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The scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope is possibly the most iconic scene in the entirety of Star Wars, and not just because of the Han Solo - Greedo shoot out. It's the moment that really seals the deal on the entire intergalactic nature of it all. It's got weird aliens in surprisingly normal clothing boozing with each other all while a alien band plays funky space music. It's perfect. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to learn J.J. Abrams wanted his own version of the Cantina scene in The Force Awakens. In the case of the new movie, the new cantina is basically the home of Lupita Nyong'o's alien character, Maz Kanata. Like the bar on Mos Esiley, it'll be filled with alien characters (some are pictured above) and also alien...
- Peter Hall
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was Star Wars Bits, your round-up of all the Star Wars news you need to know. In this edition: J.J. Abrams explains why he turned down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams then explains why he finally accepted the gig. James Gunn says […]
- Jacob Hall
We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be one of the biggest box office successes of all time, but if the latest box office tracking is anything to go by, it’s not going to have any problem toppling James Cameron’s Avatar to become the biggest film in history.
According to analyst Barton Crockett (via THR), The Force Awakens is looking at a potential $1 billion domestic haul, along with a further $2.5 billion from international markets. That would give it a whopping $3.5 billion worldwide, and a nice $2.7 billion profit for Disney. The current box office champ Avatar grossed $2.788 billion when it was released at the back end of 2009.
See Also: UK cinema chains adding extra premium to Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets in first week of release
Of course, as this year has proven already, tracking means very little, but with The Force Awakens’ release fast approaching, »
- Gary Collinson
Actress/writer Carrie Fisher has never been one to shy away from voicing her opinions on a number of issues both in and out of the Star Wars realm. Back in October, she offered sex advice to her Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-star Daisy Ridley, revealing that dating is more difficult, and that she should fight for her outfit, and not be a "slave" like she was. With just under three weeks until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, Carrie Fisher revealed in an interview with Good Housekeeping that she was pressured to lose 35 pounds for the movie. Here's what the actress had to say.
"They don't want to hire all of me - only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, »
Broadway songsmiths from Irving Berlin to Frank Loesser and John Kander love a Hollywood gig, so maybe it’s no surprise that the composer-writer-star of the Main Stem’s biggest hit is also playing a small room in a galaxy far, far away. Lin-Manuel Miranda struck up a conversation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams during intermission of Miranda’s Hamilton on a night the star wasn’t performing in the title role. When it turned out that Abrams was… »
At least two UK cinema chains, Odeon and Vue, are set to charge an extra ticket premium for showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the first week of the blockbuster’s December release.
See Also: Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Den of Geek has reported that Odeon is charging an extra £1 on top of their pre-existing £1 premium for new blockbusters, creating an overall £2 uplift on tickets for the latest Star Wars outing.
This new price increase comes on the heels of the extra 50p added to opening week tickets of newest Bond movie Spectre by the cinema chain.
The Vue cinema chain also adds a premium to tickets for blockbuster movies on their opening.
A spokesperson for Odeon told Den of Geek: “Like many cinemas, »
- Tom Beasley
Spoiler alert: The new "Star Wars" movie will have some kind of Cantina scene. And it will have music, and that music has been written by director J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Abrams broke the news on "The Tonight Show," explaining that he went to see Miranda's ridiculously successful Broadway show "Hamilton." While Miranda wasn't playing the titular character that night, he approached Abrams during the intermission to say hi and joked about writing the music for the Cantina. It turns out there will be a Cantina scene (or, as Abrams described it "our version of the Cantina scene), and film composer John Williams had already told Abrams he didn't want to write the music for it. So Miranda and Abrams managed to carve out some time in their busy schedules (Miranda tweeted that he worked on it for an hour and a half two days a week for the »
- Sara Morrison
I try not to be one of those types who explodes in rage at things people say. Most of the time they’re just doing marketing stuff, answering questions in a casual way, »
- Sasha Stone
"Star Wars" takes the cake as one of the most iconic films of all time. Yet within "Star Wars," there are many iconic scenes that stand out within the movie itself. Perhaps one these iconic scenes is the cantina scene from "A New Hope." Back in 1977, the scene almost looked like it was pulled out of a western--of course with some science fantasy-esque modifications, and it went a long way in establishing the "lived-in" world that "Star Wars" became so well known for. But one of the most memorable things in the scene has to be the music.
Since "A New Hope's" release, it's been parodied a thousand times over, solidifying its place in the pop culture aether. As iconic as it is, one wouldn't expect director J.J. Abrams to try and emulate the scene in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" film, would he? While one wouldn't call it emulating, »
- Joseph Medina
Two of the biggest sensations in pop culture right now are coming together — the hotly-anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the hugely popular Broadway musical "Hamilton."
On "The Tonight Show," director J.J. Abrams revealed that "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote new music for a cantina scene in "Force Awakens." It happened after Abrams met Miranda after a performance of the Broadway show.
"He says, 'If you need music for the cantina, I'll write it,'" Abrams said. Little did MIranda know that Abrams did, in fact, need new music for the cantina!
"I end up emailing Lin Miranda, and I say, 'I know you were kidding, but if you actually want to write this music, I'm actually working on something,'" Abrams explained. "He's like, 'I'll drop everything.'"
The normally spoiler-averse Abrams pointed out that nobody knew about MIranda's involvement. And even the "Hamilton" creator didn't know the »
- Kelly Woo
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters later this month, we'll finally get to see Carrie Fisher reprise her iconic role as Leia Organa. But will she still be the same person? Despite tranitioning from a Princess to a War General, director J.J. Abrams thinks so. Though the woman now carries a lot of baggage. Abrams broke down the character's 30 year transformation during a Sirius Xm town hall on Monday. And here's what he had to say about the Leia we knew at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi in 1983, and the new Leia we'll be introduced to in this upcoming sequel.
"I think it's sort of like any of us, you like to think you evolve and go through life experiences and become something else. But the truth is we're all kind of who we are. My guess is most of us would say, »
Image via The Howard Stern Show
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."
On the "Howard Stern Show, »
- Joseph Medina
Right now, Adam Driver is known really only to the viewers of HBO’s “Girls” and those who’ve been impressed by his appearances in critically acclaimed fare like “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “While We’re Young.” But that’s about to change, with the young actor playing the villainous, still-mysterious Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It’s the start of a big 2016 for the actor, who’s also lined up roles in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” and an interview in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (not yet online, but get the new issue here) reveals that the star has work with another beloved auteur lined up: Before he set out on promo duties for J.J. Abrams’ mega-blockbuster, “he finished work on Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson.’” This isn’t quite the first we’ve heard about the project: Jarmusch told us »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Fans of space operas and historical musicals rejoice! Just when you thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens had achieved mass cultural saturation, the year’s most anticipated film went out and recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star, composer and lyricist of the massively popular Broadway show Hamilton. Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams had the nerds and families locked down […]
- Jacob Hall
One of the great, mostly unanswerable, questions of life is that nature vs. nurture. Are we a product of the lives we live, or is there an aspect to each of us that we are born with? Does our experience change us, or do we simply become the person we were always meant to be? J.J. Abrams believes the answer lies somewhere in between the two extremes and as an example of how characters have grown and changed through the Star Wars films he points to Princess, excuse me, General Leia. When Leia Organa takes the screen in a couple short weeks in The Force Awakens she will be a general, no longer referred to as Princess by the Resistance. According to the director, Leia.s evolution from royal to military leader is a natural growing up for the character. Still, Abrams tells Entertainment Weekly that Leia is ultimately »
How does a Nuyorican Genius who sells out arenas with his keenness end up writing music for intergalactic cantinas? J.J. Abrams told the story on Tonight: The director was seeing Hamilton with his son a few months ago when Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wasn't performing; it was a Javier Muñoz night) simply walked up to him and volunteered his services. It was maybe a joke, but — wait for it — they really did need someone to write a new cantina song. And so, with Abrams as his right-hand man, Miranda dropped everything and penned a song. No one's heard it yet, but we're sure when we do, it will blow us all away. »
- Nate Jones
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to shatter box office records when it opens in just over two weeks, but if it’s to set a new global opening record it will need to do so without the lucrative Chinese market, as it has been announced that the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster won’t open in the Middle Kingdom until January 9th.
Here’s a Chinese poster for the film, which is similar to the theatrical poster, albeit with a few characters shuffled around or omitted, an alternate shot of Kylo Ren, a handful of Tie fighters, and hundreds more Stormtroopers…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States »
- Gary Collinson
Writer/director J.J. Abrams was talking with Entertainment Weekly about a little film he's been working on called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." While chatting he was asked about Leia Organa's transition from princess to general.
Here's what Abrams had to say:
“I think it’s sort of like any of us, you like to think you evolve and go through life experiences and become something else. But the truth is we’re all kind of who we are. My guess is most of us would say, ‘I’m kind of the kid I was, still.’ But I also think both are true. It’s a little bit, almost a nature-nurture thing. You are who you are naturally, but as you go through life, you harden in some ways, you hopefully become more enlightened in others. Her evolution from princess to general is part of her life experience, but she »
- Philip Sticco
We’re now less than three weeks from the release date of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and just two weeks until the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles. Thus, the marketing machine continues to ramp up, with TV spots dropping all over the place, and tiny new details sneaking out of J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Box, though nothing that could yet be called a spoiler, as such. First up is news that John Williams isn’t the only composer to have contributed music to the movie. Abrams was on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last night, and revealed that he enlisted Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and creator of “Hamilton,” one of the biggest and best-received Broadway musicals in decades, to help write the music for what he describes as “our version of the cantina scene” (referring to the classic bar scene in the original movie). As you’ll see from the video below, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Adam Driver seems to have been thrust into a position where he may be one of the best villains to ever come out of the Star Wars cinematic universe. He'll be playing a newly created character called Kylo Ren, who is there leader for the resurrected Empire under the title "The First Order."
He's also a faux-Darth Vader, in the way that he's the tall black clad Sith-lord brandishing a powerful and bright red lightsaber and going after a group of heroes consisting of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. So of course, the movie's director J.J. Abrams had nothing but positives to say about Driver and his performance and even how he got into the mind of Kylo Ren on the set of the film.
“Adam Driver, there are times when he’s so hard on himself as an actor. He’s got a kind of wonderful ferocity that was perfect for this character. »
- Nicholas Williams
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