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Everything we know so far about Star Wars Rogue One: The cast, plot and latest spoilers

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gareth Edwards's Star Wars anthology film Rogue One is about to go in front of cameras, making it the first spinoff outing in the new look franchise.

So, as Disney and Lucasfilm prepare to conjure up another adventure in a galaxy far, far away, we present everything you need to know about the upcoming Star Wars film.

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will open in cinemas on December 16, 2016.

The man behind the camera is Hollywood hot property

Gareth Edwards made his name with the ultra-low budget Monsters in 2010 before directing last year's Godzilla, and now he's been tasked with launching the first Star Wars spinoff flick.

It's been a sharp career trajectory, but one that Edwards seems to be taking in his stride. He's previously cited George Lucas as one of his favourite filmmakers and his comments on the official press release announcing his hiring showed his geek cred. »

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.

 

10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

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Why Tomorrowland And Mad Max Are More Alike Than You Think

26 May 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following a fifteen-year creative hiatus and another fifteen years stranded in development hell, director George Miller’s iconic outback creation, Max Rockatansky, returned to theatres this month to a rapturous reception. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “good things come to those who wait” aren’t reliable rules of thumb for filmmaking, let alone in a studio system, but Mad Max: Fury Road demonstrated the value of such back-to-basics thinking: focused storytelling, practical effects and a freedom from franchise baggage combined to make Fury Road the critical high-water mark for 2015 blockbusters. That it also performed well at the box office made Miller’s $150 million return to both the wasteland and action filmmaking a double-barreled coup d’état.

If anything, the extensive gap between Fury Road and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Rockatansky’s last adventure, afforded Miller’s fourth go-round with the character a certain clemency from the “franchise »

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The Geek Beat: 7 Classic Geek-Friendly Franchises That Deserve A Sequel

26 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It seems pretty safe to say that Mad Max: Fury Road is a bona fide success at this point. The new installment of director George Miller's post-apocalyptic wasteland saga is earning near-universal praise from critics while raking in box-office revenue, and yet the most impressive aspect of Fury Road's success just might be the fact that it's the follow-up to a film released more than 30 years ago. This year's movie slate also features sequels for the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises that pick up where Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi left off 32 years ago and Jurassic Park III concluded a mere 14 years ago, respectively. If nothing else, it's proof that it doesn't take a reboot to make everything old feel new again. Given all of this...

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Star Wars is taking over China: Shanghai International Film Festival to screen all six

25 May 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chinese moviegoers will be getting a treat when the Star Wars saga is screened in its entirety next month.

Shanghai International Film Festival will be showing the series' six films to promote the latest sequel in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will all be screened at the festival.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi will all be appearing in Chinese cinemas for the first time.

The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival runs from June 13-21.

The Jj Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in »

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Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked

24 May 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be synonymous with quality. It developed that reputation in the 80s by nabbing films such as Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Rocky III, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but overall it’s actually a pretty awful weekend when it comes to quality films. For every Themla and Louise there’s a Hudson Hawk, Crocodile Dundee II, and Super Mario Bros. Nevertheless, studios bank on the long weekend to boost box office on blockbusters, and it’s been that way for decades. With that in mind, I’ve gone over the last 10 years and ranked the weekend’s highest grossing movie from worst to best. I’d say to prepare for some painful memories if most of these flicks weren’t so forgettable. [All box office data via Box Office Mojo]

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Watch: Vintage 1984 Nova Episode on 'The Magic of Special Effects'

22 May 2015 3:26 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"These are the modern masters of the art and science of special effects." Now this is good. Earlier in the week we featured the image from Wired's story about the "Magic" of Ilm, or Industrial Light & Magic, and their extensive history as a special effects/visual effects house. Well, to follow up that fantastic look back, our friends at SlashFilm have found a vintage video from 1984 looking inside Ilm and it's a must watch. It's an episode of Nova, that long-running documentary television show, and it's all about "The Magic of Special Effects". Up to this point, it really was all about practical special effects and it's kind of amazing and inspiring to look back at how they pulled off this cinema magic back then. They profile films like Explorers, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. You just need to watch this! Thanks again »

- Alex Billington

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Votd: The Magic of Special Effects in the ’80s Focuses on ‘Return of the Jedi’ and More

22 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital […]

The post Votd: The Magic of Special Effects in the ’80s Focuses on ‘Return of the Jedi’ and More appeared first on /Film. »

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The most satisfying movie threequels

21 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.

With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.

As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »

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‘Star Wars’ #5 Is The Series’ Strongest Issue Yet

21 May 2015 3:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Star Wars #5

Written by Jason Aaron

Art by John Cassaday

Colors by Laura Martin

Letters by Chris Elipoulos

Published by Marvel Comics

Boba Fett is, essentially, the Star Wars’ universe version of Wolverine, two tremendously popular characters who built their following on the basis of a cool image, a mysterious past, and a tough guy mindset, whose popularity grew to the point that they came to dominate their respective franchises while everything that made them intriguing in the first place suffered for their ubiquity. That said, good stories can still be told featuring both characters, and with this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday set out to prove it with Boba Fett.

While Han reluctantly joins Leia on a scouting mission for a new Rebel base, Luke returns to Tatooine, hoping to find some guidance for furthering his Jedi training from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s home. Unbeknownst to Luke, Boba Fett is also on Tatooine, »

- Austin Gorton

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Movie News: Lando Calrissian Could Return in 'Star Wars'; 'Jack Reacher' Sequel Seeks 'Last Samurai' Director

20 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Star WarsLawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair]   Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...

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News Briefs: Lando Calrissian Could Return in 'Star Wars'; More on the Lonely Island Movie

19 May 2015 10:06 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently cowrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, tells Vanity Fair, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also cowrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other...

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'Star Wars' writer Lawrence Kasdan tells it like it is: Blockbuster movies are getting too long

19 May 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »

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Lawrence Kasdan teases Lando Calrissian for future Star Wars movies

19 May 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lawrence Kasdan (or Larry Kasdan as he’s often called) has been a part of the Star Wars universe for many years now, having written the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and co-authoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the writer promised some exciting things coming from J.J. Abrams’ latest entry into the Star Wars series.

“It’s turned out really great,” he said. “J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating.”

Kasdan also revealed that the runtime of the movie will not be like most modern blockbusters. “One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters,” he says. “A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, ‘why isn’t this over?’ We »

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Lawrence Kasdan Discusses Star Wars: The Force Awakens And Updates On Lando Calrissian

19 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.

“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Lawrence Kasdan on the film

18 May 2015 10:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Lawrence Kasdan reveals the plan to bring down the running time of The Force Awakens - and teases a future for Lando...

One of the faces of Star Wars of old returning for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan was screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi of course, and he's co-authored the script for The Force Awakens too.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kasdan has been chatting about the new film, saying that "it's turned out really great" and that "Jj [Abrams] directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything".

Refreshingly, Kasdan also revealed that there's a focus on making sure the movie doesn't outstay its welcome too. "One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very »

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218 days until Star Wars: Did Darth Vader #5 just set the stage for Palpatine's immortality?

14 May 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Did you know that Emperor Palpatine didn’t die at the end of “Return of the Jedi”? In the original Expanded Universe lore, the Emperor could not be killed by a mere betrayal by his apprentice. One anticipated since the moment Anakin Skywalker pledged himself to the Dark Side. No. Originally Palpatine had an endless supply of clone bodies waiting for him to transfer his essence/soul into upon death. While all that was wiped away when Disney merged the Star Wars storylines, parts of the process remained canon. In “Revenge of the Sith,” Palpatine lays down some Sith mythology about Darth Plagueis and his ability to save others from death through midichlorian manipulation. It’s only a hop and skip from that to “manipulate the Force to live forever.” Which makes this reveal in Darth Vader #5 all the more interesting. Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment. Art by Salvador Larroca.   Housed on the Space Whales, »

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AFI to Fete Angela Lansbury, Lawrence Kasdan With Honorary Degrees

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary degrees on actress Angela Lansbury and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan on June 10.

The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Lansbury has appeared in more than 60 features, including “State of the Union,” “The Court Jester,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Nanny McPhee.” She may be best known »

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Rescues & Escapes

12 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »

- Shane Ramirez

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Watch: 17-Minute Documentary About The Biggs Darklighter Deleted Scenes In 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope'

11 May 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There was a time during junior high when I really got into reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I ate up The Thrawn Trilogy, which was so popular that fans pushed for it to become Episodes VII, VIII, and IX of the series, and many other books that expanded upon the movies. However, this was the early '90s and there weren’t as many novels to choose from, so I was finished sooner than I expected. Since I was and am still a giant nerd and dating girls wasn’t even a remotely realistic option, I decided to check out the paperback novelizations of the original trilogy. The novelizations for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of The Jedi” were typical specimens of this particular subgenre insofar as they were screenplays written in past tense. On the other hand, the novelization of “A New Hope” was written by George Lucas himself, »

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