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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose »
- Darren Franich
After a day of giving thanks, eating turkey, and watching TV with the family, a common impulse is to get out of the house and go shopping. Just kidding! Instead of braving the Black Friday brawls, sit back and relax with even more TV marathons. (That’s what Cyber Monday is for, isn’t it?) Standouts include complete(-ish) sets of favorite franchises such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Star Trek, as well as guilty-pleasure reality series like House Hunters International and Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.
Check out the weekend guide to binge-watching »
- Maricela Gonzalez
With fan anticipation for Star Wars: Episode VII at lofty heights, as audiences await casting news, story information and a final title, Disney may be planning on releasing the remaining Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, in 3D sometime next year. When the mouse house acquired Lucasfilm, they shelved the release of Episodes II and III due to the underwhelming box office for the 3D release of The Phantom Menace. Now it looks like they may be having a change of heart.
Before you start complaining, it’s important that you take this news with a grain of salt, as Disney has not yet confirmed any details or dates with this re-release. The rumour comes from an email sent to Star Wars fan website Jedi News. The mailer, Patrick K., found Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith on a 2014 calendar for Pathé, »
- Jordan Adler
I know what you’re thinking. You were thinking that we’d have to go all of the way through 2014 without a Star Wars movie, right? Well, wrong! That’s right, the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney will be pushing ahead and re-releasing the remaining two Star Wars prequels a year before the onslaught of new movies.
According to Jedi News, Star Wars Episode II – Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith, are heading to cinemas in the Netherlands on 31st December 2014, a nearly twelve months ahead of the release of Episode VII.
“Pathé is a large chain of cinemas in The Netherlands and whilst browsing their website I stumbled across something interesting. It was something I haven’t come across anywhere else, so the first thing I did, was call to confirm it. And they did. On the website they have ‘Attack of the Clones »
- Paul Heath
Back in February of 2012, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace returned to theaters converted to 3D, and Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were supposed to arrive in a hurry this past September and October. However, following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm last fall, they decided to postpone the release of the films in 3D saying the studio wanted to "focus only on rebooting the franchise with three new Star Wars films." We weren't sure when the prequels or even the original trilogy would come back to theaters in 3D, but now it sounds like there might be a plan to release them yet again. But when? For now this is just a rumor, but JediNews has word that Episode II and Episode III have been revealed to arrive in the Netherlands on December 31st, 2014. The source says: "Pathé is a large chain of cinemas in »
- Ethan Anderton
Whether you are one of the few clinging to the hopes that Star Wars: Episode VII will not be in 3D, this latest news may be one of the final nails in that coffin. Last year when Disney acquired Lucasfilm for four billion dollars, they cancelled the impending release of both Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith after The Phantom Menace underwhelmed at the box office. It seemed like those would never see the theatrical light of day, but it appears that may be changing. JediNews »
- Alex Maidy
A few rumors have been floating around over the last week that Warner Bros. next big Lego video game would come in the form of an adaptation of the first two The Hobbit movies (An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug). This morning, Tt Games and WB made it official by announcing Lego The Hobbit coming to all platforms in 2014. Come inside to check out the official press release!
It's no real surprise that the rumors of a Lego Hobbit game turned out to be true. After all we got a Lego Lord of the Rings game, and any hot property on Warner Bros. side of things is likely to get turned into a Lego game (since they own that company as well). What's kind of weird is that this new game is only based on the first two movies.
The game isn't set to release until 2014 (when the final »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
There may not be a Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII... and I'm fine with that.
No doubt you've heard the news: according to Samuel L. Jackson, J.J. Abrams has not been in contact with Mark Hamill about using him in Episode VII. The fallout was typical. Everybody starts screaming foul and declares the entire production to be an unsalvageable wreck before principal photography has even begun.
You gotta love the internet. When they go scorched earth, they don't leave a single solitary inch of real state unscathed.
J.J. Abrams is such an interesting creative conundrum. Based on his two Star Trek films, there shouldn't be a single solitary surprise coming our way. The man has managed to deliver two extremely entertaining movies that somehow simultaneously gush with fan service and yet seem hell bent »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars Rebels has debuted a new Imperial recruitment poster which, when translated, reads: 'Enlist - The Empire is the Future'. This new animated series will debut with a one-hour special this fall on The Disney Channel before premiering on Disney Xd. No exact debut date has been announced, but you can start showing your support by distributing this Imperial propaganda across the galaxy today.
Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, 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. »
The still un-subtitled Star Wars sevenquel just received an official release date. If all goes as planned, J.J. Abrams will reboot his second straight Star franchise on Dec. 18, 2015. The key line being “if all goes as planned.” First announced just a little over a year ago, the new Star Wars film sits at the uneasy nexus of corporate ambitions: It’s the first step in a larger plan to revitalize one of the most popular franchise in the last half-century of fictional media, with an earnings potential of several billion dollars at stake.
There’s a lot on the line. »
- Darren Franich
Warning: The opinion piece below contains mild spoilers from "Thor: The Dark World."They say that lightning doesn't strike twice.But while screening "Thor: The Dark World," which opens in theaters Friday, this film reviewer got the sense of deja vu.In one pivotal scene, the Dark Elves fly their ship into Odin's palace, smashing columns before coming to a screeching halt. The ship doors open, and Dark Elves pour out, where they quickly overwhelm the Asgardian defenders. Watch a quick snippet by clicking the image below:If the sequence looks familiar, it's because a very similar one played out in the game trailer for "Star Wars: The Old Republic."In the trailer, the Sith fly their ship into the Jedi temple, smashing columns before coming to a screeching halt. The ship doors open, and Sith pour out, where they quickly overwhelm the Jedi defenders. Watch the sequence by clicking »
- tooFab Staff
After the original teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was released by LucasFilm last week, we have even more footage from the 1983 sequel, thanks to an enterprising fan known as Rotjeditdroid. This fan shelled out $699 for a rare Laserdisc on eBay, which contains special features that haven't been included in the previous Blu-ray and DVD releases. The first video pulled from the LaserDisc features alternate takes and behind-the-scenes lost footage from Yoda's death scene. In addition, we also have blooper reels from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and the prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
We reported last week that there may be a big announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII on Wednesday, October 30, the one-year anniversary of Disney's »
Yesterday's announcement that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over scripting duties on Disney "Star Wars: Episode VII" also included a little bonus down the bottom of the press release.
Namely it confirmed some of the key crew members who have been signed onto the project and are already at work on the pre-production phase ahead of the shoot at Pinewood Studios in the Spring.
- Garth Franklin
Director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan will be taking over for Michael Arndt in creating the script for Star War Episode VII coming in 2015. Both have a list of credits (listed below) that will lead the legacy with confidence. I think this is great and can’t wait for more production news now that the script is getting locked into place. Check out the full press release below.
Master Filmmaking Team Announced For Star Wars: Episode VII
As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, »
- Jess Orso
When Disney made its huge purchase of Lucasfilm last year, it was revealed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) had produced a treatment for a new Sequel Trilogy, and was busy hammering away at the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. Since then, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) has come on board as director, with the film gearing up to go into production this coming Spring for a 2015 release, and it's now been revealed via the official Star Wars website that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi) have assumed screenwriting duties. At this point, it's unclear whether they're polishing Arndt's script or taking the story in a different direction entirely.
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script, »
- Gary Collinson
The official Star Wars YouTube has uploaded the original teaser trailer for Richard Marquand’s 1983 film Return Of The Jedi, the third instalment in the original trilogy. Interestingly, the trailer shows the title as ‘Revenge Of The Jedi’.
The story goes that screenplay co-writer Lawrence Kasdan thought the word ‘return’ sounded too weak, so he replaced it with ‘revenge’. This new name was attached to the trailer along with the first poster, of which thousands were distributed. Oddly, if you look closely at the poster, you’ll see that Luke and Vader have swapped lightsabers. No one really knows why.
As the posters were going out and fans were eagerly anticipating ‘Revenge Of The Jedi’, George Lucas decided to overrule Kasdan’s decision and ‘return’ to his original title which he felt was more appropriate. The 6,800 copies of the poster that were still lying around at LucasFilm were sold off »
- Tom Durbin
We’ve got new Star Wars: Episode VII info for you today. Word has come down from Star Wars.com that in addition to helming the upcoming film, J.J. Abrams will be penning the screenplay with Lawrence Kasdan.
Kasdan has plenty of experience in the world of Star Wars. He was co-screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. As previously announced, Kathleen Kennedy is executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant.
“There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J. »
- Michelle McCue
Until now, Star Wars Episode VII was always going to be written by Michael Arndt. Within two weeks of the announcement that Disney were buying Lucasfilm, and launching a new Star Wars trilogy, word came that Arndt was the man to tell the first tale, months before J.J. Abrams officially came on board.
There’s no indication from the release as to why, and whether or not Arndt will be credited on the film, though Lucasfilm’s President, Kathleen Kennedy, notes, “Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point,” which would perhaps suggest that at least some of the work he’s been doing for Star Wars Episode VII will remain in place for Abrams and Kasdan to build on.
Arndt made »
- Kenji Lloyd
I've heard rumblings that things weren't going very well with screenwriter Michael Arndt on Star Wars: Episode VII. It looks like those rumblings were right. Arndt is no longer writing the film. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) are now taking over the duties of developing the script. There's no reason given as to why he was let go from the project, but he must not have been cutting it. Maybe there were some creative differences. Remember, he was brought on before Abrams was involved, so maybe they just didn't mesh well. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say in a statement to StarWars.com,
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, »
- Joey Paur
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