During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans were hungry for any set photos they could feast their eyes on. Now with the film in theaters and breaking box office records, there aren’t any secrets that can be learned from set photos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer a cool glimpse at production, including the climactic lightsaber battle. This is especially true when they come from the film’s cinematographer Dan Mindel.
In addition, the first official stills of motion capture characters Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke, brought to life respectively by Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis, have been revealed as well. But keep in mind that you may not want to continue after the jump if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, because there will be some spoiler talk. Read More »
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The week has finally come, a new Star Wars film will hit movie theaters in just a few days. The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place tonight in Hollywood, and the first reactions are probably coming shortly after that. I’m extremely fortunate to be attending the premiere tonight and am so excited. I will give you my reaction afterwards on twitter (non-spoiler of course, followed by more in-depth review on the site later in the week). Okay, lets take a look at the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news and tidbits:
- Steven Spielberg recommended that Disney hire J.J. Abrams for Force Awakens.
- Adam Driver’s response to the question of if Force Awakens will be better than the prequels.
- See new behind the scenes photos featuring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
- Find out how Jakku market merchant Bobbajo was created
- Learn more about Andy Serkis‘ character Supreme Leader Snoke
- How the Force Awakens world premiere in Hollywood is “bigger than the Oscars”
- Is Force Awakens about Star Wars fandom and is Kylo Ren just a huge Star Wars geek?
- J.J. Abrams designed Rey’s outfit so that it would be simple enough that kids could doodle it in class
- Preview some of the limited edition “Galaxy Premiere” merchandise which will be sold in select theaters
- John Boyega talks Force Awakens deleted scenes
- Watch BB-8 explore London.
- Header photo thanks to HeroicHollywood
All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Alright Chewie, Punch it! Hit the jump for hyperspace!
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Motion-capture master Andy Serkis has been slated to make his directorial debut with Jungle Book: Origins for a little while now. But back in 2014, the project was pushed back to an October 6th, 2017 release, allowing Disney’s The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau to debut in 2016 without any competition. Now Serkis is lining up another project that will get him behind the camera.
The actor who brought characters such as King Kong and Gollum to life will direct, produce and star in Steelskin, an update of the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin that has been set up at 20th Century Fox. Find out more about the project below. Read More »
With one week to go until the first showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens begins, it’s time to start showing some restraint until we see the movie. But of course we know there are some of you out there anxious to see every scrap of footage from the sequel that you can, and if that’s what you’re hungry for, then this new The Force Awakens international trailer won’t leave you disappointed. There is a chance that one part of it might make you cringe though. Watch! Or don’t! Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Remember when we were begging for any kind of news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Now we have to beat new stories and details and rumors and spoilers and trailers and TV spots with a stick. If you want to know the latest about the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, the complex nature of Kylo Ren, and a little more about the still-absent Luke Skywalker, this is the place to be. Oh, and J.J. Abrams discusses his cinematic influences and throws just a teensy bit of shade at the prequels while taking about lightsaber duels.
You know if you want this and if you do, you can find everything after the jump.
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If you’re not busy cooking for the big feast for Thanksgiving tonight, then you can sit back and watch a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot that features some new dialogue from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), along with some cool new action shots, including what appears to be the weapon inside Starkiller Base being fired as a legion of First Order troops look on.
Enjoy this great appetizer from a galaxy far, far away below! Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s going to be a while before we get to War for the Planet of the Apes, but in the meantime director Matt Reeves has shared a first look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the movie. Better yet, for the truly devoted among you, he’s also opened up a contest for one lucky fan to be in the movie as a mo-cap character.
Check out the War for the Planet of the Apes behind-the-scenes footage, and find out how to enter the War for the Planet of the Apes contest after the jump. Read More »
A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Our first and only proper tease of Andy Serkis‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, Supreme Leader Snoke, arrived almost a year ago. It was his gravelly croak of a voice that spoke over the first trailer, the same batch of footage that gave us our first glimpse of Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren, John Boyega‘s Finn, Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron, and the instantly beloved BB-8. Since that teaser, we’ve learned our fair share about most of those characters, but Snoke remains an enigma. All we know is what we’ve scraped off the bottom of the internet rumor pile and even that remains questionable.
Well, that was true until right now. Serkis has finally opened up about his mysterious villain, who is supposedly intended to be a key figure who looms over the next few films in the series. In a new interview, the veteran character actor and motion-capture pioneer offered our first official information about Snoke, including why he had to be a digital character.
All of the Supreme Leader Snoke news you want (as well as a new The Force Awakens IMAX poster!) after the jump.
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