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Good news for Star Wars fans – after shutting down production for several weeks in the wake of Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has now been announced the filming on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy has now resumed in the U.K.
Ford suffered a broken leg back in May during an accident on the Millennium Falcon set, forcing director J.J. Abrams to rejig the schedule for Episode VII, before taking a break throughout August. However, with Ford now seemingly fully recovered from his injury, it looks like the film is back on track to meet its December 2015 release date, much to the relief of fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
Jessie Robertson reports on Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con 2014….
So, this weekend I , along with my friend Jesse, packed up and headed to the Windy City for our first big major Con, Wizard World in Chicago. We were there from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, taking in all the sights, sounds, Deadpools and Harley Quinns!
For this article, I wanted to go over 5 things I really liked and 3 things I didn’t care for at the event…
Chicago Comic Con was held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, which is an enormous venue with easily accessible parking and great directions throughout the building on where you need to go. The website itself was highly detailed, and you get a guide when you enter the building that shows you every single celebrity, every panel and every vendor that will be involved in the event with times and it was super helpful. »
- Jessie Robertson
One of the most iconic action characters of the past 35 years is Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, who has fought various xenomorphs through the course of the Alien quadrilogy. With The Expendables 3 opening in theatres this past weekend, talk had heated up in recent months of an all-female spinoff of the franchise, centred on a similar conceit of reuniting action heroines of yesteryear and present day. With the writers and director set, speculation had turned to the starring roles, with Weaver’s name put forward by many, including producer Sylvester Stallone. However, the Hollywood Reporter has now announced that Weaver has formally passed on the project, leaving the movie without a single confirmed castmember for now.
While this is a setback for the movie, particularly as Stallone himself had expressed interest in Weaver’s involvement, the project is unlikely to die as a result. Weaver’s exit, however, may »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #351…
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! Dredd sniffs out corruption in the Cursed Earth burial pits in ‘Dead Zone’ by John Wagner and Henry Flint; Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson enforces her brand of justice in ‘Lawless’ by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and the citizens’ unrest is reaching flashpoint in the Dredd movie sequel ‘Uprise’ by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson.
Welcome Perps to the Judge Dredd Megazine #351 review, continuing from last month’s milestone issue all of our stories are continuing on and we have no new starters. Lucky for you last month was pretty drokking good!
Judge Dredd carries on with his rather macabre murder investigation in “Dead Zone”. As Dredd begins his interrogation of the attendees of the Chaos (Plague) Memorial Interment Facility to gather further information into the whether Mr. McPhee died of his own causes »
For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)
In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto. But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »
- Dennis Bartok
It’s been a busy day for Star Wars fans, what with our possible first look at the redesigned Imperial Stormtroopers and some alleged Han Solo concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII, and now we’ve got a tonne of alleged plot details for the eagerly-anticipated first instalment of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy. However, it should be noted that these come by way of rumour specialists Latino-Review and Badass Digest, so there’s also a good chance the post is pretty much spoiler free…
So, we’ve all heard the reports that Episode VII will open with Luke Skywalker’s severed hand floating through space before coming into the possession of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who then set off on an adventure to find Luke with the help of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Well, according to Latino-Review, it turns out that Luke hasn’t just been missing since »
- Gary Collinson
This morning we brought you a couple of images reportedly showing the new-look Stormtrooper designs for Star Wars: Episode VII, which made their way online via Indie Revolver, and now the site is back with some alleged concept art featuring Harrison Ford’s space scoundrel Han Solo. The second image in particular will be familiar to anyone who’s seen The Empire Strikes Back, and if genuine, it may support those earlier rumours that we’ll be heading back to Hoth in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. Take a look…
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega »
- Gary Collinson
Last week artist Tom Hodges posted a sketch of what he said was the redesigned Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: Episode VII, and now the website Indie Revolver is claiming to have got its hands on a couple of images showing the new-look, Ralph McQuarrie-esque Stormtrooper, along with another design which is allegedly being referred to as the ‘Jungle Trooper’. Check them out…
Update – Here’s another look…
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
If you were concerned that Harrison Ford’s injury could potentially delay the planned release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December of next year, then you’ll no doubt be delighted to hear that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel is to resume filming later this month.
THR is reporting that production had been delayed for a fortnight owing to Ford’s broken leg, which he suffered during an on-set accident on the Millennium Falcon. However, Ford was out and about in Hollywood on Monday at the premiere of The Expendables 3, and is reportedly ready to resume work on the eagerly-anticpated first chapter of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
Written by Matt Smith
Art by Carl Critchlow
Published by Idw
In her solo debut for Idw, writer Matt Smith takes psychic judge Cassandra Anderson out of familiar territory to catch some robbers that have taken an old map of the Cursed Earth from a museum in Mega City One and most definitely have some kind of powers. Because she has no memories of life before she was a cadet in the Justice Department, her friends and colleagues have become her family. Going away from Mega City One to chase after thieves in the Alabama Morass with another psychic judge from Texas City breaks down Anderson to her core as a character while also telling a fast-paced action mystery story. Artist Carl Critchlow takes the action scenes out of panel boundaries and uses small reaction panels to provide insights into Anderson and the perps she is fighting. Even though »
- Logan Dalton
Thanks to Kevin Smith, we already know that Imperial Stormtroopers are set to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, and now artist Tom Hodges (whose work includes Star Wars webcomics as well as artwork for Dk Publishing’s You Can Draw: Star Wars) has posted a sketch to his Instagram account showing what is alleged to be the new look Stormtrooper helmet from the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. Very McQuarrie-esque..
So, what do you make of that?
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog #1893…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has a senile pensioner, blue vampires, one of those deepwater fish with a bulb for a quiff and dog-faced humanoid zombies. A standard night out in Maidstone, then.
The first of those – the senile pensioner – is Mrs Gunderson, currently hosting one of 2000Ad’s most infamous and fearsome killers, Judge Death, in her apartment. As she talks about Death’s arch-nemesis, Joe Dredd, being quite the hit with the ladies, you get the impression she hasn’t fully comprehended the impending threat.
Luckily, it’s just a Judge Death impersonator in the conclusion to John Wagner’s Dredd strip A Night in Sylvia Plath. Not as bizarrely brilliant as last week’s opener – this Part 2 was too busied with tying up its storylines over the wonderfully doting characters of Mrs Gunderson and Walter the faulty robot – but there was humour to be had, »
- Oliver Davis
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1892…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has diner-based showdowns, Albert Einstein-lookalikes, many trolls a’slayed and that niche, strange Eastern religion called Christianity. But first, we start at the beginning. Even more at the beginning than usual – the cover.
What a lovely display by Judge Dredd artist Colin MacNeil. The circular framing of its three characters and simple palette recall the opening title cards of Looney Tunes episodes. Which leads us right into this week’s Dredd strip, A Night in Sylvia Plath, written by ol’stoney face co-creator John Wagner. The title sounds like one of those celebrity porno tapes. A Night in Paris, A Night in Chyna (eyes…cannot…unsee…). Fortunately, it’s about the ‘Sylvia Plath’ block of apartments in Mega City One – specifically old Mrs Gunderson and her servant robot Walter, both with a few screws loose (figuratively and »
- Oliver Davis
Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.
Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:
“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »
- Gary Collinson
A few days ago it was reported that Star Wars: Episode VII was heading to the stormy shores in the South West of Ireland, specifically the secluded island of Skellig Michael, approximately 12km off the coast of County Kerry. Rumours ran rampant – like every single thread of Episode VII news – about who or what was going to be filmed.
It’s thought to be a second unit but that doesn’t mean that some of the big names won’t be making an appearance. Last night a few images popped up online of the production crew setting up, take a look below.
And while there’s is no actual pictures of J.J.Abrams or any of the original trilogy cast, some of the Hamill family have been captures on camera. Below are Mark Hamill’s wife Marilou, daughter Chelsea and two sons Griffin and Nathan arriving at Portmagee harbour. »
- Gavin Logan
HBO made its annual visit to the San Diego Comic Con today where they announced the nine new cast members set to join the show in the upcoming fifth season. The Dornish play a bit part in next season with seven of the new nine characters tied to the Martell family in some way.
The highest profile casting is that of film actor Jonathan Pryce who'll play High Sparrow, the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven (essentially this world's equivalent of the Pope). Also of note is "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Da Vinci's Demons" star Alexander Siddig who'll play Doran Martell, Oberyn's older brother.
Rising young actor/musician Toby Sebastian ("After the Dark") will play his son Trystane, while DeObia Oparei ("Dredd") has been cast as Areo Hotah who serves as the captain of Doran's guards. 15-year-old Nell Tiger Free ("Broken") is also onboard as Myrcella Baratheon, »
- Garth Franklin
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Mark Hamill is currently in the UK, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII some 30 years after his last outing in Return of the Jedi. Last night, the actor stepped out for the UK premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [read our review here], sporting a full on Jedi Master beard, which gives us a good idea of how Luke will appear in Episode VII…
tar Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Now this is something to get really excited about Star Wars fans!
As part of the ‘Force for Change’ campaign old J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII, has fronted a new video to announce what one lucky contributor could win. Now it is a wonderful prize (you’ll hear all about it in the video) but there as the video goes on you’ll notice something else that is also quite brilliant…
Watched it? Excited much?!?!
That right there is a new starfighter! But what is it exactly?
It looks a lot like an X-Wing, but also has many of the characteristics of the Z-95 Headhunter. If we look back to the original concept created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie we see a fighter that also shares many similarities. Now the X-Wing went through many upgrades in the Expanded Universe of books, but with that no longer being in line with the films, »
- Chris Cooper
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