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PaleyFest is underway, and while television is not my normal beat here at HitFix, there are exceptions. For example, I've been the one recapping "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." this season, and for the last two years it was on the air, I was also the one who was recapping "Lost." In both cases, it makes sense because of other interests of mine. I'm fascinated by the Marvel movie universe, and not just as a fan, but also as an example of world-building in mainstream movies. With "Lost," I was a fan. Period. It was a show that hooked me with the pilot, and I watched every episode of the entire run either as it aired or within a few hours. Sunday night's tenth-anniversary reunion of the cast and creators of "Lost" was, according to tonight's introduction, the single fastest sell-out that the festival has ever had, »
- Drew McWeeny
News Simon Brew 17 Mar 2014 - 06:41
It's been quite a month for young actress Lupita Nyong'o. Just a few weeks ago, she picked up a Best Actress In A Supporting Role Oscar for her extraordinary work in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave. And now? She's been heavily linked with a lead role in Jj Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
The exact role, as you might expect, is far from known. The Hollywood Reporter argues that "one possibility is that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi", also noting that "that is separate from the search for two roles, female and male, for characters in their 20s".
Maybe it was word of mouth, maybe the time-traveling dog went through time to correct last week’s mistake, but audiences finally gave the dog of critically well-received Mr. Peabody & Sherman his day with a first-place finish and an estimated $21.2 million weekend at the box office. It topped both its release rival 300: Rise of an Empire (estimated $19.1 million) and newcomers Need for Speed (estimated $17.8 million) and Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (estimated $8.3 million), none of which have earned much praise from critics. While critics did not take Non-Stop well either, its estimated $10.6 million put it neatly into fourth place, along with being the only one of the top five to be domestically profitable.
The Lego Movie slides further down the list, but as a massive success; its estimated weekend take of $7.7 million added to a $236.9 million domestic total. Son of God has also done quite well, even despite an unreleased budget, »
- Seth Paul
Chicago - In May 13, 1996, I didn’t know what an RPG was. That all changed with “Super Mario RPG: The Legend of The Seven Stars”. The term was right there in the title! Not only did they popularize the genre, Square Enix streamlined the numbers heavy RPGs of the past into something challenging, charming, thrilling, and accessible. The combat was required timed button presses, and the story was oddly touching; bittersweet moments supplementing the generally upbeat and zany antics. It was almost a kid-friendly water-slide prelude to the pop-culture Tsunami that was to be “Final Fantasy VII” only a few months later, at which point pretty much everyone knew what an RPG was and what to expect to from one.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While Lupita Nyong’o’s phone has been steadily ringing with offers since she scored her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, her work in 12 Years A Slave was already generating plenty of attention. J. J. Abrams was definitely interested in meeting her, which means we can add her to the list of actresses potentially snagging the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.Though the most recent attention has been on the shortlist for the male side of the hero duo (and Adam Driver’s rumoured offer to become the movie’s villain), Nyong’o is just the latest name brought up in connection to the project, which has seen Abrams and Lucasfilm / Disney meeting with thousands of actors in a long trawl to find the right talent to continue the story set in a galaxy far, far away.And, of course, make sure you have the Rumour Alert Klaxon handy, »
Peter Kramer looks at the story of loss and resurrection that transformed cinema in the late 1970s.
Within a few weeks of its release in May 1977, Star Wars was already being discussed as the beginning of a new era in film history. According to a Chicago Sun-Times headline in June 1977, for example, Star Wars was ‘The First Movie of the 1980s’, leaving behind the negativity and complications of many 70s films. There was disagreement about how this shift was to be evaluated. »
- Peter Kramer
Doctor Who fans are amongst some of the most passionate fanatics in the world. Mention wobbly sets at your peril. Yet some aspects of the programme are inexcusable and to be honest, we’d rather wish they had never happened.
Always, the series has tried to push the boundaries of what it is possible to do on television. Compare Star Wars of 1977 with Doctor Who in the same year; the effects are incomparable, yet arguably at the time Doctor Who was at the top of its game, just as now.
Doctor Who is an immensely difficult programme to make. Nevertheless there are times when the strain has taken its toll and standards slipped a bit, so here is a list of Doctor Who stories that became complete disasters.
15. The Chase
The title, for starters isn’t exactly the most exciting and the story. A late replacement for another Terry Nation script, »
- Jonathon Carley
Star Wars - Ewok Cosplayer: Heather1337 ........................................................................ Star Wars - Han Solo Cosplayer: Heather1337 * Photographer: David Love Photography More of Heather1337 at www.heather1337.storenvy.com & Her Facebook Page ........................................................................ Star Wars - Ewok Cosplayer: Jessica Jane * Photographer: SuperHero Photography by Adam Jay More of Jessica Jane at www.officialjessicajane.com & Her Facebook Page Return Of The Jedi - In a final battle for the freedom of the galaxy, Luke must come face to face with the dark side in order to turn and save Darth Vader while Han, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca lead an alliance of rebels and ewoks. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was directed by Richard Marquand, from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. The cast included: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Anthony Daniels as C-3Po, »
One of the biggest worries for fans of “12 Years A Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o was seeing just what her acting options would be after her stellar awards season, including her big Oscar win. The after-Oscar curse–getting less than amazing roles after a big Oscar win–have plagued many stars and fans were hoping she wouldn’t fall into that curse as well. Also, and sadly, fans weren’t sure how receptive Hollywood would be to a dark-skinned black actress, even after her win at the Oscars. Thankfully, fans can breathe a sigh of relief–news has come out that Nyong’o has been approached by J.J. Abrams to play the female lead in the [ Read More ]
To go someway in quoting Julie Andrews, “The Internet is alive with the sound of Star Wars VII speculation”. Already big dogs are reported to return; Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill are rumoured to be reprising their roles from the original trilogy whilst Girls’ Adam Driver is also reportedly set to play the villain.
On the other side of the coin however, big names in Hollywood are also cropping up already in Star Wars VII’s trivia page as having been ‘considered for the role’ (whatever that means) without making the grade – Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving seem to have lost out to Driver whilst Saoirse Ronan was reported to have read for a role – did she get it? Didn’t she? Who knows?
It’s a long way to go until December 18th, 2015 and there will no doubt be a copious amount of casting rumours, »
- Toby McShane
A new Star Wars: Episode VII rumor has surfaced, saying 12 Years a Slave star and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is up for a role in the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars film. Latino Review first broke the story with the only comment from Nyong'o's representatives saying, "We're not allowed to talk about that." The story was later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. The two sources give different possibilities for her character, Latino Review saying she may play a Sith alongside Adam Driver ("Girls") as the film's main villain, and THR saying the role may be as one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendants. In other Nyong'o news, she was apparently in the mix for the Tiger Lilly role in Joe Wright's Pan that eventually went to Rooney Mara and is in the running for a role in a courtroom drama titled The Whole Truth opposite Daniel Craig. »
- Brad Brevet
For this week’s random assortment of Thinking Out Loud ideas, I wanted to start by focusing in on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors briefly. Specifically, how J.J. Abrams and company have recently seemed to be honing in on Oscar nominees and winners for the cast. I’ll have some other small things below as well, but that’s the main bent that the column will have today. Anyway, let’s get started! -Star Wars loves awards darlings, that much seems to be true. Just look at the names being mentioned for roles in the sequel…Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saoirse Ronan to name a few. What do all of them have in common? With the exception of Cumberbatch and Jordan, they’re all Oscar nominees, and in the case of Nyong’o, she’s »
- Joey Magidson
Within just three years, Scotland could have its first major film studio. A report by Scottish Enterprise, published yesterday, identify a clear opportunity and a strong demand for studio space. The project is expected to cost around £2m and would support a rapidly growing industry in a country which watches more films per person than anywhere else in the world.
Scotland has recently played host to a range of major productions, from World War Z to Under The Skin, and Jj Abrams plans to shoot part of the new Star Wars film on the Isle of Skye later this year. Although the country's dramatic highland and island landscapes have proven particularly appealing to filmmakers, it is Glasgow's Pacific Quay that is thought to be the most likely home for the studio, being well connected and right in the heart of the Scottish media landscape. The studio, as currently planned, »
- Jennie Kermode
Lupita Nyong’o is in talks with J.J. Abrams to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Everything connected to Star Wars is hush-hush, but some sources say she is up for the role of one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s descendents. [Hollywood Reporter] Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are still very much together and they want us to know all about it. The Spider-Man stars have been dating since 2011 and were caught making out in public on Thursday. [Daily Mail] Kristin Cavallari is the latest celeb to jump aboard the anti-vaccination wagon. She has already come under fire for refusing to vaccinate her son, Camden. [Us Magazine] Marshmallows might know all the ins and outs of Veronica Mars, but do the stars of Veronica Mars know Kristen Bell? MTV News put Ryan Hansen, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Trevor Hogg chats with J.C. De La Torre about combining fantasy and science fiction to conjure some comic book magic...
“I come from a hard working Hispanic family that has expanded into multiple industries,” remarks J.C. De La Torre. “As for art, I’d say no. While my wife is a cosplayer and works on her own costumes and I have a few cousins who have dabbled in singing, I’m really the only one to venture into art and entertainment industry.” A childhood passion has carried on to adulthood. “I’m a geek of the first degree. I’ve read comic books all my life and continue to today. I started out like every kid, with Super Hero comics. Spider-Man was my favourite growing up and I read a lot of Ghost Rider too, lots of Marvel stuff. As I grew older my tastes changed to darker comics like 30 Days of Night, »
As we wait for some official casting news from Lucasfilm for Star Wars: Episode VII, the rumors continue to pour in. The latest rumor comes from Latino Review who says 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has been reading for a major role that "doesn’t seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6." The site then goes on to claim to have heard that the role she is up for might be [Spoiler warning]...
....that of a Sith, which would be awesome.
I don't know if you saw 12 years a Slave or not, but she deserved that Best Supporting Actress award that she won at the Academy Awards. I was curious to see what would happen with her career after that win, and if she lands Star Wars she'll be set for life. In my mind, being cast in a Star Wars movie will do more for »
- Joey Paur
Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces to launch a new era in the Star Wars universe, beginning with the Disney Xd cartoon series Star Wars Rebels in Fall 2014, followed by Episode VII in December 2015.
J.J. Abrams is directing the seventh live-action Star Wars installment, drawing from a script draft that he and Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan put together – a script that, is turn, is based on the earlier screenplay by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
We spent the entirety of 2013 slogging through what felt like endless casting rumors for Episode VII, but of late we’ve been ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is the latest name to be attached to Star Wars Episode VII, with a new report claiming that she met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago, just before her big win at the Academy Awards.
Nyong’o is said to be “extremely close” to signing a deal after reading for the mysterious role several times over the past month or so. While there has been speculation that she could play a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi (which was originally described as being a non-Caucasian character), it is instead believed the actress is up for the part of a Sith.
They’re all the details we have for now, but with the hunt for the male lead being narrowed down to five and Girls star Adam Driver set to play the lead male villain, things are getting very interesting indeed!
The news was originally reported by Latino-Review, »
- Josh Wilding
Just a couple of days ago, we brought you this shortlist of actors vying for one of the coveted leads of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. A new report has recent Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o being added to the list of possible cast members, as she apparently met with Abrams to read for a part as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Obviously the details on that particular role are being kept quiet, but one possibility is that of the reportedly non-Caucasian part of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant. That role is separate from the ongoing search for actors to fill the roles of male and female lead characters in their twenties. Hit the jump for more. News of Nyong'o's meeting with Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII comes courtesy of Latino-Review, with a follow-up from Heat Vision. That's about all the information that's available at this time, but we'll »
- Dave Trumbore
Take a meeting, take a number. Several dozen actors in Hollywood are taking meetings with J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and the producers of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” You can add to that mix Lupita Nyong'o, who recently won an Oscar for her role in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave.” With “Girls” star Adam Driver being the only name that looks locked in right now (he’ll play the new Darth Vader-like baddie apparently), contenders include John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speleers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already-rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons. There hasn’t been too much word of females in the mix for 'Star Wars' thus far. One early name that popped up, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” star Saoirse Ronan already confirmed to us that she took meetings, but »
- Edward Davis
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