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Newswire: Jediism doesn’t count as a religion, English Charity Commission rules

20 December 2016 8:27 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The Charity Commission for England and Wales will not be giving into the light side (or the dark side) of the Force any time soon. The Commission, which according to The New York Times “oversees British organizations’ applications for nonprofit or charity status” has shot down a group known as the Temple Of The Jedi Order that applied for charity status, citing its dedication to furthering “the religion of Jediism, for the public benefit worldwide, in accordance with the Jedi Doctrine.” Even Chirrut Imwe saw this one coming.

Apparently, an age-old morality tale featuring heroes, villains, a little bit of incest, and numerous desert locales incorporating ancient mythology and spirituality and based on a bearded gentleman’s beliefs is a much more believable religion than Star Wars. According to the Charity Commission, Jediism—which draws on the mythology of Star Wars, Hinduism, Christianity, and Gary Kurtz’s Comparative Religion textbooks »

- Mike Vanderbilt

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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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What Happened in George Lucas' Version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

26 September 2016 4:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Disney's surprise purchase of LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion in 2012 came the announcement that Star Wars 7 was finally happening. There had been rumors that George Lucas was developing a third trilogy for several years, but when George Lucas sold his empire, he relinquished all control to Disney, and he was not involved in any way in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or its upcoming sequels and spinoffs. A new video surfaced today which delves through interviews and other archived information to piece together what George Lucas' version of Star Wars 7 may have featured.

This extensive 10-minute YouTube video comes from Mr. Sunday Movies, which delves through a number of old interviews to try and piece together what George Lucas' version of Star Wars 7 may have been about. Producer Gary Kurtz said in a 1999 interview at a sci-fi expo that the original ending of Return of the Jedi »

- MovieWeb

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‘Star Wars’ Producer Robert Watts Unveils New Films

3 June 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British producer Robert Watts, who worked on the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” trilogies, is developing a pair of movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

Watts is teaming with Italian songwriter Mauro Repetto and French writer Typhanie Soulat on the live-action/animated romantic comedy “Miranda” and psychological thriller “5, 6, 7, 8.” Real Big Hits is the exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agent.

“Miranda” centers on an unborn baby who — with the help of angels — battles witches to ensure that her future parents find each other, fall in love and bring her to life. The film blends traditional animation, computer animation and live action. Repetto, founder of the pop group 883, is writing the script with Soulat. The duo is also writing the soundtrack.

“5, 6, 7, 8” centers on a sociable marketing executive who’s leading a double life as a kidnapper of young women to create a human keyboard that will perform the titular song with a dance routine. »

- Dave McNary

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Star Wars, sad Affleck and the gathering pace of pop culture

18 April 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Are we too quick to consume movies and TV before moving onto the next big thing? Ryan looks at the gathering pace of pop culture...

On the 26th March, Yahoo UK’s Tom Butler sat down with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill for a brief filmed interview about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Both Hollywood stars wore jumpers. Cavill looked relaxed and chipper. Affleck, on the other hand, wore the heavy-lidded look of someone suffering from jet lag.

It was that wan expression, as the pair were asked about the grim critical reaction to Batman V Superman, which saw the clip shared all over the world. As Cavill responded to the question (“What really matters is what the audience thinks...”), Affleck looked at the floor, unblinking. He appeared to nod gently as Cavill spoke eagerly, although it’s equally possible that he was just comforting himself by rocking backwards and forwards. »

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