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Disney is wasting no time in expanding the Star Wars Galaxy as quickly as they possibly can. Following in the successful footsteps of their Star Wars Rebels series, Disney Xd will be adding another show to their programming line-up this summer as Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures enters into the canon. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, The Freemaker... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Thanks to some German Toy Fair leaks a couple weeks ago, we'd already heard about the existence of a new Lego Star Wars series, but today brings about the official reveal of The Freemaker Adventures. Come inside to learn more about this new series set in the galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars is in full gear now at Disney and more is happening than ever before. Today brings the official word about another animated series coming to Disney Xd, in the form of a Lego series, The Freemaker Adventures. The show is set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and will follow an enitrely new family (the Freemakers) as they adventure across the galaxy.
Star Wars is thrilled to announce Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an all-new animated television series scheduled to debut this summer on Disney Xd in the Us. The fun-filled adventure comedy series, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney Xd has announced plans for a summer premiere for "Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures," an animated adventure-comedy series that will introduce new heroes and villains to the "Star War" universe along with visiting a few familiar characters.
Taking place between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," the series revolves around the Freemakers - a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy.
When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact, the Kyber Saber, he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire.
Wil Film, the Lego Group and Lucasfilm are producing the project which was developed for TV by Bill Motz and Bob Roth ("Penguins of Madagascar") who will serve as executive producers alongside Torsten Jacobson and Jill Wilfert.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
The series, set between “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” and “Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” centers around new characters the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
- Laura Prudom
Here we go. Right now, as we see conversations ranging from the essential to the ridiculous about diverse voices in film, there are a few key figures who are central to the discussion, and very few of them are being watched as closely as Ava DuVernay. I was flattened by her film Selma in 2014, and she's been a great steady clear voice in this ongoing debate about how best to knock down the conventional walls of who is or isn't "allowed" to tell Hollywood stories. One of the things that I've hoped as she's been circling projects is that whatever she chooses to direct next is something that broadens the definition of what a black woman can or can't do in our industry. Intelligent Life sounds like an excellent choice. To be fair, so does A Wrinkle In Time, a long-gestating adaptation of the Madeline L'Engele novel. That's set up at Disney and, »
- Drew McWeeny
Ray guns! Space armadas! Storm troopers! Toei's manga became a pricey 3-D animated motion capture epic just three years ago, but was denied a release stateside. This collector's disc set gives us rude 'n' raucous space battles, along with a pirate's bounty of original Japanese extras. Don't worry, the 3-D visuals are excellent. Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D 3-D + 2-D Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 2013 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 115 (Japanese) 111 (International) min. / Kyaputen Harokku / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 34.95 Original Music Tetsuya Takahashi Written by Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Tareuchi from the manga by Leiji Matsuimoto Produced by Joseph Chou, Yoshi Ikezawa, Rei Kudo (Toei Animation) Directed by Shinji Aramaki
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Suppose they had a space war and nobody came? Toei Animation's 3-D extravaganza Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D was prepped and primed to take the world by storm, but like too many foreign super-productions it didn't even get a U. »
- Glenn Erickson
As it heads into production, we keep hearing from the cast and crew that Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to be quite a bit more physical than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And star John Boyega is in training to get toned for his return as Finn. Today on his personal Twitter account, the actor showed off his workout routine, and just how in shape he really is. Earlier this year, he had this to say about his role.
"My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more."
While The Force Awakens strongly hinted that Rey was the next in line to become a Jedi, it sounds like John Boyega isn't ready to give up his lightsaber just yet. The young actor has not only been working out, he has also been practicing his fencing skills, which »
We’re looking forward to the April DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a number of reasons, but one of them is to see just what deleted scenes we get from the movie (we looked in more detail at that question, here). There’s been no shortage of chatter regarding sequences that didn’t make the final cut.
“There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to”, Brandon said. “Frank Oz came in for a day and did »
The extent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ homages to the original Star Wars film from 1977 rankled fans somewhat. Jj Abrams’ movie was undeniably entertaining, but did it need to be quite so similar to what we had already seen? A lot of people think it didn’t, and certain sections of the internet were noisily peeved by the apparent rehash.
The similarities began right at the start of the movie, with a droid (now Bb-8 instead of R2-D2) containing important information being abandoned on another sandy planet. The droid made some new friends (one a Force sensitive orphan), left the planet on the Millennium Falcon with the help of Han Solo and Chewbacca, and brought the plans to Princess Leia.
The recycled plot points continued right through until the third act, where the mentor character (now Han Solo, not Obi-Wan) died a tragic death at the hands of »
- Rob Leane
Is there actually a story reason why the Empire in Star Wars is obsessed with Death Stars? We take a look...
In 1977's Star Wars (akaA New Hope), the Empire have finished building their ultimate weapon, the Death Star. It's a very important part of the Star Wars universe, chiefly because without it the name 'Star Wars' doesn't make as much sense. The first Death Star was destroyed at the end of that film, due to the Rebel Alliance capitalising on a structural weakness. It was replaced by a second Death Star, which was destroyed at the end of 1983's Return Of The Jedi after the Rebel Alliance capitalised on a structural weakness.
In 2015's The Force Awakens (Aka Here Comes The New Hope, Same As The Old Hope »
'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »
- Andre Soares
Some movies aspire to strangeness. Other movies have strangeness thrust upon them.
Saturn 3, released in 1980, was an intensely strange film. But unlike, say, Altered States (also released in 1980) it wasn’t made by a filmmaker with a taste for the oblique or the outre. Unlike Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980 again), Saturn 3 wasn’t a low-budget shocker made in a hurry, but a relatively expensive exercise created by some of the most seasoned filmmakers in the business at that time. (For frame of reference, Saturn 3's budget was broadly the same as Alien’s, released less than one year earlier.)
On the surface, Saturn 3 sounds like a perfectly reasonable recipe for an intense sci-fi horror flick. It’s about a pair »
This piece by John Van Vliet, a member of the Academy's visual effects branch who is best known for his work on 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'X-Men,' is part of an ongoing series of guest columns by Academy members about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy's response to it. I thought you might find the letter of protest I sent to the board of governors of interest. I'm a semi-retired visual effects supervisor and a longstanding member in the visual effects branch. My participation in voting is something I hold dear
- John Van Vliet
Star Wars: The Force Awakens proves you can have movie trailers, without giving the game away...
This piece contains spoilers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Terminator: Genisys, albeit ones revealed in their trailers!
In recent years in particular, the thorny issue of spoilers in movie trailers seems to have become more pertinent. There have historically been problems, of course. As far back as 2000, What Lies Beneath let a good three paws of the cat out of the bag. But I struggle to think of a trailer that's so thoughtlessly given away a major plot reveal as last year's Terminator Genisys.
The film certainly needed all the marketing fuel it could get, but it remains really baffling that what should have been a crucial story turning point - the reveal of John Connor as a Terminator - was given away in the trailer. It's not »
EA and Dice have announced new details regarding Dlc for the video game "Star Wars Battlefront" with the addition of free content available to all Battlefront players from tomorrow. The new content includes:
Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on the Hoth.
The ability to create Private Matches
The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events, designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster.
In February, a new Survival mission will be added to Hoth along with a brand-new Hoth multiplayer map for larger game modes - including Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron and Turning Point. »
- Garth Franklin
Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm) will be honored with the PGA’s inaugural Visionary Vanguard Award. Historically, the guild has presented its Visionary Award and Vanguard Award to separate recipients. But this year to celebrate Ilm’s extensive contributions to the technology and entertainment industries, the guild has combined the two awards into a single and distinctive honor. General manager Lynwen Brennan and chief creative officer and senior visual-effects supervisor John Knoll will accept the award, sponsored by Delta Airlines, Jan. 23 at the PGA Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing producers throughout our 40-year history and it’s truly an incredible honor for Ilm to be recognized by the PGA,” says Knoll.
- Alyssa Sage
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” conquered China over the Jan. 9-10 weekend, racking up $53 million, and setting a record as the territory’s best weekend bow. In six days through Jan. 14, it had collected $75.6 million, but has since slowed rapidly and was actually bested by a Chinese animation in its second weekend. Still, passing $100 million in China is now a certainty. But while China joins the list of the sequel’s bigger markets, some other territories have eluded the franchise, especially in parts of Asia where local cinema dominates.
In India, the world’s No. 6 market (with a 2014 box office gross of some $1.7 billion), “The Force Awakens” has achieved some $3.15 million after three weeks — a total dented by local blockbusters “Dilwale” and “Bajirao Mastani” (which made $4.8 million and $6.3 million, respectively, during that time).
“The biggest problem was the bad release date,” says Anupama Chopra, a film critic and »
- Patrick Frater
Props from popular movies are pretty hard to come by. And when it comes to props from the original Star Wars trilogy, they’re nearly impossible to get ahold of without selling a kidney, a child, or a child’s kidney. Therefore, whenever one ends up for sale, it might be worth it to take out a […]
The post You Can Buy Luke Skywalker’s Blaster from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ for a Small Fortune appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Luke Skywalker's lightsaber plays a key role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that's not the only weapon that he wielded in the original trilogy. Even though it was derided as "clumsy or random" by Obi Wan-Kenobi, Luke's blaster pistol proved to be very handy when he needed to stealthily search for his buddy Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Now you can own Luke's blaster pistol, as long as you have $300,000 to spare. As Daily Express reported, that's the expected selling price for the item, which is up for sale via auction in Los Angeles. The seller, Nate D. Sanders, says the blaster pistol was gifted by Mark Hamill to a young boy in the U.K. after the two filmed a scene for the British children's television show...
- Peter Martin
Lucasfilm / Reddit
With the news that Episode VIII has been pushed back from May to December 2017, the internet has been largely aflame in reaction. Look on any message board and you’ll probably see the five stages of grief being played out.
Disney have made the move to take advantage of the same kind of profits they experienced this Christmas just gone ($1.6 billion worldwide so far). There’s also the rumour that it’s to allow director Rian Johnson to carry out some rewrites on the script after so much positive reaction to the three new characters of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron – which is all fair enough. Good luck telling fans to wait another 6 months for a Star Wars film, though.
Of course, websites like Twitter and Reddit have been absolute goldmines of quality responses, from well-placed quotes and references to just tearing innocent bystanders apart. Take a look! »
- Dan Woburn
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