Star Wars Episode VIII Title

Production is wrapped on Star Wars: Episode VIII, and with post-production underway, John Williams will begin his work on the film’s score imminently. So far details have been pretty sparse on information about the sequel, which is exactly what we all expected. However, some fans have been hoping that we would get an official title for the movie sooner than later. But according to Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, we may be waiting a while longer.

Find out what Daisy Ridley had to say about the Star Wars Episode VIII title after the jump. Read More »

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The Eagle Huntress trailer

One young heroine tells the story of another in The Eagle HuntressOtto Bell‘s well-received Sundance documentary about Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who overturns 2,000 years of tradition to become the first female eagle hunter. Helping to chronicle Aisholpan’s uplifting tale is Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, who serves as narrator and executive producer. Watch the Eagle Huntress trailer below.  Read More »

Daisy Ridley photo

Now that The Hunger Games franchise is most likely finished — and with the Divergent series limping towards its conclusion — Lionsgate is seeking a new YA franchise. With the help of director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, they may get their wish. Ridley has signed on to star in Chaos Walking, an adaptation of part one in author Patrick Ness‘ trilogy.

Below, learn more about the Chaos Walking adaptation.

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rey palpatine theory

Before we begin, let me warn you that if you are not interested or entertained by fan theories, this article and video is not for you. Shut the window and leave now. I’ve always been interested in well-presented arguments, especially for films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens that leave a mystery open for the audience to debate and theorize about. This new video by Vincent Vendetta presents the evidence that Rey might be Emperor Palpatine’s great granddaughter. It’s not a new theory, but the video presents all the “evidence” in a nice and digestible format. Hit the jump to watch the Rey Palatine theory video essay.
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Mark Hamill in Force Awakens
Mark Hamill took the stage for the first big presentation for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a one hour question and answer session with the Jedi Master. Up front Hamill warned that he is contractually obligated not to talk about Star Wars Episode 8 or the future of the Star Wars movies, but this was one of his first public appearances where he could really talk openly about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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star wars episode 8 set photos

One of the great pleasures in keeping an eye on the production of Star Wars: Episode 8 over the past few months has been watching director Rian Johnson remain his usual self despite the gargantuan size of his latest film. This may be the biggest film he’s made yet, dwarfing the likes of Looper, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, but Johnson’s social media presence has stayed on point: he’s smart, funny, informative, and often adorably weird. Oh, and he does what he can to share images from the set, giving fans something to talk about while everything else about the movie (like it’s actual title) remain under wraps.

Filming on Episode 8 is in its final weeks (Mark Hamill says the production is set to wrap up on July 22), but that hasn’t stooped Johnson from sharing images and goofy jokes straight from the set. On this miserable Friday at the end of a very miserable week (have you checked the news lately?), this is the kind of breather we all need right now. See the Star Wars Episode 8 set photos after the jump.

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In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The latest wacky rumor about Rey’s family.
  • Director Rian Johnson hits social media as filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 begins to wind down.
  • Rian Johnson, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord will share the stage at Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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SNL Star Wars Auditions

The 41st season of Saturday Night Live might be over (read my review of the season finale hosted by Fred Armisen right here), but that doesn’t mean the late night sketch show is done releasing new material for us to enjoy.

You might remember last fall, when Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live, there was a sketch featuring footage of a bunch of auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega got in on the fun with the rest of the SNL cast and even Jon Hamm and Emma Stone popped up. Now more auditions that were cut from the final sketch have been revealed online, including one with Matthew McConaughey making a pretty poor pitch to play Lando Calrissian.

Watch the extra SNL Star Wars auditions after the jump. Read More »

rey's island

The big questions coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are who Rey’s parents are and where she comes from. Daisy Ridley‘s character even quips that its “a big mystery” early on in the film, and there are certainly a lot of theories going around to who it might be. One piece of evidence that many fans seem to be holding on to comes from John Williams‘ score from the film. We’ve posted about this in the past, but fans have analyzed Rey’s theme (the best song from the new movie) and have drawn some conclusions from that piece of music.

But did John Williams even know who Rey’s parents were when he wrote that piece or orchestration? If not, surely Oscar-nominated editor Maryann Brandon must have been told when she was helping J.J. Abrams shape the flow of the story in the editing room, right? The answer may surprise you — find out after the jump.

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