with news that Hamill - who played Luke Skywalker in the original movies - is in discussions to return for Disney's new film. "It's all very, very exciting and so unexpected," the actor told Entertainment Tonight, "I think that's the quality I like about it most - it's like getting a pair of pants out of the closet you haven't worn in three years and finding a $20 bill in the pocket. It's just so unexpected."
Hamill confirmed "they're talking to us," when asked directly about his involvement in the new film, though interestingly revealed that George Lucas is at the forefront of the casting process. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts - they would write us out. . I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts." It was thought Lucas would be taking a backseat role in the development of the new movies, though Hamill confirmed the legendary director and producer wants him to meet with writer Michael Arndt and LucasFilm executive Kathleen Kennedy. "Both have had meetings set that were postponed - on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am," he added.
Hamill, now 61, says he's intrigued about where the new trilogy could go - as are most Star Wars fans - though concedes he knows little about Episode 7. "I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm - like for instance, when George told us he wanted to do the next trilogy, he didn't tell us it was going to be done for Disney. He saved that little nugget, and I read it online like anybody else." News of Hamill's potential involvement comes just days after the Latino Review reported exclusively that Harrison Ford would be joining the movie, reprising his role as Han Solo. "I hope we don't overstay our welcome," joked Hamill.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Returning? Star Wars Actor Confirms Talks For Episode 7
Han Solo was one sexy guy back in the day, hoo boy. The wild man of Star Wars, the outsider, the man who didn’t care, did he set our hearts a-throbbing at Contact towers. He was of course played by Harrison Ford, a man who on occasion looks like he was hewn from the ground itself, and – as time tends to dictate – Harrison’s aged somewhat since playing the bad ass role back in the late 70s and early 80s.
Yet with the news that Star Wars is returning for another three films in the near future, thanks to a deal between George Lucas and Disney, fans are suddenly questioning whether this means that all the original characters are coming back. Like Ford, the ravages of time have caught up with all of them, yet apparently they might still be keen to reprise the likes of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. A source who is apparently close to the actor told Entertainment Weekly that “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” By which they mean Mark Hammill back as Luke and Carrie Fisher back as Leia.
If they did come back it suggests they’d be playing some sort of parenting role to what would hopefully be the new main characters in the films. In the UK Justin Lee Collins once tried to get all the Stars Wars gang back together; what at the time looked to be a low point in his career can be viewed in hindsight as glory days indeed, in light of his behaviour this year. The silly oaf.
Mark Hamill has weighed in on the future of Star Wars, in wake of the news that the sci-fi franchise creator, George Lucas, has sold the rights to his cash monster to Disney. Admitting that it was a shock to find out that the sale had been made, Hamill admitted that he already knew of Lucas' plans to make Episodes VII, VIII and IX, after he'd met with him in the summer of this year.
"When he said, 'We decided we're going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked" recalled the original Luke Skywalker to Entertainment Weekly. "What? Are you nuts?!" he remembered saying. However, Hamill did concede that he could understand the decision to continue making movies for the franchise. On one hand he pointed out "there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that's the way it should be - and it's great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories."
However, he also commented "on the other hand, there's this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about.
Director, George Lucas, at the New York premiere of 'The Adventures of Tintin'
With Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms this week, first on the agenda is a seventh Star Wars film – something that has split opinion and caused its fair share of outrage.
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Mark Hamill - Mark Hamill and Guests Los Angeles movie premiere of 'The Spirit' shown at Grauman's Chinese Theater
Swan gets a camera crew to tail him to Hollywood -- where Commander Courage, a supposed WWII era patriotic hero -- has been reinvented as Codename Courage, a ninja-like fighter of terrorism everywhere. But quickly he's on to the San Diego Comic-Con convention, where the bulk of the film takes place. It's hard to tell where the staged stuff for the movie ends and the fanboy ga-ga stuff begins: Among the countless shots of scantily clad fanbabes, costumed kids, and hugs with random convention exhibitors and fans there's a semblance of a story. Basically that involves Swan trying to convince everyone he meets that the old Commander Courage is better than the new Codename Courage (including a scene with Hamill and Stan Lee on a panel at the convention. Just don't think about it too much or you'll start to ask yourself just why Swan would be sent to this convention in the first place. It works only in the sense of putting the characters into oddball situations, but it's got little to do with anythig in the plot.
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Somewhere out there in the cinematic ether there's an elusive line between lewdly moronic raunch comedies like "Tomcats" or "Freddy Got Fingered" and sophomoric, low-brow sex and gross-out romps that can make even intellectual types laugh until $3 concession Coca-Cola comes out of their noses.
I don't know where that line is exactly. All I know is that "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" is hilarious.
The latest low-budget, high-dialogue laffer from Kevin Smith -- writer-director of "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma" -- this film puts his perennial cameo characters front and center for a combination road-trip/ruthless Hollywood satire that is so blanketed with ribald raillery it feels like machine-gun fire hitting your funny bone.
Continue reading: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Review
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