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J.J. Abrams on cutting Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from Rey’s Force vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

21 October 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was rumoured that the film would include a flashback sequence of the Bespin duel from The Empire Strikes Back, something that seemed to be supported by the release of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figures as part of The Force Awakens’ toy line.

Well, it turns out that was almost the case, with The Star Wars Show posting a snippet of J.J. Abrams’ director’s commentary from the upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of the movie, where the filmmaker reveals that the big showdown between father and son was intended to feature as part of Rey’s Force vision – or ‘Forceback’.

“Touching the lightsaber triggers what we call the ‘Forceback.’ There were many iterations of this. In one, from the Cloud City Corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We »

- Gary Collinson

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J.J. Abrams on the fateful showdown between Kylo Ren and Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 October 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on 3D Blu-ray next month, bringing with it a commentary from director J.J. Abrams. USA Today has managed to get an exclusive clip from the commentary featuring the climactic showdown between Han Solo and Kylo Ren, during which Abrams shares his opinion on Ben Solo’s state of mind prior to striking down his father.

“People have asked me if I think Kylo Ren was just playing with him the whole time, if he meant to kill him from the beginning,” states Abrams. “And the truth is, I think Kylo Ren in this moment is actually being convinced to walk away from this. Snoke is, as Han says, using him, and I think that somewhere Ben knows this. But I think that he can’t accept it. Deep down he has gone too far.”

Watch the clip here…

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- Gary Collinson

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Rey, Chewbacca and Unkar Plutt featured in deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 October 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly has given us a peek at one of the never-before-seen deleted scenes from the upcoming 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Rey, Unkar Plutt and Chewbacca. Looks like Unkar Plutt never got the memo that it isn’t wise to upset a wookie…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors »

- Gary Collinson

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Star Wars costumes for Halloween

12 October 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Oct 14, 2016

Impress your chums this Halloween by rocking up dressed as Darth Vader, Rey or even Bb-8...

The Star Wars fandom has always involved a fair bit of dressing up. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of unlimited power as you skulk around a party dressed as the galaxy’s greatest villain, or the amount of joy to be found when you spot someone suited up as a giant walking carpet at a fan event.

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And now – thanks to the work of Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson and all the rest – we’ve got a bevvy of new characters to dress up as, like Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren the adorable ball droid Bb-8. Sadly, »

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Cool Stuff: Start Your Day With Coffee Brewed By R2-D2

3 October 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This past weekend brought a bunch of new merchandise to shelves in honor of the forthcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, one new item that debuted recently doesn’t have any ties to the first spin-off film in the Star Wars franchise, but it’s easily one of the best gizmos we’ve seen […]

The post Cool Stuff: Start Your Day With Coffee Brewed By R2-D2 appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Warwick Davis talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens, confirms appearance in Episode VIII

1 October 2016 7:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warwick Davis has been chatting to about the Star Wars franchise, confirming that he’s set to add another instalment to his C.V. with an appearance in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, as well as sharing his thoughts on J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens and the future of the Sequel Trilogy.

“I enjoyed [The Force Awakens] immensely,” he said. “I’m excited by J.J. Abrams work anyway, I love his style. For me it’s very reminiscent of the films I went to when I was a kid. I loved Super 8 and I love the new Star Trek, and it just reminded me of many of the great films of the 1980s. There was such a great energy, I think he captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t take themselves too seriously »

- Gary Collinson

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Promo images for Hot Toys’ Luke Skywalker collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

30 September 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hot Toys has already unveiled several of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collectible figures including Darth Vader, Tie Fighter Pilot, Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper and Shoretrooper, and now they have another Force Friday treat with a batch of promotional images for the upcoming 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure, which based on the likeness of Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, a mechanical right hand, and a Star Wars-themed figure stand. When you pre-order now, you can also receive a specially designed diorama figure base as a pre-order bonus accessory! Who wouldn’t want this legendary Jedi in their Star Wars figure collection?

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- Amie Cranswick

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Star Wars: Rogue One Fan Contest Launches, More Toys Unveiled

30 September 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Creators from across the Maker Studios network joined forces today to celebrate the launch of the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story product line and officially kick off a global fan content contest. Beginning today, creators across gaming, lifestyle, comedy and family channels will post #GoRogue videos calling for Star Wars fans to get creative and share their own Rogue Stories as part of the fan contest celebrating the much anticipated new movie. Here's what Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, had to say in his statement.

Fans play a special part in Star Wars storytelling, posting thousands of videos online every day. This contest is a tribute to all the creativity and passion that fuels Star Wars fandom across generations."

Starting today, eligible fans can enter the contest by uploading their short video stories or skits set in a galaxy far, far away. A panel of judges, »

- MovieWeb

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Dive into the future-past of what 'Star Wars: Episode VII' would've been under George Lucas

27 September 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Star Wars fans are in a weird spot right now, trapped between last year’s release of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Sure, Star Wars Rebels just premiered its third season, but that’s just not enough to whet the lore whistle. We crave news aboutJyn Erso’s mom. Or Jyn Erso’s rank within the Rebellion. Or if Jyn Erso is responsible for this explosion. But if Rogue One news is hard to come by, any inkling of Episode VIII is as mysterious as the Witches of Dathomir. In order to discover what may be in store in the future, we must look to the past. Or more specifically, YouTuber Mr. Sunday Movies must look into the past for us and return with appropriate sound bites. Bless him for digging through decades of quotes from George Lucas about what his vision for a galaxy far, far »

- Donna Dickens

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Star Wars: Rogue One Force Friday Toy Exclusives Unveiled

23 September 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Force Friday is finally here next week! In anticipation, Hasbro has unveiled new details and photos for five retailer exclusive products from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that will be available for purchase this fall. These will all likely debut next week during the big Rogue One 'Force Friday' event, known as Rogue Friday, happening September 30. These toys could be some of the hottest items on sale during the Christmas shopping season this year.

The first Hasbro item is the Star Wars Smart R2-D2, an item for fans ages 6 years and up, which will cost approximately $99.99. Bring home your very own astromech droid with this programmable and interactive R2-D2! Download the accompanying app to control R2-D2's movements and actions. Listen as R2-D2 responds to your voice with expressive droid sound effects, and watch as R2-D2 shakes in fear of Darth Vader. The Smart R2-D2 even recognizes music and »

- MovieWeb

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Westworld Review: For a Series About Robots, HBO's Drama Has a Lotta Heart

23 September 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you ever saw Michael Crichton’s cheesy but enjoyable 1973 Westworld, you should go ahead and erase it from your memory before sampling HBO’s series adaptation (premiering Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9/8c). The small-screen upgrade — developed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy, and boasting J.J. Abrams among its executive producers — is about as different from its big-screen counterpart as Ava in Ex Machina is from R2-D2 in Star Wars.

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Set in the near future, the drama focuses initially on Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), a Wild West »

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What Are Chewbacca and R2-D2 Doing in Star Wars 8?

21 September 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If the character combo of Luke, Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2 felt oddly comfortable to some older fans at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's because this character combo was directly influenced by the original Kenner Star Wars Early Bird action figure package from way back at Christmas 1977. That box set featured Luke, Leia, R2-D2 and Chewbacca for no discernible reason. But now a similar configuration will kick things off in Star Wars 8, adding a bit of pesky nostalgia that may be hard to pinpoint for some fans. Many have wondered exactly what Chewbacca and R2-D2 will be doing while Rey receives her Jedi training from Luke Skywalker on the planet of Ahch-To. Suffice it to say, there are Spoilers that follow, so continue on at your own risk.

There are numerous accounts from inside sources and curious onlookers alike who were in Ireland for the Star Wars: Episode VIII shoot. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Rogue One’: New ‘Star Wars’ Film Swaps Out Composer Three Months Ahead of Release

16 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.

Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film

Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »

- Vikram Murthi

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VFX reel showcases Ilm’s digital effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

9 September 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.

Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »

- Gary Collinson

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Flickering Myth Podcast #39 – Is Yoda in Star Wars: Episode VIII?! Dceu vs Dctv and more…

7 September 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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Scooperhero News – Suicide Squad has now officially passed Man of Steel at the worldwide box office. Just think how much more money it would’ve made if Shia Labeouf was in it? Or if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had Margot Kidder playing Lois Lane. Stephen Amell doesn’t mind who’s cast in the Dceu as Green Arrow. There’s, like, totally no tension between the movie and TV sides at all.

Over at Marvel, the details and set photos keep coming from Spider-Man: Homecoming’s tangled web, and Chadwick Boseman teases what we can expect from Black Panther.

Star Wars – is Yoda in Star Wars: Episode VIII? And say ‘hello’ to R2-D2’s evil twin/racially diverse cousin. »

- Oli Davis

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The Week in Movies – Old character returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII?! New Harry Potter trilogy, James Bond shortlist and more!

4 September 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the old character rumoured to be returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII, a new potential Harry Potter trilogy, the possible James Bond shortlist and more…

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Thickens, the plot has.

Earlier this year, Frank Oz was in London for work. Oz is the voice of Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, and, of course, the wise Star Wars Jedi Master Yoda. Episode VIII was filming just outside of London in Pinewood Studios.

“Big spoon, I am.”

Then it came out that the Skelig Michael recreation set – built to mimic the island that Rey and Luke Skywalker are still presumably staring at each other on after the end of The Force Awakens – had been rigged to allow puppetry. »

- Oli Davis

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Best of the Week: Marvel's 'Thor' Mockumentary, Ben Affleck's Deathstroke Reveal and More

2 September 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Important News DC Extended Universe: Ben Affleck revealed Deathstroke will be the villain in his Batman movie. The Rogues might be the villains in The Flash. Marvel Cinematic Universe:  Marvel is making a New Warriors TV series with Squirrel Girl. Jon Favreau joined Spider-Man: Homecoming as Happy Hogan.  Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will feature an all-black R2-D2 lookalike.  Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe is wanted to return for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Transformers: Liam Garrigan will play King Arthur in Transformers: The Last Knight. Sequels: Zombieland 2 is officially in development. Maze Runner: The Death Cure will resume...

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New Star Wars: Rogue One Photos, Toys and Story Details Unveiled

2 September 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Lucasfilm are getting ready for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in just a few short months. That being the case, a bunch of merchandise for the movie has recently surfaced on the web. Not only do these toys look cool, likely for both kids and adults, but they also reveal some important story elements and give us a better idea of what we might be able to expect in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff.

EW unveiled a look at a handful of the new toys coming out in honor of the release of Rogue One, and not surprisingly, there is a heavy focus on Felicity Jones' character Jyn Erso. While many aspects of her character are still a mystery, one of the new toys gives us a big clue about Erso. The toy is an Imperial Ground Crew figure, which seems innocuous enough on its own, »

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Remembering Gene Wilder, Arthur Hiller and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

1 September 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Kenny Baker (1934-2016) - Actor. He was best known for performing the role of R2-D2 from inside the droid in the Star Wars movies. He also played one of the featured Ewoks in Return of the Jedi (see him below). His other movies include Time BanditsLabyrinthFlash GordonThe Elephant Man, AmadeusWillow and Mona Lisa. He died on August 13. See our own obituary post here.  Eric Bergren (1954-2016) - Screenwriter. He was...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Get your very own life-size R2-D2 through Sideshow Collectibles

1 September 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own R2-D2, you’ll soon be able to thanks to Sideshow Collectibles and its upcoming life-size figure of the beloved Star Wars droid. Well, if you’ve got $7450 to spare, anyway…

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He might just be the hero of the entire Star Wars universe. This plucky Astromech droid has saved the “heroes”, carried vital information, and provided a breath of much needed comic relief in a galaxy far far away where things haven’t always been going well.

The Limited Edition R2-D2 Life-Size Figure feature a brand new sculpt of our old friend. More realistic than ever before, this representation features screen accurate lights and sounds and a metal dome. The lights and sounds can be triggered with the included remote control that stores in a hidden compartment just next to the speaker. For those wishing to »

- Gary Collinson

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