Hot Toys Star Wars: the Force Awakens Luke Skywalker 1/6th Scale Figure

It may be “Rogue Friday” but not all the Star Wars announcements today concern Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Yesterday we shared with you the latest in Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series, a bunch of 1/6th scale figures from Rogue One. Today we bring you a 1/6th scale figure that many fans have been waiting for — Luke Skywalker for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s right, a collectible figure replicating Mark Hamill in the fantastic ending sequence of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel. Hit the jump to take a look at the Hot Toys Star Wars: the Force Awakens Luke Skywalker 1/6th Scale Figure.
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What If Mark Hamill Didn't Return for Star Wars Episode 7

Last night the Salt Lake Comic-Con kicked off over in Utah, and one of the first guests of honor was Star Wars saga star Mark Hamill. The actor took the stage for a panel that he wanted to be “more like an intimate conversation.” As Hamill said to kick off the panel, “I want to talk to you like you are sitting in my living room. Exactly as if you were sitting in my living room, but I won’t be serving snacks and no, you can’t use the bathroom.”

Sadly, Hamill did not divulge even the smallest bit of information about Star Wars: Episode VIII, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t talk about the iconic film franchise that gave him the career he has today. In fact, Hamill took the time to recall how George Lucas called him and Carrie Fisher to let them know that he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney, and that a new Star Wars trilogy was likely going into development with or without them. Hamill has told this story before, but this time he included an interesting detail. What if Mark Hamill didn’t return for Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »

mark hamill episode 9

During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars fans kept an obsessive watch over the status of Mark Hamill and his beard. This wasn’t the first time a passionate fandom followed an actor’s hair for clues about what to expect from their character in the future. During the same period, Game of Thrones aficionados breathlessly watched as Kit Harington’s hair wasn’t shorn, leading everyone to rightfully assume that the seemingly late Jon Snow was making a return. The Mark Hamill Beard Watch wasn’t quite as obsessive as that (mainly because we knew less about the status of Luke Skywalker than Jon Snow), but news of its length and its eventual shaving did make headlines.

And now, once again, Mark Hamill’s beard has been cut and once again it’s generating headlines…mainly because Hamill himself has suggested that the beard will make a return in Star Wars: Episode 9.

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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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UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand and sold out theaters across the country, the one night only theatrical debut of Batman: The Killing Joke now has an additional 300 screens playing the animated adaptation of the iconic comic book storyline. Fathom Events now has over 1,000 screens playing the film’s debut on Monday, July 25. You can find out which theaters are participating in the screening and buy tickets over at Fathom Events right now.

Our original post from June 8, 2016 follows below.

Late last year, we heard that an R-rated animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 The Killing Joke was in the works, which almost sounded too good to be true. A month and a half ago the story was confirmed: This interpretation of Moore’s classic comic book is indeed rated R.

Directed by Sam Liu (co-director of Batman: Year One), Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on Blu-ray this August, but a few days prior you may have the opportunity to see it in a select theater. Below, learn more about The Killing Joke theatrical release.

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The Killing Joke

An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.

Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.

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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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The Force Awakens Ending - Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death

At a charity event in London this past weekend, Mark Hamill made a comment that has led many fans and some news outlets to believe that Star Wars: Episode VIII may be Luke Skywalker’s last appearance in the Star Wars saga. We originally weren’t even going to cover this story but some rather big sites picked up on it so now it’s time to debunk the reports. Hit the jump to read Mark Hamill’s response to the Luke Skywalker Episode 8 death reports.
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the force awakens alternate opening

About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, months before the arrival of the first trailer, a pretty wild rumor stampeded across the internet. According to a report, the film would feature an oddly macabre opening shot, with the camera panning away from the table-setting crawl to reveal the severed hand of Luke Skywalker, still clutching the lightsaber he lost in his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, floating through space.

Of course, the finished film has nothing like that and the rumor was gutted left and right, becoming a bit of a joke amongst some Star Wars fans. But now, months after the release of the finished film, Mark Hamill has loosened his lips: yep, that was the original opening of The Force Awakens.

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