By now, Star Wars fans have had plenty of chances to see the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the doc examined the relationship – or lack thereof – between fans and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Filming a few years after the disappointment of the Star Wars prequels, Philippe talked to fans and celebrities about the anticipation for and legacy of those films. The main argument was between how much those films were a result of fan anticipation versus Lucas’ desire to write them, then whether Lucas should or could have listened more to the fans when making them.
Fast-forward a few years and a lot has changed. George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and his beloved Star Wars franchise is continuing without him, helmed by some of those very fans who watched the prequels from the audience. Seems like the perfect time to come back to the subject and that’s exactly what’s happening. Producers just annoucned the production of The People vs. George Lucas Episode II, tentatively scheduled for release December 2015, right in time for Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »
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Lots of cool stuff in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Lots of Episode VII, of course, but also some cool Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher quotes, new merchandise and even a George Lucas cameo. Below, read about the following.
- Paparazzi spotted an interesting trio of Star Wars Episode VII principals on the street.
- George Lucas doesn’t seem worried about the leaked set photos.
- Check out the first Star Wars Hot Wheels toy.
- Watch a full, 45 minute interview with Mark Hamill at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World.
- Billy Dee Williams confirms he has contributed to Star Wars Rebels.
- Watch a new video about the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Potential details of multiple Star Wars Episode VII sets are revealed.
- See John Boyega in the Star Wars makeup chair.
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The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a great article about the Star Wars Episode VII casting news. In the article, “sources with direct information about the project who spoke on condition of anonymity” confirmed a bunch of behind the scenes tidbits we’d long since begun to take as fact. Primary among those is that Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo is considered a “co-lead” of the film, along with “three of the younger actors.” Which of the three? We still don’t know.
EW also confirmed casting is still ongoing, the main cast members have been attached for a while, re-writing Michael Arndt‘s script delayed production and more. Read the break down below. Read More »
If ever a popular film was ripe for parody, it’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Regularly heralded as the worst of the Star Wars films, Clones contains some of the most wooden acting, bad writing, and awkward moments ever seen in big budget sci-fi. Even the action, probably the biggest in all of the Star Wars films, feels flat because it relies so heavily on CGI. On the other hand, the events of this film set up not only The Clone Wars and Anakin’s path the Dark Side, but the love story that brings Luke and Leia to the world. Narratively, it’s so important, but practically, it’s just so bad.
Enter the Screen Junkies, who’ve given the film the hilarious Honest Trailers treatment. It doesn’t touch the Red Letter Media review of the film, but at 3 and a half minutes instead of 90, it gets the job done. Check out the Attack of the Clones Honest Trailer Read More »
Tuesday’s Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement made international headlines. The world stopped and looked at the photo posted on Star Wars.com featuring returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and new additions like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. That’s partially because social media has changed how we digest news and also because fans have wanted to see what’s next since 1983.
Things were a tad different in 1975 when the cast for a film then called The Star Wars was announced. Small blurbs in Box Office Magazine, the LA Times and Variety revealed to the world little known actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were going to be in an ambitious sci-fi film from the guy who did American Graffiti.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences dug deep into their archives and posted those original Star Wars casting announcements online. Check them out below. Read More »
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Now that we’ve had a few hours to digest and discuss the names of actors who are part of Star Wars Episode VII, we figured it was worth looking at a few major names that weren’t mentioned. StarWars.Com released a very short and sweet announcement of the cast and crew, but three major names were oddly, or maybe predictably, absent. They were original Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt, series creator and consultant George Lucas and hero of the rebellion, Billy Dee Williams. We’ll break down the missing Star Wars names below. Read More »
There’s a galaxy of Star Wars news out there, so let’s dive into today’s Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- The Star Wars film canon is limited to the films.
- Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch jokes about Star Wars Episode VII return.
- Behind the Scenes stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim revealed.
- A secret, high level Star Wars meeting might be taking place this week.
- Watch a full panel about writing for the Star Wars expanded universe.
- Four new kids books will bridge the gap to Episode VII.
- Are the Star Wars films coming to 3D Blu-ray?
- William Friedken talks about Star Wars legacy and turning down the film.
- Actor Anthony Ingruber hints he’s in Episode VII.
- Super 7 will release limited edition Star Wars screen printed posters.
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Update: We’ve contacted a high-placing source who tells /Film the below story is not true. Also, producer Frank Marshall tweeted on the manner. The original text follows.
Update #2: Frank Darabont has also spoken up to say that there is no truth to the aspect of the story saying he pitched a new Indy story. Read that below.
There are rumors, there are big rumors, and then there are stories like this. A new report says Disney, which recently acquired the rights to release more Indiana Jones films, is looking to go the James Bond route with the character. That is, the company could recast him for years to come. Who would don the fedora after Harrison Ford? Rumor has it Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list. Read More »
There are rumors, jokes and quotes in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Seth Rogen breaks out a killer Episode I impression to audition for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Casting might be ongoing for live-action Star Wars TV shows.
- George Lucas tells film students to not get enamored with new technology.
- Industrial Light and Magic opens a new Vancouver facility.
- Licensees and vendors may have seen a Episode VII presentation.
- Dave Filoni did an in-depth interview on the final season of The Clone Wars.
- The traveling Star Wars science exhibit just had its 3 millionth visitor.
- Wedge won’t do just a cameo in Star Wars Episode VII.
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