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With the impending arrival "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the months ahead will feature lots of reminiscences about the first time various show business big shots encountered the franchise or what the characters and films meant to so many childhoods. But no one will have J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves beat when it comes a tale of happenstance that changed their lives, starting them on the path that would lead their career's as filmmakers and see one of them get a chance to direct a bona fide 'Star Wars' movie. Chatting with Vanity Fair, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared the great story about how Abrams and Reeves first crossed her path decades ago, and met Steven Spielberg, thanks to a dusty box found in a basement in Arizona. Read on.... It was funny. I was working with Steven, and I got a phone call one day. And this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Wars Bits is back with a good hodgepodge of the past, present and future. Below, read about the following: The Star Wars Episode VIII script makes the cover of Wired, along with George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. See a new photo of Oscar Isaac dressed as Poe Dameron. Hasbro officially announced […]
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- Germain Lussier
Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time. If, however, you're the "tl;dr" type, I couldn't help but jot down a few takeaways as I read. Here are seven. But seriously, take some time to read through it if you can. It's a tight but detailed look back, full of the kind of stories — from "Star Wars" to "Transformers" — that make "movie magic" a thing. George Lucas wants Marvel to make another "Howard the Duck" movie I've actually always loved Willard Huyck »
- Kristopher Tapley
Almost two weeks ago, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley participated in a Star Wars press conference held in Japan. Inevitably, someone asked Ridley what was up with that bo staff her character Rey is holding in both the promotional images and the trailers. While neither woman would confirm if the staff is an electrostaff, they were surprisingly forthright about how the weapon plays into Rey’s character. Image Credit: Lucasfilm As Google Translate was having a difficult time translating the interview, all this information has been generously cobbled together by StarWars7News, using multiple translation softwares and a bit of paraphrasing. During the interview, Kennedy bragged on Ridley, “She learned the b?jutsu fighting style. Rey uses the staff she has in the trailer to fight. Daisy’s gotten to be so good at b?jutsu that even grown men on the set fear it. »
- Donna Dickens
A few weeks on from the Star Wars Celebration convention, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actress Daisy Ridley conducted a press conference in Japan which was televised - but with Japanese dubbing.
Today, Star Wars 7 News was able to get translations of what was said at those conferences where two brief bits of information about the franchise were revealed.
First up, Ridley's character Rey will be using the bojutsu fighting style (a type of bo-staff fighting) which Ridley has been training for with the help of the sword fight choreographer from HBO's "Game of Thrones".
The more important quote came later on though when Kennedy was asked about bringing some of the original trilogy characters and races back - specifically the bounty hunter Boba Fett and the furry Ewoks. She responded:
"Don't worry: Boba Fett is a high priority among our list, please wait. But »
- Garth Franklin
Several weeks back, very soon after Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley did a press conference in Japan. We mentioned it on the site, but didn’t elaborate further simply because the videos were in Japanese. Now that someone has translated everything said by the two ladies, we know there were a […]
- Germain Lussier
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
Director Gareth Edwards has found another rebel fighter to battle the Empire in “Star Wars: Rogue One.” Sources tell Variety that Diego Luna has landed a lead role alongside Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, with Ben Mendelsohn set to star as the film’s primary villain.
Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on the casting.
At a panel with Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the recent Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Edwards revealed that the plot of “Rogue One” revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters, with Jones starring as one of the rebel soldiers. Sources say Ahmed and Luna also play rebel fighters.
The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer chronologically to “A New Hope.” It’s set to bow December 16, 2016.
The cast is expected to be a large ensembler similar »
- Justin Kroll
According to an interview with Collider (via THR) once Brad Bird's latest film, Tomorrowland, launches on May 22nd the director will turn his attention on the sequel to his hit animated film The Incredibles. "I had a lot of ideas for the original Incredibles that I didn't get a chance to use, that I like," Bird said. "I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit, and there wasn't enough time in Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie."Apparently Bird has also spoken to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about possibly picking up one of the Star Wars films. "I was particularly attracted to the idea of picking up [a film in the franchise],...
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Brad Bird made his name as an animated film director, beginning with a couple of episodes of "The Simpsons" before heading to feature films with The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Then he moved to live action, finding success with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and this month will see the release of Tomorrowland, but it seems to be time for him to move back to animation, if only for a moment. At the beginning of April, Bird confirmed he was scripting The Incredibles 2 but now he's confirmed with Collider the animated, Pixar sequel will be his next film, though that doesn't necessarily mean we have a timeline to production and its subsequent release. Pixar has staked out a Nov. 22, 2017 release date for an untitled project, but even that seems optimistic given Bird is dealing with what he calls "a bunch of pages", not a completed script. Here's »
- Brad Brevet
Filmmaker Brad Bird returns to cinemas this month with the upcoming Disney family adventure feature "Tomorrowland". Having begun doing press for the film, the "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" director was asked by Collider about his immediate next project. Bird confirms it's the sequel to the 2004 Pixar feature "The Incredibles" which he helmed:
"Yeah it feels like it to me, yeah... I have pages, a bunch of pages. I had a lot of ideas for the original The Incredibles that I didn't get a chance to use, that I like. I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit and there wasn't enough time in The Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie. I'm just focusing on getting Tomorrowland out into the world and playing with The Incredibles sandbox again."
As he's a Disney alum, »
- Garth Franklin
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens directorial gig was easily the hottest job in town a few years back, with practically every filmmaker vying for a chance to make the next Star Wars movie. Before J.J. Abrams ultimately landed the role, Brad Bird was one of the early contenders. He even considered going into production on Tomorrowland while simultaneously prepping for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but ultimately decided against it. However, Brad Bird recently teased that he may still be interested in making a Star Wars movie.
Rian Johnson is attached to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, with J.J. Abrams possibly coming back for the trilogy finale, Star Wars: Episode IX. Gareth Edwards is directing the first spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, but Josh Trank recently pulled out of directing the second spinoff. Brad Bird hinted he has been talking with Kathleen Kennedy about »
After distancing himself from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon may be heading to a galaxy far, far away if Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and others at Disney have their way. That’s the gist of a new rumor report from Latino Review, which boils its circumspect, rambling story down into this: “Joss Whedon’s circling Star Wars. They are courting him. He is very tired, but – hey! – it’s Star Wars.”
The site’s writer says that when he dug into rumors that Whedon might be wanted for a Star Wars movie, “No One wanted to comment beyond saying that something was happening.” He goes on to say that the Lucasfilm Story Group, Kennedy and Disney have watched him handle the McU with admiration, and they think he’s more than equipped to handle expanding the Star Wars universe for them.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Shortly after Disney bought LucasFilm in October 2012, it was revealed that LucasFilm founder George Lucas had written treatments for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the studio decided to toss them out and develop their own story instead of using George Lucas' ideas. Until now, it was never known why. The print issue of Vanity Fair reveals that George Lucas' story largely centered on teenagers, which Disney was wary of due to the negative critiques of the prequel trilogy. Here's what producer Kathleen Kennedy had to say in a brief statement.
"We've made some departures...exactly the way you would in any development process."
While there is still much we don't know about the actual story in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's clear that the story centers on a younger group of heroes. Although they are in their 20s and 30s, and not youngsters like Jake Lloyd, »
George Lucas revealed earlier this year that following his selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, the studio decided not to use the treatments he'd outlined for the next trilogy of Star Wars films. "The treatments that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those," he told Cinema Blend. "So they made up their own. So it's not the one that I originally wrote for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has said as much over two years ago when quoted by Bloomberg saying, "We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are." In the same piece Lucas was fine with this situation saying, "Ultimately you have to say, »
- Brad Brevet
While moviegoers anxiously await the return of Harrison Ford to the “Star Wars” franchise, the 72-year-old actor could also be returning to another former iconic role. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that an “Indiana Jones” sequel is on the horizon and that another movie “will one day be made inside this company,” she told Vanity Fair. “When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it,” Kennedy went on to say. Also Read: Harrison Ford in 'Fair to Moderate' Condition After Plane Crash (Updated) There »
- Debbie Emery
Star Wars isn't the only dormant George Lucas cinematic franchise that's being revived thanks to the producer's deal with Disney. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the company has begun "talking about" making a new Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford's fedora-wearing treasure hunter last appeared in the franchise's 2008 fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, with the next installment still years away, it's unclear whether or not the 72-year-old Ford will return to crack his trademark whip.
"When it will happen, I'm not quite sure, »
A New Indiana Jones Film Will be Made. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, while speaking about the properties that Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures acquired when they purchased Lucasfilm, briefly spoke about the Indiana Jones film franchise when the subject was broached. During this segment of the interview, Ms. Kennedy confirmed that a new [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the studio not only got the rights to the "Star Wars" franchise, but also the "Indiana Jones" franchise. A seventh "Star Wars" film was immediately greenlit and rumors of a fifth "Indiana Jones" installment started spreading online. But while Disney has already confirmed five new "Star Wars" movies, we have yet to hear anything official about "Indiana Jones." There have been rumblings that Chris Pratt is in talks to replace Harrison Ford, but nothing has yet to materialize. Now, in a new interview with Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that "['Indiana Jones 5'] will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I'm not quite sure. We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it." »
Indiana Jones is making a comeback — but not for a long, long time! Producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the news that Disney still has every intention to bring the adventure thriller back to the big screen during an interview with Vanity Fair. "[It] will one day be made inside this company," she said on Tuesday, May 5. "When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it." Kennedy's statement may only be a glimmer of hope [...] »
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