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John Boyega has slammed an "inaccurate" and "stereotypical" article from The Telegraph which details the star's rise to fame.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor took to Twitter to share his opinions on the piece, saying that the events included are "Not [his] story".
Inaccurate. Stereotypical. Not my story. https://t.co/SJhIqcgMYA
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) April 24, 2015
"Inaccurate. Stereotypical. Not my story," writes Boyega, referring to the story which speaks to sources claiming to know the actor during his childhood in "a rough area".
One source says that a lot of boys from Boyega's time at school "are now in prison or dead", while another says that the Sceaux Gardens Estate was full of "drugs, stabbing" and "gang affiliation" - though Boyega was not involved.
"You would never see John on the street or hanging around gangs though. I only saw him in church or in acting school," the source says. »
With less than two weeks before the UK General Election, Neil Calloway looks at the connections between politicians and the film industry…
They say politics is show business for ugly people, but some people have crossed the line between the two, with varying degrees of success over the years.
Whoever wins the UK General Election, there will no longer be a double Oscar winner in the House of Commons; Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn (and Hampstead and Highgate before that), will be standing down. Jackson is probably the most successful example of the actor/politician in Britain, but there have been others. If you’re worried that without an Oscar winner then Parliament will suffer, then Julian Fellowes, who won for his screenplay for Gosford Park – which now looks like a trial run for Downton Abbey – still sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. »
- Neil Calloway
Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Daisy Ridley to talk Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while the relatively unknown British actress obviously couldn't say much about her character Rey, she did have this to say about her favourite shooting location. "Weirdly enough, probably Abu Dhabi, even though it was so hot, it was like you literally can’t imagine that heat. The feeling of stepping onto a real set for the first time, it genuinely was a baptism of fire. To see creatures walking around and speeders chilling in the sand, that was amazing, and because I was shooting there, it was like everything had built up to that moment. So a few days in, I was like, Ok. I’m getting my groove now." Abu Dhabi doubled for Jakku in the Return of the Jedi follow-up, and you can get a better look at it in the images below. »
Star Wars #4
Written by Jason Aaron
Art and Cover by John Cassaday
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by Marvel Comics
Following the series’ initial, action-packed story arc, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday settle in for a relatively quiet fourth issue. This is a breath-taking issue, a chance for the creators to focus on characterization and set some plots in motion. To wit, there’s Luke Skywalker, dealing with the reality of his (non)status as a Jedi following his confrontation with Darth Vader in the first arc. Also, Princess Leia pushes the Rebel Alliance to strike ever harder back at the Empire with the unstated implication being that she’s trying to keep busy so as to avoid dealing with all the changes in her life wrought by the events of A New Hope. Meanwhile, Darth Vader is on Tatooine brokering a deal with Jabba the Hutt and a mysterious »
- Austin Gorton
Anyone who has been to a Star Wars convention will know there are always eye-catching cosplay costumes on display, but what happened when a guy went to a recent event dressed as a bikini-clad Princess Leia?
David from Comedy Central's @midnight programme made quite the impression on fellow fans at Anaheim's Star Wars Celebration earlier this month, when he recreated Carrie Fisher's iconic look from Return of the Jedi.
"No-one here is a bigger Princess Leia fan than me," he said, arriving at the event.
He then proceeded to ask various attendees for their verdict on his outfit, and it's safe to say he got a rather mixed response. But come on - who actually prefers Jar Jar Binks to Leia?
However, he saved the best for last when he bumped into a woman who had come to the convention dressed as Han Solo. May the force be with them! »
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
For many Star Wars fans, the release of a new trailer for The Force Awakens was an event of biblical proportions. However, it clearly meant more to this guy than most.
Father Roderick posted this brilliant clip online of him watching the trailer for the first time, and he really can't handle his excitement.
"Holy cow!! Oh my gosh! Oh wow!!" he proclaims during the video, before really losing his cool when Chewbacca turns up at the end.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens unveiled a new trailer online last week ahead of the film's release this December 18.
There have been a string of high profile trailers released over the last few days to really whet the appetite for fans of blockbuster movies – Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice proved to be predictably divisive while the CGI-heavy Jurassic World disappointed some with its apparent over-use of CGI, but none were anywhere near as well received as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s a testament to the Star Wars universe that it can generate even more excitement and anticipation than other huge releases which are due in cinemas much sooner – although it isn’t out until December, the internet is alive with discussion and for good reason: as far as all the new trailers go it really is the best of the bunch.
Of course, it didn’t take long for fans and critics alike to start taking the trailer to pieces and dissecting the meaning of every frame, »
- Andrew Dilks
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: This Star Wars poster is the first of a trilogy by artist Andy Fairhurst. See his posters for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at Slashfilm. Speaking of Star Wars, our favorite cosplay of the day is this group of Muppets dressed as Darth Vader and some Imperial Stormtroopers (via Geek Tyrant): More Star Wars, here's a fairly long supercut of all the characters from the first six movies, starting with The Phantom Menace (via Geekologie): Here's a U.S. map showing the most popular movie set in each state, according to IMDb ratings. My representative is Gone With the Wind (via Mental_Floss): The latest episode of No...
- Christopher Campbell
There is surely nobody left unmoved by the first two teaser trailers for Jj Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Their online releases have broken viewing records and increased Disney share prices far beyond what anyone could have expected. Inevitably, the early footage has been pored over and forensically examined by fans around the world – looking for clues as to what we might expect when the film finally arrives in theatres this December. Eagle-eyed though those fans might be, however, it took Luke Skywalker himself to really put the rumour mill into motion, when he recently discussed the second teaser trailer at the Star Wars Celebration event in California.
Referring to his performance of the voiceover that is woven through the footage, in comments reported by AP, Mark Hamill recounted a significant problem with his delivery. The lines spoken are similar to Skywalker’s dialogue from Return Of The Jedi – with subtle, »
- Sarah Myles
In the week that possibly the biggest teaser trailer of the year hits (for Star Wars: The Force Awakens), a new science-fiction film takes to the very same dunes featured in the classic Return of the Jedi – as actress and producer Tracey Birdsall’s new film Robot Fighter is currently lensing on many of the same locations as Jedi; notably the Salton Sea, Yuma, Arizona.
Robot Fighter isn’t without its Star Wars ties, thematically either. Director Neil Johnson’s space chronicle fixes on the overthrow of humanity by Artificial Intelligence and the determined rebel who goes up against the droid empire.
Starring alongside Birdsall is Star Trek III : The Search for Spock’s Stephen Manley, Daz Crawford (Blade II), Livvy Stubenrauch (Frozen), Erin Bethea (Fireproof), Tim McGrath, Ashley Park and Aaron Jacques.
Robot Fighter, the first in a potential new sci-fi series, will be released in 2016.
- Phil Wheat
Thanks to all the excitement from Star Wars Celebration this weekend, the buzz on last week's new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still going strong. And thanks to a statement made by Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and will reprise the role for Episode VII this winter, people are talking about his voiceover heard in the trailer, the only dialogue heard in the film besides the moment we see Han Solo and Chewbacca again. It's clear the dialogue is from Return of the Jedi, but Hamill has people thinking the dialogue was changed for the trailer. But that's not the case. Just in case you need a reminder, here's the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer again: Speaking to CBS La, Hamill said he had some trouble while recording the voiceover for the trailer, explaining that he kept saying, "My father had it, »
- Ethan Anderton
You've dissected the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer by now, but of course, there will be those examining each frame to try and decipher more clues. Mark Hamill has revealed a little something to consider about the movie which will follow "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi." Read More: New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV, And Books The new teaser's voiceover (from 'Jedi') — "The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power, too." — is delivered by Luke Skywalker himself, though he admits that he kept messing up during one crucial part of it. Speaking with AP, Hamill noted that in re-recording the voiceover, he kept saying, "My father had it." Of course, we all know Luke's father is none other than Darth Vader, and while »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Press that pause button and stretch those fingers. It’s time to roundup this weeks gaming news and find out what we missed when we stepped away from the internet.
This week Star Wars celebrations took over Anaheim, CA where Rebels and Stormtroopers alike were treated to the first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront. IGN reported that Battlefront will provide a link between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The game is set for release on November 17, 2015 in North America and November 20, 2015 in the UK. That should give everyone enough time to prepare for The Force Awakens, which will hit theaters galactically in December.
Are you a retro gamer stuck in a next gen world? Well fear not. According to PCMag GameStop will begin selling vintage consoles, games, and accessories beginning April 25 in 250 select stores throughout New York City and Birmingham, Ala. If all goes well within the first two weeks, »
- Elizabeth Rico
EA Dice has released some new info on Star Wars: Battlefront, including its solo missions, split-screen mode and more...
Rebel troops fighting At-ATs and At-STs on Endor. Boba Fett. Darth Vader. The reveal trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront may not have shown us any actual gameplay, but it did contain all the elements you need to whip fans into a frenzy.
And as EA Dice paves the way for Battlefront's November release, it's been revealing more about its forthcoming 40-player shooter.
On Twitter, design director Niklas Fegraeus said that Battlefront will run at 60 frames per second. He also revealed that there will be "more than two [maps] per planet at launch". While he was vague as to a specific number ("there will be more maps than 8" was the best he could do), he did add that "we have four iconic planets, and on those many maps to play on. »
He’s the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, and one of the most popular characters in the entire Star Wars universe, so being inadvertently knocked into the jaws of the Sarlacc by a blinded Han Solo is certainly no way to go.
Unless you’re a fan of the Expanded Universe, the fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett has held the distinction of suffering the weakest death in the entire saga ever since his demise in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, But it looks like Disney has wasted little time rectifying that, with the reveal trailer for the video game Star Wars Battlefront seemingly confirming – in official canon – that Fett did survive his encounter with the Sarlacc.
The above image is a screenshot from the Battle of Jakku Dlc set to arrive ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will depict “the pivotal moment when the »
- Gary Collinson
Coming hot on the heels of Marvel’s announcement about a new Lando Calrissian miniseries is the news that Greg Rucka (Cyclops) and Marco Checchetto (Avengers World) are to take us a step further on the journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Shattered Empire, the upcoming series that will offer a glimpse into Disney’s hotly-anticipated sequel.
“The world has been wondering what happened after the fall of the Empire since the credits first rolled on Return of the Jedi in 1983,” says series editor Jordan D. White. “Now, on the dawn of the next chapter of the saga, we’re incredibly proud to be involved in revealing the events that happen immediately following the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’!”
Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 will go on sale in September.
- Gary Collinson
When Star Wars Celebration kicked off Thursday morning with the opening panel, one of the "surprise guests" in attendance was Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who showed up along with his Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew. Today, Mark Hamill returns to the Celebration with his own panel at the Anaheim Convention Center from 7:00pm Pm Pt to 8:00 Pm Pt. In case you couldn't make the trek to Anaheim, we have the whole panel streaming live, right here.
Of course, Mark Hamill needs no introduction to Star Wars fans, since his portrayal of Luke Skywalker is the stuff of legend for fanboys. The actor was just 20 years old when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope hit theaters in May 1977, having appeared in just a handful of movies and TV shows. He solidified »
As the "Star Wars Celebration" convention draws towards a close, a couple more facts regarding the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have come to light from various panels and exhibits on the floor.
Numerous costumes were on display on the exhibit floor where descriptive cards for them reveal that there's been some name changes. Thirty years on after the events of "Return of the Jedi," the remains of The Galactic Empire have become The First Order, whilst The Rebel Alliance has become The Resistance.
Also available are numerous pieces of artwork and photos showcasing the film's main villain Kylo Ren along with the new look Storm Troopers along with Snow Trooper and Flame Trooper variations.
First Order Snowtrooper and Flametrooper(!): #StarWarsCelebration pic.twitter.com/S76ORHcfur
— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) April 16, 2015
- Garth Franklin
He will be joined by Avengers World artist Marco Checchetto on Star Wars: Shattered Empire.
Rucka is known for his long relationship with DC and Marvel, writing titles including Detective Comics, Gotham Central and Punisher, as well as his recent Image Comics series Lazarus.
He was previously rumoured to be working on this Star Wars project.
Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1 will be released in September.
A new trailer for The Force Awakens debuted this week. »
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