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As we inch closer and closer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's easy to forget the circus that surrounded the casting. It seems like every day we heard this actor or that actress was on Lucasfilm's list for some role. And if you miss those crazy days of rampant speculation, don't worry, there are plenty more Star Wars films on the way, and while we've already seen it a bit with Rogue One, which is currently filming, the process is starting again in earnest with Star Wars: Episode VIII. The latest rumor -- and we stress rumor -- to make the rounds comes courtesy of Latino Review. According to their industry sources, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is in the running to play the female lead in director Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. She joins three other names who were previously reported to be on the shortlist, »
It seems fairly obvious, but Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the bridge that connects all of the “Star Wars” saga films, and it has some interesting implications for director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” Kennedy said on Costo Connection (via Coming Soon). “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. ‘The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.” The Lucasfilm plan is to release a “Star Wars” saga film every two years with a “Star Wars” story (formerly anthology) film between saga entries. Now, again, it seems self-evident to say that it is the Skywalker family that is at the center of the saga films, »
- Roth Cornet
Nearly two-thirds of “Star Wars” fans think the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will blow them away: 63% say they expect it to be the best movie in the franchise to date, according to a new survey.
On the other hand, that also means 37% of “Star Wars” devotees aren’t convinced that Episode VII, to hit theaters Dec. 18, will be more impressive than one or more of the preceding films. The online survey was conducted Sept. 14-16 by Harris Interactive and commissioned by FusionOps, a business information and analytics provider.
Just 15% of fans surveyed cited director J.J. Abrams as fueling their high hopes for “Force Awakens.” Most of the excitement surrounds VFX: 36% of respondents said “more advanced CGI” technology is a reason it will be the best “Star Wars” movie yet. Meanwhile, 25% cited a “more interesting story”; another 25% expect the movie to be “more true to the ‘Star Wars »
- Todd Spangler
Nothing kicks the rumour mill into gear quite like Star Wars. As anticipation builds ahead of the The Force Awakens's December release, every piece of Force Awakens gossip pinballs around the web faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run.
But which possess the Force and which are pure Bantha poop? Here are seven huge (and potentially spoilerific) Star Wars rumours to chew over.
1. Darth Vader (and Hayden Christensen) is back from the dead
George Lucas's digital tinkering with the Star Wars trilogy resulted in Hayden Christensen taking original Return of the Jedi actor Sebastian Shaw's place as the ghostly Anakin, and according to Making Star Wars he'll be the permanent (albeit heavily scarred) face of Luke's dad throughout the new films.
The charred remains of Vader's helmet were shown in the trailer for The Force Awakens, suggesting that the character's presence will be strongly felt - »
December just can’t come fast enough for us. In the meantime, we nibble on the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teases that emerge before we feast when the movie arrives in full. With that in mind, John Boyega’s been talking about his role in the “The Force Awakens” in a recent interview with GQ. The actor describes his grueling seven-month audition process as, “’The X Factor’, but without the TV show around it.” When he finally was able to read the script, Boyega had a far more emotional reaction than he might have expected. “I cried,” he said. “And I'm not really a big crier... I'm more like a frog-in-the- throat kind of guy, who'll try to hold it in and make sure I don't let it all out." The elements of the story that impacted him emotionally remain to be seen, but he likens Finn’s »
- Roth Cornet
Moviegoers can’t wait to see Katniss Everdeen lead the people of Panem to freedom or witness the Millennium Falcon roar across the screen after three decades in dry-dock, according to a recent survey by Piedmont Media Research.
The consumer tracking company polled 3,000 people about upcoming fall movies and found that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were the most hotly anticipated upcoming releases. In fact, both films scored some of the highest ratings Piedmont has recorded since it began polling audiences five years ago. The company rates consumer engagement on a scale of zero to 1,000, and the fourth and final “Hunger Games” had a 514 rating, beating last summer’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and its score of 509, as the best overall number it has ever recorded.
The “Star Wars” sequel posted a 495 rating, the third best figure since Piedmont began its surveys. It »
- Brent Lang
With the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens just two months away, a cute new piece of film merchandise has been revealed.
Fans of the saga can get their hands on a life-size plush Bb-8 – a recreation of the lovable Astromech droid from The Force Awakens – ahead of the film's release in the UK on December 17.
The two-foot tall droid replica can be pre-ordered now at Think Geek, and will be made available in December.
The droid features alongside Oscar Isaac's Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the upcoming film - although unlike Sphero's miniature version, you can't drive the plush version around your house using your smartphone.
Star Wars fans are spoiled for choice when it comes to merchandise and memorabilia at the moment - the Deluxe Edition of Star Wars Battlefront will include an awesome Han Solo mini-fridge, while Millennium Falcon and Tie fighter »
It the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals have come to an end it means you can pretty much start seriously talking about Best Picture nominees. We haven’t written much about Oscar over the past few months, but as I personally say goodbye HitFix today it seems appropriate to leave with one last Contender Countdown (well on this site at least). The big news is that “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy’s critically acclaimed drama that will make everyone forget he ever directed “The Cobbler,” blew the roof off of all three fests. That’s a big surprise considering how under the radar it was compared to “The Danish Girl,” “Black Mass” and “Steve Jobs” just a few weeks ago. Now, all Open Road Films has to do is manage the hype before it hits theaters on Nov. 6 and formulate a strategy to make sure Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo earn an acting nomination. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Post credits scenes have become standard practice with superhero movies, to the point that it was news when Fantastic Four revealed there wasn.t one, and that Avengers: Age of Ultron only had one. You even had to wait after the credits at Hitman: Agent 47. Up to this point, however, Star Wars has stayed away from this, though that may be about to change. Just a heads up, there will be some minor Spoilers beyond this point. We wanted you to know. According to a rumor going around, one which originated over at Schmoes Know, when J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this December, there will be a post-credits stinger that will provide our first look at another Star Wars film, the Gareth Edward-directed standalone Star Wars story Rogue One. This is just a rumor right now, totally unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt, »
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens isn't even in cinemas yet, but it has already been confirmed that its sequel Episode VIII will begin shooting this month in Ireland.
Initial reports claimed that The Force Awakens was regrouping for reshoots in the country, but it has now been confirmed that in fact the cast and crew will start filming Episode VIII.
Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers
The production unit went under the general name of 'Star Wars', which led to confusion over which film was actually being shot.
Lucasfilm has now confirmed (via Entertainment Weekly) that the next film will begin shooting this month on the island of Skellig Michael off the southern coast of Ireland, after filming in the country was previously confirmed by RTÉ.
Rian Johnson will direct the as-yet untitled sequel for a 2017 release, »
EW was able to obtain confirmation from Lucasfilm that film crew action around Skellig Michael over the past couple weeks is not for The Force Awakens reshoots as the Internet at large had surmised. Instead, Lucasfilm insists that the crews are preparing for writer/director Rian Johnson who will be shooting scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII on the island next month.
Potential The Force Awakens spoilers follows so proceed at your own risk.
Photos of Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill traveling by boat to Skellig Michael for a brief period during production of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens points toward Ridley's character, Rey, tracking reclusive Skywalker to the island where he has been in hiding for many years. »
European “Star Wars” fans will be able to see the seventh film in the franchise ahead of the United States. The official U.K. Twitter page of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tweeted an official 100-day countdown to its Dec. 17th release date on Monday, however the film is set to open in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18. In France, Italy and several other European countries, the movie will debut on Dec. 16. However, a Middle Eastern market has won the earliest opening for the film: The United Arab Emirates will screen it as early as Dec. 15. See Video: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Coinciding with today’s Force Friday festivities, the official Star Wars website made a few additions to their databank that should have fans of the galaxy far, far away raising one of their eyebrows inquisitively. Some of them we already new about while others have some vague new details that just have us asking more questions. […]
The post Official Star Wars Databank Update: What Secret Does Starkiller Base Hold? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
It's Star Wars mania! Today is "Force Friday" and Lucasfilm has announced/launched toys and goodies and tons of new items for the fans to go crazy over. Found amidst all the buzz and reveals are three new promo banners for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – full-size "quads" (like from the UK), rather than actual posters. Which makes me believe these may just be promo banners or purchasable posters more than official art (plus, there has to be more coming from Drew Struzan). That said, it's very cool to see more imagery. The First Order stormtroopers, a sleek shot of Kylo Ren, and a nice combination of everything in the movie. Here's the new promo banner for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How excited are you? You can still catch the second, full teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens here. More soon. »
- Alex Billington
Tonight at midnight in your city's time zone, Force Friday will officially commence and a slew of new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens toys will land on stores shelves. There are toys and then there are toys, and of all the toys hitting the market my money is on the Bb-8 Sphero toy to become one of the hottest gifts this holiday season.
Bb-8, as you surely already know, is the new astromech droid that J.J. Abrams is introducing into the Star Wars universe. Rather than looking like a walking trash can as his predecessor R2-D2 does, Bb-8's body is a sphere that rolls along the ground while his head smoothly glides on the sphere as if it were slightly hovering above it.
A company named Sphero that has been selling a remote-controlled rolling ball partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm to develop a new version of »
Disney, hoping to ignite fan excitement for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” merchandise and the upcoming movie, kicked off a rolling series of live toy unboxings Wednesday evening featuring YouTube creators around the world.
The toy unboxing event will span an 18-hour block, with YouTubers in Disney’s Maker Studios network in 15 cities in 12 countries offering a first look at the range of merchandise from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Among the first toys unveiled: large-size action figures of villain Kylo Ren and a First Order Stormtrooper; Poe Dameron’s X-wing fighter from Lego (pictured above); Hot Wheels’ Escape from Jakku Starship playset; and the BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber from Hasbro. (See below for more product images.)
The first reveal was in Sydney, Australia, by Bratayley, a family of digital stars affiliated with Maker, who unboxed the Jedi Master Lightsaber on a set overlooking Sydney Harbour. The event rolls through Asia, »
- Todd Spangler
Disney Infinity 3.0 is far from a perfect game. Sadly some of the problems plaguing the first two versions return to rear their ugly head while the new lower price hides an unfortunate side effect. Throw Star Wars into the mix and the much ballyhooed recruitment of Ninja Theory to develop the Jedi fighting style and, along with Avalanche Software's continued Toy Box evolution, the latest Starter Pack overcomes its negatives to deliver the most enjoyable and addictive franchise entry yet.
Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm a few years ago made the Star Wars universe ripe to headline a Disney Infinity installment. With Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens debuting in December, this year was the logical choice for a galaxy far, far away to lead Disney's toys-to-life franchise.
The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack carries an Srp of $64.99 or $10 less than the previous installments and the competition. A lower price is always welcome; however, »
A commercial for two of the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys has popped up on Ebay less than a week before the big onslaught of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens toys arrive in stores on Force Friday aka September 4.
The commercial, embedded below directly from YouTube, features Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac) black X-Wing fighter being pursued by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in his command shuttle. It brings back memories of the original Star Wars trilogy when Kenner Star Wars toy commercials ran frequently during cartoons.
"You can build the X-Wing and save the droid (Bb-8)," the ad boasts. "Load the weapons, climb aboard, open the wings, and blast into action... Watch out, it's Kylo Ren!"
Listen carefully to the commercial and you will hear Bb-8 chirping. Is this how Bb-8 will sound in the finished movie? If it's not exact then I suspect the sounds are pretty close. »
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Lucasfilm and Disney have attracted more attention to the official Star Wars Instagram account by quietly uploading 15 seconds of footage from what might be the next Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer that may or may not be right around the corner.
The footage combines scenes we've seen from previous trailers and TV spots with a couple new shots. The first features Rey (Daisy Ridley) standing in the woods and staring intently with emotion in her eyes toward the sky. Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac) rotund astromech droid Bb-8 shifts around behind her.
The second shot, and definitely the money shot, begins with Kylo Ren igniting his lightsaber in the woods as seen in the first The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Then the scene cuts to Finn (John Boyega), standing in the same woods and igniting Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber to face Ren and looking nervous while doing so. »
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