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Always let the Wookie win. In a newly-found deleted scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Unkar Plutt (Simon Pegg) confronts Rey (Daisy Ridley) for not selling him the droid Bb-8, until her new furry Bff Chewbacca steps in and rips Plutt’s arm off in self-defense. It’s kind of awesome. The scene is no less gruesome than Luke getting his hand sliced off in “The Empire Strikes Back,” but hearing Plutt’s screams of agonizing pain just off camera, perhaps it’s not hard too imagine why Disney and director J.J. Abrams axed the scene for the final film. »
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Great news for “Star Wars” fans: actor Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of the upcoming Han Solo movie, set to arrive in theaters next year. The announcement was made on Wednesday on the official Star Wars website.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” reads a joint statement from the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Although details about Harrelson’s character were not revealed by the directors, it was reported last week that he will play an early mentor to Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Harrelson also joins Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover, who plays Solo’s frenemy Lando Calrissian, »
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Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2017
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Jj Abrams laid solid foundations, now it’s up to Rian Johnson to start building the house. In many respects, Johnson, the director of such films as Brick and Looper, has an even tougher job than Abrams did with 2015‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the movie that reintroduced the franchise after a hiatus of almost a decade.
Where Abrams’ Episode VII had the luxury of drawing »
At this point, it is almost becoming needless to pile onto the hate parade that has been marching in the direction of the Star Wars prequels for more than a decade now. Disney is once again making quality Star Wars movies and hopefully, we can all move on from the prequel trilogy. Still, one of the worst elements of the prequels, Jar Jar Binks, is a thorn in the side of the epic saga that many fans can't quite shake. It turns out that actor Brian Blessed, who played Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tried to warn George Lucas about Jar Jar during production.
YouTuber Jamie Stangroom has been tracking down some of the lesser known actors from the Star Wars universe across various movies, interviewing them on his YouTube channel. He recently had Brian Blessed on and the subject of Jar Jar Binks came up. »
When The Empire Strikes Back introduced Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), Star Wars fans were won over by the character's smooth charm and winning personality. While Lando's history with Han Solo was hinted at in both the aforementioned film and Return of the Jedi, Lucasfilm's planned Han Solo anthology film looks set to deliver all the details about how the two smugglers met. Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) will be taking on the role of a young Lando in the film, something the actor admitted was a very big deal for him when talking to the press after his Golden Globe wins this past Sunday night. “Lando’s a big deal to me. It was literally the first toy I ever got. When you have something that’s kind of iconic ... where people pay attention to it, it’s hard because you want to live up to the expectation. But all »
Author: Jon Lyus
The holiday period was a tough one for fans of the Star Wars universe. The enormous success of Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin off story, was tempered by the sudden loss of Carrie Fisher. Both events will have an impact on the future of the Star Wars film, with the loss of Fisher as an actress and a writer sure to be felt across the industry for years to come. Reports came in last week that the Lucasfilm story group were meeting to discuss the future of the series, and today we heard a little more about Star Wars Episode VIII.
We know that Rian Johnson is picking up the story right after the cliffhanger of The Force Awakens, a first for the cinematic serial. In an interview with USA Today the director talks about the question that also led J. J. Abrams to the »
- Jon Lyus
Until the first Star Wars 8 trailer surfaces, presumably at some point over the next few months, all we have is a slew of speculation regarding a number of story points. Earlier today, we reported about the avian creatures that inhabit the sacred land of Ahch-to with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), which may or may not be creatures known as "convorees" that were featured in the animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Now we have yet another rumor that claims the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) will have a brand new Tie Fighter that he'll be flying, which may be quite reminiscent of his great-grandfather Darth Vader's ship.
This new report comes from Making Star Wars, which claims that Kylo Ren will have his own personal ship, said to be a "First Order Tie Advanced" ship. This new Tie Fighter ship is said to be quite »
Sequels are a tricky thing. By their very nature, their existence has to live up to certain expectations that an audience will have born from the very film they’re attempting to follow. For better or worse, a sequel has to give viewers a sense of familiarity or potentially lose their interest, and it’s a problem that has plagued – and will continue to plague – sequels for years to come. In essence, if a sequel takes no risks and treads too much of the same ground, audiences will condemn it for being too familiar, but if it strays too far off the beaten path, they’ll condemn it for not meeting what they expected.
There’s a reason, though, that we have sequels considered on par with or even better than their predecessors. Whether it’s Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather: Part II, the best sequels of »
- Geoff Cox
Around this time last year, fans were still reeling from seeing a new Star Wars movie for the first time in a decade. Star Wars: The Force Awakens offered our first look at Mark Hamill's iconic Luke Skywalker in 32 years, since Return of the Jedi hit theaters. The latest sequel's final moments featured new hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) journeying to the hidden planet of Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker had been in exile for several years. Today we have new details about why Star Wars 8 picks up right from that exact moment, instead of jumping ahead in time.
There is often a large gap in time between many Star Wars movies, which allows for other movies like Rogue One to be developed and fill in part of that gap in this galaxy far, far away. When production began in earnest on Star Wars 8, a brief video was released that »
2016 claimed a long list of entertainers, but the grim reaper’s most unexpected one-two punch came between the final two holidays with the death of movie icons Carrie Fisher on December 12 and her mother Debbie Reynolds a mere 36 hours later. With the premiere of the documentary about the pair, “Bright Lights” on HBO this weekend, we at the Geeks site thought we should take a look at their considerable contributions to film.
Let’s start with Carrie, who was born in Hollywood, USA on October 21, 1956, the daughter of Debbie and singer/actor Eddie Fisher. She appeared on stage with her mother throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s, even getting her first small screen credit in the 1969 TV movie “Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children”. It wasn’t until 1975, when she would make her big screen debut opposite Warren Beatty (quite an arrival) in Hal Ashby’s hit Shampoo. »
- Jim Batts
Movie sequels are big business for Hollywood. Many fans are getting burnt-out on sequels, especially since so many of them are unnecessary. Still, let’s not forget that when they’re done right, sequels can be great. Here are a dozen of the greatest sequels ever made.
12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982): Still the best of all the Star Trek films, this excellent sequel corrected everything that went wrong with its disappointing predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The action, the humor and the character interactions were all excellent. The comparisons to Moby Dick gave it a literary flavor, and Ricardo Montalban was fantastic as the villain, Khan Noonien Singh. The death of Spock was a surprise to long-time fans, even if it didn’t last. This film made the Trek film franchise fun and set the standard for the future films.
11. The Color Of Money »
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After months and months of speculation, we finally found out who was in the bacta tank last month with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with the sequence serving as the film’s introduction to Darth Vader as we see the former Anakin Skywalker sans suit as he attempts to repair his injuries from his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi from Revenge of the Sith.
Speaking to Empire (via Comic Book), director Gareth Edwards has been talking about his inspiration for the sequence, stating that:
“I’m jealous of moments like in The Empire Strikes Back where you see the back of [Vader’s] head and you just go, ‘oh my God, that is so cool,’ and wanted to try and find something like that in our film. He’s really a burns victim, and it’s not going to be fun for him when he’s not in the »
- Gary Collinson
On December 23rd, Carrie Fisher boarded an aeroplane from London to Los Angeles and suffered from a heart attack. She had just completed the European tour of her book. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60.
Fisher was raised into the Hollywood industry. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the star of screen having found fame at the age of 19 in Singin’ in the Rain and her father was pop star Eddie Fisher. She was born on October 21st 1956, just a few years after Reynolds became a star. The two would develop a close bond, captured brilliantly in a photo where Fisher, just six years old, watches her mother perform on stage.
As a child Fisher was known as the “family bookworm”, but an opportunity to star on stage alongside her mother in Irene meant that she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama, »
- Luke Owen
Many of us were very ready for 2017 to come around and hit the reset button, in hopes we can have a less tragic year in terms of loss than 2016. It was a bad year for losing beloved people, but when Carrie Fisher passed away last week it seemed like one of the hardest to take was saved for last. Now her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill has penned a touching tribute to her, detailing some of their early adventures working on Star Wars with one another.
The actor who was responsible for bringing Luke Skywalker to life wrote the column for The Hollywood Reporter and really opened up about his friendship with Carrie Fisher. Most of the column focused on the early days of working on Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and how their friendship blossomed via their experience making those movies together. »
Darth Vader’s castle is a concept that can be traced back to the late 1970s, when Ralph McQuarrie was producing concept artwork for 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and we finally got to see it on screen last month in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story courtesy of director Gareth Edwards, who took us back to Mustafar (the location of Anakin Skywalker’s duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi) to show us the Dark Lord of the Sith’s sanctum in all of its glory.
Speaking to the official Star Wars site, Lucasfilm concept artist and production designer Doug Chiang has been talking about the castle’s inclusion in Rogue One, the purpose it serves for Vader, and how he adapted McQuarrie’s original designs for its appearance.
“Vader’s castle was really fun. When I knew that we were going to possibly go back to Vader’s castle, I loved that idea of, »
- Gary Collinson
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marks the 8th time a Star Wars film has hit the big screen. As we hit the 40th anniversary of the first cinematic excursion into George Lucas’ multi-media sci-fi universe, here are eight questions that have not been answered in any of the previous films.
It was 40 years ago that Star Wars: A New Hope burst onto screens and changed sci-fi cinema forever. (I was there, opening week in 1977) Star Wars has since expanded beyond anyone’s expectations and given us some great (and some not-so-great) films. But in its wake, it’s left some things unanswered.
1) The Droids and Memory: There seems to be some confusion over who the droids remember, and who remembers the droids. First of all, C3PO’s memory bank was wiped at the end of Revenge of the Sith but not R2’s. So does R2 know who »
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16 items from 2017
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