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Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook. Facebook has announced the very exciting news that 360-degree videos will now be available in all News Feeds. And a lot of companies are already jumping on this innovative way to share a new interactive, fully immersive environment that will plunge you deeper into any world that you've ever dreamed of exploring. And it all starts with Star Wars as Disney and Lucasfilm pull you directly into one of the new planets in that Galaxy far, far away. You can pretend to be Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn or Rey as you race across the desolate sands of a world ravished by war!
Today Facebook announced that they’re rolling out 360-degree videos in News Feed.
There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Vice. This means publishers can now upload 360 video to Facebook and starting today, people around the world will be able to discover and experience 360 videos in News Feed.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters December 18, 2015.
Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.
Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
- Michelle McCue
McFarland, USA is another identikit sports movie in the actor’s repertoire but, aside from a few worthy exceptions, the mediocre is where he seems most comfortable
Kevin Costner deserves my sincerest congratulations: for over three decades now he has been boring me, irritating me and pissing me off. For the first 10 years of his career, I used to joke that his finest performance was as the corpse in Lawrence Kasdan’s odious boomer nostalgia-orgy The Big Chill. Then he won the best director Oscar for Dances With Wolves over Scorsese and Goodfellas and my enmity quadrupled, especially since those same acclaimed helming skills later gave us The Postman.
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- John Patterson
Thanks to a strangely recirculated news piece from March 2015, the question of whether Lando Calrissian will reappear in the Star Wars universe will inevitably return to fans’ lips. The rumour in question – first “exclusively revealed” to an “inside source” at The Sun (for that read “probably entirely fabricated by a sub-editor”), has resurfaced thanks to Heroic Hollywood (albeit dressed up a little as a rumour from the Boston Herald). It’s basically grapevine whispers that have as much substantial evidence behind them as if they were plucked out of the cosmos.
So maybe don’t go believing those rumours, no matter how much they’re pushed on Twitter. That of course raises questions about integrity and duty to fanbases, but hopefully fans can see through it.
- Simon Gallagher
Kylo Ren. Finn. Rey. Jakku. Bb-8. How did this new generation of memorable Star Wars characters, worlds, and creatures come to life? A stunning new book, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will tell that story. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, written by Phil Szostak, is a portal that takes you from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic.
Arriving in stores on December 18, the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, it takes fans deep inside the evolution of the film. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team also provide a detailed look at what it took to bring directorJ.J. Abrams' vision to life, while the unused "blue sky" concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled. »
"Roger Roger". Those two words probably make people who hate the film "The Phantom Menace" wince each and every time they hear them now. After all, that was the phrase that would come out of the most ineffectual weapons ever utilized by the bad guys in a "Star Wars" film… the Battle Droid. It's funny that I'd be thinking of Battle Droids this weekend, after completely sitting out what was referred to as "Force Friday." I remember the equivalent day in '99 when all of the "Phantom Menace" merchandise went on sale. I was working at the time as a closed-captioner, and one of the many thing I bought for myself at that midnight sale was a Battle Droid onboard his little flying scooter thingy. It sat on my desk for months, and I would look at it and imagine what we might get from the actual film. As with many things in the prequels, »
- Drew McWeeny
This Sunday, The Next Door Lounge in Hollywood will host "A Cause for Entertainment", a fundraiser for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The event's in-person and online auction includes items of interest to horror fans, including a Bates Motel set visit and items signed by Guillermo del Toro.
A Cause for Entertainment will take place this Sunday, September 13th from 4:00pm–8:00pm Pdt at The Next Door Lounge in Hollywood, CA. We have official details on the event below, and to learn more or take part in the online auction, visit:
From event leader Jessica Sherman: "Breast Cancer is one of the ugliest diseases in the world today, and with heartbreaking statistics like these, I find it hard not to want to give back:
- A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Every 3 minutes, there is a »
- Derek Anderson
Now that Force Friday is finally here, LucasFilm has announced details for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. Five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score, which contains all-new music and some familiar themes. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at DisneyMusicEmporium.com.
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S theaters on December 18, 2015. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015. It isn't known if any song details or track titles will be released between now and then.
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
The Austin Film Festival has selected Brian Helgeland as recipient of its Distinguished Screenwriter Award, to be presented Oct. 31.
Helgeland won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” and was nominated for “Mystic River.” He directed and wrote “Legend,” “42,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “Payback” and wrote “Man on Fire,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Green Zone” and “Blood Work.”
Helgeland has also won awards from the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Pen Center Literary Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the USC Scripter Award. Universal launches “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy, on Oct. 2.
- Dave McNary
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Next Friday not only marks the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it will also be a big day for Star Wars fans around the world. Friday, September 4 is also known as Force Friday, when the first merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase. Several retailers are offering special items for consumers, and today we have word from Star Wars Junk that Toys "R" Us is giving away a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, which you can check out below. But be warned, supplies are limited. You will definitely want to start lining up well before midnight to get your hands on it.
The promo poster features Finn (John Boyega), who is flanked by Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). The poster gives us yet another look at John Boyega's Awol Stormtrooper holding a blue lightsaber, »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...
John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith
A video posted by Digital Spy (@digitalspy) on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:55am Pdt
A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.
Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »
Today, Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.
This morning, Star Wars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation.
As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.
There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens
A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am Pdt
The film stars Harrison Ford, »
- Michelle McCue
One of the memories that I treasure most from 1998 came when I was driving from La to Palo Alto with my friend Pete. I had a copy of "The Beginning" with me, the script by George Lucas, and he had a CD player loaded up with the soundtracks for the first three films. I read the script aloud while he drove, and by the time we got to his family's house for Thanksgiving, we were both convinced that we were going to get an amazing gift in movie theaters in May of 1999. History has proven the two of us to be a wee bit overenthusiastic. While I am not a rabid prequel-hater the way many people are (watching the films with my kids radically changed my opinions on them and their place in the overall saga), I think there is something magical about the original three that only becomes more clear with time and distance. »
- Drew McWeeny
It's finally here! New Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage! And it's epic. We not only get to see Rey and Bb-8 in a few seconds of never-before-seen footage, we also get to see the film's epic lightsaber duel teased. Yes, Finn will be going up against Kylo Ren, using Luke Skywalker's original blue lightsaber. The fight is only hinted at, but it will surely be one of this sequel's most talked about moments. It's only a few seconds long, but well worth the wait.
Today, Instagram announced that - in addition to square posts - you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever. This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, using Instagram's new landscape orientation. »
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams has released a few more interesting details about the saga’s newest masked bad boy, Kylo Ren, played by “Girls” star Adam Driver. “Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” Abrams told Empire magazine, which also released new images of the lightsaber-wielding villain, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan previously said brings “something that’s brand new to the saga.” (Whoops! Please pardon the few times TheWrap assumed the character was a Sith due to that black cloak, scary mask and red lightsaber.) See photo: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Take a Good »
- Greg Gilman
Coming from the new issue of Empire magazine, which comes out later this week, the pic puts the Sith-like antagonist in a dynamic position somewhere green: presumably the world Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) lands in with his X-Wing in the trailers.
Notice the strangely rubbery outfit he's wearing, resembling a black Michelin man after a particularly effective diet. Then there's the detail on his mask, which is intriguingly... tribal.
"He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren," director Jj Abrams told Entertainment Weekly earlier this month.
"He is not your prototypical moustache-twirling bad guy. He is a little bit more complex than that, »
Last week, Empire Magazine announced its upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue by revealing two different gate-fold covers. The first one featured new villains Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). The second cover united incoming heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Now we get the first official still from inside the magazine, and while it shows a familiar character locked in an already iconic stance, it gives us a whole new background we haven't seen before.
The latest issue of Empire will be on newsstands this Thursday. It will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens with new photos and interviews. And perhaps we'll learn more about the forest world seen in this latest sneak peek. Previous rumors indicate that a massive battle between the Resistance and The First Order will play out here, »
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Now that Empire Magazine has already unveiled both fold-out covers for its Star Wars-themed issue – depicting both sides of the Force, no less – the outlet has today unleashed the first photo (which you can see above, along with the covers) of what is sure to be a steady stream of new information for J.J. Abrams’ galactic adventure, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On this occasion, it’s the Dark Side of the Force that Empire has spotlighted, ushering in Adam Driver’s nefarious Kylo Ren into the limelight for a truly striking shot. Brandishing his by-now infamous cross-guard lightsaber, The Force Awakens‘ lead baddie is certainly ready for battle.
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Described as one of the leading members of The New Order and a member of the enigmatic, cult-like group known as the Knights of Ren, Driver’s character is riddled with mystery. »
- Michael Briers
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