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We’ve already shared that cover shot of Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Chewbacca and Bb-8, the first look at Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, an image of Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, one of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and another of Lupita Nyong’o doing some motion capture work for her character, Maz Kanata, but there’s still more coming out of that Vanity Fair spread. The Playlist just shared some quotes from director J.J. Abrams regarding references made to the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: “... we’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to. We used to have »
- Perri Nemiroff
We have to go back to the island! No, not the Lost island, Myst. Although, you'd be right to consider the similarities. But Myst! Yes, the first superstar computer game, which landed in 1993 and blew everyone's minds at the time. Now, according to Deadline, Cyan World's mysterious, gorgeous, and sometimes incredibly creepy puzzle game may (finally) become a TV series on Hulu, with a script-to-series commitment. The project will come from Legendary Television, producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man), and writer Evan Daugherty (Divergent). [caption id="attachment_454761" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Cyan Worlds[/caption] This project is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's a hugely different thing for Hulu to be attempting. The streaming platform is mostly known for acquiring second-run (though great!) British series, or developing original comedies. A fantasy drama of this scale (along with some of its other recent projects from the likes of J.J. Abrams, Amy Poehler and others »
- Allison Keene
When it comes to polarizing movie characters it’s hard to find one more hated than Jar Jar Binks. Added to the Star Wars prequels to keep the young kiddies happy, Jar Jar has become the most despised character in that far, far away galaxy. Bearing that in mind a lot of you will be happy to learn that current Star Wars director Jj Abrams might be putting Jar Jar out of his misery once and for all.
Whilst talking to Vanity Fair about the seventh instalment of the space saga he admitted that he has put thought into killing him off, though blink and you might miss it:
“I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”
Sadly we’ll have to wait until the release of Star Wars: »
- Kat Smith
You don’t judge a book by its cover and you don’t judge a movie by just its costumes.
It is hard to stay away from constant teasers and the “first looks” that dominate the internet nowadays. In an era where superhero movies reign supreme in Hollywood, everyone is grasping for that first speck of knowledge when it comes to the next cog in the comic book wheel.
And with it comes both praise and backlash.
Take a few weeks back. The internet exploded when Suicide Squad director David Ayer revealed the first glimpse of Jared Leto as The Joker in the film. This iteration of the character is the first full-fledged version since Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and only the third one to be featured in a film outside of Ledger and Jack Nicholson in Batman. Nicholson is an acting legend and Ledger died following shooting »
- Zach Dennis
Because we love all things Bad Robot, that’s J.J. Abrams production company, and his Mystery Box brilliance, we’ve got a very special giveaway of these stunning playing cards that were exclusively designed by theory11 and J.J. Abrams.
theory11 are a collective of the most respected artists in the magic industry, so think cloak and dagger, mystery and suspense, intrigue and excitement. These cards are available to pick up, in all senses, on their own or with the elusive Mystery Box directly from them. Take a look, it’s mighty impressive:
Very nice, isn’t it? Well, we’ve got some packs to giveaway and each deck of Mystery Box Playing Cards is sealed with a kraft paper, letterpress wrap that inspires intrigue and endless wonder. Keep it closed, tear it open, or share the experience with a friend. The choice is yours.
But here’s a teaser & see »
- Dan Bullock
The Walt Disney Company
With six movies preceding it and at least another two to follow, plus standalone films and TV shows, there’s a lot going on in the Star Wars universe that Episode VII could tie into.
Abrams, however, doesn’t want to be going overboard with the nods and winks, preferring instead to make a movie that stands on its own. Speaking to Vanity Fair, he admitted that while there would of course be references to things elsewhere, there were a lot of Easter eggs that he’s actually removed because they didn’t serve the story. He went on to note that references couldn’t be made just for the sake of laying groundwork for future movies or animated TV series:
- James Hunt
"I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks's bones in the desert there," he said. "I'm serious! Only three people will notice, but they'll love it."
The level of dislike for Jar Jar is so high that one fan re-edited Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in a bid to remove the character.
The cut, dubbed The Phantom Edit, shaved off 18 minutes from the running time and was widely distributed across BitTorrent and file-sharing networks.
Whilst you can be fairly assured that this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't be light on links to the earlier Star Wars movies (the cast alone pretty much guarantees that!), in a new interview with Vanity Fair, director Jj Abrams has admitted that he's being careful with his references.
Discussing the development of the movie, Abrams said that "we've obviously had a lot of time to talk about what's happened outside of the borders of the story that you're seeing".
"So there are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to", he teased.
However, there's a limit. "We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying »
Just months after Legendary TV acquired the rights to the wildly popular video game series Myst, the project has been given a script-to-series commitment from Hulu. Evan Daugherty (Divergent) is writing the screenplay, which, if it meets with Hulu's approval, will result in a series order, bypassing the pilot phase completely. Matthew Tolmach will produce under his first-look deal with Legendary TV.
The sci-fi/fantasy hybrid follows a man known as The Stranger, who wakes up on a mysterious island with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. Hulu picked up the project in a competitive bidding situation, with multiple, unidentified parties expressing interest in the property. The game was originally launched in 1993, and became the best-selling video game series of the 1990s, until The Sims took their throne in 2002. Between 1992 and 2003, over 12 million copies of Myst were sold worldwide.
Evan Daugherty developed the project with »
Are you ready to go back to… the island? (No, not that island.)
Legendary Television is developing a drama based on the popular ’90s computer game Myst, which has received a script-to-series commitment from Hulu, according to our sister site Deadline.
Originally released in 1993, Myst put players in the role of a man who wakes up on a mysterious island with no idea who he is, where he is or how he ended up there. (Get it? Myst-erious?)
J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is very much expected to be the continuation of the original saga, picking things up 30 years later with the likes of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo - but don't expect there to be too many callbacks to that portion of the franchise. This is because the director actually found a point during development where the production found itself pulling back on those elements because they felt like they were simply trying too hard. It was while talking with Vanity Fair for their recent Star Wars issue that J.J. Abrams made this reveal. Discussing the film's relationship with the six previous chapters in the franchise as well as the 30 year gap that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Abrams noted that the early stages of the project did spend a good amount of time seeing how »
Vanity Fair celebrated May the 4th Be With You in a big way revealing new photos of the villains and other characters from the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. It has been confirmed that Adam Driver is the new dark lord while Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie is the menacing Chrome Trooper briefly seen in the last trailer. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the set at London’s Pinewood studios to bring us some of the coolest shots from the J.J. Abrams movie.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
We still haven't seen the alien character that Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) will play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- unless you count that brief glimpse of her handing over the lightsaber in the latest trailer -- but thanks to Vanity Fair's recent coverage of the movie, we now know her name and profession at least: Maz Kanata, space pirate. Below we have a new behind-the-scenes snap of Nyong'o performing a mo-cap scene as Maz, along with a new excerpt from J.J. Abrams' interview with the mag. The director reveals that his film will recall certain things from the earlier instalments in the saga, but suggests that they also held back on including some stuff that could have seemed forced. "We've obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, »
Following the Star Wars Vanity Fair cover released earlier this week, along with the , the publication has released yet another photo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The image features Lupita Nyong'o sporting her motion capture equipment, for her role as space pirate Maz Kanata. In addition, the site also revealed more from their interview with director J.J. Abrams, who spoke about the lengthy development process and what kinds of references to other stories fans will see.
"What's cool is we've obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what's happened outside of the borders of the story that you're seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to. We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying too hard to allude to something. »
Speaking with Edgar Wright following an early Los Angeles screening, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller said, "You couldn't make this as a CG movie." CG, of course, was used at times, though not to create an impossible scenario, more to aid a practical one as Miller notes in the film's production notes saying, "Fury Road was an opportunity to more fully realize its scope and energy with all the latest technologies. We could put our cameras where they wouldn't go in the past, and weave them through the armada with the wonderful Edge Arm system. If there was a fight on a vehicle, we could put wires on the actors then erase them with CGI. When you see Max hanging upside-down between two vehicles, that was Tom Hardy. When Furiosa is hanging onto him, that was Charlize Theron hanging onto Tom. And when you see Nux climbing onto the front of a vehicle, »
- Brad Brevet
Director Christopher McQuarrie faced an unenviable task in taking the reins on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth entry in Paramount’s blockbuster action franchise: taking a series that has already been graced with top-tier helmers like Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams and Brian De Palma, and making it his own. Luckily, a conversation that Yahoo recently had with McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise indicates that the Mission: Impossible series in good hands – and that Rogue Nation may actually go down as the most ambitious installment to date.
McQuarrie explained that he felt the burden of expectation keenly while working on the film, and he wanted to do right by the previous entries while making his distinctive:
“I asked myself ‘what can I do to celebrate all those elements of the franchise?’ A signature sequence the way (Brian) De Palma did, a villain the way Jj Abrams did, the stunts the way Brad did. »
- Isaac Feldberg
What we know so far about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," after a couple of really cool trailers, is still not very much. The plot continues to be held under wraps, though we do know that a lot of familiar elements, from characters to vehicles and more, will be in the seventh movie in the series. While the movie does take place 30 years after "Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return Of The Jedi," director J.J. Abrams reveals that there will be hints and references to the earlier movies, as well as what happened in the three decade gap between films. At one time, he had so many of these, he had to pull it back. "...we’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“I asked myself, ‘what can I do to celebrate all those elements of the franchise?’ A signature sequence the way (Brian) De Palma did, a villain the way J.J. Abrams did, the stunts the way Brad [Bird] did," director Christopher McQuarrie told Yahoo about the upcoming "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation." And it looks like he's found a way to put a stamp on the series. Read More: Watch The First Teaser For 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise, If You Accept It Tom Cruise spilled the details on the setpiece, which certainly sounds one-of-a-kind. “We have something I’ve always wanted to do: an underwater sequence without cuts," the actor said. "The kind of training I had to do for that was pretty intense. I’ve done a lot of underwater scenes, but I’ve never done one [like this] that will get the audience to lean forward and have a visceral reaction. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Annie Leibovitz / Vanity Fair
The 4th was with us this May bank holiday, with ‘Star Wars Day’ heralding the release of a wave of new information and pictures from The Force Awakens from Vanity Fair.
The biggest reveal was the official confirmation that Girls’ Adam Driver would indeed be playing ‘broadsaber’-wielding villain Kylo Ren. This had been widely speculated, but now we know for sure it’s Driver under that mask, with a picture of him on set revealed as well, showing an unmasked Ren accompanied by First Order snowtroopers, on a frozen planet that plays home to their secret base (it being Hoth would be an ironic turn of events).
Ren is expected to be the film’s main antagonist, and the teasers released so far have shown him not only with his controversial weapon, but also commanding an army of stormtroopers in what appears to be a raid on a village. »
- James Hunt
If there's one thing that's changed about Harrison Ford's acting over the years, is that his often higher pitched normal voice has given way more and more to what's often dubbed a growling baritone.
When asked to reprise his role as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," director J.J. Abrams has revealed to Vanity Fair that he specifically asked the actor not do that growling style voice here. Ford complied and was even enthusiastic about it:
"[He] was excited to get back in those shoes again, which was really interesting because I thought he hadn't been a fan. I kept hearing those rumors when I was a kid. I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn't want Han to be growly. There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie."
Abrams also spoke »
- Garth Franklin
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