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Disney on Friday announced that it has paid Paramount for the rights to market and release future films in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Paramount will continue to generate revenue through the distribution of the first four pics in the series. Studio will also earn a fee from the release of new Indy titles, the way it collected considerable coin from “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” even through Disney released those movies.
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When the studio bought Lucasfilm last year for $4 billion, Disney chief Bob Iger said that while Indiana Jones was part of the acquisition, there were still “some encumbrances” in how it could make money from the adventurer. »
- Marc Graser
Darth Vader has officially crossed over to the dark side: the sinister Sith lord helped usher the Star Wars franchise onto Instagram yesterday with a menacing, spine-shivering and slightly adorable selfie along with the message, "Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom."
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Following the record-breaking opening of the female-led (although not female-directed) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film both onscreen and behind-the-scenes-- and create an infographic based on their findings. Aside from a handful of notable standouts in the field (Lena Dunham, Kathleen Kennedy, Ava Duvernay and Diablo Cody), the news from the Nyfa isn't good (although, one recent encouraging sign: women directors outnumbered the men among the Independent Spirit Awards' Best First Feature and Best Documentary nominees. Women writers were also well represented in the Best Screenplay and Best First Screenplay -- although no woman was nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, or Best International Film). According to the New York Film Academy blog: After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. »
J.J. Abrams has mastered the art of talking without really saying anything at all. Of course, he’s had lots of practice working on the mystery-laden Lost and two Star Trek films, but those feel like cake walks compared to the amount of information he has to keep under wraps on the hugely anticipated new Star Wars film. Abrams has not really talked at length about Episode VII, and when he does discuss the film he does so very, very carefully. Such is the case with today’s interview, in which Abrams “talks” about the new release date for Episode VII and his initial reluctance to shoot the film in London. Hit the jump to read on. At the same time that Disney announced it was purchasing Lucasfilm and planning a new trilogy of Star Wars films, the studio revealed that the first movie would be in theaters by 2015. Despite »
- Adam Chitwood
In Neill Blomkamp's most recent film, Elysium (2013), Matt Damon played Max De Costa. An ex-felon (car thief) out on parole working a blue collar job. With his tattoos and shaved head, he makes an imposing figure. He comes across as a man who has been through the ringer, but it genuinely trying to get his life somewhat on track. That doesn't keep him from getting sassy with his robotic parole officer, which adds time to his parole. When Max is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation his understandably selfish need to survive kicks in. Apparently, J.J. Abrams liked Max's style, and wants to incorporate elements of them for one of his Star Wars characters. "Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are casting the net far and wide, meeting actors in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. The duo is looking in particular for a tough-cookie »
This story first appeared in the Dec 6. issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. No. 1: Star Wars: Episode VII Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are casting the net far and wide, meeting actors in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. The duo is looking in particular for a tough-cookie girl in the 17- to 18-year-old range and a charismatic, funny guy from 19 to 23. "We don't want to leave any stone unturned," U.K. casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC. With the movie now being rewritten by Abrams
- Borys Kit
It seems that "Warrior" and "Pride & Glory" director Gavin O'Connor is being a bit of a directorial hero these days. Earlier this year, he stepped into the fray of "Jane Got A Gun" after Lynne Ramsay's abrupt departure, and got the thing made. And now he's taking the helm of a long developing remake that recently lost Ben Affleck as its director. O'Connor has climbed aboard the remake/redo of the thriller "Tell No One." Based on the book by best-selling author Harlan Coben, and brought already to the big screen in Guillaume Canet's very well received 2008 adaptation, the story revolves around a doctor who, after is wife vanishes, is at first suspected of having murdered her, but then begins to receive clues that she may in fact still be alive. It's crackling stuff, and with a script by "Argo" writer Chris Terrio, we have no doubt the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We reported the tweet from Bad Robot Productions with J.J. Abrams and R2-D2 in a workshop, and now we know for sure that R2-D2 will be reprising his role in Star Wars: Episode VII. I just love that the the return of the iconic robot is done in a way that completely honors all fans of the franchise. So many people have been inspired to make art by what they are inspired by. For Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples it has completely paid off. Check out the details below.
The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, »
- Jess Orso
J.J. Abrams is the creative mastermind behind Super 8, Star Trek and some of the biggest action epics of the past half decade. But having just received the International Emmy Founders Award, the superstar director told Variety that his television background continues to influence his work on the big screen.
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"One thing I’ve tried to do with the movies I make is to take a TV production approach to a sequence or a scene," Abrams said. "Rather than say, »
It’s official, although there was probably never any doubt: R2-D2 is back for "Star Wars: Episode VII". The news was announced on StarWars.com, along with some explanation for the photo of J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy posing with Artoo circulated last week. Also pictured are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, members of the R2-D2 Builders Club who “create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo.” Towersey and Steeples are part of the creature effects team for "Episode VII". “It’s a dream come true,” Steeples says, “and I hope I can live up to the expectations of »
- Josh Wigler
A long time ago (July) in a galaxy centered in Los Angeles a very naughty robot tweeted a photo of some stacked scripts, all printed with dark ink on red paper so they cannot be easily photocopied.
Hot off the presses. Can you guess what’s behind the cover?
Hot off the presses. Can you guess what’s behind the cover? #FoundAtBR#MysteryScriptpic.twitter.com/VFvoxedpqC
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 17, 2013
This is a trick that prevents from mass copying, but not mass photography – but Hey! Hollywood is still figuring out digital distribution and theoretically everyone who gets one of these scripts is trustworthy enough not to photograph it…
Luckily, Instagram wasn’t made for this, so the slight blur happens to stop all investigation into reading it. »
It’s no secret that director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are currently deep into the casting process on Star Wars: Episode VII. Saoirse Ronan herself admitted that nearly every actor her age was auditioning for the film, and even 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor hinted that he’s up for a role. Now it appears that we have another actor to add to the “potential Star Wars star” pile, as Jason Flemyng (Snatch) has not-so-subtly revealed that he may be reading for a part. Flemyng’s connection to Episode VII actually goes all the way back to when Matthew Vaughn was in the mix for the director’s chair, as he sorta kinda confirmed that Vaughn might be taking the helm in a video interview. Now Flemyng has posted an image on Instagram that he claims is the “script” for Star Wars: Episode VII. Hit the jump for more. »
- Adam Chitwood
By now you’ve all probably seen the picture that was tweeted last week, showing a group of people that include director J.J. Abrams and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy gathered around an R2-D2 model for the next Star Wars film. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the droid in that shot was actually made by a couple of fans, and those same fans will be responsible for constructing the unit that will be used in the film itself. Also of note, from a report in the Star Wars Blog, is that it seems the production won’t be relying on CG as much as some fans may fear.
In a bit of “Fanboy Nation Dream Fulfillment,”Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples were hand-picked by Kennedy to participate in the film after the LucasFilm honcho saw their work at a Celebration Europe convention last summer in Germany. She »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It was always safe to assume that R2-D2 would be in Star Wars: Episode VII, especially after J.J. Abrams released a photo of himself with the droid. Lucasfilm has now officially confirmed that the lovable droid will be included in the upcoming films.
They also reveal the identities of the two other guys standing with Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy in the photo. They are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club and have been hired to work on the film. Here's the full press release with all of the details from StarWars.com,
The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob »
- Joey Paur
Being that R2-D2 is one of the few characters to have been featured (prominently too) in all six of the current Star Wars films, it makes perfect sense that he's the first character officially announced to be returning with Star Wars: Episode VII. What's surprising however, is that this time around, he'll be a creation by the fans who scored a job with the creature department. Come inside for the full announcement.
Late last week, a behind the scenes photo was tweeted out for Episode VII, and yesterday the official Star Wars website confirmed that this meant our favorite little domed droid would be returning for the new film. Yet they expounded upon that by revealing who the people were standing in the background.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Droid character to be constructed by builders spotted by film-makers at fan convention
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Series veteran R2D2 has become the first character to be officially confirmed for the new Star Wars film.
Disney confirmed yesterday that the diminutive droid, who appeared in the very first scenes of 1977's Star Wars and has been seen in five subsequent live action movies, would be returning for Jj Abrams' film. R2D2 had earlier been seen in a production still for the movie from the writer-director's production company Bad Robot.
The studio also revealed that it had hired specialist British Star Wars fan droid builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples to work on Episode VII. The pair, who can be seen with R2D2, Abrams and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the still, were »
- Ben Child
News Simon Brew 20 Nov 2013 - 06:49
This one's a nice story. Last week, Jj Abrams - through the Bad Robot Twitter account, released a behind the scenes picture from the Star Wars workshop, which seemed to confirm that R2-D2 would be a returning character for Star Wars: Episode VII.
Today, Lucasfilm has confirmed that the loveable droid will indeed be part of the next movie. But more than that, it's taken on the services of the fan-driven R2-D2 Builders Club to put him together. This is a group that puts together film-accurate droids, and they've been formally recruited to be part of the creature effects team for the new Star Wars film.
Says Berkshire-based Oliver Steeples, one of the members of the club, "it all started when Kathleen Kennedy »
Last week, the first behind the scenes from Star Wars: Episode VII was released into the wild, showing director Jj Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy standing proudly beside R2D2. The picture is below, and it's pretty cool, is it not? But who are the two unidentified people standing behind everybody's favourite astromech droid? Well, they are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, two massive Star Wars fans, and members of the R2-D2 Builders Club, a group of people from all over the world who work together to build real life versions of the Star Wars robots, R2-D2 in particular. But they are a long way from building droids in their garden sheds (I do not know for certain that they built any droids in their garden sheds), now that they are working full time on Star Wars: Episode VII in the Pinewood Studio's workshop. The full story of how they got the job, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Cast your mind back to last week, when the first image from behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII hit via the Bad Robot Twitter feed. That picture, above, featured writer / director / producer J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, noted Astromech droid R2-D2 and two gentlemen who were not immediately identifiable. Now, thanks to the official Star Wars site, we’ve learned that Artoo will definitely be back in the new film and how he has those two men – Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples – to thank for it.Towersey and Steeples are members of the R2-D2 Builders Club, a worldwide organisation of people who love to… well, that should be obvious. A chance meeting with Kennedy at this year’s Celebration Europe event in Germany led to a job working as part of the Creature Effects team for Episode VII.They’ll be responsible for building and »
Today’s “casting announcement” for Star Wars: Episode VII shouldn’t come as any shock to those who’ve keeping track of every single bread crumb that director J.J. Abrams – along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy – has dropped for fans to snack on, in lieu of a proper meal (read: human casting news).
Nevertheless, Disney/Lucasfilm has deemed the news that plucky astromech droid R2-D2 will appear in Episode VII to be worthy of an official confirmation announcement, what with the robotic character – alongside his golden counterpart C-3Po (Anthony Daniels) - being one of the rare citizens of a galaxy far, far away to have shown up in all six of the previous live-action ...
- Sandy Schaefer
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