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The Star Wars News Roundup - 10.31.14

1 hour ago | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. »

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J.J. Abrams Confirms Star Wars: Episode VII Will Have A Single IMAX Scene

2 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over the past few months, Disney has been ramping up its IMAX output as part of the company’s recent deal with Imax productions, with notable films including Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy being released in the format. And today we’ve learned that Star Wars: Episode VII — arguably the biggest film on the company’s slate — will also contain a single scene shot in IMAX.

News comes by way of Variety, who ran a piece about the evolving nature of the format in the industry and how J.J. Abrams plans to utilise IMAX in the upcoming reboot.

“The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see. »

- Michael Briers

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News Nuggets: Hottest Halloween costumes include 'Frozen,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Star Wars'

2 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Disney and Marvel characters are among the hottest Halloween costumes from Hollywood this year. A new feature showcases nine of the most popular choices for kids and adults. Topping the list is "Frozen," which opened in November of last year and is now one of Disney's top five franchises in their storied history. In second place are the zombies from AMC's "The Walking Dead." Others in the upper tier are "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Batman," "Despicable Me," "Maleficent," "Star Wars," "Guardians of the Galaxy" (especially Groot), and "Captain America." The Wrap -Break- HBO locks up the cast of "Game of Thrones" for a potential seventh season of their most popular series. The principal actors, including Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, were previously only signed through six seasons. For signing the new deals, the »

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10 Lessons Star Wars Episode 7 Can Learn From The Prequels

5 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The 1993 announcement that George Lucas was developing the long-awaited prequel Star Wars trilogy created a frenzy among Star Wars fans. The story of Darth Vader’s rise to power was the subject of much speculation, as was the anticipated dual between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The prequels would not only answer many questions for fans, but would introduce a new generation of moviegoers to Star Wars.

Only it didn’t quite happen that way. Not as far as the fans were concerned.

When the first of the prequels was released in 1999, audiences turned out in droves. But it didn’t take long for the fan base to start taking shots at it. The movie received mixed reviews and is to this day the lowest rated film in the series. The perceived sins committed by Lucas in Episode I were carried over across both its sequels. Since that time, »

- James Kirk

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Q&A: David Hayter talks Wolves, Metal Gear, and X-Men

13 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Cinelinx's Victor Medina speaks with David Hayter about his new film Wolves and his prolific career!

David Hayter is known to millions as the iconic voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear video game series, but you’ll also likely recognize his name as the screenwriter of such hit films as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen. This month, Hayter is making his directorial debut with Wolves, a werewolf horror flick now available through Video On Demand, with a theatrical release on November 14. Hayter recently sat down for an interview in which he discussed his new film, sitting in the director’s chair for the first time, and his career.

Q: There was a pre-release screening of Wolves in Manhattan during the New York Comic Con. What was the response?

Hayter: It was great. There were a lot of hard core fans of me, and they are always very nice. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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Q&A: David Hayter talks Wolves, Metal Gear, and X-Men

13 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Cinelinx's Victor Medina speaks with David Hayter about his new film Wolves and his prolific career!

David Hayter is known to millions as the iconic voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear video game series, but you’ll also likely recognize his name as the screenwriter of such hit films as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen. This month, Hayter is making his directorial debut with Wolves, a werewolf horror flick now available through Video On Demand, with a theatrical release on November 14. Hayter recently sat down for an interview in which he discussed his new film, sitting in the director’s chair for the first time, and his career.

Q: There was a pre-release screening of Wolves in Manhattan during the New York Comic Con. What was the response?

Hayter: It was great. There were a lot of hard core fans of me, and they are always very nice. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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'The Talk' Cast Looks Unrecognizable in Their Halloween Costumes

16 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's that time of year! Watch the ladies of The Talk undergo their Halloween transformations.

It's that time of year! Watch the ladies of The Talk undergo their Halloween transformations.

Et's Brooke Anderson was there as the lady's made themselves nearly unrecognizable for Friday's episode: Aisha Tyler as Frankenstein's monster, Sheryl Underwood as The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Sharon Osbourne as the Bride of Frankenstein, a pregnant Sara Gilbert as The Mummy and Julie Chen as Dracula or is it Eddie Munster?

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"It's Eddie Munster I've decided," said Julie. "Which I'm fine with because he was actually a pretty little boy."

For her own personal Halloween, Julie is going with Princess Leia, but a very specific version of the iconic Star Wars character.

"Not the hot Princess Leia, the cinnamon bun Princess Leia," said Julie.

Sara had restrictions for her costume, using all non-toxic »

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Watch: Espn Is Going Full 'Star Wars' for Halloween Special

17 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Star Wars and the phrase “holiday special” don’t have the best history (as you can see here), but that isn’t stopping ESPN2’s SportsNation from paying homage to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away tonight with its Star Wars Halloween Special. If you’re wondering what ESPN2 and Star Wars have in common, I’ve got no answer -- aside from the fact that Disney owns Espn – but if we get an opportunity to see Darth Vader, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3Po and Chopper (from the new animated series Star Wars Rebels), I’m interested. The show is going all out to celebrate Star Wars, turning the set into a re-creation of the Millennium Falcon, and running its usual sports highlight clips with themed category titles...

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- Mike Bracken

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Star Wars: Episode VII – A Whole Action Scene Was Shot in IMAX

17 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We already knew that J.J. Abrams is shooting Star Wars: Episode VII in 35mm to replicate the look of the original trilogy. We also knew that some parts would be shot using 70mm IMAX. What we didn't know is to what extent the IMAX format is being used.

One big drawback to shooting 70mm IMAX is the size and weight of the cameras. I've also heard they are incredibly loud.

Via Variety:

“The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on IMAX cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in IMAX’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”

An action scene or sequence would be perfect for IMAX. You end up dubbing most of the sound anyway. But what you »

- Free Reyes

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Boba Fett Stands Against Han and Jabba in Art by Salvador Anguiano

18 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Bounty Hunter

I think it’s a given that we all love Boba Fett and that we basically never get tired of looking at new interpretations of the character, so here we have a poster design by artist Salvador Anguiano that features the bounty hunter up against Jabba and Han. Here’s what Anguiano said about the piece:

I’m a Star Wars fan (aren’t we all?) it is a fundamental experience for any kid growing up, there’s no other way to put it. I just wanted to take my shot at it, but I wanted to focus on one of the coolest looking characters, Boba Fett, but there’s not enough in the original trilogy to flesh him out, so I tried to convey a sense of conflict, hence Jabba and Han popping up in there all intense and dramatic.It was a lot of fun drawing the old bounty hunter, »

- Mily Dunbar

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Calendar-Man v. Film Culture: The Bubble-Bursting Wars

18 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With every studio hopping on the "universe building" trend that Marvel perfected for cinema -- too bad Pixar's early "all original concept / few sequels" success didn't translate to cross-studio trends -- cinema will be becoming a lot more like television. It already has, of course, with those annual editions of popular franchises playing like big budget TV miniseries with all their episodes smashed together for one bingewatch a year (think Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter). With the Star Wars universe now planning annual showings and Bond & Star Trek till and that planned resurrection of the entire original iconic movie monsters, one has to wonder if Original Content will finally be put down by the 2020s. Or will the bubble burst and audiences will grow tired of continuing stories with overly familiar characters and often padded multi-part stories with no resolutions. You know, the kind they can get at home on television for free? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Remote Control R2-D2 Jack o' Lantern

20 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We've seen a lot really cool geeky jack-o'-lanterns over the years, but until today I've never seen one that is remote controlled. Greg Aronowitz participated in Geek & Sundry's Halloweek, and created this incredibly cool Star Wars inspired R2-D2 remote control pumpkin. The video below takes us through the process of building it from the pumpkin patch to the finished product.

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- Joey Paur

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The Snap: The Sexiest Psychos in Horror History

21 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Psychos: They're hot. Who doesn't love a little sinister energy in their sexual interactions?  In this Halloween edition of The Snap, we count up the hottest psychos on film. Yes, Norman Bates ranks highly.  Check out all episodes of 'The Snap': Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. #25: Joan Rivers' True Legacy Ep. #24: Our Unanswered 'Saved by the Bell' Questions Ep. #23: Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: A Tribute to the One Woman in Every All-Male Ensemble Ep. #20: Clueless at Comic-Con Ep. #19: The Comic-Con Preview We Need Ep. #18: We »

- Louis Virtel

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The lines between man and machine are blurred in Alex Garland's Ex Machina

21 hours ago | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson put the Turing test to work in the first trailer for Ex Machina.

The sci-fi thriller marks the first time behind the camera for 28 Days Later writer and author of The BeachAlex Garland.  In the film, a young computer coder (Gleeson) wins a trip to visit the reclusive CEO (Isaac) of his company, only to discover that he is the human subject in his boss’ Turing test involving a new artificial intelligent being (Alicia Vikander).  With a sensual and sophisticated intelligence, this female robot challenges both men in a game of deception, blurring the lines between man and machine.

Garland had proven he’s adept at expertly blending genres and is no stranger to sci-fi, having penned the screenplays for both the space odyssey Sunshine and his adapted screenplay for Never Let Me Go.   He’s not leaving the genre or his writing days »

- Rachel West

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J.J. Abrams Shot One Sequence in Star Wars: Episode VII in IMAX

22 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams tweeted a picture of an IMAX camera from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  We knew the majority of the film was being shot in 35mm, but if you were hoping for IMAX to be a large (no pun intended) part of the movie, you're going to be disappointed. In an article largely about Interstellar and its use of IMAX, Variety dropped in a small tidbit from Episode VII:  “The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. Abrams isn't wrong when he talks about the drawbacks of using IMAX cameras. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Page 2: Bttf, Star Wars, Pixar, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Disneyland, Gone Girl, Indiana Jones, Bill Murray, Star Trek, Predator

22 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: We Don’t Need Roads […]

The post Page 2: Bttf, Star Wars, Pixar, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Disneyland, Gone Girl, Indiana Jones, Bill Murray, Star Trek, Predator appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Forecast (cont.): 'Saw' Re-Release, 'Before I Go to Sleep'

22 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Continued from "Weekend Forecast""If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." Lionsgate is banking that moviegoers will remember that old adage this weekend, when the 2004 horror classic is re-released in to over 2,000 theaters.The original Saw opened to a surprising $18.3 million on this weekend 10 years ago, and spawned a franchise that ruled the next four Halloweens. The first sequel (Saw II) was the highest-grossing installment with $87 million; grosses progressively declined to Saw V, which earned $56.7 million.All good things must eventually end, though, and Saw VI got stomped by word-of-mouth sensation Paranormal Activity in October 2009. The movie dropped around 50 percent from the previous installment, which led to a franchise-low $27.7 million gross. The following year, Saw 3D recovered to $45.7 million, though that was thanks to the addition of 3D pricing (during 3D's peak) and a "final chapter" bump.Re-releases have been a hit-or-miss endeavor lately. 3D re-releases for The Lion King, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Has One Action Scene Shot in IMAX

23 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’ve known for a long time that director Jj Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel are shooting Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm film. Over the summer we learned something else: at least some portion of the film was shot on IMAX cameras. The photo that confirmed that data (above) showed an IMAX film camera, not […]

The post ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Has One Action Scene Shot in IMAX appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Why Are DreamWorks Animation Shares Down After It Beat Earnings Expectations?

23 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The strong box office for How to Train Your Dragon 2 that helped DreamWorks Animation beat Q3 earnings forecasts in its report last night wasn’t enough to keep the studio out of Wall Street’s doghouse. Its stock is down 6.6% in afternoon trading – a reversal from last night when shares rose about 5.5% post-market. What changed? CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s refusal in a conference call to discuss the reported buyout talks with Softbank disappointed some who had hoped for a deal. But it seems that several details among the numbers pushed a lot of hot buttons, once analysts had a good chance to look at them.

Janney Capital Markets’ Tony Wible found enough reasons to abandon his “buy” recommendation today, downgrading Dwa to “neutral.” The company, he says, “faces a rough 2015 and now needs to cope with higher cost, a delay in [consumer products] sales, a slower ramp of TV [profit] margin, and lingering impairment risk. »

- David Lieberman

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Oscar Isaac Is Erasing the Line Between Man and Machine in First ‘Ex Machina’ Trailer (Video)

30 October 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Star Wars” star Oscar Isaac can't be trusted in “Ex Machina.” The first trailer (above) for the science fiction thriller makes it abundantly clear that Isaac's character is keeping secrets from a young programmer, played by Domhnall Gleeson, who is selected to evaluate the human qualities of a breathtaking female robot (Alicia Vikander). Also read: ‘Interstellar’ Review: Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Epic Launches Perfectly, Crumbles Upon Landing “Nathan isn't your friend,” the beautiful bot warns. “You're wrong… about everything.” Alex Garland, who wrote terrific sci-fi films “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” wrote and directed the movie that explores the following idea: “To erase the line between. »

- Greg Gilman

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