Carrie Fisher doesn’t give a crap. Ask her about returning for Star Wars Episode VII, and she’ll gladly talk all about it. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read her latest quotes as well as the following:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is planning very special festivities on May 4th, plus some exclusive art is being released.
- The stars of Return of the Jedi reflect on the production.
- Gallery Nucleus in California does a special Star Wars themed exhibit.
- George Lucas reveals further plans for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Comedian and Star Wars fan Patton Oswalt discusses his feelings on the new films.
- Watch Bill Hader‘s impression of a Tauntaun.
- Star Wars characters could be added to Disney Infinity.
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Just how secretive will everything be once J.J. Abrams gets to work on Star Wars Episode VII? If you listen to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the answer is “not as bad as you think.” In an interview with ScreenSlam, Kennedy addressed the secrecy currently surrounding the highly anticipated film and promised to “embrace” the fans appetite for information once the film starts shooting. She said the current level of secrecy is something they’ll “monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.” Read More »
“Preposterous,” “ridiculous” and “completely insane.” Those are the exact words J.J. Abrams uses to describe the fact he’s behind not only Hollywood’s current iteration of Star Trek, but will soon helm Star Wars Episode VII. The director recently conducted a revealing, entertaining interview with Playboy Magazine and in it, he talked at length about the process of deciding to do Star Wars, differentiating that film from Star Trek, sex in his movies, Tom Cruise’s Scientology, the endings of Lost, Fringe, and his role on Revolution. It’s a great interview and I highly suggest you check it out in full.
But let’s concentrate on what Abrams had to say about Star Wars. Playboy flat out asks him about old cast members returning as well as the trilogy’s timeline and Abrams refuses to answer. He does, however, reveal he will be seeking feedback on his decisions from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Lucas’s role in the new films has been, and continues to be, somewhat vague, so this shines a bit of light on his participation. Abrams also discusses the intense pressures of taking on this film and the core questions he’s asking to make sure he doesn’t suffer the same kind of backlash Lucas got for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
And if that wasn’t enough, Abrams also discusses Cloverfield 2, a possible Alias movie, and admits he still could direct a third Star Trek film. Read More »
If you liked Patton Oswalt‘s one-take pitch for Star Wars: Episode VII as presented in a Parks and Recreation outtake, then you’re probably going to love this. Entertainment Weekly had Jef Castro create a poster for Oswalt’s take, in the style of Drew Struzan’s Star Wars work, based on the cover for the first issue of Marvel’s The Infinity Gauntlet.
The one-sheet features all the elements the comedian threw into his pitch, from Star Wars characters to Marvel mainstays to — and it’s still difficult to accept this — Perseus from Clash of the Titans. There’s even a stab at a robo-spider Chewbacca, although the concept isn’t front and center, sadly. But the kicker is the tagline: “The Female Part’s a Little Underwritten.”
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Harrison Ford isn’t exactly known for letting his sense of humor shine through in interviews. And lately, where every interview is a minefield full of potential Star Wars questions, he seems perhaps more testy than usual. When Ford did a quick press appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, the host was pretty good about playing along with the actor’s reluctance to talk about his possible return to the role of Han Solo.
But then Kimmel opened questions up to the audience, and things didn’t go so well. The Q&A went downhill fast enough, in fact, that Ford managed to forget his general rule against engaging on the subject of Star Wars, and almost became Han Solo for a minute.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII already has a writer in Michael Arndt, but on this week’s Parks & Recreation Patton Oswalt will make a good case for ditching Arndt and turning the scripting duties over to him instead.
In the episode, the comedian-writer plays a Pawnee citizen attempting to filibuster a city council vote. To fill the time, he improvises an epic eight-minute speech outlining exactly what he thinks Star Wars Episode VII should be. Somehow we can’t really imagine Ardnt and JJ Abrams signing off on the idea of a robot-spider-bodied Chewbacca, but until the movie comes out we can dream. Watch the full video after the jump.
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Briefly: Today at Disney’s CinemaCon presentation, the studio announced that beginning in 2015 we’ll see a new Star Wars movie every summer. The plan is to begin with Episode VII, written by Michael Arndt and directed by JJ Abrams, then alternate between standalone “spin-off” movies and new Episodes in the core storyline.
We’ve known that Disney has been working with the idea of doing many new Star Wars films, beginning with the announcement that there could be one every two to three years, as stated when Disney bought LucasFilm. We’ve also heard that spin-offs might alternate with the core storyline. But this is the first studio confirmation of a plan, and also a pretty aggressive statement. Disney really isn’t messing around with the Star Wars franchise.
The precise characters and storylines for the films, both “core” and spin-off, have not been revealed. This is also the best confirmation we’ve had so far that 2015 will see the release of Episode VII. That date was floated months ago, but JJ Abrams said 2015 wasn’t locked. Looks like Disney wants the one-two punch of Episode VII and The Avengers 2 to own summer ’15.
These days, the Star Wars news never stops. Thank god you have Star Wars Bits to help you out. After the jump, read about the following:
- Anthony Daniels suggests he could be returning for Star Wars Episode VII and that Star Wars Celebration will have some answers.
- Harrison Ford does NOT like being asked about Star Wars Episode VII.
- Watch a seven-hour documentary on the original Star Wars Trilogy.
- Read an interview with two Dark Horse bigwigs discussing the upcoming adaptation of The Star Wars and see some concept art…
- …but that interview isn’t without its controversy.
- Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler also did an interview about The Star Wars comic book.
- Billy Dee Williams will be at Star Wars Weekends at Disney on June 7-9.
- Check out the art for a new Star Wars Concept Art book.
- The recent layoffs at Disney are related to the studio’s purchase of Lucasfilm.
- Related to that, read an insider’s look at the final days at Lucasarts.
- Darth Vader isn’t happy he lost the Star Wars
- A major movie museum might have its own Death Star.
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