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You Can Look for Daniel Craig in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', but You Probably Won't Find Him

15 May 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't remember hearing Daniel Craig's name rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but apparently that happened and now it actually seems to have turned out to be true, though don't try too hard looking for him. Speaking with "The Sun" (via The Independent), Simon Pegg (who is also rumored to be in the film in some capacity) said, "I wasn't a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper." "The Independent" did their own bit of reporting after that, citing a source that says, "Daniel asked for some sort of secret cameo role - and was happy to have his name left off the posters. Fans will love trying to work out which covered up character is him." Of course, then Collider followed up with Pegg about the story and he tells the site, "Why is everyone leaping on thisc It was a rumour last summer, »

- Brad Brevet

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Daniel Craig Plays a Stormtrooper in 'Star Wars'?! Simon Pegg Spreads Story

15 May 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Update: Simon Pegg just shared a statement with Collider, essentially throwing his hands up and saying *he* wasn't giving the Daniel Craig scoop, he was just spreading an old rumor: "Why is everyone leaping on this? It was a rumour last summer, wasn't it? I read it in the paper. It may be untrue, like most of the other rumours, like Cumberbatch and Cruise being in it."

In today's News That Sounds Like a Joke and Probably Is Just a Joke, there's now talk that Daniel Craig might be in the new "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" movie. As a stormtrooper. He's Bond. Darth Bond!

Then again, this is coming third-hand from Simon Pegg -- known for being a joker -- to The Sun to Entertainment Weekly. It's a game of telephone and even if we're getting the words exactly right they could just be a gag. »

- Gina Carbone

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Diego Luna Joins 'Star Wars: Rogue One', Ben Mendelsohn to Play Film's Villain

13 May 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Diego Luna has joined Felicity Jones in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Luna will play a co-lead alongside Jones as members of a group of solders who steal the plans for the Death Star. The news comes from Variety that also seems to confirm earlier word that Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn will also star with the latter serving as the film's primary villain. Big shocker there, Mendelsohn and Christoph Waltz ought to star in a documentary on how to get typecast as a villain. The film takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and it would stand to assume the mission to steal the plans is successful based on the events of the original Star Wars. Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. »

- Brad Brevet

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'The Fugitive' Sequel on the Way, Harrison Ford to Returnc

13 May 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Between Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Blade Runner 2 and in all likelihood Indiana Jones 5, Harrison Ford is already set to (or expected to) reprise a handful of his most famous characters in the coming years, and it seems we might be able to add a fourth role to that list: Dr. Richard Kimble, the titular character of the 1993 thriller The Fugitive. That's right, a new sequel to the surprise box office hit and Best Picture nominee is in the works at Warner Bros., with Black List writer Christina Hodson set to pen the script, and while Ford isn't yet confirmed to return one has to wonder if the name recognition would help the films chances at financial success. The Fugitive received a sequel in 1998 in the form of U.S. Marshals, and while that film retained Tommy Lee Jones, who previously won an Oscar for his original performance as U. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Watch & Listen: Hearing a Galaxy Far, Far Away

12 May 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's hard to believe that nearly 38 years since the release of the original Star Wars movie, there can still be new ways of looking at it. In this case, the looking is secondary to the hearing of it. Ben Burtt's work in the field of sound design is unparalleled. Some of the most iconic sounds in the pop culture landscape are a direct result of his efforts - the lightsaber igniting, Darth Vader's breathing, R2-D2's voice, the list goes on. To highlight the massive accomplishment of Burtt's work on the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Rishi Kaneria created a supercut of "The Sounds of Star Wars". Removing the dialog and (most of) the music, what remains is a collection of sounds that are familiar but presented in a new way. The sounds are edited out of chronological order to achieve a syncopated rhythm but still tell the story of the Rebellion and the Empire. »

- Michael Hindle

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Brad Bird Confirms 'Incredibles 2' is His Next Film, Comments on 'Star Wars' Talk

11 May 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Brad Bird made his name as an animated film director, beginning with a couple of episodes of "The Simpsons" before heading to feature films with The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Then he moved to live action, finding success with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and this month will see the release of Tomorrowland, but it seems to be time for him to move back to animation, if only for a moment. At the beginning of April, Bird confirmed he was scripting The Incredibles 2 but now he's confirmed with Collider the animated, Pixar sequel will be his next film, though that doesn't necessarily mean we have a timeline to production and its subsequent release. Pixar has staked out a Nov. 22, 2017 release date for an untitled project, but even that seems optimistic given Bird is dealing with what he calls "a bunch of pages", not a completed script. Here's »

- Brad Brevet

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Possible Maz Kanata Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concept Art Surfaces

9 May 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Vanity Fair's recent Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens cover story marked the first time that actress Lupita Nyong'o's mo-capped character in the film was formally named. Rumors circulating the web suggested her character was "Rose." As it turns out, Nyong'o's The Force Awakens character is called "Maz Kanata," leader of a band of pirates and ruler of a pirate castle.

Now that we know Maz's name, all that's left is to figure out what the presumably very alien-like character will look like. When I hear the word "pirate" within the Star Wars universe, I think back to The Clone Wars series and Hondo Ohnaka, a weequay species pirate leader whom had many pirates of the same species working under him. Are weequay, also seen as pirates in Jabba the Hutt's gang, destined to be pirates? And if so, would it makes sense for Maz Kanata to be a weequay pirate? »

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Watch: Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher Unravel In New Trailer For The Award-Winning 'Hungry Hearts'

8 May 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Later this year, Adam Driver will exploring the Dark Side in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but this summer he'll appear in the eerie indie "Hungry Hearts." After riding the festival circuit last year, the film is coming to theaters and a new U.S. trailer is here. Including Alba Rohrwacher alongside Driver in the Saverio Constanzo directed movie, the story follows a seemingly perfect couple who start to unravel with the arrival of their first child. When the mother is driven to obsession to keep to her child pure from the world's contaminants, her husband has step up to save not only his child, but his wife and their relationship. The film picked up four awards at last year's Venice Film Festival, and as you'll in the trailer below, we called it "a suspense more in line with Roman Polanski than Alfred Hitchcock." "Hungry Hearts" hits VOD and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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J.J. Abrams Found 'Star Wars' References a "Constant Struggle" with 'The Force Awakens'

6 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There is no slowing down the blockbuster train. Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now, has already made a bazillion dollars, and it already feels like old news. Ant-Man is next on the Marvel docket, but that's small potatoes to the enthusiasm fans have for the coming of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and if this film delivers on the hype, watch out, the Star Wars train will take over every waking hour of online fandom as a new Star Wars film is already planned for the next four years and there are always rumors to discuss, and as this world expands, so will the theories, the connections, the wondering what will come next. With The Force Awakens set some 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) it stands to reason as exciting as it is we will finally begin exploring new »

- Brad Brevet

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See 'Game of Thrones' Star's (Evil?) New 'Star Wars' Character, Captain Phasma

6 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's no question that Gwendoline Christie plays a hero on "Game of Thrones." Brienne of Tarth is a fan favorite character and completely pure of heart. Her character in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" is another story. She seems to be on the dark side of the Force, but Vanity Fair offered some hope along with its photo teaser for Christie's role in the upcoming movie.

Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca, tweeted this Vanity Fair shot of the actress. If you can't read the caption, the part for this particular photo reads, "First Order officer Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) surveys the rubble following an attack."

The lovely Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) as the not so lovely Captian Phasma pic.twitter.com/ra60zeW9g2

- Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 4, 2015

As Yahoo noted, Captain Phasma was first seen (briefly) in the second teaser for "The Force Awakens." The First Order »

- Gina Carbone

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Theater Owners at Odds with Disney Over 'Avengers 2' Penny Pinching

5 May 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While making press rounds for Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer-director Joss Whedon made it pretty clear he had some beef with the executives at Marvel during production, from scenes the studio forced him to work into its latest superhero team-up and scenes it wanted cut, to the overall pressure of churning out yet another massive financial success for the studio and for the franchise's fans. With the movie finally in theaters across the globe, Mr. Whedon is free to move on to other pursuits, and it appears it is now theater owners' turn to air their own grievances with the studio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) has received "an avalanche of complaints, concerns and fears" from members of its organization. The issue: new conditions imposed upon theater owners by Disney, Marvel's parent company, restrict their abilities to price and exhibit the film »

- Jordan Benesh

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Do Practical Effects Even Matter Anymorec To 'Mad Max' & 'Mission: Impossible'... Yes!

5 May 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Speaking with Edgar Wright following an early Los Angeles screening, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller said, "You couldn't make this as a CG movie." CG, of course, was used at times, though not to create an impossible scenario, more to aid a practical one as Miller notes in the film's production notes saying, "Fury Road was an opportunity to more fully realize its scope and energy with all the latest technologies. We could put our cameras where they wouldn't go in the past, and weave them through the armada with the wonderful Edge Arm system. If there was a fight on a vehicle, we could put wires on the actors then erase them with CGI. When you see Max hanging upside-down between two vehicles, that was Tom Hardy. When Furiosa is hanging onto him, that was Charlize Theron hanging onto Tom. And when you see Nux climbing onto the front of a vehicle, »

- Brad Brevet

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Boba Fett's Origin Story Will Be the Second 'Star Wars' Standalone Movie

5 May 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

May the Fourth ended with the best "Star Wars" news possible -- that Boba Fett will, indeed, be the focus of the second "Star Wars" standalone movie.

The Wrap confirms the rumors that the next standalone movie would be the bounty hunter's origin story. That news comes on the heels of director Josh Trank ("Fantastic Four") leaving the project to "pursue some original creative opportunities."

Boba Fett is a longstanding fan favorite, a badass bounty hunter sent by Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back." In the prequels, it's revealed Boba is a clone that hunter Jango Fett raised as his son.

But we'll have to wait awhile to get our Boba Fett fix - his standalone movie isn't scheduled to come out until 2018. First, there's "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" this December, then the rebel fighters-focused "Rogue One" in December 2016, and "Episode VIII" in 2017. So, »

- Kelly Woo

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Vanity Fair Delivers Star Wars: The Force Awakens Captain Phasma, Pirate Maz Kanata and Unhooded Kylo Ren

4 May 2015 9:12 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Star Wars Day aka May the 4th Be With You lived up to its name today thanks in whole to a wonderful collection of images, video and information about Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens shared by Vanity Fair in conjunction with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

A cover story by Vf confirmed what had been rumored for several months now starting with the chrome stormtrooper first glimpsed in the latest Star Wars Episode 7 trailer. This caped trooper is played by Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth on HBO's Game of Thrones) and is known as Captain Phasma, a first officer of the New Order.

The picture was simultaneously tweeted by Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca, in a humorous tweet.

https://twitter.com/TheWookieeRoars/status/595272276762726400/

Also confirmed is that Adam Driver will be played the villainous Kylo Ren. Up until now we had only seen Ren with his helmet on. »

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Second 'Star Wars' Spinoff Confirmed to be Boba Fett's Origin Story

4 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For as long as we've been hearing about Star Wars spinoff films it has been presumed one would center on the bounty hunter Boba Fett, first seen in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and almost immediately becoming every kid's favorite evil character. Well, now we have confirmation from The Wrap that the film will indeed center on Monsieur Fett and will set out to tell his origin story. Of course, this news comes only days after director Josh Trank left (was firedc) from the project as rumors swirl regarding the reason, including erratic behavior on the set of the upcoming Fantastic Four which allegedly caused producer Simon Kinberg to suggest going a different direction. readmore postid="175684" Kinberg is closely involved with the spinoff film, which, along with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, will be outside the new trilogy of Star Wars films beginning with J.J. Abrams »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Star Wars': Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Force Awakens’ Characters Revealed

4 May 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What better way to celebrate May the Fourth (the unofficial “Star Wars” holiday) than with new images from “The Force Awakens”? As part of their June cover story, Vanity Fair has unveiled the first photo of Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, the black-clad bad guy seen wielding the controversial crossbar lightsaber in the first teaser for Episode VII.

Image by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.

In the new image, one of several by Annie Leibovitz for Vf, Driver’s character is described as commanding two snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. The First Order is the new name for what remains of the Empire following the Rebel Alliance’s destruction of the second Death Star and the defeat of Emperor Palpatine, while the rebels are now known as The Resistance.

Star Wars” mainstay Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) also revealed the identity »

- Variety Staff

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New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Picture Reveals Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma

4 May 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"Vanity Fair" continues their celebration of Star Wars Day with another picture from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, this one featuring Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma on "Game of Thrones") as Captain Phasma, an officer of the villainous First Order in the upcoming sequel. The character was originally written into the screenplay as a man, but upon reflection director J.J. Abrams revealed they switched things up before start of production. https://twitter.com/EpisodeVII/status/595253308383715328 »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Pictures Reveal the Face of the Film's Villain & More

4 May 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

https://twitter.com/VanityFair/status/595256079665274880 "May the Fourth be with you..." Today marks a day that, in some circles, has become a day for Star Wars fans and "Vanity Fair" is getting in on the action. Just yesterday they revealed the cover for their June 2015 issue featuring Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca alongside new Star Wars characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and the droid Bb-8, and today they deliver five new pictures from the film along with a brief, behind-the-scenes video. Just above we have our first look at Adam Driver as the film's villain, Kylo Ren, joined by a couple of Imperial snowtroopers "loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base", and below we have a look at Lupita Nyong'o who will be playing a CG character by the name of Maz Kanata. »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Star Wars' Character Photos Reveal Big 'Force Awakens' Spoilers

4 May 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

May the Fourth continues to rule, and now there's more to celebrate. More "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" characters were just revealed, or at least confirmed, in new photos shared by Vanity Fair. As a bonus, one more "big character reveal" is said to be coming from the June issue, and if you head to Vanity Fair's site you can sign up for the newsletter and the final photo will be e-mailed to you tomorrow (Tuesday, May 5) at 4 p.m. It's something to look forward to!

Annie Leibovitz took photos of the cast for the new issue, which features Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewie, and newbies Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Bb-8 on the cover.

Inside, awesome new photos show Adam Driver as "next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren" as he "commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. »

- Gina Carbone

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Watch an Exclusive Preview of 'George Lucas on the Digital Revolution'

4 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Today is a "Star Wars" holiday thanks largely to one great man: George Lucas. As the sun now stands, we are proud to report that #MayThe4thBeWithYou is trending over the royal princess's name announcement. Most impressive. Lucas's birthday is actually on May 14, if you want to start baking that mini Death Star cake. In the meantime, here's something special from the master himself, a clip from a new, never-before-seen interview, "George Lucas on the Digital Revolution."

Watch the video to hear Lucas discuss the evolution of digital technology and see those changes come to life on set. You can see the full feature through select digital retailers and on Disney Movies Anywhere starting May the Fourth, aka today.

This comes on the heels of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection release on April 10, and in anticipation of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" arriving on December »

- Gina Carbone

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