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It was always inevitable that there’d be a twist in the new Star Wars trilogy: the “I am your father” switcheroo is now the benchmark for narrative stings, and the urge to try and surpass that must have been particularly strong for Disney.
Despite the fact that Mark Hamill is under strict instructions not to give the stinger away, he was charitable enough to announce that there is something major he’s not allowed to talk about. Talking about being trusted with the original twist (the abandoned idea that Obi-Wan Kenobi was the villain of the piece), Hamill spoke about the tightness of security over the plots:
“I thought well first of all if Sir Alec Guinness is the real villain that’s a pretty good twist in and of itself, but this is even better. Couldn’t believe it, I was so excited. Just a mind-boggling plot twist. »
- Simon Gallagher
Harrison Ford may be in his 70s, but he's no slouch in the action department, as a recent TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed us. He will be running and ducking, and shooting Stormtroopers with abandon when he returns to screens this December as the iconic space pirate Han Solo. Two new banners have arrived, and the first shows Han locked into a laser blaster battle on what looks to be the new Starkiller Base. The second banner gives us a new look at Carrie Fisher as General Leia, who is overseeing a raid on the Starkiller base.
These latest posters come from Toyfiend on Instagram. They also include the previously seen Kylo Ren and Rey banners. The banners were spotted out in the wild. If you're going to the movies between now and December 18th, you may be lucky enough to see one for yourself in person. »
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has hammered home this is a franchise for a new generation. John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have carried the brunt of the promotional work, giving out interviews and photoshoots in rapid succession (that must surely leave them exhausted). The theme is clear: the original cast members are passing the metaphorical torch — and in the case of lightsabers, a literal torch — to those who will keep fighting the good fight against Space Nazis™. One person who Hasn’T been doing press? The mysteriously missing Mark Hamill. Despite his key status within the Star Wars universe, no one has seen hide nor hair of Luke Skywalker in the trailer or merchandising. For all we know, he’s turned to the Dark Side or has taken up moisture farming in his old age. While Hamill is still mum on the details, the actor finally broke his silence »
- Donna Dickens
Where is Luke Skywalker? That is the question on everyone's mind as we enter the homestretch. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters in less than a month! But Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is one of the few main characters who has not been revealed in any of the previously released footage. According to director J.J. Abrams, we won't see the Master Jedi until the movie arrives in theaters this December. But it looks like Famous Monsters magazine has jumped the gun in giving us a sneak peek. Luke is actually present on their cover, along with other characters both old and new.
The new-and-improved Famous Monsters magazine is back in December with a Star Wars Spectacular Issue spotlighting Mark Hamill's insightful interview with FM Editor David Weiner. And it features brand-new details about returning to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. »
If you were hoping that Mark Hamill would offer any clues as to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his role in the hotly-anticipated blockbuster, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Hamill has revealed to PC Gamer that he’s under a strict non-disclosure agreement, but he’s used to keeping Star Wars secrets, going back to his days on The Empire Strikes Back.
“It’s crazy though, this Nda stuff, people don’t know. None Disclosure Agreements, where you’re not allowed to talk about anything. I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks because of me, I don’t get that payment. If I keep it a secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment. I’m good about keeping secrets.
See Also: J.J. Abrams on the absence »
- Gary Collinson
Adela Quested (Judy Davis) finishes A Passage to India in the same manner she started the movie: her face is deformed by a window full of drops of rain. In both cases, she is looking at something more or less out of frame, blurred or uncertain, imaginary or physical. The placement of the camera, in the beginning and in the end, is at a different location. When the film starts, we are inside of a traveling agency and Adela is walking past the panoramic window. She stops for a second and stares at a large-sized model of a ship. We can’t see the ship entirely: just some chimneys, masts and ropes. We only know this is a ship because the previous shot—the first shot of the picture, actually—showed us this model.In the end of the movie, Adela is reading a letter concerning events that we have seen. »
- Victor Bruno
There's no question that the one thing being discussed the most about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at this point, beyond the excitement of people to see it, is that of Mark Hamill's return as Luke Skywalker in the film.
Kept under wraps in all the promotional material, there's a lot of debate about what has happened to his character - has he turned evil? Is he in hiding? At what point will he appear in the film?
Hamill himself shot his scenes a long time ago, and more recently has been filming motion capture work on the expansive sci-fi video game "Star Citizen" which has also had a secretive history. Speaking with PC Gamer, the actor opened up about working on projects on lock down and compared it to his time on "The Empire Strikes Back":
"It's crazy though, this Nda stuff, people don't know. »
- Garth Franklin
With just 30 days left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, some fans are still clinging to hope that we may see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in some form or another before the release on December 18. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed last month that he has been keeping the Jedi master's presence a secret for a reason, but he wouldn't say why, although there have been plenty of rumors swirling around this Jedi master's presence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. PC Gamer managed to catch up with Mark Hamill, who revealed he actually has money riding on a big secret from Star Wars: The Force Awakens not getting out before the release.
"It's crazy though, this Nda stuff, people don't know. Non Disclosure Agreements, where you're not allowed to talk about anything. I have something coming out where there's an amount of money that if it leaks because of me, »
This edition of The Week in Star Wars is dedicated to Daniel Fleetwood. Rest in peace good sir, and may the Force be with you. #ForceForDaniel
In this packed edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got more new footage from The Force Awakens, new images and posters for the movie, a possible first look at Supreme Leader Snoke and Admiral Ackbar, a new name for Princess Leia and a whole lot more…
It’s been a busy week for footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as we got our first TV spot over the weekend, and then we got the announcement of a special look at the movie would be shown on the Disney-owned ABC. TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes made the announcement, and then we got a promo and a second TV spot for the exclusive look that sadly offered up nothing new. »
- Luke Owen
In case you ever need to travel halfway around the globe to tell Alec Guinness that he's your only hope to overthrow the massive Galactic Empire, Japan's All Nippon Airways has just the plane for you. Mashable took a trip inside the airline's new R2-D2-style Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which maintains all the styling consistency of your average Star Wars obsessive's basement with its plush Yoda dolls and Stormtrooper candy holders. Oh, and there are also lightsaber-wielding flight attendants — no word on whether they deliver in-flight announcements through a series of beeps, whirs, and clicks.All Nippon Airways also has a website set up to promote its Star Wars jet collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, in which it reveals that it will also have a Bb-8-themed jet and a more generic Star Wars–themed jet flying American and Japanese routes. The site also lists the flight paths for the R2-D2 jet, »
- Jackson McHenry
After dropping four Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed covers featuring Han Solo, Rey, Finn, and R2-D2 and C-3Po earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has now posted an interview with Harrison Ford, during which he shared his thoughts on his impending return to the galaxy far, far away as Han Solo.
“He was always the cynical member of the original characters,” states Ford. “While we were invited to engage on the questions of some pretty arcane mysteries — the Force and the mythology that surrounds it — he was the guy who said, ‘What? Huh? Come on.’ There was a callow youth, a beautiful princess, a wise old warrior, and there was a smart-ass.”
- Gary Collinson
A lot appears to have changed in a galaxy far, far away in the 32 years since we last saw Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” but when “Episode VII – The Force Awakens” debuts, Harrison Ford promises that a certain half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder will still be the roguish character we came to love in George Lucas’ original trilogy.
In a new interview with EW, Ford reveals that the daring pilot still has plenty of familiar foibles in the next installment of the franchise. “We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting,” Ford admits. “And accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
According to Ford, the iconic character has never really left him, despite »
- Variety Staff
Within EW's bumper double issue celebrating all things "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is an in-depth interview with Harrison Ford in which the topic of both him reprising his role as Han Solo and talk of a fifth "Indiana Jones" film comes up.
Ford seems to have acquired a more relaxed attitude about playing the character of late, and speaks about how the older incarnation of the character in the Abrams movie hasn't changed that much from the cynical smart-ass of the original trilogy:
"I was glad that the character was still alive for me to play in this new iteration... He was always the cynical member of the original characters. There was a callow youth, a beautiful princess, a wise old warrior, and there was a smart-ass. While we were invited to engage on the questions of some pretty arcane mysteries - the Force and the mythology that surrounds »
- Garth Franklin
There are many things about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that we're looking forward to. But one of them is surely the return of Harrison Ford to the role of Han Solo. Not for nothing did apparent grown-ups whoop with delight (and other assorted legal noises) when Han Solo and Chewbacca popped up together at the end of the first trailer.
We might have done too.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Ford has said of his return to Han Solo that "there's not an abandoning of the character".
"He does not aspire to the position of Obi-Ben Kenobi nor do I aspire to be spoke new age Alec Guinness", he said, quashing fears in a second that Han Solo would have ascended to some kind of Star Wars royalty (on screen, »
Until now, Harrison Ford has never shared his true feelings about Han Solo, or what it was like revisiting the character for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most thought he despised the ol' space pirate, as the actor has never spoken very highly of him in the press. But in a new interview with EW, it's suggested that's because Harrison Ford and Han Solo might be a little too much alike. In this informative chat, Ford offers new insight into the former smuggler, and promises that this is not a new take on the mythos. Solo is still very much the charming rogue we've come to know and love over these past three decades.
But how does the actor himself feel about reprising his role as the reluctant hero for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens? As EW learned, it was important that the story ensured that, despite taking place a full three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, Han would still retain the boyish charm that earned a place in our hearts and minds.
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With that in mind, Ford says we can expect a wholly similar rendition of the smuggler, scoundrel and hero, stating that “some things don’t change.”
There’s not an abandoning of the character,” Ford says, when asked if the character has lost any of his trademark sass. »
- Michael Briers
EW's interview with Harrison Ford is a must-read for fans of the usually quite guarded actor, and arguably his most iconic character (sorry Indy!), Han Solo. Ford shrugs off or playfully answers a lot of the Star Wars-related questions, but when quizzed about the perception that Solo has softened, or become a little less cynical - as evidenced by that "it's all true" line from the final trailer - he does open up a bit, and promises that, deep down, this is still the same smart-ass rogue we all know and love from the original trilogy. “No, there’s not an abandoning of the character. He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. We spend a lot more »
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
Back on the big screen in cinemas UK-wide from 27 November 2015
An epic romance set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, director David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago, based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Boris Pasternak and featuring a stand-out cast led by the late Omar Sharif alongside iconic British actress Julie Christie, is one of cinema’s greatest love stories.
On 27 November, in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary and as part of the BFI’s 2015 blockbuster Love: Films To Fall In Love With… Films To Break Your Heart, in partnership with Plusnet, it will be back on the big screen in cinemas across the UK in a beautiful new 4K digital restoration.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Look past the latex masks and elaborate helmets in Star Wars and you'll find hundreds of fascinating stories from little-seen character actors and extras.
These men and women get their moment in the sun in Elstree 1976, an upcoming documentary about the people who brought to life Bob Fett, the Stormtroopers, Greedo and many more.
All these questions - and more! - will be answered in Elstree 1976, which promises to be an emotional experience for Star Wars fans who have a special place in their hearts for the series' supporting players. »
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