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Star Wars Celebration: What Other Studios And Festivals Can Learn About Balancing Art And Fan Service

20 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s called Celebration for a reason. Back in April 1999, when “The Phantom Menace” was about to become the first new “Star Wars” film to hit theaters in 16 years, Lucasfilm launched Star Wars Celebration to further stoke the fan fires (and to keep them rejoicing over a relaunched franchise). With over 20,000 attendees, the fan-facing convention was an immediate hit — but the popular event came and went, depending on what was then a very fickle “Star Wars” release schedule.

Today, with the “Star Wars” universe rapidly expanding with all the heat and mass of a black hole, the conventions have become annual affairs that bring fans together to celebrate their shared obsession with George Lucas’ decades-long creation. (Already, Star Wars Celebration Orlando is selling out tickets for 2017.)

What Is Celebration?

For the first time since 2007, the three-day event that is Star Wars Celebration Europe returned to London’s sprawling ExCel Exhibition Centre, »

- Kate Erbland

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Star Trek: Insurrection - revisiting Star Trek 9

20 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Jul 27, 2016

From the highs of Star Trek: First Contact, why did Star Trek: Insurrection become the most forgotten Trek movie?

“Ok, ok, so First Contact was a major box office and critical success, but it would have been so much better had all those great space battles been replaced with Riker having a shave in the bath.”

Said someone, somewhere, presumably.

Star Trek: Insurrection was the great hope for the franchise. The lessons learned from past failures. No more interference from the studio. Just put the right people in the right place and let them do their thing. It worked for Khan, it worked for First Contact, so it should work for Insurrection. Right?

No.

Star Trek: Insurrection stands in the unusual position of being a film that would have benefited enormously from executive meddling. If one voice had spoken up and said “this film has problems”, perhaps »

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Netflix's Stranger Things: spotting the movie references

19 July 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016

What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...

Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.

That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »

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Thrawn Is Now Officially Part of the Star Wars Movie Canon

16 July 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's finally happened. And we have a legion of fans to thank. Grand Admiral Thrawn is now part of the official Star Wars movie canon. Though, it is unclear when we may ever see the iconic villain in an actual live-action movie, it's surely not far behind. But first, the character will be fully introduced for the first time in the visual medium, as one of the big bad guys in Star Wars Rebels, making his debut in Season 3. Surley an appearance in one of the spinoff movies can't be far behind.

As many fans know, when Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the official canon of the Star Wars movie universe became a bit tricky. And we're still not sure where some of the expanded universe characters fall. Outside of the official Star Wars movie canon, we also have what is known as Star Wars Legends, which was formerly known as the Expanded Universe. »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars: Rogue One Video Offers Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Look

15 July 2016 9:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Today in London, Gareth Edwards (Director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Executive Producer John Knoll and Head of Story Kiri Hart. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind-the-scenes sneak peek along with a brand-new teaser poster.

This Rogue One preview, courtesy of LucasFilm, offers a number of exciting revelations, including the confirmation of Warwick Davis' involvement in this spinoff. The actor started his career by playing the iconic Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and he also played a number of characters in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and he returned for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens »

- MovieWeb

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Studiocanal UK: 10 years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Danny Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of corporate owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Studiocanal UK: ten years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Dany Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of French owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Concept artist Iain McCaig says Han Solo spinoff is “by far the best Star Wars script”

1 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During an appearance at an Art and Industry of Imagination conference in New Zealand, Lucasfilm concept artist Iain McCaig spoke briefly about the script for the upcoming young Han Solo movie, and was full of praise for the Star Wars Anthology project.

“[It’s] by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read,” said McCaig. “I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

Now, it should also be noted that McCaig is part of Lucasfilm and worked on the prequels along with last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he’s not really going to come out and say “the story is as dull as The Phantom Menace and the dialogue as stiff as Attack of the Clones.” However, there’s certainly some stellar talent involved in the project, »

- Gary Collinson

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Ewan McGregor Drops F-Bombs in Brexit Tirade on Twitter

30 June 2016 6:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Scots are not known for their subtle language, and Ewan McGregor is no exception. The Scottish actor who is most famous for playing young Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” took to Twitter Thursday to express his disgust over Brexit — last week’s vote for Britain to exit the European Union — and, specifically, leading campaigner Boris Johnson. “@BorisJohnson. You spineless c$&t You lead this ludicrous campaign to leave EU. Win, and now fuc& off to let someone else clear up your mess,” McGregor wrote. Also Read: David Tennant Roasts Donald Trump Over Brexit »

- Debbie Emery

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Does Rey's Family Come from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?

29 June 2016 5:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A large part of being a Star Wars fan in the modern age is having burning questions that won't be answered for a long time. The Force Awakens left us with a lot of those questions, but no doubt, the biggest of those questions is who exactly are Rey's parents? We know she is very strong with the force, and that seems to at least narrow it down a bit, but we may finally have an answer, or at least a big clue as to the lineage of Daisy Ridley's character.

A new report from Star Wars News Net, a fan site with a pretty solid reputation for breaking stories within the Star Wars universe, recently published a piece that gives clues to Rey's origins, and it semi-confirms a popular fan theory. Even though the site has a good track record, the chain of communication with this one is a bit muddy, »

- MovieWeb

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Brassed Off: a 90s UK film that demands not to be forgotten

16 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's funny, it's moving, it's brilliant: we look back at Brassed Off, starring the late, great Pete Postlethwaite...

This article contains spoilers for Brassed Off and The Full Monty.

“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off

One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concludes Us Theatrical With Staggering $936 Million

7 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It was the one box office milestone that ultimately eluded Star Wars: The Force Awakens – that is, Avatar‘s groundbreaking $2.7 billion worldwide haul. But J.J. Abrams’ franchise revival got the better of Cameron’s seemingly immovable blockbuster on home turf.

Indeed, The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar’s $760,507,625 tally some months ago, but now that Disney’s barnstorming juggernaut has officially concluded its theatrical run in the States – almost a full six months after making its bow – its place at the tip-top of the domestic box office standings is a lock.

Across its run, Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled in a grand total of $936,662,225, contributing to a worldwide total of just over $2 billion. For the sake of perspective, here’s a rundown of the top ten highest-grossing movies at the domestic box office.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $936,662,225

2. Avatar – $760,507,625

3.Titanic – $658,672,302

4. Jurassic World – $652,270,625

5. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623,357,910

6. The Dark Knight – $534,858,444

7. Star Wars »

- Michael Briers

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The Week in Star Wars – Everything you need to know about the Rogue One reshoots, Han Solo movie update and more

5 June 2016 3:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been a big week for Star Wars this week – and not all of its good. We’ve got the latest on those Rogue One reshoots, an update on the Han Solo spin-off movie and more…

Blimey, we know what we’re kicking things off with this week don’t we? It was reported by Page Six on Tuesday that Disney were very unhappy with Gareth Edward’s spin-off movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and have demanded some rather expensive reshoots. The sources at Disney – so they claim – didn’t feel that the movie was on the same level of quality as J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens, and with that movie making over $2 billion, The House of Mouse will want Edwards to replicate that success. “The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, »

- Luke Owen

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Sideshow Collectibles’ Darth Maul premium format figure from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

3 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled its upcoming Darth Maul Premium Format figure from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which is available to pre-order now, priced $519.99; check it out here…

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Often a movie or show can be defined by the villains that antagonize the heroes. They lend depth and perspective to the entire piece and help us further immerse ourselves in the story being told. To our minds, some of the most feared and effective villains are those that barely speak. Those that don’t fully reveal their motivations for us and give us the same impression of unknowing fear that the heroes are experiencing. The silent pursuer or stalker that haunts every shadow, as it were.

Perhaps no other Star Wars villain best embodies those traits as well as Darth Maul. With an always focused terrifying visage and few words, Darth Maul »

- Amie Cranswick

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10 Famous People You Probably Didn’t Know Were In Star Wars

2 June 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).

This has only continued over the decades as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. This came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contains more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at.

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Alternatively, the series has been lucky enough to cast some future stars before they got famous. The most commonly known example of this is Keira Knightley, who appeared in The Phantom Menace at the age of 12 as the decoy of Queen Amidala.

There are plenty more where Keira came from, though, and here »

- Christian Bone

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition revealed, Season Pass content detailed

28 May 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a month to go until its release, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has unveiled the Deluxe Edition version of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which includes collectible artwork, The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack, Season Pass and an exclusive Finn Lego Minifigure.

As for the Season Pass, which will run you back £7.99 / $9.99 (or can be purchased separately), it will include three new Level Packs and five Character Packs:

Level Packs

Poe’s Quest for Survival Level Pack

A whole new adventure following Poe Dameron’s journey back to the Resistance base. After his daring escape from the First Order that left him stranded on Jakku, Poe must search for Bb-8 and locate a ship to escape the desert planet in an effort to find his way home.

Playable characters and vehicles include: Naka Lit, Ohn Gos, Poe Dameron (Jakku), Strus Clan Leader, Strus Clan Raider, Strus Clan Speeder (Full-size »

- Gary Collinson

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Clone Wars, Rebels and more in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

26 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Details about upcoming Dlc for the already hotly awaited Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make fans of the franchise’s various animated series very happy.  Lego announced that available Dlc character packs will include characters from Star Wars: Rebels and Clone Wars, as well as characters from the upcoming series Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, premiering June 20th on Disney Xd.

The new Star Wars game takes a page from the Lego Marvel’s Avengers game by offering a season pass packed tighter than a smuggler’s storage bay, offering extra levels for the main characters of the game, as well as sets of characters from other trilogies and the animated series.

The Season Pass features three brand new Level Packs that extend the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens adventure with exciting new content not seen in the movie. Each add-on pack will allow players »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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WB Details Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass Plans

26 May 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With just under a month to go before release, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has outed the details of its season pass program for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Purchasing the aforementioned pass will extend one’s time spent in the block-based galaxy far, far away, and will also grant bonuses, like exclusive access to the Jedi Character Pack (which will be available at launch). However, the real draw will be the three story packs and four character packs that will come with it.

They include:

Poe’s Quest for Survival Level Pack

A whole new adventure following Poe Dameron’s journey back to the Resistance base. After his daring escape from the First Order that left him stranded on Jakku, Poe must search for Bb-8 and locate a ship to escape the desert planet in an effort to find his way home.

Playable characters and vehicles include: Naka Lit, »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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Lego The Force Awakens Season Pass Puts New Angles on Scenes From the Movie

26 May 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With only a month to go before Warner Bros. Interactive releases Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they've announced the details on the game's season pass, which includes a bunch of iconic characters, and new levels that offer a different perspective on iconic events from the film.  Come inside to learn more! 

As is the case with virtually every video game these days, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to launch alongside a Season Pass for their Dlc content.  Today brings the details on the Season Pass and upcoming Dlc that Star Wars fans have to look forward to...and they're actually pretty decent.  There are going to be a total of three level packs that will expand on the story, but showing things from a point of view we didn't get in the movies:

Level Packs

Poe’s Quest for Survival Level Pack

A whole new adventure »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Box Office: Captain America: Civil War Passes Batman V Superman Domestically; Tops The Dark Knight Worldwide

22 May 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Despite dropping to second place with a 54% drop, Captain America: Civil War earned another $33.1 million this weekend for a domestic total of  $347.4 million  - passing Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice's ($328 million) and Zootopia ($334 million) to become the second highest domestic earner this year behind only Deadpool ($362 million). Now sitting at $1.053 billion worldwide, the Captain America threequel has topped the likes of The Dark Knight, Jurrasic Park and Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace to become the 19th highest grossing movie of all-time.  In terms of comic book movies, it trails behind only The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and The Dark Knight Rises, making it the 5th highest grossing comic book movie of all-time after only 24 days of release - and it's still looking like it could end up between Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron when all is said and done. »

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