Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
The first season of Jane Campion‘s Top of the Lake was a master class in tension and dread, a meticulously crafted mystery powered by pain and fury. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss proved to be perfectly cast as the brittle detective at the heart of the action, trying to solve a puzzle in a hometown full of traumatic memories.
All of which means the second season has a pretty high bar to clear if it wants to live up to the first, let alone surpass it. But hiring Gwendoline Christie is probably a good first step. The Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress is set for a “major” role in the drama, and a bunch of new plot details have just been revealed to go along with that casting announcement. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good movie, but let’s not pretend that it’s free of sin. Here is a superbly crafted movie full of terrific actors giving wonderful performances, but you can fill a few buckets with the nitpicks you collect while watching it. Some you can brush off. Others stick in you, tear at your skin, and leave a little mark that makes you wonder what everyone was thinking.
Let’s turn our focus to Captain Phasma, the chrome-plated stormtrooper who was placed front and center in so much marketing (and in the toy aisle), only to literally do nothing of consequence in the final film. However, we can all agree on two things: that sure is some cool armor and actress Gwendoline Christie sure wears it well. But where did this suit of armor come from? Who made it? Who gave it to her? It turns out that Captain Phasma’s armor has a totally true origin story that actually happened and isn’t a silly video cooked up for internet laughs. Honest! And you can watch it below.
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Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a bang-up job of bringing us back to the galaxy far, far away. It did justice to our favorite classic characters while introducing fresh faces to fall in love with, including Rey and Finn and Poe. So now that Lucasfilm has us invested in this whole new generation of heroes and villains, what’s next? Who’s coming back in Episode VIII? (Spoilers for The Force Awakens ahead.) Read More »
A couple weeks back, the cast and filmmakers behind the new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens participated in a Power Of Storytelling Q & A at YouTube Space Los Angeles. Video of the entire 44 minute stage presentation is now online. YouTube executive Danielle Tiedt moderates the question and answer session, which includes Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie.
The topics include the first stories that inspired them, how do you keep Star Wars fresh over almost four decades, how JJ Abrams became involved in the project, Abrams talks about how you have to look backwards to go forward, the pressure from the intense fanbase, building characters that are different than your own story, what characters inspire them, how did they plan the sound design of Force Awakens, advice for young female creators, managing the human elements in a Star Wars movie, will the Force Awakens capture new audiences like the original did, how do you balance telling an original story but based in a branded franchise, practical effects vs computer generated effects, and the struggles of performing in 125 degree heat in a stormtrooper outfit.
All that and more. The video is filled with some interesting and insightful answers into the inspirations and creative process behind these stars and filmmakers of The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Power of Storytelling Q&A.
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Even people who aren’t Star Wars fans know the iconic fanfare that begins every single movie. The same can be said for the iconic Imperial March used to signify the arrival of the Empire and Darth Vader. And now thanks to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, his house band The Roots, and the primary cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have an awesome a capella version of those iconic themes that’s presented like the opening credits of The Brady Bunch, but a hell of a lot cooler. Watch! Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Hey, man. I hear you’re looking for some new Star Wars images? A little birdie told me. You know, through the grapevine and such. Well, let’s just say that I’m the man who can supply you with such things. I know some people will tell you that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in a little over a week and you should just wait, but they don’t understand people like you and me, you know? You work hard. Your days are long. You deserve a chance to relax with a little hit of Star Wars. You need a daily fix. I get that. This is a judgment-free zone.
C’mon. Follow me after the jump and I’ll show you some new fresh new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I got some Kylo Ren. I got some Han Solo. I got a little something for all tastes. You’re not wearing a wire, are you?
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Update: After the jump we’ve included a video of the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference, which actually contains a bunch of funny moments we didn’t talk about in our original information-focused report.
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Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains shrouded in mystery, with just two weeks to go until the film’s release, but even less has been revealed about Star Wars Episode VIII. We know it’s already slotted for summer 2017, and that Rian Johnson will direct it. And as of today, we also know it’ll feature the return of a certain new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Find out who after the jump. But please employ your common sense: yes, this means a potential spoiler lurks below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- J.J. Abrams talks Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and much more.
- Take in a video tour of Disney World’s Star Wars Launch Bay.
- See every original trilogy vehicle and ship to scale.
- A Force Awakens co-producer explains how she got that sweet gig.
- Abu Dhabi will host The Force Awakens‘ Middle East premiere.
- Carrie Fisher has also noticed the dearth of Leia merchandise.
- Ooh and ahh over a customized Stormtrooper Fiat.
- Ample Hills Creamery serves up Star Wars-branded ice cream.
- Gwendoline Christie models a Chrome Trooper dress.
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