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The new Star Wars trilogy is underway, but as Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily showed, there are still plenty of ties to the original trilogy. The latest movie treated fans to appearances from Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker, and all but one of those folks (sorry, Han) will be returning next year for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Now there’s talk that wise old Jedi Master Yoda might make an appearance from beyond the grave. With Star Wars: Episode VIII deep into production, Indie Revolver has heard that Yoda’s voice actor and original puppeteer Franks Oz reportedly recorded new audio for the movie and is not doing any visual work, though that could be subject to change. Yoda has been a CGI character in the live action movies since 2002’s Attack of the Clones (they even replaced The Phantom Menace’s »
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
This past Thursday I went with my columnist of choice, Molly, to take in all that Captain America: Civil War had to offer. There were thrills, chills, and carefully crafted and choreographed spills. Molly and I also went and saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice the day they came out. Well, technically those were all the day before they came out. The official release dates for all those movies was the Friday of the week. So how come they were in theaters the day before?
Because we don’t have midnight movie premieres anymore.
Personally, I think that sucks. For years, going to a midnight release was exciting for me. Sure, it often led to a miserable Friday at work, but it was worth it. Waiting on a line with lots of fans, the chatting with strangers about the shared love of Star Wars, »
- Joe Corallo
Despite only having a handful of scenes in The Empire Strikes Back, and a rather feeble death at the hands of the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, the bounty hunter Boba Fett has gone on to become one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe. And had George Lucas stuck to his original plan of making twelve movies, we’d have seen a lot more of Boba in Episode VI, where the idea was to have him as the main villain.
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett, rescuing Han Solo and all of that,” states Craig Miller, former fan relations officer for Lucasfilm during the 1970s. “Boba was gonna be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was »
- Gary Collinson
TVLine has learned that both of D.J.’s Season 1 suitors — Steve and Matt, neither of whom received roses during the finale’s Bachelor spoof — will have new women on their arms in Season 2, including one who looks frighteningly familiar.
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First up is C.J., a virtual copy of D.J. “from the way they look to the way they speak to the way they act,” and it should come as no surprise that she’ll be dating Steve. »
It’s time to circle back to Star Wars: Episode VIII Aka Space Bear for the week, because The Guardian decided to pick up a Reddit thread about a possible plot breakdown for the film. First things first: No, this isn’t how we’re expecting the movie’s plot to leak. Certainly not now while production is still going on, it makes no sense.
Reddit is a great community resource, but it hasn’t had a good win-percentage with people claiming to be insiders, then spilling a bunch of “plot points” before disappearing from the internet. This happened for The Force Awakens in many, many ways. You might even recall that one time I did a whole column on a fake trailer write-up that we eventually discovered was fake when the guy who did it was bragging about it on other forums.
I’m a guy who likes speculation »
It's rumored that we won't get the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters this May. And it's looking like we won't get any confirmation about the characters in this next Star Wars movie until that time. But thanks to Making Star Wars, we might now know the name of Diego Luna's role, rumored to be a Rebel spy who infiltrates the Imperial Senate.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place prior to the events seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with a group of Rebels on a heist mission to steal plans to the first dreaded Death Star. So far, no character names have been revealed for the movie. Many believed that Diego Luna was playing Luke's friend Biggs Darklighter. While they have similar looks, it sounds like Diego Luna is playing a completely new character. »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, like the reported Suicide Squad reshoots to lighten its tone following Batman v Superman’s critical reception, has Ewan McGregor met with LucasFilm about an Obi-Wan Star Wars spin-off film?; Ben Affleck has written a script for the Batman solo movie and much, much more…
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Missing: a faithful interpretation of these characters.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is almost as divisive as the movie’s title. ‘Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?’ can now be joined in the pantheon of nerdy debates by, ‘What the hell was going on in that film?!’
Despite crossing half a billion »
- Oli Davis
We’ll begin with The Force Awakens stuff, since we’re about a week away from when we’ll all be able to own it legally, and no, I’m not going to elaborate on the illegal side, because lame.
I don’t think I’ve learned anything from illegally obtained The Force Awakens screencaps this week that I couldn’t have waited for, so nothing from that is going to be covered. However, Disney has been pushing the DVD release by pushing some teaser video of the special features. My two favorite ones are the Maz Kanata one and the trailer for the deleted scenes.
Happy #MazMonday! @StarWars #TheForceAwakenshttps://t.co »
"V for Vendetta" has only come to look more prophetic in the decade since its release on March 17, 2006.
The adaptation of the Alan Moore/David Lloyd graphic novel, starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman as a vengeful anarchist and his protege fighting a fascist government in a near-future England, proved to be the biggest critical and commercial success for producers the Wachowskis since "The Matrix." It also popularized the Guy Fawkes mask that has been a favorite of real-life protesters worldwide.
As iconic as the movie became, "Vendetta" ran into numerous obstacles during its production -- and many controversies upon its release. Here are ten things you need to know about the fan-favorite.
1. After making three "Matrix" movies, Andy and Larry Wachowski (now Lilly and Lana, respectively) dusted off a screenplay for "Vendetta" they'd written years earlier, before they had the clout to make it. Wanting a break from directing, »
- Gary Susman
Whether you agree with the critiques or not, the Star Wars prequels.Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.enjoy a less-than-stellar reputation amongst man fans and the canon as a whole. One issue some have with the prequels is that they tend to be bloated and overlong. But if you.ve got a hankering to watch 2005.s Revenge of the Sith again, but don.t want to invest the 140 minutes the movie runs, we.ve got something you might be interested in, a truncated, five-minute cut. I don.t think this is quite what George Lucas had in mind, but it isn.t half bad. This re-edited version of Revenge of the Sith may be massively shorter than the official theatrical version that hit the metroplex back in 2005, but even though it.s been drastically whittled down, 5-Minute »
For awhile now, there has been a Star Wars fan theory sweeping across the internet that claims Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith Lord. First introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the man behind this much-loathed creature agrees with this assessment about Darth Jar Jar. And if you've been wondering what an evil Jar Jar sounds like, Ahmed Best is displaying that in a new video.
Earlier this year, Jamie Stangroom sat down with Ahmed Best for what could be described as a slightly depressing interview. In it, the comedian whose career was tanked by appearing in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, made the bold declaration that he'd never return to the Star Wars universe. And he basically blames the franchise for ruining his career. Stangroom is back with yet another interview, and this time, he gets Ahmed to share his feelings »
It’s time to talk about well-inhabited planets in the Star Wars universe. Specifically, designing the original trilogy of films in a way that the characters never had reason to visit one. Probably due to production restraints, the galaxy of Episodes IV, V, and VI is very sparse in the original edits (god damn you, Mos Eisley CGI bullshit). Aldaraan, the planet with the largest population that actually appears on screen, is just there to be a victim of Death Star genocide. The Senate, presumably on Coruscant, is dissolved off-screen and we’re informed during an Imperial meeting. Otherwise, the nature of the Rebellion and the secrecy of the development of Death Star II meant there was no reason for the two opposing forces in the galaxy to physically fight each other on a core planet or even in an urban setting. Cloud City is the only human urban setting »
This summer we.re going to get a fresh blast of jumpsuit wearing, proton pack carrying paranormal investigators when Paul Feig.s much discussed female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot finally hits the big screen. That, however, is not all we.ll see from the Ghostbusters in the near future. No, we.re not talking about the proposed Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt fronted spin off that.s been bandied about, but the animated Ghostbusters project that.s been in the works just took a big step forward as it has hired a director. A director at the helm is key for any film project, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Animation hired Fletcher Moules to steer their upcoming animated Ghostbusters. Though he.s worked on special effects and in the art department for movies like The Matrix and Star Wars: Episode II, Moules is a relatively unknown commodity. It wasn »
Back in October, we reported that Sony Pictures is developing a Ghostbusters Animated Movie, to compliment this summer's Ghostbusters reboot and the long-rumored Ghostbusters 4, which is developing for Channing Tatum. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio has found a director for the animated movie, with Fletcher Moules coming aboard. This would mark his feature film debut, but you may have seen his work before.
Fletcher Moules is best known for the animated Clash of Clans, which promote the hit mobile game. Before he turned to animation, he worked in the props department on The Matrix and Red Planet, and served in the creature department on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. He also worked as the art director on the 2011 animated movie Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace.
As for the Ghostbusters Animated Movie, no story details have been given. Our report from October claims »
The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith are films that exist. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on making them, and they were viewed – and subsequently critiqued and ridiculed – the world over. Lucasfilm has to live with that as they press forwards with a busy slate of new Star Wars movies.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi had a small voiceover cameo, giving fans a glimpse of how the new movies will nod toward the prequels. Lucasfilm aren’t going to ignore George Lucas’s least-loved trilogy, but instead they’re trying to tie them in to the new films. Perhaps the idea with scenes like this is to somehow legitimise the prequels and improve their standing with fans.
- Rob Leane
I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, did Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace have a Special Edition?” Well, the answer is yes, sort of; there hasn’t been a massive fanfare about it (unlike the original trilogy, I doubt we’ll be celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a high-profile re-release), but George Lucas has slyly made several changes to the first prequel since the movie’s release in 1999.
The first alterations came with the 2001 DVD release, which were then furthered by the 2011 Blu-Ray, the most commonly version available today. The other prequels has some other home release tinkering (Jango now tries to start his jetpack as Mace Windu attacks in Attack Of The Clones and Vader’s “Noooo” was shockingly shortened for Revenge Of The Sith), but The Phantom Menace has now had enough alterations that the version you can buy now to pretty much counts as »
- Alex Leadbeater
Gallery of Padme’s Costumes
“Sometimes creating an entire galaxy begins with a single stitch.” So begins the narration at a spectacular new exhibit in New York City about Star Wars costumes and artifacts. Coinciding with the release of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the show Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition, is on display now at Discovery Times Square through September 5, 2016.
The exhibition is the result of a partnership between Discovery Times Square, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm. It features 15 galleries with over 70 pieces taken from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The show includes costumes, props and other items from the three original movies, the prequels, and even several ensembles from The Force Awakens.
- Kim Kindya
Here are a few thoughts on why it's okay not to be okay, and to admit that to yourself and others...
Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness. This is our regular spot, where we chat about some of the issues and challenges that some of us face, and hopefully offer a tip or two that may be of use.
We've welcomed back Esther Dark this week, who has a few thoughts on not being okay. More to the point, on why admitting that we're not all perfect is no bad thing. Over to the brilliant Esther, who's been watching her Star Wars boxset, we suspect...!
Do you sometimes imagine that your alter ego is a Stormtrooper? White armoured, wearing an oversized helmet, with an array of state-of-the-art survival equipment and temperature controls? Stormtroopers are the perfect combination of danger and well, just great style. Or do you see »
There are reports that actor Ewan McGregor is rumored to be having discussions with Lucasfilm to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Force ghost for director Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” The rumor comes courtesy of Kristian Harloff of Schmoes Know and Collider Jedi Council and stresses to take this new information with a grain of salt.
Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.
— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) February 8, 2016
McGregor was asked previously to record dialogue for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which was featured in Rey’s ‘Force Dream’ sequence where you can hear his voice along with original actor Sir Alec Guinness. McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels: “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack Of The Clones”, and “Revenge Of The Sith.” In “The Phantom Menace.”
Director Rian Johnson is prepping to film »
- J.B. Casas
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