Typically in this space, we speak with the director, writer or producer of a film, but sometimes it can be valuable to see things from a different point of view. Especially when that point of view is such a common one in Hollywood: the perspective of an outsider—of an ambitious young filmmaker—who takes a high-pressure, entry-level job (at an agency, studio, production company, etc.) with the hopes of one day becoming an insider.
It’s a tale as old as Hollywood, isn’t? But this one comes with a little twist. Because when Barry P. gets a job working for one of his heroes—Lawrence Kasdan, the guy who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back! Who directed The Big Chill!!—he learns not only how the sausage is made but, more importantly, who gets to cook the sausage. And, in the process, the strange reality of how a legend like Kasdan ends up directing a very un-legendary movie like Dreamcatcher.
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Just before the weekend, Disney dropped some big news by confirming that Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover had landed the role of a young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Star Wars Story that will focus on the earlier career of the famous smuggler Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Now one more detail has surfaced regarding the events we’ll see unfold.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept artist Iain McCaig spoke earlier this month at the Art and Industry of Imagination conference in New Zealand, and apparently dropped some huge bits of information that had not shown up online until a report posted earlier today. Among them is a claim that after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas decided he wanted to be involved and wrote a script for Episode VII which was rejected by the Mouse House. He also has a glowing review of Lawrence Kasdan‘s Han Solo movie script and much more.
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The end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is such a big tease for what’s to come in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We’re left with Rey (Daisy Ridley) reaching out to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with his father’s old lightsaber in her hand, waiting for some kind of recognition, reaction, anything. But that scene required some convincing to actually happen.
While speaking at a special event at the Tribeca Film Festival, director J.J. Abrams revealed that Mark Hamill was initially resistant to return for The Force Awakens. However, it didn’t have anything to do with a lack of desire, but rather with the fact that he was worried it would be silly for him to show up and not even say anything. Hear what Abrams had to say about locking down Mark Hamill for The Force Awakens ending. Read More »
The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition:
- Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie.
- Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed.
- Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy.
- Someone printed their own 24-inch Star Destroyer.
- Two Star Wars novels get new release dates.
- Luke Skywalker is on Twitter and he’s very lonely.
- The classic Star Wars movies re-cut into modern movie trailers.
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One of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “who is Supreme Leader Snoke?” Not much is revealed about the character, played by performance capture mastermind Andy Serkis, in the film. But there is a small group of Star Wars fanatics that believe he is Darth Plagueis, a character set up in the Star Wars prequels. While it might be nice to have the puppet master of this new sequel trilogy tie into the larger Star Wars saga, I never really bought into the idea. And now I believe I have some proof. Hit the jump to find out why the Snoke Darth Plagueis theories are most likely wrong.
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Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Yes, this is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Q&A you’re looking for. Following a screening of the film for Oscar and various film guild voters, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, costume designer Michael Kaplan and co-production designer Rick Carter all took the stage for a lengthy chat with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg. The result: 48 minutes of back and forth from the people responsible for one of the most anticipated movies of all time, all captured on video.
Yes, it’s the holidays and yes, you probably should be spending time with your family and friends instead of hunkering down in the guest bedroom and watching this video. But go ahead and give into your hate. Give into your anger. With each passing moment, you make yourself more susceptible to having a festive time with your loved ones and not indulging in this lengthy The Force Awakens Q&A.
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Yes, we know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens just opened about a week ago, so it might be a little early to already start talking about Star Wars: Episode 8. But at the same time, this new era of Star Wars was done well enough to get most fans excited to see where director Rian Johnson takes the sci-fi saga next.
If you’re wondering whether or not J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan intricately planned how the next two installments should play out, the answer is mostly no. But Kasdan says there were ideas about the ultimate end of this new trilogy. Find out what Kasdan had to say, but beware of The Force Awakens spoilers from here on out! Read More »
Earlier this week, director/writer J.J. Abrams and his co-writer Lawrence Kasdan appeared at the Director’s Guild Of America for a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some of the quotes from JJ and Kasdan talking have come out of the 32 minute question and answer session that followed this screening. And thanks to the DGA, the entire half hour long Q&A is now online for everyone to watch.
The conversation between Kasdan and Abrams is mostly geared towards people working within the film industry, talking about the development and directing process (after all, it is for the union members of the DGA), but there are quote a few Force Awakens bits and stories relayed here. Watch the Force Awakens DGA conversation now after the jump.
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