13 items from 2016
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
If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »
- Dennis Cozzalio
This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Han Solo would have made a brief appearance in 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith. Ryan looks at the cameo that never was...
In 2018, loveable scoundrel Han Solo will get his own standalone adventure (or solo movie, if you prefer). Since 1977, the scruffy nerf-herder’s been synonymous with the actor who so perfectly brought him to life, Harrison Ford; indeed, it’s now difficult to imagine anyone else in the role.
At one point in Star Wars’ casting, Christopher Walken was one of the actors in contention for the role. As Kevin Spacey highlighted in his sublime impression of Walken as Solo, the character - and Star Wars history in general - would have been very different had Ford not won the part.
The success of the 2018 Solo spin-off movie (which doesn’t have an official title at the time of writing) undoubtedly hinges on who’s cast »
In the Special Editions, the Rebo Band were big victims of George Lucas' digital wand. Here's how CGI changed them - seemingly forever...
In 1997, Star Wars began its ineluctable turn to the digital side. A New Hope, re-released in January that year, marked the first of George Lucas’s Special Edition revamps of his blockbuster saga; then 20 years old, the original 70s print was decaying. Effects shots were damaged. Darth Vader’s once imposing black mask and cloak had faded to a wan shade of pale blue.
To combat the ravages of time, Lucas embarked on an expensive and lavish restoration of the movies, improving the quality of the sound, re-balancing and correcting the colours and placing them back where they belonged: on the big screen. While fans were delighted at the prospect of seeing Star Wars in theatres again, Lucas’ reissues didn’t stop at »
There are those fans who hate the Star Wars prequels and those who love them -- or at least will defend them to a degree. And so there are fans who see Star Wars: The Force Awakens as retribution for the previous three live-action installments, almost to the point of dismissing them, and then also fans looking for ways the new movie forgives The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith by making subtle references to them, thereby giving them new relevance. The latter group will rejoice at the latest finding, a retroactive Easter egg in The Phantom Menace that links to a seemingly altogether new character in The Force Awakens. Cinema Blend points out a small statue in little Anakin Skywalker's home on Tatooine resembling the wise smuggler Maz Kanata...
- Christopher Campbell
In the 1980s, Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Federation were untouchable. With the assistance of the phenomenon known as Hulkamania, they’d won the race to go national, beating the Nwa and the Awa down in the process and stealing so much of the latter’s talent that the one-time biggest wrestling promotion in America was forced to close down.
The 1990s, however, saw creative stagnation and some of the worst wrestling television in history… until World Championship Wrestling began to beat the WWF in the ratings, turning a skirmish into a full-fledged Monday Night War. Revitalised by a newfound Attitude, Mr. McMahon and his pet Rattlesnake saw off the competition once again. Riding high, with an indomitable market share and no rivals left in the wrestling business, they’d never be so complacent as to drop the ball like that again… right?
Rewind. In 1976, 20th Century »
- Ben Cooke
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Star Wars universe has expanded itself to include villains on the scale of those associated with the most popular extended cinematic franchises such as Marvel, or DC. The story arc has always been centred on the galactic battle between The Dark Side and The Light – with the Skywalker family being at its heart, and with powerful wielders of The Force engaging in conflicts of the physical, philosophical and political kind. While Jabba The Hut, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine have long been revered as the most dastardly villains in this galaxy far, far away, this new chapter of the tale has brought forth a range of evil-doers that effortlessly rival those icons of the past, as figureheads of the new Dark Side.
The antagonists of the Star Wars universe have evolved over the decades, assuming different names, and forming different organisations. They have always had the same goal, »
- Sarah Myles
As The Force Awakens rockets through hyperspace toward the record books and box office domination, feminists have rejoiced. The heroic journey of Rey, who picks up the lightsaber wielded by the original trilogy's hero Luke Skywalker and the prequel trilogy's anti-hero Darth Vader, marks a first for Star Wars. As Laurie Penny notes in her piece at the New Statesman, "Rey picks up her weapon, and everything changes." In her article "How Rey and The Force Awakens Could Change Star Wars Forever" for The Washington Post, Alyssa Rosenberg states that the movie "reminded me just how powerful it can be to see yourself as the hero of a story that you love." The Guardian convened a panel of prominent feminists to discuss Episode VII as a game-changer. As a cultural critic whose feminism can be ascribed directly to lessons learned from Star Wars and who has struggled with the sexism embedded in the franchise, »
- Tricia Barr
Mark Hamill’s return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the most hotly debated cinematic topics of 2015. Why? Well, because Mark Hamill has been in cahoots when the Star Wars universe since its infancy. In fact, Lucas felt close enough to the actor to reveal his gargantuan plans for the franchise from the very start. Just check out the below interview with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on the Today show back in 1980 where he reveals Lucas’ plans for the prequels, which wouldn’t be released until 1999. Obviously, George Lucas didn’t reveal too many details of his plans for the films that would ultimately become The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith to Mark Hamill; I’m sure if he had the actor would have told Lucas to think things through just a »
Although it.s breaking box office records left and right, inspiring fans to see it multiple times, and has earned almost entirely positive reviews, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a movie with its fair share of flaws and problems. Now that the initial hype has subsided to a degree, people are starting to talk about their issues with Episode VII, including members of the Star Wars family like Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson played Jedi master Mace Windu in three Star Wars movies.The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.and when he sat down with Peter Travers to talk about his new movie, Quentin Tarantino.s western The Hateful Eight, the subject of Star Wars: The Force Awakens understandably came up. When asked about his thoughts on the new chapter, Jackson was diplomatic, but said: I think the kids need to go to lightsaber »
It’s the post Life Day edition of The Week in Star Wars, and we’ve got some harsh words from George Lucas about the new Star Wars overlords, details for The Force Awakens Blu-Ray release, information on Episode VIII and more…
Happy 2016! Kicking things off the first The Week in Star Wars of 2016 with The Force Awakens‘ domination of the Us and global box office, and after the announcement last week that it had become the fastest movie to reach $1 billion worldwide, it was also revealed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the biggest Star Wars movie ever released, and Disney’s biggest UK and Us release of all-time. The movie is also now in the Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All-Time. Avatar can’t be too far off now…
…And speaking of the biggest movies of 2015, I wrote a couple of analysis pieces on The Highest Grossing »
- Luke Owen
Though it seems box-office records break every other month, when inflation is taken into account there is really nowhere near as much change with classic movies from decades past doing the kind of business modern blockbusters often can only dream of.
That doesn't mean they can't put in an impressive showing though. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has already topped all six previous movies in the franchise at the U.S. domestic box-office in unadjusted numbers.
However, THR reports that even with inflation taken into account, 'Force' is on track to become the highest-grossing movie in the series aside from the very first in 1977. At the end of New Year's Day, the U.S. total for 'Force Awakens' stands at $686.4 million.
In comparison with the rest of the series with their totals adjusted for inflation, it already sits above "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones »
- Garth Franklin
13 items from 2016
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