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House-Keeping! Barring significant Star Wars news (and I’m not sure what the bar for “significant” is, but I’ll know it if I see it) this is gonna be the last S7AR Wars column of 2014. At a scant 30 entries old, we’ve crossed the barrier where the newest Star Wars movie is now Less than a year away.
I’m going to take the time to actually attempt to finish Tarkin. James Luceno is great with details, but it doesn’t make for fast reading. Darth Plagueis also improved upon The Phantom Menace, so it had a connection to the canon made it interesting to read. I haven’t connected to Tarkin climbing the Imperial ranks yet. I hear there’s some Plagueis shout-outs in the book, which could just be because it’s the same author as the abandoned EU novel, Or it could be setting us »
The force of the second Star Wars trilogy was not strong for Natalie Portman career-wise, according to the Oscar-winning actress, one of the most popular in the world. The 33-year-old played Padme / Queen Amidala, love interest of Anakin Skywalker, who later became Darth Vader, in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The films were released between 1999 and 2005 and served as prequels to the original series. While the newer movies made more than $2.5 billion worldwide, critics and scores of fans of the franchise were not as impressed with them. Portman, a former child star, »
Star Wars apparently did little to help Natalie Portman's star power. The Knight of Cups actress, 33, looked back on her time with the Star Wars franchise in a new interview with New York Magazine, and spilled on the adverse effects the movies had on her career. Portman, who starred as Queen Amidala / Padmé in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, was [...] »
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Back when An Unexpected Journey came out to mixed reviews, its defenders were keen to point out that it was merely the first in a three-part story and you couldn’t condemn The Hobbit until it was over. After all, people didn’t judge the whole The Lord Of The Rings trilogy on The Fellowship Of The Ring, did they? Well, yes they did – the first film was nominated for thirteen Oscars, including Best Picture – but humouring them people patiently waited to see how things transpired.
Now, with the whole thing complete, it’s totally acceptable to pass judgement. And boy were people right the first time around – The Hobbit is a bloated mess. Sure, there’s the kernel of a good idea in there, but through a string of terrible production decisions it’s lost in a greed that makes dragon sickness look like the flu. »
- Alex Leadbeater
As Disney and J.J. Abrams looks to restore some pride in the Star Wars saga following George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy, Natalie Portman has told New York Mag that “everyone thought I was a horrible actress” after her role as Padme Amidala in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and that “no director wanted to work with me”. Fortunately, the late Mike Nichols – who directed Portman in Closer – managed to help her get her career back on track…
“Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike Nichols wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis. »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars fans are rallying against the new lightsaber design, but many forget that the already existing films are packed with equally ridiculous moments and plot points. Most are also oblivious to the fact that the cross-guard lightsaber design has appeared in Star Wars lore before. Although, as Disney threw out the Expanded Universe canon when they began production on The Force Awakens they seem to be picking and choosing what they want to include.
Either way, there’s an inordinate amount of complaining over such a minor detail. The design was done, frankly, to look cool. After all, you have to do something gimmicky to complete with Darth Maul’s dual-edged lightsaber from The Phantom Menace. And if cool was the goal, then they succeeded – impractical though it may be, it is kind of a cool twist on the traditional lightsaber.
And it’s not as if gimmicky hasn’t been tried, »
- Jay Anderson
Following her superb debut in Luc Besson's Leon, back when she was just 13 years old, Natalie Portman attracted the attention of the Star Wars casting team. Thus, she was cast as Padme Amidala in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, kicking off with The Phantom Menace, and ending with 2005's Revenge Of The Sith.
However, whilst the movies made an awful lot of money, there was a consequence for Portman, who was stuck in what ultimately seemed quite an unforgiving role. Talking to New Yorker magazine, she revealed that once Star Wars had come out, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me".
The man who came to her rescue was the late, great Mike Nichols, »
Currently, everyone.s collectively excited for John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac. They are the newcomers to the Star Wars universe, and most assume that landing high-profile gigs in The Force Awakens can only boost their individual careers. Well, Natalie Portman would like to remind them that Star Wars isn.t always the benefit fans might assume it to be. Natalie Portman, of course, held down the pivotal role of Padme Amidala in George Lucas. prequel trilogy, starting with Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace. But the way Portman remembers it, the films did more harm than good. While speaking with New York Magazine about the ways that the late film director Mike Nichols influenced her career, Portman recalls: Star Wars had come out . and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted »
Remember how excited we were to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when it was first released in theaters 15 years ago?! I couldn't wait to see that movie, and I'm feeling the same anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I felt for this film in 1999. Unfortunately for me and a lot of other fans, it kind of left us with a disappointed feeling. Yes, it had some awesome moments, especially the ones that involved Darth Maul. But it was mostly annoying with Young Anakin, Jar Jar, and stale acting.
I know there are some fans of these prequel films out there, though, and I can appreciate that. Hell, there are some bad movies out there that I like too. Anyway, we have 150 behind-the-scenes photos from The Phantom Menace for you check out today. Whether or not you thought the movie was good or bad, it's »
- Joey Paur
Fifteen years ago, this was it. This was everything I wanted from the Internet. Access behind the scenes of the new Star Wars movie. Today, not much has changed. We’d all kill for even a glimpse at what was going on on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens. But we’ll have […]
- Germain Lussier
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
This week, Neil Calloway is suffering from trailer fatigue…
1st July 2015, 6th November 2015, 17th December 2015. What are you doing on those dates? I bet some of you know already.
For those that don’t know, they are the release dates for Terminator: Genysis, the new Bond film, Spectre, and the latest film in a small series of independent films called Star Wars. In the past couple of weeks we have had the release of the Star Wars trailer, a press conference about Bond, and the new Terminator trailer, all shortly after the Jurassic World promo was released. I like a good trailer as much as the next person, but when people start looking forward not to the film itself being released but its trailer, then we have a problem. There was even a fifteen second teaser trailer for the new Terminator trailer. We’re not getting excited about a film we’ve just seen anymore, »
- Neil Calloway
The very moment Disney and Lucasfilm announced when the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would debut online, a rampant speculation spread across the Internet like wildfire. It was fever-pitch; the kind of palpable excitement that the franchise hasn’t evoked since before The Phantom Menace arrived back in ’99.
And so, news that the footage has accumulated a staggering 58.2 million views in just four days should come as no surprise. But the bigger question is, after blazing past Avengers: Age of Ultron on the view counter, is The Force Awakens teaser on its way to becoming the most viewed trailer of all time? For the sake of perspective, when the full Age of Ultron trailer made its bow back in October, it amassed just over 50 million views over the course of a week and set a record for the year of 2014.
Of course, it’s worth noting »
- Michael Briers
Something about Star Wars brings out people’s creative side. The franchise has long since inspired a trail of fan-made ephemera, as large and as canonical as the Expanded Universe. Ever since that fateful day in 1977 a whole cottage industry sprung up, with people making their own costumes, stories, toys, and even short films inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
There are even the more extreme cases, like the 501st Legion, an international fan group who are all about building and wearing (in public) perfect replicas of Stormtrooper armour, who also regularly do cool stuff for charity. Which is jolly nice of them. Even if some of them are a little short to be Stormtroopers.
- Tom Baker
The parody trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens continue to roll in, and we have four new ones that are worth checking out. The first is my favorite as it hilariously mashes the trailer up with Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. The second video features some Disney fun, the third is another mashup with The Phantom Menace, and the last one uses footage from The Empire Strikes Back. To watch the two parody videos that we posted previously, click here. There are elements in all of these that fans should enjoy, but out of all the parody videos that have been released so far, which is your favorite?
- Joey Paur
Fans have created a couple of amusing parody trailers for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer for your viewing entertainment. There have been a lot of these things popping up on the internet since the official trailer was released, but these are two of my favorites. I’m also pretty sure we’re going to see a lot more of them.
The first trailer gives us a look at what it would look like with the George Lucas "Special Edition" overhaul. Basically it includes a ton of random CGI elements thrown into scenes where they don’t belong, and of course, it takes that crazy looking lightsaber to a whole new insane level.
The second trailer is called "Star Wars: The Phantom Awakens," and it splices together the audio from The Force Awakens with scenes from the 1999 film, The Phantom Menace. It just reminds us that amazingly »
- Joey Paur
The 88-second teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie was released last Friday, meaning Saturday and Sunday was a time for Diy posters. Stuart Heritage feels the force of Photoshop
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer wasn’t just a gift to the semi-dormant legion of Star Wars fans forced into hiding since The Phantom Menace came along. It’s also been tremendous boon to practitioners of internet fan art, arriving just as they began to tire of pictures where Harry Styles and Benedict Cumberbatch and Loki kiss each other on a cloud.
The Star Wars trailer has inspired creativity like little else before it. We’ve had analysis and liveblogs – and even a spoof trailer of George Lucas’s Episode VII, rendered unwatchable by millions of clunky CGI inserts.
Fan art de Star Wars: The Force Awakens. pic.twitter.com/h0pcbm4LVD
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- Stuart Heritage
With the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, there has been equal measures of joy and disdain flowing through the Star Wars fandom. There are some who eat up every single thing the franchise offers and others who checked out after Star Wars: Episode I . The Phantom Menace. There's no way to please everyone, though some complaints are a whole lot more understandable than others. Lately, the biggest complaints have come from those annoyed that the series has its first black storm trooper in actor John Boyega. Luckily, not only has Boyega heard about this, he's crafted a masterful response to his detractors. Taking to his Instagram account, John Boyega broadcast the following statement in response to all those who oppose his casting in the J.J. Abrams Star Wars revival. With love xxx A photo posted by @jboyega on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:37pm Pst »
While only 88 seconds long, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to do a lot in a short amount of time. It introduces both John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, a new droid, ushers in the return of the Millennium Falcon, and sets up Oscar Isaac as an X-Wing pilot. It also alerts us to a new Sith presence. And with that comes a brand new lightsaber design, which has sparked some controversy.
At first, the force seemed to be with director J.J. Abrams's new take on the classic lightsaber model. It's not the duel blade that George Lucas introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, as wielded by Darth Maul. Or the iconic, classic single blade utilized by Darth Vader. Instead, it is a fiery cross in the claymore-style associated with the Scottish late medieval two-handed longsword. Like those swords, »
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s announcement—what to do if they’re sold out, what to do if for some reason we picked a movie that had no trailer in front of it (Plan B: sneak into the beginning of a different movie after ours ended)—all in the name of the purity of experiencing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as it was meant to be experienced. As a spectacle, as a special event, as a collective moment of excitement and anticipation.
My resolve lasted about five minutes. At 10:05am on Friday, I was holed up in the office bathroom with my iPhone and earbuds, frantically trying to tap into the spotty wi-fi of the hotel next door. »
- Mallory Andrews
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