19 items from 2015
In the hours after the Star Wars Rebels season finale aired on Disney Xd, its executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni revealed that actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will join the voice cast in a recurring role for Season 2 of the animated series. Filoni discussed the casting news with advertising clients convened at Lucasfilm's San Francisco headquarters for Disney Media Sales and Marketing's presentations. Here's what Dave Filoni had to say in a statement.
The popular Star Wars Rebels series has reached over 49 million Total Viewers, 5.6 million »
It’s been almost a year since the sixth and final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” came out on Netflix as a truncated 13-episode arc rebranded as “The Lost Missions.” From introducing the concept of Order 66 to the deterioration of Anakin and Padme’s marriage, the show finished setting the stage for the events of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” But while most of the season focused on getting the major players into their respective places, a handful of new characters were introduced. Among them were Jedi Knights Tiplar and Tiplee. The sisters were introduced during a pitched battle with the droid army in "Episode One: The Unknown” and they look unlike any alien species in the “Star Wars” universe. Floating tendrils of “hair” give them a Medusa-like appearance, though we never discover if Tiplee (the red-skinned sister) has cut her locks or if they »
- Donna Dickens
Amongst other fan-pleasing moments, we’ve had a brief appearance from Obi-Wan, Anthony Daniels reprising C-3Po, the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando, and a cameo from James Earl Jones as Darth Vader way back in the premiere episode.
Now, it looks like the suited-up and currently evil Anakin Skywalker will be returning for the season finale entitled Fire Across The Galaxy. We’ve assumed this because he appears in the trailer, which you can see here…
Fire Across The Galaxy premieres in America on Monday the 2nd of March. »
It’s one of the most anticipated video games of 2015, but so far we know very little about EA’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, save from what little information we’ve been able to gather from the E3 2014 behind-the-scenes trailer, and a piece of concept artwork showing Rebel Commandos on Endor. Well, the folks at Making Star Wars claim to have uncovered some details about the game, and specifically how it might tie in with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Star Wars Battlefront will feature segments in which you play as both the good guys (Old Republic, Rebellion and Republic) and bad guys (Separatists and the Empire). It was specifically stated that there will be a small portion of prequel trilogy content. You will participate in a couple of battles from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the space battle above Coruscant from the beginning of Revenge of the Sith. »
- Gary Collinson
New rumours suggest that the forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront will tie into The Force Awakens' story and other entries in the saga...
Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: Battlefront.
Star Wars: Battlefront is, of course, a reboot for a series which began a little over a decade ago, now headed up by EA Dice instead of Pandemic. Since its announcement in 2013, we've known relatively little about it, though: Hoth and Endor are said to locations, and we heard late last year that Battlefront's release will coincide with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.
Over on Making Star Wars, however, there's a collection of new rumours surrounding the game, and while we'll have to wait and see how accurate they turn out to be, what they suggest sounds highly plausible.
The first is that Battlefront's campaign will take in the Star Wars saga »
The Greatest Space Adventure Of All Time Continues! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!
Last month’s debut edition of Star Wars at Marvel was quite a decent little affair. It wasn’t spectacular in any way shape or form, but it did enough to make you want to come back and read some more. There are issues with the artwork, but the story from Jason Aaron is pretty slick and the opening crawl really sets the Star Wars tone, making it easy to settle into the action.
When we last left our heroes, Darth Vader had shown up and ruined what should have been a simple mission for the rebels. Now Luke Skywalker is set for his first showdown with Vader, Han and Leia are using an At-at walker to escape and »
- Luke Owen
But as part of the honour, George Lucas made a special guest appearance via video to show off some of the “long lost” audition tapes for the iconic role – including original Darth Vader choice Angela Lansbury!
Check out the video below:
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca »
- Luke Owen
Internationally recognized actor Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, upcoming American Heist) will star in the action/horror film, Untot, it was announced today by Warrior producer Greg O'Connor of Solaris Entertainment. Successful video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from his own screenplay. Tannaz Anisi's 13 Films is handling international sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers at the European Film Market. Producers currently hold Us rights. Principal photography is slated to begin in March 2015 in New York with further casting underway.
Untot, meaning "undead" in German, is set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen), is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. »
Hayden Christensen proved in the film Shattered Glass that he was a far better actor than you'd necessarily think by the end of the much-maligned Star Wars prequels. Heavily criticised for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, to be fair to Christensen, not too many people came out of those movies with their acting reputations enhanced.
"George Lucas is a dear friend of my family", Cage told the site. »
Madame Tussauds is set to bring a galaxy far, far away to London, with the with a new multi-million pound Star Wars exhibition set to open this May, which will feature sixteen characters from the saga across 11 recreated scenes…
Taking us on a journey through Episodes I to VI, the exhibition will include the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace, the Mustafar showdown between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker from Revenge of the Sith, the Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope, Yoda’s Dagobah home and the Cloud City showdown between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, and Jabba’s palace and the final Death Star Throne Room duel from Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds will open in May, with entry priced at £22. »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars is coming to Madame Tussauds London.
A new multi-million pound expansion to the waxwork museum will open in May 2015 ahead of the forthcoming release of new movie The Force Awakens.
The collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm will see waxworks of Star Wars heroes and villains installed in the Marylebone-based attraction.
Walk-in sets will allow fans to immerse themselves in the world of Star Wars and get close to that galaxy far, far away.
Madame Tussauds London's General Manager Ben Sweet said: "Star Wars at Madame Tussauds takes the Madame Tussauds experience up a notch, as guests will not just be able to get close to their film heroes, they will be able to star alongside them and grab a selfie in specially-recreated scenes of some of their favourite movie moments.
"We're working very closely with Disney and Lucasfilm to ensure 100% authenticity and our team has had exclusive access to props, »
It's hard to imagine that George Lucas has cared, much, about the fan-revolt he's faced since '97 or so, the year he thumbed CGI Colorforms all over the original Star Wars movies. But there's one criticism that seems to have stung him: that Lucas, a good Marin County liberal, populated his headachy space movies with very earthly — and downright shameful — ethnic stereotypes.
That's the only complaint that this fiercely independent filmmaker seems to have blinked at. Almost everything that stank in The Phantom Menace still stank in Revenge of the Sith, but Jar Jar was mostly long ago/far away, as were those l-and-r-botching Trade Federation schemers and that highly schnozzed Jewish junk-shop proprietor. Twenty years earlier, in »
It looks like the first Star Wars “spin-off” movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is gearing up to start shooting. We know that there was a reading of the draft done by Gary Whitta in the UK and now production is going to move stateside, likely to be close to Mexico.
Expect more on-location shooting than for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Crew members are hearing their start dates now.
Many believe they are doing a lot of work on-location in Mexico for the first spin-off.
There have been some Star Wars: The Force Awakens re-shoots going down recently at Pinewood using some of those people.
Bounty hunters are important to the film.
Painters are expected to redress some »
Welcome to 2015. Hopefully it’s better than 2014, which was not bad, but also not great. But maybe the pop culture this year won’t be any different from last year. How much can we really change in a year? Let’s start by asking a different question:
How far have we actually come in a decade? Let’s look back at 2005.
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In 2005, the biggest movie of the year was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. This year, the biggest movie of the year will be...Star Wars: The Force Awakens, probably. And another of 2005’s biggest movies of the year was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2015, we’ll watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie again in By the Sea (which Jolie directed).
But mostly, looking back, the biggest movies of 2005 are a blueprint for 2016: In 2005, we »
The Man from Uncle
A new photo has arrived of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer looking their dashing 1960s Cold War spy best in Guy Ritchie's film version of the classic series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.". Cavill takes on the role of American agent Napoleon Solo opposite Hammer's Russian agent Illya Kuryakin. [Source: USA Today]
This will mark the first public screening of the long-awaited, big-screen 3D conversion. Both the previous two prequels, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" will also screen. [Source: StarWars.com]
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is out with the nominations »
- Garth Franklin
"Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy." You might remember a few years ago, back before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even a reality, there was a plan to release the prequel trilogy, converted into 3D, into theaters over three consecutive years. However, The Phantom Menace was the only one that made it to the big screen, and plans to release the other two episodes were scrapped once Disney bought Lucasfilm and started putting together their own Star Wars plans. But if you're attending Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in April, you'll have a chance to see the whole prequel trilogy in 3D, and the rest of the saga too. StarWars.com has just revealed that Revenge of the Sith will be screened in 3D for the first time at Star Wars Celebration, which runs from April 16th-19th (you can still get tickets here). Episode III »
- Ethan Anderton
Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets closer and closer in this edition of Star Wars Bits, where you can read about the following: Star Wars Celebration will feature the first ever 3D screening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. They will also screen the Original Trilogy on the big screen. Andy Serkis […]
- Germain Lussier
"Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy." So said Darth Sidious upon the turn of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and he was right (for awhile...). Only this time, they'll do it in 3D. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, in all its Order 66ing glory, will make its 3D debut at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, coming April 16-19, 2015. Fans will be the first to see this long-awaited, big-screen 3D conversion by Lucasfilm, completed with care for the look of the original movie while taking advantage of 3D's stunning possibilities.
Revenge of the Sith was originally released in 2005, and brought the Star Wars saga full circle with an action-packed, visually-stunning, emotional story. The film sees the final machinations of Darth Sidious' evil plot come to pass - and features lots (and lots) of lightsaber duels, dogfights, and Clone Wars battles. With all this, Revenge of the Sith »
It looks like fans wanting to complete their viewing of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy in 3D will get their wish at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this April, with the convention set to play host to the premiere of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 3D conversion.
In addition to Episode III, the weekend will also feature 3D screenings of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, along with traditional 2D screenings of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
And, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving this December, you’d have to imagine there’ll be some Episode VII surprises too… perhaps even a full length trailer?
Star Wars: Celebration 2015 will from from April 16th to April 19th.
- Gary Collinson
19 items from 2015
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