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Those who feel that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films strayed a bit too far in tone and spirit from the original series (and subsequent movies and TV shows), rejoice, because Simon Pegg has your back! While doing the press rounds for his upcoming film Kill Me Three Times, Pegg spoke a bit about how he and co-screenwriter Doug Jung are approaching the script for Star Trek 3, and promises that change is coming.
Pegg revealed that he and Jung are hoping to return Trek to its TV roots, which begins first and foremost with its inherent sense of optimistic adventure and discovery. In an interview with Spinoff Online, Pegg said:
“We just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know. Where no »
- James Garcia
Earlier this week, LucasFilm unveiled the full schedule for Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, which runs from April 16 to April 19. We pulled out a number of the big highlights for you, but if you looked at the full schedule, you would have noticed that a number of scheduled events were left unannounced. Today it was revealed that Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) and Josh Trank (Untitled Star Wars Spin-Off) will be attending the convention with a panel entitled Conversations with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. The panel will take place on Sunday, April 19 from 11 Am to 12 Pm at the Celebration Stage in the Anaheim Convention Center. Take a look at the official description below.
"Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came »
Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. The late 1970’s were a glorious time to be first discovering movies. For a boy in his adolescence, there were of course the complete life-altering revelations of seeing “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters” and eventually “Raiders” on opening day, surrounded by hundreds of other kids struck absolutely dumb at the spectacle before them. It was impossible to be young in those days and not become obsessed with the movies. But best of all were the comedies. It was an era when the genre was of re-inventing itself; moving out of the code restrictions that had hemmed comedy in since the dawn of Hollywood, the movies suddenly found itself let loose with acres of previously untouchable terrain to roam, and very few rules to guide them. »
- Richard Rushfield
We already know Star Wars Celebration next month is going to have a huge kick off with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on hand, likely showing off the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it arrives around the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now it sounds like there might be some news on the developing standalone films, because StarWars.com has announced that Gareth Edwards, the director of Star Wars: Rogue One and Josh Trank, the director of the next untitled spin-off, will be coming to the event to "share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family." There's a good chance that Edwards may announce more cast members for the film since production is supposed to begin sometime this year, and he might even confirm the rumored plot of the heist to obtain the plans to the first Death Star. »
- Ethan Anderton
This is interesting news for several reasons. First, I think it's fantastic that they are giving fans access to stand-alone directors Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Beyond the likely trailer debut for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the people behind Star Wars Celebration seem to be working to give the fans (some of whom purchased tickets Two years ago) as much access to the creators of the new mythology as possible. The second reason it's interesting? There have been online whispers that Trank was off the project so it's nice to see that he still seems to be unequivocally onboard. [caption id="attachment_424503" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via LucasFilm.[/caption] I doubt he'll have much to say about his stand-alone film since that project remains untitled (though that could change at the celebration). Edwards should have more material to work with, since we already know that Star Wars: Rogue One features Felicity Jones »
- Evan Dickson
Star Wars Celebration just took at stand. As in, the Star Wars standalone films. The official Star Wars website confirms that Gareth Edwards, director of 2016’s Star Wars Rogue One, and Josh Trank, director of a second Star Wars standalone film, will both be on hand for a panel at the event. The news comes […]
- Germain Lussier
I’m half Japanese. I’m an american. I’ve lived in Japan for a lot of my earlier childhood and 1/4 of my life. I have land there. I knew ramen was life since the ’80s, and not cheap college student menu before U.S. hipsters of the past several years did. I even rocked a bento strong in elementary school, some of which were Macross branded. I was introduced to Macross through Robotech though, as I suspect most people in the U.S. were, but in my years in Japan, I’ve never come across anyone (the count is officially zero) who seem to care more about how Robotech came into being as I have in english speaking messaegeboards in the 21st century. They have theirs, we have ours. As a child of both worlds it was never really a conflict, so it’s always puzzled me why it »
- Jay Tomio
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- Peter Sciretta
Rogue One: Veteran Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (Exodus: Gods and Kings, TV's Bloodline) is said to be "circling" a starring role in Rogue One, the first Star Wars spinoff movie. Felicity Jones is set to star, with Gareth Edwards in the director's chair and Chris Weitz currently writing a new draft of the screenplay. Production is expected to begin this summer; it's scheduled for release on December 16, 2016. [Deadline] The Billion Brick Race: Because there can never be too many Lego movies, Jason Segel (The Muppet Movie) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) will write and direct The Billion Brick Race, a spinoff of The Lego Movie. The project is in the early stages of development; it joins three other Lego-related movies that are in the works...
- Peter Martin
The Lucasfilm story group is hard at work keeping all elements of the new Star Wars properties in line as the franchise moves forward. While we've only seen snippets so far of their plans, the galaxy far, far away will soon be a lot more connected. As part of this, it sounds like one of the new book characters will be jumping from page to screen. Come inside to learn more!
Earlier this week, we reported on the current status of an impending Star Wars live-action TV show, and made brief mention of a character from a book who could potentially appear in the series (though I'm not sure in what capacity it would be in). Today, I'm going to expound on that a little more and hopefully make a couple things really clear.
Last November, Lucasfilm kicked off the new Star Wars canon, and since then we've had a »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Variety has revealed that producer Ryan Heppe has picked up the rights to Marvel Comics’ 1984 comic book series Crash Ryan, and has collaborated with creator Ron Harris on a 50-page outline entitled Crash Ryan and the Eyes of Lemuria, which “reinvents the story as an earthbound, steampunk-inspired fusion of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.”
Crash Ryan was one of the first titles published under Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint; taking place in an alternate 1935, the story follows “a pilot caught up in the battle between the heroic United Airmen and the forces of evil, led by a masked world conqueror who calls himself The Doom.”
“Crash Ryan is the product of a mishmash of influences: my childhood spent on Navy airbases; the old flying movies and Masked Villain serials I loved on latenight TV, and especially my fascination with predictions of future life made in the 1930s,” states Harris.
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars news is a dime a dozen these days with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving later this year and news of 20 books that will be released between now and then to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and this new trilogy of films. It's this last bit we address today as the plot synopsis for several of the upcoming Star Wars novels and prequel comics have arrived. Let's have a look. amz asin="1484724984" size="small"Book Title: "Lost Stars" Author: Claudia Gray Pages: 304 Synopsis: This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends-Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell-who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. »
- Brad Brevet
After stunning Netflix subscribers worldwide with his powerhouse turn in the first season of star-studded drama Bloodline, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn certainly appears to be on the rise. And now, after a career of strong supporting performances, he could be about to get his big break: Deadline reports that he may be joining the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.
Details on the first Star Wars spinoff, which will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards and boasts a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), are pretty sparse. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has bagged the lead role, but rumors suggesting that the pic will be a heist movie revolving around bounty hunters who steal blueprints for a Death Star are still unconfirmed.
Regardless, it’s exciting to hear that Mendelsohn is on the cusp of landing a major studio role like this. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Star Wars Battlefront has been given a new teaser by Electronic Arts.
Posted on the game's Twitter page, the teaser takes place on Hoth, as a rebel is confronted by falling spaceships and an At-at Walker.
Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #Swca
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015
The teaser is released ahead of the game's full reveal at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. The event runs from April 16 until April 19.
Electronic Arts recently said that it was thrilled to premiere the footage at an event that would be populated by dedicated fans.
The game's campaign will reportedly span the entire Star Wars saga, while the final segment will take place during the opening of The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Battlefront has been confirmed for a 2015 launch, and is likely »
The "Star Wars" universe is getting bigger, and if you're not on your toes, even more confusing. Between now and the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," there's a staggering twenty books of all shapes and sizes, for all ages, coming to fill in the story gap from "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi" and the new sequel. But that's not all. There are TV shows too offering more tangents to the main narrative, so it's understandable if you're not sure where everything stands. But hopefully this little infographic will help. The eagle eyes at Star Wars Bibliothek (via Film Divider) noticed that in the Amazon preview for the upcoming book "A New Dawn" (which is set between Episodes III and IV, Fyi), there's handy timeline of where the upcoming novels, TV shows ("The Clone Wars" and "Rebels") and videogames ("Battlefront") fit in the canonical "Star Wars" timeline. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Over the years, the Star Wars series has generated a number of dedicated fans all around the world. The rich world presented in the movies, tv shows, comics, and video games have been ripe for exploration in a number of ways, and many fans have chosen to do so in the form of fan-made stories, pictures, and short films, among others.
Among those fans is Paul Johnson. On his youtube channel OtaKing 77077, Johnson unveiled Tie Fighter, a short dialogue-free film set in the Star Wars universe, focusing on a dogfight in space between the Rebels and the Empire’s pilots. Working on it during weekends, it took Johnson over 4 years to make the short, which is done in the style of ’80s Japanese anime. Johnson incorporated some sights and sounds from the 1994 Tie Fighter video game, collaborating with Zakir Rahman and Joseph Levya for the music and sound design respectively. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
As production gears up to begin on Gareth Edwards' Star Wars film, Rogue One, we're starting to hear more rumors about casting (other than the already confirmed Felicity Jones). As of last night, it appears as thought Ben Mendelsohn has been added to the cast. Come inside to learn more!
Technically speaking, this is all rumor at this point, but considering it's coming from the same trades that broke the news about Felicity Jones starring in Rogue One (which was officially announced a little later), I think it's safe to put this in the "news" category than straight up rumor. The initial word comes from Deadline who reports:
Word is that Ben Mendelsohn is circling a lead role alongside Felicity Jones in Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Gareth Edwards. If Mendelsohn isn’t on your radar, he ought to be. The Aussie actor has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
As anyone who's familiar with Mendelsohn's earlier work will tell you, this is potentially good news; he put in a terrifying performance in the Australian drama-thriller Animal Kingdom, played a jaded thief alongside Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond The Pines, and was wonderfully camp in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings. He's certainly come a long way since his early days in Aussie soap, Neighbours.
Given the secrecy surrounding all things Star Wars, there’s no detail on a potential character for Mendelsohn, but should he sign on for the project he would join female lead Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) in the film.
- Gary Collinson
Spring is a time for rebirth. Animals are crawling out of their dens after a long hibernation and flowers are beginning life anew – and this year, that over-arching sense of rebirth that comes with the season apparently applies to geeky movies, too. Reboots and sequels are certainly nothing new to fans of sci-fi and superhero fare, but this season – and the year as a whole, really – seems uniquely jam-packed with famous, long-dormant franchises being rekindled on the big screen and all manner of other new beginnings in the movie world. From Mad Max and the Marvel movie-verse to Star Wars and The Terminator, fresh starts are the theme of 2015, and this cinematic renewal kicks off in a big way this spring. In just a few weeks, Avengers: Age of Ultron begins the...
- Rick Marshall
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