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J.J. Abrams discusses showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to terminally ill fans

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Throughout the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was repeatedly noted, and rightfully so, that Disney and director J.J. Abrams made a touching decision to screen the film prior to the general public for terminally ill fans who would possibly unfortunately pass away by the time the monumentally anticipated next entry in the saga would be released to theaters.

This week, Abrams spoke to LAGoss regarding the decision (specifically referencing Daniel Fleetwood) and what it meant to him, saying: “He was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie. It was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could – and we couldn’t get everyone of course – got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished. So there were »

- Robert Kojder

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Oscars In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder, Others Honored

26 February 2017 8:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sara Bareilles helped the Academy pay tribute to lives lost this year during the Oscarcast’s In Memoriam segment. The “Waitress” songstress sang Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” while the annual video honored Carrie FisherDebbie ReynoldsJohn Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Garry Marshall, Ken Howard, and more.

The cutoff for including deaths in the segment is usually around Jan. 31. Therefore, David Bowie was included in last year’s Oscar ceremony. Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, was remembered by an emotional Jennifer Aniston before she introduced the segment.

The segment saluted the more recognizable names and faces in addition to below-the-line creatives and executives. As in years past, the Academy asked attendees to hold their applause until the end to avoid favoritism and any disrespect toward the lesser-known honorees.

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“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, »

- Dani Levy

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The Week in Star Wars – First look at Han Solo movie, new Original Trilogy Blu-Ray rumours, Jar Jar is The Last Jedi and more

26 February 2017 3:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars has our first look at the Han Solo movie, some new Original Trilogy Blu-Ray rumours, Abrams talking all things Star Wars and more…

Let’s kick things off with the Han Solo spin off movie, which is currently in production. Although we don’t have an official title for the film (which will probably be revealed at Star Wars Celebration), directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller shared the first set photo from the movie [see that image here]. The image is taken from inside the Millennium Falcon and features Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Pheobe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo. “Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” said Lord and Miller. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, »

- Luke Owen

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J.J. Abrams talks Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and the Han Solo movie

25 February 2017 1:59 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

J.J. Abrams attended the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards this past week, and of course he spent much of his time with the press fielding a host of questions about the Star Wars franchise.

During an interview with MSN, Abrams shared his admiration for Mark Hamill, whom of course he briefly directed in the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark,” joked Abrams. “Actually, he’s very funny. I always think frankly that he has been a little bit underrated. Look what he had to do to bring 3Po and R2-D2 to life in a way. His work was always incredible and there he was in that, sadly, short scene at the end of The Force Awakens and he had to convey a whole lot with no dialogue, »

- Gary Collinson

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Rip Entertainment Writer Amy Dawes, Who Spent 30 Years Writing About the Movies

24 February 2017 4:23 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After a valiant two-year fight against lung and stomach cancer, entertainment journalist and screenwriter Amy Dawes died at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles Friday morning, according to her husband Billy Vasquez, who was by her side.

Over three decades, Dawes wrote insightfully about movies, television, music, popular culture and the city of Los Angeles. She was the consummate Hollywood insider and contributed frequently to Emmy Magazine and the Director’s Guild Quarterly as well as the Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, L.A. Weekly, Buzz magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone and Santa Fe. After working eight years as a film reporter and senior features editor at Daily Variety, she served as the editor of Creative Screenwriting Magazine. She also held staff positions at The Los Angeles Daily News and the L.A. Herald-Examiner.

She wrote several screenplays, including Deborah Attoinese’s indie drama “Zoe” (2001).

Over the years she has »

- Anne Thompson

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Rip Entertainment Writer Amy Dawes, Who Spent 30 Years Writing About the Movies

24 February 2017 4:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After a valiant two-year fight against lung and stomach cancer, entertainment journalist and screenwriter Amy Dawes died at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles Friday morning, according to her husband Billy Vasquez, who was by her side.

Over three decades, Dawes wrote insightfully about movies, television, music, popular culture and the city of Los Angeles. She was the consummate Hollywood insider and contributed frequently to Emmy Magazine and the Director’s Guild Quarterly as well as the Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, L.A. Weekly, Buzz magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone and Santa Fe. After working eight years as a film reporter and senior features editor at Daily Variety, she served as the editor of Creative Screenwriting Magazine. She also held staff positions at The Los Angeles Daily News and the L.A. Herald-Examiner.

She wrote several screenplays, including Deborah Attoinese’s indie drama “Zoe” (2001).

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- Anne Thompson

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R2-D2 Gets a Human Voice in Hilarious Star Wars Video

23 February 2017 2:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Lucasfilm's galaxy far, far away is more popular than ever, thanks to two massive box office hits in as many years, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. There is even a growing number of novels and comic books that fill in certain parts of the Star Wars canon, with seemingly no end to this franchise in sight, which certainly isn't an issue with most die-hard fans. With any franchise as popular as Star Wars, there are always those who try to parody these characters, and while many aren't successful, there are some that could be big hits, such as a new video that surfaced this week which gives R2-D2 a human voice.

This video debuted on the Auralnauts YouTube channel, which features a number of iconic scenes from the first Star Wars movie, but instead of Artoo's traditional beeps and whistles, »

- MovieWeb

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Lol: Now We Finally Know What R2-D2 Has Been Saying in ‘Star Wars’

23 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Even though there are plenty of droids in the Star Wars universe who can talk, apparently it’s more efficient for astromech models like R2-D2 to speak by way of a series of bleeps and bloops. Thankfully, whenever C-3Po gets pissy with his counterpart, he reacts in such a way that we know what the feisty […]

The post Lol: Now We Finally Know What R2-D2 Has Been Saying in ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Great Job, Internet!: Abandon hope all ye who never wanted to hear R2-D2 with a real voice

22 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Auralnauts, the comedic team who have previously riffed on the rest of the Star Wars series, The Dark Knight Returns, Terminator, and much more, have here done the public service of redoing A New Hope, only this time R2-D2 can talk. In hindsight, it is sort of surprising that George Lucas did not deem this one of the things he had planned to do but was unable to using the technology of 1977, as it performs the very Lucas-ian service of dissolving the film’s sci-fi allure in favor of literalism and lame banter. R2-D2 is not necessarily funny; the notion that he is comes from the unexpected reactions by C-3Po and others as they repeat his sarcastic asides or scoff at him.

About nine minutes in, though, the joke takes a turn, when Obi Wan Kenobi first shows up and acts like he has never met R2. “You »

- Clayton Purdom

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Levitating Death Star Speaker is the Perfect Star Wars Gift

22 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you have a friend or you yourself are very much into Star Wars products, then it doesn’t get much better than this.  Granted I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff in my time, but this one is way up there.  It’s a levitating Death Star Speaker.  Yes.  It levitates as in for real.  Let me backtrack a moment.  For the record the coolest products I’ve seen from Star Wars up until this point have been the R2-D2 phone charger for your car and the Han Solo Carbonite refrigerator.  Anyway, let’s get back to this Death Star speaker. The Death Star

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- Nat Berman

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Chewbacca's Son in the Star Wars Holiday Special Is Officially Canon

21 February 2017 2:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, not just because there is a new movie hitting theaters every year, but because there are also numerous novels and comic books being released that are part of the official canon. A new book entitled Aftermath: Empire's End was released today, which, as we previously reported, addresses the fate of the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks. But it also includes another intriguing revelation as well. This book confirms that Chewbacca's son, seen only during the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, is now, in fact part of the official Star Wars cinematic canon.

Screen Rant reports that there are sections of this novel which offer numerous interludes, providing "snapshots" of the goings-on in several different parts of the galaxy. One of these interludes is set on Kashyyyk, following a Wookiee named Lumpawaroo, a.k.a. "Waroo." This Wookie is trying »

- MovieWeb

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Hasbro’s 6-inch 40th Anniversary Star Wars The Black Series figures recreate the Kenner 12-Back

20 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During New York Toy Fair this past weekend, Hasbro has unveiled its new wave of Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary figures, which features highly detailed 6-inch recreations of Kenner’s 1977 original ’12-Back’ figures featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Chewbacca, 3-cpo, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Han Solo, Jawa, Sand People and Death Squad Commander. Check out the official promotional images here…

See Also: New Lego Star Wars sets revealed at Toy Fair »

- Gary Collinson

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Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Social Media Buzz

20 February 2017 12:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated nearly 130,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Disney released a new behind-the-scenes clip on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The live-action romance, starring Emma Watson, has produced a total of 987,000 new conversations on social media.

Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.

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Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated 101,000 new conversations last week as director Rian Johnson offered details on Feb. 15 about the movie, explaining that the story will resume from the end of “Star Wars: »

- Dave McNary

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Figures Bring Back Memories

20 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Over the weekend we brought a Hasbro toy gallery to you from the New York Toy Fair that took place.  The toy company is releasing lines of Star Wars toys, Transformers toys, and Marvel franchise toys that should be coming out some time in the spring.   But it gets better.  Star Wars has expanded their 40th anniversary figures with retro Kenner-style packaging for their 6″ Black Series action figures.  According to Nerd Approved: The first wave of releases will include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2 followed by Chewbacca, C-3Po, the “Death Squad Commander” (Kenner’s original

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Figures Bring Back Memories »

- Nat Berman

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The Week in Star Wars – First look at Rey, Finn, Poe and Stormtroopers in The Last Jedi, Han Solo casting, the fate of Jar Jar Binks and more

19 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s a Last Jedi heavy edition of The Week in Star Wars with our first look at some key characters, rumours on the first trailer and Finn’s role in the film, some Han Solo casting news, a look at Rogue One’s VFX, the fate of Jar Jar Binks and more…

Let’s kick things off with the official Star Wars Twitter feed sharing some packaging for September’s Force Friday toy release, which gave us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only is Daisy Ridley sporting a new haircut, she’s front and centre of the marketing – which should make up for the #WheresRey backlash with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but Rian Johnson released a new image online that gave us our first look at the slightly altered designs for the Stormtroopers in the film. »

- Luke Owen

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International titles for Star Wars: Episode VIII reveal The Last Jedi is plural

18 February 2017 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

From the moment the title was announced last month, there’s been intense debate as to whether the ‘Last Jedi’ in Star Wars: The Last Jedi relates to Luke Skywalker, or if it’s referring to more than one Jedi.

Well, it seems we now have our answer, as the French, Italian and Spanish language posters have revealed the international titles as Les Derniers Jedi, Gli Ultimi Jedi and Los Ultimos Jedi, with ‘Les’, ‘Gli’ and ‘Los’ being used when the following noun is plural.

So, given that it’s plural, we’re presumably we’re talking about Luke and Rey with ‘The Last Jedi’, seeing as Yoda told Luke he was the last of the ancient order in Return of the Jedi, and Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren slaughtered Luke’s new recruits prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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- Gary Collinson

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Best of the Week: 'Suicide Squad 2' is Moving Forward, the Latest 'X-Men' Wolverine Spinoff is Reviewed and More

17 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News DC Extended Universe: Mel Gibson might direct Suicide Squad 2. Matt Reeves might direct The Batman. Arnold Schwarzenegger might have a role in Wonder Woman. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Scarlett Johansson is still trying to get a Black Widow movie. X-Men: Sophie Turner says X-Men: Supernova is filming in the next year. Fox admits to fears Logan would be boring. Hugh Jackman confirmed Logan is his last as Wolverine but Patrick Stewart says he's lying. Star WarsThandie Newton joined the Han Solo movie. Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2 actor. A toy box revealed first look at Last Jedi characters. John Williams started recording the Last Jedi score. Jar-Jar Binks's fate was...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Rumour: Details on Finn’s mission in Star Wars: The Last Jedi revealed

17 February 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While we know that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is going to spend much of Star Wars: The Last Jedi training and adventuring with Luke Skywalker, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what roles John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron will play in Episode VIII this December, but thanks to Making Star Wars we may have some details as to the adventure Finn will find himself on for the Resistance.

Now, when it comes to Star Wars rumours, a lot of sites churn out speculation (and outright fabrication), but Making Star Wars has proven itself to be extremely reliable, so there’s a good chance this information is accurate. There’s nothing majorly spoilery here, but if you don’t want to know anything about The Last Jedi before its release, you should stop reading now.

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- Gary Collinson

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Sideshow unveils Rey and Bb-8 Premium Format Figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

17 February 2017 2:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has unveiled its Rey Premium Format figure which is based on the likeness of Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with promotional images for the upcoming Bb-8 Premium Format figure. The Collectibles are available to pre-order now, priced at $479.99 (Rey) and $284.99 (Bb-8) or can be bought as a bundle with a $40.00 discount; check them out below…

See Also: Force Friday II gives us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Standing 20 tall from the bottom of her sandy base to the tip of her trademark staff, this limited edition Premium Format Figure captures Reys likeness so perfectly that it is almost like a snapshot of a moment in time. The beautiful and thoroughly lifelike portrait of Daisy Ridley, with her determined expression and intricately sculpted hair, is utterly entrancing. Every piece of her outfit has been painstakingly »

- Amie Cranswick

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Rian Johnson shares Star Wars: The Last Jedi Stormtrooper set photo

15 February 2017 11:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (who has been extremely secretive of the project, as he should be) recently took to Tumblr to share a set photo from the film showing off a line of Stormtroopers marching in formation. Oddly, one of them has his helmet lifted up…

Johnson also teased the film’s presence at Star Wars Celebration coming up in April, saying “We’re coming to Orlando for a Star Wars Celebration panel on April 14th, and I cannot wait.  See you there!”

It is very well possible that Celebration will be the time and place we first get footage of the hotly anticipated next chapter in the beloved saga.

See Also: Luke Skywalker will reportedly feature in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer alongside Leia, Finn and Rey

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 15th 2017 and »

- Robert Kojder

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