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Jeremy Bulloch, the man behind the mask of Boba Fett, put a bounty on our hearts during a charming Ama on Reddit, where he touched on everything from his favorite moments on the Star Wars set to the cult of Boba Fett and the extra jet pack he would've added to the bounty hunter's already badass costume.
Star Wars Behind-the-Scenes Instagrams Reveal Chewbacca's Origin
It should be easy to feel sympathy for Emmy voters in 2014. There is more good television now than ever before, available in more places (including non-traditional streaming video outfits like Netflix and Amazon) than ever before. There is abundant category confusion, where a show like "Shameless" can jump from drama to comedy after presenting its bleakest season ever, where "True Detective" can be considered as a drama series while "American Horror Story" is a miniseries even though the two shows have the same basic structure, where the fourth season of "Tremé" has to be considered a miniseries because it didn't produce enough episodes to qualify elsewhere, where voters are asked to consider what Jim Parsons does on "Big Bang Theory" in the same context of what Louis C.K. does as an actor on "Louie." It is an impossible job, really. Even TV critics whose sole job is to watch this »
- Alan Sepinwall
If there's one aspect of these new Star Wars movies that have hard-core fans most excited, it's the selection of visionary directors Disney's hired to bring these stories to life. After J.J. Abrams gets the ball rolling with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, we have Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tackling solo spin-off movies that may or may not be origin stories following characters like Han Solo, Yoda and/or Boba Fett. Then, circling back to the trilogy of sequels, Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm the follow-up to Abrams' movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Know what that list is missing? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. If it isn't already obvious, Disney is paying close attention to those...
- Erik Davis
With plenty of casting announcements and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank both set for upcoming Star Wars spin-offs, it’s been a while since we’ve had a good Star Wars rumour; even Rian Johnson’s involvement with Episode VIII comes from reliable enough sources to be considered all but confirmed.
The often very reliable Jedi-News have this morning run with the rumour that Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat is linked to one of the future Star Wars movies. With no indication of whether he would be involved as a writer, director or producer, and also no word if it was to work on Star Wars Episode IX or another of the planned spin-offs.
His fellow Doctor Who scribe Russell T Davies was offered a role in the now abandoned Star Wars Underworld live-action TV series, a project he famously declined when he refused to even meet with George Lucas. »
- Josh Wilding
Chalk this one down firmly as a rumour, but Star Wars fan site Jedi News is reporting that Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat could be heading to a galaxy far, far away for a potential Star Wars project.
This isn’t the first time that Moffat has been linked to Star Wars, with himself and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies declining the opportunity to work on the now disbanded TV series Star Wars: Underworld.
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.
According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX.
JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »
- James Garcia
Star Wars Episode VII will be filmed using IMAX cameras.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
It was announced in March that Disney had agreed a new deal with IMAX to see a number of its film series released in IMAX screens, including Star Wars.
The seventh instalment of the Star Wars series will be released on December 18, 2015.
Star Wars Episode VII - confirmed cast: »
In a new update on Sunday, Disney announced that two new actors, Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen, have been added to the cast, and that Harrison Ford’s injury will cause a brief halt in production next month.
American actress Clarke is currently studying in the U.K. Her first feature, “The Moon and the Sun,” will debut in 2015.
Andersen is a British actor and parkour practitioner who showcased his skills in a 2012 ad for Sony.
It’s unclear which roles the two newcomers will play. In November, Disney did issue a casting call for two characters named Rachel, a “beautiful, smart and athletic” 17- to 18-year-old woman, and Thomas, a “handsome, smart and athletic” 19-to 23-year-old man.
See Also: Rian Johnson to Write, Direct ‘Episode VIII’
“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent, and in casting ‘Episode VII,’ we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. »
- Alex Stedman
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a film that seeks to challenge and defy conventions – Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe is one such film.
Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, The Tribe sets itself apart from many mainstream films purely because it takes a group of untrained deaf actors with little to no prior performing experience and places its audience alongside them. Through nothing but sign-language – yes, that means no subtitles, music or voice-over – the film develops a narrative that twists around the trials and hardships that go hand in hand with your teenage years.
Drafthouse Films has picked up the The Tribe and is prepping it for a release some time in 2015. And why not? The film took home three honors at this year’s Cannes Critic’s Week competition (the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and the Gan Foundation Support »
- Dale Barham
Following a host of official casting announcements and unofficial (but still legit) set photos, Star Wars fans have been forced to sate their appetites with a steady stream of Episode 7 rumors and speculation. As Disney’s long turn plan for the franchise begins to take shape, with the hiring of a series of directors, Rian Johnson for Episode 8, Gareth Edwards for the first spin-off movie, and Josh Trank for the second, we still know very little about the new trilogy storyline – as well as whether it will feature direct ties to those non-episodic spin-offs.
Recent rumors have attempted to shed led light on Episode 7 heroes (and villains), connections to the upcoming Star ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Did we break it?
All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.
Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.
After securing an audience with a stark high school noir film named Brick, writer/director Rian Johnson professed his loving perspective of his viewers by framing himself in his next movie as a con man. In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo played Stephen, a fabulist who concocts his cons like fantastical narratives, while treating marks as members of an audience whose happiness is integral to a trick’s ultimate success. This marvelous film is devoted to a classic quality within Johnson’s storytelling, which Stephen calls “the perfect con”: when everyone involved gets just the thing they wanted.
Having written and directed three films (and doing some work on “Breaking Bad”) Johnson has now been chosen to create Star Wars: Episode VIII, allotting him a galaxy’s congregation of viewers, who will answer a question he asked himself while touring for his 2012 sci-fi film Looper: “Can we do what we do, »
- Nick Allen
If you’re not convinced more Star Wars movies is a good idea, then the news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars Episode VIII should win you over. Johnson knows structure, action, comedy and character, making him the ideal filmmaker to make Star Wars fresh and exciting again. Not only do his talents make him the right filmmaker for the job, but so does his thematic interests. Looper and Johnson’s second picture, The Brothers Bloom, are about how much control someone has over their own narrative. Bloom (Adrien Brody) feels like he’s living a story written by his brother Stepehen (Mark Ruffalo), while Old Joe (Bruce Willis) and Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) battle over the course of their shared, separate life. In short, a franchise focused on creating your own destiny is right up Johnson’s alley. Out of Johnson’s three films so far, The Brothers Bloom »
- Jack Giroux
Perhaps as a hint on what to look forward to in toyland, Lego has shared a now-famous photo of the new “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast — as Lego minifigs. “You've met the actors, now meet the Minifigure cast of @starwars Episode VII!,” the company tweeted on Wednesday. See also: ‘Star Wars': Rian Johnson to Write, Direct Episode VIII — But Not IX Cast members Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford and Daisy Ridley, as well as director J.J. Abrams and producers Bryan Burk and Kathleen Kennedy, have all been immortalized as Legos in the new photo, »
- Linda Ge
Chicago fended off competition from San Francisco and Los Angeles to become the home of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Lucas, who hopes the new project will open in 2018, said: "I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts."
There have been plenty of rumors about the villains in Star Wars: Episode VII. First they were said to be Jedi Hunters. Later reports called them Mercenaries. Now it's being reported that the villains are actually Mandalorians, the race that Boba Fett's armor hails from. The bounty hunter clone, himself, is from Camino as revealed in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (though still considered a Mandalorian). The Mandalorians will be joined by a Sith Witch, or a group of Witches, intent on taking down the Jedi. Could they be the Nightsisters of Dathomir?
The official Star Wars Wookieepedia describes the Mandalorians as a race of fierce warriors who often side with the Sith, but will also align themselves with the Jedi if the cause is rigtht.
In their early years, Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. »
When news broke that Rian Johnson would helm Star Wars: Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX – adding to the numerous Star Wars properties scheduled for screens shortly behind J.J. Abrams’s mystery box – it was almost universally regarded as a solid, promising move to those cautiously optimistic about the rebooting of a galaxy far away. And no doubt, Johnson’s hiring is a very good move for Star Wars, lending the franchise not only the director’s subcultural clout, but also his precise sense of style, passionate knowledge of genre and careful approach to cinematic world-building. His skill should benefit greatly a franchise whose previous incarnation suffered from scant evidence of inspiration or vision. But before seeing a final product, we can only take this news as a gesture of goodwill, or even a reason to be happy for a talented director worthy of admiration and success. Unfortunately »
- Landon Palmer
With J.J. Abrams hard at work shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, the announcement was made last weekend that Looper director Rian Johnson will be directing the follow-up, Episode VIII, and also writing the treatment for the final film in the new trilogy, Episode IX.
Though early reports suggested that he would also be directing Episode IX, this turned out to be untrue, and so we’re free to speculate on just who George Lucas and Disney will appoint for the all-important franchise capper.
Look around online and you’ll see that just about everyone has an opinion on this, with suggestions ranging from the reasonable to the flat-out absurd. As such, don’t expect to see the likes of Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg and Danny Boyle on our list of potential directors, because for starters they’d all be horribly unsuited for the gig, and secondly, »
- Jack Pooley
Here they are. Meet the directors of the next three Star Wars movies, after J.J. Abrams finishes up Star Wars: Episode VII. At first it was impossible to believe that they were even making another three Star Wars movies, continuing the original trilogy. Then it was even crazier to hear Lucasfilm is planning stand-alone movies in the Star Wars universe to bring us one every year. That will be demanding, and no one director would be able to accomplish that alone. But it gets even wilder when we learn it's these three filmmakers who have landed the coveted, impossible-to-get job of directing new Star Wars movies. Dream come true? Yes. So who are they? Why did they choose them? Meet Josh Trank, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson. In the early days of this new era of Star Wars announcements, big names like Spielberg were being thrown around. J.J. Abrams, coming off of two Star Trek movies, »
- Alex Billington
Last Friday Lucasfilm announced the name of the writer/director for Star Wars Episode VIII, and in doing so caused the tide of expectation to swell and further overwhelm the cultural sandbags of the Prequel trilogy. The man who made the Rainmaker, the builder of Brick and the third Brother Bloom Rian Johnson is a savvy choice to take over from Abrams in the director’s chair, I don’t say this because I tweeted this obvious thought two weeks previously…
— jonlyus (@jonlyus) June 4, 2014
Disney clearly know what they are doing. While there was a palpable sense of relief when Jj Abrams was announced as the director of Episode VII the internet rumour mill had already thrown up enough names into the project’s orbit to make Abrams seem like a safe, almost unimaginative, choice. Perhaps »
- Jon Lyus
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