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Move over, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Take a backseat, Kathleen Kennedy and Tom Rothman. Kirsten Dunst knows what.s wrong with the movie business, and she.s not afraid to tell all of us how, where and why things have gone horribly wrong. Dunst was speaking with The Guardian recently on behalf of the upcoming television work on Fargo, and used the time to discuss what.s wrong with the film industry. Analyzing the business from a big-picture point of view, Dunst explains to the outlet: There are just too many movies being made, I think. So many of them get lost. Too many cooks in the kitchen . the studio.s editing it, the producers are editing it, the director.s editing, too. But everyone has their hand in it, so whose movie is it at the end of the day? This helps explain why Kirsten Dunst has followed »
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the movie’s themes and how the Skywalker family play into everything. It had been rumoured that this new trilogy would focus on the offspring of Luke and Leia (not together you weirdos!), but we still don’t know the full story despite being less than 3 months away from the release of the movie. But we do know that the lineage will play a role. “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” Kennedy said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story… »
- Luke Owen
Admiral Ackbar, who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, has become one of the more popular side characters over the years despite only one movie appearance to date. He helped win the raid on the second Death Star. And he's notorious for saying 'It's a trap!' A line of dialogue that has been uttered by others in the franchise, but never with such gusto. It's no secret that director J.J. Abrams is bringing the character back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what many may not know yet is that the same actor will be reprising this high ranking Mon Calamari rebel. And certain aspects of the production just don't sit right with the longtime puppeteer.
At this time, there are still very few plot details that we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And an official synopsis has yet to be released. »
Last month, just a few weeks before production started in Ireland on Star Wars: Episode VIII, a report surfaced that claimed actresses Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) are all on the short list for the female lead role, although that was never confirmed. Today we have a new report from Latino-Review, which claims there are not one, but two female lead roles, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw also listed as a contender. The three previously mentioned actresses are all still in contention for both roles, along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Unfortunately, no details were given for these roles, but a report from August claimed that writer-director Rian Johnson is seeking a "strong" female lead, who is rumored to be related to either Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) or Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Those details have yet to be confirmed, and »
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy seemed to suggest that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature a new Skywalker character – and that future saga films could feature more members of the family. Is ‘Star Wars’ Getting More Skywalkers? In the ever-growing Star Wars franchise, movies are categorized as either “saga” films or the spinoff “anthology” films, Kennedy […]
- Chelsea Regan
Warning. Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow…
Just yesterday, we brought you some comments from Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy who confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will explore the next generation of the Skywalker family. This supports the rumours and speculation that either Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or both could be the offspring of Leia and Han Solo, but if a new character spotlight from AllPosters is accurate, we may be a little wide of the mark…
See Also: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo images courtesy of Topps
Now, this isn’t an official piece from Disney and Lucasfilm, but rather an email promoting AllPosters’ Star Wars shop, so it’s entirely possible that the company is just jumping to conclusions. Still, we have seen Finn wielding Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber (or should that be lightsabor? »
- Gary Collinson
Back at the start of September we saw some promo artwork for Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of the Topps Card Trader app [see here], and now we’ve got eight new cards, which offer up promotional stills of Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma, R2-D2, C-3Po, Bb-8, and a First Order Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper. Check them out here and click on any of the cards for larger versions…
See Also: Follow all of our Star Wars coverage here
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
As the Star Wars saga barrels forward with new settings, new gadgets, new vehicles, and new characters, one thing remains the same. At heart, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, it’ll still be a story about the Skywalker family. And that likely includes at least one new The Force Awakens character. Read Kennedy’s quote about plans for […]
The post New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Will Continue the Skywalker Family Saga appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
As of right now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still very much a movie shrouded in secrecy. Disney and Lucasfilm have kept a lot of character names and plot details under wraps, with the surnames of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) among the biggest mysteries. Is one of them a Skywalker? Is Kylo Ren? Whatever the answer, the focus of this new trilogy will most definitely remain on the Skywalker clan.
“The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six film. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return Of The Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and »
- Josh Wilding
We’re getting quite excited now. A new Star Wars movie will arrive in cinemas in just over two months time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will kick off a new trilogy in the saga, and we’re also promised three spin-off films, the first of which will arrive in just over a year’s time with Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars story.
Speaking with Costco Connection, Kennedy, who is president of Lucasfilm, had this to say.
“The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” she said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, »
- Paul Heath
As many of us expected, the new Star Wars trilogy (which kicks off on December 17th with Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will indeed continue to focus on the Skywalker clan as the original – Luke – and prequel – Anakin – trilogies did. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the plan in a recent interview
- Josh Wilding
While conducting what looked to be a fairly routine interview with Costco Connection, executive producer and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy seemed to confirm something fans have heavily speculated about. While distinguishing between the episodic 'Saga' movies and the upcoming 'Anthology' films, she stated, "The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films…The Force Awakens follows Return Of The Jedi and continues that generational story.” It's easy enough to read between the lines here and come to the conclusion that she's in fact claiming that the next generation of Skywalkers will feature in The Force Awakens. Many fans had already come to this conclusion as soon as the movie was announced, but it's the first official word we've heard about it. I know there are some spoilery details out there to be found about which character is secretly a Skywalker, »
With three months left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, we've seen two trailers, with a new trailer coming sometime this fall. Disney and LucasFilm are finally starting to shed new light on the story, but there is still so much we don't know, especially since the studios haven't released an official synopsis yet. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke with Costco Connection, the official newsletter for Costco, where she dropped some interesting details, confirming that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, will all focus on Luke Skywalker's family.
"The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and »
It seems fairly obvious, but Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the bridge that connects all of the “Star Wars” saga films, and it has some interesting implications for director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” Kennedy said on Costo Connection (via Coming Soon). “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.” The Lucasfilm plan is to release a “Star Wars” saga film every two years with a “Star Wars” story (formerly anthology) film between saga entries. Now, again, it seems self-evident to say that it is the Skywalker family that is at the center of the saga films, »
- Roth Cornet
Back when Disney first purchased Lucasfilm, not only did the Mouse House announce more entries in the Star Wars saga, they also announced additional standalone films. What exactly that meant, however, was not entirely clear. How will these Anthology or Story movies differ from the films we knew? The difference, it seems, has to do with the film’s relative level of Skywalker. Speaking with the Costco Newsletter, The Costco Connection (because everybody else is covering Star Wars, so why the hell not Costco?) The Keeper of the Force (which is a title I just gave her), Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, explained that the Episode films, the traditional movies we are familiar with, are the story of the Skywalker family, while the others all deal with other parts of the galaxy far, far, away. She said: The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories »
When Disney first announced that it was producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens – then known simply as Star Wars: Episode VII – it was assumed by pretty much everybody that the new trilogy would feature the next generation of Skywalkers, focussing on either the children of Luke Skywalker or Leia Organa (and Han Solo).
Fast-forward a couple of years and with now less than three months to go until the film’s hotly-anticipated release, we still don’t know for sure whether that’s the case – especially as Disney and Lucasfilm are keeping things like characters’ second names very close to their chest.
However, speaking to The Costco Connection (via Comic Book), Kathleen Kennedy has now confirmed that The Force Awakens and its two sequels will introduce a new generation of the Skywalker line. »
- Gary Collinson
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that the key difference between the upcoming 'core' "Star Wars" films and the various 'A Star Wars Story' spin-offs is that the big 'Episodes' seal with one particular story thread.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
Speaking with the Costco Connection, Kennedy revealed that the core movies are considered the 'Saga' films by Lucasfilm, with the spin-offs being called 'Anthology' films. What's the main difference between the two?
"The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe."
Tying into that today, Yahoo Movies has revealed a new web comic from Korean artist Hong Jacga which was done in collaboration with Lucasfilm »
- Garth Franklin
With Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back drawing to a close yesterday, the event organiser has announced that over 100,000 people attended the landmark show, which spent an impressive eleven weeks in the UK box office top ten this summer.
A ten-acre site, formerly an abandoned factory in Southwark, was transformed into sets of the Death Star, Chalmun’s Cantina and Mos Eisley. Over 400 production staff and 70 actors worked together to bring Star Wars to life following a ten-week build. One hundred costumes were produced for the show in an in-house costume workshop. In total, 500 costumes were created during the course of the show with approximately 400 metres of fabric used. The Chewbacca costume was created with eight voice buttons on his hands in technology created specifically for the show. Also on display was a full-size recreation of the Rebel Alliance’s X-Wing fighter…
Founder and Creative Director of Secret Cinema, »
- Gary Collinson
This summer has seen Secret Cinema bring a galaxy far, far away to Southwark - and now they've unveiled their biggest asset.
Their production of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back has seen the audience of 100,000 (across its 100-day run) come face-to-face with a life-size X-wing.
With a crew of over 400 production staff and 70 actors, Secret Cinema transformed an abandoned factory into sets of the Death Star, Chalmun's Cantina and Mos Eisley for their biggest immersive cinema production to date.
It saw The Empire Strikes Back return to the UK box office top ten, where it has grossed over £6m across its run, and the show raised over £28,000 for its partner charity, The Refugee Council.
"Secret Cinema is a wonderful experience that integrates our much-loved franchise into modern day immersive theatre," noted Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm Ltd. "What the Secret Cinema team have done here is truly breathtaking. »
Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook. Facebook has announced the very exciting news that 360-degree videos will now be available in all News Feeds. And a lot of companies are already jumping on this innovative way to share a new interactive, fully immersive environment that will plunge you deeper into any world that you've ever dreamed of exploring. And it all starts with Star Wars as Disney and Lucasfilm pull you directly into one of the new planets in that Galaxy far, far away. You can pretend to be Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn or Rey as you race across the desolate sands of a world ravished by war!
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