Development is ongoing for Star Wars: Episode VII, which features J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) as the director and Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) as screenwriter. The film will usher in a new generation of Star Wars movies – now that George Lucas has stepped aside as the franchise architect and president of Lucasfilm – beginning in Summer 2015, with either a new Episode or spinoff/standalone installment arriving each year thereafter.
The first two Star Wars spinoff/standalone features, which are currently being kept tightly under-wraps, will be scripted by series vet Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg – whose screenwriting resume includes Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes ...
- Sandy Schaefer
As franchises seem to multiply by the month -- blanket properties splitting off with even a reboot of "The Crow" jammed in there -- the same faces are likely to be at the helm: Kevin Feige with the second and third waves of Marvel films, J.J. Abrams fretting over how to helm both “Star Trek 3” and “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and now “X-Men: Days of Future Past” writer Simon Kinberg, who recently discussed his thoughts on his new role in the 'Star Wars' universe. Kinberg was announced to join writer Lawrence Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") in penning two separate "Star Wars” spin-offs after 'Episode VII' hits screens; Kasdan has made his thoughts clear that the original trilogy was "more about people than the ones that followed,” and Kinberg seems likely to agree, indicating that the characters will drive the new sequels. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday May 7th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features and will be projected on a large screen. Admission is only Three Dollars !!!!
There’s no theme this month but we are showing four films in the jumbo, 2-reel, 35-minute format. They are: The Empire Strikes Back, Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, and Michael Caine in The Island.
The other films we’re showing (average length: 12 minutes) are: Bob Hope and Jane Russell in Paleface, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hammer Horror Twins Of Evil, the Marx Brothers in Night At The Opera, Tarantula, Tura Satana in Astro Zombies, the skeleton battle from Jason And The Argonauts, and the Little Rascals short Hooky Spooky.
The Way Out Club is »
- Tom Stockman
Happy Star Wars Day. To celebrate this year’s May the 4th, we want to drown you in imagery from the whole first trilogy. And not just screen shots from the movie but behind the scenes production photos and concept art. Someone chose and compiled 1,138 pictures (you ought to know the significance of that number) for a gallery at Imgur specifically for today’s occasion, and yes the usual fanboy favorites involve Princess Leia. In addition to the one above, there’s plenty of the slave outfit and, as pointed out on Reddit, apparently a formal moment (the premiere?) where you can see Carrie Fisher‘s nipple. Yeah, there’s truth to the idea that fanboys are 13 years old forever. Personally, I mostly cherish the pics that expose some of the magic of the costume and special effects but which highlight the craft and mastery of these practical elements of the making of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back »
- Christopher Campbell
Five never before seen behind the scenes photos have been released from the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Just a couple of days ago we posted a series of set photos for The Empire Strikes Back as well that were really cool. I imagine there's still a ton of other photos that we still haven't seen yet that will eventually make their way online.
The photos are part of J.W. Rinzler's upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
- Joey Paur
‘Snow White’ screenwriter David Koepp teased a potential story line for the follow-up film — and it ‘doesn’t bode well’ for Kristen’s ‘innocent’ title character.
Now that Charlize Theron‘s Evil Queen has been defeated — sorry, spoiler alert — it’s unclear who Kristen Stewart will have to battle in the confirmed Snow White & The Huntsman sequel. But is it possible the next villain is right under our noses? Hiding in the movie’s title, even? Snow White screenwriter David Koepp discussed the movie with reporters May 2 during a screening of The Iceman in NYC, and it sounds like K-Stew might want to brush up on her evil laugh.
“It’s like The Empire Strikes Back,” David told Vulture of the franchise. “I felt like they had a really, really great idea that seemed like a natural extension of the story … Snow White is queen now, but the mirror is still there. »
- Andy Swift
If you were scratching your head wondering how Snow White and the Huntsman could generate a sequel — given that the evil queen, Charlize Theron, died at the hands of Kristen Stewart in the first film — then scratch no further. On Monday, screenwriter David Koepp was on hand to illuminate all things ice and snow at a special New York screening of Michael Shannon's contract-killer film The Iceman (sponsored by Grey Goose), and talk soon turned to the Snow White sequel. "It's like The Empire Strikes Back," Koepp told Vulture. "I felt like they had a really, really great idea that seemed like a natural extension of the story ... Snow White is queen now, but the mirror is still there. It doesn't bode well for our innocent little queen." Assuming even if she succeeds in vanquishing yet another evil in the second film, the fight is far from »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Since the very first Star Wars movie came out in 1977, fans everywhere have made the galactic saga their own and found creative ways to celebrate their love of the Force. One of the most visible ways is annually transforming the date of May 4th into “May the Fourth,” the day that Star Wars fandom has created to share their passion around the world. Fans of all ages wear their favorite Star Wars items, partake in parties and screenings, and pass on messages of “May the Force be with you” in person and online.
Lucasfilm has long supported Star Wars fans in their grassroots celebrations, whether they be extravagant or small. Visit Lucasfilm’s official May the 4th microsite, http://maythe4th.starwars.com, for Star Wars Day news, ideas on how to celebrate, special events calendar, themed recipes, fun crafts and activities, fan photos, and a regularly updated list of »
- Michelle McCue
While much of the speculation surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has centred on the possible return of Original Trilogy stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), director J.J. Abrams has taken a moment to confirm that one integral member of the Star Wars universe is likely to be back for the next chapter of the epic space opera, revealing during the press tour for Star Trek Into Darkness that he expects John Williams to score the Sequel Trilogy.
"Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias," said Abrams, when asked at the Berlin press conference whether his regular collaborator Giacchino would supply the score for Episode VII. "He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this [Star Trek Into Darkness] score, he really outdid himself. Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, »
- Flickering Myth
You've got to check out this awesome collection of rare photos from the set of The Empire Strikes Back! I've seen a ton of behind the scenes Star Wars photos in my day, but there are a lot included in this album that I've never seen before. One even includes a cut scene of a Wampa attacking an imperial Stormtrooper! I love that, after all these years, we're still seeing new stuff from these movies!
- Joey Paur
The "Star Wars" franchise is that nerdy little gift that just keeps on giving, one generation after another.
Not only is Disney furiously piecing together "Episode VII" to usher in a third round of installments in a galaxy not so far away, but cool items just keep poppin' on up from the first go-round as well.
Last time we learned something new about "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back" our minds were totally blown in discovering Yoda's original first name, and today's new landing is just as fascinating.
Behold a starship-load of new behind-the-scenes pictures from "Episode V" featuring a cast which was clearly having fun with their out-of-this-world-successful film franchise.
... and Princess Leia is totes a slothy Disney Princess ...
... and she, uh, »
- Amanda Bell
Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Spacey — alongside Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe, DoSomething.org, and HBO Go — are among the winners and honorees at this year’s 17th Annual Webby Awards, spotlighting achievements in/on the Internet.
This year’s awards were selected by judges in the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and HuffPo head Arianna Huffington. Internet voters also turned out in more than 200 countries and territories for The Webby People’s Voice Awards.
Ocean, Seinfeld, and Spacey all received breakout or special achievement awards, because they did something bold (Ocean’s »
- Adam Carlson
Someone is making a grab for Ian McKellen's role as Gandalf in "The Hobbit." While there will never be another Gandalf in our mind, this person makes a pretty good case.
Also, find out how you can go to the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere in today's Dailies!
» Do you want to go to premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness"? You can bid on tickets now with proceeds going to charity. [charitybuzz]
» The first "Hangover Part III" character poster features the giraffe. [Warner Bros.]
» "Star Trek Into Darkness" posters from midnight IMAX showings [IMAX]
» Two new photos from "Elysium" [The Playlist]
» Behind the scenes of "The Empire Strikes Back" [io9]
» Willie Nelson wants to try out for the role of Gandalf. [OneRing.net]
Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Last month, Fisher, who played Princess Leia in "Star Wars," "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," got fans all excited when she confirmed that she would be appearing in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Soon after, representatives walked back Fisher's comments, telling CNN that "nothing has been announced" and that the star was "joking."
Now, Fisher is continuing the speculation with new statements about her involvement in the Disney-led "Star Wars" films.
"I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before," Fisher reportedly said this weekend at Canada's Calgary Comic Expo. She went on to add that she will be working to get into shape for the film, saying, "I'm »
- Madeline Boardman
Welcome to We Got This Covered’s Deals of the Day. In this brand new column, we’ll be scouring the web in order to bring you hot deals on Blu-Rays and video games. Today, we’re featuring Star Wars, as Amazon is running some pretty good deals on all six films in the saga. Check out the details below.
1) Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI)
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in the works, why not re-visit the original trilogy that started it all? Marked down 53% and selling for $32.99, the Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Blu-Ray box set is an excellent purchase for any fan of George Lucas’ classic sci-fi films. Included here is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, »
- Matt Joseph
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Bane at at birthday party; Iron Man 3 fan art; and 66 behind the scenes pics from The Empire Strikes Back. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
If you haven't seen or heard of Casey Pugh's Star Wars Uncut fan film project, you're in for a treat. It's actually really cool. Pugh spear heads the project and Star Wars fans around the world are excitedly participating! They already did Star Wars Uncut: A New Hope; they are now in the middle of making Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes Back, and today we bring you the first great teaser trailer for the fan film!
Star Wars Uncut is a crazy fan mashup remake of the original Star Wars movies. The saga continues with over 1500 participants re-imagining the classic Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This teaser is full of awesome Empire Uncut scenes from far and wide, ready for your previewing pleasure. We are continuously blown away by the creativity and craft we’ve seen from every user - now it’s time to spread »
- Joey Paur
Not so long ago, on an Internet not too far away — in fact, it’s right there, in front of your face — a 20-something computer programmer named Casey Pugh stitched together a Star Wars remake created entirely by fans. He divided the movie into 473 15-second segments, then asked volunteer filmmakers to reshoot any three segments. As EW wrote in 2011, the resulting film is “a giddy mosaic of crude — and some not-so-crude — animation, dads dressed as aluminum-foil droids, family dogs standing in for Chewbacca, and one Michael Bay-style orgy of explosions starring a badass C-3Po driving a stick-shift muscle car. »
- Hillary Busis
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 24 Apr 2013 - 07:37
From remote typing to making giraffes run around in a zoo, here's Ryan's pick of 10 strange and unnerving paranormal powers in cinema...
Telekinesis. Mind over matter. Distant mental influence. Whatever you care to call the paranormal ability to move chairs, bend spoons and cook ready meals with the power of thought, such phenomena are a common presence in popular culture.
This list is devoted to a few of the weird and sometimes unsettling use of paranormal abilities in movies. These are the unlikely and surprising uses of powers, and some of them could be quite useful in everyday life, if we were lucky enough to possess them - who wouldn't like to be able to do a day's typing without even having to get out of bed? If there are any scientists reading this (who just happen to be working in the field of »
For every great film that we see we all take away those great moments, the scenes that we will remember for years to come and look forward to seeing over and over again. Weather it is the end of Planet of the Apes or the “You talkin’ to me?” scene form Taxi Driver, even the greatest of films have their standout moments.
So what about bad movies? Could it really be the case that an average or even bad film could have no great scene? In some cases the answer is yes, such as the perennially suggested example of bad filmmaking that is Catwoman. I forced myself to watch the film again recently and I can officially confirm that there is no redeeming quality to be found.
Now, I am well aware that Catwoman is an easy target and my intention is not to further Insult it because there is »
- Matt Martindale
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