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If there's one aspect of these new Star Wars movies that have hard-core fans most excited, it's the selection of visionary directors Disney's hired to bring these stories to life. After J.J. Abrams gets the ball rolling with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, we have Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tackling solo spin-off movies that may or may not be origin stories following characters like Han Solo, Yoda and/or Boba Fett. Then, circling back to the trilogy of sequels, Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm the follow-up to Abrams' movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Know what that list is missing? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. If it isn't already obvious, Disney is paying close attention to those...
- Erik Davis
Chalk this one up firmly as a rumour at present, but Star Wars fan site Jedi News is reporting that Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat could be heading to a galaxy far, far away for a potential Star Wars project.
This isn’t the first time that Moffat has been linked to Star Wars, with himself and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies declining the opportunity to work on the now disbanded TV series Star Wars: Underworld.
- Gary Collinson
What’s the World Cup and The Expendables 3 got in common? Well Sylvester Stallone did play in goal alongside World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardiles and Pele in Escape to Victory, and it seems that’s enough of a tenuous link for Lionsgate to tie in to the football tournament with a new World Cup TV spot for the upcoming action sequel which we have for you below…
n The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in »
- Gary Collinson
Clearly this is nothing more than rumour thus far, and the site doesn't have light to throw on whether it's a standalone spin-off movie or part of the ongoing saga that he's been linked with. Moffat's last feature film work was co-writing the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn. He turned down writing more Tintin movies to take to the Doctor Who job. Furthermore, Russell T Davies, his Doctor Who predecessor, turned down the chance to meet George Lucas with a view to working on the mooted Star Wars live action series.
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J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.
According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX.
JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »
- James Garcia
Moffat did some early work on the script for Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" movie which was produced by now Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. Moffat's scheduling commitments to "Doctor Who" prevented him from doing further work on 'Tintin'.
The unconfirmed rumor doesn't indicate which one, though if true it would almost certainly be one of the film's furthest down the track (Episode IX or more likely one of the spin-offs). »
- Garth Franklin
Jedi News are reporting that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is being eyed for one of the new Star Wars movies. In exactly what capacity that might be is unclear, as they say he could have been approached to be a writer, producer or director. If it's for one of the new trilogy installments it'd presumably be the final one which doesn't yet have an announced team aboard, but it could also be for one of the spin-offs. The site have been a pretty consistent source of info for these movies, though it remains to be seen if certain things they've posted will pan out -- so we'll have to take it as a rumor for now. But if Moffat was to take the reigns on a future Star Wars movie, we can't see too many fans complaining...right? »
Rumors, confirmations, Rebels and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump, read about the following: A new rumor connects Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat to Star Wars. Andy Serkis hasn’t started shooting his Star Wars Episode VII role yet. Watch some viral “leaked Star Wars Episode VII” footage. Original Star Wars […]
- Germain Lussier
I'm not sure how many of you know this, but Boba Fett's first appearance wasn't in the 1980 film Empire Strikes Back. It also wasn't in the 1978 animated segment of the Star Wars Holiday Special as Vader’s right-hand man where he is holding the trident looking weapon.
Parades are usually high school bands and Corn Princesses and floats, not flamethrowers and jetpacks and helmets. So what and why was Boba Fett in a parade in a small city twenty miles north of San Francisco? For one, San Anselmo was home to the famous house at 52 Park Way, which was the galactic core of Lucasfilm at the time. So once the annual fall parade came around, it seemed to make perfect sense. Why not?
- Joey Paur
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: Roger Ebert deemed too […]
- Peter Sciretta
In related news, The Schmoes have joined forces with Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro to form a new movie podcast network, which will include comic book movie based shows. The network is set to debuts Aug. 1 with its first show “Meet the Movie Press,” followed by “Star Wars Cantina” on Aug. 4. Apparently their aim is to "serve as the Nerdist of movies." Get all the details Here. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, »
Official news about the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con continues to roll out – and so far things are matching up pretty well with our “10 Things to See at SDCC2014″ wish-list. We’ve gotten confirmation that we’ll get a send-off for The Hobbit film franchise; and we just recently learned that new DC TV series like The Flash and Gotham will be featured as part of a massive DC Entertainment TV preview event. Not too shabby.
One of our biggest expectations was that Disney and Lucasfilm would be bringing Star Wars to Comic-Con 2014; now we know that it is indeed happening… just not ...
Click to continue reading Comic-Con 2014: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Panel Announced; No ‘Episode VII’ at Sdcc
- Kofi Outlaw
This is pretty damn cool and that black and yellow is instantly recognisable! Matthew Morrison (yes, of Glee fame) was shooting a video at Pinewood studios and happened to be next door to where Star Wars Episode VII is being shot. He just tweeted a pic of what Kevin Smith recently spoke about, and that’s the big sign on the sound stage exterior which says “VII Now Filming”. I’m sure we can get into a conversation about logos and fonts here (it’s far more modernised than before where the original fonts were similar to Times Roman) but we won’t. Either way, it’s bloody cool to see the photo! And yes, this is a really geeky article! Anyway, thanks Matthew Morrison. Been a dream to shoot @PinewoodStudios #legendary And look what is filming next door! Might have seen a Wookie! pic.twitter.com/lQdbrcoaAZ — Matthew Morrison »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced their official Star Wars plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2014! As always, there's a lot of great Star Wars stuff going on. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anything is happening for Star Wars: Epsiode VII. The only thing that attendees can hope for is that they pull something huge out as a surprise during the Disney panel that will take place in Hall H. Even if they don't, there's still a ton of activities that will keep fans busy and happy. You can check out all of the details below:
Thursday, July 24The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con. »
- Joey Paur
Lucasfilm upcoming Disney Xd TV series Star Wars Rebels will be making a big splash at the San Diego Comic-Con in a couple weeks with its own dedicated panel loaded up with the talent and creative minds behind the show.
The Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con Panel will feature executive producesr Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, the latter of whom has yet to make a Con appearance to promote the show. Voice talent Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray will also be on hand to discuss their characters.
The panel promises "several exclusive premieres," though what those are we won't know until the event goes down. I would expect a new trailer, perhaps a clip, and maybe even the reveal of new ships and/or characters that fans of the original Star Wars trilogy will find familiar. The reveal of a Star Wars Rebels premiere »
When a film franchise lasts for more than four decades, it’s bound to collect a few odd moments along the way, and the “Planet of the Apes” series is no exception. As the eighth film in the popular saga arrives in theaters July 11, here’s a look at some of the strangest riffs on simian cinema.
Animal acts were a staple of Johnny Carson’s 32 years on The Tonight Show, and none were more memorable than when singer Paul Williams took the stage in full orangutan makeup and crooned a bluesy ballad to promote his role as Virgil in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.” The lit cigarette in his hairy hand helped add to the surrealism.
During the second season of this CBS variety show, Cher dressed in a loincloth and appeared with a group »
- Matthew Chernov
When some actors and directors promote an adaptation or remake they’ll pretend they’ve always been fans of the original movie or the comic. You can generally tell when they’re lying, trying to pander to fans. Thankfully, real die-hard fans often get to be a part of properties that actually mean something to them. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves, is one of those people. Like most kids growing up in the ’80s, the New York-born filmmaker gravitated toward E.T., Close Encounters, and Star Wars. For Reeves, though, those films never held a candle to Planet of the Apes. “That was my obsession. That was my Star Wars,” he tells us over the phone, counting the hours until the film opens this Friday. When it comes to the Apes franchise the original film and, the strangest of the series, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, are »
- Jack Giroux
Star Wars.com released a video featuring a real life version of Chopper, a little droid who will be a part of the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels. The droid was brought to life by some of the wizards over at Lucasfilm, and they even bring R2-D2 out to meet him. Here's a little information that they offered:
Chopper is the grumpy, lazy, yet ultimately heroic astromech droid of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series -- and Lucasfilm has brought him to life. In this new video, go behind the scenes to see how a fully functioning Chopper was designed, built, and finally, introduced to his creators and to the world.
It's always fun seeing these iconic droids come to life.
- Joey Paur
The Lego Movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 21 (and those of you who are tech-savvy can watch on-demand now), and five months on from its theatrical release the film is still very much awesome.
13 incredible Lego movie sets: Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, more
Digital Spy's top 10 movies of 2014 so far: X-Men, Lego Movie, Her
There's also the prospect of two brand new short films - Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops and Enter the Ninjago, which are previewed in this very article.
Lego Movie cast get nostalgic about childhood toys: Nes, Super Soakers
The Lego Movie's incredible cameos: Batman, Superman, more
If the Blu-ray and DVD aren't enough, then fans can look forward to further adventures of Emmet and Wyldstyle. »
One of the interesting bits of trivia I learned while talking to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was that the first movie he made was a Planet of the Apes/Star Wars mash-up called Galactic Battles. Find out more about that long lost film and how it feels for two childhood […]
- Peter Sciretta
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