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A few short years ago, it was a huge mystery as to who was to carry on the legacy of the "Star Wars" franchise. Rumors were all over the place as to who would further the world that George Lucas created back in 1977. Whoever took over the franchise would be facing immense pressure, and no matter how well they did, they'd be facing unprecedented scrutiny from fans and critics alike.
On January 25, 2013, it was revealed that J.J. Abrams would be taking on the then-unnamed "Star Wars Episode VII." The director had already shared his talents with such franchises as "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek," and seemed like the perfect fit to continue the epic space opera. Little did fans know that it was Abrams' involvement in the previously mentioned franchises that nearly prevented him from saying yes to "Star Wars."
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- Joseph Medina
Director says he hopes mothers will take their daughters to see The Force Awakens in the same way as fathers have traditionally seen previous instalments with their sons
Speaking on Us show Good Morning America, Abrams echoed previous suggestions by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the new episode’s main producer, that the latest Star Wars movie would place more emphasis on female characters.
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- Ben Child
In 16 days time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in UK cinemas, with Jj Abrams directing. It seems a long time now when speculation seemed to link every living director with the job of helming the new Star Wars movie. But as it turns out, Jj Abrams turned the job down before he eventually said yes.
Chatting to Howard Stern on his radio show, Abrams admitted that "I said no, I didn’t want to do a sequel. I’d done a Mission: Impossible movie, I’d done Star Trek. I didn’t want to do another sequel. I’m sick of movies with numbers"
In just 19 days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters, ending a 10-year absence of this beloved franchise from the big screen. This highly-anticipated adventure will also mark a changing of the guard, the first Star Wars movie that George Lucas isn't involved in whatsoever, with J.J. Abrams taking the helm. The Washington Post recently caught up with George Lucas, who reflected on his career, his "divorce" from the franchise, and the uproar that was caused when he altered Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in the 1997 Special Edition, so Greedo shot first, not Han Solo. Here's his definitive answer to why Han didn't shoot first.
"Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, 'Should he be a cold-blooded killer?' Because I was thinking mythologically - should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, 'Yeah, he should be John Wayne. »
Over the weekend actress Daisy Ridley revealed that Steven Spielberg has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times. This isn’t surprising as Spielberg is a mentor of Episode VII filmmaker J.J. Abrams and a longtime partner of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. I’m sure the legendary director was brought in by Abrams and Kennedy to give […]
- Peter Sciretta
The Pirelli Calendar has veered sharply from pinup models into the world of feminist politics. It’s 2016 edition features comedian Amy Schumer, tennis ace Serena Williams, ’70s rocker Patti Smith and 10 other “women of achievement.” They largely keep their clothes on. Also featured are Yoko Ono, Tavi Gevinson, Ava DuVernay, Natalia Vodianova, Agnes Gund, Kathleen Kennedy, Mellody Hobson, Shirin Neshat and Yao Chen. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
Amy Schumer has decided to end 2015 in fitting fashion. She's posed nude for Annie Leibovitz's eagerly awaited 2016 calendar. And she already knows what people are going to say about it. Hoping to take the sting off some of the impending comments that will infiltrate the Internet over the course of the next day, the comedian had this to say about her photo, which you can see courtesy of the comedian's Instagram page.
"Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you Annie Leibovitz!"
Amy Schumer had one of the best year's of her career these past 12 months. She garnered her first Emmy award for her skit comedy show Inside Amy Schumer. And she won over fans and critics alike with her first leading role in a major motion picture with Trainwreck. Now, she has decided to let it all hang out, literally, with an unretouched photo snapped by Annie Leibovitz. »
Lover of celebrity and good lighting Annie Leibovitz shot Pirelli's 2016 calendar, but instead of going the usual route of shooting a bunch of famous models, she chose to photograph a powerful, diverse group from a variety of backgrounds in arts, sports, entertainment, and philanthropy. The full list also features Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Fran Lebowitz, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, and Shirin Neshat. In a promo video for the shoot, Schumer said, "I felt I looked more beautiful than I've ever felt in my life, and I felt like it looked like me." You can see other photos from the shoot (Serena!) here. »
- E. Alex Jung
A new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived last night during the Fall finale of The Walking Dead Season 6. And while it runs a full one-minute in length, we get only one new brief shot of Finn going up against a Tie Fighter in the Millennium Falcon. Another 30 second spot arrived later on in the night, which has Kylo Ren on the attack, going after the new members of the Resistance. It doesn't contain any new footage at all, but puts existing footage together in a thrilling way that's fun to revisit.
Over the weekend, we got the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney Channel preview, which focused on Daisy Ridley's Rey. Now we get the third behind-the-scenes featurette, which offers new insight into Finn's adventure. John Boyega was on hand to talk about his character, and show a few select scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. »
Last week, The http://movieweb.com/star-wars-7-force-awakens-preview-general-hux/Disney Channel and Disney Xd released two Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes previews which offered a better look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Today, we get another behind-the-scenes preview from the Disney networks. This time, the main focus is on Daisy Ridley's Rey. We get to see her plight as a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku. But coolest of all is, we finally get a look at the alien played by Simon Pegg.
We don't get to learn the background of this Alien. And we don't really find out his place in the story. We don't even learn his name. But it appears he is on Jakku with Rey. And he seems to be an alley. This latest Star Wars 7 preview also offers up never-before-seen footage of both Rey and John Boyega's Finn. We get to »
Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.
We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very »
- Heather Wixson
If the soundtrack details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens released earlier today didn't give you that Star Wars fix you so desperately need, then you're in luck. Earlier today, IGN released three retro posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which don't feature any of the characters from this highly-anticipated adventure, but they will certainly seem familiar to any longtime fan of the franchise. These one-sheets are actually throwbacks to promotional posters for the one that started it all, 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
With just three weeks left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, new tidbits of information are revealed almost every day. We learned earlier this week that the MPAA has given this adventure a PG-13 rating for "sci-fi action and violence," which will help ensure that the widest audience possible will get to see the movie when it arrives December »
Those watching NFL football on Thursday, especially during the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game, caught the brand new, minute-long TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans on Facebook were the first to see the new spot on Thanksgiving morning.
J.J. Abrams has a special video message for you: for only $10, Star Wars fans have the chance of attending the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is the fourth campaign that J.J. has done in partnership with Omaze, and this time the proceeds are benefiting 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.
“With the film premiere just weeks away,” says Abrams in the brand new video. “I just want to take a minute to thank you, the Star Wars community, for supporting the mission of Star Wars: Force for Change.” There will be two lucky campaign winners who get to bring three friends »
- Michelle McCue
Disney/ Lucasfilm have released the 11th TV spot for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and its the best one we’ve see yet. The promo features more dialogue from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), and yet more footage from the film that is sure to be the biggest of the year, if not the decade.
The spot is obviously one for the North America market as it comes tagged with the December 18th release date (it hits the UK a day earlier) and runs at exactly a minute in length.
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow star in the sequel, with Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk producing. J.J. Abrams directs.
Watch the new promo below.
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- Paul Heath
You didn't think we'd go into the Thanksgiving holiday without at least one more story on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, did you? Thankfully, we do have one more Star Wars: The Force Awakens tidbit, which hints that we may be seeing more of the iconic Mark Hamill very soon. Earlier today, Omaze posted a new video with director J.J. Abrams, on behalf of their successful Force For Change campaign, which raised over $7 million for Unicef. The end of this video teases that Mark Hamill may appear in a new video arriving sometime next week.
If you've been following Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the past few years, you have noticed a distinct lack of Mark Hamill's beloved character Luke Skywalker in any of the footage and photos released thus far. J.J. Abrams himself has teased that he has been purposefully holding back this Jedi warrior from the fans, »
For a $10 charitable donation, “Star Wars” fans have the chance to attend the premiere of “The Force Awakens” in Los Angeles or London. In a video released Wednesday, director J.J. Abrams announced the campaign — the fourth fundraiser he’s done in partnership with Omaze — which gives any donor the chance to win a first look at the film.
“A year and a half ago, we launched production with a brand new charitable initiative called ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ that aims to inspire all of us to make a positive difference in the world,” Abrams says in the video. “And since then, with your help, we’ve raised nearly 7 million dollars to support Unicef’s lifesaving work for children around the world.”
Two grand prize winners, who can each bring three guests, will receive flights and a 4-star hotel stay for the red carpet premiere in either Los Angeles »
- Margaret Lenker
Earlier today, Empire Magazine revealed 6 new Star Wars: The Force Awakens collectible covers for their latest issue. They included Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Bb-8, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). The publication also promised that a 7th cover would be revealed for subscribers only. That cover has arrived, along with two new photos.
The special collector's cover features iconic droids C-3Po and R2D2. The first new photo shows Oscar Isaac as X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron as he is brought into the dentition center by a Stormtrooper on the Starkiller base. The second new photo features Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma as she surveys the scorched Jakku landscape. Not much new can be gleaned from these latest issues. Except that Dameron will become a prisoner of the First Order. But the »
With just 23 days remaining until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, you can surely expect to see more of the new and old heroes and villains from this highly-anticipated adventure in the coming weeks. Today, Empire Magazine has six new collectible covers for their latest issue, which feature Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Bb-8, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). The issue will be available for purchase starting November 26, and there will be another cover released soon for the subscriber's issue.
As expected, these covers do not feature our long-awaited official first look at Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker. Last week, Famous Monsters of Film magazine unveiled their latest cover, which does showcase an artistic depiction of a bearded Mark Hamill, but we don't know if this is official by any means. »
Disney announced today that in an unprecedented collaboration with Google, Star Wars fans will have an opportunity to share in immersive experiences-Awaken the Force Within and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality-in celebration of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Awaken the Force Within global program starts today and fans logging onto Google.com/StarWars can make a choice to be on the Dark Side or the Light Side for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Their favorite Google apps will transform to reflect the path they choose.
Special experiences have been developed for Android Wear Watches, Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now, Waze and YouTube with added features for fans to discover on their Inbox by Gmail, Google Translate and Google Search. Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the first-of-its-kind serialized Google »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is among the most talked about movies of all time, and it hasn’t even reached cinemas yet. We can attribute this, in no small part, to the shroud of mystery that J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm and Disney have hidden the project under since day one.
Thanks to this high level of spoiler protecting secrecy, Star Wars’ immense fan base has had to delve into guesswork. Online fan theories abound for The Force Awakens on a huge scale. It’s hard to recall another movie that inspired quite so many fan theories in the build up to its release.
Some of these theories make a lot of sense, and could well end up ringing true when the film finally comes out. On the other hand, though, some of the theories out there are really rather dumb. It’s possible to read too much into something, »
- Rob Leane
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