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When the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, one character absent from the list of returnees to the galaxy far, far away was that of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Recently, Williams – who has reprised the role for an episode of Star Wars Rebels – said that he “has a feeling” he’ll show up in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, and now the British tabloid The Sun is claiming that Williams has been told he’ll have “a fun cameo” in the next movie, which is being directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), and unsurprisingly, he’s “definitely up for it”.
The Sun isn’t exactly renowned for dropping genuine scoops, it must be said, so this is probably little more than speculation based upon Williams’ previous comments. Still, if you »
- Gary Collinson
Interstellar first took off in theaters last November and people still can't stop talking about Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic. Granted, a lot of that talk is arguing about some of the logic in the movie, but not all of it is coming from armchair scientists on the Internet. Fellow sci-fi director Rian Johnson (whose last movie was Looper and whose next movie is Star Wars: Episode VIII) recently hosted a Q&A session with Nolan after a screening of the latter's hotly debated blockbuster. But don't worry, you won't need a time machine to hear the talk; the whole 32-minute back-and-forth has been posted online for anyone to listen to. Johnson and Nolan run through the history of the project, the complications of making it, and how the visual...
- Peter Hall
Interstellar first took off in theaters last November and people still can't stop talking about Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic. Fellow sci-fi director Rian Johnson (whose last movie was Looper and whose next movie is Star Wars: Episode VIII) recently hosted a Q&A session with Nolan after a screening of the latter's hotly debated blockbuster. But don't worry, you won't need a time machine to hear the talk; the whole 32-minute back-and-forth has been...
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Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus talks about working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in a generous excerpt from mono.kultur #19. More interviews in today's roundup: Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin on audiovisual essays, plus Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Joe Dante, Ava DuVernay (Selma), Boyhood editor Sandra Adair, C.S. Leigh, Molly Ringwald, Approaching the Elephant director Amanda Rose Wilder, Life Itself director Steve James, Rian Johnson's recent conversation with Christopher Nolan, a special section on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and more. » - David Hudson »
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you see Interstellar Brand Corn in the near future, you can credit Rian Johnson. The man behind Looper brought up the concept while interviewing Christopher Nolan about how much corn they planted for his latest sci-fi epic. The trivial takeaway is that they planted 800 acres of the stuff and made money because Matthew McConaughey didn’t drive through every single stalk. The greater takeaway is that filmmakers learn something new (and useful) on every shoot. This interview — from an event at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica this January — offers a fantastic amount of information and insight. Consider it an open window into the minds of two excellent science fiction filmmakers. My personal favorite is a section on finding reality in spectacle in a production age where CGI makes it possible to transfer anything from your imagination onto the screen. Sit back, carve out half an hour and enjoy: Source: The Big Kahoona on Sound Cloud »
- Scott Beggs
No matter where you fall on Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi "Interstellar," it's a movie you definitely want to see on the big screen. And this weekend you'll get one last chance to see it when it rolls back into select IMAX cinemas for one night only with twelve minutes of new, behind-the-scenes footage tacked on after the credits (check out the full details here). And again, no matter where you fall on the film, there is a lot to talk about and this discussion is worth checking out. Last month, Nolan joined Rian Johnson for a 32-minute conversation about "Interstellar" following a screening at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. And as you might guess, the talk goes in a number of directions from the genesis of Nolan's involvement, the script, to the nitty-gritty technical details of how things were shot. If you're a fan of either filmmaker you'll »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you haven’t seen Interstellar, you’ll have one more chance to catch it in IMAX this weekend when the film plays some IMAX houses on Saturday. But for those who have seen the film, here’s something worth checking out: a discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan about Nolan’s latest film. Rian Johnson is the […]
- Russ Fischer
StarWars.com has today made the announcement that J.J. Abrams will appear alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at this year's Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in California. They'll be kicking off the show "in a big way" on Thursday morning, April 16, at 10am, but the site promises that "This will be a day long remembered - trust us." What exactly are they referring to? We know that Abrams won't suddenly be announced as helming another Star Wars movie as Rian Johnson (Looper) is already attached to Episode VIII, so a new trailer seems most likely. If that is the case, it seems inevitable that it will be released online moments later, so there's a very good chance that this time and date will be when we next get a look at the movie. Potentially even more exciting is the possibility that they will take this opportunity to reveal the upcoming Star Wars slate, »
Fresh after explaining the design choice behind the film’s atypical, crossguard-styled lightsaber, director J.J. Abrams has offered up new details on the IMAX scenes — or rather, scene — in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
During his recent interview with Collider, the filmmaker revealed that while the large-screen format is the perfect fit for this brand of galactic adventure, the technology only has a very small part to play in the feature itself. Here’s what Abrams’ had to say on the matter:
“It’s really one sequence, so it’s not a ton [of IMAX footage], but it’s a good sequence.”
Now comes the fun part of speculating exactly what scene will be (or indeed has been) using the IMAX camera. Given the image that the studio Tweeted out back when news of an IMAX scene was first announced, it seems safe to assume that the dazzling shot of the Millennium »
- Michael Briers
Star Wars fever is at what I would call, a minimum right now, at least compared to what it will soon be once we get a longer trailer, a trailer expected to play in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Once that arrives and more pictures, posters and plot details begin to emerge it might become nearly insufferable to even browse around the web in any capacity, at least in terms of movie conversation. For now, however, it's sort of nice. Some sites are obviously Star Wars-obsessed, searching for any little nugget of information pertaining to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens they can get their hands on. Or debating even the smallest bit of information available to them, such as the trident lightsaber featured in that first trailer. Well, director J.J. Abrams addresses just that and a little more while returning star Mark Hamill »
- Brad Brevet
We are now just 10 months away from J.J. Abrams taking us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and when the trailer was released late last year, there was quite a stir with Star Wars fans particularly around the lightsaber hilt.
“It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing,” Abrams told Collider about the controversy over the lightsaber hilt.
It was announced that Rian Johnson (Looper) would be helming Star Wars Episode VIII, but possibly not Episode IX if Abrams is anything to go by. But what involvement will he have with the pictures once he’s set the scene? “I wouldn’t say 8 and 9 are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah.”
- Luke Owen
Busy times right now for Jj Abrams. He's putting together his edit for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which you'd imagine is taking up most of his time (and he doesn't have a first cut ready yet). And in his producer capacity, he also has involvement in Mission: Impossible 5 and the upcoming Star Trek 3 (or Star Trek 13, if you prefer), which arrives in cinemas in July 2016.
Of the new lightsaber that was debuted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, for instance, Abrams admitted "it's been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing". He added that "this was not done without a lot of conversation and »
Prior to accepting the Visionary Award at last night’s Visual Effects Society Awards, J.J. Abrams took a moment to discuss one particular aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has to be said; Abrams listens to his audience. During an interview with the folks over at Collider, the filmmaker offered up his thoughts on the varied responses he’s received since the film’s teaser bowed in December.
To get specific – he has heard your cries of woe/joy/indifference toward the new style of lightsaber that’s sparked a wealth of discussion online. Fans of the sci-fi series have quarrelled over its technical efficacy, its aesthetic design and whether or not it could actually kill a person.
Here’s what Abrams had to say:
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory »
- Gem Seddon
J.J. Abrams took a break from his post-production work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens to attend the Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles last night. Collider caught up with the filmmaker on the red carpet, and while he wouldn't discuss any story details, he did offer some interesting insight into the controversial lightsaber brandished by the villainous Kylo Ren in the trailer that debuted back in November. The weapon was easily one of the most divisive aspects of the first footage, and the director shed some new light on how it was created, and how amused he was about the reactions from the fans.
"I will say that what's been funny is, since the lightsaber's come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics. I've gotten things that are nuts, and I've »
This is a really good edition of Star Wars Bits. Rumors, spoilers, video clips, video games, this has it all. Below, read about the following: Could the Standalone be about Boba Fett‘s family? Episode VIII director Rian Johnson trolls Star Wars nation. Disney CEO Bob Iger talks Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer and broadband channel. […]
- Germain Lussier
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.
- Jenni Miller
Here's confirmation of something that had been widely assumed, but not inked in until this stage: Disney will be releasing the continuing Episodes of the Star Wars saga on an every other year basis.
This year, of course, we get Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which stands as Episode VII in the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed in his shareholder's report that Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, and "we'll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019".
Note his use there of the words "this trilogy". It would hardly be the biggest leap of logic to suggest that Disney and Lucasfilm will then get cracking on the next one once this one is done.
When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm and all of its intellectual property back in 2012, people assumed that the company would breathe new life into the various properties, not to mention George Lucas’ beloved film franchise, with the release of a new installment. Fast forward to the present day and Disney’s plans for Star Wars have proven to be much, much greater, with The Force Awakens primed to kick off a new trilogy this December alongside the release of adjacent standalone pictures in the same universe every other year.
It’s a bold, Marvel-esque cinematic plan, and today the studio has attached dates to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode XI which will, as we expected, release in 2017 and 2019, respectively. If Disney’s current galactic slate is anything to go by, then we can expect these iterations to make their bow in December.
In a »
- Michael Briers
When Lucasfilm and Star Wars were acquired by Disney we heard rough plans for the upcoming Sequel Trilogy. Star Wars VII (The Force Awakens) would release in 2015 with the following films set to hit every other year after with spin-offs in between. During a recent investors report, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that this is still the plan while teasing a little bit more too. Come inside to see what he had to say regarding the future of Star Wars!
While some sites are reporting on this like it's brand new, it's important to remember that this was the basic plan we'd heard about a couple years ago. It is nice, however, to get confirmation that this is Still the plan and Star Wars Episode VIII will release in 2017, with Star Wars Episode IX closing out the trilogy in 2019 (both of which are being written and possibly directed by Rian Johnson »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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