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Now, after eight films, one animated series, and countless other canon entries, the original 1977 cast has found themselves as popular as ever in 2017 thanks, in part, to the recent releases of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One.”
Some of the “New Hope” stars are still working today. Harrison Ford is gearing up for the “Bladerunner” sequel, while Mark Hamill can be heard as most iterations of the Joker in the DC Comics universe. Perhaps the cast member whose presence has been felt most over the past year is Carrie Fisher, who died from cardiac arrest in late 2016. Her final film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released Dec. »
- JD Knapp
May the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsMay the 40th Be With You: 25 Stellar Facts to Celebrate 40 Years of Star WarsKurt Anthony5/25/2017 9:30:00 Am
A long time ago in a decade far, far away…
Star Wars blasted into theatres! Later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, George Lucas’s epic space opera was released on May 25, 1977 and has since become one of the most successful media franchises in the galaxy.
Originally set to a budget of $8M (later increased to $11M), Star Wars was met with lightspeed success. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film’s groundbreaking, out-of-this-world special effects and production design helped to make the sci-fi fantasy a universal phenomenon. A New Hope has since earned over $775M worldwide, proving the Force is still strong with this one.
Strap yourselves in and make the jump to hyperspace with »
- Kurt Anthony
One of Episode VII’s most important scenes comes towards the end of the picture when Kylo Ren murders his father Han Solo on Starkiller Base with Rey and Finn watching from afar. It was a tragic moment to be sure, and a pretty grim way to say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s much beloved and iconic character.
Well it turns out that Mark Hamill, whose own legendary character, Luke, was revealed in the film’s final moments, thought he had a better idea for Han’s death. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill explains in detail what he wanted to occur, with Luke and Leia to be present at the scene of the crime.
“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill explains. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. »
- Samuel Brace
Directed by George Lucas.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child. »
Last month at Star Wars Celebration, LucasFilm kicked off the Star Wars 40th Anniversary celebration with a huge panel featuring a number of Star Wars luminaries including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas, just to name a few. The actual 40th Anniversary date, though, is tomorrow, with Star Wars: A New Hope hitting theaters around the world on May 25, 1977. Earlier today, a new episode of The Star Wars Show debuted, which opens with a special birthday song, performed by the cast of the Broadway sensation Hamilton.
This Star Wars birthday song comes at the very beginning of this week's The Star Wars Show, with the entire cast gathered in front of the famous Yoda statue near the front entrance of Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, California, where The Star Wars Show is filmed every week. However, the Hamilton cast weren't the only ones to wish Star Wars a happy birthday. »
In a recent sit-down interview with Vanity Fair, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and director Rian Johnson open up about the impact Fisher had on their lives and on the genre-defining series.
For Hamill, whose 40-year friendship with Fisher began when they appeared alongside each other in the original Star Wars film, released in 1977, the reality of Fisher's death is too much for him to comprehend.
Watch: Carrie Fisher Graces Vanity Fair Cover in Honor of Stars Wars 40th Anniversary
"I can't say that phrase… Carrie’s name and then the d-word," he says. "Because I think of her in the present tense."
"Maybe it’s a form of denial, but she’s so vibrant in my mind, and so vital »
Vanity Fair’s excellent Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story has delivered a ton of new information about the film, but one of the more poignant bits is the revelation that Episode IX was set to feature Carrie Fisher in a central role, similar to how crucial Harrison Ford’s Han Solo was to The Force Awakens. Kathleen Kennedy explains that the moment they finished shooting The Last Jedi, Fisher grabbed her and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ “She thought IX would be her movie, says Kennedy. “And it would have been.”
Judging from this piece, Fishers untimely death cast a pallor over the production, with Lucasfilm in a quandary about how best to proceed. At one point, they considered attempting to resurrect her through CGI (having just done so in Rogue One), but announced they’d decided against it on grounds of taste rather than technology. »
- David James
RelatedSupergirl Stars Talk Clark and Kara’s Season Finale Showdown
Plan A was simple enough, a time-honored fight to the death between Kara and Rhea, to the victor goes the planet. But when Rhea proved — gasp! — less than trustworthy (“My gods only care about my victory,” she declared), Kara was forced to resort to the far-less-desirable Plan B, one which threatened her future with Mon-El.
By recalibrating a »
Last week, for instance, the eagle eyes of TMZ uncovered a fleeting glimpse of Alden Ehrenreich as the young nerf-herder. Kitted out in full costume, Ehrenreich was seen in between takes on the film’s Fuerteventura set – aside from the detail in Han Solo’s costume, there admittedly wasn’t much to look at – but over the weekend, Making Star Wars went one step further to relay a fresh wave of pictures from the Fawley Power Station in Hampshire, England.
Disney has reportedly earmarked the location for a future shoot – likely after filming has wrapped on the Canary Islands – and at least based on these photos, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s anthology film will pay a visit to Han Solo’s homeworld of Corellia. »
- Michael Briers
Sneak Peek your first look @ young 'Han Solo' (Alden Ehrenreich) from Chris Miller and Phil Lord's currently shooting feature "Star Wars: Han Solo" (aka "Red Cup") following 'Solo' in his early years as a 'space smuggler', co-starring Emilia Clarke ("Game Of Thrones"), opening May 25, 2018:
"...'Han Solo' was a cadet in the 'Empire' stationed in a forced labor camp where 'Wookiees' were made to do slave labor for the Empire. It wasn't long before Han developed disgust for the Empire's treatment of the Wookiee people, and his friendship with the Wookiee slave 'Chewbacca' led to Han helping in a prison break. Han and Chewbacca became partners, and the two took smuggling jobs from various people, reputable and otherwise..."
"This was the hardest casting challenge of all time, »
- Michael Stevens
Lucasfilm certainly has their work cut out for them in terms of the upcoming Han Solo spinoff. Of course, each of the Star Wars films comes with its own set of problems, but with Han Solo, it’s the first movie where audience expectations of a specific character can actively work against them. For decades now, the only Han Solo any of us have ever seen has been Harrison Ford.
Those are some big shoes to fill. Not only do you have to compete with the first take on a character, but you also can't be too distracted by the fact that we already saw this young version of the character, and he looked Nothing like Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who is set to play him in the upcoming film. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations that need to be met from a visual standpoint. Will he »
- Joseph Medina
New pictures from the set of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story have arrived and they are a blast from the past. One week ago, some concept art for the upcoming, highly anticipated Han Solo movie leaked online via an eBay auction. The leaked concept art gave us a tiny glimpse of what to expect with the spin-off. And they did not disappoint, showing what a possible costume for Alden Ehrenreich could look like, as well as designs for various ships and tiny pieces of the hull of an At-At Walker under construction. Now we have these leaked photographs from the set that further show off what fans can expect next summer.
The photos come courtesy of TMZ and they show off Ehrenreich looking very Han Soloish with what appears to be a wound of some type around his left eye. Ehrenrich's often reported on hair looks like an exaggerated young Harrison Ford, »
We’ve caught a glimpse of the film’s sun-scorched locales and its alleged fleet of ships – now it’s time to take a peek at Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo.
Kitted out in full costume, and rocking a rather classic hairstyle, Ehrenreich has now cropped up in a handful of set photos relayed by TMZ (via Cbm), which cast light on everyone’s favorite nerf-herder and two hunks of junk that wouldn’t look out of place on Tatooine. From these images alone, it’s impossible to tell whether the rusty old instruments match up with those aforementioned schematics that leaked online last week, but nevertheless, they present some interesting food for thought. On the other hand, and even when you consider that these are merely set photos, it’s fair to say that Alden Ehrenreich looks the part as the young smuggler.
Set to take place »
- Michael Briers
Harrison Ford's out and Alden Ehrenreich is officially tapping into 'Star Wars' ... and we got the shots of him reporting for Han Solo duty. TMZ's obtained exclusive pics from the set of the upcoming, and still untitled, anthology film about everyone's fave interstellar smuggler in his younger years. The awesome photos show Alden in action, and plenty of new vehicles and set pieces. Only question -- where's Chewbacca?! Details of the film have been kept under wraps, »
- TMZ Staff
Is Mace Windu getting his own Star Wars spin-off movie? That's completely possible, as Disney and Lucasfilm have previously announced that at least one new Star Wars movie is coming every year for infinity. We know that a spin-off movie is planned for 2020, but the title and subject has yet to be announced. Could we be getting a standalone adventure about one of the greatest Jedi that ever lived? Maybe. Maybe not. But we're at least getting a prequel comic about Mace Windu.
That's right, Samuel L. Jackson's purple toting Bmf is coming to the pages of Marvel in a new 5-issue miniseries that will expand Mace's legend in the official Star Wars cinematic canon. Star Wars News dropped the exciting announcement. And we have the official PR direct from the source.
During the 2000s, Nick Meyer, who as the head of Sierra/Affinity, is the recipient of Variety’s Achievement in International Film Awards at this year’s Cannes festival, experienced a career’s worth of film-market fluctuations, a heady period when he headed international for Lionsgate and then led Paramount Vantage.
When Meyer decided to form Sierra Pictures in 2009, he faced even stiffer headwinds, as the global financial crisis and dramatic changes in technology and audience viewing habits rewired the industry.
Transition gradually revealed openings for his new company, though, as major studios stepped back from the very films that Meyer knew how to mount: mid-budget prestige and genre fare. It wasn’t that those kinds of films had ever gone out of fashion; it was their financial model that no longer made sense for large multinational backers. Eventually, Sierra/Affinity (rebranded after a 2011 merger with OddLot-Bold Films sales outfit Affinity Intl. »
- Dade Hayes
There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.
Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott »
- Sean Wilson
No matter what age Harrison Ford is, there are going to be people out there who have a big fat crush on the guy (*aggressively points to self*). But between the late '70s and early '90s especially, young Harrison enjoyed full-on heartthrob status. I mean, just take one look at him as a 20-something shirtless carpenter and you'll know what I mean. RelatedHarrison Ford's 6-Pack in This Throwback Photo Is the Brightest Star in the Galaxy »
- Quinn Keaney
Paramount’s action-comedy “Baywatch” generated the most social media buzz last week with nearly 45,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The studio released a new red band trailer on May 10 and held its red carpet world premiere in Miami on May 13. “Baywatch” stars Dwayne Johnson as the leader of the elite Baywatch lifeguard squad, while Zac Efron portrays a washed-up pro athlete brought in for PR spin.
Paramount is opening “Baywatch” on May 25. The film has already generated more than 500,000 new conversations on social media.
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Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” generated 34,000 new conversations last week as the studio scored $42 million from 34 territories ahead of its U.S. release on May 19. Directed by Ridley Scott, “Covenant” is a sequel to the 2012 film “Prometheus” and the sixth installment in the “Alien” film series with Michael Fassbender, »
- Dave McNary
Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…
Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie. »
- Samuel Brace
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