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That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why »
Adam Driver Playing a Villain in the New 'Star Wars' Is an Awful Idea He will never be his own kind of bad guy. By Jillian Lucas The Star Wars saga is incredibly near and dear to my heart. It has spawned childhood debates about why Luke is just a pansy with feathered hair (Han is the true hero here) and why Jar-Jar Binks is a step below that kid in middle school that always reminded your teacher you had homework from the night before. With the announcement of a new Star Wars story to begin filming, with old friends Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fischer, and Anthony Daniels as C3-po signing on to bring the story to life, I was slightly (read: seriously) disappointed when I found out that Adam Driver from Girls is set to play a "Darth Vader-esque" villain. Don'[...] »
- Jillian Lucas
In what is the first closest thing we've had to an official cast member announcement, Adam Driver is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. His character is described as being in the same vein as Darth Vader.
No deal is in place yet, but Variety claims the Girls star is very close to signing on. Exact details about the role are unknown.
The 30 year old Driver is the first cast member being revealed by LucasFilm for the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams sequel, which hits theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is set to start filming this April at London's Pinewood Studios. Additional cast members are expected to be announced starting in March, with the first official press releases to come as early as next week.
News Simon Brew 25 Feb 2014 - 07:26
We're getting the sense that the constant round of Star Wars: Episode VII rumours is getting just a little bit wearing. We're certainly feeling that too, and that means we tread carefully when working out which stories to report and which to leave well alone.
This one looks like it's got a bit more to it, given the source. Marketsaw's generally been on the money with the stories it breaks, and it's got a new update on Star Wars: Episode VII.
The site reports that Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billie Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davies are all set to return (most of those have been linked for some time, of course). Furthermore, it says that after initially being pursued for the same part in Jj Abrams' new film, »
More rumors out of the Lucasfilm camp this week, this time dealing with two bits of "Star Wars" casting talk, a follow-up to that "Indiana Jones 5" report the other week, and some talk of potential story directions for 'Episode VII'.
All the information today comes from Market Saw who vouch for their source and claim they've been using them for years. None of this is confirmed so take it for what it is. Here's their report:
"[Cast so far includes] Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman. I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, but I'm told they are both involved.
- Garth Franklin
According to new reports, the original cast of the "Star Wars" films, plus several other 'beloved' characters from the Lucasfilm saga, will return for director Jj Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII", targeting a Summer 2015 wide release:
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are reportedly locked in for the film, as well as Billy Dee Williams as 'Lando', Ian McDiarmid as 'Emperor Palpatine', Anthony Daniels as 'C3PO' and Warwick Davies as 'Wicket'. Also cast are Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman.
"...two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, are trained by their uncle 'Luke' to be the greatest 'Jedis' in the galaxy. But problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side.
"'Jaina Solo'- Female, 17 years old, lead –one of the greatest Jedis in the galaxy, trained by her uncle 'Luke Skywalker'.
'"'Jacen Solo' – Male, 17 years old, lead – Jaina’s twin brother. He is »
- Michael Stevens
At this point, it’s not even worth the time or energy to post a Star Wars: Episode VII rumor, yet here I am writing another one up. Why, you ask? Well, because this one is actually quite exciting, despite the fact that it may not be true. What we’re hearing today is that Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, two actors who have been heavily rumored for roles in the film, are now attached in some capacity.
The news comes to use from MarketSaw, who originally broke the news that Lucasfilm was planning a new trilogy. In their report they note that Ford, Hamill and Fisher are all set, as are Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davies. Most of this was already assumed, but it’s still nice to hear another source corroborating it. The most interesting part though is what I mentioned above, and »
- Matt Joseph
Market Saw recently got an update from their 'inside source' at LucasFilm, and now have a couple of new (or old, depending on how you look at it) rumors to share about Star Wars: Episode VII. According to this so-called 'very' reliable source, both previously rumored possible cast additions Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, are close to signing on.
Apparently, both actors were up for the same role (despite their obvious age difference). It is not known how the new script by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan has changed or altered this character, or how it has now been split into two roles.
The source goes on to once again confirm many of the original cast members, news we've heard since the project was first announced nearly a year and a half ago. They claim that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels and Ian McDiarmid will be announced shortly. »
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Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is on a roll, and today we have an update on casting for the film and the story it will tell. The following news comes from MarketSaw, which has been a reliable source when it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII news. They broke the news that Lucasfilm was going to get started on the new Star Wars trilogy in the first place. The same source that fed them that information as well as several other Star Wars news items is back with some more good news. When it comes to the casting of the film, this is what they revealed,
"Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman. I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, »
- Joey Paur
MarketSaw (who actually broke the news that Lucasfilm had plans for the new Star Wars trilogy in the first place) are reporting on some casting updates for the J.J. Abrams directed flick, as well as providing some possible plot information. According to them not only are Ford, Hamill and Fisher locked in, but Billy Dee Williams (Lando), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Warwick Davies (Wicket) too. As for the new faces, they reckon that long rumored cast addition Benedict Cumberbatch is in, and so is Gary Oldman - who recently confirmed that he'd had some "conversations", but never really indicated if he would take them up on the offer or not. Here's the most interesting part: "I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role. I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, but I'm told they are both involved. »
With over $200 million in box office receipts worldwide, a sequel to The Lego Movie is already in the works. Warner Bros. hired Jared Stern to write the follow-up last month. The studio is also planning on expanding the Lego universe with the stand-alone Lego Ninjago movie. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman starting writing the script in June, although Warner Bros. currently faces a dilemma, as to which of these two movies will hit theaters first.
Warner Bros.' greenlight committee is currently tasked with deciding whether or not they will move forward with both projects at the same time. The studio previously had a November 2013 deadline from Lego regarding the Lego Ninjago project, but sources say the toy company has granted an extension. Lego Ninjago is an important project for the studio, since they currently only have rights to one sequel for The Lego Movie, and it is believed that »
To children of the 80s, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Devo, whose hit song "Whip It" rocketed them to stardom. After the singer and his Devo band mates went their separate ways, he moved on to a new career as a film and TV composer, crafting the theme song for Pee-wee's Playhouse and providing the scores for Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Slaughterhouse Rock and a number of other movies, short films and TV shows throughout the 1990s. He gained a whole new fan base by composing the scores for early Wes Anderson films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, proving himself to be one of the most versatile composers in the business. The musician reunites with his Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 »
Morgan Freeman: Chris Pratt: An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together. The Lego Movie features: Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski Will Ferrell as Lord Business/The Man Upstairs Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy Will Arnett as Batman Nick Offerman as Metal Beard Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty Charlie Day as Benny Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius Channing Tatum as Superman Jonah Hill as Green Lantern Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman Anthony Daniels as C-3Po Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian Keith Ferguson »
Earlier this month, we reported that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production in May, running through September at Pinewood Studios in London. Casting has been under way for months now, although we haven't heard anything concrete about who will be starring in this highly anticipated sequel.
Today, we have yet another rumor that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor has landed an unspecified role in the sequel, news which, of course, has not been confirmed. In addition, LucasFilm released the following behind-the-scenes production photo, which features director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, John Knoll and Kim Libreri. Check out the photo, and then read on for more details about the Millennium Falcon's presence in this follow-up.
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »
- Hillary Busis
American moviegoers have caught a serious case of Lego Fever, with The Lego Movie taking in a whopping $69.1 million in its opening weekend. Before you head out to see this again in theaters, Warner Bros. has released a blooper reel, which shows new animation built around Chris Pratt (Emmet), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Will Arnett (Batman), Alison Brie (Princess Uni-Kitty) and Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) flubbing their lines in the recording booth. Phil Lord and Chris Miller direct this animated family comedy, playing in a theater near you.
The Lego Movie was released February 7th, 2014 and stars Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie, David Burrows, Anthony Daniels, Charlie Day, Amanda Farinos. The film is directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller. »
Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm) today announced the expansion of its global operations with the opening of Ilm London in the United Kingdom, the growth and relocation of Ilm Vancouver and the relocation of Ilm Singapore to the newly constructed 'Sandcrawler' building located in the Fusionopolis business district. Coupled with the new and expanded facilities, the company has hired key talent to staff the offices.
Ilm president and general manager, Lynwen Brennan, made the announcement with the following statement.
"We continue to embrace the global opportunities that have come with advances in technology while maintaining a strong operation here in the U.S.," noted Brennan, "Ilm has always prided itself on having the industry's top creative talent. The difference now is that we can access incredible talent where they live and countries such as Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom have a great deal to offer."
Located in Central London, »
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Think you know everything about Star Wars? Well, I’m here to give you a run for your money.
Star Wars is a motion picture franchise that has stood for over thirty-five years as a permanent fixture in the realms of popular culture, of course. But what, exactly, happened behind-the-scenes of our beloved saga? What incidents and stories are there to tell about the making of what is arguably the greatest movie series of all time?
I’ve sifted through tons of books and websites with regards to the making of Star Wars in order to bring you a well rounded list of lesser known factoids that you might never have stumbled upon before. This includes information from both the Original Trilogy and the Prequels, so we have something for both sets of fans.
Now, sit back, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready as we make the jump to hyperspace… »
- Kiri Rix
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin shooting in mid-May, confirms Hitfix.
This news comes from highly trusted sources close to the production that reveal the shoot will run through the end of September. They also confirm that most of the principle casting on the J.J. Abrams sequel is now complete. Expect announcements to start any day.
J.J. Abrams confirmed in late January that shooting is set to begin in May, though an official day has not yet been announced. No story details have been released at this time, and it's unclear if LucasFilm will reveal any when the first casting press release is sent out. It is unlikely that any solid details will be revealed aside from actor's names and possibly the roles they are taking on.
With shooting set to wrap in September, the filmmaker and his crew will have over a year to work on post-production. »
To jaded adult moviegoers, "The Lego Movie" may not have seemed to have the blueprint for success. A hyperactive cartoon based on a set of toy bricks? Indeed, predictions for the movie's debut this weekend were all over the place, from $43 million to $68 million.
As it turned out, however, the movie surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, premiering with an estimated $69.1 million, nearly $50 million ahead of its nearest competitor. That makes it the biggest opening of the year to date, and the second biggest February opening ever, behind only "The Passion of the Christ" (which debuted with $83.9 million in 2004). That's also higher than the $65.4 million earned by 2012's "Battleship," the last big toy-to-movie adaptation, during its entire North American theatrical run.
What were the building blocks of "The Lego Movie"'s blockbuster success? Here are some of them.
- Gary Susman
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