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When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas, the initial reaction was one of disappointment (if not quite the mass hatred which that evolved into), although not without a few clear positives. The story got thrashed for its reliance on pseudo-politics, the acting was found more wooden than an Ewok city and everybody finally agreed with Harrison Ford that George Lucas might not be the best wordsmith. But one thing everyone could find time to praise was the visuals.
The world Lucas created for Star Wars is phenomenal, an oft-described used future that serves as a fantasy realm of knights and rogues, and is so expertly realised that even cynics (be they prequel haters or those who “don’t get” the saga in general), can’t deny that the galaxy far, far away looks great.
That’d be all for nothing, though, if it was for the cinematography, »
- Alex Leadbeater
'Sorrell and Son' with H.B. Warner and Alice Joyce. 'Sorrell and Son' 1927 movie: Long thought lost, surprisingly effective father-love melodrama stars a superlative H.B. Warner Partially shot on location in England and produced independently by director Herbert Brenon at Joseph M. Schenck's United Artists, the 1927 Sorrell and Son is a skillful melodrama about paternal devotion in the face of both personal and social adversity. This long-thought-lost version of Warwick Deeping's 1925 bestseller benefits greatly from the veteran Brenon's assured direction, deservedly shortlisted in the first year of the Academy Awards.* Crucial to the film's effectiveness, however, is the portrayal of its central character, a war-scarred Englishman who sacrifices it all for the happiness of his son. Luckily, the London-born H.B. Warner, best remembered for playing Jesus Christ in another 1927 release, Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings, is the embodiment of honesty, selflessness, and devotion. Less is »
- Andre Soares
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced that the massively-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens will receive its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 14th. This will then be followed by a premiere in London and various other events around the globe, before the J.J. Abrams-directed film begins its worldwide roll out in France on December 16th.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron »
- Gary Collinson
You didn't think Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to arrive in theaters with little to no fanfare did you? Disney and Lucasfilm are pulling out all the stops for this first Star Wars sequel in over ten years. And it's going to be a big party. Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac, the 7th installment in the Skywalker family saga is going to have its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 14. Then, a number of star-studded premiers will happen around the world.
These premieres will all be quite massive. After showing on the big screen for the first time anywhere in Los Angeles, all participating cast and crew will jump into the Millennium Falcon and hit light speed for London. The rest of the locations have yet to be revealed. But it is said that the Los Angeles premiere »
Sneak Peek images from the New York Comic Con, featuring Hasbro's upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 'Black Series' of action figures, including a weathered-looking Harrison Ford as 'Han Solo', plus the 'droid' 'Bb-8', 'Resistance Pilot Ello Asty', 'General Hux' and a whole lot more:
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was directed by J. J. Abrams, as the seventh installment in the main "Star Wars" film series...
...set approximately 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi" (1983).
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions...
...to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, scheduled for release December 18, 2015 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
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- Michael Stevens
New York Comic Con is kicking off this morning, but at last night's preview event, Hasbro gave fans a look at the next batch of Star Wars toys heading our way, including a The Force Awakens Han Solo! Come inside to check out some of the new collectibles heading our way.
Force Friday brought on a deluge of new Star Wars toys for fans to gobble up, but Hasbro isn't slowing down. As we continue our approach to the release of The Force Awakens, Hasbro has more coming out for the movie for fans to track down. As a collector myself, it's simultaneous a great and horrible time. Great because I love the influx of New stuff, but horrible on my wallet. Hasbro had a preview party last night at Nycc to show off some of their upcoming products, which includes our first official The Force Awakens toy of an »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
We're due one more trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" before its release with many expecting it to hit in the next 2-3 weeks.
The most common rumor has been that it would come out next week during the second season premiere of "Star Wars: Rebels" on October 14th, a more recent one suggested we wouldn't see it until early November.
Now though, a new report at SW7 News indicates that according to their sources, IMAX tickets for the film go onsale at midnight on Monday October 19th. We'll get the new trailer on the same day, and until that trailer is released there'll be no new footage from the film. After that, expect only a few more TV spots as this will be the last pre-release preview.
- Garth Franklin
Preview images from the Nycc floor provide first looks at some of the action figures from the next wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series toys. As well as giving us a much better idea of the full outfit Han Solo will sport in the movie, we can see that there's going to be a lot more to Bb-8 than meets the eye. Like R2-D2, this cute little droid will be able to look after himself with a rotary blade and what appears to be some sort of flamethrower or electric shock.... thing. There's also cool snaps of the likes of General Hux, and Resistance Pilot Ello Asty. Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, »
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That’s no use pretending that – given the speculation and rumours that have been doing the rounds for months and months ever since the world clocked on and realised that, hey, what if they actually killed off Han Solo? – it isn’t a genuine possibility. Yes, Han Solo, arguably the greatest Star Wars character of all-time and everybody’s favourite cinematic smartass, could meet his end in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens come December time.
“Oh, they won’t kill Han,” you say. “He’s the best character. Why would they bring him back if they just wanted to murder the guy?” Well, for exactly that reason, perhaps. Everybody knows that Harrison Ford always wanted Han Solo to die and was peeved when George Lucas refused to kill the iconic smuggler in Return of the Jedi. Could J.J. Abrams »
- Sam Hill
Good news, fans of post-production 3D conversion, Blade Runner 2 is going to be positively leaping out of screens into your eyeballs.
If you can at all sense some bitterness in there, three points to you, because this is not the kind of news that is at all necessary. Now, if it was shot in 3D and billed as a dimensional experience like The Walk was, it might not have been such a bad thing, but the Denis Villeneuve’s shooting partner Roger Deakins says he’d never shoot in 3D:
“No, I won’t. I’ve been offered it. I just don’t want to. I think I’m gonna do this film with Denis [Villeneuve] that’ll be made into 3D eventually, but it won’t be shot in 3D.”
The question is, if Villeneuve doesn’t like working with 3D, why is it being insisted upon? He also »
- Simon Gallagher
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the movie’s themes and how the Skywalker family play into everything. It had been rumoured that this new trilogy would focus on the offspring of Luke and Leia (not together you weirdos!), but we still don’t know the full story despite being less than 3 months away from the release of the movie. But we do know that the lineage will play a role. “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” Kennedy said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story… »
- Luke Owen
Goleta, Calif. — Two-time Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda kept the focus on social concerns in accepting a career achievement honor presented by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Saturday night.
The 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film in hand, Fonda took a moment to recognize the programs that benefit from the annual fundraising dinner (which has honored luminaries such as Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford in recent years). She recalled formerly running a local performing arts camp herself for underprivileged children. It was there she said she discovered the impact art can have on youth, when one of the children there confessed she had never met people who think about the future. “When you’re poor or not loved, you see no future,” Fonda recalled understanding.
She also added with a twist that the camp was powered by alternative energies. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last month, just a few weeks before production started in Ireland on Star Wars: Episode VIII, a report surfaced that claimed actresses Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) are all on the short list for the female lead role, although that was never confirmed. Today we have a new report from Latino-Review, which claims there are not one, but two female lead roles, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw also listed as a contender. The three previously mentioned actresses are all still in contention for both roles, along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Unfortunately, no details were given for these roles, but a report from August claimed that writer-director Rian Johnson is seeking a "strong" female lead, who is rumored to be related to either Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) or Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Those details have yet to be confirmed, and »
Star Wars fever is running at an all-time high, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters this Christmas. And while average, everyday fans have to settle for action figures and branded soda cans to celebrate their love for the franchise, the rich actually get to own a piece of Star Wars history. One such lucky fan with a very well-endowed wallet snatched up a piece of memorabilia that may be the most coveted keepsake in the whole galaxy.
Yes, Princess Leia's iconic slave bikini costume from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi went on the auction block this week, and it fetched a pretty penny. Worn by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 trilogy ending sequel, the skimpy metal and clothe bathing suit went for $96,000. It is the same outfit the actress can be seen wearing during the opening Jabba the Hutt barge escape scene, where Leia chocks Jabba to death. »
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Recently, we’ve had quite a bit of Star Wars: The Force Awakens promo art unveiled via the Star Wars Card Trader mobile app, but this time we’ve got some brand new live action images of several of the characters we’ll be meeting this December… and Chewbacca!
The cards are being released gradually in special packs, and there are still a couple more to come, but for now we have Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), as well as droids R2-D2, C-3Po, Bb-8, and two incarnations of the First Order Stormtroopers.
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Conspicuous by their absence are Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), but there’s a good chance the first two, at least, will feature on the final cards. Outside of artistic depictions, »
- Mark Cassidy
Warning. Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow…
Just yesterday, we brought you some comments from Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy who confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will explore the next generation of the Skywalker family. This supports the rumours and speculation that either Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or both could be the offspring of Leia and Han Solo, but if a new character spotlight from AllPosters is accurate, we may be a little wide of the mark…
See Also: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo images courtesy of Topps
Now, this isn’t an official piece from Disney and Lucasfilm, but rather an email promoting AllPosters’ Star Wars shop, so it’s entirely possible that the company is just jumping to conclusions. Still, we have seen Finn wielding Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber (or should that be lightsabor? »
- Gary Collinson
The BAFTA La hierarchy announced on Friday that they will present the star with the Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution To Entertainment in Los Angeles on October 30.
Ford is set to reprise his career-making role as Han Solo in the December 18 release of Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
The Us television premiere of the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards will air on Pop on November 6. The show will also air in the UK and other broadcasters in Europe, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and Asia.
“We are proud that the British Academy Britannia Awards will be aired around the world this year, including both the Us and UK,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards. “This is a big year for the ceremony, and so we are delighted that Pop will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Back at the start of September we saw some promo artwork for Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of the Topps Card Trader app [see here], and now we’ve got eight new cards, which offer up promotional stills of Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma, R2-D2, C-3Po, Bb-8, and a First Order Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper. Check them out here and click on any of the cards for larger versions…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
“It is impossible to imagine the past 40 years of Hollywood history without Harrison Ford, and his performances are as iconic as the films themselves,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said in a statement.
The ceremony, hosted by actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, will air Nov. 6 on Pop. The Britannia Awards had aired on BBC America in recent years but were carried by TV Guide Network, the predecessor of Pop, in 2010 and 2011.
Other Britannia honorees this year include Orlando Bloom, who will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award, and Meryl Streep, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. »
- Margaret Lenker
BAFTA Los Angeles is continuing to dole out its 2015 honors, saying today that Harrison Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. It also unveiled that the annual gala, set for October 30 at the Beverly Hilton, will air in the U.S. on Pop on November 6. Last year, BBC America aired the show, always a refreshing highlight of the awards-season trail (thanks for that goes to the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen and the Cli… »
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