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After helming two Star Trek films for Paramount, J.J. Abrams surprised many people when he signed on to direct Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII earlier this year. The acclaimed director stated that, despite his reluctance, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy convinced him to take on the job even though he was attached to Star Trek. However, there may have been more to the switch. An in-depth article by The Wrap reveals that differences amongst Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot led to merchandising being limited; Abrams had plans to create "a multi-platform experience that spanned television, digital entertainment and comic books." After splitting from Viacom in 2006, CBS owns the rights to the original Star Trek television series as well as producing any future shows, while Paramount owns the film rights. A source tells The Wrap, "J.J. just threw up his hands. The message was, 'Why set up all this when we'll »
Episode VII and Spinoff Movie News Summary As announced late last week, Star Wars: Episode VII will be filming in the UK. StarWars.com posted a press release: Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios. "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. "Speaking from my own »
No Star Wars celebration would be complete without an appearance from the boss. Not Vader - although him too - but Kathleen Kennedy, head honcho of the newly revitalised franchise and president of Lucasfilm. Sure enough, Disney have confirmed that she will be in attendance when Star Wars Celebration Europe kicks off in Germany in July. The shindig, which kicks off in Essen on July 26 and takes in three days of Jedi knights, wampas and Sy Snootles, will see Kennedy joined on the main stage by Warwick Davis to talk about her career to date and her plans for Star Wars. Don't expect big plot points and spoilers from Episode VII; do expect fascinating insights into the inner workings of the new-look Lucasfilm and tales from a career that's run from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from Lincoln.“When I joined Lucasfilm, I immediately saw the true passion shared by Star Wars fans around the world, »
Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.
The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.
Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”
- Dave McNary
Recently, Kathleen Kennedy announced that J.J. Abrams. wildly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII would film the bulk of its sequel in noted UK studios including Shepperton, Elstree and Pinewood. The producer mentioned that previously Star Wars films shot scenes at these facilities, and it was their desire to tap into the series. rich history as they embark on a new challenge and tell original stories. Maybe they also could swing by Tunisia, where locations and props from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope still stand to this day? As part of her books Every World.s a Stage and No More Stars, photographer Ra di Martino captured (via Laughing Squid) enlightening images of futuristic Star Wars props in Tunisian locations, meaning fans can trek to the North African country and touch a piece of Hollywood history. Here are three of our fave shots. You can find more on »
Turns out a galaxy far, far away is just across the pond: “Star Wars: Episode VII” will be filmed in the U.K. Lucasfilm announced this week that the newest installment of the classic sci-fi series would shoot in Britain, bringing the franchise back to its roots. Filming on all six of the previous “Star Wars” films took place in the U.K., starting with the very first installment, 1977's “Episode IV: A New Hope.” “We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars' as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Lucasfilm representatives met with U.K. officials earlier this year to hammer out an agreement to move production there, which included talks with Chancellor George Osborne. »
- Katie Roberts
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Our first look at Paul Giamatti as the Rhino (aka Aleksei Sytsevich) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reveals someone who looks very angry about… something. The photo comes courtesy of Twitter-friendly director Marc Webb. We can't wait to see the character in full Rhino makeup and costume, but for now, this is a potent peek ahead at the movie, which is charging toward its release on May 2, 2014. [Twitter via Slashfilm] Star Wars: Episode VII: The Star Wars prequel trilogy was shot mainly in Australia, but the original trilogy was mainly made in the United Kingdom, and Star Wars: Episode VII is returning to its roots. Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy noted: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star...
- Peter Martin
By Ryan Rigley
Last week, "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams had a few words to say on the status of the upcoming "Star Wars" films. "There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing," explains Abrams in a recent interview with MTV News. "You can't look at it in a binary way. It's obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that's something you have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy."
Clearly, the proposed Yoda, Boba Fett, and Young Han Solo spinoff films all rely quite heavily on the success of "Star Wars VII." But with a release slated for summer 2015, it seems as if the answers to our questions are still pretty far off. Chief among those questions being which characters will be making an appearance in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Not C-3P0 or R2-D2. I'm »
- MTV Movies Team
Will Boba Fett have a British accent? Will a tea trolley be brought into the Cantina every afternoon at 4 p.m.? Will the elevators on board the Death Star now be called lifts? Ok, probably not-- but they could! The Wrap has confirmed that Star Wars Episode VII-- and possibly the sequels and spinoffs to come after that-- will shoot in the United Kingdom, where Industrial Light and Magic has already set up extensive facilities for building their singular visual effects. When Ilm began eyeing that move we speculated that the film might shoot there as well, and now it's official that the full Star Wars Episode VII production will be flying under the British flag. Here's what newly appointed Lucasfilm President-- and longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator-- Kathleen Kennedy said in the announcement: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our »
With a 2015 release date pencilled into the calendar, all eyes are soon going to be turning to Star Wars Episode VII’s production. The film instantly became one of the most talked-about projects when it was announced that Disney were buying Lucasfilm last year, and launching a long-discussed new trilogy.
After a search, filled with rumours from the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams officially took the job to direct the upcoming blockbuster back in January. And now Lucasfilm are announcing that Abrams and co. will be heading to our shores to shoot Star Wars Episode VII, following in the footsteps of the past six films.
All of its predecessors have been at least partly filmed here in the UK, shooting in the likes of Pinewood, Leavesden, Elstree, Shepperton, and Ealing Studios. And now Episode VII will be the latest in the franchise to do the same. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb:
Most UK film sites have released articles this week discussing Lucasfilm's decision to film Star Wars: Episode VII in the UK. Russ Fischer over at /Film decided to focus on a different part of the story...
"The news that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK isn’t a big deal, as the series has always had a production home in Britain. But in announcing plans to film the new Episode at one of the UK’s major studios (which one is not specified), LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has issued a statement that some fans might find promising. Specifically, she says that the origins of Star Wars have been a big inspiration on the new film."
Read the full article here.
Fischer assumes that this “origin” focus can only be good news for Star Wars fans as it means that »
- Flickering Myth
It turns out that J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are sticking with tradition for the next Star Wars film. They've announced that they are going to be filming Episode VII in the UK. There is no word on how much of the movie will be done overseas, but here is what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to say about the situation via starwars.com:
We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back.
I feel that if you have had a great deal of »
- Joey Paur
It isn't the most surprising news, but after the latter two prequels shot largely in Australia, Star Wars: Episode VII under J.J. Abrams’ direction will be coming back to the franchise’s ancestral home: the UK.There are no details as to where specifically Abrams and his cast and crew will be working, but expect Shepperton, Leavesden and Pinewood to be under consideration, alongside, perhaps, Long Cross, Elstree (a base for the first two films) and Ealing."We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in statement picked up by The Wrap. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders Of The Lost Ark, »
Following a BBC report that Lucasfilm executives met with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to discuss producing Star Wars: Episode VII film across the pond, HD Room confirms that that's what's happening. Portions of the previous six films were shot in Britain, and new Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy told the AP that she's pleased to be sticking to the routine by "revisiting the origins of Star Wars." Though Michael Arndt is already hard at work on the screenplay and director J.J. Abrams is focusing nearly all of his attention on the movie now that Star Trek: Into Darkness has wrapped, the message boards will still have to wait until 2015 to see the next installment, which means that there's more than enough time for rampant speculation and anticipation for the "big whoop-de-do" casting announcement. »
- Delia Paunescu
Don't read too much into this, but there's a great quote from producer Kathleen Kennedy about their UK shooting plans that's worth a quick glance. The official Star Wars website posted a press release confirming that production on Star Wars: Episode VII, likely to begin early 2014, would take place in the United Kingdom. There's no new information or details revealed, but Kennedy does briefly mention the "origins of Star Wars" most likely as a reference to the original trilogy being shot at various UK studios like Elstree and Shepperton. We're still anxious for some actual details, but at least production plans are coming together. Here's the full press release statement from StarWars.com (via SlashFilm) featuring a few new quotes from Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, who is heading the development of the new Star Wars saga and spin-offs. Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. »
- Alex Billington
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I was not on board with the whole Star Wars: Episode VII thing when it was first announced. The special editions and prequels left such a bad taste in my mouth that I really just wanted everything about it to go away except for the original trilogy. However, as announcements flood in concerning the direction of the franchise, I have to admit that I’m beginning to warm to the whole idea.
Case in point: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently issued a statement about Star Wars Episode VII, claiming it will owe a great debt to the origins of Star Wars. The blogosphere has been taking that to mean that Star Wars: Episode VII will be more like A New Hope etc., and less like Episode I: The Phantom Script or Episode III: Revenge Of The Ego.
What’s more, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Lucasfilm has announced that the next "Star Wars" movie, like the previous six, will be filmed in the U.K. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added a brief story hint in the following official statement:
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that.
Source: Lucasfilm »
- Garth Franklin
Do you enjoy seeing behind-the-scenes photos of sci-fi actors drinking tea and eating HobNobs cookies? Then get ready to smile. According to the BBC, Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot in the United Kingdom, a regular production home for the franchise. ”We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement “and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”
The announcement was welcomed »
- Clark Collis
London -- The next "Star Wars" movie will be shot in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood – Britain.
She said Friday that the production company was "revisiting the origins of `Star Wars'" for the new movie. Parts of all six previous movies were made in Britain.
Osborne said the announcement was "great news for fans and our creative industries."
The producers of the highly anticipated next instalment of Star Wars have confirmed it will be made in Britain.
The seventh episode of the science fantasy saga is due to start production next year and will be screened in 2015. It will be directed by Jj Abrams, who has overseen the reboot of the rival Star Trek franchise.
Kennedy said she was "delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain".
Lucasfilm representatives met with Osborne earlier this year to work on a deal to make the film in this country.
All of the six previous Star Wars movies have included UK production.
Osborne revealed the decision »
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