Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Director Ron Howard has had a diverse career. He’s directed romantic comedies, mysteries, period pieces, and a Dr. Seuss adaptation. We’ve never seen a major action movie or superhero film from him, though, because, Howard says, they doesn’t interest him.
After the jump, learn why the director turned down Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a handful of comic book movies.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Box office predictions can be tricky, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about as close to a sure-bet slam-dunk as we’ve ever going to see. Opinions vary only on exactly how huge it’s going to be. Today, distributors began tracking the film for its December 18 opening, and predictions run the range from “record-shattering” to “record-obliterating.”
Which is good news for Disney — but it’s also making the studio nervous. Because the higher expectations are, the higher The Force Awakens will have to soar in order to come across as anything other than a disappointment. Get the latest on the Force Awakens box office predictions after the jump. Read More »
It was I who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the Star Wars Bits. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:
- An extended scene from The Force Awakens was screened.
- 30 minutes of The Force Awakens score not in the movie will be released.
- Carrie Fisher talks about how Leia has changed in The Force Awakens.
- Empire has six collectible The Force Awakens covers for their December issue.
- Wired has the blueprints for Starkiller Base and a gallery of dozens of props.
- Jimmy Kimmel‘s interviews with the cast of The Force Awakens.
- Bandai‘s new riot control First Order Stormtrooper looks awesome.
- New Journey to the Force Awakens book covers featuring new aliens.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t getting Season of the Force.
- Google Cardboard getting Star Wars VR in December.
- Costume designer Michael Kaplan talks extensively about work on The Force Awakens.
- Video from inside Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens exhibition.
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If you’ve been watching Jimmy Kimmel Live over the past few years, or if you just pay attention whenever there’s a Star Wars-related clip that makes its way online, then you know that Harrison Ford has some serious beef with Chewbacca. The Wookiee seems to have done some nefarious activities with the wife of the man who plays his on-screen pal. Ford is so upset at Chewie that he has called him a “son of a bitch” when he tried to stop by his dressing room in 2011, and a “Wookiee sack of shit” when he popped up again in 2013.
But on last night’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed episode, Ford finally settled the feud as Chewbacca was threatening to end his life on top of Jimmy Kimmel’s studio. Plus, there was plenty of other fun stuff, like a trivia contest between the cast and a seven-year old kid, a hologram from Carrie Fisher and a Star Wars edition of Lie Witness News. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- Pentatonix does Star Wars at the American Music Awards.
- Who’s Simon Pegg playing in The Force Awakens?
- Han and Leia get new Force Awakens banners, too.
- Captain Phasma looks super badass in a new image.
- See a life-size TIE fighter made of Christmas lights.
- Pick up a collectible Star Wars drink topper at Regal.
- Check out Joshua Budich‘s cool Star Wars portraits.
- … and Daz Tibbles‘ vintage-style comic book covers.
- Why it’s okay if Force Awakens doesn’t screen for critics.
- What Force Awakens details were revealed in a kids’ book?
- Google asks users to choose between Light and Dark.
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UK telecommunications services provider O2 has begun airing a new commercial which features our old trusty droid friends R2-D2 and C3PO, who are wandering the desert planet of Jakku in hopes of finding help. And help they find, in the form of BB-8, the new droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The footage does not appear to be from the movie itself, but any droid-fanatics out there might find themselves in cuteness overload watching this new television spot. Hit the jump to see R2-D2 and C-3PO meet BB-8.
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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
For over a thousand days, J.J. Abrams was the guardian of spoilers and plot details in the newly revived Star Wars universe. Before the TV spots. Before the Disney marketing department.
After literally years of tight-lipped secrecy, the past few weeks have seen an explosion of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Once, we were hungry for footage of any kind, demanding it, begging for it, picking apart each and every trailer frame by frame. Now, when we wake up to a new TV spot, it’s just Monday.
And today, things have moved into the next stage. The first clip from The Force Awakens has arrived – 15 seconds of uninterrupted footage standing outside of a trailer, eagerly awaiting your nitpicking. Check out the first Star Wars clip after the jump.
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Even though George Lucas has said that he always conceived Star Wars to span a trilogy, and then wanted to go back and tell the first three chapters of the story with prequels and finish it up with a third trilogy, there is plenty of evidence to support the opposite, such as Luke and Leia’s potential love affair turned sibling relationship. But no matter when he conceived of the story to follow Return of the Jedi, the fact remains that he did come up with an idea for a sequel, but Disney didn’t want it after they bought Lucasfilm.
Recently, an interview had George Lucas Star Wars Episode VII involvement laid out as being completely non-existent, long before the film even was called The Force Awakens, and it’s mostly because the studio didn’t want to embark upon the story outline that Lucas already had planned in his head. Find out more below! Read More »
We’re 26 days from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but director J.J. Abrams only just finished the final mix at 2am in the early morning of Saturday, November 21st. The filmmaker revealed completion of the film while appearing at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the Celebrity Nerd-Off with Stephen Colbert, and it just makes me even more giddy to see the movie next month.
In addition, two new TV spots have surfaced online with some brief bits of new footage, including our first decent shots of Lupita Nyong’o‘s character Maz Kanata and the return of Return of the Jedi favorite Nien Nunb in the movie. Read More »