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The Week in Star Wars – Darth Vader in Han Solo, leaked The Last Jedi images and more

The Week in Star Wars returns after a short hiatus with some big updates from Han Solo and The Last Jedi, as well as some comic book and Episode IX news too…

Let’s kick things off with Han Solo, and a new report from Jedi News has revealed that Spencer Wilding has landed himself a role in the upcoming spin-off. The actor was supposed to appear at Fandom Fest in Kentucky but the convention updated their website, explaining, “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Wilding might not be a name you instantly recognised, but he was the man in the Darth Vader suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a scoop we revealed exclusively last year. Could this mean we’ll see the Sith Lord in Han Solo?
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Clumsy Stormtrooper Search Begins in New Star Wars Documentary

Clumsy Stormtrooper Search Begins in New Star Wars Documentary
Comedian Jamie Stangroom, the mastermind behind the 'These Are the Actors You're Looking For' webs series, has taken it upon himself to hunt for the actor who portrayed the Stormtrooper responsible for quite possibly the greatest movie blooper of all time. We've all seen it. The moment in A New Hope where C-3Po and R2-D2 are trying to stop the trash compactor from crushing Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie. The duo are of course able to pull it off, but not before 3 Stormtroopers rush into the room as a door opens and one of the Stormtroopers hits his head on the door. The oversight remained in the final cut of the movie and the Stormtrooper has become a blundering legend among Star Wars fans all over the world.

Through further investigation and in a bizarre twist of fate, Stangroom has discovered that there are three actors who are taking
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Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo

Star Wars Fans Petition for Original Chewbacca Actor to Be in Han Solo
When production started on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story in February, the first cast photo was released, featuring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the new Chewbacca, Joonas Suotamo. It was revealed shortly after Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in theaters that Peter Mayhew split his time as Chewie with Suotamo, a 6-foot-11 former basketball player, who would step in for the more physical scenes that Peter Mayhew could not perform due to his bad knees. A new petition has surfaced to bring back Peter Mayhew in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and while there is plenty of fan support behind this petition, it's not quite what you think.

This petition was started by Erin Victor earlier this month on Change.org, which as of now, has 3,367 signatures, out of the 5,000 needed for this petition to be delivered to directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
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Review: "Elstree 1976" (2015), A Look At The "Star Wars" Phenomenon; Blu-ray Special Director's Edition

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By Bill Duelly

We’ve seen them at sci-fi or collectibles conventions shows; some more so in England than the Us. They man tables with stacks of photos, offering autographs or pictures for a fee. In many cases their faces aren’t familiar, as their characters wore heavy makeup or masks in their appearance in the original “Star Wars” film. Still, even as you approach them face-to-face some of these people still don’t ring a bell. Maybe it’s because their scenes were deleted or they were an extra amongst many. Others, you discover are a familiar masked character and you are happy to chat for a few moments with them, as that movie, and its two sequels (I am only referring to the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher), had such a lasting impact on your childhood.

Elstree 1976” is a recent documentary that follows ten such actors who,
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DVD Review – Elstree 1976 (2015)

Elstree 1976, 2015.

Directed by Jon Spiral.

Featuring David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Blake, Pam Rose, Derek Lyons, Anthony Forrest and Laurie Goode.

Synopsis:

Documentary focusing on the bit-part actors and extras from the original 1977 Star Wars movie.

Elstree 1976 is not just a documentary about Star Wars; in fact, it’s not even really about Star Wars at all but a vindication that, in these enlightened times, the culture that has erected itself from George Lucas’ vision has become bigger than the source itself. Think about it – what other movie franchise could boast about or even justify inspiring a documentary focusing on the background players, some of whom didn’t even have a line or, in one case at least, his character didn’t even appear in the final cut of the movie? Bond? Harry Potter? The Lord of the Rings? Don’t think so.

But, as with all documentaries,
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[Review] Elstree 1976

Everybody knows Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas and announced they’d be producing a new Star Wars trilogy and spin-off features, everyone knew those three would be back in the fold. Even guys like Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker were known commodities to consult if not star underneath the costumes they made famous. But what of the other actors — the nameless, sometimes faceless, and almost always uncredited performers who were a part of something so universally revered? Does their being extras mean they weren’t as important to the legend? Fans lining up for autographs don’t think so. Anyone on set and immortalized in one of history’s greatest cinematic franchises is an unequivocal hero.

To people like me who love the series but never rendered it into a cornerstone of daily life, however, these smaller, hidden roles prove an intriguing curio.
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii – New Reviews and Interview!
Belladonna Of Sadness

Release Date: Coming Soon from Cinelicious Pics Written By: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Jules Michelet (novel), Eiichi Yamamoto Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

When I heard about Cinelicious Pics’ plans to restore and release the long lost 1973 anime Belladonna Of Sadness, I was well and truly excited. I’m a huge aficionado of 70s-era anime, and this baby has been a “holy grail” of sorts for folks like me for a good many years — much desired but damn near impossible to obtain. So that being said, and with those expectations set freakin’ sky high, let’s see if ol’ Belladonna was worth the wait or will it just fill me with sadness of my own!

Belladonna Of Sadness, based loosely (and by that I mean hardly at all) on the French novel La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, tells the brutal tale of Jeanne,
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Elstree 1976 – Review

The fact that the documentary doesn’t mention Star Wars in the title is a telling indication of the kind of film Jon Spira has made. With the focus on the people behind the masks and costumes, Spira deliberately has focused his lens on the lives of these actors and not the characters that they became famous for. Fans of Star Wars might be disappointed by this decision, but the result is a film that is more thoughtful than just another look at the legacy of the iconic series.

Minor characters and some that really aren’t even considered characters (sorry, stormtrooper who knocked his noggin against a blast door) step into the spotlight in Elstree 1976. While some of these actors or actresses may not mean much to the casual Star Wars filmgoer, the super fans will delight in watching the guy who play Greedo, the former bodybuilder who
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Meet the Man Behind Boba Fett's Mask in New 'Star Wars' Doc

Meet the Man Behind Boba Fett's Mask in New 'Star Wars' Doc
The Force Awakens has sparked a tremendous amount of excitement for a new generation of Star Wars stories, but the success of J.J. Abrams' film has also rekindled a widely shared nostalgia for George Lucas' original trilogy. Judging by the trailer for Jon Spira's Elstree 1976 — an upcoming documentary about the unassuming background actors who brought the original movie, now known as A New Hope, to life — that nostalgia extends to the people who made these movies what they are.

Named after the British production facility where Lucas shoot Episodes IV — VI,
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'Elstree 1976' Trailer Celebrates the Unsung Heroes of 'Star Wars'

'Elstree 1976' Trailer Celebrates the Unsung Heroes of 'Star Wars'
Star Wars is hotter than it's ever been. Following Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm back in 2012, the studio has already launched Star Wars: The Force Awakens to both blockbuster box office and critical raves. The first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has wrapped and is ready for release this December. And Star Wars: Episode VIII is continuing to shoot in various locations around the globe as we speak. None of these movies would be possible without the numerous supporting actors and extras who make up this galaxy of strange and exotic creatures and droids. That's where the new documentary Elstree 1976 comes in.

Elstree 1976 promises to go behind the masks, and explore beneath the helmet. The tag line promises: Big People. Small Roles. But as you'll soon discover, there is no role too small that doesn't deserve its own action figure. USA Today has a new look at
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Star Wars: upcoming UK movie release dates calendar

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Here’s our primer on all the upcoming Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Episode VIII…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently making short work of the worldwide box office. Despite the fact that said Jj Abrams film hasn’t event left cinemas yet, Lucasfilm and Disney are already working on its follow-up and a whole host of other Star Wars movies (namely a handful of spin-offs that will expand on the story of the main saga).

As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney’s plan here is to squeeze as Star Wars movie into cinemas every year. Here’s when UK audiences can expect all the of them…

16th December 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Next out of the gate is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (previously known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One). This one arrives in December of 2016, pretty
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'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95

'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.

A native of Brooklyn, Jason Wingreen would appear in three separate episodes of The Twilight Zone,
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'Star Wars' Collectibles to Hit Sotheby's Auction Block for First Time

'Star Wars' Collectibles to Hit Sotheby's Auction Block for First Time
Over 600 Star Wars action figures and collectibles will be auctioned off at the famed house Sotheby's on December 11th, The Guardian reports.

Long known as the premier place to purchase fine wines, art and jewelry, the Sotheby's Star Wars auction is the first of its kind, but fittingly features a number of extremely rare items. Among the lots are a Luke Skywalker figurine with a double-telescoping lightsaber, which was deemed a choking hazard and removed from shelves (estimated to sell between $12,000 to $18,000); a tri-logo action figure of General Madine ($10,000 to
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Star Wars: True stories of the actors behind the masks revealed in documentary Elstree 1976

Star Wars: True stories of the actors behind the masks revealed in documentary Elstree 1976
Look past the latex masks and elaborate helmets in Star Wars and you'll find hundreds of fascinating stories from little-seen character actors and extras.

These men and women get their moment in the sun in Elstree 1976, an upcoming documentary about the people who brought to life Bob Fett, the Stormtroopers, Greedo and many more.

Director Jon Spira's film takes its name from the suburban North London studio (also home to EastEnders) where George Lucas shot Star Wars in the scorching hot summer of 1976.

Ever wondered what Jeremy Bulloch was thinking while encased in Boba Fett's mask? Or where David Prowse perfected Darth Vader's iconic lightsaber duel with Alec Guinness's Obi-Wan?

All these questions - and more! - will be answered in Elstree 1976, which promises to be an emotional experience for Star Wars fans who have a special place in their hearts for the series' supporting players.
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Star Wars Doc Elstree 1976 Gets A Gorgeous Trailer

After bowing at the BFI London Film Festival and Sitges, Jon Spira's Star Wars documentary is now readying for a theatrical release in the UK courtesy of The Works. Elstree 1976 talks to ten of the minor players involved in George Lucas' science fiction classics, from Paul Blake, who played Greedo, to Boba Fett himself Jeremy Bulloch. While the world has been forever changed by Star Wars, back when it was shooting in a sweltering UK summer 39 years ago, few of those involved had any idea what they were a part of, let alone that it - and ultimately they - would become such icons of cinema.Check out the trailer below....

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Royal Mail’s Star Wars stamps on sale this Tuesday

With tickets now available for pre-order, a poster released yesterday [see here], and a trailer arriving later tonight [watch four teasers here], excitement for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is reaching fever pitch ahead of its arrival this December.

To commemorate the occasion Royal Mail is set to release a set of 18 special stamps tomorrow, which celebrate the Star Wars series of films with illustrations from British artist Malcolm Tween that depict nine iconic characters from the first six films, along with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) from The Force Awakens.

You can check out hi-res images of each of the individual stamps here.

Along with the character stamps is a a Miniature Sheet of six stamps featuring intricately detailed illustrations of six iconic Star Wars vehicles, brought together against a backdrop of the dreaded Death Star.

Stamp-by-stamp

Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced
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Boba Fett Costume Test Images from 1979

You may have seen some purchased/leaked/stolen images of costume tests for stars of the current Star Wars film floating around the Internet, but we've got some vintage shots of a fan-favorite character suiting up behind the scenes of his iconic role. First revealed on the big screen in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunter Boba Fett found himself going from fringe character to cult icon within a short span of time. The man behind the mask in the original films was English actor Jeremy Bulloch, who also nabbed a role in the prequel film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton, a role in which you can actually see his face. Sure to delight Star Wars fans and Boba Fett cosplayers alike, we now have a collection of over 30 images from the 1979 costume test. Sure, the
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Star Wars: 2018's film will be Boba Fett origin story

The second standalone Star Wars movie is set to tell the story of Boba Fett, it's being reported.

We already know that the first standalone Star Wars Anthology movie, which goes by the name of Rogue One, will be arriving in cinemas at the end of 2016. Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing, and Felicity Jones has signed up to star.

At the end of last week, we learned too of a change of personnel with regards the second Star Wars Anthology film, that's due in cinemas in 2018. Chronicle and Fantastic Four's Josh Trank had been due to direct that one, but he departed the projected, and the search is on for a new director.

In the meantime, though, it seems we've discovered just what the 2018 standalone Star Wars movie will be about. And, as had been rumoured, it looks like we're going to get a Boba Fett origin movie.
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Boba Fett is rumoured to be the focus of second Star Wars spinoff movie

Boba Fett is rumoured to be the focus of second Star Wars spinoff movie
The second Star Wars anthology film may serve up a Boba Fett origin story, according to reports.

A spinoff focused on the Mandalorian warrior has been rumoured for sometime, but now The Wrap reports that it could follow Star Wars: Rogue One.

Josh Trank recently quit as director of the highly-anticipated project, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2018.

Last summer, the filmmaker was revealed as one of two directors helming movies that exist in the Star Wars universe while not directly connected to Jj Abrams's The Force Awakens.

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is on board for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Rogue One is set to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn in a story based around a heist of the Death Star.

Boba Fett is a notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, having worked with the Empire, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt.

Jeremy Bulloch
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Boba Fett is again rumoured to be the focus of second Star Wars spinoff movie

Boba Fett is again rumoured to be the focus of second Star Wars spinoff movie
The second Star Wars anthology film may serve up a Boba Fett origin story, according to reports.

A spinoff focused on the Mandalorian warrior has been rumoured for some time, but now The Wrap reports that it could follow Star Wars: Rogue One.

Josh Trank recently quit as director of the highly-anticipated project, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2018.

Last summer, the filmmaker was revealed as one of two directors helming movies that exist in the Star Wars universe while not directly connected to Jj Abrams's The Force Awakens.

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is on board for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which is set to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn in a story based around a heist of the Death Star.

Boba Fett is a notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, having worked with the Empire, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt.

Jeremy Bulloch
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »
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