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Museum of Pop Culture Exhibit to Honor New Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame Inductees

13 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Inspiring generations with their uncanny abilities to bring us closer to the great wonders (and horrors) of this universe, Guillermo del Toro and H.P. Lovecraft are among the group of creators and works being inducted this year into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture.

Press Release: Seattle – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced a new exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the new inductees for 2016. The Hall of Fame honors the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy’s greatest creators, and as the program marks its 20th year, it has expanded eligibility to recognize the genre’s most impactful creations. For the 2016 year, the Hall of Fame will induct Star Trek, Blade Runner, and authors Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. »

- Derek Anderson

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See Chewbacca rip off Unkar Plutt’s arm in this deleted scene from Star Wars The Force Awakens

17 January 2017 3:13 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

It was a fine return to the Star Wars universe, and with the mythical Episode VII making a huge box office haul a year ago it was clear J. J. Abrams and his Lucasfilm team had succeeded commercially and critically. There were some fans however who were upset that Abrams’ film leaned too heavily on the shoulders of George Lucas’s first film in the saga, to the point of distraction. This new video of a The Force Awakens deleted scene shows that there were other callbacks to A New Hope filmed, but not used.

Related: Check out the other Star Wars The Force Awakens Deleted Scenes

Just as the film was about to enter cinemas the iron veil of secrecy surrounding the project parted slightly. A supposed shot list was leaked and there, milling around the darker portions of the internet, was the whole film. One »

- Jon Lyus

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Concept Art For Canned Darth Maul Game Reveals What Could Have Been

16 January 2017 12:34 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Cast your mind back to 2012, at a time when Disney officially purchased Lucasfilm and all of its assets in a landmark $4.05 billion acquisition, and you may recall Red Fly’s Darth Maul-centric Star Wars game.

Tentatively titled Star Wars: Maul, the spinoff was set to take place long after the events of Return of the Jedi, thereby teeing up a “darker, grittier” story in which the iconic Sith Lord took center stage. At the time, developers at Red Fly pointed to Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum as a big inspiration – the stealth-action gameplay, the powerful, badass protagonist – before development ground to a halt in 2011.

All in all, the Darth Maul Star Wars game had been in active production for around a year, according to artist Thomas A. Szakolczay, who recently took to ArtStation (via Game Informer) to shed new light on the game that never came to be. »

- Michael Briers

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Mark Hamill Is Reunited with His Lightsaber from ‘Return of the Jedi’ — Watch

16 January 2017 11:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Between the election of Donald Trump and the passing of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill has mostly been in the news for unhappy developments these last few months. He’s called the incoming administration a “who’s-who of really despicable people” and written an emotional tribute to his “Star Wars” sister, so it comes as a welcome reprieve to see him reunited with an old friend — even if it’s just a movie prop.

Read More: Mark Hamill’s Emotional Carrie Fisher Tribute: ‘I Was Just in Awe of Her’

In an upcoming episode of “Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest,” Luke Skywalker himself is shown a small suitcase and asked if he knows what it contains. Hamill has no idea, and so Alinger shows him: the original lightsaber he used in “Return of the Jedi,” which was also used by Sir Alec Guinness in “A New Hope.” Watch the clip below. »

- Michael Nordine

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Canceled Darth Maul Game Art Reveals New Star Wars Characters

16 January 2017 11:12 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For years, long before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and guaranteed we would be getting more Star Wars movies, video games were a great place for fans of a galaxy far, far away to get their fix. For all of the great Star Wars video games we do have and ultimately will be (hopefully) getting in the future, there are plenty that never quite got there, but exist only in idea and leave us to wonder what might have been. One of those games was supposed to center on beloved bad guy Darth Maul, and now some new concept art from the game has surfaced.

This concept art surfaced on the Art Station blog, courtesy of Thomas Szakolczay, who worked on the game back in 2011. Some pieces of art and even an early video that showed a prototype of the game, which had the working title of Star Wars: Maul, have surfaced before. »

- MovieWeb

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AMC orders documentary series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

15 January 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

AMC is teaming up with filmmaker James Cameron to explore the evolution of sci-fi in a six-part documentary series, tentatively titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, which THR reports will “delve into sci-fi’s origins as a small genre with a cult and developing to the blockbuster pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”

“When I was a kid, I basically read any book with a spaceship on the cover and I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey many, many times,” said Cameron. “The movie inspired me to become a filmmaker. I liked the special effects, but I really loved the ideas and the questions behind them: How will the world end? Will technology destroy us? What does it mean to be human? These are subjects sci-fi has never been afraid to tackle. With this series, we are going back to the origins of sci-fi, following the DNA of these ideas back to the source. »

- Gary Collinson

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Ann Brebner, Casting Director for George Lucas, Dies at 93

14 January 2017 11:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ann Brebner, a San Francisco-area casting director who worked for George Lucas and got one of the first looks at his script for Star Wars, has died. She was 93.

Brebner died Friday at her home in San Rafael, Calif., the Marin Independent Journal reported.

A native of New Zealand, she and her husband, the late actor John Brebner, launched the Bay Area's first professional casting agency in 1960.

She cast actors for such Lucas films as Thx 1138 (1971), his first feature, and American Graffiti (1973), and the first dramatic reading of his screenplay for 1977's Star »

- Mike Barnes

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Carrie Fisher’s Digital Creation in ‘Star Wars’ Rumors: Lucasfilm Pays Tribute to the Actress While Denying the Claims

14 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Carrie Fisher’s death came as a shock for many. The iconic actress, best known for her legendary role of Princess Leia, passed away on Dec.2 7 after suffering a heart attack. Following the news of her death, many “Star Wars” fans wondered what would happen to her role, speculating if the producers would use CGI to recreate her for future installments since that had already happened in “Rogue One.”

On Friday, Jan. 13, Lucasfilm released a statement denying the rumors that the space saga might feature digital recreations of Fisher.

“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address,” Lucasfilm wrote on the official Star Wars site. “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”

Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will »

- Liz Calvario

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It’s Hard Out Here For An Imperialist

13 January 2017 12:28 PM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

At my first screening of Silence, George Lucas introduced Martin Scorsese’s new Japan-set spiritual drama at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre by praising it as a film that belongs in the 20th century. Whatever Lucas meant by that, Silence feels far older, even archaic, bemoaning as it does the arduousness of European colonialism. “It’s Hard Out... Read more » »

- Inkoo Kang

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It’s Hard Out Here For An Imperialist

13 January 2017 12:28 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

At my first screening of Silence, George Lucas introduced Martin Scorsese’s new Japan-set spiritual drama at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre by praising it as a film that belongs in the 20th century. Whatever Lucas meant by that, Silence feels far older, even archaic, bemoaning as it does the arduousness of European colonialism. “It’s Hard Out... Read more » »

- Inkoo Kang

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Star War: Rogue One - Why This One Key Location Was Kept A Secret

13 January 2017 11:42 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Yeah, the Star Wars prequel trilogy had its flaws. Who am I kidding? It was filled to the brim with flaws and missed opportunities. However, upon taking a closer look at it, one strength is that very few of the flaws lied in the actual plot so much as the poor execution from creator/director George Lucas. As a result, even the most cringeworthy of scenes had the backdrop of a truly captivating story. I mean, when fans ask about filmmakers ignoring the prequels, I have a hard time getting on board, because it was how things happened, not what happened.

As a result, despite all the stumbles, there were a few key gems in those films, most of which were present in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Among these gems was the climactic battle on the volcano planet of Mustafar. It is here where Anakin and »

- Joseph Medina

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John Gilroy Confirms That Epic Vader Scene From Rogue One: A Star Wars Story As A Reshoot

13 January 2017 8:18 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In the thrilling final moments of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, audiences witnessed the unbridled might of Darth Vader as he ignited his red lightsaber to slaughter Rebel soldiers in a last-ditch attempt to recover the Death Star plans. While everyone knows Vader's failure was inevitable, Star Wars fans have hailed the scene as one of the best in the series, especially after Vader's origin story was fairly bungled in George Lucas's prequel trilogy. As it turns out, the scene was part of the film's extensive reshoots; editor John Gilroy revealed to Yahoo that the scene was added to the film later down the line. “What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers. That was something conceptualized a little later.”  Gilroy confirmed that the general narrative plan was always to have »

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Woody Harrelson to Mentor Han Solo in Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Movie

13 January 2017 7:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Great news for “Star Wars” fans: actor Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of the upcoming Han Solo movie, set to arrive in theaters next year. The announcement was made on Wednesday on the official Star Wars website.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” reads a joint statement from the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Joins Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Although details about Harrelson’s character were not revealed by the directors, it was reported last week that he will play an early mentor to Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Harrelson also joins Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover, who plays Solo’s frenemy Lando Calrissian, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Billy Eichner Dishes on Obama's Farewell Party During First Appearance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

11 January 2017 1:03 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a farewell party at the White House on Friday night that drew some of the biggest stars on the planet, including Billy Eichner.

The 38-year-old comedian dished on the historic event during his first appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.

Watch: President Barack Obama Delivers Emotional Farewell Address

"It was like two o'clock in the morning and the president has his sleeves rolled up and a couple of buttons down, and he's breaking it down on the dance floor," Eichner recalled. "Questlove is blasting Kendrick Lamar in the White House and it's next to a huge picture of Mary Todd Lincoln. We're all dancing together and it's, like, Tom Hanks and Sarah Jessica Parker and Stephen Colbert ... I mean, it's unreal."

Sir Paul McCartney, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Jonas, Kelly Rowland, Bruce Springsteen, George Lucas, Robert De Niro, David Letterman, [link »

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George Lucas to Build His $1 Billion Museum in Los Angeles

11 January 2017 12:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For a while, George Lucas, the mastermind behind “Star Wars,” has been keeping us guessing as to which city he would choose to build his $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art — would it be Los Angeles or San Francisco?

Well, finally, we now know the answer: L.A. is the winning city.

The museum will exhibit the filmmaker’s personal collection of fine and popular art, including collectible memorabilia related to his very popular science-fiction franchise. The museum will be housed in a futuristic-looking building to be built in L.A.’s Exposition Park. This design beat out a competing design for Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Read More: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Trailer: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Prepare for an Epic Rematch

“It feels like this incredible gift has come home. I always thought Los Angeles was the natural place to spread the vision of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Rogue One & Suicide Squad editor talks in-depth about re-shoots

11 January 2017 11:41 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

There’s nothing like the eagle-eyed-vision of a Star Wars fan. In my experience, not only do fans of George Lucas’ space opera dissect every frame of a Star Wars film, they perform a mental surgery of sorts with the trailers as well. As such, you can guarantee that if anything ranging from a line of dialogue, to a grain of sand is missing from the highly anticipated finished product of... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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One Star Wars Star Warned George Lucas About Jar Jar Binks

11 January 2017 11:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

At this point, it is almost becoming needless to pile onto the hate parade that has been marching in the direction of the Star Wars prequels for more than a decade now. Disney is once again making quality Star Wars movies and hopefully, we can all move on from the prequel trilogy. Still, one of the worst elements of the prequels, Jar Jar Binks, is a thorn in the side of the epic saga that many fans can't quite shake. It turns out that actor Brian Blessed, who played Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tried to warn George Lucas about Jar Jar during production.

YouTuber Jamie Stangroom has been tracking down some of the lesser known actors from the Star Wars universe across various movies, interviewing them on his YouTube channel. He recently had Brian Blessed on and the subject of Jar Jar Binks came up. »

- MovieWeb

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$1 billion George Lucas museum coming to Los Angeles

11 January 2017 5:12 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

George Lucas is no doubt one of the most influential creative minds of the 20th century, if not the entirety of human civilization. His work has inspired millions of children, adults and balding sub-human basement dwellers. We have museums featuring artists like Da Vinci, and plans are already underway to give Lucas's work the same honor.   It’s been announced by the Lucas Museum of Narrative... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Billion Dollar George Lucas Museum To Locate in Los Angeles

10 January 2017 11:18 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Source: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

George Lucas has chosen a personal home for his billion dollar Museum of Narrative Art. The winner is Los Angeles over San Francisco.

According to Los Angeles Times, the futuristic sci-fi looking museum is planned at Los Angeles’ Exposition Park—beating the proposed design for Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Lucas, himself, will fund the project of about $1 billion, which includes the building costs, his personal art and an endowment of at least $40 million.

It’s a boon for the Los Angeles entertainment industry to house the 275,000-square-foot facility. It’s estimated that it will lead “tens of thousands in construction jobs” and a thousand permanent museum jobs as a “lowball estimate.”

Some of the artwork on display will be from Lucas’ personal collection of 10,000 paintings and illustration. They will include artwork from Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb. Of course, »

- Gig Patta

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George Lucas’ $1 Billion Museum Is Coming to Los Angeles

10 January 2017 8:33 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Force is strong with Los Angeles.

Star Wars creator George Lucas’ planned art museum is officially coming to L.A., with the board of directors at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announcing Tuesday that the ambitious project will be constructed in the city’s Exposition Park neighborhood.

The news means that L.A. has beaten out the runner-up city, San Francisco, to house the museum. A previous plan to build the museum in Chicago was scrapped over the summer after months of contentious debate.

The $1 billion project will showcase fine and popular art from Lucas’ personal collection, which »

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