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The first teaser trailer for the final instalment of the Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, debuted at Comic-Con, and now Warner Bros have made it available online.
While the trailer contains some nice shots on a visual level, very much in keeping with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, about 80% of the trailer's awesome is provided by the song. Pippin's mournful song from Return of the King, that plays intercut with the doomed mission that Faramir leads on his father Denethor's orders, accompanies this trailer, to great effect, lending it a dignified, elegiac beauty. It's a sad song, but sad is just happy for deep people...
According to Wikipedia (which has spoilers, in case you somehow haven't seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet), the song is called Edge of Night, with a melody composed by Billy Boyd himself, with lyrics adapted from Tolkien's »
Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.
Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:
“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »
- Gary Collinson
One thing that’s very clear about how Disney handles their big franchises is that they are looking for multiple platforms to increase brand recognition, exposing a wide number of people to their properties. Obviously, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the forthcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy are the priorities, but the studio has looked to the small screen for new opportunities as well.
Marvel is launching a new live-action series in the form of Agent Carter, which was teased at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Now, they’re adding to their animation branch with the announcement that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is going to be making its debut ...
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- Chris Agar
If you look carefully at J.J. Abrams in his video released last week, in which he teased a new and improved X-Wing, there is a slight tremor in his voice. He reveals very little information, keenly aware of the Sith Lord studio exec’s open hand pointed directly at Abrams’s neck.
So much of the upcoming Star Wars production has been cloaked in secrecy, and that does not look to be changing anytime soon. But at least Rian Johnson — who was recently tapped to direct Episode VIII and oversee Episode IX — is good humored about it.
In a podcast interview for Filmspotting’s 500th episode, set to air this weekend, Johnson assured fans that Lucasfilm did not hire him because of his skills.
“I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil. There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad. »
- Harrison Okin
Going from indie work to a big budget studio franchise is quite the change of pace. Darren Aronofsky recently breached that gap earlier this year with Noah, with directors such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) following his example during summer’s blockbuster onslaught. The transition isn’t always easy; the studio system has more checks and balances in place, and is frequently governed by the bottom line, and for some filmmakers, the loss of cherished creative freedom can be a major deal breaker.
But that’s not going to stop Rian Johnson from hopping aboard with Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars Episode VIII. Johnson may be best known for his 2012 film Looper, his third effort following 2008′s The Brothers Bloom and his ...
- Andy Crump
Marvel knows how to throw audiences into a new world crammed with characters, deliver an origin myth (assuming they haven't already read the comics) and have a bit of fun. Watching a full house at L.A.'s Arclight removing their 3D glasses and emerging from the theater discussing what they liked about "Guardians of the Galaxy," you could see that they liked it --a lot. Marvel has delivered another monster hit--proving that Marvel producer Kevin Feige --like sister Disney label Pixar's John Lasseter-- can land on a dime just about every time. And if I were Lucasfilm's Kathy Kennedy, who runs Disney's other label, I would be a tad worried about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars" reboot, which has run through several writers, because this film cleverly builds on that DNA--set in a galaxy far far away, peopled by exotic aliens of varying shapes and sizes, focused on »
- Anne Thompson
Last month we got the utterly fantastic news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, (in addition to crafting a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX). Johnson’s Looper is such an incredibly strong film that I have to imagine there will be a certain amount of quality gained from this if he’s allowed a reasonable amount of control over the project. While details are still thin on Episode VIII (let’s face it, they’re still thin on Episode VII so I wouldn’t expect this to get better anytime soon) this is a sign that Lucasfilm and Disney are at least somewhat concerned with the stewardship of this franchise as a piece of entertainment (in addition to the obvious interest in it as a brand). Now Johnson is beginning to tease out some (admittedly vague) thoughts on the project. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
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: Joey Spiotto’s “Storytime: a […]
- Peter Sciretta
Actor Simon Pegg addressed rumors that he will be in Star Wars: Episode VII. Pegg is known to be a huge Star Wars fan, has worked on three films directed by J.J. Abrams, and has been seen on the Episode VII set by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Vulture interviewed Pegg and reports:
Yes, Benedict said something at Comic-Con and on MTV.
Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.
So, you’re not in the movie?
[Smiles.] Of course, »
- Free Reyes
Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus: Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg […]
- Angie Han
While J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" doesn't have a formal, non-generic title yet, the spotlight now turns to Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode 8." With the filmmaker tapped to write and direct that installment and to write the treatment for "Star Wars: Episode 9," he's diving deep into the George Lucas created universe. And while he's likely sitting on all kinds of spoiler-y details, he recently shared a couple of clues that will give super-fans something to chew on. Appearing on a Filmspotting podcast (via Chicago Sun-Times), the director was humble regarding his "Star Wars" job. “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad,” he said. Johnson went on to reveal that he and his crew have been holding nightly screenings, mentioning Henry King's "Twelve O'Clock High" starring Gregory Peck, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to be one of the biggest movies of 2014. Through a string of fun and energizing trailers, it has scored an avalanche of fan enthusiasm online. Its cast is insanely charismatic, and Guardians of the Galaxy is gaining major praise, being called (by some) the greatest science-fiction movie since Star Wars. And yet it almost didn't happen this way at all. In a profile piece for Time, Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman revealed why. But to understand how Guardians of the Galaxy came to be a cinematic force to reckoned with it is, you first need to know about Perlman. Enamored by rocket science and science fiction from an early age, Nicole Perlman wrote her first spec script about physicist Richard Feynman, and it won her a spot on Variety's coveted Writers To Watch list of 2006. She garnered buzz penning a pair of »
We went to Comic-Con. We tried to fit in. We did not. In this episode of The Snap, learn about the kinds of toys, costumes, and smells we discovered in San Diego. Enjoy them, I guess. And then check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #19: The Comic-Con Preview We Need Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, Memorial Day Movies are Terrible Ep. #9: Why Reality TV Still Matters Ep. #8: Let's Find George Clooney Some New Wives Ep. #7: Where is Our Song of the Summer? »
- Louis Virtel
During a Comic-Con interview with MTV last week, Benedict Cumberbatch hinted that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Simon Pegg has a mystery role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, adding to the numerous, unconfirmed rumors about this highly-anticipated production. Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch had to say below, when asked if he himself had been seriously considered for a role.
"J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly. But I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg - and who can blame him, frankly - it made sense not to do it."
Naturally, Simon Pegg's role has not been confirmed yet by Disney or LucasFilm, but last night, Vulture caught up with Simon Pegg, who would not confirm nor deny rumors of his Star Wars: Episode VII involvement. »
His first installment won’t be released for years, but director Rian Johnson is already talking about his involvement with Disney’s Star Wars franchise, as both director of Episode VIII and developer of Episode IX. Being interviewed for the 500th episode of movie podcast Filmspotting, the director joked that he had been hired by Lucasfilm to guide the franchise post-Episode VII by mistake. “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil,” he said (as quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times, present at taping). “There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.
- Graeme McMillan
"Star Wars: Episode VII" still feels light years away from its December 2015 release, but that doesn't mean that Rian Johnson, just picked to write and direct its sequel, "Episode VIII," isn't already conducting research for his film.
In an interview taped for the Filmspotting podcast, Johnson chatted about his childhood love of the "Star Wars" movies, revealed the cinematic influences he plans on including in the flick, and discussed his unlikely selection as the newest member of the "Star Wars" filmmakers club.
"The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy," Johnson said of agreeing to the offer to direct "Episode VIII." "I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see."
The "Looper" director also joked that with his less-well-known pedigree, it must have been "a clerical error" that saw him land the gig, adding, "There's »
- Katie Roberts
On Saturday, director Rian Johnson Skyped in to join Filmspotting’s 500th episode. He is in San Francisco, working on Star Wars: Episode VIII — A New Hope for a Good Star Wars Movie (that’s the official subtitle, you hadn’t heard?), and he mostly didn’t say anything about the project, except, “I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you.”
While we were all overjoyed when Disney and LucasFilm hired the indie director to helm the second and third films in the new trilogy, it left some people scratching their heads. Before he was hired he seemed uninterested in doing it, so why did he take the job? “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy. I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see,” he said.
And how did he get the job? »
- Mily Dunbar
Well, of all the headlines you could possibly imagine Star Wars: Episode VII might earn ahead of its release, I bet the above is not one you would have come up with. Nonetheless, hot on the tail of news that the next Star Wars installment will be shooting on location on Ireland's lush and lovely island Skellig Michael, comes outrage from conservationists concerned about how filming might impact the local wildlife. The Guardian reports Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII has run afoul of wildlife conservationists who worry the big productions occupation of Skellig Michael island will disturb the breeding season of its native birds. Their fear is that the coming year could see a troublesome drop in the population of puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, peregrine falcons and guillemots who typically use the remote island for their mating season, which is going on right now. Here are some puffins in »
During a Sdcc interview, Benedict Cumberbatch kinda sorta seemed to imply that his Star Trek co-star Simon Pegg might have been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. This, and the fact that Pegg had been glimpsed on the set, led many to draw a forgone conclusion -- but all may not be as it seems. When asked about all of this by Vulture, Pegg actually doesn't come right put and deny it, but seems to try to throw people of the scent by using some very specific wording. Have a read for yourselves and see what you think: "Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »
Simon Pegg is no stranger to keeping sci-fi secrets: For the better part of a year, he contented to refute the rumor that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan, even though that turned out to be the case. Now, though, turnabout is fair play, because at Comic-Con this past weekend, Cumberbatch seemed to imply that Pegg is an unannounced part of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII (which, like Star Trek Into Darkness, is directed by J.J. Abrams). We caught up with Pegg last night at an East Hampton screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness hosted by Serena & Lily, and when asked about the rumors, he got … well, let's just say very cagey.Here's the whole exchange, if you'd like to parse it for clues: Regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent comments about you being on the set of Star Wars, are you »
- Jamie Sharpe
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