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We’ve got some more new footage from The Force Awakens in this edition of The Week in Star Wars, along with news of the film’s rating and lens flare, as well as spoilers for Episode VIII and some video games bits and bobs…
Kicking things off with some more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is now only three weeks away from release. I said last week that we won’t see anymore new footage – I’m clearly a fool. First up was a new TV spot which focused on X-Wings heading into battle, which was followed up by the first full clip from the movie and another TV spot, and finally an extended action-packed TV spot was released towards the end of the week. Not all of them contain new footage, but some of them do – particularly the last one…
…We also got our first featurette for the movie, »
- Luke Owen
Flickering Myth’s writing team are counting down to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by discussing their most memorable Star Wars moments. Next up is Tai Freligh with the Darth Maul/Obi-Wan fight from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace…
I fancy myself somewhat of a Star Wars originals snob. Love, love, loved IV, V, and VI and hate, hate, hated the prequels! Unleashing Jar Jar Binks on us was cruel and unusual punishment and then to further irritate us, they tossed in Hayden Christensen as the uber annoying Anakin Skywalker. We not only had to put up with him as the young Anakin, pod-racing and acting like a know-it-all kid, but we then had to endure teenage Anakin who has ultimate power, but still suffers from #teenprobs. I will find the scriptwriter and hunt them down for that scene between Obi Wan and Anakin where he drops this stink bomb… »
- Tai Freligh
It looks like Amazon France has posted the track listing for John Williams’ score to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you’d expect, this gives us some idea of the plot to the film, and while there’s nothing quite as spoilery as ‘Qui-Gon’s Noble End’ and ‘Qui-Gon’s Funeral’ from the soundtrack to The Phantom Menace, it does give us a pretty clear indication as to the basic storyline. So, spoilers ahead…
See Also: Action-packed new footage in Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot
1. Main title and the attack on the Jakku village
2. The scavenger
3. I can fly anything
4. Rey meets Bb-8
5. Follow me
6. Rey’s thème
7. The Falcon
8. That girl with the staff
9. The Rathtars!
10. Finn’s confession
11. Maz’s counsel
12. The Starkiller
13. Kylo Ren arrives at the battle
14. The abduction
15. Han and Leia
16. March of the Resistance
18. On the inside
19. Torn apart »
- Gary Collinson
During an interview with Slash Film to promote the release of the nautical survival epic In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard has revealed that he was offered the opportunity to direct 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but decided to turn it down as it would have been “too daunting.”
“[George Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct [the prequels],” states Howard. “He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should do it!’ I don’t think anybody wanted to follow-up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”
Howard also went on to discuss why he’s never directed a superhero movie, stating that: “I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies],” he shared. “I really feel like you shouldn »
- Gary Collinson
Here’s an interesting one. When George Lucas embarked upon his Star Wars prequel trilogy project, his original plan didn’t seem to involve directing all of the films himself. In fact, when it came to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he wasn’t top of his own directorial shortlist.
It’s come to light that at least three other directors were sounded out – and one of them was Ron Howard.
One of the numerous reasons many fans are excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18, is that they were so disappointed in the prequel trilogy, 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and George Lucas isn't involved this time around. Unlike the original trilogy, where George Lucas only directed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the filmmaker directed all three prequels, but, as it turns out, he originally didn't want to take the helm. Director Ron Howard recently appeared on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, where he revealed that George Lucas had approached him to direct the prequels, along with two other legendary filmmakers.
"He didn't necessarily want to direct them. He »
Director Ron Howard has dabbled in sci-fi and fantasy with the likes of Cocoon, Willow and Splash, but over the course of his illustrious career he's yet to take the helm of a comic book/superhero movie - and it's not because he hasn't had the opportunity. During his appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard revealed that he'd been approached by George Lucas do direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - along with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, incidentally - but managed to convince him that he was the only man for the job (thanks for that, Ron). The talk then turned to superhero movies, and Howard explained whey he turned down the chance to direct some of 'em, without naming names. "I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies]. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have »
Generally considered to be the strongest of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, The Revenge of the Sith (a great parallel title to Return of the Jedi) was heralded on release, even making its way onto a few year-end Best-Of lists for those critics who could truly see what the film was trying to achieve.
Since then it seems to have gone pretty much the same way as the films that preceded it, with early anticipation and acclaim dwindling to the point where Revenge now gets labelled as the best of a bad bunch, or some other reductive derivative. But, as I’ve tried to explain with The Phantom Menace (for the most part) and Attack of the Clones (overwhelmingly), that’s simply not fair.
If we set aside the prequels’ chief flaws, the ones that most use as arguments against the new trilogy – so general poor acting, questionable and overused CGI, »
- Taylor Burns
The only time you can really compare the anticipation for the Force Awakens to anything was when, in 1999, sixteen years after Return Of The Jedi, George Lucas dropped a seismic pop-culture bomb on the world with The Phantom Menace, the first film in a trilogy of prequels to the original Star Wars saga.
Reactions were mixed at best, with most detractors citing the overused and not wholly impressive CGI of the picture as the chief reason for its failings. Elsewhere there were the standard aversions to George Lucas’ directing style (or lack thereof) and his baffling approach to standard English usage. There was also a certain character who seemed so far-removed from what Star Wars was all about that it had to be a joke, right?
The Phantom Menace did of course have advocates, though, and rewatching it certainly unearths admirable aspects of the film, which is now commonly »
- Taylor Burns
George Lucas knows that most fans do not like his prequel trilogy. He directed all three movies, including 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. And despite the fact that a lot of people believe he ruined the franchise, he did want to return for Star Wars: Episode VII. But Disney didn't quite see eye-to-eye with his vision. In a new interview with CBS This Morning, the creator of the vast and powerful Star Wars universe revealed why he decided to break-up with his beloved sci-fi series. This is what he had to say, explaining that his vision did not meet that of Disney's.
"The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans.' People »
As a general rule, I don’t buy toys from a film or TV show I haven’t seen yet. I learned this lesson in 1999 with the release of The Phantom Menace. I know what you’re thinking, and no, this will not be a prequel-bashing post. Simply put, I bought the 3 3/4 releases of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul final duel figures. They were awesome, and the hype for that long-forgotten Star Wars prequel was at a fever pitch. Then I saw the film and everything changed. Had I been a firecracker guy, I’d have taped those figures to some M-80s and blown them all to hell. Instead, I think I gave them to some little kid who might someday come to hate the prequels as much as I do and in turn tape them to some M-80s and blow them all to hell.
- Dominic F
Titan Comics has announced the launch of Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine, an all-new, 52 page full colour magazine, which launched this week…
Each issue is packed with fascinating features, fact files, character biographies and Jedi training puzzles. Every issue prepares Padawans for the journey ahead by teaching them about the exciting planets, battles, species, and important warriors pivotal in Jedi history in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Plus, young Padawans get the chance to expand their knowledge, with trivia and secrets from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace!
-2 Pull-out Posters!
-Packed With Jedi Training Puzzles!
-Profiles On Favorite Characters!
-Perfect Companion In The Run-up To The Release Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Star Wars Jedi Master #1 is out now.
- Gary Collinson
If you're suddenly feeling overwhelmed and maybe even a little burnt out by the barrage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers, TV spots, commercials, photos and other marketing items that have flooded in over these last two weeks, you better splash your face with some cold water and get over it. Quick. Because Disney and LucasFilm have made it clear that they are, as reported in the past, sticking with their plan to deliver one new Star Wars movie every year. Only now, they are calling this an indefinite plan with no end in sight. In fact, Wired claims, in a new report about the studios' plan, that anyone who was born in the 70s and enjoyed the first three movies as a kid when they first debuted in theaters, probably won't live to see the final Star Wars movie. That hurts, don't it?
"The company intends to »
The release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has brought the massive Star Wars franchise to the fore once again, marking the first big screen venture for the series since 2005. It’s also the first time a Star Wars film will be made without the involvement of series creator George Lucas, who sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012.
In anticipation for the film’s release, many fans are preparing in their own way. Popoptiq contributor Sarah Lord is doing so with “50 Days of Star Wars”, wherein she will be delving into the books, movies, and tv shows that make up the franchise as a whole. Sarah began her look at the movies with what is technically the first chronological film in the series, the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Her review of the film, as well as her kickoff video announcing “50 Days of Star Wars” can be seen below. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Perhaps you've seen this mysterious creature lurking around the local toy shop as part of the big Force Friday launch back in September. If there was one action figure left hanging on shelves, it was probably Constable Zuvio. But you can't really blame the character. He has yet to be fully introduced. And it's only now, thanks to Empire Online that we're finally getting our first official look at the big eyed alien in the saucer hat as he will appear in the movie.
We're almost exactly one month away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters on December 18. And the final marketing push is in full swing. You can expect new characters, scenes and spoilers to be further revealed as we head towards the big premiere. And we begin with this creepy looking officer of the law. Who is Constable Zuvio?
He's a brand new character »
In just 35 short days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be arriving in theaters, the first adventure from a galaxy far, far away in over 10 years. We have already given you a wealth of details about this highly-anticipated sequel over the past few days, including a TV trailer that aired on ABC last night, a preview from Disney Xd UK, and much more. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived on newsstands today, which includes a number of tidbits that haven't been released yet from the issue, including the official run time, which clocks in at two hours and 15 minutes.
Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the runtime, adding that he locked picture on November 3 at midnight. The filmmaker added that he still plans on tweaking the visual effects, sound effects and finalizing the score with composer John Williams. You may recall that a report surfaced last month which claimed that »
While we wait in an anticipatory lather for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to open on December 18, our thoughts turn to the last time we got so excited for a new set of "Star Wars" movies.
The year was 1999 and fans camped out for "The Phantom Menace" -- only to have their hopes dashed by the unwelcome comic relief of Jar Jar Binks. The other two prequels were marginally better, but the majority of fans agree, they can't hold a candle to the original trilogy.
What has the cast of the prequels (and their special set of skills) been up to since then? Saving the world, winning an Oscar, and singing their hearts out, for starters. But for young Jake Lloyd, it was a scarring experience that he would rather forget.
- Sharon Knolle
The Internet will inevitably spoil "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for those who don't see the movie immediately, but Disney is hoping they can at least contain the purity of experience as far as opening day. Even if it means coming at the cost of acclaim from the awards bodies. The Wrap reports that Disney won't be screening 'The Force Awakens' for contention for National Board Of Review's best films of the year on December 1st. And they are likely to do the same with other organizations handing out their trophies in December including New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. And this decision is being made to prevent any story spoilers from leaking out before opening day. Of course, Disney doesn't need to the approval of awards bodies to get audiences to pack 'em in, and they are likely »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Star Wars prequels are among the most despised movies in history, and while they certainly have their fans, the majority of Star Wars lovers dismiss them as being an insult to the franchise. There have been endless debates about what George Lucas did wrong while telling the story of the young Anakin Skywalker, but regardless of whatever your stance on them may be, one person who delights in expressing his hatred for this trilogy is Simon Pegg.
The Star Trek actor and friend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is set to make a brief appearance in the movie as an alien. Asked in a recent interview why he feels the way he does toward the prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Return of the Jedi), he offered a very brutal assessment:
“I don’t really have any respect for anyone who thinks those films are good. »
- Josh Wilding
Stephen Colbert had a message for George Lucas last night, and oddly enough, it was the same message your mom angrily yelled at you in the minivan when you acted like The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie ever made: I know what a lightsaber is, dammit! In what must have been the most embarrassing moment in the Star Wars superfan's life, Colbert's use of the term laser sword before a Colbert interview was apparently mistaken by George Lucas as an adorable dadlike malapropism, rather than an insider-y reference to Lucas's use of the phrase in his original proto–Star Wars screenplay. The incident has been gnawing away at Colbert's psyche for years, but on the bright side, it was mighty decent of George to try to spare him the humiliation of saying the wrong word on air. "Poor bastard. Probably thinks we're talking about Star Trek. »
- Halle Kiefer
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