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Luke Skywalker compares the creation of 'Star Wars' to the development of Disney animated movies.
Mark Hamill opens up about the concepts and ideas within 'Star Wars' that made the film franchise so great and, indeed, so enduring. He is set to reprise his character of Luke Skywalker yet again in the forthcoming 'The Last Jedi' movie, and is rumoured to return for the subsequent 'Episode IX'.
Mark Hamill at the 'Captain America: Civil War' premiere
The 65-year-old actor couldn't have had more respect for the way George Lucas, creator of 'Star Wars' and director of the original movie and the second trilogy, developed the scenes in the movie and described his storytelling as being almost primitive.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill On 'Primal' Star Wars Storytelling
He went to see an early cut of the first trailer with the late Carrie Fisher.
Mark Hamill has for four decades now been a staple of the 'Star Wars' franchise, bringing his role as Luke Skywalker to fans for the first time in 'Episode IV: A New Hope' and still remaining with the series to-date.
Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
This past weekend, 40 years of the property was celebrated at the official Star Wars Celebration in Florida, where Hamill himself got involved with proceedings and helped bring further hype and excitement to the event.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Recalls How First 'Star Wars' Trailer Was Heckled
After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie.
Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.
As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge.
Continue: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
Abrams believes Hamill's upcoming performance as Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will win him an Oscar in 2018.
Former Star Wars director Jj Abrams has claimed that Mark Hamill’s role in the upcoming The Last Jedi later this year will be of such a standard that he’ll be in line for an Oscar this time next year, saying that he’d be “very upset” if Hamill was overlooked.
65 year old Hamill fleetingly reprised his career-defining role as Luke Skywalker in 2015’s The Force Awakens – quite literally, as he appeared for just a few seconds standing on a remote island in the film’s closing sequence - but it set to have a substantially bigger role in The Last Jedi, released in December 2017.
Mark Hamill for an Oscar?
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Touts Mark Hamill For An Oscar Next Year
The film is due for release December 15, 2017.
The title of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga has finally been revealed.
The news was announced to fans in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December.#TheLastJedi”
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VIII' Will Be Titled The Last Jedi
Trump’s New Year’s message did have that supervillain feel.
The Star Wars actor uploaded an audio clip of himself to twitter, reading Trump’s tweet in the voice he uses for The Joker in the Batman animated series, in what could be the beginning of a new gig for the actor.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Reading Donald Trump Tweets As The Joker Is Terrifying
Ford described his co-star as ‘one-of-a-kind.’
The 60-year-old actress was loved the world over for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise and just last year she had reprised the role in The Force Awakens.
Fisher as Princess Leia in The Force Awakens
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Leads 'Star Wars' Cast In Paying Tribute To Carrie Fisher
Possible Major Spoiler Alert! A video of Hamill shaving off his beard might have revealed more about the plot of Episode IX than he intended.
The 64 year old actor filmed a short video of himself shaving off his impressive facial hair ahead of his upcoming show ‘Pop Culture Quest’ for the Comic-Con HQ streaming network – but he captioned the clip: “Haven't seen my chin since May '15, so #FarewellFacialFur & #ByeByeBeard (at least til #EpisodeIX)” when he posted it on Twitter.
Mark Hamill might have just revealed a significant 'Star Wars' plot development in a video where he shaved off his beard
But the Luke Skywalker actor says he sympathises with film bosses, who are just trying to keep surprises.
Mark Hamill kicked off 'Star Wars Celebration Europe' at London’s ExCel Centre on Friday (July 15) taking questions from fans and revealing what he could about the franchise. The actor of course couldn't give anything away about the next instalment, but he did confess that even he finds the secrecy surrounding the films “annoying and intrusive” sometimes.
Mark Hamill attended Star Wars Celebration Europe in London on Friday.
“It can be really annoying and intrusive,” he said. “You get call sheets [on set] and everybody’s got a number. You look at the call sheet and you’re like ‘I love 22’s work, she’s twice as good as 11’. They’re not doing it to annoy you.”
The ‘Star Wars’ legend will appear in one episode of the show’s third series.
Mark Hamill is travelling across the pond, for a role in Greg Davies Channel 4 comedy ‘Man Down’. The Luke Skywalker actor will play a new character in one episode of the upcoming third series, but little has been given away about Hamill’s role.
Mark Hamill will appear in the third series of ‘Man Down’.
Channel 4 are keen to keep Hamill’s character a secret, but have confirmed that he will not be playing himself. A source told the Radio Times: "He is a big fan of comedy and loves ‘Man Down’. He was really keen to do this.”
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Joins Cast Of Greg Davies Comedy 'Man Down'
Mark Hamill’s Joker is not for children…
Batman: The Killing Joke, the upcoming direct-to-video animated film based on Alan Moore’s comic of the same name, has been given an R-rating according to Entertainment Weekly. The film is now the first movie in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to receive an R-rating and the second Batman film to do so, following the extended home-video version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Mark Hamill voices The Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke.
The film features Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Tara Strong as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. Based on Alan Moore’s controversial 1988 comic, The Killing Joke is an origin story in which The Joker taunts Batman by kidnapping Batgirl.
Continue reading: Animated Movie 'Batman: The Killing Joke' Receives R-Rating
For the majority of Star Wars fans, Episode 7 ended in just the right place - the first of the latest instalments to the franchise acted as a perfect precursor to a much bigger story. With that said, the loss of at least one of the most loved characters does mean that the story for Episode 8 must deliver a huge punch.
The actor has teamed with a California lawyer to help combat fake movie memorabilia that is being sold to fans.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill is joining forces with a California lawyer to fight against those who market fake memorabilia to fans. The actor had recently become alarmed at the number of items falsely bearing his signature, after being asked to verify their authenticity by fans.
Mark Hamill is leading the fight against fake memorabilia.
As fans prepared for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Hamill said he noticed a rise in the number of fans asking him to verify his signature on movie posters and other memorabilia and most of the time, the signatures were fake.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Launches Fight Against Fake 'Star Wars' Memorabilia
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
The director has discussed the criticism the film has received for casting Boyega as a Stormtrooper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams stopped by ‘The Howard Stern Show’ on Monday to talk about the much anticipated sequel. Speaking to the shock-jock, Abrams discussed criticisms over the casting of black actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper, while also revealing why fans haven't seen Luke Skywalker in any of the film’s trailers yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.
Discussing those who have criticised the film for casting Boyega as a black stormtrooper, Abrams said: 'All I know is John Boyega is extraordinary in the new movie. I think the people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than there's a black stormtrooper.’
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
The actor may have said a little too much on twitter, giving clues to Luke Skywalker’s fate.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill may have let a little too much slip on his twitter account while discussing his beard on Monday (November 23rd). While his tweet may have seemed innocent enough, it has potentially revealed a major spoiler for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill.
Hamill’s tweet seems to confirm that the actor will be back as Skywalker for Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out in May 2017. Many fans had theorised that Skywalker wouldn't survived the events of The Force Awakens, but Hamill’s comments suggest otherwise.
Josh Trank will no longer be directing the 'Star Wars' spin-off film.
Director Josh Trank has announced his departure from a standalone Star Wars project. The Chronicle director was supposed to direct a spin-off film, similar to Star Wars: Rogue One which is currently being developed by Gareth Edwards. Trank, who has also directed the upcoming Fantastic Four remake, announced he was leaving the Star Wars project on Friday (1st May) via the film franchise's website.
The upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is due to be released in December.
Continue reading: Director Josh Trank Leaves 'Star Wars' Spin-off, Citing Personal Reasons
It doesn't tell us much, but here's your first taster of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.
Star Wars returns in December 2015
Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'
If you're trying to avoid spoilers about the new Star Wars film, you might want to look away now, as strong rumours about the plot have emerged online.
J.J Abrams is known for keeping details of his projects top secret for as long as possible, and alongside LucasFilm, details about the new Star Wars film have been pretty thin on the ground lately. However, several websites are now claiming to have insider knowledge about Episode VII, including plot details and the latest information about the villains Luke, Leia and Han will be facing. Look away now if you don't want to know the details!
The impressive cast at a script read through. We can only dream of being in that room.
Continue reading: Star Wars Rumour Round Up: Villains, Robot Hands, Han Solo's Wardrobe
Decades later, the old guard are looking melted
It might be age, it might be the strong Abu Dhabi sun, but Carrie Fisher thinks her old Star Wars cohorts are looking melted. Still, she was quick to point out how happy she was that they were all back together again as filming continues for J.J. Abrams’ hugely anticipated reboot.
“We all look a little melted. It’s good to see other melted people,’ she said. “And it is good to have us all in a room because it’s unique. I mean, I don’t suppose they have reunions for the Gone With The Wind gang.”
Carrie Fisher had to lose 35 pounds (2.5 stone) for her reprisal role in 'Star Wars Episode VII'. The 57-year-old actress appeared at an event to honour her mother, Debbie Reynolds, on Wednesday (14th May) and revealed the 'Star Wars' producers hired her “minus 35 pounds”.
Carrie Fisher was asked to lose 35 pounds, approximately 2.5 stone, for her upcoming role in Star Wars VII. The actress best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia revealed whilst attending an event in honour of her mother, Singing in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher with her mother Debbie Reynolds at the 'Debbie Reynolds - Auction Finale' on Wednesday.
Is 'Star Wars Episode 7' called 'The Ancient Fear'?
Harry Knowles, the reliable and respected movie man at Ain't It Cool News, is quoting a source as saying Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie is titled The Ancient Fear. Harry says his insider told him back in January that the movie would shoot in Dubai - which was accurate - and that when he took the title speculation to JJ himself, he didn't respond. Suspicious.
The Star Wars Episode 7 Script Read-Through
Knowles says that after following up the speculation with other sources, a guy close to the production claimed that the "working title" for the movie was The Ancient Fear. He also stated, "it refers to Max Von Sydow's villain who makes Pazuzu look like a pussy!"
The force was strong with the world of showbiz this week as 'Mean Girls' turned ten and 'The Other Woman' bodyslammed 'Captain America 2' at the box office.
'Star Wars VII': "Raahhgh uughguughhaahnr wrrhwrwwh!" - that's Wookiee for "That new Star Wars cast is dope, yo!" Star Wars fans of all ages were given a shot of sweaty-palmed anticipation this week when the cast of JJ Abrams upcoming Star Wars sequel, Episode VII, was announced. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and other original cast members will be joining a host of new faces, including Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Andy Serkis. See the photo of the new cast and find out more here.
Clooney Bagged: The air was filled with yells of envy this week as it was announced that actor George Clooney has become engaged to Amal Alamuddin after just a few months of dating. You'd be forgiven for being sceptical towards perpetual bachelor Cloonz's happy news but this time it's different. Find out how Clooney's family reacted. Amal isn't just another attention-craving bimbo: she's an accomplished human rights lawyer with unnaturally lustrous hair. For more info, check out our profile on Amal, AKA the one Clooney wouldn't let get away.
It's official: the original cast will be back for Episode VII, along with high-profile newcomers. Sundance London and Tribeca premiere movies for Ryan Reynolds, Keira Knightley, Michael B Jordan, Emma Watson and more. Neighbors premieres in Los Angeles. And new trailers promise emotion, comedy and embarrassment...
Of course the biggest movie news this week was the official announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for Star Wars Episode VII, along with the performers behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Newcomers to the saga include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams starts filming this month in London. For all the cast info and to see the, now infamous, first cast reading photo for Star Wars Episode VII click here.
This past week in London, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival took place with a flurry of filmmakers and stars attending, including Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, who were on hand to present their offbeat serial killer black comedy The Voices. Browse our arrivals gallery for 'The Voices' screening at Sundance London.
Mark Hamill is impressed by the Star Wars Episode VII cast.
Mark Hamill, the American who will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in JJ Abrams Star Wars: Episode 7, has spoken of his approval of the new cast-members, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Andy Serkis. The new cast-members were revealed in a photograph from the script-read through at Pinewood Studios this week, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Hamill also attending the session.
Afterwards, the 62-year-old tweeted:
Continue reading: Mark Hamill On Boyega, Ridley, Gleeson, Isaac: "Wow, They're Good"
Oscar Isaac is the latest cast member to get on board (The Millennium Falcon) for JJ Abrams upcoming film, 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
If Star Wars: Episode VII were any more shrouded in mystery we wouldn’t even know it was being made. Thankfully, a few small details are trickling through JJ Abrams privacy forcefield and we’re beginning to get a better idea of what we can expect. The cast has finally been announced and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief to hear that original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels would all be reprising their roles.
Harrison Ford has been spotted in London along with his fellow Star Wars original cast members
While they has been plenty of rumours flying about that they would all be returning, nothing was set in stone. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all been spotted in London where filming is taking place. Coincidence? We think not.
Continue reading: Who Is Newest 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Member, Oscar Isaac?
Max Von Sydow is part of the Star Wars: Episode VII team - but who will he play?
We almost choked on our coffee when an image from the Star Wars Episode VII script read-through hit Star Wars.com on Tuesday evening (April 29, 2014). The black-and-white photograph showed Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill relaxing on the sofas with new cast-members Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Daisy Ridley. But there was on actor who flew under the radar. Perhaps the finest of the talented bunch. Max Von Sydow.
Max Von Sydow Is Set For Star Wars: Episode VII
The legendary actor, now 85, is probably best known for his performances in The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist and Three Days of the Condor.
Here's why we've got all our fingers and toes crossed that Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as loveable (but vicious) Wookiee, Chewbacca.
The best Star Wars Episode VII news we’ve heard so far is that Peter Mayhew will (supposedly) be getting his Wookiee on once more to reprise his role as Chewbacca. It seems only fitting that if Han Solo, Leia, Luke, C-3P0 and R2-D2 will all (allegedly) be teaming up once again in a galaxy far, far away that Chewie should be there with them! Here’s our list of reasons why Star Wars Episode VII just wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favourite Wookiee.
7 foot 3 inch Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films
Nobody else is fluent in Shyriiwook
Continue reading: Why Chewbacca HAS To Return For 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Filming on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios, though the cast is yet to be completed.
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that shooting on Star Wars Episode 7 is underway at Pinewood Studios in London. "We have a lot of them [in place]," he said of the casting, which is yet to be disclosed, "We're just not completely done yet."
Alan Horn Revealed Further Details About Star Wars Episode 7
Horn, interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, also hinted that running into difficulties with the script.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VII' Begins Shooting, Despite Incomplete Cast
It seems Gary Oldman and Adam Driver are joining the Star Wars Episode 7 empire.
The Star Wars Episode 7 cast will be nearing completion behind closed doors, but fans are still none the wiser as to who will be starring in one of the biggest movies of the past 20 years. Rumors have reached boiling point, though unusually, nobody has given the slightest indication that they've signed on the dotted lines for Jj Abrams new movie.
Gary Oldman May Well Be Joining the Empire
We know that the cast will feature both new and old faces, and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are convinced that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Stars Wars Episode 7 begins shooting in May - but have Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Mupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on the dotted line?
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Star Wars: Episode 7 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in May and, crucially for fans, will be set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, accordng to the Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, that the film "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Continue reading: 30 Years After 'Return Of The Jedi', 'Star Wars' Is Set For Episode 7
Two lead roles for the film will be cast in the UK, with budding actors encouraged to attend the open auditions for the upcoming franchise reboot
Open auditions are to be held across the UK and Ireland this week, as producers look to finalise the starring line-up for the upcoming Star Wars reboot. Two of the lead actors for Star Wars: Episode VII will be cast in open sessions being held across the British Isles this week (beginning 4 Nov.), with sessions taking place in cities including London, Dublin and Glasgow.
The film is believed to be on schedule still
As reported by the BBC, a casting notice from Disney states that the auditions will aim to fill two of the star roles, one male and the other female. The casting note states that the auditions will look for someone to play a a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl in her teens, with the male role being assigned to someone in their late teens or early 20s who can play a "smart capable" man. The auditions are open to female actresses aged 16 or over, and the male one to anyone aged 18 or over.
Continue reading: Open Auditions To Be Held For New 'Star Wars' Film Across The UK
The British actor has been considered a rising star for several years now.
David Oyelowo, the British actor best known for the BBC series Spooks, is reportedly the first actor to be signed up for Star Wars Episode VII.
The actor has been rumored heavily as of late, though the reliable fan site Jedi News say Oyelowo has not signed on the dotted line for the Jj Abrams movie.
A shadowy source known only as Jedi Master SQL told the site: "Just confirmed the first signed and sealed casting. He's British, and Jedi News have already reported it twice! And no, it's not Sherlock [Benedict Cumberbatch]."
Abrams is taking the story in a whole new direction and that's all we'll know for a while.
You might think it isn’t fair for one man to get to direct both Star Trek and Star Wars in a single lifetime, but due to recent plot twists, Jj Abrams is getting to do just that – and he has some big plans. Or so everyone assumes, since both Abrams and Lucasfilm are keeping annoyingly quiet about the future of the franchise. "We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the 'Star Wars' movie," Abrams said Saturday at the Producers Guild of America's Produced By conference in Los Angeles.
But we knew that already – well, at least that episode VII will be shot in England. Additionally, Abrams made some comments about his strategy for taking over the franchise, without alienating hardcore fans. In a remarkably uninformative statement, he said that "the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before." If we’re reading this correctly, it would mean that this will definitely be Abrams’s and not Lucas’ Star Wars. Fans are yet undecided on whether this is a good thing.
Something that has been known for a while though, is the fact that alumni Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will reprise their original roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, respectively, as well as the film’s release date – end of summer 2015. Probably. Until then, Star Wars fans are left to do what they do best – wait and dread the coming changes.
Continue reading: A New Age Dawns For Star Wars, With JJ Abrams At The Helm
Star Wars Rebels will whet the appetite of fans eager for Star Wars Episode 7.
Forget Star Wars Episode 7! A new continuation of the classic sci-fi saga will be hitting screens before Jj Abrams new movie in the form ofStar Wars Rebels, an animated series for the Disney Channel. The series comes as Lucasfilm Animation winds down the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which premiered in 2008.
According to The Wrap, X-Men: First Class' Simon Kinberg will executive-produce and write the first episode of Revels, which will premiere in the fall of 2014. Set two decades between Star Wars Episode 3 and 4, the animated series finds the Empire hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a small band of revels united against it. Lucasfilm are on-board to produce the show, with fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will get the first exclusive look. "I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "I think 'Star Wars Rebels' will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars."
Making up the crew will be executive producer Dave Filoni, who fan-boys will recognise as the director of The Clone Wars. Greg Weisman, of The Spectacular Spider-Man, is also executive producing.
Continue reading: Who Needs JJ? Star Wars Animated Series 'Rebels' To Debut In 2014
Some new-ish details have been revealed about the upcoming Star Wars reboot, with producer Bryan Burke and Mark Hamill both discussing the project recently.
Great news Star Wars fans (or bad new depending on where you sit on the Star Wars re-boot fence), because we have a rough idea of how the next chapter of the Disney-owned franchise will unfold. It should be sticking to it's 2015 release date, with the finished project possibly happening relatively sooner than some had thought, producer Bryan Burk told Collider.
Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is currently promoting his most recent film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, however it is also known that he is working equally as hard on his other sci-fi franchise reboot. He and writer Michael Arndt are said to be bringing the script to it's final form, with the studio still deciding locations for the shoot as Abrams and Arndt's work progresses. Burke described the current status mode of the movie as a 'free-flowing thing,' moving at it's own pace but moving promisingly nonetheless. We assume that's a good thing.
Jj Abrams is working hard on both of his sci-fi reboots.
Continue reading: New Star Wars Film On Course To Begin Shooting By Early 2014
New laws in Scotland will allow Jedi's to officiate marriage ceremonies.
Changes to marriage in Scotland could pave the way for Star Wars Jedi's to perform ceremonies. The Free Church of Scotland said the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill will allow groups promoting a belief to marry couples. Various groups promote interest in the Jedi, including the Jedi Knight Society, which offers lessons from Master Yoda.
The Scottish government said the change was relevant to such bodies as humanists, who are classed as religious rather than non-religious. Church spokesman, the Reverend Iver Martin told BBC Alba, "The third category is quite astonishing because it is the so-called belief category without really defining what belief means.There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything - the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society - who knows?"
Jedi Knights are characters in the Star Wars franchise, which Disney recently purchased with the intention of releasing further movies. A Jedi school in California offers training in key skills, such as the use of light sabres. The Flat Earth Society - also mentioned by Rev Martin - promotes the theory that the Earth is flat, largely basing its ideas on literal interpretation of passages in the Bible.
Continue reading: Star Wars Jedi's Free To Perform Wedding Ceremonies In Scotland
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Django Unchained are riding high at the top of the US box office charts and as the movie industry lurches slowly into the new year, it’s likely that they’ll remain there. After all, an unsolicited addition to the Texas Chainsaw collection is hardly going to have the pulling power to shift some of the biggest movies of last year off the top of that chart.
That, however, is one of the biggest movies of the week: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. That’s right. An extra dimension has been added to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre story. No, we’re not sure why, either. The phrase “let’s leave well alone, shall we?” springs to mind. The horror genre was just fine and dandy with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the other Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and... okay all you need to know is that there are already seven of these movies.. but hey, now we have one in 3D, so that, presumably, you can fear not only for the safety of the characters onscreen, but also for the integrity of your own eyeballs, as chainsaw after chainsaw comes flying out of the screen and straight towards your face.
In a classic game of paper, scissors, stone, it becomes quickly apparent that ‘chainsaw’ beats ‘wooden door’ as good old Leatherface wreaks havoc with his favourite power tool once more. Unsurprisingly, it has been met with a tired response, with one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes describing the film as a “giant turd of a movie.” So, probably not bound for big bucks box office success, then. Bound to divide audiences this one. Divide them between ‘Don’t really like it’ and ‘Really don’t like it,’ that is.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, was well aware of the intention to extend the Star Wars film franchise to Episode 7 and beyond, but was surprised at the acquisition of Lucasfilms by Disney for a whopping $4.05b.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Hamill explained: "Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else," but offered the caveat: "He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them." Speculation is still rife as to what the upcoming Star Wars films will cover. Will it be Hans Solo? Will Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader become best friends? We wouldn't put it past those Disney guys. "It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it," Hamill explained." I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We'll see. I'm anxious to know what's going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven't done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It's one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense."
We're waiting for more info to come out regarding where the series will go, and who will be involved in steering the ship. One thing's for sure, and it may be the saving grace: George Lucas remains as creative consultant.
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