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The "Star Wars" galaxy is adding another exotic locale. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" will shoot several scenes on the tiny Irish island of Skellig Michael, off the country's Southwest coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland’s Office of Public Works revealed to local newspaper Kerry's Eye that a film would indeed be shooting there, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Skelling Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island. This production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board," a spokesman said. The island will be used in addition to locations in Abu Dhabi, Iceland and London, although Disney reportedly declined to comment on the new location. The report adds that the island is home to a disused Christian monastery dating back to the Middle Ages which may feature prominently in the scenes. »
- Dave Lewis
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Hey!? What’S This?!: Easy there, Darth Interrobang. It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If you’re not into those things, wait for the Fall when Star Wars: Rebels comes out. Otherwise…
This Week: So much stuff! X-wing! Rumors Of Hands! Rebels Clips!
Where to begin this week’s collection of Star Wars Material that will mostly just serve as me trying to catch up all the Star Wars stuff of note that hit the rumor-net since we last convened in the halls of S7AR Wars.
The X-wing and the Mouse
There was another Force For Change video released, this time featuring Fearless Leader Jj Abrams in front of an X-Wing. This X-Wing appears a bit worse for wear in the paint-job area, but also was without an astromech droid (like where R2-D2 was loaded into Luke »
Coinciding with its panel at Comic-Con yesterday, Lucasfilm Animation has released an extended sneak peek preview of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, whcih includes scenes featuring the bad guys The Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, Jedi Padawan Ezra Miller, and droid duo R2-D2 and C-3Po; watch it below…
“Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and Tie fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Hamill is currently in the UK, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII some 30 years after his last outing in Return of the Jedi. Last night, the actor stepped out for the UK premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [read our review here], sporting a full on Jedi Master beard, which gives us a good idea of how Luke will appear in Episode VII…
tar Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
The Force is strong with the Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con trailer that was released this evening as the first public screening for the upcoming new Lucasfilm and Disney TV series began in San Diego.
Of all the Star Wars Rebels clips and trailers released to date, including the extended trailer from only a few days ago, this one pulls the most recognizable situations and characters from the Original and Prequel trilogies. It begins with a holographic message delivering news that Jedi Knight Luminara Unduli survived Order 66 and is currently in Imperial custody. This sparks plans to spring her from captivity.
The Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con trailer goes on to reveal that young Ezra, the newest member of the young rebel group, is Force sensitive and becomes the Padawan of Kanan Jarrus. As he begins to use the Force in battle, the Empire becomes aware of he and his master's existence. »
The most deadly serious drama on TV once again has a funny gag reel: Below, EW has the exclusive outtakes from season 2 of NBC’s acclaimed thriller, Plus details about the season 2 DVD release, Plus season 3 scoop from the show’s Comic-Con panel.
First, the gag reel: The scenes include dancing in the morgue, Mads Mikkelsen forgetting how to tie his tie, Gillian Anderson losing her microphone down her shirt, and plenty of crack-ups during the show’s signature terse dining scenes. The clip (which was briefly leaked online earlier this year) is part of Hannibal’s season 2 home video package, »
- James Hibberd
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Sneak Peek new images of actor Harrison Ford, who fractured a bone in his left leg after a hydraulic door on a mock-up of the spaceship 'Millennium Falcon' crushed him while filming a scene in "Star Wars: Episode VII", as he makes his way along an airport runway to catch a plane:
Producers of director J.J. Abrams film have been reorganizing the schedule to shift the remaining scenes of 'Han Solo' until later in the shoot.
The film is on schedule for a December 18, 2015 release date.
Along with Ford, the new film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
It is planned »
- Michael Stevens
Now this is something to get really excited about Star Wars fans!
As part of the ‘Force for Change’ campaign old J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII, has fronted a new video to announce what one lucky contributor could win. Now it is a wonderful prize (you’ll hear all about it in the video) but there as the video goes on you’ll notice something else that is also quite brilliant…
Watched it? Excited much?!?!
That right there is a new starfighter! But what is it exactly?
It looks a lot like an X-Wing, but also has many of the characteristics of the Z-95 Headhunter. If we look back to the original concept created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie we see a fighter that also shares many similarities. Now the X-Wing went through many upgrades in the Expanded Universe of books, but with that no longer being in line with the films, »
- Chris Cooper
Jj Abrams unveiled the starfighter in a new promo for his 'Force for Change' initiative.
Fanboys and girls, gather 'round: we've got a new sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode VII.
Director Jj Abrams is giving fans a first look at the X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film in a new promo for his "Force for Change" initiative. The teaser gives a full look at the new version of the spacecraft we all remember from George Lucas' original trilogy.
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This is the second video Abrams has revealed from the Star Wars set. In the first, he showed us a creature from Tatooine – the desert home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.
Both videos are in support of Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot's "Star Wars: Force for Change" campaign, benefiting Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs. The project was launched back in May via Omaze and pulled in $1 million »
A couple months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed "Force for Change", which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to Unicef. Even if you didn't win the top prize of the visit and the cameo, there were still prize levels based on the amount of your donation, and most importantly, you were contributing to a good cause. With only four days left in the "Force for Change" campaign, Abrams has released a new video, which shows a full-scale X-Wing fighter jet. The movie isn't kidding around when it comes to practical effects, and it's a very cool and fun reveal that helps bring attention to "Force for Change". Additionally, the campaign has sweetened the deal by giving the winner not only a visit to the set and a cameo, but they'll win a private, »
- Matt Goldberg
The vehicle appeared in a video message from director Abrams for the Omaze Force for Chance fundraising scheme, which is offering one Star Wars fan the opportunity to visit the set and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the movie.
The winner will also be offered a cameo role in the blockbuster and get an early screening of Episode VII before its theatrical release in December 2015.
Force for Chance, to benefit Unicef innovation labs and programmes, raised $1 million in its first 24 hours - a figure Disney matched with another $1 million.
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. With one week left to participate in the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative -- a campaign launched by Disney, Lucasfilm »
- Pietro Filipponi
Devin Faraci over at Badassdigest is claiming that he has the ‘exclusive’ plot details to Star Wars: Episode VII. While I’m doubting their veracity, there is still an outside chance that some of this could potentially constitute spoilers (in a world where pigs fly). Faraci says…
“Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.”
It’s so idiotic I’m almost inclined to believe it. I didn’t believe the Jar Jar rumors when I heard them either. My instincts tell me it sounds almost too ludicrous to be true. Apparently the severed hand travels through space before winding up on a familiar planet…
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered »
- Anghus Houvouras
Is this the semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action you’re looking for…?
Perry aka Agent P meets up with a pair of out-of-this-world characters in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (premiering on Disney Channel Saturday, July 26 at 9/8c), and TVLine has your first look at the encounter.
Set a couple of summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, the anticipated special finds Phineas, Ferb and the gang are in a parallel universe — one set during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. As such, iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C- »
J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is now well into production, having completed shooting in Abu Dhabi weeks ago and currently working at Pinewood Studios in England. Filming is expected to continue through August - with a two week hiatus scheduled to allow Harrison Ford's leg time to heal - but even though so much time has passed apparently the production still hasn't completed its casting phase. If the latest rumor from Latino-Review is to be believed, then actress Christina Chong has become the latest actress to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. She joins an incredibly talented ensemble that already includes original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, as well as newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. Much like everybody in »
Lucasfilm has further increased the female contingent in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, with news breaking that up and coming British actress Christina Chong has signed on to the cast of the hotly-anticipated sequel. Chong’s previous credits include W.E. and 24: Live Another Day, and while no details of her Star Wars role has been revealed, it’s said to be a minor part.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist »
- Gary Collinson
Production is well under way on Star Wars: Episode VII – in fact, the cast and crew are scheduled to take a break next month to fine-tune their plans and to work around Harrison Ford’s leg injury. But there’s still space in that galaxy far, far away for more fresh faces, and according to Latino Review, Christina Chong will be among them.Chong, who was most recently seen in 24: Live Another Day, has joined the cast, though we don’t – in true J.J. Abrams style – know exactly who she will be playing yet, and whether she’ll be on the light or dark side of the Force (or, you know, somewhere in between; there’s room for subtlety).She’s just the latest new recruit, with her casting ferreted mere weeks after it was announced that Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke had made it through the huge open auditions. »
No details were given for her character, although it is said to be a minor role. She joins a cast that already includes franchise veterans such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, alongside newcomers such as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.
Christina Chong most recently starred in Fox's 24: Live Another Day, and she has also landed a lead role on Sergio Mimica-Gezzan's Halo: Nightfall digital feature. Her feature credits include Johnny English Reborn and W.E.
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