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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
With demand for stronger female roles at an all-time high and Kathleen Kennedy driving the ship as an executive producer, you can expect that we'll see more women emerging amongst the stars in that galaxy far, far away. LucasFilm and director Rian Johnson are rumored to be seeking a strong female lead for the next sequel Star Wars: Episode VIII. This comes after Star Wars: The Force Awakens upped the female ante quite a bit. It features three main female characters that include Daisy Ridley as Rey, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata (a mo-cap/CGI creation) and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma (who wears a chrome stormtrooper getup for the majority of the film). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has Felicity Jones as its central character (though she is surrounded by an otherwise all-male cast).
When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast was announced, it came »
Fans who attended the D23 Expo last weekend were among the first to see the brand new poster that Drew Struzan designed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The legendary artist had been retired for some time, but there had long been rumors that he had been coaxed out of retirement to create a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. Now that it has arrived for all to see, Drew Struzan opened up about how he was approached by director J.J. Abrams to work on this poster, while also claiming that he has seen half of the movie already, calling it the best Star Wars film to date.
"It started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J. Abrams who I have never met, and he was in England shooting the film and he goes 'Hi, I've »
Disney may have brought Star Wars: The Force Awakens to its annual D23 expo without a new sizzle reel to showcase, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the mega-company turned up empty handed during Sunday’s presentation for all things Star Wars. Having unveiled Drew Struzan’s stylized poster, we’re now beginning to see scores of photos from the convention floor appear online, and Collider just published a bunch of stills spotlighting the armor worn by Captain Phasma.
Played by Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie in the galactic sequel, the suit worn by the formidable baddie is as stylish as it is menacing, indicating that Christie’s character is some form of elite and decorated Stormtropper replete with her own cape. Alongside these images were some photos captured from during the presentation itself, which see Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley up on stage among the rest of the cast. »
- Michael Briers
Yesterday was another big day for Star Wars fans. Disney held their biennial D23 convention in Anaheim, and sure enough, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was part of the festivities. It was known going in that there wouldn't be a new trailer. The third trailer doesn't arrive until this fall. No new clips were shown, and there was no behind-the-scenes footage to be shared. Instead, attendees were given the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster painted by legendary artist Drew Struzan, which made this one trip to that galaxy far, far away that will be remembered for a lifetime!
Even though he had nothing new to show fans, director J.J. Abrams showed up to regale the audience with tales from Jakku. He arrived with the new heroes from the movie, John Boyega, who plays Finn, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey and Oscar Isaac, who plays X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron. »
Disney and Lucasfilm released a D23 Expo exclusive poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", designed by the legendary Drew Struzan. Having provided legendary posters for all six films in the franchise, there was previously doubt about Struzan returning for the seventh film in the series, but you can check out his latest work below! "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is directed by Jj Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and »
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
Many were disappointed when it was confirmed that director J.J. Abrams wasn't showing any footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Comic-Con last month. Those same fans were likely delighted, though, by the behind-the-scenes video that debuted during the panel, which confirmed, among other things, that Simon Pegg does have an on-screen role. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams wouldn't say exactly what the actor's role is, but he did confirm that Simon Pegg was part of his behind-the-scenes team that helped him hash out the story.
"I will say this in terms of Simon: while he won't be recognizable in the movie, in all honesty, his role in this - not the performance or the character - but his support and friendship has been massively important and helpful in the process. He was a wonderful partner in crime to kick the story around and »
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