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According to Making Star Wars, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII will indeed feature a throwback to the prequels as one of the characters will be a descendent of Count Dooku! The character played a major role in Attack of the Clones when it was revealed that he was working alongside Darth Sidious. Dooku later met a rather grisly end in the epic opening of Revenge of the Sith, but he clearly fathered some children sometime before that as the site's source reveals that the movie will feature, "an aristocratic family 'line' involving Episode 7’s bad guys. And as I said before, I firmly believe its the line of Dooku. Details and characters might have changed but the idea of an aristocratic villain with a heritage going back to the Clone Wars has been there from pre-production and as far as I know it’s still a major part of the story. »
With Jj Abrams spearheading Disney’s much anticipated continuation of the Star Wars Universe many familiar names have been thrown through the cameo rumour mill, with the possibility of seeing dead Jedi more plausible than most.
The posthumous presence of Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was felt in Attack of the Clones during Anakin’s massacre of the Sandpeople, and at the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda told of Qui-Gon’s discovery of immortality. So, could we see Neeson returning as a Force Ghost alongside Yoda? Not in Episode VII according to the actor.
- Jon Lyus
Back in March, an anonymous 4Chan user going by the name of "Mizzlewump" posted a number of unconfirmed plot details for Star Wars: Episode VII, which he learned after reportedly reading the second draft of J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's script. Latino Review has now corroborated that several items in that original post are, in fact, true, although they have not been confirmed by LucasFilm.
Be warned, there will be massive spoilers, but if you want to know more details about Star Wars: Episode VII, keep reading.
Leia is made leader of the Republic after her predecessor's deathHan is a retired veteran of the Republic fleetLuke hasn't been seen in nearly 30 yearsThe lead character is Han and Leia's daughterThe other lead is the child of Lando, and either a male or female depending on who is castThe other lead is a Stormtrooper, also either a male or female depending »
The Wachowski’s golden boy, James McTeigue, has joined a new project from a new studio – Alien Sleeper Cell. Doesn’t that title give you the most delightful chills? Alas, it’s got nothing to do with xenomorph Alien franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will capture the same tone as The Bourne Identity and TV show The Americans. But in an alien invasion-style set-up. Consider us intrigued!
While there’s scant details about Alien Sleeper Cell, it’s known that McTeigue will direct the flick from a script by up-and-comer Morgan Davis Foehl. Foehl just completed work on Michael Mann’s Cyber script. As it stands now, new production outfit Scanbox Studios are currently putting together financing and brokering international deals for the pic. Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarich who recently finished work on Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 will co-produce, and Felipe Linz will join as executive producer. »
- Gem Seddon
As per usual, this story is rife with Star Wars: Episode VII plot information that could be considered a Major Spoiler! Continue at your own risk...
A few more Star Wars: Episode VII story details have been leaked by Latino Review, and first thing they do is clear up the rumor that the main villains will be called Sith Inquisitors. It is believed that they will not go by that name in the movie. Though, there will be a number of Sith and one of them may be a cyborg. But not the cyborg shown in a recent piece of concept art.
This is where there story takes an interesting turn. As we've heard in recent weeks, the concept art which reveals one of Star Wars: Episode VII's main villains is not a cyborg Sith Inquisitor as previously reported. It is actually Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. »
(Is Bringing Back Another Classic Villain?)
We've heard this rumor before. That Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode VII. But now Latino Review is confirming from two different sources that the character will indeed return, though he may not be played by Ian McDiarmid, who took over the role in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and returned to play him in all three prequels, beginning with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, and continuing in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Major Spoilers to follow...
After the deluge of Star Wars: Episode VII information that landed this past Friday, there's still more on the horizon (thankfully). Today, we got our hands on a new picture of the set currently at Pinewood Studios, showing that some desert scenes are still being shot for the production. Come inside to check out the new image and see for yourself!
Filming should be starting up again shortly for Star Wars: Episode VII, which has currently been on a planned hiatus from filming, and more information is expected to be released this week (wink, wink), but in the meantime, we've got a pic from the set for you to gander at (which we received courtesy of a fellow Star Wars fan Jason, who runs his own fan site):
Filming on Episode VII started in the desert, but filming on location there only lasted for a couple weeks, so many »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
“Star Wars” ignited Hollywood’s digital revolution when George Lucas made 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” the first movie played on digital projectors and 2002’s sequel “Attack of the Clones” the first movie shot entirely digitally. Now J.J. Abrams, Mr. Lucas’s successor in directing the series, is turning things around. His “Star Wars: Episode VII” is one of the few big budget Hollywood productions currently shooting on film. »
- Ben Fritz
BBC One's primetime coverage of the Commonwealth Games averaged more than 3 million viewers last night (July 26), according to overnight figures.
The Glasgow multi-sport event appealed to 3.06m (19.5%) between 7pm and 10.10pm.
On BBC Two, Proms Extra was watched by 456k (2.8%) from 8.25pm, with The Men Who Made Us Spend taking 562k (3.3%) afterwards from 9.10pm.
The latest Big Brother instalment on Channel 5 pulled in 812k (4.8%) in the 9pm hour, with 334k (3.5%) catching Bit on the Side from 11pm. In between, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of had 506k (3.2%).
On the multichannels, Foyle's War was watched by 919k (5.7%) on ITV3 from 9pm. »
Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 35 on Thursday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at her Hollywood evolution. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turn in Neighbors to an upcoming role in This Is Where I Leave You, she's had an exciting couple of years in the spotlight, but she's been making memorable movie appearances for more than a decade. Back in 2002, Rose played Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones before starring alongside Brad Pitt in 2004's Troy. Since then, she's won over fans with her style, too, regularly turning heads with her red carpet looks. In honor of Rose's birthday this week, take a look at some of her most memorable moments through the years. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequels did a lot of things for the special effects industry, being among the first films to feature thousands of digitally enhanced shots, while also introducing the idea of the first CG supporting cast members. But for all the good they did for the industry in moving VFX forward, many fans have decried the Prequels’ use of computer images throughout the trilogy. Today, with our look at CGI in movies, I’m taking a look at why the Prequels; use of CG hasn’t sat well with people and caused so much uproar.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Has the identity of the actor playing Boba Fett in a standalone Star Wars movie been sitting underneath our nose this whole time? We have been drifting along with the assumption that the solo, spinoff Star Wars movie that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm will focus on Boba Fett. Picking up that baton and running with it, Inquisitr.com dug around and landed on the IMDb page for an announced "Untitled Star Wars Project." They have Gareth Edwards slotted as the director. They have Gary Whitta down as the screenwriter. And they list Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. Well. Alrighty then! Temuera Morrison is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having played Jango Fett in George Lucas. Star Wars: Episode II . Attack of the Clones, as well as Commander Cody in Episode III . Revenge of the Sith. He.s lent his voice to Boba Fett and Jango Fett »
The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced. But before we get to those, let's get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford's leg injury. According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac's role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo. However, another source tells the Post, "'The basic story line will not change that much.' The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but 'the order of filming scenes could be shifted' to work around Ford’s absence." This seems far more likely, and the source adds that "Shutting down the movie is impossible," and I believe that as well. I'm not sure the movie's insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what. Hit the jump for »
- Matt Goldberg
Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen returned to Lax after a nearly monthlong trip to Barbados on Thursday. Rachel ditched her bikini and opted for a comfy sweater at the airport instead, adding a Skywalker hat that gave a fun nod to Hayden's role as Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II. The couple spent their tropical vacation staying superclose, snapping pictures, lounging in the sand, and even stealing a few kisses. Their Caribbean extravaganza kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, when the mom-to-be bared her belly in a Beach Riot bikini during a day on a boat as well as a black Marysia two-piece for some snorkeling. (Actress Lupita Nyong'o wore a white version of the suit in Hawaii!) News of Rachel's pregnancy made headlines late last month, and though neither Rachel nor Hayden has confirmed the news, a source close to the couple has said, "They've both talked about this »
- Brittney Stephens
Remember back not so long ago when Revenge of the Sith came out and the old Star Wars fandom despaired? The culmination this despair seemed to be the 2010 documentary The People Vs. George Lucas that asked the question: ‘Just how much is a creator allowed to do whatever he wants to a creation the fans think was turned over to them a decade ago?”
It’s an interesting question, especially for someone like me who begrudgingly stood in line for Revenge of the Sith in May 2009 because I’d started standing in line for Star Wars movies in 1997 with the Special Edition releases and the completionist geek inside of me needed to have stood in line for every theatrical Star Wars release I was alive for (I lapsed on Clone Wars, guys, so...streak broken). I remember standing in line for Revenge of the Sith and knowing the only good »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Old News: What were movie fans talking about on May 27, 1999?” — Matt Singer at The Dissolve jumps in the time machine to inspect the rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio had met with George Lucas about playing Anakin Skywalker, noting that it’s a particularly saddening alternate reality: “But still: Is there anyone today who wouldn’t swap Christensen for DiCaprio if they could (except for maybe Christensen and DiCaprio)? Even with the exact same script, how much better does Attack Of The Clones get the second you put DiCaprio in the Anakin role? 20 percent? 30 percent? That’s got to be one of the most depressing what-ifs in recent casting history. And yet, at the time, the fact that it didn’t happen was greeted in some circles as good news. A »
- Scott Beggs
We all know by now that EA is the official supplier of Star Wars games thanks to them buying the license, but what should they do with it? In my opinion, they should compliment the movies like books have done over the years. There is a new rule within the Star Wars universe that everything is now basically reset and everything will be “approved” and add to one big universe. So EA could easily do that as video games tell a story just as well, if not better, than movies do.
What should they compliment though? That is where the fun comes in. The movies will undoubtedly follow the Jedi’s and tell the story through the Jedi’s perspective, except for that awesome Boba Fett one that was announced! So what can EA do? (Besides the hotly anticipated Battlefront)
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First he made Monsters, then he made Godzilla, so the next logical step is for Gareth Edwards to make a movie about the Rancor creature from Return of the Jedi. Or should he instead give us the origin story of the Sarlacc or maybe the Space Slug from The Empire Strikes Back? The news that Edwards will direct a stand-alone Star Wars spin-off movie has to be about him tackling one of those. The guy doesn’t do movies that don’t involve monsters. Okay, so his venture into a galaxy far, far away will likely involve a more popular character than any of those giants, but I bet we will at least see some kind of monsters in the movie, whether this will be the young Han Solo adventures or a Boba Fett movie or something that more directly spins off from next year’s Star Wars sequel. According to Lucasfilm, the »
- Christopher Campbell
Star Wars: Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir #1
Written by Jeremy Barlow
Pencilled by Juan Frigeri
Inked by Mauro Vargos
Colors by Wes Dzioba
Published by Dark Horse Comics
If you were annoyed by the romantic subplot of Attack of the Clones or the trade disputes of Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 is the cure for what ails you. It features Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and General Grievous all fighting and scheming for the chance to take out yet another contender to their galactic domination. The contender this time is Talzin, the leader of the Witches of Dathomir. Darth Sidious took Maul away from her a long time ago to train as his apprentice. There is a lot of backstory involving Darth Maul’s return, his allies, and past that is barely touched on and makes the story confusing at times. But writer Jeremy Barlow and »
- Logan Dalton
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