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With all the drama surrounding who will and won’t direct the many “Star Wars” films coming soon to a galaxy near you, there’s been a momentary lapse in obsessing over what actually happens in the standalone Han Solo film and “Episode IX.” Ron Howard is now directing the former, which was originally to be helmed by “Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; as he nears completion on the untitled spinoff, the former Richie Cunningham has shared two glimpses of it.
“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” wrote Howard on Twitter yesterday. The accompanying photo is hazy, with a copper tint to it, and shows several people both in front of and behind the camera. He shared a similar picture on Instagram, »
- Michael Nordine
Sure, everyone might be losing their minds over Star Wars: The Last Jedi since it comes out in December, but what about the conclusion of the trilogy? It's never too early to look ahead when it comes to this franchise, and there are already plenty of key details about Episode IX floating around. The Director J.J. Abrams is returning to the Star Wars franchise to write and direct the as-yet-untitled film. Abrams was celebrated for launching the new trilogy in 2015 with The Force Awakens, which Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy cited as their reason for welcoming him back to the fold. Abrams is replacing Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow, who was ousted from the project following the debut of his widely panned drama, The Book of Henry. The Writers Abrams is set to serve as cowriter for IX alongside Chris Terrio. Terrio's past screenplays include Argo and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Quinn Keaney
Breathe. Just…breathe, Star Wars fans, for The Last Jedi has officially wrapped production.
Word comes by way of Rian Johnson’s official Instagram feed, where the writer-director posted a suitably epic selfie to announce that post-production is now complete. The black-and-white photo, embedded below, came bearing the caption: “Aaaand that’s a wrap on the hardest working post-production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers.”
Johnson has been fairly active on Twitter when it comes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, relaying pics from the edit bay along with a subtle tease of the sequel’s opening crawl. Yes, after Lucasfilm did away with the franchise’s iconic opener for Rogue One – part of an overarching plan to draw a line between the anthology movies (see: Han Solo) and the core Skywalker saga – the crawl will be back, back, back on December 15th. »
- Michael Briers
In recent times, Disney ran into some issues with Episode IX of the Star Wars franchise. In short, Colin Trevorrow left the production because of what have been called creative differences, thus resulting in a search for a new director to replace him. Other candidates were rumored for a time, but in the end, Disney settled on J.J. Abrams, who was the one responsible for Episode VII. What Is the Petition to Have J.J. Abrams Removed? With that said, the choice to have J.J. Abrams direct Episode IX as he directed Episode VII has resulted in a less than enthusiastic
- Nat Berman
He’s back! After the fallout with Colin Trevorrow and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy needed to a director that ensure the world that the final movie in the latest trilogy would be in dependable hands. So, she turned J.J. Abrams, who got the ball rolling with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and pilot “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
— Prequel Memes (@PrequelMemesBot) September 13, 2017
It might be a safe choice, but there will be no surprises about the kind of movie he will deliver, and fans are generally okay with it.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sometimes the ripple effects of a big decision made in a Hollywood studio can be felt all over town. Case in point: when it was announced that writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams would be swooping back over to Disney and Lucasfilm to take over for the ousted Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode 9, that meant he was leaving […]
- Ben Pearson
Star Wars 9 is back on track, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to replace fired director Colin Trevorrow. The studio has issued a new December 20, 2019 release date, and the project seems heading in the right direction. However, J.J. Abrams' sudden emergence at the helm of this franchise finale was a direct breach of his contract that was re-negotiated at Paramount after he left to direct the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A new report reveals that Paramount was "jilted" when he left to direct Star Wars 9, which lead to Paramount extracting a small sum of money for their troubles, but not nearly what the studio's overall deal with the director is worth.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that newly-minted Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos was not pleased that J.J. Abrams was "poached" yet again by Disney to direct this highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel, but he ultimately accommodated the deal, »
Given the chance, few filmmakers would turn down the dream of one day directing a Star Wars movie, and fewer still would refuse that offer twice.
And yet, The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams found himself in that exact position earlier this month. With Colin Trevorrow off Star Wars: Episode IX entirely, it didn’t take long before Lucasfilm came calling. The vocation? An opportunity to journey back to that galaxy far, far away and essentially close the circle in this current Star Wars trilogy. Abrams accepted, and the rest is history.
But as The Hollywood Reporter reveals, Paramount and CEO Jim Gianopulos were none too pleased with the decision. Since his work on Mission: Impossible 3, J.J. Abrams had struck a deal with Paramount that resulted in such lucrative blockbusters as Super 8 and a pair of rebooted Star Trek movies. Said to worth $10 million a year when accounting for overheads and development, »
- Michael Briers
It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?
With principal photography on Universal sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom now done and dusted, we’re now hearing that the film’s first trailer is expected online in November. Fansite Jurassic Outpost has the scoop, noting that retailers and various licensing partners have received word of Universal’s impending trailer launch, which will likely occur in and around Thanksgiving to attract as many eyeballs as possible.
If true, that reveal will take place a full seven months before Fallen Kingdom‘s prime summer release date (June 22nd, 2018), and it’s also worth bearing in mind that Universal chose a similar launch window for Jurassic World‘s inaugural trailer three years ago. And we all know how that one turned out.
- Michael Briers
Raise your hand if you'd be cool with Star Wars' General Hux biting the bullet or two in The Last Jedi. . . . Since I can't see you, I'm just going to assume you all raised your hands, since he is the freakin' worst. Despite flouncing around the Starkiller Base in an expertly draped cape and having one killer first name (it's "Armitage," very chic), he stands for everything Rey, Finn, and the rest of the good guys are trying to keep from happening (i.e. genocide and mass destruction). Although he escapes the explosion at the end of The Force Awakens, managing to evacuate along with fellow First Order villain Kylo Ren, many fans assume the character is not long for this galaxy, especially since Supreme Leader Snoke would probably toss him aside at a moment's notice. This logic begs the question: will General Hux survive The Last Jedi? RelatedHoly »
- Quinn Keaney
With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi quickly approaching, fans are beginning to get antsy given the lack of official promotional material we’ve seen from the hugely anticipated sequel. Sure, we’ve had a deluge of tie-in merch, as well as an all too brief teaser trailer and an exciting behind the scenes reel, but aside from that and a few photos, there really hasn’t been much. Thankfully, though, that’s about to change.
All signs point to Lucasfilm gearing up to really open the floodgates on us as far as their marketing campaign goes and today seems to be the first step in that. Seen in the gallery below are 22 hi-res images pulled straight from Rian Johnson’s upcoming chapter into the iconic sci-fi saga. Admittedly, most of these have been released before either in lo-res or with watermarks, or both, but if it’s »
- Matt Joseph
Will General Hux live or die in The Last Jedi? Is Domhnall Gleeson playing a legacy character, or someone who's action figure remains on otherwise empty hooks at the local Target. The character certainly isn't at the top of any favorites lists. And he seems like an early candidate for death in the next sequel. But no one quite knowns where the character's fate rests. Not even the actor who plays him.
Last week, it was confirmed that the new director of Star Wars 9 was none other than J.J. Abrams, who was set to both write and direct Star Wars 9 after the sudden firing of Colin Trevorrow. Very little was known about the story even before Colin Trevorrow's exit. With J.J. Abrams taking over the writing duties alongside new writing partner Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v. Superman, Justice League), whatever Colin Trevorrow had in his book of ideas is expected to get scrapped. »
The road to ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ just got a little bit longer. Last week, a series of changes happened that culminated with the firing of Colin Trevorrow, and subsequent Hiring of J.J. Abrams as director. Before this news landed, the film was set to go into production January 2018 with a planned release date of May 24, 2019. As soon as the directing announcement was made, Lucasfilm also confirmed that Abrams and writer Chris Terrio (Justice League) would re-write the story from scratch, meaning that the production would most likely not meet it’s release date.
Now that the tremors of the ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ shake-up have begun to settle, the official twitter of Star Wars has announced that the release date has been pushed to December 20, 2019. Here’s the official announcement:
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019. pic.twitter.com/rDBqmuHX89
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 12, 2017
- Taylor Salan
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on CBS, with Stephen Colbert stepping in for hosting duties. Although “Game of Thrones” isn’t up for any awards (Season 6 was eligible for last year’s ceremony), there are plenty of fan favorites up for big awards this evening, including “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld,” and “Atlanta.”
Will Elisabeth Moss finally win an Emmy after being shut out six times for “Mad Men” and once for “Top of The Lake?” Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus make Emmy history by winning her sixth consecutive award for “Veep?” You’ll have to tune in and find out.
Even if you don’t have cable, you can’t still watch TV’s biggest night over the air via your local CBS affiliate, or on your computer or a streaming device. Here are »
- Jamie Righetti
It's been heavily rumored that the Han Solo spin-off will give us our first look at two planets that have been talked about, but never seen on the big screen. Star Wars will continue its tradition of adding new locations with the Han Solo movie, finally bringing the additions of Corellia and Kessel. Fans have wondered about these 2 planets and whether they will show up in the movie as soon as it was officially announced that we were going to get a young Han Solo spin-off. Now it appears that we might finally get to see them on the big screen.
The new Making Star Wars Podcast reports that Corellia and Kessel will both be locations featured in the Han Solo movie, as well as news on what the Millennium Falcon looks like during this period. Corellia is Han Solo's home planet and Kessel is obviously famous for the Kessel »
(Aotn) After much speculation and a ton of shifting Disney has officially confirmed that director Jj Abrams will be returning to the “Star Wars” film franchise and is set to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX”. Abrams will direct, as well as, co-write the film with Chris Terrio.
Disney and Lucasfilm were left in a tizzy after it was revealed that previously announced director Colin Trevorrow had left the project, and his replacement choice Rian Johnson also decided to turn down the offer and walk away from the film. It is a no brainer that Disney and Lucasfilm would immediately run towards Jj Abrams, who took the helm on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which ended up grossing a whopping $2.6 billion dollars worldwide and once again skyrocketed the Star Wars brand into current pop culture.
That is not saying that “Star Wars” has not always been a pop culture phenomena, but »
- Kristyn Clarke
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars IX: Following the departure of Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm announced the return of The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. Due to the changeup, they also rescheduled the trilogy-closer to release on December 20, 2019. Read more here. Great News Patty Jenkins officially signs on for Wonder Woman 2: Everyone presumed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins would be back for the sequel, but now it's not only official but great news that she will receive the highest payday for a woman filmmaker ever. Read more here. Fine First Look The new Hellboy: We got our first...
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- Christopher Campbell
Star Wars: Episode IX looked to be in dire trouble last week when it was announced that Colin Trevorrow had been removed from the movie by Lucasfilm. Luckily for the studio, they were able to coax J. J. Abrams back to helm the pic, after he’d steered The Force Awakens to become the third highest grossing film ever made. Despite the director being arguably the natural choice to wrap up this trilogy, a subset of fans have apparently been left fuming by his appointment.
One in particular, Matt Vela, has been driven to create an online petition that calls for Lucasfilm to remove Abrams from Star Wars: Episode IX. Vela’s argument hinges on the criticism by some fans that Force Awakens was a “rip off” of A New Hope in its overly similar plot and character beats. He also references the studio’s initial claim that each of »
- Christian Bone
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars IX: Following the departure of Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm announced the return of The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. Due to the changeup, they also rescheduled the trilogy-closer to release on December 20, 2019. Read more here. Great News Patty Jenkins officially signs on...
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