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Mark Hamill finally went over to the dark side of the Force. Jason Reitman's live-read of The Empire Strikes Back last night brought two surprise guests to the roster of actors recreating the Star Wars sequel. Hamill, who was once Luke Skywalker himself (and will be again) joined the group to play none other than The Emperor. Hamill, an acclaimed voice actor who has done countless animated shows, also read the lines for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, doing spot-on imitations of each, while The Office's Rainn Wilson, sporting a bushy beard and lumberjack-style checked shirt, played Chewbacca -- and only Chewbacca. »
- Anthony Breznican
Writer and director Jason Reitman recently did a live script read for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and he managed to bring together a hell of a cast. The actors involved with the project included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, Ellen Page as Han Solo, Jessica Alba as Princess Leia, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Stephen Merchant as C3P0, Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian, Kevin Pollack as Yoda, and Mark Hamill came in to take the roles of the Emperor and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
We have about a minute of video from the event to show you that was posted by Allison Dorenbosch. The scene that the video showcases is the classic "I know" moment right before Han is frozen in carbonite.
"Han turns to Princess Leia, they look sorrowfully at one another, and Han moves towards her to give her a final passionate kiss."
No. Page and Alba do not kiss, »
- Joey Paur
The things fans love about The Empire Strikes Back are not things present in a live read: John Williams unbelievable score, the breathtaking action set pieces, and locations like Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City. At a live read, it’s just the actors, the script, a few images and the audience. As a massive Star Wars […]
The post The Force Was With Jason Reitman’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read; Full Recap and Photos appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Allison Dorenbosch managed to catch about a minute of last night's live-read of The Empire Strikes Back on video and uploaded it to Vimeo. As we've previously reported, the impressive cast includes the likes of J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, Jessica Alba as Princess Leia, and Ellen Page as Han Solo. In this scene, Han is just about to be frozen in carbonite and Page and Alba re-enact the iconic "I know" moment. Despite some prompting from the audience, they don't actually go in for that kiss you'll be sorry to hear. Thanks to ImKennyPowers for the heads up. »
“Welcome to the first live screening of ‘The Interview!’”
So teased Jason Reitman at the start of Thursday’s live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” held in downtown Los Angeles. The event, part of Film Independent’s Live Read series, was moved from its previous home at Lacma to the larger Ace Hotel Theatre due to audience demand.
“We needed a few more seats for this one,” quipped Reitman, who directs the events.
Costumed characters dressed as Stormtroopers and X-Wing Pilots entertained fans outside the historic theater, while a fully-motorized R2-D2 posed for photos inside the lobby as John Williams’ classic theme music played in the background.
But it was the surprise appearance of beloved Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, reading the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, that brought the audience to its feet for a spontaneous standing ovation.
“I hope I pass the audition,” Hamill joked as the applause continued. »
- Matthew Chernov
"Welcome to the first live screening of The Interview." Jason Reitman riffed on current events before transporting the audience for the latest in his Live Read series to a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. The series, which Reitman and Film Independent have put on since 2011, returned on Thursday with The Empire Strikes Back — “the best Star Wars movie ever made,” Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell said in his introduction. And with Star Wars fever reaching 10-year highs, this installment was relocated from the usual Lacma Bing Theater to the more
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
Jason Reitman unveiled a surprise at his live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday night, and the crowd that packed the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles couldn’t have been more excited if he’d shown footage from the new “Star Wars” movie that’s due to open a year from now.
Reitman’s surprise, though, looked back rather than forward. After he’d introduced the cast that would be doing one of the celebrated live reads that Reitman regularly stages for Film Independent – a cast that included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, »
- Steve Pond
Jason Reitman will be bringing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back back to life in a live-reading that he plans to put on tonight. Yesterday Reitman released the names of a majority of his cast, but there were two casting announcements noticeably missing: the roles of Han Solo and Leia Organa. We finally, finally have the names of the two actors who will be reading for Han and Leia. While the actress reading for Leia--Jessica Alba--might not surprise you, the casting for Han certainly might. Juno star Ellen Page will be Leia.s stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder, Han Solo. I.ll admit, I had just assumed Reitman would cast a guy for the role of Han since Han was originally portrayed by a guy, Harrison Ford, in the film version of The Empire Strikes Back. However, after Entertainment Weekly initially broke the news of Page.s casting, and »
A few nights ago I shared with you information regarding Jason Reitman’s upcoming live-read of Irvin Kershner’s The Empire Strikes Back script. If you’re not familiar, it’s basically when he gets some great talent to read an awesome script live on stage for one night only. The cast for Star Wars so far includes: Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian, and Kevin Pollack as »
- Graham McMorrow
Thursday night is Jason Reitman‘s biggest live read yet. Literally. He and his cast will read Irvin Kershner‘s landmark sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the venue has been changed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, several members of […]
The post Han Solo and Princess Leia Cast for ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
In exactly one year, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will land in theaters, so what can you do to fill the 365-day gap until then? Well, you can watch the previous six 'Star Wars' films over and over, or dive into the franchise's books, video games, and spin-off shows. Or, if you live in Los Angeles, you can see "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back" recreated in a way you've never seen before or likely will again. Jason Reitman is directing a one-night-only live read of 'Empire Strikes Back' tonight at The Theatre at Ace Hotel and today the final pieces of the cast have been revealed. And they are as follows: Luke Skywalker - Aaron Paul Han Solo - Ellen Page Princess Leia - Jessica Alba Darth Vader - Jk Simmons C-3P0 - Stephen Merchant Lando Calrissian - Dennis Haysbert Yoda - Kevin Pollak And yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Really, there's nothing that says "Han" can't be a woman's name. Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia—the royal revolutionary who thinks the smuggler is nothing but a "stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder." Until, of course, she doesn't. The whole point of Reitman's live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we've never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain »
- Anthony Breznican
Tonight, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages his monthly live performance of a popular movie script. What makes this one special is that it's the film many (most?) consider to be the best of the Star Wars saga instalments, The Empire Strikes Back. We found out yesterday that the parts of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would be filled by Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons respectively, but and now EW have revealed that Ellen Page (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) will play Han Solo, and Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) will play his lover, Princess Leia Organa. Easy there tiger! Here's what Reitman had to say about his choices. "In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the »
Being a part of a major franchise is not always a good thing, in fact it can almost become a career killer for some.
In a new feature piece for New York Magazine, actress Natalie Portman spoke about the late film director Mike Nichols whom she worked with on "Closer" and received rave reviews for her performance. However, she claims that at the time no-one wanted to hire her because of a certain franchise she was involved with:
"Star Wars had come out … and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis."
After the prequel trilogy ended, Portman ended up »
- Garth Franklin
Shepperton Studios, Middlesex - Joss Whedon looked tired. And not just a little tired, either. He looked weary, deep down in his bones tired. He looked like he was ready to just fall down where he was and sleep for a week. I've seen a number of other directors in this state and it's always when they're near the end of production on one of these mega-movies. The pressure that's on these guys in enormous, and for Whedon, following up one of the biggest films of all time can't be easy. We sat in a small group facing Whedon in the Tony Stark lab, part of the Avengers Tower set, and asked him what his primary goal was walking into the sequel. "On the first one, I was a raggedy man when I made that film. It did take a lot out of me. Going in this time, I was like… »
- Drew McWeeny
From Quentin Tarantino's all-star Hateful Eight table read to Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin emulating Michael Jordan in Space Jam, live script readings are now the Off-Broadway shows of Hollywood. On Thursday, December 18th, Juno director Jason Reitman will stage a reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Los Angeles' Ace Hotel with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul taking on the role of Luke Skywalker.
The one-night-only event is the latest in a series of Reitman's monthly live script readings. "The first thing I »
In case you weren't aware, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages monthly live performances of movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has previously put on readings of the likes of The Princess Bride, American Beauty, and The Apartment, but his latest is a bit of a departure: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Reitman has revealed several of his cast members to EW, and they include Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and the great J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) as his dear old daddy, Darth Vader. There's also Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Kevin Pollack as Yoda, and Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian. Apparently we'll find out who'll play Princess Leia, Han Solo and the rest later today. You can hear from Reitman on why he chose that particular cast at the link below, and you can purchase »
When we saw Joss Whedon on the set of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" this past summer, he looked like he had been beaten up by the movie's robotic bad guy. Bags drooped under each eye, he moved slowly, looked gaunt, and, while giving his answers the characteristically snappy Joss Whedon delivery, the way that countless characters of his have talked over the years in various TV shows and movies, this time it sounded more forced and battle-hardened. We were inside Avengers Tower, which had been mostly destroyed by Ultron (you can see bits of this in the trainer) and it looked like Whedon was part of that collateral damage.
But who could blame him? This was day 72 of the shoot, and there was at least another month of principle photography left to go. He was tired. And he was also under an incredible amount of pressure. Last time out, Whedon's »
- Drew Taylor
Today in things you didn.t realize you needed: Jason Reitman is offering the world a one night only, live reading of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with an entirely new cast. It's a part of his ongoing series taking beloved films, recasting them, and presenting live-readings of the script, and will be coming to the stage this Thursday night. Reitman will be debuting the show at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with a pretty interesting cast. Of course, Reitman isn.t showing his hand too early, only revealing a few of his cast to Entertainment Weekly. He plans to unveil more of the actors he's signed on before Thursday. However, here are the cast members we know: Aaron Paul is Luke Skywalker Reitman is shaking things up a bit by casting Aaron Paul as Luke, seemingly hoping to bring new energy to the role. »
Jason Reitman has been doing a series of live-reads at Lacma for the last few years; these one-time performances have included classic scripts like American Beauty and The Graduate. Something tells me however that his latest venture will bring his great series some serious attention as he’s headed to a whole other galaxy. Reitman has chosen The Empire Strikes Back and a few members of the principle cast have been announced! The cast so far includes: Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, »
- Graham McMorrow
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