Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII may have a release date now, but it still needs some stars and maybe some additional shooting locations. After the jump:
- Silicon Valley wants George Lucas to have his museum
- Don’t look for the 20th Century Fox fanfare in Episode VII
- California is annoyed that Episode VII is shooting in London
- … while the New Mexico rumors spring up once again
- Neil Gaiman asks J.J. Abrams about casting British actors
- … as aspiring Jedi around the globe line up for auditions
Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Besides Thursday’s really big Star Wars Episode VII news, there are some very interesting bits on that film, the casting call, J.J. Abrams and even a change to the original trilogy in today’s Star Wars Bits. Read about the following after the jump:
- J.J. Abrams discusses fan reactions on the Internet.
- Saoirse Ronan confirms she didn’t get the role in Star Wars Episode VII.
- A single line, omitted from Return of the Jedi, changes the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Producer Gary Kurtz and Darth Vader actor David Prowse discuss the Episode VII open casting call.
- One of the original Jabba The Hutt puppeteers is now a librarian.
- Watch Adam Savage build Han Solo’s blaster.
Read More »
It’s official. Star Wars Episode VII will be released December 18, 2015, in 3D. Read the full press release below. Read More »
The Star Wars world was shook last last month when it was announced screenwriter Michael Arndt was leaving Star Wars Episode VII. He was replaced by the film’s director J.J. Abrams and producer Lawrence Kasdan, who himself wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. To many, the move was the first acknowledgement there were major behind the scenes issues with the highly anticipated sequel. Yet, despite rumors of disagreements between Arndt and Abrams, no one officially commented.
Abrams is now out doing press for his show Almost Human and blamed the aggressive timeframe for the film as the reason for the change. Read his quotes below. Read More »
Two probable principals in Star Wars Episode VII speak about the franchise, plus there’s talk of hockey, gambling, museums and all sorts of odds and ends in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams spoke about what made the original film so special.
- Harrison Ford called Star Wars Episode VII “a work in progress…maybe.”
- Read a hilarious fan theory that Watto is Anakin Skywalker‘s biological father.
- Watch the original theatrical re-release trailer for Star Wars.
- Two small hockey teams wore awesome Star Wars jerseys at a recent game.
- You won’t see new Star Wars slot machines anytime soon.
- The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is now on Twitter.
Read More »
Update: There’s now video of Ejiofor answering a question about Star Wars. See it below.
Imagine being a journalist, landing an interview with J.J. Abrams about his new book (which means you can’t really talk about Star Wars Episode VII too much), then haphazardly running into a potential Oscar winner in Abrams’ office. Exclusive scoop!
That’s what happened to UK newspaper reporter Rhys Blakely, who writes for The Times. He walked into the Bad Robot office to speak with Abrams about S and found Chiwetel Ejiofor waiting there. Does that mean Ejiofor, considered a potential Oscar-contender for 12 Years A Slave, is in Star Wars Episode VII? Not necessarily, but it’s certainly possible. Read More »
As attention spans shrink and the written word becomes more obsolete, the modern novel is facing a problem similar to movie theaters. How can we make reading a physical book essential? One possible suggestion is provide content that needs to be touched, and J.J. Abrams‘ latest idea is just that.
After a few teases we finally have our look at S, a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Porst. Much like Mark Z. Danielewski’s amazing House of Leaves and a number of other books that have gone before, S is a novel with a secondary story happening in between the lines, as multiple previous readers interact at the same time.
Confused? Boing Boing has an unboxing video which takes us through the pages of the beautiful package. Check it out below. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
More details continue to leak out about the behind the scenes tension at Lucasfilm that led to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over the script for Star Wars Episode VII. More and more, it’s sounding like decisions made by execs and money people back at the inception of the Lucasfilm purchase were way too ambitious, with the locked in 2015 release date causing a rushed process on the creative side, and forcing Disney execs to demand the film be completed in a time frame that seems unreasonable to those making the film. Read More »