Do you trust Samuel L. Jackson? The actor appeared on David Letterman last night and during the now regular grilling concerning the Star Wars franchise, Jackson revealed that he spoke to Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, who told him that J.J. Abrams was yet to contact him about reprising the role for 2015's hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
This is one of many rumours surrounding the return of the original cast, with Hamill said to have been contacted before Abrams was even announced as director (in fact George Lucas reportedly met with both Hamill and Carrie Fisher prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney).
Should Hamill not return, this may be a result of the recent change in scriptwriting duties with Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) replaced by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Perhaps Skywalker has died in the years following Jedi? »
- Gary Collinson
A new image from behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has revealed how Yoda was originally expected to look. Instead of the friendly, Frank Oz-voiced green puppet we all love, Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkey in a mask. That fact is nothing new to Star Wars groupies, but until now we've never had any visual proof to back up the anecdotes. That changed this week when a film fan tweeted an uncanny picture of a monkey wearing a very scary, bulbous-nosed mask. The monkey approach was soon...
- Josh Winning
Before George Lucas, puppeteer Frank Oz and Industrial Light & Magic's Stuart Freeborn and came up with the iconic puppet for The Empire Strikes Back, some bright spark had the idea of realising Lucas' vision for the two-foot tall Jedi Master Yoda by utilising a trained monkey wearing a mask, and now we have a look at said monkey, thanks to a couple of rare behind-the-scenes images which originally popped up over at Movies.com. Thankfully they came to their senses....
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- Gary Collinson
Update: Variety confirms that R2-D2 will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he will be created and controlled by a pair of Star Wars fans -- Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, pictured in the tweeted shot from Bad Robot, who are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club -- that were hired after impressing Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy this past summer in Germany, and had worked on Star Wars-themed commercials in the U.K.
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Abram's Bad Robot tweeted a picture earlier today, Nov. 15, of the acclaimed director and his crew standing around the iconic R2D2 during pre-production.
Before Jim Henson was brought on to create the world's first animatronic puppet, the filmmaking team behind The Empire Strikes Back attempted to use a trained monkey wearing a Yoda mask. That idea was scrapped when it became apparent that even a trained monkey would continually rip the mask off, forcing the filmmakers to use Muppet mastermind Jim Henson to push the boundaries of 1980s technology in bringing one of the most iconic Star Wars characters to life. Here are rare behind-the-scenes images of the monkey they brought in to play Yoda. In one he has the mask on, and in the other he's holding Yoda's cane. [via @mccrabb_will] And for laughs, here's a fun image of Luke Skywalker on the set of Empire Strikes Back surrounded by Henson's Yoda, as well as...
- Erik Davis
Marking the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi (1983) is the arrival of final definitive tome on the original Star Wars trilogy written by J.W. Rinzler; the series has become so popular that the Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer has become a familiar name on the New York Times bestseller list. A great asset for the author is the open access to the archives of his employer which means that concept art, script revision summaries, behind-the-scenes photographs, and progress reports make the publication a sumptuous feast of information and imagery.
Chosen to write the foreword was filmmaker Brad Bird (The Incredibles) whose enthusiastic personality and insightfulness clearly shows through the words printed on the page. “For George, the Special Editions were an exercise in using new tools to fix what he viewed as old, unsolved problems,” noted Bird. “But for some moviegoers, it was as if George had doctored »
Well, after a year of speculation, we finally have our first confirmed returning character for Star Wars: Episode VII and it is of course none other than R2-D2, with the Bad Robot Twitter account dropping the following behind-the-scenes image from the hotly-anticipated first instalment of Disney's Star Wars Sequel Trilogy featuring the trusty little astromech....
Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) is currently putting the final touches to the screenplay for Episode VII with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), with the film set to go into production in the spring ahead of a release on December 18th, 2015. The film is expected to reunite the likes of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Anthony Daniels (C-3Po) while virtually ever actor and actress in Hollywood has been linked to a part - so much so that Lucasfilm has »
- Gary Collinson
Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII pic.twitter.com/9R7JGSfxlC
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 14, 2013
While the tweet doesn’t give too many hints as to how things are coming along on the project, the film is slated to start shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios in the spring. Casting rumors for the upcoming »
- Pamela Gocobachi
The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill was starting to reach Marvel/DC levels of confusion for a while, but thankfully we now have a firmer grasp on where the project is at in pre-production. Director J.J. Abrams is currently finishing work on the script with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back), based on an earlier draft written by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). Meanwhile, casting is ongoing and has even been opened up to thousands of newcomers, so to find the ideal candidates to play a new generation of heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe.
Mind you, a casting breakdown leaked online four months ago – which ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Look, we wish that we had some real behind the scenes photos from Star Wars: Episode VII like the set of the Millennium Falcon, or a new planet, even some lightsabers or weapons, basically anything from the forthcoming sequel which was recently dated for December 18th, 2015. But unfortunately, it's still early days, and the crew at Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot are still busy getting the script and other details together before production begins next spring. However, we have a photo of Abrams with an iconic Star Wars character as the Bad Robot Twitter feed has just posted a picture of the director with R2-D2. Look! First behind the scenes picture from Star Wars: Episode VII saying, "Hi from the workshop!" on Twitter: Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who is also co-writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi »
- Ethan Anderton
J.J. Abrams building a monopoly on the 2015 holiday movie schedule – Variety reports that Mission: Impossible 5, which he's producing, will open on Christmas Day, just a week after the Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th.
Not a whole lot is known about the new Mission: Impossible movie other than the definite return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. It's not clear yet whether his fellow agents from Ghost Protocol, played by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, will also be back. M:I5 was written by »
Considering “The Hunger Games” was one of the most overrated of the well-received tentpoles of 2012, never in my wildest dreams would I ever think the sequel, 'Catching Fire' would be favorably compared to “The Empire Strikes Back.” Or at least in Todd Gilchrist’s review of ‘Catching Fire’ he called it the ‘Empire… of Ya adaptations.” Not too shabby. To that end, with 'Catching Fire' receiving favorable reviews across the board and set to possibly make the $1 billion mark when it hits theaters later this month, we present “Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything,” a viral video making the rounds (via Movies) that’s cute, funny and pretty clickable. The first person to say this clips “spoils” any movie gets an arrow in the eye. Watch it below and sound off on your favorite kill. »
- Edward Davis
When I was a kid, we went on a lot of road trips. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. Summers usually meant that we were gone nearly every weekend in the travel trailer my dad hauled behind his suburban, off for a new campground somewhere in Texas. He even drove that thing to Orlando one year, taking my mother, brother and me to DisneyWorld, staying at Disney’s rustic Fort Wilderness. Great trip, but that is a long trip from the Dfw Metroplex. This was the day and age before iPods, iPads, and Kindles, so I usually relegated myself to the way, way back with a stack of comic books, or a science fiction novel. Thankfully, my mom encouraged my reading, and a trip meant that she would pick up a book for me (or sometimes, even let me pick one) from the spinner racks at the grocery store checkout. Speaking »
- Kevin Kelly
Last week, Disney finally unveiled the release date for the first instalment of its eagerly-anticipated Star Wars sequel trilogy, revealing that the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII is to hit cinemas on December 18th, 2015 and bringing to an end any speculation about pushing the film back to 2016 at the behest of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. Now, speaking to IGN, Disney's Chief Executive Offier Bob Iger has revealed the thinking behind the release date for the hotly-anticipated sequel:
"Well, this is obviously one of the most important films that we are working on right now. And one of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team, the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so they can create a great film. Very, very important. At one point we considered the »
- Gary Collinson
Actors who missed the opportunity to audition for Star Wars: Episode VII are getting a second chance in the U.K., according to the BBC. Hopefuls may now try out online for two roles, detailed below, by visiting Cast It Talent's website.
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That site also details a string of U.S. meet-and-greets with casting director Maryellen Aviano, who has cast extras for films including Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III and Django Unchained. Those began last week and »
Filmland Intl. and Witness Protection Films have formed a Brazilian-American co-production venture that will finance up to four films per year and tap into Brazilian and international talent pools.
The venture, unveiled at the American Film Market, is kicking off with horror-thriller “When the Night Comes,” directed by Paul Chart (“American Perfekt”) from a script by Marcos Katudjian. Lensing is scheduled to start in February.
Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales for the venture’s films.
Witness Protection is a genre label from Cary Granat and Ed Jones. Granat’s resume includes stints as CEO of Walden Media and president of Miramax/Dimension, where he worked on the “Scream” franchise; Jones is a veteran in the specia- effects field with contributions to more than 90 films including “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Et: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Ghost,” and the “Indiana Jones” trilogy.
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- Dave McNary
Last week it was reported that Disney had rejected a request from Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy to push the release date for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII back to 2016, and now it's been confirmed that the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney's Sequel Trilogy will arrive in 2015, with StarWars.com site revealing a December 18th, 2015 date. Here's the official press release....
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
- Gary Collinson
‘Star Wars: Episode VII‘ now has an official date when it will enter our galaxy. The first film in the third ‘Star Wars’ trilogy will open on December 18, 2015 in theaters. Pre-production for the highly anticipated Lucasfilm movie, which serves as the follow-up to ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: Return of the Jedi,’ is currently in full-swing. Shooting on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is scheduled to begin in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios. The sequel is being directed by ‘Star Trek’ helmer J.J. Abrams, who wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan. The scribe returns to the series after he scripted ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi.’ The [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
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Star Wars Episode VII will now hit cinemas in December 2015, it has been announced.
Jj Abrams' much-hyped new Star Wars film was originally set for summer 2015, but will now debut on 18 December worldwide. The announcement ends speculation that the film will miss its planned 2015 release but suggests recent changes in writing personnel may have fuelled delays.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary film-making team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Disney chairman Alan Horn. The studio announced last month that Abrams was taking over screenwriting duties himself, »
- Ben Child
News Simon Brew 8 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Last month, the news hit that there had been a change in the writing team for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Michael Arndt, of Toy Story 3 fame, had been attached to writing the movie for some time, but it was revealed that he has now left the project. Instead, director Jj Abrams is teaming up with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, of course) on the screenplay for the next Star Wars film.
Why? Well, at a promotional event for his new television project, Almost Human, Abrams said that "working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn't be a bigger fan of his or adore him more", adding that "he's a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process".
Here it comes, then.
"It became »
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