Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels

Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. He’s a consultant on Star Wars Episode VII and he’s writing and producing a Star Wars spin-off. Basically, Kinberg has his hands in a huge collection of awesome geek properties.

And if you learn one thing from our interview, which took place at Comic-Con, it’s warranted. Kinberg is a geek just like you and I. He reads Internet rumors, watches a lot of movies, and takes fan anticipation into consideration when developing his huge body of work.

Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below. Read More »

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Star Wars Rebels extended preview

Tonight Disney xD premiered seven minutes of the pilot of Star Wars Rebels, and if you missed the broadcast, you can watch the scenes here. The footage takes place on Lothal as the Empire arrives on the planet. As Imperial officers and stormtroopers set up the Empire’s authority, a young boy named Ezra “discovers that a mysterious group is attempting to steal cargo from the Empire.” Ezra comes up with his own plan that puts him squarely in the crosshairs of both the Empire and those that oppose it.

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STEVE BLUM, VANESSA MARSHALL, DAVE FILONI (DIRECTOR), TIYA SIRCAR, FREDDIE PRINZE JR., TAYLOR GRAY

Star Wars was born from George Lucas. Right below him on the influence list, however, is Dave Filoni. Before J.J. Abrams took a stab at the series, Filoni was only the fourth person to direct a Star Wars film (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). He was showrunner on all six seasons of the show, which many people feel is leaps and bounds more exciting than Lucas’ prequel films. Now he’s an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, a role that will let him work in a fertile and important time in Star Wars history.

While Filoni (above, center) and his team work on the animated TV show, men like Abrams, Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank are all getting to direct live action Star Wars movies. One would think Filoni, a walking Star Wars encyclopedia, super-fan, and the person primarily responsible for keeping the franchise relevant for the past decade, might want to get in on the fun.

If all goes according to plan for Disney, they’ll be releasing a Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. So, when I sat down with Filoni to talk about Star Wars Rebels, I asked him if he would be interested in helming a spin-off. His answer was not surprising. He’d be honored to, especially since he’s already talking to Johnson and Edwards about their films. Read the Dave Filoni Star Wars spin-off question below. Read More »

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Star Wars Episode VII, specifically the filming of it, is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Harrison Ford is off his crutch and shoot resume Star Wars Episode VII filming soon.
  • Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley have been filming Star Wars Episode VII on Skellig Michael in Ireland…
  • …and we have exclusive images of how the locals are capitalizing on the shoot.
  • J.J. Abrams talked about shooting film on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Even though the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, many believe its important.
  • Watch the full Star Wars Rebels panel from Comic-Con.
  • John Boyega channels a superhero and Daisy Ridley drops a Star Wars selfie.

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Star Wars Rebels Trailer 3

One of the highlights of San Diego Comic-Con for me was Star Wars Rebels. Not only did I finally get to see and revel in the fantastic pilot, I got the chance to discuss it with two of its executive producers, Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg. In a 15-year professional career, it was the first time I got to sit down and discuss Star Wars with people directly involved in Star Wars. It was pretty exciting.

Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to share the highlights of these one on one interviews. To start, I talked with both men about where, when and how Star Wars Rebels fits into the overall canon of Star Wars, what that means, how it effects their storytelling, and linking into the original trilogy. Read their quotes about the Star Wars Rebels plot connections below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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Star Wars Rebels tv movie

Disney Channel and LucasFilm premiered the Star Wars Rebels one hour television movie debut in San Diego on Thursday night of Comic Con 2014. Germain Lussier and I were in attendance at the exclusive screening at the Gaslamp Reading Cinemas. After the jump you can watch a spoiler-free video blog reaction we recorded shortly after the premiere of the Star Wars Rebels tv movie. I have also included some brief thoughts in print as well as three new clips including a new Star Wars Rebels trailer.

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Star Wars Rebels trailer

Star Wars Episode VII won’t be at San Diego Comic-Con this week, but Star Wars Rebels will be there in force. And before you roll your eyes, a new trailer has been revealed that’s as exciting and Star Wars-y as you’d hope it could be. The second trailer for the Disney XD show, which will premiere in October, offers lots more story, much more characterization and far more action than the first. Pair that with John Williams‘ iconic score, add in some super cool visuals and the new, extended Star Wars Rebels trailer officially has me pumped for the show.

We’ll have much more on Rebels in the coming week, including reactions to the first few episodes and interviews with the show’s creators. For now though, check out the awesome, extended Star Wars Rebels trailer. Read More »

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