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As production moves along on X Men Apocalypse director Brian Singer teased our first look at Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Jubilee through his Instagram account. Game of Thrones' Turner and newcomer Lana Condor mug for a candid shot, in costume. The pair are decked out in their 80s garb (1983 to be exact with Singer taking a selfie in front of a mall cinema marquee with Return of the Jedi on it) X Men Apocalypse helps kick off the Summer movie season next May, 27th, 2016. ...
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Cameras are now rolling in Montreal on "X-Men: Apocalypse," and both official and unofficial set photos are flying around the interwebs. Some superfans are already worried that the movie, which is set in the 1980s, will be trying too hard to embrace the fashion and culture of the decade. I dunno, I don't think it'll be any more egregious than the '70s costumes and whatnot from "X-Men: Day Of Future Past." But the movie will have a bit of geekery that should please eagle eyed folks watching the flick. The Instagram happy Bryan Singer posted a photo from the set featuring a mall, with a movie theater playing "Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return Of The Jedi." Squee! So yes, that means we're in 1983, folks. Meanwhile, the director also showed off a quick snap of Sophie Turner in full-blown stone washed jeans mode as the new Jean Grey. »
- Edward Davis
“Game of Thrones” star Turner and newcomer Condor look decidedly retro in the new photo, which makes sense, considering the film is set in the 1980s.
The film also stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), with a number of other stars reprising their roles, including Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Lucas Till (Havok). Fellow newcomers joining Turner and Condor include Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Ben Hardy (Angel) and Oscar Isaac as the titular antagonist.
Singer recently posted two set photos to illustrate the film’s nostalgic »
- Variety Staff
In the latest issue of Princess Leia, the Alderaanian princess continues her quest to gather up the remnants of her people in the wake of the Death Star’s destruction. Her travels bring her to the volcanic planet of Sullust, home of these guys. Image Credit: Lucasfilm Sullust has a history within the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU). Within the official lore, Sullust was mentioned in passing during “Return of the Jedi” and seen briefly in the background of space battle during the “Nightsisters” episode of “The Clone Wars.” But Princess Leia #3 is the first time we’ve gone back on-planet since the consolidation of the lore. In what is — hopefully — the first of many instances, Sullust looks near identical to its former EU self. The surface of the planet is a hostile environment full of active volcanoes. Yet beneath the crust, the Sullustans (and refugee Alderaanians) live in town and cities. »
- Donna Dickens
X-Men: Apocalypse started shooting this week, and that may seem surprising given that we've been hearing about this next installment in the Marvel-based mutant franchise for a while now. Oscar Isaac was announced for the role of the titular villain way back in November, and further casting of characters and hype about how much bigger and better the X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up will be have been trickling in ever since. But it was only two days ago that director Bryan Singer shared a photo from the set on day one of production. The Instagram below reminds us that Apocalypse will be set in 1983 -- and aren't you jealous of whatever characters are getting to see the original version of Return of the Jedi on the big screen? I hope Singer has one of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Hamill revealed in an interview with the official Star Wars website that he recently found photos of himself, wife Marilou and son Nathan taken on the set of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi back in 1983.
The actor reveals during his chat that Nathan turned out to be the biggest Star Wars fan in his family, so this early trip was pivotal in the boy's interest in the franchise.
Our little Empire baby #ReturnOfTheJedi http://t.co/kWdRgjGNfN pic.twitter.com/FfIIGFEtG3
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 29, 2015
Hamill is returning to the role of Jedi knight Luke Skywalker in Star Wars »
Before Instagram and Twitter, celebrities had to settle for taking private photos of their antics on set. But now, over three decades after the fact, Star Wars fans are getting new insight into Mark Hamill’s time while filming “Return of the Jedi.” During the recent Star Wars Celebration, Hamill talked about unearthing photos taken while his wife Marilou and son Nathan visited him at work. Wonderful person that she is, Mrs. Hamill then sent the album to StarWars.com to share with the world. Most of the images are adorable family shots. This one with Yoda giving young Nathan some serious side-eye (as puppeteer Frank Oz hides behind Mark Hamill). The whole family posed for a Sears Family Portrait with a group of Ewoks. But perhaps the best photo of the bunch is of Hamill goofing off on the Emperor’s Throne. This is the stuff Au fanfic is made of! »
- Donna Dickens
The 2015 summer movie season is almost here... but that doesn't mean we can't also be excited about the 2016 summer movie season, too. X-Men: Apocalypse (in theaters May 27, 2016) started shooting this week, and director Bryan Singer has shared a photo from the set on day one of production. The Instagram photo below reminds us that Apocalypse will be set in 1983 -- and aren't you jealous of whatever characters are getting to see the original version of Return of the Jedi on...
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Everyone has something to say about merits of having the word 'damaged' tattooed across his forehead (we think it's a bit on the nose - or just above at least).
1. Heath Ledger
Obviously, our uncertainty was unfounded. Ledger's performance was the weirdest and most unsettling that we've seen on the screen - who can forget his »
In these newly unearthed photos, Mark Hamill brings his wife Marilou and son Nathan to the "Return of the Jedi" set to meet Yoda and the Ewoks, kick back in the Emperor's Throne and suit up inside the R2-D2 costume. (More from StarWars.com here.) Jj Abrams' "The Force Awakens" arrives December 18, 2015. Read More: The Eerie Connection Between "The Force Awakens" and "Tomorrowland" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bryan Singer’s X-men: Apocalypse officially started shooting in Montreal, Canada just yesterday with a set dressed up to look like a shopping mall in 1983 – it even had a cinema billing Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, which Singer proudly stood in front of for a quick Twitter selfie.
Overnight some images have appeared from the set which feature Tye Sheridan as the young Cyclops and Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as a red-haired Jean Grey. There’s also a very teeny look at Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler (complete with a retro red leather jacket reminiscent of the one that Michael Jackson wore in his ground-breaking Thriller video – which was also released in 1983).
The images were tweeted by a variety of sources, and while not that clear, do give us a look at what the filmmakers are going after in terms of the 80s nostalgia factor – just »
- Paul Heath
20th Century Fox
In addition to the first official still from the movie, writer/producer Simon Kinberg also took to Twitter to share the first photo from the set of the forthcoming, 80s set sequel, which revealed that the crew are filming a sequence in or around a movie theatre which is playing Star Wars VIII: Return of The Jedi!
- Matt Holmes
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
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