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Long before Rian Johnson was directing Star Wars movies, the writer/director was a frequent guest on the /Filmcast. Johnson, who directed Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper and Breaking Bad, has appeared on the show numerous times to discuss a broad range of topics, and to make fun of host David Chen.

One of those topics, oddly enough, was a film that not only resembled Star Wars, it was by a Star Wars director. Back in May 2009, Johnson appeared on the /Filmcast to review J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. To say a lot has changed since that happened would be an understatement, the most significant being Johnson will follow Abrams to a galaxy far, far, away. Still, the audio gives a great idea of Johnson’s insight, talent, and knowledge of the sci-fi genre. As if Looper didn’t do that a few years later. Read More »

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Rian Johnson Looper Interview

As J.J. Abrams continues to work on Star Wars Episode VII, it seems his successor is about to get to work on the next major chapter in the ongoing Star Wars series. Looper writer/director Rian Johnson is expected to be announced as the writer and director of  Star Wars Episode VIII. Initial reports said he was going to direct Star Wars Episode IX as well, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. He will, however, write a treatment for that third episode. More info is below. Read More »

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UPDATE: More sources have confirmed this is not a rumor, as it was initially framed. Changes have been made below to reflect that.

UPDATE 2: Ford’s publicist confirmed to BBC News that Ford didn’t just break his ankle. He broke his left leg. 

Word of Harrison Ford‘s ankle injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII spread very quickly last week. Reactions ranged from blind panic to mellow dismissal as initial reports made it sound like the injury was no big deal. Now, it turns out, that might not be the case.

Multiple sources, including several gossip websites and some UK newspapers, are reporting Ford not only has a badly broken ankle, but a broken left leg, which could sideline him from filming the highly anticipated sequel for up to eight weeks. Read More »

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The biggest fun piece of Star Wars Episode VII speculation this week centered on the villains. Star Wars website MakingStarWars ran an elaborate rumor about the nature of the film’s bad guys, only to have the statement refuted by another site, TheForce.net. The latter said the first rumor was 100% inaccurate… but J.J. Abrams also said Khan wasn’t in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Which is why, at this point in the game, it’s hard to take anything as true. Even quotes from the filmmakers themselves could by lies this far out, which is why Star Wars fans have to have their rumor deflector shields up at all times. Unless it’s reported by StarWars.com, it’s a rumor, no matter if you read it here, on a Star Wars fan site, or anywhere else.

That said, a new wrinkle to that villain rumor mill has now been unearthed. Latino Review claims the original rumor, while mostly false, does have a few very important pieces of truth in it. What are they? We’ll reveal those potentials spoiler below. Read More »

Star Wars musical parody

J.J. Abrams is being careful not to give too much away about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but there are a few things we can assume just by virtue of the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie. For example, it’s safe to say it won’t look anything like this delightful Star Wars musical parody.

Which is a real shame, because Star Wars: The Musical demonstrates that Disney tunes and lightsaber battles actually go together like peanut butter and bananas: They may not be the most intuitive combination, but they’re a damn good one. After the jump, watch Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more sing their way through the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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There’s lots of Star Wars Episode VII rumor and speculation, along with merchandising and original trilogy memories, in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • The Episode VII Millennium Falcon dice were reportedly bought for $37 on eBay
  • Daisy Ridley comments on her role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • John Boyega tweets about Star Wars character names.
  • More rumored details leak about sets being built at Pinewood for Episode VII.
  • Star Wars Rebels producer Dave Filoni seemingly confirms a Comic-Con appearance.
  • Watch John Ratzenberger talk about his role in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Multiple new licensing partners will be making Star Wars merchandise.
  • How many Lightsabers are bought per year?

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UPDATE: Long running Star Wars site TheForce.net says this rumor is unequivocally, 100% false. However, they don’t cite a source. We’ve left the original story below.

This might be total BS. We’re going to be honest about that. But reading this new information was interesting and fun, and even if it may not be true, why deny you the same joy? Let the Star Wars speculation continue!

As you all know by now, we know nothing of the plot to Star Wars Episode VII. We know the original characters are back, thirty years have passed, and some younger actors play new characters. That’s it. We can safely assume there will be Jedi, but there’s no real pulse on the bad guys. You see, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker defeated the Sith, returning balance to the Force. However, characters revealed in other canon stories (mainly Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) could potentially still be around. We simply don’t know.

Now, a new article has some exciting speculation on the topic, with at least a potential hint of truth. The team at Making Star Wars have some info they believe to be from actual Star Wars insiders on who and what the Star Wars 7 villains are. More over, they may also have an idea of how those villains figure into the entire sequel trilogy.

Suffice to say, if any of this is true, this information contains both minor and major spoilers. We’ll differentiate after the jump. Read More »

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By now, Star Wars fans have had plenty of chances to see the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the doc examined the relationship – or lack thereof – between fans and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Filming a few years after the disappointment of the Star Wars prequels, Philippe talked to fans and celebrities about the anticipation for and legacy of those films. The main argument was between how much those films were a result of fan anticipation versus Lucas’ desire to write them, then whether Lucas should or could have listened more to the fans when making them.

Fast-forward a few years and a lot has changed. George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and his beloved Star Wars franchise is continuing without him, helmed by some of those very fans who watched the prequels from the audience. Seems like the perfect time to come back to the subject and that’s exactly what’s happening. Producers just annoucned the production of The People vs. George Lucas Episode II, tentatively scheduled for release December 2015, right in time for Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

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