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By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
It's been an exciting last few days with all of the pics from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, but in the midst of all that, a new rumor concerning one of the upcoming stand-alone films has popped up. It's one we've heard rumblings of in the past, but it appears as though it's rearing it's head once more, that Lucasfilm is currently working on bringing a spin-off film that would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Come inside to learn more!
If this rumor sounds vaguely familiar, you're not alone. About a year and a half ago, a rumor started up that one of the 3 planned spin-offs would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul (set in the years between the Prequel and Original trilogies). It was an exciting prospect, and despite Ewan McGregor's willingness to return to the role of Kenobi, it didn't seem likely to happen.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.
It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »
Once the lucrative deal was made between Lucasfilm and Disney for the ownership of a galaxy far, far away, it’s fair to say that the studio have made plans to reinvigorate the IP for a modern audience by introducing a Star Wars spin-off film intermittently between the confirmed trilogy of VII, VIII and IX.
Although, exactly which characters these projects will feature remains shrouded in mystery, with reports suggesting that the planned Boba Fett spin-off encountered problems purely because of its villainous and wholly ambiguous lead. Now, it seems the latest character to be in contention for their own spin-off is Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
At least, that’s the latest mooted rumour making the rounds today, courtesy of Making Star Wars.
“For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity »
- Michael Briers
Art by Ashley Clapperton
Lucasfilm and Disney have plans to pump out a lot of Star Wars movies. On top of the new trilogy, they are also developing standalone films set in the Star Wars universe. We'll eventually be seeing at least two Star Wars movies released a year. None of the titles of the standalone films have officially been announced yet, but we've heard that they might involve Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda. It makes sense that those characters would get their own films. You know what other character makes sense? Obi-Wan Kenobi. I just assumed one day that character would get his own flick, and now, according to a source from Making Star Wars, the movie is in development. Here's what they say:
"Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies »
- Joey Paur
It had been rumoured that both would be villains in the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi, but based on what we’re seeing here, that won’t be the case…at least not at first! One popular theory is that the Rebels took over the Stormtroopers and their spaceships and that what we’re seeing here are the remnants of the Empire making use of some sinister looking X-Wings. It seems far-fetched, but who knows?!
Less of a theory and more of a rumour is the news doing the rounds that Lucasfilm have started developing a Star Wars spin-off which will put the spotlight on fan favourite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. »
- Josh Wilding
Obi-wan Kenobi is unquestionably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars canon. Whether it's the Alec Guiness version from the original trilogy or Ewan McGregor from the prequels, the mentor Jedi knight has been around for generations to welcome new audiences into Jedi-hood. But will that popularity translate to the hero getting his own solo film? Apparently it will - if you can believe new rumors. This story comes from an unnamed source over at the fansite Making Star Wars, so treat it with an appropriately sized grain of salt. If the report can be believed, then a recent surge of Obi-wan fans has led to producers deciding to move forward with an Obi-wan Kenobi solo/spinoff film. The source adds that the studio has been trying to shy away from Jedi and Sith characters in solo movies, but that the popularity of Obi-wan is too big »
When Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters next December, it will be the first in a string of movies including the immediate sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX arriving in 2017 and 2019 and three spin-offs. There have been several rumors about which characters the spin-offs will be focused on, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Today, a new unconfirmed report from MakingStarWars.net reporting that Disney and LucasFilm are currently developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi - I've heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I'm hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie. »
In addition to the upcoming continuing installments of Star Wars – Episode VII will kick off the reinvigorated film series – Lucasfilm will also be releasing three standalone spinoff movies to fill the time between official episodes. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) have already been tapped to helm two of the spinoff films, the first of which is expected to premiere in 2016. According to rumors, these movies could revolve around Han Solo, Boba Fett, and/or an X-Wing squad.
However, another character that fans (and actor Ewan McGregor himself) hope to see lead his own spinoff film is Obi-Wan Kenobi. According to a new ...
Click to continue reading ‘Star Wars’ Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff in the Works
- Molly Freeman
The Star Wars spin-off films are now a confirmed project, with Disney and Lucasfilm emplying the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards to work on movies that will fit in between the new trilogy entries. Their subjects remain shrouded in mystery but now a fresh rumour has surfaced about Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own movie.Naturally, we’d caution that you should keep the Star Wars Rumour Alert Klaxon on standby, but according to Making Star Wars, there could be movement on the concept. “For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters,” says the site. “But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc.) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.” If you should visit that site, be warned that there are other, »
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back.
"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to »
- Michael Stevens
Over the past few days we’ve been graced with some genuinely exciting photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII which included the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing and a group of extras. We also got the news that an old pal of J.J. Abrams, Greg Grunberg, will also be joining the fray in a small role. Now more rumours have resurfaced surrounding the slate of spin-offs that is to follow each movie in the new trilogy. Originally the rumours were heavily pointing towards Han Solo, Boba Fett and a Red 5 all being the main focus of spin-off but according to the guys over at MakingStarWars, it looks like old favourite Obi Wan Kenobi is still in line for his own movie.
“I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going »
- Gavin Logan
Are these really the 10 best fights in the Star Wars universe? To a certain extent, we have to trust the source. The staff at StarWars.com decided that they would debate the Top 10 battles in the first six Star Wars movies, editing them into the montage above. They are ranked on inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact. Watch the list below, and then we will discuss. Did you make it all the way to No. 1? Did you see how they chose a battle from Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace?! Listen, I get that Darth Maul is an incredibly cool visual villain, with his double-sided lightsaber and that peaceful way he pauses in between battling two Jedi masters in Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). It.s a solid battle sequence, and one of the only thrilling sequences in the deadly-dull The Phantom Menace. And this »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
The women of "Friends" staged a surprise mini reunion on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after Kimmel pleaded with guest Jennifer Aniston to act out a "Friends" fan fiction scene he wrote. A chagrined Aniston agreed, and Kimmel led her out to a perfect recreation of the set for Monica's kitchen, where the pair, playing Ross and Rachel, discussed how good Ross is in bed. After Kimmel made a crack about how unbelievable it is that the "Friends" gang was always hanging out at Monica's for breakfast before work, both Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) arrived. They took turns reciting lines from the show's theme song as dialogue -- complete with hand claps! »
- Katie Roberts
We haven’t seen Ewan McGregor in jail since he spent time locked up with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris back in 2009. Now he’s playing a jailed criminal in the crime thriller Son of a Gun and we have to admit, the tough-guy jailbird role suits him.
McGregor stars as Brendan, Australia’s notorious criminal who while in the slammer, takes the young Jr (Brenton Thwaites) under his wing. In return for his protection on the inside, Jr helps to stage a prison break, allowing Brendan and his crew to escape. For his loyalty, the petty criminal Jr is invited into a gold heist where he soon realizes he is in over his head in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
- Rachel West
Ewan McGregor features in the first trailer for Son of a Gun.
The film centres around a young convict (Thwaites) who is taken under the wing of a seasoned criminal (McGregor).
After being released from prison, the pair become involved in an ambitious gold heist.
Avery won a Cannes Jury Prize for his 2008 short Jerrycan.
Thwaites can currently be seen in young adult adaptation The Giver.
Son of a Gun will be released in the UK on January 16. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
The story follows a team of U.S. archaeologists who discover they are being hunted by unknown forces after finding a lost pyramid in Egypt. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hare, Amir K and Christa Nicola star.
- Garth Franklin
With names like Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites among the cast, we figured "Son Of A Gun" would've been slotted somewhere on the fall festival circuit (maybe it'll show up in Telluride this weekend?). But the thriller is opening Down Under shortly, and the first trailer is here. Written and directed by Julius Avery (who took home a Cannes Jury Prize for his 2008 short "Jerrycan"), the story follows a veteran criminal who takes a protegé under his wing, and together they plot a major gold heist. But of course, complications arise by way of the law, the unreliable notion of honor among thieves and a beautiful woman. Seems like pretty standard stuff, but McGregor is clearly having a blast chewing up the scenery, so if this is just a thriller executed with some chops, perhaps that'll be enough. No U.S. Date for this one yet, but it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Where is the gold?!" eOne out of Australia has debuted the first trailer for Son of a Gun (fun title, no?) a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites (from The Giver) as partners in crime. The story involves McGregor taking Thwaites under his wing while he's in prison at age 19, recruiting him for a job upon release which eventually leads to him earning a spot on the heist crew. Then it goes all out Italian Job (remake, not the original). There's lots of heisting, prison violence, beards, accents, guns, and a woman, of course - Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress you may recognize from Anna Karenina or A Royal Affair. This looks solid, and entertaining, I'm curious to check it out when it makes its way up here. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Julius Avery's Son of a Gun, direct from eOne Anz on Facebook: Post by eOne Anz. »
- Alex Billington
Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »
- Kyle Turner
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