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Today Netflix unveils the final 13 unaired episodes of The Clone Wars animated series, along with all five previous seasons, marking the first Star Wars title to be released on the streaming service. Production on the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network series was shut down by Disney after the company took control of the Star Wars empire last year. The company then promptly ordered a promising new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, which is coming this fall to Disney Xd. »
- James Hibberd
Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, »
- Justin Kroll
Say the name “Hayao Miyazaki” and producer Frank Marshall melts into a puddle of fanboy excitement. Marshall is one of the minds behind many of America's most imaginative films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Sixth Sense, to name a few. Yet when conversation turns to the legendary Japanese animator and his illustrious Studio Ghibli, Marshall openly admires the no-limits creativity that Hollywood doesn't make much room for. One taste of Miyazaki turned Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, his wife and producing partner, rabid. “Back in the early 2000s [after Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away] when we were in Japan during a publicity trip, we called Studio Ghibli to see if we could meet Miyazaki-san,” he says with absolute glee. “They were very sweet and said, 'Yes, of course.' We talked. They have a great museum out there. We »
- Matt Patches
Adam Driver of “Girls” is apparently close to boarding J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" as the villain, reports Variety. Apparently the character will be in the vein of Darth Vader, but that's not confirmed. The film hits theaters via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 18th, 2015. "Episode VII" is set to start filming at Pinewood Studios of London this April, and more cast members should definitely start rolling in very soon for the much-anticipated sci-fi actioner. “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes off where“Return of the Jedi” ended, and is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm as well as Bad Robot's Bryan Burk and Abrams. »
It suffered some minor damage while blowing up the second Death Star at the end of Episode VI, but it looks like Han Solo's trusty ship will still be spaceworthy when the next instalment of Star Wars comes around. A photo of the Episode VII production team has found its way online, featuring Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, Jon Knoll, Kim Libreri and a few interesting pieces of concept art in the background: most noticeably the familiar crescent exhaust of the Millennium Falcon.Over to the left you can see another painting with what looks like the shoulder and chin of a character. Is it a hero? A villain? Or just an oddly shaped bulkhead?Look closely at the picture on the right and you can see what looks like the face of an older, bearded gentleman who could be a major character... or just the reflection »
Earlier this month, we reported that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production in May, running through September at Pinewood Studios in London. Casting has been under way for months now, although we haven't heard anything concrete about who will be starring in this highly anticipated sequel.
Today, we have yet another rumor that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor has landed an unspecified role in the sequel, news which, of course, has not been confirmed. In addition, LucasFilm released the following behind-the-scenes production photo, which features director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, John Knoll and Kim Libreri. Check out the photo, and then read on for more details about the Millennium Falcon's presence in this follow-up.
The highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII has been kept tightly under wraps since it was first announced, especially considering it's set to film in May of this year for release in 2015. Even Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill are yet to be confirmed as returning to their iconic roles. But now, we may just have our first glimpse at some concept art from the film...
Pictured above is a meeting with director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, VFX supervisors John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, Chief Strategy Officer Kim Libreri, and senior VP of Physical Production Jason McGatlin . Being that Star Wars is the only Lucasfilm property that's in major development right now, we can assume they're talking about Star Wars. And behind Kathleen Kennedy's head you can see what looks like the Millennium Falcon, along with some sort of desert landscape (Tatooine?)... and Alec Guinness' Obi Wan Kenobi? »
- Gary Collinson
That was your first ever look at Star Wars: Episode VII. Did you miss it? Scroll up and look again, most of it.s happening behind Kathleen Kennedy.s head. The photo, which was originally released on the Lucas Film website, shows a production meeting in full swing at Lucasfilm. Pictured are Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, tech VP Kim Libreri, and Jason McGatlin, the senior vice president of physical production. What are they meeting about? Lucasfilm hasn.t confirmed it, but it.s a safe bet to assume they.re talking about Star Wars. Why do we think they.re talking Star Wars? Because behind them is a big stack of concept art, concept art that almost certainly has something to do with Star Wars: Episode VII, the new movie currently heading into production under the watchful eye of notoriously secretive, »
LucasFilm's website has been given a new look recently, and a new picture of a meeting for Star Wars Episode VII can be found on the site. The picture shows Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and others at a table discussing something presumably about the upcoming film. While it seems like nothing out of the ordinary, in the picture, one can see what appears to be some concept art hanging on the wall. Now it could end up being nothing, but does it (re)confirm the Millennium Falcon's return in Star Wars Episode VII? Here's the picture: While this isn't much, it is interesting to get an "inside look" of the production and see that the Millennium Falcon in some concept art. What are your thoughts and hopes for the Millennium Falcon's use in Episode VII? Sound off below! »
Lucasfilm posted the the photo below on their official website, and what's interesting about it is that on the wall behind this team of people there's some possible Star Wars: Episode VII concept art featuring Han Solo's Millennium Falcon and other settings, including some kind of planet landscape. I even think there's a shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi in there.
In case you were wondering who is in this photo, it includes writer/director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Svp of technology Kim Libreri, Svp of Physical Production Jason McGatlin, and Senior Visual Effects SupervisorJohn Knoll.
I wouldn't imagine there would be many changes to the Millennium Falcon design for the next movie, but it's still really cool to see stuff from the film production popping up like this. As a huge fan of Star Wars, even little things like this are still exciting.
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- Joey Paur
Star Wars: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms that Star Wars: Episode VII will exist within the "canon" created by George Lucas, and the spin-off movies will "exist within that vast universe that he created." However, she added: "There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the stand-alone films) in and out of the saga episodes." So it appears that any new characters in the spin-offs will stand alone -- and out of the main action -- though it's not clear if that rule applies to familiar characters rumored for the spin-offs, such as Yoda and Boba Fett. [ToysREvil via The Force via The Playlist] Inconceivable: Lindsay Lohan has secured financing (and insurance) for her next starring role, a psychological thriller entitled...
- Peter Martin
Even as we're in the mix of the awards and festival season, at the end of the day, while prestige is nice, money is actually something you can hold on to and put into the bank. And as such, the focus at the major studios still tends to be on their tentpoles and blockusters, and increasingly these days, their world building franchises. And, it's a not a big surprise that Disney wants to exploit as much of their "Star Wars" catalog as possibly, and while everything involving the series is still being kept under strict lock and key, a couple more morsels of what their plans will be have been revealed over the last few days. With three more sequels, and spin off films, already announced to arrive in alternating years kicking off with "Star Wars: Episode 7" in 2015, producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed how everything will crossover...or not. "The spin-off movies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There has been much debate over how exactly J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII (and the subsequent two instalments of the new trilogy) will fit in alongside the planned spin-offs, but we may now finally have some clarification. In a recent visit to Singapore, The Straits Time (via Empire) caught up with Kathleen Kennedy, producer and president of Lucasfilm, to ask how exactly the movies will be connected, if at all.
Speculation and rumours have ranged from characters like Boba Fett and Han Solo getting their own origin stories to previously untold tales featuring Yoda and groups of Jedi being revealed. All we do know for sure is that Disney have said that they will be released between each instalment of the new trilogy, meaning a new Star Wars movie from 2015 for the foreseeable future!
As it turns out, it appears as if they will be completely standalone, and won »
- Josh Wilding
The franchise's new captain, Kathleen Kennedy, recently spoke about just that issue says Yahoo. In the process she reveals that the spin-off movies, set to be released between each episode of the new trilogy, will Not involve any of the characters from said new trilogy.
"George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon.
The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created. There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes.
- Garth Franklin
We know that Star Wars: Episode VII will launch a new trilogy next year, with Star Wars: Episode VIII following in 2017 and Star Wars: Episode IX coming in 2019. LucasFilm is also planning an Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off and Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off to debut in 2016 and 2018, giving fans one Star Wars movie a year until 2019. Of course, very few details have been confirmed about any of these projects, but, earlier today, Kathleen Kennedy revealed new details about the Star Wars canon that George Lucas wants to preserve, saying that characters from the spin-offs will not appear in the new trilogy.
"George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within »
With Lucasfilm's new "Sandcrawler" building having just opened in Singapore, The Straits Times (via /Film and ToysREvil ) managed to catch up with President Kathleen Kennedy, who teased some details about plans for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII and about the overall direction the franchise will be taking moving forward. "There is no attempt being made to carry characters [from the standalone films] in and out of the saga episodes," she says. "Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it.s a roadmap that George made pretty clear... The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode Seven falls within that canon. The spinoff movies -- or we may come up with some other way to call those films -- they exist within that »
Feature Rob Leane 15 Jan 2014 - 08:58
With Star Wars: Episode VII scheduled to hit our screens during December 2015, now is surely a crucial time for the future of the galaxy far, far away. Right now, planet-sized questions are being asked in the offices of the new creative team taking over the Bantha reins from George Lucas.
Jj Abrams, as a long-time fan of the franchise now taking over co-writer-director duties, will surely know that most people were left with a sour taste in their mouths after the experience of watching the Lucas’ prequel trilogy after years of build-up and excitement.
Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas’ replacement at the head of Lucasfilm, is sure to have promised Abrams some creative control with his new instalment, and has presumably encouraged him to pretend the prequel trilogy never even happened. »
At this point, it seems like virtually every young person in Hollywood has tried out (and been passed over, seemingly) for "Star Wars: Episode VII." The sequel, which might be the single most anticipated movie since "Star Wars: Episode I," starts filming soon, so the pressure is on to align the right stars for this particular galaxy. After Jesse Plemmons was said to be meeting with director J.J. Abrams shortly, The Hollywood Reporter has a trio of new names to add to the potential list: Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver ("Girls" and "Inside Llewyn Davis"), and Hugo Weaving.
Keep in mind that these actors join a laundry list of stars that now includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O'Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, and Sullivan Stapleton, plus, undoubtedly, countless others that didn't get leaked or theorized on. As to which of these actors will actually make the final cut, »
- Drew Taylor
It's 2014 and for a nerd like me, that means something really awesome is about to happen: filming will start on a brand new Star Wars movie. 2013 was riddled with a variety of rumors about Episode VII and as filming prepares, they aren't slowing down in 2014 as this weekend saw a slew of new (albiet seemingly credible) rumors regarding some new people being considered for the cast, the characters themselves, and plot details that reveal why Michael Arndt was taken off the script. Come inside to check it all out!
Oh man! Due to a recent move to a new location (and a subsequent mess up with my internet provider) I've been without the internet while at home and not at work. So imagine my excitement that the first thing I see when my connection to the world wide web is re-established is a bunch of new Star Wars rumors! As I mentioned, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
There has been no shortage of news regarding the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, although, at this point, nothing has been confirmed, except that J.J. Abrams is directing from a script he is rewriting alongside Lawrence Kasdan. Aside from this highly-anticipated sequel, and follow-ups Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, LucasFilm and Disney are also developing the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off and Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off, giving fans a new Star Wars movie every year from 2015 to 2019. Needless to say, Disney and LucasFilm wants to get everything perfect, to meet the exceedingly high expectations from the fans.
Today, we have news that Disney and LucasFilm are considering actors Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver. While it isn't known what roles Michael Fassbender and Adam Driver are up for, Hugo Weaving is in contention to play an Imperial commander.
Inside sources also confirmed »
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