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The Callow Way – The Possible Future of Cinema?

8 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks at two new technologies that could change our film-going experience…

If you go to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service in Milton Keynes this weekend, you might be in for a surprise if your seat starts shaking. Don’t worry, it’s not an earthquake, but you’re watching a 4D release of the film.

“4D” features hydraulics fixed to every seat so you move with the action, as well as smoke, water, wind or even bubbles being released into the cinema while you watch the film, as well as various scents, has been around for a while and is used in attractions at theme parks and museums, and is now in 150 screens around the world. Of course, this is a small drop in the ocean; American Sniper opened on more than 3000 screens in the Us alone, but it is significant.

Cinema chains are facing a »

- Neil Calloway

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'Star Wars 7' to Include Jabba the Hutt's Crime Family?

30 January 2015 5:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been a hot minute since we've actually heard any good rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off gears up for production this spring. While it was earlier reported that Disney and Lucasfilm may be courting Michael Fassbender to play Boba Fett in that sci-fi solo adventure for the bounty hunter (not confirmed), we're now hearing that J.J. Abrams may have landed a more sinister presence for his own film, which kick starts a new trilogy. While Jabba the Hutt will have been dead for nearly thirty years at the start of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like other members of the Hutt syndicated crime family will actually be involved in the storyline.

The Hutts are a family of gangster who reside on Tatooine, and they have ties that reach all the way back to Anakin Skywalker, »

- MovieWeb

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Apparently The 'Hutts' Will Appear In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

30 January 2015 12:59 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We know Jabba the Hutt met his end at the hands (and chain) of "slave Leia" in Return of the Jedi, but he wasn't the only slimy piece of worm-ridden filth in the galaxy. Some of his fellow Hutts were glimpsed in The Phantom Menace, and have been a part of various Expanded Universe novels, animated series, comics etc over the years, and now it seems we'll be meeting them again in J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. According to Dave Gonzalez of Latino Review, these Hutts are being practically built for the movie just like Jabba was for Rotj, and although he doesn't know how many will feature, it'll definitely be "more than one". As for how they'll factor into the story, all speculation is welcome -- though some very early concept art did depict Leia meeting with the Hutts, possibly to explain why she murdered one of 'em! »

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Star Wars: New Film, Newest Hutts

30 January 2015 8:53 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Newpa (noo pah) adj. 1. New. Film (film) n.1. Holo. Kagwa (kah gwah) adj.1. Latest.2. Newest.

There are good days of speculating and bad days of speculating.As a completest geek who likes to have all his information canonical and intersecting, I’m constantly relying on the idea of consistency throughout storytelling. In my few years as someone who has tried thinking seriously about film and television, I’ve absorbed a great number of similar stories, character types, tropes and stereotypes. These things tend to play out in the same way.

I went to college for screenwriting (and if I were you, I wouldn’t - writing is a skill that can be developed without student loans), and there I would occasionally complain that Star Wars made every science fiction and fantasy fan a supposed “expect” in Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces mono-myth and how it applies to Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. »

- Da7e

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8 Different Versions Of Star Wars Episode VII That Were Almost Made

30 January 2015 6:08 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The journey of Star Wars from mad idea of a merchandisingly minded director to untoppable mega-franchise is almost as exciting as the trials and tribulations of the Skywalker family on screen.

When George Lucas originally wrote what was then called The Star Wars, he ended up with a story of unwieldily length. Splitting it into more and more pieces, he ended up with a narrative that could be told in six, nine or twelve parts (depending on who you believe).

There’s a common view that this blue-print was the one he followed when making both the Original and Prequel Trilogy, and facilitated the possibility of a string of sequels. But while Lucas did indeed have some scarily particular elements planned out from the start (including Midi-chlorians), most of what ultimately followed was heavily made up on the fly (most notably the Saga-defining Vader twist). And with that approach »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Star Wars fan sells £1.50 Boba Fett figure for £18,000

29 January 2015 6:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Star Wars fan has sold a figure of Boba Fett for £18,000.

The toy initially went on sale 35 years ago for £1.50 and collector Craig Stevens, 45, of Croydon bought it back in 1990.

"I'm amazed at the price, that was absolutely perfect," Stevens told the Croydon Guardian.

"The money is going to go towards a house for me and my wife. We are looking to move quite soon so that will be perfect to put towards it.

"I hope it will go to a good collector who will look after it and cherish it like I have."

Before the sale, Stevens told prospective buyers he was looking for bids of "£10,000-plus" for the bounty hunter figure.

The toy was in pristine condition and rare UK packaging only available for a year.

Boba Fett appears in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi »

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Insane Darth Vader Fan Art by Furio Tedeschi

28 January 2015 6:03 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Check out this striking piece of Star Wars fan art created by Furio Tedeschi. It gives us one of the most badass fan-made character designs of Darth Vader that I've ever seen. I especially like the fact that he's not wearing his iconic helmet, and he looks like one evil bastard. He's a lot more frightening here than when we saw his real face for the first time in Return of the Jedi. I was never a big fan of that potato head look. This version is much better. The suit design is pretty cool too. What do you think?  »

- Joey Paur

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London Toy Fair 2015 Promises Exciting Year Ahead For Lego, James Bond & Film

22 January 2015 12:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hands up if, at any point in the past few months, you’ve wandered past Lego’s recent Back To The Future DeLorean or Ghostbusters Ecto-1 sets on a shop shelf and felt an overwhelming sense of pure, child-like joy overcome you.

I think it’s a fairly safe bet that a decent number of you are now sitting at your desk, on the train or even on the lavatory with a hand thrust in the air, much to the bewilderment of those around you (that last bit’s less likely if you are indeed on the loo right now). The Lego Movie catapulted the company back into the eyes of kids, adults and collectors, and there’s plenty for film fans to get involved with.

Since introducing licensed franchises in 1999 with the immensely successful Lego Star Wars range, which is still going to this day – and will be until »

- Chris Wharfe

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'Star Wars' Spin-off Shortlist, Pegg Co-writing 'Star Trek 3' & Gyllenhaal Passes on 'Suicide Squad'

22 January 2015 6:46 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Simon Pegg will not only star in Star Trek 3, but he'll co-write the screenplay with Doug Jung ("Dark Blue") now that Justin Lin has stepped into direct following Roberto Orci's departure. The pic is currently slated for a July 8, 2016 release. Deadline https://twitter.com/simonpegg/status/558157870429392897 Tom Hardy passed on starring as Rick Flagg in David Ayer's Suicide Squad and now second choice, Jake Gyllenhaal, has also said no. The DC Comics adaptation currently stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne and heads into production in April with a planned August 5, 2016 release date. Variety The Maze Runner star, Kaya Scodelario, is in early talks for the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (aka Pirates of the Caribbean 5). Deadline Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is beginning the casting process for his Star Wars spin-off, a pic rumored to be a heist feature, »

- Brad Brevet

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Rooney Mara & ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Are Testing For Gareth Edwards’ ‘Star Wars’ Film

20 January 2015 5:56 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Casting for Gareth Edwards’ stand alone “Star Wars” film is apparently underway, at least in the early stages. According to the trades, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” ingénue Rooney Mara and “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany are testing for a key female role. What that part is? Well, everything about Edwards’ film is so far unknown and all details are being kept under wraps. Oscar-nominated “The Theory Of Everything” actress Felicity Jones is said to be on the production’s wishlist (clearly they have a type). Recent rumors posited that Edwards' “Star Wars” film would be a heist picture set during the events of “Return Of The Jedi”  and centering on a rogue group of bounty hunters trying to steal the plans for the Death Star. Subsequent rumors tried to derail those unsubstantiated reports, but at this point who knows. Edwards vaulted to the top of the blockbuster list »

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More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concept Art Focuses On The Redesigned X-Wings

20 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

J.J. Abrams' Mystery Box has sprung a bunch of holes during production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the latest being concept art posted on the Facebook page of Robert Bailey. Named "Attacking Force" and "Low Level Attack", they don't really reveal too much about the movie itself, but do provide a great look at the redesigned X-Wings being used in the Return of the Jedi follow-up. What the colours mean will hopefully be revealed in the movie itself! What do you think?  Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von SydowStar Wars Episode VII will be released on December 18th, 2015. 332 days to go! »

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London Toy Fair 2015: Lego

20 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Every year at Toy Fair we have the privilege of getting a tour around the ultra-secretive Lego stand, and this year was no different. Of course secrecy equals no photos, but what I can tell you is that there are some truly awesome sets coming later this year: including a new Scooby Doo line which seems to share a lot in common with the Monster Fighters line I was so in love with:

Scooby Doo

#75902 The Mystery Machine – The iconic Scooby gang vehicle comes complete with Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred and a glow in the dark Zombie minifigure

#75903 Haunted Lighthouse - A sea/swamp based theme that takes the Swamp Creature directly from the Lego Monster Fighters line and places him in with Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Daphne and a creepy, bearded ghostly lighthouse keeper.

#75904 Mystery Mansion - Again reminiscent of the Vampyre Castle, this set contains minifigures of Scooby Doo, »

- Phil Wheat

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For Better or Worse, Disney Rejected George Lucas’s Ideas for the New Star Wars Movies

20 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s a difficult revelation for those of us who grew up trusting in George Lucas, regardless of what we think of the Star Wars prequels: the franchise’s creator had ideas plotted out for Episode VII and beyond, but Disney scrapped them all for their upcoming trilogy. In an interview with Cinema Blend to promote Strange Magic, Lucas states that he sold the sequel outlines along with Lucasfilm and the rights to all things Star Wars, and “[Disney] came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own.” On the one hand, maybe they were bad, as in focused on trade agreements or something similarly convoluted. But on the other hand, Lucas devised the Star Wars universe to such an amazing degree back in the beginning that there’s never been anything comparable in terms of movie world-building. Disney already scrapped the expanded universe, and »

- Christopher Campbell

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10 Worst Star Wars Characters

20 January 2015 7:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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You really do have to hand it to George Lucas, the man knows how to create buzz.

In 1977, he caused mass hysteria with the release of his visionary masterpiece, Star Wars (at that point still sans A New Hope). Lucas had managed to capture the imagination of movie-goers around the world with his ground breaking space opera – never before had people seen nor experienced anything like Star Wars. Space battles, distant and unique planets, unforgettable aliens, appealing heroes and reviled villains.

In his followup effort, The Empire Strikes Back, he even managed to up the ante, striking at the very hearts and minds of his audience with an even greater spectacle, complete with a much darker theme, more incredible characters and of course, that shocking twist.

What it really boiled down to for many people though, was the characters. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and of course, »

- Scott Barstead

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'Star Wars 7' to Feature First Female Stormtrooper?

19 January 2015 10:49 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Disney and LucasFilm announced the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members last April, just a few weeks before production got under way, we knew there were still many more actors with large and small roles alike that had yet to be confirmed. Production has been wrapped since November, but we're still learning about new cast members as we await the next trailer. British journalist Lizo Mzimba recently revealed that U.K.-based actress Amybeth Hargreaves is playing a female Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The journalist noticed on the actress' Spotlight UK page that she is playing a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although the listing has since been removed from the page. Of course, nothing is known about the extent of her role, and if she will even have any lines or take off her Stormtrooper helmet. Lizo Mzimba »

- MovieWeb

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Warwick Davis May Have Just Confirmed a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler

15 January 2015 2:09 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Possible spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Three months ago, we found out that Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, has been cast in a mystery role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Before that, we'd heard rumors that Darth Vader would appear in a flashback, and now it appears that Davis may have confirmed the rumor with a new photo.

Davis was a guest on The One Show last night (via Yahoo UK), and though he didn't give any specific details about the upcoming blockbuster, he did share two selfies he took on the set at Pinewood Studios in London. One is in front of Chewbacca, who we already knew for sure was confirmed to return, and the other is in front of Darth Vader, who - as far as I can tell - hasn't »

- Ben Pearson

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Warwick Davis shares Star Wars: The Force Awakens selfies

15 January 2015 12:51 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warwick Davis was very keen to get a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, and while appearing on The One Show on BBC One, the Return of the Jedi star has shared a couple of selfies with two familiar Star Wars characters on the set at Pinewood Studios.

As things are being kept top secret we can assume that Davis was given permission to show these two photos which hardly give away any details about the film. We already knew that Chewbacca was making a return but the selfie with what is clearly Darth Vader is interesting. There have been rumours that Vader would appear in the film but it is more likely that the costume was available on set for being so iconic. Or maybe Davis has just spoiled the return of the Dark Lord of the Sith….

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is »

- Thomas Roach

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Bandai’s Amazing Luke Skywalker Jedi Action Figure

15 January 2015 7:50 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Bandai is releasing a series of incredible Star Wars action figures, and so far we’ve seen a samurai Darth Vader and a samurai Stormtrooper. Now we have one of a Luke Skywalker Jedi action figure based on his look from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. In fact, you can actually pose the figure the way that you see him on the movie poster. It’s pretty damn cool.

The 6 inch scale comes complete with a green lightsaber and black robes, and it has both a 'normal' Luke head as well an alternate head with Luke's hair flowing in the wind. This is Bandai's first attempt at a human sculpt for their Star Wars line, and it turned out to be pretty fantastic. I’m really impressed with what they are doing with their toys.

Source: Tamashii »

- Joey Paur

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Billy Dee Williams Reprises Lando Calrissian Role for ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

12 January 2015 6:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Things are about to get a lot smoother in a galaxy far, far away.

Today, screenshots and video from the Disney Xd animated series “Star Wars: Rebels” surfaced featuring Lando Calrissian, famously played in two of the original “Star Wars” films by Billy Dee Williams.

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Lando was a friend and ally of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), but betrayed him to Darth Vader, ultimately getting Han frozen in carbonite.  Lando later redeemed himself and was instrumental in the destruction of the second Death Star in “Return of the Jedi. »

- Joe Otterson

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Lando Calrissian To Appear In Star Wars Rebels

12 January 2015 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As far as we know, he won't be joining Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (sorry, old buddy). But Billy Dee Williams will be returning to the role of Cloud City's most dupicitous administrator Lando Calrissian for the animated Star Wars Rebels series. To wet your whistles, Disney have released a little promo all about the smooth-talking scoundrel.Lando makes his appearance in the episode 'Idiot's Array' (also the title of some Star Wars comics from a decade ago...), introducing him at a time before he owns the Millennium Falcon. Advance word suggests the plot involves him winning the droid Chopper while gambling, leading Chopper's usual compatriots on a merry dance to get him back.It looks from the trailer as if Williams is thoroughly enjoyed himself and effortlessly found the character again, 32 years on from Return Of The Jedi. His CG »

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