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Star Wars Rebels is only halfway through its first season and has already had Star Wars film alums James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) and Anthony Daniels (C-3Po) reprise their roles on the show. Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) is also planned for a yet to be revealed episode.
We can now add Frank Oz (Yoda) to the list of movie cast members who have returned to Star Wars via their voice. Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni has said that Yoda will not appear in the flesh, which would obviously confuse younger viewers or disrupt continuity.
While talking to TV Guide, Filoni had this to add:
“What’s great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it’s a watchfulness and that he’s speaking to you from afar. And I didn’t want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was »
- Free Reyes
Yoda will be portrayed as a disembodied voice in the Disney Xd animated show, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Jedi knight Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr) and his charge Ezra (Taylor Gray) turn to Yoda for help on the planet Lothal in 'Path of the Jedi'.
"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," Filoni said. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."
The producer also discussed welcoming veteran voice actor Oz back to the Star Wars franchise.
"What's great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it's a watchfulness »
We’ve already heard one iconic Star Wars voice in Star Wars Rebels, with James Earl Jones making a guest appearance as Darth Vader in the feature-length premiere ‘Spark of Rebellion’, and now TV Guide has revealed that Frank Oz will also be reprising the role of Yoda for an upcoming appearance in the show.
With Yoda in hiding on Dagobah at the time of Rebels (it takes place between Episode III and Episode IV, for those of you yet to catch the show), the character will “appear” as a disembodied voice, who will offer counsel to Jedi Knight Kanan and his padawan Ezra Bridger.
“I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” states executive produer Dave Filoni. “I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet. What’s great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, »
- Gary Collinson
With the hit ABC comedy series “Black-ish” on the air and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the works, Laurence Fishburne’s fifth decade of top-tier thesping is humming right along. Straight out of the gate, when he was 11, Variety was singing his praises in the TV pic “If You Give a Dance You Gotta Pay the Band,” on Dec. 19, 1972.
You were 11 years old when you got a great review for “Gotta Pay the Band.” Was that a big deal for you?
When I first appeared in Variety, the paper wasn’t on my radar. And it didn’t get on my radar until I was 17 or 18.
Did you avoid reviews or did someone keep them from you?
No. The thing that made an impression on me was when I first appeared in Jet magazine. And every time I made it into Jet and Ebony, it was a big deal to me, »
- Steven Gaydos
Anna Chlumsky will step into the Broadway revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy, You Can't Take It With You, on Jan. 6, replacing Rose Byrne, who leaves the show due to preexisting commitments. This will mark the Broadway debut for Chlumsky, a supporting actress Emmy nominee this year and in 2013 for her role on HBO's Veep. Also joining the cast is stage veteran Richard Thomas, replacing Mark Linn-Baker. The ensemble is headed by James Earl Jones, who last shared a stage with Thomas when the latter was just seven years old and both actors were
- David Rooney
Chlumsky, twice nominated for an Emmy for her performance on HBO’s “Veep,” comes on board the Broadway comedy alongside Richard Thomas, replacing Mark Linn-Baker who, like Byrne, finishes up his run with the show Jan. 4.
Chlumsky will play Alice, the daughter of the eccentric Sycamore family, while Thomas portrays Alice’s father in the 1936 play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The production’s ongoing cast includes James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford, among others.
Although director Scott Ellis’ well-reviewed staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,” which opened Sept. 28, hasn’t hit the box office heights of a few other megaselling plays this fall — such “It’s Only a Play,” “The River” and “The Elephant Man” — sales »
- Gordon Cox
The guy who wore the Darth Vader suit in the original "Star Wars" movies says he won't be in the new ones ... because he's suffering from dementia.David Prowse told the Mirror.uk he'd love to join the original cast with a cameo in the upcoming trilogy ... even though Darth Vader is dead -- but says it would be difficult due to his condition.The 79-year-old is hoping J.J. Abrams gives him a shot anyway. »
- TMZ Staff
‘Acting is tough and she’s the real thing – she’s 89 and still looking forward’
Quiz: Noël Coward or Murder, She Wrote?
When I was 13, my mum took me to see Angela Lansbury in Gypsy. It was 1973, and all I could think about was that I was going to see the woman from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I took along my souvenir brochure from the film for her to sign and hung around the stage door before the show. I remember Angela signing it and saying: “Oh, this show is very different to that film. I hope you enjoy it.” It was an indication of her versatility, even then.
Her performance changed my life. She was incredible as Mama Rose: strong, almost frightening. She made her entrance from the back of the stalls. I have this vivid memory of sitting there, »
- Interview by Laura Barnett
Emma Stone made her triumphant Broadway debut Tuesday, as Sally Bowles in the Tony-winning musical Cabaret. She stars alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming in a 12-week run of the Roundabout Theatre Company production.
Emma's boyfriend Andrew Garfield was reportedly in the audience as the 26-year-old actress made her first bow on Broadway. The Social Network actor has his own time to shine on Broadway in 2012 when he appeared in the revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman alongside the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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The young stars join an elite list of other Hollywood A-listers to make a splash on the Great White Way.
Hugh Jackman is a stage veteran but his first appearance on Broadway was in 2004's The Boy From Oz. Jackman earned a Tony Award for his performance as singer/songwriter »
Various Star Wars movies, games and TV shows have been canned over the years. The Force was not strong with these...
The Star Wars universe is a dangerous place. For example, ‘man walks into a bar’ gags in Mos Eisley tend to end with unwarranted threats, droid racism, limbs being chopped off, impromptu deaths or – worst of all – rigorous re-editing.
Until the recent Disney buy-out, the world created by George Lucas was just as treacherous for seemingly-exciting projects. Lucasfilm/LucasArts, for a time, became notorious for the number of cancellations under its belt, with films, TV shows and game ideas constantly being chucked out at various stages of their development.
But when did the term ‘countless’ ever stop us trying to count things? Never, that’s when. So we donned a pointy-hooded robe and scoured the desert wilderness of the internet to bring you what we hope is a complete »
“There is magic in the human voice,” said James Earl Jones, accepting the first-ever Voice Arts™ Icon Award. Created by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences as part of this year’s That’s Voiceover! conference, the Voice Arts Awards recognized the magic of the voiceover industry’s foremost actors at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 9. Rudy Gaskins, Joan Baker, and Steve Ulrich, the ceremony’s creators and presenters, hope to raise the profile of vocal talent worldwide, and promise to make the VAAs the “Oscars for Voice.” Professionals in a wide-ranging cross section of entertainment media were honored at the ceremony in categories spanning film, television, commercials, audio books, and gaming. Jones’ award recognized his lifetime of elevating voiceover performance, including his work as Darth Vader in “Star Wars,” Mufasa in “The Lion King,” and at CNN, where his signature bass »
In the Star Wars films, David Prowse provided the body for Darth Vader, but he didn't get to give the character his iconic voice. I believe Prowse's contribution shouldn't be underestimated as Vader's body language is just as important as James Earl Jones' deep, threatening bass. However, when they were filming Star Wars: A New Hope (and yes, I know "A New Hope" wasn't part of the title at the time), the filmmakers had no idea how they would handle the voice. Eventually, they landed on Jones, but Prowse was the one who did line readings on set, and it's pretty funny to hear his voice coming from Darth Vader. This video is a little old, but in case you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth your time. Hit the jump to check out Prowse providing the voice for Vader. Via Cool Material. And as entertaining as I find this video, »
- Matt Goldberg
Video: Mindy Kaling and Elmo Dancing Together Will Melt Your Heart
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) November 10, 2014
The beloved PBS program is the longest-running children's show in history and has won a staggering 159 Emmy Awards. Seeing as this educational show reaches 156 million kids worldwide in 150 countries, it's no wonder that the stars have been eager to show up on Sesame Street.
Video: Lupita Nyong'o Tells Elmo She Loves Her Skin
However, it took a whole decade on the air before a celebrity came to the neighborhood. In 1979, James Earl Jones was the first star to appear on the kids program. Since then, Neil Patrick Harris, Destiny's Child, Cameron Diaz and Janelle »
Yes, we're all very excited about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but let's take a minute to go a little bit further back to the galaxy slight farther away, when George Lucas was just a kid with a dream called "Star Wars." Back then, while shooting the movie, he had the actor who physically inhabited the body of Darth Vader, a British actor named David Prowse whose stature and prowess as a bodybuilder earned him intimidating roles in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" and a pair of Hammer horror movies (where he essayed the role of Frankenstein's hellish creation). But, as the behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from some forgotten documentary by Gizmodo shows, his intimidation was limited to his physicality, because his voice is pretty wimpy.
In the behind the scenes footage (which you can watch below), Prowse sounds very much like a nasally British guy trying to be threatening. »
- Drew Taylor
Into the Woods has been crying out for a big screen adaptation since it launched on Broadway back in 1987.
With its combination of catchy songs, heartwarming moments, classic characters and pure fantasy, it is surprising that it has taken 27 years for a movie to be made. Despite winning several Tony Awards and revivals, it hasn't quite reached total mainstream status yet. That may be all about to change this Christmas thanks to the big screen adaptation.
In fact, a film version has been in the pipeline for over a decade. In the early 1990s, Columbia and Jim Henson Productions were developing a version starring the likes of Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, Cher, Danny DeVito, Steve Martin and Roseanne Barr. A few years later, Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon were attached.
After years of failed attempts, the project appears to be in good hands, as Chicago director Rob Marshall is behind the camera, »
The Simpsons is known for having had great guest stars over the years, continually snagging some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry (and elsewhere) and having them turn up on the show both as cameos and at times as actual characters.
In the early years you had Kelsey Grammer, Michael Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Phil Hartman, George Takei, Ringo Starr, Jon Lovitz, and many others. There were musical guests like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. In more recent seasons guest stars have included Daniel Radcliffe, Max Von Sydow, Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Patrick Stewart, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gordon Ramsay, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cera, Jeremy Irons, Cheech and Chong, Alyson Hannigan, Jodie Foster, Sacha Baron Cohen and, again, many others.
Many, many others.
There have literally been hundreds of guest stars on The Simpsons over the years, »
- Jay Anderson
So let’s start with StarWars.com 10’s official Top Monsters:
I’m not going to lie to you, I spent a significant amount of time this week attempting to get the new ports of classic Star Wars sims X-Wing and Tie Fighter to work on my Mac. All the Wineskin in the world isn’t letting me bypass the simple fact I don’t have a joystick. It looks like this is a common problem. Like I do, I’ve been ghosting around forums and I think I’ve come to the point where I can give it another go, but - you know - I can’t devote All my time to my various Star Wars obsessions.
X-Wing and Tie Fighter, though, those were my jams back in the 90s. There had always been Star Wars games around when I was a kid, »
For Halloween, we celebrate The Simpsons' best Treehouse Of Horror stories, feat. zombies, Hitchcock and Kubrick spoofs and more...
“Nothing seems to bother my kids but tonight's show, which I totally wash my hands of, is really scary.”
For anyone who grew up watching The Simpsons, the Treehouse Of Horror Halloween specials are an annual horror staple, from spooky couch gag to horror-themed credits. You can learn an awful lot of things just from watching the show, but for younger audiences, these episodes gave us our introduction to certain iconic horror stories.
Having ditched the early framing device of the family telling scary stories to one another, with Springfielders cast in key roles, the format is now closer to a mini-anthology of terror with three stories that take place outside of canon. This has usually given the writers licence to be more gruesome and outlandish than in the regular series, »
If you didn’t tune in to the repeat broadcast of Star Wars Rebels’ feature-length premiere ‘Spark of Rebellion, then you’ll have missed out on additional scene which features The Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader, once again voiced by James Earl Jones. But fear not, as the scene in question has hit the internet, and you can watch it right here…
See Also: Read our Spark of Rebellion review here
Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select »
- Gary Collinson
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
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