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After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams are releasing the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" on Friday. Moviegoers are sure to see some familiar faces and designs, plus new characters, creatures, ships and planets that will have fans speculating about what they're seeing in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." Abrams is even more secretive than most Hollywood directors, and he loves to misdirect (remember the Khan confusion prior to the release "Star Trek Into Darkness"?), and the teaser will likely be a true tease that avoids any kind of narrative twists. With that in mind, it's time to turn back the clock to re-visit the ever-evolving teasers released in advance of all six films. It's a list a billion of years in the making. »
- Dave Lewis
All eyes are currently on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as we eagerly await the release of the first trailer, but that doesn't mean other things aren't in motion for other aspects of the galaxy far, far away. A new report has come out regarding future animated series and when exactly they'd take place. Come inside to learn more!
Disney has big plans for the Star Wars brand that will span books, games, movies, and of course, television shows. Star Wars Rebels is already well underway and has even hit it's "mid-season" finale, with a break for the next few weeks. Rebels already has a season two greenlit and set for release next Fall, and we've heard our own reports claiming a third season has an Ok as well. But this is Disney, one of the leading animation and TV giants...do we really expect them to be happy »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
A special Star Wars screening, some cool rumors and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following: John Williams has, reportedly, recorded some new music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will finally screen in 3D. J.J. Abrams‘ assistant director Tommy […]
- Germain Lussier
Sometimes enemies can be misperceived as friends… and vice versa. From Portland animation studio HouseSpecial is this short, A Tale of Momentum and Inertia, directed by Kameron Gates showing why the “shoot first, ask questions later” approach isn’t always the best. Gates has previously contributed effects works to such films as Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, King Kong and Hellboy. The short is currently on the festival circuit, but you can watch it above. »
- Scott Macaulay
Various Star Wars movies, games and TV shows have been canned over the years. The Force was not strong with these...
The Star Wars universe is a dangerous place. For example, ‘man walks into a bar’ gags in Mos Eisley tend to end with unwarranted threats, droid racism, limbs being chopped off, impromptu deaths or – worst of all – rigorous re-editing.
Until the recent Disney buy-out, the world created by George Lucas was just as treacherous for seemingly-exciting projects. Lucasfilm/LucasArts, for a time, became notorious for the number of cancellations under its belt, with films, TV shows and game ideas constantly being chucked out at various stages of their development.
But when did the term ‘countless’ ever stop us trying to count things? Never, that’s when. So we donned a pointy-hooded robe and scoured the desert wilderness of the internet to bring you what we hope is a complete »
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: We get a new title and some new rumored information about where we find Luke Skywalker, seemingly the man waking the Force.
It’s been awhile since we had a new Star Wars Episode title to discuss, and I think I can remember each previous prequel reveal (sadly I have no cognizant memory of Empire or Jedi’s titles being revealed, I was way too into cartoons). “The Phantom Menace” was a big mystery that I don’t remember anyone liking and “Revenge of the Sith” seemed fitting to those of us that knew Jedi was originally Revenge of the Jedi until it was »
Since being announced this morning, the title of J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gotten a bit of a mixed response. Some fans are intrigued by the puzzle that the name presents, while others are rejecting it on the basis of not understanding how The Force could be asleep. It.s sure to cause a number of debates between now and December 2015 when the film is released, but only at that point will the meaning of the name actually be revealed, and (hopefully) fully understood. In light of this big news, we.ve taken a look back at the history of Star Wars feature film subtitles and ranked them from worst to best. Will your favorite be declared king? Read on to find out! 6. Attack of the Clones While the title does have significance to Star Wars die-hards who recognize the history of the Clone Wars within »
Fans are getting very psyched up as the seventh Star Wars film comes closer and closer to its release date. But many of us get nervous thinking about the prequels and Jar Jar Binks. Can the new films avoid the mistakes of the prequels? Here are 7 things that the new Star Wars films need to remember.
Despite the recent tweet from Anthony Daniels where he says that the next Star Wars film will be the best one ever, even surpassing the series standard bearer Star Wars-Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, it’s hard to get the taste of the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones out of our collective mouths. No doubt many people are currently thinking, ‘I hope these new films don’t end up anything like those pitiful prequels’. Here are 7 things that the new Disney-owned series needs to do—or not do—in order »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
So, now we know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the real title of the movie formerly known as Star Wars: Episode VII — but what can we glean from that title? It’s not as obvious as Attack of the Clones ("Some clones will be attacking!") or The Empire Strikes Back ("The Empire? It'll be striking back"). But what does The Force Awakens actually tell us about next year’s return to a galaxy far, far away? The most obvious thing to note is the suggestion that the Force has been asleep in the first place. This may come as
- Graeme McMillan
The fancy-schmancy title for the new Star Wars movie is The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm announced today. The Force Awakens. Roll it around in your head a little, see how it feels. It's definitely a better title than Attack of the Clones, but it's not quite as jazzy as The Empire Strikes Back. Is anything in our world as jazzy as The Empire Strikes Back? So far, no. This new title makes one wonder: How long was the Force asleep? Is the Force a morning Force, or does it not get going until more of a 2 p.m. zone? Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Hm. Okay. Lucasfilm also announced that principal photography has wrapped, so the Force better awaken itself, take a shower, grab a snack, and get this show on the road. »
- Margaret Lyons
Today, Disney quietly revealed that "Star Wars: Episode VII" has a title - and that it's completed principal photography. Next December, get ready for... "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Y'all ready for this?
To be honest, we're not super thrilled with this title. But we are thrilled that it has a title. "Star Wars" titles have, characteristically been pulpier in nature, giving a welcome, humorous throwback to the serialized Saturday matinees that informed them so heavily. They are usually about a person ("The Phantom Menace" alludes to the shadowy soon-to-be Emperor, "A New Hope" and "Return of the Jedi" are both about Luke, and "Revenge of the Sith" is, of course, about the Emperor) or a specific movement ("Attack of the Clones" refers to the Clone Wars while "The Empire Strikes Back" is about the Galactic Empire tightening the noose around the Rebels). "The Force Awakens" could refer to a character, »
- Drew Taylor
Ezra always seems to get the most difficult jobs on Star Wars Rebels, and in the next episode titled, 'Breaking Ranks,' the young informal Padawan goes on his first undercover mission in the heart of the Empire's military forces.
In a callback to the clone training facilities on Kamino in Attack of the Clones, Ezra has joined a Stormtrooper Imperial Academy on Lothal in order to gain inside access to their facilities. Note that the cloning facilities are no longer in use and apparently the clones themselves have been shutdown, so the Empire recruits children and young adults into its Imperial army.
Check out Ezra in his Ralph McQuarrie-inspired stormtrooper training gear in the Star Wars Rebels 'Breaking Ranks' clip below. The new episode airs this upcoming Monday, November 3 at 9/8c on DisneyXD. You can also online stream episodes via the Watch Disney Xd app and website. »
Two weeks ago, in the span of about 24 hours, the universe of superhero movies rapidly expanded in a series of bizarre new directions. First came news that Marvel was actively considering making the next Captain America movie into the next Iron Man movie, in a story arc that would cull material from the mid-2000s mega-crossover "Civil War." Coincidentally or probably not, Warner Bros. chose that precise cultural moment to announce that they were planning a whole bunch of DC superhero movies. Wonder Woman? Aquaman? Cyborg? Check, check, checkeroo! Several readers wrote in with their own thoughts on the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. »
- Darren Franich
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production (and only a few weeks from wrapping), rumors have been flying fast and furious over the last few months. This has caused a flurry of finger-pointing, naysaying, and even hostility between fans over some of the claims...but this is nothing new. The Prequel trilogy were surrounded by rumors as well, so today, I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane to remember some of the craziest reports that had us all buzzing.
Some of these are just bizarre, and many of the original sites reporting on these things are no longer in action, but some of you life-long fans, like me, will likely remembering hearing about these. I’ve purposefully stayed away from Super Shadow reports (though some of these may have been influenced by him), because he was a known fraud and I wanted to »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
We were a little bummed that Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the "Doctor Strange" game, but the latest list of names being bandied about is fairly heartening. (Learn more about this Marvel-ously strange superhero here.)
First up: Ewan McGregor! The frequently pantsless young Obi-Wan is reportedly "prepping for the role," according to our pals at Badass Digest. "I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told, 'They're looking at him,'" Devin Faraci wrote yesterday. Although "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" didn't exactly rock our worlds, McGregor is a very talented actor whose name we wouldn't mind seeing up on a marquee.
Variety got in the game later last night with a few more names, and they're equally interesting. »
- Jenni Miller
Uncle Owen might not have been a huge part of the Star Wars universe, but he had an important role in Luke’s pre-Jedi life, in the space between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the prequel films, thinks there’s a story to be told about Owen during those years. Will it be told in the proposed Obi Wan spin-off (or spin-offs)?
Owen Lars—better known as Luke Skywalker’s cantankerous Uncle Owen in A New Hope—is not one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and his total on-screen time during the three films he appeared in was probably less than 10 minutes. However, there is someone who wants to see a lot more of him, and that’s Joel Edgerton, who played a young Owen in Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Edgerton thinks Owen »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Joel Edgerton has forged out a pretty impressive Hollywood career for himself. The Australian thespian has appeared in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby to critical acclaim. But for Star Wars fans he will always be thought of as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.s Owen Lars. And now turns out that Edgerton has pretty big plans if Uncle Owen is included in a possible spin-off Obi-Wan movie... but only if he can be more than a "nerdy moisture farmer." Edgerton explained to ComingSoon.net that the Owen in Episode IV had "been through some shit," and it became clear that the idea of an Obi-Wan solo film might find room for Edgerton's character. As the conversation continued, the actor became more enthused, and he even declared: Okay, we.re gonna talk about this. This is a necessary addition »
As we move deeper into the digital age, studios and distributors place more emphasis on portable digital media rather than hard copies. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to push streaming over disc rental, digital downloads and Blu-rays over the purchase of DVDs. This means that many of our favorite films might soon be available on downloadable or portable digital platforms – and that includes the Star Wars series.
Film Divider (via Collider) recently posted an Italian TV spot in which Disney advertised a new digital service titled Disney Movies Anywhere, using clips from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope. This has prompted some speculation that the original Star Wars films will finally get a digital release, and we’ll all get to see the original (e.g. not Special Edition) movies in high definition.
As Collider points out, while the Disney Movies Anywhere »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
When Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion nearly two years ago, that allowed Disney to develop Star Wars: Episode VII and the sequels and spin-offs that will follow it, but the original Star Wars trilogy that started it all is still owned by 20th Century Fox. There are many fans who are hoping that Disney's LucasFilm purchase would lead the studio to re-release the original, non-Special Edition versions of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. If a new ad for an Italian Disney website is to be believed, that may be happening.
FilmDivider came across an ad for Disney.it that boasts fans can watch content from Disney films on their laptops and mobile devices, which includes footage from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones »
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