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At the multiplexes, what’s old is new again.
Rocky Balboa is back in the ring, Han Solo is once again steering the Millennium Falcon and Hollywood is riding a wave of nostalgia as it tries to put a fresh spin on some mothballed franchises.
Nearly 40 years ago, “Rocky” took America by storm, plunging up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and into moviegoers’ hearts. A mere six months after “Rocky” debuted in November of 1976, “Star Wars” premiered, ushering in the era of the modern blockbuster, while offering up expansive visions of space fights and boundary-breaking special effects.
In the ensuing decades, both series lost their ways. “Rocky” devolved into an increasingly ludicrous batch of sequels that reached its nadir with Balboa striking a blow for Western democracy by taking on Ivan Drago, a parody of pre-Perestroika Soviet resolve. And “Star Wars” nearly brought childhood fantasies crashing back to »
- Brent Lang
Last week, The http://movieweb.com/star-wars-7-force-awakens-preview-general-hux/Disney Channel and Disney Xd released two Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes previews which offered a better look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Today, we get another behind-the-scenes preview from the Disney networks. This time, the main focus is on Daisy Ridley's Rey. We get to see her plight as a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku. But coolest of all is, we finally get a look at the alien played by Simon Pegg.
We don't get to learn the background of this Alien. And we don't really find out his place in the story. We don't even learn his name. But it appears he is on Jakku with Rey. And he seems to be an alley. This latest Star Wars 7 preview also offers up never-before-seen footage of both Rey and John Boyega's Finn. We get to »
If the soundtrack details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens released earlier today didn't give you that Star Wars fix you so desperately need, then you're in luck. Earlier today, IGN released three retro posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which don't feature any of the characters from this highly-anticipated adventure, but they will certainly seem familiar to any longtime fan of the franchise. These one-sheets are actually throwbacks to promotional posters for the one that started it all, 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
With just three weeks left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, new tidbits of information are revealed almost every day. We learned earlier this week that the MPAA has given this adventure a PG-13 rating for "sci-fi action and violence," which will help ensure that the widest audience possible will get to see the movie when it arrives December »
Those watching NFL football on Thursday, especially during the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game, caught the brand new, minute-long TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans on Facebook were the first to see the new spot on Thanksgiving morning.
J.J. Abrams has a special video message for you: for only $10, Star Wars fans have the chance of attending the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the fourth campaign that J.J. has done in partnership with Omaze, and this time the proceeds are benefiting 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.
“With the film premiere just weeks away,” says Abrams in the brand new video. “I just want to take a minute to thank you, the Star Wars community, for supporting the mission of Star Wars: Force for Change.” There will be two lucky campaign winners who get to bring three friends »
- Michelle McCue
In 1980, the idea of having a puppet as a supporting actor was still untested. Ryan looks back at The Empire Strikes Back's big gamble...
"You will go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi master who instructed me..."
George Lucas may have had a wider saga planned out in his head, but he couldn't have predicted just how much hunger there would be for more space adventures in the wake of Star Wars. But as audiences flocked to watch and rewatch the film through the summer of 1977, Lucas was already putting the groundwork in place for a sequel, with its title, The Empire Strikes Back, firmly in place by November that year.
Disney announced today that in an unprecedented collaboration with Google, Star Wars fans will have an opportunity to share in immersive experiences-Awaken the Force Within and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality-in celebration of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Awaken the Force Within global program starts today and fans logging onto Google.com/StarWars can make a choice to be on the Dark Side or the Light Side for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Their favorite Google apps will transform to reflect the path they choose.
Special experiences have been developed for Android Wear Watches, Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now, Waze and YouTube with added features for fans to discover on their Inbox by Gmail, Google Translate and Google Search. Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the first-of-its-kind serialized Google »
Disney announced today that in an unprecedented collaboration with Google, Star Wars fans will have an opportunity to share in immersive experiences – Awaken the Force Within and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality – in celebration of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Awaken the Force Within global program starts today and fans logging onto google.com/starwars can make a choice to be on the Dark Side or the Light Side for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Their favorite Google apps will transform to reflect the path they choose. Special experiences have been developed for Android Wear Watches, Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now, Waze and YouTube with added features for fans to discover on their Inbox by Gmail, Google Translate and Google Search.
Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the first-of-its-kind »
- Michelle McCue
The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip has arrived. And it's short at just 16 seconds long. It is an expanded look at a scene we've seen in trailers and TV spots. And it gives us an idea about what's at stake for Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn. They are on the run, trying to escape First Order forces on the desert planet of Jakku. They decided to make their escape by stealing a ship, with Rey explaining that she's a pilot. But before they can reach the cockpit...Well, you'll just have to watch the clip for yourself.
The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip arrived during the America Music Awards, which aired on Disney owned network ABC last night. We also got another new TV spot which doesn't really have any new footage. Over the weekend, Disney Xd ran another behind-the-scenes preview in the UK, »
Everyone seems to have Star Wars fever these days, as the countdown continues to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' release on December 18. During last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, director J.J. Abrams made a special appearance, where he shared never-before-seen "screen tests" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The video features cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, along with a number of special guests.
Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong was featured imitating Sofía Vergara, in a screen test with Daisy Ridley. We also see Beck Bennett portray Javier Bardem, Jay Pharoah played both Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Tucker, Jon Rudnitsky as John Mayer, Kate McKinnon as Dame Maggie Smith, Taran Killam as David Beckham, Aidy Bryant as Wynonna Judd and Bobby Moynihan as George Lucas. The video also features a number of special guests, such as Emma Stone, Michael Bublé and Jon Hamm. »
The latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV spot reveals the return of an unforgettable face of a character from Return of the Jedi, Nien Nunb. Last seen co-piloting the Millennium Flacon with Lando Calrissian, Nien Nunb was a crucial member of the Rebel Alliance and helped seal the fate of the doomed Death Star in Return of the Jedi's climatic finale. Is this really Nien Nunb, or are we looking at a new character from the same species? Time will tell.
In just 25 days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally hit theaters, which will introduce to new heroes and villains alike. Comic Book Resources has discovered a TV spot, which offers new footage of Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Oscar Isaac and the lovable ball droid Bb-8. While we still have a few more weeks to wait until this highly-anticipated adventure arrives, Star Wars »
The newest chapter in the franchise takes place 30 years after Return Of The Jedi.
Check out the latest TV Spot.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
Star Wars: The »
- Michelle McCue
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to tease fans with its TV spot clips, which give bite-sized tastes of the film without revealing much on the storyline. In its latest TV spot installment, which debuted on Facebook with the caption, "Every generation has a story. Here's Finn's," the franchise focuses on John Boyega's character, Finn.
"You don't know a thing about me, what I've seen," Finn says defiantly during the opening of the 30-second clip. "We all need to run" he delivers urgently as scenes of him taking »
When the third and final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuted last month, many thought it would be the last new footage we saw before the movie arrived in theaters. Thankfully, they were wrong, since we've seen a new TV trailer and other brief bits of footage in TV spots released over the past few weeks. Today, the official Star Wars Facebook page has unveiled yet another TV spot that is only 30 seconds long, but comes jam-packed with new footage featuring Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Bb-8 and more.
We also get yet another voice over from Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata, who was confirmed by director J.J. Abrams to be the diminutive alien wearing goggles in the poster released last month. Perhaps the most intriguing scene in this footage features one of the First Order Stormtroopers, who reveals a unique weapon while doing battle with Finn, »
One of the great things about cinema is that for every individual movie and everyone who sees a particular film, there are that many interpretations. And this doesn.t just involve fans and theatergoers, this also includes the filmmakers themselves. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the horizon, that particular far, far away galaxy is at the forefront of many minds, and even though he.s directly involved, Lawrence Kasdan has his own ideas about what the Star Wars saga is all about. Kasdan has been all over the Star Wars franchise, penning The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and having a hand in the new installments (not to mention he.s written for the Indiana Jones movies and countless other classics). Talking to Wired, he revealed how he views these movies, saying: Force Awakens, New Hope, Empire.these are movies about fulfilling what is inside you. »
There are at least four new Star Wars films currently on the horizon – beginning with the December 18th arrival of Episode VII: The Force Awakens – and according to a new article, that's only the beginning of the cinematic universe Disney plans on creating out of George Lucas' brainchild. Wired writes that – like Marvel and the DC Comics' billion-dollar movie franchises – Disney and Lucasfilm hope to eventually deliver a new Star Wars film to audiences on an annual basis, with no end in sight.
That's where the title of »
Since George Lucas sold off Lucasfilm to Disney several years ago, the filmmaker has occasionally popped up at events or in promo pieces and has offered the odd bit of commentary about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Lucas worked with screenwriter Michael Arndt to map out Episode VII through Episode IX for several months, but ultimately that draft was scrapped in favor of a new story penned by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
Lucas doesn't seem to mind though, and in an extended video piece that was glimpsed in a Vanity Fair video reel a few weeks back, he explains why he's not interested in directing not just another "Star Wars" but any other theatrical releases.
Watch this on The Scene.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in cinemas December 18th. »
- Garth Franklin
Though everyone's chomping at the bit to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" right now, the boffins at Disney have to look ahead for the franchise and it seems their ambitious plans may be even bigger than you might think.
As part of a feature article on the franchise, Wired writer Adam Rogers says that the studio doesn't see this franchise as one that will end anytime soon:
"The company intends to put out a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets. Let me put it another way: If everything works out for Disney, and if you are (like me) old enough to have been conscious for the first 'Star Wars' film, you will probably not live to see the last one. It's the forever franchise."
Yet though the major beats of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the like seem to be laid ahead of time, »
- Garth Franklin
If you're suddenly feeling overwhelmed and maybe even a little burnt out by the barrage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers, TV spots, commercials, photos and other marketing items that have flooded in over these last two weeks, you better splash your face with some cold water and get over it. Quick. Because Disney and LucasFilm have made it clear that they are, as reported in the past, sticking with their plan to deliver one new Star Wars movie every year. Only now, they are calling this an indefinite plan with no end in sight. In fact, Wired claims, in a new report about the studios' plan, that anyone who was born in the 70s and enjoyed the first three movies as a kid when they first debuted in theaters, probably won't live to see the final Star Wars movie. That hurts, don't it?
"The company intends to »
Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts. Last weekend Gallery1988 exhibited some amazing works of art celebrating the continuing saga of Star Wars. The exhibit, Art Awakens, showcases the work of over 60 artists; J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were on hand for the opening. Even better, the pieces are being auctioned on eBay for charity! Original pieces and prints are available on eBay now to benefit Unicef Kid Power, a program to provide food to kids in need worldwide. Bids on some of the original pieces are already at thousands of dollars!
Here are some favorite pieces from the show...
As part of an extensive piece involving the future of Star Wars, Disney and Lucasfilm honchos have explained to Wired that there's essentially going to be so much Sw after this year, you won't live to see the end of it. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, along with the movie's J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Gareth Edwards, and others, contributed to the story, which unspooled today and includes a solid mix of trivia, anecdotes, and teasers. Read on for some of the highlights:How Kasdan and Abrams figured out the beast that is Force Awakens:"The feeling we wanted [for Force Awakens] was from the first trilogy," Kasdan told Wired, noting the only must-have returning pieces were Han, Chewie, Luke, and Leia. "It’s fun, it’s delightful, it moves like a son of a bitch, and you don’t question too much. ... On the first day, I said, look: Delight, that’s the word. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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