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House-Keeping! Barring significant Star Wars news (and I’m not sure what the bar for “significant” is, but I’ll know it if I see it) this is gonna be the last S7AR Wars column of 2014. At a scant 30 entries old, we’ve crossed the barrier where the newest Star Wars movie is now Less than a year away.
I’m going to take the time to actually attempt to finish Tarkin. James Luceno is great with details, but it doesn’t make for fast reading. Darth Plagueis also improved upon The Phantom Menace, so it had a connection to the canon made it interesting to read. I haven’t connected to Tarkin climbing the Imperial ranks yet. I hear there’s some Plagueis shout-outs in the book, which could just be because it’s the same author as the abandoned EU novel, Or it could be setting us »
The force of the second Star Wars trilogy was not strong for Natalie Portman career-wise, according to the Oscar-winning actress, one of the most popular in the world. The 33-year-old played Padme / Queen Amidala, love interest of Anakin Skywalker, who later became Darth Vader, in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The films were released between 1999 and 2005 and served as prequels to the original series. While the newer movies made more than $2.5 billion worldwide, critics and scores of fans of the franchise were not as impressed with them. Portman, a former child star, »
Star Wars apparently did little to help Natalie Portman's star power. The Knight of Cups actress, 33, looked back on her time with the Star Wars franchise in a new interview with New York Magazine, and spilled on the adverse effects the movies had on her career. Portman, who starred as Queen Amidala / Padmé in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, was [...] »
As Disney and J.J. Abrams looks to restore some pride in the Star Wars saga following George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy, Natalie Portman has told New York Mag that “everyone thought I was a horrible actress” after her role as Padme Amidala in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and that “no director wanted to work with me”. Fortunately, the late Mike Nichols – who directed Portman in Closer – managed to help her get her career back on track…
“Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike Nichols wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis. »
- Gary Collinson
Following her superb debut in Luc Besson's Leon, back when she was just 13 years old, Natalie Portman attracted the attention of the Star Wars casting team. Thus, she was cast as Padme Amidala in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, kicking off with The Phantom Menace, and ending with 2005's Revenge Of The Sith.
However, whilst the movies made an awful lot of money, there was a consequence for Portman, who was stuck in what ultimately seemed quite an unforgiving role. Talking to New Yorker magazine, she revealed that once Star Wars had come out, "everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me".
The man who came to her rescue was the late, great Mike Nichols, »
I’ve been watching a fair amount of Star Wars Rebels lately, the new animated show effectively replacing Clone Wars as the go-to for kid friendly Star Wars TV entertainment. Like Clone Wars, Rebels demonstrates a surprising maturity, more so than the prequel films, and it exists as an interesting bridge between the old generation of Star Wars and this new Disney-owned version which ventures into uncharted territory beginning with Episode VII. As such, Rebels still takes place before the events of the original trilogy, 15 years after Revenge of the Sith. That means it offers no insight into the future of the Star Wars universe, and we won’t really know anything about the upcoming direction until Jj Abrams reveals his vision for Episode VII. I’ll have more to talk about regarding Rebels once I fully catch up with it, as it definitely deserves its own article, but today I’m more… »
Yoda will be portrayed as a disembodied voice in the Disney Xd animated show, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Jedi knight Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr) and his charge Ezra (Taylor Gray) turn to Yoda for help on the planet Lothal in 'Path of the Jedi'.
"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," Filoni said. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."
The producer also discussed welcoming veteran voice actor Oz back to the Star Wars franchise.
"What's great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it's a watchfulness »
When Star Wars Rebels kicked off in October with "Spark of Rebellion", the TV movie re-aired on ABC with a Darth Vader scene that wasn't included in the original Disney Channel broadcast. The series, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, is now bringing back yet another Star Wars icon, with the voice of Yoda to appear in an upcoming episode. While fans will only get to hear Yoda's disembodied voice in the episode, Frank Oz, who portrayed Yoda in five of the six previous Star Wars movies, returns to reprise this classic role. Here's what executive producer Dave Filoni had to say about bringing Frank Oz back as Yoda.
"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less. I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet. »
Back in December 2002 a million voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced by the Fox network. It probably sounded a bit like the noise you made when you read the title of this feature.
Defending the decision to cancel Joss Whedon's beloved sci-fi show after just 14 episodes might seem like geek treason, but whilst Fox's intentions were borderline criminal, the results were nothing short of revolutionary.
First things first: Firefly is one of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time. The closest thing to Star Wars since 1983, and arguably the best thing Joss Whedon has ever made, it's the holy grail of space-western comedy-dramas. In the 12 years since it was canned, the short-lived series has become a cult phenomenon for good reason. In 2007, the box set was even rocketed up to the International Space Station's intergalactic DVD library (which, to be fair, also includes 50 First Dates »
Did you totally geek out of the new Star Wars trailer? Well, Fyi, George Lucas did not. The original jedi mastermind actually hasn't seen the preview of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Episode VII), he recently revealed to Page Six. "I don't know anything about [the teaser trailer]," Lucas said. "I haven't seen it yet." Reason being? "Because it's not in the movie theater," he explained. "I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there." Lucas, who directed the original Star Wars in 1977, also directed the last three movies: 2005's Revenge of the Sith (Episode III), 2002's Attack of the Clones (Episode »
This week, Neil Calloway is suffering from trailer fatigue…
1st July 2015, 6th November 2015, 17th December 2015. What are you doing on those dates? I bet some of you know already.
For those that don’t know, they are the release dates for Terminator: Genysis, the new Bond film, Spectre, and the latest film in a small series of independent films called Star Wars. In the past couple of weeks we have had the release of the Star Wars trailer, a press conference about Bond, and the new Terminator trailer, all shortly after the Jurassic World promo was released. I like a good trailer as much as the next person, but when people start looking forward not to the film itself being released but its trailer, then we have a problem. There was even a fifteen second teaser trailer for the new Terminator trailer. We’re not getting excited about a film we’ve just seen anymore, »
- Neil Calloway
Hello Star Wars fans!
I’m not going to lie, a lot of this week’s column was going to be me talking about Excalisaber and how, with all respect to Stephen Colbert and his longer life as a Star Wars fan, it can’t be a cross guard. Primarily because there isn’t a lightsaber blade in canon that can make a solid beam with both ends exposed. Double-bladed lightsabers like Darth Maul’s are still just two different beams attached at the base, which is how Obi-Wan Kenobi could cut it in half in Phantom Menace and both haves still functioned. The basic apparatus of a lightsaber doesn’t allow for a plasma beam out of both “sides” of the focusing crystal, at least not that we’ve seen.
The other thing is I’m pretty sure lightsaber beams don’t slide down each other, rendering the cross »
As much as I love the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, I'm a bit wary of the modern shooting style. Attack of The Clones kind of started the trend with its hard zooms and over the shoulder shots. Revenge of the Sith, with its opening race between Anakin and Obi Wan, had a very CGI no-cut feel to it.
While the highlight of the teaser trailer is the twisting turning shot of the Millennium Falcon, it all felt a bit too modern for my liking. I'm obviously making critiques on a shot without any context, but I'm hoping J.J. Abrams is working to mimic the shot style of the original trilogy over the prequel style.
A couple folks on Reddit stabilized and leveled off the Millennium Falcon shot, making what's happening a lot easier to understand.
Source: Reddit, /Film
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- Free Reyes
Something about Star Wars brings out people’s creative side. The franchise has long since inspired a trail of fan-made ephemera, as large and as canonical as the Expanded Universe. Ever since that fateful day in 1977 a whole cottage industry sprung up, with people making their own costumes, stories, toys, and even short films inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
There are even the more extreme cases, like the 501st Legion, an international fan group who are all about building and wearing (in public) perfect replicas of Stormtrooper armour, who also regularly do cool stuff for charity. Which is jolly nice of them. Even if some of them are a little short to be Stormtroopers.
- Tom Baker
It's been 20 years since DreamWorks Animation set up its stall, originally as part of the broader DreamWorks Skg project, but since splintering out on its own. One of the constants in that time has been the man heading it up: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Having overseen animation at Disney from the mid-1980s through the second golden era for the studio in the early 1990s, his company has made 30 animated films.
Here, he chats to us about film 30, The Penguins Of Madagascar, as well as the state of the business, the changing face of animation, and his fears for 2016...
[Youtube "OMOVFvcNfvE"] Feeling a seismic disturbance in the Force? That's because, for Star Wars fans, the most anticipated 88 seconds of the year - and probably the decade - have arrived, in the form of the first trailer for J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hit the web Friday. The highly anticipated clip starts with an unmasked and frightened stormtrooper panicking in the desert - what has him so worried remains unseen. "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" an ominous disembodied voice asks over the trailer. Before viewers have too much time to contemplate the question the »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
We think we can safely call this the most anticipated movie trailer of the year. For the first time since Revenge Of The Sith, a live action Star Wars film lands in cinemas next year. And this is the first one that has not had the direct involvement of George Lucas.
Jj Abrams is directing what was Star Wars: Episode VII but is now known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And his cast includes returnees Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, alongside new faces such as Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow and Domnhall Gleeson.
As promised earlier in the week, we've now got the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an 88 second preview of what will be landing in cinemas on December »
After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams have finally unleashed the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Even after watching it 500 times (watch it again at the top of the page), fans still have questions about what they saw in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." 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, to compare them to the new "Episode VII" teaser. It's a list a billion of years in the making. "Star Wars" (1977) It's hard to imagine a time before "Star Wars," when 20th Century Fox had to figure out how to sell George Lucas' space odyssey to the public, but they did something right. Sure, »
- Dave Lewis
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The Disney Xd series Star Wars Rebels is halfway through Season 1, with the network having issued a renewal for Season 2 last month. This series is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, charting the formation of the nascent Rebel Alliance after the Jedi order was wiped out. With such a large gap in time between those two movies, many have been wondering how long Star Wars Rebels will be on the air. If a new report from /Film is to be believed, Disney and LucasFilm are planning 3 to 4 seasons of Star Wars Rebels, with a follow-up series to air in either 2017 or 2018.
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