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The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Death of Adulthood and the Rise of Pleasure, or Why Seth Rogen is More Serious Than Woody Allen” — Adam Sternbergh’s response to A.O. Scott’s thought-catalyst on maturity, pointing out the age-old element of these discussions and the kernel at their core. “Cultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness. These essays read as modern analogues to the mid-20th-century jeremiads about middlebrow, which were, similarly, taking people to task for not being sophisticated (i.e., adult) enough in their cultural tastes.” “The Darkness of Kristen Wiig” — Noah Gittell at Esquire finds seriousness in the funny woman’s latest films (and in her earlier funnier ones). “How Julia Roberts became an icon by playing the Girl Next Door” — Matt Singer »
- Scott Beggs
Sneak Peek new images from the UK set of "Star Wars: Episode VII" offering a first look @ actor Adam Driver in a 'Rebel' flight suit, plus members of the 'Alliance', including actress Gwendoline Christie:
J. J. Abrams directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan.
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- Michael Stevens
Previous Star Wars: Episode VII rumors have claimed that the movie will visit old locations from the previous movies, including Hoth, Endor, and Tatooine. Now, a new rumor is throwing Yoda's exile planet of Dagobah into the mix. Stop reading now if you don't want to know how the planet plays into the proposed storyline.
Last week, new details emerged about how Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) fits into the Star Wars: Episode VII storyline, from a tipster who reportedly read the second draft of J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay. It was hinted that Luke may be swayed towards the Dark Side of the Force.
Today, we have a new report from This Is Infamous that reveals more details about Luke Skywalker's character arc. It's been widely reported, but never confirmed, that the story centers on John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, who find a severed hand with »
Last weekend, Justin Reeves flew over the Raf Greenham Common, which is a former Royal Air Force station in Berkshire, England. The airfield is currently being used for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII production. Yesterday, we saw our first image of a full-scale Millennium Falcon and X-Wing that are being built there. Now, come check out another image and a video of the set. #StarWarsEpisodeVII Filming at Raf Greenham Common on Saturday pic.twitter.com/d6lw6TS2aX — Justin Reeves (@1Jus) September 10, 2014 Star Wars: Episode VII - Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowow, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. It's being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. »
It's been a little while since we've heard any big Star Wars rumors but some claims made about six months ago are beginning to make the rounds again. It goes without saying that if you're looking to avoid what Episode VII may be about, steer clear! Over at Latino Review, a forum poster who goes by the name of mizzlewumps claimed to have read the second draft of J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's script. Here is what mizzlewumps had to say back in »
- Sean Wist
Several months ago, a poster on the web boards 4Chan posted numerous unconfirmed plot details regarding "Star Wars: Episode VII" which supposedly came from the second draft of J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's script.
In recent weeks Latino Review claims to have corroborated several bits of information from that original post. Now, they've got a copy of the original post in its entirety up, which includes a few new bits of information to those who missed it on the 4Chan boards.
Potential Major Spoilers Ahead
Leia is made leader of the Republic after her predecessor's death
Han is a retired veteran of the Republic fleet
Luke hasn't been seen in nearly 30 years
The lead character is Han and Leia's daughter
The other lead is the child of Lando, and either a male or female depending on who is cast
The other lead is a Stormtrooper, also either a male »
- Garth Franklin
Back in March, an anonymous 4Chan user going by the name of "Mizzlewump" posted a number of unconfirmed plot details for Star Wars: Episode VII, which he learned after reportedly reading the second draft of J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's script. Latino Review has now corroborated that several items in that original post are, in fact, true, although they have not been confirmed by LucasFilm.
Be warned, there will be massive spoilers, but if you want to know more details about Star Wars: Episode VII, keep reading.
Leia is made leader of the Republic after her predecessor's deathHan is a retired veteran of the Republic fleetLuke hasn't been seen in nearly 30 yearsThe lead character is Han and Leia's daughterThe other lead is the child of Lando, and either a male or female depending on who is castThe other lead is a Stormtrooper, also either a male or female depending »
Not even a broken leg can keep Han Solo down. Production on Star Wars: Episode VII has resumed this week at London's Pinewood Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter, following Harrison Ford's on-set injury (allegedly involving Han Solo's Millennium Falcon) and subsequent surgery, which put the sequel on a two-month filming hiatus.
Ford, who was healed enough to take the Als Ice Bucket Challenge last week, will reprise his role in the film, along with original cast members Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. »
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A year ago came a report that an evil character from previous "Star Wars" films will appear in at least one of the upcoming new "Star Wars" trilogy films despite his apparent death. That character? Emperor Palpatine.
The report came from Latino Review who has just published another one today saying a similar thing but with a bit more information:
"Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.
A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced »
- Garth Franklin
This may seem like deja vu. A year ago, Kellvin from Latino Review reported that Emperor Palpatine was going to appear in the new Star Wars films, and today he is saying the same thing. Now, before any of you freak out, remember that the script a year ago was written by Michael Arndt, but today that script has been heavily changed by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. I believe most, if not all of Arndt's material was tossed. Though, it seems that J.J. and Kasdan liked Arndt's idea of bringing Darth Sidious back from the dead. I mean, if he really died after Darth Vader tossed him like a ragdoll. "My source told me that The Emperor "100%" will appear in Star Wars Episode VII and VIII. Don't look for confirmations from this from Ian Mcdiarmid, because he's not portraying the Emperor this time. Will this big bad resemble »
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
Here’s what we know for sure about Star Wars Episode VII so far: they started filming on May 16 of this year and it’ll be released on December 18, 2015. Jj Abrams will direct from a script by him and Lawrence Kasdan. It’s got a pretty great cast, with both new actors and returning stars from the original trilogy. It will be set thirty years after Return Of The Jedi. And, er, that’s about it, so far as official information goes. Abrams is being his usual coy self, playing his cards close to the chest, with character and plot details pretty thin on the ground so far. Life finds a way, however, and between speculation and possibly legit leaks, we actually have a pretty good idea of what’s going to be going down in a few months from now, in a cinema not so far away…
- Tom Baker
Darth Vader: “The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”
With the nostalgia of the strong resemblance to Alec Guiness in the photo, Star Wars geeks across the Galaxy anxiously await the arrival of the first official teaser and photo of Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in costume.
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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
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and 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 next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII 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. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. Production on the highly anticipated film was halted after Harrison Ford sustained a leg injury on set this past June. A »
- Pietro Filipponi
Gavin Logan looks at which directors could be in line for a Star Wars movie….
It’s now been almost two years since Disney officially acquired LucasFilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars universe. George Lucas said in his statement that he always believed that Star Wars could live beyond him and that the time was right for the torch to be passed to a new generation of filmmakers. First up was J.J. Abrams, fresh off his successful reboot of Star Trek. Abrams, while not exactly young and new to the industry, has a certain Spielberg-esque quality about the way he makes movies and seemed like the perfect fit for relaunching the Star Wars franchise. Once Abrams was nailed down and he and Lawrence Kasdan began reworking Michael Arndt’s script, little or no other details were announced despite incessant rumours flying around the internet. Earlier this »
- Gavin Logan
Another exclusive, behind the scenes look at the production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Join Director J.J. Abrams as he auditions actors for the part of Luke Skywalker's son in the upcoming sequel. - KurtToons Star Wars: Episode VII - Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowow, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. It's being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015. »
You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?…It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Paul on MintInBox (via makingstarwars.net), has posted some more image of the Millennium Falcon set that was constructed for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars VII. This is also the supposed location where Harrison Ford ("Air Force One") suffered his leg injury. Star Wars: Episode VII - Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowow, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. It's being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on »
A pleasant, not particularly inspired entry in that overstuffed subgenre of “Big Chill” knockoffs, “About Alex” stages a bittersweet reunion for six old college friends (plus one tag-along) after one of them attempts suicide. That the attempt proves unsuccessful is merely one example of debuting writer-director Jesse Zwick’s softer, gentler approach to exceedingly unoriginal material, and neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel. Still, it’s not without its mellow pleasures, including an above-average cast whose names should draw a few more eyeballs than usual to this likable-enough effort in VOD and limited theatrical circulation.
That the troubled young man who sets things in motion is named Alex — just like the deceased in “The Big Chill” — is one of several deliberate nods to Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 touchstone, itself a key inspiration for “thirtysomething,” the TV show created by Zwick’s father, »
- Justin Chang
Still the Chill: Zwick Assembles Fine Cast for Routine Exercise
Jesse Zwick, son of director Edward Zwick, has amassed a fine cast of young actors for a revamp of what will inevitably compared to Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983), where a reunion of old friends transpires over the death (in this case, near death) of one of their old group members. While Kasdan’s film represents the pinnacle of this dramatic formula, there have been plenty of films since then that benefit greatly from its influence. A glossy, less dire example would be the more recent Channing Tatum headlined 10 Years (2011), while Guillaume Canet gets dibs for the best thing since Kasdan with his 2010 Little White Lies. With About Alex, Zwick has a written a smartly observed treatment to define the trials and travails of a new generation of quickly aging twentysomethings, a group of young adults already greatly at »
- Nicholas Bell
Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill had much to say about the angst of losing touch with your younger self and the noble folly of trying to reclaim it. Since its release in 1983, the dramatic tropes of Kasdan's film — big, nostalgic musical cues and characters smoking pot and dancing goofily — have become as familiar as its central depiction of mid-30s malaise. All of those elements resurface in About Alex, a lightweight Big Chill reworked for today's young professional set, which proves too clumsy and self-conscious to live up to its weighty subject matter.
Zwick makes a few changes to the formula. The ensemble is whittled from eight to a slightly more manageable seven, though it's still cobbled from a hodgepodge of types, including a »
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