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Reverberations are still being felt in the geekosphere from an auspicious meeting of the minds that took place at George Lucas' Park Way house in San Anselmo, California in July of 1981, when he, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and producer Howard Kazanjian held court for a "Return of the Jedi" story conference.
With J.W. Rinzler's exhaustive "The Making of Return of the Jedi" hitting bookshelves in October, Huffington Post got ahold of a tantalizing transcript of said 1981 meeting included in the book, which fans will surely line up for once they hear how closely Lucas stuck to his guns on the Skywalker backstory… as well as the nutty ideas that changed before cameras rolled on the prequels.
"Anakin gets worse and worse," Lucas explained to his team, according to the transcript, "and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up. »
- Max Evry
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
Luke Owen reviews the first part of Dark Cyberton in Transformers: Robots in Disguise #17...
Shockwaves! The fate of Cybertron is sealed—but what is the Decepticon scientist called Shockwave planning? After the stunning revelations in More Than Meets The Eye, learn the origin of the one-eyed, gun-handed master of machinations… and the countdown begins for the biggest Transformers event in comic book history.
A new story arc begins this week in Transformers: Robots in Disguise and it brings a new (returning) artist into the soiree in the form of Livio Ramondelli - who really brings out the best in this comic.
Before I get onto the artwork, it must be said that I have really enjoyed John Barber's run on Transformers and feel that he encapsulates everything good about this franchise. This issue takes a good look at not only the origins of Shockwave (who will play a pivotal »
Just when it seemed like Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars and everything that came with it meant the end of anything awesome that was on already here, a ray of sunshine pierced through the dark clouds. While the days of The Clone Wars are over, a new era is upon us. A new series is coming and it promises to take us back to a different time when Star Wars was less about Jedi and more about a growing empire and the small numbers who opposed it. Disney is introducing the next step in its plans for this universe: Star Wars Rebels.
The one-hour animated pilot is in production at Lucasfilm, says Entertainment Weekly, and will premiere in Fall 2014 on the Disney Channel, with the proper ongoing series moving to Disney Xd. The series will find itself exploring the years in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, »
- Brody Gibson
Following the recent cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney has announced that production is now underway on a brand new animated series entitled Star Wars Rebels, which will explore the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope as the Empire continues to tighten its grip on the galaxy and hunt down the last of the Jedi Knights.
Leading the development on the new series is screenwriter / producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes), who also happens to be scripting one of Disney's two announced standalone Star Wars movies. Kinberg will pen the pilot episode as well as serving as executive producer alongside Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice).
- Flickering Myth
If you recognized numerous familiar faces and names from the original Star Wars trilogy scattered throughout Lucasfilm's animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you haven't seen anything yet. The time will be coming for the Rebellion to assemble and fight back against the Empire on the small screen.
Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the next animated Star Wars series will be titled Star Wars Rebels. As the name implies, it will be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith that saw the Empire and Darth Vader come to be, and A New Hope in which Luke Skywalker began his heroic journey from farm boy to savior of the Galaxy. This is a time period that has not yet been explored in the Star Wars mythos on the big or small screen, one in which Darth Vader leads the Empire to rule the Galaxy with an iron »
Just after Cartoon Network aired the final episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars fifth season, it was announced that there would be no sixth for the award winning and critically acclaimed animated series. For some, this was not a huge surprise. Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm last summer, many had speculated on what would be the future of anything Star Wars related that would not be airing on any Disney owned channel.
For others, it was horrible news. The Clone Wars series was the most adult of all the animated products that were spun off from the movie franchise, and under the helm of a great creative team, showed that Star Wars could be fun, dangerous and well-written despite the baggage left by George Lucas and his prequel movie series. The show ran for five seasons on Cn, where it enjoyed good ratings and hundred plus episodes, which now made it available to aired daily. »
Before "Star Wars Episode VII" hits theaters in 2015, you'll get to see another product of the marriage of Disney and Lucasfilm.
A new animated series called "Star Wars Rebels" is set to make its debut in the fall of 2014. As first reported by EW, the show will air its premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney Xd for its series run.
The show is set in the time between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope," which should give the show lots of material to mine as the Empire consolidates power and the Rebellion begins to take shape. There's no word yet on whether the show will follow characters "Star Wars" fans already know, introduce new ones or do some of both.
If you thought there were many familiar faces and names from the original Star Wars trilogy that popped up in Lucasfilm's animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you haven't seen anything yet. The time will be coming for the Rebellion to assemble and fight back.
Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the next animated Star Wars series will be titled Star Wars Rebels, and as the name implies, it will be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This is a time period that has not yet been explored in the Star Wars mythos, one in which Darth Vader leads the Empire to rule the Galaxy with an iron fist and hunts down the last remaining Jedi who survived the Emperor's purge via Order 66.
There’s a plethora of Star Wars ‘Expanded Universe’ material in existence (comic books, novels, video games) that takes place in the years after the rise of Emperor Palpatine and the Galactic Empire in Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and before the events in Episode IV – A New Hope. However, now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the plan is to start fresh and generate a multi-platform experience based around director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
It’s for this reason that Disney and Lucasfilm have cancelled the popular Clone Wars animated TV series, rather than move it to a different home on the Disney Xd channel. Similarly, the two companies are joining forces (no pun intended) to produce Star Wars Rebels, a new (and, presumably, 3D) animated ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Earlier this year, Disney pulled the plug on Star Wars The Clone Wars, the well done Star Wars show on Cartoon Network. Since its cancellation we've know that they were working on a brand new show and that Dave Filoni (the CW supervising director) was already getting prepped for that. Now Disney has officially announced the new cartoon show, set in the 20 year gap between Episode 3 and 4, is in production and will debut on Disney Xd in Fall 2014. Come inside for all the details.
We knew it Disney wouldn't wait long before unveiling their next TV series for Star Wars. As popular as the Clone Wars was, and considering they already mentioned they were working on something new, it was only a matter of time before they came out with something official. Today they bring word of Star Wars Rebels, a brand new cartoon show that is set to fill »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Disney is developing a new TV series called "Star Wars Rebels" that will premiere on television in 2014. It will first launch as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel, before turning into a TV series on Disney Xd.
"Star Wars Rebels" is set to take place in the 20 years between the events of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." According to THR, the animated series is set "in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape."
Production on the series has reportedly already begun, with Simon Kinberg executive »
- Terri Schwartz
Not sure you can wait until 2015 for your Star Wars fix? Help is at hand in the shape of a new TV show called Star Wars Rebels, which will explore the time period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope. The animated show is due to premiere next year with a one-hour special on the Disney channel, followed by a regular slot on Disney Xd.So no, it's not the long-discussed live-action series, but this will still explore a new facet of the Star Wars universe. We're told that, "Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. "Beyond that, no one is talking just yet. Still, the creative team behind the show is promising. As well as Clone Wars »
Star Wars Rebels, a one-hour animated pilot already in production at Lucasfilm, is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 on the Disney Channel before the new brand leaps to Disney Xd for the ongoing series, according to Lucasfilm sources.
The series will mine material from the 19 years that follow Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and precede the Episode IV: A New Hope. In other words, using the life of the Skywalker twins as a measure, the series will be active in the story years that come after their separation as newborns and before their (unwitting) reunion on the prison level of the Death Star. »
- Geoff Boucher
It has today been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm that they have started production on a new Star Wars animated series which will launch on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney Xd in Fall 2014. While many fans were left upset at the abrupt decision to cancel Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new project should keep the majority happy as it will fill in the gap between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. According to a press release, "'Star Wars Rebels' takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape." Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will write the first episode and is joined by producers Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars and »
The Force is still with your television.
Production is underway on Star Wars Rebels, an animated series set between the film franchise’s Episodes III and IV and due to premiere in fall 2014 on Disney Channel (as a one-hour special) before migrating to Disney Xd.
Taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (aka the opening installment of the original trilogy) – an almost 20-year era that has never-before been explored on-screen — Star Wars Rebels finds the Empire tightening its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights, all as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire takes shape. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,668 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. (Addendum: Barring an unexpected Saturday and Sunday surge, “disappointing” is the word for Star Trek Into Darkness’ domestic box-office debut.) For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, »
- Zac Gille
Feature Andrew Blair 15 May 2013 - 08:17
What do we know about the mysterious Doctor Who planet Trenzalore? Andrew gives us some serious, and non-so-serious, suggestions...
This article contains spoilers for Series 7b (And also The Wedding Of River Song and Black Orchid if you haven't seen those yet).
Trenzalore. Is it ready to claim its place among the pantheon of memorable planets in Doctor Who's history? Is it the new Karn, or is it the new Karfel? Ever since a big baldy blue head in a box said its name (although I'd pay good money to hear Sylvester McCoy say it), we knew that some Saturday soon, some serious stuff would be going down. And that Trenzalore would be involved.
But just how important is Trenzalore? Not hugely, it isn't real. But within that context, how important is Trenzalore? I don't know, I haven't seen this Saturday's episode. But within that context, »
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Chicago – Legendary is one way to describe C2E2 – the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Comic book and pop culture fans gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago from April 26-28, 2013, for three days of celebration with their favorite comic, movie, game and television celebrities, and HollywoodChicago.com was there.
One of the highlights of the expo were two stars from the hot HBO epic series, “Game of Thrones,” Natalie Dormer and James Cosmo. Like many of the celebrity participants, they held a forum at which fans asked questions about the current season. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also was also represented, with Laurie Holden and Chandler Riggs holding court. And there were old favorites like Julie Newmar and Burt Ward of the 1966 classic TV series “Batman,” signing autographs and greeting admirers.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was on hand to capture these Exclusive Photos of the celebrities at C2E »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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