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That night, my brain conjured up not one but two separate imaginary season finales in dream form. In one, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart tracked the killer conspiracy to an oily Louisiana politician (played, in the dream, by Deadwood veteran Zach Grenier, proving that my brain and True Detective's casting director have a similar attitude about raiding past great HBO dramas for talent). Content they'd gotten their man at last, they didn't notice the hulking, »
Think Project Runway, but with creatures!
That’s one way you could describe the new Syfy series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, on which 10 aspiring creature creators compete to bring the wildest beasts they can think of to life. EW has an exclusive first look at a promo for the series, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how some of these creatures are made.
Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company and Jim Henson’s son, will serve as lead judge on the series. Creature designers Beth Hathaway (Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead, and Edward Scissorhands) and »
- Jake Perlman
There are a number of "Star Wars" references in Steven Spielberg's "E.T." This was both a product of the time (it was produced in between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," at what was arguably the height of Jedi-mania) and a reference to the deeply felt friendship between "E.T." director Steven Spielberg and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas (the year before the two had teamed on minor art house hit "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). But thanks to a keen theorist on Reddit, which was picked up and expounded on by Buzzfeed (since Reddit and Buzzfeed are the ying and yang of pointless Internet time-wasting), a new theory has emerged... One that will blow your mind all over your office wall.
- Drew Taylor
Many actors have been rumored for a part in the movie, set for release Dec. 18, 2015, but with filming beginning in a few months, decisions are finally being made about who will inhabit this “galaxy far, far away.”
Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the initial story, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Forget Darth Vader and the Emperor, the new face of evil in the Star Wars universe is that of Girls breakout Adam Driver. The 30-year-old actor is "close to signing on" to play a villain "in the vein" of classic villain Darth Vader, reports Variety. Driver is the first actor officially linked to J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel to Return of the Jedi, though the "Big Three" — Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher — are all expected to reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VII in some form or another. Some sources say that many other roles have already been cast, but that Disney/LucasFilm is holding off on the announcements. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to open Dec. 18, 2015.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
Adam Driver has been in talks with some big studios for some major roles in recent months, but a new report has him nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The deal isn't done just yet, and there are (obviously) no details to the role itself, but Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader. Were this to become official, it would be the first casting news for the highly anticipated film, due out December 18, 2015. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Driver is nearing a deal to antagonize the heroes in Star Wars: Episode VII. Recently, Driver had been rumored to be in the casting mix but has now emerged as the top choice for the film's villain, beating out such other talents as Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving. The final »
- Dave Trumbore
It seems fortuitous that right now on the HBO series "Girls," the character played by Adam Driver just booked a big Broadway role that could change his life. Now Variety reports the real life actor has a role that will really launch his career. Driver is currently near closing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, the follow-up to the classic original trilogy that concluded with Return of the Jedi. Though no details on the character are known, sources say the villain is in the same vein as the iconic Darth Vader. Driver has never had a role like this before, but he has a mysterious presence about him that's just perfect. Driver was rumored back in January, and apparently the big hold-up in casting him was ensuring that his schedule for shooting "Girls" wouldn't interfere with Star Wars. However, it's interesting to note that it »
- Ethan Anderton
Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, »
- Justin Kroll
In what is the first closest thing we've had to an official cast member announcement, Adam Driver is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. His character is described as being in the same vein as Darth Vader.
No deal is in place yet, but Variety claims the Girls star is very close to signing on. Exact details about the role are unknown.
The 30 year old Driver is the first cast member being revealed by LucasFilm for the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams sequel, which hits theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is set to start filming this April at London's Pinewood Studios. Additional cast members are expected to be announced starting in March, with the first official press releases to come as early as next week.
Adam Driver of “Girls” is apparently close to boarding J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" as the villain, reports Variety. Apparently the character will be in the vein of Darth Vader, but that's not confirmed. The film hits theaters via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 18th, 2015. "Episode VII" is set to start filming at Pinewood Studios of London this April, and more cast members should definitely start rolling in very soon for the much-anticipated sci-fi actioner. “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes off where“Return of the Jedi” ended, and is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm as well as Bad Robot's Bryan Burk and Abrams. »
With shooting on the sequel to "Return of the Jedi" set to begin in April, fans can expect casting announcements to start rolling in. Original series stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will be making appearances in "Episode VII," but there hasn't been confirmation of any other actors joining the film (though nearly every young actor in Hollywood has been floated in the rumor mill).
If Driver signs on, he would be the first major confirmed cast member.
As Variety notes, Driver has been Disney and LucasFilm's top choice for a while, but they had to work around the 30-year-old's tricky schedule for "Girls. »
- Kelly Woo
Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. According to Variety, Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) has entered into negotiations with Disney and LucasFilm to play the yet-to-be-named villain in the new Star Wars trilogy. The character is said in the vein of Darth Vader, the legendary antagonist portrayed by David Prowse and Bob Anderson and voiced by James Earl Jones. The studio was reportedly also interested in Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 12 Years a Slave) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) for the role. No further details have been »
- Pietro Filipponi
Coolest Movie Sets Ever is a new series at Movies.com celebrating some of the most elaborate, impressive and possibly even mind-bending movie sets that have given us some of our favorite movies of all time. In the spring of 1982, in a desert location known as Buttercup Valley in Southern California, filming was underway on a movie tentatively named Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination. This would have been relatively unspectacular news for most people – except in the days before the Internet, studios and producers could get away with a little cinematic subterfuge without movie fans realizing they were being misled. As it turns out, the production crew toiling away under the scorching SoCal sun wasn’t making just another slasher movie – they were hard at...
- Mike Bracken
Is Harrison Ford coming back for two more Indiana Jones movies? That's today's hot rumor, as the 71-year-old actor gears up to reprise the iconic archeologist in the very near future.
You may have noticed that Harrison Ford has been extremely tight-lipped about his involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII. Market Saw claim this is because the actor is still in negotiations to return as Han Solo for the first time since 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Both of the new Indiana Jones movies are included as stipulations in his Star Wars contract, which means he will only come back if he is allowed to also reprise his role as Dr. Henry Jones Jr. in not one, but two new movies. They will likely be shot fairly close together, due to the actor's age.
Indiana Jones 5 has not been officially announced or confirmed by Disney, »
Market Saw recently got an update from their 'inside source' at LucasFilm, and now have a couple of new (or old, depending on how you look at it) rumors to share about Star Wars: Episode VII. According to this so-called 'very' reliable source, both previously rumored possible cast additions Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, are close to signing on.
Apparently, both actors were up for the same role (despite their obvious age difference). It is not known how the new script by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan has changed or altered this character, or how it has now been split into two roles.
The source goes on to once again confirm many of the original cast members, news we've heard since the project was first announced nearly a year and a half ago. They claim that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels and Ian McDiarmid will be announced shortly. »
Back in the 1980s Leonard Nimoy hosted a cool short documentary on George Lucas' Return of the Jedi. It was a part of a show he had on Nickelodeon called Standby: Lights! Camera! Action! It basically gave kids a behind the scenes look at various TV shows and movies. I haven't seen this show in forever, but I remember when it was on TV. They should bring it back!
This little behind-the-scenes doc is the is the closest that Nimoy ever really got to being a part of the Star Wars franchise. It is kind of fun to watch Nimoy geek out on it though. There's a lot of great footage here that fans of the franchise will definitely enjoy.
Thanks to movies.com for the heads up.
- Joey Paur
Back in the early '80s, Leonard Nimoy hosted a really cool show on Nickelodeon called Standby: Lights! Camera! Action! It was the kind of show you'd never see on the kids' network these days, but its nerdy look behind the scenes of various TV shows and movies that kids adored helped pave the way for a generation of movie geeks who relished in that type of knowledge. Heck, I was one of them! I'm still nerding out on this junk -- hence, this post. On one episode, Nimoy introduced a short behind-the-scenes documentary on Return of the Jedi. It would be the closest the Star Trek veteran ever came to mingling with the Star Wars franchise, and while it's amusing to see the Trek icon geeking out on Star Wars, the footage he teases is even better...
- Erik Davis
Talk show host Conan O’Brien cracks us up regularly, but few things have made us laugh as hard as this recent segment he did featuring one of Star Wars’ most beloved fringe characters. In a part of the show entitled "Fan Correction," viewers can send in a video pointing out mistakes made during a broadcast. One fan, who also loves Star Wars, sends in a clip pointing out that O’Brien had mispronounced the name of Admiral Ackbar in a previous night’s program. In the words of the admiral himself, it’s a trap! Because Conan settles the debate once and for all by showing a new George Lucas-approved cut of Return of the Jedi wherein Ackbar himself explains his name. Hilarity ensues. The lesson here? We’ve been pronouncing the good...
- Mike Bracken
You love to hate them, you hate to love them. There is an irresistible quality to the bad men in film, whose dastardly ways lure you in and keep you rooting for them until the bitter end.
With the remake of 1981’s turbulent Endless Love out this Valentine’s Day, starring Alex Pettyfer as a boy in love with a criminal past, we celebrate some of cinema’s most notorious, sometimes misunderstood scoundrels and their paths to retribution.
Dir. John Hughes, 1985
Spending the majority of John Hughes’ fantastic teen film slumped over a desk and setting things on fire, Judd Nelson’s juvenile Bender is the definition of angst. Criminally minded, troubled and at times malicious, Hughes still urges you not to give up on him, with glimmers of a better person under that grubby coat and a victory that will have you punching the »
- Beth Webb
Star Wars is about to get a major overhaul by Lucasfilm, Disney, and J.J. Abrams. I have no doubt that it's going to be everything that fans are going to want to see. While we wait, let's take a little trip back to the mid '90s, right before the Special Edition versions of the original Star Wars movies were released. George Lucas sits down with Leonard Maltin for a lengthy interview in which they talk about the three films’ VHS releases. He also talks about writing the prequel films, shares some interesting information on the relationship between Ewoks and Wookiees in Return of the Jedi, and discusses a lot more that any fan is sure to find interesting.
In Part 2, Lucas talks about the genesis of »
- Joey Paur
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