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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Before Disney bought the rights to the sci-fi franchise, the 70-year-old filmmaker was planning to direct 'Episode VII.'
As the hotly anticipated J.J. Abrams-directed sequel 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' prepares to hit theatres later this year, the sci-fi film franchise's original creator George Lucas recently admitted he initially wanted to make the next instalment.
Lucas has amditted he was planning a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' before Disney's acquisition
The retired filmmaker has revealed to USA Today that he originally planned to shoot 'Episode VII' for a May 2015 release, prior to Disney acquiring LucasFilm and the rights to 'Star Wars' in 2012 for $4 billion.
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Rich Cline talks us through some of the best films to look out for in 2015.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10) Shaun The Sheep Movie - The British TV hit becomes a charming stop-motion feature (Feb). Other anticipated animations: Pixar's Inside Out (Jul), Despicable Me spin-off The Minions Movie (Jun) and Snoopy & Charlie Brown (Dec). Watch the trailer for Shaun The Sheep Movie here.
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It seems the power of Christian Grey is stronger than even The Force.
How many times can you watch a two minute trailer of Jamie Dornan in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie? Well the answer is many, many, many times, on repeat if necessary. Yes probably in part thanks to loyal Dornan-aholics the Fifty Shades Of Grey teaser has beaten Star Wars The Force Awakens to become the most Youtubed trailer of 2014 with a colossal 93 million hits!
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
Yes according to research by Zefr, the steamy trailer is the year's most viewed on Youtube, beating Star Wars Episode VII by over 10 million hits.
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:
JJ Abrams wont be making the same mistake as George Lucas’s prequels.
Anthony Daniels, the actor who has appeared as C-3PO in all six Star Wars films, has confirmed that no CGI will be used for his character in Jj Abrams upcoming Episode VII. The actor, who is the only member of the Star Wars cast to appear in all six films, was replaced by CGI animation for C-3PO’s action seances in the prequel trilogy.
Anthony Daniels has always been the man behind C-3PO
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Daniels said, “There’s no way I would just do the voice. I will tell you that when JJ Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, ‘Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?’ I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Right!’ He knew I’d say that.”
Actor James Marsden has landed a role in HBO's new television adaptation of cult film Westworld.
HBO is known for big budget television series featuring high calibre stars, and it looks like their latest project is no different. 'Westworld' is based on the 1973 sci-fi film of the same name which featured a western-themed amusement park full of mysterious androids. The film starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin (father of Marvel's Thanos, Josh Brolin).
Anchorman 2 actor James Marsden is signed on to join HBO's new series
Not much is known about HBO's new version, aside from the fact sci-fi director extroardinaire and 'Lost' creator Jj Abrams will serve as an executive producer and Jonathan Nolan, creator of 'Persons of Interest' and brother of The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, has written the script alongside his wife, Lisa Joy. Nolan will also direct the pilot episode.
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J.J Abrams treated Star Wars fans to a look at a new model of the iconic X-Wing Starfighter in a new video calling for submissions to a tie-in charity initiative aiming to fund Unicef Labs and help poor children around the globe.
"We are offering you and a friend to visit the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and be in the movie. But we're also offering something else - the chance to be in an advanced screening of Episode VII before it hits theatres," Abrams explained.
"By supporting Force For Change, you win a private screening of the movie in your hometown and invite 20 of your closest friends and family. We know how much Star Wars means to so many of you and we love to share the movie with you first by supporting this truly great cause," he added.
With new Star Wars Episode VII plot details flying around the rumor mill, fanfare surrounding the film is starting to build
J.J. Abrams has been incrementally dripping visual information regarding the upcoming reboot, Star Wars: Episode VII; we’ve had a glimpse at a bustling Tattooine marketplace and a chess table from the Millennium Falcon. Now, while talking about Ep. VII’s competition via Omaze, fans got a peek at a new breed of X-Wing.
The Star Wars Episode VII cast get together for a readthrough of the film's script
Standing in front of the new ship, Abrams makes one final plea for fans of the franchise and newcomers alike to get involved in a competition “to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families around the world” by supporting UNICEF’s Innovation Labs.
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.
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Production might be halted, but in the mean time, Star Wars Episode VII has just added two new cast members.
Newcomers Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke have become the latest additions to the Star Wars Episode VII cast, after beating out 67,000 other hopefuls. Overnight the actors have gone from being complete unknowns to the hottest new names in Hollywood. But what can we find out about Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke?
Star Wars Episode VII is currently being filmed
Last year 67,000 hopefuls from 11 cities and across the internet responded to an open casting call for a part in Jj Abrams’ sequel. While some thought it was just a publicity stunt, the idea of casting unknowns is nothing new to the franchise. It’s actually something Star Wars prides itself on, remember back in 1977 Mark Hamil was an unknown name.
Ford's leg injury will take its toll on the 'Star Wars' scheduling.
Harrison Ford's broken leg could set back the production of Star Wars: Episode VII by up to two weeks, according to a new announcement made by Disney. The actor, who'll be reprising his role as Han Solo in the film, sustained the injury last month whilst filming for Jj Abrams' new sci-fi instalment.
The veteran movie star faces up to six weeks of rehabilitation to get him - quite literally - back on his feet after a piece of the movie set crushed his leg on the 12th June at England's Pinewood Studios.
Shooting has continued in Ford's absence with Star Wars bosses working around the missing character. Now shooting has had to be halted for two weeks by the studios although Episode VII is still "on track" to wrap in the fall and be released in December 2015, according to the AP.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford On The Mend But 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Delayed By Weeks
There will be stormtroopers.
Smith posted a selfie in which he appeared to be tearing up. It was only when he had a chat to the Flickering Myth podcast that he revealed that a) he did cry, four times in fact and b) there are Stormtroopers.
Kevin Smith's big day out
Star Wars Episode VII has done a pretty good job of churning out fairly newsworthy stuff since it was announced following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and everything related to a galaxy far, far away.
Yes, ‘this person is starring as this thing,’ or ‘this old guy broke his leg doing this, or even ‘this man is in charge of another thing do to with this thing’ – they all happened and they were just about newsworthy. But with nothing that important taking place, it looks like we’ll have to talk about Kevin Smith, who took a photo of his own face while being around all the Star Wars things going on.
Continue reading: No 'Star Wars Episode VII' News Means Kevin Smith Takes Centre Stage
Is Tom Cruise about to add a ‘Star Wars’ cameo to his CV?
In the latest round of Star Wars Episode VII rumours, The Sun is reporting that Tom Cruise could be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming instalment. Yes Ethan Hunt’s next mission could be in a galaxy far, far away! Of course it’s all just another Star Wars rumour at the moment (and we’ve had plenty of those in the last few months), but just because it’s Tom, let’s indulge this one and go over everything we know about the possibility of Cruise in Episode VII.
Could Episode VII feature a Tom Cruise cameo?
1. Jj Abrams and Tom have a history
Johnson tweeted a scene from the outer space classic The Right Stuff in which Scott Glenn, as astronaut Alan Shepard, says, "Dear Lord, please don't let me f*ck up."
We don’t get many leftfield directorial appointments in the world of movies, so Rian Johnson’s Star Wars nod really is something to savour. Johnson will direct Star Wars Episode VIII, and word on the street is that he’ll be working Episode IX, too.
Rian Johnson big pressure on his hands with two Star Wars movies to direct
The reaction to Disney and LucasFilm’s decision has been reasonably muted, which should be taken as a positive sign for Johnson. He has a short but impressive CV, including the highly celebrated Brick, his excellent work on the complex, intricate sci-fi thriller Looper and of course, three episodes of Breaking Bad – The Fly, Fifty-One and Ozymandias.
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Harrison broke his leg after an altercation with a door.
Harrison Ford has undergone surgery following an accident on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII that left him with a broken leg. The star, returning to the franchise as one of its original and most marketable stars, may have to be filmed from the waist up while he recovers.
Harrison Ford is said to be missing 8 weeks of Star Wars filming
It was previously believed the 71-year-old had broken an ankle in an incident involving a door at Pinewood Studios on 12 June, but in a statement to Sky News, Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas said: "Harrison Ford's left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work." A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the actor had been injured by a "garage door" and added: "The Health and Safety Executive have been informed and will look into it."
Unlikely, yes. Impossible, no.
Many publications have put the news out that Samuel L. Jackson – who played Mace Windu in the last (first) three Star Wars movies – is too busy to make a return to the franchise.
Samuel L. Jackson wearing whatever he wants to wear
But by the simple act of reading the quotes, one can ascertain the truth: Sam Jackson has said he hasn’t received a call yet, and that if he doesn’t get the call, he has stuff that he can be getting on with anyway. Key words there: yet, if and can.
Continue reading: Why Samuel L. Jackson Might Still Appear In Star Wars Episode VII
It takes more than a Millennium Falcon's door to knock Han Solo out of whack
Harrison Ford is looking forward to getting back on the Star Wars Episode VII set within around 8 weeks following his run in with the YT-1300 light freighter.
The accident initially saw the 71-year-old actor, who is reprising his one of his most iconic roles for the reboot, airlifted to hospital after a hydraulic door fell on him and broke his ankle while he at Pinewood Studios.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Is Hit By Millennium Falcon. Lives.
Chancellor George Osborne is excited about a new Star Wars spin-off, but not in the same way sci-fi geeks are. In fact, he announced the news that it would be filmed in the U.K via Twitter with the hashtag “#LongTermEconomicPlan”. Exciting, huh?
The spin-off, which has been rumoured to centre on one of Star Wars’ iconic supporting characters; Han Solo and Boba Fett have been heavily rumoured. Mr Osborne said: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain,” in a statement. “This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.”
The 'Chronicle' director will join 'Godzilla's Gareth Edwards in creating a 'Star Wars' spin-off.
Josh Trank has just been announced as the latest director to be taking on a new standalone Star Wars film to complement the planned trilogy. Disney and LucasFilm seem to be wasting no time in lining up the next franchise additions after Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due out in December 2015.
"In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank," stated a press release from Lucasfilm today, via WSJ.
Trank, who made his name with the acclaimed thriller Chronicle, is the second hot young director to have been hired by the studios after Godzilla's Gareth Edwards was snapped up.
Continue reading: Josh Trank To Take On 'Star Wars' Standalone After 'Chronicle' Success
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
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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.
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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.
J.J. Abrams, the director of the forthcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII', speaks from the movie set in Abu Dhabi about a competition where you could win a chance to appear in the movie at Pinewood Studios in London. As well as meeting the cast, going behind the scenes and getting into costume, it is also a chance to help launch a new program called 'Star Wars: Force For Change'.
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JJ Abrams launched the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign in Abu Dhabi.
Attention Star Wars fanatics - you could be heading to Abu Dhabi for a special role in J.J Abrams forthcoming blockbuster, Episode VII. In a video shot on location in the UAE, the director announced the new Star Wars: Force for Change initiative dedicated to finding solutions to the world's biggest problems.
Jj Abrams on the Star Wars Set in Abu Dhabi
The first Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its programs that benefit vulnerable children.
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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!”
Princess Leia revealed what Disney wanted from her
Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale have all shed pounds in a dangerously small amount of time in the name of art. But you rarely hear of women doing the same thing for a role, probably because they’d be accused of having bulimia or anorexia.
When Carrie Fisher played Princes Leia back in the 70s and 80s she became a sex symbol because of a certain golden slave bikini. And, despite reprising her role over four decades later, it has been revealed that she was cast on the proviso that she shed 35 pounds.
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27th June, 1966
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