Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).
In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.
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Episode 3 of Westworld aired last night, adding more mystery and asking more questions. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have responded to the long-running fan theory about Westworld’s location. Hit the jump to ride the train into Sweetwater and find out what the Nolans have to say about the infamous Westworld location theory.
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The third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels will air over the weekend. As you probably know, fans went crazy when it was revealed that Grand Admiral Thrawn had been resurrected from Legends and has rejoined the Star Wars universe canon as the season’s big villain. The morning after the episode was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 I was lucky to get a chance to sit down with Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and talk about the upcoming season.
We talk about a wide variety of topics, including where we are now in the Star Wars timeline, how Ezra has made so much progress since we last saw him, when we will finally get some X-Wings in the rebellion, his thoughts on The Force Awakens, if it’s possible to actually kill off a good guy or turn them to the dark side on a kid show, if Darth Vader or more Inquisitors will appear in Season 3 of Rebels, the idea of Force neutral characters, how Saw Gerrera ended up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Wedge Antilles new canon backstory, if Rebels will end before A New Hope begins, the process of adapting Grand Admiral Thrawn back into canon, and much more. Some of these answers have been broken out into stories on the site already, but there is also a wealth of material never published before as well.
And don’t worry, the interview is season three spoiler free. Read our complete Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Season 3 interview, after the jump.
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One of the most anticipated books in pop culture right now has to be J.W. Rinzler‘s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans are looking forward to getting a real deep dive into the making of the new Star Wars movie, since so much of the content released so far (including the Blu-ray special features) has been shallow and unrewarding. And Rinzler’s Making Of books for the original Star Wars trilogy are the closest thing to the bible for most film geeks.
The book was originally scheduled to hit store shelves in March 2016, a few months after the release of the film. But the release date vanished from the publisher’s website. In May, Abrams Books told me, “Officially, the statement from Lucasfilm and [JJ] Abrams is that The Making of the Force Awakens has not been canceled. More details to come!” Sounded hopeful, and then a few months back an October 25th 2016 release date appeared on Amazon’s website. But the author of the book isn’t sure we’ll see the book later this year, or if we’ll ever see the book at all.
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Disney has announced that they will finally be releasing a 3D version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside a real collector’s edition of the movie on home video. I know that many of you don’t care about 3D home releases, but you may still be interested in this release because of the additional special features.
The exclusive four-disc 3D Collector’s Edition contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD, which includes brand-new bonus material alongside the originally released bonus features. What do you get in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens collector’s edition? Find out after the jump.
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Pop culture art gallery I Am 8Bit is doing a show with artist Jason Brockert called “Figures Of Action”, featuring would-be toys inspired by iconoclasts & pop culture characters ranging from filmmakers like JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars) to show runners like Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) to authors like George RR Martin (Game Of Thrones) to composers like John Williams (every great movie from your childhood) to comedians like Louie CK to video game designers like Shigeru Minamoto (Super Mario Bros).
The show had its opening night reception last night and now all the available original paintings and select limited edition prints are now online for anyone to purchase starting at just $20 (with worldwide shipping). After the jump, you can see a selection of the artwork on display at this exhibition and find out how you can purchase some of the paintings and prints online.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts it’s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But there’s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration — Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchin’s character Chekov going forward?
Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out it’s still “too early” to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely won’t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor. Read More »
Did you know that the early chase in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was originally designed to be a speeder bike these through the wreckage on Jakku? Here are some fun facts and trivia learned during The Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. Hit the jump to learn about some of the Force Awakens early concepts.
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The dream of the Lucasfilm Story Group is that everything will be connected: the movies, the books, the games, the comics, the VR experiences, everything. So far the books seem to be feeding off of the movies, explaining after the fact how we got to our current place in the Star Wars timeline. But as we progress in this new trilogy, the books and the movies will be interwoven, telling the story of this galaxy in unison. At the DK Publishing presentation at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the books are already beginning to inform future Star Wars stories. In fact, an old expanded universe book resulted in changes to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams may not actually appear onscreen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they’re every bit as essential to the story as Rey or Finn or Kylo Ren — arguably even more so, since they’re the architects who designed it in the first place. So why should they have to sit out Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens while Lego Rey and Lego Finn and Lego Kylo Ren have all the fun?
Well, now they don’t. Turns out Abrams and Kennedy are playable characters in the video game, which just hit shelves this week. Click through to see a video of Lego J.J. Abrams and Lego Kathleen Kennedy in action in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »