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As we head into the holiday weekend, Latino Review has posted a new report about "Star Wars: Episode VII" with a couple of bits of information and some major speculation that veers into Major Spoiler territory if true.
There are two seemingly solid parts to the story. First up, they say Domhnall Gleeson is Not playing Luke Skywalker's son. They don't know who he's playing, but they're certain it's not a Skywalker.
The other is that filming is set to return to the island of Skelling Michael in Ireland in November with local vendors already contracted out. Scenes were filmed on the island last month and involved Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley's characters. If the production crew is returning in November, the scenery will look decidedly different which would indicate we're going to see the passage of time at this location.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
After that comes the rumors and speculative bits. »
- Garth Franklin
As per usual, this story is rife with Star Wars: Episode VII plot information that could be considered a Major Spoiler! Continue at your own risk...
A few more Star Wars: Episode VII story details have been leaked by Latino Review, and first thing they do is clear up the rumor that the main villains will be called Sith Inquisitors. It is believed that they will not go by that name in the movie. Though, there will be a number of Sith and one of them may be a cyborg. But not the cyborg shown in a recent piece of concept art.
This is where there story takes an interesting turn. As we've heard in recent weeks, the concept art which reveals one of Star Wars: Episode VII's main villains is not a cyborg Sith Inquisitor as previously reported. It is actually Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. »
There will be no one to stop us this time!
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If you’re not into those things: go pick me up some power converters, what else are you good for?
This Week: I start talking about real fact-based reporting on Star Wars, mostly as a way to fly completely off the rails at the end of the column with Major speculation and spoilers. This Is The One You Can Talk About All Labor Day Weekend! Also This Is The One Spoilerphobes Should Skip.
Star Wars: Episode VII is filming again!
If I can ask one thing of everyone as we move back into production: Please don’t report Harrison Ford broke his leg on the Millennium Falcon. He didn’t. It was a completely separate set and no one is officially »
Not even a broken leg can keep Han Solo down. Production on Star Wars: Episode VII has resumed this week at London's Pinewood Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter, following Harrison Ford's on-set injury (allegedly involving Han Solo's Millennium Falcon) and subsequent surgery, which put the sequel on a two-month filming hiatus.
Ford, who was healed enough to take the Als Ice Bucket Challenge last week, will reprise his role in the film, along with original cast members Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. »
After a brief hiatus, Star Wars: Episode VII has resumed production following Harrison Ford's well-publicized injury on set. He joins the rest of the cast in London, where filming will continue at Pinewood Studios.
Filming on the highly anticipated sequel actually began earlier this week under the direction of J.J. Abrams. Things had been quiet at Pinewood for the past couple of weeks after Harrison Ford broke his leg. The actor reportedly had a run-in with the Millennium Falcon ramp, which slammed shut on his ankle. That injury occurred in June.
It is not known who has joined Harrison Ford back on set this week, but we can guess that Peter Mayhew, who plays Han Solo's companion, is back alongside the actor. The cast includes old favorites such as Carrie Fisher, »
From horror in the Americas to FrightFest’s foray into spatial horror with Luke Hyams’ moorish horror X Moor and Adam Spinks’ Amazonian adventure Extinction/The Expedition. From hunting a fabled beast on the moors to being the hunted in the jungle, these two British films took the FrightFest audience from open to dense terrain for two different kinds of hunts.
In a three part interview feature we spoke with X Moor’s lead actors Mark Bonnar, Melia Kreiling and Nick Blood as well as director Luke Hyams, along with the writer and star of Extinction/The Expedition Ben Loyd-Holmes on being the hunter versus the hunted in beastial horror.
Luke Hyams continues the feature as he reflects on the cold harsh reality of helming a film on the moors of Northern Ireland, as well as making a path for oneself to cross the landscape of British film.
Why a career in filmmaking? »
- Paul Risker
German Films said today that its nine-person jury has selected Dominik Graf’s Beloved Sisters as Germany’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film tells the little-known true story of a ménage-à-trois among Friedrich Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters, a utopia on the eve of the French Revolution. Florian Stetter, Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius have the lead roles. “This designation is for me the greatest joy and the confirmation of my work,” producer Uschi Reich said. “What great luck for us all.” Beloved Sisters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and hit German theaters July 31 via Senator Film Verleih. Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced January 15.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Us director David Fincher will discuss his craft and career at an event in London on September 19.
As part of the ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ series, Fincher will discuss a career that has included The Game, Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room as well as BAFTA and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.
Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for VFX house Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.
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Getting dropped down the reactor core of a Death Star just doesn’t have the same deadly impact that it used to, at least according to the latest rumors surrounding J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. That’s right – occasionally on-the-mark scoop site Latino Review has apparently gotten wind of the identity of the main villain throughout the next two chapters of the Star Wars franchise, and it’s a more familiar face than many of us bargained for.
Two sources have written to the site stating that Emperor Palpatine, assumed dead after being dropped down the aforementioned reactor core by Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, will be back for Episode VII and the following sequels. As Latino Review puts it:
Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Spoilers ahead so you know the drill… either keep reading or click out of the post now!
Our friends at Latino-Review have another big scoop regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, and it involves a villainous character from the original trilogy returning to wreak havoc on the galaxy.
There's really no point beating around the bush with this one. The site has had two independent sources confirm that Emperor Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious, is back and that he will once again be the evil puppet master who is pulling the strings of all the other villains in the story.
I'm sure some of you are thinking… "wait a second, didn't he die in Return of the Jedi?" Just because Darth Vader throws him down the shaft of a large space station that exploded doesn't mean that he died. We really never saw him die. He just kind of fell »
- Joey Paur
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
There’s hardly a more potent neurochemical within the modern entertainment experience than that of nostalgia. It provides sanctity to that which can no longer be changed, the good ol’ franchises becoming even better as they are imbued with more purity and truth; in which we can refine past thoughts to be comparatively warmer to the cynicism we may feel for what we experience, in the present.
Nostalgia is an incredibly active force in contemporary films. In the form of references made in dialogue or through visuals, it is often how fantastical movies are able to buddy buddy their fictional characters with audiences, placing them within our active context. Guardians of the Galaxy deals heavy doses of nostalgia to its audience as its bid to be welcomed, but does so with such desperation that it panders to its original quality as an “offbeat” mainstream experience. Considering the creation of its lead human surrogate, »
- Nick Allen
There have been a lot of Star Wars Episode VII rumours lately, but this is arguably the most exciting and intriguing one to date! According to Latino-Review, the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi will not only feature a number of new villains, but also the reveal that the one pulling the strings is Emperor Palpatine.
Though we saw Darth Vader sacrifice himself to throw The Emperor to his apparent death, it could be that he was somehow rescued as a fair amount of time passed between that and Lando blowing up the Death Star (so much so that Luke was able to unmask and say goodbye to his father before escaping).
Does bringing the iconic Star Wars villain back make Vader’s death pointless? Not really, because he still saved his son, and the fact that The Emperor is still alive would be a huge twist/reveal. »
- Josh Wilding
(Is Bringing Back Another Classic Villain?)
We've heard this rumor before. That Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode VII. But now Latino Review is confirming from two different sources that the character will indeed return, though he may not be played by Ian McDiarmid, who took over the role in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and returned to play him in all three prequels, beginning with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, and continuing in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Major Spoilers to follow...
Potential Spoilers Ahead
A year ago came a report that an evil character from previous "Star Wars" films will appear in at least one of the upcoming new "Star Wars" trilogy films despite his apparent death. That character? Emperor Palpatine.
The report came from Latino Review who has just published another one today saying a similar thing but with a bit more information:
"Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.
A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced »
- Garth Franklin
Major Spoilers ahead. But don't fear, fear is the path to the Dark Side.
Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.
A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced perspective on something much more sinister. We all know that Lando blew up the second Death Star in the Millennium Falcon, and we know Luke had enough time to carry his dying father to a shuttle bay and unmask him. We also know, from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, »
- Kellvin Chavez
“My dad was a talented song writer and a great lover of films,” explains British independent filmmaker Luke Hyams. “He exposed me to stuff like Alien , Blade Runner  and Shane  when I was tiny and those films left a startling imprint. My Mum was a book dealer and had a good line in bed time stories so I think that may be where my love of story originated.” The third instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy left a lasting impression. “One night back in 1983 my Dad came home from the pub with a pirate copy of Return of the Jedi  that changed my life. I loved the look of it, the music, the characters and could taste the finality of what »
- Trevor Hogg
Only earlier this week there was a rumor circulating that claimed Disney was intending to release unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Quickly debunked, the rumor did however spark interest in the many different versions of the original trilogy and how desperately fans want an official, unaltered release.
The home media releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have seen more alternate versions and updated releases than almost any other film series. There are, of course, the glaringly obvious changes made with 1997′s Special Editions – Greedo firing first, a full bodied wampa, a musical scene in Jabba’s Palace – but all subsequent releases have seen continued tweaking and editing to the films’ audio and visual effects.
The reason for all the alterations lies with George Lucas’ insistence that when ...
Click to continue reading Star Wars ‘Despecialized Edition’ in the Works »
- Sarah Moran
Sneak Peek the interior of the modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter', aka 'Millennium Falcon' spacecraft, on the set of director Jj Abrams' 3D feature "Star Wars: Episode VII", that resumes production later this month, following a forced hiatus due to actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on set, plus take a look @ concept art, the planet of 'Tatooine' set and actor Mark Hamill ('Luke Skywalker') on the studio lot. :
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is planned to be the »
- Michael Stevens
We've had a lot of information coming out regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but let's move ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad) is the man who will be writing and directing that movie along with Episode IX. Since Johnson has come on board, he's been relatively quiet about the whole thing.
The filmmaker recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to talk about all kinds of things, and naturally, Star Wars: Episode VIII came up in the conversation. When asked about the job, Johnson said, “The most surprising thing is just how not scary it is, and how much fun it is." Of course, he can't really say much about it at this point, but he did say,
"It’s boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror I expected I would, »
- Joey Paur
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