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You may or may not have noticed that the internet went a little Star Wars crazy yesterday—and rightfully so. On the first day of the Star Wars Celebration convention, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy not only unveiled the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they brought out the three lead characters (played by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac), some original trilogy actors (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels), the new stormtroopers, and even the new droid Bb-8, who I can’t believe is fully practical. If you missed out on the fun, or just want to experience it again, Disney has released a slew of official photos from the event and on-stage happenings. You can check them out below. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="445681,445641,445647,445639,445645,445683,445637,445657,445651,445655,445649,445635,445675,445669,445643,445653,445673,445677,445685,445665,445659,445679,445663,445687,445671"] For more from yesterday’s Star Wars Celebration, »
- Adam Chitwood
It was a roar heard around the galaxy.
The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unveiled on Thursday with fans watching it on YouTube and Facebook more than 25 million times. The buzz on it is insane!
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew joined director J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) as they kicked off Star Wars Celebration and gave those assembled at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA a first look.
Now that the Force is back, it left millions of fans dissecting every inch of the new trailer. What’s with the new weapons? Who was Mark Hamill referring to? Will it be some reincarnation thing using the force? Is it the reason the force has awakened? And will Abrams include Darth/Anakin in the 7th film. »
- Movie Geeks
From the off-set, the inspired second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awaken made it crystal clear that J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel would take place years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Heck, even the haunting opening shot included a downed Star Destroyer, crashed on Rey’s arid home planet of Jakku, hinting that the legacy of the old trilogy will underpin Abrams’ rebooted universe as opposed to influencing it directly.
As a matter of fact, it now appears that the totalitarian Empire will be referred to as the New Order, while the Rebel Alliance has been rebranded as simply The Resistance. To reflect this change, each faction has witnessed their respective logos be tweaked, too, with the most prominent being the New Order’s blood-red banner glimpsed from yesterday’s trailer. It’s a neat, wholly welcome change, and one that marks a new era for »
- Michael Briers
Last week, we reported that Disney and LucasFilm will debut the first teaser poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the opening kickoff event of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, which runs from April 16 through April 19. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy were on hand to present this one-sheet to the fans assembled at the Anaheim Convention Center, and now everyone else can check out the poster for themselves. The director and producer also debuted the first trailer for this highly-anticipated movie, which will be attached to prints of Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1.
Way back in May 2014, we reported that poster artist Drew Struzan, who created the posters for all six Star Wars movies, was coming out of retirement to craft the one-sheet for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That report was never confirmed, though, and this latest poster is just the logo that we've seen before. »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is directed by J.J. 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 Kenny Baker. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with John Williams returning as composer. »
The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer.
Watch the panel here.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, »
- Melissa Thompson
A few minutes ago, Disney dropped a cinematic bomb on us by releasing the newest Trailer for the upcoming Episode VII of the Star Wars saga. This one, called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the start of a new trilogy and a direct sequel to the main trilogy that ended with Return of the Jedi. Having seen the Trailer (which you can scope out below), I’m frankly stunned at how good it is, particularly in terms of one specific moment at the end. I can’t help but say it right at the forefront so we can discuss…seeing Harrison Ford back as Han Solo, standing next to Chewbacca, well, it gave me chills. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams might have gold here, if not better than that. I’ve already talked about how he seems to be the right man for the job, and he’s just proving it more and more. »
- Joey Magidson
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a brand new trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But, this being Star Wars and all, a simple trailer won’t do. We’ve gone through and taken a number of screengrabs from the new footage for your perusing pleasure, so you can get an even closer look at the various new characters and locations. Check out 42 images from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer below. [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="large" ids="444501,444563,444449,444451,444565,444453,444567,444455,444569,444457,444571,444573,444459,444463,444575,444465,444577,444467,444469,444471,444579,444581,444583,444587,444475,444477,444479,444589,444481,444483,444485,444487,444595,444491,444493,444599,444495,444497,444601,444603,444499"] Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow. The film opens in theaters on December 18th. For more from today's Star Wars Celebration, click on the links below: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Features Familiar Faces Star Wars: The »
- Adam Chitwood
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, 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, »
- Derek Anderson
“Chewie, we’re home.”
The second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped on Thursday during the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
Much like the first teaser, this one builds up the excitement with the reveals of some familiar faces while keeping us still in the dark as to the story. The trailer shows off a ton of new footage (that desert shot!), but still hasn’t given us the complete package with what the movie has to offer, which is totally fine.
The best part though has to be the final shot, which reveals the first look at the aged Han Solo (Harrison Ford), telling Chewbacca that they are home. We still haven’t seen Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher in any of the footage, but there is still a lot »
- Zach Dennis
Star Wars Celebration is in full swing, folks, and in a bit of a twist, the major panels from the convention are being streamed live to those that couldn’t make the trip to Anaheim. That includes the highly anticipated kick-off panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with co-writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, where they’ll debut the new trailer for the film and possibly some other footage. For convenience purposes, we’ve embedded the livestream of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel below. It begins at 10am Pdt sharp, so bookmark this page and return at that time to experience the panel live. And stay tuned to Collider over the next few days (and next few hours) for much more coverage from Star Wars Celebration. Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, »
- Adam Chitwood
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release this Christmas. The upcoming film stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Legendary composer John Williams will return to create the score. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled for theatrical and IMAX release on on December 18th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
We'll most likely get an official image release and plenty more besides tomorrow! Are you guys hyped for the new trailer? Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is directed by J.J. 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 Kenny Baker. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with John Williams returning as composer. »
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
Held last month on March 24-29, the Ann Arbor Film Festival handed out awards to a gaggle of experimental films and filmmakers.
The big winner of the fest was Sicilian filmmaker Simone Rapisarda Casanova for his fiction/documentary hybrid film The Creation of Meaning, which won the overall Best of the Festival award. The film tells the story of a WWII survivor who lives as a shepherd in the Tuscan Alps.
The Best Narrative Film award went to Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan’s Episode of the Sea, a neo-realist drama focused on the struggles of a tiny inland fishing community in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the Best Documentary Film award went to longtime collaborators Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat for their Speculation Nation, which examines the current housing crisis in Spain.
- Mike Everleth
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
The teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens pretty much brought the internet to a stop back in November. According to Collider, the trailer proper will be doing something very similar at, or possibly before, the time it lands on May 1 attached to Avengers: Age Of Ultron in Us cinemas. Expect the Lego version to land on May 2.Where this leaves the UK trailer break remains to be seen. The Star Wars Celebration, taking place between April 16-19, will see it debuted in Anaheim, and that could potentially lead to an official online launch soon after. Alternatively, we may not glimpse it until Age Of Ultron opens in UK cinemas on April 24. Clear? Excellent.In any case, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams, from a script that he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, »
As the Robotech film moves ahead, we look at the anime's history, knotty rights issues, cultural impact, and earlier failed film attempts.
"In the year 1999, high above Macross island in the South Pacific, a phenomenal event occurred in the skies which altered the cause of human history..."
With a blaze of animated light, a huge alien space craft bursts through Earth's atmosphere and collides with a city, reducing its buildings to atoms in an instant.
That dramatic opening heralded the arrival of Robotech - and American television had never seen anything quite like it. Here was animated show which told a sprawling saga set across multiple epochs, full of alien invaders and exotic transforming robots. Its characters seemed low-key and somehow real; there were brave pilots, nervy new-recruits, romances and love triangles. There was action, but also comedy, tragedy and pathos. It even provided a generous helping of bubblegum pop music. »
Sony Pictures has secured the live-action film rights to the popular anime series "Robotech" which they plan to turn into a potential franchise.
The original 1985 show was actually a combination of three different Japanese television shows - footage from "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross," "Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross," and "Genesis Climber Mospeada" was cobbled together and redubbed to create an original 85-episode animated series that could be syndicated across U.S. markets.
As a result, a lot of rewriting and editing had to be done to stitch together three unrelated series to portray it as one cohesive storyline that spans three generations. To this day, the first season (based on the 'Macross' series) remains the most well-regarded.
Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton ("300," "Immortals") are producing and Michael Gordon ("300," "GI Joe") is writing the script. Various people have tried to adapt the series into a film over the past decade including Tobey Maguire, »
- Garth Franklin
While the December release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still far, far away, Disney and Lucasfilm announced today that its Rian Johnson-helmed follow up, Star Wars: Episode VIII, will arrive on May 26th, 2017, Variety reports.
At a shareholders meeting in San Francisco, the two companies — which joined forces in 2012 — also announced new details regarding Gareth Edwards'(Godzilla) upcoming standalone film, which will be titled Rogue One and star The Theory of Everything's Felicity Jones. Production is scheduled to begin in London this summer, »
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